Is He Betraying Her? 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!)

I don’t have a holiday story – sorry! So I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor. (Blurb below the excerpt.) I’ve jumped way ahead, to a point where Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. This snippet is the next day, after the conversation the two were having in last week’s  excerpt. I’m trying not to give spoilers! The couple are on the run in a bad area of town, waiting for their friend Nick to arrive. (Edited a bit from published version):

She looked over her shoulder to see if Khevan was on his way to rejoin her yet and her nagging problems fled as she observed him standing fifty feet away, talking to another D’nvannae Brother. Adrenaline banished all traces of tiredness. Is he betraying me? The suspicion ran through her like a shock of ice water.

She couldn’t see Khevan’s face, but she didn’t like the smirk on the other Brother’s countenance. Trying to control her breathing, she was frozen for a moment, debating what to do. Should I get away from Khevan now? Wait for Nick on my own? This could all be a cruel trick on the part of the Red Lady, with Khevan fully on board to torment her for his goddess’s pleasure – a twisted mind game would be the Lady’s style.

Arguing with herself, panic lacing the edge of her nerves, she took a second glance at the two Brothers, now standing as if ready to fight each other. Clearly the discussion wasn’t going well.

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe blurb:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

iBooks      Amazon    Kobo       Barnes & Noble

Happy New Year!

 

 

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My 15 Favorite #SciFi and #Fantasy Book Covers of 2016

I decided for my year end post I’d select my favorite book covers from this year. (Of course I’m very partial to my own LOL, thanks to the artistry of Fiona Jayde, but you can see them on the sidebar.)

Since I primarily read in the scifi romance and fantasy genres, those are where my choices are drawn from. I see huge numbers of covers all year long in connection with my New Releases posts, and other posts I write, so my loose criteria were: does the cover linger in my memory over time to some extent and is it pleasing to the eye? (Because a few covers – NOT included here – linger because they were so not pleasing, to my eyes at least!)  I’m no art critic 🙂

This is my all time favorite cover of 2016 (and the heroine depicted is a librarian BTW!):

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The other selections, in no certain order (and if I’ve picked one from a series, I pretty much love ALL the covers in that series by the way but this one stood out to me):

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arkadian-skies

from-this-fae-forward

tempered hearts

pirate nemesis

sorceress rising

cosmic-sutra

blood-awakening

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diva

battle-born-triad

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once-upon-a-midnight-solstice

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And special mention to this one, which gets points for sheer adorableness:

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Feel free to share your favorite covers of the year in the comments if you’d like!

Happy New Year!!!

 

 

 

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 28

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

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

SKY RAIDERS by Michelle Diener

VS NOTE: A new series by one of my favorite authors! The book is in my To Be Read stack and Riley of the Whiskey With My Book Blog just reviewed it! 

First they flew their mysterious sky craft through the skies of Barit. Then they started attacking. Finally, they began to raid.

Garek’s one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can’t bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she’s lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he’ll look, but he’ll never find her. (more)….

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the_edge_of_the_blade_jeffe_kennedyTHE EDGE OF THE BLADE (THE UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS NOTE: Another favorite author and series! I got to read the ARC on this one and really enjoyed Jepp’s story – she’s an unusual heroine but very gutsy. I have an interview with Jeffe on USA Today Happy Ever After this Thursday.

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

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forever-wildeFOREVER WILDE (IMMORTAL VEGAS BOOK 6) by Jenn Starke

Life has never been smoother for Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde. With a worldwide criminal organization at her beck and call, she can finally secure the safety of the youngest and most vulnerable members of the psychic community. Sure, she’s been banged up a little, and the Magician’s most recent attempts to heal her turned her temporarily immortal. But otherwise…things are coming up roses.

Then Sara discovers an enclave of psychic children whose DNA has been dangerously altered, making them the hottest targets on the planet for traffickers….

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PHOENIX BLOOD (OLD SCHOOL BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz

In a grim biker bar with wizard mercenaries on her tail and a “found” amulet around her neck, Sadie Howard needs a miracle. What she gets is the man who broke her heart nine years ago.

phoenix-bloodMarcus Aurelius is a changed man, in more ways than one. The preppy, confident medical school student is now a hard-bitten, magic-wielding assassin. He’s also a man on a mission. He has debts to pay and old wrongs to right before he dies—sometime this week.

As the secrets of Marcus’s heart are revealed, Sadie learns that nothing is as it seems and that the man who broke her heart also saved her life and paid in agony for her freedom.

With wizards trying to kill her, phoenix blood burning in Marcus’s veins, and a villain who’ll stop at nothing to acquire the amulet Sadie has promised to a friend, their roadtrip is a one-way ticket to extraordinary adventures. The question is, who will survive?

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ajaxs-harpy-holidayAJAX’S HARPY HOLIDAY: DRAGOFIN MATED BOOK 1 by Mychal Daniels

Look at him… she’s determined to wipe that gorgeous smirk off his face!

Alien Warrior Guardian Dragon & Gryphon Shifters Live Among us.

Discover what happens when a fight over the last holiday pie turns into a hilarious showdown between a stubborn young dragon and an even more stubborn harpy–who turns out to be his mate….

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BEYOND EVERY MIRROR (ANACHRONISTIC DIMENSIONS BOOK 1) by Christine Church

VS Note: From November. Found this one thanks to the Whiskey With My Book Blog. She’s a terrific resource!

Beside his own image, Dane Bainbridge sees another; a ginger haired beauty–behind her, behind-every-mirrorred mountains and clouds as if from another world. He’s seen her his entire life, a life filled with glamour and fame… and loneliness. For the woman in the mirror is his one true love. But, this he does not know, not until he is dragged into her world–one of beasts and lands beyond imagination. One where his sacrifice is the only thing keeping her and the world in which she resides alive.

Once they are together, he remembers it all, and that knowledge means his doom for all eternity. But if he escapes her world, she will perish as will all others behind the looking glass….

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ALIEN FROG PRINCE by J. M. Page and Juno Wells

Prince Zakrom feels like everyone on Granota has found their One — their beloved for life alien-frog-prince— except him. His worried parents send him to visit Earth, hoping it will distract him from his solitude. Zak finds more than a distraction: Jennifer, the lovely human at the Interstellar Embassy, is his One! But surely such a beautiful creature can’t be interested in a strange-looking alien like him….

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SCORCHED (RULERS OF THE SKY BOOK 1) by Paula Quinn

VS NOTE: I love her Genevra Thorne novels so I’ll have to try this one – sounds fun!

Marcus is a Drakkon as ancient as the stars, stronger than a mountain, and the last of his kind. Men now rule the earth. The time of the Drakkon is over thanks to the legendary Phoenix Amber and the Council of Elders who use its power to transform Drakkon into humans. When the Council discovers he may be hiding a treasure worth more than any dragon horde, they will stop at nothing to have it and transform him against his will.

scorchedBeing human is worse than anything Marcus could have imagined. His brilliant cerulean scales are gone, replaced with paltry skin he is sure could not even stop a bird if one flew into him. But worse than imprisonment in a male body are the awakenings of unfamiliar human desires that are nothing like the animal urges that were so easily satisfied as a Drakkon— emotions like loneliness that make him seek out companionship with a woman who, unfortunately for him, happens to be a sweetly-scented virgin.

Samantha Montgomery isn’t about to go to bed with a man who believes he used to be a reptile, especially one whose smoldering smiles make her think of being consumed alive by fire, and loving it….

