She Must Be Insane Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

(CAMRON is at the formatters so we’ll be switching to snippets from his book soon.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – last sentence from last week: Eventually, the tiger rose as if in response to a signal and went inside the cell.

The sun was beginning its descent for the night, and Elianna shivered, goosebumps pebbling her flesh as the breeze grew stronger. She startled as the tiger reappeared, butt first, half carrying, half dragging in its huge jaws a bowl full of what resembled kibble, which it brought to the base of the tree then backed away from. Making the guttural sound deep in its throat, the cat put one massive paw on the bowl, gazed at her blandly, and then retreated to the wall, sitting with its tail curled over its paws.

“You’re kidding me, right? Trying to lure me out of the tree with cat food?” Despite her dire predicament, Elianna laughed but her mind was racing – could this huge predator be a higher level sentient? Kidnapped from its own planet perhaps and brought here for experimentation? Was it trying to make friends with her?

“I must be insane,” Decision made, Elianna descended and then dropped from the tree, freezing for a moment to see what the tiger’s reaction would be. The beast merely sat, golden eyes watchful although the tip of its tail flicked once or twice. She scooped up a handful of the kibble and took a sniff. Vaguely fishlike but not unpleasant. “Like dried nutrient rations.”

VS: So the ‘signal’ in the previous excerpt was the arrival of the tiger’s dinner inside the cell…

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

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

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday May 15

warlords bountyAs 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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WARLORD’S BOUNTY (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 2) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Her books are always a one click for me! Author states this book is based on “a much shorter story with the same title.”

Wanted: One Barbarian Warrior.
The bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the target.
Khan, a Chamele Warlord, has a huge bounty on his head. His enemy wants him captured and is offering any being in the universe an outrageous number of credits to accomplish that.

Khan wants to be captured, but only if the being apprehending him is a tiny, brown-eyed female with wickedly sharp daggers and an even sharper tongue. His passion for the feisty human can’t be inhibited by restraints. He’ll allow her to subdue him…in a variety of enticing ways.

When she finally collects her credits, he’ll collect his revenge, killing his enemy and claiming his little bounty hunter forever.
Zeta doesn’t do forever. After a lifespan of chasing dangerous beings across galaxies, apprehending and trading them for credits, she doesn’t get involved emotionally…with anyone.

Khan might be fierce and sexy and the most dominant male she has ever encountered, but the barbarian is also her target, and once she sates herself with his body, she’ll betray him.
That’s her job.

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mama and the alien warriorMAMA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR: TREASURED BY THE ALIEN by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn

Abby Wentworth never regretted abandoning her corporate career to adopt her orphaned niece and run a maternity home. But she certainly never expected to find herself and her girls abducted by aliens who intend to sell them as breeders.

When they are rescued by a massive alien and his crew, desires she has long suppressed start to surface. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the captain who treats both her and her daughter with unwavering devotion.

Until his ship intercepts an illegal Vedeckian trader, Captain Hrebec is resigned to spending his life alone. The Cires lost their females to a plague many years ago. Now for the first time, this luscious human female has him longing for a mate and a family.

But Abby has to get her girls back to Earth, and Hrebec may have one last chance to save his race. Will their duties force them apart? Or will they finally find a family of their own?

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CHILDREN OF RUINCHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tschaikovsky

VS Note: Hard scifi not a romance but a release of note. I’m intrigued but might start with book 1, CHILDREN OF TIME.

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it’s been waiting for them.

fifth genderTHE FIFTH GENDER: A TINKERED STARS MYSTERY by Gail Carriger

A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship. 
ALIEN – Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals.
Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!

MURDER  – Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.
Tristol knows this because he is galoi.

ROMANCE  -Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.
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alien charmerALIEN CHARMER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 14) by Sadie Carter

She met him in a dark alley and he followed her home, like a stray puppy. If a stray puppy were a six-foot-eight alien with muscles that didn’t quit, a face to die for, and a huge protective streak.
And don’t get her started on his ego.
Blue was tough and independent, she didn’t need anyone to take care of her.
Especially not him. Nope. Not happening. Ever.

Safan was under no illusions of his appeal to the opposite sex.
So imagine his surprise when he meets a female who isn’t all that interested in his charm, his body or his protection.
It’s enough to confuse an arrogant warrior. And make him even more determined to prove to this prickly female that she is the one for him.
His mate.
But before he can manage that something happens to threaten their very existence.

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ride on a starRIDE ON A STAR: CELESTIAL MATES (YOLCADIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Suki Selborne

I’m a brave hero. A Yolcadian warrior. A superstar space commander with a perfect battle record.
The only thing missing is a mate.
My warrior status mean I must stay single. So when a captivating Earth girl arrives on my ship for protection, I know she’s off limits–no matter how much I crave her sweetness.
Her frosty attitude entices me. Her soft curves light my body on fire. But touching her would destroy the peace our planets have worked so hard to build. I’m supposed to stay away from her.
Not a chance.
She’s mine. Even if I have to tear down the whole damn empire to get to her.

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10 things aliens hate10 THINGS ALIENS HATE ABOUT YOU (ALIENN, ARKANSAS BOOK 4) by Fiona Roarke

Valvoline Ethyl Grey, the youngest sibling and only daughter in the Grey clan, knows the rules when it comes to Alpha-human relationships—it’s fine to have a little fun, just don’t get too attached, unless you want a one-way ticket back to a homeworld that’s never been home.

Skeeter Bite Sheriff Wyatt Campbell is as easygoing as they come, but even he has his limits. At first he thought Vee wanted to keep their romance under wraps to protect him from a butt-kicking from one—or all—of her six brawny older brothers. Since they seem to like him well enough, that can hardly be the case. Now he just has to convince his commitment-shy girlfriend to take a chance. She already has his heart. Why not his ring?

A woman raised among oblivious humans in a super-secret alien colony in Alienn, Arkansas should know better than to have a super-secret love affair with a human, let alone a sheriff. But strong-willed Valene is all too weak when it comes to a certain tall, blond and utterly scrumptious lawman.

Although he comes to her family’s aid when they need him most and vows to keep the secret from other humans that aliens live among them, Valene is determined to sacrifice her love for Wyatt’s greater good.
Wyatt has other plans.

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ashoreASHORE (STAYING AFLOAT BOOK 2) by Isabelle Adler

You can only put the past away for so long.
This had never been truer for the crew of Matt’s ship, the Lady Lisa. Even as their engine suffers a critical malfunction and Matt scrambles to fund the costly repairs, Val, the ship’s reticent engineer, unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a deadly ghost from his past. Now it’s up to Matt, Ryce, and Tony to rescue him, even if it means breaking the law and striking an uneasy bargain with a local black-market kingpin—but what if this time their best efforts simply aren’t good enough?

And it might be that Val isn’t the only crew member Matt risks losing when his budding relationship with Ryce unexpectedly runs aground. With their love and commitment put to the test, Matt and Ryce must rally to save their friend and to keep their ship afloat, but in a race so desperate there might not be any real winners.

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impress her possess herIMPRESS HER POSSESS HER (HEROES OF NEOMA BOOK 1) by Sheridan Knight

VS Note: I’m not sure why but there are actually two books in the volume. CHARM HIM DISARM HIM is the other. Re-releases maybe? This author also writes as Sheri Lynn.

Calliope dreams of escaping Nysa, traveling to Earth and living free. Her plans are thwarted when she ends up placed with a dedicated soldier as his plaything. Regardless of her developing feelings for Amerrande, she knows she must not let anything get in the way of her plans to escape, and after a terrifying attempt and hazardous journey, she reaches Earth – only to discover freedom is not long lasting, as Amerrande is sent to find and execute her.

Phaedra has one purpose: service assignment soldiers for one month in whatever capacity they desire. Her doctor sedates and forces her to leave for the desecrated and disease-ridden Earth, followed by transport to Neoma, the frozen death planet. His plan was to save her from a life of servitude and offer her a freedom she wouldn’t have had. But all isn’t as it seems. And when Phaedra learns to see and trust with her heart and not her eyes, she will risk not only her life, but the life of the man she wants to share it with.

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aliens rebelTHE ALIEN’S REBEL (GUARDIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Cirrus Moonmist will walk through the fires of hell, move heaven and earth, and travel to the ends of the galaxy for her daughter. Diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease, the little girl’s only hope of survival lies on a distant planet and Cirrus plans to get it. Even if it means knocking down a smoking-hot bad guy who makes her panties wet and knees weak.

Sent to infiltrate a rogue faction, Guardian Defender Gavin Sagestar is so deep undercover even he has trouble remembering which side he’s on. Then he sees Cirrus. Law, duty, and order take a backseat to want, need, and…damn, is that love? Smart, beautiful, and curvy, Cirrus is his and anyone who thinks otherwise can fuck right off. Even the rogue military leader who wants her for his mate.

To have the sexy-as-hell housekeeper, Sagestar has to get Cirrus away from the bloodthirsty tyrant eager to kill. Time’s running out. Two lives hang in the balance. Sagestar is determined to save both mother and daughter, no matter what. Even if it costs him his life.

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alpha luna hunterALPHA (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 2) by Luna Hunter

MAKAYLA – I screwed up. I ignored the warnings and wandered too far from home. And now a colossal alien warlord has got me tied up. He’s all horns, claws, and muscles upon muscles. My captor is savage, ruthless, dominant. Everything I hate.
And yet, the look in his alien eyes makes my heart race and my stomach flutter…He’s supposed to be my enemy. I want him to be so much more.
KERAX – I came to Earth to claim the throne. And then I saw her, and I knew I had to make her mine. Her scent drives me mad. Her skin is soft and perfect. Her luscious curves fill me with desire. I can barely control myself around her. The throne can wait.
First she will give me an heir

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new star risingMILITARY SCIFI BUNDLE – includes THE INDIGO REPORTS STORY 1 – NEW STAR RISING by Tracy Cooper-Posey

VS Note: Not romance but many of us are fans of Tracy’s no matter what genre she’s writing in. (And I personally do enjoy military scifi.) This bundle is only available until May 30th. You’ll have to read the note on the bundle site for how to buy the books, etc. Here’s an excerpt from the site: “Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has curated a gigantic new Military SF StoryBundle, TARGETS LOCKED, with a dozen action-packed titles, all for immediate download into your e-reader, and you name your own price. This bundle includes THREE boxed sets and one omnibus, for a total of 25 big tales to enjoy.” More detail on the site…

Here’s the blurb for Tracy’s book, released in 2017, so not a new release by any means but an item of interest this week:

Bellona Cardenas Scordina de Deluca, daughter of the primary Cardenas family, went missing ten years ago. Reynard Cardenas, Bellona’s father and head of the family, receives anonymous, unsubstantiated news that she has been found. He sends the most disposable person in the family to investigate—Sang, the family android.

Sang’s investigation trips off chain reactions which shift the generations-old luke-warm war between Erium and Karassia into a galaxy-wide conflagration which will engulf the known worlds, including the neutral, fiercely independent free states…unless a hero can be found who will fight to hold the line against the two colossal forces.

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mated to the alien pirateMATED TO THE ALIEN PIRATE: CELESTIAL MATES by Leslie Chase

With alien mobsters hot on her trail, Marcie Cole needs a way off Earth fast. When the Celestial Mates Agency matches her with an alien on the far side of the galaxy, she jumps at the chance to get offworld. Her match may be a sexy alien, but she doesn’t expect to like him. And she definitely didn’t expect him to board her ship as the captain of a lethal crew of space pirates.
Pirate Captain Arrax is huge, deadly, and hot as hell. But can she trust a pirate to keep her safe, or should she hide the truth about herself?
As soon as Arrax sees the delicious Earthwoman, he knows he can’t resist her — and a pirate captain takes he wants without a second thought. Facing a mutiny from his pirate crew and the deadly aliens chasing Marcie, he has to fight to keep what’s his.
Will Arrax be able to keep Marcie safe by his side, or will the battle for his mate doom them both?

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at the troughAT THE TROUGH by Adam Knight

In a future where schools have no teachers and no classrooms, Jennifer Calderon is the perfect student. Every day she watches her video modules, plays her edu games, and never misses an answer. Life is comfortable in the Plex, a mile-wide apartment building. Corporations and brand names surround her and satisfy her every want and need.

Then one day, her foul-mouthed, free-spirited, 90’s-kitsch-wearing girlfriend Melody disrupts everything. She introduces her to a cynical, burned-out former teacher, who teaches them the things no longer taught in school. Poetry. Critical thinking. Human connection.

But these lessons draw the attention of EduForce, the massive corporation with a stranglehold on education. When they show how far they are willing to go keep their customers obedient, Jennifer has to decide what is most important to her and how much she is willing to sacrifice for it.

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shout of honorSHOUT OF HONOR: ADVENTURES IN THE LIADEN UNIVERSE BOOK 29 by Sharon Lee and Steve Mille

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

Commander Vepal is a Hero. He is also the Yxtrang ambassador to the greater universe.
These two facts do not make Vepal’s life easy. But they do make it interesting.
It was Commander Vepal who discovered the continuing orders from Headquarters, far back in old and moldy archives, which directed those of the Troop who had survived the collapse of the old universe to locate, in the new universe, the proper authority to which they might, with honor, offer their allegiance, and their skills.
Because of this discovery, Vepal is made ambassador, while the rest of the Troop continues to prey on those it finds weaker than themselves.
In pursuit of his duty, he and his small delegation put into Inago Station, where there’s a military job fair in full swing.

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worlds away tracy st johnWORLDS AWAY (WARRIORS OF RISNAR BOOK 4)  by Tracy St John

She escaped from a cult. Fought in Afghanistan with an Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit. Was discharged from the Army after a court martial. Fired from her latest job. Selena ‘Boom-Boom’ Baumer is no stranger to conflict. However, diving into an interstellar war on a planet she’s never heard of is pushing the limits, even for this rebel. It’s only temporary though, and in the meantime, the striped alien men are easy on the eyes. Helping them defeat a monstrous race of invaders can’t be a bad thing, right?

Arga Bolep, war commander of the planet Risnar, needs an explosives expert, and Selena comes highly recommended. He’s not sure what he’s supposed to do with this blue-haired, naughty-limerick singing, hardcore partier, but he knows one thing’s for sure: he’s not about to fall in love. Not when he’s too aware of how gut-wrenching loss can be. Despite his fascination with Selena, he’ll keep their relationship as professional as her outrageous personality will allow.

When the enemy race of Monsuda launch a surprise attack, threatening both Risnar and Earth, Selena and Arga are forced to depend on each other just to survive. A reckless plan to defeat the enemy could spell doom for the reluctant lovers—but the more impulsive feelings they have for each other try their hearts and souls.

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reinventing lindseyREINVENTING LINDSEY by Maggie Brown

VS Note: Not exactly a scifi romance, but there’s robotics involved and the plot sounded fun. A release of note.

Studying the past hasn’t prepared Daisy Parker—anthropologist-turned-matchmaker—for her latest client. Finding Lindsey Jamieson-Ford a life partner isn’t exactly a simple exercise. Not only hasn’t Lindsey dated for years, the prickly reclusive scientist relates better with her robots than with people.

Lindsey has no idea what matchmaking involves when she hires Daisy. She’s never met anyone quite like the bubbly matchmaker and doesn’t know how she’s going to survive the infuriating woman. Now her life has lurched onto a roller coaster that just won’t damn well stop.

Guiding Lindsey through the courtship process is a challenge. Before the reticent scientist can move forward, Daisy has to teach her to leave the past behind. But another problem soon enters into the mix…How can Daisy stay detached when her body seems to be answering Lindsey’s mating call?

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broken jewelA BROKEN JEWEL (JADE BOOK 1) by Lucy Rains

VS Note: Apparently either an SFR or PNR reverse harem novel. Wasn’t clear to me, even from the reviews but it’s charting high in SFR.

Don’t stand out.
Keep control.
Don’t draw attention.
These are words that Jade lives by every day. Her abilities that she doesn’t understand must be kept hidden. With only a few friends and an over controlling mother, Jade is just trying to get by in life until she can move out on her own. Then a beautiful stranger walks into her life. And another one. And another one. They say they understand her and promise to take her away where she can be herself. They say she is like them. They say she is in danger. But Jade has never trusted anyone before and doesn’t know how to start now.
Until Jade is out of time and the guys make the choice for her.

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abducted by the alienABDUCTED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 6) by Sabrina Kade

On the planet Hethdiss, shy and timid Phoebe faces a dilemma: two aliens want her. One, the pushy Iriel, claims he’s the only one who can protect her from the horrors of this dangerous world. Drazal, though, makes her think there might be more to life than playing it safe—with him, her whole body comes alive. But tempting two Sidyth males is a dangerous game for a human woman to play.

Drazal’s certain Phoebe doesn’t want to be with Iriel. But Iriel’s the one she turned to in a moment of terror. He’s the one who claims her as his own. And Drazal’s equally sure she’ll never be truly happy unless she learns to stand up for herself.

When bigger problems take center stage on Hethdiss, however, Phoebe’s fears are laid bare for all to see. And in that moment, there’s only one alien she wants. One alien she’ll face hell to gain. No matter how much danger that might land her in.

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rescuing roryRESCUING RORY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by N J Walters

Betrayed and sold into slavery after her father’s death, Rory Banks finds herself dancing on the Exos, a deep-space pleasure ship. So when a stranger breaks open her cage and offers her a way out, she grabs it and runs.

Kal Marks and his brothers are space mercenaries and traders who have spent the past ten years searching for their younger sister. Their hunt has led them to the Exos and to Rory, who they hope will have information. But Kal never counted on wanting Rory or on the sexual tension and scorching heat that blazes between them. This mission just got a lot more complicated.

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gravityGRAVITY: CRYOBORN GIFTS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 1) by Maggie McVay

VS Note: This is the first release in a new connected universe, Obsidian Rim, by various SFR authors. Books are standalone.

Lehana Saar learned the smuggler’s trade the hard way–as an indentured servant to the Rim’s most notorious pirate. With the skills she acquired and now with her own ship, the star freighter Phoenix, Lehana is known throughout the Rim as a trafficker who will take any job, however dangerous, for the promise of a good profit. But when she’s forced to crash land near a mining colony owned by the heinous, galactic cartel QueCorp, she’ll need all her cunning and experience just to survive. And maybe, with a little luck, she might even turn a profit by forging a deal with the mine’s owners. That is if she can turn a blind eye to the dismal conditions and merciless exploitation of the thousands of QueCorp’s slave laborers.

Forty-five years ago Kash Trider and his wife crashed on Ydro-Down. Captured by QueCorp, they were forced into the mines with no chance of release. Qubition ore killed Kash’s wife and now only two things keep him going: his hatred of QueCorp and the hope of freeing his two children from the same fate. When the Phoenix crashes near the mine, Kash risks everything to get his children on that ship. But will the hard-edged captain help him escape or will she turn him in for the five million DIC price on the head of a fugitive QueCorp slave?

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taken by the enforcerTAKEN BY THE ENFORCER by Adrian Blue

If there is trouble to find, Matilda D’Kan will find it. From galactic smuggling to working for Narvel ‘The Wolf’ Reon, Mattie has made her share bad choices. But attracting the attention of Adnin the Destroyer may be her worst mistake yet. The Destroyer has sent his right-hand man after her, the only person with a more frightening reputation than him. The Enforcer. But is there more to Morik the Enforcer than meets the eye?

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bedside manners for aliensBEDSIDE MANNERS FOR ALIENS (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 2) by Dane Griggs

Serena: Aliens have landed on earth and offered a cure for cancer in exchange for human brides to save their race. The program has led to protests and, increasingly, violence. But as a hematologist specializing in leukemia, I still jump at the chance to work with the Cerastean doctors to help cure patients. I’m assigned to work with Physician L’Vect who is well—he’s different. But there is something…
L’Vect: I have been told that I am socially inept around my own people, and I am even worse with the humans. I do not pick up on their most basic social cues. I want to help our patients, but all I can scent is their fear when I speak with them. Luckily Dr. Serena Salcedo has offered to instruct me in ‘bedside manners.’

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zavens passionZAVEN’S PASSION by C R Corbin

Katie’s life had always been mundane. Between university and a meandering social life with little male attention granted to her due to her curvy body, it seemed like she was on a stagnant path. That is until Makhil, an alien warlord, abducts her and takes her aboard a space-faring prison with little hope for escape of any kind. But just as Katie begins to resign herself to this fate, hope emerges in the form of an arrogant yet charming Sorilian prince.

Zaven has one last task before he can take the Sorilian throne, to hunt down Makhil and bring him to justice. As soon as he raids Makhil’s ship, however, he discovers that there is something that may eclipse his desire for the throne. A curvy human girl that he finds in Makhil’s chambers, a human girl that soon ignites a spark in his heart that he thought may have never come, a human girl that just might be his mate and Soril’s future queen.

As the two venture to hunt Makhil they not only encounter trouble in the form of crash landings and crime-ridden cities but soon discover a burgeoning passion building between the two of them. A passion that may lead the prince astray from his hunt of Makhil and bring Katie’s desire to return to Earth into question.

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trayisTRAYIS (VLG SERIES BOOK 11) by Laurann Dohner

Growing up mostly human in a Lycan pack has been hard for Shay. Shunned and distrusted by most, she wouldn’t have survived without the support of her foster family and alpha. She’s had a longtime secret crush on Trayis, her alpha’s VampLycan half-brother. Shay thinks he’s hot and finds the courage to approach Trayis during one of his infrequent visits. She’s hoping for just one night of ecstasy before she spends her life alone, unwanted.

Trayis is stunned when he realizes the sweet, timid Shay is interested in bedding him. He’s also furious when some pack women attempt to humiliate her in front of him. He’s more than happy to pick her over one of them. She might not be his type but it’s just sex. He’s up for that. What he doesn’t plan on is how she makes him feel.
So much for a simple vacation and a one-night stand.

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trouble with witchesTHE TROUBLE WITH WITCHES (SHADOWVALE BOOK 1) by Kristen Painter

Shadowvale isn’t typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family, but doubts he can last much longer.

Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.

But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name…or will her history destroy them both?

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boothBOOTH (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 9) by Theresa Hissong

Booth Woods has lived a quiet, rewarding life as a Guardian to the Shaw pride. He’d planned out his life, never wanting to take on a mate. When Jade O’Connor arrives, requesting to fight in the Summer Solstice, his alpha tasks Booth to test her abilities. Her presence will throw his world into turmoil over the decision to touch her or let her go when she decides to stick to her current plan.

Jade O’Connor has trained for this. She’s wanted nothing more than to be a Guardian ever since she began her private training. When her pride finds out, and her alpha sends a clear message she is not allowed, Jade flees to the Shaw pride on a rumored acceptance of training female fighters. Determined to prove her worth, Jade will vow herself to the pride, but she will never accept their denial for her chance to fight for her rightful title…
Guardian.

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magical creatures academyMAGICAL CREATURES ACADEMY 2: LION SHIFTER by Lucia Ashta

The Magical Creatures Academy only accepts those supernaturals with the greatest potential. She’s now certain she has what it takes … and then some. She has more power than she has bargained for.

The Academy is the leading institution for paranormal creatures in the world. Its students are the finest of shifters, vampires, and fae.
In Rina’s opinion, Prince Leander Verion is the finest of all the fae, but he’s also entirely off limits. She lacks the requisite pointy ears to make her an acceptable match.
But Rina is far from acceptable, she’s exceptional. If only she can learn to master her wild powers … before they master her.
Whether she likes it or not, Rina is about to find out why she has rightfully earned her place at the academy.

