Cook Was Absolute Ruler 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!)

In late March I published a paranormal fantasy romance The Captive Shifter, but since I was in the midst of excerpting my scifi romance at the time, I didn’t share from Shifter. I’m going to do a few weeks from it now. Some of you who go wayyyyy back with me on snippets may remember I shared bits from this when it was a WIP several years ago.

Kyler, the shifter, has been used as a source of magic in a major spellcasting and isn’t recovering well. Caitlyn, the heroine, goes to the kitchen to see what can be done about his diet at least.

Not even the Witch Queen herself ventured into the kitchens – the Cook was absolute ruler in this area and no one ever risked her displeasure. Caitlyn, however, walked into the kitchen fearlessly. She’d been here before. Undercooks and kitchen maids bobbed their heads and spoke greetings as she passed. She made her way through the supply shelves, through the preparation stations, past the plating area, into the heart of the kitchen, where its undisputed monarch, the Cook, held court in the glow of the ovens and stoves.

“What brings you here, my friend?” Nadelma, the head cook herself, smiled at the intruder and beckoned her close. Nadelma was substantial, with a proud bearing and a serene face. Her glossy black hair was neatly dressed in a giant braided bun, woven through with colorful beads. A long angry scar slashed across her cheek, disappearing below the collar of her dress, where a pot of boiling sauce had spilled on her many decades before, according the kitchen lore, when Nadelma had been a kitchen maid. Caitlyn had secretly worked healing magic on the cook’s scar for weeks, carefully reducing the impact a bit at a time, making the mark less prominent, less red and twisted. She liked Nadelma.

captive shifterThe story:

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

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

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 26

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

RELAUNCH MISSION (THE GALACTIC COLD WAR) by Robyn Bachar

Firefly meets James Bond in this action-adventure romance set in an alternate future where the Cold War never ended…

Living mission to mission on the fringes of civilized space, Captain Lindana Nyota has managed to keep her crew paid and her ship in one piece. Barely. The privateer’s life of stealing Soviet supplies for the Alliance is taking its toll on everyone. Down a crew member, she now has to take on a new intel officer and hope it’s someone she can trust.

Lieutenant Gabriel Steele knew Lindy wasn’t expecting him to walk out of the air lock and back into her life, but he didn’t think he’d get his nose broken. As an intelligence agent for the Alliance, Gabriel has spent his career in deep cover, his sense of self crushed under layers of deceit—starting with the lies he had to tell Lindy years ago when he left her. A fresh start is all he wants, but the Alliance and his secret orders have already jeopardized that.

When an infamous pirate and friend of Lindy and her crew is reported alive and in possession of knowledge of a powerful Soviet weapon, finding her before the enemy does is paramount. But Gabriel can’t do it without regaining Lindy’s trust—and hopefully rekindling what he once sacrificed in the name of duty.

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a mate for the senatorA MATE FOR THE SENATOR (BRION BRIDES) by Vi Voxley

Eleya has done more with her life than most Brions will. Not only a General, but a High Senator, she’s achieved everything but the love that every Brion seeks. When a twist of fate brings her face to face with her second mate, can she move on from the pain the first one caused, or is he just another challenge to be dealt with?

Xaven as a more than capable Brion Captain wants many things, but being a General is not one of them. However a mate that is one… well, a man can have no objections to that, now can he? Only when it becomes clear that their paths are too divergent to come together must the warrior reconsider his faith in fate. Perhaps some things are not meant to be.

Or maybe they need to be fought for harder than he ever expected?

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planet neverlandPLANET NEVERLAND: A SPACE AGE FAIRY TALE by J. M. Page

VS Note: did you see our USA Today/HEA interview with JM last week about her fairy tales?

Wendy Darling has always been the dutiful, doting sister to her twin brothers, John and Michael, so wrapped up in protecting them from themselves that she’s put her life on hold, never experiencing any of the excitement the world has to offer for herself.

Now adults, the boys are tired of being stifled by Wendy’s smothering and long for freedom and adventure. They get more than they bargained for when they meet Peter, a street performer from another planet, on Earth seeking new additions to his show….

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alien gladiators mateALIEN GLADIATOR’S MATE (CELESTIAL MATES) by Zara Zenia

Carina is tired of working hard with manual labor to help serve the now broken down Earth’s society. She wants to have new experiences. She knows the only way off the planet is through Celestial Mates, the mail order bride service, so she decides to sign up.

She finally gets selected and gets picked up by a spaceship to take her to her new life. Little does she know, one of her friends who has always had a crush on her, climbs aboard the spaceship as a blind passenger since he doesn’t want to lose her. But he’s captured and sold as a slave for the gladiator arena for the aliens.

Gar’zul was once the commanding warrior officer in the Delgar forces. But when his own family is killed in family fire, he decides to leave the force and become a gladiator in the interstellar fighting arena….

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claimed by the succubusCLAIMED BY THE SUCCUBUS by Siren Allen

~The Half-Breed~
She is Izeria’Ahzul, the long-lost daughter of my king. She was raised away from our people and knows nothing of her heritage. Our kind are a myth to her. She doesn’t believe we exist and there’s no way she’ll believe she’s one of us.

~The Beast~
I am Shun’Uhl, the soldier ordered to return her to my king’s side so she can marry a royal and produce an heir to save our people. To get her to trust me, I shed my beastly form and took on the form of someone she knows. I chose unwisely. The form I’ve selected is a male she despises.

~The Forbidden~
The more time I spend with her, the more she comes to like me. And though I’ve tried to resist, I find myself falling for her also…

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freezeFREEZE (THE GREAT KEEPER SERIES BOOK 1) by Adelaide Walsh

VS Note: Listed in at least one YA category

In a world where people have the choice between starving or getting paid to be experimented on, they are happy to choose the latter.

The Keepers, using the elemental powers of nature, are the only hope that humanity has to take down the despotic control of a genetic engineering company.

Captain Dana Reeves is the leader of a group of fighters within the Keepers. But a mistake made by someone close to Dana may lead to terrible consequences for the source of the Keepers’ magic—and the world as a whole.

That mistake forces her to make a choice between saving the man she dates or her mentor in the military. A choice that may change the outcome of the war dramatically.

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taronTARON ENTWINED FATES by Trista Ann Michaels

Alyssa came to Veenori in search of the man who killed her brother. It was the perfect plan — or so she thought. Then she finds herself being sold as a slinoy, a sex slave, and bought by one very gorgeous overseer to the very mine she’d been trying to infiltrate.

Taron didn’t want the undercover assignment, nor did he want a slinoy. But the second he saw those gray eyes, he knew he didn’t have a choice. The woman his brothers had been searching for had slipped through their fingers and fallen right into his lap. He’d promised her brother he’d find her and keep her safe, but resisting the temptation of her passionate nature would be damn difficult — and not losing his heart even more so.

Unfortunately, before they can find a future together, they will first have to survive the present and the man bent on seeing both of them dead.

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losing holdLOSING HOLD (CICATRIX DUOLOGY BOOK 2) by Kellie Doherty

In the sequel to Finding Hekate, after escaping Donavin’s grasp, Mia Foley and her crew crash on a prison planet and need to deal with its inhabitants, beast and criminals alike. Mia hears Donavin in her mind once again and knows the transformation into one of his drones isn’t far off. Trapped in her own body, lashing against Donavin each chance she gets, and fearful that she’ll lose it all, Mia has to rely on her crew—on Cassidy—to save her. But she’s not the only one transforming in her little group, and things never go as smoothly as they could out in the black.

