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….

Amazon      iBooks

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…

Amazon      iBooks

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….

Amazon      iBooks

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…

Amazon      iBooks

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….

Amazon      iBooks

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….

Amazon      iBooks

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.

Amazon      International Link from Author

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…

Amazon      iBooks

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

Amazon      iBooks

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!

Amazon      iBooks

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.
Amazon     iBooks

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….

Amazon

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.”

Amazon      iBooks

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?

Amazon      iBooks

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….

Amazon      iBooks

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….

Amazon      iBooks

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?

Amazon      iBooks

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!

 

 

 

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2 comments on “New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 7th

  1. Woot! It is a great week for SciFi Romance.
    (tackle hugs Veronica)
    Thank you for mentioning Jumping Barrel.
    Jumping Barrel should be FREE everywhere.
    If it isn’t free and you wish a copy, let me know and I’ll send you one.

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