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NINIA SEBAE (ACCORDING TO LORE BOOK 1) by Lily Adile Lamb

VS NOTE: listed as a short read; LGBT

niniaAngela’s parents died in horrific circumstances a few years ago, about the time she had last seen her childhood home—a quaint, old cottage situated deep in the woods that holds many secrets.

Angela’s return to the cottage in the mysterious woods intends to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for her to ease back into a time that held an easier and simpler life. Yet, in her slumber, she dreams of a woman with flaming red hair. Baffled yet intrigued, Angela wonders who the woman is she dreams about.

After a chance encounter with a stranger who ironically resembles the woman in her dreams, Angela’s life changes forever as she learns more about herself and the woods surrounding the quaint cottage that has a set of secrets all its own….

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dreams-of-the-eatenDREAMS OF THE EATEN (CHILDREN OF THE DROUGHT BOOK 3) by Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

After trials by fire and thirst, Appaloosa Elim’s quest to bring home the body of the crow prince is finally nearing its end. But the coffin is missing, the funeral party is hopelessly scattered, and the fishmen are hell-bent on revenge.

Worse yet, the pilgrimage has disturbed an ancient power – and the earth is crumbling in its grip. As the ground shakes and the crows gather, the final reckoning promises to unite the living and the dead in a battle for the land itself.One way or another, blood debts will come due, Elim will face his judgment, and the World That Is will be forever changed.

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dragons-christmas-wishTHE DRAGON’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Georgette St. Clair

Liza Hawthorne has everything perfectly planned for her family’s final Christmas on Far North, the planetoid that orbits Terra 2. If only there weren’t two dragon shifter species battling over the fate of her little world. And if only one of them wasn’t seven feet of pure silver-skinned sexiness, who apparently thinks she’s his “heart-mate”. When you add in some misbehaving alien elves, a malfunctioning Santa-bot, and the mysterious disappearance of Liza’s best friend – untangling this mess will take a Christmas miracle.

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STAR SURVIVOR by….well, me! Veronica Scott

VS NOTE: If you’ll indulge me, since it’s a  week of relatively few new releases, my latest book came out at the end of November, so here’s a small reminder in case you missed it before LOL!

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottTwilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady. Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her….

Amazon     iBooks

And if you missed it last week, I asked the members of the Scifi Romance Group and the SFR Brigade on Facebook to talk about their memorable  SFR reads of 2016 for AMAZING STORIES – lots of good recommendations in the post!

Best Wishes for a very Happy New Year and good things in 2017!

 

 

 

 

Too Late for Apologies Weekend Writing Warriors

xmas-three-cat-pin-betteralttippedA very Merry Christmas to you if you celebrate the holiday and best wishes for an excellent, cozy winter day instead, if that’s more appropriate!

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

I don’t have a holiday story – sorry! So I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor. (Blurb below the excerpt.) I’ve jumped way ahead, to a point where Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. The couple are hiding out in a dingy hotel in a bad area of town. (Edited a bit from published version):

Star Survivor by Veronica Scott“I’m sorry I got you into this,” he said.

“A little late for apologies,” Twilka glared at the sagging bed with distaste. “I’m supposed to be at a gala party in a glamorous dress designed by me, working the crowd, drinking expensive feelgoods, and drumming up new business by the shipload. Maybe flirting with cute trideo stars or investors and being photographed. Instead I’m in this dump, in stolen clothes I wouldn’t wear for a night crawling through dive bars, and I’m with you. Oh, and with a contract out on my head.” She squared her shoulders. “So, who are we going to get to help us? I can call my father, but I don’t think he has influence with the Red Lady – how many credits would it take to get her to back off?”

“At best, he could hire civilian bodyguards for you, maybe get you off the planet for now if he moved fast enough, but she’d find you eventually.”

The blurb:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

iBooks      Amazon    Kobo       Barnes & Noble

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 21

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

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

DEVLIN: HELL SQUAD BOOK 11 by Anna Hackett

VS NOTE: Always exciting to have a new one in this series. One clicked!

A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…

Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens….

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one-fell-sweepONE FELL SWEEP (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Ilona Andrews

VS NOTE: I’ve been waiting for this one, love this series!

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos….

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DISCOVERY (KATIERUN PRIME BOOK 12) by K D Jones

Katieran Commander LemAN has suffered a great loss and sworn never to let anyone get close to him again. He focuses instead on protecting his people. Now he has been tasked with seeking out the remaining Morin transport. The problem is his success depends on an alien female intent on driving him insane. He might be able to complete his mission but he’s not sure how long he can resist her.

Teagan White is a communications expert from Earth who is traveling to Katiera. An adventure to new worlds on board a ship full of sexy aliens is her fantasy come true…

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THE NATURE OF A PIRATE by A. M. Dellamonica

The Nature of a Pirate is the third book in acclaimed author, A.M. Dellmonica’s high seas, nature-of-a-pirateStormwrack series. The Lambda Award nominated series begins with Child of a Hidden Sea.

Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hansa has spent the past few months putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible cases where no solution had been found before.

When a series of ships within the Fleet of Nations, the main governing body that rules a loose alliance of island nation states, are sunk by magical sabotage, Sophie is called on to find out why….

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BROKEN ANGEL (A BAD THINGS NOVEL) by Cynthia Eden

broken-angelVS NOTE: It was when reading a Cynthia Eden novel a long time ago I first realized the ancient Egyptian gods I wanted to write about could be seen as shifters…which eventually led to my first published novel, which features the Crocodile God of ancient Egypt as a shifter. It was a HUGE breakthru for me as a writer and I’ll always credit Ms. Eden. She’s also a lovely person!

Angel Lila is being hunted–she can feel the hunter closing in behind her. Every move she makes, he’s stalking after her. But does the werewolf on her trail want to destroy her–or can he protect her from the growing darkness that she is trying so desperately to fight?

Werewolf Rayce Lovel doesn’t know what to do with an angel–especially one who makes him think too much about paradise….

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TALES OF THE DJINN: THE ANGEL by Emma Holly

What if an evil genie stole the life you were meant to live?

What if she’d done you a favor?

Is a dusty junk shop any place to hide the doppelganger of a djinn ruler’s murdered wife? Redheaded rebel Georgie can’t answer that. She thinks her life is perfect. She’s got an angel for a boyfriend, a library imp to teach her magic, and a mysterious wealthy guardian who funded a childhood most girls only dream about.

When sexy Sultan Iksander pops into her world to claim this life isn’t hers, she tells him to screw himself. When he proves it—then asks her to help the endangered citizens of his home, she has a choice to make . . .

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APHELION A TAKAMO UNIVERSE DUET by A. R. DeClerck

aphelionVS NOTE: As I understand it, Takamo, a science fiction game created in the early 1980s, and Takamo Universe, the massive multiplayer online (MMO) version now under development. The Takamo Universe back story is based on the writings of Randall Ritnour, game play events that occurred in Takamo, and the creative contributions of a host of Takamo players and fans.

The year is 2623 and billions of souls call the galaxy known as Estra home. It’s a home of unimaginable distance, from the Borthan Empire in the north, to the left “lung” of the Klevessan Republic. The Boe Republic brushes the southern emptiness of the Ens Gulf and yet, even here, there is life: teeming organics jostling, cooperating, invading, thriving. Dying.

