I Have a Duty Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – I’ve skipped ahead. Keshara mends his broken leg with her powers but can’t do the same for his most serious internal injuries. They agree to hike toward her home in the morning and now they’re talking as neither can sleep.

“Who are you?” she asked.

“I told you, I’m a human, but I run with a pack of Badari,” He gave her a hard look in the gloom of the den, “It’s probably better for both of us if I don’t tell you too much. I have to protect my people and just meeting you tells me there are more secrets about this planet than anyone ever guessed, which could be dangerous. Surprises aren’t good in this environment.”

She sat back on her heels, “You have so many mysteries wrapped about you that I find your talk of surprises ironic.”

Unable to resist touching her, he reached out and took her hand, “I feel like a real louse not satisfying your curiosity, after all you’ve done for me tonight. I’m sorry, believe me, but I have a duty to the people who trust me not to betray them or their secrets.”

“You have honor,” she said grudgingly.

“We can probably both agree the Khagrish are the mutual enemy,” He released her hand and made himself a bit more comfortable on his makeshift pillow.

Keshara tilted her head, gazing at him like a cat, eyes glowing ever so slightly in the gloom, “Maybe not all of them.”

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 16

glass cageAs 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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GLASS CAGE (PRISON PLANET BOOK 7) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: One clicked this. I’m enjoying this world and the stories she tells there.

Convicted of petty theft, Katerina Mathern is sentenced to the prison planet Rhodon, zone twelve, where unresponsive convicts await the removal of organs they never agreed to donate. Kat is horrified by the ward full of comatose prisoners she’s required to attend, but she’s even more horrified to discover, when one gorgeous, unconscious man begins responding to her voice, that the patients are aware of every horrific thing that happens to them.

Newly convicted felon Beau Desmond wakes up paralyzed in a hospital bed, missing one of his kidneys—his rare blood type and perfect physical condition have put him in high demand in a for-profit organ trade run by the prison. Trapped in the cage of his own mind, he can only wait for the rest of his organs to be taken one at a time, until he hears Katerina’s cheerful chatter and falls hard for his beautiful caretaker.

When Kat realizes Beau can hear her, she becomes determined to get him on his feet and off the planet before the surgeon can cut anything else out of him. But now that she’s woken her sleeping beauty, their escape must be a team effort—especially once they discover the horrifying reason Kat was really sent to zone twelve.

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deb and the demonDEB AND THE DEMON (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 4) by Honey Phillips

Deb is ripped away from her comfortable life on Earth and sold as a slave to a vicious alien. Six months later, all she has to live for is the child now growing inside her. Her child’s safety is worth any price, even submitting to the disturbingly attractive alien who has just purchased her.

Rastrath hides a sharp mind behind a careless facade. He may be a Prince of the Royal House, but he has always been despised for his mixed blood, even by his own mother. A female who values her child more than herself is an unexpected prize – one that comes wrapped in a luscious package.

When an unexpected danger forces them into a marriage of convenience, the stakes are raised. Can Deb trust Rastrath’s feelings for her are more than a desire to protect his investment? Can Rastrath follow his duty and build a family of his own at the same time?

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last dominantTHE LAST DOMINANT by Eris Adderly

“I can have whatever I want. I own you.”

Qillian Wehr is the last of his kind. A bloodline of unspeakable power.
To the Imbrian government, he is a weapon. A last resort in their age-old war with Rhyolus.
His leaders want insurance. They want an heir.
 They need a genetic match.
 And now, they’ve found her.

Exotic. Stunning. Lethal.
 Rushkah Ekhayl would murder Qillian in his sleep if she got the chance. She’s Rhyolusian. She is his enemy.

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daxionDAXION (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 5) by Elin Wynn

If everyone has left you, died on you, and laughed at your dreams, you might have a few issues. And then to have your planet invaded right when you’re about to follow through on the one thing you have left?

Done.

Amira’s not particularly interested in making friends. When she hears a rumor that the alien war ship may soon depart, she’s done. This time she’ll be the one doing the leaving.But no matter how hard she makes her heart, she can’t help but want to help the refugees sheltering in the Vengeance.And when a certain green skinned alien makes her a proposal, it’s only for the other humans she’s considering it.

Right?

Daxion is used to being the big-brother of the team. The oldest of ten, he’d learned to roll with almost anything long before he joined the alliance against the Xathi.Tiny, prickly Amira spikes his curiosity, and his desire. He’s determined to keep her safe .What he’s feeling is anything but brotherly. He has a new mission now: work his way past the barriers around her heart.

But with the war against the Xathi taking a new turn, will they have a chance?

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raviks mercyRAVIK’S MERCY (BRAXIANS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

As the rarest hybrid in the galaxy, Mercy has been forced to hide in plain sight for fear slavers and collectors would hunt her down. Quite ironic, considering her late father had been the greatest slaver of the Guldan Empire. Determined to make amends for some of the wrongs he has done, she goes on a mission to Braxia. But those plans are quickly derailed when she encounters Ravik; a mountain of a man with a fearsome face, and a planet in turmoil.

As the new ruler of Braxia, Ravik is surrounded by enemies. His planet is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and stuck in ancient, bigoted ways. When an exotic, sassy, and strong female reluctantly accepts his protection during her stay on Braxia, she becomes both his strength and his greatest weakness. As his detractors plot and scheme against him, Ravik fears the horrors of his past will destroy the fragile happiness and glimmer of hope this woman has brought him and his people.

In this brutal, unforgiving world, greed, hatred, and twisted obsessions will clash in a bid for power, for the future, and for revenge.

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resurrection ribus 7RESURRECTION (RIBUS 7 BOOK 5) by Shae Mills

Korba is back in control and the Empire has settled, at least for now. But stability is only a relative term… and it is never assured.
Something has been discovered across the galaxy, something extraordinary, something no one in the Realm can ignore, least of all Chelan. But dealing with what awaits at the end of the journey will be a colossal undertaking, a task wrought with danger and unexpected threats.
Chelan and Korba are more than up to the challenge. Yet when Chelan is beset by strange, disturbing sensations, solving the perplexing and troubling mystery that plagues her becomes imperative. The hunt is on for answers.
Discoveries made on what starts off as the adventure of a lifetime will take the entire Empire by surprise. But nothing compares to what awaits them all in the end. An eerie phenomenon haunts Chelan; whether it is friend or foe remains to be seen. The potential threat to Korba and his crew is immense: success in ferreting out the entity could come with disastrous consequences. Will Korba take the risk to discover all, or will he back away to keep everyone safe, especially his beloved mate? Chelan holds the answer.

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hunting faithHUNTING FAITH (THE HUNTING SERIES BOOK 12) by Tracy Lauren

A human on the run, making her way through the expanse of space–Faith’s only goal is survival. She’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to stay alive, even if that means stealing the ship of the only alien who’s shown her kindness since her abduction.

Rylan Graz Bregen’s life changes when he looks into those deep green eyes–he’s love struck. But when the woman of his dreams vanishes in the night… and takes his ship with her, he thinks he’s been played for a fool.

The pair never imagined they’d see each other again, but when Rylan is offered a life changing opportunity he finds that fate has other plans. On a wild planet, fighting against all odds, will Rylan find what he’s been looking for when he’s HUNTING FAITH?

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star pirates heartA STAR PIRATE’S HEART (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 1) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clark

With war raging between a cruel empire and a brave revolt, little hope is left in the galaxy. Captain Calpurnia has a chance to end the battle. But her journey takes her deep into the enemy’s kingdom with a power-hungry prince on her trail.

On her high-stakes quest, Calpurnia finds herself trapped in tight quarters with a team of rebels: A brave warrior, a shy genius, a mysterious bounty hunter, a gentle doctor, and a cocky pilot.

This fiercely independent captain is suddenly tempted by five alluring allies. Will she succumb to the men’s charms? Or shove them out the ship’s airlock?

Torn between her fear of loneliness and her fear of falling in love, Calpurnia must journey to new worlds alongside her enticing crew. Can she escape the cruel prince and save the galaxy, while navigating the desires of her heart?

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seducerSEDUCER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 3) by Lily Harlem

Having a stowaway Trad stare at me with hunger, lust, and determination in his eyes was enough to make my blood boil.

It really didn’t go down well with my four men either–Anki and Hurin, sexy, blue-skinned aliens, and Gavyn and Mateo, skilled pilot and copilot of Equinox.

They’re very protective and very possessive. They’re also all mine. Their hearts and bodies belong to me. Okay, so sometimes they push me to extremes–all that desire and testosterone is a lot for a girl to handle–but I was never one to throw in the towel as soon as the going got tough.

So when one of the things I love most in the universe is lost and push comes to shove, it’s time to get real. Twists of fate have a habit of becoming tangled in space. When things go wrong…they go wrong fast. Can I hold it together? Will my men, my crew, be up to the job? And will the two Space Marshalls be honest about their relationship…a relationship that is so much more than it first appears?

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soldiers mateTHE SOLDIER’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 3) by C W Gray

Morgan Murray is an easy, fun-loving guy. He excels at being a soldier, but never wanted more out of life. Somehow, he ends up in a position of authority on Dru’s new ship, the Blue Sparrow. Now he has to deal with what he dreads most. Responsibilities. Dru and her crew are given the task of finding Wyatt Morrick and telling him about his father’s death. Along the way, Morgan soon learns that responsibility can be painful, difficult, and frightening. It can also lead to something very special.

Dr. Wyatt Morrick is in trouble. Big trouble. He and his medical crew are stuck on a planet under attack. He may not be a soldier, but he has patients and friends to worry about. With very few supplies left, something has to give for them to survive. The whole planet’s future is at stake and he is stuck hiding in a cave.

When Morgan saves Wyatt and his friends, the two men are given a gift, each other. Their love can’t stop the Concord, though, and someone has to. Morgan has to grow and accept his responsibilities, and Wyatt has to move on from his father’s death. That death just happens to be a little more complicated then Wyatt expected.

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surge volume 5SURGE: BOLT SAGA: VOLUME 5 by Angel Payne

With her physical abilities ignited beyond imagination, Emmalina Crist now stands as an equal with the love of her life, Reece Richards. The only thing better than becoming a badass warrior by day is basking in the man’s passion by night.

But the newly christened Flare—and all her solar-powered abilities—must remain a secret from the world, hidden from enemies that threaten to reemerge at any moment…like the most important day of Reece and Emma’s life. The crisis exposes a new layer to the Consortium’s vile vendetta and forces the newlyweds into a painful separation.

When Reece and Emma are finally reunited, the joy is double-edged. Team Bolt is still in danger, and there’s a precious new life they’ll do anything to protect—including going into hiding. With her identity stripped and her life changed, Emma questions her choices and retreats from Reece. The hero of LA is broken and searching for answers, and everything hangs in the balance.

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bloodlinesBLOODLINES: BOOK 3 OF THE WILDLANDS by S A Hoag

Learning the truth about the Altered, and the legacy of The Vista, is the first priority of Team Three. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.
Loyalty has its price. So does revenge. Someone has to pay.
A post-apocalyptic action adventure!
The Wildblood Series
No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.
Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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nero awakeningNERO AWAKENING (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 3) by Keary Taylor

The Bahiri are real and Nova has found them hidden away on an invisible planet. With their help, she’s finally ready to accept what she is: a Nero. She has to train, to learn how to use her abilities, and she’s got years’ worth of catching up to do. Desperate, she’ll push herself—possibly beyond her limits.

But learning how to use her abilities not only awakens her capability to control Neron, but her power to see the future. Going to sleep is a nightmare and heaven, all in the same breath. Her future hasn’t changed—it’s still with Valen Nero, standing and ruling by his side. Every morning she wakes, gutted and alone. Her visions of the love between them aren’t real. At least…not yet.

Nova is losing her mind. Her heart is fractured, and conflicted into knots. How is she supposed to let him go, to walk away from the galaxy’s second cruelest man, when she knows what kind of love they could have?

The time for a choice has come: stay on Salypso where it’s safe, where Cyrillius will never find her. Or take what she has learned as a Nero and try to change her future, and that of the galaxy.

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call the bluffCALL THE BLUFF (ACES HIGH, JOKERS WILD BOOK 2) by O E Tearman

It costs a lot to win. And even more to lose.
Seven Corporations rule the former United States with seven codes of conduct based on their ideas of morality. Comply with the code of the Corporation that holds your Citizen Contract, or suffer the economic consequences.
Or fight back.
For sixty years the Democratic State Force has been fighting to return representative democracy to the country. Living in the no man’s lands between cities and hanging on by their fingernails, the thinly spread guerrilla force hasn’t gotten far. But they have a secret weapon: their finest unit, Base 1407. Handle: The Wildcards.
Pulled together after disaster by Commander Aidan Headly, the Wildcards are on top of their game again. They’d better be. They’ve just been called to act as backup in a mission bigger than anything the Force has attempted before. The team that went in first is probably dead.If they pull their mission off, everything will change.If they don’t, they’ll be lucky to survive the year.
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kragynKRAGYN (FARSEEK WARRIORS SERIES BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake

The war was over, yet the Sargans came and bombed his world to ruinThey stole his life by making him a slave, but Kragyn Vermaktu was no slave!
He was a Farseek Warrior. His rebellion landed him on Julconi Prison Planet…
No guards, no rules…

A place where strength meant survival…Stolen from Earth, sold as a slave Reanne Winter is forced to kill or be killed…
Earning her a one-way trip to Julconi…
Terrified by a mob of males outside the gate, she was sure she would be raped and killed before the day ended…

Enter Kragyn…He calls her solmatu and offers to get her to safety.
A shock of attraction flashes between them as soon as they touch…
She knows she won’t get a better offer.
Can the passion that burns between them grow into the legendary solmatu bond?
Or is it just a symbiotic relationship born of the need to survive?

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instructing the noviceINSTRUCTING THE NOVICE (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Lizabeth Paige is mortified. Ever since a terrorist introduced the Xi-46 lust compound into the air ducts of the Mother Ship, she had been experiencing attacks of sexual needing that leave her helpless to resist her lustful urges. Much to her embarrassment, her assistant Lone helped her with the first attack, but she’s been managing on her own (though not very well) ever since. She feels drawn to Lone, but he’s much too young for her. Lizabeth tells herself it’s better if they keep their distance.

Lone has been in love with his boss from day one–he wants Lizabeth with his whole heart. Helping her through her first needing attack was like a fantasy come true but now, for some reason, Lizabeth is trying to cut him out of her life. Desperate to bring her closer, he is elated when the Kindred High Council decides to send the two of them to The Tower of the Higher Mind for some extra training.

But there are dangers lurking at the Tower, which is located at the top of the Sacred Mountain. At its base live the Friezens—a tribe of savage, misogynistic natives who believe women are only useful for sexual-sacrifice. And in the Tower itself,
some very strange customs hold sway. Lizabeth is now a “Mistress” and Lone must be her “Novice,” serving her in every possible way. Pulled between two extremes, will the terrors of the Tower draw them together…or kill them?

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nikkis guideNIKKI’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (DOOMSDAY DAVE 1) by Sarah Bale

When the apocalypse began, the world went to shit. My perfect life crumbled into a million pieces and I was literally left at the altar while my groom joined the Dead. That was the first time I saw HIM. He burst through the double doors, guns blazing, and shot my fiancé right between the eyes. I hated him right away.

Things haven’t got much better in the last few years. Seems like wherever I go, HE is there, like dog crap on the bottom of my shoe. Sure, he’s saved my ass a time or two, but that doesn’t mean I like it. Except, I kind of dolike it… and him. When we encounter a new group, ready to take charge, I have to lean on the last person in the world I want to.

He’s arrogant. He’s a dick. He’s egotistical. He’s kind of sexy. He’s Doomsday Dave. And now I have to deal with him and his annoying squad.

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never blamedNEVER BLAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 1) by Sabrina Kade

Abducted and living with an old, lonely alien was never Hollis’ plan, but the routine and security sure beat the crazy world outside. So, each day she survives. She stays safe. And that seemed like enough—right up until the moment a sexy, quirky alien literally crashes into her life.

Born into wealth, but not happiness, Chimase refuses to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps—so when he sees Hollis, he’s determined to make her his mate, even though she’s human. Worse, she already belongs to another and seems resigned to her fate. But Chimase knows they belong together, despite their differences.

And Chimase is about to show Hollis that just because she’s alive, doesn’t mean she’s living.