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harlkey merlin 8HARLEY MERLIN 8: HARLEY MERLIN AND THE CHALLENGE OF CHAOS by Bella Forrest

Time is running out. For the final ritual, Katherine will sacrifice twelve magicals with rare abilities.
Harley has already lost so much, and she can’t bear to sacrifice anything more. She will protect her friends at all costs—even if that means flying solo against the greatest evil the world has ever known.
With her parents’ Grimoire, Harley finally has a weapon capable of overpowering Katherine. If only she could figure out how to reveal the hidden pages within, to perform the spell Chaos itself has written. And the spell may reveal more than she’s bargained for…
All Katherine wants is to be Queen of Everything—is that so much to ask? Her little niece has been a real thorn in her side, but that’s all about to change. Pity she can’t kill Harley just yet, since the girl is still useful. There’s also the matter of that too-handsome Necromancer, Davin Doncaster. From personal experience, Katherine knows one should never trust a pretty face.

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his witch vixHIS WITCH VIX (PARANORMAL PROTECTORATE Book 2) by Rebecca Airies

VS Note: Previously published but author states it has been revised and rewritten.

Serena Blackwood is turning into a vix. As if that’s not enough to stress a witch out, she has to work with sexy vampire Marcus Castillo to catch a rogue vampire and keep her secret. The attraction burns between them and every moment they’re together increases the chances of falling into bed together and her secret being revealed.
Marcus knows Serena’s hiding something, but can’t figure out what. She’s a beautiful and talented witch. The mystery draws him almost as much as the urge to kiss and caress the brave woman.
But the rogue has big plans. Serena and Marcus must work together and put aside their differences or they could lose everything.

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wild wolf chasingWILD WOLF CHASING (BLOODRUNNERS BOOK 9) by Rhyannon Byrd

Max Doucet is a “turned” Lycan who still longs for the human life stolen from him in his teens. Now a deadly Bloodrunner, Max is too busy looking back to fully embrace who and what he’s become. But from the moment he finds himself chasing after the intoxicating Vivian Jackson, his convictions and beliefs about where he belongs no longer hold true. She’s everything he needs, and so much more than he ever thought could be his—but before he can win her heart, he’ll have to catch her. And Vivian has no intention of slowing down.

Vivian Jackson has always lived a hard, but normal life—until the day she realizes that nothing in her “normal” world is as it seems. On the run from a sadistic madman and a sexy-as-hell badass who claims to be her protector, Vivian has no idea who to trust—that is, until the beautiful, blue-eyed stranger saves her life. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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burn baby burnBURN BABY BURN  by R J Blain

Bailey Ember Gardener Quinn should’ve read the manual on caring for an incubus before marrying hers. The marriage license hadn’t mentioned anything about their sexy, insatiable ways. If she doesn’t get a single night of undisturbed rest soon, she’ll snap—or go on a napalm bender.
Either would work.

Recruiting Tiffany “Perkette” Perkins to be her partner-in-crime isn’t the best idea, but nothing says fun quite like a road trip, and Perkette the Misdemeanor Collecting Queen could teach the devil a thing or two about having a good time.

Add in a string of rabies cases, more puppies than she can count (or readily adopt,) a job promotion, and her very own incubus in disguise on the hunt for her, and Bailey’s in for one hell of a ride.

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silver mistTHE SILVER MIST (WILD HUNT BOOK 6) by Yasmine Galenorn

The Wild Hunt is on the trail of the Tuathan Brotherhood—a hate group terrorizing humans and shifters alike. Their investigation takes them over to the Olympic Peninsula, where they plunge into the heart of the haunted old-growth forest in a desperate attempt to stop the group before they strike again.

Meanwhile, one of Herne’s friends turns to the Wild Hunt. He’s unwittingly unleashed a terrifying spirit who threatens Port Ludlow with the fury of her storms. Now, they must not only locate Rafé, who has vanished while undercover in the forest, but they must also appease the Cailleach before she destroys the entire community and everyone within it.

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rogue hunt l l raandROGUE HUNT by L L Raand

VS Note: The scathing 1 star review on Amazon is for the audiobook narrator, not the ebook itself. In general the author’s books are pretty well reviewed although I have not read them myself.

Alpha Sylvan Mir‘s efforts to achieve sovereignty for the Weres, Vampires, and other non-humans is made even more difficult when a neighboring wolf Were Pack petitions Sylvan for aid. Someone, or some thing, is raiding the territory of the Snow Crest wolf Weres along the Canadian border. While newly ascended Snow Crest Alpha Zora Constantine, along with the Ash, the captain of her guard, await the decision of Sylvan’s war council, inter-Pack tensions rise. Especially when Ash and Sylvan’s centuri Jace develop an unexpected and unwanted primal attraction.

Are the raids just an attempt to secure more territory by rogue Weres? Or is it all a ruse to bring Sylvan and her mate Drake out into the open where they are vulnerable to enemy attacks? When Sylvan and Drake’s war party heads north to hunt the rogue raiders, Ash and Jace must decide between duty and the call of their deepest desires.

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perfect match 2 kings chosenPERFECT MATCH 2: KING’S CHOSEN by I T Lucas

When Lisa’s nutty friends get her a gift certificate to Perfect Match Virtual Fantasy Studios, she has no intentions of using it. But since the only way to get a refund is if no partner can be found for her, she makes sure to request a fantasy so girly and over the top that no sane guy will pick it up.
Except, someone does.

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spark sadie mossSPARK (ACADEMY OF UNPREDICTABLE MAGIC BOOK 1) by Sadie Moss

Unfortunately, not all people from magical bloodlines have powers, and at 22, I’m several years past the age they usually appear. So I’ve resigned myself to a boring, magic-less life.
Then something strange happens…I get stuck in the middle of a bar fight, and instead of just punching the guy back, I blow a hole in the wall. So… I guess I do have powers. But they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This shit is definitely not normal.

And it seems the magical authorities agree, because they give me a choice: either I go to school to learn to control my crazy new magic, or they’ll take it away. Permanently.
Now if I can just survive the bitchy mean girls determined to take me down a peg, the mysterious attacks on students, the three hot-as-hell guys who don’t seem turned off by my prickly exterior, and the professor who makes me long for detention, maybe I’ll get out of here in one piece.
Wouldn’t bet on it though.

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covens end vossCOVEN’S END: VOSS (COVEN’S END SERIES BOOK 2) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff

I’m arguably the strongest Lycan in the pack. My father would have it no other way. He raised me to mate the Princess and become the High Alpha. He was wrong. The High Alpha is letting his daughter choose her own mate. He’s letting her choose love.My competition is fierce. The cocky Vampire prince and the Princess’s best friend both hold a piece of her heart. Too bad for them, so do I. They aren’t backing down. Then the Vamp suggests we share her. If we truly loved her like we say, why make her choose? I don’t know if I can do it. I didn’t intend it to happen, but I already love her. One thing is for sure. I’m not walking away from her.

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seducing her vikingsSEDUCING HER VIKINGS (NORSEMEN ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

Being stuck in the past is the least of Lainie’s worries. Hjalmar is missing, lost in time, and there’s no way she can bring him back on her own. To survive the harsh reality of Viking life, she’ll have to make new friends… but what if some of them want to be more than just friends?

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queen takes darknessQUEEN TAKES DARKNESS: HELAYNA (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 8) by Joely Sue Burkhart

Chained in eternal darkness. Kidnapped by a primordial evil. Freeing this vampire queen will unlock hell itself.

Helayna Ironheart doesn’t know where she is, or how long she’s been trapped in the darkness. She only knows pain and horror when her captor feeds on her suffering.

Her only hope is to access her power as an Aima vampire queen. But how can she call her guardian Blood, when she’s trapped in an alternative dimension at the bottom of the world tree?
Only Darkness lives here.
So that’s exactly what she must take.

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first queen of the gryphonsFIRST QUEEN OF GRYPHONS (ISHTAR’S LEGACY BOOK 5) by Lisa Blackwood

Hillalum is destined to become a king unlike any other before him, for the Goddess Ishtar has endowed him with a special gift—he is the first gryphon capable of taking on human form.

Amata, a humble shepherdess, wishes only to live a peaceful life until raiders attack her village and kill her father and brother. A consuming need for revenge soon arises from that day.

When King Hillalum’s goddess orders him to watch over a human shepherdess, he thinks he’ll find the sheep more interesting than the woman, but once he meets Amata, he soon understands the full scope of his deity’s plans.
Ishtar wishes to transform Amata into the first of her Avenging Blades—a sacred warrior born into the world when danger stalks the line of the gryphon kings.
But before Amata and Hillalum can complete the ritual to unleash the fierce magic of a goddess forged Blade, they must first win each other’s hearts. Only then will they possess a power great enough to rid their land of the raiders.

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wild fateWILD FATE (BLACK CLAW RANCH BOOK 4) by Cecelia Lane

A bear shifter attack left him nearly dead in the woods. His only choice—embrace the animal within. Forget his job, his future, and Liv.

Olivia West has spent years putting the past behind her. After her boyfriend suddenly disappeared she swore off love forever. But that was years ago. Now, Liv believes she might have seen Alex. Determined to track him down and get answers, she confronts the man who broke her heart…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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tales and dreamsTALES AND DREAMS (LOST TIME ACADEMY BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Madilynn Dormiens didn’t know how dark the world really is, that is until the dark tales took it over.
Death, pain and torment are the new motto of Lost Time Academy.
There is no place for love in this academy. 
If the dark tales controlling the Lost Time Academy weren’t difficult enough, The Tale brothers are out of control, and Quinton Frostan is causing trouble now that he is back in Madi’s life.
The sort of trouble that will get them all killed.
Except Quinton is determined to make a big change, one that could bring someone they all want back…but the price of that change is too high.
Too dangerous.  Love just might get them killed after all.
Even the darkest Fairy Tales can fall in love.

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trilogy of knightsA TRILOGY OF KNIGHTS by Megan Derr

THE KNIGHT AND…THE DRAGON – Bran is tired of living a life of blood and violence. After decades of serving his king on the battlefield, he wants the peaceful, violence-free life he has earned. When the king refuses to grant him freedom, Bran volunteers to go slay a deadly dragon—with every intention of dying alongside it.

THE STATUE – Grey has always kept to himself, so solitary and strange he is named after the mist-filled valley where he was found as a child. But he longs for things he cannot have – like Dunstan, a beautiful, young mage far out of reach. Then he learns Dunstan’s family is being tormented by mercenaries, and Dunstan himself turned to stone—and Grey and his strange past are their only hope for rescue.

THE PRINCE – All Victor wants is to be taken seriously by his so-called peers, who constantly bully him for his fussy ways and his close relationship to the throne. Then he rescues a foreign prince being chased by assassins, and finds himself swept into a strange world that feels more like home than anywhere he’s ever been.

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elemental betrayalELEMENTAL BETRAYAL (THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh

This is it.
Everything I’ve done over the past year has led me to this point: eliminating the Elitists and finishing the Elemental war.

But my dear old grandfather won’t go down without a fight, and neither will the Shadow Sect. It’s going to take every ounce of power I have—and then some—to somehow survive and defeat them in the end.

Then comes the treachery…
When the world is crumbling, our backs are against the wall, and crap is seriously hitting the fan, that’s when our loyalties are truly questioned. It’s like everyone I know is either betraying someone or is being betrayed themselves.

So, who can I trust when all faith is lost? Champions—at least that’s what the Elemental gods would have me believe. Nicholai has amassed far too much power, and the chosen champions are the only ones who might be able to help tip the scales. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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renewed by loveRENEWED BY LOVE by Sharon A Callender

VS note: Appears to be a paranormal ghost story romance.

Thirty-two-year-old Michaela Dutton, a workaholic and a former modeling agency executive, is starting over after her fiancé dumps her for a runway model. Abandoning her fast-paced life in Manhattan, she moves to a small town in Tennessee where she pursues her entrepreneurial dream.

As she settles into her new home, Michaela is haunted by sensually powerful visions and dreams about a mysterious man with piercing green eyes. He leaves her longing for his touch in her waking life and sparks an overwhelming desire to find out his true identity.

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captured by the royalsCAPTURED BY THE ROYALS by Hollie Hutchins

I wanted the money, but I failed miserably.
Now I’m chained in a prison cell with a half-naked prick.
And a baby dragon that thinks I’m its momma.
And how did I end up here?
Well, I really needed the gold.
So I took the mission to steal The Dragon’s egg.
The plan was simple:
a) Get to the egg.
b) Grab the egg – very carefully.
c) Run.
But the unsolicited happened. I wasn’t alone when I got there. The dark-haired prick was awaiting me. And he wasn’t going to give up his treasure so easily. Fight!
But by the time we stopped squabbling, it was too late.
The egg hatched.
You gotta be kidding me!
Of course, we were caught and thrown into prison.
Thanks to him, I wasn’t able to get away.
Now I’m stuck in this cell with a baby dragon and a lunatic who keeps taking his clothes off.
“It’s too hot,” he says.
Yeah, right.
How am I going to get out of this one?!

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when heroes fallWHEN HEROES FALL (CHAMPION OF THE GODS BOOK 5) by Andrew Q Gordon

The Six defeated Neldin three millennia ago, but time has no meaning to a god. Before the dust settled from the first conflict, both sides set in motion plans for the next one. As Champion of the Six, Farrell, with Kel’s help, gathers those loyal to the Six to meet Meglar and his army.

But Neldin plotted as well, and like the Six, His plans all lead to the final confrontation between Champions. Kel teaches Farrell that weapons and power will not be enough—victory requires something from within each Champion. But Neldin also knows this and unleashes a final surprise at a critical moment that claims some of those Farrell loves most.

With the fate of Nendor riding on his actions, Farrell must ignore the pain and find the will to win. If not, his world and everyone he loves will fall to Meglar’s darkness.

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kissed by wildfireKISSED BY WILDFIRE: A DARK ACADEMY ROMANCE (THE CIMMERIAN CAGE BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin

My name is Lu Darke. I’m a witch by birth and an arsonist by accident, but I never thought I’d find myself in a place like this. Cimmerian Reform Academy, called ‘the Cage’ by its students, was once an asylum, but now I’m forced to call it home.

My roommate hates me, the Headmistress has a sinister agenda, and worst of all, students have a habit of dying young and fast in the Cage. If I don’t watch my step, I might be the next to go, but help could come from dangerous places… for a price.

Roman and Shane were imprisoned for illegal shifting, and they look at me like they want to rip off my clothes with their fangs.
Professor Steele is a hard taskmaster whose special brand of punishment leaves me craving more.
And in the darkness beneath the Cage lurks the most deadly of predators- Locke, a vampire who walks through my dreams with a thirst for more than my blood.
Secrets lie in wait behind the black doors, students vanish overnight, and everyone hides what they really want. In the case of these four, however, what they want is crystal clear: me.

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inkedINKED (CIRQUE DE LA LUNE BOOK 1) by Emma Hamm

Booker Ward is known by many names. Assassin. Freak. The Tattooed Man. He’d given up on life itself until she walked into his life. Now, he’s realizing there may be a future for him yet, if only he can figure out a way to convince her to love a monster.

Irene Evans has only known sin. As the daughter of a pastor, she shouldn’t be able to see the souls of the dead. Her father sees her as possessed, and calls in an expert on exorcism. When she sees a chance to escape, she flees to a nearby circus where her life is turned upside down.

Freedom tastes sweet. She learns from this dangerous man two things.
First, that her life is her own. If she wishes to become a circus act, then she can and he will help her.
Second, that love is freedom and it can overcome all things.

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bonded to the bearBONDED TO THE BEAR by Fay Walsh

Roan, the Bear Alpha of the Fairview clan, doesn’t need a woman. He has just put himself together, after the death of his mate and he is focused on his clan’s needs. With the help of his beta he is taking care of the younglings, while with the help of his brother, he is keeping a good relationship with the neighboring clans. That is, until this curvy woman arrives to town. A strange feeling, an electricity surges through him every time he is around her. This can only mean one thing…

Harmony is hoping that a fresh start in Fairview will do them good, both to her and her sister. At least, for the few months she intends them to stay. A promise to her mother binds her to always run, in order to stay safe. However, when this sexy stranger comes to aid them when her car is broken, she can’t control herself. Maybe it’s time for her to settle down…

Soon the two of them will find out that they have more reasons to be apart than they thought. There will be nothing left but their love to prove that they are mates. Forever and Always.

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stalker of shadowsSTALKER OF SHADOWS (SPECTR SERIES BOOK 1) by Jordan L Hawk

John Starkweather feels restless. Though still technically an agent for SPECTR, his only job now seems to be hanging out with his boyfriends, Caleb and the vampire spirit Gray, and binge-watching TV in their New Orleans apartment.

The inactivity comes to an abrupt end when a rougarou attacks John’s estranged grandfather. Even though he hasn’t seen his family since he was a teen, John can’t pass up the opportunity to reconnect.

The more John investigates the attack, the stranger everything about it seems, from his parents’ odd behavior to the rougarou’s unnatural size. And the closer John comes to finding answers, the nearer he draws to a truth that might be better left uncovered.

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WARRIOR WOLFWARRIOR WOLF: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL: TAURUS (SUPERNATURAL WARS BOOK 8) by Crystal Dawn

Grant is a werewolf warrior sent to fight in South America out of the large base they have there. He’s itching to fight and he wants to mate Jaclyn the lovely witch who came there recently. She’s lost here where her professional exterior doesn’t fit in and she needs to get back to her wild witch roots.
Can these two different people manage to work together and find something special that’s growing between them?

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possessedPOSSESSED (THE ELECTI SERIES BOOK 3) by Elise Noble

Geneticist Nicole Bordais has one goal—to find a cure for her supernatural powers so she can walk the streets of California without the spirits of the dead constantly harassing her. But when her scumbag of a boyfriend steals a precious family heirloom and skips town, her priorities change. Now, along with her best friend Lulu, she’s on a mission to get her necklace back.

Part-time bounty hunter Beckett Sinclair doesn’t want to hunt down escaped felon Corey Hastings. No, he’d rather stick with his regular job as a nightclub bouncer and his hobby researching the paranormal. But family obligations send him west, where he finds more than he bargained for in San Francisco.

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perpetual preyPERPETUAL PREY (AN OBSCURE MAGIC BOOK 9) by Viola Grace

Elsinor has walked the earth for thousands of years, but every few decades, she must start over. Waking up in agony with her organs slowly regenerating, she has coined a new phrase Prometheus Syndrome.
With modern technology and magic available, this might be her one chance to learn who she is and who she has been in the past. The clock is ticking, and she is ready to defend herself. She is going to find her attacker and take the fight to him. Elsinor is tired of living for the moment before her life has to start over again.
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shadow wolf suzanne roslynSHADOW WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 2) by Suzanne Roslyn

A mistake has been made…And wolf shifter, Jacob Grayson intends to make good on it. Years ago, he gave up his rights to claim his true mate to his brother. Now a widow with twin girls, Kasa agrees to return to her pack and raise her children, but when a stranger tries to take one of her girls, she must turn to the man who broke her heart long ago.

Jacob can’t hold back his feelings for Kasa and his need to claim her as his mate any longer. He’ll have to convince her his intentions are true this time, especially before something happens to one of those precious little girls he thinks of as his own.
When Kasa and the girls go missing, Jacob will have to rely on an unlikely source to get her back and confront the one person he never thought to see again.

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Trapped on TalonqueVS note: Picked one of my favorite, older scifi romances to feature today: TRAPPED ON TALONQUE, which has an alien sleeping beauty subplot…it was a fun challenge to write an alien woman trapped on a primitive planet for thousands of years and what she finds when she’s awakened. Not that my characters had fun… I always think someday I really need to write another book with these characters! I had a sequel in mind but there’s only so much time and so many books to write.

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 8

May 1

April 24

April 17

April 10

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’ like the military scifi bundle (which I have no involvement in).

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

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

 

As If He’s Guarding Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

(I just got CAMRON back from the Editor so he’s on track for a late May release!)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – the alien predator has Elianna trapped in a tree. (She refers to him as a tiger but of course he’s completely alien…)

In a leisurely fashion, the cat strolled to the tree, sharpened its claws on the wood for a minute, which made the entire trunk shake, eliciting curses from Elianna as she clutched the tree, and then stood on its hind feet, leaning its forepaws on the trunk. The display made it abundantly clear her adversary could pluck her from safety at any second. The cat flicked its pink tongue at her and licked her ankle before going to all fours and pacing away from the tree. It lay on the grass, again facing the building.

As if he’s guarding me.

Could she be so lucky? Was the cat trying to save her for its next meal or was it smart enough to realize the two of them could be allies? The uncertainty tormented her, leaving her in a state of complete indecision about what her next move should be.

She sat in the tree all afternoon, growing tired, hungry, and thirsty. Eventually, one Khagrish guard appeared, staring from the cat to her then running inside, presumably to report.

Eventually, the tiger rose as if response to a signal and went inside the cell.

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

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

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday May 8

rogue havenAs 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).

Would you like a free NEW Galactic Gladiators short story from Anna Hackett? Plus a STAR CRUISE short from me, not to mention other scifi romance goodies? Check out the free Pets In in Space 4 Reader Magnet offer at the end of this post!

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ROGUE HAVEN (ROGUE STAR BOOK 6) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

Somehow funny, smart-ass navigator Qal seems to be able to see straight into my very soul. Me. Manda. The one no one notices.He makes me laugh. And listens to me. And his kisses set me on fire…

Everything would be fantastic, except for the alien slavers trying to catch us.With the forces of the Enclave and the Dominion hot on the trail of the Rogue Star, the time to hide is over.They’ll find out that together, we’re far more than they bargained for.

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alpha collectsALPHA COLLECTS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks

It takes a special kind of Omega to bring an Alpha to his knees.
Kind.
Sweet.
Beautiful. With legs that go on forever, colored eyes, perky protruding nose, funny ears, and… Were was I? Ah yes, I collected one such Omega, and I’m bringing her before my king.
I am Tayseer, the Collector, the Legend.
And I will deliver my people the queen.

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shockwaveSHOCKWAVE (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 1) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Always exciting when Lindsay starts up a new series!

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes? And nobody told you?
Casmir Dabrowski would laugh if someone asked him that. After all, he had to build a robot to protect himself from bullies when he was in school.

Fortunately, life is a little better these days. He’s an accomplished robotics engineer, a respected professor, and he almost never gets picked on in the lunchroom. But he’s positive heroics are for other people.
Until robot assassins stride onto campus and try to kill him.

Forced to flee the work he loves and the only home he’s ever known, Casmir catches the first ship into space, where he hopes to buy time to figure out who wants him dead and why. If he can’t, he’ll never be able to return home.

But he soon finds himself entangled with bounty hunters, mercenaries, and pirates, including the most feared criminal in the Star Kingdom: Captain Tenebris Rache.

Rache could snap his spine with one cybernetically enhanced finger, but he may be the only person with the answer Casmir desperately needs: What in his genes is worth killing for?

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stephanies challengeSTEPHANIE’S CHALLENGE (CHALLENGE SERIES BOOK 4) by M K Eidem

VS Note: Mentioned this book last week when it was only available on the author’s website but now it’s wide.