Love You Forever
As children, Kellan Kline and a young Terran girl named Rayelle survived horrific experiments at the hands of The Authority, a group hellbent on creating the perfect supersoldier…

Dead Man’s Drift
Bendine and Myrta Selva found themselves orphaned at a young age, left in the charge of a rascally Klevessan pirate captain….

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once-upon-a-midnight-solsticeONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT SOLSTICE by Various

Curl up for the holidays with these heartwarming and sexy tales from some of your favorite paranormal authors.

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BAD SANTA (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 13) by Mina Carter

Freed from marriage to a brutal pixie warlord by his death, Joy knows her life could be counted in weeks… days probably. her husband’s death put a price on her head as every pixie warrior in the city plots to claim her and take her husbands place as Lord. Surviving long after that… yeah, she’s not that stupid. Her only chance is to take down her late husbands criminal empire before they can stop her. Behind bars, she can make sure none of these bastards hurt anyone ever again. But for that, she’s going to need bad-santasome help…

Help that arrives in the form of PPA operative Nick, a panty-wetting, ripped… actually, she’s not sure what he is….

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DARK SURRENDER (THE DARK ONES SAGA BOOK 3) by Rachel Van Dyken

Never met a male siren before?
You’re about to….
I grew up as a prince…
And lead the life of a King.
There isn’t anyone or anything that doesn’t want me, that isn’t attracted to me. They can’t help it. And I sure as hell don’t want them to. I live dark-surrenderfor their lust, I crave touch like an addiction, I make them beg on their knees for one, simple, caress.
As a male siren it’s my job to feed off emotion.
And I was happy to do it.
I am happy to do it.
What I’m not happy about? Being told I have to mate with some withering human and stay loyal to that one person for the next few centuries….

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MY WOUND TO BEAR (THE EVERSON BROTHERS BOOK 3) by Olivia Arran

Gina is a survivor. After years of captivity she’s now free, my-wound-to-bearher child has been returned to her, and she owes her new pack everything. She needs to be strong for her daughter, to look to the future. After all, she’s a human living in a world full of shifters—strength is everything. But how can she survive when she’s broken inside?

A healer…
Doctor Jack Everson is home at last, and this time it’s for good….

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QUEEN HEIR (NYC MECCA SERIES) by  Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone

VS NOTE: YA

queen-heirArianna is a 20 year old queen heir, eligible for the crown of wolf shifters. Heirs are trained and groomed from birth so that they’re ready to rule should the queen perish during their time of eligibility. Only heirs can control the mecca, a powerful force of magic that runs beneath the boroughs of New York City.

Of course, there’s little chance that the Red Queen will fall, she has stood for a century, and her power is beyond reckoning…

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SHELTERED BY THE BEAR (TRAPPED IN BEAR CANYON BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Riker Brolin has always been the responsible one of his brothers. Whether it’s watching sheltered-by-the-bearout for the entire, tiny town of Bear Canyon or supervising the annual Brawl where bear shifters from all over trek to his mountain, he does it all without complaint. Well, maybe a complaint here or there, especially when a curvy human woman somehow wanders into Bear Canyon, drawing the attention of every hungry bear shifter in the vicinity, including himself.

Ana Johnson is having a rough week….

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MAGE STRIKE  by R. K. Thorne

mage-strikeThe hard part should have been over. Former slave Miara and Crown Prince Aven have escaped with their freedom and their lives. From kidnapper and captive, they’ve grown into a powerful partnership. And they’ve returned to the mountain fortress of Estun, triumphant, to warn his people of the rising menace just across their border.

But escape was only the first step….

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TRIALS (ROGUE MAGE ANTHOLOGY BOOK 1) by Faith Hunter & Various

VS NOTE: No idea if there’s romance…sounds like good stuff though.

21 Vignettes and Short Stories set in Faith Hunter’s World of Thorn St. Croix.

The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and rogue-magethe Darkness was won and lost. TRIALS takes fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of BLOODRING. These stories, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.

If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans, dragons, and their creatures before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider….

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THE SPACE MARSHAL’S CAPTIVE by Jaye Peaches

space-marshals-captiveAfter nineteen-year-old Jade Kryst is caught by space marshal Mason Hadley while trying to smuggle supplies to a rebel-held planet, she quickly discovers that her captor is not a man to be underestimated, and when she fails to cooperate with a thorough strip search she ends up with blushing cheeks and a sore bottom.

Though he does his best to remain professional, Mason is drawn to his beautiful, feisty captive, and he strikes a deal with her….

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CLAIMING THEIR PRINCESS by Sue Lyndon

Though she was born a princess, Laina’s life has been claiming-their-princessanything but a fairy tale. Orphaned at a young age, she was raised by one of the Banded Men, a race of huge, fearsome warriors often considered barbarians in the days before the collapse of human civilization. But with her aging adopted father nearing the end of his days, she will need to find a place for herself in the world.

Upon returning home after years away at war, the first thing Randall, Hadden, and Aron have on their minds is finding a mate….

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NIGHT’S TREASURE by Kathryn St. John

nights-treasureFor Sophy, an unloved and unwanted demigod, happiness seemed an impossibility until one night when she made a deal with the god of death and was flung into a dangerous world of ancient gods and unknown possibilities.

Forced to please her manipulative brother, Sophy makes a deal with Thánatos: herself as Death’s bride for her brother’s immortality…

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MEET DOUGLAS FIR by Kyndra Hatch

People put objects on trees? As a holiday tradition? The singing tree creature is a threat that needs to be eradicated.

Being human isn’t easy with robotic alien residents misunderstanding the simple stuff. meet-douglas-firAlex can’t imagine his family life without Bazin and Miaxa, though. Time to show them Christmas holiday traditions, preferably without space aliens blowing things up.

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ALMOST HOME (A SOUL-LOVE STORY) by Kaye Manro

Boston, December 1966
They share a love so profound nothing can separate them…
Musician Nick Zelmenis is in love with ballet dancer Krista McBaine, has been since they were teens. They finally figure out how to share their love and stay together for keeps. But change always happens. When Nick’s band is offered a record deal they wonder if this will tear them almost-homeapart. On top of that, they must separate from each other before the holiday. Then Nick is caught in a raging snowstorm while traveling on his Yamaha trying to make it home. If that isn’t enough, he must tap his unused supernatural gifts not sure of what the outcome may be. Will his psychic abilities help him find a way back to Krista or will they end up alone without each other on Christmas?

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STARBURST (WARRIORS OF THE ELECTOR BOOK 5) by Imogene Nix

VS NOTE: I just want to sweep that hair out of her face on the cover LOL. Would drive me nuts…

Meredith Gentry is a woman with a mission. Her skills are vital in assisting in the defeat of the rogues who seek to annihilate the Federation. Her task, to decode all the files and communications found on starburstthe Alpha Star Colony, is made far more difficult by the proximity of the man who makes her yearn for love.

Chowd knows he’s different. He’s an alien-human hybrid, one of very few….

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CONFLUENCE (A LINESMAN NOVEL) by S K Dunstall

VS NOTE: Not sure there’s any romance but sounds like cool scifi…

confluenceThe lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more—symbols of a power too great to ignore.

While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. His latest political maneuverings seem to be tilting the balance of control to Lancia’s favor—a move that not all members of the New Alliance are looking upon favorably….

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FORCE OF TEMPTATION (MERCURY PACK BOOK 2) by Suzanne Wright

Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half force-of-temptationher nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.

When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates….