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summoned to the 13th graveSUMMONED TO THE THIRTEENTH GRAVE: A NOVEL (CHARLEY DAVIDSON SERIES BOOK 13) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart?

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succubus heartSUCCUBUS HEART (SUCCUBUS SIRENS BOOK 2) by Lina Jubilee

Her aura takes powers away. Ally or foe, no Natch or Nelian elf can rely on their supernatural strengths in the proximity of the Nelian princess. Superpowered battles devolve into pandemonium when she enters the fray.

The only elf in her planet’s history to have nullification powers, Alanna felt an outcast in her own village, but she knew she could always rely on her brother, the king of Nelia, and Xerxes, his best friend, to make her smile. Certain she would wed Xerxes one day, her heart was shattered when Xerxes led a coup against her brother, determined to take over the strange human-populated planet called Earth in his own way.

With her brother back in power, Alanna exiles herself to Earth, alone—until she finds herself the target of a band of underground Natch rebels wary about her brother’s hold over the planet. Now she has four Natch men lusting after her, despite the fact that they lose all hope of winning in their crusade whenever she’s near. And though her lust has only ever led her to heartbreak, Alanna can’t stop herself from falling for each and every hot-blooded member of the maverick team.

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shade of vampire 70A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 70: BREED OF ELEMENTS by Bella Forrest

Exploding fire fae. Rogue Hermessi. A smattering of murderous cults.
Where will this story lead?

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spartan promiseSPARTAN PROMISE (MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES SPINOFF BOOK 2) by Jennifer Estep

My name is Rory Forseti, and I attend the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy, a school of warrior kids, powerful artifacts, and mythological monsters.

I’m a student, a fierce Spartan warrior, and a member of Team Midgard, a group of kids and adults tasked with stopping the evil Reapers of Chaos. There is one Reaper I’m determined to hunt down above all others: Covington, the man who murdered my parents.

So when the Midgard gets a tip that Covington is going to try to steal a dangerous artifact, I’m ready to fight. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems, and the Reapers aren’t my only enemies.

I’ll have to use all my Spartan strength and skills to survive this. And even then, it might be my blood that gets spilled.

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jaguars secret babyTHE JAGUAR’S SECRET BABY (TALES OF THE WERE: JAGUAR ISLAND BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

Hank has never forgotten the wild woman with whom he spent one memorable night. He’s dreamed of her for years, but has never been back to the small airport in Texas owned and run by her werewolf Pack. Tracy was left with a delicious memory of her night in Hank’s arms, and a beautiful baby girl who is the light of her life. She chose not to tell Hank about his daughter, but when he finally returns and he discovers the daughter he’s never known, he’ll do all he can to set things right.

Tracy wants to be wanted for herself and won’t settle for less. Hank realizes he’s been a stupid fool and the woman he’s never been able to forget is actually his mate. He’s just been too stubborn to admit it. He will need to prove his devotion before his werewolf mate will relent and give in to the attraction that has never faded. He just needs to find the right words and actions to make her understand and win her heart all over again.

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gilded wolvesTHE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

VS Note: Listed as a YA, not a romance but of note this week.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

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illusion of deathILLUSION OF DEATH (CRYSTAL CLEAR BOOK 2) by Lana Kole

Falling to your death…
Walker, Kai, Remi and Levi are finally reunited, their team once again whole. It should be a time of celebration, but they must first conquer their greatest fear: a world without Mori. Working together, they are prepared to overcome any obstacle to return her to their side. Little do they know, an enemy has emerged, threatening the love of their life, and magekynd as a whole.

Black Cat Security has fallen, and Jareth and Selena are desperate for help to continue doing the good work. Mori and her team must come together in order to outwit new enemies, and break down and rebuild the barriers magekynd has erected in their way.

….is a lot like falling in love.
Amongst the chaos around her, Mori must acclimate to life with four potential lovers. Can Mori’s dreams finally come true now that Walker is free? With a looming darkness threatening to break their growing bond, Mori has no choice but to hit the ground running.

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winter takes allWINTER TAKES ALL (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 13) by Milly Taiden

Where’s a curvy girl with a love of snowy mountains and cold, crisp air to find a man who’ll light her fire? Gerri Wilder knows just the place and most certainly the right shifter. Promising a guy with warm hands and a hot body to keep Juliet Taylor cozy on those long Alaskan nights, the sexy scientist has to wonder if the renowned matchmaker’s idea of a hot date will waddle up to her door wearing a tuxedo made of feathers.

Leaving home after a heart-wrenching tragedy, Tevrik Awulf has stayed hidden away in the most remote corner of Alaska for nearly fifteen years. Guilt, loneliness, and snow his only companions, he refuses to believe that any woman would ever live in a shack in the middle of the frozen tundra, let alone that the mate for him will fall out of the sky. Obviously, his friend’s had way too much caffeine.

Threatened by an avalanche, Tevrik finds himself catching the most gorgeous woman he’s ever laid eyes on as she falls right out of the sky. With every hour that passes, Juliet sinks deeper into his soul and becomes part of his very existence until he’s wonders how he ever lived without her. The world stops when Juliet goes missing. With the need to find, protect and tear apart whoever has taken her, Tevrik’s suppressed alpha roars to life. Can this lonely warrior let go of the past that haunts him or will he lose the only woman who can give him a future worth living?

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wishes in a bottleWISHES IN A BOTTLE (WISHES AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Allie McCormack

Long ago, Julian DiConti was caught in a powerful spell binding him to a Djinn bottle, forced to grant wishes to each owner of his bottle. Three wishes… of the right kind… could free Julian of his bonds, but after six hundred years, he is beginning to wonder if he will be trapped as a Djinn forever.

Enter Alessandra Taylor, good Samaritan extraordinaire. She’d gladly free Julian from the spell if she could, but he isn’t allowed to tell her how, and one by one she’s driven to use the precious wishes to help others. But where will that leave Julian, and the growing love between them?

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the choiceTHE CHOICE by Addison Albright

As a freshly turned vampire, Neil had frozen in panic when he’d found himself face-to-face with his ex-boyfriend, Cameron. Neil thought that misstep and its associated danger was all in the past, but Cameron’s current boyfriend, Dennis, is like a dog with a bone, and a keen imagination. When the two men’s curiosity progresses to the point the vampires consider their secrecy to be endangered, choices must be made.

Now that faction-leader Albert has a blood-mate, he finds himself second-guessing his decisions. Neil would be crushed knowing his mistake led to human deaths, but Albert shouldn’t factor that into the difficult choices he must make. Will Albert’s indecision put the entire vampire establishment in danger? Or is redemption only a flamethrower away?

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bearly hanging onBEARLY HANGING ON (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 3) by Krystal Shannon

Owen’s become an outcast for losing his Tribe… and that label is enough to prevent him from claiming his mate under pain of death. Tara won’t understand that he’s a bear, anyway. She’ll be scared. She’ll run away. So he keeps his distance…for now…

But Tara’s being hunted by a group of guys who act more like a pack– because they are. Wolf shifters are nothing to joke about, and once they attack Owen can’t stay away any longer.

Owen is large. Untamed. And damn, he’s good in bed. The connection they have is deep and undeniable, the lust they have for each other something primal.

Yet the wolves are still lurking– they’re out for revenge, and they won’t stop until they have Tara. If Owen wants Tara as his mate, he’ll have to fight to the death to keep her.

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lost vampire princeTHE LOST VAMPIRE PRINCE (EVIL RISING BOOK 1) by Melody Raven

Nicolas is the embodiment of royalty. Strong. Powerful. Deadly. The only thing he’s missing is his throne.

Decades ago a vampire mutiny murdered his father and forced him into hiding, but all that is about to change. A mortal woman smart enough to learn the truth about him and naive enough to trust him is the perfect pawn to sneak him back into the monarchy.

Nothing is going to stop Nicolas from getting what is rightfully his. Not lust. Not love. And not Anna. At least that’s what he thinks.

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vampire villainTHE VAMPIRE VILLAIN (EVIL RISING BOOK 2) by Melody Raven

Marcus might look like an angel, but he’s always been a villain. So when he’s tasked with infiltrating the Vampire rebellion he doesn’t expect it to be complicated. But his plans might take on a new path as he grows closer to a mortal, who can’t–or won’t–die.

After Gena is brutally murdered and mysteriously resurrected, she sets out to discover the truth about her supernatural background. But when she crosses paths with the sexy and vengeful Marcus, she realizes that there is more to her past than she ever realized.

With time running out, Gena and Marcus search for answers to her past, while going head-to-head with their enemies. Will it end the same way it began–with Gena’s death?

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alpha audrey fayeALPHA (GHOST MOUNTAIN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Audrey Faye

Hayden Scott doesn’t know his stroll in the woods is going to start with a backpack full of watermelon and end with him the new alpha of the Ghost Mountain Pack. A very traumatized pack, and those are only the shifters he can see. Too many are missing, hiding in the woods or worse.

His wolf doesn’t care. He has a pack. One with maple-syrup-covered toddlers, a ten-year-old boy who smells like wolf right up until he shifts, and a brave woman with green eyes and serious trust problems who defended her pup with nothing more than a tree branch and sheer guts.

The walk ahead won’t be easy, but he has a list.
Burn down the den.
Deal with the evil still stalking the woods.
Call Mom.

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dragon villains preyTHE DRAGON VILLAIN’S PREY (SEPARATED BY TIME BOOK 8) by Jasmine Wylder

I’m normal.
Or so everyone thinks.
Because I don’t want the attention that comes with being special.

Then I’m kidnapped.
I know it’s a mistake.
But Ivan doesn’t release me.
If only I can change his mind…
And ignore the feelings he awakens in me.

Ivan is unlike anyone I’ve ever met…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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destined fire tessa coleDESTINED FIRE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 3) by Tessa Cole

It used to be easy to pass as human beat cop Essie Shaw. Lay low, don’t draw too much attention. Now I’m hiding in plain sight, working for the JP, praying my teammates won’t notice my non-human magical quirks and figure out I’m a nephilim.

As the magic clawing within me threatens to reveal me, my complicated emotional bond with the team grows: Gideon, whose cold, professional distance cuts me; Jacob, whose mixed messages confuse me; Kol, whose friendship warms me; and Marcus, whose wolf could turn on me.

Thanks to the messy public disasters we’ve barely survived, the Head Office sends in the big guns: Cassius, who’d love nothing more than to rip his brother Gideon’s mating brand from my arm and kick me off the team.

So, no pressure in cracking a ring of vicious magical drug smugglers. But when things go sideways, my magic threatens to expose my secret and cost me the only place where I’ve ever belonged. With the men my very bones tell me are mine.

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spirit keyTHE SPIRIT KEY (LOCK AND KEY BOOK 1) by Parker Williams

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.

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bearly mated to the grizzlyBEARLY MATED TO THE GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 2) by Jenika Snow

I’d once been a great dancer. A ballerina. But an injury ended my career, had me longing to go back in time, had me loathing the city and the very profession I’d once loved.

So, I decided to get away from it all, go out in the middle of nowhere to clear my head, and focus on what was important.

Things were going great until a bear was at my back door, trying to get in. And it ended with me wielding a knife for protection and realizing it wasn’t just any bear, but a shifter who claimed to be my mate.

Maddix.
Strong and powerful, his very presence had me questioning my entire existence. The mating was fast and furious, potent and real. It was everything I ever wanted, and everything I never thought I’d have.

It was all wrapped in one whirlwind, insta-lust experience.

But could I give myself over fully to Maddix? Could I truly leave the city and the life I’d always known behind?

Could I do it all for the promise of love from one possessive, territorial bear shifter who would do anything to make me happy?

Because if there was one thing Maddix made very clear, it was now that he had found me, he wasn’t letting me go.

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poppy vella dayPOPPY: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 1) by Vella Day

Poppy has one goal–not to use her goddess magic for two weeks. How hard can it be?
Poppy Faiten, one of the four goddesses of Fate, was stoked to leave town and pretend to be a human for two weeks. The lack of responsibility thrilled her–until Slade LaMont walked into the diner where she was working. Holy moly. Waves of lust and yearning swamped her. But how could that be? A goddess of Fate was supposed to help other mates stay together, not have one herself. But here he was, so thank you, Fate. This dragon shifter was out of this world hot–and she was determined to land him.

Slade took one look at Poppy and fell into instant lust. It didn’t matter his dragon was convinced she was the one for him. He didn’t believe in mates. Besides, he didn’t have time for one. He had a hotel to build–a hotel that might make Poppy walk away.

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valiant heartVALIANT HEART (TANAHR TALES BOOK 1) by Eliza Sinclair

Niamh Starsong may be a soldier to her core, but she is also a dreamer who believes in the magic of love. When she encounters Jeron Wright, a kind and gentle priest—at least that is what she assumes—Niamh is torn, struggling to hide from her feelings for a man so wholly out of her reach.

Jeron, a talented mechmage and healer, seeks out Niamh’s solemn smiles and warm conversation but doesn’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. Tragedy strikes their expedition’s encampment and Jeron saves Niamh from the brink of death, forging a powerful, heart-to-heart bond in the process.

As insidious dangers close in on the city of Astra, Jeron and Niamh must again risk their lives for Tanahr and discover along the way how the powerful magic of friendship can blossom into love.

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spellboundSPELLBOUND by Maggie Shayne

VS Note: Apparently a re-release

From the first time she touched Alex, she knew…
Melissa’s attraction to her new boss is immediate and irresistible. But so is her sense that he’s fighting an otherworldly battle, and needs her help to survive.

Her dreams never lie…And in those dreams, a man who looks a lot like Alex murders a woman who looks a lot like Melissa. To help him means putting herself in danger. To turn away means safety for her, but his very soul is at risk.

What they don’t know might kill them…A powerful evil from beyond the grave seeks to steal Alex’s life, and will take Melissa’s too, if she gets in the way.
Is the power of love stronger than the power of evil? 

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haunted gena showalterHAUNTED by Gena Showalter

VS Note: A re-release from 2012.

Artist Aurora Harper is convinced she’s witnessed a crime—a murder so brutal she’s repressed the memories, only to paint the scene by the light of the moon. Now she needs her new neighbor, Detective Levi Reid, to help her track down the victim—and the killer. Levi’s dealing with his own memory issues, but one thing he knows for sure: Harper is meant to be his, and nothing can take her away from him—not in this life…and not in death.

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dragon claimed donna grantDRAGON CLAIMED: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe.

Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons.

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marked s andrew swannMARKED by S Andrew Swann

VS note: Not sure there’s any romance but the premise sounds intriguing.

Detective Dana Rohan has an excellent arrest and conviction rate. But even her partner doesn’t know the real reason why.

All her life Dana has borne a Mark of unknown origin that she’s kept secret. A Mark that allows her to walk into alternate pasts and futures. A Mark that allows her to go back and see any crime as it’s being committed. But the life she’s carefully built around this secret ability begins to crumble when she’s assaulted by a ragged old man. He babbles an incoherent warning that “the Shadows are coming,” right before he is killed by an armored monstrosity out of another century. The armored attacker vanishes, leaving the old man to die in Dana’s arms, and she realizes that he bears the same Mark she does.

Soon Dana finds herself hunted by Shadows coming from out of Chaos. She must flee through a host of alternate worlds as she finds out the true meaning of the Mark on her skin, and why someone wants to kill her for it.

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captive shifterVS Note: I’m going to feature something different from my backlist this week – my fantasy romance THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER. This is a standalone novel but I do plan to write a sequel and more books in the series. I have a TON of stories I want to tell, set here. There’s just never enough time to do it all!

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 9

January 2

December 26

December 19

December 12

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

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

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

Hailed as a Heroine Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt –  I’ve skipped ahead a bit. Keshara gets Gabe to safety inside the abandoned animal den. He’s gravely injured and she does what she can to heal the wounds with her special but limited powers. Now she’s debating her next move. The Great Mother is the Badari goddess.

Perhaps tomorrow when the storm broke he could hobble toward the Retreat with her help. They’d meet the forces sent to capture her and maybe this man’s origin would be intriguing enough to entice her pursuers to take him back for complete healing. Keshara pondered whether this was why she’d been so consumed by the need to escape the Retreat. Was the Great Mother’s will not that she go explore the world and learn truth, but rather to place her here to assist this Gabe?

