Afraid to Trust Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

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

The excerpt – Jadrian is answering the question from last week, “Where did you find her?” as he carries Taura to safety: 

“In the burning cell block, only one there. She’s in pretty bad shape,” His voice was deep, his arms around her comforting.

She leaned her head against his broad chest, clutching his arm, until a spasm of coughing shook her, “I can’t breathe.”

“I’ll get you to the medic, hang on. Take small breaths and hold them, in and then out,” He quickened his pace.

As he ran with her, dodging into cover on occasion as weapons fired, Taura tried not to give into her overwhelming relief at being out of the prison yet. Too soon to allow the tears of joy to fall. For all she knew, these soldiers could be an even worse group to have fallen in with. The men certainly weren’t human and their motives for rescuing her could be just as bad as the Khagrish intentions had been.  She was afraid to trust the hope trying to take root in her mind.

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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LADY OF THE NILE PRISM Award Finalist

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Earlier this week I was really honored and excited to receive a phone call telling me that Lady of the Nile, my 7th paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt, had been selected as a Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter’s PRISM Award!

That’s exciting stuff to a writer in the FF&P romance genres…see the full list of Finalists in all categories here. Congratulations to everyone whose book Finalled! Winners will be announced at the national conference in July.

I write my ancient Egyptian tales as a labor of love – not that I don’t love my scifi romance books because I DO and those are my main focus and genre – but the reader audience for ancient world romance tends to be smaller, without much crossover between the SFR genre and this one. I’ve often written about how the YA novel Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw first inspired me to want to write tales set in the far past. I was further inspired by seeing the King Tut exhibit many years ago, which included the amazing golden mask. And then there’s my favorite 1950’s ‘B” movie, ‘Princess of the Nile’.

Mara_Daughter_of_the_NileMy titles are an homage to McGraw’s book in fact (“…of the Nile”). I read that novel in elementary school, still have a copy and reread it periodically. (I also named the heroine in Wreck of the Nebula Dream ‘Mara’.) So when I place myself in ancient Egypt it’s a complete change of pace for me from my futuristic stories and a fun challenge as an author.

I try to put myself in the head of a person who might have lived then, and I make sure the gods and goddesses are present and involved in the daily lives of the people, as the ancients believed and hoped they were. As the reviewers at Dear Author said of Ghost of the Nile (itself an award winner): “There’s Egypt and gods and magic and strong men and stronger women and love even beyond death and into the Afterlife. The historic details add spice throughout the story and these definitely aren’t 21st C people in linen kilts.”

My heroes are usually the Special Forces men of their day – Pharaoh’s Own Guard, which is a unit I created (tell me Pharaohs didn’t have their own elite guard forces!) – strong, tough, smart, loyal…and the heroines are priestesses, healers, land owners…in ancient Egypt women could play many significant roles and my women carry on that tradition.

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Cover by Frauke of Croco Designs

And of course Priestess of the Nile was my first published book, thanks to Carina Press. So the ancient Egyptians have been very good to me as well. I think of the Crocodile God Sobek as my special good luck charm, since he was the hero in that book.

There was even some serious Hollywood interest in making Priestess into a movie! Although that never came to fruition, like so many failed projects in the entertainment world but still…never say never.

I recently received the best compliment ever from a reader, who sent me a message that she’d been to the current King Tut exhibit at an LA museum and was amazed how familiar to her all the items and the various gods and goddesses seemed because she’d read my novels.  (My books are set about 300 years after the time of Tut.) That was a fun and deeply satisfying thing to hear as an author! I have a page on this blog devoted to my approach to historical accuracy...I’m not writing ‘historical novels’ but I do my best to infuse the time and place into the books as thoroughly as I can.

The story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 13

ocean lightSo many new releases this week – wow! I clicked and clicked…

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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OCEAN LIGHT (PSY CHANGELING TRINITY) by Nalini Singh

VS Note: Nalini is an absolute must buy for me, this book was on my kindle on the 12th and I put everything else aside to read it!

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy.

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dark fireDARK FIRE (REFUGE BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: Cynthia is another auto buy for me and this book is also on my kindle! I love her Refuge series.

What the Beast wants, the Beast gets.

Dare’s savage nature has made him an outcast among his kind. The silver-scaled Dracheon warrior can’t control his inner beast. It’s too strong. When his primitive instincts told him his destined mate was on Carinae E, he had no choice. He had to travel to the outlaw planet. There, he hoped to meet a female powerful enough to survive his Drache.

He finds Faylee, a delicate little human.

Faylee is the best thief on the planet. Everyone she encounters mistakes her for a young boy…except for a tall, shiny warrior from off-planet. When she gazes into Dare’s flame-filled eyes, he makes her feel, for the first time, like a desirable female. The fire-breathing male has her yearning for hot kisses, fierce embraces, and a future filled with love. She doesn’t realize mating with him might be the last thing she ever does.

Dare’s beast isn’t the only danger on the planet. An enemy from the past has returned and he’s determined to stop Dare and Faylee…permanently. They’ll need luck and the assistance of every warrior in the Refuge to stay alive.

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breakawayBREAKAWAY (VERDANT STRONG BOOK 1) by Michelle Diener

VS note: And another of my autobuy authors with a new book this week!

Sofie lives in the shadow of Felicitos–the tethered way station built to funnel Garmen’s mineral wealth to the top of the atmosphere, where it’s loaded onto space ships. Because Garmen is a breakaway planet, not part of the Verdant String Coalition, the companies that control it are free to run things as they see fit, and Sofie is part of the resistance that wants to end their rule.

Her main goal, though, is to get away from Garmen altogether, and leave the drudgery and violence behind her. That goal is complicated by her involvement with Leo Gaudier, a shadowy crime lord whose ability to cheat the companies that own Garmen is something she admires. And when she stumbles on a terrible new direction the companies are taking, a secret alliance that will endanger everyone she cares about, she sees her chances of escape slipping away.

Leo is all too aware he doesn’t know enough about Sofie, something his own security detail is not slow to point out, but he can’t keep away. When Sofie reveals her links to the resistance, and shows him those in control of Garmen have begun swimming in dangerous waters, he realizes his plan to overthrown them in a careful operation of a thousand cuts is no longer workable.

The time has come for a single, lethal strike–and that will not be without consequences.

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not_fade_away_donna_s_frelickNOT FADE AWAY: INTERSTELLAR RESCUE SERIES BOOK 4 by Donna S Frelick

VS Note: Lovely to see her return to the series. On my TBR.

Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.

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alien capturedALIEN CAPTURED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 5)  by Marie Dry

VS Note: On my TBR list, which is now HUGE!

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son.

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance.

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out.

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antigenANTIGEN (LOVE AND WAR BOOK 2) by R A Steffan

VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series, ANTIDOTE, so of course I one clicked this book.

Ryder isn’t a stupid woman, and she knows better than to volunteer for things. Volunteering always gets you into trouble. So it’s really no surprise when her undercover operation to retrieve Temple Akenzua from the belly of a Regime prison goes tits-up in fairly short order.

With Ryder stuck on the wrong side of the bars, the rescue mission has now become a mission of survival. Her only hope—and Temple’s—lies with her comrades in the Shadow Wing. Ryder just needs to stay alive until they come up with a plan.

Of course, that would be quite a bit easier if her former bondmate wasn’t dead-set on seeing her, well… dead. And, as a Regime official, he has the clout to make sure she disappears without a trace.

When all hell breaks loose, the human Ryder was supposed to rescue suddenly becomes her only ally as they fight to protect each other and make it to freedom.

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forbittenFORBITTEN by Linda Mooney

Not all who are bitten are turned.

After World War III, better known as the Nuclear War, survivors were forced to move underground, where they had a better chance of survival. Those who were caught above ground in the aftermath inevitably died of exposure. However, the animals and vegetation were not so lucky. Although most species survived, they also mutated. And sometimes those mutations reached the remaining human population.

Shaddoe March lives in one of those subterranean bunkers, called SubForty. Her life is nowhere idyllic. No one’s is. But she’s healthy, and that means she has a future. Until, one day, her nightmare becomes reality, and she’s infected.
She is thrown out of the bunker, above ground, unarmed and alone to face the hideous creatures and other Condemned who’ve been discarded to face their inevitable deaths. As she prepares herself for the worst, she finds redemption.

Chyler Comstock was also infected, but he didn’t turn, and he’s not dead. Yet. Neither are the thirty-two other souls who’ve banded together for the sake of survival. When he meets Shaddoe, he’s more than willing to let her join their group, but not until the critical thirty-seven-hour window is passed. If she remains human after that, then she’ll be welcomed.

But, for now, it’s a waiting game, and the world ran out of patience decades ago.

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skye byrnSKYE BYRN by Drew Avera

VS note: No romance apparently but a strong heroine.

Doing a favor for her mentor Sammy P., Skye Byrn runs in one of the usual suspects on Ter, a small time Crunkhead named Trudy, another one of Sammy’s works in progress. Then a crime lord’s bomb rocks the station and Skye’s world will never be whole again.

Determined to find the bomber and put an end to their takeover attempt—and their existence, Skye enlists an unlikely ally, Trudy. As the station descends into madness, she finds herself in the fight of her life. If she fails to stop the takeover, she’ll be just another victim in their growing body count.

Skye brings the heat and there’s no price she won’t pay for vengeance.

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materfamiliasMATERFAMILIAS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 7) by Wendie Nordgren

The peaceful reprieve for which Teagan and the Empire have fought ends before it begins. Fear, suspicion, and distrust carry with them dire consequences of universal magnitude as the Parvac Empire and Galaxic Government prepare for war. However, is it some unknown political faction that is attempting to destroy their burgeoning peace, or is it the work of an alien species which threatens them all?
When Teagan accepts a secret spy mission to learn the truth, her participation creates civil unrest among the Empire’s citizens.

Soon, everyone will learn the true power of the Materfamilias Caste.

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unit 77UNIT 77 BROKEN (THE CYBRG FILES BOOK 1) by Mina Carter and Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I’m excited to see these two team up! One clicked, read the book in one sitting and WOW, it was SO good. I can’t wait for the next one.

Unit 77 is a cyborg…but he used to be so much more. Tortured by glimpses of his past, former Captain Andrew Fischer goes through his days in a metallic nightmare, feeling broken inside though he doesn’t know why.

Doctor Claudia Chambers is distraught. After a land mine blew up Drew Fischer and his unit of elite Space Corps Marines, she was forced to implant the CyBRG device in all of them which turned the men into machines. But she keeps catching glimpses of humanity from the supposedly inhuman Captain…could it be that part of Drew is still in there, longing to get out? Claudia is almost afraid to hope–she loved Drew once and thought he might return the feelings. But how can a woman love a machine?
And can the machine ever love her back?

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metal wolfMETAL WOLF by Lauren Esker

Sarah Metzger gave up her dream of becoming an astrophysicist to care for her widowed father after a farming accident. The only stars she’ll ever know are the ones she sees through her telescope from her bedroom window.

Until an injured soldier from outer space crashes into her life … literally.

Wolf shifter Rei was enslaved as a child and forced to fight for the galactic empire who conquered his people. When his stolen spaceship plunged into Earth’s atmosphere, he never dreamed he might find sanctuary, home, and love.

On Sarah’s world, in Sarah’s arms, he can finally began to heal. Perhaps there is a future for him other than fighting.

But the empire that stole him as a child has tracked him across the universe to find his hiding place.

A lush, beautiful world, with no idea that aliens exist … and no defenses against them.

A world called Earth.

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makepeace swordTHE MAKEPEACE SWORD (BARYNA HEIRS BOOK 1) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author states “…first in a new series, set on a new world. The country of Baryna is partially sci-fi, partially medieval…”

The king’s heir, Romaden, is grown now, but certainly not ready to take his rightful place as king. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even know he’s the heir! But when his guardians urge him to overthrow the dictator and assume his rightful place, Romaden quickly finds there’s more to it than just showing up. First he has to locate his Heartsinger, the one person in the kingdom who can keep him on the straight and narrow.

From the time she hits puberty, Talinea of Snowshine Pass knows her destiny–Heartsinger to the king. Preparing for the arduous duties, she trains to guard her king against his enemies. Once her training is complete, she has only one more task. Find him.

And then there’s the missing Makepeace sword.

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reverse abductionREVERSE ABDUCTION ( ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais

It’s not fair that only males get to go out and pillage the universe. Being born a female automatically means staying home and birthing the next generation of warriors.

Azteriya has other plans.

She has a dream of traveling the galaxy and exploring strange new worlds. Fighting fierce foes. Of clubbing a viable male to bring home to her mother so that her transgression is forgiven.

When a chance to escape arises, she takes it, but what will Azteriya do when she not only finds the adventure she’s been seeking but love too?

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iskaISKA (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 4) by Arcadia Shield

When a jaded alien and a nerdy role-playing human find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous alien game, they must put aside their fears and use their skills to stay alive.

Iska Matusa is pissed. At himself, at the world, at everything. His latest bounty is proving hard to pin down and he’s losing his cool. The only thing that calms him is the long hours he spends role-playing with the elusive, gorgeous Warrior Princess. The things he’d do to her if only she was real.

Avril Anwell spends her days keeping her head down and her mouth shut. A life of being abandoned and ignored means she knows that’s the safe thing to do. Only in her kick-ass role of Warrior Princess can she be her true self. She’s fearless, confident, and sexy as hell.

It also helps that she plays alongside a hot, mysterious gamer called Fang. She’d love to know the real Fang but is too afraid to get close. Rejection kicks like a mule.

When the game turns into a real-life nightmare for Avril, Iska puts everything he’s worked for on the line to fight for her life. He won’t stop fighting until she’s in his arms and stroking his tail.

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narchis dragonNARCHIS DRAGON (DRAGONS OF BREVIA SHADOW SQUAD BOOK 1) by Zoey Harper

For Narchis, captain of an elite team of dragons, falling in love is not an option. How could it be, when his entire career has fallen to lows he never imagined it could? But when a deadly mission brings a curvy, sassy woman his way, the restrained dragon will have to reconsider everything he knows about love.

Zara hates shifters. After years of running from them, getting kidnapped for a breeding program pushes her to her limit. But just when things look bleak, she’s rescued by a powerful group of dragons. All she wants to do is go home, but there’s one dragon, with intense gray eyes, who gets under her skin.

Soon, the sexual energy between them grows hotter than a dragon’s fire, but an old enemy’s growing menace will push Narchis and Zara to make life-threatening sacrifices if they want to survive.

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touch of a dragonTOUCH OF A DRAGON by Kim Knox

VS Note: A re-release.

“Do you want to live?”

Half dead and under a heap of rubble, Leona Munro isn’t going to turn down that offer. Yet accepting, spins her life out of control. She is the Chosen and what that means no one will say.

Thrown into the world of magic she secretly craves, Leona must find the strength to survive. Too many people want to use what she is to their own advantage in the war between technology and magic. She can trust no one…least of all the sinfully attractive Samuel Blake.

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damage controlDAMAGE CONTROL (JULIET’S TRILOGY BOOK 1)  by David Bridger

VS note: A re-release

Kath Preston and Jen Stenberg are damage control engineers in the generation starship Romeo,582 years into its 800-year journey from frozen Earth to humanity’s hopeful future on planet Nirvana. When they were schoolgirl best friends, Romeo’s population was doubled to 10,000 by taking on survivors from its stricken sister ship Juliet in the disaster that claimed the life of Kath’s hero father Peter.

On Christmas Eve seventeen years later, in the space of a single 24-hour duty while the people of Romeo are preparing to enjoy the holiday, can Kath and Jen step into Peter’s hero shoes when the actions of a murderous rogue crewman and the lurking ghost of the Juliet conspire to threaten Romeo’s safety and the lives of those they love?

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child thiefTHE CHILD THIEF by Bella Forrest

VS note: I don’t see any mention of a romance in the blurb, but the book is listed in SFR so…

America in 2105 is beset with mass inequality, poverty and increasingly large numbers of the poor. This, combined with the breakdown of families and marriages has led to huge economic and societal burdens. A fractured and divided America ushers in an authoritarian government that promises to solve all these problems in one stroke with a radical solution.

Welcome to the CRAS: the Child Redistribution Adoption System. Also known as the cure for America’s failing economy… and the bane of nineteen-year-old Robin Sylvone’s existence.

Under the System, not all parents can expect to keep the children they bring into the world: families who are not self-sustaining have their children taken and given to the rich.

And as a single teen mother, Robin fell within the scope of the scheme and lost her baby two years ago.

After being forced to drop out of school and become a factory worker in order to support herself, she doesn’t see much light in her future—or hold any hope of seeing her child again.

Until she stumbles upon a group of misfits who share her frustrations and desire for change. An underground movement that operates in some rather clever yet unconventional ways…

By day they still call me Robin Sylvone. Factory worker and upper class reject.

But now, by night, they call me Robin Hood.