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And finally, the complete Interspace Origins science fiction romance series in one boxed set from Tracey Cooper-Posey. (Releases December 22nd.)

interspace-originsFollow the adventures of Catherine Shahrazad, possibly the oldest human in the known galaxy, and her gifted pilot, Bedivere X, as they return to Federation Space from the vast and unknown fringes. Cat’s history and her presence have caused riots in the past. What will happen this time? Why is Cat back?

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Oh and I’ve put my own Trapped on Talonque on sale for $.99!

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

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Quirk of Fate Weekend Writing Warriors

If you’re here for the SFRB Showcase & Giveaway, which by the way has a longer, new excerpt from Star Survivor, go HERE.

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!)

I’ve switched to my NEW RELEASE Star Survivor, which is the long awaited sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream. (Blurb below the excerpt.) Continuing on, I’ve skipped over Twilka’s conversation with her companions as she leaves the casino. Khevan has now insisted on escorting her to her cabin (edited a bit from published version):

   “I’ll say this one more time, I don’t need your help and I don’t want you near me,” She moved as fast as she could toward her cabin, wanting this encounter with her past to be over.

            But he stayed with her, adjusting his stride to hers, “We should take this quirk of fate bringing us together and talk.”

            “Is that what you think this is, fate? I call it a nightmare and we have nothing to talk about. You left me, went running back to your flaming bitch Lady…” She bit her lip so hard she tasted blood. She was not doing this with him. She’d never give him another chance to destroy her.

            “Twilka, it wasn’t as simple as it appeared when we first escaped the Nebula Dream.”

           She faced him, noting his restored full face tattoo, the scarlet tariqna curling over his high cheekbones and strong brow, proclaiming his rank in the service of the Red Lady.

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottAuthor note: The tattoo was erased by the end of Wreck of the Nebula Dream, and I can’t say what happens to it in this new book without giving spoilers, so please don’t be upset that it isn’t on his face on the cover art!

The blurb:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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SFR Brigade Showcase STAR SURVIVOR and Giveaway

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UPDATE December 20th: The blog hop is now OVER. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Here are my randomly selected winners:

Lola – the mug and an ebook  of mine – her choice (since she already has read PETS). Need your snailmail address, e mail address and what book/format you prefer!

Lastexilewords – the audiobooks on cd and one free download code for the audiobook of MISSION  TO MAHJUNDAR. Need your snailmail address and your e mail address.

Cee Mac – the pendant and one ebook copy of STAR SURVIVOR (or other ebook by me if you’ve already read that one.) Need your snailmail address, e mail address and what book/format you prefer!

Happy Holidays to all!

Alas, I don’t write holiday stories in the novels set in my far future (or not yet anyway) so the best I can do is give you a fairly light hearted moment from my new book, Star Survivor. (Things get pretty deadly serious after this scene) The book blurb is below the excerpt.

Fun stuff first though – the GIVEAWAYS! I’m doing three, and will select three commenters randomly on the morning of December 20th, and will post my winners here. Please tell us your favorite winter or Christmas memory!

I will mail the physical items internationally if required to do so. Prizes awarded in the order of my choosing. Taxes and duties if any are the responsibility of the winner. Winners must get in touch with me by midnight, December 28th or I’ll pick a new winner for that prize. Physical items will NOT arrive in time for Christmas! No substitutions, no cash or gift card equivalent will be given. I will substitute another of my own ebooks at your request if you already have the one in your prize.

moby-midorri-mug-prizeGiveaway #1: Limited Edition PETS IN SPACE mug PETS_In_Space_cover_artfeaturing Moby and Midorri from my story in the book, “Star Cruise: Stowaway” plus an ebook copy of PETS.

Giveaway #2: Three (3) new and unopened audiobooks on cd (not downloads!)  from the lovely people at SkyBoat Media – “Dancing Barefoot” and “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”, both narrated by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek fame and “Big Book of SF Novelettes” (including one by Mary Robinette Kowal), narrated by Various. PLUS I will give you a code to redeem at Audible for a free download copy of my audiobook MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR, recorded by Michael Riffle.

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pride-and-prejudice-necklaceGiveaway #3: One (1) ‘Pride and Prejudice’ mini book fashion jewelry necklace that I purchased at The Ripped Bodice romance bookstore here in Southern California for this giveaway. (Please note there isn’t anything on the necklace or the box to indicate The Ripped Bodice connection – sorry!) Book pendant is approximately 3/4″ tall (so therefore tiny). PLUS an ebook of my latest SFR novel, STAR SURVIVOR.

Happy Holidays!

The excerpt:

There was no horde of press to navigate at the venue because the groundcar deposited them at a side entrance. Twilka swept inside and was immediately plunged into the chaos of preparing for a major show. Two of the models were having a catfight over who should wear the show opener, which wasn’t their decision in any event. She settled the squabble in a heartbeat, by switching the dress in question to a third girl, and stepped aside to confer with the event’s Master of Ceremonies. The entire contingent of models was staring at Khevan and trying to get his attention, some more subtly than others, but he was focused on Twilka. She could tell, although he was acting like a bodyguard, assessing the environment and all the people in it with a cold eye, watching for threats. His presence would be comforting, if it didn’t arouse all kinds of other emotions and memories she could definitely do without.

The trideo star swept in with her entourage and her bodyguards, who seemed like untested boys next to Khevan. Twilka escorted the group to a private space at the edge of the fashion maelstrom, and dresses were brought to be tried on. In under half an hour the celebrity was satisfied, walking out in a gown Twilka decreed suited her perfectly and would land Fiona in all the “best of” trideo streams, garnering priceless publicity for the actress and for Twilka. She lingered behind for a moment, sinking into a handy chair.

“Is it always this manic?” Khevan asked, moving behind her to rub her shoulders.

Rolling her head from side to side in sheer relief as the muscle tension eased, she said, “Your hands work magic. Is massage normally part of the D’nvannae bodyguard service?”

“No. But I can see you getting tense and from what you’ve said, there are hours of this event left to get through.” He lifted his hands away from her body as Lissa burst through the door with a quick knock.

Open mouthed, she stared from one to the other. “Oh, sorry.” Obviously recalling her errand, she said hesitantly, “I hate to interrupt, but the model tore the green sheath, put her foot right through the hem, and the girl for the purple-and-gold ball gown hasn’t arrived yet…”

“You may have to wear the dress and walk yourself,” Twilka said, rising. “It wouldn’t be the first time. Have we briefed the models on how I want them to strut this year?” Lissa nodded. “Good. Let’s go see how bad the damage is. Maybe we can stitch on trim to hide the tear in the green.”

“The seamstresses are all busy adjusting hems and taking in seams. There’s not going to be enough time…”

“I haven’t forgotten how to use a needle.” Twilka made a little sewing motion as she walked.

“And the girl who’s supposed to wear the finale piece hasn’t arrived yet.” Lissa had the tone of a person with a long list of problems to report. “I heard she got hired to walk in another show and might not be here for us at all.”

“Let me see who’s in the first third of the program that can do a quick change and we’ll pick a new girl for the finale.” Twilka brushed past a pair of stylists with arms full of accessories. “What else? I know you’re not done dumping catastrophes on me.”

Her assistant stopped dead. “How do you do that? Are you sure you don’t have psychic powers?”

Laughing in spite of her tension, Twilka grabbed Lissa by the elbow and dragged her out of the way of a stage tech burdened down with complicated equipment. “Just a lot of experience with these productions. I’ve seen it all at least ten times over the years. Nothing surprises me.”