Gray disappointment moved through her mind. She’d been so excited about undertaking her escape from the Retreat and venturing into the unknown, so hopeful she’d discover untold marvels. Prove the Director wrong in her insistence they must totally avoid exposure to the other residents of the planet – maybe lead her sisters into an unbounded future beyond the Retreat someday. Be hailed as a heroine. Keshara couldn’t hold back a rueful smile at the egotistical thought but it was true. Taking Gabe to be healed and surrendering herself to achieve the goal was a bitter pill to swallow after the glory of independence. She harbored no illusions—punishment would be severe and sustained.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 9

touch of eonAs 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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TOUCH OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: I’m always one clicking on anything new from Anna H!

Special Forces Space Marine Lara Traynor wants to save her sister and her planet from annihilation by the deadly insectoid Kantos. Earth’s Space Corps give her one option: steal three gems sacred to the Eon Warriors. Lara has never failed a mission and she doesn’t plan to start now. What she doesn’t expect is the big, hard-bodied warrior the Eon sent to stop her.

Security Commander Caze Vann-Jad was born and raised to be the best Eon warrior in the empire. Honed by the military academy, his years as a stealth agent, and by his hard warrior father, he has never failed. He knows one weak, inferior Terran is no match for him. But when he finds himself face to face with the tough, skilled Lara, he realizes he’s underestimated the female warrior.

When they are attacked by a Kantos kill squad, it soon becomes clear that the Kantos are planning something far darker and dangerous. Caze and Lara are forced to change their dangerous battle of wits and skill into a fierce battle for survival. Neither of these fighters believe in love, but on the trail of a stolen gem, they will ignite an unstoppable desire, and discover that not only are their lives at stake, but their hearts as well.

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snow michelle m pillowSNOW: A QURILIXEN WORLD NOVELLA: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY  (GALAXY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Tushar (aka Snow Chaos) knows there is little chance of finding a wife on his ice-ball of a home planet. Few can survive the subzero temperatures. When Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides offers to introduce them to women eager for love, he and his brothers can’t resist, but Earth is far from welcoming.

He knows he should focus on getting home, but all he can think about is laying claim to the sexy scientist who works for the bad guys.

Jennifer works for the Milano Foundation in an attempt to undermine their efforts. When Snow and his brothers land, it’s like a dream come true for her diabolical alien-kidnapping coworkers. Now she has to make a choice–keep her cover, or betray a dangerous corporation to save the alien she’s falling in love with.

Snow might be a blue humanoid from another planet, but life with him might be worth the risk.

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sardaSARDA: A NOVELLA OF THE LADYSHIPS by Bex McLynn

Lady Vedma wakes on an unknown spaceship with a tattooed mystery man beside her. There’s a dead alien on the deck and empty cryo-bins nearby. When her bunkmate rouses, Vedma recognizes him. Just her luck, he’s the one man who can ruin her plans, but only if he can capture her hardened heart.

Dyr’s head throbs. Waking from cryo-sleep and getting kidnapped is bad enough. Add in Lady Vedma, the anathema of the Teras Dominion, and few things could be worse. But try telling that to his battered and aroused body—or his aching heart.

Left on a derelict ship in the outer reaches of known space, Vedma and Dyr must rescue each other before their kidnappers return and jeopardize their precious future.

Sarda is a prequel novella in The Ladyships series.

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alien awakening regine abelALIEN AWAKENING (SIKARIAN NOVELLA) by Regine Abel

After contracting a strange virus that strikes only a fraction of the population, Malaika is ushered to a quarantine facility. The luckier patients are released to resume their normal lives, but with growing signs of mutation in her body, Malaika already knows she won’t be going home. What will become of her? Who is that mysterious hooded man with the glowing eyes? And why does she feel so strongly drawn to him?

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going rogueGOING ROGUE by Kass Barrow

VS Note: From November

Inside every human on this planet is a genetic time bomb that’s already started ticking. A gene planted inside of us seven million years ago by a being known as the Caretaker has mutated causing many of today’s common disorders, first in the brain and then in other less complex organs. Next it will spread to the reproductive system, leading to the eventual annihilation of mankind.

The only one who can save us is the Caretaker’s son.

From a race of near-immortal asexuals, the Caretaker’s son must adopt human form to fulfil his mission and save our race. Having studied humans from afar all of his life, the Caretaker’s son is excited at the prospect of his brief visit to Earth, but once in human form he is subjected to the full gamut of human emotions—something he is ill-equipped to cope with—and that’s when things start to unravel.

He isn’t meant to fall in love.
Especially not with a human male.

Blake Denby doesn’t believe in extra-terrestrials. He believes in hot sex and pizza, followed by more hot sex. When an intriguing stranger turns up at the hotel where he works as receptionist, all he can think about is sharing hot sex, pizza and more hot sex with the gorgeous boy with the piercing blue eyes.

They say be careful what you wish for, but never has it been more true. The Caretaker’s son can only maintain his transient human form for a limited time and then he must return home. As his and Blake’s lives become inexorably entangled, their growing attraction to each other can surely only lead to heartbreak and could ultimately affect the survival of the entire human race.

Can love find a way against such odds?

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alpha bondsALPHA BONDS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 2) by Milana Jacks

Cyan – One second, I’m battling an overgrown hedge with a pair of clippers. The next, I’m running for my life, positive I’ve stumbled onto a prank reality show set, complete with a towering, red-haired guy in costume who throws me over his shoulder like I weigh nothing—I’m a big girl, never been thin.

Half of me is horrified to find out I’ve somehow been transported to an alien planet. The other half would sure like to explore the masterpiece of muscle under that armor.

Kinre – Horde life is simple. Hunt the enemy, kill the enemy. But after Loven broke the law by bonding an Omega meant for the king, life got real complicated. Instead of exterminating Telean rebels, I’m playing nice to recruit them for Loven’s stupid rebellion.

Then I make a big mistake. Huge. I rescue a helpless human, only to discover this curvy, tempting morsel is an Omega about to send me into a rut. Fleeing the Telean ship and returning her to the Horde stronghold means abandoning the Telean alliance—and destroying everything we’ve risked our lives for.

I should nip this desire in the bud, but it’s grown beyond my control.

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ascension saga 6ASCENSION SAGA 6 (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ASCENSION SAGA) by Grace Goodwin

The traitor within the Jax household has been found, and the repercussions are staggering, with Faith barely surviving and their mating destroyed. But Faith has always been unpredictable—just ask her sisters— and nothing will stop her from getting what she wants…and she wants Thor. Even if it kills her.

Amazon     Apple Books

ascension saga 7ASCENSION SAGA: 7 (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ASCENSION SAGA) by Grace Goodwin

Destiny Jones is a princess with a bad attitude. She doesn’t play nice with others, she doesn’t dress up in pretty clothes, and she has absolutely zero interest in behaving like a lady. Especially when she’s so close to catching the people who tried to have her killed. Oh, and kidnapped her mother, queen of the planet Alera. Destiny’s sex-starved body, and it’s annoying Aleran Ardor, might kill her if her enemies don’t find her first. But she’s not afraid to suffer, or risk her life to protect those she loves, but she’s terrified of risking her heart.

Vennix was trained to hunt and to kill from the shadows. After years of serving in the Hive wars as an elite member of the Coalition’s Shadow Unit, he returned home to fight for the one thing he believes in, honor. Dedicating his life to the queen’s guard was an easy decision—but watching the most beautiful woman he’s ever met repeatedly risk her life is about to drive him mad.

Because Destiny is his. His body awakened for her. And if his new mate thinks Nix will stand idly by as she suffers without his skillful lover’s touch, she is very, very mistaken.

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ascension saga 8ASCENSION SAGA: 8 (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ASCENSION SAGA) by Grace Goodwin

Destiny has a problem—a six-foot-three, stubborn, gorgeous, deadly, sex-on-a-stick—kind of problem. While her brain might want to kick his ass across the galaxy, the rest of her wants to jump him like a bouncy house.

Ardor or not, she’s hunting a killer. Nix is going all protective, alpha male, claiming she’s his mate just because she had a few mind-blowing moments in his bed. And she’s trapped deep undercover in the most dangerous place on the planet. If anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be dead. But if she gives up now, her mother will be lost forever.

And Nix is about to find out Destiny’s dirty little secret…she’s even more stubborn than he is.

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i am the stormI AM THE STORM (PSIONICS BOOK 1) by Tash McAdam

VS Note: From December

Keep your head down. Don’t look anyone in the eye. Never even think about technology if one of those ghostly, grey cars is sliding silently down the road. They’ll see the thoughts inside you, if you let them.

Sam’s a technopath, able to control electronic signals and manipulate technology with his mind. And so, ever since childhood, his life has been a carefully constructed web of lies, meant to keep his Talent hidden, his powers a secret. But the Institute wants those unusual powers, and will do anything to get a hold of him and turn him into one of their mindless slaves.

Sam slips up once. Just once, but that’s enough. Now the Institute is after him in full force. Soldiers, telekinetics, and mind readers, all gunning just for him.

Newly qualified soldier, Serena, doesn’t even know she’s chasing a person, all she knows is that she has to find whatever the Institute is after before they do. But tracking an unknown entity through an unfamiliar city, with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? Will she get to Sam before the Institute does? His special skills could provide the rebellion with an incredible advantage, but not if they can’t get out of the city, and over the huge wall that stands between them and freedom.

Amazon     Apple Books

exquisite possessionEXQUISITE POSSESSION (THE MACHINERY OF DESIRE BOOK 4) by Cari Silverwood

VS Note: As the author says: This is a dark romance and includes rough, kinky sexual scenes. If you don’t understand where dark stories can go, this might not be for you.

Blurb on ebook seller page…

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avelAVEL (MY SINGLE ALIEN SFR ADVENTURE BOOK 9) by Arcadia Shield

Avel has always had a chip on his broad shoulders. Not comfortable with his alien-human hybrid status, he’s never felt like he fits in. Humans think he’s odd and Dackins think he’s a weakling. He spends his days debt collecting and his nights drinking to forget.

Having spent a few weeks on Prodigy, Avel’s thinking this could make a decent home. Everyone’s more accepting of difference on the space station. Then Holly wanders into his life, with her big smile, killer curves, and amazing chocolate, and everything changes. Avel sees the chance for some fun, but Holly wants so much more.

Holly Lipinski’s life is all about chocolate. She’d bathe in the stuff if she could afford to. But Holly is terrible with money, and she desperately needs some if she’s ever going to get her chocolate store open. As a last resort, she turns to a Dackin moneylender. The interest rates aren’t great, but her credit rating is worse…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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claimed by the warlordCLAIMED BY THE WARLORD by Maddie Taylor

One people, divided by treachery and greed.
A fiery Warlord, as ruthless as he is honorable.
An ethereal Princess, as beautiful as she is loyal to her people.
Though as different as fire and ice, they are drawn together by an intensely intimate connection

This pair of unlikely lovers wields the power to mend the rift between their worlds, but an unknown entity wants her dead. Can he keep her safe while uncovering the insidious murderous threat? Or will it wrench them apart and bring their people to the brink of war, yet again.

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taking mercyTAKING MERCY: PLANET ATHION SERIES: PIONEER BOOK 1 by Angel Lawson

Mercy Ladd is a woman with a mission.

To help the pioneers women from earth as they acclimate to Athion after their home has been invaded by a dangerous enemy.

Mercy knew her life would change with this adventure, but she never expected how much. As she acclimates to her new life on Athion; three hardened, handsome soldiers do everything they can to protect her; body, mind and soul.

Can they also protect her heart?

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nova miranda maseyNOVA: THE CELESTION CHRONICLES by Miranda Masey

Life on the mining planet Ionope has never been easy for Melora, but it’s about to get a whole lot worse. She’s the next of a cruel racketeer’s girls to be auctioned off to one of the filthy miners, and each passing day tightens the noose she feels closing in around her. Desperate for escape and losing hope, the universe seems to answer her prayers with the arrival of a savior in the form of a seven-foot-tall blue alien warrior who decides to abduct her from Ionope for his own reasons. Now she has to resist the blaze that ignites every time he touches her, especially since she’s now meant to become his Emperor’s Bride.

Find a Bride for the Emperor or face permanent exile from his home. The choice is clear for the Celestion warrior Aldris, and as luck would have it, he’s found the perfect woman- until the mating bond locks into place and he realizes he’s found his fated mate. Now he must make a terrible choice: defy the laws of his beloved home planet Vassa IX and lose everything that makes him a Celestion, or ignore the bond entwining him with the one woman destined for him.

Either one could spell his end.

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krogas brideKROGA’S BRIDE: A SLICE OF LIFE SHORT STORY (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 5) by Michele Mills

One moment Melachine is crossing the street, and the next she’s crashing into the male of her dreams. He’s built like a warrior of old, with the most perfect lips imaginable. And he won’t let go. She stares up, up at him in awe, because she can see her unborn offspring in his harsh hazel eyes.

“I am Kroga of Seventy-Five,” he rasps. “Who is the manager of your line?”

Her eyes widen. Should she tell this male who she is, and allow him to offer for her hand? Or should she run away? Because, everyone knows Kroga is nothing but trouble.

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fate of sovereignFATE OF SOVEREIGN (SKY SERPENT CLAN BOOK 1) by Samantha Rose

VS Note: Listed as erotica

It seemed like a dream as spaceships invaded Auburn, Alabama. Skipping town with her best friend sounded like the safest thing to do, until she winds up all alone in the clutches of one of the invaders. Robyn didn’t think someone like her would get kidnapped, let alone by a overly handsome alien with beautiful navy blue scales and a snake tail. It was not on her list of things to do that morning as she got ready for work but plans changed.

Her captor was overly demanding and deliciously dominant but what else could you expect from a first sovereign of the sky serpent clan. He asked a lot from her, as she struggled to deny the growing feelings towards him. Then he offered her other males in his clan. Things grew hotter as she realized what he had to offer she had never craved more. She wanted them all.

However, she was not the only one capturing hearts of the males around her. Earth’s government is after them too. Robyn must help her mate and the males she wants to claim fight in order to keep his people alive, while she struggles to learn her new place amongst them. Falling in love had never been so easy or so hard.

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the coming stormTHE COMING STORM by Mark Alpert

VS Note: From the reviews this seems to have a lot of political themes. Definitely not a romance although there seems to be a possible romance going on, no idea if there’s an HEA. But a book of note this week.

New York City, 2023: Rising seas and superstorms have ravaged the land. Food and electricity are scarce. A dangerous Washington regime has terrorized the city, forcing the most vulnerable and defenseless people into the flood-ravaged neighborhoods. The new laws are enforced by an army of genetically enhanced soldiers, designed to be the fiercest and cruelest of killers. Genetic scientist Dr. Jenna Khan knows too much about how these super-soldiers were engineered: by altering the DNA sequence in ways that could change the fabric of humanity.

Escaping arrest and on the run, Jenna joins forces with a genetically enhanced soldier gone rogue and a Brooklyn gang kingpin to resist the government’s plan to manipulate the DNA of all Americans. The race is on to stop the evil experiment before it spreads the genetic changes…and transforms the human species forever.

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48 hours48 HOURS by William R Forstchen

VS Note: I loved his One Second After although I didn’t read the next two books in the series. I did buy this new one (which isn’t in that series) because he writes End of the World As We Know It pretty effectively and you know me – I love post apocalyptic tales. I don’t know if there’s any romantic element (there was a mild subtheme of a romance in One Second After).

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a “Carrington Event” that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

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warrior of the world jeffeWARRIOR OF THE WORLD (DASNARIA CHRONICLES BOOK THREE) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS NOTE: I love this entire fantasy world – the Twelve Kingdoms, The Uncharted Realms and this series – Jeffe has created and any new book set there is an auto-buy for me.

Once Ivariel thought elephants were fairy tales to amuse children. But her ice-encased childhood in Dasnaria’s imperial seraglio was lacking in freedom and justice.. With a new name and an assumed identity as a warrior priestess of Danu, the woman once called Princess Jenna is now a fraud and a fugitive. But as she learns the ways of the beasts and hones new uses for her dancer’s strength, she moves one day further from the memory of her brutal husband. Safe in hot, healing Nyambura, Ivariel holds a good man at arm’s length and trains for the day she’ll be hunted again.

She knows it’s coming. She’s not truly safe, not when her mind clouds with killing rage at unpredictable moments. Not when patient Ochieng’s dreams of a family frighten her to her bones. But it still comes as a shock to Ivariel when long-peaceful Nyambura comes under attack. Until her new people look to their warrior priestess and her elephants to lead them.

