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. I try to 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. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)
Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…
VS Note: Looks like there will be a FLOOD of new releases next week, by the way, in honor of Valentine’s Day.
BEWITCHING BEDLAM by Yasmine Galenorn
As Maudlin and Aegis prepare to open the Bewitching Bedlam B&B to guests, they immediately find themselves embroiled in a battle for customers. Ralph Greyhoof, the owner of the Heart’s Desire Inn, doesn’t like to share. The conflict heats up when Maddy finds a local witch dead in the rose garden. The woman looks a lot like Maudlin and suspicion falls on Ralph. But Maddy knows that as competitive as Ralph is, he wouldn’t resort to murder. Maudlin and Aegis set out to find the killer, even as their own relationship is put to the test. Aegis’s old flame has returned, determined to win him back, no matter what it takes.
THE INVENTOR’S WIFE by Heather Massey
Elena Harrington’s widowed father rules her life with an iron fist. Even worse, he intends to force her into a loveless marriage in order to expand his business empire. An innocent bird trapped in a gilded cage, she can do naught but daydream about an adventurous life forever out of reach.
Elena resigns herself to a doomed existence until the day she meets her father’s dashing new employee. Daniel Miller is a brilliant inventor who crafts extraordinary devices. His astonishing machines fill her with delight. What else might this mysterious inventor have in store?
Determined to find out, Elena begins visiting Daniel’s workshop in secret. One hot, sultry night, he awakens her passion with all manner of sensual clockwork devices….
BARBARIAN’S REDEMPTION (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS) by Ruby Dixon
For seasons, I have waited for her – my perfect mate.
In a tribe full of happy couples, I am alone. But I am not content to remain this way. There are no eligible unmated females left, so I will do whatever it takes to bring females back to our tribe…even if it means doing something wrong. Even if it means I must purchase my mate on the intergalactic black market. I will do anything to possess her, to claim her as my own
But will my ruthless move turn my female against me before we ever meet? Can she ever forgive a male that bought her freedom?
ARRIVED by Kathy Dinisi
Seventeen year old Angie is beyond ecstatic for her eighteenth birthday with the promise of getting a car for her special day. Unbeknownst to her,life as she knew it would quickly change with the arrival of the unidentified ships floating in the air.What are they?Who are they? what do they want?Will she get answers to her questions before time runs out?
SERAPH by Mason Sabre
Every angel knows that when guarding demons, never, ever leave them alone. Not even for a second ….
Amongst the highest ranking in the angelic hierarchy and most revered of all angels, Nina is lucky to be able to call herself one of the Seraphim. She is indeed blessed.
Or so she should have been ….
Having been tasked with the job of guarding stones in which rogue demons are incarcerated, Nina is decidedly bored. She finds herself wishing for a more exciting life, a more challenging position. She longs to prove herself as a Seraph and earn more respect and veneration.
So, when a chaos demon unexpectedly escapes his captivity, Nina takes it upon herself to hunt him down and bring him in on her own….
SOULMATED by Shaila Patel
VS Note: Teen and YA. I love the cover!
Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
DRAGON’S LOVE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells
I guess I’m one of the last survivors of the human race and I’m stranded on this hell of a desert alien planet. Sucks to be me.
Our ship crashed months ago and those of us left are struggling to survive the boiling heat in barbaric living conditions. The only reason we’re not all dead is one of my friends got knocked up by a native alien and he lets us live in his ruined city. We should be grateful but a lot of the humans hate the dragons and the girls who mate with them. Fools.
The natives are huge, seven foot tall dragon-men with wings and tails and scales….
KERENSA’S DRAGON by Lisa Daniels
Growing up in a wealthy, noble family was not the kind of life that ever suited Kerensa. Dressed as a young man, she now has the chance to find out what she is capable of intellectually without the restrictions of her gender and class.
Then she meets Heath.
He is a dashing, handsome young man from the wealth and insular country known only as Vetitum….
WAYLAID by TL Reeve
Les-Tar Nar is out for revenge. After watching his brother compete and die in the Intergalactic Virtual Reality Games, he’s ready to kick ass and take names—as the humans would say. Armed with his military training, the Venusian doesn’t want or need a team. But, all is not what it seems.