“This might.” Lissa took a deep breath. “So the Evanderly people staged a living vignette? And the models had to be part of the scenery?”

Nodding, Twilka walked faster, anxious to deal with the green dress and then the rest of the problems. “A bit over the top, but the collection was too simple. He needed something to distract the critics. How does that affect me?”

“Three of our girls have a purple rash from the leaves and insects they had to wear.”

Hands on her hips, Twilka blinked. “Okay, that is new. Can we cover them with glittering stardust powder?”

“Depending which dresses they’re supposed to wear.” Biting her lip, Lissa considered.

Twilka gave her assistant a tiny shove. “Go figure it out with the head makeup artist. He’ll love the challenge, even as he cusses you out. And then get Jord away from the catering tables and tell him to supervise the dressers like he’s supposed to be doing. I’m off to take care of the green dress.”

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe Story:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 14

moonshadowIt was suggested I add hashtags to the title to help readers find this post on social media. We’ll try it for a couple of weeks and see what we think…

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) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

VS NOTE: I one clicked this because so many people have told me I MUST read her, so I thought maybe I could start with this new series, but set in the Elder Races world. I have a feeling if I start the Elder Races series, I might disappear for weeks LOL.

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse….

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beyond-surrenderBEYOND SURRENDER (BEYOND SERIES BOOK 9) by Kit Rocha

VS NOTE: Dystopian

She’s the heart of O’Kane liquor.

For years, Nessa has been focused on work. She keeps the whiskey—and the money—flowing, and life is sweet. Sure, she’s tired of being everyone’s baby sister, and she longs for a man who can stand up to her overprotective O’Kane brothers. But she never thought she’d meet him in the middle of a war.

He’s the brains of the revolution.

War is all Ryder knows….

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hungry-touchTHE COMPLEX: HUNGRY TOUCH by Shona Husk

The small population of Incubi in the Complex is clinging to old traditions and shunning contact with other species. Each year, the Incubi fight for the privilege to lead and mate. Only one can win. Kearn Layk never planned on winning, only doing better than last year’s previous dismal result that left him at the bottom of the pack. A year’s worth of secretly training more than paid off. He shocks everyone and wins. In the process, he makes an enemy of the man who was leader. Now filled with the burning desire to find a mate, he goes in search of a woman.
Phoebe Evans came to the Complex to reinvent herself. Being surrounded by the Metas is as strange as it is fascinating, but she hasn’t had the courage to date one yet. Then she meets Kearn. He’s smart and interesting and most definitely not Human.
Incubi traditions and Humans desires clash, and as new ideas are tested, old enemies rise up and threaten lives. Not everyone wants to see the Complex succeed.

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THE CLONE by Kaylee Browncoat and Beau Bishop

the-cloneA three day holiday from hell…
Reese Reynolds just wants to get away, find a nice guy to hookup with, and relax before returning to his humdrum life of computer server maintenance. What he didn’t want was to wake up on an island, far from home, in a survival situation.

An island inhabited by clones…
Ji-Mael has lived on the island for 30 years. It’s all he’s ever known and he’s never questioned why. When Reese shipwrecks, the entire status quo of the island is thrown in flux and Ji-Mael is the only one that can feel it.

A life turned upside down…
When Reese and Ji-Mael grow closer, they begin to see life differently than they have ever known before. Will Reese escape the island and go back to civilization? Or will meeting Ji-Mael show him that life isn’t all that it seems?

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THE ROMAN (FLORENTINE SERIES BOOK 4) by Sylvain Reynard

VS NOTE: Vampires but sounded interesting…I like a good vampire story from time to time.

the-romanRaven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome.

Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.

In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects …

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STARSTRUCK HOLIDAYS A M/M ANTHOLOGY by Various

Heat up your holidays with four out of this world, MM sci-fi romance novellas from five starstruck-holidaysbestselling authors….

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HIS BY COMMAND (PRIMARIAN MATES BOOK 2) by Maddie Taylor

Leading an all-female crew on a deep space expedition weighs heavily on Maggie Vohlmer’s young shoulders. Their mission, find a habitable planet to replace the dying Earth. With the Odyssey in orbit around a promising new world, a team of their best scientists is attacked while exploring the surface below. Maggie can only listen helplessly to their distress call as a solar storm prevents a rescue. In the aftermath, she is left with an impossible decision, pursue the powerful aliens who have taken eight of her own, or leave them to their fate while protecting the hundreds of women still under her command.

his-by-commandWhen their ship is seized by the same enemy days later, they are surprised to find their captors are gorgeous, human-like men. They are also huge, stronger, and much more advanced. Maggie can only hope they aren’t the barbarians they first thought and can be reasoned with. Those hopes are dashed when they are whisked away to the aliens’ world to become mates to these dominant men. They are shocked further to learn that on Primaria, men make the rules, women are expected to obey, and defiance will be met as it has for generations, with a bare bottom spanking. Reeling as their world, and mission, is turned on end, Maggie and her crew can think of nothing except escape…..

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TEMPTATIONS by Bryce Evans

Nolan Banks, Alpha of the Bank Tigers faces many things in his role as the leader of his temptationskind. When he meets Skylar, she’s the most intriguing woman he’s ever seen. His instincts scream at him he can trust her, but she represents everything he hates most; Dragon shifters. He has to decide if she is gathering information for her brother, and use her to discover their weaknesses and use that knowledge to wipe out her entire clan, and kill her at the same time.

Skylar is known throughout the shifter world as the last Dragon Princess….

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DRAKON’S PROMISE by N. J. Walters

Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.

He’s both.

He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. drakons-promiseWhen fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible….

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WOLF UNLEASHED (SWAT BOOK 5) by Paige Tyler

wolf-unleashedLacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed….

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A MATTER OF TIME by W. J. May

The past can’t stay buried forever…

Rae Kerrigan and her friends thought all their problems were solved. The corruption in the a-matter-of-timeCouncil has been exposed. The hybrids have been released from their unjust prisons. And Jonathon Cromfield—the evil puppet master pulling all the strings—had finally been put in the ground.

With the promise of an actual future with Devon, the love of her life, Rae slips the ring back on her finger and turned her eyes towards the horizon. Her heart’s filled with hope.

Except fate has other plans…(more)

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CHARMED SEDUCTION (WICKS HOLLOW WITCHES BOOK 2) by Nola Robertson

charmed-seductionThanks to a sadistic warlock’s attempt to harness demon magic, Paige Westbrooke has more power than a charmed witch can handle. Not to mention an unknown stalker who wants her newly acquired magic, and isn’t afraid to kill her to get it. If she wants to survive, she’ll have to accept the help of Aidan St. Claire, the handsome and charming—very hot detective—who sets her inner witch on fire.

Aidan has had it bad for Paige for as long as he can remember. When her life is threatened and she needs a bodyguard, he makes sure he’s the one who volunteers to take the case.

Protecting the woman is easy, convincing the prickly temptress to trust him with her heart…seriously dangerous.

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HUNT THE DAWN  by Abbie Roads

hunt-the-dawnYou can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery-he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he’s never offered another human being: himself.

Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death-if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart…

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LAST YEAR by Robert Charles Wilson

VS NOTE: Seems to be hard scifi but maybe with a romantic element? Interesting concept anyway…

last-yearTwo events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.

In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s Last Year, the technology exists to open doorways into the past–but not our past, not exactly. Each “past” is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given “past” can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it’s the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can’t be reopened.

