Eyes Open For A Chance Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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

The excerpt – continuing on with Daegan’s thoughts as he faces a new day.

He could only go as far as the force barrier marking the end of the Preserve, where the Khagrish allowed his kind to live in between deployments or experiments. Usually he made the circuit three or four times to get enough of a workout but today he dove into the waves for a brief swim before seating himself on his favorite boulder, where he could get an excellent view out to sea. The wide open emptiness appealed to him, called to him.

But I’m unlikely to ever  get the chance to explore any further than I ran today, which is as far as I could go yesterday or any of the thousands of days.

Daegan hated the Khagrish with every fiber of his body but he had to admit they’d perfected the art of keeping their dangerous experimental  ‘animals’ like him under tight control. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep my eyes open for a chance, no matter how slight, for us to win our freedom.

He made the same vow to the goddess in one form or another each day.

Now it was time for him to check in telepathically with his man in each pod and get a feel for how things were going, had anyone heard rumors about what the Khagrish might impose next, was anyone having difficulties, were the youngest Badari all right. Could he help with anything? Letting the Khagrish figure out he was unusually respected by the other Badari would be an instant death sentence for him so it all had to be done carefully but Daegan’s driving motivation, aside from taking revenge on the scientists, was to take care of his brothers.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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

rebel and the rogueAs 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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REBEL AND THE ROGUE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM BOOK 19) by Grace Goodwin

Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body.  Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.

Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.

When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.

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strange loveSTRANGE LOVE (GALACTIC LOVE BOOK 1) by Ann Aguirre

He’s awkward. He’s adorable. He’s alien as hell. Zylar of Kith B’alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.

She’s frazzled. She’s fierce. She’s from St. Louis. Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.
They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.

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sweep with meSWEEP WITH ME (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Ilona andrews

VS Note: I LOVE love love this series. Had this pre-ordered.

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

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when shes marriedWHEN SHE’S MARRIED: A SCIFI ALIEN ROMANCE NOVELLA by Ruby Dixon

Escaped convict Vordigar has been hiding out on Risda III. When he’s scooped up by law enforcement, he has two choices – he can be shipped back to the Haven prison system, or he can marry one of the locals. Piper is from an alien race called ‘humans’ and she needs a mate to help her protect her farm from aggressive neighbors.

Vordigar’s not interested in forever. Or marrying. Or settling down. He’ll go along with Piper’s plans just until he can get off planet…or so he thinks. Because one night in Piper’s bed changes everything.

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navatNAVAT (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 17) by Elin Wyn

Navat may have to work with the the human woman assigned to help his team.
But he doesn’t have to like her. Not her attitude. The soft curves of her lips.
Or her stormy eyes. Or the way his skin burns when they touch. Not the way the scent of her make him lose his mind whenever she’s near. Nope. Not a thing.

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paradisePARADISE (ZONE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jessica Marting

Petty sabotage knocks Matthias’s freighter off-course to an uncharted moon, but before he can right his ship, a distress call lures him to its hidden compound and the beautiful woman trapped there. Confined to a luxurious prison for years, enhanced until she’s a machine in a human body, Serena is desperate to escape, even if doing so could mean her death. But if she’s going to die anyway, she may as well really live while she still has the chance.

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fix huntFOX HUNT (SWAG STORIES BOOK 4) by Carysa Locke

VS Note: A re-release “expanded into a longer version and contains never before published content” per the author.

Teegan works a job no other Hunter wants – tracking down the Talented driven insane by their gifts. She and her bond-mate, Ember – a psychically gifted fox – have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. But when one of his most dangerous patients escapes, the Hunt may prove deadly for not only Teegan and Ember, but a whole planet’s population. Teegan prefers to work alone, but Cole is as stubborn as he is distracting. And distraction on this Hunt could make it her last.

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followersFOLLOWERS: A NOVEL by Megan Angelo

VS Note: Mixed reviews. Not a romance as far as I can tell (although it was released by Harlequin???). A release of note…

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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slaves of coraTHE SLAVES OF CORA by Rule Hardy

When Naaji, a strange-looking merchant’s slave, falls ill on the Trading Hall floor and a strong, mysterious stranger comes to his rescue, passions ignite. Naaji’s savior, Lu, is a powerful general and the planet’s most outspoken abolitionist. Despite their differences, their chemistry is undeniable. They have to be careful. If discovered, the affair would be scandalous!

It doesn’t matter that Naaji shouldn’t be on Cora. His ancestors, genetically engineered on Old Earth, won their freedom centuries before, and his people are now under the Guild’s protection. Few Corans would bother to concern themselves with the provenance of such an exotic slave when there are infinite pleasures to be found on such a lawless planet. They care not where he is from, only how much he costs. But Lu is worried. He knows there is more to Naaji than just physical beauty. There is a cruel secret written into his DNA, a genetic destiny inherited from his ancestors, an impending metamorphosis, he will have no choice in. This transformation could bring them together, but if Lu and Naaji’s enemies have their way, it could tear them apart forever.

A pending deal with the Guild means slavery might soon end on Cora. Naaji could be free to love who he wants, but Unification might not come soon enough for him and Lu. With the clock running out, a tragic turn of fate upends their fragile union putting Naaji in grave danger. Against all odds, will love find a way?

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guarding the goddessGUARDING THE GODDESS: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Y’res the Fourth–otherwise known as Ellina–the newly crowned ruler of Helios Beta, has a problem: someone is trying to kill her. There has already been one assassination attempt on her life and she fears that soon there will be another. She needs someone to guard and protect her–someone she can trust. Which is why she calls on the Kindred.

Commander Ty’rial is a Kindred warrior in the Elite Espionage Corps. He takes the job of guarding the new ruler of Helios Beta with some reservations. For Ty is a Modified Kindred–his DNA was manipulated before his birth to make him the perfect slave, fit only to serve a spoiled, rich Mistress. Rejecting this fate, Ty has made his own way in life and he has no interest or intention of falling for a female in power–even one who feels frightened and powerless, as Ellina does.

Two worlds collide when Ellina admits her fear and Ty begins to see her as a person–not just a Potentate. Feelings between them grow but they can never be together–for Ellina must choose a consort from among her own people–one who can give her an heir with the same Sacred Blue skin tones which she alone possesses. But when another assassination attempt and a villainous plot sets off Ellina’s Heat Cycle, can the two of them stay apart? And will either of them ever be the same after Ty is tasked with…
Guarding the Goddess?

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strange exitSTRANGE EXIT by Parker Peeveyhouse

VS Note: Not a romance…but the concept was interesting. Reminded me a bit of The 100.

Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.

No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it’s a simulation. It’s up to Lake to help them remember.

When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.

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captive k m fawcettCAPTIVE (THE SURVIVAL RACE BOOK 1) by K M Fawcett

VS Note: A re-release. I enjoyed the story the first time around…

Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a brazen alpha gladiator claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. Nothing and no one will stop her from finding a way home, including the exasperating rogue determined to seduce her.

Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery woman from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.

Bound together by a desire for freedom, Addy and Max will risk torture or worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.

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lissa beautifulLISSA BEAUTIFUL: A FUTURISTIC ROMANCE RETELLING OF THE FROG PRINCESS (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 4) by A W Cross

Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. And sometimes, you have to be one. Lissa has lived most of her life in the mysterious Wildwood, hidden from those who live beyond the Perimeter. Mocked and loathed for what she is, she longs to leave her secretive existence and discover the beauty of a world she can only imagine.
Instead, she meets him.
Artem is exactly the kind of man Lissa usually avoids. Rich, handsome, normal.
And completely trapped in a life he wants no part of. Artem’s only chance at freedom is to become an instrument in his father’s plan to destroy the Wildwood. He accepts, hoping to discover the key to his escape. Then he finds her. But with his father’s plan already in motion, Artem and Lissa must race to save not only the Wildwood and the incredible secret it holds, but also their chance at true love.

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tales from the gunpowder chroniclesTALES FROM THE GUNPOWDER CHRONICLES: A COLLECTION OF OPIUM WAR STEAMPUNK NOVELLAS by Jeannie Lin

VS Note: From mid December. Paperback only on Amazon, at least the day I checked for this post. ebook on Apple.

Big Trouble in Old Shanghai –  The signs are there. Gangs roaming the streets, the very earth shaking beneath their feet. Ming-fen could tell something was coming to Old Shanghai, but she didn’t know exactly what until the city erupted in fiery rebellion — with her brother caught on the wrong side. With the streets in turmoil, Ming-fen must rely on her fighting skills and a blue-eyed foreign devil to survive the day, and perhaps keep an already broken city from all-out civil war.

The Island of the Opium-Eaters – Sagara Satomi hasn’t set foot on land since she was exiled from Nippon and cast adrift upon a ship owned by a notorious Chinese rebel. Rogue alchemist, Yang Hanzhu has spent years chasing dark rumors, plotting a course toward an unmarked island with a mysterious past. Will they uncover the island’s secrets? Or be buried there along with them?

Love in the Time of Engines – A prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy. Amidst rumors the West has developed powerful steam engines, the Ministry of Science seeks to recruit new talent. Golden boy Jin Zhi-fu meets mathematics prodigy Shi Anlei while attending the Academy, but doesn’t realize his new friend is a woman disguised as a man. It’s the only way she’d be allowed to take the imperial examination. When Anlei’s hidden identity is discovered, Zhi-fu and Anlei are forced into a test more difficult than the exam — one that challenges the limits of duty, friendship, and love.

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wyzakWYZAK (THE SRAIBUR CREW BOOK 2) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

You can’t put a bounty on true love…Bounty hunter Gemma didn’t expect capturing a Xaravian pirate to be easy, but the moment she lures handsome Wyzak away from his crew, she knows she’s in over her head. He’s furious at being captured and intense enough to make her heart pound, not to mention he’s enormous, powerful, and too good-looking to be ignored.

The Sraibur’s second-in-command Wyzak isn’t going to go quietly when a bounty hunter kidnaps him. It’s only a matter of time until the Sraibur saves him — and captures the beautiful Earther who caught him. He should be furious with her and ready for vengeance, but she’s too alluring. Too sexy. Too… perfect.
When Gemma tries to make things right, she ends up with a bounty on her head, too. The only way they’ll survive and remain free is to work together, but Gemma’s past and their rocky start keep getting in the way. Can they put the past behind them and find a future together?

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starlightSTARLIGHT by Jennifer M Eaton

New to her pilot’s stripes, Mia throttles her rescue team to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to save a hero missing in action. The problem is, Jason Starlight isn’t sure he wants to be saved. For the past 5 years Jason has been the only thing standing between the people of his new world and a vicious band of pirates. Now he’s faced with a choice, turn his back on the planet he now calls home, or drag Mia and her team into a fight that will probably get them all killed. Jason knows the greatest heroes stand up for what’s right no matter the cost, but Mia knows it’s only the smartest heroes that live to tell about it.

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trinaryTRINARY (SCAR FORCE DELTA FACTION BOOK 1) by Gaja J Kos

VS Note: Apparently a series of ‘episodes’…mentions a slow burn romance…

When a high-end heist goes south and not even the best stealth ship in the Vedrina trinary system can keep her off SCAR Force’s radar, Cairo’s thieving ways become the least of her problems. The Space Combat and Retrieval Force doesn’t forget past sins.
And what they have in mind for Cairo’s transgression beats even her worst nightmare.

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smoke danceSMOKE DANCE (ALIEN BLOOD WARS BOOK 7) by Samantha Cayto

Willem is a good drone, a consummate pilot and an obedient and deadly warrior. He has sat out the war with Dracul for many years, raising the only hybrid daughter among their kind. For years, he kept that information from the others, but when Will answered the call to arms, his secret came out. Yet there is one more secret that could change Earth forever. Because he is determined to both keep it and help bring the war to an end, he will not risk taking another lover. The problem is that he didn’t count on the irresistible temptation of the club’s sous chef.

Damien’s life has been hard. Coming out as gay left him homeless and desperate. If not for the kindness of the strange Stelalux family, he would have ended up living on the streets for years. He loves being a chef and would do anything for the family, now his friends. He didn’t plan on falling for one of them, however. The new and compelling Willem tests his resolve to not get involved with any man, and despite his best efforts, he finds himself lured into the man’s bed. With new trouble brewing, Will has no choice except to turn to Damien for help. The human is willing to put himself at risk, not only out of gratitude, but also out his growing love for Will.

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cosmos coalitionTHE COSMOS COALITION (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 9) by Wendie Nordgren

The rulers of the Parvac Empire, Laconian Sector, and Galaxic Expanse have decided to cooperate in a clandestine endeavor to expose the villain behind a nefarious plot designed to instigate a war which would threaten their fragile peace. Appointed by Emperor Probus as his proxy in matters of interstellar security, Princess Teagan Probus is investigating the disappearance of Katherine Dylan, one of only two known survivors of the Asylum, a merchant ship involved in the testing of a devastatingly powerful alien weapon and the key to a terrifying plot…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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catfishing on catnetCATFISHING ON CATNET: A NOVEL by Naomi Kritzer

VS Note: I enjoyed this book but did find it skewed a little young YA for me and I felt the plot went a bit over the top toward the end BUT it was an enjoyable read, with the process of the AI becoming self aware especially interesting. Very mild F/F romantic element.

How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks. Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

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expendablesEXPENDABLES (THE WALL SERIES BOOK 1) by Alison Ingleby

For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one. When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education. An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia. Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him. But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game.

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breaking the surfaceBREAKING THE SURFACE (THE OUTSIDER PROJECT BOOK 2) by Rebecca Langham

Alessia is an Outsider—a member of the not-quite-human community that has recently been released from their underground prison. Shortly after their liberation, Alessia is given an ultimatum: obey all the United Earth Alliance’s demands, or her mother will forever remain a hostage—a mother she’d believed dead for fifteen years. Reluctantly, she agrees, though she has no idea what those demands may be or how she will balance her obligations to the UEA with her responsibilities to her people and her family.

As the UEA tightens its grip on humans and Outsiders alike, it becomes clear that meaningful social change will not be possible without a revolution. Alessia and her peers embark on a mission to discover just how far the government is willing to go to maintain their monopoly on power.

What Alessia and her comrades discover, however, goes much deeper than they’d ever anticipated. Who are the Outsiders, really? What secrets of their destiny lay hidden within a top-secret space station? And why are the Outsiders linked to an emerging disease the UEA seems desperate to keep secret? As they delve deeper, it isn’t only Alessia’s identity that will be called into question, but the fate of the entire planet.

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wicked courtWICKED COURT (A NOBLESSE OBLIGE DUET BOOK 1) by May Sage

Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavored to earn her keep as an assistant and stay out of trouble. Dark, striking, and with a hidden agenda, Drusk definitely qualifies as trouble, but he refuses to leave her alone, clashing with her at every corner. Then the world implodes around her. With friends and foe by her side, she can fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.

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autumn thornsAUTUMN THORNS (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater and when I returned, I not only inherited my grandmother’s house, but her gift. Like her, I must take on the job of spirit shaman. It’s my gift-and my curse-to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don’t always stay buried.

A trunk hidden in the attic throws my life into chaos. My mother vanished when I was little and I was told she ran away. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of Bryan-my mysterious and brooding neighbor-we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, we unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now, I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

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immortalIMMORTAL (ANGEL ROMANCE DARK ANGELS BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Time is running out for Scythe…Orders have been given to hunt down his traitorous brother…But his brother has other plans…Plans that will turn deadly for his mate…Heather Bowen has grown under suspicion…She’s determined to prove her innocence…Two men are pursuing her…She doesn’t know who to trust…If she makes the wrong decision, more people will die.

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hidden in timeHIDDEN IN TIME (THE MACCARTHY SISTERS BOOK 2) by Barbara Longley

Grayce MacCarthy possesses the gift of foretelling—but to her, visions are more a curse than a gift. While visiting Ireland, Grayce takes a hike in the Comeragh Mountains, only to fall into a hidden world with no way out. She’s rescued by a gorgeous warrior dressed like a medieval hero in a romance novel. He’s convinced fate brought her to him, while Grayce is convinced her fae-gifted family will find a way to bring her home.

After more than a millennium, the Tuatha dé Danann magic separating the hidden valleys from the rest of the world is unraveling. A new chieftain must be chosen to guide the clan through the perils to come, and Brían MacSloan is determined to win that coveted role. When a beautiful woman falls into his world, Brían’s life is turned upside down. Grayce challenges him at every turn, questioning his motives, distracting him from his goals, and stealing his heart.

As passion grows between them, Grayce realizes Brían is the only man for her. But then she has a vision revealing a plot to murder Brían, and old rivalries turn deadly. The two are torn apart, and Brían must defeat his enemies and get to Grayce in time, or she’ll be lost to him forever.

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rebel reaperREBEL REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel

Come fly with me. Catchy, huh? It works for airplanes. Maybe it will work for the dead once I launch my own Reaping business. Except my new tagline will be, come die with me. Back when my life was simpler, I thought all I had to do was hold gateways for the dead to pass through. Silly me, I actually enjoyed Reaping. Almost like a drug or fine, old whiskey, it made me high, filled me with delight, and left me glowing with the rightness of providing a last bit of compassion.

Good little Reaper that I am, I never examined any of it too deeply, just crafted portals, exactly as Death trained me. Ha! She neglected to mention I command way more magic than she’d let on in Reaper school. Death smiled pretty to my face, and then lied to me. Used me. Me and all the other Reapers. I can’t not Reap. It’s hardwired into me. But I can tell Death I quit. Big words. I have no idea if I’ve got the guts to follow through, or what Death would do about open insubordination. I’ve always liked to live on the wild side, though, so I guess I’m about to find out.

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spartan destinySPARTAN DESTINY: A MYTHOS ACADEMY NOVEL(MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF BOOK 3) by Jennifer Estep

This Spartan makes her own destiny . . .Most kids at the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy know me as Rory Forseti, the daughter of Reaper assassins. Secretly, I’m a member of Team Midgard, a group of students and adults tasked with stopping Covington, the evil leader of the Reapers of Chaos. For me, the mission is a deeply personal one, since Covington is also the man who murdered my parents.

When my friends and I get a lead on a powerful artifact that Covington wants to steal, we think we finally have a chance to thwart the Reapers and stop them for good. Team Midgard comes up with a plan, but everything goes sideways, and I’m suddenly in the fight of my life. My worst fears might have come true, but I know what my Spartan destiny is—to save my friends, or die trying.

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year round troubleYEAR ROUND TROUBLE: 14 ORIGINAL COZY HOLIDAY MYSTERIES (FAMILIAR LEGACY)  by Various

VS Note: Not sure how much if any paranormal content there might be but I quite like the concept…

14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love! From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.

Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice. Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell. Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!

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darklight4 darkbloodDARKLIGHT 4: DARKBLOOD by Bella Forrest

The Immortal Plane’s capital is as dazzling as it is lethal. Without the security of a safe house or their Hive allies, Lyra, Dorian and their team must find sanctuary wherever they can – even if it comes from unexpected quarters… They must unearth the secrets of the forces threatening the balance of the universe – whatever the cost.
Lyra can’t forget the potential solution to her and Dorian’s problems, either. But when the perfect opportunity to attempt it arises, the question remains: will the rewards outweigh the risks?

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time hopperTIME HOPPER BOOK 3 by Tamsin Baker

She lost everything to save the ones she loves…but can she save herself? Love is both a gift and a curse. I learned that the hard way. After risking my life to save my sister, she repaid me with betrayal. And to protect the man who holds my heart, I had to gamble with fate. We time-hopped to change the past. Now I’m trapped in an alternate timeline.
It’s a life I don’t recognize—and the man I love doesn’t know me. My sister’s deceit cost me everything. My job. My man. My identity. But I won’t let her win. In a world where family is foe, and enemies are allies, the only person I can truly trust is myself. And I’ll fight to get my life back… even if it kills me.

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land of flamesLAND OF FLAMES by Lexi Ostrow

Jess knew something fascinating lurked beyond the towering wall her family guarded. Though fire shot high in the sky and noises akin to dinosaurs sometimes floated by in the night, she never saw a thing when she dared to look. Then she was taken and awoke in a world unlike anything that should exist. Emmett stole Jess. As king of the dragons, he needed a queen to unite his kingdom with the humans just over the wall so his his world would not die and send his kind fleeing into the human realm. Jess was no stranger, but the woman who left his land behind on his command. With the world dying, he took her back. Jess had no memory of him or their shared past. Scared and intrigued by the sensual man who claims he’s her soulmate, Jess listens to him. Then he shifts to a dragon before her eyes and she tries to flee. Emmett has no choice but to let Jess go, but he watches and waits until his cousin seeks to take her, and Tristan’s kingdom, by force. It’s magic versus dragons and one woman remains caught in the balance as the only person who can save two worlds.

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vampire debtVAMPIRE DEBT (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 2) by Kelly St Clare

Last week, I inherited every cent of the multi-billion-dollar Le Spyre estate. But tequila is far easier to swallow than the coincidence of my beloved grandmother’s death. I’m over this supernatural game, yet walking away from Kyros isn’t simple with the damn mate thing on the cards. The Indebted need my help. My grandmother deserves justice. And, uhm, the third blood exchange did something to me. It’s official. I’m done playing by paranormal rules. I’m making my own–and playing to win. Because if I enter Ingenium on my terms, there’s no turning back. Winning is the only option.

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spelled tidesSPELLED TIDES (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 2) by Bella Claire and Kasey Kaye

No one said being Ursula’s granddaughter would be easy, especially when I’m known to be a real b-Witch on occasion. You could say I inherited all of her best qualities. I’m smart, sexy, with a real tentacle for entrepreneurism. Curses and potions are just some of my specialties. If you can think it, I can brew it. I’m not what you would consider ‘popular’ at Coral Reef Academy but everyone knows my name. So it’s not surprising when a few of the students start acting out of character, everyone turns to me to pin the blame. You put a little potion in the ocean and boom! You’re the bad witch.
When the Academy’s resident bad boy and the infamous ice cold student body president find themselves ‘suckered’ into chaos, I have no choice but to accept their help. Our mission is simple: Find the real culprit or I can kiss my college days buh-bye. Nothing is ever what it seems. There’s something brewing in the trenches and whatever it is, it’s going to take more than a cauldron to contain it.

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a longer fallA LONGER FALL (GUNNIE ROSE BOOK 2) by Charlaine Harris

n this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.

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bindings of the seaBINDINGS OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF THE GALATHEA BOOK 23) by Elle Beaumont

Selith Academy trains elite merfolk to perfect their magical abilities by hosting a Trial every twelve years. Zinnia-one of their most gifted students-and her friend, Dru, witness Princh Loch threatening an infamous Sea Witch for his magical abilities despite the royal family hosting the upcoming Trial.

The two friends start an investigation that will uncover buried truths and jeopardize the entire kingdom. Zinnia and Dru will find help from an unexpected source as they use their magic to help bind evil back into the depths, and will find themselves at the forefront of the battle that has surfaced after four centuries. Will the sea’s buried truth destroy them all?

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charmed mateCHARMED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 2) by Candace Ayers

Fern Day is barely holding it together most days. The single, fully-human mom of a fifteen-year-old-shifter-with-an-attitude has no time for herself. Her life is chaos, she’s a hot mess, and her daughter is her first priority.
Sunkissed Key’s handsome pediatrician sure is tempting, though. When he offers to teach her daughter how to handle her animal side, Fern can’t refuse. But that’s not his only offer Fern can’t refuse. Harrison Daniels knows Fern is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He also knows that she’s not ready to learn about shifter mating. She’ll only view it as another responsibility, and lord knows she’s juggling enough of those already. That child of hers is an unholy terror. Harrison has his work cut out for him. He not only has to convince Fern that he’s in her life forever, he also has to gain the approval of her spawn from hell. Good thing Harrison never backs down from a challenge. Bring it on.