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reaper at the gatesA REAPER AT THE GATES (EMBER IN THE ASHES) by Sabaa Tahir

VS note: YA, part of a very popular series.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

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supermoonSUPERMOON by H A Swain

VS note: YA but sounds interesting.

Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It’s the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol.

Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn’t know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?

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venom in the veinsVENOM IN THE VEINS (AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK) by Jennifer Estep

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

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betroth to a dragonBETROTHED TO THE DRAGON (LICK OF FIRE) by Kara Lockharte

I like to pretend I’m just another immigrant trying make her way in New York City…but I’m not.You may know of my family from stories of an older age. Across all nations, all cultures, my family was once worshipped as gods, cursed as demons and shunned as otherworldly creatures.

Reality? I am shen, but the worst kind of shen there is.

One who would rather pretend to be human than to rule them. One with no magic. One hunted by the immortal monster that killed my parents.

And now, I just discovered how grandma found us refuge in America, how she thought she could save me.

She betrothed me – to a dragon.

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ruffled feathersRUFFLED FEATHERS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 5) by Stephanie West

The jungle was lovely. The trees and vining flora had awoken. Their verdant new growth stretching upward to fill in the canopy. Luscious blooms in every shade imaginable seemed to unfurl before her very eyes. It was the season of rebirth, her favorite time of year on Braccio, and yet Cygne felt out of pace with all of nature. She didn’t begrudge nature for her beauty. Cygne just wished it had cast a fraction of its bounty her way. But some things weren’t meant to be, no matter how much you wished for them.

Cygne knew life had more to offer, so she left her lush valley to find it, rather than burden her flock any longer. That’s when she found them, the five vibrant males who looked like her. All her life Cygne thought she was damaged, deformed, only to discover she wasn’t Braccio at all. For a brief moment she knew what it felt like to be normal, only to have it snatched away again, when she realized that even among her own kind she was drab and lifeless.

Yet the winged males insisted she was beautiful. Cygne didn’t know if it was a cruel joke, and she couldn’t figure out what the handsome broodmates wanted with her, as she became wrapped up in their foreign world. But it was so nice to be wanted, even if it was all a pretty dream.

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fixing paytonFIXING PAYTON (PERILAEGIS SERIES BOOK 1) by Amy Prutsman and  Kimi Milliron

VS note: Kind of mixed reviews so decide for yourself. I have not read it.

As a Phoenix Perilaegis, it’s Payton’s job to help the innocent, but she’s determined to deny her destiny. So what happens when sexy and determined Ulysses decides to change her mind?

Centuries ago, Payton tried to do the right thing and she still carries the scars. Since then, she refuses to help innocents lest she repeat the sins of her past. Instead, she flits from one flock to the next, always on the outside with no home to call her own. Turning a blind eye to those she should help, she lives a shadowed life among humans, unable to stand up for herself and haunted by the ghosts of her past.

Her only solace comes in her garden. There, she coaxes plants to bloom and finds comfort in bringing forth new life. She’s happy and determined to remain alone among her flowers. But when the mischievous owner of her favorite nursery sets her sights on setting Payton up for romance, everything falls apart.

Ulysses sweeps into Payton’s life at the worst possible time…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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hunt the moonHUNT THE MOON (MATED BY FATE) by Kari Cole

Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding? When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers arrives in Montana and discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted, and Izzy should know…she is one.

Luke Wyland never planned on becoming an Alpha. He’s still navigating how to protect the pack from the rogue threat that’s been hunting in his territory, claiming his father as one of their victims. Yet the moment Luke lays eyes on Izzy, something primal takes root. Finding a mate who wants nothing to do with him is a complication he doesn’t need, but letting Izzy go isn’t an option.

After a childhood marred by shifter violence, Luke is everything Izzy was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? With a thinning pack to defend, Luke knows what he has to do: embolden Izzy to unleash her true nature—or risk losing everything.

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wife legacy huxleyTHE WIFE LEGACY: HUXLEY (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 6) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

The world, at large, is in crisis but so is the marriage between Tia and her husbands. She thought she could trust them all but when one man betrays her, the cracks in the relationship are revealed.

In a desperate, emotional finale to the Six Men of Alaska saga, Tia is faced with her worst enemy one last time.

A gun is placed in someone’s hands and the trigger is pulled.

No one is safe and time is running out.

When you play the lottery, you enter a deadly game. At least, you do when Christina Thorne is your wife.

Love is a gamble, but this is one legacy worth betting on.

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shadow on the wingSHADOW ON THE WING (ARYSIA BELLMONT BOOK 1)  by Katya Moore

When I was four, someone sold my family out to a cult bent on destroying the world.
They destroyed my childhood instead.
I was torn from my people, torn from who I was meant to be, and tossed from home to home.
After a lifetime of neglect, I’ve found a family of my own at McKinnett’s Pub.
They’re the only ones I let in.

On my twenty-first birthday, my past and my future collide.
I come to my senses in the arms of a handsome stranger, with his equally handsome friends cleaning up one hell of a mess.
The more time I spend with them, the harder it is to keep them at arm’s length.

Will embracing the dragon trapped within me save me from danger, or send me spiraling deeper in?
Will dancing with these four tempting dragons leave me burned?
The fate of the world may hang in the balance.
No pressure.

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witch doctor is inTHE WITCH DOCTOR IS IN (WASHINGTON MEDICAL: VAMPIRE WARD BOOK 1) by Mindy Klasky

Dr. Ashley McDonnell, a witch, always knew running a hospital for paranormal creatures would be a challenge. But then she lost her magical powers. And Empire General’s operating license was put in jeopardy. And the most valuable supernatural drug in all of Washington DC was stolen from the hospital’s impermeable safe.

Now, Ash must work to regain her lost powers, even as she fights to discover who is undermining the hospital’s upcoming inspection. All of which would be a lot easier if she weren’t distracted by Secret Service agent Nick Raines, a newly turned vampire who appeared at Empire General the night everything went wrong.

How can Ash regain her magic when the vampire making her hormones hum may be the man sabotaging her career?

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his wolfs desireHIS WOLF’S DESIRE by Shannon Nydia

VS Note: From May

Bradford Dalton and Jayla Stanton are both shifters. Each has their own reason for not wanting to be in a relationship with their own kind. Suddenly finding out that they are mates is a shock to both of them. There’s no way in hell these work enemies will ever be together. Brad and Jayla are desperate to find a way to coexist with their shifter sides. They just have to contend with the fact they have sexual chemistry that is off the charts. Jayla can turn his body to steel with just one smoldering look. Brad can make Jayla quiver in anticipation with just one touch. You won’t hear either one of them complaining about succumbing to their insatiable need for the other. Sure they can have hot sex which knocks them on their ass, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever fall for the other. Right?

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stealing the snow leopards heartSTEALING THE SNOW LEOPARD’S HEART (SHIFTER SUSPENSE BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Snow leopard shifter Lance MacInnis never thought he’d meet his mate. But Keeley Smith is everything he never dared to hope for. Brave, kind, and fiercely protective of the adorable baby dragon she rescued from evil shifters.

When everything else in his life seems to be going wrong, she’s the only thing he can be sure of.

He says he loves me. But he doesn’t know the truth. If he did, he’d never look at me again.

Keeley has spent the last ten years running from her past. When she saves a newly-hatched dragon and discovers the secret world of shifters, she thinks she’s finally found her chance to turn over a new leaf. To be a good person, at last.

But she wasn’t expecting to fall in love. Of everything she’s done, that might just be the worst.

Especially since her past has just caught up with her.

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goddesss choiceGODDESS’S CHOICE (A CHILDREN OF THE GODS PREQUEL) by I T Lucas 

Promised to the power-hungry god Mortdh, the young Annani is determined to find a way out of the prearranged political union that would one day put Mortdh on the throne.
Even though Khiann is the son of a merchant and not a member of the leading circle, the handsome young god is a much more appealing choice. Now all she has to do is convince him that she is worth chancing an all-out civil war over succession and possibly his very life.

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queen of the underworldQUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD (CERBERUS BOOK 3) by Helen Scott

Poppy’s to-do list might be short, but it’s not easy.

1. Make it to the Underworld before the insidious human organization that wants to control it
2. Defend the Underworld the Norse goddess of Helheim
3. Claim the throne

A battle for the Underworld is brewing. Taking the throne might be close to impossible between having a goddess and a secretive human organization bent on the domination of all the realms on her tail. How can Poppy, her hellhounds, and her judges defend it?
It doesn’t help when one of her judges goes missing while she sleeps. When they fall under attack Poppy must choose between fighting, staying safe, and searching for her missing man.

After a wild chase through the Underworld, Poppy has three questions. Who can she trust? Who will betray her for power? How many more secrets the Underworld is hiding?

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his rogue bearHIS ROGUE BEAR (WERES AND WITCHES OF SILVERLAKE BOOK 11) by Vella Day

One murder. One lost memory. Two mates trying not to die.

Werebear Blair Murdoch doesn’t think things can get any worse. Boy, is she wrong. While she struggles to find her bear, she has to deal with a super hot werewolf, Ronan Laramie, who insists on sticking around. The problem is that she can’t remember a damn thing about a murder she’s supposed to have committed. Talk about going from bad to worst.

Ronan considers his assignment to protect Blair good fortune until he finds out that he has to battle with his wolf to keep from ravishing her every second of every day. Then catastrophe strikes, and Ronan has no choice but to prepare for battle.

Can these two star-crossed lovers live long enough to fulfill their fantasy life, or will a power great than they’ve ever known rip them apart?

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vesuviusIN THE SHADOW: VESUVIUS EPISODE 1 A ROMAN TIME SLIP ROMANCE by JL Madore

Danika Glass grew up feeling more connected to the past than to real life. With her gift of Psychometry, touching antiques allows her to witness glimpses of history unfolding first hand. A successful relic hunter and thief, when Danika touches a rare Roman coin, she is suddenly not seeing history but living it.

Hurled back in time to Rome, 79 AD, Danika realizes that the coin’s energy is gone and she is trapped. Catapulted into the intrigues of politics, soldiers, and spies, she walks the dangerous line between convincing her captors of the coming danger and making herself a target. With time ticking, these violent men of the past threaten to not only claim her body and her life . . . but also her heart. For here, Quintus Porcius Magnus, the Praetorian guard tasked to discover her truths, shows her a level of loyalty so foreign to her that when faced with a choice, Danika is torn between two vastly different paths—one of safety and the other of desire.

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ice bloodICE BLOOD (STEAM DRAGON SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

Mia has the power to defy gravity and endure the harshest winters. Mia also has the power to kill. Specifically, when it comes to dragons, who have a natural weakness against her gifts. And that’s fine by her. She’ll happily kill any dragon for the right price, since she’s not particularly fond of them. What she doesn’t know, however, is that her new, potential employer happens to be a dragon as well.

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chaos magicCHAOS MAGIC (RUNE WITCH BOOK 5) by Jennifer Willis

Sally is struggling under Loki’s tutelage and suspects he’s again up to no good. She’s trying to make amends in the aftermath of devastating loss, but the Lodge is in upheaval and Odin’s children have scattered—giving an ancient and dreaded enemy the perfect opportunity to stake her own claim.

When the goddess of the underworld and her undead draugar start wreaking havoc in Portland—burning down Sally’s apartment building and even kidnapping her new boyfriend—the members of the Lodge must find a way to band together to protect the city and themselves.

With her friends’ lives in the balance, Sally must confront her own true nature. How deep does her chaos magick really run?

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prisoner of the crownPRISONER OF THE CROWN by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: This book is associated with Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms series and takes place in the same world but she was quite emphatic that this book is not a romance at all and deals with some dark topics. I really enjoy Jeffe’s fantasy romance series – there’s even a minor character named for me in one book! – so I thought I’d list this  related title despite it not being a romance. It’s definitely on my TBR list.

In icy Dasnaria, rival realm to the Twelve Kingdoms, a woman’s role is to give pleasure, produce heirs, and question nothing. But a plot to overthrow the emperor depends on the fate of his eldest daughter. And the treachery at its heart will change more than one carefully limited life . . .
 
THE GILDED CAGE
Princess Jenna has been raised in supreme luxury—and ignorance. Within the sweet-scented, golden confines of the palace seraglio, she’s never seen the sun, or a man, or even learned her numbers. But she’s been schooled enough in the paths to a woman’s power. When her betrothal is announced, she’s ready to begin the machinations that her mother promises will take Jenna from ornament to queen.

But the man named as Jenna’s husband is no innocent to be cozened or prince to charm. He’s a monster in human form, and the horrors of life under his thumb are clear within moments of her wedding vows. If Jenna is to live, she must somehow break free—and for one born to a soft prison, the way to cold, hard freedom will be a dangerous path indeed.

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VS Note: I’ve been giving all my attention to my Badari Warriors series of late, but have you read my Alien Empath series? The books are standalone but related, and set in my Sectors scifi romance universe. Star Cruise: Stowaway (which first appeared in the Pets In Space 1 anthology) is the novella that was written first (with two other non empath SFR short stories included in the book).  Then Danger, followed by Two, and finally Fated. The three full length novels have a somewhat higher heat level than the novella. (I’m generally kind of a 3 on a 5 level scale of hotness, I’d say.)

All 4 books available at all the major ebook sellers!

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Buy Links for STOWAWAY: Amazon     iBooks  B&N         Kobo

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 6

May 30

May 23

May 16

May 9

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

 

We’ll Get You Out Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

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

The excerpt: 

Taura curled into the smallest ball she could make of herself, hands over her ears as the sound of the pulse rifles in the corridor outside whined and reverberated. Suddenly, a man stepped into the cell, emerging from the swirling smoke like a hero in an adventure trideo. “I’m sure I heard something,” he said over his shoulder to companions she couldn’t see.

Eyes stinging, tears coursing down her cheeks, she reached out, tugging at his pants leg, “Help me, please.”

Shifting his weapon to leave his hands free, the soldier crouched in front of her. His eyes glowed golden as he said, “We’ll get you out, lady.” He picked her up in a single motion, rising to his full height, and hastened from the cell.

“Where did you find her?” another soldier asked her rescuer as he continued to move rapidly away from the building. The entire structure was alight and she shivered at the sight. But for her mysterious hero, she’d have been a casualty and no one would ever have known.

Much more to come of course!

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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Veronica Takes a New Quiz!

Quiz Red 3D Word Test Exam Assessment

You know me, always on the lookout for fun quizzes to take and compare my answers to some celebrity’s! Found a good one in a recent issue of Marie Claire magazine, so here are a few of my answers. Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish took their quiz and her answers are much more glamorous than mine (and we obviously live totally different lives, not unexpectedly).

Best career advice I’ve gotten: Write a book, then write the next book and repeat. Also, write a series if you can, which I’m doing now with my Badari Warriors.

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Moment I felt I’d made it: When I started to introduce myself to a famous author at a conference and before I got my name out, she said she knew who *I* was and that she’d enjoyed my books.  I mean, wow! That was a thrill…

How I made my first dollar: Babysitting (but I didn’t belong to a cool club like the Babysitters LOL.) First paid job where they deducted taxes was as the counter girl at a dry cleaner’s. By the way, Ms. Haddish’s first job was babysitting as well, which was about the only similarity between our answers.

Favorite perk of the job: Meeting authors whose books I’ve loved and being able to tell them how much their words have meant to me.

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be: a frustrated writer! With manuscripts galore under the bed…And probably still doing subcontracts and process improvement at NASA/JPL (the former day job).

3 Qualities that got me where I am today: Creativity (for which I credit my mysterious Muse), ability to juggle many tasks and bring them to completion, and networking, which is my sekrit superpower.

Song I want played at my funeral: “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys and my family knows this! It’s my anthem.

What every woman should try once in her lifetime: Ok, just wow, I’d never be presumptuous enough to try to tell every other woman on Earth what to try or not try. I can only speak to my own experience and I think the times I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone have been the most rewarding. Maybe I never do that particular thing again, whatever it was, but I’m better and more self confident for having tried something that seemed daunting. The times I’ve let an opportunity to push my limits go by me (if I heard that little voice inside telling me to go for it), there are regrets. But I’ll never be jumping out of a plane, ok? Splash Mountain at Disneyland was enough terror and falling for me.

One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Networking

One thing I’m exceptionally bad at (but do anyway): Dancing. Do they need a scifi romance author on Dancing With The Stars yet? Can I have Ardem as my partner?

How I clear my mind after a bad day: Chocolate. I also meditate, pet the cat, take a walk, drive and play loud music, drink tea, read or re-read a favorite book, watch a favorite  movie – whatever seems to fit the moment and the mood. Any or all of this works…I’m also a morning person and things are always better in the morning.

My 1st kiss: That’s for me to know and you to not know. But it was very good…

Matt and me down the aisleCraziest thing I did for love: Fly out here to Southern California to marry my high school sweetie when we were 19 and be a USMC lance corporal’s wife…which worked out VERY well indeed actually.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

‘Quiz’ photo from DepositPhoto. Other photos are Author’s own.