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apprentice sorceressTHE APPRENTICE SORCERESS (THE FAIRY TALES SERIES OF LYOND BOOK 2)  by E D Walker

A lady does not practice magic…Until now.

Lady Violette has done everything she can to be a perfect lady in waiting to the royal princess of Jerdun. She’s followed the princess halfway across the world and lived through a war. Now the princess is stranded in a foreign city as an enemy army draws near, and Violette is stranded with her.

As more refugees from the conflict pour into their city every day, tension mounts between various factions, and a strange powers begin to stir inside Violette. A magic that protects her, but also seems impossible to control. Magic is not a womanly art, after all, and if anyone should learn of Violette’s powers she could lose her standing in society, her reputation, perhaps even her place at the princess’s side.

The only one she trusts with her secret is Ned, an impish squire and fellow refugee from the war. Instead of being repulsed by her powers, Ned admires Violette. For her part, she can’t deny the attraction she feels for Ned, but he has secrets he refuses to share, a wall that he keeps up between them.

Still, Ned helps Violette finally master her powers, but even mastery has its price when an unscrupulous nobleman looks to use Violette for his own purposes. Torn between serving her princess and saving herself, Violette will have to decide how deep the bonds of loyalty run, and just how much she’s willing to sacrifice for her own happiness.

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forever brokenFOREVER BROKEN (TALON PACK BOOK 9) by Carrie Anne Ryan

Cheyenne Liles has watched all of her friends mate into the Talon Pack and have their lives changed forever, one by one. She’s stood back, helpless to assist in the war with a rival Pack. But just when she thinks her time with the Talons is over and believes she should move on with her human life, the Aspen Pack Alpha takes matters into his own hands, altering her fate far more than a single mate mark ever could.

Max Brentwood used to be the smiling one, the only Brentwood who was somehow able to save his soul during the last Alpha’s reign. But his life was irrevocably changed one fateful day on the battlefield, and he was never the same again. Suddenly, Max is forced to face his future and make a choice when Cheyenne comes into danger: let fate decide, or watch his world crumble around him.

The shifters of this world have fought demons, humans, and themselves. Now, it’s time to find out who they truly are as the war between the Packs ends, and the moon goddess finally takes a stand.

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prisoner of nightPRISONER OF NIGHT (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES) by J R Ward

When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.

Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.

Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

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knights of stone gavinKNIGHTS OF STONE: GAVIN (HIGHLAND GARGOYLES BOOK 7) by Lisa Carlisle

His brothers have all found mates.
Gavin won’t make that same mistake.
Why commit to one woman when so many lovely lassies come to their shows?
When he meets Fiona, he can’t keep away.
But, she’s human. Human.
And dangerous. She could expose the secrets of his clan. Gavin should run from her, but flirting with danger is far too tempting.

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shangrila spellSHANGRI-LA SPELL (OLD SCHOOL BOOK 8) by Jenny Schwartz

Olga Fisher is a dedicated 13OPS agent. She polices the supernatural. But how do you tell the good guys from the bad guys when a criminal mastermind has infiltrated the government and military? Who do you trust to go undercover with you to expose the villain and bring him to justice?

Former army captain Darius Selbourne is new to his powers of sorcery, but not to fighting evil. For him, the criminal mastermind’s activities have had devastating personal consequences.

Olga needs allies.
Darius wants revenge.
And the clock is ticking because the villain’s master plan is almost complete.

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in an absent dreamIN AN ABSENT DREAM (WAYWARD CHILDREN BOOK 4) by Seanan McGuire

VS Note: Not a romance but notable this week.

This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

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demon bornDEMON BORN (WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 5) by Christine Pope

Catalina Castillo should be happy in her renovated vineyard house, weaving intricate tapestries. But her nights echo with emptiness — until she hears her name whispered on the wind, and a man steps out from among the vines.

He’s tall, black-haired, a stranger — and then he shifts. He’s the Lord of Chaos, the demon who helped the Castillo clan defeat their arch-enemy. When she offers him shelter, she’s not sure if it’s family honor or her body talking.

After months of being stranded on Earth, Loc has finally found a warlock with the power to send him back to his own world. But the dark New Orleans spellcaster wants something in return. Cat is the key to capturing the prize, but as desire weaves its spell between them, Loc finds himself struggling with something he’s rarely bothered with…a conscience.

With the demon realm calling him home, their attraction can never be more than that. But when the warlock kidnaps Cat, Loc realizes what he stands to lose. If he doesn’t act fast, she won’t need her innate ability to talk to ghosts. Because she’ll be one of them herself.

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wings of the wickedWINGS OF THE WICKED by Various

Indulge in 25 breathtaking adventures of dangerous worlds where the lines blur between saints and sinners.

Come meet the creatures that fuel your every lust filled nightmare, where angels are not always encased in a light of righteousness and demons are not always dealing in all manner of debauchery. Where you might just end up rooting for the bad guy…

If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and thrilling temptations, you’ll love this urban fantasy and paranormal romance collection of twisted proportions in Wings of the Wicked.

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wicked king holly blackTHE WICKED KING (THE FOLK OF THE AIR BOOK TWO) by Holly Black

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
maimingMAIMING (TO TAME A SHIFTER BOOK 3) by A K Koonce

Nothing perfect ever lasts.

For the first time in my entire life, I’ve found a community that accepts me. The village of dragon shifters knows what it’s like to be different. These men care about me. And I care about them. I might even love them.

Among all that perfection, terror creeps in. It haunts this place during the night. Something dangerous, powerful, and deadly has found these innocent people.

And it wants me.

fire prophecyTHE FIRE PROPHECY (ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 1) by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades

Sophia-I’m Sophia Henley, your typical college freshman. I never expected a lion to be stalking me, nor for fire to come shooting out of my hands to protect my sister. Next thing I know, a drop-dead gorgeous guy shows up on my doorstep to sweep me away to a magical school, where I’ll learn to control my element and bond with a powerful creature called a Familiar.

I don’t believe I’m the savior of an ancient tribe, or the missing piece of a prophecy that’s more myth than reality. Worst of all, I’m forced to enter the Elemental Cup, where I’ll either earn my place in this society… or die trying.

Liam – The night I met Sophia, I didn’t think we’d form an undeniable connection. But I’m from the Water tribe, and she’s fire. I’m forced to push her away even as I’m falling for her.

I lost everything, yet Sophia makes me whole again. Our world is fixed on keeping us apart, but we’re in this tournament together. We have to keep each other alive at any cost— or I’ll give my life for hers.

It’s pretty clear. If I continue to play with fire, I’m going to get burned.

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heavens lossHEAVEN’S LOSS by Sable Hunter

Cowboys and Angels? Oh, hell yeah. A perfect combination.
Halos and Wings go perfectly with Stetsons and Spurs.
This is a lesson Big Canyon Brady will learn well.
The Tebow blacksmith hasn’t had it easy since losing his only child to cancer. Putting one boot ahead of the other is a day to day battle.
But…something keeps him going.
He didn’t know how to define that something until Seren stepped out of his dreams and into his arms. Skeptical at first, Canyon learns she is his own personal miracle, a ray of sunshine in a world of sadness and despair. They exist in a paradise of their own making until Seren makes a mistake which brings their whole world crashing down around them. Fallen from grace, she must learn to live without the only man who has ever been the center of her existence.
When their paths cross once more, Seren is determined to protect him by keeping her distance. This doesn’t work for long, for Canyon is inexorably drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
His touch tempts her like nothing else ever could and only their love can redeem them.
Dark clouds rise and fierce winds blow, but when the storms of life abate…
one great truth remains.
Heaven’s Loss is Canyon’s Gain.

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divine agentDIVINE AGENT (FALLEN REVELATIONS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin

I didn’t ask to be ‘special’ but no one gave me a choice. As the world ended and humanity retreated into underground bunkers to hide from Armageddon, I was forced into a role I’m scared I can’t fulfill.

Savior.

I’m surrounded by gorgeous and powerful men all seeking to protect me. A necroseer, a methuselah, an angel, a demon, four mages, and– best or worst of all– three of the Dragon Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Including their leader Tynan. They’re sexy, domineering, and all of them have one desire… me.

But will their protection be enough? The Shadow Forces looming in wait grow bolder with each passing day and the one thing all my guardians agree on– I’m not ready.

There’s no choice though. I have to be ready because if I fail, the entire world ends with me.

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tender distractionTENDER DISTRACTION by J Hali Steele

VS Note: From December

A near collision sidetracks two lives.

Cristophe Kingston hasn’t dated since… Okay, it’s been months. Hands in his pockets, he watches an endless line of revelers enter a club he frequents. Something, an odd chill, forces Crist to hurry away and he carelessly lurches into traffic.

Already late for a deadly assignation, Lex Torcher figures what the hell—a perfect diversion. Too many years on earth has Torch craving human touch. The stranger who steps in front of his bike will surely have gentle, soft hands, hands capable of performing what others never do.

Torch’s momentary distraction, his brief interlude, pits him against his boss culminating in an all-out battle for Crist as Torch’s employer is none other than—the Grim Reaper, an unpredictable and greedy monster!

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kissed at midnightKISSED AT MIDNIGHT (THE LOST ROYALS BOOK 1) by Ainsley Wynter

Princess Sidony of L’Ortagia serves as the queen’s hostess, leaving affairs of state to her sister Zara. During a masquerade ball, Sidony kisses a handsome stranger only to discover he’s Prince Adrian of Embury, a man with a fearsome reputation and the emissary sent to arrange her sister’s marriage. Worried her actions will damage the budding alliance, she convinces Adrian to forget the incident…even if she cannot.

Adrian roots out traitors in his uncle’s kingdom of Embury using his magical abilities. When he’s sent to arrange a wedding for his cousin, a kiss in the moonlight gives him a taste of what he’s been missing. Sidony is everything his life is not: laughter, warmth, and passion. But the king maintains an unbreakable hold over him, hiding his family in exchange for Adrian’s loyalty to the crown.

After Zara disappears on the eve of the royal wedding, Adrian’s orders are to stay and maintain the alliance with L’Ortagia. But Sidony’s effect on his powers and his heart becomes too strong to deny. When he has a chance to rescue his family and throw off his royal ties, will he take it, knowing he’ll have to leave Sidony? Or will the dark prince abandon his past to be with the one woman who brought his cold heart to life?

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devouring flameDEVOURING FLAME (DREAMSPUN BEYOND BOOK 35) by E J Russell

While cutting through the Interstices—the post-creation gap between realms—Smith, half-demon tech specialist for Enchanted Occasions Event Planning, spies the person he yearns for daily but dreads seeing again: the ifrit, Hashim of the Windrider clan.

On their one literally smoldering night together, Smith, stupidly besotted, revealed his true name—a demon’s greatest vulnerability. When Hashim didn’t return the favor, then split the next morning with no word? Message received, loud and clear: Thanks but no, thanks.

Although Hashim had burned to return Smith’s trust, it was impossible. The wizard who conjured him holds his true name in secret, and unless Hashim discovers it, he’ll never be free.

When their attraction sparks once more, the two unite to search for Hashim’s hidden name—which would be a hell of a lot easier if they didn’t have to contend with a convention full of food-crazed vampires on the one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood.

But if they fail, Hashim will be doomed to eternal slavery, and their reignited love will collapse in the ashes.

Luckily Smith is the guy who gets shit done. And Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.

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knightfallKNIGHTFALL (TANGLED CROWNS BOOK 1) by Anne Denton

Want to kill my sister? You’ll have to go through me first.
I will stop you. Even if it means I have to go back to the palace. Even if it means I have to take back the crown I left behind. Even if it means I have to face the four men I left at the altar. I will take on them and their anger. I will take on anything to save Avia.
Because the kingdom needs her.
The kingdom needs a good queen.
Not a cursed one. Not me.
If I can’t save her, then the kingdom will fall. Because I can’t rule.
I’m a walking death sentence for anyone who gets too close.

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rogue wolfROGUE WOLF by Kathryn Kohler

Holly Winters is the aging spinster at her baby sister’s wedding.
Old maid.
Reject.
Why didn’t she bring a date to the week-long affair?
Provoked by an old nemesis, she further humiliates herself by claiming her date is on his way.
Ugh, can she weave a more tangled web?

Chase Stone never thought he’d see Holly again.
Not after walking out on her ten years ago.
He never stopped loving her, but his priority is her safety.
Especially from him.

To rescue her from embarrassment, Chase claims to be Holly’s date.
Awkward.
But, when old feelings return, will they get a second chance?
Or, will the cruel hand of fate deal them more pain and heartache?

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pegasus marshals mateTHE PEGASUS MARSHAL’S MATE (U S MARSHAL SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Tiffani’s first marriage was a disaster. And now her first day of her new life as a court reporter has involved a jackass judge, a bomb threat…and a sexy silver fox of a US Marshal. One who tempts Tiffani to give up her new determination to prove she doesn’t need a man. But if she’s going to show everyone she’s more than just air-headed arm-candy, she can’t just fall into those gorgeous, muscled arms…right?

Pegasus shifter Martin thought he’d never find his mate. After losing his wife, he gave up on love entirely. But one look at Tiffani and he knows he needs this smart, funny, gorgeous woman. All he wants is to give her the romance she deserves—and the protection she just might need.

Between the trial of the century, petty dictator bosses, and a senior citizen flash mob, Tiffani and Martin will have to steal time for their second chance at love. But who better than a pegasus shifter to sweep a woman off her feet?

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no man can tameNO MAN CAN TAME (DARK-ELVES OF NIGHT BLOOM BOOK 1) by Miranda Honfleur

After a failed courtship in an ally kingdom, twenty-one-year-old Princess Alessandra returns home to a land torn apart by mutual hatred between the humans and the dark-elves. The “Beast Princess,” as Aless is known by courtiers, confidently sets her mind to ways of making peace, but her father has already decided for her: she is to marry one of the mysterious and monstrous dark-elves to forge a treaty, and go on a Royal Progress across the kingdom to flaunt their harmonious union. While she intends to preserve the peace, the Beast Princess has plans of her own.

Prince Veron has been raised knowing his life is not his own, but to be bargained away by his mother, the queen of Nozva Rozkveta, to strengthen the dark-elf queendom. When his mother tells him he is to marry a self-absorbed, vile human, he is determined to do his duty regardless of his personal feelings. After arriving at the human capital, he finds the “Beast Princess” rebellious and untamed—and not to be trusted.

Aless and Veron face opposition at every turn, with humans and dark-elves alike opposing the union violently, as well as their own feelings of dissonance toward each other. Can two people from cultures that despise one another fall in love? Can a marriage between them bond two opposing worlds together, or will it tear them apart for good?

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guardian dragonGUARDIAN DRAGON (COUNCIL OF SEVEN) by Juniper Hart

Briar Baker has spent her entire life trying to do what is right, but fate has other things in store for her. Briar can’t seem to escape the darkness that has followed her from early childhood.
It doesn’t help matters that her brother, Colton, is silently working against her. His latest heist against the wrong beings is about to blow up in Briar’s oblivious face.

Alec Petlier has always been renowned for his level-headed nature. After an unexpected robbery, Alec is ready to let the Council of Seven deal with the repercussions. However, his demon councilmate, Raven, won’t let it go until she gets her revenge.

What Alec could have never anticipated is that his role is about to change from hunter to protector.

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to redeem a bearTO REDEEM A BEAR (LUMBERJACK BEARS BOOK 5) by Emilia Hartley

Orion knows he’s losing the battle to control his bear. It’s only a matter of time before he’s so far gone that one of his friends feels obliged to put him down like a well-loved but rabid dog.

That’s partly why he welcomes the sexy shifter from the Den who shows up with a silver-bullet with his name on it. Orion figures this will be the perfect end–he’ll have a bit of fun with this Anais and then stop complicating everyone’s life.

He doesn’t count on the would-be assassin being his mate, a woman with complications of her own who is less and less willing to kill him the more time they spend together.

Can two broken bears find wholeness together?
Or is this a match doomed to fail?

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their shadow queenTHEIR SHADOW QUEEN (THE SHADOW COURT HAREM BOOK 1) by Kim Loraine

I am the queen of the Shadow Court.
More powerful than any before me.
Destined to do great things.
And a pawn in a royal game I don’t want to play.

The problem is, I’ve spent the last twenty-one years thinking I was human. Now I’m surrounded by fae who say they want to help me but I don’t know who to trust.