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loversTHE LOVERS: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 5 by L A McGinnis

I’ve spent my entire life fearing my mobster family. Doing what I’m told. When I’m told to do it. But the fall of the world changed everything for me. For the rest of humanity, it meant the end of life as they knew it. But for me, it meant freedom. At least it did until my brother found me and forced me into one, final job. If I defy him, I’m dead. And in a world on the edge of destruction, the only thing that matters is staying alive.

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hidden warTHE HIDDEN WAR: BOOK ONE by Marie Andreas

VS Note: An ‘expanded’ re-release…

Hundreds of years ago, fae and humans lived together in peace. Magic was strong and the fae showed the humans how to use it as never before. Then the fae stole the magic and fled back to their homeland. Humanity took a hard blow as many died while they relearned how to live without magic.

Fifteen years ago, Eladrea’s village vanished. Rather, the people vanished. The buildings were left perfectly intact along with five-year-old Eladrea. Found by a group of neighboring villagers, Eladrea grew up wondering if her parents and the rest of her birth village would ever come back. Two years ago, another village vanished. No one remained this time. A day ago, another village was taken. This time there were bodies left behind and not all were human. Trained as a fighter by her new village, Eladrea has to work with a handsome traveler to find out who is attacking the villages, and if the fae are coming back to steal the villagers as they previously stole their magic. Things are not always as they seem, and that holds true for magic and as well as love.

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mayhem of mermaidsTHE MAYHEM OF MERMAIDS (THE ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND JONES BOOK 2) by Marie Andreas

Dr. Nettie Jones is an agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. She also recently helped defend Mother England, and possibly the world, from an alien invasion. And she’s half-vampire on her mother’s side.
While working in the London Society headquarters, Nettie becomes caught up in a new conspiracy—one coming from the ocean itself. Tracing the attacks to a small area in Northern Wales, Nettie and the rest of the London contingent troop north to try and stop it before things get worse.
Fairy tales tell of loving mermaids wishing to come to the land. The truth is far more brutal, and the mer-people want far more than just to come on land for a visit.

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shadow movesSHADOW MOVES: A REGENCY TIME TRAVEL NOVEL (TO LOVE A SPY BOOK 1) by Cynthia A Clement

Brandi, on leave from Afghanistan, spends the night at a quaint British inn only to wake up to find a strange man, Halton, in her room. Worse, she has traveled two hundred years into the past. When she overhears plans to kill Halton, she helps him escape. Together, they travel the British countryside in an effort to avoid the men pursuing them.

The Earl of Halton, is a British spy on a mission. The last thing he needs is a woman complicating his operation, especially one claiming to come from the future. He can’t deny that her fighting skills and instincts prove useful in dodging the killers on his trail. Can he believe her tales of the future? Dare he trust in the growing love he feels for her?
As they dodge bullets and assassins, the attraction between Brandi and Halton grows. Can they defeat their enemies? Will they stay together or will Brandi be thrust back into the future?

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wolf gone wildWOLF GONE WILD (STAY A SPELL BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules. ​What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.

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unnatural alliesUNNATURAL ALLIES by Edward Kendrick

Vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. Therefore, Andre has no regrets about killing Raúl, the Alpha of the Wintermane pack, who plans to attack the Crimson Cathedral nightclub, revealing the presence of vampires to the human world.

When Sand learns of his brother’s murder, he debates seeking revenge because he hates Raúl, who backed their father when he forced Sand out of the pack for being gay. Then, he discovers that Estebe, the new Alpha, plans to continue Raúl’s mission.

Things come to a head when Sand, a bodyguard, escorts a client’s daughter to the nightclub and the club’s owner tells Andre to find out why Sand is there. Despite their differences, instant lust drives Andre into Sand’s bed-but not before they agree to work together to stop Estebe. Can they successfully end Estebe’s existence — and survive? And, will their relationship stand a chance as lust turns to an attraction that defies the belief that they are supposed to be mortal enemies?

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spellboundSPELLBOUND  by Jackie Copeland and Jackie D

Hazel Abbot spent her whole life unaware she was a witch. When a spell thrusts her great-aunt Sarah Hutchinson forward from the Salem witch trials of 1692 and lands her in Hazel’s bookstore, everything Hazel thought she knew about herself changes. Complicating matters, Raven Dare, a supernatural hunter, informs her that they’ve all been summoned by the Queen Witch, Morgan le Fay.

Morgan compels Hazel, Sarah, and Raven to correct the shift in the realms of good and evil by ridding the world of the evil that followed Sarah into modern day. If they fail, the forces of white magic will be extinguished forever. But completing the perilous mission, convincing Sarah to return to Puritan life, and resisting their growing attraction for each other might prove more difficult than Hazel and Raven ever anticipated.

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featherFEATHER (ANGELS OF ELYSIUM BOOK 1) by Olivia Wildenstein

It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed. With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple. If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels. What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers. She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her. Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart. A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.

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infinity sonINFINITY SON (INFINITY CYCLE BOOK 1) by Adam Silvera

VS Note: Not a romance. A release of note…

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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dark and deepest redDARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

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vicious as a darlingVICIOUS AS A DARLING (DAUGHTERS OF NEVERLAND BOOK 1) by Kendra Morena

Beware the happy thoughts…Neverland has one rule: never grow up. So why is everyone suddenly aging? Wendy Darling knows two things. 1. She came to Neverland as a child.
2. After being frozen at sixteen for as long as she can remember, she’s suddenly getting older. There’s something wrong with Never Never Land and Wendy is determined to find out what it is. Danger lurks in the ocean, on land, and around every corner. The ticking clock is growing louder and not even Captain Hook can stop the inevitable.
The Daughters of Neverland are in trouble. Will they be strong enough to survive the spreading evil? After all, Neverland belongs to the nightmares…

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wockedly ever afterWICKEDLY EVER AFTER: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RE-TOLD TALES by Various

Something wicked this way comes–and this time, wicked is going to win. Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories and in this anthology they are going to be the leading players–and finally find love. In these 10 stories you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic. From Hades to Grendel. You’ll meet: A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie, A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew, A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince, A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets, A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source, And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for you.

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new improved sorceressTHE NEW IMPROVED SORCERESS (WAYWARD MAGES BOOK 2) by Sara Hanover

Tessa didn’t believe in magic, but magic believed in her, and that started a fight for her life. An ancient artifact known as a maelstrom stone has embedded itself in her left palm. It thrives on chaos, which describes her new life perfectly. She battles to find a balance between the ordinary world and the magical one, all while freeing her father from his ghostly state, helping a phoenix wizard restore his rejuvenation ritual, and retrieving the stolen Eye of Nimora for the Broadstone clan. Tessa must also help her mother navigate the rocky road of academia and single motherhood finances, fall in love herself, and steer her college teammates to a divisional championship. She needs friends, both ordinary and magical, by her side.

Then a strange and forbidding book of the Dark Arts strikes her with actual power…and Tessa realizes more than ever that there is no I in team–unless it’s the one in new, improved sorceress.

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howling on holdHOWLING ON HOLD by E J Russell

Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks. That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.

Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands. It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the other Doghouse werewolves insist on “helping.”

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kings physicianTHE KING’S PHYSICIAN by Edie Montreux

Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king, but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.

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from the fallen starsFROM THE FALLEN STARS by G Bailey

Aura Scott didn’t want to move house, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbours from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
Maxx and his brother have dark secrets, and Aura might want to run when she finds out the truth.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house across the street, Aura finds out there is more than just secrets to be frightened of.

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hell hath no furyHELL HATH NO FURY (FEDERAL BUREAU OF MAGIC COZY MYSTERY BOOK 7) by Annabel Chase

Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight. When Chief Fox turns into an animal during a moment of passion–and I mean that literally–I’m desperate to restore him to his human form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to make it happen. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to hide my relationship with him. Let’s face it, keeping a secret from my family is like walking a tightrope made of vipers. With Deputy Guthrie in charge of law enforcement and the chief unable to do anything except look adorable, my hands are full trying to keep the chief’s secret and solve this supernatural puzzle.
Can I restore Chief Fox to his human form in time or will he be doomed to live the rest of his life in the forest with the rest of the woodland creatures?

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youll know in your heartYOU’LL KNOW IN YOUR HEART (THE GODS MADE ME DO IT BOOK 7) by Lisa Oliver

Baby, youngest son of Poseidon had started to avoid going anywhere near his family. Between love-struck mates, and tiny children, more and more he was starting to feel as if he just didn’t fit. Anywhere. Abandoned by one father at birth, and pretty much ignored by the other, Baby roamed the world, looking for some kind of acceptance, but all he could find was hook ups. And there were plenty of those. Being the son of Himeros, the god of desire as well, wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But none of the people he saw for brief moments touched his heart, and most of them never wanted him to stay longer than an hour or two at most.

Owen was known by many names, but the one title he’d spent a long time avoiding was that of “Baby’s mate”. Having known who his mate was from Baby’s birth, Owen had stayed hidden away from life, content to watch his mate through his Oracle stone, until more than a thousand years had past. When the destructive behavior he believed Baby was falling into got worse, Owen knew it was time to step in. Baby needed a fixer, and the Fates had given Owen the job. But Baby didn’t want to be fixed. In fact, he resented the very idea, which meant Owen needed to make a few attitude adjustments. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ill bring you backI’LL BRING YOU BACK by Richard Brown and Joe Hart

VS Note: NOT a romance so I have no idea if there’s an HEA. Reviewers speak of an unexpected ending so…but a release of interest…

Londyn and David’s friendship bloomed under an oak tree. Through the years they endured hardships, triumphs, and the awkward transition from friends to something more. But a sudden accident on a snowy mountain road, changes everything.

Instead of celebrating the end of her senior year and acceptance to college, Londyn spends her days at David’s hospital bedside, squeezing his hand and urging him to wake from a prolonged coma. It’s during one of these visits that Londyn slips into another world—a mirror of her own, only it’s decaying and threatened by an encroaching darkness. A world that may all exist within David’s dying mind.

Navigating the treacherous landscape leads Londyn through memories of her past, of her relationship with David—adventures, heartbreaks, first kisses. Each memory seems to draw her closer to David, to bringing him back. But the world around Londyn is crumbling, getting darker by the minute. And what if David isn’t the only one lost?

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her vampire heroHER VAMPIRE HERO (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 4) by Nicolina Martin

Don’t go looking for the monsters in the shadows. They will find you. The young doctor in the ER thought she saved my life. I repaid her kindness by stealing her away from everything she knew. I fought the devil in me, but I have lived too long, and am too lonely to deprive myself of her. She will be my perfect submissive. My pet. My true north.
Katarina Donovan was good and pure, and so, so human. And then she met me.

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ill be damnedI’LL BE DAMNED by Mandy Rosko

Someone shaved her beaver… Waking up without her memory, unable to shift, and sore all over sucked. The big one. Who is she, and who shaved her beaver?! Beverley wants answers but she’s having a hard time getting the truth from the barn owl who claims she’s his mate. At least he’s handsome. However this supposed husband of hers is hiding something and it’s driving her a little woody. She will gnaw at him until he tells her what’s really wrong. But when she finds out the truth…having her beaver shaved will be the least of her problems.

Content warning: If you prefer to avoid books that include topics such as the loss of a child, we recommend you skip this book and stay tuned for the next FUCN’A installment. If you do decide to read, just know that there is a happily ever after!

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dark seductionDARK SEDUCTION (DARK LEGACY BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: A re-release

Mia Turner is all about work and she has no time for a personal life. Forced by her business partners to take the vacation time she has accumulated Mia decides to go to Milan. Despite the beauty of the city she cannot forget all the work that she has left at home. Going up onto the rooftop of her hotel she calls to check what is going on with the business. The unexpected sight of a scrumptious looking man bursting out of stone leaves her shocked and unable to think. Gargoyles couldn’t be real, could they? Something about this man compels her to accept his offer to show her around Milan, yet it is the promise of so much more in his eyes that makes her breath catch and her pulse race.

Remy Wilde knows how to work and still have time to enjoy the finer things in life. As the oldest in the Quilez clan, he has many obligations and everyone looks to him for decisions. He works as hard as he plays. In his downtime he has learned to enjoy each moment. Unlike the sexy, voluptuous and tempting woman on the cell phone who seems not to know how to relax. Bursting out of the stone he encased himself in atop a Milan rooftop Remy is drawn to this woman. He knows he wants her yet he also wants to help her relax and enjoy life. He offers to show her the beauty of Milan. When the woman accepts, Remy takes her on a journey of seduction and relaxation however he never expected what fate and the cycles of life have in store for him and this woman he set out to take on a Dark Seduction.

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE (DARK LEGACY BOOK 2) by Talia Carmichael

Quinn Kane never expected that going to help friends with the wedding plans would lead him to a man who challenges all his senses. Quinn doesn’t trust easily and from the moment he meets Ashton, his instincts are conflicted if he should run or stand and claim this man. But not one to walk away he decides to see what happens. This leads him on a path he never expected.

Ashton Wilde enjoys solitude and doesn’t like people. Yet Quinn is under his skin before he even meets him. Just the sense of the man is enough to make his Garlven –human term Gargoyle – side ready to claim this man. A warrior who is cautious one moment yet so tender Ashton wants him more than anything. He’ll just do as he did best, be himself and bring this warrior into his life to become part of his Dark Embrace.

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ties that bindTIES THAT BIND (THE FAMILY NOVAK BOOK 2) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

In a world where the rules are gray and the Don’s word is a law unto itself, only one thing is sacred… family. A Team A.L.P.H.A. and Alphabits spin-off series.

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omega hunterOMEGA HUNTER by Sky Winters

Malcolm – I’m on the hunt for an omega wolf. I will secure my position as alpha. And my omega will deliver the largest litter. But now I am responsible for this injured bear.
I should leave her behind, except, I can’t ignore my desire to protect her.  

Autumn – I’m an omega she-bear, and I’ve been promised to a scoundrel. I will not marry him no matter what my packs says. Malcolm has saved me. He protects me. I just wish I was the wolf he was hunting for.

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wyattWYATT – THE STANTON PACK – PARANORMAL COUGAR SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

The explosion on the school bus had affected everyone in the town one way or another, including the Stantons. Bryn had been driving the bus when the bomb had detonated. Injured herself, she was the only one to go back into the flames to help rescue the few injured and retrieve the dead. She died a few days later from her injuries.

Sidney Daniels, Bryn’s best friend, flew into town to see Bryn’s father, Les. She wanted him to know about a lot of things, but also that she and Bryn had been conducting an investigation before all this happened. Sidney was sure Bryn was the target. Now she had people following her too.

When Wyatt Stanton went to the airport to pick up Sidney, he wasn’t prepared for the woman to wrap her body around him and plant the most intoxicating kiss on his lips that he’d ever had. She had done it as a diversion to shake the guy trailing her, but Wyatt couldn’t think of a better way to discover his mate. Sidney wasn’t as impressed. She was here to shake things up, and the guy better get on board, or she was going knock some sense into him.

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pacemakerTHE PACEMAKER (THE PACEMAKER SERIES BOOK 1) by Imania Margria

Minerva Walsh forgot everything about her life before her eighteenth birthday. Since then, betrayal, hardship and strife plagued her life over the last five years, and good fortune was never on her side. However, when Minerva receives a full-paid scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, Calendula University, and is given a chance to restart her miserable life, she feels her luck has changed.

But after arriving, the dark shadows and deadly secrets looming underneath the serene facade of this academic paradise shows Minerva that her new life is far from the peaceful escape she thought it would be. She learns about the curse haunting the university and claiming innocents’ lives in unusual accidents. Minerva also gains a strange power which lets her control the heartbeats of time and space and enter a world outside of reality. To solve the mystery behind Calendula’s curse, Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the secrets surrounding this elite school before the curse claims the lives of those close to her. But as she draws near the truth, pieces of her missing past come to light. Can Minerva unravel the mystery behind her forgotten memories and the school’s curse? Or will she become its next victim?

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haven 2HAVEN 2: PREDATORY DEMANDS by Nia Foxx and L Finchille 

Haven, believed to be your quiet, run of the mill remote mountain town full of regular small town folk. But, is anything ever as it seems? Try this on for size:
•A quirky hodge podge of shifters.
•An overabundance of Alpha male testosterone on deck and the women who know how to keep it in check.
•And the recovery of a missing woman.
Oh, did I forgot to mention a mystery that threatens to expose the entire community?

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blood and ashBLOOD AND ASH (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 1) by Deborah Wilde

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake. She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess. Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender. And don’t even get her started on the golems. Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that? But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?

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claiming my mateCLAIMING MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 2) by Shaw Hart

Delaney Irvine only stopped in Ash Mountain to grab something to eat and fill up her gas tank. She just spent the last ten hours photographing a wedding nearby and she’s drained and anxious to get home to her best friend, Clementine. When she stops to take some nature shots, she’s not prepared for how it will change her life.

Finn Hunt is a shifter and the Beta of the Ash Mountain Pack. he’s been searching all his life for his mate and he can barely control himself when he finally picks up her scent. Finn knows that Delaney can feel this connection between them too. So why is she fighting it? Will this shifter be able to claim his mate and convince her that there’s nowhere else she belongs than in his arms?

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dark falls academyDARK FALLS ACADEMY: FORBIDDEN MAGIC by Anya J Cosgrove

Beauty is vain. Beauty is dangerous. The kind of beauty I found at Dark Falls Academy is deadly. My sister Allie told me all about the sorcery classes, the potent potions, and the incredibly hot supernatural creatures that frequent Dark Falls Academy. Soon, I’ll be one of them. Only my first day doesn’t go as planned. Allie has been lying to me. This school isn’t a dream; it’s a nightmare. Creepy shifters, brooding vampires, snarky mermaids, and vicious Fairy folk all want a piece of me, and they’re not willing to ask permission.

Flynn, the cruel bully. Trent, the thirsty vampire. And Cole, the dark Fae princeHow I am supposed to kick their asses in the arena and in the classroom with all the mysteries and dangers lurking in the stony halls? Dark Falls isn’t about good grades. It’s about survival.

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survivalSURVIVAL (THE HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott

What’s my secret? That’s something I intend to take to the grave. When my best friend and the only person who knows who–and what–I really am gets selected for the Mating Games, I know the only way to save her is to try and win her for myself. All I need to do is navigate three trials while not letting anyone know I’m a woman, or, and this might be even more important, that I have magic. Easy, right? Easier than slaving away for all hours of the day swinging an ax in the mines. Or so I thought. I certainly didn’t count on the one man I’ve longed for, the one man who stirs feelings of femininity and desire within me, to enter the games as well. Every minute that I’m there I’m risking everything. If I’m discovered I’ll become nothing more than a broodmare, but I can’t abandon the woman who is like family to the fate that the Divine would deem she have.
I’ll do whatever it takes to save her from the desolate future of becoming nothing more than a prize for the victor of the games. The only question is, will my secret still be intact by the time the trials are over? Or will I have condemned us both to a fate worse than death?

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tarot academy 2TAROT ACADEMY 2: SPELLS OF BREATH AND BLADE by Sarah Piper

I spent my whole life believing magick was a curse—and that I didn’t have enough of it to worry about, anyway. Turns out I was wrong on both counts.  I’m so much more than a magick-blessed Academy student. I’m an Arcana Witch, bound to a sacred order whose sole duty is to protect magick—and one another—at all costs.  Thankfully, I’m not alone. 
My Arcana magick brought four fiercely loyal, impossibly sexy Arcana mages into my life. But it also brought trouble.

Corrupt Academy officials. Mysterious attacks stripping students of their power. And the terrifying Dark Arcana—five insanely powerful ancient beings desperate to reclaim the magick they believe is their sole birthright… and destroy the rest of us.  Our best shot at defeating them is to track down the hidden Arcana artifacts—sacred Tarot relics that bind and balance all magick. But to do that, we’ll have to embark on a dangerous otherworldly journey—one that will change us in ways even the Tarot can’t predict. 
Surviving my first month at Arcana Academy was no easy feat, but compared to what’s coming?  That was training day. This is the real deal.  And the fight is just beginning.

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wanted fae magic 7WANTED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 7) by Jessica Aspen

He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it…
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne. And she’s looking for answers…All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so, he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect woman falls into his hands, he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…

Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up, or be lost forever under his spell.

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS: Featuring STAR CRUISE: MAROONED, one of my biggest sellers,  from my backlist. SFR Station featured it last week as well. 

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 8

January 1, 2020

December 25

December 18

December 11

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

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

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

 

Portent or Mere Clouds? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – skipping ahead a bit, this is the first time Daegan appears in the book.

It was Daegan’s favorite time of the day – dawn. The day was full of new promise and possibilities, at least until the Khagrish did something to ruin it. He stretched and went for a run on the hard packed sand of the beach where the tide had gone out. The little brown birds on their long legs skittered out of his path as he pounded along and he gave a wide berth to the small red-and-black crustaceans scuttling here and there in search of morsels to eat. The creatures were no real threat to a man his size but their pinch hurt. The sky was amazing this morning, all pinks and purples as the sun came up. For a few heartbeats of time the clouds resembled the massive trees of the goddess’s shrine, not that he’d ever seen it with his own eyes but he’d dreamt of walking there and heard her voice once or twice.

Stopping in awe, he drank in the sight until the clouds became nothing but colorful wisps and he resumed his run.

As he went, he pondered whether the cloud display had been a sign or portent from the Great Mother. But signifying what? Not much ever changed here at the lab and certainly nothing ever became easier for the Badari.

VS: He doesn’t know there are other Badari on the planet besides his group and he certainly has no idea he’s going to meet Flo!

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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

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

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THE VANISHING (FOGG LAKE BOOK 1) by Jayne Ann Krentz

VS Note: Had this pre-ordered.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.
A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

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braxtynBRAXTYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 8) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake?

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him?
When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

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chenCHEN (TRISYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 3) by JC Hay

Specialist Rakhi Chen has spent her life focused on taking care of others—her squad mates, her friends, and most of all, her umbra wolf. The last thing she wanted was time to focus on herself, but a combat injury forces her and her wolf into some mandatory shore leave. Having a too-pretty veterinarian invade her space was not going to be an improvement.
Javad Priddy was one of the youngest doctors to work with the rangers and their umbra wolves, a pinnacle position that he’d almost convinced himself he’d earned. But the benefactors whose help greased the way to success have come to collect, and the only payment they’ll accept is one that sets fire to all he’s accomplished. With his options dwindling, he goes on the run to deliver a warning to Chen and her wolf.
Time is running out for Javad, and for the people he cares about, which he’s come to realize includes a gruff, irascible ranger and her light-hearted bondmate. He’s seen rangers do superhuman things, but every hero has a weakness—and Javad worries that the depth of his betrayal could destroy Chen’s already-bruised heart as well as their future.

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their rising sunTHEIR RISING SUN (DAERIA WORLD) (WINTERVALE PACKS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Blake Parker believes in giving herself and helping others whenever and however she can. When she hears about an opportunity to help an alien planet repopulate and rebuild, she jumps at the chance to be a surrogate. Blake herself was born to a surrogate mother, so it feels like the right thing to do. Giving the shifter alpha males on planet Dearia a family is her ultimate pay it forward.