A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It’s been in operation for most of a decade, but it’s no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the “natives” become more sophisticated, their version of the “past” grows less attractive as a destination.

Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He’s fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back–no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.

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A SEASON OF SPELLS (A NOCTIS MAGICAE NOVEL) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

a-season-of-spellsThree years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Alas, sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance seems to be on shaky ground.

Sophie tries to spark a connection between Roland and Lucia by enlisting them both in her latest scheme: reopening the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. Though a vocal contingent believes that educating women spells ruin, Sophie and her friends dream of rebuilding the college for a new generation of women scholars.

But the future of the college—and of the kingdom—are imperiled when the men who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison and vanish without a trace. Sophie and Gray will need all their strength and ingenuity—and the help of friends both present and long past—to thwart the enemy at Britain’s gates.

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DESTINED by Hazel Hunter

Can their love survive the battle?

destinedAs Kayla tries to come to grips with her true nature, the Dark Fae attack. In an all out bid for supremacy, the sadistic enemies unleash new evil. If she and the warriors of Forever Faire are to survive, she must find a way to master her powers.

Ryan would do anything to protect his brave band of outcasts, but placing Kayla in danger is something he won’t do. Beleaguered and outnumbered, he leads them into what may be their final battle—when help arrives from an unexpected and unwanted quarter.

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BARBARIAN’S CHOICE (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 12) by Ruby Dixon

I might be the only unmated female in my tribe, but it doesn’t mean I’ve given my heart. I’m waiting. I want resonance, and I won’t settle for anything less.

But when an alien ship lands and a handsome stranger steps out, I know he’s the one. His barbarians-choicename’s Mardok and he’s fascinatingly different – and distractingly appealing. But Mardok can’t stay on the ice planet, and he says he can take me with him.

Now, I must make a choice. Do I stay and lose my mate forever? Or do I follow him to the stars and leave behind everything I know?

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MATED TO THE VIKENS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM BOOK 8) by Grace Goodwin 

As an art dealer in New York, Sophia Antonelli’s worked hard to build her business, but fate forces her to make a deal with organized crime. When things go wrong, she takes the fall and is offered a choice: twenty-five years in jail or the Interstellar Bride Program. The choice is easy and Sophia is shocked to learn she’s mated to not one, but three Viken warriors.

mated-to-the-vikensAfter ten years fighting the Hive, Gunnar, Erik and Rolf are now the Kings’ guards at Viken United. Bowing to the new Queen’s wishes, they agree to share an Interstellar Bride. It should be an easy task since she’s matched to three of them, all battle hardened warriors. But none can save her from being kidnapped during transport.

Accidentally mixed up in an evil organization’s plot to assassinate the Viken Queen, Sophia refuses to back down, even with her mates standing protectively in the way. After her experience on Earth, she’s not about to let anyone ruin her new life. Sophia will risk everything to expose her enemy, but when it comes to their new bride, her three Viken mates will do whatever it takes to eliminate the threat and keep her…forever.

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LEGEND OF LOVE (MUSE CHRONICLES) by Lisa Kessler

legend-of-loveThe Prophecy “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Callie O’Connor’s life has never been the same since the Muse of Epic Poetry came alive inside of her. Now she’s on the other side of the country, working as civilian psychologist for the Navy, and leading her Muse sisters in their quest to reopen the Theater of the Muses.

But nothing could have prepared her for Hunter Armstrong. He’s a Navy SEAL, driven, confident, and dangerous. And he plans to do more than just protect her.

The gods couldn’t have picked a better Guardian. But as Hunter soon discovers, Callie has some skeletons of her own in the closet, and loving her could lead to his destruction.

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TRIAD (BATTLE BORN BOOK 9) by Cyndi Friberg

battle-born-triadLetos, a notorious technomage, along with the other two members of the Triad must calm the people of Rodymia and prove that a new kind of government can work for a planet that has only known tyranny. As if that’s not challenging enough, into his life strolls Mirella, the enigmatic Bilarrian Ambassador. Letos wants her with an all-consuming passion, yet he senses deceit, and one wrong move at this point could reignite the fires of war.

Mirella has lived her entire life in the shadow of others. She is sent to Rodymia under false pretenses, never expecting to encounter her mate….

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SHADOW WORLD by Ella Summers

He is the supernatural world’s hand of justice. She is the abomination he’s sworn to kill. Their love conquered all.

Until now.

When a dark spell hits San Francisco, former mercenary mage Sera Dering and dragon shadow-worldshifter Kai Drachenburg find themselves on opposite sides of a supernatural war that has been raging for centuries—with no memory of their love or the world that was. They have every reason to hate each other, but if they want to survive this Shadow World, they’ll have to put their differences behind them and find the person who cast the spell before this hellish reality becomes permanent.

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AFTER THE CROWN (THE INDRANAN WAR) by K. B. Wagers

VS NOTE: Uncertain there’s romance but the description sounds like book 2 of a kickass scifi series for sure.

after-the-crownFormer gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.

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POCKET FULL OF TINDER (A NOON ONYX NOVEL) by Jill Archer

VS NOTE: Goes on sale the 15th; is New Adult

pocket-full-of-tinderMaegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…

Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her….

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WICKED WINTER 15 TALES OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Various

Warm up your chilly nights with 15 never before released stories by some of today’s wincked-winterhottest USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors as they tell you tales of vampires, shifters, elementals, fae, and demons trying to find a little love this winter.
All proceeds will be donated to help support the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to find a cure.

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Cash Me 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!)

I’ve switched to my NEW RELEASE Star Survivor, which is the long awaited sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream. (Blurb below the excerpt.) Continuing on from where we left off last week (edited a bit from published version):

   “The lady wins again,” said the dealer.

            “Your lucky night,” Khevan said, inclining his head to her slightly.

            Twilka grabbed the table rail with her free hand. Did he know who she was? Of course he did, but the bastard was pretending not to recognize her, “Available for contract, I see.”

            “Technically true, but traveling to an outlying temple for a required ritual.” His handsome, tattooed face gave nothing away, “There would have to be an emergency for me to take a contract tonight.”

            “Did you want to let the bet ride?” asked the croupier.

            “No,” she said abruptly, “I don’t tempt fate too far any more. Cash me out.”

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe blurb:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 7th

infinitys-embraceIt was suggested I add hashtags to the title to help readers find this post on social media. We’ll try it for a couple of weeks and see what we think…

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) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

INFINITY’S EMBRACE by Anna Carven

VS NOTE: I LOVE this series. One clicked this right away!

Rescued from captivity by a group of rather intimidating Kordolians, Noa finds herself recovering at a strange facility in the middle of the desert. SynCorp’s medical experiments have left her with an impossible ability she can’t control, and nobody really seems to know how to help her. She’s fragile and shattered, a mere shadow of her former self, and she has nowhere else to go.

She doesn’t know what to make of the Kordolians, especially when she can’t stop their thoughts from leaking into her mind….

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heroHERO: GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 3 by Anna Hackett

VS NOTE: And we know I am CRAZY about this series! One clicked, hard to decide which book to read tonight, this or Anna Carven’s.

Raised from birth to be a soldier, Kace Tameron is a disciplined, military-trained gladiator. He is on contract to the Kor Magna Arena to hone his fighting skills on the blood-soaked arena sand and then return to the military. He lives for one thing: to protect his planet, and on his world, love is forbidden. But then he collides with a feisty redhead from Earth who threatens to shatter his legendary control.