With powers I don’t understand, I’m unsure if I can rule. I’ll have to rely on the two men who’ve been by my side since before this began. I have to claim the crown or renounce my title, but my fate was sealed without my consent and now I have to marry a prince I’ve never met. He’s supposed to be the one who’ll help me save my people, but my heart belongs to the two warriors who’ve been my guard all this time.

How can I embrace my destiny if I have to leave them behind?
Whatever my choice, the fate of the Shadow Court hangs in the balance.
Long live the queen.

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the unseenTHE UNSEEN (ECHOES FROM THE PAST BOOK 5) by Irina Shapiro

2014. When skeletal remains are discovered in a bathtub concealed in a secret chamber in a London mansion, Quinn’s only clue is a Fabergé necklace that may have belonged to the victim. As she delves into the life of Valentina, a young Russian refugee who came to live in the house after the Russian Revolution, she’s reminded once again that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
1917. Wealthy, beautiful, and titled, Valentina has enjoyed a gilded existence, but the winds of change blow across Russia, forever sweeping away the life she knew and bringing unspeakable pain and loss. Thrust into the role of head of the family, Valentina quickly learns that not everyone can be trusted, and sometimes true love can be found in the most unexpected places.

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test of the dragonTEST OF THE DRAGON: A DRAGON RIDERS OF ELANTIA NOVEL by Jessica Drake

When Zara and Lessie finally got their hands on a piece of the Dragon God’s heart, they thought their path was clear. Head to the Forge of Derynnis, gain the death god’s favor, and convince him to destroy the evil relic once and for all.

But getting to the Forge is no simple feat, and it’s not even the first thing on Zara’s list. Between battling the Dragon God’s sinister will, evading Salcombe’s sabotage attempts, and securing the future of her people, Zara’s got her work cut out for her. And when she finally reaches the death god’s lair, the price she’ll be forced to pay for his help might just break her.

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unmaskedUNMASKED: A PSYCHIC VISIONS NOVEL by Dale Mayer

VS Note: On my TBR. I’m always fascinated by Pompeii and archaeology. There seems to be something of a romance…

Lacey always dreamed of a trip to Pompeii but never thought it would happen, until her cousin calls out of the blue, asking if Lacey would like to replace their photographer on their archeological dig.

Sebastian wasn’t expecting Lacey to be, well … Lacey. But he’s intrigued from the start, and then he sees what she can do— even before she does.

As the images of the past rise in front of Lacey, taxing her artistic ability to document them, strange events start happening. Without reason, the atmosphere on the dig shifts to something supernatural that scares her, intrigues her, then consumes her.

For Sebastian these events all bring back memories of the worst dig in his life, and he can see history repeating itself. He needs to stop it this time. He must protect his team and his friends, but especially Lacey … before everyone dies—just like they did last time.

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rosalie undoneROSALIE UNDONE (THE SHIFTERS SERIES BOOK 6)  by Elizabeth Kelly

Sweet, shy and… human. Rosalie Parker wants one thing – her coworker and lion shifter, Lincoln. There’s only one problem. Lion shifters have a reputation for enjoying the kink and Rosalie is far from kinky.

Determined to win Lincoln over, Rosalie will do whatever it takes -including stepping out of her comfort zone and into the kinky zone. The last person she expects to volunteer for kink teaching is grumpy polar bear shifter, Hudson.

Hudson shouldn’t get closer to Rosalie. Sure, her sweet nature and her soft curves have him and his bear all worked up, but being anything more than friends is dangerous. He has a price on his head and sooner or later, it’ll be collected.

But he can’t stay away from her.

Will their unconventional friendship turn into something more? Or will the bounty on his life destroy their chance at happiness?

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guarded in loveGUARDED IN LOVE: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE, CAPRICORN by K C Stewart

Dreamwalker, Sybil Murray knew what love was the moment she met Dean Williams. But being the self-controlled, stubborn Capricorn that she is, she let him walk away and didn’t chase after him. If the sexy and rugged bear shifter wanted to keep his distance, then she wasn’t about to beg for a second chance.

And when visions of Dean begin to plague her dreams, Sybil knows that danger is closing in on him. Determined to warn Dean without falling prey to his charms, she sets out to protect the only man she’s ever loved. But suddenly, Dean isn’t the only one in danger. Escaping her dreams is beginning to be harder than ever. Will Dean and Sybil find a way to rekindle what they once had or will they become nothing more than a memory?

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to free a captured heartTO FREE A CAPTURED HEART (DJINN HAVEN BOOK 3) by R L Naquin

Hidden Government chaser Kam’s luck might finally be changing. Her team of reapers is sent to a riverboat casino to investigate a suspicious increase in missing souls–a job that sounds more like a vacation than an assignment. A little drinking, a little gambling and maybe a little romance with Tahm, the fiancé she’s not sure she wants to run from anymore.

Plans for fun and games are canceled, though, when they find the pesky Leprechaun Mafia is behind the mischief. Of course they are.

Before Kam and her team can spring into action, the leprechauns make good on their threat to capture Tahm.

How far will Kam go to break her true love out of confinement? Working in the casino to pay off some of his debt is one thing, but it could mean Kam spends another hundred years locked up in his stead.

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lipstick voodooLIPSTICK VOODOO (THE STRANGE SERIES BOOK 2) by Kristi Charish

VS Note: Apparently no romance and many zombies…not sayin’ that’s a bad thing, merely noting the fact…

Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate–let alone sleep in–before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade–the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control–comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.
When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat–and Kincaid’s ex–calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate’s ghost, which she can’t produce. Then people from Nate’s past start showing up dead, and what’s killing them doesn’t seem to be human. And the way it’s killing them is especially brutal.
Nate’s hiding something, but he’s Kincaid’s friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive.

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slashSLASH by Linda Mooney

Officer Sonia Sparrow is an introvert of sorts, spending her workdays on the force, and her off days alone. But lately it seems she’s acquired a new partner. A dog, that she’s dubbed Slash, keeps showing up at the nick of time to save the day.

Michael Masson, a former Marine, is looking for a quiet life, but he can’t help the desire he still has to serve his country. Having been burned in love once before, he’s vowed to never show his other side to anyone else. Instead. he chooses to spend his life roaming the country and not getting close to anyone. But when he spies the female police officer in trouble, he can’t just sit back and let it happen.

Sonia has been burned in relationships in the past as well, and if she can’t find a trustworthy man, she’s decided a dog would be the perfect companion to keep her loneliness at bay. What she didn’t bargain for was getting both.

The truth is almost too farfetched, but Michael is determined to make her believe. He hopes this new partnership will not only heal old wounds, but evolve into a deep and loving relationship for the both of them.

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canva scififri dangerVS Note: I’m thinking of writing a sequel to this one (although don’t ask me where I’d fit it into my schedule in the near future but I love these characters), so I picked it for my featured title of the week from my backlist:

An alien empathic priestess held captive by the interstellar crime mob, forced to commit crimes for them, and the Mob enforcer who may represent her best hope for escape. But he’s also hiding life or death secrets…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 2

December 26

December 19

December 12

December 5

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

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

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

 

The Last Thing He Was Expecting Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt –  follows directly from last week where Keshara watched a man fall from the sky. The Khagrish are the alien enemy in this series. She’s not Khagrish.

Adjusting her rain cape, knife at the ready, she crawled from the tunnel, rose to her feet  and ran to where the man lay. The man lay on his back, one arm flung over his eyes and, as she drew close, she froze in astonishment.

He had no large crest of red and yellow hair and his skin tones were pale – he wasn’t Khagrish.

He was of some species unknown to her, similar to her own perhaps.

Groaning, he attempted to sit up but cut the move short with a jerk as he realized she was nearby. He fumbled at his hip as if searching for a weapon that was no longer there, lost in the turbulent fall perhaps. Then he spoke in a variation on her own language, the secret tongue the Director was unaware the sisters all knew. His accent was odd, some of the words made no sense, but the general meaning was clear.

“Well, you’re the last thing I was expecting.”

He managed a lopsided grin despite obvious injuries, blood welling from a bad cut on one thigh and another on his head and added, “Can we get out of the rain before we do introductions?”

Tongue tied, she stared at him.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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My 2018 New Releases – available at all major ebook sellers!

veronica scott's 2018 new releases!

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 2

catalystHappy New Year! I hope your holiday season was a good one…

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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CATALYST (HIDDEN PLANET BOOK 2) by Anna Carven

VS Note: One clicked this!

Stranded on a remote planet with no hope of escape.
Stuck in the unforgiving wilderness, where monsters hunt in the skies above.
No signal, no spacecraft, no translator.

Esania thought she and her people were escaping to the sanctuary planet of Torandor. Instead, she’s ended up on a wild, uncharted nightmare called Khira, where the violet-skinned savages who guard them are just as poisonous as the deadly flora and fauna.

And the pale-winged demon who’s just dropped from above might be the most dangerous of them all.

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tolstoyTOLSTOY: STARGAZER ALIEN BARBARIAN BRIDES #1 by Tasha Black

When space-pirate-in-training Anna Nilsson embarks on her first solo mission to plunder an abandoned luxury cruiser, she assumes she’ll be all alone aboard the big, empty ship. She’s hunting for treasure – the last thing she expects to find is a sinfully sexy alien who eyes her with a hunger that speaks of centuries of longing.

Leo’s ancient race has suffered greatly at the hands of the strangers who invaded their planet centuries ago, leaving the barbarians without a home world. When he awakes from stasis to the scent of a blood mate, he is stunned to discover the delectable creature is human. Being close to her sets his senses on fire, but he knows the attraction can only end in misery. What human could ever love a shape-shifting barbarian?

When a third occupant of the not-so-abandoned cruiser shows itself, the two realize they must work together if they want to get out alive.

Then they uncover a baby who just might be the priceless clone of a famous cultural icon, and things really start to get interesting.

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nightchaser_amanda_bouchetNIGHTCHASER by Amanda Bouchet

Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted. Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…

Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him. With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.

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assassin cyndi fribergASSASSIN (OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Cyndi Friberg

Torrin’s simple mission is seriously complicated when he finds Arrista, a lovely Sarronti female, in need of rescue. The Sarronti resent the Outcasts and continually sabotage their efforts to build a settlement on the primitive planet. But Arrista isn’t just any Sarronti. She’s the personal servant of one of the most powerful Sarronti. The information Arrista can provide would be vitally important to the Outcasts, so Torrin is ordered to use their mutual attraction to question her.

Arrista has been taught to fear and mistrust the savage Outcasts, so why does she find Torrin so fascinating, so desirable? It’s not just his muscular body and rugged features. He is kinder and more protective than any male she has ever known. She is drawn to him by a force so compelling it leaves her no choice but surrender. She wants him, needs him, but can she trust him not to break her heart?

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kinsmen universeTHE KINSMEN UNIVERSE by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: I’ve read two of these and really enjoyed them!

** PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED – This is an anthology edition of the Kinsmen Universe, which includes SILENT BLADE, SILVER SHARK, plus a new short story, and three original illustrations.**

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her resistanceHER RESISTANCE: PLANET ATHION SERIES (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 2) by Melissa Farrar

Nowhere on Earth is safe.An unseen foe walks among us, appearing just like any other man.Only they’re not.

They’re charming, seductive, and handsome, but they’re also alien, and are taking our women to become breeding slaves on their own planet, Tradrych.

I, Camille Harran, and my team of men—head of security tough-guy, Aleandro, studious and caring meteorologist, Casey, and my fun, sexy head of communications, Mike—have been brought to Washington D.C. to help save our planet from extinction.

But with trust among human men quickly dissolving, tempers flaring, and possessiveness rife, we need to work together to ensure the Trads won’t destroy our only chance at a future for mankind.

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ghost townsCHILD THIEF 5: GHOST TOWNS by Bella Forrest

Now that Robin has discovered a lead on her daughter, all she can think about is tracking her down. And her birth parents—whom Robin never dreamed she’d have the opportunity to meet.

But when Robin and Jace return to the outside world, after gaining permission from Nathan, there have been worrying developments. Townships housing the poor are being emptied at an alarming rate, seemingly faster than ever before, and they have no idea why, or where the residents are being taken.

A personal mission quickly turns into something much greater as Robin and Jace follow the clues… leading to answers neither of them is prepared for.

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troyTROY (AEON 14: BUILDING NEW CANAAN BOOK 3) by M D Cooper and J J Green

With the matters at Tyre resolved and parliament aligned with Tanis’s resolutions, things move forward once again with the preparations for what Erin fears will come.

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cyborg pool boyCYBORG POOL BOY: A CYBORG SHIFTERS SHORT STORY by Naomi Lucas

VS Note: Normally I don’t cover short stories but I know many people love Naomi Lucas’s cyborgs.

What could a fabulously wealthy heiress possibly do when an alien monster takes up residence in her pool? Call a Cyborg Monster Hunter, obviously.
OBVIOUSLY.
Little did she know that she just hired a monster to take out another monster.

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exit plans for teenage freaksEXIT PLANS FOR TEENAGE FREAKS by Nathan Burgoine

Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole’s status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.

When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about, Cole faces facts: he’s either more deluded than old Ms. Easton, or he just teleported.

Now every door is an accident waiting to happen—especially when Cole thinks about Malik, who, it turns out, has a glass door on his shower. When he starts seeing the same creepy people over his shoulder, no matter how far he’s gone, crushes become the least of his worries. They want him to stop, and they’ll go to any length to make it happen.

Cole is running out of luck, excuses, and places to hide.
Time for a new exit plan.

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lost warriorLOST WARRIOR (DELROI WARRIOR BOOK 4) by Loribelle Hunt

When Reza Stian receives word that the mate he’s refused to claim has been kidnapped by a faction of her clan, he can’t sit back and do nothing. He finds her having a great time however, and amused with his rush to rescue her. The situation is further complicated by her lover, Nicos Jain. Reza’s second mate, which is completely unexpected.
What’s a warrior to do but turn the tables and kidnap them? But this isn’t a game, and Reza’s playing for keeps.

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charming marjaniCHARMING MARJANI: A FADA NOVEL (THE FADA SHAPESHIFTER SERIES BOOK 5) by Rebecca Rivard

Marjani Savonett is the strong, silent second-in-command to her alpha brother. She’s seen too much death, lived through too much darkness. Now her cat threatens to take over, leaving her a cougar in a human body. But before it does, she undertakes one last mission to Iceland.

Fane Morningstar holds a prestigious position as one of the ice fae king’s envoys. But the fae never let him forget he’s not a pureblood. Then he meets Marjani and everything he thought he wanted gets turned on its head. He’d sell his soul for a night with her.

Unfortunately, he just might have to.

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mermans choiceA MERMAN’S CHOICE (SEA OF LOVE BOOK ONE) by Alice Renaud

For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide.
Alex is determined to fulfil a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true!
Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice?

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broken mason sabreBROKEN (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 14) by Mason Sabre

Helena Carter isn’t like other Humans. She believes in rights for the Others–creatures of other races deemed vermin by all Humans.

The problem right now is she’s been captured for harbouring a criminal, Nick Mason, escaped convict and former heir to the Tiger Pack throne.

At first, Helena resigns herself to wait it out. They can’t keep her forever, but the Humans have a more sinister plan for her and her tiger. As the stakes rise for her and Nick, Helena must be stronger than she’s ever been, braver than she can imagine, and as fierce as any tigress in the war. It is time for Helena to get her own stripes.

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winters roseA WINTER’S ROSE (DAUGHTERS OF AVALON BOOK 3) by Tanya Anne Crosby

Facing the grim prospect of a forced marriage to a feckless minion of King Stephen’s, Rosalynde, the defiant youngest daughter of Morwen Pendragon takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her mother’s spell book and a stolen wimple, she disguises herself as a plain, matronly nun and flees her loveless fate…

Giles de Vere, lord of Warkworth, is facing his own arranged marriage—to Rose’s sister, the reclusive Seren, reputed to be the loveliest woman in all of Wales. But destiny has its own wayward plans, and when the bold knight finds himself a reluctant champion to a runaway nun, he hasn’t any clue of the lady’s true identity. All he knows is that while Rose is far from beautiful, there’s something magical about her that speaks to his heart.

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vengeful valkyrieVENGEFUL VALKYRIE (VALHALLA’S CURSE BOOK 4) by Stacy Claflin

Soleil and Titan are on their own. If it wasn’t for the plethora of problems she and Titan hid from, she’d believe they were vacationing in paradise without a care in the world.

But everyone knows you can’t outrun your problems.