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unraveling jamesUNRAVELING JAMES by L. L. Muir

He should have stayed away from Cockburn Street…
A former MI6 agent, James is rarely afraid. He’s traveled back to the fifteenth century–not just once, but twice now–and lived to tell the tale. The third trip will be for personal reasons, however, because he believes in his bones the perfect woman for him is back there somewhere, waiting for him.
Unfortunately, his friends at Castle Ross won’t let anyone near their magic portal, so his only hope lies with a pair of middle aged Muir Witches running a tea shop in Edinburgh. They must know all kinds of magic, he’s certain, because the last time he saw them…they were about ninety years old.

Phoebe is an unusual combination of klutz and romantic….

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rakos treasureRAKO’S PLEASURE by J. J. Lore

VS Note: Listed as Erotica

Banished from his planet, Rako wanders the edges of known space looking for salvage, longing to find his mate. When he spots a weak signal from an ancient crash, he isn’t sure if the scavenge is worth the time and fuel. But in the smuggler’s hold on board, he finds a stasis pod with a beautiful woman inside and loses his heart.

Alyce was kidnapped by villains over a century ago, so when she’s awakened by a formidable male of a race she’s never seen before, it takes some adjustment.

Doing the right thing, Rako takes Alyce to an inhabited station, where she can begin to rebuild her interrupted life. But when descendants of the beings who originally captured her attack, Rako’s protective instincts emerge, along with the extreme body morphing of his kind. He wins the fight, but misplaces Alyce in the process. Will he be able to find her before he’s exiled back into the cold of space?

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phoenix book 12PHOENIX (GALACTIC CAGE FIGHTERS SERIES BOOK 12 ) by KD Jones

Two strong spirits, two vulnerable hearts.
Everything he had cared for went up in smoke, but Phoenix rose from the ashes to reclaim his life.
Olivia was determined to not let her DNA dictate how she lived her life and sought justice for those who were defenseless.
They both have denied parts of themselves.
Will they be able to fill in the missing pieces with one another?

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HIS REBELLIOUS MATE by Maddie Taylor

Staunchly loyal Eryn Lockwood heads up security on the USIF Odyssey, an all-female his rebellious materesearch ship charged with finding a new world to call home. Her team is guarding a group of scientists exploring an uninhabited planet when they are set upon by a band of powerful alien warriors. Entranced by Eryn’s long auburn hair, fair skin, and green eyes, the fiercest of the attackers gives chase, and claims her for his own.  As his would-be mate, his old-fashioned ways infuriate her, especially when he takes her over his knee for some firm-handed discipline.

Though a fiery passion ignites between them, Eryn remains steadfast in her need to escape….

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still lifeSTILL LIFE  (A SOLAR FLAMES SERIES NOVELLA) by Jayne Fury

Firefly meets Buck Rogers and a bit of boudoir. Jody Benson isn’t a fainting female in need of rescue. Follow the Solar Flame series on convoluted romps through space with smart, super sexy females and their companions.

His future is her next target. Astrobiologist Ewan Stewarts won the chance of a lifetime: terraforming paradise from a cold lifeless planet. Sexy ninja freedom fighter Captain Jodeen “Jody” Benson’s mission is on a collision course with his dream. If she succeeds, she’ll save millions of lives but destroy one: his.

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caveman aliens ransomCAVEMAN ALIEN’S RANSOM by Calista Skye

Being abducted by aliens was never on my bucket list.
But I guess the aliens didn’t get that memo, because one night I was beamed aboard a UFO. It dumped me and a bunch of other girls on an alien planet.
A jurassic planet where giant, murderous dinosaurs walk around and everything wants to kill me.
My only hope of surviving is the first man I met here. His name is Jax’zan, and he’s an alien.
And a caveman.
As in, the hottest super-alpha caveman who ever lived. He’s big and strong and doesn’t talk much, but he’s saved my life so many times now that I’ve lost count.
My insides turn to hot mush whenever he fixes his smouldering eyes on me, and the scandalously sexy and unusual features his sensationally muscular body is rocking totally make me forget time and place.
There’s only one problem: He’s holding me for ransom. And he wants to repopulate his woman-less planet. With me.

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sex cyborgs and champagneSEX, CYBORGS, AND CHAMPAGNE (VEGA SPACE VACATIONS BOOK 1) by T. L. Reeve

We can help with that.
Conner Mann is on a mission. For his tenth anniversary, he wants to give his wife, Flora, a present she’ll never forget. When he sees an ad for Vega Space Vacations, he knows exactly what to do.
Flora Mann, grew up in a strict home with conservative parents. Expressing her sexual desires never came easy to her due to her prim upbringing, and because of it, she’d never been able to tell her husband what she wants most—a threesome.
Vincent Carver is the man with the plan.
Unit L-2817 or Lincoln to his friends, is ready to experience life through human eyes. As a reformed government mercenary, he’s free to finally experience everything others take for granted—including creating emotional connections. He isn’t sure what love is, but the instant attraction he feels between Conner and Flora, can’t be denied.
Their emotions run high as they contemplate their next moves. Can a cyborg assimilate to their hectic routine? Conner, Flora and Lincoln, are willing to find out. But, what if all they are left with are distant memories?

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beyond the normTHE CHRONICLES OF DARIUS BOOK 10: BEYOND THE NORM by Jess Thomas

It’s a fine line with power, it can be positive, or it can be negative, depending on the person wielding it. Paden had been thrown off his planet of Eiravia, given the name of Darius, and left to forget his race and his family. Years have passed since then, and he has made his way back to Eiravia and the man he loves. With Finnal’s help, and that of his growing clan, he will make Eiravians feel pride again.
His growing power is becoming known throughout the universe, and he is slowly being talked about in hush tones as the Jewel, a shining star who can create wonders from changing a race to fixing a planet.
Nothing much is known about him from the outside world, only the rare few that have the opportunity to understand his fears, hopes, and loves truly understand.
Throughout the story, one man’s journey is interwoven into Darius’s. Vega is a cornerstone to the clan. He is a man who helps him work out issues and chase the shadows away. He helps him become something that is talked about in tales by firesides.

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starstruckSTARSTRUCK (TRANSGALACTIC INSURRECTION) by Kalli Lanford

My father, the king, has condemned my friend Lestra to death for treason, and I’ve joined with her brother Slaine, the most beautiful male Enestian I’ve ever seen, to save her. Although even being seen with him is forbidden, for Lestra and the promise I made to my brother, I’m willing to take the risk. But time is short, and if we’re caught, we’ll be labeled traitors and executed.

To enlist help for our daring rescue, Slaine leads me into a dark, dangerous underworld where an uprising against the crown is brewing. And if the rebels discover I’m Princess Murelle, even Slaine’s status as a commander and vow to protect me with his life might not save me.

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titaniumTITANIUM (RENT A DRAGON Book 3) by Terry Bolryder

A dragon contractor? Expensive.

Unless you’re the woman Titus Kroll just fell madly in love with. As a decisive, capable, and newly awakened metal dragon, Titus is used to seeing what he wants and going after it. Right now that’s Bree Durell, a sweet, curvy woman who needs help with her house badly and can’t afford to pay. Still, his heart says she’s his mate, and no matter the price, he’s ready to serve her every need, whether that’s repairing her home, healing her heart, or restoring her trust.

Bree Durell isn’t looking for romance. She has enough on her plate with a crazed stalker, a clumsy but adorable dog, and a house that’s falling apart around her and too expensive to repair…

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shifting currentsSHIFTING CURRENTS (MERMEN AND MAGIC BOOK 4) by L. M. Brown

Can a merman and an Atlantean, separated by centuries and prejudices, find love together?