One moment, Rory Fraser was an engineer on a space station circling Jupiter and the next, she is abducted by evil alien slavers….

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jumping-barrelJUMPING BARREL (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 7) by Cynthia Sax FREE

VS NOTE: The only reason I didn’t mention this one last week is that it wasn’t quite free yet at the ‘Zon. A short story in Cynthia’s gritty (but romantic nonetheless) cyborg series.

He requires an Expert. She needs a hero.

Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. He’s looking for a female who is willing to commit to a lifespan-long role, who is comfortable with moving off planet, and who, preferably, has the ability to speak the offsprings’ first language.

Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths….

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PANGAEA by Jarrod King

pangaeaSlade Maxwell is a noble and a senior in college who’s expected to graduate and be next in his family to work for the queen. His desperation to escape that path leaves him unprepared for class, but when his classmate, a chiseled warrior by the name of Douglassaire Hart, asks their professor about an ancient sword called the Djed Key, Slade pays close attention. The sword is a mythical relic that’s said to have brought magic to the world, and its secrets could be Slade’s ticket out. He joins up with Douglassaire, wondering what else he knows. And, should he open himself to the warrior, will his feelings be returned?

Slade’s best friend, Gisela Benitez, who is still reeling from her mother’s mysterious death, harbors a secret crush on Slade that draws her into his quest with Douglassaire….

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DRAGON SPAWN (A NOVEL OF THE LUPI) by Eileen Wilks

dragon-spawnVS NOTE: Another series I have very much enjoyed!

Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that’s not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.

Meanwhile, Lily’s husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there’s the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible. Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…

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BLOOD VOW: BLACK DAGGER LEGACY by J. R. Ward

blood-vow-jr-wardThe Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief….

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ISLAND OF GLASS (GUARDIANS TRILOGY)  by Nora Roberts

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, mustisland-of-glass face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…

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A MAGICAL HIGHLAND SOLSTICE by Mary Morgan

a-magical-highland-solsticeLaird Cormac Murray has witnessed how love destroyed his own father after the death of his mother, and he vows to never take a wife. Yet, when he comes upon a bewildered lass traveling alone, he finds his heart will no longer listen to his mind. In the end, Cormac risks everything to claim the love of a woman not of his time.

Eve Brannigan loves helping others and baking….

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A MATE FOR CHRISTMAS (MOON SHIFTER SERIES BOOK 7) by Katie Reus

After recently losing her parents, packmates and a sister, Noel Cordona isn’t even close to being in the holiday spirit. a-mate-for-christmasIt seems that everyone around her is moving on and happy, but she can’t seem to get it together. When an unexpected kiss changes everything she thought she knew about her packmate Nathan O’Neill, she feels alive for the first time in a year. She’s too broken for him though. At least that’s what she tries to tell them both.

But Nathan’s been waiting patiently for Noel….

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GARGOYLE HUNT (SECRET SUPERS BOOK 3) by Aurora Springer

Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, gargoyle-huntmysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. Under pressure to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers must catch the crooks in less than a week to salvage his reputation.

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STEALING ULA by Rebecca Rivard

Irish shifter Ula Gallagan hates her Gift. Her Sight is erratic and unreliable, and has brought her nothing but stealing-ulagrief. To protect herself, she keeps her Gift locked away. But when a hard-faced shifter from Portugal seeks lodging with her clan, her every instinct screams that he’s up to something–and she’s just the woman to take him on.

He’s a mercenary with a dark secret…

Nisio is in Ireland on a job for the fae…

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VIKINGS WILD SET by Kate Pearce, Zoe York and various

VS NOTE: One clicked this, not a huge Viking romance fan but I like the authors and hey, only $.99!

Hide your virgins! From the authors of Vikings Unleashed and Vikings Untamed comes VIKINGS WILD, 6 modern, sexy paranormal and sci-fi romances with the original bad boy heroes…VIKINGS. Tall and broad and bearded, these book boyfriends will toss you over their shoulder and save the world before completing their…pillaging.

vikings-wildSet includes:
Anne Marsh — Viking’s Gift: A Viking Christmas Romance
Zoe York — A Viking’s Need
Holley Trent — The Viking’s Witch
Sela Carsen — The Wolf Who Came In From the Cold
Loribelle Hunt — Viking’s Awakening
Kate Pearce — Captive Mail

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THE DRAGONLINGS HAUNTED HALLOWEEN 2: NIGHT OF THE DEMENTED SYMBIOTS by S. E. Smith

night-of-the-demented-symbiotsThe Dragonlings and their besties are excited about the preparations for another Halloween holiday. As the night of the festival draws closer, the Dragonlings, Roam, and Alice discover a threat to the newest members of their families; the Queen of the Demented Symbiots plans to send her minions to capture the new babies and take them to the land of Halloween where she lives.
With their parents busy organizing for the huge festival for the people of Valdier in the underground cavern, the babies are left with no choice but to prepare for the ultimate battle – to save Morah, Leo, and Hope from the Queen of the Demented Symbiots!

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THE CHAOS OF LUCK by Catherine Serveny

Felicia Sevigny makes her own luck. So it’s no surprise that her new life on the Red Planet is off to a good start. She’s making a living reading the fortunes of the fabulously wealthy,chaos-of-luck and making a home with Alexei, the dangerous, handsome love of her life.
Then Alexei is called off planet unexpectedly, mines in the astroid belt start collapsing, and an ex-lover walks back into Felicia’s life. Felicia’s readings predict that there is something bigger going on. Something darker and far more insidious that threatens everything she has come to love.
And as luck would have it, the cards are right for things to go horribly wrong.
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RAYZOR’S ONE by Michelle Miles

rayzors-oneRayzor of Twelve, a lonely Bounty Hunter banished from his home world, is determined to follow his mission parameters: He must extract his target from a primitive planet called Earth with zero human casualties.

His plan unfolds with precision, until a human female gets in the way.

Rebecca doesn’t understand what the hell is happening. One moment she’s scared and alone in the spooky forest….

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THE STORY OF KAO YU by Peter S. Beagle

VS NOTE: A fantasy short story, no idea if there’s a romance but sounded intriguing.

From Amazon: “The Story of Kao Yu” is a new fantasy short story by the legendary Peter S. story-of-kao-yuBeagle which tells of an ageing judge traveling through rural China and of a criminal he encounters. Of the story, Beagle says it “comes out of a lifelong fascination with Asian legendry – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Indonesian – all drawn from cultures where storytelling, in one form of another, remains a living art. As a young writer I loved everything from Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee mysteries to Lafcadio Hearn’s translations of Japanese fairytales and many lesser-known fantasies. Like my story ‘The Tale of Junko and Sayuri,’ ‘The Story of Kao Yu’ is a respectful imitation of an ancient style, and never pretends to be anything else. But I wrote it with great care and love, and I’m still proud of it.”

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WAKING THE SERPENT by Jane Kindred

waking-the-serpentWhen Sedona’s most eligible bachelor is accused of murdering a local psychic, medium Phoebe Carlisle finds herself drawn into the danger that surrounds him—by the meddling of the shades she channels and by his irresistible charms. A public defender and a gifted medium, Phoebe is devoted to justice—and not just for the living. Proving Rafe Diamante’s innocence means conjuring up two shades who were former lovers and now ignite the chemistry between their hosts.