Stephanie Michelakakis worked and sacrificed for her position as a Lieutenant in the Coalition. She was on track to become the first woman ever accepted into a Royal Guard, specifically King Jotham’s Royal Guard. Then a life-altering injury shattered her dreams. Now she must figure out how to move on with her life.Nicholas Deffand was the youngest male ever named as the Captain of King Jotham’s Royal Guard. He served and protected his King to the exclusion of everything else. But now he’s found a woman who not only understood what his job entailed but his dedication to it as well.These two dedicated people never expected to find love. Will they be strong enough to make it work or will their relationship be another sacrifice they must make?

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matched jennifers diaryMATCHED: JENNIFER’S DIARY (XAERD MATES BOOK 1) by L Starfyre

Sci-Fi geek Jennifer is fed up. Her family is unsupportive and her love life is far from satisfactory. It’s not her fault that she has a super healthy libido.

Desperation leads her to volunteer for a partnership program offered by the Alliance of Autonomous Planets that promises to match her with her perfect mate(s). Maybe she will finally find relief. Human men have been a disappointment.
Will an alien mate fulfill her desires? Are shifters a real thing?

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modified and sacredMODIFIED AND SACRED by Jana Denardo

Lieutenant Addison Hunt is proud to serve the Confederation even if he still feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Addison was illegally genetically modified as a child, leaving him burdened with a sense of shame. Emotionally isolated from his fellow crewmen and recovering from injuries from his last job, Addison is happy to have light duty transporting an esteemed diplomat to a peace conference.

Deveral is one of the Sacred Kin, possessing a psychic ability that his people consider a spark of the divine. Like all the Sacred Kin, he’s led a sheltered life as a temple priest, but his heightened empathic ability makes him the perfect diplomat. Nervous to leave his home, he’s curious about his new companion, Lieutenant Hunt.

Not everyone wants the diplomatic mission to succeed, and a rebel faction poses a real threat to Addison and Deveral. Finding themselves cast adrift on a “lost” colony, they’ll have to fight to stay alive.

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prometheus curseTHE PROMETHEUS CURSE BOOK 1 by K B Wheelock

Created in a lab, moonbound, Rebby doesn’t belong.
Experimented on by mad scientists, changed into a creature she doesn’t understand, Rebby flees her captors as soon as the opportunity arises. She doesn’t expect to meet two shifters who will place everything on the line to help her.
Working together they must solve the mystery of what Rebby is and where she came from, and in the process prevent a shifter war and exposure to the humans.

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stolen and seducedSTOLEN AND SEDUCED by Stella Cassy

River’s never had anyone constant in her life and she likes it that way—so she says. Emancipated at 15, she’s stomped her way to a small home and a business of her own. It isn’t much, but it’s all hers. Reading tarot cards for the gullible, she manages to make it until an alien kidnaps her for her future-telling talents.

Drem has spent his life fighting off the predators that roam his home planet. The seers tell of a far-seer, one in the distance who can end the suffering of his people. Steeling himself, he takes flight to find her and save his people. But he isn’t counting on the far-seer being unaware of his intentions and when she’s more fight than flight, something more than hope stirs in his chest.

Can River and Drem manage to come to an understanding before Drem’s homeland and his people are just one more footnote in the universe’s history?

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devorDEVOR (THE ALPHA QUADRANT SERIES BOOK 1) by Enid Titan

Stolen from my home.
Trapped on a giant spaceship.
Taken by the Prince of an alien species I never knew existed.
He’s more than a man in so many ways.
But I can’t let myself fall under the telepath’s spell.
I can’t think about his long silver blond warrior’s hair…
His glowing eyes…
His unique tongues…
Or the immense equipment dangling between his legs.
I have to be sensible — I have to escape.
The only problem is that the Crown Prince will never let me out of his sight.
And even if I did escape, I’d have no way to get back to Earth.

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angel risingANGEL RISING (TRUE SPACE RENEGADES BOOK 1) by Cairo Ford

She’s the free-spirited captain who can’t find her way…eautiful. Righteous. Lost. Angelica Justice is a warrior without a war, fighting on long after the peace treaty is signed. The only person she trusts is her AI companion, Odysseus, whose existence she has to keep secret to protect them both.

Alek. Bale. Maddox. SateoMercenary. Genius. Veteran. Warrior-monk. Each of them works alone, haunted by the ghosts of war, exile and loss.They never expected to find everything they needed in the depths of blackest space — in her, the captain of their hearts.>Stealing them was the smartest thing she’d ever done.

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unexpected hopeUNEXPECTED HOPE (SHIFTING ALLIANCES BOOK 6) by Severine Wolfe

Andrea Collins had been drifting before she’d been abducted and tossed into a Cosmos that didn’t really care what her desires were. When she was asked to visit the Accord Prime planet to corroborate some data and attend a few lectures on xenobiology she had jumped at the chance. She had met a telepath who had showed her the beauty of the mate bond and she had fallen in love with it. She wanted that bond more than she wanted anything else. Rudderless without her family, she wanted to have someone for herself.

Lomar of Masinia had long live with Accord misconceptions of his rave and tried to educate where it was possible. However, he did not desire a bond mate. Despite his defense of his race, he felt like women held too much power in their relationships. When he meets Andrea and recognizes who she is to him, he fights it. Hard.

The universe has a way of teaching lessons in a harsh manner and Lomar learns very quickly that denying the bond is possibly his worst decision. The both find themselves fighting preconceived notions and each other until The Universe teaches them a harsh lesson and they find it easier to learn than to fight.

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resurgenceRESURGENCE: KATIERAN PRIME by KD Jones

What happens when a doctor from Earth meets a sexy male alien that fulfills her vine-swinging ape-man fantasies? Explosive passion and an adventure of a lifetime. The bestselling science fiction series Katieran Prime gives us another great installment with Resurgence.

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frost fireFROST FIRE (A NOVEL OF THE DRACOL BOOK 3) by Michelle Howard

Madness has spread among the Dracol shifters one sect at a time. Now it has come to the Silver through their King. Instead of being the hunter, Faris is the hunted. As time goes on, it gets harder and harder to ignore the growing voices in his head. Especially when they tell him to kill the only female he’s ever wanted as his own.

Rena never understood why the male who owned her heart left her. She tried to move on, but no other lover compared to the silver-haired King. When opportunity presents itself, she must fight for what they could have or die trying.

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blue alien princes obedient mateBLUE ALIEN PRINCE’S OBEDIENT MATE (ROYALLY BLUE – CELESTIAL MATES) by Zara Zenia

Prince Draklan must find a bride—and fast. With only 90 days to tie the knot or lose his claim to the Tamarax throne, he resorts to a matchmaker to find him a wife.

Margot wants to leave Earth, and Tamarax is her dream destination, but the only way to live there is through marriage. The matchmaker from Celestial Mates assures her Draklan is her perfect mate, but neither of them know the truth—she’s no matchmaker at all.

Their opposing views and differences become apparent almost immediately, but when they’re forced to rely on each other and fight for their lives in the wilderness, the attraction and feelings grow into something both of them hoped for but neither expected.

Can the couple survive the trials they face in the vast wilds of Tamarax, or will the forces working against them win out over love?

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rohn nancey cummingsROHN: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF SANGRIN BOOK 7) by Nancey Cummings

Nakia may have lost a leg during the Invasion, but she’s not going to let that keep her from what she wants.

And she wants Rohn. She has since the moment the alien warrior rescued her from a collapsed building. But she’s afraid he still only perceives her as a damaged, frail human. She wants him to recognize her as so much more, and she won’t rest until he understands they belong together.

Rohn might be past his prime, but he’s not blind.He sees how the other males look at his mate with envy, admiration, and want. They would tempt her away from him, take her for their own, and claim that an old, scarred warrior like him could not satisfy the appetite of a vibrant young female. He’ll battle any threat to his mate, friend or foe, and prove himself worthy.

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by firelightBY FIRELIGHT:  A POST APOCALYPTIC REVERSE HAREM SERIAL by Aveda Soren

My name is Eliza and this is my story.
I live in the underground the world after the world.
I am one of the survivors of the end.
Now 20 years after the solar flare that devastated the entire world had passed, there are no laws no governments and no peace.
The only rule is, Know your place.
I live as a boy, avoiding unwanted attention as a pair of extra hands doing the biffing of the Preppers the closest things to kings in this world.
Until I break the rule in an attempt to save the life of one young boy.
The moment I do a series of events propels me to run to the surface where I discover 4 extraordinary men, and that the Surface was far more than I thought.

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what blooms beneathWHAT BLOOMS BENEATH by A D Ellis

Kellan considers himself lucky to have an adequate existence on earth where, in the year 2044, common citizens toil under the oppressive thumb of a corrupt and unscrupulous government. Kellan dreams of becoming part of the Department of Paranormal, Supernatural, and Fantasy Sciences, but his application is continually denied because he has no extra-sapien blood. Kellan’s simple reality shifts when Rhône unexpectedly enters his life.
Rhône, living in a camouflaged, underground village, never planned to get involved with an individual from the outer world. When Rhône and Kellan cross paths, there’s no denying the attraction and pull between them. But there’s something else, something more, just beneath the surface.
A hidden world and painful secrets are a potentially complicated blend. However, with Rhône by his side, enlightening details and unexplored powers provide Kellan with an opportunity for deep self-discovery. Will Kellan’s open and accepting heart allow for an extraordinary love to bloom? Or will the vast differences between Kellan and Rhône take root and strangle any hope for a flourishing future?

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middlegameMIDDLEGAME by Seanan Mcguire

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

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

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electric forestELECTRIC FOREST by Tanith Lee

VS Note: A re-release. Not listed as a romance but a re-release of note.

In the futuristic world of Indigo, reproduction is controlled by the government, guaranteeing that every baby is happy, healthy, and beautiful. But mistakes happen, and a rare few babies are accidentally born biologically, like Magdala Cled.

Because of her natural-born features, Magdala is an outcast in society–abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name “Ugly.” But Magdala’s world turns upside down when she’s approached by Claudio Loro, a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body. When he offers to transfer Magdala’s consciousness into the body, she cannot refuse the priceless opportunity for a new, beautiful life.

However, unbeknownst to her, Claudio has crafted her new body to resemble Christophine del Jan, his rival scientist and former lover. Now Magdala must impersonate Christophine to infiltrate high society, court Claudio’s advances, and decide whose side she is truly on–all while maintaining her real body lest it die…and she die with it.

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aurora risingAURORA RISING (THE AURORA CYCLE BOOK 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

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storm cursed patricia briggsSTORM CURSED (A MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL BOOK 11) by Patricia Briggs

VS Note: One of my favorite series, had this pre-ordered forever!

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe.  As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.

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her professor mateHER PROFESSOR MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS #4 by Tasha Black

J.D. MacGregor is the beta of the Tarker’s Hollow pack. Respected by his pack-mates, adored by his fellow professors, and crushed on by his female students at Tarker’s Hollow College, all Mac really wants is to be loved by Parker Everly. But the curvy middle school teacher can’t forget his bizarre behavior at a party several years ago. And since he has to keep his wolf-shifter identity secret, he can’t explain what was going on that night. Parker seems to find him cute at best and amusing at worst. Meanwhile, poor Mac is driven out of his mind with lust for his former student teacher.

Parker Everly has always had a crush on Mr. MacGregor – he’s hot as hell, funny, and crazy smart. But he’s obviously an incurable ladies’ man. And Parker’s got problems of her own, problems that seem to defy the natural order of the universe. As her mysterious dreams grow more frequent, Parker begins to see things in the shadows that shouldn’t be there. She’s always been a light-hearted person, but it’s beginning to feel like the world is closing in.

When a horse-ride through the darkening woods turns into an impromptu camping trip, Parker and Mac are thrown together. It’s hard to deny the strange happenings around them, and even harder to deny the attraction between them. Will the two manage to restrain themselves? Or will Mac finally profess his love?

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dragons of summerTHE DRAGONS OF SUMMER: A TWELVE KINGDOMS NOVELLA (UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: Previously published in an anthology. I LOVE this story. This series is one of my alltime favorites and the character of Harlan the Dasnarian is…wonderful.

As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women

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f is for fairyF IS FOR FAIRY (ALPHABET ANTHOLOGIES BOOK 6) by Various

Retellings of familiar favourites from new perspectives, and brand new stories share the pages of this fairy-themed collection. Within these offerings you’ll find fairy music and food, contracts (making and breaking them), changelings, circles and curses–these stories deliver all the things you already love about fairies and a few new tricks as well.

A dusting of dragons, shapeshifters and ogres accompany these tales which include feminist fairies overcoming trauma, Norse fairies breaking the rules to interfere in human affairs, intergalactic fairies hitching a ride to a new home, political satire featuring an idiot king and talking animals, a new Robin Archer story, fairy run nightclubs and so, so much more.

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bennyBENNY (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Benny, owner of Club Crimson, is not what he appears to be. Outwardly, he’s a handsome, friendly giant of a man who treats everyone like family. Inwardly he’s fighting a battle, and if he ever slips, it could mean certain death for those around him. So even though he’s been in love with Harley for a lifetime, he has never been able to pursue her. Until someone close to him gives him just the push he needs…

Harley knows she can’t wait much longer for Benny. She’s been in the friend box for years, given hope by Benny’s protectiveness and his inability to look at any woman but her. But when she’s about to give up, Benny makes a move that results in the hottest night of her life, far beyond what she’d ever imagined. Now if only she could uncover the secrets hiding in Benny’s beautiful hazel eyes.

Though Benny wants to claim Harley more than he wants his next breath, there’s still danger inside him, forcing him to hold back. So when a mysterious person appears with a devastating revelation and a tempting offer, Benny might not be able to refuse him. And that might be the last mistake Benny makes.

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blood of dragonsBLOOD OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 3) by Olivia Ash

I’m not the girl I used to be, and the world is no longer as it was.
The magic I possess—the magic I’m quickly mastering—it can destroy whole cities. Start wars. Change the tides of a battle.
As the dragon vessel, pretty much everyone wants me either locked up or dead.
Out of the shadows comes a new threat—a fighter who reminds me a little too much of my mentor.
He wants to take my old place at Zurie’s side. And the only way he can get it, apparently, is to kill me.
Dragons and humans alike just won’t leave me alone. In the end, that’s going to be their fatal mistake.
Because I don’t go down quietly.
Those who come after me die early deaths, and none of these fools will take my magic—or my beautiful newfound freedom—from me.

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twist of fate marlie mayTWIST OF FATE: A TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE SET IN ANCIENT POMPEII by Marlie May

Twenty-first century Greek goddess Pandia is shaking in her Jimmy Choos. A few weeks ago, she traveled back in time to attend a party, where she accidentally suggested Julius Caesar abandon politics for gardening. Her father, Zeus, summons her to modern Olympus after he discovers her meddling eliminated the month of July. To teach her the importance of fate, he strips Pandia’s goddess powers and sentences her to a stint of mortality in ancient Pompeii.

Pandia refuses to let her punishment get her down. She’ll do her time, leave destinies untouched, and be home in time for her next shift at the local animal shelter. Instead, she’s mistaken for a prostitute and arrested for inciting a riot. Sentenced to serve as a massage therapist in Pompeii’s gladiator school, she’s assigned to Caladus, a gladiator whose washboard abs test her vow to remain uninvolved.

To escape Pompeii, Pandia must prove she respects mortals’ fates. But she’s falling for Caladus, and her time’s running out: Mt. Vesuvius is rumbling.

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ladys choiceTHE LADY’S CHOICE C(QUEENMAKER SAGA BOOK 2) by Bernadette Rowley

…the perfect plan…With her people on the brink of starvation, Lady Benae Branasar devises a daring rescue. She will marry powerful Prince Jiseve of Brightcastle and use his fortune to save her estates. But first she must compete against three princesses equally determined to win his hand.

…a dangerous distraction…When she finds herself drawn to her reluctant escort, the prince’s squire Ramón Zorba, her plans begin to unravel.

Ramón is dealing with problems of his own, but as he thaws, Benae glimpses the devastating man beneath. The more time they spend together, the harder Benae finds it to focus on her objective. Will she stay true to her people? Or will love and fate intervene?
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fall from graceFALL FROM GRACE (FIRE AND SHADOW BOOK 1) by Skyler Andra

I am the Archangel Jophiel, the last of Heaven’s warriors. Charged to wipe the scourge of darkness from the earth, spread by Lucifer, my fallen brother. Each day he grows stronger as humans and the archangels sent to defeat him, succumb to his will. But one by one, Lucifer is hunting the archangels, and I must find them before it’s too late.

But I never expected to be drawn to Michael, the leader of the archangels, as if my purpose, my world, didn’t exist. Nor fall for the rough charm of the battle weary soldier Zadkiel. I don’t have time to surrender to my feelings when the world is in peril. All I have to fight with is the gift of beauty in a world shrouded in darkness. That’s if Lucifer doesn’t find me first.

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covens end kaneCOVEN’S END: KANE (COVEN’S END SERIES BOOK 1) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff

Bad boy. Alpha. Lethal. Some say those are qualities of a good leader. Heir to the Vampire throne and Lilith’s only son, I’m being forced to find a mate. Unfortunately for my beloved mama, I found my fated mate already. No one compares to her.

The problem? She’s a Lycan princess– completely off limits. If that’s not bad enough, I’m not her only potential mate. Can I ignore the pull of my fated mate to make my mother happy and take the throne?

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chained alphabits book 4CHAINED (ALPHABITS BOOK 4) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

Six years ago, Lance Lancaster (no, his parents hadn’t hated him—they were just that snooty) lost the only member of his family who cared about him—his six-year old autistic half-brother, Spencer Maximillian. He’s certain the anti-shifter group protesting outside of Spencer’s school is to blame, but no one has made any progress on the case, and he’s certain everyone has given up.

Until Oswald “Ozzy” Ryder and the Alphabits pick up the cold case. Ozzy swaggered into the Maximillian mansion expecting business as usual. He didn’t expect to find a handful of adorably too-big eared fennec fox with a scent that screamed mate!

With Lance’s obsessive data collection and the Alphabits’ know-how, Lance begins to feel hope he might see his brother again. But things aren’t what they appeared, and it takes the insight of a new team member to put the team on the right track… and hope they’re not too late.

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run little princeRUN LITTLE PRINCE (THE FOREST PACK SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey

VS Note: From early April

After jumping into the elf realm and leaving her daughter behind to save her mates, Snow finds out there are much darker secrets going on inside the locked up castle she is desperate to invade.
When the extremely seductive prince of the elves offers her help in exchange for her hand in marriage, Snow knows she must accept it.
To save her mate, her prince and her new husband, Snow will do whatever it takes.

Even poison the queen.

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blood moon magic ashley mcleoBLOOD MOON MAGIC (FANGED FAE SERIES BOOK 1) by Ashley McLeo

Mauri awoke to find three hot fae leaning over her. They told her she was a hidden demi-fae princess. And that she’d just been bitten by a vampire. Now she must find the vampire who bit her and kill him to reverse the curse. All while fighting her rising bloodlust.

If she fails, she’ll become a vampire-fae hybrid that terrifies even her hunky fae friends. A monster any vampire monarch would love to control. She only has five days to save herself.

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drop of nightshadeA DROP OF NIGHTSHADE (THE ORGANIZATION BOOK 1) by C M Cevis

VS note: From March

The deeper you delve into the paranormal world, the higher the chances that you’ll get lost. That’s where I come in: I’m an agent for the Organization, a government agency that deals with all things supernatural. My particular area of expertise involves angels and fallen. I seem to be one of the few that can kill them.

Angels will always be a special breed, but there are certain things that you can count on them to never do. Committing murder and then killing themselves was always one of those things, until recently. When angels killing humans and then themselves becomes a reoccurring issue in my city, even bringing around the angels investigating to ask us for help, there is something very wrong. Something that we have to stop before anyone else gets hurt.

This case is one unlike any I’ve ever taken on before. Personal lines are crossed, and things that I thought I knew about myself turn out to be part of a bigger plot. A plot that has a hand in this very case. What am I supposed to when half of this case is… me?

I do the same thing I’ve always done: I take out the bad guys, I save the innocents. And then I go home and let my heart break. All in a day’s work, right?

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dont fight the sparkDON’T FIGHT THE SPARK: SOLDIERS AND MERCENARIES STORY by Kasia Bacon

As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year.
The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration—by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can’t win.
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he’d stop at nothing to save.

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unspokenUNSPOKEN (UNBORN BOOK 3) by Amber Lynn Natusch

With the Underworld still in chaos, Hades, King of the Dead, can’t return home. His traitorous wife, Persephone, remains on the loose—and she’s not the only one. Many of the souls that Khara unwittingly released from the Oudeis have not been accounted for, including former gods, and neither have some of her father’s minions. While Khara and Oz search for Persephone, her brothers work to secure the escaped souls and discover who murdered Drew. But they soon find themselves faced with an even greater problem—one with a name they dare not speak.

Forced into shady alliances with would-be enemies, Khara must work to restore the Underworld and place her father on the throne before the world above claims him and everyone else she loves.

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draco salvationDRACO’S SALVATION: ELEMENTALS MC (BOOK 10) by Alexi Ferreira

DRACO – She doesn’t know this yet but she’s my salvation, after an eternity of fighting not to unleash my fury on this world a smart mouthed, red headed vixen confronts me with a fire that has me burning for her like I have never burned for anyone before. I am stronger than any other Elemental on this world, and meanwhile this woman brings me to my knees with a simple smile. She’s in danger as my enemies will stop at nothing to get to her, they shouldn’t test me, I have kept my fury leashed for centuries by willpower alone, but anyone tries to harm what is most precious to me and I will destroy everything to keep her safe.

KATRINA – I’ve never been one to shy away from danger, but Draco is danger personified. Not only that, he oozes sex appeal, his intense blue eyes has me submitting to his will at every turn. His smile gives the word erotic a whole new meaning. He doesn’t know this yet but I will endeavor to bring light back into his life.

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arch mages destinyAN ARCHMAGE’S DESTINY (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK WARLOCKS BOOK 4) by Marie-Claude Bourque

THE ATTORNEY: Bryce Jackson is a steadfast attorney who stands by nothing but a job well done. Her reputation on the line, she must convince Knightley Morgan to return to the folds of his powerful New England family or apply the devastating consequences herself. But when the daredevil archmage refuses to comply, she must choose between her stellar reputation and her heart’s deepest desire.

THE ARCHMAGE: Knightley has cut ties with the stifling Order of the Dark Oak when he left them all behind to hunt evil in Seattle on his own terms. He will not give up his freedom, no matter how dire the cost. But is he really ready to lose the magic forever? Especially when he’s fallen hard in love with the executioner carrying out his sentence?

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spells and magicSPELLS AND MAGIC (PARANORMAL M15 TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Rachel Medhurst

One killer down, one to go. With the serial killer off my back, my mother, the head of Parnormal MI5, wants me to move on to another case. Only problem is, my best friend has been kidnapped and held by a man who helped the evil killer.
My magic is almost restored, but the fate of my soul is still in question. If I took the time off to save my friend, and myself, would my job as top Paranormal MI5 agent still be there when I returned? The risk was great on both sides, but when life trumps magic, I have to brace myself for impact.