Merman Delwyn is an Oracle of the past. He loves nothing better than observing the comings and goings of those who lived centuries before he was born. His favorite time period to visit is when both Atlantean and mer inhabited the sunken city of Atlantis, and his guilty pleasure is watching lovers come together in passion. Secure in the knowledge that no one can see him when he’s viewing the past, nothing can prepare Delwyn for the moment Fabian, an Atlantean living in the past, speaks to him.

Fabian is a man with divided loyalties. The demi-god son of the Goddess of Sea Creatures has sworn to serve the Goddess of Prophecy as her Oracle of the present. His unique status gives him the power to see anything in the present, including the mysterious merman voyeur from the distant future.

Despite the centuries that separate them, Delwyn and Fabian find they have a lot in common and quickly form a friendship that both hope one day will become something more. But before they can be together in the present, Delwyn and Fabian must unravel the mysteries of the past.

Only time will tell if truth about the long-since vanished Atlanteans will bring them together or tear them apart, as the battle for the sunken city of Atlantis begins.

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drakons preyDRAKON’S PREY (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON) by N. J. Walters

Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragons, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.

When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.

He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.

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fairy wingsFAIRY WINGS A SUPERNATURAL FREAK FAIRY PREQUEL by Louisa Klein

Twenty-two year old paranormal consultant Robyn Wise may be a supernatural freak, but she’s not stupid. So, when a handsome billionaire hires her to help him find his kidnapped girlfriend, who also happens to be a fairy, she immediately knows that something VERY serious is happening in London. And not only because fairies are the most secluded supernatural folks on Earth and they’re not supposed to interact with regular people, let alone dating them! So, what on Earth was she doing in town?

Plus, facing alone whatever creature is so powerful to imprison a fairy is a one-way ticket to sleeping with the fishes. Yep, she can see ghosts and is even best friend with one, yes, she can sometimes perform fairy magic and has an inexplicable supernatural agility, still … she needs help. And who can help her better than maverick wizard James Turner? He’s powerful, smart, funny and experienced. He’s also annoyingly charming, but no one’s perfect, after all.

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blade boundBLADE BOUND (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES) by Chloe Neill

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

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darkest hourDARKEST HOUR BEFORE DAWN by Charlie Cochet

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.

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dark wine at midnightDARK WINE AT MIDNIGHT (A HILL VAMPIRE NOVEL) BY Jenna Barwin

She’s a scientist, not a secret agent, and doesn’t want to spy on the vampires she’s trying to help. But her duty to obey the Lux leaves her no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.

Her cover story seems easy as pie: become a vampire’s envoy, move to Sierra Escondida, and sign-up investors from among the secret vampire communities to finance her biotech research lab. At least, it looks easy until an assassination attempt leaves the Hill vampires suspicious of her arrival. They don’t want her–or her research lab–in their small town.

Worse, she must ignore her growing attraction to Henry Bautista, a vampire winemaker with eyes the color of dark bourbon and just as intoxicating–who’s hiding his own deep secrets….

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boss bearBOSS BEAR (TIMBER BEAR RANCH BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

Leland Kincaid hasn’t been back to Fate Mountain for seven years. Now he’s the new Alpha of his clan, and in charge of Timber Bear Ranch. He soon discovers that his father left the ranch in so much debt that he and his brothers might be forced to sell everything. As if that’s not tough enough, the new auditor examining his books is his mate!
A difficult assignment …Sylvia Barker is ready to settle down, but not with any of the terrible dates her mom keeps arranging…
fur foxes sakeFUR FOX’S SAKE by Milly Taiden

Marika Paters has an energy coursing through her that others can’t explain. Maybe it’s the curious fox that lies within that gives Marika joy in her work as a geneticist for the only forensic laboratory for animals. But while her research unravels mysteries—like startling new data that threatens to dismantle everything science knows about shifters—Marika has always felt incomplete, just another lonely shifter looking for her mate.

Following a family tragedy, Fellowship Agent Devin Sonder believes he will never find love…

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snaredSNARED (ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK 16) by Jennifer Estep

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

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chemistry of magicCHEMISTRY OF MAGIC UNEXPECTED MAGIC BOOK 5 by  Patricia Rice

Diagnosed with consumption, Viscount “Devil” Dare knows his days are numbered. With his greedy cousin scheming to throw Dare’s mother and sisters out of their home after his death, he can hardly refuse a mysterious lady’s solution—wedding vows. Her lands would ensure his industrial success—and secure the future for those he loves.

Bookish botanist Emilia McDowell desperately needs the land she will inherit once she marries. Her gift for the healing arts requires growing and experimenting with herbs if she’s to save lives. When she learns that her funds would benefit handsome Lord Dare, who is said to be dying, she offers a marriage of convenience.

But if Emilia touches Dare, her dangerous healing gift could kill her. As they learn to love under trying circumstances, Emilia longs to find the courage to be a true wife—until she discovers Dare’s plans for her inheritance. Can love and marriage surmount death and betrayal?

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wicked abyssWICKED ABYSS (IMMORTALS AFTER DARK) by Kresley Cole

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good…

loves warriorLOVE’S WARRIOR: ZODIAC SHIFTERS ARIES  by Jennifer Hilt

Being the daughter of Aries, the God of War, means Jessica Tindal is an Amazon warrior. But she’s given up her bloodthirsty ways to hideout working as an herbal healing witch. Too bad she’s stuck in an Arctic ice station with a killer intent on framing her.

Enter Paranormal Marshall Carson Slater—ice bear shifter, silver-haired hottie, and oh yeah, Jessica’s ex-husband. Carson arrives in Icy Cap determined to do two things: take down the ice station killer and reclaim his wife. His protective instincts drive him to keep her by his side at all times, which plays perfectly into his plan to seduce her back into his bed and his life. Now all he has to do is prove her innocence and win her heart before the real killer strikes again.

beneath the nightBENEATH THE NIGHT (THE CITIES BELOW) by Jen Colly

Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his. Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to surrender to the force of love . . .

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orroraORRORA BY Linda Mooney

Deep in the heart of New York City, a killer is stalking a select group of individuals. A killer whose M.O. matches a series of murders that have been going on for more than eighty years.

Orrora Dalca is brought in by the U.S. Government to identify and find this murderer…but there’s a problem. Orrora is hiding a dark secret. And although she’s met with the task of finding this killer, she must also hide that person’s identity from ever becoming known.

Joel Powers produces independent horror films, and he gets many of his ideas by tailing the police when he gets wind of an unusual homicide. When he encounters Orrora at one of the crime scenes, there is something about her that draws him inexorably to her. These cases intrigue him, as does the girl. But the more he uncovers, the more he isn’t sure he wants to put the pieces of this puzzle together.

Determined to see her again, he does everything he can to learn all about her, not realizing there will be a price to pay for his curiosity.

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dragons preyDRAGON’S PREY (SHADOW OF THE DRAGON BOOK 4) by Tielle St. Clare

Captured and put into slavery, it should be a simple thing for Kayla to escape, if only her dragon would cooperate—but the blasted beast—bored with the males at home—sees Kayla’s captivity as the perfect opportunity to find her mate.

When her dragon finds the man for Kayla, he’s all wrong. He’s too strong, too aggressive and way too grouchy. He’s the perfect mercenary but he’ll make a rotten husband. Unfortunately, her body—and her dragon—don’t care about any of that. She wants to hate Captain Sixx but finds herself unable to resist him.