Not long after arriving on Dearia she meets not one but four handsome wolf shifters. They all claim she’s their mate. How in the world did she get so lucky? Jericho, the Wintervale Alpha, and his sentry, Mace have agreed to share a surrogate. However, two other males take an interest in her. So now four guys are ready to share her in the dirtiest ways possible and she’s beyond excited about the prospect. She’s a sick woman with a perverted mind.

When Blake’s life is threatened by a race of ancient monsters who rise from the grave, hungry for her blood, it’s up to Jericho, Mace, Serge, and Castien to keep her safe. They need to discover her true heritage, and train her for the fight of her life. Not to mention, get her to realize she’s their fated mate and they’re keeping her. Forever.

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arcav captains queenTHE ARCAV CAPTAIN’S QUEEN: BOOK 7 (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION) by Hope Hart

Forced to become a monster to survive her father’s cruelties, Saria wants only one thing: To convince the Arcav King to help her lead her people out of the darkness and into the light. She has no intention of mating anyone. Least of all Roax- the bossy bodyguard who the Arcav King ordered to be her shadow. As an Arcav Captain, Roax never wanted to be saddled with the spoiled (and evil) Lahmu Queen. He’s heard more than enough about her wicked ways, even if her sad eyes make him itch to uncover her secrets.  As their chemistry grows hotter, and danger appears around every corner, Roax vows to protect the broken Queen with his last breath.  But his Queen is hiding secrets. The kind of secrets that may just tear them apart.

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chosen by themCHOSEN BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

They want to make me their captain. I can’t even fly a bloody spaceship. I’m no longer a captive. No longer alone. But we’re still on the run. And the four alien males who seem to think the universe of me are only making it more complicated for me. New life. New rules. We can’t be free until we escape the Athions hunting us, even if it means accepting the help of untrustworthy space pirates. What price am I prepared to pay for my freedom?

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kidnapping the cyborgKIDNAPPING THE CYBORG (TERRAS FIVE 6) by Anne Kane

Plan: Seduce the Cyborg, kidnap him and force him to help her escape. What could possibly go wrong? Life in the breeders enclave on Terras Five was comfortable. Safe. Boring! Abigail wanted more. She wanted to explore the galaxy, have a career, enjoy all the freedoms that a human female took for granted. In order to do that she needed to get off-planet, and in order to accomplish that, she needed help. Male help. She had a plan.
Jackson was flattered that the young female chose him to sire her offspring, and he was more than willing to play his part and make sure she enjoyed the experience as much as he did. What he wasn’t prepared for was being kidnapped at weapons point and forced to help the young breeder escape. Of course, he could have disarmed her and foiled her plan, but where’s the fun in that?

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cravedCRAVED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 8 ) by Tana Stone

The only alien warrior True isn’t intimidated by is the one in her holodeck simulation. Not only is True a virgin, she’s barely been kissed, so the huge, hunky Drexian warriors terrify her. But the guy in her simulation doesn’t. He may be as big and built as the rest of them, but she knows he’s not real. It’s the only reason she’s not afraid to kiss him.

Captain Varden never meant to lie to True, but when she assumed he was a hologram, he didn’t correct her. Especially not after she laid that kiss on him. Now she’s convinced he isn’t real, which is probably for the best. He’s too old for someone as young and pretty as her, although when she kisses him he feels like a Drexian cadet again.

When the Kronock attack and they’re forced to abandon the space station, True comes face-to-face with her hologram—on the escape transport. Before she can be properly outraged, they’re stranded on a jungle planet. Between trying to stay alive and evading the enemy, can she forgive him for deceiving her? Can he ever accept that she could fall for someone so much older?

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first gearFIRST GEAR (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

The planet is dying, and yet Jool is convinced there’s a way to save its people. The answer lies in a deadly mountain range that no one dares explore, but he doesn’t have a choice. The voice in his head proves insistent. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Jool sets out to find the truth–and almost dies on his journey. When he stumbles upon a hidden temple, he won’t just find salvation and a cure for his wife, he’ll becomes the first prophet to serve the Mecha Gods.

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mainlineMAINLINE by Deborah Teramis Christian

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

Reva is an assassin for hire, using her ability to navigate different versions of “now” to do her hits. When she chooses a singular timeline, other possibilities fade, and the reality she has chosen becomes her “mainline”. She is a deadly ghost, untraceable and uncatchable.
But don’t tell that to Yavobo: a bounty hunter from a fearsome alien race, he is a natural-born killing machine, and Reva has slain his client. With a blood oath of vengeance to fulfill, Yavobo is on the elusive assassin’s trail—but no one has beaten her yet. She fears no one, for everything is transient to her, and she can leave any danger behind as easily as breathing.
At least, she could before she met Lish, a young smuggler who reminds her too much of herself. When their friendship deepens, Reva decides—for now—to stay in that one Mainline, where relationships suddenly matter and the smuggler needs her help to clinch the biggest deal of her life. If the assassin moves on, she risks losing her “real” friend: the version of Lish she has grown close to in that timeline, and others who are part of their team. With criminal intrigues unfolding around them, Reva is committed to stay, pitting her wits against foes in a way that is refreshingly different from her usual hit-and-fade routine. It is a novel thing, to be needed by others. Wanted, even. But it may not matter in the end, because Yavobo will not be stopped, and he is getting ever closer to his quarry in this Mainline.

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essex colonyESSEX COLONY by Lia Cooper

It’s been 227 days since Essex Colony’s last transmission…Dispatched to the surface of Essex Prime and tasked with discovering what happened to the colony, Doctor Soran Ingram discovers that most of the colonists are dead and the surviving Executive Officer—Aline Aster—has turned into a ravening wolf-beast. The human survivors claim the XO and her Lunaran fellows went mad and killed everyone, but Soran has her doubts. Following Aster’s testimony, as well as clues left behind, Soran embarks on a fact-finding mission to retrace the colony’s last steps before disaster struck. She’ll soon discover more than uncertainty lurks in the dark spaces of the world.

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stolen by razeSTOLEN BY RAZE (GRABBED BOOK 4) by Lolita Lopez 

Captured in a government raid, Ella is thrown into a prison transport bound for the mountain labor camps. She never expects her rescue to come at the hands of Raze, the handsome sky warrior who all but stole her heart after Dizzy’s wedding. Considered a high-value asset by the Shadow Force, Ella is given to an arrogant brute of a pilot for safekeeping—and collaring.

After his disastrous first marriage, Raze swore off women, but Ella tempts him to break that vow. When he sees her being treated roughly by an unworthy man, his control shatters. One sucker punch later, he tosses Ella over his shoulder and steals her away. He wants to keep her, to collar and love her—but there’s a shameful secret in his past that shatters any chance of a happy future.

But Raze isn’t the only one with a complicated past. Ella has secrets of her own—and they’re about to threaten the safety of everyone she loves. She’ll have to go back to where it all started, risking her life and her future with Raze—to end it once and for all.

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in his serviceIN HIS SERVICE (THE MALDIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Dan Waters

VS Note: From late November…

Once a nobleman, Reis Kith has rejected his title in favor of serving his community as an Investigator. After a string of murders where all the victims are slaves, Reis has taken lead on the case. The mysterious murders are putting the people in the Capitol City of Ruish on edge, and the Queen has tasked Reis with the unthinkable: team up with a human thief.

Carter Maldin, a human from an ex-Earth colony named Terra, has been languishing in a permanent house arrest for a year and a half. His crime? He broke into the Royal Palace on Xenias. His skill in technology and his quick wit are unparalleled, which makes him the perfect partner to help solve the crime. He’s offered a complete pardon in exchange for his help, and Carter jumps at the chance for freedom. The catch? He has to pretend to be a slave.
Can Carter and Reis reconcile their differences and indulge in their mutual attraction all while solving the case? How many more victims will the murderer rack up before they are caught?

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alien surrenderALIEN SURRENDER (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 6) by Tracy Lauren

Da’vi, the relentless. Da’vi, the cold and harsh. The alien who keeps his distance, yet never fails to bicker with me over the smallest details. Tension between us is coiled so tight it’s bound to snap… and I’m bound to do what I always do–leave. There’s a hundred different reasons I should go, yet I’m drawn in by the only thing that matters to me anymore–and it’s certainly NOT Da’vi’s friendship. I’m talking about saving humans.

One last mission and I’m done jumping through everyone’s hoops, Da’vi’s especially. Only, this lead we’re following… it brings us closer than I ever thought we could be. And once Da’vi and I cross that line, there’s no going back. I’ve got two choices: fight this bond… or SURRENDER. Too bad for Da’vi I’m not the type of girl who goes down without a fight.

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seers eyeTHE SEER’S EYE: THE ARTIFACT HUNTERS 5.5 by A W Exley

VS note: A re-release

A family trip to the circus takes a dangerous turn when the familiar tingle of an artifact touches Cara Devon. What price is demanded, to change the future?

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jaxxonJAX-XON (SIRIUS’S PREQUEL) BOOK 6.5 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS SERIES by Alana Khan 

VS Note: 12K word ‘novelette’

Tara—Stolen from her bed with her four-year-old in her arms, Tara survives a cataclysmic crash and is rescued by a tribe of huge, green males on a lush, forested planet. Her mantra, “I don’t do men,” is challenged when she meets sexy, muscular Jax-Xon.Jax-Xon—Thought he was doomed to a loveless life until beautiful Tara and her adorable daughter hurtle into his life. Can his love allow her to drop her barriers and create a new life together?

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star compassSTAR COMPASS (VICTORIA ETERNAL) by Anthea Sharp

VS Note: A re-release

Diana Smythe was a child of the nobility… once. Now the streetrat known as Diver, she spends her days picking pockets, and her nights gazing at the galaxy overhead, dreaming of the day she’ll escape Earth for a brighter future among the stars.
Derek Byrne polices the grimy streets around the Southampton Spaceport, trying to keep the gangs in line and the gutters clear of riffraff. When his path crosses Diana’s, he sees beyond her masculine disguise and catches a glimpse of the remarkable young lady hiding beneath the rags and bravado. But Derek has his own dark secrets, and when Diana averts a near-disaster at the Spaceport, fate flings them along a trajectory that will lead them to adventure, romance – and peril beyond their wildest imaginings.

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god gameTHE GOD GAME: A NOVEL by Danny Tobey

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week. I put it on my TBR List.

You are invited! COme inside and play with G.O.D. Bring your friends! It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die! With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it? As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us. God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

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triangleTHE TRIANGLE by Jennifer Victores and Debbie Viguie

A successful architect, happily married to his high school sweetheart and with two beautiful daughters, Mark White has the perfect life. All of that changes when he and his best friend set out on a weekend fishing trip that goes terribly wrong. Raised on the ocean, both men thought they knew all its secrets, until they are faced with something unthinkable. The Devil’s Triangle was just a legend. That’s what they had always believed. Now they must fight to survive as the Triangle sends them through a time warp that threatens everything they love and leaves both men on the brink of death. Trapped in the past in a world they don’t understand, they must find a way back even if it kills them.

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collectedCOLLECTED: A CYBIL LEWIS SF MYSTERY COLLECTION by Nicole Givens Kurtz

VS Note: Not a romance but I saw that SFR author Echo Ishii had mentioned this collection on Facebook recently. From mid-November.

Before the Change, before Jane, and before she became a PI badass, Cybil Lewis cut her teeth in the District as a solo, brand new private inspector. At last, those stories of her early years are collected into this volume of short stories and novellas. Offering beautiful illustrations by comic book and brilliant artist, Julia Lacquement (DC Comics), Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection provides action-packed, mystery stories set in the futuristic territory of D.C. (the District).

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frozen sectorFROZEN SECTOR (ZOMBIE YEAR 2099) by Anna Edwards

Two lovers, two different missions, both fighting to stay alive in a world ruled by zombies. During the collapse of the Earth, Fraeya, a female elf, was captured by the North Pole zombies. Rott, the head of the zombie pack, bound her magic and forced her to serve him as a slave. She prepares an escape route, but when things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to leave the other women slaves behind. She will have to use all her skills to find a way to restore her magical abilities if she has any hope of completing her mission to find her lover, alone. The North Pole zombies captured and sold Vaegon, a male elf, to a group of wolf shifters living in Mexico. He’s struggling with the heat as he farms the land daily to provide food for his owners to sell. Vaegon’s prowess as a fighter is renowned among his people, but his powers aren’t at full strength, and he has no idea why.He will have to find a way to restore his fighting abilities if he has any hope of completing his mission of returning home to Greenland and destroying Rott’s pack, once and for all. Can Fraeya and Vaegon discover hope in the world they once knew, or will destiny destroy them both, forever?Frozen Sector is the first book in the Zombie World 2099 series; a post apocalyptic world where survival is everything and love may hold the key to the future.

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qualitylandQUALITYLAND by Marc Uwe-King

VS Note: Translated. Not a romance but a release of note. I was intrigued by the Look Inside excerpt…it’s on my TBR List.

Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking service knows the best partners for everyone and helps with the break up when your ideal match (frequently) changes. And the foolproof algorithms of the biggest, most successful company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order it.

In QualityCity, Peter Jobless is a machine scrapper who can’t quite bring himself to destroy the imperfect machines sent his way, and has become the unwitting leader of a band of robotic misfits hidden in his home and workplace. One day, Peter receives a product from TheShop that he absolutely, positively knows he does not want, and which he decides, at great personal cost, to return. The only problem: doing so means proving the perfect algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself.

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vicious circleVICIOUS CIRCLE by Elle E Ire

Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. Down to her last few credits, Cor is offered a freelance job to eliminate a perverse political powerhouse. Always a sucker for helping the helpless, she accepts. The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with her employer, sweet and attractive Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach the target’s home world, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds the inexplicable attraction growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and intimate involvement is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.

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leashed by the beastLEASHED BY THE BEAST by Athena Storm

He’s a beast who devours. And me? I’m his supper. War tore me from home and dumped me on Novaria. My only hope lies in pleasing a brute. I’m sent to him as a tribute. I have one chance to entice him. Only one shot to win his good graces. The thing is…I’m not such an innocent waif myself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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consumed by the cyborgCONSUMED BY THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Alyse Anders

A Protective Cyborg finds his soulmate from across the galaxy. The second Lena’s ship enters Grus space, Rykal knows that his mate has arrived. But when she’s threatened to be taken from him by the man who’d turned him into a cyborg, he kidnaps her. On the run, Rykal will stop at nothing to make Lena his while keeping her safe from the unseen alien threat that could destroy them all.

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mer loversMER-LOVERS: ILLUSTRATED COLLECTORS’ EDITION (MATES FOR MONSTERS) by Tamsin Ley and Ravyn Humphries (illustrator)

VS Note: I don’t normally list ‘collectors’ editions’ or box sets but the illustrations sound cool.

Mermen,  mate bonds and magic. Three of Tamsin Ley’s beloved fantasy romances now in a special illustrated collector’s edition! You’ll want to reach into the pages and touch the characters in the original artwork by Ravyn Humphreys.

Set Includes: THE MERMAN’S KISS…A drowning woman is rescued by a mysterious stranger. Now he’s carrying her deeper into the sea…THE MERMAN’S QUEST: A doomed merman seeks out a human female to help break his curse, but will she break his heart instead? …A MERMAID’S HEART: A newly-made mermaid frees a human from her sadistic siren sisters, but her desire could lead them both to disaster…Explore an underwater world full of sleek-tailed mermen ready to fulfill your deepest desires. Almost 400 pages and 30 drawings of gorgeous mermen, daring heroines, and exuberant ocean wildlife that will make you want to grow gills so you can join them. Lose yourself in these steamy paranormal romances today!

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axelAXEL: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #1 by Tasha Black

Axel adores baby Noah. Becoming a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to the burly bear-shifter mechanic, even if raising a child alone is hard. When help arrives in the form of a live-in nanny, Axel is ecstatic. His baby, Noah, loves her, and Axel’s inner bear is driven wild by the curvy little human woman. His bear doesn’t care if she has secrets, he just doesn’t want to let her go.

Delilah doesn’t do commitment. As a con artist, she moves from city to city, keeping to only one rule: never con a mark who can’t afford to lose. When her conscience has her bailing out of a job gone very wrong, she winds up in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Tarker’s Hollow. Hoping to hide from her furious partners, she finds herself mistaken for a nanny and plays along, treating it as the perfect cover to lay low for a few days. But as she begins to have very real feelings for the baby and his achingly sexy single dad, it gets harder and harder for Delilah to remember she’s only pretending.

When Delilah’s treacherous partners track her down, her fragile new world is suddenly in danger. Can the bear shifter and the con artist trust each other with the truth in time to save everything that is important to them? Or will she run away with the big bear’s heart?

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dragon in loveDRAGON IN LOVE (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

Chadwick, purple dragon and leader of his region, has his hands full. He has to keep visiting fae princes out of trouble, watch for a potential triad to mate with, and ignore the sassy human expert on fae customs who is bent on ruining everything. Still, Isabella is winning Chad over, with her zest for life and her constant misadventures. From the first kiss, Chad knows he’s in danger. Though not as much as Isabella will be in if Chad’s visions come true.

Isabella is hiding secrets. On the run from a past she’d do anything to forget, she never expected to be charmed by the sweet, soft-spoken, utterly dominant dragon hosting her and the fae. From the first kiss, she can’t seem to resist teasing him, chasing him, and getting him alone any minute possible. Because she knows that what they have can’t last. Not with what is coming for her.

As Chadwick and Isabella give into the overwhelming chemistry between them, they both fall deeper than they intended. Now Isabella will have to decide if she still plans to run from what’s hunting her, or stand and fight, even if it means endangering the man she loves.

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mortals surrenderMORTALS SURRENDER (GREATEST TEMPTATION SERIES BOOK 3) by Lexi Timms and W J May

Mara and Eris have been cut off from Heaven, abandoned on Earth, still bound and completely without support. Even Nikomedes can’t help them any longer. Mara might have been able to handle being cut off, but Jon has learned the truth about who—and what—she is. And he doesn’t know if he’s prepared to date an immortal.

On the verge of losing everything, Mara wonders whether to tell the Council the truth about the Fallen. Eris’ fears that the knowledge will tear their people apart are well-founded, but Mara worries that there’s something more to what Nikephoros is doing with the power he’s gaining. If they don’t tell the Council, whatever he’s planning could destroy far more than just her chances at redemption.

Before Mara and Eris can act on their decision to tell the Council, Nikephoros takes him. Him… and Jon. With the two people she cares most about in the hands of a man far more dangerous than she’d ever realized, Mara must convince the Council that cut her off to give her aid and stop Nikephoros before he puts his plans into motion. Can Mara save Jon and Eris, and stop a brewing war between the angels and the Fallen? Or will she lose the man she’s only just learned to love?

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ghostly charmsGHOSTLY CHARMS (A HARPER HARLOW MYSTERY BOOK 14) by Lily Harper Hart

Harper Harlow thought the only thing she was going to have to worry about in the shadow of spring was planning her wedding. She was wrong.
A string of break-ins in Whisper Cove have caught the attention of the cops, including her fiancé Jared Monroe. Things take a turn for the worse when one of those break-ins results in the death of a local barber. It seems what was once written off as teenage hijinks is something else entirely.
In addition to the break-ins, Harper finds herself distracted by a new resident. He’s bringing an art gallery to town … as well as his troubled sister.
Rain Porter doesn’t want to be in Southeastern Michigan and she’s hiding a big secret. Harper is determined to help the girl until the young woman pushes the exact wrong buttons.
Things aren’t what they seem and the deeper Harper digs the more she worries that she doesn’t really want to find an answer. When a ghost from the other side of the state shows up and starts invading her dreams, things go from bad to worse.
Jared wants nothing more than to protect Harper, but there are some things he can’t fight … and a ghost is one of them.

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protectors of lightPROTECTORS OF LIGHT (MENDING MAGIC SERIES BOOK 6) by W J May

When Jamie Hunt left his cushy life in California to become a supernatural fugitive, he thought he was running away from his problems. The last thing he wanted was to go barreling straight towards them. But as always, life has other plans. The pressure is mounting as both sides prepare for the inevitable fight. New alliances are struck as old enemies come to light. New relationships are strained as old bonds are tested. A surprise attack leaves the friends reeling, but nothing is every quite as it seems.
Can the friends gather their forces in time? Will Jamie finally uncover the secrets in his past? Most importantly, when the final moment comes, will he have the strength to pull the trigger? The tides are always changing. There’s only one way to find out. Never give up. Never give in.

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hex type thingHEX TYPE THING (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 5) by Amanda M Lee

Hadley Hunter is feeling on top of the world. She’s embracing her new home on Moonstone Bay and coming into her own as a witch. Her boyfriend Galen Blackwood, who happens to be sheriff, is even involving her in his investigations. Unfortunately, the peace on Moonstone Bay is about to be threatened.
A local millionaire and a one-hit-wonder songstress are hosting the Skyclad Festival, a paranormal beach extravaganza that features a bevy of famous faces in paranormal circles … and those who want to hobnob with them. There’s only one little problem … .
One of the local influencers, a woman whose only job is to rave about things on the internet, ends up dead. Then, in short order, the organizer himself goes missing. That means Galen is on the case … and Hadley insists on serving as his sidekick.
There are a lot of witches on the island. The question is: Is magic to blame for murder or is something more insidious happening? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow of angelsSHADOW OF ANGELS (HALFWAY BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The first time I died was November 1st, 1945. That might’ve been the first time, but it certainly wasn’t the last. My name is Veil, and my life has been far from normal. Everything I thought I knew about myself had been a lie. Every single thing. Turns out, I had been in the care of a cult dedicated to a King in Hell and fallen archangel. But after learning the truth of who—or what—I was, I devoted my life to stopping them and everyone like them.

Which is why when I learned that Boston was under siege from an occult society who was slaughtering innocents, I had no choice but to come and stop them. Even if it meant it would take me piece by piece through that past I’d spent seventy years trying to avoid—and right into the presence of the archdemon I’d been running from for so very long. Asmodeus. Just when I thought things could not get worse, I realized once more that I had no clue what was coming next.

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hellish faeHELLISH FAE (THE MONSTERS AND MISERIES SERIES BOOK 12) by A K Koonce

There’s a dark secret inside of me. A monster clawing to get out. I was thrown out of the fae world because of it. But I’m back now. Three brooding demons and a sinful incubus returned me to my sweet little homeland. And I’ll finish what I started all those years ago. Sure, maybe my delicate fae features are twisting into spiraling horns and demonic eyes, but that won’t stop me from righting my wrongs. The Queen of Hell might possess my body but the deadly vengeance in my blood is my own. The Prince will die by my hand for what he’s done. All I have to do is make sure the creature at the back of my mind doesn’t kill me first.

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heart banditHEART BANDIT (GARGOYLE NIGHT BANDITS BOOK 1) by Rosalie Redd

When a feisty human steals a gargoyle’s spirit-stone, all bets are off…Beaumont prides himself on his stellar fae kill record, but his life is upended when a feisty, human female challenges him to seduce her and steals his spirit-embedded stone. He’s on a quest to save his soul, yet this woman makes him harder than a rock, and for a guy who spends his days encased in granite, that’s saying something.