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six of one egressSIX OF ONE: EGRESS (BOOK 4) by DeAnna C Zankich

Evan’s apprehension of what he will find in Scotland keeps him away for seventeen years. It’s not lake monsters and fairies that concern him; it’s the two people he loves most.

He has never known Kathryn and Kellan without the magical manipulation of their witch grandmother. When they are in Mount Iolite, Ginny conceals their supernatural gifts so the vessel and outcaster can rest. That cloak prevents Evan from understanding their true powers, leaving him to his own dark and fearsome imaginings.

His engagement to Kathryn emboldens him enough to finally experience the wild land…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blood of the shaydeBLOOD OF THE SHAYDE (VAMPIRES BLOOD MATE BOOK 2) by Lili Zander

One deadly human assassinsent to kill me. Two powerful vampire politicians,playing games with human lives.A gorgeous, terrifying, inscrutable prince who wants to claim me. Three deadly enemies. Three mortal threats. But I am not alone any more. I have Saber, Zeke, and Nero on my side. And together, we can do anything.Bring it on.

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wolfs guardWOLF’S GUARD (TEXAS RANCH WOLF PACK SERIES BOOK 11) by Lynn Nodima

Nate, king of all shifters, not only has to deal with the werewolf threat, but he must also deal with the consequences of being outed to the public. No one said being the king of all shifters would be easy. No one said it would be this hard, either.

Meanwhile, Bess finds her mate in the queen’s kitchen. Learning he’s a dragon is almost too much. Bess doesn’t need a man to be happy. Especially not one who keeps his foot in his mouth.

As the only dragon on Earth, Magnus never expects to find a mate. When he sees Bess, he knows she’s the bear for him. But she won’t have anything to do with him, and everything he does seems to shove her away.

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tamed by the trollTAMED BY THE TROLL (THE PERISHED WOODS BOOK 1) by Tracey Lauren

Once the belle of her village, life took a dark turn for Adelaide upon her parent’s death. Plagued by lingering grief, there was not a soul who didn’t turn their back on her. They called her angry and spiteful… Hell, they called her a monster.

One fateful day Adelaide finds herself alone, lingering on the edge of The Perished Woods–a cursed and evil place. Without warning, an orc army attacks.

Her village ablaze, Adelaide races into the Perished Woods, seeking refuge in a place of nightmares. With orcs at her heels, she’s desperate to escape. But when the young woman crosses an aging stone bridge in the middle of the cursed forest she’s met with an even more fearsome enemy. A troll… one who is determined to save her.

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her frenemy bearHER FRENEMY BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Cynthia Wilde

Single mother, Alexandra Winter lived in Burning Falls her whole life without knowing the depths of secrets within the small town. As she notices more and more odd occurrences, Alex begins to wonder if there is more going on than meets the eye. It does not help that she keeps crossing paths with her old high school nemesis, Jackson Forester. Perhaps the budding friendship between her young son and his daughter might be a new start for her, or will her own stubbornness get in her way once again?

Still new to being a shifter, Jackson learns that his need to find a mate gets stronger with each passing day, and his growing attraction to a woman who hates him does little to solve his problems. Will his increasing need interfere with his ability to protect her from the secrets of Burning Falls? Will she be able to handle the truth once it is revealed, or will his past transgressions be too much for both of them?

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breaking his spellBREAKING HIS SPELL by Foster Bridget Cassidy

Klint doesn’t believe in true love. As an Alma, an immortal magician, he knows such feelings can’t last forever. The death of his mortal lover almost a hundred years ago proved it. But Klint’s resolve gets put to the test when he’s tasked with saving a prince from a dark spell. With Carishina, his friend and fellow Alma, in tow, he sets off for Terius.
Carishina’s ideas for breaking spells differ greatly from Klint’s. While he tries potions, Carishina tries kisses. Only one of them will succeed.

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royals of villain academy 1 cruel magicROYALS OF VILLAIN ACADEMY 1: CRUEL MAGIC by Emma Chase

I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known to the rest of magical society as Villain Academy.

It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear—and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating my supposedly wicked skills. I don’t want to use a power that feeds off people’s pain, but I have to tap into my talents fast if I want to survive. I’ve got no time to grieve for my family. The students here are even more vicious than the teachers, and my fellow scions are worst of all.

The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me, even if I can barely get my magic working.
They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved. It doesn’t matter what kind of power runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.

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coyote liesCOYOTE LIES: COYOTE HUNGER BOOK 4 by Rhian Cahill

Brady Connelly is finally coming home to Whispering Springs. He doesn’t expect a warm welcome, not after he and his mother disappeared in the dark of night all those years ago. And don’t get him started on the trouble his father and brother have caused the Whispering Mountain coyote pack. Throw in a reluctant mate and Brady’s return is as frigid as the mountains around him.

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jacksonJACKSON – HOUSE OF WILTSHIRE by Kathi S Barton

Jackson William hadn’t seen his father in centuries. Now his father was dead, he was now king, and the dragon council wanted to hold him responsible for his father’s crimes? And there had been many. The truth would be his salvation.Nicole needed a job. A job that would put a roof over her head as well. She hadn’t had a decent meal in a week. But the ad didn’t say there were faeries and witches. Where there were faeries, there were dragons and Nicole was petrified of them. And with good reason.The poison from the dragon bites flowing through Nicole’s veins left her weak and in a lot of pain. She was a mere human, and her body’s inability to heal from the bites left her vulnerable to new dragon attacks. Now this dragon, Jackson, was claiming to be her mate? Would this nightmare never end?

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captured by dragonsCAPTURED BY DRAGONS (FIVE CROWNS BOOK 1) by Athena Aston

A car accident leaves Diana searching for answers. One minute she’s in the Arizona desert, the next, she’s on a beach in an unknown land. Groggy and scared, she needs help. The first man she sees doesn’t look like help, though. He stalks her like prey, watching and waiting.

How in the hell did she get into this mess?

Just as he’s about to strike, Diana is rescued by Cetus, a dragon shifter, and a royal one at that. She’s certain this is all a dream, especially when she sees his chiseled features and the way he looks at her. He’s interested. In her. Swoon. He returns to the Emperor, who happens to be his uncle, with Diana in tow. She’s amazed by the beauty of the palace and its inhabitants, but she’s in for more than she bargained for.

Cetus has three cousins: Geb, Lux, and Aurus. Each a different type of dragon shifter, they’re all kinds of beautiful in their own protective ways…and they all want her.
Now Diana is their servant, doing anything the dragons require.
But as she stays at the palace things begin to change. She begins to change. Standing beside these four dragons, she’s beginning to feel like she belongs.
Can their love be split five ways, or will their dragon nature burn everything to the ground?

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hero complexTHE HERO COMPLEX by K A Knight and Erin O’Kane

Eden’s the name, and hero-ing is my game.
Well, sort-of…I try, but honestly, I’m just not that good at it. This whole hero gig is a lot harder than it looks!
It seems my latest ‘mishap’ has finally pushed Boss Man over the edge. Not only do I have just one more chance to earn my Hero title for real this time, but it’s also my last shot before they reclassify me as a Villain!
I guess it’s time to Hero-up!

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mage on the hillTHE MAGE ON THE HILL (THE WEB OF ARCANA BOOK 1) by Angel Martinez

A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

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tropical lions legacyTROPICAL LION’S LEGACY (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 9)  by Zoe Chant

Graham Long left his career—and his real name—behind to make a fresh start for himself at Shifting Sands. He’s done with dueling, and wants nothing more than to quietly raise his strawberries and tend the lawns at the tropical shifters-only resort.

A fight is the last thing he wants when his lion insists that his friend’s bear shifter bridesmaid is his destined mate.

But fiercely independent Alice Anders has a life of her own already. She’s not going to turn her back on the people who need her and the job she loves just to run away to a tropical island paradise with a gorgeous gardener that makes her knees weak with one blue-eyed glance. She’s not at the resort to find her own true love… and she’s not there only as a bridesmaid, either. She’s been given a fighting chance to save her family: all she has to do is uncover the shift form of the mysterious resort owner, Scarlet, for an equally mysterious man for whom money is no object.

Between the secrets they’re keeping and the answers they’re searching for, it’s a hard road to honesty, and harder road still to a happy ever after.

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alexs mateALEX’S MATE (SHIFTER BEARS OF BIG BEND) by Meg Ripley

My nights are filled with reckless abandon with my crew of badass biker bitches.
My days are spent wearing a Ranger uniform in Big Bend.
And lately, working alongside the world’s geekiest bear, Alex.

Our clans paired us up on an assignment, and we couldn’t be more different.
So why does my inner wolf practically go into heat whenever he’s near?
He may be a nerd, but his broad shoulders and muscular frame fill out his uniform in all the right places.

Seriously, fate? Whatever stunt you’re trying to pull, you’re not gonna win this battle.
After my cheating bastard of an ex took off with my so-called best friend, I’m freaking done with men.
All I need are my bitches, my bike and the open road.

But one night, when sh*t starts to get real with my crew and they suspect I’m a shifter, I realize I might need Alex more than I think.

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once upon a wolfONCE UPON A WOLF by Hurri Cosmo

VS Note: From April

Hawk is alone, hiding from the world, living in a tiny, rickety cabin his grandfather built. He has few supplies and fewer yet of the skills needed to survive on his own, but because of what he did, because of what his father caused him to do… well, there’s just no other choice. But then one day “Ghost” shows up. A large black lone wolf who begins to “take care of” Hawk. He brings him game, he protects him from predators, and he even pulls him from a raging river. He is Hawk’s only friend and Hawk begins to talk to ghost as if he is human and can understand.
Except Ghost isn’t human.
Ghost has filled a void in Hawk’s life, and he is very grateful, but he is a wolf and Hawk needs the company of a human. In fact, Hawk is desperately lonely, to the point he even tells Ghost he longs for the touch of a man, the first time he has ever said such a wicked thing out loud. Then one full-moon night, a large, beautiful, naked man breaks into the cabin. At first Hawk is terrified, until he realizes the stranger has Ghost’s amazing golden eyes.

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bleeding heartsBLEEDING HEARTS by Various

VS note: From April

Some say love is the strongest emotion while some would rather die than feel it…but what if it could last forever? The idea of immortality can haunt and fascinate to the point of insanity, especially those who actively seek it. But what if you fell in love with someone with the blood that gave them the power to live forever? A love that could last or a love that could crumble you to pieces.
Lust.
Betrayal.
Forbidden love.
Creatures of the night.
These converge in this collection of paranormal romance stories meant to tantalize the senses and penetrate the soul.

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something wickedSOMETHING WICKED (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

If she could make it through her first semester without killing anyone…that’d be great.
San Francisco Bay Coven has been torn apart and no one feels this more than Mika Marshall. Kenzie Kavanagh exposed her father and brother’s betrayal.
So Mika is starting at the University of Morgana a semester late and praying to the Fates that she’ll be able to catch up and graduate with her class. But as a witch with an undeclared specialty she’s trying not to bring too much attention to herself.
Because Mika has a secret and if she doesn’t learn to control her powers, people will die.

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cursed landsCURSED LANDS by Various

Mysterious strangers. Hidden abilities. Inescapable darkness…
Join our courageous heroines and heroes as they battle demons, governments, and secret organizations in worlds where fae, vampires, angels, witches, humans, and more fight for survival.
Cursed Lands will lead you through one doomed world after another in this haunting dystopian, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance boxed set. Inside, you’ll find 22 exclusive, page-turning tales from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.
Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?

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chosen championCHOSEN CHAMPION (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Elise Kova

Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.

The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time.

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empire of grassEMPIRE OF GRASS (LAST KING OF OSTEN ARD BOOK 2) by Tad Williams

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but is a release of note…

The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions.

Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive.

But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies—not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them.

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royal dragon bindROYAL DRAGON BIND: ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS OF MOROCCO #1 by Ava Ward

Layla Price’s life isn’t what it should be. Bartending in Seattle sucks, and with a PhD in International Relations but no jobs available, she can’t afford rent, much less pay her student loans.

So when a ridiculously hot billionaire shows up at Layla’s favorite art gallery and purchases a priceless Moroccan wrist cuff, gifting it to her with an offer to work for him, should she take it?

The Red Letter Hotel is an exclusive business shrouded in secrets. But when Hot Mystery Guy runs out on her and all Layla gets is a business card with no name and an international number – plus the memory of his unreal aqua eyes that burn with hot desert winds – her life goes up in flames.

Call this number, he said. Become who you were meant to be.
But who is that – and does she dare find out?

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eye of the hurricaneEYE OF THE HURRICANE (A FATE’S FOOL NOVEL): BREATH OF AIR COLLECTION by Ophelia Bell

According to entertainment news, I’m the Angel of the Las Vegas Strip, the most sold-out singer at the Pandemonium Casino. According to the higher races—who I didn’t even know existed up till now—I’m part of the bloodline, which means I’m part-human, part-something else.

It also means I’m a threat to Fate’s precious balance.
To protect me from Fate’s wrath, three demigods have taken it upon themselves to act as my guardians—and lovers. But with the hounds of Fate nipping at my heels, can the Winds tear themselves away from their sibling rivalry over my affections long enough to keep me safe?
And why do I have to choose?

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pisa4 samplerVS Note: Interested in what is in the FREE PISA4 Sampler? We have new and exclusive short stories from S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis series, Anna Hackett’s Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone, Tiffany Roberts’ The Kraken series, Veronica Scott’s Star Cruise series, Pauline Baird Jones’ Project Enterprise series, Donna McDonald’s My Crazy Alien Romance series, Cassandra Chandler‘s The Department of Homeworld Security series, and Alexis Glynn Latner. Teasing us all with preview chapters of their Pets in Space 4 stories are Laurie A. Green, Regine Abel, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, and Kyndra Hatch! And don’t miss gorgeous alien artwork from Tiffany Roberts.

To Get the Sampler

My short story in the sampler is entitled STAR CRUISE: BUTTERFLY HAIR…..

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Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 1

April 24

April 17

April 10

April 3

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

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

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

Like A Bird in a Tree Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – I skipped ahead a few sentences. Elianna sees a small door on the back wall of the cell and while the beast is savaging the Khagrish guard, she heads for the door.

The wood swung open easily, causing her to tumble through.

Stunned, she gaped at her new location in an outdoor enclosure. The yard was fairly large, bounded by sparkling force barriers rising high into the sky, and a spindly tree grew in one corner. Desperate, Elianna ran to the tree and scrambled up the trunk using low hanging branches as handholds. She crouched in the fork of the trunk, about twenty feet from the ground, and tried to control her breathing so she wouldn’t pass out. The barrier walls rose high above her head, leaving no possibility of leaping from the tree to escape.

The beast could probably climb better than she could, being a feline, but in her panic she sought out any chance of prolonging her life even for a few more minutes. She wondered what was happening inside the cell but she wasn’t planning to go find out.

A few minutes later, the flap of the opening lifted, and the cat flowed through the space to stand in the yard. Immediately, he fixed his golden-eyed stare on her, and he padded over to the tree to sit on his haunches and contemplate her.

Like a bird in a tree.

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I don’t usually mention box sets but since this is my blog and my box set – Ta Da! There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday May 1

devis distractionAs 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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DEVI’S DISTRACTION (ICEHOME BOOK 7) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: I love these IceHome books – instant one click for me!

It’s hard to make friends with the other women at the Icehome camp when you’d rather be dissecting the local fauna. Which is why I’m surprised when one of the big, brawny islanders asks me to help him make a prosthetic leg. I don’t know N’dek, but since I’m a scientist, he wants my help. And while I’m more into dinosaurs than anatomy, I love a challenge.

As we work together, I come to see that N’dek’s not just clever and determined, he’s also protective and sweet. And he kisses like a fiend.

He’s a distraction I don’t need…but he might be everything I’ve ever wanted. Too bad he says he’s going to resonate to someone else.

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warlord cyndi fribergWARLORD (OUTCASTS BOOK 5) by Cyndi Friberg

When Shivon Roxtin tries to incite a rebellion among the human females on the Outcast planet, she’s sent to the Relentless. The ship’s commander, Warlord Torak Payne, thrives on challenge, so he’s looking forward to taming the fiery human. Still, war with the Sarronti is creeping ever closer, and the last thing he needs is an unruly mate. Tempers flare, and sparks fly from the moment they first meet. Their battle of wills is quickly surpassed by their consuming need for each other, but can they channel the emotional intensity into something constructive before they’re consumed by the flames?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I don’t usually mention box sets but since this is my blog and my box set – Ta Da! There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection. Featuring genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.

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betrayed rena marksBETRAYED (THE BLUE BARBARIANS BOOK 6) by Rena Marks

The discovery of a new species on our planet has been difficult for everyone involved. Especially when my tribe is desperate for males—and I have the attention of two.

I thought I’d be the one to bring new foods, teaching, and customs to our people. I never thought I’d instead be scorned for my selfishness, especially when it was I who committed the most self-less act—giving up my crown.

I never thought my own would turn on me—nor did I think they’d sell me to another planet, much like the human females who were stranded on ours.

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mourning doveMOURNING DOVE (EMPATHY BOOK 2) by R R Campbell

VS Note: Not listed as a romance.

In the aftermath of the calamitous Human/Etech research study, Chandra and Kyra struggle to reclaim the life they shared in a pre-EMPATHY world, while Ty, armed with knowledge of EMPATHY’s programming language, seeks revenge on the Halmans for the harm that’s befallen his friends.

As a North American Union investigation into the happenings on the compound looms, a grief-stricken Peter works to resurrect the memory of his mother from a harvested nanochip, and Heather scrambles to keep her family–and their company–together. Alistair, having abandoned the family business, plots to save his hide and that of his wife while she strives to stay one step ahead of a husband she has no reason to trust.

Far to the north amid civil unrest, a recently retired Rénald Dupont investigates the disappearance of his friend and former colleague, Meredith, despite grave threats from an increasingly skittish North American Union government.

As old and new foes emerge, spouse is further pit against spouse, brother against sister, and governments against their people. In the end, all must choose between attempts to reclaim the past or surrender to the inevitable, an intractable world of their own creation.

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destructive forcesDESTRUCTIVE FORCES (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 4) by Harry F Rey

In the far reaches of the Kyleri Empire, young Captain Mahnoor travels around the system to escape the cultural pressures to marry. But his infatuation with a handsome imperial pilot leads him into a galactic war.

On Jiwani, Viscamon is attempting to consolidate his power, by blaming the Ingvar for the royal massacre and calling armies from across the Empire to track down the missing prince, and achieve his dream of destroying the Galactic Balance. However, Antari knows the truth about Osvai and must find the courage to stand up to the prince’s enemies, and his own, no matter the risk.

Meanwhile on Aldegar, Daeron is being held prisoner by the few remaining Ingvar forces and must find a way to break free to rescue his mother and the crew of the Daring Huntress once again, as well as the missing Prince Osvai, before the Kyleri come to take back what’s theirs.

Sallah, no longer the last Tevian, returns to Aldegar with no choice but to enlist the help of the man she hates and the woman she once loved to see her son again.

As the Galactic Balance tips ever more towards chaos, time is running out to save Ales from the destructive forces he has unleashed.

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rabbit hole paradoxTHE RABBIT HOLE PARADOX (ALICE THROUGH THE COSMOS BOOK 1) by Irina Gardiner

A brilliant astrophysicist, Alice Shaw and a trio of fellow scientists have been hired by the mysterious AZURA Space Exploration Corp. to work aboard the ASE Dinah, a state-of-the-art spacecraft bound for a YEARS mission to find the far off planet of Ravenia. The chance to find a world which may offer a second chance for the population of a dying Earth is something Alice could never refuse.

When a glitch in the Dinah’s navigation systems sends the team to the faraway planet of Quadrille instead, Alice is forced to face not only a powerful alien queen who took over the planet in the most horrific way possible but also the reality that her heart may open up in ways she never imagined. Excitement, danger, and most of all, love are all waiting for Alice and her crew when they fall through the rabbit hole. But will they be brave enough to embrace it?

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anthelionANTHELION (LOVE AND WAR BOOK 4) by R A Steffan

VS note: I’ve been enjoying this series so I pre-ordered.

After reports of a fatal hovercar accident outside the Capital—complete with a charred body and DNA identification—it seems at first that all is lost in the Shadow Wing’s quest to infiltrate the Premiere’s inner circle.

But one member of the vigilante group refuses to accept the evidence of his human comrade’s death. Draven knows Ash. He knows that devious mind, and more importantly, he knows the martyr complex that lies beneath it.

He should know. Draven is also a master at hiding. He’s done it for most of his life. Now, though, he’s done living in the shadows.

Can Draven track down a man who is so intent on not being found that he would stage his own death to prevent it? And if he does succeed in finding Ash, what then?

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darkness rising c gockelDARKNESS RISING: ARCHANGEL PROJECT BOOK 5 by C Gockel

VS note: Scifi with hints of romantic elements (based on the reviews)

At the edge of the galaxy, a research station has gone dark…
Volka, 6T9, and Carl Sagan are called to help in the rescue mission … A mission that triggers telepathic nightmares in their starship so terrifying battle hardened Galactic Marines breakdown and weep.
They’re about to discover some nightmares are real.
The Darkness is Rising.

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destined for the drakari warlordsDESTINED FOR THE DRAKARI WARLORDS: CELESTIAL MATES by Aurelia Skye and Kit Tunstall

One moment, Eva is on Earth, helping restore the destroyed planet, and the next, she’s whisked to a far-off galaxy, away from her parents and the other cyborgs and humans. She arrives in the middle of a mating ceremony for the two newest rulers, Vander and Virgo. The gorgeous green men are pure temptation, especially since they seem to believe she’s meant to be their mate, but Eva wants to go home. She controls her own destiny, not a blobby peach alien.

Life on Senufo is strange, and she longs for Earth…until her mates win her over, and she starts to fall in love. Is she truly stranded on Senufo as Freydon Rote, the meddling Celestial Mates agent, claims? Or is there a way back to Earth? Will she even want to find it once she surrenders to the tender seductions offered by her Drakari warlord mates?

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taking controlTAKING CONTROL: AN ALPHA AND OMEGA DARK SCIFI ROMANCE (THE CONTROLLERS BOOK 1) by L V Lane

There is a war, and people with skills are deployed when and where it suits the cause. Even Omegas. Where necessary, they are allocated protection. A controller.

And they are told to submit fully to the controller. That it is recommended.

But the war brings many changes. Omegas must be protected at all costs and what was once a recommendation might soon become a mandate.

Eloise is an Omega, and with her first deployment imminent she has already decided that she won’t submit to full control—not while the law still protects her. But they haven’t allocated her to an ordinary controller, they’ve let the best of them fight for the right. And nothing is going to stop the one who comes out on top from claiming his prize.

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jarduns embraceJARDUN’S EMBRACE (KETAURRAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Rayna Tyler

Laria never planned to make an alien planet her permanent home, and she certainly never planned to get caught in the middle of a power struggle between members of the inhabitant’s ruling family. Things change when she is tasked with retrieving a package—a gorgeous male with intense jade green eyes, a body rippling with muscles, and shimmering scales begging to be touched.

Jardun is an elite warrior, a protector, a guardian to the ruler. When the leader is infected with a deadly toxin, and the physician capable of developing a cure is abducted, he turns to the humans, the only allies on the planet with the knowledge to assist with a rescue.