She and Titan are celebrating the new year when trouble comes. Make that multiple troubles. When they can’t fight their way out of it, they flee—to their supernatural friends.

A crisis is averted but not solved. Not even the powers of the high witch, a werewolf pack leader, and a dragon king can save her. Especially when the number of her targets is growing, the hunters are closing in, and Valhalla itself is on the brink of war.

Soleil doesn’t know which, if any, valkyries to trust. She and Titan expose one deception after another, and eventually what she finds shocks her to her core. And it might change everything forever.

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hearts banditHEART’S BANDIT (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 48) by Zenina Masters

Karo wants to be in the shifter’s guild, and she wants to be a hunter. With her animal form lacking certain ferocity, she chooses to focus on stealth. Her aunt sets her on a training circuit, and when the time comes, she gets the position of hunter with no hesitation.

Spending her life finding things lost or stolen is her niche, and when she is offered a job while on holiday, she couldn’t imagine what sequence of events are kicked off.

Looking for a lost fey-lion becomes a rescue mission for a flock of shifters and makes her exit a tangle of exposure, desperation, and exhaustion. Karo never thought she would see him again, but the fey are tricky creatures, and she was no longer the predator, but the prey.

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cowboy wolf troubleCOWBOY WOLF TROUBLE (SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Kait Ballenger

For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace. Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with him…

Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father’s legacy. Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the middle of it.

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crimson horizonCRIMSON HORIZON (BLOOD OF THE SEA BOOK 1) by Heather Renee and Lela Grayce

When Lavinia Maycott’s home is attacked by villainous pirates, she isn’t sure how to find peace being a survivor. With her family murdered, she has only one place to go. However, her betrothed’s estate isn’t the safe haven she was expecting.

Alone and running for her life, she finds acceptance with a small group of rebels intent on fleeing the island in search of safer territories. When that proves more difficult than any of them realize, Lavinia must choose between letting harm come to her new friends or sacrificing herself to save them.

It will take all of the courage Lavinia didn’t know she had to make it off the island alive, but even then, vampires and pirates roam the seas, making nowhere safe.

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shadowing the lightSHADOWING THE LIGHT (THE BEARER OF TRUTH BOOK 1) by Miranda Turner

Hunted for the unique blood that runs through his veins, half-angel, half-demon Gabriel Sinclair lives without expectations. On the run from forces on both sides of an ancient conflict, he searches for strength and peace in a world which only seeks to use him.

When Gabriel is forced to stop running, assigned a team—and a mate—he doesn’t want, and reluctantly tasked with a mission, he must overcome obstacles both real and imagined. Otherwise, the world as he knows it, and the mate he’s reluctantly come to care for, may cease to exist.

“I will do as the Creator bids me. Always.”

Evander Ryan is special, and he knows it. The final handcrafted immortal warrior for the light, he is the Creator’s greatest masterpiece. For fifty-eight years, he’s lived his life in black and white, coddled by his Maker, while leading his team to countless victories against their enemies. Those fights were easy. Working with a new, uncooperative mate who sees the world in shades of gray? Less so.

As Evander’s eyes are opened to the existence of light warriors who are not good, dark warriors who are, and the wider world of supernatural beings, he learns nothing is as he thought it was, and his mate isn’t who he thought he was either. Maybe there’s something to be said for not always following the rules.

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highland queenHIGHLAND QUEEN (THE CELTIC BLOOD SERIES BOOK 4) by Melanie Karsak

The king is dead.
Long live the queen.
With Duncan defeated, Gruoch becomes Queen of Scotland. Now she must rule at Macbeth’s side, a difficult prospect as the new King of Scots grows increasingly unstable. To keep her son, her love, and her country safe, Gruoch must call upon the raven.

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top gun tigerTOP GUN TIGER (PROTECTION INC., BOOK 7) by Zoe Chant

Tiger shifter and bodyguard Destiny knows Ethan isn’t the one.

No matter that the Recon Marine is the only man who can keep up with her, in a fight or on the dance floor. No matter how he makes her laugh, or how he makes her burn. Shifters always know their mates, and her tiger says he isn’t hers.

But when Ethan’s fire team goes missing on a secret mission, somehow Destiny knows he’s in danger. Drawn by mysterious instincts, she’s the only person who can find him…

And what she’ll discover will change everything she thinks she knows about shifters…and herself.

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moonlight loversMOONLIGHT LOVERS (THE WITCH AND THE WOLF PACK BOOK 7) by K R Alexander

My pack has never let me down: I’m the weak link, the one who needs to find all my powers again—or for the first time? Now I pray I can live up to being the witch they think I am. Also, that dusting off skeletons from closets doesn’t turn out to be more painful than tracking killers.

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dragon descendants 2DRAGON DESCENDANTS 2: ABSORBING POISON by J L Weil

The age of dragons could be coming to end. Five months to be exact. That is unless Olivia Campbell can find a way to break the curse that has bound the last four dragon shifters to the Veil, an island unchartered on any map.

Kieran Devenport is edgy, charming, and deadly. His ability to breathe poison makes him a formidable foe or a powerful ally. Olivia is glad he is on her side.

As Olivia prepares for a journey deep into the woods of Veil where Kieran’s kingdom, Viperus, thrives on tangled chaos and wild danger, she must find the Star of Poison. But she isn’t alone, and no matter the cost, Olivia is determined to save her dragons. The scorned witch, Tianna, can kiss her a$$.

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desperate for her wolvesDESPERATE FOR HER WOLVES (HUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES BOOK 3) by Tara West

The threads of Amara’s happy life are quickly unraveling as external forces threaten to tear her family apart. Branded as a killer, a lone wolf’s fateful decision severs the truce between the Amaroki and the government. Trapped on the reservation, Amara and her mates struggle to find a way out to capture the lone wolf and save the one man who can heal the rift between wolfkind and mankind. But they are running out of time. A power-hungry federal agent and a blood-thirsty mob are closing in on Amara’s family. She must figure out how to stop them before the conflict escalates into a full-scale war.

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return of the danuRETURN OF THE DANU by Kelly Lucille

Prince Ansgar The Bloody has no love for magic users, and he trusts the Danu even less than the magic shrouded Green they command.
Elena has spent her whole life hiding from the Warriors of the South after they burned her beloved Green and killed most of her people in their bid to take the North Lands, she is not about to start trusting them now. Certainly not the heir apparent, and the man they call ‘The Bloody’.
Both have good reason to hate, yet somehow the fate of the known world is suddenly thrust on their unlikely shoulders. They will have to find a way to work together or everyone will suffer, because the burning of the Green caused side effects none of them could have foreseen. A new alliance between the Danu and the southern conquerors may be all that keeps the people of the North Lands safe from a wild that has grown it’s own magic teeth.
…And not everyone wants to see the peace accords succeed.

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winter fireWINTER FIRE (COLDHARBOUR CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Richard Amos

Out of the frying pan, into the damn inferno! Who is the white eye guy? How can Jake Winter save the city of Coldharbour from its curse? So many questions, yet still no answers. And then there is the whole complication with Dean…

Evil is rising…Lilisian, the beast Supreme, is free. Worst luck! Jake Winter and his friends are desperate to stop her, but she hasn’t been seen since her last brief appearance. All over the city ritual sacrifices are taking place, praising her name, her followers waiting for her to fully rise to her true power.

The clock is ticking…Jake has to kill Lilisian. There’s no two ways about it. If she is restored to her deadly glory, she’ll be a threat like no other beast he has faced yet. But life is always far from easy. Lilisian has a pet that she has just let off the leash…

When a dragon takes to the skies of Coldharbour, Jake will need to summon all his strength before everything he is trying to protect goes down in flames.

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mates kissMATE’S KISS: ROYAL DRAGON CURSE by Lola Gabriel

In times where rebellions are on the rise and power is slipping through his fingers, Carlyle Tallant arranges his only daughter, Eden, to marry his strongest warrior. Darian is a fierce fighter with the drive of a stallion, the charm of a politician, and the looks of a model. It was everything a dragon shifter woman could want—but not Eden.

Something feels off to Eden. She wants nothing at all to do with him, but knows that rebelling against the marriage will only bring trouble.
Eden’s life takes an unexpected turn when she comes across a dragon, wounded and unconscious in the forest. Eden takes the dragon back to her home and heals him. When the dragon morphs back into his human state and wakes up, Eden is stunned. It’s Levi, the first dragon to deny the crown and go into exile. If having a rogue dragon in her bedroom of the palace wasn’t enough, it soon becomes apparent that this man is her soulmate.

Danger and complicated emotions follow. Eden has a role to play in the Kingdom, and that means following her father’s orders. This means marrying Darian. However, she can’t stop how she feels about Levi, nor can she accept Darian. She feels out of control of her own life. In Eden’s world, nothing is certain but her love for Levi.

Can their love survive the wrath of Carlyle, the Dragon King?

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finding auroraFINDING AURORA by Rebecca Langham

Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.

Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.

In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what—and who—they really want in life.

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by the hornsBY THE HORNS: A TAURAN OF TAVROS NOVEL by Jeanette Lynn

Riadne’s village is starving. They think their prayers are answered when they stumble across the legendary beast. Now it’s trapped in the labyrinth, and the Elders are convinced the only thing standing between the village and salvation is a sacrifice—a virgin sacrifice.

When Riadne’s sister is selected for the honor, Riadne is determined to keep her from harm.

Thanks to Nan, a direct descendant of one of the labyrinth’s watchmen, Riadne knows more of the caverns and the supposed beast it currently holds than anyone, and yet nothing can prepare her for what awaits her inside.

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cheetahs never win'CHEETAHS NEVER WIN: A MAGICAL ROMANTIC COMEDY by R J Blain

Witnessing a double homicide dumps Aaron Clinton into the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. To stop the budding serial killer from striking again, Aaron’s forced to join forces with a reformed cop and a colony of cranky cats.

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lera of lunosLERA OF LUNOS: POWER OF FIVE  BOOK 4 by Alex Lidell

With the quint squaring off against the king of Slait, Lera is running out of time to tame her feral magic. Worse still, just when the quint must weave together to survive, demons from Tye’s past surface to tear them apart. Demons he fears facing himself, let alone sharing with Lera.

But when Griorgi makes a move that no one expects, throwing River’s, Shade’s, and Coal’s lives into question, the clock runs out. Lera and Tye have no choice but to fight their battles within—or risk losing Lunos and their quint forever.

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bear essentialsBEAR ESSENTIALS (SHIFTER TOWN BOOK 4) by Novalee Swan

CONNOR REID is complex. An alpha, taller and stronger than anyone else, who has never lost a fight. But the truth is, this grizzly bear shifter is as sweet as a summer breeze and shy as a prairie dog. He never planned to stay in Shifter Town. Then something happened that rocked his world. Her name is LILY AMARETTO.

Lily hasn’t known much kindness in her life, and never from a man. When she accepts a job working for the scariest male she’s ever seen, it’s about survival and redemption. She doesn’t want to spend her life afraid of shadows, but did she really have to start with the most lethal man in existence? That’s exactly what Connor Reid seems like to her. But there are other new and indefinable feelings that he stirs. And the things he does to her in her dreams.

What do two shy souls do when they want each other badly, but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen?

Shifter Town is about to find out.

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VS Note: I actually had seven new releases in 2018! They are available at all major ebook sellers!

Veronica Scott's 2018 New Releases!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 26

December 19

December 12

December 5

November 28

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

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

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

Falling Too Fast Weekend Writing Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – Keshara heard the flyer crash and went to investigate. I’ve skipped ahead a bit (nothing serious happened, just a minor earthquake LOL). She’s about to meet Gabe, who bailed from the flyer before it crashed:

Deciding not to risk herself in the storm for mere curiosity’s sake, she prepared to return to the cozy den when a flash of lightning illuminated the sky and she caught sight of a new problem. A man was falling, clinging to a strange harness. He seemed to be fighting whatever was slowing his fall, and it was clear to Keshara he was descending much too fast.

Heart pounding, hand on the hilt of her knife, she watched him attempt to blunt the shock of hitting the ground by allowing his body to go limp. As he collided hard with the muddy, rock strewn ground near her den, she winced in unwilling sympathy. Through the driving rain she watched him, but he made no attempt to rise. After a minute, she heard an exclamation of pain and a few words with the force of a curse.

Enemy or not, Keshara didn’t have the heart to leave the poor man to die in the cold rain. She could at least go check out the situation, see if he had any chance to survive his amazing fall.

Next week’s excerpt, I promise they’ll exchange their first words to each other!

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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My Personal Best of 2018 SciFi Romance List

YourFavoriteHere!!!Assembling any kind of ‘best of’ list is daunting and personal, and my big caveat right up front is that Your Mileage May Vary! In fact, I hope you’ll share some of your personal favorite scifi romances in the comments! What amazing reads have I missed?

(Hmmm, I might do a post on that set of reader recommendations in early 2019…please, no self recommending of your own titles though and 2018 releases only!)

I write about scifi romance for both Love in Panels and the Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog, (plus USA Today’s HEA blog, which sadly is ceasing operation as of December 31st). I compiled my very personal ‘best of 2018’ list the other week. I have to STRESS this is a list of SFR novels that fell into tropes I enjoy and is therefore not meant to be taken as a comprehensive “in all of the thousands of SFR books released in 2018 these are the best” list. I don’t have that much ego! And I don’t read all the books LOL. I have my own books to write so my reading time is limited.

I read a lot of fun, good, thought provoking SFR in 2018 but for this list, since by its nature the number of titles selected is supposed to be Top 10 or Top 5 or some equally arbitrary number, I went with the ones I’m still thinking about, even months after reading them.

It was the same list for both blog platforms obviously, although I got to be a bit more lengthy and inclusive over at Amazing, and also added a science fiction title (The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells). In some cases there was a single title by an author that stood out to me and lingered in my memory (and/or got re-read because I love to read a good book more than once!). In other cases people had more than one book in my list of 2018 memorables.

In no certain order, here’s my list of titles and you can hop over to the Amazing post for more details, or the Love in Panels post for many of the buy links. Originally the editor at LIP had also planned to link to my mini reviews of these books that I wrote during the year but ultimately time pressures prevented that. You can browse her site and see my Best Bets mini review posts if you so desire…

The List:

Undying (Valos of Sonhadra Book 7), Claimed by An Alien Warrior, and Jewel of the Sea (The Kraken Book 2) and Heart of the Deep (The Kraken Book 4)  – all by Tiffany Roberts

Guardian (Galactic Gladiators Book 9) and Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators Book 10) – both by Anna Hackett

Taking Vengeance (Cyborg Sizzle Book 12) and Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3)  – both by Cynthia Sax

Edge of Insanity: The Alliance Book 6 – SE Smith

Barbarian’s Beloved (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 18) – Ruby Dixon

Champion (Prison Planet Book 3) – Emmy Chandler

Breakaway (Verdant String Book 1) – Michelle Diener

Edge of Nowhere  – Felicia Davin

Kirk: Stargazer Alien Mail Order Brides #10 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)  – Tasha Black

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 2) – Nalini Singh

Cyborg – Miranda Martin

Lost Valyr: Project Enterprise 7 – Pauline Baird Jones

The Rising Tide (Liminal Sky Book 2) – J. Scott Coatsworth

My thanks to all these authors for their hard work and creativity, and the many happy hours of reading I spent with their books. Kudos to everyone who wrote and released books in 2018 – celebrate the tremendous accomplishment!

Looking forward to 2019!

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

dark starI hope your holiday season is going merrily! Sending good wishes to all!

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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DARK STAR (TAKAMO UNIVERSE) AEON PROJECT BOOK 2 by AR DeClerck

They broke his bones, laid him bare, and injected him with nanites, all for the sanctity of life. Primary One was the first of the Aeon Project warriors. He was broken and filled with darkness until Yurie. Their love and their children kept him alive. When they took Yurie from him and bound him in Command Programming, he vowed that he would protect their sons. He never expected to learn that she was still alive after all this time.

Trapped in a cryo-chamber, her neural implants malfunctioning, Yurie lived every moment of twenty-three years awake inside her mind. Only the faint memory of her sons and her husband pulled her from her prison. She wandered the empty halls of the abandoned Emperius Labs until a stranger appeared and offered her true freedom. As her memories returned so did her feelings for the man they called One.

One only wants to take Yurie home to their sons where she belongs, but there are others watching Emperius, and they will make sure that One and Yurie don’t get out alive.

An annihilation wave is rising to eradicate organic life across the galaxy. Love is all they have, but will it be enough to stop the Truppen threat?