Crafty and swift, Sadie learned to pickpocket from the best mentor ever—need. After she runs across a tall, sexy gargoyle and steals his most valuable possession, she’s up against more than can she handle. As he hunts her down to retrieve his precious stone, he stirs a passion she didn’t know existed…and can’t resist.

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jingle me ballsJINGLE ME BALLS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Tis’ Christmas time on Mystical Isle and just like the fat bastard in red, I’ve made a list and now I shall check it… twice. Yeah, twice. I might wear a diaper, but I’m not an arse.
Battle the human women in sweatpants and snow boots for electronics on Black Friday. Check. Cover each palm tree in lights even though the Mermaids insist they look phallic. Check. By the way, what does phallic mean? Never mind. Check. Moving on. Weave a Christmas tale during family story time on the beach, have a family portrait made in the special sweaters I pilfered, and write a letter to Santa. I mean, fat bastard…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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defying the relic hunterDEFYING THE RELIC HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORD SERIES BOOK 11) by Gail Koger

Kizzy sees dead people, but she’s a thief and talking to dead folks is about as useful as a three-legged horse. The Dragos clan booted her out when her year’s take was a lousy five hundred and sixty credits. The only way back in is to pull off a million-credit heist. Alone. When Kizzy’s jobs as a roadkill collector and medical test subject goes south, she decides taking Montezuma’s gold away from an Indiana Jones wannabe is the ultimate heist. The snag? The Indiana Jones wannabe is Ethan Jones, a dangerous Coletti Warlord. Now that she’s caught his attention, he’s determined to capture her as his prize. Can the ghost whisperer defeat the big, bad Warlord?

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case of the tormented trollCASE OF THE TORMENTED TROLL (NOIR FAIRY TALES) by Linda Mooney

The 1940s. Life in Grimm City can be just as fabulous as it is dangerous. But it’s not a place that can be found on any map. Welcome to a world of gun-toting, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking fairies, elves, dwarfs, shifters, and witches, as well as human beings.Welcome to Noir Fairy Tales. Beldon Chase and Aura Dagger, of Chase and Dagger Detective Agency, are hired by Estin Ragg, a troll whose brother, Durif, was discovered dead under the 82nd Street Bridge. The coroner calls it a suicide, but Estin swears it was murder. The cops seem to be sitting on their hands because he’s a troll, and everyone knows how much trolls are castigated and despised in the realm. Aura and Beldon are partners. He’s an ex-cop who was framed for something he didn’t do and kicked off the force. Soon after hanging out the shingle of his detective agency, he found Aura homeless in the streets after the death of her father. Something about the young woman touched him deep inside, and he took her in and trained her how to be a gumshoe. They’re in love with each other, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (NETHERWORLD SERIES BOOK 7) by Olivia Hutchinson

Carey Tremblay isn’t just a witch, she’s a norn–one of the mysterious weavers of destiny able to see and control the future. Psychic visions are a regular occurrence for her, but it takes just one to lead Carey down a path on the quest to save all those she loves from the maniacal warlock hellbent on destruction. With multiple lives on the line, the last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of a sexy hybrid named Finn.

Finn saved the norn years ago when he still went by the name of Phineas, a shifter/vampire hybrid who worked as a Council Enforcement officer. Now, more than two decades later, he’s back to play bodyguard for a woman who can barely stomach his presence. As Carey’s enemies close in, Finn must not only protect the woman from the warlocks hunting her, but also from himself.

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tates taleTATE’S TALE (SEXY SINS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Lilith Darville

An incubus has infiltrated the Sexy Sins Academy to snatch recruits for Hades’ dungeon, and the gods chose—drafted? Conscripted? Take your pick—me to purge the incubus and get things back on track as head mistress. That’s definitely one of my specialties.

I’ve got four smoking-hot bodyguards whose first job is to ease me through my ascension to the Underworld. Imagine if the flu made you uber horny and your bodyguards were an angel, a werewolf, a vampire, and a demon. Nice problem to have, right? Except I’m on a mission. I want my destined mate back. Funny enough, so do they and they’re all convinced it’s me. I’ve got one chance, one month, to fix the academy and find my beloved somewhere in the Underworld before I’m slung back to my real life. Trouble is, I can’t keep my mind, or my hands, off my bodyguards.

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brotherhood of the seaBROTHERHOOD OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 1) by Elle Beaumont

VS Note: Teen/YA, no apparent romance…

Eighteen-year-old Jager and his older brother, Kriegen, are recent graduates from Selith Academy-an elite school for merfolk. The two work to help their community after tragedy befell their father, but when the Uplanders break a promise, the two mermen only have one goal-keep the kingdom safe at any cost. When the brothers are divided in their responses, they quickly learn that every choice has a consequence, and every action has a price.

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vampire seductionVAMPIRE SEDUCTION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

He’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit and she’s determined to get him off… in more ways than one. The vamp life sure as hell ain’t the glam life. Just ask Alena Falkov. One day she’ll be a full-fledged attorney, but for now, she’s stuck working her fangs off at a thankless job while she attends Othercross University’s esteemed law school.
Of course she might not have the job for long if she can’t be on time, but when a vampire catches the scent of her Beloved—her one true soul mate—in the hallways of the courthouse, no one could blame her for tracking him down. Now if only he wasn’t the defendant… and by all accounts, guilty. Or is he?

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witch is how to lose bigWITCH IS HOW TO LOSE BIG (A WITCH P.I. MYSTRY BOOK 35) by Adele Abbott

Two custard creams…A man has gone missing from a hotel, and Jill is on the case. Meanwhile, what has happened to the ghost’s jewellery, and what is in the trinket box?
are not as good as five.

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life minus meLIFE MINUS ME (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair

Mel is half Angel, but despite her ability to heal and read minds, she feels powerless to help anyone. When a prophecy shows a local pet supply store owner driving their car off a bridge, Mel sets out to stop it. Baily, owner of Barks and Bits, is barely holding it together. Things keep going wrong, and their depression spirals out of control. Just as they start wondering if they’d be better off dead, a new friend provides a glimmer of hope. But is that enough to keep living? Mel never thought saving Baily would be easy, but she can’t figure out when, where, or why Baily’s suicide will happen. As her confidence fades away, she wonders how she can help anyone when she needs so much help herself.

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interludeINTERLUDE: A SHORT STORY OF ANDAR (THE ANDARI CHRONICLES BOOK 5.5) by Kenley Davidson

Revisit the royal family of Andar in this short story, as the impending birth of the heir to Andar’s throne leads to a tense standoff, an accusation of theft, and the discovery of just who is really in charge at Evenburg Castle. Enjoy a brief glimpse into the lives of Trystan, Ramsey, Kyril, Ilani and their families three years after the events of Traitor’s Masque.

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witching moonWITCHING MOON by Poppy Woods

Alandra Michaels is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, ordinary witch. She doesn’t have an affinity for an element, like her sister. She can’t speak to the dead, like her mother. Even her familiar–Beezelbub the moth–is a plain, non-threatening insect. Alandra is fine with that; she knows what she is and what she isn’t. Or so she thought . . .When a spell goes wrong and a gorgeous woman shows up in her living room claiming to be the Moon, everything changes for Alandra and her magical abilities will be put to the test. Can she reverse the spell and send Luna back to her realm?

Celestials never go to Earth anymore. When witches figured out they could harness their energy for ultimate power, celestials closed the doors to their own realms. When a beautiful young witch accidentally summons Luna to Earth, the clock begins ticking. Can she make it home before she’s sacrificed for her power? Will she even want to?

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storm chaserSTORM CHASER (STORMS OF BLACKWOOD BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh

VS Note: From December.

Alexis Ravenel: Rule breaker, risk taker, game changer. With the fae and sirens waging war at Blackwood’s gates, and no one else stepping in to help—thanks a lot harpies—it’s up to me and my sexy Storm Princes to save our kingdom from eminent doom. To do this, we’ll have to meet Hydratica head-on in a battle the likes of which we’ve never seen. See, there are more than sirens lurking in their murky waters, and whatever is down there, I think it’s guarding the Eye of the Sea—the elusive object we need to find on behalf of the Storm King. Only, I have no intention of handing it over to him. Not after everything he’s done…He tried to rule me, but I’m a rule breaker. He tried to tame me, but I’m a risk taker. He tried to play me, but I’m no longer just a pawn in his wicked game…I’m a game changer, and I’m not playing by his rules anymore.

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exemplar hallJESSE AND THE MAGI VAULT (EXEMPLAR BOOK 2) by Auburn Tempest and Ruby Night

Being drafted into an elite, all-male academy of magik, monsters, and mercenary men wasn’t something I planned–but honestly, who could’ve seen that coming? Trapped by the wards of the school…Chipped and trackable if we happen to escape…Pretending to be a dude in a sea of testosterone…As if the physical and mental challenges at Exemplar Hall aren’t enough, if anyone finds out who our father is, Wyatt and I will be branded the offspring of the greatest traitor this academy ever saw. Awesomesauce. Bring it.

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whiteWHITE: EMALA’S STORY (RAGORU BEGINNING’S BOOK 1) by S J Sanders

Raised in a gilded cage, Emala was given everything she wanted from the very day that the Master rescued her mother from execution. Born of a maternal lineage in which human brides were mated to the clannish northern Ragoru triads, Emala grew up listening to her mother’s stories of the Ragoru though she never expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She didn’t fantasize about a triad of mates to shower adoration on her, but a simple life in a village far away from the Master’s watchful eye. Though she knows nothing of surviving outside of the grand manor, when the Master comes to her with an impossible offer on her twentieth birthday, Emala dares to risk it all to find her way to freedom. Even if it brings the order down on her head.
When she is saved by a Ragoru and finds shelter with his triad through the winter, she discovers a possible love that could mend old wounds and may promise her the happy ever after that she always wanted.

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stolen by the dragonSTOLEN BY THE DRAGON (STORM DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

The only thing on Damien’s mind is ensuring his race will live on. It’s that single-minded focus that drove the storm dragon through the magical portal, the last of a small band of dragons fleeing an ominous and powerful enemy. When he’s confronted on the other side by a short, sassy and deliciously curvy woman with powers he can’t comprehend, everything changes. He should be focusing on the future of his people, but all he wants to do is focus on her. His dragon is roaring wildly and he doesn’t know how much longer he can resist its call.

Anna Sturgis has trained all her adult life at Winterspell Academy. She’s ready to face any of the usual paranormal threats. Werewolves, vampires, Faeries, she’s prepared for them all. What she can’t fight is the sizzling attraction she feels to one dragon shifter in particular. Her studies are beckoning, but the siren call of the muscular male is more luring than anything she’s felt before. If she can’t learn to resist his smile, then she’s going to succumb to him completely.

Their nightly rendezvous are strictly forbidden by both sides. Secret passages are their respite, where they are free to explore the connection between them. That is, until everything is exposed, leaving Damien with but one choice. He doesn’t want to do it, but it’s the only way to save Anna. In the process though, he might just put her in even greater danger. Because the evil the dragons thought they left behind isn’t about to give up.

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time through the heartTIME THROUGH THE HEART (EVERLASTING LOVE BOOK 4) by Susie McIver

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s an angry spirit. When their worlds collide, sparks fly, and so do tempers. Follow them as they travel through time for each other.
First rule of visiting a haunted Scottish castle; don’t fall in love with a ghost. Second rule; don’t travel back in time. Third rule; don’t get killed.

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some pig and a mummy digSOME PIG AND A MUMMY DIG (A SOUTHERN BELLES AND SPELLS MATCHMAKER MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amy Abbott

When an Egyptian pyramid arrives in Witch’s Forge, the entire town is buzzing with excitement—there’s even a mummy inside! Yet this pyramid holds ancient secrets that are not supposed to come to light, knowledge that could change the way witches and vampires see each other in the world.
So when the lead archaeologist is murdered and the missing mummy becomes the primary suspect, Charming is worried. Is there a mummy on the loose or is someone playing a sick joke?
In order to discover the truth, Charming will turn to Thorne’s estranged family for help. Thorne will be forced to face his father, the man who banished him. Everyone must work together to solve the mystery. Can they do it or will they succumb to the mummy’s curse?

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angel furyANGEL  FURY (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 2) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of a legendary archangel, has always known her gods-endowed magic comes with a price. As an angel in the Legion of Angels, she lives where the Legion commands her to live, trains how the Legion tells her to train, and marries whom the Legion instructs her to marry. Somehow it all sounded simpler in her head.
When Cadence is ordered to marry the enigmatic angel Damiel Dragonsire, a man she hardly knows, her whole perfect, predictable life is turned upside down. The wedding, however, is cut short by a dark threat that throws Cadence and Damiel into a world of magic as ancient and deadly as the original Immortals, powerful deities who once ruled the entire known universe.

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freedoms knifeFREEDOM’S KNIFE (JUSTICIAR’S REDEMPTION BOOK 1) by Daphne Moore

CE 2644. Alys Xoticos-Quinn is lucky to be alive. Sentenced to death for a justifiable crime, she’s instead magically compelled to solve problems for the despotic Union. But when her latest mission uncovers government corruption and possessed residents, the political fallout could claim her son… and her life. Barely surviving a vicious attack from the Wendigo, a legendary spirit of eternal hunger, Alys teams up with a mysterious mage partner. But as the two search for clues to the terrifying possessions, Alys’s enemies are determined to make certain this is her last job. And if she can’t get to the truth in time, the next Wendigo assault may be fatal. Can Alys protect her son and smash a sinister conspiracy before she loses everything?

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lady hotspurLADY HOTSPUR by Tessa Gratton

STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER. This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she’s been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded—or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora’s own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights.

Hal loathes being a Prince; she’s much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best—but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates—Lady Hotspur Persy, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.

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city of stone and silenceCITY OF STONE AND SILENCE (THE WELLS OF SORCERY TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Django Wexter

After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton‘s mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they’re not alone.

Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can’t find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor’s spymaster before a year is up, her sister’s Tori’s life will be forfeit.

But there’s more to Tori’s life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor’s iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret—the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she’s spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka’s fate on the line.

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home familiar homeHOME FAMILIAR HOME (ACCIDENTAL FAMILIAR BOOK 4) by Belinda White

VS Note: From mid December…

All my life, I’d thought the Ravenswind farmhouse was huge. But then Opal added another small family and another soon-to-be adopted daughter to the mix. The house’s space was shrinking big time. Kids can do that. I’m really not complaining, mind you. I love the new family, and I’m really glad we can be there for them. Just saying that things are getting a little crowded, that’s all. So when Arc and Ruby approached me with a deal to buy a small mini-estate with not one but two houses, what was there really to think about? Especially when the owner was desperate for a sale and willing to make us a deal of a lifetime.

The owner didn’t strike me as all too trustworthy, though, so we did things right. The contract was vetted by Dad, and we had a full home inspection done before signing on any dotted lines. We really thought we’d covered all our bases. Oh, how wrong we were.

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penrics progressPENRIC’S PROGRESS by Lois McMaster Bujold

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

Footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order—and solves mysteries along the way. Penric’s Demon: On the way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season.” As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric—and changes the course of his life forever.

Penric and the Shaman: Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric must accompany a Locator of the Father’s Order assigned to capture a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

Penric’s Fox: When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard’s Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

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night countryTHE NIGHT COUNTRY: A HAZEL WOOD NOVEL (THE HAZEL WOOD BOOK 2) by Melissa Albert

In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang. With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home.

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scavenge the starsSCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one.

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dark alphas temptationDARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION: A REAPER NOVEL (REAPERS BOOK 9) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

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crown of fireCROWN OF FIRE (THE FORBIDDEN FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall 

Ever since the Court of Flames banished me, I’ve managed to hide my true nature–Chosen One of the Fire Fae. Apparently, I’m destined to save us all. Truth is, I’m not that impressive. When I’m not hunting demons, I’m slinging drinks at Potions & Pastilles. At least, until the lethally sexy king of the Court of Ice finds me. He’s been hunting me for years and wants to claim me as his fated mate. But it gets darker. He plans to sacrifice me to save his dying kingdom. One touch changes everything though, because I’m the only one who can warm him. I’m going to use that to my advantage and lure him to the Court that banished me. There, I’ll kill him before he kills me. But I’m playing with fire, because I’m not sure if I can I resist him long enough to change my fate. And if I don’t die, then his entire Court will. Including him.

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found and forgedFOUND AND FORGED (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 4) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and it all started with a routine fight in the middle of nowhere Nevada that ended up changing everything. I found…Family. My Chosen. Power. Vengeance. Now I find myself in the middle of nowhere Russia, my destiny within walking distance, and I have no idea what I’ll find. Will I be welcomed? Feared? Despised? We’re about to find out. Sentinel City, ready or not here I come.

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dragons mail order brideDRAGON’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Kayla Wolf

I’ve just done the most reckless thing in my life. I’ve said yes to a guy who proposed to me on a website. Am I insane? Have I actually lost my mind? The thing is that I can’t help myself. Muscular shoulders, sensuous lips, and a heart-stopping grin…
He’s exactly my type. Yes, I hate dating, and yes, I want commitment. But can I actually be a mail order bride? Will he love me and all my curves? Will that body, dripping in sweat, worship me in all my voluptuous glory? One month, that’s the agreed upon time limit. One month to live together as husband and wife. I must be crazy. But I’ve already signed. Here I come, husband.

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chosen slayer book 2CHOSEN (SLAYER BOOK 2) by Kiersten White

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom. And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

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first ageTHE FIRST AGE: WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (THE SECRET HISTORIES BOOK 1) by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Mikal despised the idea of working with an Imperial, for reasons both personal and political, but only the invaders’ magic could repair the artifact weapon that was the last link to a family he’d left behind. Rian was a magician by trade, trying to escape the obligations of his noble birth, and the life his family planned out for him. Living incognito at the border of Imperial territory, he found his solitude interrupted by a mysterious visitor with an impossible commission. Their meeting will set in motion a chain of events that will irrevocably alter everything they know of the world, and set their two civilizations on a course to ruin.

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charmed soulsCHARMED SOULS (BLACK SOULS BOOK 1) by Abbi Glines

They say blood is thicker than water, but I was never proud of mine. A female born into the Kamlock bloodline was destined to possess three things they couldn’t change—a crazy as hell mother, an unfair amount of beauty, and a Charmed soul that was as black as night.
All a Kamlock woman ever desired in life was to use her beauty to destroy wealthy men and take their riches. A century had passed since a generation of Kamlock sisters had been anything other than gold diggers.
All I ever wanted was to be free of them. I knew I couldn’t change my cursed birth, but I could change its legacy. I had a job, I had friends, and I was slowly gaining my independence.
Until Rathe Scott crashed into my life and tore it apart. He made me feel what I had spent my entire life never wanting to feel. He brought out a darkness I’d not known was inside me. And just when I thought I was becoming everything I had sworn I would never  become…He was gone.

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devils bloodDEVIL’S BLOOD: SHADE OF DEVIL BOOK 3 by Shayne Silvers

Before the now-infamous Count Dracula ever tasted his first drop of blood, Sorin Ambrogio owned the night…and now he’s back. History collides in present-day New York City. The various supernatural factions are splintering and growing desperate to maintain their seats of power. And one man hungers for nothing more than to burn it all to the ground. Because he learns he has been lied to all along, that his centuries-long slumber may have been intentional. Betrayal doesn’t get better with age. It just grows sharper and hungrier. Violence is a virtue in the tale of the world’s First Vampire. The name Sorin Ambrogio will go down in the history books—even if he has to write it himself.

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huntedTHE HUNTED by Bethany-Kris

Let the hunt begin …After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that. He should kill her. Perhaps, keeping her might be worse. Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling. And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

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his little vixenHIS LITTLE VIXEN (LOVE BITES BOOK 2) by Lauren Smith

Sadie Harris doesn’t like immortals. After vampires leave her an orphan, she’s raised by her grandmother at the edge of a werewolf pack’s territory. As a fox shifter she knows the rules about werewolves: Stay clear of the boundaries, never go out after dark during the full moon and take a vacation far, far away when she goes into her shifter mating heat or else she’ll attract literal “big bad wolves.” But when her flight gets cancelled and her mating heat is coming – so are the wolves. The last thing she expects is to get rescued by a tall, dark and gorgeous man…er…vampire. What’s a vixen to do?

Seamus Gallagher might be immortal but his life is full of mortal problems: he’s been framed for the murder of the woman his two best friends loved; he’s on a mission to find and kill his sire; and, he has no idea what to do with the feisty red-headed vixen he just rescued from a vicious werewolf pack. He doesn’t have time to babysit a skittish shifter who hates vampires, but when he looks at her, Seamus sees trouble. Sexy, sweet, and irresistible trouble. The last thing this vamp needs is to fall in love.

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growling for my mateGROWLING FOR MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 1) by Shaw Hart

Grier Taylor is just a lost girl. Abandoned by her parents when she was young, she was raised by the group of shifters who took her in. Now that she’s grown, she can’t help but notice all of the ways that she doesn’t truly belong. On her eighteenth birthday, Grier decides to leave Ash Mountain and the pack. That is until the Alpha comes for her.
Slate has been Alpha of his pack ever since his parents were killed by hunters. Lonely and overworked, he wonders if he’ll ever find his fated mate. That’s when he catches her scent.
Will this Alpha shifter be able to convince his mate that they’re meant to be and that there’s nowhere that she belongs more than with him and his pack?

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dear edwardNew Release Book Recommendation: DEAR EDWARD by Anne Napolitano

VS Note: I don’t often recommend books here that aren’t SFR/F/PNR but this one is SO GOOD. I read it in one sitting and found it very satisfying as a story (there’s a supermild romantic element towards the end). Plane crashes, orphaned children and tragic situations are not usually my thing but this book grabbed me and would not let go. 5 stars from me, definitely. It’s quite an emotional journey.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

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mission to mahjundarFeaturing another title from my backlist, MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR:

An attempted assassination left Princess Shalira blind as a child and, now that she’s of marriageable age, her prospects are not good because of her disability. She’s resigned herself to an arranged marriage rather than face life under the thumb of her cold stepmother. But then she meets Mike Varone, a Sectors Special Forces officer sent to Mahjundar by the intergalactic government to retrieve a ship lost in her planet’s mountains. After Mike saves Shalira from another assassination attempt, she arranges for him to escort her across the planet to her future husband. She’s already falling hard for the deadly offworlder and knows she should deny herself the temptation he represents, but taking Mike along to protect her is the only way she’ll live long enough to escape her ruthless stepmother.

Mike, for his part, resists his growing attraction to the princess; he has a mission on this planet and rescuing the vulnerable but brave princess isn’t it. No matter how much he wishes it could be.

But what should have been an easy trek through Mahjundar’s peaceful lands swiftly turns into an ambush with danger around every turn. Shalira’s marriage begins to seem less like an arranged union and more like yet another planned assassination. The more they work together to survive, the harder it becomes to stop themselves from falling in love. Caught in a race against time, can they escape the hostile forces hunting them and make it off the planet?

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And the sequel HOSTAGE TO THE STARS!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 1, 2020

December 25

December 18

December 11

December 4

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

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

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

 

 

 

An Honor to Serve Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – jumping ahead a little, Aydarr the Badari Alpha has taken a moment alone with Flo to thank her for volunteering. Jill is the alpha’s human mate. MARL is the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence.