Auven, Cyborg from the planet Kapor 9, is aware of how the game is played and ready to bend it to his will. Anything a human made can be destroyed. So, when he is paired up with a Venusian and a human, he knows his chance of winning grows exponentially. With Les-Tar’s muscle, even a human who has no skills won’t hold them back.
Hacker Lyna Hiat isn’t even interested in the games. As a small time video game de-constructer, she spends her days finding flaws in the systems and improving games—almost lifting the veil of sorts and showing gamers just how inferior their products really are.
When the IGVRG begin, a glitch in the system transfers the game and gamers from the virtual level to reality, leaving them on the run with no true winners or losers. The only way to survive: get off the planet. Where they’ll end up, no one knows. All that’s important right now is survival.
WARRIOR AWAKENING by S. A. Ravel, Emma Alisyn, Starr Huntress
As he wakes from a years long Sleep under the sea, Ishaiq’s wild power threatens to destroy the island he rules. One human woman soothes his rage and seduces him back to sanity.
An insane Archan can level a city. Ishaiq can destroy the world.
But his soft-spoken human isn’t just another off-worlder from Earth, Abella is the heiress to a powerful family and large fortune her politician brother-in-law needs to fund his ambitions.
He’s willing to kidnap Abella to take what is rightfully hers- he’s willing to kill. Abella needs Ishaiq as much as he needs her… and there isn’t much time before they must choose whether to live together…. or die apart..
NEVER SURRENDER (LUMINARY WARS BOOK 1) by Cait Lexis
She’s the galaxy’s most wanted. And only a space pirate dares to take action.
Lo Deveron is on the run after her fiancé, a core world senator, was found murdered in their apartment. With an unknown threat chasing her, the normal sheltered life she knew is suddenly turned into a nightmare. While attempting to escape law enforcement, she lands straight onto the lap of a dangerous pirate, who agrees to help her for a price.
Pirate captain Lenk might be bold and cocky as he leads his crew against deadly enemies, but he has no idea what to do with a lady…
BRIMSTONE BRIDE by Barbara J. Hancock
One hundred years ago, Adam Turov, master of Nightingale Vineyards, bartered his soul for freedom from the Order of Samuel and their Rogue daemon allies. But he didn’t know true damnation until Victoria D’Arcy crossed the billionaire vintner’s threshold… Sworn to protect her, Adam must resist with every fiber of his being a voice that sounds like an angel singing and her potent charm.
An unwilling pawn of the Order, Victoria must betray Adam to save her young son. Yet the more time she spends at his estate on her clandestine mission, the harder it becomes to deny the Brimstone heat scorching a path of desire between them…
TWILIGHT CROSSING (NIGHTSIDERS) by Susan Krinard
A half-blood Rider, Timon has a duty to anyone under his protection, but his intense attraction to scientist Jamie McCullough is complicating his latest mission. In a moment of desperation, he makes a difficult choice. His bite heals her—and creates a bond that neither of them can resist.
As she heads for a conclave convened to create new peace between humans and vampires, Jamie carries a secret that could secure peace everlasting. But before she has a chance to reveal it, she’s accused of bringing a vampire-killing virus to the negotiations. Though Timon is willing to pay the ultimate price to save her, can he first win the ultimate challenge of her trust?
WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
LOVE AND GRAVITY by Samantha Sotto
Andrea Louviere is seven years old the first time he appears. While she’s alone in her bedroom, practicing her beloved cello, the light shivers and a crack forms in the wall. Through the crack, she sees a candle, a window, a desk—and a boy. In the eerie silence, the boy clearly sees Andrea too. Then, as quickly as it opened, the crack closes and he vanishes.
Over the years, summoning the boy becomes an obsession for Andrea. On her seventeenth birthday, she receives a three-hundred-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Andrea knows that Isaac will change the world with his groundbreaking discoveries; the letter tells Andrea that she will change him.
As Isaac’s letters intensify in passion and intimacy, Andrea grows determined to follow his clues to their shared destiny—despite a burgeoning romance in the present. Only when she discovers the way into Isaac’s time does Andrea realize that she faces a heartbreaking decision between what was . . . and what might be.
MARK OF THE MOON by Beth Dranoff
I’m Dana Markovitz. And my world is shifting.