What he expects are males trained for combat, males who can help him complete his mission. What he gets is Laria, an intoxicating creature with eyes the color of the midday sky. The infuriating female can wield a blade better than any battle ready soldier, makes his tail twitch, and possesses the alluring scent of a mate.

With time running out and the future of both races depending on their success, can Jardun and Laria overcome their differences long enough to find the cure…and explore the connection growing between them?

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alien hunterALIEN HUNTER (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 5) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

The time has come for Zann, the most skilled operative the Vaxxlian military has ever known, to settle down and claim a human female as his own. But in the aftermath of the long, bloody war against the Irrcons, is he capable of showing his mate proper affection and tenderness? For too long he’s been shrouded in darkness, violent urges, and vengeful thoughts. He’s spent years hunting Vaxxlian enemies down, savoring the sound of their cries, and dispatching them without mercy.

One look at the human called Sasha, however, and Zann’s heart warms for the first time in ages. She’s the most beautiful creature he’s ever seen, and her gentle but resilient spirit captivates him. Perhaps he isn’t as cold and dark-hearted as he once believed. When convincing her to mate with him proves a challenge, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse. He might be buying her surrender, but he cannot imagine ever letting the precious female go.

Disgraced former Ambassador Sasha Embers only wants one thing–to clear her name and to mend relations between planets Tarrkollia and Earth after she’s caught up in an intergalactic incident involving a sleazy prince. …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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haven misty vixenHAVEN – A POST APOCALYPTIC HAREM by Misty Vixen

When a medical marvel meant to change the very essence of humanity as a whole was unveiled, it did indeed change everything, but not in a way anyone was anticipating. A virus raged wildly out of control, consuming the whole world, turning half of humanity into mindless zombies, and half of the survivors into a variety of new species known now as the inhumans. In the decades that passed, society slowly began to rebuild and reform around these new realities.

Up until very recently, life on Earth could almost appear normal, if you weren’t in a particularly dangerous area. Unfortunately, that all changed when the virus, which had previously only affected humans, suddenly mutated and made the jump to inhumans. Now, the world is ripping itself apart again as an army of new, incredibly lethal variants of the undead roam the countryside, killing everything in their path. And now, the first winter since this latest development is falling across the land.

David was born in the decades after society collapsed, so he was well-suited to a life of having to travel often, scavenge for supplies, and fight the living dead (and sometimes the living). Over the past year, his outlook has slowly grown dimmer, and after the village he decides to spend the winter at falls, leaving him and just a few friends alone and outnumbered in the frozen wilderness, he has no idea how they’re going to survive.

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outliersOUTLIERS (THE DANANS BOOK 4) by Nhys Glover

Investigative blogger, Lauren Mitchell, was used to going the extra dangerous mile for a good story. But when she’s abducted by aliens and sold into slavery, that mile becomes light-years, and staying alive becomes the only story worth telling. That is until a cage-fighting Danan warrior risks his own freedom to gain hers. Then she’s left wondering if she’s jumped out of the frying pan and into a cosmic inferno.
Frai is an Outlier, sold into slavery as soon as he and his brothers reached adulthood. After long and bloody years fighting in the arena, he’d finally earned his freedom. So the last thing he expected to do was to turn around and offer up that prized freedom for a human woman.
However, the Danan mating urge cannot be denied, and he quickly realizes that he will do anything to keep his podmate safe, including risk his life and share her with his brothers. Whether he’ll also be willing to share her with those he’s considered the enemy his whole life, is another matter entirely.

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sioSIO by C A Blocke

Set in a near-future environment, mega-corporations have taken over the most habitable of planets, creating domed utopias for their devoted employees. Everyone else has been shunted off to a multitude of mostly habitable planets and moons where they scrape by as farmers and tradesfolk, miners and merchants, bounty hunters and scavengers.

James Marks and his crew of scav trash operate their ship, SIO, on a mission to obtain a mysterious piece of new tech. It changes everything and leaves him stranded somewhere he doesn’t recognize with a cute, if not a bit annoying, tech scientist. James doesn’t know, when he first meets Michael, but his life is about to change in a very surprising way.

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one word killONE WORD KILL (IMPOSSIBLE TIMES BOOK 1) by Mark Lawrence

VS Note: A release of note this week…

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics. Challenge accepted.

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pregnant by the alien princePREGNANT BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (OUTER WORLDS BOOK 2) by Morgan Trinity

I knew him; I knew he wanted to attack the human colony himself, to control them, and use them to save his race from extinction. He was, after all, a warmonger of an alien race used to dominating everything in the galaxy.

But because of me, he was willing to make peace with humans, perhaps even to his own detriment.
That’s how much he loved me.
And I am willing to do whatever it takes to protect that love along with the small family he and I are creating together.
However, a light is shining on the dark secrets of my past, and the reasons behind my transformation into a hybrid of his race may carry far greater consequences for me and our unborn children.

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prize of the alien captainPRIZE OF THE ALIEN CAPTAIN by Cordelia Archer

For thousands of years, the Elven Empire has dominated the universe, conquering every planet in its path and ruthlessly enslaving all who stand against it. Elf Captain Razan Allerias never questioned his duty, until he is rewarded by the Empress herself with a prize he never wanted: a human slave.

To Alex, freedom was only a distant myth. Born into slavery, abused by his former master, and sent to auction once his master tired of him, Alex learned to live by one rule: never trust an elf.

When he is bought by a captain in the Elven Armada, Alex wants nothing more than to do his duty as a companion slave and fulfill his master’s every desire. He never expected that the only thing his master would desire would be solitude.

Forced to share Razan’s intimate quarters, the two come to an agreement: stay out of each other’s way. Easier said than done. Before long, Razan realizes that Alex has become something much more than an unwanted houseguest. And as Alex gets to know the real Razan Allerias, he starts to wonder if maybe he should break his one rule.

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star crossed heather guerreSTAR CROSSED (SCAEVEN MATES BOOK 1) by Heather Guerre

He’s duty-bound to protect her. Even if that means protecting her from himself.
Captain Lyra Hallas is no damsel in distress. Sure, she’s been abducted by an unknown alien race. And, yeah, those aliens are bigger, stronger, and more technologically advanced than humans can possibly compete with. And if that’s not enough, exposure to their bodily fluids reduces a woman to a shivering mess of sexual need. But Lyra’s spent her entire life fighting her way out of desperate situations, and she’s not about to give up now.

Asier Mor-Talis is a Scaeven Enforcer. He metes out justice—protecting the rest of the universe from the cruel, conquering nature of his own race. He’s incorruptible, driven by an innate sense of honor. But when he rescues a beautiful, clever human woman from a trafficking ring, all bets are off. Lyra is everything he could ever want in a mate, and the explosive attraction is a biological impulse that can’t be conquered. If he gives in, he shames himself, and destroys her life. If he doesn’t, he’ll lose her forever.

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captain rescuerCAPTAIN RESCUER: RECOVER GALACTICA SERIES BOOK 1 by Lauren Brooks

2 years of caring for the engines on the Galactica would have made most people crazy, but Elaine thrived working with the glorious machines. Despite issues with a crew mate, Elaine was happy to escape the reality of losing her sister shortly before she joined the ship. What she didn’t know, was how deep the issues with her crew mate actually ran.
Captain Zion has been pining after his beautiful mechanic since the day he lay eyes on her. He knew she was meant to be his, but she was so closed off and quiet he couldn’t get her to court him. It takes a reality shifting strike from a trusted crew member for Zion’s control to snap and their future to begin. But will the traitor allow their happily ever after, or will the deep wound have lasting echoes across the entire crew?

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dissidentDISSIDENT: TENTACLE HERO CHRONICLES by Emma Night

Raised on an island off the coast of Maine by her grandmother after a fatal car crash claimed her parent’s life, Dana Michaels hasn’t had an ordinary upbringing. Isolated, she had brief contact with the outside world until her grandmother dies, leaving her alone on the island.
One stormy day changes Dana’s life forever….
After her boat capsizes, Dana is sure she is going to die. The watery depths pull her under. The last thing she remembers is the blackness. She wakes up alone, on her island with the fleeting images of a man she’s seen before.
Dana’s grandmother told her stories of the merpeople, but Dana knows it’s more than just stories. She’s seen a mysterious man floating in the waves before and she believes he’s the one who saved her from drowning. She begs to see his face one last time so that she can thank him.
The legends are about to become real…
Even though contact with humans is forbidden, Daemon cannot stay away. He is drawn to the human woman who lives on the island that is sacred to his species. Created by the illicit union between a human woman and an alien male, Daemon isn’t a merperson…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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aurora conspiracyTHE AURORA CONSPIRACY by Lexi Ander

Regin just wants to heal. After a terrible accident that maimed him, and nearly took his life and that of someone he loved, he’s spent the last several years licking his wounds on a mining station. With only six months left on his contract, he hopes to start a new life.

Then he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and a ghost from the past arrives, reopening old wounds and leaving him convinced that no second chances could ever really come his way. But sorting out himself and his personal life won’t matter much if he can’t prevent a second catastrophe and save a whole lot more than two lives.

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light angel payneLIGHT: BOLT SAGA VOLUME 6 by Angel Payne

As Reece and Emma Richards await the biggest miracle of their lives, their anticipation is mixed with apprehension. The Consortium has fallen eerily silent, increasing the couple’s dread about the superpowered chaos being brewed by the cunning Faline and her growing army of brainwashed worshippers.

But the gift of a new life also brings a rush of new hope for the super duo, reconnecting Reece and Emma in ways they never imagined. Soon, the power of love spreads through the rest of Team Bolt. Celebrations are in order, and Faline’s wickedness is eclipsed—until Bolt and Flare are called to help with a bizarre search and rescue beneath LA’s bustling streets.

During the mission, the pair make a discovery that changes everything. As Reece and Emma discover their nemesis’s plans for global domination, they must face off with Faline in one last battle that will test their unity, push their limits, and force them to trust in their greatest power of all: the light of everlasting love.

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captive mateTHE CAPTIVE MATE by C R Corbin

Helen’s mundane life as an accountant on Earth was beginning to improve, but it’s interrupted when she is suddenly abducted by a mysterious alien crime lord, Kaiso, and transported to his maximum security prison on a massive city orbiting a sun to await a mysterious fate.

Osorn, a tough Jzarian mercenary, accepts a contract from Kaiso’s rival to retrieve Helen from the sadistic crime lord’s clutches. Their escape from the ringed city is fraught with complications, however, as Osorn discovers that this curvy and beautiful human woman just might be the mate that he thought he would never find…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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VS SPECIAL NOTE: M K Eidem (of the GRIM series) has a new scifi romance release STEPHANIE’S CHALLENGE, which is apparently only available from her website.

 

 

american witchAMERICAN WITCH by Thea Harrison

Power can change a person…For months Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause… and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

Revenge can shape a person…Josiah Mason is a Powerful witch and the leader of a secret coven with a shared goal: to destroy an ancient enemy who has ruined many lives. Josiah lost years to this man, and his sole focus is revenge. He’s prepared for every contingency—except encountering a beautiful new witch who understands nothing of the immense Power building within her or the attraction she wields over him.

Danger can bring them together…When divorcing her husband, Molly uncovers a dangerous secret he’s willing to kill to protect. She turns to Josiah for help, and they discover a connection between Molly’s husband and Josiah’s enemy.

As they work together, a spark ignites between them that threatens to become an inferno. But Molly is done compromising herself for any man, and Josiah’s mission is his top priority. And the enemy is cunning, cruel, and drawing ever closer.

As the danger escalates, so does the tension between them. Is a lasting relationship possible? Will either of them live long enough to try?

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ignite donna grantIGNITE: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King—one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness—must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who—and what—he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?

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more time kissed momentsMORE TIME KISSED MOMENTS (KISS ACROSS TIME) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

Rafael is missing, with not a trace of him to be found, not even on the Timescape.
In a volume of interconnected short stories, snippets and conversations, Veris’ extended family of vampires and time jumpers comes together in unexpected ways, united by their need to find Rafael and get him back.

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dragon fire juliette crossDRAGON FIRE: VALE OF STARS (BOOK 3) by Juliette Cross

Wounded, with a target still on his back, Kieren Moonring has been hiding in the last place his Morgon enemies might find him—the Sisterhood of Light. In the human convent on the southern shores of Primus, his body heals quickly, but his soul is broken. Bitterness and fury fill that gaping chasm that was opened by the evil Larkosians.

While Sister Liana tends to the recovering Morgon man hiding in their convent, she can’t stop or disguise her growing attraction. What disturbs her more is when he begins to uncover her past that is best kept buried. Her secrets will only lead to more danger for herself…and for Kieren.

What angers him most about Liana is her unwavering belief that hope can cure the world. Her naïve and misguided ideals will get her killed. And when she becomes the next target…bloody hell, if he won’t murder the whole world to keep her safe.

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bears reluctant mateTHE BEAR’S RELUCTANT MATE (UNCONTROLLABLE SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by R E Butler

When paranormal romance author Juliette Parson’s latest manuscript is billed by her editor as being too “unrealistic,” it’s suggested she contact a shifter group for advice on her storyline. Writing about shifter romances is one thing, but meeting with a person who can change into an animal at will isn’t something Juliette ever thought she’d do. But if she wants her book to be believable, she needs to find someone to talk to about shifters.

The last thing alpha bear Cruz Miller wants to do with his free time is chat up a human writing a smutty story about shifters. But when his brother points out that their clan could angle the interview for some much-needed promotion for their shifter bar, he decides to give the author a chance to tell him how much she doesn’t know about shifters.

What he doesn’t expect is to take one look at the curvy redhead and explode into his shift. But he’s in the fur and she’s petrified, so what’s an alpha to do? Bide his time until he can shift back into his human form, explain she’s his mate, and that he’s ready to claim her good and hard, again and again. He just never counted on the feisty female having her own ideas about her future, and the fact that they don’t seem to include staying with him.

An alpha won’t give up without a fight, and Cruz is no different. He’ll show Juliette that he’s the right male for her – shifter or not – and that he can be as romantic as the males she writes about.

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jack of spadesJACK OF SPADES (THE PROPHECY BOOK 1) by Lizzie Delaney

Alex figures a job at a local newspaper working for a mild-mannered editor-in-chief, Jack, would be easy.
She couldn’t be more wrong.
Because Jack isn’t as innocent as he seems. In his world, ancient vampires lie in wait, and powerful dark spells threaten all that Alex holds dear.
At least the Fae Brethren, four hunky men who can wield magic, swear to protect Alex. The guardian fae believe Alex is part of an ancient prophecy that promises to rid the city of the evil lurking in its shadows.
But if Jack discovers her connection to the Fae, whom she is falling hard for, he will use Alex to destroy them.

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protectors hazel gowerTHE PROTECTORS, VOLUME 2 by Hazel Gower

For eleven years Nara and her mother were held captive by demons. Nara had no hope of a future and didn’t even dream of escaping. When she and the other captives are saved by her long-lost sister, Remy, and the shifters Remy calls friends, her life changes, and suddenly Nara has options she never imagined, and a chance at a relationship.

Grayson says he’s her mate, but she has just gained her freedom and is unsure of what she wants. Nara asks him to give her space to come to terms with her new life and decide what goal she wants to work toward. The issue now is she has so many options it’s difficult to choose.

Grayson was only months away from his hundredth year and letting his animal take over and going feral. He had no hope until he helped rescue his friend’s mate and her family, and in doing so, he found his own mate…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ketos taleKETO’S TALE (MONSTERS AND GARGOYLES BOOK 2)  by Lacey Carter Anderson

Don’t swim in my waters…I’ve got a bad reputation, and all because of my jackass brother. Yes, I’m known as the mother of all sea monsters. And yes, I can control powerful creatures who kill and destroy on my command.

But no, I’m not actually in charge. I’m my brother’s slave.

So, life sucks just about as much as it possibly can. At least that’s what I thought until my brother decides I’m more useful sacrificed to angry sea dragons who despise mermaids. And when I see gargoyles heading straight for me, all I’m left wondering is who will kill me first, the winged monster-hunters, or the angry sea dragons.

What I don’t expect? The gargoyles don’t know who or what I am. So maybe, just maybe, if I can hide my identity long enough, I’ll survive. But it might take a little distraction to accomplish. The thing is, I don’t think I mind distracting four hard-as-stone gargoyles who can’t stop staring. As long as at the end of this, I don’t end up with my head on a platter.

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lost little wolfLOST LITTLE WOLF by N K Vir

The taste of victory was, indeed, sweet but short lived…
The Trinity has returned and this time Adam can do nothing to stop them except to offer a warning…A warning that comes too late. Kane has resurrected its oldest law; an attack on the Historian equals death. He is hunting a new target, Tanith; a shifter with memories that barely span a decade. But memories are like everything else; the sometimes come back. Unsure of what to believe Tanith is forced to rely on the very person she tried to kill.
Wills’ knowledge stretches well beyond all of the other Historians that have preceded her; but her new found knowledge has come with a very steep price. Kieran’s power has grown but he still has trouble controlling his magick. When he accidentally injures the woman he loves he makes a dangerous vow that might jeopardize them all.
Feeling powerless the Sinclair Witch and the Historian take dangerous roads and find themselves regressing; brushing against magick so old, so ancient that it has the possibility to unweave the delicate bond they’ve formed.

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who wants foreverWHO WANTS FOREVER (EMERALD ISLE ENCHANTMENT) by Dena Garson

After centuries of searching for his heartmate Amarande Maniaci signs up for the Bachelor Trials being held at Tullamore Castle by the Vampire Council of Lords in hopes that he’ll find a satisfactory mate. On the first night of the competition he spots a woman who sparks life in his long dead heart. No matter how much he tries to remain focused on his goal, he cannot fight his attraction to Reaghan. It is a shame she is human…or so he thinks…

When Reaghan’s cousin, the fae queen, asked her to travel to the human realm and find the daughter of one of the First Families, she hoped she could make it through the vampire clan meetings undetected and unscathed. She didn’t count on being distracted by Amarande, the lethal, yet oh so sexy vampire enforcer. If only he wasn’t a vampire…

But the threat of another vampire-war war looms. If Reaghan doesn’t return in time with the information the queen needs, the three hundred year old peace treaty between the races could fail. But a fae disguised as a human, looking for a missing fae, without the use of her powers is a lot harder that it seems. Especially when someone doesn’t want news of the girl making its way back to the queen.

Reaghan and Amarande’s new found love may be the only thing standing between the real villain and a world on fire.

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deadly courtshipDEADLY COURTSHIP (THE HANDS OF DESTIN BOOK 2) by Jaycee Jarvis

Han-Triguard Magdalena turned her back on her heritage and her family in order to pursue life as a Hand, honor bound to serve as a Protector in the tropical market town of Trimble. She never regrets putting duty first, until a string of brutal murders changes everything.

Her former lover, the attractive musician Jasper, stands accused. Madi knows the gentle empath could never kill anyone, but her word alone is not enough to protect him. Even worse, one of the other victims is a member of her old clan, for whom justice is entirely out of reach.

As Madi begins to question the demands of her job, Jasper asks her to give safe haven to his brother’s orphans. With the children, Jasper has the family he’s always wanted, a dream Madi has never shared. Living in close quarters, their attraction combusts while Madi is beset by unwanted tenderness for the children.

With a new determination, Madi vows to protect their future, make peace with her past, and maybe find a love worth fighting for. If only she can stop the killer in time.

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guardian of the pinesGUARDIAN OF THE PINES (THE WINDBORN BOOK 2) by Laurel Wanrow

At sixteen, Cor can protect trees with his magic, but his lonely life is full of secrets. He could accept a role in the family business in the city, but his magic draws him to a hidden island of ancient pines. They. Are. Brilliant. And on the brink of extinction. Cor can save them, if only the elders will let him help.

Is it his youth? Or because he’s different?

Novice witch Fern becomes caught up in Cor’s quest. Her magical mistakes anger the elders and foul up her boyfriend relationship, yet Cor’s yearning speaks to her, and they each reshape their goals.

When Cor befriends Oyster, an island boy waging his own quiet battle, things get freakin’ harder. Cor’s struggle to understand the magical power of the massive pines is just as challenging as discovering his even more powerful feelings for Oyster.

If Cor wants to save the Pines and not lose Oyster, he will have to do something he’s never done—let Oyster and the others see who he really is.

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wilderness of glassA WILDERNESS OF GLASS by Grace Draven

VS Note: A re-release. Was in the Seasons of Sorcery anthology. I enjoyed the story, very different…

The treacherous waters of the Gray have widowed many women in the village of Ancilar. But the sea gives back as well as takes away, something Brida Gazi discovers one bleak autumn morning while harvesting sea wrack on its storm-battered shore.

Wounded and stranded ashore, the merman Ahtin lies dying among the tidal pools until a land-walker woman, who can call forth magic with a mysterious flute, rescues him.  Ahtin finds himself unable to resist Brida’s allure – or her magic – despite the risk to himself and his people.

But Ahtin isn’t alone in his fascination. Another, driven by bitterness and relentless purpose, seeks Brida and her unusual talent to manipulate for his own schemes, and neither Ahtin’s devotion nor the sea’s ancient sorcery will stop him from realizing those ambitions.

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sun revolves around apolloTHE SUN REVOLVES AROUND APOLLO (THE GODS ARE BACK IN TOWN BOOK 2) by Serena Akeroyd

A few months ago, Ella was a ghost.
D-E-D.
Hades, the God of the Underworld, brought her back to life as a boon to his beloved wife, Cressy, but things kinda unraveled when Ella met Zeus. Saying it all went Pete Tong is just an understatement.
Now, she’s back on Earth in a body, but it isn’t hers. She has a name too, and it isn’t Ella.
What happens when a soul takes over another’s body?
Well, it starts to look like demon possession.
Fearing her ‘mom’ will bring in an exorcist, Ella agrees to stay in a rehab center where she accidentally meets Achilles and Pollux, guardians of the god Apollo. They’re busy getting it on, and Ella is quite happy to hang around for the show. Until they realize she’s snooping, of course.
Face-palm or what?
But the meeting is a revelation, and through them, she meets Castor and the god himself: Apollo.
As the second in Zeus’ baby-making scheme, Ella is Apollo’s bride. But her lineage is sired by Helios, the God who brings the sun out after a long night, and Apollo? He powers the sun itself.
Oops.
When these two get together, more than sparks fly, the sun itself starts to storm.
With the world unexpectedly in peril, Ella and her four husbands have to right the wrong they inadvertently committed when they danced the horizontal tango.
Can they save the world in time?

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great chiefGREAT CHIEF (CHAINS OF HONOR BOOK 4) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Not clear to me if there’s a romance but I love her writing.

Yanko White Fox is used to expectations.
Since he was a small boy, his father has expected him to become a powerful mage and redeem his family’s honor. Even if his heart was elsewhere, Yanko always accepted his responsibility. He’s learned all he can about magic, practiced to become powerful, and fought great evil to free thousands of imprisoned people.
But it’s not enough.
Prince Zirabo tasks him with claiming a new land for their nation and keeping it out of the hands of all those who covet it. Even though Yanko has a few good friends to help him, he’s daunted by the enormity of the task. But securing the continent and turning it into a lush farmland may be the only way to end the civil war at home and bring peace to people who are hungry, beleaguered, and divided.