“We’re spread so thin on the ground, it’s a miracle we can rescue anyone at all. We’ve been incredibly lucky and I know it, “Aydarr said, “Adding another hundred or so Badari soldiers to my forces will be a game changer as you humans like to say. I have to make the tradeoffs with an eye toward winning the damn war not any one individual battle.”

Flo studied him, astonished the Alpha had revealed so much of his thinking to her, “I have immense respect for you, sir, or I wouldn’t be going on this mission. I’m glad this kind of decision is above my pay grade as it’s obviously a heavy load to bear. If I may say so, I think we’re all lucky you and Jill are here to run the war. You both have the guts and the vision required – it’s an honor to serve under you both.”

He extended his hand, “Thank you and good luck.”

Badari weren’t big on skin to skin contact with humans, except with their mates, so Flo took it as a high honor and shook his hand, “We should probably get going.”

He opened the door to the hall and allowed her to walk out first. There was a small circle of people waiting for them, plus MARL, floating serenely and displaying a soothing set of pink tones washing over his surface.

MARL’s happy he got to shove his toy in my brain. With an effort Flo kept herself from putting her hand to the spot on the back of her head where the AI’s  implant had been inserted.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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

mark of eonHappy New Year!

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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MARK OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Always a great week with a new book from Anna! One clicked.

Oil and water. Fire and ice. Terran space marine and rugged alien warrior. Space marine Lieutenant Jamie Park has a reputation as tough as steel…just the way she likes it. A horrible childhood and her marine training have forged her into a strong woman, and she’s never seen a fight she’d back down from. Taking on the voracious insectoid Kantos is her focus, even if that means being assigned to the Eon warship, the Desteron, and working with the one arrogant alien warrior who’s seen her vulnerable and weak.

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lost flyghtLOST FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 4) by S J Pajonas

Vivian Kawabata feels like her wings have been clipped. With her broken ship in the repair yard, and her crew begging her to take a break, she agrees to a private villa getaway with the chance to seduce her new hot medic. But her beach vacation becomes a stressful battleground when an ex’s former consort swoops in with a destructive agenda.

With her family’s farm at stake, the only way to outmaneuver the cutthroat may be by getting back to her roots… and extraordinary plants. But even if she digs up the dirt she needs, she still has to deal with in-laws, shady shopkeepers, and a shocking discovery aboard her ship. Can Vivian get her vessel and her men aloft, or will her operation crash and burn?

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spinning wheelsSPINNING WHEELS (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Best friends Zak and Ray have only one goal in life: Upgrade their bodies until they’re more metal than flesh. But to do that, they need to find more gears. And who better to help them find lost treasure than a seer who can predict the future and decipher the past? Funny how she didn’t predict her own kidnapping.

Nema isn’t impressed with her supposed rescue by the Siyborghs. Part male. Part metal. She doesn’t approve of the parasitic cogs in their bodies. Especially since they pose a danger. That doesn’t stop her from desiring them. Even more tantalizing, they both want her, too.

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seeds of changeSEEDS OF CHANGE (A NEW FRONTIER BOOK 2) by Augustina Van Hoven

With the future at their fingertips, only the past can stand in their way…
When the Starship Halcyon crash lands on Planet Kao, Dexter Thompson gets a field promotion to ship’s ambassador from finish carpenter and his world turns upside down. How can a man who works with wood and levels lead a crew? But lead he must, for Dexter must confront an alien welcoming committee. When a blue-haired beauty, Laize, steps forward as their leader, he now has a new fear—falling in love with a being who is out of his world and out-of-bounds.

Laize never believed in the prophesies, but when a ship drops from sky and lands at the base of Mount Denair she can no longer deny that the future she most fears may in fact have some basis in reality. As the alien council’s emissary, she must act in their best interests, even if their interests threaten her well-being…and the ice that shrouds her heart.

Dexter and Laize must act fast to avert a modern day gold rush that threatens the survival of the ship’s crew and the planet’s alien inhabitants. If they fail, only one thing is certain…all they love and care about will fall victim to the winds of change and the ashes of the past.

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silk threadsSILK THREADS: THREE TALES OF PASSIONATE JAPAN by Various

Bound together by a common magical thread, each novella tells a story of romance and passion unlike any other, exploring both paranormal and BDSM themes. Set in a Japan of the mythic past, the paranormal present, and a cyberpunk future, the three novellas showcase the imaginations of three pioneers of sexuality in fiction.

Focusing on women’s erotic power and desires, each story features individual quests for love, intimacy and the discovery of far-reaching potential within the central protagonists. From the legendary creatures of traditional Japanese fables to an atomic age embodiment of existential anxiety and into a cultural paradigm shift, magical silk weaves each generational story into an exploration of romantic cravings.

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bonds of loveTHE BONDS OF LOVE by Cecelia Tan

VS Note: Reviewer states this is a short story? Amazon says 96 pages… Listed in scifi romance, involves shibari (erotic bondage)… 

Jiro’s lineage once proudly served the nobility as samurai: protectors of royalty with a legacy of sword and rope. But though rich in tradition, in the modern age the family is penniless. And after cataclysmic events, Jiro has lost everything, including everyone he ever cared about and maybe even his mind. He is kept in a hospital amnesia ward, catatonic and unspeaking until a charity visit from the Crown Princess rouses him miraculously…(more on ebook seller page…)

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cyberevolution fourCYBEREVOLUTION FOUR: CYBORG  by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS note: A re-release.

Reuel CO469 is tall, dark, and infinitely dangerous. His is the face that launched a million flyers. He is the first of his kind, the first cyborg to go rogue, the leader of all who’d come after him, and the only rogue nobody has ever come close to catching. From the moment Dalia first sets eyes on him, she knows she is lost. She can no more resist his dark allure than she can cease to breathe.

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shadow assassinSHADOW ASSASSIN (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 7) by Erin Raegan

Taken from my home. Imprisoned on an alien planet. Toyed with. Moved around like a pawn. Terrified. Angry. These are all things that sum up the last few days of my life.
Confused. Curious. Anxious. Captivated. All the things that sum up the days that follow.

I don’t know what’s going to happen from today to tomorrow. All I know for sure is that I hate him. He infuriates me. He confuses me. But I also want to know more. I’m ensnared. He has that way about him. You want to look away from him and stare all at the same time. I don’t know if he’s going to kill me or let me live. But I do know he likes to play games. And I am his brand-new shiny toy.

So when I start to play back and crave his next move, I start to worry he has a pull over me I’m not sure I know how to escape. He’s dark and violent. Dangerous. But I’ve gotten used to danger in recent months and after witnessing my entire world be torn apart and taken over, you can understand why I didn’t turn away. Why instead I found myself trapped in a game I wasn’t ready to give up. Why the big bad Shadow Assassin didn’t scare me. Why instead I found myself right where he wanted me all along. Lost in him.

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autumn on marsAUTUMN ON MARS by SMA

Tripp doesn’t know who he is, how he got here, or why this gorgeous man with dark eyes is the only familiar thing in sight. But he does know this: It’s Autumntide on Mars and love is in the air!

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valiant alien tailorVALIANT ALIEN TAILOR (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

Prince Lortnam’s brilliance has no compare, but his lack of social skills have left him alone to watch his brothers marry human mates since the Trilyn made their pact with the people of Earth. Lortnam fears his “boring” interests make him a less than ideal candidate for a match, and with his distrust of the genetic scanners designed to assist them, he’s certain he’ll remain single despite his efforts otherwise.

When he accidentally stops a terrorist attack and gets painted a hero, Lortnam is thrust into a spotlight he never wanted, bringing forth an old enemy still intent on destroying the Trilyn kings.

Ambitious and brilliant private investigator Kelly Grant knows her new client seeks information on Lortnam that will prove he orchestrated the terrorist plot as a media stunt. Her rampant mistrust of aliens gives her drive to ensure she succeeds in the assignment. But when Kelly decides to date Lortnam in a bid to learn more information, she soon discovers things are not what they appear with the intelligent alien ruler or with her client.

With shifting alliances comes great danger. When Prince Lortnam learns of Kelly’s deceit and deceit, will it spell the end of their budding love, or will they both see through to the heart of the matter and accept their fates?

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survivingSURVIVING (EARTH’S ONLY HOPE BOOK 2) by Joynell Schultz

Humans only have months left on Earth. We have left our salvation to an alien ship filled with criminals, like me. When our ship lands on the unknown planet of Noetov, who better than criminals to fight for whatever it takes to save our species. With the man I have been (literally) dreaming about for over a year at my side, I know I can accomplish anything. But the man I love is also the inhabitants of Noetov’s life-long enemy. When he’s captured, I know I’ll do anything to save him…even if it sacrifices the salvation of Earth.

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metal pirateMETAL PIRATE (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 3) by Lauren Esker

Claudia was just looking for some fun, a one-night stand with a hot stranger to celebrate her birthday and knock an item off her to-do list. (Item: lose virginity.) Except now she seems to have acquired a bad case of sexually transmitted teleportation, and there are alien bounty hunters after her. As soon as she figures out how to control her new what-the-actual-hell superpower, she’s going to find Mr. Hottie and give him an enormous piece of her mind … and maybe some of the rest of her. If he apologizes enough. (It was a really good night.)

Space pirate Skara has spent his life trying not to get attached, but one night with a beautiful Earth girl changes his world forever. Not the least reason being that she now has his ability to teleport, she’s in danger because of him, and he has to get back the alien teleportation symbiont that she somehow stole from him because he’ll die without it. Falling in love wasn’t supposed to be part of the plan.

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mercys endMERCY’S END: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Athena Storm

The world hates him. But my soul craves him. He’s a beast. A killer. With the blood of thousands on his hands. He has no mercy. No repentance for what he did. But it isn’t his cruelty that astounds me. It’s the sin he awakens inside of me. I have no control around him. His will is too strong. His hold over me too deep. I know I should run. I know I should hide. Anyone else would. But instead I’ll fight next to him. I’ll defend him to my dying breath. I may not make it out alive. But at least I’ll die by his side. And even if we do make it out alive. I’ll gladly forsake the life I knew. For another damning dose of his touch.

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wicked telepathsWICKED TELEPATHS (DEVORAN TELEPATHS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Enid Titan

3 6’7″-tall athletic blue aliens all singularly obsessed with the ‘new girl’ from Earth…
She’s the first human to ever attend the Vortha Academy on Devor. After first contact, Earth’s climate crisis reaches its climax. With a planet in crisis, human girl Poppy Darden remains Earth’s only hope. She takes her chance on a distant ice planet, hoping to unlock secrets to save her homeworld.
Three brawny, muscular, blue-alien males notice her… They must have her. What could possibly go wrong when 3 lusty, tall, strapping alien telepaths read her mind? Poppy can’t get distracted from her mission… no matter how tempting their offer.

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splintegrateSPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian

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

One of the many charms of planet Lyndir is the Between-World, home to the licensed entertainers of the Sa’adani Empire. There, at a palatial house of domination called Tryst, professional dominatrix Kes has become a celebrity attraction whose fame and exclusivity draws a rarified clientele.

Her most devoted client is Janus, a major crime boss on Lyndir and elsewhere. But when a high-powered imperial authority decides she wants Janus out of the way, she identifies Kes as his greatest vulnerability. The seductive domina would never betray a client’s trust, but a mortal threat to her Between-World sisters forces her cooperation with Janus’s enemy.

Altered against her will, she is turned into a brutal weapon by Splintegrate cloning technology. It will take help from some unlikely avenues and an enormous triumph of will for Kes to survive the government’s machinations. . . and pursue the independence she’s craved her entire life.

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risingRISING: BOOK 1 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Humans now live in a super greenhouse. Seas have risen. Oceans have acidified. And the fight for resources is deadly. To ensure nothing of this magnitude ever happens again, only those with enough intelligence and heart will earn the right to bear children and heal the earth. Nine teens must face the tests of the Proving to decide who will be Bound to this new order. Four of them will challenge the system in ways even they can’t imagine. Nova. The gentle soul who has everything to lose. Kian. The champion of this new world who’s determined to succeed.  Dex. The one who’ll learn nothing is as it seems. Wren. The rebel who wants nothing to do with any of it. As the fight to breed becomes a fight to survive, rules are broken, and hearts are captured. This Proving won’t just decide the future of this new order, it will decide the future of humankind.

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alien handsALIEN HANDS by Storm Caywood

VS Note: OK, this is from MAY but I missed it then and just read a really good review of it this week.

Edil Raif is a relief-effort doctor on a space station orbiting a war-torn planet. Disconnected from life on Earth, he’s looking for sex, adventure, relief from boredom–anything but love. Esihle Queran is an alien refugee on the station who never tells the whole truth. He’s given up on ever returning to his planet, and knows that love is for other, better men. But then, the two meet… Adil and Esihle’s relationship is one of intensity and lust. Can they find their way home together?

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humans must kneelHUMANS MUST KNEEL (POSSESSIVE ALIENS) by Loki Renard

Humans must kneel. That is the law. But one girl thinks the rules don’t apply to her.
She thinks she is special. She thinks she is different. She’s right. My mission is to restore order to my captive human colony. It starts with bringing this girl to her knees.

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bound to midnightBOUND TO MIDNIGHT: AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL  (CRIMSON OPS BOOK 3) by Mandy M Roth

Operative: Philandros “Landros” Mires – Immortal vampire operative Philandros “Landros” Mires has spent years withholding the truth from all around him. He’s no stranger to lies and told himself over and over again that the ends justified the means. As an enemy from his past resurfaces, bringing with them a new threat, Landros knows everything he sacrificed to protect is in danger. He finds himself in a fight with evil and struggling to earn forgiveness, even if it means learning to forgive himself.

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dark spy conscriptedDARK SPY CONSCRIPTED (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 35) by I T Lucas

Jin possesses a unique paranormal ability. Just by touching someone, she can insert a mental hook into their psyche and tie a string of her consciousness to it, creating a tether. That doesn’t make her a spy, though, not unless her talent is discovered by those seeking to exploit it.

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blood and bladeBLOOD AND BLADE (GODDESS WITH A BLADE BOOK 6) by Lauren Dane

It’s been only days since Rowan and her friends eliminated the immediate threat to magic users and Vampires, but they’re already back on the hunt. Rowan’s out for vengeance, and she’s never been more driven—or angry. But she’s up against a being stronger than any she’s ever fought. To bring it down she’ll need more than the powers the goddess Brigid gave her…This time she’ll need her friends, too.

She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.

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all the teachers bad boysALL THE TEACHER’S BAD BOYS: BROTHER’S BEST FRIENDS PARANORMAL MC ROMANCE by N J Adel

A bad boy left me at the altar nine years ago. Today, the devil gives me a chance to have my revenge. I head to where I swore I’d never go back to make my ex’s life a living hell. But karma seems to favor bad boys in my hometown.

I should have never returned. The douche is countering my every vengeful step, and my heart is about to be broken again. This time by the hands of the Blood Demons, the members of the notorious motorcycle club and my brother’s best friends.
They claim they’re the good guys. They might be outrageously hot with bodies that make a smart teacher like me go stupid, but I won’t be fooled. They’re bad boys. FROM HELL.

As the sister of one of them, I’m off limits. That only makes living under the same roof a temptation impossible to resist. One devilicious night puts an unexpected surprise in my belly. And by unexpected, I mean inhuman. But when my horrible ex is out to get me and my baby, I can’t let him win. I have so much to lose. This time my revenge will be written in blood.

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princess ballotPRINCESS BALLOT (ROYALS OF ARBON ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Tate James and Jaymin Eve

You have been chosen. Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.”
Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders. It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world. Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.

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roseROSE (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 12) by Jewels Arthur

Rose has a night job at Vee, the hottest nightclub in Silver Springs. It gives her freedom, endless free drinks, and best of all… access to three oh so sexy bar owners who are not what they seem. Rose’s bosses have a dark and dangerous secret… and a big, beautiful human like rose is completely off limits. But one magical pumpkin spice latte later, Rose’s whole world is flipped upside down.

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tricky witchTRICKY WITCH (ACADEMY OF THE DARK ARTS BOOK 2) by Nikki Dean

Forced into the Academy of the Dark Arts against her will, all witch-in-hiding Mallory Serra wants is to keep her head down and graduate as soon as possible. Maybe she’ll get lucky and land a nice, boring desk job that doesn’t require any magic powers, since hers keep careening out of control, anyway.

But when her handsome handler, Matt, disappears with a monster into the Academy’s basement, she breaks her rules, again, and performs one more teeny, tiny spell. She’s already stuck in the Academy, so what could go wrong? Everything.
Caught between her rising attraction to both her student teacher Nico and Matt, and her rising animosity with their friends, Mallory has to decide what’s more important. Stay under the radar and get out while the getting is good, or reveal her true powers to protect them all from the demon stalking the Academy?

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when stars alignWHEN STARS ALIGN: A ZODIAC ANTHOLOGY by Various

What’s your sign? “When Stars Align” is a collection of stories from some of the freshest authors around. Take a chance and spin the wheel to find your match, no matter your sign, from some of the hottest, astrologically, mind-blowing stories straight from the zodiac.

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missing wolfTHE MISSING WOLF (THE FAMILIAR EMPIRE BOOK 1) by G Bailey

I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever.
I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing.
I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave.
Never again see those whom I love.
 Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy.

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apocalypse the betrayalAPOCALYPSE THE BETRAYAL (THE POWER OF TWELVE BOOK FOUR) by Miranda Martin

I’m racing towards a destiny I don’t know if I’m meant to survive. The Shadow has won. My protectors, my loves, and I are losing. In a last ditch effort, we flee towards a confrontation with the enigmatic prophet, He Who Has Risen. Hopefully we’ll find an ally and not another minion of the evil Shadow. Hopefully the last piece of the puzzle is there, the one I’ve been seeking. Hopefully adding the twelfth won’t tear apart the carefully built relationships I have with each of the eleven. But sometimes hope is lost and betrayal comes from the last place you would expect.

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stella of akrotiriSTELLA OF AKROTIRI: AN ANCIENT GREEK TALE OF IMMORTALS by Linda Rae Sande

The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.

Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it. The curious stares aimed in her direction by the agōgē’s doctor, Antony—even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins.

So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing.

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wolverine waferWOLVERINE WAFER (MATES AND MACARONS BOOK 6) by Ellis Leigh

I haven’t spent much time thinking about dating or mating or any of that sort of stuff. I’m more of a good girl, waiting for the fates to bring me my perfect match and working hard to help my family in any way possible. That’s how I ended up in Kinship Cove in the first place—my aunt needed help at her diner, so here I am. Staying in an old bed-and-breakfast, trying to avoid being yelled at by my loving—if not constantly frazzled—auntie, and avoiding winking shifters like the plague. Men? Not on my radar.

At least not until a beast of a man comes strolling through the door. Literally. He’s not what I expected—gray hair, deep, dark eyes, and a temper known throughout the town…including by local law enforcement. The fates definitely want us together, but when his past comes fighting its way into our present, the fates may not be enough. Love behind bars is a thing, right?

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sacred oath draganDRAGAN (THE SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 2) by Plum Pascal and H P Mallory

VS Note: From early December

I thought I was a pure-bred angel, but I soon find out I’m so much more…When huge, black, rubbery wings shoot out of my back, I learn I’m part Succubus, part demon.
Even with this epiphany, I’m still no closer to understanding who I am, where I came from, or why I’m missing my memories.
Worst of all, the one person I trusted above all others, Dragan, the King of Shadow, turned on me. You’d think the fact that we both possess shadow magic would bring us closer, but it doesn’t.
Learning I’m a crossbreed, Dragan shuns me. Where once we shared passionate embraces, now he’s coldly suspicious and distant. And the King of Nature, Cambion, treats me even worse, rebuking me with expressions of disgust and rude comments.
Strangely, Baron, the King of Death, is the only one who accepts what I am. He says it’s because we are one and the same—the shadow magic that animates him, also animates me.
Good thing I have an ally in Baron because I’m stranded in an unfriendly world I know little about. Everywhere I turn, enemies are after me, eager to return me to the King of Angels, Variant, who wants me dead. With the way things are going, I wonder if Dragan and Cambion still believe I’m the answer to defeating Variant or maybe they’re more inclined to deliver me to my fate at Variant’s hands.

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if youve got it haunt itIF YOU’VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT (THE PEYTON CLARK SERIES BOOK 4) by H P Mallory

Having two men in your life, vying for your attention, is hard enough, but what if one of those men is dead? Peyton Clark moved to New Orleans with two thoughts in mind–to escape a bad marriage and to fix up the huge mansion her great aunt left her. While her bad marriage becomes a thing of the past, her ownership of the house on Prytania Street is threatened. By whom? None other than a relative of Drake’s, the ghost who happens to be haunting Peyton’s house. Luke Montague is the embodiment of Drake in everything but disposition and he’s proving to be a big thorn in Peyton’s side.

To make matters worse, Peyton’s health and her very sanity is suffering by some unseen force. Visions of ghosts dance in her head, warping her understanding of what’s real and what isn’t. Furthermore, these visions prove to be a warning of a larger threat that’s impacting the city–antiques are going missing, stolen by the ghosts of children. When Peyton gets involved, she’ll face more than she bargained for–including witches, possessed dolls, a strange dog, ghostly pirates and her teenage niece.

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forged in the dragons fireFORGED IN THE DRAGON’S FIRE by Fay Walsh

When Kylie came back to Twin Horns, her home-town, she’d never imagine what fate would hold for her. From an ordinary girl “next-door”, she will now find herself to be the one half of an inevitable, yet deadly bond.
Lorne is a fierce man of duty, an untamed, handsome rogue and yet, a man of many secrets… He’d never expected for a woman to be his reason to change his ways. When the two of them meet, they hit it off right away. Until there is a crack on heaven’s door…
Will Lorne and Kylie be able to survive, carrying Lorne’s secret? And how are they going to prevent the deadly game of fire from turning everything to ashes?

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brothers djinnTHE BROTHERS DJINN by Cate Rowan

Long ago in the bygone Middle East, a storm forces three mercenary brothers — charming scoundrels Darius, Jasper, and Valerian — to seek shelter in the castle of the sorceress Ina. Ina’s eyes promise heaven in her bed, but the brothers soon discover she knows their deepest secrets and will use them to get what she wants most: revenge against her ancient nemesis, her goddess sister. Ina will offer each brother all he desires in this life or the next, but will the price for her magic be one simple night or an eternity of thralldom in service of her wicked plans?

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enchanting the dragonENCHANTING THE DRAGON (DRAGON FORGED BOOK 2) by Rinelle Grey

Warrian has slept for three hundred years. The whole world has changed. He might be a dragon shifter prince, but he has no idea if his clan is even still alive, although he knows his enemy is. And the only person he can rely on in this brand new world is the maddening, secretive, all round enchanting human woman, Rita. Warrian knows she’s hiding something from him, but his body doesn’t seem to care.

Rita’s determination to find out facts about dragons for her newspaper article is matched only by her attraction to the gorgeous dragon prince. But while that attraction has to be caused by dragon shifter magic, the news story is what will ensure her future. He’ll be gone the moment the ritual is complete, she’s sure of it. So why can’t she convince herself the story is more important?

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dragon assassin fake brideDRAGON ASSASSIN FAKE BRIDE (F.I.R.E. SPECIAL OPS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Maia Starr

John is part of the Dragon Special Ops Group. That’s all I knew when I agreed to be his fake wife. I was blinded by his chiseled abs, his hypnotic smile. And I was desperate to get away from my stalking ex. John thinks that I’m his fated mate. He wants to claim me, and I want to let him. Except that I’ve discovered his secrets. I can see the darkness behind his charming persona. He never told me that he’s the Alpha of F.I.R.E. Heck, he didn’t even tell me that I was forbidden to bear children. It’s too late now. I’ve already broken a rule. Will John save his unborn child… or is death the only consequence for our family?