 

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 6

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

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HEART OF THE DEEP (THE KRAKEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: I love this series and really enjoyed this book – an excellent continuation of the scifi romance series!

Larkin has spent almost a year hunting the monstrous kraken in the hope that they knew the whereabouts of her missing brother. Her efforts finally come to fruition when she and the other rangers capture three of the beasts — but the reality is nothing like the stories they’ve been told, and the kraken are not the monsters she expected. Dracchus awes her, captivates her, and makes her long for things she’d never dared dream. With tensions between their people escalating, can she jeopardize everything by trusting him? Is a taste of him worth her life?

Dracchus has risked himself countless times for the sake of his people, doing anything and everything to protect and provide for them. Between the vocal, anti-human kraken at home and the hunters prowling the seas, everything is falling apart around him. But when he meets Larkin, he allows himself hope — hope for a mate of his own, for a family of his own. She is his match, unlike any female he’s ever known. To have her, he’ll have to endanger her, along with all those he’s come to care for. After years of selflessness, how much is he willing to gamble to fulfill his own desires?

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fallout scionsFALLOUT: SCIONS OF THE EMPIRE #2 by Athena Grayson

A good deed is a hard sell when you’re a bad girl.

Among Landfall’s elite, reputation runs everything–even the economy. Princess Ione has cashed in on playing the party girl for most of her life, but not even an imperial princess can escape the fallout of one too many scandals. Her efforts to repair her reputation have tanked, but she gets one last chance to make good, by planning a charity function for an embattled colony world. If she’s going to go from party princess to people’s princess, she’s going to need all the friends she can get, including the man who could have been her prince, but can now only be her secret.

For Den Hades, his rising star comes with a dangerous tail. His father’s rage has only grown since Den’s one act of defiance ruined his House’s chances of alliance with the Imperial House–and kept him away from the princess who captured his heart. Den’s rising Social Capital edges him closer to achieving Scionhood and freedom, but his father’s influence peels more of Den’s friends away. As his friends buckle under pressure from their own Houses to choose sides, his only chance is to find allies among his enemies and keep his secrets closer than ever–including his secret relationship with Ione.

It’s not the fall that’ll kill you…It’s the sudden stop at the end.

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wild cards and iron horsesWILD CARDS AND IRON HORSES by Sheryl Nantus

VS Note: A re-release from Sheryl

Their love rides on a spring and a prayer…

During the recent Civil War, a soldier risked his life to save Jonathan Handleston—and lost. With the help of an advanced metal brace on his crippled hand, Jon now travels from one poker tournament to the next, determined to earn enough money to repay the man’s debt.

Prosperity Ridge is supposed to be the last stop on his quest, but his brace is broken and he needs an engineer to repair the delicate mechanisms. The only one available is Samantha Weatherly, a beautiful anomaly in a world ruled by men.

Sam is no fool. Jon is no different from any other gambler—except for his amazing prosthetic. Despite a demanding project to win a critical contract to develop an iron horse, she succumbs to the lure of working on the delicate mechanisms. And working with the handsome Englishman.

Like a spring being coiled, Samantha and Jon are inexorably drawn together. Sam begins to realize honor wears many faces, and she becomes the light at the end of Jon’s journey to redemption. The only monkey wrench is Victor, a rival gambler who will stop at nothing to make sure Jon misses the tournament. Even destroy Jon’s and Sam’s lives.

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blaze of gloryBLAZE OF GLORY (3 Books in one Volume) by Sheryl Nantus

VS note: Sheryl is re-releasing all 3 books in her super hero series in one volume. Blurb is for book 1.

Jo Tanis is a superhero, fighting evil on the city streets–and it’s all just a show.

When Earth comes under attack, suddenly the show becomes deadly real. Unable to deal, the “supers” are falling in droves. Millions are going to die…unless Jo can cobble together a team from among the survivors. Including Hunter, the super-hot super who seems to know more than he should about how the mysterious Agency that kept them all under control.

Forcing a rag-tag bunch of former enemies to work together is the least of Jo’s problems. The trick is determining if Hunter is friend or foe–and becoming the hero everyone thought she was before the world is destroyed for real.

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alphas and airshipsALPHAS AND AIRSHIPS (STEAM PUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 2) by Melanie Karsek

While airship pirates are a common plague upon the kingdom, the airship Fenrir proves particularly troublesome–especially on a full moon.

Clemeny must take to the skies before these shape-shifting Vikings kick off a new Ragnarok. Easier said than done now that she’s down one good eye, a partner, and not to mention the fact that she gets motion sick.

On top of that, the new scar across her face makes Clemeny feel like she’ll have better luck intimidating her foes than finding a beau. But Agent Edwin Hunter, recently assigned as head of Clemeny’s division, is proving to be an interesting prospect. Despite her apprehensions, it’s up to Agent Louvel to chase Fenrir across the heavens.

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theirs to pleasureTHEIRS TO PLEASURE by Stasia Black

Shay bringing meals to his cell a few times a week is the only bright spot in the sh%t show that has become Charlie’s existence after being captured by the enemy.
He can’t stop thinking about her.
The barest brush of fingertips as she passes him his tray through the slot in the door.
How she looks up at him through her eyelashes with those gorgeous, haunting green eyes of hers.
Where did she come from?
Who the hell is giving her those bruises on her face?
And more importantly, how can Charlie protect her when he himself is locked up like an animal?

But then one day, Shay’s saves him.
She breaks him out of prison and says she knows where Charlie’s sister is—the sister Charlie was afraid was dead.
As soon as Charlie’s free, he makes a vow.
He’ll protect Shay at all costs, even if it means his life.

There’s just one little problem.
The township where his sister lives?
Turns out they have a law that every woman must marry five men.
And His. Sister. Married. Five. Guys.

Even worse? Shay’s the next up for the lottery.

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xander nova forceXANDER (THE NOVA FORCE BOOK 1) by Vivienne Savage

In a future where anything alien is mistrusted, Doctor Xander Vargas hides his true nature. Reassignment to a new ship is the second chance he needs, and spoiling it isn’t an option. Until he meets his one temptation, a woman his alien genes would kill for.

Sergeant Thandie Kruger finds herself under the care of the navy’s sexiest cybernetic surgeon. She should resist him, but she’s fascinated, and his mysterious eyes hold a dozen secrets.

Although they’re divided by rank and united by undeniable attraction, there are bigger problems in the galaxy. Cyborgs like Thandie are vanishing from colonies at an alarming rate.

And anyone could be next.

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diamond embersDIAMOND EMBERS: THE BEGINNING OF DRAGONS (JEWELED EMBERS) by Jadyn Chase

At an ultra-secret military base in Antarctica, Project: Reborn Fire has succeeded in creating genetically engineered dragons to serve as the perfect all-purpose weapons.

The Sapphire, Obsidian, and Diamond dragons are all beautiful and deadly. But the plan goes astray when the dragons, built in part from human DNA, begin to show a chameleon-like ability to fully change their shape and appear as men.
Then, in a single night, the project is lost entirely when an asteroid strike sends the world into an apocalyptic nightmare. After that, the powerful dragons establish rule over the ruined planet.

The Diamond and his devoted scientist, Dr. Rose Morgan, leave the Antarctic base along with the Diamond clones and their female humans. They find a sheltered tropical beach where they will rebuild their lives.

But Rose and the other women quickly learn that when in human form, these Dragonmen – strong and handsome and protective as they are – also have the cold and distant personalities of their dragon sides. They compete viciously with each other for leadership and have little concept of love for their females.

If they hope to find not mere survival with their dragon mates, but real love and a new life worth living, Rose and the other women must somehow reach the human side of their Dragonmen – but that could be a very dangerous task, if not an impossible one.

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joaquinJO’AQUIN (A HEXONIAN ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE BOOK 1)  by Charmaine Ross

When her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, scared and alone, Lauren mistakes a light in the sky for rescue. The help she thinks is coming turns out to be a terror far more sinister than she ever could imagine.

Jo’Aquin is honour-bound to fight the war against the Reptiles. He has a personal score to settle with them and he won’t let anything stand in his way. Stationed as protector over the Earth, Jo’Aquin chases a suspicious Reptilian craft as it crashes though a wormhole and into another galaxy in a failed attempt at escape.

Lauren wakes to find herself on an alien planet in the arms of the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on, only to learn that he’s an alien and she’s stranded on a planet that is definitely not Earth. When they’re taken prisoner by the planet’s natives, an old shaman woman tells Lauren she is the key to free the mind-enslaved from the evil Reptiles.

Jo’Aquin is imposing and aloof, and Lauren knows he hides a soul-destroying secret. Lauren has her own secrets. But there’s something about the way that he touches her that sets her skin on fire and sparks flying through her veins.

Can Lauren be the saviour everyone thinks she is, despite the desperate battle of life and death she finds herself in? 

Can Jo’Aquin save the woman who, against all odds, has stolen the heart he was determined never to give?

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blayzeBLAYZE (TALONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Celeste Raye

Belle is a CIA agent dreaming of staying in one place to make a home and believes she had found it until the news of a terrorist attack in the city of her childhood ends that dream. She is given the assignment of getting to the truth behind the attacks and finds a deeper attachment than she imagined. The pictures of the incidents sicken and shock her, yet she refuses to believe the rumors that the Talonian weredragons are responsible.

Blayze has chosen a job that is simply outrageous for a weredragon. He works on an oil rig in the Texas gulf, where dragon fire is a hazard. He is captured by the terrorists and unwittingly recruited to bring destruction and death to mankind. His only hope depends on the tenacity of the woman he fell in love with on the dance floor, Special Agent Belle Simons.

The terrorists have broken something inside Blayze and he can not be trusted to control himself. As the world awaits the outcome of the terrorists regime and the weredragons innocence is questioned, he fights a personal battle within.

The terrorist plan unravels, revealing a shocking, diabolical schemer. To him the weredragons, including Blayze are expendable. Belle feels differently. Will you?

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evexEVEX (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr

Evex Ein doesn’t care for humans. They are weak and pathetic.
He captured one to get trade secrets.
But this human man has an amulet, and inside was a photo of her.
With her fiery red hair and glaring look, he knew he wanted to play with her.
So he sets out to find her, in a world where it is forbidden to speak to humans.

When he finds her, she is sad. Having lost her husband.
Evex Ein now has a secret to keep from her.
He was the one that killed her husband.
But he only wants her for play, and then he will return her home.

But Imuna is pure fire.
He seduces her, as he is always able to do with females.
But after returning her home, she haunts his mind.
He needs her back.

But he can’t have her.
There are too many obstacles and he must let her go.
But when he finds out that she carries his child, all bets are off.

How can he get the woman that carries his alien child to love him, once
she finds out his dark secret?

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caveman aliens prideCAVEMAN ALIEN’S PRIDE (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye

Aurora: I’m being carried caveman-style through an alien jungle.By an actual caveman, seven feet tall and all bulging muscle.And he’s tied me up so I can’t move.In fairness, I did shoot him with my bow and arrow first.

Twice.

I don’t know where he’s carrying me. But I do know that these guys like to abduct Earth girls and then make them pregnant. And the lusty way this guy looks at me with his piercing eyes, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.

Trak’zor: She’s small and round and beautiful. She’s the first woman I’ve ever seen. And she shot me. She’s dangerous. But so am I.I was going to take her home and determine what to do with her. But I also want to throw her down, tear off her garments and Worship her right here in the jungle.

After all, I found her. She’s mine.

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cocky virgin prince of android cityCOCKY VIRGIN PRINCE (OF ANDROID CITY) by Wendy Rathbone

MM romance novella. A human drama on a futuristic backdrop set in an unknown time.

You are about to enter the Exalted Sacred Chamber of Pleasure. You are about to participate in the Rite of Ecstasy. All humans of Android City must go through this rite to honor the body-temple while they are still young and have all their natural human attributes.

But…

You are unwilling, unsure, unhappy, and you are a cocky, defiant prince who hates his life.

Your story began when your one true love left when you were twelve and you barely knew what love was. You never got over it. You named him your number one archenemy. And you have decreed, as Prince Night of Android City, that no one touches your royal ass. No one.

Nevertheless, your father the cyborg king forces you into the Sacred Chamber.

And who should appear after nine years of sorrow, grief and loneliness but your very best friend from childhood. Yes, the one who left you. The one who entered the Academy of Sacred Pleasure to become one of the sexiest and most talented Guides for leading others in the Rite of Ecstasy.

Your number one archenemy. He is a beautiful man now, and you hate him even more than you can imagine. Though by law you cannot leave the Chamber until your virginity is forfeit, you don’t care.

You will never let him touch you.

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redsonREDSON (VLG SERIES BOOK 10) by Laurann Dohner

Rescued as a child by her grandpa, the powerful Vampire Malachi, Emma has been on the run for nearly forty years from a Vamp determined to see them both dead. When he enlists the aid of assassins from the Vampire Council, their luck runs out. Forced to separate, Malachi sends Emma to a trusted VampLycan for protection.

Redson knows trouble when he sees it, and sure enough, the gorgeous, mostly human female seeking shelter immediately disrupts his future plans. His father swore a blood oath to her grandfather, and Red is honor bound to protect her. He’s surprised when his instincts demand so much more—protect…claim…mate.

Their attraction is explosive, but Emma refuses to consider mating while her grandfather is in danger. She needs Red’s help…but is he Malachi’s savior? Or his biggest threat yet?

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embracing ehrinEMBRACING EHRIN (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 8) by R E Butler

Stepbrothers Domino and Henry Fallon have known for years that they’re meant to share a mate. Domino, a rare albino panther, and Henry, a mountain lion, are ready to start the next chapter of their lives and find their mate.

Ehrin Knox knows why the alpha of her hawk nest called her to his home on a chilly spring morning – it’s not for a cup of tea, but to tell her she’s banned from the nest. Because she was never able to shift, Ehrin couldn’t secure a mate, and once she reached twenty-one and was still unmated, it was the end of the line for her. Only mated males and females could stay in the nest after age twenty-one, an archaic and unfair rule as far as she was concerned. Saying goodbye to her family, she leaves for her friend’s home in Ashland, Indiana, until she can find work and a place to live.

When Domino hosts an art exhibit at the school’s open house, a beautiful redheaded female immediately goes into distress when she sees him. Domino knows the moment he sees her that she’s their shared mate, and he calls Henry. Once the three are together, Ehrin shifts into a stunning red-tailed hawk.

Ehrin’s surprised when her parents show up in Ashland, with her former alpha bringing along a hawk male to mate with her. They want her to choose the hawk and come home. When she can’t have both, will Ehrin choose the pride or her family?

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smoke in ther sunSMOKE IN THE SUN (FLAME IN THE MIST) by Renee Ahdieh

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

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mermaids journeyTHE MERMAID’S JOURNEY (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 2) by Kellie McAllen

After escaping the curse that bound all mermaids to the sea and meeting four, sexy potential human mates, Coral longs to explore their world and live as a human.

But even though the guys have agreed to share her affections, it’s not easy to keep four very different men happy, and Coral is frightened and overwhelmed by the complexities of life on land and struggling to find her way in a whole new world.

When Coral’s secret is discovered, she’s torn from the men she loves and thrown into captivity. But when an unexpected rescuer reveals an intriguing world she never knew existed, she’ll once again have to choose between the land and the sea.

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catoriLEGENDS: CATORI (THE LEGENDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Maggie Adams

It’s hard to keep secrets in a small town…

It’s even harder to keep a secret that could expose not only your family but an entire species. That’s what Frankie Cavanaugh must do. As the daughter of the leader of the Wisdom Counsel, it’s up to her to step into her father’s shoes until another leader is chosen.
It’s also up to her to continue her lineage within the species.
She wants to do neither. She considers the shifter gene a curse rather than a gift, robbing her of a normal life. Unfortunately, the Council doesn’t see it that way and is determined to wed her to their next leader – by force, if necessary.
Tanner Coalson is fresh out of college and ready to tackle whatever life has in store for him. The first item on his to-do list is marrying the woman he has loved for years. He knows Frankie will balk at the notion because she’s fifteen years older and was his childhood sitter. He’s no longer a young boy, but a man who is determined to win her heart, and he is prepared to do just that.
But convincing her they are destined to be together gets much harder when she is kidnapped by an old enemy. In order to survive, Frankie may have to reveal her secret, and Tanner may have to accept what seems impossible, or reject the love of his life.

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dragon undercoverDRAGON UNDERCOVER (DARK SCALES DIVISION BOOK 1) by Lia DAvis and Kerry Adrienne

Dragon shifter and team lead for DSD—Dark Scales Division—Owen Ashton has never lost a case.

When his sister’s murderer turns serial killer, he is determined to take the rogue dragon down, for good. His team tracks the murderer to a small town in Minnesota and Owen goes undercover to finally end Huff’s reign of terror. The last thing Owen expected was to discover his mate vacationing in the lake house next to his.