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rising from the depthsRISING FROM THE DEPTHS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 5) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Always wonderful to have a new Kraken novel! And I’ve been waiting for Kronus’s story…

Two years after a bloody battle nearly tore his people apart, Kronus finds himself plagued with guilt and without a place to truly call home. And when he saves a blue-eyed human from a razorback, his world is once again turned upside-down. Though he once opposed relations with her kind, he is undeniably drawn to Eva’s pain, loss, and inner strength. He will do anything to protect her — and to possess her.

Eva had a perfect life. But a few seconds of blood and terror took everything away. Left crippled and alone, she sinks deeper into despair every day — until the ochre kraken who saved her forces his way into her life. She wants nothing to do with the overbearing, gruff, and pushy Kronus…at least at first. With neither of them ready to let go of the past, how can they hope for a future together?

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yule planetYULE PLANET: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLIDAYS by Angel Martinez

Sofia Cancino is tired of her mundane life, her artificial environment and her large, boisterous family descending every holiday season. She’s promised herself this year will be different and books a stay on the exclusive—and expensive–holiday-themed resort, Yule Planet. She looks forward to being pampered while reconnecting with Old Earth traditions steeped in the magic and mysticism of nature. Everything will be perfect and she’ll leave as a more authentic human, better connected to her roots.

Naturally, things go horribly wrong. Sofia’s landing pod goes off course and instead of stepping out on the landing pad at the resort, she finds herself in the snow-swept perpetual winter of the planet’s hinterlands. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s “rescued” by a band of criminals on work release who run deliveries to the resort from far-flung shuttle delivery sites. They refuse to take her, a paying customer, to the resort and insist on dragging her along on their parcel run. Riding giant monsters. In frigid weather. Not to mention, Marta, who handles the monsters, obviously hates her.

If Sofia survives her vacation, she’s definitely yelling at someone’s supervisor until she gets a refund.

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forbidden touchesFORBIDDEN TOUCHES: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 6) by Rena Marks

Dr. Irina Mescar has been a doctor to the Xeno Sapiens. She loves her job despite the inappropriate, infuriating, sexy, winged male, Blaze. She can make a list of inappropriate sayings that pop out of his mouth, which include referring to her as beautiful and offering to make her a mother. If only Blaze knew that a relationship with a patient when she began her career got her lover killed. She has sworn never to make that mistake again.

Blaze is aware Dr. Irina Mescar is his. Not only does he crave her with every breath; every cell in his body screams to possess her. Every person around them knows their odd relationship is beyond that of strangers, beyond that of a doctor and patient, and beyond that of the category she keeps trying to put them in: friendship.

It’s love, plain and simple. Everyone knows this but his gorgeous doctor. So if playing doctor is how she needs the relationship to be, so be it.

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black star runBLACK STAR RUN (THE LOU ELLA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Brooke Hodge

Fuyumi is running from her past and the Lou Ella is her ticket to freedom. She just has to convince the captain to let her on board without telling him who, and what, she really is. Her family’s bounty on her head is enough to turn even the most honorable of spacers into a money-hungry mercenary. If she can hide out on his ship until they reach the Hana Rae spaceport, she can get her weapons and get as far from her family’s reach as possible.

There’s only one problem. Captain Jason Williston isn’t just another dumb spacer. He has secrets of his own and tricks even Fuyumi’s contacts didn’t anticipate. The more she learns about him, the harder it’s going to be to leave him and his ship in her wake.

But if she stays, she’ll be risking much more than the lives of Jason and his crew.

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alien christmasALIEN CHRISTMAS by Kaye Manro

Captain Lorcan explores the sectors from his spacecraft conducting a futile search for his planet’s lost colonists. When he finds a beautiful Sedorian female on an obscure planet at the edge of the galaxy, his mission is to bring her home. Unbeknownst to him, she is on the cusp of her first Zsan Zar, the Sedorian mating ritual.

Led by her glowing pendant, Adria follows a faint blue light deep into the snowy forest. She runs headlong into the mysterious Lorcan who seduces her onto his ship. Once on board, they begin an adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Is their love strong enough to defy the odds or will they lose each other beyond the stars?

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roihanROIHAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Immortal Angel

Roihan wakes from his chip’s control to find himself in the middle of a battle. Filled with rage and grief, Roihan only has one goal: to find his wife. And the last time he saw her was during the Ardak invasion a year ago.

The most powerful cyborg ever created, Aria can communicate with the Ardak scientists and fly their ships into battle. She is proud to be a member of their army. But when the Ardaks decide to kill everyone on Aurora, she finds that her perfect history in their army might not be what they told her at all . . .

Now Roihan and Aria are both on a desperate mission to save everyone from the Ardaks’ most powerful weapon: the Red Death. Can they find a cure in time to save their people? And when she remembers the truth about her past, will she still want to?

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claimed by the alien warrior triadCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR TRIAD by Corin Cain

This isn’t real life. In real life, you don’t have towering, broad-shouldered, Greek Gods of men stepping out of a portal and into your reality. Shirtless, in nothing but loin clothes, with every inch of their rippling, marble-hued muscles covered in tribal tattoos… You don’t have men like that appearing out of nowhere; out of a rippling crack in the universe… Until three of them do exactly that.

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alien protectorALIEN PROTECTOR (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 1) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

When Deza rescues a human female in peril, it’s love at first sight and he immediately announces his desire to mate with her. The only problem? Annika refuses to mate with an alien she’s only known for five seconds. Not easily deterred, he sets about wooing the adorable little human, eager to win her affections and finally claim her as his mate.

Annika plans to return to Earth ASAP and can’t allow herself to develop feelings for the hunky Vaxxlian who saved her life…even if he is the hottest, kindest, and dreamiest alien male she’s ever met. Despite her hesitation, his kisses make her melt and his arms are the sweetest refuge. When he makes a heartfelt gesture on Christmas Day to cheer her up, she starts to wonder if maybe, just maybe, mating with Deza isn’t the most impulsive idea in the universe.

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capital gamesCAPITAL GAMES (AUDACITY SERIES BOOK 2) by R K Thorne

Two months have passed since Commander Ellen Ryu did the impossible and rescued mercenary Kael Sidassian—along with his mysterious cargo. Now the crew of Audacity is stronger than ever, protecting the galaxy against the abuse of technology. But after the team botches a simple humanitarian aid mission, Ryu and Kael find themselves on Capital, a neutral planet full of high fashion, decadent pleasures, and dark secrets.

Foundation scientist Chayana Persad has new tech that could help defend against Ryu’s oldest enemy. But local telepaths have been vanishing, and Persad’s son is missing—and somehow at the center of these crimes. As the crew searches for answers, they’ll have to dodge Capital’s corrupt police, allies with hidden agendas, and a traitor aboard Audacity itself. Enemies will strike, guns will fail, and the team will face some tough choices.

Can Kael, Ellen, and the crew pull closer together? Or will this decadent planet rip them forever apart?

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winter solstice in dragaWINTER SOLSTICE IN DRAGA: A DRAGA COURT EPILOGUE NOVELLA (THE DRAGA COURT BOOK SERIES BOOK 7) by Emma Dean

Adelina and her mates are celebrating their first Winter Solstice together as a family.

It’s been three months since the end of the war and Adelina’s coronation. Ruling as queen of four systems isn’t all work and no play. The Winter Solstice ball is proof of that. Her and her husbands are starting new traditions and laying the foundation for their future. They exchange gifts on the longest night of the cycle and Adelina has something special planned.

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blades destinyBLADE’S DESTINY (ISHTAR’S LEGACY BOOK 3) by Lisa Blackwood

Decadence and depravity have long been hallmarks of the Gryphon Court and when a young king dares to bring change, his life is cut short by an assassin’s blade.

Tirigan, an escaped human slave, makes a desperate bid for his future by seeking out the young king who is said to abhor slavery. But Tirigan is too late and quickly finds himself back in the slave pens.

Asharru is still grieving her older brother’s death when the crown is thrust upon her. Intelligent and cunning, she knows none in her new court can be trusted. One of them is the mastermind behind her beloved brother’s assassination.

She needs help and there is only one place left for her to seek it.
The slave markets of Nineveh.
There she plans to acquire a small group of slaves, free them, restore their dignity, and offer them positions as servants and spies.
She is soon drawn to one beaten and chained man. To her horror and hope, she recognizes him as one of Ishtar’s sacred Blades, a warrior born to protect the royal line.

Tirigan has no love for gryphons, but they must put aside their differences and bond as Blade and Queen if they hope to save their kingdom.

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black dogBLACK DOG: A CHRISTMAS STORY (KNIGHTS OF BLACK SWAN BOOK 13) by Victoria Danaan

The Hawking family is at home at the Northern Ireland farm and wolf-dog kennel for Yuletide when Blackie goes missing. Instead of a joyous celebration of family and friends, Ram’s mate and elflings are beside themselves with fear and worry. As Song and Litha join the search, the story takes a turn into the dark world of dog fighting and the kidnapping of adult male dogs that match promoter criteria.

Black Swan rarely gets involved in the mundane affairs of the world because that’s simply not their purpose, mission, or directive. But when Simon’s office is drowned in messages from retired knights insisting that Blackie is unofficially one of them and that an exception must be made, he relents and orders available personnel to assist B Team with a rundown.

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hanged sdpyTHE HANGED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 4) by K A Krantz

For Bix and her team, stealing the build specs for a prototype Mid Worlds defense system is a high-risk mission they can’t refuse. The pantheons have dispatched their elite wet works unit to smite every researcher and facility associated with the project. Unfortunately, the gods have a head start, and Bix’s only clue to salvaging the op is a personalized Tarot card of the Hanged Man.

Illustrated by arcane magic, the card depicts an old Sage who’d trained Bix in the spy game. A Sage who’d repeatedly tried to kill her. A Sage who’d died right in front of her…or so she’d thought.

As deceptions multiply, the superpowers sworn to protect the Mids hamstring each other in the name of politics while a merciless foreign army invades yet another World. The pressure mounts for Bix to deliver the specs with all haste, but higher powers and hidden truths sideline her team and send her spiraling out of control. When one bad decision shatters the life she most treasures, no god, angel, dragon, or Fate is safe from Bix’s wrath.

The Hanged Spy reversed demands a sacrifice.

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siren misfitSIREN MISFIT (THE MISFITS BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

A siren who’s terrified of the ocean…with a destiny that involves a hunky shirtless dude.
Ever meet a mermaid terrified of the ocean? The closest I get to saltwater is in my bath.
As for singing? My siren heritage left me with a killer voice. Literally. Some people can charm animals out of trees. Me? They jump to their deaths rather than listen to another note.
I know I’m different. And I’m cool with it. What I’m not cool with is the meathead who decides that he’s my fated mate. Just because he’s tall, handsome, and muscle-bound doesn’t mean I’m going to fall into bed with him. We might do it standing upright first.
Don’t judge. I deserve a little fun, especially since I think my time on Earth is limited.

The nightmares are getting stronger. The mood swings nastier. The ocean is calling, but I don’t think it wants to give me a gentle embrace.
Can a misfit who doesn’t belong anywhere find a way to survive the future—and maybe even fall in love?

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claimed by the bearCLAIMED BY THE BEAR (BEAUTY BEAR BOOK 2) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-released Kindle World title

Tall, dark and handsome, she’s watched him from afar for years…Back in Beauty after a broken engagement, Kaitlyn Turner has two things on her mind: regaining her independence and having a good night out with her bestie. Only somehow, their celebrations include hitting up the local tattoo parlour. The Tattoo parlour run by Creed, her late brothers best friend. Hot as Hades, he’s the one man she knows she can’t have, but the one she’d kill to have look at her as more than a kid sister.

Petite, curvy, beautiful…and human. She’s everything he wants, and everything he can’t have. Werebear Creed is a loner in the Beauty bear clan. Tall, powerfully built, and mean as hell, he holds rank as an enforcer despite the fact his bear prefers to stay well hidden. No matter, he can enforce pack rules in human form… even against fully shifted bears. They might call him a half-skin but no one wants to piss him off. Ever.

He doesn’t care what they think. Until Kaitlyn Turner walks back into town. He’s wanted her for years, but she’s human and he’s a bear. No can do. But then an attack brings her over into his world and the path is clear.

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last vampire book twoTHE LAST VAMPIRE: BOOK 2 by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

My father has been kidnapped by my worst enemies.
Either that, or he willingly sold me out to them.

Whatever the case, I’m going to find him. Mind you, this would be a lot easier if every Fae in Chicago wasn’t already out for my blood.
They’re not getting it, though.

The only one who’s getting anywhere near my blood is the seven-hundred-year-old vampire who saved me. Yes, there are times when I’m convinced he’s not quite right in the head, but so far he’s the only supernatural being I’ve met who sees me as a person rather than a chess piece.

To the rest of them, I’m nothing more than the walking, talking evidence of a war crime. To him, I’m something else. He calls me a loose thread in the tapestry of his forgotten past, but he looks at me like I might be the key to his future.

The rest of them tell me I’m demonkin. They say I’m a succubus-human hybrid who shouldn’t exist.

One thing is very clear, though. My father is carrying a secret bigger than I ever dreamed, and I’m damn well going to pry it out of him.
I just have to get him back from the Fae first.
Because, hey—what could possibly go wrong?

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desperationDESPERATION (MONTANA HOWLING BOOK 1) by Becca Fanning

Three months is all Patrick O’Leary has been given to prove his value to his new pack and he was desperate. He wanted a fresh start, to get out from under his parents and over-achieving siblings in New Orleans. How he was going to start from scratch in cold, snowy, small town Montana? With no money, no job, and no prospects he is forced to take less than savory work for a small-time drug dealer. He needs to get on is feet, go straight and prove to his new pack’s Alpha that he is worth keeping around. Not to mention explore his growing attraction to the pack’s booksmart little minx. How can he do that from a basement couch, with a vicious, jealous, pack-brat determined to take him down? Was it even worth it to move across the country with nothing but the clothes on his back?

Kendra Walsh has been a good girl her whole life. She was an ideal student, graduated college, worked a full-time job, and at twenty-two was even trusted as her pack’s accountant. She liked order and respectability and she’d suffered for it. Always left out, not quite fitting in with wolves her own age, Kendra walked to the beat of her own drum. When new pack member Patrick O’Leary shows up, desperate and looking for work, she is surprised to find herself attracted to him. She is even more surprised to find he’s attracted to her too. But can she trust this new wolf to be what he says he is? Can she trust he will stay on the straight and narrow, or will the temptations of easy money, and dangerous living be too much for her to take and test the limits of their budding romance.

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stone awakenedTHE STONE AWAKENED (GUARDIANS OF ERIN BOOK 2) by Judith Sterling

Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents’ disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she’s determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She’s struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.
As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

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zephyrZEPHYR: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 8) by Scarlett Grove

An Imprisoned Dragoness Maia is the Dragoness Prime and the Duchess of the House of Tides. She has given everything for her people, but they all believe she is dead. Taken captive by her own prince during the cataclysm, Maia has spent all this time locked up on his ship. With one of her fourteen dragonkin to care for, she’s been focused on being her baby’s mom. But when the Prince of Tides tells her she must mate with him or never see her baby again, Maia knows she must act.

A Struggling Scientist  Zephyr knows that human civilization has been irrevocably altered since the vampire kidnappings and murders. Even if the dragons can distribute the vampire vaccine in time, it might already be too late for the human race. While preparing to deliver the vaccine, he is confronted by a woman he never believed he’d meet. The moment Maia walks into the House of Storms looking for protection, Zephyr’s inner dragon is sure she was the one.

An Inconclusive Match  When Zephyr runs the mating analysis, the results are indeterminable. The couple believes in the analysis, so a confirmation of their mating is important to them both. But soon it becomes evident that they will never have scientific proof of what their inner beasts demand is true. Pushed to the brink by the vampires, humans, and his own inner dragon, Zephyr must make a choice between his heart and his head. Can this logical scientist follow his feelings, claim his mate, and save the world? Or will he let his rigid beliefs rob him of everything he’s ever wanted?

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caress of fireCARESS OF FIRE (DAWN OF DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair

With her brother in debt to the biggest crime lord of the slums, Marielle does the only thing she can to save him. She takes the debt on herself. But the only way she can repay it is to be claimed as mate by a Draekon Lord and deliver him an heir. She has no intention of following through with the deal plans to escape as soon as she’s received payment. But when Lord Aymond Haal is found dead, Marielle is accused of his murder. Salvation comes in the unlikely form of Fedryc, son of Lord Aymond and the new High Lord.