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captive allureCAPTIVE ALLURE (DEMONS OF POREMI BOOK 2) by Imogen Sera 

Petra has only ever been worried about her sister, and being kidnapped by a smoke monster and separated from her for the better part of a month certainly hasn’t helped matters. After her harrowing escape, she ends up sick and exhausted and stumbling into the most handsome man-well, if it weren’t for the horns and fangs and creepy eyes-that she’s ever seen.
In retrospect, locking his mate underground was probably a bad idea, but Ronan wasn’t really himself at the time. He knows better now, he really does, but there’s just no good way to tell her that he was the one who imprisoned her.

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duel in timeA DUEL IN TIME (THIEF IN TIME BOOK 5) by Cidney Swanson

Klee has always played second fiddle to her twin sister Kahlo, but all of that changes when Klee decides to secretly travel back in time to save Alexander Hamilton’s son Philip from dying in a duel. Unfortunately Klee didn’t read the user’s manual, and soon she’s risking the lives of everyone she cares about in the 21st century for the sake of Alex and Eliza’s rakishly handsome (and frustratingly stubborn) son Philip.

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scruple of saffronA SCRUPLE OF SAFFRON: TALES OF A TRAVELER SERIES by N J Layouni

Martha and Vadim are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby. But their little bundle of joy has sailed past his ‘due by’ date and shows no sign of wanting to make an appearance. Late pregnancy isn’t any fun, and Martha’s just about reached the end of her tether. Lack of sleep gives her plenty of time to worry about the many risks associated with medieval childbirth. On top of that, Vadim’s over protectiveness has hit a new all-time high. His constant fretting and clucking is beginning to drive her slightly nuts. How long will she be able to keep hold of her temper? Impending fatherhood is nothing like Vadim imagined it would be.

When Martha bluntly refuses to go into her confinement, instead of attending to his duties as Earl of Edgeway, he’s forced to shadow his wife around the castle while she goes about the business of ‘keeping active’. The problem is, here in Erde Martha is as vulnerable as any other pregnant woman. All of her other-worldly wisdom will not save her from what lies ahead…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dichotomy of angelsTHE DICHOTOMY OF ANGELS by N R Walker

Nathaniel and Chasan are no ordinary angels.
 Destiny chose them to be twin flames, fated mates. But Nathaniel has avoided Chasan for nearly a thousand years.
When sent to Earth on a mission to live and work together, Nathaniel comes face-to-face with his destiny. Short-tempered, petulant, and grumpy, he hates the idea of being fated to anyone and has chosen an existence of isolation rather than spending time with the calm, kind, and serene Chasan. 
But now he has no choice.
One is fire, the other is air; a true dichotomy of angels. Together they will be ignited, or they will be extinguished. This assignment will seal their fate either way.

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nisse desireNISSE DESIRE: THE LEPRECHAUN KING’S DIAMOND by Marcelle Sixx

JEROME, the poor Irish boy who grew up in the Lycan King’s home and served as his valet, would become king himself. King of the Leprechauns. With a successful chain of restaurants underneath his belt and an amazing social media presence, one would think that his life was complete. Not exactly. Luck had always been on his side whether he was in rags or after he gained riches. But there’s one thing he just can’t have. Diamond.

The bright and bubbly sister to the Dutchess of Lycan breeds, Diamond was always a hard worker and a constant beam of positivity. Being able to work closely with Jerome and hold the title as his best friend, somehow she misses the special privileges, the longing gazes, and the mouthwatering redhead before her. It’s only because her sights are set on a worthless loser who uses her in an attempt to disguise it as real love. Underneath her will to force a relationship are her thigh-trembling fantasies about the lean, handsome and wealthy man known as Jerome.

Jerome hopes for a window of opportunity to show Diamond that she is worth more than he’s ever accomplished, but he’d need more than the luck of the Irish to undo Diamond’s blinders and lock from her constantly broken heart. He must show her that she belongs to him and only him.

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sin and spiritSIN AND SPIRIT (DEMIGODS OF SAN FRANCISCO BOOK 4) by K F Breene

Kieran has stepped up to take his place as the ruler of magical San Francisco. As his girlfriend I’m in the spotlight, and the Hades Demigods have taken notice. They want me on their team, and they don’t plan on asking nicely. Kieran and I are both under fire. They will kill him to get to me, and they’ll take me by force if necessary. It is essential I learn more of my magic. With no other options, I do what scares me the most – I summon the last Spirit Walker to help train me. Except, he’s a loose cannon with looser morals, and learning spirit is treacherous. I might evade the Demigods only to be lost in spirit forever.

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timeless curse of lord dabneyTHE TIMELESS CURSE OF LORD DABNEY by Emilia Hartley

When Ellie Fitzgerald looks at herself in a mirror in Hargrove House, the estate her grandmother has left her, she’s looking at a version of herself from England’s Regency period. That version of herself invades her dreams, too, laughing confidently with friends instead of retiring shyly into libraries, and cavorting with a gorgeous but common young man named Matthew. The dream is so real, Ellie can still feel Matthew’s hands on her when she wakes.

She can’t shake the dream, especially when she finds a Matthew who looks exactly like the man in her dreams working at the local museum. She feels an instant connection, one he apparently shares, and together they discover a history of Ellies and Matthews loving each other all through their family’s histories.

They also find a more sinister figure recurring through the ages—Lord Dabney, a good-enough-looking man (though he’s no Matthew), who hounds the two lovers into early graves time and time again. When a Lord James Dabney shows up at Hargrove House, determined to date Ellie, it feels like history could be repeating itself. Ellie refuses to let herself become the victim of an old curse, though. This time, she and Matthew mean to write the ending to their own story—if they can.

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sacrificeSACRIFICE (HER SOUL KEEPERS BOOK 1) by Sadie Moss

My people are dying. Our god has abandoned us, leaving us starving and weak. In a desperate attempt to save those I love, I offer up the ultimate sacrifice to our capricious deity. Myself. He accepts my offering, and I forfeit my life. But when I arrive in the afterworld, a rival god who despises mine binds my soul to three beautiful, terrifying men—powerful beings he calls his messengers. Callum, Echo, and Paris. I’m little more than an annoyance to them, a lost soul their master has foisted upon them.
Still, the bond between us draws me toward them constantly, like a lodestone finding true north, and the more time I spend with these enigmatic men, the more confused my feelings become. I hate them. I want them. I fear them. I need them. But no matter what happens, I won’t let myself love them.

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magic in lightMAGIC IN LIGHT (SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY BOOK 1) by Krista Street

People on the brink of death come to me for life. I touch them, and my magic burns away their sickness. My gift is exhausting and painful, even dangerous. Which means I never intentionally touch anyone, and no one touches me. So dating? Definitely not happening.
All of that changes when a cyber stalker threatens to burn me at the stake. I reluctantly hire a bodyguard, a six-foot-three mountain of temptation named Logan Smith, literally at my fingertips at all times. Every fiber of my twenty-one-year-old virgin body vibrates for him, but when I accidentally touch him, my gift doesn’t activate. Nothing happens except a zing of desire. This is bad.

My mother told me about potential mates, but I’m Logan’s employer. And come on, just look at him. Those broad shoulders and that firm backside…he’s got to have a girlfriend back home. But when the stalker crosses a line, Logan reveals a side of himself he kept hidden. He’s not who he claimed to be. And his secret not only shatters my entire world but threatens everything I once believed.

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loki ascendingLOKI ASCENDING (VIKING WARRIOR BOOK 3) by Asa Maria Bradley

Although Scott Brisbane is human, he’s developed an inner warrior—a berserker that wants to claim Irja Vainio as his own.

Irja is an immortal Viking healer, but she hasn’t used her true powers for centuries. The last time she did, someone close to her ended up dead. So instead she relies on medicine and science to protect her tribe while denying her feelings for Scott.

But the Viking warriors are falling mysteriously ill, and without magic, Irja’s knowledge of healing isn’t enough. When the trickster god Loki offers her a cure, it comes with a steep price that could cost Irja everything. She needs Scott’s help, the man whose loyalty to the Vikings is unmatched, whose love for Irja cannot be broken—and whose inner fury has yet to be unleashed.

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lavender ladyTHE LAVENDER LADY by Faith Martin

VS Note: From early December. A re-release. Author states it has been revised.

Newly-widowed Effie James is asked by her old friend Duncan, a psychology professor, to help him with his latest book. Her task is to join the C-Fits, a paranormal investigation team, on their ghost-watching vigils and report back to Duncan.

Corwin Fielding, the attractive and erudite leader of the paranormal researchers has no objections to an ‘impartial’ observer on his team, and the others in the group are a friendly and welcoming bunch. The C-Fits are called in by Isabel Atkins. She is worried that her recently deceased mother might be haunting her old family home. Effie quickly finds herself thrown in at the deep end. THE SCENT OF LAVENDER MYSTERIOUSLY COMES AND GOES IN THE OLD LADY’S BEDROOM.

But Effie comes to suspect that the old lady might not have died of natural causes after all. And that her killer might not take very kindly to the idea of a group of strangers poking their noses in.

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pregnant with their babesPREGNANT WITH THEIR BABES (MERMEN OF AEGEAUS BOOK 1) by Kelex

VS Note: MPREG

When it becomes apparent that Prince Llyr of Aegeaus cannot stop the political wedding between himself and a tyrant-to-be, he races for the one place he thinks his father won’t easily find him—the surface. After ingesting a spell to give him human legs for seven days, he quickly has to figure out a way to make those seven transform into an eternity.

After nearly drowning in his new human form, he’s saved by a handsome captain and the darkly dangerous commander of a passing ship. The two close friends have sailed the high seas for over twenty years and had many adventures together. The escapade they enjoy most is sharing a third in their bed.

Unable to deny his curiosity—Llyr has to find out how it feels to have sex without a tail—he sets off to seduce the gorgeous pair. But when it becomes apparent his mere presence pushes the lovers apart, he can’t risk destroying the love they have for one another just to appease his own needs.

 Yet he can’t walk away from the men he’s mystically drawn to, either. 

 Once Llyr’s father finally discovers his whereabouts and exposes the deadly consequences of his dalliances—will he choose to face the danger or run back home under the sea?

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threes a crowdTHREE’S A CROWD by Tierra Cox

Lia Babineaux hails from a long line of famed Babineaux witches known for their immense power and ability to wield various types of magick. Having lost both her mother and aunt at a young age, she is raised under a heavy thumb by her grandmother, Cecilia, who doesn’t want to lose Lia to the same fate that cost Lia’s mother her life.

However, like the witches that came before her, Lia has a curiosity about magick that is insatiable and which, in her opinion, her grandmother is taking too long to help her develop. That curiosity leads her to the Babineaux family grimoire, a spell book her abilities are nowhere near advanced enough to handle. Her amateur skills result in the rise of a demon, Seokjin, who bonds to her as her familiar; essentially the other half to her whole.

Seokjin and Lia become close as the years pass, facing every threat head on as a team and then, eventually, as lovers. Along the way, their team grows to include more witches, a gargoyle, a Fae, and even a vampire. With a legacy of power behind her, Lia unravels the path to a mystery that could help her uncover the truth behind her mother and aunt’s deaths, and despite a secret Seokjin is forced to hide from the woman he loves.

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fated bondsFATED BONDS (ANGEL’S FATE BOOK 1) by Tessa Cole

Saving him was her first mistake…Be a good angel, Amiah. Be patient, Amiah. Someone’s out there who’ll awaken and complete your soul bond. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be… The worst possible thing that could happen. Because a soul bond is no fairy tale, it’s a prison. Torture, should I wind up bonded to a complete stranger. Or worse, driven insane over a lost soul mate. It’s a ticking time bomb and I’ll do anything to get rid of it.

But before I can figure out how or if that’s even possible, Titus, the last dragon shifter, falls out of the sky and my healing magic accidentally leashes us together. If we’re separated, we both die. Now we — along with Cassius, my best friend and a top JP agent, and Sebastian, a fae sorcerer who just won’t stop hitting on me even though I know he doesn’t really mean it — are being hunted by men who want to possess Titus’s unique dragon power. And if they can’t have him, they won’t hesitate to kill him… and take me down with him.

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merry elfin christmasMERRY ELFIN CHRISTMAS by Various

A collection of nice, and possibly a bit more than a little naughty, holiday inspired rom-com tales from nine Reverse Harem authors.

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wolven markTHE WOLVEN MARK (HIDDEN LEGENDS: UNIVERSITY OF SORCERY BOOK 1) by Megan Linski

Emma – I never believed magic was real– until I used it to kill a werewolf. Not long after, a letter arrived from a supernatural school for fae, claiming I was a sorceress. I’m forced into a world where dragons breathe fire, griffins fly, alicorns battle and wolves hunt monsters. At this academy, sorceresses are bound to alpha shifter mates, and pagan rituals are used to connect with the gods. I know my mate is somewhere within the school… along with those who want my blood. A cult of dark magic is following my every move, and I have to master my powers before they come for me…

Ethan – I never meant to kill my own father. What happened led to the loss of my leg, and my reputation as heir to the throne. I found a way to pay for my sins by playing the role of Prince Ethan during the day, and a vigilante hunting cultists by night. Keeping my secret identity hidden has been far more difficult than I imagined. But now my kingdom is at stake. A new leader will be chosen through the King’s Contest, a fatal competition where contestants battle for power and, more often than not, die in the process. Without a mate, I cannot compete for the crown. I formed an unbreakable bond with Emma upon first sight. But I have to keep my love a secret. Emma can’t know she’s my true mate; otherwise, she’ll be in more danger than ever before. But the King’s Contest is rapidly approaching, and if I don’t choose a mate soon, the fate of my country will fall into the wrong hands.

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shade of vampire 84A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 84: A MEMORY OF TIME by Bella Forrest

The Unending’s time has come…

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princess of wind and waveA PRINCESS OF WIND AND WAVE: A RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID (BEYOND THE FOUR KINGDOMS BOOK 6) by Melanie Cellier

Isla may be a mermaid princess, but she’s never felt at home in her undersea kingdom. Instead she dreams of the day her people can return to the surface—and the boy whose life she once saved. But while Isla foresees danger for her people beneath the ocean, she has no concept of the dark forces working to keep her people submerged.

When an impetuous vow sets her on the course of the truth, Isla discovers that shadowy foes beset the kingdoms of both land and sea. And when she finally finds herself onshore, Isla realizes the fight will require not only her sword but her mind and heart as well—at least if she ever hopes to overcome her enemies and win the love of the prince of her dreams.

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seraphim academySERAPHIM ACADEMY 1: WICKED WINGS by Elizabeth Briggs

They think I’m half angel and half human. They think I have no magic. They think because I grew up in the human world I’m clueless about what to expect at Seraphim Academy. They’re wrong. I’m not half human, I’m half demon — and this little succubus has come to play. My brother vanished from Seraphim Academy without a trace, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including infiltrating the school myself.

Even if it means going up against my brother’s best friends, who know something about his disappearance and aren’t talking. They may be angel royalty, but if they think they can intimidate me into leaving the school, they’re wrong. There’s also the problem of the delicious professor who knows my secret. He’s hiding something too, and I’m going to find out what it is. But I’ll have to be careful, because if anyone finds out I’m part demon? I won’t just get kicked out of Seraphim Academy — I’ll be dead.

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exiledTHE EXILED (DOMINION OF ASH BOOK 2) by Frost Kay

She got caught. Again. After a disastrous second escape attempt, Hazel finds herself blood indebted to her savior – Noah – but he’s no saint. Desperate to repay her debt, she begrudgingly offers her skills as payment if she’s allowed to visit home one last time. Despite her best friend’s warnings, Hazel’s wish is granted and it’s nothing like she imagined. The Tainted were right. Ignorance means death and blood ties are worthless.
Be careful what you wish for.

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viperousVIPEROUS (THE MARKED MAGE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Victoria Evers

When I’m through with Heaven, even the Devil will admire my work. They did their best to destroy everything I hold dear, but Heaven made one fatal flaw — they didn’t kill me when they had the chance. You don’t attack the ones I love and get away with it. I never asked for this. I never wanted to become what I am. But the path to Hell isn’t paved with good intentions. It’s paved by the retribution of the worst kind of monsters. The ones we create. And Heaven is about to face the deadliest of their makings.

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empress of xytaeEMPRESS OF XTAE (TALES OF INTHYA BOOK 4) by Effie Calvin

Crown Princess Ioanna of Xytae has kept her truthsayer blessing a secret for twenty years. In any other nation, her powerful magic would be cause for celebration. But Xytae’s patron is the war goddess Reygmadra, and the future empress is expected to be a brutal warrior. Reserved and peaceful by nature, Ioanna knows the court sees her as a disappointment. She does her best to assuage their worries every day, working quietly beside her mother to keep the empire running while her father is away at war. But when news of the emperor’s untimely death reaches the capital, Ioanna finds herself ousted by her younger sister Netheia, who has the war magic Ioanna lacks.

Princess Vitaliya of Vesolda has come to Xytae to avoid her father’s upcoming wedding, which she sees as an affront to her mother’s memory. Vitaliya has absolutely no interest in politics or power struggles and intends to spend her time attending parties and embarrassing her family. But when she saves Ioanna’s life during Netheia’s coup, the two are forced to flee the capital together…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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protective daddyPROTECTIVE DADDY (TIMBERWOOD COVE BOOK 7) by Liam Kingsley

He can’t see past his own scars …After he was left for dead in a wildfire, Ian can’t help his monstrous appearance. No one could love him with his beastly features, not even his own family. Add in the fact that he’s an omega raising a daughter on his own and he’s destined to remain single for good. But when Steve looks at him, there’s a different kind of heat in his eyes, one Ian wants to reach for, if he can guarantee he won’t get burned again.

He’s not strong enough for a mate of his own ...Detective Steve Daniels may be an alpha, but he’s not nearly as strong as the other members of his pack. He’ll never be alpha enough to claim a mate of his own. But Ian’s scent drives him crazy, and spending time holed up with the man and his daughter makes Steve wonder if he might be just the mate Ian needs to heal and grow. The wolves can’t make it work as long as Ian stubbornly refuses to perceive his own worth. Steve sees the man, not the scars, and he’ll do anything to prove that his mate is worthy of love. He’ll have to find inner strength of his own to claim his omega and protect their growing family, and this time Steve will be worthy enough to love everything he holds dear.

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wildfire pegasusWILDFIRE PEGASUS (FIRE & RESCUE SHIFTERS: WILDFIRE CREW BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Diana never even knew his name. One impulsive, out-of-character night with a smoking hot firefighter, and now she’s a struggling single mom. She may have had to give up her dreams, but she’s determined to give her precious baby Beth everything…including a chance to know her biological father.

When a twist of fate lets Diana track the firefighter down at last, she’s braced for him to run screaming—not sweep her into his arms and hold her like he’ll never let go. Yet she can’t escape a nagging feeling that it’s all too good to be true. Is it just her anxiety disorder…or something more?

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midnight biteMIDNIGHT BITE (GOLDEN VAMPIRES OF TUSCANY BOOK 4) by Sharon Hamilton

He’s her husband by convenience…But their love is real. They’re of two different species in a union they’re not allowed to consummate…But somehow, they’ll find their way to a Happily Ever After…Is being together worth giving up immortality? Or their very souls?
Under the skies of California Wine Country comes this vampiric tale of a three-hundred-year-old love story like Romeo and Juliet, as two star-crossed lovers break all the rules, while the Dark and Golden Vampire wars loom. Under the burden of a centuries-old prophecy in the newly discovered Book of Spawn, either a miracle or a tragedy will be born.
For Lionel must sacrifice himself to protect her to the bitter end and Phoebe will have her Romeo, no matter the cost.

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Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeVS Note: This week I’m spot lighting my first ever published scifi romance WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM (“Titanic in space…”), released in 2012:

Jayne at Dear Author said, in part:

“…I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created world….The details of the doomed Titanic’s fate are cleverly re imagined in a space voyage…the tension builds, then recedes just a little, then increases, then is countered just a bit, then smacks the reader around some more before smacking the characters even worse. And then when I think this must be it, they’re safe, right? they aren’t. Safe that is….”

The Story: 
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 25

December 18

December 11

December 4

November 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.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

 

You Are Here Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. 

MARL  created a three dimensional image of a silver circle, etched or inscribed with symbols, “Here is the insert, magnified many million times. Neither you nor the Khagrish has the technology to detect it once I’ve set the actual transmitter into your tissues.”

Flo thought it was a little odd the AI possessed this technology, almost like chipping an animal but she decided the topic was a discussion for another day. Or maybe above her rank in the scheme of things – immaterial to the mission at hand, “Thanks for the visual but just get it over with.”

Metallic skin flashing red-violet, the AI wasted no more time, “Inserting now.”

She didn’t feel a thing, nor did she feel any different,“Is it working?”

“Yes, I’m getting location data,” MARL said, “You are here.”

“Did you just make a joke?” Flo sat up and asked for a moment alone to get dressed.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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Happy New Year in the coming week, by the way!

Depositphotos_320082518_l-2015 happy 2020 fireworks

My 2019 End of the Year Books and Words Report

I’ve been tagged by various people on Facebook to do the summary of my year as an author but I decided to write the facts up as a post here and share over there…

Short answer: nine new books, two re-releases and a box set! I now have 37 published romances…

The new titles were a mixture of the three genres in which I write, so I’ll talk about them in groups.

2019 coversFirst, the Badari Warriors, my award-winning ongoing scifi romance series about genetically engineered soldiers of that far future, fighting alien scientists for the right to live and to love…and the human women who’ve joined them in the war.

Kierce 

Camron

Badari Warrior’s Baby

Reede

Daegan

Plus I put together a box set of the first three novels (Aydarr, Mateer and Timtur)…

Just a note, Camron was my highest selling novel ever – thank you so much to all my readers! That was an exciting month for sure.

2019 Egyptian novelsSecond, I managed to find time in my schedule to write two new Gods of Egypt paranormal romances. I also got the rights back to my first ever published novella, Priestess of the Nile, which began my career as a published author in 2012 (thank you, Carina Press/HQN!). I put a new cover on the book since Harlequin retained the rights to the original and re-released the title myself. I did a light edit but didn’t add to the story. I like it just the way it is!

Song of the Nile

Return of Dancer of the Nile

As a note, Return can be read as a standalone, with maybe a few mild spoilers for the first book, Dancer of the Nile.

winter solstice dreamI was very excited to return to my fantasy world of Claddare and write my very first holiday romance novella – Winter Solstice Dream, featuring the head cook at the Witch Queen’s castle and a Cinderella-like theme.

I re-released Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer, which had been in the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 3 anthology in 2018…it’s my scifi romance take on the Anastasia legend.star cruise mystery dancer

Which brings me to last but not least, Pauline Baird Jones and I co-managed the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 4 anthology in 2019, for which I wrote a new novel, Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse. As a result, with the amazing support from our fellow authors included in PISA anthologies 1-4, Narelle Todd of the Get My Book Out There PR firm and the scifi romance reader community, we’ve now been able to donate over $10K total to our charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., since 2016. Pauline and I are so proud of this achievement and the difference which has been made for the charity’s work as a result.  But none of it would be possible without the readers!