Nadia Hasting, along with her sister Sage, take the first vacation in years since their parents’ deaths. Visiting the lake house their family rented every year when they were children is exactly what they need for downtime before Sage heads to college. The hot neighbor is a bonus, but Nadia isn’t sure she’s ready to date. But the pull toward the sexy stranger proves too strong to ignore.

When Sage goes missing, Nadia turns to Owen to rescue her sister from a mad man.

But will Owen’s dragon scare her away from the one man that can save them all?

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building trustBUILDING TRUST (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Severine Wolfe

He had sworn never to get seriously involved with a woman ever again. No woman would ever again rip him apart just to check off a box on some imaginary list.

Dhev Tella was coming home to Mumbai. His tail wasn’t tucked between his legs. No. He was a leopard shifter, he never tucked his tail. He was getting down to business and shouldering his weight in the family business. But family? No, family were the devil. They had brought HER into his notice.

Sarah Cummings was flying from Borneo literally and figuratively, after bringing some poachers to justice in the jungles there. She was taking a coveted position at a prestigious wildlife refuge, giving her a year in the same place with air conditioning.

Dhev discovers his mate, and Sarah is delighted with him. But they have real and imaginary foes to vanquish. It seems, to both of them, that the real foes may be easier to conquer. However, Sarah refuses to pay the freight for another woman.

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blazeBLAZE (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 6) by Lisa Carlisle

Mike is good at playing with two things–numbers and his guitar. People, not so much. So when he stumbles upon two women having fun in the shadows at an underground club, and a bouncer urges him to get one to safety, he’s wary. But, when he discovers she’s been bitten, something wakes inside of him. He’s compelled to protect her.

When Allana runs into Mike, the humiliation burns. It might have only been a fling last summer, but she didn’t expect him not to recognize her.

Well, she had enough going on in with her yoga studio to deal with guy drama. But, he insists she leaves Vamps with him.
She wants to refuse, but he warns she’s in danger.

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midnight masquerdeMIDNIGHT MASQUERADE (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 2) by Ellen Dugan

Gabriella (Ella) Midnight is the dependable middle sister of her family. Working from home, where she likes it best, she designs both websites and the occasional book covers for her clients. But she has a little secret—she’s head-over-heels in love with the hunky owner of the local garden center. The problem is, Max thinks of her as his best friend.
When her clients throw a fancy masquerade party to celebrate the grand opening of their winery, Gabriella decides to cast a glamour on herself to bolster her confidence. With the hopes that if she’s finally brave enough to tell Max her true feelings he will see behind the mask of friendship she’s been wearing for the past two years and love her in return.

But the magick takes an unexpected twist, and Gabriella’s evening doesn’t turn out quite how she planned. In the shadows of the old house on the cliffs, she meets Philippe Marquette, and the enigmatic Frenchman is the last thing she would have ever expected to conjure into her life. Seems that glamour spell ended up working…maybe a little too well…and in a way she never would have imagined.
However, there is always a price to be paid for magick, and when Gabriella realizes what the cost of her spell is, she is forced to keep an even bigger secret. In one night the path of her life has irrevocably changed and now she must face the consequences of the midnight masquerade.

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billionaire werewolfs princessTHE BILLIONAIRE’S WEREWOLF PRINCESS by Michele Hauf

Ryland James is a wealthy philanthropist. He’s also a werewolf, and the son of the Faery king. Indigo DuCharme seems like a typical socialite, but as she moves deeper into Ry’s world, something in her awakens—something she never could have imagined. She’ll need to accept her true nature if they’re going to have a chance at love, and if they’re going to protect human children from the fae.

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finding the texas wolfFINDING THE TEXAS WOLF by Karen Whiddon

Investigator—and werewolf—Maggie Kinslow is used to uncovering secrets, but reporter Jake Cassell’s hoping to prove shapeshifters exist. To protect her kind, she must distract him…and keep their attraction from burning out of control!

Vampire Carmen Vargas must stop a terrorist group from unleashing a virus. Being undead makes her the perfect undercover operative, but her growing feelings for her handler, Rick Fallin, could endanger millions.

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born of airBORN OF AIR (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES) by Sean Michael

SWAT cop and dragon shifter Mark Beteferoce had—and lost—a soul mate. He’s finally at the point where he can get through the days without thinking about what used to be…until he tastes Quincy O’Brien’s doughnuts and takes him home to play.

Quincy O’Brien is a gifted baker, but at night he dreams of soaring through the sky on dragonback and being topped by the perfect Dom. Mark satisfies the kinky urges Quincy has only explored in his subconscious, pushing his limits and caring for him afterward.

From the start, their connection was more than sexual. It’s known; it’s familiar somehow. And it’s slowly driving Mark insane. What shouldn’t be possible most certainly is, and the bond between himself and Quincy runs deeper than either of them could ever have realized.

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dragon betrayed zaraDRAGON BETRAYED (DRAGON GLADIATORS BOOK 2)  by Zara Stark

I’m Octavia Alexander, a modern-day librarian turned ancient Roman supernatural gladiatrix. I’ve won one tournament and only have eight battles left until I can earn my freedom and hopefully return to a life of hiding between bookshelves back in the modern day. I’m not totally unprepared, I have a deck of cards that with a single touch come to life to perform my bidding. I also have my childhood friends now apparently my soulmates Azar, Cobalt, Nevada, and Raiden by my side. Things have gotten a little strange between us recently, I hope the shift in our relationship doesn’t hurt our teamwork on the battlefield. These darn dragons tend to hoard their treasure and want to protect it and they consider me their treasure. But I’m not the kind of girl that needs protecting, if they think they can keep me from protecting all of us, they have another thing coming. The tournament this time around is even more fierce, we battle powerful dragons, phoenixes, and banshees to the death. Our team is split and it looks like the Concilium is going to snatch our freedom right from our grasps. I’m starting to want to end this tournament once and for all, I just need to get us free first.

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moonlight marketTHE MOONLIGHT MARKET by Aidee Ladnier

VS Note: A re-release; sounds cool…

Sanderson always envied the townies, all smiling faces and holding hands at his performances. He wanted the happy ever after that came with real life, not the pretend one in the twinkling fairy lights of the Moonlight Market. So when the Weaver of Dreams conjured him a normal life, college classes instead of performances, a chance at a boyfriend instead of an audience, he ran for daylight.

Now a year later, he’s learned that connecting with someone physically doesn’t always lead to a lasting relationship. To get closer to the man of his dreams, Sanderson offers to help Cory find his missing sister. This means navigating the twists and turns of the Moonlight Market, the disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights, sounds—and dangers. The sinister Weaver of Dreams offers to forgive Sanderson’s obligation in return for a lost soul, for Cory, who is still grieving the death of his parents and the disappearance of his sister. Surrounded by both friends and enemies, Sanderson fights doubts about his budding relationship with Cory while guiding them ever closer to his ultimate dilemma. The debt is valid and the choice is clear–his lover, or his dreams.

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beasts belovedTHE BEAST’S BELOVED by A J Ryder

Chased through the woods by bandits after whatever coin she carried, as well as the prize of the fair, young maiden herself, Klaryssa’s path leads her directly to the dreaded black knight. The trembling maiden feels her luck has run out, but the man in dark yet gleaming armor is not quite what he seems…

Dresdyn y Blaidd: Lord of the land, the black knight, fearsome shifter warrior, and Thane of his clan, has found an unexpected treasure in Klaryssa. Though Dresdyn swore that he would never take a mate, he knew immediately that his heart and soul belonged to Klaryssa. His fate now determined, Dresdyn must win Klaryssa’s heart and trust so she can become his destined mate.

But, bringing the spirited young woman into his clan and pack is not as easy as Dresdyn would hope. Traditions will be tested and broken, and the clan must fend off attacks from their sworn enemies…the gnolls.

Will true love prevail?

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the hunt susan blilerTHE HUNT by Susan Bliler

Kidnapped, corralled, and marked, Vesa Watson refuses to break. A nameless face in the sea of a dozen or so other women who were snatched off the street just like her, Vesa refuses to show any sign of weakness. She can’t. There’ll be no hope of escape if she loses it now. Unsure what is going to happen, she knows one thing for certain. She’s going to fight! No matter what, no matter who, no matter how, she’s going to fight with everything she has even if the captor who’s had her marked is some sexy, dominant, beast of a man who can’t keep his eyes off her.

The Hunt has been a part of wolf shifter history for as long as anyone can remember. Still, it doesn’t keep Haddix BloodMoon from fuming at his forced participation. Tantamount to an arranged marriage, The Hunt is the Council’s way of controlling the packs. Worse, the crying, sniveling women who were taken and transported to the event’s mountain site aren’t his type. No, Haddix needs a dominant female. A strong-willed, no-nonsense, take no sh*t woman is what his wolf needs. When he finds a little fighter among the offerings, both he and his wolf take notice.

Vesa thought that being kidnapped and forced into marriage with a wolf-shifter was the biggest threat to her future, but it’s not. It’s falling for her new mate, Haddix BloodMoon.

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dragon cravingDRAGON CRAVING: EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 3 by Amelia Jade

Hired to take a mega-ranch from pitiful to profitable, Cheryl Payne needs to stay focused. The hunk freeloading on his friend’s ranch is a temptation she can’t afford to indulge. First in her family to graduate college, she’s gambled everything to prove she can do this job. Now is most definitely not the time to fall in love.

Emerald dragon Rowe is pulling out all the stops to delay his trip back to the dragon enclave. Living among humans held little appeal, until he met the enticing and driven ranch manager, Cheryl. When she stumbles into the kitchen more desperate for coffee than clothes, his dragon comes alive. He’s finally found his mate. The only problem will be convincing her that his cravings are more than skin-deep.

The battle she’s fighting between wanting to save the ranch, and wanting to run her hands over his body, grows fierce as things spiral out of control. Forced to turn to him for help, she comes dangerously close to picking pleasure over business. The discipline and concentration that got her through school disappears under his intense green eyes and ripped body. The only thing worse than giving in to her craving would be to do nothing, because Rowe is the only one that can stop the danger heading straight for the ranch.

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prey cari silverwoodPREY (DARK MONSTER FANTASY BOOK 1) by Cari Silverwood

To stay ‘alive’, a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years.
When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I’m busy. 

After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she’d rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam.

Everything goes wrong, of course.

Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila. Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch…release…catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely?

Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who’s had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life.

What if he isn’t quite the monster she thought he was…
What if he wants her to be his sacrifice?

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etched in stoneETCHED IN STONE: TWILIGHT COURT BOOK 9 by Amy Sumida

In the riveting conclusion of the Twilight Court Series, Seren is faced with a ruthless enemy who seems to have discovered a way to steal magic from fairies. All evidence points to Lana Clach—ex-queen of the Colorado Underground—but the Councils aren’t convinced. Can Ambassador Seren prove Lana’s guilt before it’s too late? Or is the future already etched in stone?

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burning violetBURNING VIOLET (LICK OF FIRE) by Kallysten

For five months, Idris has languished in a government detention center for paras—people with paranormal abilities. No more. He’d rather die trying to escape than spend one more day in this hell. Today, he’s getting out, and he’ll set anyone who stands in his way on fire.

It was just another mission for Violet: help her squad free paras from unjust imprisonment and get them safely to Sanctuary. However, when she’s caught between her leader’s orders and the sudden realization that one of the prisoners might be her mate, this phoenix shifter needs to choose between duty and destiny.

On the run from the authorities, Idris only has one thing in mind: revenge. He doesn’t mind that Violet insists on accompanying him, though… after all, he’s been celibate for far too long. But when he realizes why she’s so interested in him, he can’t run away fast enough. Even running into danger on his own is preferable to yielding to love.

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in darkness transformedIN DARKNESS TRANSFORMED (THE PALADIN STRIKE TEAM BOOK 1)  by Alexis Morgan

Dying hurts…but not as much as living.

Eli is lucky to survive the helicopter crash that killed the rest of the passengers. But when he notices his wounds healing before his eyes, it seems like his survival may have come from more than luck.

Safara knows what Eli does not—Eli is a paladin, a mortal enemy of someone like Safara, someone from Kalithia.

Still, after Eli saves Safara’s life, and Safara introduces Eli to a whole new world, they just can’t seem to treat each as enemies.

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wisdom of madnessTHE WISDOM OF MADNESS  (MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES BOOK 10) by C J Archer

With Alice determined to discover the truth about her past, and Seth determined to help her, the couple find themselves sucked into a world where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. On the run to escape a mad queen’s wrath, and with an entire realm looking for them, tensions fray and friendships are tested.

Even worse for Seth, shocking secrets he’d rather leave buried are brought to the surface.

Joined on their adventure by an irritable Gus and a mysterious Eva, the four friends must learn the truth of Alice’s past so she can forge her future.

But a future with whom? And where?

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memory of fireTHE MEMORY OF FIRE (THE WAKING LAND) by Callie Bates

Thanks to the magic of Elanna Valtai and the Paladisan noble Jahan Korakides, the lands once controlled by the empire of Paladis have won their independence. But as Elanna exhausts her powers restoring the ravaged land, news that the emperor is readying an invasion spurs Jahan on a desperate mission to establish peace.

Going back to Paladis proves to be anything but peaceful, however. As magic is a crime in the empire, punishable by death, Jahan must hide his abilities. Nonetheless, the grand inquisitor’s hunters suspect him of sorcery, and mysterious, urgent messages from the witch who secretly trained Jahan only increase his danger of exposure. Worst of all, the crown prince has turned his back on Jahan, robbing him of the royal protection he once enjoyed.

As word of Jahan’s return spreads, long-sheathed knives, sharp and deadly, are drawn again. And when Elanna, stripped of her magic, is brought to the capital in chains, Jahan must face down the traumas of his past to defeat the shadowy enemies threatening his true love’s life, and the future of the revolution itself.

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crown of ruinCROWN OF RUIN: BLOOD DESCENDANTS UNIVERSE (CROWN OF DEATH BOOK 3)  by Keary Taylor

Logan has returned to Roter Himmel. Once a peaceful haven for the Royals, it is now a kingdom of chaos and distrust. The people may love their queen, but she has never ruled them on her own.

Sevan has seen Cyrus work miracles long ago, and learned his methods herself. His curse has sustained stronger than death before but the visage of Cyrus’ demise is undeniable. Still, Logan refuses to believe this is the end. Cyrus keeps appearing to her in strange dreams, rambling that she must prepare—that the day is coming when night will rule the day.

While the entire world of vampires watches, Logan will take on the weight of the crown, the certainty of impending change, and the threat of war.

They all should have known better than to test her. She’s had multiple lifetimes to prepare for this.

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javierJAVIER (THE LOST WOLVES BOOK 3) by Emilia Hartley

Javier is a giant wolf-shifter, big as a smart-car, strong as the mountains he loves, and sensitive enough to protect everyone he cares about, especially his little sister, Thalia. Or at least that’s who he was until an enchantress ripped out his soul and tinkered with it, trying to turn him into a tool for her own evil purposes. Though no longer physically the woman’s captive, Javier is a shell of his former self, so numb to the world that he’s only vaguely aware of what he’s missing. He’s at least aware enough to distrust the woman fate has tied him to—Nora, the enchantress’s daughter.

Nora fights numbness of her own, numbness left over from the still-fresh-after-two-years loss of her husband. She also carries guilt from years of complicity in her mother’s schemes. But now that her bond with Javier has opened her eyes to the truth about her family, she’ll do anything to defeat them and help him regain his soul. Will all her sacrifices and all her love be enough to bring him back to himself?

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wishful thinkingWISHFUL THINKING (THE CONDUIT TRILOGY BOOK 2) by K B Ladnier and Anita Maxwell

Arsyn Henley has just found out that she is the Conduit to the first Quad Jinn in hundreds of years. The betrayal and shock she felt towards her Jinn caused her to make a mistake – one that could cost Arsyn her life. Killian, Elijah, Zachary, and Talan must do everything in their power to find their girl before it’s too late. But once they do find her, do they have what it takes to keep her or will she disappear into the darkness that surrounds her?

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bear your fateBEAR YOUR FATE: MCMAHON CLAN BOOK 4 (FATED MATES BOOK 7) by Rochelle Paige 

Watching your children as they find their mates and build their families eases the pain of loss and makes it easier to bear your fate. But it doesn’t stop the longing for what you’ll never have.

Carrick McMahon is happy for his sons and daughter. He’s worked hard to make sure they have the one thing he knows he never will—their fated mate. He lost his chance years ago, when the woman fate paired him with chose another… a man who tried to destroy his family.

With his death, the danger to the McMahon Clan has passed. Carrick is focused on his growing family and position on the council. But his newest daughter-in-law isn’t willing to let him settle. She wants fate to give him a second chance…and she has the power to make sure he gets it.