Rafe can’t afford to lose control and act on his feelings for Phoebe. His unfulfilled sexual tension begins to stir something inside him—the legacy of Quetzalcoatl. But as these newfound abilities awaken a dormant power in Rafe, can he stop the real murderer in time to claim his true destiny?

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HELL HATH NO FURY (HELLSCOURGE BOOK 8) by J. C. Diem

hell-hath-no-furyWithout her soul to balance her opposing natures, Violet’s transformation into a demon is nearing completion. The evil that resides inside her is becoming harder to contain. If she doesn’t find her essence soon, the balance could be permanently tipped towards the darkness.

Sophia foresaw that someone close to Violet would betray her….

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CLOAKED IN CHRISTMAS: A WULFKIN LEGACY NOVELLA by T. F. Walsh

After fleeing her abusive ex, wulfkin Cacey Varg and her daughter settle happily with a new pack in Finland. As Christmas approaches, Cacey learnscloaked-in-christmas her ex has found them and is on his way to take their daughter back. But a massive snowstorm prevents her from packing up and leaving town – and instead delivers a sexy stranger to her doorstep. Can she trust that he isn’t one of her ex’s henchmen?

Second-in-command to Europe’s most powerful wulfkin, hunter Vincent Lyall’s spur-of-the-moment decision to check on his ailing mother soon finds him marooned at a cabin in the woods by the blizzard of the century….

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THE WATCHER (CROSSING REALMS SERIES BOOK 2) by Rebecca Neely

Hell bent on avenging his own death, former Keeper Dev Geary eagerly accepts when the Watchers task him with returning to the human realm to discover the secret for rendering Similitude–the very thing that killed him.

the-watcherBut to succeed in the seven days he’s been granted, he’ll need to work with the one human who wants nothing to do with him, and who he can’t help falling for–Meda Gabriel, a cagey, street-smart bar owner with a unique skill set and, maybe, the key to his mission….

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A MEASURE OF GLOOM (A MAGIC INCARNATE BOOK 5) by Nicole Zoltack

VS NOTE: Appears to be YA

It’s not every day you claw your way out of Hell.

Crystal Wynter has freed herself from the claws of Hell, but the Claymore she returns to is unrecognizable. Demons, immoral magical beings, and criminals rule the day, and chaos reigns at night. No one is safe. No one has hope.

Try as she might, Crystal is spent. Hell stole so much from her. Life in general has dealt a-measure-of-gloomher terrible blows.Maybe Claymore isn’t worth saving, and even if Crystal is willing to try, it just might take everything that she has left to offer.

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ARON ALIEN SHIFTER FORCE by Maya Kane

As if saving earth isn’t hard enough, try resisting a smoking-hot alien warrior at the same time.
That’s the challenge facing United Earth Forces soldier Athena Diaz. She and her small squad are racing to find the alien invaders who vaporized most of earth’s population. So why can’t she focus on the mission instead of daydreaming about her Dreon partner’s rock-hard body?

aronMate the human, save the day… not quite.
Dreon warrior Aron couldn’t believe it when his commander felt the mating call to a human….

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RAMATEL’S VOW (A SERIES OF ANGELS BOOK 2) by Joel Crofoot

Seventy generations ago, the angel Ramatel was cast into hell for sleeping with human women. Now he has returned to earth, harboring a vendetta against God, only to find himself strapped with a beautiful young apprentice. Will his grudge stop him from letting something good into his life?

Clara has been given a second chance to save her soul by working with her chauvinistic mentor who has antiquated ideas of gender roles. She bucks his authority at every chance, ramatels-vowuntil she has to face the very situation that killed her the first time. Does she have what it takes to face her fear?

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GUARDING HER DRAGON by Julia Mills

Book 17 in the Dragon Guard series. The books can be read as stand-alone stories, but it is advisable to read them in order to get the most enjoyment from the series.

What happens when a Christmas elf with way too much sass for her little pointed ears finds a centuries old Guardsman buried in the snow?
Well, she takes him home and nurses him back to health, of course.

guarding-her-dragonIf only everything was that easy. With six older sisters, two baby reindeer and an evil gnome of an auntie hellbent on world domination, Elsa’s got her hands full.

It’s gonna take more than a little Elven magic and the love of her dragon to make it to Christmas Eve, but this little elf is not giving up. She’s guarding her dragon with all she’s got and finding out the best things in life might just come wrapped in glittering green scales.

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FIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE by Calista Skye

Harper Evans always wanted to go to space.
Abducted by creepy aliens, and then crash landing on the planet that everyone just calls the Fire Planet?
Not what she had in mind.
Her only company is an insanely hot alien barbarian warrior who doesn’t speak English, fire-planet-warriors-captivebut who seems to have a thing for Harper. Because he keeps the worst of the lethal predators on the planet away from her while they’re running.
Running from a huge, ferocious wildfire that’s catching up with them fast.
The super confident barbarian has some extremely interesting features to his body, and he turns Harper on like no one else ever has.
It’s just that he clearly thinks she’s his captive. And Harper doesn’t mind that as much as she probably should…

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HIS HUMAN PRISONER (ZANDIAN MASTERS BOOK 2) by Renee Rose

When a beautiful human slave steals Rok’s ship and leaves him stranded on an abandoned planet, he’s furious. Discovering her sister is the mate to the prince of his species only makes him more determined to find her and punish her thoroughly for her crimes. Yet when he captures her, he finds her impossible to resist. Punishment becomes exquisite pleasure as he teaches her to submit.

his-human-prisonerLily’s attraction to the huge Zandian warrior unnerves her. She’s never been moved by a male, nor interested in sex before, but Rok coaxes every bit of emotion out of her as he demands her complete surrender. But he intends to turn her over to the authorities, which will mean her certain death. She must find a way to escape the handsome alien before she loses her life–or worse–her heart.

Devour the steamy stand-alone sequel to His Human Slave in USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Rose’s Zandian Masters series.

Publisher’s Note:  This book is a dark romance with elements of graphic sex, spanking and BDSM. If such subjects offend you, please do not buy this book!

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A STONE KISSED SEA (ELEMENTAL WORLD BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. Buta-stone-kissed-sea years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration….

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ALIEN NATION by Gini Koch

It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system.

Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into analien-nation explosion—and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he’s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.

And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth….

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THE FIFTH MOON’S LOVERS by Monica La Porta

All his life, Valentine Lobo has done everything the Brotherhood of the Wolf has requested fifth-moons-loversof him, including marrying Mirella Canalis, his genetically engineered bride.
Now Mirella is expecting his child, and Valentine should be happy to have successfully ensured the continuity of his species. Instead, he is devastated because he has fallen in love with her, and he knows that she won’t survive her pregnancy. As he faces demons from his past and enemies from his present, he must fight his most difficult battle yet.
Valentine will stop at nothing to save his beloved Mirella, but can love conquer all?

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WINTER HALO (AN OUTCAST NOVEL) by Keri Arthur

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….

wnter-haloThe humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.

The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.

Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself…

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BABYLON’S ASHES (EXPANSE) by James S. A. Corey

VS NOTE: Including thus because I know a lot of people have enjoyed the “Expanse” TV series based on these books.

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
babyons-ashesThe Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.
James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinantefor a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.
But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante‘s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.
Romancing The Stars v-2VS: And one final note, our ROMANCING THE STARS anthology, with eight stories including my “Star Cruise: Rescue” short story is now $.99  and will go off sale as of December 31st!