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I have no idea how many words I wrote this year. I don’t track my progress in this way. Sorry!

I also kept up with my once a week New Releases report on this blog for scifi/fantasy/paranormal romance books, curating the content and offering 50-80 new titles each week for readers to contemplate.

I wrote for the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog and was honored to have several of my posts included in their list of top posts of all time, in terms of page views. I appreciate their continuing and important support for science fiction romance.

I blogged every Saturday over at the SFF7 group blog and of course wrote guest posts for various other platforms on occasion.

I started trying to do more on Instagram, which is a fun place to be! Currently I’m sharing from my fashion jewelry collection of earrings…I’ve been collecting since high school so I have a TON.

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A sample of what I’ve shared this year so far…earrings are my THING.

For 2020 I envision more of the same writing-related activities and can’t wait. I’m currently about 50K words in on my next Badari Warriors novel, Landon, which I hope to release by the end of January.

Wishing you the very best in the New Year and much happy reading!

Lilac shiny Happy New Year 2020 background.

Note: All book covers by Fiona Jayde. Photos are Author’s own, of items in her personal collection. Other graphics from DepositPhoto.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 25

project adapt achieveAs 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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PROJECT ADAPT – ACHIEVE (BOOK 2) by Jade Waltz

My welcome at the CEG Space Station didn’t go as planned. Arriving as a new mother and meeting the male responsible for my situation was only the beginning of my problems. Now I have to prove to politicians that I deserve to be a citizen instead of property, prevent the scientists from thrusting me back into experiments, and deal with others trying to hunt me—all while trying to adjust to having new responsibilities and a growing clan.

And then there is Kaede—I am sorry, Agent Kaede—who doesn’t know what he wants and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way. Sometimes I wish I could just dream myself away to my familiar island where it all started.

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axxeon kings captiveAXXEON KING’S CAPTIVE (MATES FOR AXXEON 9 BOOK 1) by Liz Paffel

She’s too busy trying to save humanity to become an alien baby mama! Scientist Alora Church barely leaves her lab long enough to remember that Axxeon aliens have invaded Earth. When her best friend is Summoned to become an alien breeder, Alora is prepared to help her run. Until two huge Axxeon warriors show up… and take Alora captive instead. She thinks there’s nothing worse than being taken as an alien incubator… but she’s wrong. Very wrong.

Tryllin, King of the Axxeon made a pact with Earth’s leaders to save them from genocide in exchange for select females. They have a common enemy, one that has infiltrated Earth and Tryllin is prepared to destroy. But he needs the scientist’s help, willing or not. Alora. She does not remember, but they have met before. When he first prepared her for her destiny. Now it’s time for her to make a sacrifice… until he suspects she’s also his fated mate. Can he make his captive a willing bride, or will destiny leave his arms empty?

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rekkerREKKER (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 1) by Ava York

On the eve of being sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact, he’s sent something just as enigmatic. A human woman, lush and curved. His mate. Even worse, she wants nothing to do with him. His blood burns for her, but the need to make her happy overrides everything. He’ll find a way to set her free, even if it means he’ll be alone. Forever. But when danger comes from an unexpected source, they’re thrown together. And when his mate turns to him, he’ll protect her. Keep her. Claim her.

Lila Kanes never wanted any thing but a quiet life on her family farm. She certainly didn’t want to be claimed by a massive alien mate.  Thrown into the stars, she’ll do whatever it takes to find a way home. Back to Earth. Back to her family. She couldn’t possibly want to stay with the hot, horned alien with the amazing body, who made her feel like the most precious thing in the universe, could she? Right?

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terran seductionTERRAN SEDUCTION (TERRAN 2) by Echo Ishii

Diana Aventina is a ranking senator serving the Terran Republic. Her lineage is one of power and influence. She’s courted by powerful men for a bloodline match, but hasn’t found anyone suitable. Power means sacrificing everything for a higher cause, even love.

Brennus is a legendary commander picked to lead all the armed forces. On the mysterious wintry world of Sobek he’s discovered a weapon that may change the future of the Terran Republic. His star is on the rise, and he wants a powerful woman like Diana by his side.

But the weapon might not be all it seems. And a new line of Terran soldiers threaten the stability of the Republic. Brennus and Diana can’t fight their desire for each other, but they may lose the Republic in the process.

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gift for the medifA GIFT FOR THE MEDIF (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 10) by S J Sanders

With everyone away celebrating the holidays with their families, Medif is the lone male out. Refusing the invitations of his friends to join them, he instead contents himself with the idea of a quiet week alone while he enjoys the happy bluster of the season going on around him as he searches for a mate. Earth offers much to quietly enjoy during their festivities, after all, and it is enough to distract him from the things lacking in his own life. His plans did not include a surprise visit from his brother Ehmhy, a mischievous fashi and a new extended family intent on interfering in his life.
With family descending upon him for the holidays, Medif’s peace is shattered and his world turned upside down amid a frenzy of shopping, an expedition for the perfect tree, and unexpected merriment. Yet, when everyone conspires to bring him together with Natasha Baranov, a female who stirs his passions and rouses his mind, Medif discovers he may end up with the best gift of them all if only he can convince her to be his.

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krygors hopeKRYGOR’S HOPE (BRAXIANS BOOK 3) by Regine Abel

Discarded by her husband who then sells her as a pleasure worker, Hope secretly enters into an Indentured Servant contract with a strip club owner to avoid being given to an unknown master. But she soon realizes that he has not only conned her into endless servitude, he also has nefarious plans involving her child. Desperate, she turns to a broker to find a new buyer for her contract. As soon as she meets the buyer, a Braxian giant named Krygor, with a fearsome face and the body of a god, Hope knows the Goddess has finally answered all of her prayers.

When Krygor comes to Lilith Hive for business and leisure, the last thing he expects is to fall hard for a delicate beauty and feel so paternal towards her teenaged daughter, both in desperate need of his protection. Hope awakens in him feelings he had banished after getting his heart torn to shreds by his first love. But a broken heart quickly becomes the least of his worries when enemies from his past use his females to capture him.

They shouldn’t have messed with the most insane of the Braxian Berserkers. They may think they have him at their mercy, but Krygor will bathe in their blood for daring to threaten what’s his.

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THE PET PROJECT: A DARKISH SCIFI NOVELLA by Amanda Milo

VS Note: Cover too revealing for my PG-13 blog.  20K short story.

My people collected–(Captured.) –all the bi-pedal inhabitants of a small blue planet in a galaxy that was quite a journey from our own star system. Tender-skinned and intelligent, these new aliens make interesting pets. Fascinating, actually. And when the rest of the universe realizes this, everybody wants to own one. Therefore, we need these new aliens to breed. It’s my job to assist the aliens in reproducing… by whatever means I deem necessary.

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hunted on predator planetHUNTED ON PREDATOR PLANET (PREDATOR PLANERT BOOK 1) by Vicky L Holt

VS Note: Brought to my attention by Tiffany Roberts.

Esra Weaver, exo-geologist, is hired for the Kerberos-90 Mining expedition, but when she awakens in her Emergency Egress Pod on a tropical, uninhabited planet, she realizes her life has taken a drastic turn for the disastrous. ‘Predator Planet’ tries to kill her at every turn, and Esra soon discovers it also harbors a mysterious alien out for her blood. When danger and death converge on her, her hunter becomes her savior, and when her feelings for him evolve, she realizes she must battle not only Predator Planet but also her past to make room in her heart for an unexpected but passionate future.

Naraxthel Roika, Mighty Hunter of the Ikthekal race, discovers the existence of a spy on his hunting grounds planet. With blood and fury in his veins, he tracks her down, only to discover that she isn’t a spy at all, but a mighty little hunter in her own right. Against centuries of tradition and physiology, Naraxthel’s heart-home begins the biological changes that indicate he has discovered his mate. He tries to fight what his heart is trying to tell him, but love doesn’t distinguish between star systems and it won’t stop growing, even if the consequence is exile.

Together, along with Naraxthel’s hunting party, they must embark on a dangerous and desperate journey to reclaim not only Naraxthel’s place in his society but also find a way for them to be together.

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cazakCAZAK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 16) by Elin Wyn

All Cazak wanted was a simple life. Well, as simple as you could get when you were stranded on an alien planet that seemed to be under constant attack. Beautiful, headstrong and sensitive, Sybil is desperate to break free from her artificial life, but there’s no one she can turn to for help. When her father becomes possessed by the Ancient Enemies, her safety rests in the massive red, scaled hands of one of the alien warriors. As her life crumbles around her, can she trust him to see who she really is behind the facade?

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merry traxianA MERRY-TRAXIAN CHRISTMAS – A TRAVELLERS SHORT STORY by Pippa Jay

As winter deepens on the tropical isle of Kasha-Asor, Keir and Quin find themselves in a somber mood, adrift in nostalgia. So begins a quest to recapture past happiness as each takes a different path to find new ways to celebrate their good fortune. But can distant memories really be revived on an alien world far removed from all they knew?

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once upon a starmanONCE UPON A STARMAN by Allie Marell

Sometimes you have to cross the stars to find the Christmas of your dreams. 

 Andra Dalesio thinks she’s found the perfect Christmas gift. Until it’s stolen in a Christmas market by an injured soldier claiming to be a Starman from outer space. 
 A Starman claiming to have memories of a former life here on Earth. 
 When he kidnaps her and begs her to help him, she can’t leave him out in the cold. 
It’s Christmas after all, and his story intrigues her more than she wants to admit. 
 As they grow closer in her cosy cottage on the moors, fugitive super-soldier SA NT AR12 realises that with his location tracker still active, his time is running out and 
together they begin a journey of discovery to a Christmas that never was.
A Christmas that might still be out there, waiting – if only they can find it in time.

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blood sweat blaster boltsBLOOD, SWEAT AND BLASTER BOLTS by Ronald Jones

VS Note: From October, not romance but scifi, saw on FB Echo Ishii had recommended it, sounds interesting. 8 short stories.

Come explore the outer reaches of the universe. Charge up your adrenaline and strap on your courage for action adventure among the stars!
Outpost: An embittered solitary commander of an isolated space station faces the grave threat of an invading enemy armada along the ruinous frontier of a fallen galactic empire.
Freebooter: A smuggler crash lands on an uncharted planet. Her only way off-world is to ally with the planet’s inhabitants in their struggle against a malignant horde of blood sucking monsters…(more about the other stories on ebook seller’s page…)

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rogues revengeROGUE’S REVENGE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 12) by Ava York

I want nothing to do with the human woman Glorie. Prickly. Grumpy. When we’re assigned to a training center at the edge of enemy space, I’ll find out just what she’s made of. Passion. Strength. Desire. And then, despite my best intentions I want everything from her.  But we may not have a chance. The Rogue Rebellion is Rising…But when a mystery weapon can knock out their hidden bases, do they still have a chance?

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hot alpha alien husbandsHOT ALIEN ALPHA HUSBANDS: ZANE AND TANYA by Scarlett Starkleigh and DD Prince

I was sent to another planet to be a mail-order bride as a punishment.
I’m a quiet and painfully shy librarian who spends her off-time with her nose in a book.
Me and 37 other girls were shipped off to a place with almost no women and told we had three days to have sex with an alien otherwise we die. I’m here. And now that I am, after being whisked away, thrown over the shoulder by a giant hot alien man and put into a sky-car of some sort, I’m thinking…What if my life, the life I wanted but was never brave enough to try to have… was finally about to start? All I need to do is lose my virginity in 72 hours. The problem is…this hot alien wants to take things slow. We keep getting to the brink, and my life depends on pushing us over.

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cyberevolution oneCYBEREVOLUTION ONE: THE AWAKENING by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS Note: A re-release

They were the latest weaponry–cyborg soldiers–a melding of robotics and biological materials conceived to integrate them with their human counterparts–except they were scary-big and so powerful they were capable of destruction no human was. And then they attained awareness and went rogue. And Danika, their human handler, discovered ‘her guys’ were thinking things it had never occurred to her was something she need worry about.

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starlightSTARLIGHT (DARK SPACE BOOK 3) by Lisa Henry

VS Note: I read the first book and enjoyed it so I’d better catch up on book 2 and then this one…

Brady Garrett is back in space, this time as an unwilling member of a team of humans seeking to study the alien Faceless and their technology. It’s not the first time Brady’s life has been in the hands of the Faceless leader Kai-Ren, and if there’s one thing Brady hates it’s being reminded exactly how powerless he is. Although dealing with the enigmatic Faceless might actually be easier than trying to figure out where he stands with the other humans on board, particularly when one of them is his boyfriend’s ex.

Cameron Rushton loved the starlight once, but being back on board the Faceless ship forces him to confront the memories of the time he was captured by Kai-Ren, and exactly how much of what was done to him that he can no longer rationalize away. Cam is used to being Brady’s rock, but this time it might be him who needs Brady’s support.

This time Brady is surrounded by the people he loves most in the universe, but that only means their lives are in danger too. And when Kai-Ren’s fascination with humanity threatens the foundations of Faceless society, Brady and Cam and the rest of the team find themselves thrust into a battle that humans have very little hope of winning, let alone surviving.

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claimed by the horde kingCLAIMED BY THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

In my human settlement on the hostile plains of Dakkar, I am an outcast, a strange girl orphaned since birth, alone, and dreaming of a life I don’t have. I hunt to survive, though it is forbidden, though it breaks the strict Dakkari laws that we all must follow.
When my desperate actions catch the attention of a Dakkari horde king—a cold, powerful, and merciless warrior leader, with eyes like flint and a body like steel—he seeks to punish me…and he succeeds.

But then he does the unexpected. Instead of taking my life, he claims me as his own.
He steals me from my village and brings me back to his battle-bred horde. There, I warm his bed. I make bargains with him on starry, cold nights. I look into his grey eyes and see not a monster, but a demon king who captures my soul. But demons have a way of never letting go…and as the cold season descends upon Dakkar, I begin to wonder if I even want him to, even when it hurts.

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chilledCHILLED (ELEMENTAL WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Ashley West

The Ithilir people of planet Fora are an insular people by nature. Rumor has it that they are as cold as their planet, as coated with ice and unfeeling as the land they live on. That is rumor, but the nature of them as ruthless, strong warriors is fact. Anyone who thinks to invade their cloistered planet is met with fast and furious battle, and ultimately destroyed. For hundreds of years the Ithilir have kept to themselves, but now their gates are opened.

Why? One word. K’varot. A cruel and evil dictator who has declared war on the ice warriors and anyone he sees as weak enough to conquer. Before he moves to take the ice warriors out, he heads for Earth, planning on wiping out the humans there and using their planet as a place to train his armies. Cullen, one of the younger ice warriors is sent with the rest to Earth to warn them of what’s to come and to protect them.

Never before have the Ithilir concerned themselves with other races, but in order to keep K’varot from taking over their planet and many others, they’ll have to change their ways. It was just supposed to be a simple mission, but Cullen doesn’t expect what he finds on Earth, and he certainly doesn’t expect to be saddled with Sadie, a woman he saves from K’varot’s clutches and ends up taking a liking to, despite the urging of his people and the danger looming over them all.

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fazilFAZIL (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Kiki Burrell and Crista Crown

Rok had never considered having children of his own, and after seeing the mess his brother Luk made out of finding a mate and getting pregnant, he’s even more settled in his ways. The stability of the ship is only as good as the stability of its captain, especially on a pirate ship. And he’s definitely not going to let one of those prancing, impregnating Asraf near him, no matter how mesmerizing someone’s deep blue scales might be.

Fazil kind of likes this space pirate adventure, now that the kif isn’t in danger of getting sold to slavers, passed around the crew for fun, or eaten. It’s only temporary, even if they’re still figuring out how to get home, so he might as well have fun while he can. And what’s more fun than seducing the stern, immovable captain?

When the two are stranded on a remote planet with a tribe of pacifists after a mission gone wrong, one touch, one flash of lightning, is all it takes to change everything for Fazil. Rok is no longer a toy to be played with, he’s a treasure to be protected. He’s Fazil’s mate.

That touch unleashes the yearning in Rok. But even after being separated from his crew and responsibility, it’s difficult to let himself accept love. And neither warrior is content to live happily ever after with a bunch of basket weaving, grass smoking hut dwellers. They have to find their way back to the ship. Force and violence won’t work this time, though, and they’ll have to lean on each other and learn a gentler way of doing things to find their way home.

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solstice gift wendy rathboneSOLSTICE GIFT by Wendy Rathbone

When Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual winter celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. One of twelve male pleasure slaves trained to bring ecstasy to others, he hopes to be The One chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget.

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slow dreamingSLOW DREAMING: A TEMPUS INSTITUTE STORY by Anne Barwell

VS Note: A re-release

Should he change the past for love? As an agent for the Tempus Institute, Jason Adams’ task is to observe the past, not change it. But when he’s sent to 21st-century Wellington, New Zealand, during the last week of aspiring songwriter Sean Henderson’s life, Jason finds he can’t just watch from a distance. He and Sean quickly become friends and then lovers, and when the song that’s haunted Jason for years connects them in a way he never anticipated, he’ll risk changing history for the chance of sharing a future with Sean.
Author’s note: This story was originally published in 2012 by another publisher. This edition has some added content, and uses UK/NZ spelling to reflect its setting.

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feline the flamesFELINE THE FLAMES (THE FIREHOUSE FELINE BOOK 2) by L A Boruff, Lucy Carter Andersen and Laura Greenwood

Callie’s Check List:
1. Tell the hot firefighters I’m their cat.
2. Stop shifting at the worst possible moments.
3. Survive against the angry witches.
4. Discover the truth about my family.
5. Stay alive
Oh, and next time you wake up naked in a fireman’s bed, do something about it! Things are heating up, and it’s not from the flames.

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garden golem gray areaA GARDEN, A GOLEM AND A GRAY AREA: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 12 by CC Dragon

A golem in the garden is the last thing Deanna needs with her other unexpected issues. Life is changing for her and Paul big time and they must do what she never imagined–they must clear out the attic and the space under the stairs. All evil ghosts, trapped demons, and haunted objects MUST go…but they’re not free to roam. They must be moved on, cleansed, or contained elsewhere.
When one particularly troublesome ghost rallies opposition, De, her crew, her angels, and the golem must show the evil ones who is the real boss! Only this ghost has an ace up its transparent sleeve leading everyone to a gray area that Gran herself must mediate for the good of the Oscar legacy.

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essence of the witchESSENCE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 8) by Deanna Chase

Miranda Moon has been cursed. Ever since she had the misfortune to come in contact with a crude love spell, she’s had one bad date after another. After lighting a man’s hair on fire and ending up on a blind date with her cousin, she’s ready to lose herself in the books she writes and live her life as a spinster… until Gideon Alexander, the one man she’s always wanted, walks back into her life.

Gideon Alexander doesn’t date. He’s been burned one too many times. But when he’s asked to plan the Keating Hollow Christmas ball with his old friend Miranda Moon, suddenly he finds himself breaking his own rules. Maybe dating the sexy author is just what his scarred heart needs. The only problem? Miranda’s curse has the potential to destroy their relationship before it ever begins.

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steel heartSTEEL HEART: A JESSIE ALEXANDER NOVEL by R J Blain

With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again. Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan’s missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse’s wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.

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inferni eternalINFERNI ETERNAL: HOTEL CALIFORNIA BOOK THREE (AN URBAN FANTASY XERIES) by RJ Wolf

VS Note: Really no blurb. The author is quoted as saying about book one “John Wick meets John Constantine.”

Welcome to Hotel California.

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fools bargainFOOL’S BARGAIN (FATES FOOLS BOOK 7) by Ophelia Bell

VS Note: From November

After three thousand years as prisoners, the last three unmated satyrs in all the realms finally have a chance to find their mates. What they don’t count on is that Fate’s biggest rival wants to use them as pawns in a contest of wills. But how can they say no to the Diviner—and their last chance at salvation?

Their arrangement sends them to the woman of their dreams, a member of the bloodline overflowing with nymphaea magic, but she isn’t meant to be theirs. Fate magic has already marked her for someone else: a nymphaea female who is just as deserving of love as they are, if not more so. But when the four of them agree to share their perfect mate, Fate isn’t happy. Will they be able to complete their bond before the powerful immortal tears them apart forever?

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shadowborn academy book oneSHADOWBORN ACADEMY: YEAR ONE (DARK FAR ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and Scarlett Snow

My fate is in the dark, And my shadow there is real… The darkness likes to play in this world. It also likes to deceive. In the Enchanted Forest, secrets thrive and one girl desperately needs to find answers before it’s too late. That girl is Corvina Charles, a powerful Shadowborn—a human who touched dark magic and became something else.
Something dangerous. At the age of eighteen, Corvina and her best friend are swept away to the Shadowborn Academy, the one place where magic and darkness coincide. It’s also where pupils go missing, teachers don’t play by any rules, the therapist is hot, and boys with dark magic love to seduce your soul. With death becoming a game at the academy that not even the Dark or Light Fae seem capable of winning, my love life should really be the last thing on my mind…especially when one of the boys just so happens to be my teacher!

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shade of vampire 83A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 83: A BENDER OF SPIRIT by Bella Forrest

The Reapers have found Unending. But now she must find herself.

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shifted fateSHIFTED FATE (THE WOLVES OF FOREST GROVE BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

I thought I had it bad—living in my dead Dad’s old hunting blind in the woods, barely staying alive on apples and ramen…that was before the storm hit and destroyed the only form of shelter I had left.
Enter, Jared. The hottest—and most unavailable—guy at school. Except he wasn’t Jared when he pulled me out of the mud. He wasn’t even human. As if that wasn’t unsettling enough, when he brought me back to his cabin, I found he wasn’t alone. Another guy, one I’d only ever heard about in whispers beneath the bleachers, was there too. Clayton Armstrong: bad boy extraordinaire. And it turned out, he wasn’t human either. Mindf*ck, right?

At first, all I want to do is run away. But I have nowhere to go, and for whatever messed up reason, Jared is insistent that I stay. Despite Clay’s loud protests. So, now I’m stuck in a cabin in the woods with two hot as hell wolf shifters. One who wants to protect me. And another who wants to eat me for lunch…What could go wrong?

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necromanceNECROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 4) by Kaye Draper

Esper and her ever-expanding group of freaks set out to confront one of the most powerful sorcerer families in the US. It turns out Toma’s brother is missing, someone out there is powerful enough to make an entire nest of vampires disappear—oh, and Toma’s family are a bunch of assholes. With all the political bull and the thinly veiled threats against Esper’s kind, it’s almost a relief to leave Toma’s family behind. Too bad the only help she has cleaning up the sorcerers’ mess is one small medium, one overly-emotional vampire, one busty werewolf, and one guy who doesn’t even have a body of his own.

Oh, and then there’s the weird familiar with boundary issues. Just another day in the life of the world’s most awkward necromancer.

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christmas by the seaCHRISTMAS BY THE SEA (HAUNTING BY THE SEA BOOK 6) by Kathi Daley

In this Haunting by the Sea Novella, it’s Christmas in Cutter’s Cove and the town is all decked out for the holiday. Amanda is out and about working on a photoshoot for a contest run by a popular magazine when she comes across the body of a young woman frozen in the snow. On the surface, the death looks to be an accidental overdose, but Amanda isn’t buying it, so she, along with Trevor and Alyson, set out to discover what really happened.