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curse reversedCURSE REVERSED (WARDS AND WANDS BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

In and out of institutions for over a decade, Eleanor St. Vincent can’t get the episodes racking her to stop. Half-witch, and lousy spell caster, she doesn’t picture much of a future. Then one day, Mitchell Sharpe catches her eye.

Mitchell Sharpe never dreamed he’d need the Prestige Institute. A year spent under a hex cost him everything, and he has no idea where to go from there. The last thing he expected to find was love.

Their happiness is short-lived as societal demands and ancient curses threaten to cave-in all they want to build. The deck might be stacked against them, but Mitchell and Eleanor will fight for their second chance at life…and love.

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bring me their heartsBRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolfe

VS Note: YA but sounded good.

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

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the hills have spiesTHE HILLS HAVE SPIES (VALDEMAR FAMILY SPIES ) by Mercedes Lackey

VS Note: Not a romance, but for those who enjoy Ms. Lackey’s books…

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife Amily are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Justyn, has the Gift of animal Mindspeech–he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Justyn’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Herald Spy, but has yet to be Chosen by his horse companion.

Mags is more than happy to teach Justyn all he knows. He regularly trains his children, including Justyn, with tests and exercises, preparing them for the complicated and dangerous lives they will likely lead. Justyn has already held positions in the Royal Palace as a runner and in the kitchen, useful places from which he can learn to listen. As the next stage of Justyn’s training, Mags proposes that Justyn joins a group of traveling players and musicians, to get experience away from home and out in the world. Justyn joins the troupe, and he starts collecting information for his father. And the patterns he finds are unsettling….

During the troupe’s travels, Justyn witnesses growing rural unrest about an indigenous community of Valdemar, known as Hawkbrothers. When the troupe settles for a season at a fortified manor of a local lord, Justyn watches the unrest grow increasingly hostile. The manor lord dismisses Hawkbrothers as inhuman–and has a local militia to back up his hatred. When a child goes missing, the locals immediately blame Hawkbrothers, and Justyn finds himself in a dangerous position.

He enlists the help of a local stray dog, who knows a lot about the town’s goings-on, despite being a bit…odd. Justyn must find the missing child and warn the Hawkbrothers community of the trouble headed their way–before tensions turn deadly.

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adriftADRIFT by Rob Boffard

VS Note: This is science fiction, no romance and WOW. I read it in one sitting yesterday – forget all the other stuff I had to do. This poor heroine – what a first day at work she has. It’s a disaster movie, it’s a thriller, it has twists and turns, and just when you think you know everything, the author changes up the circumstances…loved it. The book reminded me of the best of the old Alistair MacLean novels and it really ought to be a movie IMHO.

Sigma Station. The ultimate luxury hotel, in the far reaches of space.
For one small group, a tour of the Horsehead Nebula is meant to be a short but stunning highlight in the trip of a lifetime.
But when a mysterious ship destroys Sigma Station and everyone on it, suddenly their tourist shuttle is stranded.
They have no weapons. No food. No water. No one back home knows they’re alive.
And the mysterious ship is hunting them.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]VS Note: Book 1 of my Badari Warrior scifi romance series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

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

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

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 30

May 23

May 16

May 9

May 2

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

Coming Full Circle Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

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

The excerpt: 

As a toughened combat veteran, Jadrian of the Badari wasn’t subject to anxiety, but he had to admit moving through a Khagrish lab, and even worse a Khagrish prison block, brought up bad memories. He’d spent time as a younger man undergoing their tortures, kept in isolation from his pack, and the experience had left its scars on him.

The smoke bothered his eyes and lungs less than it might other beings, but it didn’t make for a pleasant environment. He and his teammates swept hastily through the place. The records indicated no human prisoners were kept here, and the force barrier doors had gone down, so it was a quick step into each cell space, checking the corners for any occupant then moving on. Purely an effort to be thorough.

Two Khagrish guards charged into the corridor from the far end, and Jadrian and his teammates scattered, taking cover where they could, returning fire. A cut off scream from the direction of the enemy indicated Jadrian or his compatriots had hit their targets. He grinned fiercely. The Khagrish bred the Badari to possess uncannily powerful vision, even in obscured environments, and now the aliens’ cleverness was coming full circle to bite them.

Next week Jadrian and Taura will meet…

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 30

always her wingmanAs 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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ALWAYS HER WINGMAN (MARS SQUADRON 17) by Jessica Subject

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Jessica shared weekly – this is on my TBR.

Staff Sergeant Hannah Coriveau dedicated the last five years to the Space Military Command. Heading back to Earth, she’s ready to begin civilian life and reunite with her parents and the boyfriend she left behind. The person she’ll miss most is Garish—her wingman, best friend, and the one who made her regret not being single.

Senior Airman Colin Garish wants his squadron leader. Bad. After spending so much time by her side—both in the Martian skies and on the red planet—being her friend isn’t enough. When Hannah learns of her boyfriend’s infidelity, Colin is there to comfort her.

Before Colin has the chance to confess his feelings, Hannah receives worse news from home. Her father is dying. Seeing her devastation, Colin remains the friend she desperately needs. But in her grief, she pushes him away. Will Hannah let him back in her life when they land on Earth? Or will Colin never get the chance to win her heart?

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SURVIVOR SKILLSSURVIVOR SKILLS: PROJECT GLIESE 581g BOOK THREE by SE Smith

Sergi Lazaroff is a weapons expert and a member of the Russian FSB, also known as the Federal Security Service Bureau—a nice term for his true profession as a spy. Assigned to the Project Gliese 581g exploration team, his job was supposed to be simple—find out what was in space, retrieve the technology, and return home with it, if possible. When he wakes up on an alien planet, Sergi knows the last part of his mission will be impossible. Instead, he must use his military training and skills to survive in a world where he doesn’t know the rules.

La’Rue Gant’s search for the mysterious occupant of the pod that landed on the assassins’ planet of Turbinta quickly turns into a game of predator versus prey. She found what she was looking for—and discovers that the ancient legends may be true when the tables are unexpectedly turned, and she becomes the hunted. What she doesn’t expect is the powerful reaction she has to this man from another world.

When word reaches them that another member of the Gliese’s crew was found, Sergi and La’Rue embark on a mission to save that crew member at any cost. Caught in the middle of an alien civil war, two fighters from vastly different backgrounds must come together to fight for the survival of the Knights of the Gallant Order, even as the Legion forces close in around them. Can they slip through the traps set up to snare them, or will the Legion Director finally capture not one, but two of the prophesied ancient Knights of the Gallant Order?

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veronicas dragonVERONICA’S DRAGON (ICEHOME BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Love her heroine’s name LOL.

Resonance.
It’s a given on the ice planet, forced upon you by the parasitic symbiont called the ‘khui’. With resonance, a guy and a girl are paired up because they’ll make great babies. It’s a survival mechanism necessary for this sparsely-populated world we’re stranded on…and romantic, in a weird, alien way.

Everyone expects resonance to happen when twenty newcomers are dropped onto the frosty world. I doubt anyone expects the gorgeous, golden god named Ashtar to resonate to someone like me, though. He’s fierce. Flirty. Powerful. Disgustingly handsome.

I’m…not any of those things. I’m bland. Boring. Clumsy.
But resonance seems to think we’d be great together. And Ashtar does, too.

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hearts preyHEART’S PREY by Natalina Reis

The world Jia and Cees knew no longer exists. Amidst chaos and terror, they find each other and fall in love—a love that goes against all castes’s rules. As their civilization is ravaged by genetically-altered beasts, the caste system relied upon for ages crumbles. The privileged and wealthy are just as vulnerable to the onslaught as are the disadvantaged.

Faced with impossible odds and unsettling secrets about their society, Jia and Cees must decide which part of their dying world to take with them and what they should leave behind. As they travel in search of a safe haven, they face unspeakable horrors, which shake deep-rooted beliefs and their old way of life.

Will they look past prejudice and centuries-old traditions to join forces against annihilation? Or will they give in to society’s pressure and fight alone?

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texas rangersTEXAS RANGERS (DIVISION ONE BOOK 6) by Stephanie Osborn

It’s time for Alpha One to take a vacation! Traveling to The Ranch, a field station in western Texas near the famed Pecos River, the pair relax and unwind, riding horseback, picnicking, and generally having fun…

…Until they discover a team of alien assassins sneaking across the landscape and headed to Dallas, to take out the President of the United States on a campaign junket!

Meanwhile, back at Headquarters and unknown to him, Echo’s estranged mother–who believed him killed years before, when he entered the Agency–lies unconscious in a regeneration pod, while the medlab staff, led by Zebra, works frantically to save her life: Shortly before their vacation, Omega discovered that Nalin Bryant had developed a particularly virulent form of cancer.

Can Alpha One infiltrate the assassin team without being killed? Can Alpha Line stop the assassination of the U.S. President? And can Zebra save Echo’s mother’s life and return her to her son, or will Echo lose one–or both–of the two women who mean the world to him?

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worlds apartWORLDS APART (WARRIORS OF RISNAR) by Tracy St. Johns

After escaping her alien captors, Anneliese Thompson has reclaimed her life on Earth, but she never forgot the Risnarish man who set her free. Now he’s back with an ominous message—the Monsuda are coming for her again. To survive, she must return to his planet and let his people help her. But this former soldier is done sitting on the sidelines—this time, Anneliese wants in on the fight.

Risnar warrior and scientist Nex Clauhahz searches for the former captives he freed from the Monsudan hive. Anneliese’s fire and strength instantly draw him to her. He vows to do whatever it takes to protect her, even if he has to save her from herself.

As alliances are threatened and new enemies are uncovered, Nex and Anneliese search for a way to defeat their common foe. With everything she cares for teetering on the verge of destruction, including her own warrior strength, Anneliese must prove her loyalty and worth—and embrace a second chance at love and a life worth living.

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highland timeON HIGHLAND TIME by Lexi Post

When someone changes history, affecting the future, Diana Montgomery, the most experienced agent of Time Weavers, Inc., travels back to 1306 Scotland to change it back. Her mission, to find the culprit and ensure a minor clan chief dies in battle as he originally had.

Diana is well-prepared to infiltrate the small MacPherson clan. What she’s not prepared for is Torr MacPherson, the ruggedly handsome warrior with a kind heart and a steadfast loyalty—the Laird she’s supposed to ensure dies.

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porate consortPIRATE CONSORT (TELEPATHIC SPACE PIRATES BOOK 2) by Carysa Locke

Mercy is no longer a fugitive running for her life and hiding from the family she left behind. She thought the hardest part of going home was going to be surviving the dangerous, psychically gifted pirates she calls family, but the truth is far more complicated, and her relatives aren’t quite as murderous as she remembers.

Now Mercy is their Queen, a role she never wanted. When a peace summit with the pirates’ greatest enemies ends in disaster, Mercy’s new life spins out of control. The Talented people she is supposed to be uniting are on the verge of a bloody war that will only end when all of them are dead.

Her consort, Reaper, is a psychic Killer, a man much more accustomed to taking lives than to saving them. And Mercy has never been responsible for anyone but herself. Now, she must embrace her role as queen and uncover the truth in a complicated web of psychic Talents and politics. If she doesn’t unravel a hundred years of hostility, everyone she loves will die.

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my fair captainMY FAIR CAPTAIN (THE SCI-REGENCY SERIES BOOK 1) by J L Langley

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

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target acquiredTARGET ACQUIRED (BROTHER ASSASSINS) by Jolie Mason

Gara will make a perfect operative, or, at least, that’s what Devlin tells himself when he recruits her for Nova Team. She’s just the kind of woman who can be anything she needs to be to get the job done. So, why is he so reluctant to put her out there?

There’s something about the colony that makes her feel something new, a desire to stay put for a while, so Gara has decided to fight for the Brax, the alien natives of Freedom Colony, who have taken her in…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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deep bountyDEEP BOUNTY (INTER-GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTER BOOK 5) by KD Jones

Elsa Carson has the perfect job as an inter-galactic bounty hunter and she’s great at it. However, something was still missing in her life. She exceeded in all areas except her personal life. That became blatant to her as she takes on her next case and finds herself attracted to the man she is hunting. The thing about Elsa is, she always gets her man.

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security guyTHE SECURITY GUY (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 3) by V C Lancaster

Anna has been sent to the San Diego branch of the Department of Extra-Terrestrial Immigration from her London PR company to negotiate a contract. Her job is to help improve the public image of the local Teissian refugee community after it has come under attack from a local politician.

On her first day there, she is invited to the office Christmas party. The next morning, she wakes up beside a tall scaled alien named Khy. Anna just wants to forget it ever happened – not that either of them can actually remember what happened – but Khy is insistent. In his culture, he is now honour-bound to stay by her side, at least until she can prove she’s not pregnant. Anna knows it’s impossible, but she can’t get rid of him, and what’s worse is that she’s due at her brother’s for Christmas in a matter of days.

With no other choice, she and Khy have to pretend to be in love for real so he can join her in New Hampshire for the holidays. When their relationship is suddenly exposed in the worst possible way, and Anna becomes a target for anti-Teissian protesters, Khy has to be her bodyguard as well as her boyfriend.

With everything spiralling out of Anna’s normally tight control, Khy is the only one she can rely on. But what does that mean when the inevitable happens, and they’re forced to admit she’s not pregnant? With nothing keeping them together, they have to make a choice. Was any of it real? Or were they just a drunken mistake from the start?

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warriors purposeWARRIOR’S PURPOSE (CADI WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Stephanie West

Abby has fought long and hard against the undertow of grief trapping her family. Her sister, Providence, went missing nearly a year earlier, yet their father adamantly refuses to abandon the search. Abby struggles to maintain hope, but the loss hurts too much and life must go on, right? Finally beginning to accept her new normal, she’s unprepared for the arrival of two strange men who claim to know her sister while spouting stories of alien invaders. Worse, the giants looked more like demons than aliens with their blood red skin, and their unbelievable tale is just as cruel.

Ashtoret was honored to be chosen for the mission that would save the human homeworld, although that wasn’t his only reason for going to Earth. He made a solemn oath to his friend Providence that he would bring word to her family she was safe. Never in his wildest dreams did Ashtoret think he’d discover his singular purpose for being on the hostile blue planet.

Caught in the crossfire, Abby doesn’t know what to think, but she can’t stand by when all hell rains down upon their strange visitors. With threats closing in from all quarters, Ashtoret must fight to hold onto his sexy, brave human.

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scashraSCASHRA (WARRIORS OF CADIR) by Stella Sky

The humans and the Parduss aliens have made a truce. We would grant them
eight human breeders each year to help their species survive if we could send
a science unit to research their planet.

I am part of the inaugural event, coming on as a biologist, secretly looking for
the Parduss who was responsible for killing my friend two years earlier.

When we land on Cadir we’re greeted by the son of their king. He is sexy, surly, and
obviously up to no good. His brother is equally as hostile and dangerous and I soon
see their fiery rivalry is going to cause trouble.

My attraction to the Parduss Scashra is overwhelming and I soon learn that he is just
as eager to pleasure me as I am. But, when his reputable family starts turning against
each other, our relationship is in the crossfire.

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perfect genusPERFECT (HER REVERSE GENUS BOOK 1) by Adell Ryan 

My name is Thessaly, and at 22, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Living with my parents, going to college, and hanging out with friends is pretty much the extent of my mediocre life. The biggest drama I have going on with me is fighting a growing attraction toward my best friend Bram. Oh and avoiding needles—specifically ones that draw my blood.

See, on January 27, 2044, the DNA Networking Act was set into action. This new law provides those in authority to gather genetic information from citizens in an effort to achieve nationwide resistance to diseases and other weaknesses. Sounds promising, right?

Maybe. But to me, it infringes on a person’s freedom. The act prohibits citizens from declining to undergo genetic testing when summoned, and the deadline for everyone to voluntarily submit a DNA sample is fast approaching. I’m avoiding the process as long as possible.

Until one night the unthinkable happens: I’m ruthlessly abducted. Bleeding is no longer voluntary… it’s a requirement. And as it turns out, my captors aren’t anything like I expected.

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variantVARIANT by J Q Baldwin

Super Hero? Hardly. Humanitarian? No.
A third generation Variant with a few quirks to overcome, Delilah simply wants to vanish among the throng of a decrepit civilization but will the tether to the world she left behind drag her slowly, inevitably back in with a deceiving promise?

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shadow keeperSHADOW KEEPER (A SHADOW RIDERS NOVEL) by Christine Feehan

The paparazzi can’t get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them–and the women he beds–he’s just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can’t hunt in the dark, he’ll find his pleasure elsewhere…

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she’s fair game–until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He’s dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match.

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torchedTORCHED: A DRAGON ROMANCE (DARK KINGS) by Donna Grant

The King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him.

He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he’s with her, he isn’t thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks of her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him.