My experience with the paranormal community was a good one, pouring shots in the creature-friendly pit stop where I tend bar. Until last night.
Worst. Date. Ever.
A hookup with a vampire ended in a scratch from a jealous were-cat. Surprise! I caught a cat-shifting virus. I should be immune. Or so I’ve always been led to believe.
For some reason the infection has riled a demon underworld that apparently knows more about my secret past than I do. They aren’t thrilled with me. In fact, they want me dead.
At least I have one normal male on my side. Relatively normal. I think he’s on my side.
Tell you one thing. There’s no way I’m being put down like a feral stray. I may not know who to trust, but I’ll be damned if I’m not fighting back. Hell, my claws are already starting to show.
MISS BEHAVED (RAGING FALLS BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden
Toni Lys is not looking for a relationship. She just climbed out of a dark hole her ex-beau left her in, and she doesn’t want to dig into another. But when she sees sexy Garrett in need of saving, her kindness overrules to give the poor guy a hand. He’s exactly what she doesn’t need, but her heart has other ideas.
Garrett has finally found his mate. She’s feisty. She’s strong, and she’s got curves for days. Now she just has to agree to be his….
LONGING (LEGACY BOOK 1) by Ciana Stone
VS Note: The keywords on this seem to be angels, demons and devils.
That was the title of the magazine article on Logan Legacy. He has it all, or so it seem from the outside looking in. But looks are all too often deceiving.
Yes, his family has wealth and power, but you know the old saying. “You can’t buy love.” Logan knows that all too well. He and marriage just don’t seem compatible and he’s reached the point where he’d given up. He’ll learn to be content with his life as it is.
Then the letter comes. The one with no postmark or return address, the one with his full name handwritten on the front and noting else….
JAYCE VENTURA GHOST DETECTIVE by Serena Akeroyd
It says a lot about a person when their best friend is a ghost.
Jayce Ventura, ghost detective, has nothing but the deceased as friends. With no love life, no social life, and only Ben and Jerry who’ll put up with her, something’s gotta give. But what?
When Drake Edwin comes to her for help in finding closure with his nephew’s death, Jayce is dragged out of her apathy and into the weird and wonderful world of emotion.
Only trouble is, Drake’s nephew didn’t OD, he was murdered, and Jayce is the only one who can make good this situation.
Mixing work and pleasure is never the best idea, but when you throw murder into the scenario, it gets a thousand times worse.
Only a helping hand from the other side will get this duo together, but even ghosts can be bitter. Will Drake and Jayce ever make it? Or were they broken before they managed to meet…?
STEAMERELLA by Maita Rue
Treated like Cinderella, Sandy is not only pushed into service but she is deprived of her inheritance. A chance encounter with her fairy god-phantom turns her life around. Instead of a glass slipper, he gives her a glass leg and arm.
She seeks revenge and beguiles the Duke’s son. Will she risk her heart or her freedom?
This story is set in an alternative Victorian London where entertainment is commodity and the Steam Theatre hold power over the ton.
BEAR’S HEALING TOUCH by Bianca D’Arc
Sirena has been gravely injured by an evil sea monster and put into the care of Grizzly Cove’s only doctor. Sven is a retired soldier, like most of the other guys in Grizzly Cove, but he’d dedicated his life to medicine and helping the new town get on its feet. He doesn’t think he’ll ever find a mate, but he’s content to let the others settle down and find happiness, while he tends to them all… Until they send a gravely injured mermaid his way.
Sirena gets under his skin….
HARD TO HANDLE (A BEAUTY AND BEAST NOVEL, GARGOYLE SERIES) by Christine Warren
VS Note: Yup, one clicked this one. Can’t resist gargoyles!
The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. But when a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil, Michael is overcome by an explosive dose of desire that only this stunningly beautiful woman can inspire.
The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces…
GRAVE (QUEEN OF THE DEAD) by Michelle Sagara
Emma and her friends have survived the Necromancers sent to the city to kill them. They’ve gone to ground in a cottage north of the city, but time is not on their side. There are no barriers that can keep the dead out, and the dead obey their Queen. It’s only a matter of time before they’re found.
Nathan has been blessed by the Queen of the Dead. She has granted him a physical body. He can eat, he can breathe, he can speak and be heard. The Queen calls this resurrection. Nathan calls it Hell. The living think he’s alive. He’s not. He’s trapped in the citadel that the Queen of the Dead calls home.