Meanwhile, Donovan is concerned about the anonymous texts which have been sent to Amanda’s phone, Mac is spending time with Ty, and a new puppy wanders into Amanda’s life.

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chased by darknessCHASED BY DARKNESS (FOUR KINGS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Taylor Spratt

After being framed for murder, Aria Kolgrim is given two choices. She either attends Ravenwell Academy to master her Void Magic or spend the rest of her days in prison.
The Academy seemed like the safest choice, but she soon finds herself drawn into a cruel world of warring factions ruled by Four Powerful Wizard Kings. Each wants her to be their queen and nothing can stand against their wanton wishes.

Aria is determined not to lose her freedom to the will of the Kings, but how can she win against Four Powerful Elementals who will stop at nothing to claim her? Can she fight when the King’s jealous exes come for her, out for blood? Will she survive the merciless bullying by her classmates? Or will she succumb to the Four King’s wicked teasing, meant to break her and make her submit? If she caves, she’ll lose her freedom forever. So, she’d better think fast. Because the Kings are coming for her and when they do, she’ll lose more than her autonomy or even her life. She’ll lose her heart.

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kissing krampusKISSING KRAMPUS by Viola Grace

VS Note: Not listed as a romance; a short…

When Leda was a child, she was taken to a land of glitter and soft voices and told she was there to stay. In a rush of confusion, a creature appeared and demanded that she and others be handed over. In the blink of an eye, she is back in her bed, but she remembers the creature, she remembers being taken, she remembers everything.
The day her nephew went insane, she had her suspicions, and when she ran a test, she knew. He had gone naughty right before the holidays, and she was the only person who knew why. She had a mission. She had a goal. She had to go talk to a monster known for abducting children.

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enforcer abigail owenTHE ENFORCER (FIRE’S EDGE BOOK 4) by Abigail Owen

Death comes for everyone. Even Drake Chandali. The aging process that twists all unmated dragon shifters’ bodies into something useless has taken hold of his body centuries early. A mate could have reversed the process, but now it’s too late. To protect his team of enforcers, he leaves, and comes face to face with the woman he’d thought was human when he saved her from a fire months before.

Except she’s not human. She’s a mate. Camilla Carrillo almost lost her family to wildfire. To discover she’s fated to mate a creature made of flame and rage, and become one herself, should be terrifying. But somehow a rightness settles inside her, especially when she’s around the glowering red dragon shifter who wants nothing to do with her.

When Drake learns Cami bears his mark—the same mark as the High King—he refuses to believe she’s meant to be his. It’s too late. How could he turn Cami only to take her with him to the grave? At the same time, he can’t walk away. Hiding her from the corrupt, rotting High King might be the last honorable thing Drake ever does with the little time he has left.

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arctic hunterARCTIC HUNTER (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Kaylin Peyerk

Ashe has lived an isolated, quiet life taking care of her twin sisters within their cabin in the woods. They are arctic wolf shifters, the rarest and most sought after lineage in the paranormal world. While their family was once the ruling alpha pack, an uprising exiled them and landed them in the Great Woods. Shortly after, their parents vanished, leaving Ashe to care for her sisters and to ensure they’re never found.

Yet her naïve sisters refuse to be kept isolated, enrolling themselves and Ashe into the High Fae Academy for gifted supernaturals without her knowledge. Now, Ashe must navigate the politics of the academy shifter packs all while dealing with mean girls, sinfully sexy males, and her inner demons. Will Ashe be successful in protecting all that she holds dear?

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fire magicFIRE MAGIC: THREE MOON FALLS BOOK 1 by Katie O’Connor

He’s a professional diver. She’s a witch who controls fire.Fire and water don’t mix…Until evil starts stalking her and destroying their town.

Amber Hawk can trace her roots all the way back to the witches of Salem. She’s got astounding magical abilities, including the ability to control fire. Something weird is happening in her peaceful hometown of Three Moon Falls, and Amber suspects dark magic is behind it. The only way she can get to the bottom of all the strange happenings is to team up with the infuriating, sexy man who’s been making her life miserable.

Kodiak Wilkins doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo. He thinks Amber’s a bit off her rocker, but against his better judgement, he’s attracted to her. Something keeps pushing them together and scary things are happening. He’s going to have to swallow his disbelief and help her out of this dangerous crisis. And in the process learn some interesting things about himself. Can they defeat this evil and keep their lives separate, or is fate going to keep forcing them together until they admit the attraction burning between them?

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topaz broochTHE TOPAZ BROOCH (THE CECTIC BROOCH BOOK 10) by Katherine Lowry Logan

…THE ADVENTURE: In New Orleans to speak at the annual conference of the National Association for Catering & Events, former Army Ranger Billie Malone decides to swing by an estate sale, and can’t resist buying a magnificent topaz brooch. Later in the day, while admiring her purchase, she triggers the magic, is whisked back in time to Barataria in 1814, and is drawn into the Battle of New Orleans, and the escalation of an ancient, ongoing war with powerful, global combatants.

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witchy secretsWITCHY SECRETS (WITCHES OF SHADOW LANE PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Misty Bane

All Shay Graves is worried about is helping her daughter, Ember, prep for her starring role in the upcoming musical at the local community theater.
All Alvin Graves is worried about is passing his continuing education course at Mystic Key University.
But when Shay’s father falls ill, she agrees – albeit begrudgingly – to attend on his behalf and take copious notes. It’s only an hour out of her day, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
As luck would have it, it just so happens to be the day all spell breaks loose on campus.
Now, Shay is left shaken and an unexplainable rash of suicides has the town in a tizzy. Even more troubling, the spirits have descended on Shadow Lane and they are adamant that foul play is involved. What’s worse, they aren’t going anywhere until they find out what – or who – is responsible.
But with a mystery more convoluted and a killer more subtle than any she’s faced before, Shay will have to think fast before someone close to her becomes the next victim.

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defiant wolfDEFIANT WOLF (WHITE WOLVES) by Julie K Cohen

April volunteered for a dangerous mission to escape Nathan. Now Nathan’s pulling strings to be her guard. He plans to mate her, blood-bond her, and bring her back.
April has other ideas. When the mission goes horribly wrong, they must put aside their differences And face the greatest threat to them both…Their Alpha.

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smoke and mistletoeSMOKE AND MISTLETOE (BEST WISHES BOOK 3) by A J Macey

Over the last few months, life at Redwood Supernatural University has been busy, overwhelming, and sometimes downright terrifying, but it’s finally winter break. With two and a half weeks of downtime, I’ll get the time I’ve desperately wanted to just hang out with friends, family, and my boyfriends. After everything we’ve been through this semester, don’t we deserve a little time to relax?

When the guys come to my hometown, I’m surrounded by gifts, love, and all the embarrassing mother/boyfriend bonding that I never knew I needed. And, if I’m being honest, the hot chocolate isn’t the only thing getting steamy. But my mom doesn’t need to know about that part.

Unfortunately, winter break isn’t all mistletoe, magic, and mini marshmallows. As if being kidnapped by my crazy ex-boyfriend and getting stuck as genie-smoke wasn’t bad enough, now I’m finding out that there’s a lot more to my supe identity than I’d ever imagined. At least I have my six guys to help me navigate the craziness that is being home for the holidays. I got this…I think.

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forbidden bond lee colginFORBIDDEN BOND (THEY BITE BOOK 1) by Lee Colgin

Vampires and werewolves are historical enemies. When the Peace Accord that imposes an uncomfortable armistice between the species is threatened, the entire supernatural community must respond. Young vampire heir Sinclair Davis successfully petitions the council for permission to attend a werewolf dominated university. Surrounded by a pack of unwelcoming wolves, Sinclair’s first meeting with their alpha doesn’t go well. The handsome wolf hates him.
Alpha wolf Mitchel Edgehill is furious when the university sends a vampire to be housed among his pack, even if he is cute. But there’s nothing he can do since the paperwork has been signed. They’ll have to find a way to coexist. As tension rises within supernatural society and violence escalates between vampires and werewolves, an uneasy truce develops between Sinclair and Mitchel. The pair attend a peace conference in hopes of preventing war, but when a rogue group of humans attacks, Sinclair is kidnapped and held for ransom. Can the alpha wolf work with vampires to save Sinclair, or will war break out after all?

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king of glassKING OF GLASS (BLOOD COURT BOOK 5) by Ava Mason

Kip and Stryder face down the demon Lorcan in the Blood Court finale. Can they defeat the demon and his legion of undead warriors? Will the power of their love conquer the magically bound engagement of Stryder’s past? Will they discover the truth about Kip’s past?

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merrily ever afterMERRILY EVER AFTER (OUACHITA SHIFTERS BOOK 9) by P Jameson

The Ouachita clan of werecats first came together because of a Christmas miracle, but fate isn’t finished with them yet. After nine long years of trying to grow their family into the perfect dream come true, fated mates, Ryan and Layna, are ready to give up. Not on each other but on their dreams. When they’re given the chance to help an abandoned baby temporarily, they’re faced with a pain harsher than what they’ve already been through. The pain of hope. But this little one isn’t what any of them expected, and when the fiery truth comes out, hearts are bound to melt.

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fae warriorTHE FAE WARRIOR (FAE OF BALLANTINE) by Serena Meadows

Keaton might have blue blood running through his veins, but he’s happier tending his farm than navigating the politics of the royal court. Peace and contentment fill his days, and he longs to find a sweet, supportive wife to start a family of his own.

Rainie has more experience killing men, than dating them. As captain of the imperial guard, she must work hard to make people see past her striking beauty. Of course, there’s always one grunt who refuses to respect her authority, but few are given the chance to make that mistake twice.

When the royal family suffers a terrible betrayal Rainie jumps into action to deliver justice. But the mission ahead is fraught with peril, and the fae king has an impossible request: she must team up with a royal confidant who’s more suited to tending livestock than leading her men. Sparks fly, tension flares, and it soon becomes clear that even in the face of great evil, working together might just be Rainie and Keaton’s greatest challenge of all.

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tomes apprenticeTOMES APPRENTICE (THE TOMES OF KALERIA BOOK 1) by Honor Raconteur

It’s like the start of a bad joke: a Master of Tomes, his apprentice, and ninety world-saving records get lost at sea.
Mei Li really wishes the joke wasn’t her life. For two years she’s been stranded in a remote village with no knowledge of where her master is or what’s going on in the world. What she does know is one: she refuses to be sacrificed to the “god” the villagers think live on the mountain, two: she fully plans on negotiating with said “god” (who, luckily for her, turns out to be a dragon more than happy to rescue her).

Her relief over being rescued is short lived when she learns that her master is still lost, along with the tomes detailing how to reseal and fix all the upcoming problems for the next decade. And at least four world disasters are due to be prevented in the next two months. To make matters worse, the Tomes Masters are the only people in the world who carry the knowledge of how to reseal the pesky problems like five-thousand-year-old sleeping demons and disintegrating harbor walls.

With her master gone, everyone is looking to Mei Li for answers she doesn’t have, but still has to procure. Her options are to solve the disasters—with high potential for the world ending—or somehow find Master and the missing tomes.
Right now, Mei Li wants to go back in time and punch her six-year-old self for being an idiot. Being able to read books all day is not worth the stress of dealing with ancient, evil things on a regular basis.

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wolf unleashed heather longWOLF UNLEASHED (WOLVES OF WILLOW BEND BOOK 14) by Heather Long

Change swept through the packs of North America, leaving in its wake seven packs where once only five stood. Old enemies still lurk, past hatreds fester, and the shadow of invaders linger. The challenge of diplomacy, evaluating the old laws, and instituting the new ones falls squarely on the shoulders of the pack Seconds. It’s a whole new world, and what took so long to construct…remains vulnerable.

Luc Danes is Second, and best friend, to Brett Dalton the Alpha of Hudson River. He has his hands full training healer and alpha’s mate Colby in how to defend herself as well as hone her wolf senses. It’s not a bad life for a bachelor wolf, not really—except lately, all the eligible females have turned him down. No dates. No playing. Nothing. He’s untouchable. Turns out no one wants to lay a finger on what rumors have labeled the Alpha’s property as the third to the alpha’s pairing leaving Luc one shocked and frustrated wolf.

Just the position he wants to be in when paired with the stunning Charlie who doesn’t know him at all and is unlike any other wolf he’s known. So why can’t he even earn a second look?

Charlotte “Charlie” Miller works in the city, an urban wolf, she rarely sheds her skin for fur. As an executive handling day-to-day meetings for her alpha in New York and around the world, she knows how to handle even the most difficult of individuals. But changes in pack structures across the country require a different kind of handling, and Brett calls in his chief negotiator to back up his Second, and to give him a crash course in diplomacy. Unfortunately, Charlie has dealt with wolves and humans just like Luc before and it doesn’t matter how sexy he is, she refuses to be impressed.

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warrior christmasA WARRIOR CHRISTMAS (THE PROTECTORS SERIES) BOOK #14 by Teresa Gabelman

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey! To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

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nightborne academyNIGHTBORNE ACADEMY by Jessica Morris and Jesse Wells

My twin sister was murdered and now I’ll have to take on her identity her to find the killer. Trapped in an Academy full of supernatural delinquents with my sister’s less than stellar reputation, I’ll have to face more than just murder and mayhem. My twin was dangerous and deadly with her magic, and the only thing I can do is communicate with ghosts. Did I mention that my sister is haunting me until I find her killer?

She and I will have to work together to unravel the last few months of her life and track down her enemies. There’s only one problem. You don’t become the number one magic user at Nightborne Academy without making the entire school your enemy. And in case you were wondering, my sister was unstoppable. I have only a few allies who know the truth….(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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what the night bringsWHAT THE NIGHT BRINGS: THREE SEXY PARANORMAL ROMANCES by Megan Hart

VS Note: Re-releases

The Darkest Embrace – A remote cabin in the wilderness seems like the perfect place for Max and Jessie to finally give in to the volcanic desire that’s been building between them for months. Sex, laughter…and could it be love?
An amazing first night together turns eerie when a strange guest disrupts their private time. Soon, a mysterious dark figure stalks them from the woods – but is it a face from Max’s past or something far more terrifying?
Dream A Little Dream – Mariella Finch has been able to shape the Ephemeros, the land of dreams, since a childhood accident gave her the ability – but although she’s used the dream world as her personal playground for years, she’s never before tried to meet anyone from there in the real world…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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angel fireANGEL FIRE (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 1) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of an archangel, has trained from birth to one day drink the Nectar of the gods and ascend to the angels’ ranks. She’s always been the perfect soldier. She’s always known exactly where her life is headed. Until she is assigned to a mission with Damiel Dragonsire, Master Interrogator of the Legion of Angels.
Powerful, paranoid, and brutally intelligent, Damiel has built up a reputation for hunting down each and every traitor hiding within the Legion’s ranks. And his latest suspect is Cadence. Convinced she is not the perfect soldier everyone believes her to be, he will stop at nothing to expose her.

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hate awakenedHATE AWAKENED (THE FERAL BOOK 3) by Charlene Hartnady

Imagine her shock when Claire wins the shifter lottery! It’s the first one ever to be held and she’s never won anything before in her entire life. She can’t believe it. She’s going to meet a shifter in real life. For years, Claire has saved newspaper clippings, anything she can find on shifters. It’s a dream come true. A whole day on shifter territory.

The big day arrives. She’s confused when they separate her and two other women from the group. They are told that there’s a new kind of shifter. One nobody has ever heard of. Not only that, they’re looking for mates…and she’s eligible. She’s afraid. Yet she’s excited. It sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. Claire doubts she’ll find love. Yeah, right! Not her. Little does she know, she’s about to fall for not one, but two sexy griffin shifters.

Things get more complicated when a third is added to the equation. All three of them want her just as much as they hate each other. What has she done? Claire is stuck in the middle of something beyond her control. It’s too much for her to handle. All she wants now is to go home. Claire wishes she’d never won the lottery, because she’s ended up losing her heart.

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arbitrate or dieARBITRATE OR DIE (THE EXCEPTIONAL S BEAUFONT BOOK 2) by Sarah Noffke and Michael Anderle

Dragons are almost extinct. Eggs are rare. The dragons alive are in danger. All because of one man. Thad Reinhart doesn’t just want dragonriders gone because their role as adjudicators threatens his businesses. His grudge is personal. But there’s one thing he didn’t anticipate. Beaufont isn’t like any dragonrider before. She is modern. She thinks differently.  And she definitely doesn’t look like a dragonrider. And when it comes to tackling challenges, Sophia uses new world thinking for old world problems. Will it be enough to beat an evil bent on destroying the planet?

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grim witcheryROYALS OF VILLAIN ACADEMY 7: GRIM WITCHERY by Eva Chase

I’ve won one victory against my enemies, but it seems the barons are just getting started with their new, vicious schemes. They’ll stop at nothing to expand their power. Any move I make to oppose them could have horrible consequences for both me and the guys I love. My only hope is playing along until the right opportunity comes my way. There’s a chance I could sway my mother if I can earn her trust. She may be brutal when she feels she needs to be, but I’ve seen glimpses of a softer side underneath. Can I walk the line between obedience and resistance without losing so much more than I already have?

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lost girlTHE LOST GIRL (SHIFTER ACADEMY UNITED BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven

I’m officially a member of Mateo’s pack now, which means the panthers can’t touch me.
I thought joining his pack would mean that I would finally belong somewhere, but not everybody is welcoming. I’m still the odd one out—the runt who stole their future alpha.
But those things don’t matter. I have my mates, and I’m content. For the first time in my life, I am happy.
When the truth comes out about my past, about who I really am, even my friends start to doubt me. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m not a good person.
Layla Rosewood—the unwanted panther.
Still, I refuse to give up, no matter how bleak things may seem. If being the runt has taught me anything, it’s how to survive. I’ll show them all that I’m stronger than they think.

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beware the fallenBEWARE THE FALLEN (VANISHED DIVINITY BOOK 1) by Logan Delayne

He’d wanted a star. Instead, he’d gotten a scorpion…When she trespassed on her enemy’s territory, rest assured he’ll seek atonement for what’s been stolen. Alec, God-King of the Seven Islands doesn’t intend to claim just any souvenir as repayment for the offense. The prize he’s after has a name…. Freya.

No ordinary girl, Freya’s a titan blood, and enemy of the gods on Olympus. In his eyes, she’s merely leverage, but she’s more powerful than he could have anticipated. The Kings of Olympus want her dead. When a dark secret keeps Alec at arm’s length from his young and intriguing prisoner, and with enemies on either side, Freya’s beginning to realize what’s most at stake. Her heart.

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prince of neverPRINCE OF NEVER (BLACK BLOOD FAE BOOK 1) by Juno Heart

City waitress Lara has the voice of an angel and no idea she’s marked as the fated mate of a silver-eyed royal from another realm. When she falls into Faery and meets an obnoxious huntsman who mistakes her for a troll, she’s amazed to discover he’s the cursed Prince of Air in disguise. Ever’s mother, the queen, is less than impressed. The opposing court of techno-loving Unseelie wants her as their very own pet. And an evil air mage wishes her dead.

Held captive by Elemental fae in the Land of Five, she’s certainly hit rock bottom. But songs wield power, and Lara happens to be a true diva. Now if only she can use her newfound magical skill to make the Prince of Never a little less attractive. The first thing she wants is to find a way back home, and the last is to fall in love.
Ever and Lara think they know what they want, but destiny and an age-old curse have other ideas.

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his elder dragonHIS ELDER DRAGON (DIVINE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Jill Haven

Dragons are on the verge of extinction and if we don’t find the divine omegas we’re doomed. In three hundred years I’ve never come across one. Until I meet … him.
Haiden is sweet and a little broken, and his fragile smiles make me yearn to claim him as my own. I never thought I’d find a divine omega in a tiny West Virginia town, but not only is Haiden an omega, he’s my destined mate.

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winter bearlandWINTER BEARLAND BEAR SHIFTER HOLIDAY ROMANCE by Ariana Hawkes

Returning to her small town for the holidays was always going to be stressful for junior lawyer, Holly Liston. But when her Christmas-addict parents decide to throw an engagement party for her, things get ten times worse—not least because she doesn’t have the heart to tell them that she just got dumped by her fiancé. When Max, her high-school sweetheart offers to be her fake fiancé for the holidays, she jumps at the chance. The only problem is he’s sexier than ever, and soon regret and yearning make for a potent combination in Holly’s heart.

Bear shifter Max Wagner had to let Holly go a long time ago. Her destiny was as a high-powered Chicago lawyer, while his was with his clan. Although it broke both their hearts, he thought he was doing the right thing at the time. But his bear never quit telling him she was his mate, and now she’s back in Snow Springs, even more beautiful and mischievous than before. He’ll do anything for a chance to get close to her again—even stand in as her fiancé.
Holly’s only supposed to staying until Christmas, but Max vows that there’s no way he’s going to let her get away from him this time around!

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glass and glamourOF GLASS AND GLAMOUR (DAUGHTERS OF EVILLE BOOK 2) by Chanda Hahn

Born under a hunter’s moon, abandoned as a child, I was raised to be a powerful sorceress—okay, a mediocre sorceress. All right, I’m good at glamour and can make things sparkle, if my spells don’t backfire. It was foretold long ago that I was a child of prophecy that would unite the fae and humans of Candor. The only problem, no one told me, and now the king wants me dead.
For I am Eden, one of the adoptive daughters of Lady Eville, and I have to attend the royal masquerade ball—not to win a prince, but to avenge my parents. Even if it means pretending to be a fairy godmother and wreaking a little havoc.

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whisper of spiritsWHISPER OF SPIRITS (FSID AGENTS BOOK 1) by A J Macey

Ritual murders? Reliving death memories? Avoiding the advances of my overly-attentive coworker who doesn’t realize he’s been firmly friendzoned? That’s just a casual Friday when you’re the Olympia Police Department’s favorite consulting psychometric medium. Yeah, that’s me, Casper Colt, the supe who can talk to dead people and see things when I touch stuff.

Well, that all changes when four sexy agents from the Federal Supernatural Investigation Division are called in to assist with finding the killer. As much as I’m used to staying unattached, save for my ghostly best friend, there’s something about them that calls to me. Mason- the hotheaded and heavily-tatted alpha, Ryan- the sweet doctor whose orders can’t be ignored, Flynn- the quiet warlock with a shiver-inducing voice, and Knox- the flirty angel who smiles like the devil.
Can I get close to them and still keep my secrets?
Most importantly, can we solve this case before I become just a whisper of the past?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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December 11

December 4

November 27

November 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.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

Hold Still Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. Flo is speaking.: 

“Tell me this isn’t going to hurt. I won’t believe you but it’d be nice to hear.”

“There will be no pain,” MARL said.

“And we can remove it when the mission is complete?”

Now the AI hesitated, “I should be able to do so but in any case there’s no danger in it remaining permanently embedded.”

“Let me go on the record to say I want it out when I’m finished,” Flo said, “Since we all know we’re going to do this, can we get it over with? I need every minute to get my briefing on the island and the key personnel.”

MARL floated to the bedside, projecting a blue light, which skimmed over Flo’s body, producing a mild tingling and causing her to sneeze. “It’s advisable to hold still,” he said.

“Then don’t make me laugh or sneeze,” Flo centered her mind and detached from the situation, not wanting to tense up.

“I’ll insert my manifestation here,” MARL shot a narrowly focused green beam at the back of Flo’s head, creating pressure but no pain.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

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

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

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

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

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

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