For Sixx, getting the pretty little slave as a gift is more irritation than pleasure. What’s he supposed to do with her? He’s got enough troubles—including a curse and a snotty young warrior preparing to challenge him—now he’s got her to deal with.

Of course, having Kayla chained up in his bedchamber does have its benefits. So now Kayla just has to figure out how to get home, keep Sixx safe from her father’s wrath, oh, and tell her lover she’s part dragon.

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dark descentDARK DESCENT (CODEX BLAIR BOOK 3) By Izzy Shows

A succubus. A wizard. A deadly addiction.

Sex kills. Hard to believe, but that’s what we’re dealing with. A succubus is on the loose. She’s dark, hungry, and ancient. In a world of monsters, age is power, and she has both. Something is pushing her to feed on my kind, and if I don’t figure it out and stop her, she will kill all of us. I have to stop her, and learn to control the demonic power within me. It’s twisting me, tainting me, I can feel its power growing. Dealing with a demon got me into this, let’s see if it can get me out.

I am the monster that hunts monsters.

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beyond the starsBEYOND THE STARS NEW WORLDS NEW SUNS by Various

VS Note: This seems to be strictly scifi but I saw that Lindsay Buroker has a story in it and I always enjoy her writing so I’m listing the anthology here.

A fourth volume in the prestigious series of space opera collections emerges, featuring ten authors, some best-selling and some freshly emerging, telling bold new tales. Join these award-winning writers as they take you on a journey… beyond the stars.

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And a couple of special items of interest:

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And here’s a special BookSweeps Enter to Win 45+ scifi romance books and a Kindle Fire

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 19th

April 12th

April 5th

March 28

March 22

March 15

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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 often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

 

Veronica Scott, Author of Danger in the Stars – Guest Post

I really enjoyed talking about some of why I wrote this book and sharing an excerpt!

Whiskey With My Book

It is always a pleasure to have Veronica Scott visiting at Whiskey With My Book.  You may be aware, she has a new book out, Danger in the Stars, and she is here to tell you a little bit about how it came to be.

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Thank you for having me as your guest! I’m thrilled to talk about my new science fiction romance Danger in the Stars, and share my beautiful cover from Fiona Jayde, the blurb and an excerpt with your readers!

The Empath

This story actually began with a short story I wrote for the Pets in Space anthology, about a beautiful alien woman who happens to be an empath and a prisoner of a ruthless crime mob. Once that tale was done, I remained fascinated with exploring the idea of an empathic heroine and what ways her power might manifest, both to protect herself…

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Do Your People Dance 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!)

Last excerpt from Danger in the Stars, since it’s been released for a couple of weeks now!

Sorry, not going to explain why Mirielle needed Conor to move the flowers closer in last week’s excerpt, trying to avoid spoilers. (But you can read the book, she said sneakily….and a huge thank you to everyone who has bought the book or added it to their TBR list!)

I’ll leave you with a happyish moment from roughly 1/3 of the way through the book:

Miriell stood at the open balcony door, watching the rain fall as a balmy breeze stirred the loose tendrils of her hair. It pleased her to think of the soft rain drifting onto the garden where Conor had taken her, and she started to sway. Humming a blessing song, she closed her eyes. Knowing she was being appallingly foolish, she visualized herself at home on her own world, tending the temple’s garden on a beautiful spring day, singing this special song. It was said among the village folk that the tune would bring your beloved to find you.

There was a sound behind her, breaking her concentration on the momentary vision of her home, and she turned, bracing herself to deal with more of Jareck’s casual cruelty.

Conor stood there, staring at her as he softly closed the door. “Don’t stop,” he whispered, holding out one hand. “Do your people dance to this beautiful music?”

So lost in her song and her bittersweet dream, she hadn’t even heard him enter the suite.

dangerinthestarsfinalThe story:

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 19

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

TWO BOOKS FROM LINDSAY BUROKER, spin off from her Fallen Empire series. I loved that series and it’s fun to catch up with the folks from those stories. I don’t get the feeling there’s romance here (Lindsay does like to do a slow build over many books) but I want to list the books for those who love her fiction as much as I do:

THE ROGUE PRINCE (SKY FULL OF STARS BOOK 1)

Starseer, pilot, and animal lover Jelena Marchenko wants to prove to her parents that she’s ready to captain her own freighter and help run the family business. When she finally talks them into getting a second ship and letting her fly it, it doesn’t faze her that the craft is decades old and looks like a turtle. This is the chance she’s craved for years.

But it’s not long before the opportunity to rescue mistreated lab animals lures her from her parentally approved cargo run and embroils her in a battle between warring corporations. To further complicate matters, her childhood friend Thorian, prince of the now defunct Sarellian Empire, is in trouble with Alliance law and needs her help.

Torn between her duty to her family and doing what she believes is honorable, Jelena is about to learn that right and wrong are never as simple as they appear and that following your heart can get you killed.

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angle of truthANGLE OF TRUTH (SKY FULL OF STARS BOOK 2) by Lindsay Buroker

When Jelena Marchenko learns that her parents have incurred a huge debt due to her previous actions, she’s determined to find a way to pay it off. But running cargo doesn’t pay anything off quickly. She comes up with a scheme to turn herself and her eclectic crewmates into mercenaries, at least for long enough to make some money.

Unfortunately, Jelena has no interest in maiming, killing, or otherwise tormenting people, the typical things mercenaries are hired to do. She’s relieved when, with Prince Thorian’s help, she finds a mission that seems perfectly suited to her team: rescuing prisoners of war.

But what was supposed to be a quick way to earn money soon turns into something devastating and deadly. Caught between two sides in a war fueled by centuries of resentment, Jelena must choose between her needs and the needs of a planet. No matter which choice she makes, she risks her ship and the lives of her team. Does she truly have what it takes to be a mercenary?

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escaping fateESCAPING FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Regine Abel

Born and raised on a slaver’s ship, Amalia is a survivor of a race believed to have been extinguished in a planetary disaster. For three generations, her family has been the prized property of Gruuk. In the next few days, she will be forced to participate in her master’s psi talent breeding program. Escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like most Xelixian males, cousins Khel and Lhor are Tainted. They are shunned by their own people because of the disease that mars their bodies and ensures a painful early death. It can only be reversed by mating. Xelixian females are rare. Pearls, the females that produce the curative chemical, are even more so. The chances of finding two Pearls, of any species, willing to accept heavily Tainted males, are virtually non-existent. Despite their status and wealth, the cousins are running out of time.

Between Gruuk’s dogged pursuit, deadly rivalries, assassins and corrupted nobles, can they keep Amalia safe or will their respective feelings for her tear them apart?

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nakedNAKED (PHOENIX RISING Book 1) BY Alexandra Christian

Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.

…AND INTO THE FIRE

Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.

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drakanDRAKAN (GALACTIC MATES) by Luna Hunter

Hannah Kingsley has more than enough on her plate. The full-figured blonde delivers intergalactic packages for a living on her trusty spaceship with her best friend Evelyn, trying to save up enough money to send her little brother to a school for the gifted. Her carefully made plans are thrown for a loop when she meets a tall, sexy alien warrior who claims she is the key to stopping a war that threatens all life.

General Drakan has trained for this moment his entire life. War is brewing, and protecting the Zoran homeworld is this growly warrior’s number one priority. And then he meets Hannah, and everything changes. He struggles to resist the curvy, sassy human female, but even the strong warrior can’t deny fate.