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renegade sharonleeRENEGADE (BLOOD OF THE CUSTODIANS BOOK 2) by Sharonlee Holder

As the war between the Fates and the resistance rages on, Colin Murphy—bastard son of Hades—finds himself caught between his loyalty to Eros and a past that threatens to destroy him.
Pursued by Persephone’s bounty hunters, and with a pissed-off daemon to contend with, there is one thing that Murphy knows for sure – Hailey, the human he now shares his mind and body with, is innocent in all of it. She is a firefly flickering in the darkness of his black existence, and he will do anything and everything to protect her.

Hailey was groomed to be a socialite, with her entire future mapped out for her. Nothing could have prepared her for the abrupt ending to that life—or the impact of living in such close, intimate confines with a forsaken son of Hell. He’s powerful, he’s dangerous…and he’s her only hope of escaping the dark forces that pursue her.

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grigor carole mGRIGOR (DRAGON HEARTS 5) by Carole Mortimer

Grigor Pendragon is nearer to turning feral than any of his brothers, of making that final shift and remaining in his dragon form. If— When this happens, his brothers will have no choice but to kill him, before he harms any humans, who for sixteen hundred years haven’t known of their existence.

The only thing that will stop Grigor’s last and fatal shift is meeting and claiming his fated mate, the one woman meant just for him.

Gayle Wilson is independent and outspoken, a computer geek, and she has no idea her sister, Holly, is now the mate of a dragon shifter, or that Dylan’s seven brothers are also dragon shifters.

What she does know is that she’s being kept a virtual prisoner at Pendragon Castle, the family’s home in North Wales…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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prowl pounce roam canvaPROWL (JACQUI THE CAT MYSTERIES BOOK 1 ) by Alexis Duran

VS Note: Alexis released all 3 books in the series at once, so I’m showing all 3 covers, but the blurb and link are for Book 1. I’ve always enjoyed Alexis’s books in the past, plus I’ve been loving the snippets she’s shared weekly from the first book, so the series is definitely on my TBR.

Jacqui Corleone is a fashion designer, a yoga-instructor and a concerned citizen who selflessly helps the police solve crimes. Oh, and he occasionally turns into a small wild cat. Probably due to a wizard’s curse or an evil government plot to create super warriors.
Or, he’s a cat cursed to turn into a human and only the bite of a sexy alpha lion will allow him to remain in his superior form of Cat.
Jacqui does not have a split personality, but sometimes his cat personality can get rather loud.
Jacqui Corleone is a cat shifter who doesn’t know why or how he turns into a cat. He lives a solitary life in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He’s not afraid of intimacy (yes, he is) but sensibly refrains from potentially awkward entanglements. Unfortunately, the sexy new deputy sheriff just moved in across the street and Jacqui’s vow not to get mixed up with island dudes is sorely challenged.
When the mysterious disappearance of three blue pots draws Jacqui to investigate, he prowls ever deeper into danger–and into the arms of Deputy Wyatt West (he wishes).

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wolf of her ownWOLF OF HER OWN (SALVATION SERIES) by N J Walters

Mikhail Matheson may be an outsider in Salvation, but he stays with the pack to be close to his sister. It has nothing to with the fact that Elise—the most fascinating woman he’s ever laid eyes on—is part of the pack. Mikhail has wanted Elise for years, but being with her could cost him his life. Soon he’ll have to decide if he’s going to leave the pack or risk it all to pursue a place at her side.

After escaping her abusive mate, Elise LaForge has made a home in Salvation with her sons. She never expected to have her emotions stirred up by the always serious and seriously handsome Mikhail. But can she finally put her past behind her and dare to move on?

When danger creeps into the pack, both she and Mikhail have to be willing to sacrifice everything to have a chance at love.

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silver hollowSILVER HOLLOW: 2018 EDITION (BORDERLANDS SAGA) by Jennifer Silverwood

VS Note: Author states this is a 2012 novel updated and revised.

Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. After her parents’ deaths ten years before, she writes fiction to escape reality. A timely invitation from her long-lost uncle arrives, but she’s used to ignoring the mysterious surrounding her life.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

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supaySUPAY (THE UNSEEN BOOK 1) by L A Boruff

Five years of nothingness.

Riley lived with pain and loss every second of every day. Her husband and child disappeared without a trace. They were gone and they were never coming back. Only emptiness resides within her now.

A mysterious man shows up at her door offering her answers she never thought she’d get. He gives her peace after all this time. Until it all turns deadly.

Dark secrets come to light. Chaos overtakes her life. Danger like she never imagined is now her reality.
She’ll find the strength within her to survive. She’ll find allies in men she never expected.
The truth will set her free … or destroy her entirely.

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valkyries princesTHE VALKYRIE’S PRINCES by Quinn Arthurs

In a world full of winged warriors, what difference can a wingless girl make?

Surrounded by powerful Valkyries, Emberly’s wingless status is viewed as a curse. She never expected to be more than a slave and a training subject for the warriors. A chance rescue by the Princes of Ardenia changes her life – but is it for the better?
Thrown into a world of politics, legends, and bigotry, Emberly must try to find a way to survive. With the help of the Princes– Suneel, Jett, Blaine, Hunter, and Flynn–she begins to learn not only about life outside of the barracks, but about what it truly means to be loved.

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blood moon becca fanningBLOOD MOON (BEAR SHERIFF BOOK 1) by Becca Fanning

Sheriff Marcus Stone was torn between two identities: lawbringer and outcast. He gets enough pushback from the locals when he’s helping with their petty disputes, but his bright golden eyes don’t do him any favors. Two years on the job and they still don’t trust a Shifter in a position of power. But what could he do but bury himself in his work? Especially after that horrible night he doesn’t speak of…

Angie Campbell had one God-given irrefutable talent: making dead-end one horse towns palatable for big business and development. Where everyone else saw tumbleweeds, she saw commerce and community. It just needed a helping hand, and that’s where she came in. One look at Charming, Arizona and she knew she had her work cut out for her. But before she could even get the ball rolling, a murder brings her under the scrutiny of the dark and mysterious town Sheriff. He wasn’t much of a talker, but she couldn’t deny being drawn to him…

With a murderer on the loose, Angie’s life is in danger. With Stone’s dark past, his future is in peril. Will they find the beauty in one another or be town apart by the chaos all around them?

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heart of the witchHEART OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 2) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Keating Hollow, the enchanted village where love, cupcakes, and magic collide.

There are only three things that were ever important to Noel Townsend—love, family, and magic. Two out of three aren’t bad. She’s blessed with a large close-knit family and her magic has never been stronger. But love? That ended three years ago when her husband walked out on her and her daughter and never looked back.

These days Noel only has room in her pieced-together heart for her six-year old daughter. But when Drew Baker shows up on the doorstep of her inn with news of her husband, fate has other plans. And so does Drew. If he can get past her defenses, Drew is going to do everything in his power to heal the heart of a witch.

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freyjas daughterFREYJA’S DAUGHTER (WILD WOMEN BOOK 1) by Rachel Pudelek

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women—huldras, mermaids, succubi, rusalki and harpies—in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer Marcus Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most—exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.

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circle of blood book fourCIRCLE OF BLOOD BOOK FOUR: LOVER’S ABSOLUTION by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

Normally, avoidance would be the obvious solution. At least, it would be if the werewolves in question weren’t holding a newly turned six-year-old vampire child as a prisoner. Alone in London, it’s up to Xander to rescue the boy before he can fall into the hands of Bael’s sadistic servant, Bastian Kovac.

That mission that becomes exponentially more difficult when Xander discovers the identity of the mysterious female werewolf acting as the boy’s guardian. With the forces of darkness closing in from all directions, nothing is as it seems.

There’s a reason vampires and werewolves don’t mix. Of course, in more than a hundred and twenty years, no one has ever accused Xander of playing by the rules.

Why should he start now?

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unmercifulUNMERCIFUL (A FORBIDDEN BOND NOVEL BOOK 3) by Cat Miller

Lindsay Roselle’s biggest worry should have been what to wear under her robe at her college graduation, not how she was going to survive the night as a newly turned vampire. After catching the attention of the Rogue, a vampire out to destroy the Vampire Nation, Lindsay was forced to undergo the change herself. Convinced she’s fated for an end worse than death, Lindsay had all but given up until she’s rescued…by the last person she ever expected to see again.

Kayden Paris wasn’t anything like the playboy Lindsay remembered from the night they shared together…and she wouldn’t have forgotten the fangs. Kayden is the heir to his vampire clan and son of the mightiest warrior in the Vampire Nation, but even he may not be able to heal all the wounds Lindsay suffered at the hands of the Rogue.

In a life fraught with secrets, lies, and deadly enemies, Lindsay must first learn to trust herself in order to survive.

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forgotten spectersFORGOTTEN SPECTERS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 2 by C R Jane

Eva has forgotten something.

Hints of another life, and who she really is, are whispered to her in dreams, visions, and in her interactions with people who seem to know more about her then they let on. Eva’s struggle to find out who or what she is, all while navigating the real world for the first time, is complicated by the confusing relationships she has begun to develop with the three men she has fallen for. Will Eva ever find her happy ending, or will forgotten specters change the course of all she is coming to know?

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bitten under fireBITTEN UNDER FIRE (BRAVO TEAM WOLF) by Heather Long

Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending.

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted.

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie?

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wings of spiritWINGS OF SPIRIT (PROTECTED BY DRAGONS BOOK 3) by G Bailey

Isola is finally back in Dragca, but nothing is the same when she is hunted and betrayed by everyone she meets. With one of her dragon guards fighting for his life, time is running out.

When the seers come to her aid, lies and blood are their price. With two battles on her hands, one for their freedom and one for her dragon guards, Isola has a lot to fight for….and a lot to lose.

The dragon guard curse must be broken, for fire has finally fallen for ice…but is death the final price?

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the gift pocketwatchTHE GIFT (THE POCKET WATCH CHRONICLES) by Ceci Giltenan

Tavish Ranald, Laird Ranald’s heir must marry. It’s his duty. But he isn’t ready. He loves someone he can never have. How can he marry his father’s choice, Claire Morrison, when another lass holds his heart and always will?

Cassandra Wren Calloway is a wealthy American heiress who prefers to be free-spirited college student Cassie Wren. But when she loses her soulmate and both her spirit and heart are broken, she’s not sure how she can move on.

Then Gertrude, an immortal spirit, offers Cassie the opportunity to begin healing by spending sixty days in another time, as another person. Cassie jumps at the chance. She wakes as Claire Morrison, in fourteenth century Scotland, and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

The only problem is Tavish Ranald.

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finding the power withinFINDING THE POWER WITHIN: SEASIDE WOLF PACK BOOK 3 by C C Masters

Anna needs to find her way out of the mysterious and confusing new world that she was dragged into. Her captors want to use her for their own benefit, but can Anna turn the situation around on them?

Meanwhile, the pack is desperate to get Anna back, but that’s not the only battle they are fighting.

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the doubtedTHE DOUBTED (FBI PSYCHICS BOOK 7) by Shiloh Walker

An untrained psychic, a marked man—all odds are against them.

Nyrene Goldman is having one hell of a bad week. First she finds out that her boyfriend isn’t just a two-timing bastard. He’s actually married, and she’s the other woman. Then she’s in a car wreck. The next day she wakes up with the headache to end all headaches…and she’s hearing voices and seeing visions. When those visions start to come true, she doesn’t know whether she’s going crazy or if the wreck rattled her brain.

A trip to the hospital puts her on a collision course with one seriously sexy cop. At the sight of him, everything in her screams DANGER!

Officer Bennett “Dev” Deverall is a man with a target on his back. One of the few good police officers in a nest of vipers, he’s doing his damnedest to put together a case to take out the dirty cops—before they get him. If there’s one thing he doesn’t need, it’s a damsel in distress, but while his armor might be a little tarnished these days, he’s never been one to walk away from somebody who needs him…(more blurb on e book seller site…)

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trust meTRUST ME (A KINDRED NOVEL) by Moxie North

VS Note: One clicked this one! A new-to-me author but I liked the Look Inside sample…

Running Thayr International took all of Kindred shifter Gideon’s focus. He kept his clan and family his top priority, not knowing when he would hear the mating call. He’d never met anyone that he’d even considered until a quiet woman caught his eye and his interest. She didn’t know it, but when Gideon puts his mind to something, he gets what he wants.

Faye Dixon knew that finishing her veterinary assistant program was the key to changing her life. She could leave the life of a mail clerk behind and find satisfaction and joy working with animals. Until then, there was always the chance she’d catch a glimpse of the most handsome Kindred she’d ever seen on her daily rounds. Those days were the best. Gideon wasn’t someone who would be interested in her, but a girl could dream.

Faye had no idea that calling in sick for a few days would change her life forever. A Kindred mate and a new future was on the table. All Faye had to do was trust Gideon of Clan Othala was meant to be hers and show this billionaire shifter that there is more to life than work.

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in another timeIN ANOTHER TIME: THE TIME HAS COME by Sage Young

1817
Jasper Davenne walked into the large ballroom and his presence was felt instantly. At six feet four inches, he was taller than most of the men in the room. His dark wavy hair was in stark contrast to his beautiful sea green eyes. Jasper had come home to Louisiana from London England, for the sole purpose of attending his parent’s annual soiree, the Sorcerers Ball. As he turned to face a gentleman trying to get his attention he saw her—the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. The sight of Clarissa Trudeau took Jasper’s breath away. He knew the moment he laid eyes on her that she would be his forever.

Present Day
The sight of Charlotte Trudeau stopped James Donavan in his tracks. Why was he drawn to a woman that he had never met? He watched as her stilettos clicked across the tiled floor while she rushed for the elevator. The suit she wore, hugged all her curves as her long thick black hair swayed with her swift pace. James watched carefully as she entered the elevator and turned to face the front—then it struck him, he was looking at the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He walked quickly to catch the elevator and got there just as the doors began to close.

Travel two hundred years through the dark world of sorcery where love, betrayal, and loss is thrust into their lives. Follow souls moving in time as the love of Jasper and Clarissa, James and Charlotte maneuver through space and time.

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feeling his passionFEELING HIS PASSION (EMPATHIC SHIFTERS Book 1) By C J Jones

VS Note: Author Cynthia Sax mentioned this one, from February.

Jake Carrington, a former Marine and billionaire owner of The Preserve Hotel and Casino, is frustrated with his life of loneliness. He’s always lived for duty and honor, but he’s always been missing something: the love of his life. But, after all this time, he knows that she can’t possibly exist…

Until the day she walks into his life.

Cathryn Harvey, a former Navy IT tech and a current cocktail waitress at The Preserve, is hiding a secret. Fiercely independent and in complete control of her life, working at the casino has allowed her the anonymity she needs to keep herself safe from her past. But when she meets the sexy man who stirs her blood in a way she’s never known before, Cathryn struggles with letting her guard down. Something about this sensual and captivating man seems familiar, different, and has set fire to her senses.
But when someone from her past returns and threatens to rip her world apart, Cathryn may be forced to choose between a man who could be her future and a man who will try his best to end it.

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passion for haunted fashionA PASSION FOR HAUNTED FASHION by Rose Pressey

VS Note: Not a romance but I loved the story concept!

Folks say the Sugar Creek Theater is haunted. But that doesn’t scare off Cookie Chanel, owner of Georgia’s chicest vintage clothing store, It’s Vintage Y’All—especially since Cookie talks to the ghost of her grandmother every day through her cat Wind Song. Still, after she agrees to be in charge of costumes for a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, she’s surprised to find the specter of a young woman in the theater, keeping watch over a trunk of 1950s dresses. And when Cookie’s best friend Heather is found standing over a stabbed actor, she has two mysteries to solve. This is not a dress rehearsal. A desperate killer is waiting in the wings. If Cookie doesn’t tread the boards lightly, it’ll be curtains for her as well.

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jadrianVS Note: And just in case you missed it last week, mentioning my own new release one more time! (And if you already bought the book – I hope you’ll enjoy the story and thank you!!!)

JADRIAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 3)

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 23

May 16

May 9

May 2

April 25

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

 

 

Breaking Point Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3, which released this past week. I decided we’d reached a good place to leave Mateer. Sorry!

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

Starting off with the first ten sentences of the book:

Taura crouched in the corner of her small cell, fists clenched, ready to attack the next person who came into her space, be it Khagrish scientist, lab tech or security guard. Today was her breaking point – she felt the emotion viscerally. She couldn’t endure another procedure or test. No more physical or psychological pain at the hands of the uncaring aliens. She glanced at the black bracelet affixed to her wrist and snarled in rage, like the penned animal she’d become under their torture. Maybe this time she could force them to kill her, and her awful existence would finally end.

Where were her captors? Why wasn’t anyone coming to drag her off to the next horrific ordeal? Now that she was ready to fight them to the death? To relieve her tension and unkink her muscles as she waited, Taura rose and paced the none too generous length of the cell.

We’ll meet the hero next week…

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 23

jadrianAs 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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JADRIAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 1) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I’m EXCITED! WHEE! My new book is available today!