Yanko will have to use all of his power and draw upon everything he’s learned to succeed and bring peace to his war-torn nation. If he can’t, he’ll lose his home, his family, and all that he loves.

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lycans and legendsLYCANS AND LEGENDS: A STEAMPUNK FAIRY TALE (STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 6) by Melanie Karsak

Someone is trying to assassinate the Queen.
After stopping a mysterious preternatural assailant wielding an enchanted dagger, Clemeny is on the hunt. Why is someone after Victoria? To find answers, Clemeny Louvel must travel to the one place she’s been avoiding, the Summer Country. Among the mist and standing stones, secrets about her case—and herself—are hiding. An ancient grudge with roots deep in the heart of Britannia is about to unfold on the Victorian stage.
Unless Clemeny can stop it first.

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where song replaces silenceWHERE SONG REPLACES SILENCE by Layla Dorine

Raze halts his midnight joy ride to give chase to twinkling lights that appear in the road before him and then lead him deep into a forest, where he falls into another world. There, magic is real, wishes are granted, and no one is considered odd or out of place.

Raze has never fit in anywhere in his own world and uses his angry attitude to keep others at bay and mask his anxieties and fears in this new place. A dangerous combination in Loas, where rudeness is frowned upon and foul language can land him in a dungeon.

Rurin, an inhabitant of Loas, tries to teach Raze about their world, its magic and its residents, but he faces Raze’s stubborn resistance at every turn. Bitter about his past, pessimistic about his future, Raze sees what could be, but he struggles to accept it. In the meantime, his encounters with the Fae range from hostile sarcasm to potential danger. While he attempts to keep the promises he’s made to Rurin and follow the rules laid out for him, Raze grows more and more curious about the place where he’s landed. It’s too bad he keeps making poor choices.

As the connection between them grows, Rurin works to keep Raze from being banished, but Raze may be cast out of the Loas before he has the opportunity to discover the true reason he was led there in the first place.

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anubis deaths mistressANUBIS: DEATH’S MISTRESS (NEW SENTINELS BOOK 6) by Erik Schubach 

Professor Aya Bane, self proclaimed Indiana Jones of archeology (yes, she may be that much of a geek) finds herself thrown into a world of ancient gods and unexplained murders in Egypt while on a dig.

Called in for a consult to an excavation at a suspected temple of Anubis, god of the underworld, she is embroiled in a series of fantastical events. Her dreams are filled with visions of a deadly woman with a jackal’s head, committing the murders attributed to a serial killer called the Pharaoh, leaving the victims as mummified husks.

With Lazarus involved, it is just a matter of time before the New Sentinels arrive to aid Aya and her newfound allies, as she tries to understand what is happening with her.

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princess avengerPRINCESS AVENGER (QUEEN MAKER SAGA BOOK 1) by Bernadette Rowley

…an avenging princess, determined to protect her citizens from her tyrannical father. Alecia’s only worth is to have a son, who will be heir to the kingdom.
…a dangerous shifter, tasked with guarding a princess who refuses to be shielded from danger. Vard’s dark secret could spell the end of the woman he’s sworn to protect.
And yet, when thrown together, neither of them can deny the forbidden attraction. As their lives spin out of control, will love be enough to pull them from the vortex and perhaps save the kingdom?

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sea stormSEA STORM (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Elise H Ford

Cora has saved her best friend and the other missing women from town from the Nereus tribe. After returning back to Nereus City, she discovers that Jett, the mer-man that she has fallen in love with, is dead. She uses her healing Lunafriya powers to bring him back to life. Many months pass until she receives her first Lunafriya mission, to introduce herself to all seven of the mer-tribes, and stop the constant wars between them.

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man behind the foxTHE MAN BEHIND THE FOX by Amalia Altman

Working at a coffee shop and sharing a flat with her best friends, Cassidy Atkins leads a rather uneventful and ordinary life, but not for long. When she comes across an injured fox near the edge of the woods that run behind her house, she can’t help but bring the animal home. When she lets it rest in her garden shed while she nurses it back to health, though, she would never expect to face this unworldly truth…

Thomas Fawkes has been hiding his secret for decades; the man and the fox are one and the same; he is a shapeshifter. Long ago, shapeshifters were the familiars of witches, but they gained power and independence when the two were separated. Life for shapeshifters has been relatively peaceful – all until now. When he is discovered by Cassidy and his whole identity is compromised, will he choose to run or trust her? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragons omega brideDRAGON’S OMEGA BRIDE (SHIFTER MARRIAGE SERVICE) by Sky Winters

I was an omega in distress.
He was a handsome billionaire dragon,
that whispered sweet nothings in my ear.
I wanted to believe his whispers.
I wanted to believe we could have a real future.
But he is a bad dragon.
All hard abs and a giant… EGO.
He is driven only by success.
Our future won’t have love.
Our future won’t have babies.
It’s all in the marriage contract.

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valkyries queenTHE VALKYRIE’S QUEEN (JEWELLED WINGS BOOK 2) by Quinn Arthurs

Emberly has already learned that danger can be masked by the most innocent of faces, and now she must continue playing the political chess match of her new life amongst the royal family. Saradin is out for revenge against both Emberly and Ardenia and the threat of war hangs heavily over their heads. Even as things are heating up between her and her princes, Suneel, Jett, Blaine, Hunter, and Flynn, Emberly must be careful not to let herself be burned by the flames and to keep her head clear enough to see the darkness hiding in the shadows. Blood, corruption, and a thirst for power are exposed as the secrets of the Guardians are revealed. Emberly must decide if the truth is worth disturbing the poisonous lies that weave through her world. Will all of her struggles be for nothing, or is there a ray of hope for The Valkyries’ Queen?

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queen of spadesQUEEN OF SPADES (BLACK CARTES BOOK 1) by Abby James

To keep Fed and mum safe, I’m forced to work for two shysters, who’d sell my ass for a quarter. And my only power is the ability to detect it in others. Hardly enough to stand up to the forces trickling through from the veiled realm and the three hunky paranormals that are on my tail.
Could life get any suckier?
Yes it could…
I’m accused of seam breaches.
A hot retriever has arrived to take me back to Astral Solar to stand trial. A sexy sorcerer wants to make me pay for something I didn’t know I did, and the hunky skinwalker lurking around my apartment knows way too much personal information.
I need my pack of cards, and a glimpse of the future. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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witch for my darcyA WITCH FOR MR DARCY by Jessica L Jackson

Miss Lizzy Bennet realizes one early autumn morning that a change has occurred in their Hertfordshire neighborhood. Sure knowledge—a magical gift—tells her that someone is coming. Or something? Or…both? Something sinister…something good. Which is it? Could it be Mr. Darcy, their new neighbor’s enigmatic guest? He has his own gift, one that is haunting and painful. Will she be able to help him, even though so many other events are affecting life at Longbourn House?

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy can hardly take his gaze off of Miss Elizabeth’s charming countenance. He has heard through the servants’ grapevine that she is a witch. An honest-to-God witch, not just an herbalist. He needs a wife. He knows he does. But, will Miss Elizabeth be the best option for someone like himself? Someone troubled? He needs to find out.

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knights of obsidianKNIGHTS OF OBSIDIAN (OBSIDIAN QUEEN BOOK 3) by Shannon Lynn Cook

It’s been a rough couple of days for twenty-two-year-old Madeline Bennet, the newest (and most reluctant) member of Gray’s renowned team of knight marshals. Not only did her shadow creatures create a forest fire that’s burning down western Colorado, but she has no idea where to find the thresholds so she can send the beasts back to the land from which they came. (Or even how to openthem.)

On top of that, her parents have figured out something is amiss with her magic, Rafe has taken off on a wild pixie chase, and the status of her relationship with a certain too-hot-to-handle member of her team is firmly seated in the region of “it’s complicated.”

What Madeline needs is a good, old-fashioned vacation, even if it comes in the form of a job. With her hairless cat in tow, she heads to Las Vegas with the guys, desperately hoping the shadow creatures will stay in hiding long enough for her sort through her feelings, find answers to her questions about her Obsidian magic, and catch a magic-thieving criminal prowling the largest fashion convention of the year.

If she gets a chance to buy a few pairs of heels to replace the ones that went up in smoke, that would be all right too.

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poison gardenPOISON GARDEN (THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DEADLY BOOK 1) by Tessa Tempest

They came like the wind to the poisonous garden where I’m held captive: four savage Viking warriors unstuck from their place in time. Strangers, but their rugged beautiful faces have haunted my dreams for as long as I can remember.
They whisper sweet words and promises of the home I’ve never known. A way out of this life I’m ensnared in. They lavish me with their attention and their touch.
But how can I trust them when all anyone’s ever wanted from me was a path to power?
They say they’re here for me, but many have come before them to undertake my poison trial. One by one they’ve braved a kiss from my poison-laced lips. Any man who survives it may seize the throne and lay claim to the richest kingdom in the Eleven Realms. It’s more likely they only want to woo me into sparing their lives.

Especially with the king on his deathbed and the sharks circling. If a successor isn’t chosen through the trial by week’s end, outsiders threaten to take the kingdom by force.
Now, even if what these warriors say is true and I plot an escape with them, we’re playing a dangerous game. The queen has her sights on keeping these warriors for her own.
In this game for the throne, the queen will spare nothing to keep hold of what’s hers.
Including our lives.

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chainedCHAINED (THE BUREAU BOOK 4) by Kim Fielding

VS Note: One clicked this one. I’ve enjoyed the other books by her that I’ve read.

An agent for the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs? That’s the best job in the world. And it’s enough for Terry Brandt, who doesn’t need personal relationships complicating his life. His newest assignment puts him undercover, investigating a Hollywood agent who may have some evil tricks up his sleeve.

Edge is not the man he appears to be. Although he’s a member of the Hollywood agent’s security staff, his true situation is darker and deeper than that. Ordered to seduce the new prospect, Edge finds himself caught in conflicting loyalties.

Haunted by their pasts and tied up in secrets, neither Terry nor Edge can afford to allow passion to interfere with duty. And with danger dogging them, it’s impossible to envision a future together.

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sassy brideSASSY BRIDE (SIREN SONG SERIES BOOK 3) by Gracen Miller

A lonely vampire yearning for change. A sorceress craving a new life. A mess that must be sorted before death swallows their happy ever after.

First of his kind, Markus “Raptor” Katz is a vampire who kills without remorse. While he has waited centuries for his bride, he wasn’t prepared for her to walk into Sassy Wolfe. He also wasn’t prepared for her to be his equal.

Lexi Baker is a loner with a chip on her shoulder. Tired of running from those who want her dead, a lifetime of hiding has made her skilled and untrusting. When she stumbles upon Markus in a chance psychic meeting, she didn’t count on him being more than her weakness.

However, danger lurks behind every corner as the past catches up to Markus in Blue Creek, and Lexi is dragged along for the bumpy ride.

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cruel fateCRUEL FATE by Kelley Armstrong

Three years after discovering that her biological parents are convicted serial killers, Olivia finally has her life back, and it’s better than ever. She loves her new job, as investigator for notorious defense attorney Gabriel Walsh. She has Gabriel, too, as they settle in together, dividing their time between Chicago and Cainsville. Olivia’s also settled into her role as the legendary Mallt-y-Nos to Cainsville’s fae population.

The only dream unfulfilled is seeing her father freed from jail, where he’s been wrongly imprisoned for over twenty years. Now that wish is finally coming true. Todd Larsen is a free man. Someone, however, doesn’t want him to stay that way. Todd may have been in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, but there’s one he did—the murder of a serial killer, whose death launched the chain of events that led to Todd’s incarceration.

Before Todd can settle in with Olivia and Gabriel, the body of his one and only victim surfaces, along with planted clues directing the police to their doorstep. Does someone have a personal grudge against Todd? Or is it a fae targeting Olivia with the one threat she can’t ignore? Olivia needs to find out who’s behind this, before her father is ripped from her again…for good this time.

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immortally cursedIMMORTALLY CURSED (IMMORTALLY CURSED #1) by S A Bayne and Stephanie Rowe

Justine Bennett’s life isn’t the one you’d want for all eternity, which is exactly how long she’s going to have to live it.

She’s the sword-wielding Guardian for the Goblet of Eternal Youth, which is currently masquerading as a shape-shifting espresso machine in a fancy New York City condo. Being an immortal badass in the City that Never Sleeps sounds exciting, but Justine hasn’t gotten to behead anyone in centuries, the celibacy oath she took two hundred years ago is getting to her, and her dead mom is being hotly pursued by a lovesick Satan.

But then Derek LaValle, a no-carb pretzel mogul cursed to die in a week, shows up at Justine’s door to behead her and steal the Goblet. If he fails, both he and his twin will succumb to the curse, so this handsome hunk of deliciousness is not going to let anything stop him. He’s charming, tempting-as-hell, and extremely determined, all the things that Justine needs to amp up her life.

Unfortunately, if Justine makes even one mistake, her mom will end up as Satan’s love pancake, and her own soul will be destined for an eternity in the Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors.

Derek, however, can’t afford to fail either, which means one of them needs to die. But when high-octane attraction blooms between them, killing each other no longer seems like a fantastic option. With such high stakes, they better figure it out fast, or Satan dating her mom will become the least of their worries.

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rules of stoneRULES OF STONE: GREAT FALLS ACADEMY EPISODE ONE by Alex Lidell

Lera was once human. Now, with dark magic leaking into the mortal world, Lera and her four fae warriors must protect her home realm – even if that means going undercover to a human military academy. But when a sudden, terrible accident melds the males with their human disguise, everything changes. Now it’s up to Lera to make her mates remember themselves, their mission, and her, before the entire mortal world pays the price.

River, Shade, Tye, and Coal can’t overlook the gorgeous new cadet who’s just arrived at Great Falls Academy, but when the tantalizing Lera starts breaking rules and ignoring orders, the four senior officers intend to put her in her place. Lera will learn or she will quit—that is just how Great Falls works.

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falling for the beastFALLING FOR THE BEAST by Sky Warren

VS Note: Previously published. Author states it has been revised.

He can never turn back into a prince...A troubling revelation puts Blake’s newfound career in jeopardy–and even worse, puts Erin’s impending graduation at risk. He can’t risk her future no matter how much he wants her.

She will never have a happily ever after…A dark legacy threatens everything they’ve worked to build. When old debt comes between them, both Blake and Erin must fight to protect each other–and their love.

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unbound empireTHE UNBOUND EMPIRE (SWORDS AND FIRE BOOK 3) by Melissa Caruso

While winter snows keep the Witch Lord Ruven’s invading armies at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Raverran Empire forever, earning the enmity of those in power who will do anything to keep all magic under tight imperial control. But in the season of the Serene City’s great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire – and at everything Amalia holds most dear.
To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets, and unleash Zaira’s most devastating fire.
bad fae risingBAD FAE RISING (THE PARANORMAL PI FILES BOOK 3) by Jenna Wolfhart

I’m Clark Cavanaugh: mind reader, bad-ass investigator, and half-fae with questionable taste in guys.

Just when I think life at the Crimson Court is finally calming down, a cunning stranger gives me an ultimatum. If I don’t find and kill a rogue vampire by the end of the week, my secret will be revealed to the world. Balor, my alluring fae prince, will finally learn the dark truth about my past.

Basically, I’m being blackmailed.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the fight for Balor’s throne is on. He needs my help, or he could lose his Court forever. But helping him means risking everything…
Now, I face an impossible choice. Do I stand by his side? Or do I run?

marriage of timeTHE MARRIAGE OF TIME (CALLED BY A VIKING SERIES) by Mariah Stone

Boston, 2019. Mia is desperate to protect her unborn child. Under her mafia boyfriend’s watchful eye, the pediatrician is out of options until a Norn transports her back in time. Swept off her feet by a muscular Norseman who calls her his betrothed, she plays along for safety until his touch gives her so much more…

Norway, 874. Hakon the Beast’s offer to marry the daughter of his enemy is part of a murderous scheme. Obsessed with destroying the king who killed his mother, he expects to feel nothing for his bride. But when she’s the complete opposite of what he expected, Hakon’s cold-blooded quest could melt under his burning desire.

When a deadly outbreak reveals both of their secrets, Mia and Hakon realize their fiery romance may not be enough to keep them alive. With centuries between them, can Mia and Hakon find a way to cling tightly to love?

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savage dragonSAVAGE DRAGON (EARTH DRAGON BOOK 2) by Charlene Hartnady

VS note: Author states book ends on a mini cliffhanger…

Depressed about where her life is taking her, wolf shifter Demi decides to go for a long run in the forest. Stretching her legs helps clear her mind. It helps unravel the stress building inside her. One terrible moment in time changed everything. She can’t come to terms with what’s expected of her. Her whole life is suddenly leading to one moment. One destiny that was never meant to be hers. One she doesn’t want. One she can’t escape.

Lost in her own thoughts, she realizes too late that a vicious beast has been hunting her. A shifter of a different kind. This one is massive and scaly with wings as wide as the bridge over Vale Creek. His mouth is filled with long, sharp teeth. He has murder in his eyes, which are focused on her. Demi has always been led to believe that dragons are majestic creatures. Strong yet compassionate. Not this one!This dragon is savage. A beast so feral he’s having trouble shifting back to his human form.

It’s her one opportunity for escape. Even though there is little chance of survival, Demi is going to fight him with everything she has. A wolf shifter is, after all, no match for a powerful beast such as this. Little does she know, he has no intention of killing her. In fact, the opposite is true. If she knew what he was thinking, she’d run faster, fight harder.

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pack of blood and liesA PACK OF BLOOD AND LIES (THE BOULDER WOLVES BOOK 1) by Olivia Wildenstein

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him. Except Ness. Thus begins a treacherous game. The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.

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freshman witchSUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: FRESHMAN WITCH by Ingrid Seymour and Katie French

Since it came out on the news that Supernaturals exist, I’ve heard they can do spells, shapeshift, live forever, you name it. Wonderful, right? Whatever.

In my world—where I’m homeless and spend my time avoiding rats and meth heads—magic sounds like major BS. But, when I’m accused of stealing and they’re about to arrest me, the item I took disappears from my hand as if by magic. WTF?

Just like that, the Supernatural Academy swoops in and recruits me. But I don’t belong there, and everyone else agrees, including, Rowan Underwood, this rich and annoyingly handsome warlock who has it in for me. He’s investigating the theft of magical artifacts, and he thinks I’m involved…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow of the wolfSHADOW OF THE WOLF (CENTRAL CITY WOLF CHRONICLES SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

There are two Ryland Ikers. One is the alpha of the Rogues, strict and aggressive. The other longs to love and be loved, but is lost in a war against his past. Krista prefers the latter, and longs to give her heart to him as his mate. But love is hard when you’re a psychic, and the future is always uncertain. Time is running out for the psychic and the alpha. A curse runs rampant through Ryland, and Krista needs to get her powers in check to stop a violent force from appearing. Shifters are going missing, murdered around Central City while a dark shadow blanket over the shifter factions. Can Krista and Ryland’s love blossom? Or will the darkness claim them forever?

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haunted melodyHAUNTED MELODY: A GHOST STORY by Alyson Santos

VS Note: I started reading the reviews to see what the book was about, read the Look Inside and one clicked. The characters grabbed me already!

They say death is the end. I thought so too until I learned it’s just the beginning.

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VS Note: In the mood to hilite my ‘disaster movie’ type books today! With romance of course!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 24

April 17

April 10

April 3

March 27

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

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

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

A Private Loop Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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

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

The excerpt –

The man who’d gone to start the vidcams came running as if he couldn’t wait to watch her die, “All set – I made sure the feed won’t go anywhere other than our private loop. Don’t want to give away the show for free or get ourselves in trouble.”

He and one of the other guards pulled skinny black wands from holsters on their belts and stood ready as the officer went to the control panel for the force barrier, “I’m only going to deactivate a small area, so be prepared to throw her in there fast.”

“I’ll be ready,” Her captor got a better grip on Elianna, picking her up despite her flailing and striking at him.

A portion of the barrier sparked and winked out. The guards with the odd weapons aimed them at the cat, which snarled and retreated, hissing, tail lashing from side to side. Desperate to avoid her grisly fate, Elianna gripped the guard’s uniform and hung on. He attempted to throw her into the cell, but she tugged him off balance, and the Khagrish fell across the threshold in a heap with her.

In the blink of an eye the cat was on the guard, ignoring Elianna. Her first instinct was to crawl from the cell, but the beast and the screaming guard blocked the way.

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 24

heart of eonI have a new paranormal romance release of my own to report! It’ll be about halfway down the list because I always list the scifi romance titles first…

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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HEART OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Anna Hackett

VS note: I’m loving this new series from Anna and of course one clicked promptly!

Genius computer geek Wren Traynor prefers her high-tech comp lab to socializing with people, and she definitely prefers it over crawling through the bowels of the huge Eon warship she’s hijacked. When Earth’s Space Corps blackmails her into this deadly mission, Wren will do anything to help her beloved sisters and save the Earth from invasion by the insectoid Kantos aliens. That includes entering into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the tall, hunky, and seriously enraged Eon war commander who captains the Rengard.

War Commander Malax Dann-Jad is a born protector and has forged a successful career in service to the Eon Empire. Haunted by an early mission where he lost good warriors, he’s dedicated to protecting his ship and its crew. Especially since his warship is carrying a special, top-secret cargo. But one tiny, infuriating Terran puts all that at risk when she commandeers his ship and refuses to listen to reason.

When the ravenous Kantos set their sights on the Rengard–using sneaky, underhanded tactics–Malax finds himself with an armful of curvy woman. He and Wren must join forces to fight back, and are shocked at their improbable, intense attraction. But with lives at risk, both will learn that strength comes in more ways than one and love can hit when you least expect it, and that in order to survive, you have to put everything on the line.

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warriors mate iriduan 4THE WARRIOR’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 4) by Susan Trombley

Five years ago, I was abducted by aliens….
After a harrowing escape from an alien research facility, I found myself in the care and protection of an alien species called the Akrellians, but I didn’t trust my instantaneous attraction to the commander of the ship. After all, I had no idea what the evil Iriduans had done to me, so I didn’t know if my feelings were even my own or something they had caused.
He was reptilian and had deadly quills. How could a human possibly fall so fast for such an alien male?
When I offered Prime Commander Tirel a temporary sexual liaison, hoping it would ease the need I felt for him, he rejected it and asked for something more permanent.
I panicked.
I couldn’t escape him fast enough. Not because I feared him, but because of the temptation he offered—one that would require me to sacrifice everything I’ve ever known to stay with him.
Now, after years apart, the strange bond that had formed between us upon our first meeting demands I return to him, and I realize that I can’t continue to live my life without him. The only problem—I’m stuck on Earth, and I don’t know how to find him again.
Until an unexpected visitor brings me the solution—and the terrifying news that I may have waited too long.

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mated to the alien dragonMATED TO THE ALIEN DRAGON (CELESTIAL MATES) by Kate Rudolph

For Kristen Mora the choice is easy, but stepping onto an alien ship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when a figure shrouded in shadows starts talking about Celestial Mates. A mate? Her? No, thank you. But a temporary escape from her troubles on Earth might be just the thing she needs, and a vacation on a dragon planet is a once in a lifetime experience.