The evil Tyk’ix are about to unleash hell on the galaxy, and the unlikely pair must work together to save the Zoran homeworld. Having the weight of the entire universe on her shoulders is the last thing Hannah needs, but the alpha alien warrior won’t take no for an answer…

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his human rebelHIS HUMAN REBEL (ZANDIAN MASTERS BOOK 4) by Renee Rose

Cambry doesn’t believe the aliens’ propaganda for one minute. The Zandians may have saved her from one death, but they planned to send her to another. She bides her time, waiting for her chance to get away and find her brother, enslaved by a different species. The only thing she didn’t count on was Lundric, the tempting Zandian warrior who, for some reason, decided she was his female.

Lundric knew the fierce little rebel Cambry belonged to him the moment he saw her toss that auburn hair in defiance. He knows she hasn’t accepted him or the Zandian’s cause, but he vows to win her, no matter what it takes. But when Cambry steals a ship and attempts to escape, even his harshest punishment may not restore the trust between them.

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saving the space pirateSAVING THE SPACE PIRATE (RUBY ROBBINS’ SEXY SPACE ODYSSEY BOOK 2) by Nina Croft

A few days ago, in a galaxy right here…

The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world!

Killian Sharpe, is in over his head. One minute, he’s a notorious space pirate with a price on his head. And now, he’s suddenly become one of the good guys. How did that happen? He can only think of one reason – sexy, spunky Ruby Robbins.

Ruby is thrilled that her mission is almost over. Not only will she have saved her planet, but she’ll finally be able to live happily ever after with the space pirate of her dreams.

But a tragic twist suddenly puts everything into jeopardy. And it’s up to Ruby, with Killian at her side, to change to world for good this time. She can only hope they both survive the ordeal.

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dastardly miss lizzieTHE DASTARDLY MISS LIZZIE (AN ELECTRIC EMPIRE NOVEL) by Viola Carr

Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman who’s targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers, terrorizing the city with dark magic, in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H. G. Wells’s classic, The Time Machine.

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope…

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veiled menaceVEILED MENACE by Deborah Blake

Since Witches came out of the broom closet in the early twenty-first century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous.

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dark alphas loverDARK ALPHA’S LOVER (REAPERS) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you…

I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…

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me and you and a ghost named booME AND YOU AND A GHOST NAMED BOO (SOUTHERN VAMPIRE DETECTIVE BOOK 2) by Selene Charles 

My name is Scarlett Smith. And I’m a vampire who was raised by a pack of wolves. Little crazy, I know. But let’s not get hung up on semantics here. Because I’ve got a story to tell.

There’s something inside of me. A darkness. And she’s really starting to make herself known, think Harley Quinn on ’roids and you might get the picture. She’s powerful and definitely unhinged, but I don’t have time to focus on that right now because I’ve got bigger fish to fry.

From the Alpha shifter on trial for breaking the unbreakable oath to a local vampire clan wanting me to party like it’s 1699, I’m in neck deep—pun intended. Have no fear though. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeves and some unexpected allies in my corner. Sure, there are bound to be a few surprises along the way, and I’m guessing they aren’t all good. But, no one ever said being dead would be easy.

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lost in lala landLOST IN LA LA LAND by Tara Brown

What if you could enter the world created inside of your favorite novel?
Close your eyes and live for a day as Elizabeth Bennet or Harry Potter?
Experience every magical sentence ever written, first hand?
Escape the ordinary and live the extraordinary!

That’s the sales pitch for Dr. Emma Hartley’s dream machine, Lucid Fantasies.
The fantastical machine transports people into their favorite novels or movies, for a day.
It allows them to live as their beloved characters did, savoring the slow kisses, frightening vampires, or magic as if it were real.
Letting them forget their worries and get lost in a world of fiction.

But that wasn’t why it was created.
The dark purpose of it lies within Dr. Hartley herself.
A secret, a flaw in the machine. One that she keeps hidden away.
For some people, your greatest fantasies are also your worst nightmares.
And the line between them is finer than we think.

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ironIRON (RENT-A-DRAGON BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

A Dragon Mechanic? Unheard of. Unless you’re Magnus Ironside, a metal dragon who just awakened in the modern world and happens to be obsessed with cars and their inner workings. Add in the fact that his mate just walked in to hire him to work at her auto shop, and Magnus is one happy dragon. Now he just has to flex his pecs, show her his huge ‘axe’, and everything will work out, right? Wrong.

Lindy Dunn doesn’t have time for a relationship, not while she’s working herself to the bone trying to make ends meet. She doesn’t have time to notice the huge muscles or gorgeous, jade-green eyes of the oddly sexy handyman she just hired…

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make me yoursMAKE ME YOURS (ISLAND OF THE FORGOTTEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

An angel haunted by the past… After battling the forces of shadow for millennia, Gaelin struggles to hold the fragile threads of his mind together. His only salvation from the encroaching darkness is in finding his mate. But when the other half of his soul is presented to him, she is not what he expected.

A woman he’s waited a lifetime for…Banished to a magical island prison with her twin brother, Mayra finds herself free of their dark master for the first time in centuries. ..

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shifter vampire fae barA SHIFTER A VAMPIRE & A FAE WALK INTO A BAR by Thianna D

Jillian Michaels has had some strange things happen in her life. She’s met angels and demons, fought zombies and battled Elvis’s ghost. But nothing prepares her for running into three strange men one night. She’s the only one who can see or hear them and they won’t let her out of their sight.

For 157 years, Mavik has been stuck in between due to a curse and has been looking for someone to break him out. The only problem is the witch he’s found does not want to release him from his spell. Not ready to give up, he and his companions, Casper and Brinnian, stick to Jillian like glue.

When she tries to help them, things go from bad to worse when the council over psychic and paranormal phenomena take a stance and send Mavik to another realm and her in between with Casper and Brinnian. Time is running out for Mavik and unwittingly Jillian makes a deal with a demon for his release.

With a vengeful council on their tails and love brewing between human and shifter, who knew a deal with a demon would be the least of their worries?

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fractured silenceFRACTURED SILENCE (TALON PACK BOOK 5) by Carrie Ann Ryan

VS Note: I first ‘met’ this author on the old Six Sentence Sunday snippet hop, and always enjoyed her tales. She’s a delight in person too!

The Talon Pack continues with a dark secret that could shatter the future of the Packs, or save them all.

Parker Jamenson is the son of three Packs, the sole mediator between every Pack in the United States and Europe, and…he’s dying. He knows he doesn’t have much left in him and is in desperate need of a mate. But with the new and unyielding changes thanks to the Moon Goddess, he might not have as much time as he thinks.

Brandon Brentwood is the Omega of the Talon Pack and the youngest of his family. He’s not only one of the famed triplets; he’s also the most secretive. There’s a good reason for that, however, and when a shocking revelation meshes the past and present in a very unexpected way, he’ll look to not only Parker but also a disgraced human to save them all.

Avery Montag knows she’s the daughter of a traitor and doesn’t have much to give the wolves in the way of atonement. But she’ll do everything she can to pay for her father’s sins and find a way to end the war between the humans and the wolves.

When the three turn to each other in a time of unrest and for vastly different reasons, temptation burns and seduction beckons. Only, the past, present, and future are never as solid as they seem, and the path the trio thought to travel may just vanish before they’re ready.

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dragons desireA DRAGON’S DESIRE (DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Tina Glasneck

Although Jaz is a dragon, the fact that the paranormal exists hasn’t made life any easier. The Norse gods are a little too active in her life, and her lover, Erich, the necromancer, a Viking and demigod, is acting distant. His going from extremely hot to cold has her second guessing everything, and wondering if his proclamation of love was just simple manipulation, and if their relationship has lost its like new car smell.