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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solo tasha blackSOLO: ALIEN STARGAZER BRIDES  #12 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: The books in this series are always fun reading. On my TBR List.

Cecily Page makes movie magic with special effects and make-up. Her wild creations and fun-loving personality give her a sought-after status in the movie industry, and a rock & roll lifestyle that has her traveling nearly every day of the year – just the way she likes it.

Solo has arrived on Earth with only one mission. He must use his movie star good looks and skills in bed to win a human woman as his life mate. But although he lost his heart to Cecily the moment before he met her, he can see she is determined not to abandon her independent lifestyle, in spite of their intense attraction.

When Solo learns of a mystery in Cecily’s past, their road trip to the Glacier City Comic Con turns into a race to unravel the threads of a riddle that will land them with information neither of them could have imagined.

When the truth comes out, will Cecily be ready to open her heart? Or will Solo be so lonely forever?

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LOVING A STRANGERLOVING A STRANGER: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Reeve J’lorn is an M-Switch Kindred. Their ability to jump into and control the body of another male for a limited period of time has gotten them the derisive nickname, “Snatchers” and they are not trusted by the other branches of the Kindred. Nevertheless, it is to Reeve, an acknowledged pirate and Snatcher, that the Kindred must turn with a top secret mission–to snatch the body of a high ranking enemy and destroy a secret weapon which threatens the entire universe. And so, Reeve steps into the body of his enemy…and into a whole different world.

When Nallah Parokk’s husband goes into a coma, she secretly hopes he will never awaken. Harryx is cruel and cold to her, beating her often and using her like a whore. Her existence is nearly unbearable but she knows it could be worse if her husband decides to throw her out on the street. Then he wakes up and suddenly he’s…different. He’s kind and loving in a way he never was before, so much so that Nallah is almost ready to forgive his past behavior. But what is behind her husband’s sudden transformation? And will this change for the better last?

Though he tries not to, Reeve is falling in love with his enemy’s wife. But the beautiful little female with wide golden eyes is so wary around him, he wonders what the real Harryx did to her. When he begins to find out, he is horrified. How can he ever get Nallah to love him back when he is inhabiting the body of a monster–her jailer and abuser? He knows he has to tell her the truth about who he is but how can he make her understand? And if he does, will she ever be able to trust again after she finds out she has been…Loving a Stranger?

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claimed by the vikensCLAIMED BY THE VIKENS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 14) by Grace Goodwin

The only thing former Coalition warriors Calder, Zed and Axon have in common are long years spent battling the Hive, and their eagerness to claim their personal reward—their own Interstellar Bride.
When news arrives on Viken that each of the warriors has been matched, they gather at the transport station only to receive two unwelcome surprises.

First, they are all matched to the same woman, and not one of them is inclined to share.
Second, their mate has refused them.
She won’t leave Earth and transport to Viken.
Won’t give any of them a chance to win her heart.

But these warriors will not back down from a challenge…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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found skye mckFOUND (THE MARS DIARIES BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

We thought everything was perfect. We had our own planet, the freedom to do whatever we wanted, the resources to survive. And our family. My six men and me. Unconventional, strange, and utterly amazing. I never thought I could feel this much love without exploding, but it worked.

For the first time in forever, I was happy.

There was no news from Earth, but we thought we didn’t need them anymore. We’d made it for six months without contact.

But of course, happiness never lasts.

And when happiness disappears on Mars, disaster strikes.

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venomous hungerVENOMOUS HUNGER (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair

After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.

An Eok warrior turned outlaw, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his old life. He has no intention of allowing a headstrong human female to get in his way.

As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.

When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?

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tribeTRIBE: PART ONE (CHOSEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Stacy Jones

Despite being dumped on a primitive alien world, Lily is adapting to life there, with the help of Frrar, Tor, and Arruk. But they can’t stay in the safety of the caves forever. The flood waters have receded and it’s time to join the rest of the tribe…

While traveling, their group meets a familiar face from Arruk’s past – a man half feral and covered in vicious scars. Something about him draws Lily in, despite those who already hold her heart. But that isn’t her biggest concern.

Can Lily keep the Tribe Mother from discovering just how much being with her has changed her new mates? Will the tribe accept her, a stranger in their lands? Or will Lily have to fight the very people who were supposed to offer her safety and a home?

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dragon desireDRAGON DESIRE (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

Things have gone south for Lilly Jordan, and fast. A one-time fairytale romance has turned black and blue. It’s time to go, for her sake, and for the unborn life growing inside her. In desperation she reaches out to her best friend for help. Expecting a ride, or maybe money, Lilly is completely unprepared when the front door breaks down to reveal her Prince Charming instead. It would have been perfect timing for true love… if she weren’t in the middle of fleeing a relationship.

Forced to return to living amongst the humans yet again by the dragon elders, Torran is anything but excited to be where he is. That changes upon arrival though, when a fellow dragon tells him they’re off to save a damsel in distress. One broken door and a frantic escape through a hail of gunfire later, and that damsel is now looking exactly like his mate. The only problem is she’s human, an eventuality Torran never prepared himself for…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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aliens dreamTHE ALIEN’S DREAM (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 5) by Zoey Draven

Ever since Taylor Glass was rescued by strong, hulking Luxirians, nothing has been the same. Even worse, she can’t stop having sexy, vivid dreams starring one of her rescuers, a panty-melting alien male with mesmerizing gray eyes and the fiercest scowl she’s ever seen. Outside of her dream world, he clearly wants nothing to do with her and that fits perfectly with Taylor’s well-laid plan of getting back to Earth as soon as possible, no distractions needed. Too bad fate has other plans.

Ambassador Vikan has been loyal to his past lover since the day a tragedy ripped her away. But when his Instinct awakens for a human female under his protection, the Luxirian warrior fights against the undeniably pull with everything in him, torn between loyalty and lust, cursing her generous curves and soft lips that make him crazed. When his will fails him however, Vikan does what any sane warrior would do: steal the female away before she can leave for Earth.

Determined to get back home, Taylor fights against the intense attraction she has towards her alien captor. But when it becomes difficult to distinguish her too real dreams from reality, Taylor begins to fear that she might not leave Luxiria in one piece after all and that she might be forced to leave her heart behind.

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maxxusMAXXUS (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Maxxus has become the new king of Talonia. He must earn the trust of his people. It will be difficult, because his brother, the former king, was loved by all. Making matters worse, the planet is losing it’s paradise status. Volcanoes aren’t just dormant; they’re dead. The waterfalls are dull and losing their energy restoring powers. Soon, the citizens, who look to him for answers, will be starving. He must ask for help from the one place he would rather not, Earth.

Josie’s father once saved Earth from destruction and it is to her that the other scientists turn when Maxxus calls for help. Eager to prove herself as valuable as her father, she accepts the challenge. Gathering a crew, one who has already been to Talonia, she sets out to save the mighty weredragons. She becomes involved in a battle of wits with the stubborn, hard headed king, who is wary of humans. She sees inside his tough shell and can’t help feeling drawn to his soul.

Maxxus finds himself confiding his deepest feelings to a stranger, a human. It is disconcerting, to say the least. How could he be closer to a stranger than his own family? As the planet begins to lose it’s battle, Maxxus finds his heart melting. A few random words, heard by accident may ruin his life.

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aidenAIDEN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 3) by  Scarlett Grove

Winnifred Parker is a survivor. She’s been on her own since she was sixteen. But when stranded on an island with nothing but her paint set, she has new obstacles to overcome. Not the least of which is the sexy, tattooed musician she’s marooned with.

Aiden’s inner dragon knows Winnifred is his mate, and he’ll do anything to be near her. Abandoned on the island together, he has the chance to impress Winnie with his guitar riffs. But winning her heart will require more sincerity than this mysterious rogue is ready to reveal.

When vampires arrive, Aiden can no longer conceal his dragon nature. He whisks Winnie away, but her rescue comes at a terrible price. Winnifred wants nothing to do with him! Will Aiden ever come out of hiding again? And if he does, can the self-sufficient painter admit she needs love, not only to the secretive warrior, but to herself?

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time gypsyTHE TIME GYPSY by Cara Carnes

Amira is the best airship pilot in the galaxies and can bend the time slips within the Gypsy Nebula better than anyone, which means she only takes the jobs she wants. She’s sacrificed a lot for the freedom to pick her jobs, live free. A Gypsy can never love an outsider. It is forbidden. She walked away from the loves of her life once. Now they’re back, demanding her help to save the galaxies. Walking away again isn’t an option, but neither is giving her loves the second chance they are demanding.

The fate of the galaxies hangs on Mikel and Nivel completing one assignment—hire a Gypsy to slipstream them to where the survivors of the Tezan empire were placed and bring them home. Only one pilot knows where they are—the woman who they’d once intended to claim for their mate. She walked away from them once, vowed to have nothing to do with them again. They aren’t about to let her walk away from them again.

They must set aside their personal differences and work together to resurrect the Tezan Empire. Failure is not an option. But the journey to the Ancient Earth slipstream is a perilous one rife with danger. Finding the Tezan survivors within Victorian London might prove impossible.

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medusas touchMEDUSA’S TOUCH by Emily L Byrne

Medusa Pilot Captain TiCara X273, ex-street kid and former bondslave, thought she wanted nothing more than to be captain of her own starship. Or, at least, that was all that she thought she wanted until Sherin Khan came back into her life. A bar singer turned corporate rep, Sherin is now working for Ser Trin Vahn, one of TiCara’s best clients and head of Vahn Corp.

Once they are thrown together on TiCara’s ship, TiCara and Sherin can no longer deny their simmering attraction to each other. A simple mission to transport the ailing Vahn to the legendary asteroid, Electra 12, for medical treatments turns dark and dangerous as betrayal leads to betrayal. TiCara’s greatest enemy is pursuing them, there’s a traitor on her crew and Sherin has a secret that can tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

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raydnRAYDN (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Mira Maxwell

Willow can’t remember what it’s like to be free. She spends her days working under the watchful gaze of her alien captor and dreams of returning to Earth. She tries to keep hope alive, but part of her knows the likelihood of rescue fades with each passing day.

Respectability is everything to Raydn. The battle-hardened alien only cares about the mission at hand, the men under his command, and the rules that keep them all safe in an unpredictable world. Until his latest assignment leads him to a fragile Earth woman held captive on a distant planet. He falls for her, hard, and he’s determined to win her over.

Willow isn’t so sure. She cares for Raydn, but she’s struggling with the after-effects of captivity and can’t see a future for herself in his world.

Will he be able to convince Willow that her home is by his side?

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dirty liesDIRTY LIES (PRISON PLANET BOOK 4) by Emmy Chandler

Rayla Shaw has spent her entire life restricted to Station Alpha, orbiting the prison planet Rhodon, an unspoken exception to the “no children” policy. Now grown, Rayla discovers that her father, Warden Shaw, has been lying to her for her entire life, and the only person who can tell her why is one of the prisoners.

Armed with supplies, weapons, and a bodyguard, Rayla sneaks onto the planet disguised as an inmate, determined to find answers. But when her shuttle crashes, killing Rayla’s bodyguard, she is stranded alone on a planet crawling with violent criminals.

A zone four loner, Jai sees a shuttle go down in the woods and he races toward it, intending to salvage what he can. To his surprise, the only survivor is a female prisoner who emerges from the wreckage with an unrestricted gun—easily the most valuable thing in all of zone four. His plan is to seduce the gorgeous new inmate and steal the gun once she’s fallen for him.
But before long, Jai realizes he’s falling for his prey—and that Rayla may be the only woman on the entire planet he can never have.

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in the requiemIN THE REQUIEM (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 5) by Hailey Turner 

Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.

Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.

The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.

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HER COLD BLOODED PROTECTORHER COLD-BLOODED PROTECTOR (LEVEKK INVADERS BOOK 1) by Lea Linnett

It’s not easy being human when Earth is run by aliens.

Lena has been locked up, imprisoned in a multi-species penitentiary on Earth, and all she wants is to get back to what she’s good at: keeping her sister safe.

Kormak is a levekk—a member of the same cold-blooded, alien species that enslaved her planet—and he is the key to her escape.

Kormak hates humans, and he’s not afraid to show it. They burn hot and bright but are snuffed out quickly, and the last thing he wants is a human slowing him down.

But she needs a protector, and he’s drawn to her flame. When an accident derails their escape and strands them in the wintry wilderness, just who will end up saving whom?

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krakens mateTHE KRAKEN’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 2) by Susan Tromblay

A desperate escape from a prison cell inside an alien research facility leaves Joanie in the clutches of an alien with a handsome face, a great body, and tentacles that could have come out of a horror movie. Her life back on Earth is a mess, but nowhere near as complicated as her new situation becomes when the alien test subject named Nemon decides that she’s his mate.

Nemon knows that Joanie is the mate he’s hoping for as soon as Thrax hands her to him, but he can also see that she’s frightened and traumatized. He must win a battle against his own body—which has a mind of its own—to maintain control, so he can win her trust and avoid frightening her further. His newfound friends warn him that Joanie will need time to accept him, and Nemon is willing to wait, but they all may have underestimated Joanie.

They have escaped their fate as Iriduan test subjects, but Nemon and Joanie can’t escape the legacy left behind by their captors. A legacy that brings them together—a legacy that also threatens to tear them apart.

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spacebergSPACEBERG (SPACE SQUAD 51) by M Pax

Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.

Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.

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mating sightMATING SIGHT (PRAESIDIO BOOK 2) by Ava Ryant

VS Note: From April

So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.

Kidnapped by an Alien after getting attacked by Space Pirates on her way to a new Planet. Yeah…Anabel wasn’t having a good day. Fortunately for her she was a glass half-filled, spunky kinda-girl and she ends up roaming free on a trading planet where things get weird…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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war kim faulksWAR (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 2)  by Kim Faulks

She’s got Pestilence in her basement.
He’s bound, gagged. His blood slick on her hands.
His touch warm on her body.
And he’s calling the others…the three riders she’s hunting.
War is coming and she’s not ready…She doesn’t think she’ll ever be ready.
But she’s been given a mission—a Calling to her tainted soul.
Lamb, Pestilence calls her.
But she’s no Lamb.
She’s a Lion.
Her name is Harlow Morgan, and she’s the last hope a dying world has left.

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hellfire and handbasketsHELLFIRE AND HANDBASKETS (A TIME TRAVELER’S JOURNEY BOOK 2) by Kathryn Hills

It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.

Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?

What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.

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dragon warriors heartDRAGON WARRIOR’S HEART (DRAGONS OF MARS BOOK 5) by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells

Ashley Warren knows she’s in trouble as soon as she sees Kosar. The tall, powerful dragon shifter has a body to kill for, a smile that makes her heart race, and eyes that look straight into her soul. If only she could listen to what her body wants, she’d forget about her mission and throw herself at him.

The trouble is, she’s on Mars to steal from him. Worse, the people who sent her aren’t the forgiving type — and they have her brother as a hostage. If she doesn’t bring them the information they want, he’ll pay the price.

Kosar is a dragon warrior, a defender of the most precious artifact the Dragon Empire possesses. The stardrive that brought the dragon shifters to Mars is his to guard while its secrets are studied, and he will not allow thieves to take it.

His duty is simple until he meets Ashley. The moment he looks into the human female’s eyes, he knows they belong together. She’s his mate, chosen by fate to be by his side, and he would give anything to protect her. But as evidence mounts that she’s planning to steal the secrets he’s guarding, he’s torn between his duty to the Empire and his feelings for his mate.

Caught between their conflicting obligations, can Kosar and Ashley find a way to be together? Or will duty pull them apart?

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game of liesGAME OF LIES (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Pippa DaCosta

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver’s touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she’s not sure she’s ready for.

When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow’s human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is… Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she’s fought for will be lost forever, including her men.

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her savage mateHER SAVAGE MATE by Kallista Dane

VS Note: The author states: “Her Savage Mate is based on the characters in my story in the USA TODAY bestselling box set Alien Alphas. I’ve added lots of steamy hot new scenes to make it a full-length standalone novel. “

Except I don’t have a choice. Not really. The High Priest threatens to put my entire crew to death unless I agree. So I make him a deal. I’ll mate with the future king and give him an heir – in exchange for their freedom.

Turns out my new mate is a mouth-watering, seven foot tall bronze hunk. He’s so hot he could be the star of one of the tacky romance novels I’m secretly addicted to.

Unfortunately this planet requires females to obey their mates or be disciplined. I’m not the submissive type, so I get punished by my new mate. A lot. But I’m determined this alien alpha will never break me. Night after night I defy him.

As time goes on, his stern discipline and passionate lovemaking are awakening dark desires in me. Wicked desires I’ve never felt before.

I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

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tiger stripedTIGER STRIPED: SHIFTERS UNBOUND by Jennifer Ashley

Tiger …

The call he must answer …

Tiger wakes in the night, knowing something is wrong. Carly, mate of his heart, is next to him, and he hears his son’s breathing. They are safe.