Wait. Dragons?
This alpha dragon isn’t looking for a match…Drikal rules over the dragons in his territory and guards against the threat of encroaching wyverns. He has no time for a mate, but meddling in his court has him meeting a strange woman and questioning his resolve. She ignites the fire in his soul and makes him question everything he thought he knew. Can he mate with a human? And could it be fate?

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twisted evangelineTWISTED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 23 by Evangeline Anderson

Nikki Davis is having a terrible time. Her three sons are in trouble in school and her husband is divorcing her while a nasty coworker steals her best commissions at work. Is it any wonder she’s thinking of offing herself? But when she steps into the foaming surf of Clearwater Beach, she feels something hard under her foot. A stone that looks like a shiny purple M&M is just lying there so Nikki picks it up…
And finds herself in a whole new life on a completely different planet.

Malik is a Volt Kindred, the only survivor of his home planet, Uriel Two. When the Knower, the Artificial Intelligence tasked with taking care of his world, took it over and killed all the humanoid inhabitants, he was off-planet. But he has a plan–a special tool from the Goddess herself to restore his world. The only trouble is, he has to get back to Uriel Two first and the only person brave enough to deal with the Knower is the evil Mistress Hellenix of Yonnie Six. Malik allowed himself to be bought by her and has been her slave for ten long years but now, for some reason she has changed completely…

Nikki doesn’t know what to think–how did she go from her miserable life in Tampa to a fantastic palace with a huge Kindred bodyslave who is calling her Mistress Hellenix? And how can she ever get back home again? She must pretend to be the woman whose life she has taken over by accident but how long can she keep up the charade? And what will Malik do when he finds out the truth–that his real Mistress is millions of light years away and her double knows absolutely nothing about life on Yonnie Six? How will he save his home world now that reality has become…Twisted?

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monarch mission files conspiracyTHE MONARCH MISSION FILES: CONSPIRACY by Jenn Nixon

Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone for the past three years. No one would believe her anyway, her ex-fiancé had seen to that. Instead of wallowing in misery, she stays busy, shuttling cargo to the Moon and back, enjoying the easy work and time alone. An old EarthCorps acquaintance asks for her help, and Mari can’t say no, even if it means working with the ex’s former best friend.

Although Trevor Nash took the missing person’s job to help his former commanding officer, deep down he needed to see Mari again. After trying and failing to find out what happened to her, Trevor makes the best of an odd situation, hoping he can remind Mari of their budding friendship and finally get some answers. When the mission goes sideways and they find the not-so-missing girl, a centuries-old conspiracy theory comes to light and the only thing more unfathomable is learning Mari’s secret.

Together with their newly formed ragtag team, Mari and Trevor team up and undertake a mission unlike anything either of them has faced before with life-altering and possibly deadly consequences.

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men of the north pacifistTHE PACIFIST (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 10) by Elin Peer

Mila, a sweet pacifist born in the Motherlands, has avoided conflicts all her life. Now, living in the Northlands with the ruling family who adopted her, she’s under pressure to follow the traditions of the North and let fierce warriors fight for her hand in marriage.

But how can she marry if it means giving up on her friendship with Jonah, the first male councilman in the Motherlands and her closest friend? Every night they talk, laugh, and share their darkest secrets.

Will Mila find a voice strong enough to say no, and is she willing to jeopardize her family’s political power for Jonah, who most likely wants nothing but a platonic friendship with her? Or does he?

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shadow warrior ann aguirreTHE SHADOW WARRIOR (ARS NUMINA BOOK 4) by Ann Aguirre

Bitter. Broken. Brutal. Molded since childhood to be the perfect weapon, Gavriel d’Alana (also known as Death’s Shadow) has devoted himself to serving Thalia Talfayen. The life of a Noxblade is lethal and lonely, and since the princess has no need of him, he secretly believes there’s no reason for him to live—and he should seek a glorious death—but that’s before he tangles with a tiger woman who unleashes his darkest desires.

Tough. Tenacious. Trustworthy. Magda Versai has a reputation for being unattainable—no deep attachments, only discreet amusements. If she has her way, the pride will never learn of her private heartbreak, as she accepted her curse years ago. Now, she focuses on work, which is why she’s acting as Raff’s bodyguard while secretly hunting for Slay. The search leads Mags to team up with a Noxblade so belligerent that she can’t resisting baiting him.

She’s the steel, he’s the flint, and the sparks they strike together might kindle a fire that could warm them for a lifetime, if they don’t kill each other first.

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rogue warriorROGUE WARRIOR (ROGUE STAR BOOK 5) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I don’t know if I can save Valtic from the darkness. But I’m  damn well going to try. Every day I make a choice. Spread the light. Help where I can. Make sure my friends, my new family, are safe. But the darkness inside of Valtic calls me. I can see him fighting it with every breath. I want to, need to, help him. And not just as a doctor.

His heated glances and fiery touch beckon me. I’ll follow and hope that whatever luck kept us all from dying on Persephone Station can help me keep him from giving in.

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commanders tradeCOMMANDER’S TRADE (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 2) by Diana Logan

Katy has been enjoying her time aboard the palatial Iti flagship, especially since drop-dead gorgeous Commander Grix’s quest to reunite his people requires the two of them to spend a lot of time together, figuring out the secrets of the squeeze chamber…with deeply delightful results.

But when their journey brings them to a ship full of desperate Iti, the chance to save them may mean losing everything, including each other.

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alien heros claimed brideALIEN HERO’S CLAIMED BRIDE by Juno Wells

Cassandra – Stranded and alone in a sector of space ruled by vicious queens, I’m losing hope of ever finding freedom. After being abducted, all I wanted was to escape from the aquatic species trying to sell me on the open market. They feed me cold slop every day, rough me up when I don’t do what they want, and keep me in a cage with standing room only.

One day, somehow, I’m going to turn the tables and I’ll put them in this same dirty cage. Making that happen is all I think about, because thinking about my life on Earth is too painful. They snatched me right when everything was going to hell in hand-basket.

Humans had finally organized to fight against the environmental disasters making the planet uninhabitable. I was pulling core samples on a mountain top when the aliens came for me. As it is, Earth needs me much more than the horrible aquatics intent on using me to line their pockets.

Mathadar – Being one of millions of warriors in the Draconian fleet makes me insignificant and dispensable. Our Queens don’t value our contributions and see us as expendable. I’ve lost my father and my brothers have been assigned throughout the fleet. I’m alone, another faceless warrior for the cause.

All that changes when I see an alien Queen being auctioned in the city square. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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red zoneRED ZONE by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Welcome to the new world. Things have changed just a bit. Big Brother’s not only monitoring important things like what toilet paper you buy–it now has direct access to everything you see thanks to the mandatory implant you get at birth. And Friday Jones has seen something she wishes she hadn’t.
Now she has all kinds of undesirables after her–some to straight up kill her and others who want to steal what’s locked in her head. So, she’ll need the help of a ruthless mercenary, Striker, if she has any chance at survival. That he’s a jerk, who she wants to punch in the face, well…a dying woman sometimes has to make tough choices.
Striker’s special abilities have kept him in the shadows for a reason. He has no interest in getting mixed up with the smart-mouthed, hard-headed woman no matter how his body reacts. But then he discovers what’s in her head and all bets are off.

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beast luna hunterBEAST (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 1) by Luna Hunter

JADE – Women aren’t safe on Earth, not since the Big Mistake.
Around here, there’s one rule: Don’t go into town. That’s where the men are.
I live in hiding with Zoey, Dev and Makayla. It’s a hard life, but we make it work. Or we did, until Zoey got sick.
Now I have no choice but to head into town. I can’t sit and watch her wither away. I must find her a cure.
My disguise fails me, my eyes giving me away. Men descend upon me like a pack of rabid wolves. Then a savage, alien warrior steps up. Eight feet of muscle, horns and claws.
The beast throws me over his shoulder and carries me off like he owns me. I have no idea what the wants, but the brooding look in his alien eyes makes me tremble and fear the worst…

VUKAROR – Kysus lies in ruins. Sickness has ravaged our people, our women are barren.
I am their King. I must save my people.
I need an heir.
I must find a mate.
Earth is my last hope. If I do not find a suitable nera, the Kaizon will die.
She is at the first human settlement I come across, in a group mating ritual… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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kintolf risingKINTOLF RISING (NEW ALIEN SPECIES BOOK 2) by TC Adams and Hannah Davenport

Having lived my short twenty-four years on a family farm, talking to Henry (my best friend and the family dog), feeding the animals, I just wanted to explore a little before life slipped away. Was that so wrong?

Luckily for me, Aunt Viv convinced Mom to let me visit her on the space station and I couldn’t wait. I took all the required classes, had the translator inserted, and off I went.
“Space travel is much safer now,” the instructor said. “You will be fine.” 
Ha! What a joke—I never made it to the space station.

Captured and held prisoner in some dark cave by the Acradidia, I am afraid. Every so often, they show up and drag me to a lab of sorts, injecting me with some thick yellow liquid. I can’t discern what they are trying to do… But I know they are changing me…I can feel it.

There’s a guy in a cell down from me. I watch him as he paces but never get a glimpse of his face. All I know is that he has fur running across the back of his shoulders, down his hips…but I want to see his face.

When we finally escape, I feel drawn to him in a way I can’t understand. He’s strong, and thoughtful, sometimes irritating but still…I have a hard time resisting his magnetic pull. And then we rescue his team…his sexy, intense team, and they all make my insides turn to jelly. How will I choose between the three of them? Or can I have them all?

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caveman aliens claimCAVEMAN ALIEN’S CLAIM (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 7) by Calista Skye

Tamara – There’s a rope tied around my ankle. The other end is in the hand of a caveman. My head hurts, too. And I have no idea how I got to this small hut far away from the village with the other Earth girls. Yeah, this is not the best way to wake up.

The caveman is a mountain of muscle and moves like a tiger. He has eyes like yellow lasers. He could be very attractive if he didn’t have a bad burn on half his face.
I don’t know what he wants with me.
But I can guess. All the other Earth girls are pregnant by caveman aliens. And the way this guy looks at me, I have a feeling that he wants to claim me.

Car’rakz – I saw her in the village with the other women aliens, and I had to have her.
I have never been this close to a woman before. She makes me dizzy with her softness and her scent. I’ve tied her up so she can’t escape. Already I can’t stand the thought of being without her. I’ll take her to my tribe. I know women can give birth. Soon there will be children in my village again.

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surviving the wallSURVIVING THE WALL (OUTLASTING SERIES BOOK 3) by LK Magill

She thought they were safe. She thought wrong.
Hannah Linfield didn’t know who she was. Not really. But over the past nine months some of her memories had begun to return. Only… along with them, came more questions.
Questions about her brother. Questions about her past.
And it looked like both of those things were catching up to her. Which left Hannah torn.
Between Cole and Liam, she already had her hands plenty full. Not to mention her own nagging conscience, the one that kept reminding her that what she was feeling was wrong. So… the most pressing questions still remained unanswered.
How far would a girl be willing to go to get answers? And for that matter, how far would the men in her life let her?

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voris mateTHE VORI’S MATE (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 5) by S J Sanders

Reggie was a society girl, a castoff wife, soon to-be divorcee, stolen away from Earth, a victim of her own bad choices. Little did she know that one mistake would lead her onto a journey of finding her own happy ever after with a serpentine species of aliens on a strange matriarchal jungle planet. Giant spiders, gargantuan lizards, scrambled green eggs for breakfast. Life had suddenly got a lot more interesting.

Vadal and Shaagra are from a society where the females choose and dominate, where due to a genetic malady they succumbed to fits of temper and collected males into vast harems. Vadal and Shaagra want more than that. When the opportunity comes to secure a human mate to love and shelter among them, they will risk everything, even their hearts, in hopes that she will be forever theirs.

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a boy and his dogA BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C A Fletcher

VS Note: Not a romance, but post apocalyptic and…dog! As best I can tell from reviews, there’s a happy ending…but I have not read it. The reviews are mixed as to pacing and the author’s failure to use quotation marks…but a release of note.

My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

end of the walkerEND OF THE WALKER (THE WALKER SERIES BOOK 5) by CoraLee June

The end is here. Dormas is gone. The empire is in ruin, and I’m struggling to come to terms with the girl I’ve become. My men are the only bright spot left in the empire. We’re stronger than ever. Determined to find Payne and the cure, we comb through all the destruction, searching for him while trying to evade infected Walkers.

I just hope we can find him in time. Death is breathing down our necks, and I’m starting to worry that my men and I won’t survive the end of the empire. The end is here. And so is a beautiful beginning.

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into the deadfallINTO THE DEADFALL by Susan Trombley

VS note: A re-release which author states has “additional significant story content.”

Though she was raised by a survivalist, Alice was not prepared to be ripped from her dimension and dropped without ceremony into the massive junkyard of a parallel dimension.
She’s wounded, alone, and lost in a world her mind struggles to comprehend. Then a four-armed alien with the face of a dangerous lion reveals that his heart is not so predatory, when he comes to her aid and saves her life. Because of her wounds, she has no choice but to accept his help.

She finally begins to grow comfortable around her leonine companion, until another warrior intervenes to save her when creatures from the Dead Fall attack them during their exploration, suddenly making everything much more complicated.

Alice still doesn’t understand what either of the warriors is saying, and if she can’t find the right words to soothe her beastly new protectors, they’ll end up killing each other.

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oracle nocturnal maidensORACLE: NOCTURNAL MAIDENS: AN ORACLE’S MAIDENS NOVEL 01 by D R Rosier

Bill Callahan, columnist, blogger, superhero, is Oracle. It isn’t easy being a hero, especially a D-Class one with a single power. Seeing the future was a huge edge, even for an otherwise normal human, but he still had to carefully choose his battles.

As if being a superhero dealing with more powerful villains wasn’t hard enough, he also had to avoid the Nocturnal Maidens, the premiere superheroine team in the city. They really didn’t like him, at all. He had no idea what he’d done, but they seemed to despise him, and hold him in contempt.

He was alone, fought alone, lived alone, and with his double life had very few friends and none of them close. His life was about to change, significantly, if he could survive.

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primal penelope woodsPRIMAL: A DARK SCIFI REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Penelope Woods

Adeline: On Earth, I was a curious explorer and government research scientist, but I was always looking for more. But when I stepped through an ancient gateway portal, I didn’t expect savage beasts to claim me as their own.

There is nowhere to hide. Nowhere to run. They own me now, and they won’t stop until they all get a turn. And though they’re driven to inflict pain for their pleasure, they promise to love me. Forever. There is no going back. Out here, love is primal.

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unintentional addictionUNINTENTIONAL ADDICTION (LOTUS ADAAMAS SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone

Adelia is trying to get her life together, to settle down on a safe planet, find a loving mate and a job she enjoys. Except she’s been abandoned on Lotus Adaamas by her ex-captain. All her things are back on the ship and she has no money, no friends to help her out and no idea what she’s going to do now. Maybe Seth of Stars is punishing her… 

Zane is a Silk Demon and his business is taking a hit. He needs to work harder at finding new clients to make up for the ones his ex-associate stole. Lucky for him, he just caught a female down on her luck – with contacts that link back to Yunkin. One problem, she smells like his favorite fruit and he wants to devour her mouth and get lost in her taste.

No, he need to focus. Maybe Seth of Stars is punishing him…Adelia needs the job he’s offering to pay for a flight off the Demon run planet. Zane needs her contacts to save his business. It was only suppose to be a business arrangement.

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talias cyborgTALIA’S CYBORG (CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 3) by Clarissa Lake and Christine Myers

Interstellar war left Earth in ruins. After the war, cyborgs came back to rebuild and restore civilization, and began awakening the cyborgs still in stasis waiting to fight.
Talia Cannon, a descendant of apocalypse preppers lives on a small off the grid homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the last of her family line unless she finds a mate to have children.
Jolt Somber has learned that building families is one way to start rebuilding civilization. So, he takes Talia to Farringay to see if one of the cyborgs under his command is her male, her soulmate who is genetically matched to her.
Bodee Flint nearly the last cyborg she meets is the one. One passionate kiss tells her this hot young cyborg is for her, but what about love?
Then again, he’s sexy and thoughtful, and he adores her. What’s not to love?
Whenever Talia has sexy thoughts Bodee is ready and willing to breed in hopes of making offspring. He is the best thing that ever happened to her.
But will she realize what he means to her before it’s too late?

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delta v daniel suarezDELTA-V by Daniel Suarez

VS Note: Hard scifi not a romance but a release of note. I liked the ‘look inside’ and put it on my TBR list.

When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce’s private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe’s unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce’s high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid–with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers–ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers–must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space. They’re determined to transform humanity from an Earth-bound species to a space-faring one–or die trying.

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emily eternalEMILY ETERNAL by M G Wheaton

VS Note: Another hard scifi, not a romance, but a release of note. The plot sounds intriguing. On my TBR List.

Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

Her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome that may save them all. But not everyone is convinced Emily has the best solution–or the best intentions. Before her theory can be tested, the lab is brutally attacked, and Emily’s servers are taken hostage.

Narrowly escaping, Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions–college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra. As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. Soon it becomes clear not just the species is at stake, but also that which makes us most human.

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SongoftheNileFinalSONG OF THE NILE: GODS OF EGYPT by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I love writing ancient Egypt, with paranormal elements of course!

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

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storm of locustsSTORM OF LOCUSTS (THE SIXTH WORLD BOOK 2) by Rebecca Roanhorse

VS note: Not a romance per se but a release of note. I enjoyed the first book in the series – it’s very from anything else I’ve ever read and the abrupt ending didn’t make me happy, but hey, it’s a series so we’ll see…this is on my TBR list.

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

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after darkness fallsAFTER DARKNESS FALLS: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE by May Sage

Chloe used to study hard, do everything right to pave a bright future, but children sometimes have to pay for their parents’ sins, and Chloe’s tab is pretty steep.
At twenty-six, when a series of attacks forces her to seek refuge in the notorious Institute of Paranormal Studies, Chloe sees it as a second chance to achieve her goals. She believes she has nothing to lose.
She couldn’t be more mistaken.

Levi has had centuries to observe the mortals and immortals of this world. He knows what the sassy woman who entered his domain is at first glance. A relic of the old days, so ancient that even an elder lord descended from the first immortals has reason to fear her.
He should slit her throat while he has the chance.
He should.

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rookieTHE ROOKIE (FIRE’S EDGE BOOK 3) by Abigail Owen

To escape exile, Aidan Paytah has had to prove himself worthy. Every second of every damn day. He fought with everything he had to earn his precarious place on the Huracán team of dragon shifter enforcers. He can’t fail or afford distractions, no matter how temptingly sweet. Total loyalty to the clans and dedication to his team is the only way.

Sera Morrison lost her parents and her husband in short order, leaving her a single mother running her family winery alone. Nothing could ever have prepared her for the discovery that she’s a destined dragon mate. But once she finds out, there’s only one man she wants—the one who walks away.

However, the Alliance Council has its own agenda. They want to use her as a political pawn and force a mating that could ultimately kill her to save the High King. Aidan has no choice but to kidnap her, even if it means their close proximity reinforces their own mating bond. And mating with him could end up being a far worse fate for Sera.

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storm bearSTORM BEAR: CROSSROADS (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 12) by Bianca D’arc

Sabrina is a weather witch losing control. Everything she touches seems to fall apart and tornadoes are whirling down Main Street in the small shifter town in the Canadian Rockies where she’s lived for the past couple of years.

Ace is a bear shifter on walkabout without his brothers for the first time in a long time. When he stops to talk to the Lords of the Were, he is given a mission to fetch Sabrina and bring her back to their compound in Montana so she can get help.

When Ace is with Sabrina, weather tempests are the least of their problems. Sparks fly between them and an attraction builds, even as evil agents chase them, trying to steal her power. Will Ace be able to get her to safety, or will the whirlwind take them into the darkness of the unknown?

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own to obsessOWN TO OBSESS (MYTH OF OMEGA BOOK 8) by Zoey Ellis

Kardos –
Wild and uncontrolled, Kardos faces his new circumstance with an unbound fury, but discovers that some things are not within his control.
His undiluted obsession consumes him, until he is forced to see that the only thing he truly needs, he may no longer own.

Shaya – Struggling to find her strength, Shaya makes little headway in her new life in the Southern Lands. Her Alpha cannot be reasoned with and is even more of a beast than he ever was.
She experiences just how deeply his passion runs, but realizes she may never survive if she cannot find a way to escape him.

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soul for loveA SOUL FOR LOVE by E M Reders

15 years ago, Hudson sold his soul to the devil, and he was still waiting for what he had asked for. When his presence is suddenly wanted in Hell, Death comes to collect. He should have been scared, frozen in terror at the Reapers appearance, but he wasn’t. There was just something about the being hidden within the darkness of that hood that drew him in. An attraction that disturbed him a little.
Well, at least it did until he finally got a look under that hood and learnt Death’s greatest secret. . .
I mean, is it really so hard to believe that Death could be female?

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shade of vampire 75A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 75: A BLADE OF THIERON by Bella Forrest

In spite of the news about his father, Taeral has no choice but to push forward with the mission and retrieve the second piece of Death’s scythe: the blade. But the Soul Crusher, the blade’s reaper guardian, has a plan to protect it—one that will test the team’s friendship in a way nothing has done before.
Meanwhile, back in The Shade, Derek and Sofia are heading up a task of their own. One just as vital and, if Brendel finds out, likely even more dangerous.

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windy city dragonWINDY CITY DRAGON (THE TREASURE OF PARAGON BOOK 2) by Genevieve Jack

For decades he’s posed as a human…It’s been a long time since Tobias spread his wings. The exiled dragon prince has worked hard to blend into the human world and practice his love for healing as a pediatric cardiologist.

She awakens the dragon within...As a vampire-human hybrid, Sabrina is used to being different from the rest of her community. But all vampires need to feed. The night she chooses Tobias as her next meal, everything changes. He’s far more than he seems, and if she doesn’t protect his secret, it could cost him his life.

Can love remind him of who he truly is? One kiss thrusts Tobias into the dark underground world of Chicago’s vampires where his dragon nature is his only hope of protecting Sabrina. But Sabrina knows the only way to keep him safe is to push him away.

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cursed seasCURSED SEAS (PARANORMALS OF ARILASE BOOK 3) by Beth Caudill

She’s destined to be Queen. He’s trapped far from home. Together they must navigate treacherous waters to safeguard the merkin and sea creatures of Arilase.

Chosen to become queen of the merclans, Kaycee dreads her first year participating in the Seven Seas Ceremonies. Swept away by cursed magic, she encounters a lone merman trapped on an isle of penguins. Although responsibilities drag her back home, she can’t forget the bleakness that surrounds him.

Alexander was the cherished heir of the Pelagius merclan. Then his arrogance cost him his freedom. Hexed to only assume his mer-form on the three nights of the triple full moons, his life has changed irrevocably. When a mermaid breaks his solitude, he clings to his affliction afraid to seize the hope she harbors.

Will the ghosts of the past keep them apart? Or will they learn to trust in each other to survive the treacherous waters, defeat an evil sorcerer, and permit love to rule their hearts?

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dark curseDARK CURSE (SHADOW AND LIGHT BOOK 5) by Kim Richardson

It’s important to stay busy in my line of work, and fresh challenges keep me on my toes. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Okay, so I accepted the archdemon Lucian’s gift in the hopes that it would make me invincible—big mistake.