When trouble comes, it comes in heaps, and right at Jaz’s feet. This trouble happens to send her back to 1799 to Étretat, France. The political upheaval combined with Napoleon’s forces and the threat of the Reign of Terror leaves her wondering who she can trust — one wrong move and she’ll lose more than her dragon head.

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witches and warriorsWITCHES AND WARRIORS by Various

“Epic fantasy at its finest! Satisfy your craving for adventure and magic with 6 novels written by USA Today and International best-selling authors.

Mystery and intrigue, enchanted weapons and inhuman allies, magic and epic battles. Dive into these fantastic realms of dangerous creatures and rich characters and discover engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and hope.”

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jager thunderJAGER THUNDER: A STORY OF BLACK POWDER AND PANAMINDORA (REFUGEES BOOK 2) by Abigail Hilton

While the crew of the Scarlet Albatross struggles to survive her harrowing voyage, Gerard is busy keeping his promise to his father. He and Silveo return to Holovarus for a brief farewell visit. However, chaos is threatening to overwhelm the Great Islands, and even little Holovarus will not be spared. Gerard’s father and brother are facing difficult decisions, and they need help. Gerard feels torn between his old kingdom and his new family. The situation only grows more complicated when the crew of the Scarlet Albatross limps into port, bringing old enemies and a child Silveo didn’t know existed.

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grizzly mountainGRIZZLY MOUNTAIN by Becca Jameson

Heather Simmons is excited to start a new job in Alberta, Canada, as a glaciologist. But when a minor accident leaves her trapped on a hiking trail overnight, she finds herself facing a burly mountain man and a pair of grizzly bears. From that moment forward, things could not get weirder.

Isaiah Arthur knows instinctively that Heather is his mate the moment he scents her clothing before heading up the mountain to rescue her. The sensation is confusing since she is obviously human, and converting a human to his species is strictly forbidden.

A rogue shifter takes Heather’s transition out of Isaiah’s hands, however. Isaiah is left with no choice but to take her home and find a way to inform her of her unintended fate, while fighting the intense need to make her his as soon as possible.

The North American governing body, the Arcadian Council, is not amused by the rare turning of a human, and chaos ensues as Isaiah races against the clock to bind his mate to him forever before someone steps in the way and takes the opportunity out of his hands.

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northern lightsNORTHERN LIGHTS (AN IMP WORLD NOVEL) by Debra Dunbar

Raphael is an Angel of Order. . . sort of. His affinity for chaos makes him the perfect choice to investigate the trespass in Alaska of supernatural creatures not seen in eons. But the locals in Juneau have been keeping a secret for thousands of years –the disgraceful offspring of an angel and a demon. Raphael should execute her on the spot, or at the very least throw her into Hel with the rest of her kind, but Raphael has never been one to follow the rules.

Ahia has lived for thousands of years with the Alaskan natives and werewolves, told that she’s a Nephilim and must stay hidden lest the angels find and kill her. But when interdimensional rifts begin opening up throughout Alaska, swallowing humans and spitting out dangerous monsters, the angels are the only beings who can help.

Of course the angel they send is smoking hot, and demands she assist him in closing the rifts. Far from the stern, enforcer of rules, this angel is fun and flirty, tempting Ahia to drag this project out far longer than she should.

But when one of the rifts takes the local Alpha as well as a group of humans, the situation becomes urgent. Ahia will need to risk everything – her life, her heart, and all she’s believed true to bring them home, because whatever the angels might call her, she won’t abandon those who trust her to keep them safe.

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mountain kingTHE MOUNTAIN KING (DRAGON STONE AND STEAM BOOK 1) by Emma Alisyn

VS Note: Thanks to reader Elizabeth N for bringing this February release to my attention! I love the cover…

It wasn’t easy raising three girls with Fae blood in the Outlands. If Kailigh wasn’t busy chasing them out of the local taverns, she was busy teaching them to hunt, shoot and kill- to fight against flesh traffickers from the Cities, prowling town for girls to send to rich patrons.

And now, with the youngest shot and fighting for her life, Kailigh has no choice but to petition for the help of the Dragon Lord Maddugh, King of Coal and Mountain.
Only he’s no fool- he knows right away Kai isn’t quite human. And three girls of courting age? He’s not about to let them slip through his fingers when his men are wanting for mates with even a drop of magical blood. So she’ll have to strike a bargain. He’ll save her daughter’s life, and help her hunt the man responsible, but he has a price.
A price he demands Kailigh pay in flesh.

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pallasPALLAS (VANGUARD ELITE BOOK 5) by Annie Nicholas

Pallas comes from the deadliest vampire clan that ever existed.
Spent centuries transforming wolf shifters into warriors.
People trembled at his name.
Now, he runs a boot camp for misfit werewolves.
Everything is coming together. His life, the pack, and their community.
Then the police finds a corpse on his land.
Drained of blood.
His only hope of proving his innocence is the sheriff.
The woman of his dreams with a warrior’s heart.
But she hates him.

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royal guard tigerROYAL GUARD TIGER (SHIFTER KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Tiger shifter Tristan of the Royal Guard of Valtyra has been sent out on a mission to find Miss Poppy Zlotsky, sister of Valtyra’s new Crown Princess. The mission would be challenging enough if it were only a matter of finding the footloose Poppy, but he’s also been told to lure her back to Valtyra without spilling too many secrets about shifters, magic, and her sister’s newfound royal status. On top of all of that, as soon as he meets Poppy he realizes that she’s his mate. He just has to woo her before all those secrets come out and scare her away…

Poppy Zlotsky has been wandering the world for more than a year, but she’s starting to get tired of the endless traveling–and even more tired of being alone…

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beauty in autumnBEAUTY IN AUTUMN by Ruby Dixon

For years untold, there has always been a beast in the cursed forest. Every year at the Harvest Festival, a new bride is sent to him…never to return. But when Willow is chosen to be the newest bride, she seeks out the help of the local wise woman.

Willow might be able to break the curse, but to do so, she must refrain from looking at the beast entirely. It sounds easy enough, but as things get heated between them, can she keep her promise? Or will she need to see who – and what – she’s bedding first?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 12th

April 5th

March 28

March 22

March 15

March 8

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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 often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

She Needs Flowers 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’m only going to do one or two more excerpts from  Danger in the Stars since it’s now released. Then I’ll switch to something else.

This is from a scene later in the book, after Mirielle’s used her power and is having a hard time recovering. Jareck, her ‘controller’, left her alone in the hotel suite, confined to the couch by ankle restraints. Conor has stopped by as promised earlier, to check on her health. Edited a bit from the published version.

The excerpt:

“Please, can you do one thing for me?” She hated to ask for anything from these people, but her breathing wasn’t improving, and she was frightened. Jareck wouldn’t show up for hours, if at all, and when he did, his mood might be volcanic if he’d lost, or he might be too drunk to pay any attention to her. At least Conor had tried to get a doctor for her.

Hand already on the door, he paused, glancing over his shoulder, “What do you need?”

She gestured at a huge bouquet the hotel had placed on the table at the other end of the capacious sitting room, “Could you bring those closer to me, maybe on the floor next to the couch?”

He threw back his head and laughed, “Lady, that’s the strangest request I’ve ever heard. You like the smell, do you eat them, what?” Conor strolled closer, “No answer? I’m not touching the flowers till you explain.”

dangerinthestarsfinalThe story:

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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Titanic and the Mummy’s Curse

titanic mummyVS Note: I published the first portion of this post on my blog in 2012 originally.