In the harsh desert landscape, Marielle becomes Lord Fedryc’s mate and finds pleasures she never suspected could exist.  As Marielle navigates the dangerous world of the Draekons and tries to rescue her brother, an enemy lurks in the shadows; a dark force bent on the destruction of all that she holds dear.
But can a human woman trust an all-powerful Draekon Lord? And will Lord Fedryc’s love be enough to protect her?
christmas to the maxCHRISTMAS TO THE MAX (DIRT TRACK DOGS, THE SECOND LAP) by P Jameson
Maxim McGray is going home for Christmas—even if it doesn’t feel like home anymore—and he’s taking his new mate with him. But his fox clan won’t be expecting the vibrant, beautiful, sweet-smelling human who’s captured his heart. No, they’re expecting a vixen, one worthy of mating the would-be alpha. Except Maxim has a different future in mind for the skulk of foxes who raised him. And his sassy Tabatha is going to help him straighten them all out.
Tabatha knows this Christmas won’t be easy, but she’s ready to go wherever her man takes her… especially when he whispers sexy promises of long, sultry nights in front of the fireplace and a real live Christmas tree. But the skulk of foxes Maxim has called family makes it clear they don’t want her around, and each day feels more like she’s trapped in a lion’s den than in a cozy mountain getaway. Maybe she’s not the right person to help him turn the clan around after all, but he’s not letting her go.
It will take a Christmas miracle to open the hearts and minds of these angry shifters, but Maxim believes in them and Tabatha doesn’t give up without a fight, so they’re destined for a happily-ever-after… or maybe a jingle bell disaster.
curse of the old woodsCURSE OF THE OLD WOODS (PARANORMAL GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Andre
VS note: From November.
Two rival lesbian paranormal investigators. A dangerous cursed entity. Long dark nights in the old woods.
Maya Nicholas doesn’t need any help finding ghosts. They find her and talk to her all the time.
Julie Sussman doesn’t need any help either. She solves plenty of cases, both normal and paranormal, without any special abilities.
When they learn that both of them have been hired to find a teenager, lost decades ago in the haunted Promontory Woods, they are not happy. But when they find the teenager’s ghost and discover that she, along with many other spirits, are being held captive by an evil entity, they have to work together.
Or they, along with many others, will never leave the woods again.
raptors peakRAPTOR’S PEAK (SWITCH OF FATE BOOK 4) by Grace Quillen and Lisa Ladew

Shifters of all species are flowing into Nantahala Forest, meeting at the Bear Claw Diner, eager to lend a paw or talon in the fight against the vampires. The Cause has already filled one magical coven house with vampire-killing witches – switches – and their leader claims more are on the way. More shifters are needed to guard them, hunt with them, and satisfy their Prowl…

Aven Kittrell, an eagle shifter, is already dedicated to The Cause. Former military with plenty of secrets in his past, all he wants is to find the coven he’s bound to, bloodsuckers to Undo and, maybe, if he’s lucky, a mate to soothe his soul. But when an old friend calls asking for a favor, Aven puts his own desires to the side. Duty calls.

However, when the favor comes in the irresistible package of Dakota Manteo, all he can think about is how they could burn the forest down with the heat blazing between them…

Dakota is a woman on a mission with no time for games. She’s a half-breed jaguar shifter, but one who hasn’t shifted yet. Not a claw or whisker. Now that she’s found out about The Cause she knows if she can only get there, she can finally be her true self.

Nothing will stop her from fulfilling her destiny, even if it means walking away from the sexiest man she’s ever met.

iridescent chaosIRIDESCENT CHAOS (ENCHANTED CHAOS SERIES BOOK 3) by Jessica Sorenson

Skylin’s life has officially become the definition of chaos, but she’s getting used to it. Just like she’s getting used to her life with the Everettson brothers.

But that changes when a secret is revealed. A secret so dark that her power of darkness threatens to surface.

Luckily, the Everettson brothers are there to help her. But just how far are they willing to go to save her?

mated to the capoMATED TO THE CAPO (MAFIA SHIFTERS BOOK ONE) by Georgette St Clair
After an epically bad blind date, and far too much tequila, waitress/bike messanger Zoey Eastgate swore off men forever and got a tattoo that says ‘love bites’. Maybe she shouldn’t have tempted fate. Because now love, in the form of a very powerful Mafia wolf, has bitten her right on the ass, on a full moon. And according to the Blood Oath Pack, the “moon-bite” means she is now the mate of Dominic Lombardi.
Now her new “husband” is appearing everywhere – no matter how far she runs and no matter how well she hides. He’s crowding her world, refusing to take no for an answer, letting her know that on the next full moon, she’ll be his bride. If only her body didn’t respond so strongly to the Capo of the most corrupt mob pack on the west coast. If only he didn’t threaten her family and her livelihood one minute – and then serenade her with sexy Italian love songs which she can’t understand a single word of, the next.
If only new dangers weren’t rearing their ugly head and threatening not just Zoey, but all of Encantado, the supernatural sin city she calls home. When dark magic comes too close to home, will she stop running long enough for her wiseguy werewolf to claim his bride – or will she find herself fitted with a cement overcoat, sleeping with the fishes?
eternal soulETERNAL SOUL (THE FORSAKEN GODS SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and CoraLee June

’m a murderer. A Killer. I’ve single-handedly slaughtered thousands without a second thought—and I don’t remember any of it.

I’m the Goddess of Death, given a second chance at redemption as a human. To right the wrongs of my past, I’ll have to learn about the person I was and the men I once loved.
Because my enemies are back with a vengeance, and I’m going to have to do what I do best:
Kill them.

dreamin of a white dragonDREAMIN’ OF A WHITE DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 36) by Julia Mills

Second Fiddle – that should’ve been my name. Think I’m being a Drama Queen? Adding too much spice to my Gingerbread? Well, strap yourselves in, my sleigh-ridin’ slouches as I drop some truth on ya’.

Try being the sister of the one and only Jessica Kringle-Claus, aka Mrs. Claus. Add to that the fact that I’m the Goddess of Winter and the only deity who spends six months in hibernation and put the damn cherry on the figgy pudding with when I tell you that the only reason anyone even knows my damn name is because I can make it snow.

Woohoo, blah, bah-humbug!…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller site…)

jaguars joyJAGUAR’S JOY (VETERAN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Sheriff Misty Dale wants nothing more than to keep her town safe and happy. A deer shifter isn’t the first thing people would expect for law enforcement, but she’s made it work—even if she’s ended up middle-aged and married to her job. But a dangerous wolf pack has been causing trouble in town, and Misty’s struggling to maintain law and order.

Jaguar shifter and Marine veteran Ty Neal has dedicated his life to helping other people’s families. He’s helped raised six nieces and nephews—in his spare time from his job as a social worker. Now the kids are grown up and he’s realizing that he’s never made time for a family of his own.

When Ty saves Misty from a violent attack, he quickly realizes that he’s found what he was looking for. A brave woman, a beautiful wilderness town, and a growing pack of veterans and their kids? It’s exactly what he needs. Now he just has to show Misty that they can build this community together—and that love is right here waiting for her.

shifter redeemedSHIFTER REDEEMED (STONYBROOKE SHIFTERS) by Leela Ash

Luke is over being part of the pack. Nobody believes him when he tries to tell them of the evil afoot, so why does even care anymore? When strong and sassy single mom Ella hires him to help her restore her new home he is more than happy to leave the old pack drama behind.

But as sparks fly between them it becomes clear that this relationship will be anything but drama free. She is in danger and at the center of the same conspiracy that threatens the whole town. Will he be able to save her – and their unborn cub in time? Or will they be lost along with his pack, and the town thrown once and for all into darkness?

gladiators downfallTHE GLADIATOR’S DOWNFALL (THE AGE OF ANDINNA BOOK 1) by Kristen Banet

Mave knows where she stands in life.

She’s an Andinna. A member of the winged, horned, and tailed warrior race that the Elvasi Empire defeated in the Hundred Year War and then enslaved. She’s a slave, and has been one for a thousand years, the personal property of the Empress of the Elvasi Empire, since the end of the War. She’s a gladiator, thrown onto the sands of the Colosseum to die, though it backfired on those who wanted her dead. She’s the Champion of the Colosseum, and has been for roughly nine hundred years.

All of these things have marked her as an outcast among her own people. Hated, distrusted, and despised, she knows the name of her people, but not much else.

But she knows where she stands. Keeping her head down and her blades sharp has carried her this far, and she refuses to acknowledge the deepest wishes she holds in her heart. Those will only get her killed.

Alone, she’s stood against everything they have ever thrown at her, refusing to give them what they want.

What Mave doesn’t know is that it’s all about to change.

faes honorA FAE’S HONOR: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL 03 by D R Rosier

Kyle Moore, the son of Shawn Moore and Krystal, has been living at home for almost his whole life. He had no choice, until he could use glamour properly to avoid being seen as fae by the humans around him, he couldn’t risk exposure. He’s gotten a hold of his magic, and has plans to visit his nephew and niece in Paradise. But… he keeps putting it off. The idea of meeting the only other fae on the planet with a conscience is a bit overwhelming, after all, what if they hate each other?

Lavender is an outcast among outcasts, and still wonders why Portia spared her life in the first place and brought her to her new home. She could count the number of friends she had with the fingers of one hand, and wasn’t at all sure she deserved to have them. Why had Portia spared her, when she had done so many horrible things before she’d been forced to give herself a conscience, and the ability to judge good and evil.
She believes herself to be a monster, and she struggles to make up for a past that is unforgivable. A sea of change is coming, not just in Lavender’s personal life, but in something that very well might rock the fae world to its foundations.

THE DRAGON’S REDEMPTION (HEALING DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Anastasia Chase
VS Note: The hero is too close to losing his pants on the cover of the book for my blog!

She says being with her means danger. But she has no idea what I would do to protect her.

I’m a self-made man, a whiz-kid, who takes what he wants. After being banished from my tribe of dragon shifters, I strived for greatness in a world I wasn’t accustomed to and built an empire worthy of a king.

But every dragon needs a mate, and I find it in Esther, one of my business rivals of all people. She completes my dragon’s heart, and I know deep inside there is no other woman for me.

Being with her won’t be easy though.

Dragons don’t usually mate with humans, and her debt to the Zellini crime family didn’t help either. Every time she makes a payment the interest goes up, and it’s only a matter of time before they knock on her door and she won’t have anything left…but they better be ready to fight a dragon.

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itzels assassinITZEL’S ASSASSIN (PANTHERS OF BRIGANTIA BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

Itzel is best known for her disastrous love-life, so it is understandable that the druids have kept her close for the last few hundred years. However, when they seem willing to ignore the invitation to have an open discussion with the mystics, Itzel insists on going.

From his appearance to his personality, Darius is unlike the other assassins. Often described as cold, stubborn, and emotionless, few intentionally interact with him. Despite that, he has been their constant protector for hundreds of years – until he insists on joining Itzel when she goes to Solona.

The pair have always showed a level of understanding and respect for each other that they typically have not shown others. Can they still view each other favorably when faced with an impossible situation? Or will their worst impulses only make things worse?

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miss clawsMISS CLAWS (THE 12 MATES OF CHRISTMAS BOOK 12) by Sable Sylvan

Curvy panda bear shifter Pandora Claus hasn’t had a normal life — even by shifter standards.
She’s the only daughter of Santa Claus. This BBW’s next in line for the ‘throne’ — Santa’s magical sleigh. Over the last twelve years, Pandora has learned about the human world with her best friend Jack by her side. They’ve helped couples fall in love and find their own happily-ever-afters.
But, Pandora hasn’t started to write the ‘one upon a time’ to her own fairytale love story.
She’s in love with Jack — and hasn’t found a way to tell him.
Will Pandora and Jack finally tell each other how they feel, before things are too late?
This Christmas will be unlike any The North Pole has ever seen.
Grab your hot cocoa and candy canes. You’re in for one heck of a Ride…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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destined darknessDESTINED DARKNESS (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK ONE) by Tessa Cole

I’m Officer Essie Shaw, and I shouldn’t exist. If anyone finds out their friendly neighborhood beat cop is a nephilim — public enemy number one — I’ll be imprisoned. Or worse, dissected. I survive by keeping my head down and my barely-there magic under wraps.

But when I lose a fight with a strange, smoke-like wraith, I’m confronted with my worst nightmare. A Joined Parliament Team of Agents — supernatural monster hunters who’d arrest me in a heartbeat if they knew the truth — a no-nonsense angel whose mere gaze captures my soul, a vampire with a breathtaking bite, an incubus with enticing hellfire in his eyes, and, worst of all, my smoldering-hot ex-partner, turned werewolf thanks to my rookie mistake.

This wraith has been picking off veterans of the recently won war against the archangel Michael, and the bodies are piling up. My unwanted connection to it, along with the team’s skills, could be the key to trapping it in magical stasis. Question is, am I strong enough to serve as bait, while keeping the secret that could brand me their enemy?

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court of memoriesCOURT OF MEMORIES BOOK 2 (FORBIDDEN QUEEN) by Dyan Chick

Cassia is so close to the life she always wanted. A changeling who was always out of place in the human world, she is on her way to finding love, magic, and happiness with four Fae princes. The monster threat against her life has been contained. For now. But they are attracted to her power and her untrained magic, and it’s a race against time before they break through again.

And the monsters aren’t the only ones trying to kill Cassia. The Queen’s Trial is approaching, and her power makes her a target and a threat to the other noble houses vying to be queen.

With her enemies piling up and only Four Fae Princes on her side she’s running out of options. There’s only one rule in Queen’s Trial: Survive.

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feeling his heatFEELING HIS HEAT (EMPATHIC SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by C J Jones

Patty Thorson, a cocktail waitress at the Preserve Casino, knows how to have fun and, with no shortage of eligible bachelors around, she’s had plenty of opportunities to enjoy herself and then some. But when a shocking and frightening experience forces Patty to reevaluate her life and her safety, she realizes that she needs a change. Focused on living life to the fullest, Patty has no time for games or even love.
But fate has other plans…

RL Peterson, billionaire owner of Peterson Construction, is a former Marine who has had more than his rightful share of beautiful ladies. But there’s one that’s kept a spot in the corner of his mind and when he sees Patty again one fateful day, he (and his wolf) knows that she is destined to be his. But when another part of his past comes back to haunt him, threatening to tear his future mate from his grasp, will life as RL knows it be utterly ripped apart?

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witch way to mistletoeWITCH WAY TO MISTLETOE AND MURDER: A WITCHWAY PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY by Jane Hinchey

VS Note: Not sure if there’s romance…

Harper Jones has it all. Or so she thought, until a series of events sends her world spiraling out of control. In less than twenty-four hours, she loses her witch’s license, her job, and her fiancé.

Returning to her magical hometown of Whitefall Cove for Christmas with nothing but a suitcase and a broken heart, she’s determined to enjoy the holiday and start the new year afresh. Her plans go haywire fast when her old nemesis and high school bully Whitney Sims turns up dead, and Harper is implicated in her murder.

Between a detective who doesn’t appreciate her amateur sleuthing skills, running a bookstore she purchased on a whim, and studying to re-sit her witch’s exam, Harper has her hands full. She’s determined to find out whodunit, and clear her name, but she quickly finds the murderer has other plans.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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

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

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

All Part of the Adventure Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHappy Holidays by the way!!!

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

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – skipped ahead a little from last week. Keshara has taken shelter from the storm in an abandoned furbana den (like a beaver lodge but bigger):

…a new sound penetrated her hearing: engines running at top speed, unregulated. A moment later, the ground shook as a considerable mass crashed into the earth not far from where she sat. For a few heartbeats she sat frozen, debating which course of action to take. She could stay hidden in the furbana den or she could go investigate. Better to know what’s happening close by than to hide. From her first days of life Keshara had been an independent person, preferring to take challenges head on and today was no different. All part of the adventure. With no more hesitation, Keshara pulled her rain garb over her head and crawled out through the tunnel her unwitting and fortunately absent hosts had dug. Staying within the confines of the well-built, reinforced entrance, she peered through the driving rain, but at first there was nothing to see. Then the downpour cleared for a heartbeat and she glimpsed a broken aircraft lying crumpled in the meadow.

From the outside dwellers.

We’re getting to the point where she and Gabe first meet…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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