A darkness rises in me that I can’t control. It seduces me, offering me the power to make things right again, all the while consuming little pieces of my soul. But if I embrace the darkness, will I ever be the same? I’m not the Hunter I once was. I’m changing. And it scares the crap out of me.

Worse, Lisbeth has turned the Gray Council against me. Yeah, that cost me a trip to the Silent Gallows. Yay me.
But they can’t get rid of me that easily. Hell no. Lisbeth and her followers better get ready, ‘cause I’m coming for her.

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druids or faeriesDRUIDS OR FAERIES? (DUNSKEY CASTLE BOOK 14) by Jane Stain

Marybeth frowned. “Dinna ye think it wrong, tae grab the faerie axe by force?”
Ashley batted the air as if what Marybeth had said was dismissible. “The faeries gave it tae Ciaran, who gave it tae John. Kelsey stole it from John. ‘Tis na wrong for John tae steal it back from her.”
Connell stuck his chest out and his chin up in a show of bravado. “Kelsey’s gotten full o’ herself, syne she went off tae Celtic University. That, or she has been brainwashed by all those Druids. We used tae be friends, but now she’s gone tae far. We wull be taking that axe back from her sae we can save Donnan. End o’ discussion.”

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lachlanLACHLAN: VAMPIRES IN EUROPE (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA BOOK 13) by D B Reynolds

Lethal and charismatic, vampire Lachlan McRae woke on his first night to death and devastation—his clan slaughtered, his fortress destroyed. One hundred and fifty years later, driven to avenge the murder of everyone he loved, he’s ready to hunt down and kill the one vampire who was behind it all—Erskine Ross, the Vampire Lord of Scotland.

Beautiful, smart, and cool under pressure, Julia Harper is determined to prove she’s more than a child of wealth and privilege. When a lifelong friend is murdered by vampires, she steps out of her role as an analyst for the CIA, and sets out to take down one of the most powerful men in Scotland—the deadly Erskine Ross.

Recruited by a friend to arrange contact between Lachlan and her best friend Cyn’s mate, the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael, Julia soon discovers that she and Lachlan want the same thing . . . Erskine’s death. But when Erskine sets out to kill Julia instead, she and Lachlan find themselves fighting for her life, and for a love that neither one of them can trust.

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unholy groundUNHOLY GROUND (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

After a horrible accident while filming the third episode of Project Demon Hunters, Audrey Barrett can’t get the if onlys out of her head. If only she hadn’t tried to play hero. If only she’d stayed out of the way. In the end, Michael sent the demon in question back to hell…but at a terrible cost.

The cable network has pulled the plug on the show, and they’re all out of a job. Now there’s nothing left to do but tie up loose ends. At least Audrey still has Michael, alive and by her side. But those loose ends are a clear sign — gouged deep in oak — that the demon who’s been making their lives miserable isn’t through with them after all.

They have no choice but to confront evil on its own ground. But if they can’t pin a name on this demon, nothing will save them…not even an ocean of holy water.

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pirates pleasurePIRATE’S PLEASURE (SENTINELS OF SAVANNAH BOOK 3) by Lisa Kessler

John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora’s Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews.

A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments.

What she doesn’t realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn’t know what’s more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.

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dragon burning brightDRAGON BURNING BRIGHT by Michele Fox

Adara Brenton thinks she’s an average girl: single and dreaming of romance. Also? In need of a job. As it turns out, horking up fireballs at work is the fast track to unemployment.
Yes. Fireballs.
See, in her family, spontaneous human combustion is genetic…like red hair, only, you know, fatal, and now it’s her turn to burn.Endre Felman has lived deep inside a mountain for centuries, adding to his hoard and looking for his mate. Meeting Adara before she goes up in smoke gives him hope, but convincing her dragons are real, that he’s the dragon of her heart, and keeping her alive through what’s to come proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined.
In the end, they may both burn to ash because no dragon lives forever without love.

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bandits prequelA BANDIT’S PREQUEL (COLORADO’S RACCOON GAZE BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

Emily met her raccoons before she was sent on that fateful assignment. See the first time they met, during the Bay Coven’s Samhain Ball.

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blood bondsBLOOD BONDS (OTHERWORLD BOOK 21) by Yasmine Galenorn

VS note: Author recommends reading the series prior to reading this one.

They’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae agents of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille is the Queen of Dusk and Twilight. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and the Autumn Lord’s only living Death Maiden. And Menolly is a vampire princess and married to a gorgeous werepuma Amazon. It’s been four long years since they first found out about Shadow Wing…and now, they’re facing the end of the line. It’s time for the D’Artigo sisters to extinguish Shadow Wing’s evil forever, before he goes mad and tries to unravel the world.

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grumpy old godsGRUMPY OLD GODS by Various

VS Note: From March, some of the stories seem to contain romance…

What happens when gods wane, retire, or just decide they need a change of employment?
13 writers took up the challenge and let their imaginations run wild in this anthology that is nearly-always amusing, somewhat insightful, and completely irreverent as we imagine the gods of yore in retirement. (Story blurbs on ebook seller page…)

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to claim a wolfTO CLAIM A WOLF (THE MACCONWOOD PACK NOVEL SERIES BOOK 5) by C D Gorri

Dormant Werewolf Aleeza Marlowe isn’t sure what to do when her supernatural senses begin to run overtime! Particularly around her boss, sexy Werewolf, Dib Lowell. She must learn to control her emerging beast before their big meeting with the Georgian Pack, or risk losing her job.

Dib Lowell is a Wolf Guard and head lawyer for the Macconwood Pack. After months of digging, he’s finally got a lead on the whereabouts of the his Alpha’s long lost mother. He can’t afford any distractions. Especially not when they come in the shape of a certain sexy employee he can’t stop thinking about.

They travel to a foreign Pack where circumstances force them to masquerade as a couple. But it’s a little too close for comfort for the two of them.
Will Dib let Aleeza go when this is all over?

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wolfs surprise babiesTHE WOLF’S SURPRISE BABIES (SHIFTER DATING SERVICE BOOK 1) by Jasmine Wylder

Ruthless. Dangerous. Gruesome.
I’ve earned this reputation.
I’m mafia.
My rules are simple:
Rule #1: I take what I want, when I want.
Rule #2: Don’t get in my way, ever, or you’ll see the beast inside.
Rule #3: Love is out of the question.
I didn’t ask for this life. I was born into it.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll die in it.
But before that, there is one thing I have to do…
Make sure my daughter can escape the life I couldn’t.
She is the only thing I live for.
Until I meet Lizzie, the owner of the local shifter dating agency…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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fire breathing armandFIRE BREATHING ARMAND (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 5) by Candace Ayers

When Armand meets Angel, he knows she’s not his mate.
She can’t be—she’s pregnant with another male’s child.
Yet, no female has ever claimed his heart as she has.
Angel of Death is cursed.
Everyone around her dies.
The trick, she’s learned, is to never get close to anyone.
Damned if she hasn’t screwed that up, and her screwup may endanger the lives of the two people she cares for the most—the man she’s trying desperately not to fall in love with, and her own newborn daughter.
Armand is willing to give up eternal life to spend what little time he has left with Angel.
The only problem is, if he dies, Angel will take the blame.

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reigningREIGNING (TO TAME A SHIFTER BOOK 5) by A K Koonce

I’ve gotten myself into one last incident. One final mistake that may cost me everything, including my life.
By using dark, manipulating magic the Solstice Queen wants to reign over the two Kingdoms and give power back to mages once and for all. I’ll stand by her side. I’ll smile and wave and say all the right things.
All while turning the last remaining mages against her. Because when it all ends, the beloved Solstice Queen won’t walk away from the war she started. Unless I die trying.

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auctioned to the dragonAUCTIONED TO THE DRAGON by Kayla Wolf

Helena is an independent woman who knows what she wants. But she’s suddenly powerless when she’s kidnapped for an ancient, barbaric shifter festival and auctioned to the highest bidder.

Unless an enormous, violent beast gets in the way. He’s rude, he’s wild, and she’s most certainly not coming with him no matter how muscular his torso is or how much he makes her body wake up.

Arthur has only one purpose left under this sun: take revenge on the dragon who killed his family. Until he rests his eyes on a drop-dead gorgeous woman whose eyes reach deep into the darkest part of him. He can barely keep control of himself around her, and he wants nothing more than to take her in his arms.
The problem is that she has no idea of the monster lurking inside of him…
She doesn’t know that his feral blood is cursed and that she brings out his most dangerous and wildest part…
How much longer can Arthur keep his pure animal instinct under control?

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snow of the white hillsSNOW OF THE WHITE HILLS by Wendy Rathbone

Once upon a time an imprisoned prince was rescued by seven beautiful men.

For two years, Prince Snow has been locked away in the palace tower. On the night Queen Serena decides to do away with him for good, seven beautiful men with equally tragic pasts appear out of nowhere to rescue him.

Starved for affection, hurt, and in fear for his life, Snow is shown attention and care he has never known. The seven men teach him what real loyalty and love can be.

Doc, their leader, will heal him.
Sleepy, the most devoted, offers to become his love until the end of days.
All yearn to fight to gain Snow his rightful throne.
But Snow cannot justify his new friends putting their lives on the line for him. His heart will break forever if anything happens to Sleepy. Maybe it would be better for all if he just left.

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love spellLOVE SPELL (SMOKY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Kristen Strassel

Sophie Whynot can’t watch another one of her friends get married or have a baby when her own prospects for love are dire. Scratch that, catastrophic. This trip to the Smoky Mountain village to stay with her gran is a much-needed reset. A chance to get her blog off the ground and learn about the magic her grandmother practices. A chance to get to really know herself.

Tyson Drake knows exactly who he is, and it was stolen from him when Sophie’s grandmother cast a love spell on his dragon thunder half a century ago. The spell was supposed to help him find his mate, but instead, doomed him to walk the earth as a human. Not a mate in sight. And nothing he’s tried to get his fire back has worked.

But when his feelings for Sophie intensify, is he willing to take a chance on another Whynot enchantress, or will her magic be the end of him?

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rebel dragonREBEL DRAGON (THE DRAGONS OF ESTERNES BOOK 1)  by Steve Turnbull

VS note: Note sure there’s romance…

As the life of a slave goes, Kantees doesn’t have it too bad. Being responsible for a racing dragon means her existence is more than just drudgery and fear, even if her life is at the whim of her masters and their rules.

But when her dragon wakes her in the middle of the night Kantees forced to make a life-or-death decision that breaks her masters’ rules and means her own life is forfeit.

Escaping on the back of dragons, with a hodgepodge of unwelcome associates, she attempts to right a wrong that can never be fixed. Until, ultimately, she must put her own life on the line to keep the freedom she has stolen for herself.

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savior bearSAVIOR BEAR (BEAR CREEK PROTECTORS BOOK 5) by Harmony Raines

Plus size model, Madison, is comfortable in her own skin. She’s worked hard to create a life she loves. But when bodyguard, Rob, is hired to protect her comfortable is the last word she’d use to describe the way he makes her feel.

Their attraction is instant. And mutual.

But love at first sight? Madison has never experienced love at all. Not true, deep love. With a mother who thought more of her career than raising her daughter, Madison is unwilling to throw caution, or her heart, to the wind.

However, Rob is no ordinary man. He hides an extraordinary secret. One that might just convince Madison his feelings are true and the bond between them is unbreakable.

Rob’s life is in turmoil. His sister’s mate is missing, presumed dead, and she is heartbroken. Rob would do anything to take away her pain and make it right for her and her two young children.

When Rob is given the task of protecting Madison and realizes she is his mate, he quickly understands just how strong the bond between a shifter and his mate truly is. And how unbearable life would be if he lost her. When secrets are revealed, it seems fate might have thrown Rob and Madison together for reasons of its own.
With the help of his mate, can Rob be a Savior Bear?

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blood covenantTHE BLOOD COVENANT: BOOK ONE OF THE MEDICI WARRIOR SERIES by Emily Bex

Shade Medici, a warrior king and sole male heir to the dynasty, is expected to mate and produce an heir to secure the continuation of the Medici coven. He’s waited over 500 years for the right mate, and when he meets Kate Reese, his attraction is more than primal – it’s merciless.

She’s also mortal.

Kate is fresh off a broken engagement and reluctant to open her heart, but her hesitations are no match for the unrelenting pursuits of the vampire King. Their passion for each other is searing… and not everyone is happy about it. Namely the ruling Council.

As they fight against deceit, treachery, and those who aim to see their love fail, Shade also struggles to control his impulses as Kate is immersed into his dark and dangerous world, but it’s imperative he prepare her for the changes that will be demanded of her should she choose to bind herself to him through the blood covenant. All that scorches and glitters isn’t gold, and she quickly learns that falling in love with a vampire King comes at a hefty price:

It may just cost her everything.

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talon and the bladeTHE TALON AND THE BLADE (GRACE BLOODS BOOK 3) by Jasmine Silvera

Azrael’s Black Blade meets his match… Over two hundred years, Gregor Schwarz earned his brutal notoriety. As the necromancer Azrael’s pitiless enforcer, few—living or dead—dare to cross him. But when he’s sent to Los Angeles to satisfy one of his boss’s debts, Gregor encounters a powerful and intriguing woman who is utterly unimpressed by his fearsome reputation.

… in the Nightfeather’s Talons. Trained by samurai, her skills honed to perfection through a quest for vengeance, Ana Gozen serves as judge, jury, and executioner for Raymond Nightfeather, the necromancer of North America. Ana is exquisitely proficient and certainly needs no help from an outsider—especially a trigger-happy immortal with a reputation for lunacy.

But when a plot to overthrow Raymond comes to light, Ana is ordered to work with Gregor to hunt down and destroy a grace-blooded monster responsible for a series of vicious attacks. If these two solitary warriors can surmount the pain of their separate pasts, they just might prevent total chaos—and capture a future together.

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pride before the fallPRIDE BEFORE THE FALL (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 4) by Kaye Draper

When the thing that birthed her drags Gesa back to the gryphon clan using her sister’s illness as bait, Gesa and her harem find themselves breaking out of an asylum and fleeing assassins—without really knowing who the creeps are even targeting. After all, there are so many options to choose from on the list of people who want Gesa or her lovers dead.
But the trouble doesn’t stop when she leaves clan lands. Oisin’s been hiding someone, and Gesa doesn’t like unexpected visitors. Meanwhile, Hisashi is struggling with unwanted messages from the spirit world, and Kaimana might not be what she seems.
And people wonder why Gesa doesn’t want to deal with a pride.

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trouble with vampiresTHE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.

He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever.

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forever mooreFOREVER MOORE (FORBIDDEN LOVE BOOK 2) by Christina Lee and Riley Hart

With his raven hair and snow-white skin, Lord Ansil Eirwin draws unwanted attention wherever he goes. After his father’s untimely death, Ansil is set to become Duke of Ravenswood on his next birthday. The gallant and timid lord would never dream of shirking responsibility, so he subverts his desires in order to please his mother and new stepfather, Reginald.

Orien Moore, known as the Huntsman, lives on the fringes and has forsaken close bonds with anyone, even the misfits he has taken in. When Orien is called upon by his brother, Reginald, to kill the pampered future duke, it is the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against his power-hungry brother. Orien formulates a plan to use Reginald’s vicious request to his advantage by kidnapping Ansil and holding him hostage until he can fulfill his birthright.

Soon Orien realizes that Ansil is nothing like he’d expected. Kind and joyful, Ansil enchants Orien and his ragtag group. And Ansil, in turn, cannot help but be curious about the gruff huntsman as Orien’s vulnerabilities are exposed. Their mutual interest transforms into affection, followed by overwhelming desire. But they are living on borrowed time.

With Reginald seeking power in Ravenswood, they have no way of knowing what will transpire once Orien returns Ansil to his proper place in society. The only certainty is that the odds are stacked against them. Will the young lord and his huntsman ever have the chance to experience the happily ever after they’ve found in each other’s arms?

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bryant prince of tigersBRYANT – PRINCE OF TIGERS by Kathi S Barton

Harper Wilson and all her siblings were relieved when they received the notice of their parents’ demise. No one deserved it more, and the only reason Harper agreed to go back to that little town in Ohio was to make sure they were truly dead.

Bryant Prince and his family were immortals and hadn’t aged since they’d reached the age of twenty-eight. He and his family had always lived next door to the Wilsons, but he never knew the Wilson children. The Wilsons had always kept to themselves, so no one had any idea what was going on in the little house of horrors. If they had, the Wilson parents would have been dead a long time ago.

There was nothing left of the Wilson house but one wall. The fire had taken the rest. The garage, however, was still intact, and this was where Harper wound up. Drawn in by dark, morbid memories from her childhood. Bryant watched her, knowing that he’d found his mate.

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war of the spark ravnicaWAR OF THE  SPARK: RAVNICA (MAGIC: THE GATHERING) by Greg Weisman

VS Note: Not a romance but I know many fantasy readers are also fans of Magic: The Gathering multiverse.

Teyo Verada wants nothing more than to be a shieldmage, wielding arcane energies to protect his people from his world’s vicious diamondstorms. When he’s buried alive in the aftermath of his first real tempest, the young mage’s life is about to end before it can truly begin—until it doesn’t. In a flash, a power he didn’t know he had whisks him away from his home, to a world of stone, glass, and wonder: Ravnica. Teyo is a Planeswalker, one of many to be called to the world-spanning city—all lured by Nicol Bolas, the Elder Dragon. Bolas lays siege to the city of Ravnica, hungry for the ultimate prize: godhood itself. His unparalleled magic and unstoppable army appear poised to bring the city to utter ruin.

Among those who stand in the way of Bolas’s terrifying machinations are the Gatewatch, Planeswalkers sworn to defeat evil, no matter where it’s found. But as they work to unite the other mages and mount a defense of the city and its people, the terrifying truth of Bolas’s plan becomes clear. The Elder Dragon has prepared a trap to ensnare the most powerful mages from across the Multiverse—and it’s too late to escape.

As forces great and small converge on the city and the battle rages, the stakes could not be higher. If the Gatewatch falters and the Planeswalkers fail, the curtain will fall on the age of heroes—and rise on the infinite reign of Nicol Bolas.

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liminalityLIMINALITY (KINGDOM OF NIGHT BOOK 2) by Joel Abernathy

Half vampire, half werewolf, 100% hot mess.
That’s been my life ever since I came to the Lodge, and with an army of undead hunters on my tail, it’s only getting more complicated from here.
Throw in the fact that not one but two alpha shifters imprinted on me and I’m split right down the middle. Oh, and did I mention they’re twins?
Yeah. Surviving the hunters and my traitorous BFF is becoming the least of my worries. If I can’t figure out which brother my heart belongs to, I’m not even going to survive my first shift.

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VS: Although my new release is a paranormal romance, I do have 7 books out now in the scifi romance Badari Warriors series! Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future battle their alien creators to save the human women they love…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 17

April 10

April 3

March 27

March 20

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

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

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

Pull His Tail or Play Dead Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – The guards prepare to toss Elianna into the cell with the huge alien predator.

The beast paced from side to side of the cell, roaring when he turned, and eyeing them with alarming intensity. Elianna was so terrified she could barely stand. She imagined the cat tearing into her with its huge claws, and the massive fangs rending her flesh.

Praying to the Lords of Space to die now, before the agony of being eaten alive, she nonetheless tried to study the cell and the cat, to identify any kind of weapon or space where she might be able to hide from it. She’d heard wild animals had sensitive noses. Should she punch at its snout? Maybe try to gouge at the eyes? Pulling his tail would have as much effect. Play dead? But the cat knew she was alive, and the Khagrish weren’t going to rescue her if they were after a big payday for a gory vid. An old piece of advice came to her mind, to stand tall and act bigger than she really was. Right, because this creature is as tall as I am and probably outweighs me by seven hundred pounds.

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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SongoftheNileFinalI’m happy to announce the release of my paranormal romance novel Song of the Nile! This is a standalone sequel to Lady of the Nile and features Merneith the musician and Nikare the Medjai, who readers first met as secondary characters. Cover art by Fiona Jayde.

Here’s the official blurb: 

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

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SONG OF THE NILE New Release With Excerpt

SongoftheNileFinalI’m happy to announce the release of my paranormal romance novel Song of the Nile! This is a standalone sequel to Lady of the Nile and features Merneith the musician and Nikare the Medjai, who readers first met as secondary characters. Cover art by Fiona Jayde.

Here’s the official blurb: 

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

The excerpt, as Merneith meets the Master of Musicians in Pharaoh’s palace:

“You must be my new musician, selected for me by the queen based on Hathor alone knows what qualifications but, of course, the Great One’s choices cannot be less than perfect.”

Merneith puzzled over his remark, which had the tone of being a criticism of the queen, and probably a slur on her as well. In her position she couldn’t afford to take offense or let her annoyance show. She opted to keep her own remarks to a minimum. “I was told to report to you at noon, sir.”

“Promptness is admirable.” With a sniff, he walked toward the room containing the selection of instruments. “Well, come on. What can you play?”

She hastened to follow him. “I’m a harpist but can also play lutes and lyres.”

He halted just inside the room and waved a hand at the waiting instruments. “Select one, tune it, and we’ll hear how well you play.”

Swallowing hard, she passed him to walk among the harps, nearly knocking over a stand of cymbals as she went, barely catching the rack before it toppled. There were four standing harps to choose from. The first she ruled out immediately, as the wood was dry and showing fine cracks. The second looked like a possibility but as she plucked a string to test the sound, she could tell the leather in the soundboard was of poor quality. The third one was a gracefully designed harp, with a lotus flower at the top and pretty shell-and-turquoise inlay along the bottom third.

“Come now, surely at least one of my poor offerings will meet with the approval of a harpist from the desert,” Khesuwer said, his tone impatient and condescending. “Take that one, girl, and let us proceed. I use the one you’re examining often for giving lessons to the daughters of noblemen.”

Merneith altShe ignored him. Choosing the right instrument was critical and although the harp she was examining was pretty to the eye, the angle of the wooden piece looked wrong to her, not by much but enough to send her to the last possibility. This harp had been sadly neglected, the wood needing a good polishing but, once she leaned it against her body and plucked a run of five notes, relief  was a cool breeze in her heart. Out of tune but true. Merneith had begun to fear Khesuwer was trying to rid himself of an unwanted musician by giving her only inferior choices when it came to an instrument.  She tightened the strings, worrying over a few of them which clearly needed replacing. She sent Hathor a small prayer they’d last through this test.

“This one is fine.” She thought Khesuwer nodded slightly, as if she’d passed his first test for her. “Am I to play in here?”

“Don’t tell me you disdain my fine chamber in the royal palace?” His voice was full of sarcasm.

I can’t let him upset me. I need this job. Chief Scribe Edekh had been clear she’d always have the pension granted to her but the lodging and food were attached to the position as a musician and the unpleasant Master was the gatekeeper. Since he hadn’t specified a song, she chose an ode to Hathor, goddess of music. The harp wasn’t quite tuned as yet, but she made a good attempt at the hymn and was pleased as the final notes sounded. Playing steadied her nerves.

“Rather an old version of the music,” Khesuwer said, nose in the air, sneering at her. “I suppose there was no more current material in your rural home.”

“No, we were limited and learned from our elders,” she said. On this point she had no defense and no pride to be hurt.

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