Did the Titanic sink because of an Ancient Egyptian curse? Was the mummy of Princess “Amen-Ra”  from 900BC to blame for the disaster?

Of the many legends swirling around Titanic, this one appeals to me not only because of my fascination with the ship, but also because I write paranormal romances set in Ancient Egypt. Sad to relate, this exciting tale is untrue. Per the myth-debunking website Snopes, not only was there no mummy – cursed or otherwise – on board Titanic when she sailed, said mummy does not exist.

But there is a twist here – the man who created the legend did perish on Titanic!  William T. Stead was a  journalist who also believed in the paranormal, consulting mediums and psychics. He and a friend came up with this elaborate story of an evil mummy to boost newspaper circulation.  Supposedly the Princess had been a tortured, unhappy soul and consequently her mummy created death and destruction wherever she was taken.  Mr. Stead claimed to have hidden her under his car to sneak her aboard the Titanic. He spoke to some fellow passengers about his alleged “traveling companion”, the beautiful 2000 year old Egyptian princess in her sarcophagus.  Supposedly Stead broke a superstition of the sea by starting  his recital of the tale of the mummy before midnight on April 12th and finishing it in the wee hours of April 13th.

After the ship struck the iceberg on the 14th , Stead helped several women and children into the lifeboats. After all the boats had gone, he went into the 1st Class Smoking Room, where he was last seen sitting in a leather chair and reading a book. He must have been an interesting character as he was rumored to be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize that year due to some of his crusading journalistic work.

Stead had often claimed that he would die from either lynching or drowning and had published two pieces that gained eerie significance in light of his fate on the Titanic. In 1886, he wrote the fictional article “How the Mail Steamer Went Down in Mid-Atlantic, by a Survivor” where a steamer collides with another ship, with high loss of life due to lack of lifeboats. Stead had added “This is exactly what might take place and will take place if liners are sent to sea short of boats”. In 1892, Stead published a story called From the Old World to the New,  in which a  fictional ship Majestic rescues survivors of another ship that collided with an iceberg.

I’ve also read several accounts that, prior to embarking on Titanic,  he told friends he’d been dreaming about cats being thrown out of a tall building into icy water and feared this was an omen of impending doom.

Mr. Stead had a small kernel of truth at the heart of his hoax, in that there is a wooden, painted sarcophagus lid in the British Museum for a high born woman, whose name is unknown. She may or may not have been a priestess or a princess but it has been verified this coffin cover never left the Museum in  1912 and is there still. Wooden hands were affixed to the coffin lid as if she’s reaching out, which is spooky! And at least one person who studied her and wrote about her died at a very young age so she is known as the “Unlucky Mummy.”

The Titanic was an unlucky ship but apparently not subject to an Egyptian curse.

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And don’t miss award-winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream, my science fiction take on the Titanic, set in the far future on an interstellar cruise liner!WRECK_canva_plainThe Story: 

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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Dear Author Review (2/22/15):

Jayne at DA says, in part:

“…I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created world….The details of the doomed Titanic’s fate are cleverly re imagined in a space voyage…the tension builds, then recedes just a little, then increases, then is countered just a bit, then smacks the reader around some more before smacking the characters even worse. And then when I think this must be it, they’re safe, right? they aren’t. Safe that is….”

To read the rest of the review go to http://ift.tt/1CZbNio

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 12

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

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And one from me – DANGER IN THE STARS has finally been released!

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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alien mateALIEN MATE by Cara Bristol

VS Note: I’ve been reading snippets of this one and was so impatient for it to release! And now it’s on my kindle – whee!

I’m Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth’s government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I’m no barbarian’s ‘mail order bride,’ even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either–it’s written all over his chiseled face. He’ll be truly angry if he ever learns what my ‘crime’ was….

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last chanceLAST CHANCE (SUNSCAPES TRILOGY) by Michelle O’Leary

Trapped in the criminal mega-corporation, Quasicore, Del tries to escape only to become entangled with the dazzling, dangerous Shays. Sinsudee Shay’s offer of protection and employment seems too good to be true. He has to find out if Shay Enterprises is a rival of the Core or a partner in crime.

Sin needs a pilot for her courier service. Rescuing Del from the Core is an added bonus, but he’s more than she bargained for….

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WILD AT HEART A FLIPPED FAIRY TALE by Starla Huchton

wild at heartOnce upon a time, I wandered between worlds. Part of both, but all of none, my heart longed to find its place, and I turned my back on those I loved.

Once upon a time, I spoke my greatest wish aloud. I found the peace I longed for, but the cost was too high, the price no less than everything I was.

Once upon a time, I chased down myths and legends. In a land as wild as I was, a lesson in love and friendship called to me, asking a single question: what did it truly mean to be human?

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LEGENDS OF THE DAMNED Box Set by Various

23 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors bring you 21 novelslegends of the damned of magic, adventure, suspense, and romance.

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OZ (THE TELOREX PACT BOOK 1) by Phoebe Hawkes and Starr Huntress

ozThe last thing Ozien Gace, engineer of the finest ship in the Mahdfel fleet, needs is a woman on board distracting him. He’s on a secret mission to save his mother’s planet and will go to any length to succeed.

Then his match, Molly, arrives and she’s everything he never wanted, and the only thing he can think about….

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STORM ROAD (OLD SCHOOL BOOK 3) by Jenny Schwartz

When a woman with secrets saves a man hunted by a ghoul, the choice is stark: salvation or damnation.

Major Dean Fortescue, JAG lawyer and former Marine, enters the Southern Appalachian storm roadMountains to find his aunt, who has gone missing. He discovers her house burned down, a ghoul in residence, and a mysterious woman who claims to control the weather.

Beulah Morgan is a weathermage, home after months away on a scientific research vessel in the Southern Ocean…

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RESURRECTION OF ARTEMIS by Izzy Szyn

resurrection of artemisOnce known as the infamous hacker Artemis, Amy Wilson now works in a coffee shop. With only months until the end of her probation from working in the technological industry that she loves, Amy is determined to keep Artemis dead and buried.
When incidents similar to the ones Amy did start occurring all fingers start pointing in Artemis’ direction, and three people that want Artemis to come out of retirement.
Quail City’s super heroes Dark Master and Calypso aka as multi-billionaire Noah Adams and his assistant Vanessa London know Amy’s secret, and also know that she is being set up. Having spent months in a flirtmance with Amy, they are tired of waiting and want both her and Artemis in their bed.
Hinderer wants to hold technology hostage, but in order to do that he needs Artemis’ assistance, and he will use any methods necessary to gain her cooperation.

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ANGEL UNLEASHED by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

angel unleashedAs an immortal Blood Knight, Rhys de Troyes is familiar with quests. It’s obvious that the ethereal beauty who just arrived in London is on one of her own. But Avery Arcadia Quinn seems intent on keeping her secrets, even as Rhys strips away all her defenses.

A grounded angel, Avery seeks to recover the wings stolen from her centuries ago when the Knights were created from her suffering and pain. She swore vengeance, but her burning connection with Rhys threatens to consume her anger, her mission…and even her vow to destroy him.

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DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray

VS Note: This is YA & Teen but I’ve seen some comparisons to ‘The 100’, which I loved, and the premise sounds good, so here goes:

defy the starsShe’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything–including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

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ragnarRAGNAR DRAGON LORD OF WYE by Nancey Cummings and Juno Wells

Ragnar needs some time away: no security, no women, just the quiet of space.
Holing up here seems like the best thing to do while he tries to figure out what to do.