Emma wants to free him. To do that she has to survive long enough to reach the City of the Dead, and face its ancient Queen. But the city of the dead is the heart of the Queen’s stronghold—and her power. Emma can’t do it alone.
She’s not alone. But even with hunters and her own dead at her side, what hope does she have against a woman who has lived so long, and grown so powerful, she’s almost a god?
THE TURN (THE HOLLOWS BEGINS WITH DEATH) by Kim Harrison
Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
HIS FAKE ALIEN FIANCEE by Patricia Eimer
Princess Perripraxis not only has to find a fiancé—and fast—she’s got to find one who doesn’t mind that her “ no makeup” face has green and purple scales. Otherwise, Daddy Dearest has plans that don’t include Perri’s compliance. Candidate Number One: Her sexy human best friend, Brandt.
Bartender Brandt Turner didn’t need all those years in the army to teach him never to leave a man behind. Or an alien princess in need of a pretend fiancé. If she needs someone to play the lovesick fool to convince her dad to let her stay on Earth, well then, he’ll let the world think Cupid finally took him out.
But Perri’s father has no intention of playing nice—and he’s not above cruel and unusual alien torture to make things go his way. But Brandt is willing to complete the mission…however far he has to go.
EVERY HEAVENLY MOMENT (HYENA HEAT BOOK 5) by R. E. Butler
Hyena shifter Heaven Gable has known since the moment she met wolf brothers Kross and Kayne Callahan that they were meant to be her mates. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to want anything to do with her, and she finds herself feeling worthless and unlovable.
Kross and Kayne never meant to hurt Heaven by staying away from her. Both males have demons haunting them from their pasts, but they’re willing to face them if Heaven will give them a chance to prove they’re worthy….
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (LIBRARY JUMPERS) by Brenda Drake
VS Note: YA
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
STARFALL: A STARFLIGHT NOVEL by Melissa Landers
VS NOTE: TEENS
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home…but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits. Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission….
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
VS Note: From the reviews, seems to remind a lot of people of Labyrinth. Teen & YA
Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother had always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister safe from harm, but she wishes only to indulge in her wild, captivating music, composed and played in secret in the Goblin King’s honor.
When her beautiful sister Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
THE MEMORY PALACE by Gill Alderman
VS Note: Frankly I have no idea if there’s romance in this book or not but the description is trippy and I love the cover!
To reach the Palace, walk a path between two gardens, one box-hedged and orderly, the other wild. Climb porphyry stairs to double doors of brass. There an old man waits, like an archangel at the Gates of Paradise. But this is the Archmage, Koschei Corbillion. He looks old … then he grows younger as he opens the doors into the Memory Palace.
In the vast library of the Palace there are many books about the fabulous land of Malthassa and its Archmage Koschei – books written by Guy Parados. Fantasy novels that have brought Parados fame and wealth in his own world.
Guy Parados believes that he invented the Archmage. He thinks he alone built the Memory palace and that it contains his memories. Instead, it contains his soul, and the Archmage Koschei has need of it.
In Gill Alderman’s powerful novel, magic crosses over from the realm of fantasy to the present day, and it is strange, beautiful and deadly.
THE STAR QUEEN: NEW AND UPDATED PREQUEL TO THE STAR SERIES by Susan Grant
VS Note: I don’t usually mention previously published stories (I just don’t have room here!) but from the reviews, sounded like this novella was basically new (not sure what was updated versus what was new) and a good standalone story in the series.
In the Dark Years, warlords swept through the galaxy and left destruction in their wake. But on the planet of Sienna a hardy band of survivors lives on. Raiders are the new heroes, hunting in the ruins of cities for anything to help keep their people alive.
Raider Captain Romjha B’kah seeks out the riskiest missions. After a lifetime of loss, only the rush of adrenaline can make him feel fully alive. That changes when Taj enters his life. For the first time he contemplates a future where there is more than war. If only he can convince her to be as passionate about him as she is for her work as bombmaker.
Shy, serious munitions specialist Taj Sai views herself as Romjha’s opposite in every way, but it hasn’t stopped her from secretly wanting him since they were schoolchildren….