But someone, someone cries out with a despair he can’t ignore …

Carly won’t let Tiger go alone, and neither will Connor, the cub who will become one of the greatest Shifters of them all—Tiger knows. He sees.

He can’t ignore the call. Tiger and Carly take Dylan’s truck and head into the night, on what proves to be the most important mission of their lives.

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phoenix rising lick of firePHOENIX RISING: TALES OF THE WERE (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 8) by Bianca D’Arc

Lance doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He’s just a regular guy who owns a high-end engine shop on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. But lately, he’s been drawn to the desert in inexplicable ways, and has troubled dreams of flying…to the sun.

Tina remembers him – her high school crush. But that was long ago and they’re both very different now. Lance still has that aura of magic about him, though, and she’s grown into her powers, gaining strength and hopefully, wisdom, over the intervening years. When she gets stuck on the side of the road out in the desert, it’s Fate that sends Lance – of all people – to her rescue.

Sparks fly as they reunite and rekindle the flame that had never quite extinguished between them. When Lance’s business is targeted, Tina helps him defend his place and the odd assortment of shifters who have gathered around him. Lance is a bit clueless about the unseen world, but Tina is there to fill in the blanks and help him discover what he was always meant to be.

But Lance is in a dangerous position. Most shifters of his kind don’t survive their first shift. Tina believes she can help him through it and perhaps…just perhaps…she can be the one to ground him. She wants to believe she could be the reason he comes back down to Earth – if their love is strong enough.

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abyssABYSS (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 5) by Bethany Adams

After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassins, rogue princes, and a grown, half-human student—all had caught her off guard. Now, things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.

For seven years, Aris was held captive on the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table—not with danger threatening multiple worlds.

Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hadn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.

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vampires thirst ivanA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: IVAN by Marissa Farrar

Russian vampire Ivan Sokolov is suffering from a bad case of the guilts and has high hopes of apologising to his ex—the half-breed daughter of the werewolf Deacon Thorn.

He tracks her down to the eerie and remote Dartmoor when he is struck down by the Thirst. His hunger all but consumes him, and he awakens to a nightmare; covered in blood with no recollection of what happened.

Panic and dread overcomes him. He takes the only way out and tries to make a run for it when he’s hit by a most wondrous scent.

The only problem is the scent belongs to a police officer, one sent to find out who’s responsible for the bloody corpse found on the moors the previous night. And to add to that … she’s his Bloodmate.

Is Ivan the one responsible? Or will the truth lie in the ancient myths surrounding the local moors…?

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crossroadsCROSSROADS (AFTERLIFE BOOK 1) by Desni Dantone

Alec Sierra has been given a second chance at life. This one, he will not screw up. He is off to a great start with a nice apartment, a flashy car, an amazing group of friends, and in four years he’ll have the college diploma he never thought possible to obtain. The only thing missing? The love he never knew he wanted.

When the sexy and challenging Jemi moves into the vacant apartment across the hall, Alec sets his sights determinedly on her, but his plan to wear her down with his charm ends up being harder than he bargained for. Not only is Jemi immune to his lady-killer grin and stellar whit, but the god of the underworld has plans for him.

He thinks he has left the supernatural world behind. He is wrong. For him, it has only begun.

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healer rise of the prideTHE HEALER (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 7) by Teresa Hissong

Harold Blackwell, the pride’s healer, never imagined he’d be working to save the enemy. He took an oath the day he graduated from human medical school; to learn how to care for the sick and injured, but he never planned on saving a wolf.

Luna Ray was scared and alone when she was rescued from the labs that studied shifters. Her family had been slaughtered by the Community, but her life was spared when she was saved by a panther. Being the only white wolf shifter in the world, she must learn to live with the pride who believes she is dangerous.

Harold doesn’t want to have feelings for the wolf, but his panther demands he do everything in his power to heal Luna inside and out. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to accept fate when he touches her for the first time.

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winter queenWINTER QUEEN (DAUGHTER OF WINTER BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

The Morrigan needs to die, no question about that. But first, Wyn and her Guardians need to find her.

While the Realm prepares for war, allies arrive from unexpected places. But there are enemies hiding in plain sight that could stop the war before it’s even begun.

Can Wyn destroy the Morrigan without sacrificing the lives of her loved ones?

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stoking the flames twoSTOKING THE FLAMES II: TALES OF LEGENDS, LORE  & EVERLASTING LOVE by Various

Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars.

Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle.

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guardian spiritsGUARDIAN SPIRITS by Jordan L Hawk

Psychic medium Vincent Night and his lover Henry Strauss have spent months striving to uncover the dark secret harbored by Vincent’s dead mentor, James Dunne. Their only clue comes from a journal: Dunne was seeking to restore the Grand Harmonium, an artifact meant to breach the walls between life and death.

Fate seems to intervene when Henry and Vincent are offered a job investigating the haunted orphanage where Dunne lived as a youth. But the ghosts of the orphanage don’t rest easily, and the lovers soon find themselves in a battle to locate the Grand Harmonium before it falls into the wrong hands—and unleashes evil upon the world.

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CHARMED BONESCHARMED BONES: A SARA DELANEY BOOTH MYSTERY BY Carolyn Haines

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

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dragon familyTHE DRAGON FAMILY by Jessie Donovan

For Finlay Stewart, being a dragon-shifter clan leader is easy compared to managing his family…

Finn is trying his best to work and protect his clan on little sleep; having triplets is his toughest challenge to date. But with his mate, Arabella, at his side, he finds a way to manage. However, as things start to spiral out of control with a pregnant cousin, another cousin constantly containing a mate-claim frenzy, and another driving his eight-months’-pregnant mate crazy, Finn’s next mission is to find a way to ensure everyone behaves and toes the line. The only problem is that the MacKenzies are a stubborn lot and Finn may be in over his head.

However, as Finn soon finds out, his wild cousins are nothing compared to the latest surprise to show up on his doorstep. It’s going to take every bit of wit and charm he possesses to keep his family safe and together. Failure simply isn’t an option.

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darker pathsDARKER PATHS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Cruelly dumped at the altar by the man she loves, Miranda McAllister turns her back on Santa Fe and takes off with Simon Gutierrez, who promises to help her develop her newly awakened magical powers…even though her logical self warns against acting on impulse so soon after her humiliation at Rafe Castillo’s hands.

Under Simon’s patient guidance, Miranda discovers the astounding depth and breadth of her gifts. Yet too many unanswered questions leave her uneasy, especially when Simon indicates he’d like to move them out of the friend zone.

Rafe Castillo still can’t figure out what the hell happened the day of his wedding. A powerful spell forced him to spew those spiteful words at Miranda…and whoever cast that spell has covered their tracks so thoroughly, no trace remains — to Rafe’s human form, at least. His coyote alter ego can track fainter wisps of magic, magic as dark and hateful as the things he said that fateful day at the church.

Intent on finding Miranda no matter what, Rafe relentlessly follows a twisting, turning, increasingly deadly trail. But by the time he learns the truth, the race to save her from an unspeakable evil may already be lost.

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amethyst gryphonAMETHYST GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 5)  by Ruby Ryan

Andy is in complete denial.

The owner of six Los Angeles nightclubs, Andrew Fischer is ignoring all phone calls and text messages from his friends. What they’re telling him is impossible. It’s downright crazy.

They can’t be right… can they?

Leslie is the accountant at Andy’s newest club, the Cheshire Cat. But she has a secret of her own, and it has nothing to do with the pulsing totem he’s started carrying everywhere. Her mission is far more delicate.

A mission that requires she put aside her feelings for her boss.

As their separate secrets begin to unravel, Andy and Leslie are going to have to find a way to escape the men stalking them–even if it means telling each other the truth. Can they learn to trust one another in order to survive the fury of five dragons? Or will their growing attraction be destroyed in a flash of acrid smoke?

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haunting hephaestusHAUNTING HEPHAESTUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 9) by Annalise Nixon

VS Note: From April

Once upon a time, the Greek God Hephaestus was distrustful, detached, and unhappy. Guess what? Not much has changed, except his name and location.

Now he’s known as Vulcan, and he’s waited two thousand years to exact revenge on the human woman whose betrayal nearly destroyed him. Haunted by her honeyed lies and cruel treachery, he waits for the opportunity to strike.

That time is now.

But just his luck, her soul has been reborn into the body of the only woman in Jackson, Wyoming who has ever made him laugh. It sucks that this shy, curvy gallery owner will have to suffer for the sin of another, but… Oh well.

Of all the eligible men in Jackson to fall in lust with, why did Destiny have to choose the sullen and not-altogether-human Vulcan? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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mages and mechanismsMAGES AND MECHANISMS by Devin Harnois

Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.

Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness, who offers them a huge sum for an ambitious project—a full scale mechanical dragon.

Swept up into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both work days and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage.

But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.

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third throne angel of distrustTHE THIRD THRONE (ANGEL OF DISTRUST) by Tabitha Barret

What if loving someone brought you such joy that you couldn’t wait to see them, but also brought you indescribable pain because you knew they would die in your arms? How far would you go to forget them…for eternity?

Anjali has been tasked by Lucifer to find, Celaeno, the last Harpy in existence, before Hades can use her to overthrow Hell. During her search for the Harpy, she is captured by an unknown assailant. Waking up on a deserted island, she finds that her powers have been bound, leaving her helpless to fight multiple enemies trying to kill her. Who can she trust to help her escape?

Haydn, the Angel of Distrust, not only wants to be free from his duties as a Harbinger to the Bringer of the Apocalypse, but he wants to free the others under her control before finally ridding the world of Anjali. Once a Celestial Warrior sworn to protect God’s creatures, can he complete his mission and kill Anjali?

Viktor Every is a man destroyed by love. Desperate to escape his tragic past and bleak future, he will make a deal with the last person, or creature, he ever expected. All he has to do is find the love of his life and hand her over to a demon claiming to have the ability to take away all memories of his lover. It should be a simple task, yet it is the hardest thing he will ever do. Is he willing to give her up so that he can be free of her forever?

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trapped in the dragons bedTRAPPED IN THE DRAGON’S BED (THE CRIMINAL PROPERTY DRAGONS’ SERIES BOOK 1)  by Hollie Hutchins

This wasn’t my first choice of career. Lurking around shifter establishments in their state, trying to pull in Richard Forge. I could have been back at college, finishing my courses, so I could finally become a Profiler. But instead, my boss yanked me right out of there.
And why? Because I’m “immune.” Immune to shifter’s hypnotic powers. An object of desire. And it seems that Richard’s very, very interested in me.
I know I have to do this. The senator’s daughter is missing, and Richard’s a suspect. Everyone wants to know what happened, but not everyone can make it to Richard Forge’s bed.
But what I didn’t expect was the other man Richard had struck a deal with. A man called Tarren Vale. Crawling straight out of the underworld, binding us both together… calling to the darkness inside us.

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dragon marshals treasureTHE DRAGON MARSHAL’S TREASURE by Zoe Chant

Curvy, practical Jillian has spent her life trying to distance herself from her father. But now he’s disappeared, leaving her saddled with his stolen millions, the world’s most terrifying nutcracker collection, and a US Marshal knocking on her door. A US Marshal with a strange courtly manner and deep green eyes that make Jillian wish he’d strip away more than just her unwanted inheritance…

As a dragon shifter from a reclusive, traditional clan, US Marshal Theo St. Vincent is baffled by many things in the outside world. Vending machines. Fairy tales where knights aren’t vicious monsters. Not ravishing your one true mate the instant you lay eyes on her…

Theo’s old-fashioned charm and rock-hard body soon have Jillian fully complying with his investigation. But the US Marshals aren’t the only ones interested in her father’s ill-gotten gains. With Jillian in danger, Theo has to protect his mate…even if it means breaking all the rules.

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hope of a crowFOR THE HOPE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 1)  by T S Joyce

Ramsey Hunt is caught in a spiral no one can save him from, and he’s taking his entire Clan of crow shifters down with him. A broken mating bond has him going insane, and all he can do is try to hold onto his Alpha position as long as possible. But when a spirited beauty comes waltzing into his MC’s clubhouse demanding an audience with him, he can’t help but think he’s dreaming her up. She’s got paperwork saying he’s her mate, and this shifter has one serious stubborn streak in her. All he wants to do is go insane in peace, but she isn’t having it. And now the real work begins. He’s got to sever one mating bond completely if he wants a shot at survival. And if this crazy plan works, he might just have a second shot at happiness too.

Vina wants a crow. She doesn’t care who they are, as long as their shifter animal is a crow. They mate for life and she’s tired of being pushed around by the men she dates. So when a crow comes up on the shifter matchmaking service she applied for three years ago, she has a good feeling her stars are about to change. That is, until she meets Ramsey. The half-crazed Alpha of the biggest, baddest Clan of crow shifters in existence isn’t going to make pairing up easy. And the more Vina gets to know him, the more she thinks it wasn’t him who signed up for a mate after all.

And now Vina has two choices—cut and run from the storm coming for the Red Dead Mayhem Clan, or dig her heels in and rip that old mating bond out of Ramsey. Up until now, no one has appreciated her, but what if…just what if…she could be the one to save the crows?

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owned by the berserkersOWNED BY THE BERSERKERS (BERSERKER BRIDES BOOK 5) by Lee Savino

My life changed the night the Berserkers took me. Dagg and Svein cared for me like no other–until the Corpse King attacked and the battle rage took their minds.

Now I’m alone. My mates are lost to madness, and my visions are growing worse. My nightmares, my only companions–unless I can defy the pack and save my warriors. I must trek into the wilderness and claim them for my own–or die in the attempt.

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crown of embersCROWN OF EMBERS (THE CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.

Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the Forsaken to forge new alliances with those long forgotten by her kind.

But will they be friend or foe? After centuries of neglect is it too late to mend the wounds of time?

“The Circle must be broken.”

Rowena will stop at nothing to prove that Elysia and the Chosen are hers. With Elysia on the brink of destruction, it’s time for all of the Chosen to remember who, and what, they are.

Their fate depends on it.

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sinlessSINLESS (DEADLY OMEN BOOK 1)  by Jenica Saren

I’m Ria, don’t ask for my last name, because I don’t want to talk about it. Twenty-three years old, and living the glamorous life of my dreams, with the perfect fiancé, nice car, gorgeous house, and the job I love. Excuse the minor detail of the job I love being taking my clothes off.I had everything I wanted, when suddenly shit hit the fan, and and the fantasy life I had built went up in flames.

Now I find myself living in a tiny town, in a not-so-tiny house, with six insanely hot–and just straight up insane–roommates. With everything going all kinds of crazy in this little town, Eliam, Gatlin, Kellan, Gray, Beck, and Rafe seem to think that I am just the girl to help them set everything straight.

The Severin brothers are getting me all involved and in danger, and I’m truthfully terrified – not of the danger stuff, but these guys. There’s something different about the six of them, something I swear I’m going to figure out.

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rebel brideREBEL BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 4) by Ava Sinclair

I am Thera the Healer, and I blame the Drakoryans for the death of my husband and father. They were killed before our dragon lord rulers resettled us in the Drakoryan Valley ahead of war with the ShadowFell.
Now they seek to recruit village men into their army to fight the enemy. But I seek to convince my people that the enemy is not some black dragon we have never seen, but the one who keeps us.
Now the Drakoryans are accusing me of sedition, and seek to neutralize my influence in a manner I will not accept. They seek to wed me to five Drakoryan lords tasked with keeping order in my village.
They won’t get what they want without a fight.

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priestess unleashedPRIESTESS UNLEASHED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 3) by Lidiya Foxglove

They have been branded as mountain bandits, but they are the descendants of the ancient attendants of the priestess. Long buried secrets lie in this remote land. Phoebe will uncover the devastating truth as she comes into her powers. She’s ready to fight, but is she ready to bear the hopes and dreams of the entire realm on her shoulders? And will she be able to perform the Grand Quintet when one of her guardians is the enemy of the rest?

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crave to claimCRAVE TO CLAIM by Zoey Ellis

The unknown fate of his Omega sends Drocco into unfamiliar emotional territory. Uncertain if their connection can ever be repaired, he sets himself on a collision course to fulfill his vow as Emperor, knowing he may lose Cailyn in all the ways that truly matter if he succeeds.

Her determination to have the truth laid bare has cost her deeply; the protection of her Omega sisters and the Alpha who would have once died for her. Without knowing how to tame him, the fierce warrior who comes for her could become a man she is unable to recognize… and everything she had once considered for her future, would be lost.

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furybornFURYBORN (THE IMPIRIUM TRILOGY) by Claire LeGrand

VS note: Cool concept.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

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ALL THE EVER AFTERSALL THE EVER AFTERS:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER by Danielle Teller

VS Note: Not a romance but sounded interesting.

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I’m highlighting STAR CRUISE: MAROONED from my backlist. This was the first in the STAR CRUISE series, introducing Meg and Red. I think the cover by Fiona Jayde is still one of my favorites!

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The story:

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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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.