Pretending to be a prince hasn’t gotten him any closer to what he needs. Then he sees her, like a dream out of some old dragon story. And he must have her. He must possess her before the mating fever overtakes him.

Priya’s desperate. She’s got her wits and her spaceship, but how much good will that do her when her father can’t stay out debt? [more…]

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Scavenger vanishes 6 400SCAVENGER VANISHES (THE SKYRYDERS BOOK 3)  by Liza O’Connor

Stationed on opposite coasts, Alisha and Logan must each face their own demons and challenges. On the West Coast, Alisha loses her rank for butting heads with General Powell and soon discovers the life of a private can be utter hell. On the East Coast, newly promoted General Logan discovers his soldiers do not recognize his authority to command. In an effort to retake control of the East Coast Corps, Logan authorizes unthinkable actions. When Alisha faces a life-threatening crisis, will Logan rise above his own troubles, or will she discover love and rescue with her best friend Jack?

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small medium at largeDIVISION ONE: A SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Stephanie Osborn

What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was right all along, and Harry Houdini really DID do his illusions, not through sleight of hand, but via noncorporeal means? More, what if he could do this because…he wasn’t human?

Ari Ho’d’ni, Glu’g’ik son of the Special Steward of the Royal House of Va’du’sha’ā, better known to modern humans as an alien Gray from the ninth planet of Zeta Reticuli A, fled his homeworld with the rest of his family during a time of impending global civil war…

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THE SEVEN SINS OF RUBY LOVE by Erin Quinn

seven sins of ruby loveRuby thought she was the ordinary sister in the Love clan—that is, until her dead brother searches her out and begs for her help. Along with him come others—not just other dead, but demons, too—and they are terrifying enough to alarm even someone with Ruby’s eerie family history. She turns to John Cassian, a successful-but-sketchy businessman who seems to know more about demons than is good for either of them. He agrees to help her save her brother’s soul, but Ruby knows he has motives of his own. He is too compelling, too sensual to resist, but even as he seduces Ruby’s body, she fears the consequences of trusting him. John is seeking revenge, but who or what has he targeted? And how can she love a man who frightens even the stuff of nightmares?

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THE IMMORTAL’S UNREQUITED BRIDE by Kelli Ireland

immortals unrequited brideEthan Kemp is a healer, not an assassin. But he’s found an unexpected home in the Irish stronghold that houses the Assassin’s Arcanum—men who will kill to protect their Druid brethren. Too bad there’s a ghost that won’t give him peace…

Centuries in the grave, Isibéal Cannavan has longed to be reunited with her beloved. Finally, he’s returned to her. She’d recognize Lachlan anywhere, even as an American warlock called Ethan. But her path to reuniting with him in the land of the living runs through hell itself, and she’ll have to take Ethan with her.

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RECLAIMING THEIR LOVE (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 4) by Rebecca Royce

reclaiming their loveDiana Mallory lost everything when her five husbands were taken from her on the other side of the galaxy.

Back on the Milky Way side of the black hole, she’s deep into the war for Mars Station. Diana will do anything for her family, but every day is a living hell without the loves of her life. She assumes she’ll never see them again. But, Damian, Sterling, Cash, Lewis and Judge are on their way to her. When they find her they won’t let war, allegiance, or time differentials keep them from reclaiming their love.

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FIRE IN HIS KISS A POST APOCALYPTIC DRAGON ROMANCE (FIRE BLOOD DRAGON BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

Bloodlust and insanity rule my existence. As a fierce drakoni warrior, this strange new world I find myself in eats at my mind until there is nothing left. There is no light or clarity…until she arrives. I save her life, plucking her from the sky.

fire in his kissFrom that point on, she is mine.

But the human I have chosen for my mate – Sasha – is fragile and wounded. She does not trust me and fears my presence. I will not give up, though. I will do anything to give her my fires and bond us both in body and spirit. How can I convince her that I want nothing more than her happiness if she will not let me touch her?

How does a dragon woo a human?

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MATING FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 10) by Grace Goodwin

Megan Simmons is a soldier sent into space to protect Earth as a member of the Coalitionmating fever Fleet. After eighteen months of ruthless fighting on a Hive controlled planet, she is separated from her unit, lost and trapped behind enemy lines.

Nyko of Atlan never hesitates to charge into battle against Hive scum. Seeing a soldier in trouble, he follows routine, ripping his enemies to shreds to save the human. When that warrior turns out to be a beautiful and curvy female, the beast he’s been fighting suddenly breaks free and growls one simple demand…MINE.

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REX ALBATERRA by Ashley L. Hunt 

rexRex The Tribal Elder of Campestria, one of eleven kingdoms on the planet Albaterra. His blue skin, fierce warrior prowess, and dedication to his race are all in keeping with the A’li-uud species, but his free-thinking ideals have others on the Elder Council wondering if he is capable as a leader.

Tabitha A young, talented chef aboard the Paragon. She is at a point in her life where she just wants to escape Earth and start over, and the space exploration mission was the answer to her prayers. Behind her quiet exterior, she is a feisty, strong-willed soul, and she quickly finds out that those traits will be the ones to save her life. [more…]

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OH MY DRAGON (THE I LIKE BIG DRAGONS SERIES BOOK 3) by Lani Lynn Vale

oh my dragonThe reclusive Ian barely participates in life, only doing so when his powers demand that he use them or pay the consequences. It seems that there’s not a single person on this planet who doesn’t want something from him, but the pain and suffering of others is nearly unbearable at times, leaving him no choice but to act.

That is until Wink unwittingly walks into his life, completely unaware that she’s stepped straight into the dragon’s den.
Wink is just trying to get home after a long day of work….

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COLLISION COURSE (DIMENSIONS SERIES BOOK 3) by Seven Steps

VS Note: From March

collision courseSorcha and Ivan are told to find Roan, a powerful jumper who can help them in their battle against Mega-Corp. But Roan has more important problems to solve. A coded message has gone out to every Nadir in the universe, and more and more of them are arriving on Planet Kip by the second. With space running out, agents closing in, bounty hunters tracking their every move, and a mysterious man with a veiled past hiding in a below ground bunker, Sorcha and Roan must work together to figure out how to whip this new rag-tag bunch into an army powerful enough to stop Mega-Corp.

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BINDING BRINLEY (CAPTIVE OF PRA’KIR BOOK 1) by Maren Smith

binding brinleyThe only member of the SS Reconnaissance not to reach the shuttle in time, Brinley Lawson never thought she’d survive the crash. Nobody expected her to survive the healing process either, but now, in the home of the same magistrate who tried and found her guilty of crimes against Pra’kir, Brinley knows only that she can’t stay any more than she can leave. However, if he thinks she’ll blindly obey any command he makes, then he can think again….

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STEEL: RENT-A-DRAGON by Terry Bolryder

A dragon as a handyman? Ridiculous. At least Liam Steel thinks so. Sure, he and his crew of newly-awakened metal dragons are experts at steelbuilding things, but after being sunk at the bottom of a frozen ocean, all they want is to find the mates they were sailing in search of in the first place, and Liam isn’t sure how that can happen while he’s playing in the dirt. Until he meets his first client, a sweet, curvy, no-nonsense business-woman busy taking care of everyone but herself. His heart screams ‘mate’, and he’s ready to get his hands on more than her yard.

Kate Hinton doesn’t know what to make of the beefcake Rent-A-Dragon sent over to help with her yard…

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wardanceWARDANCE by Elizabeth Dawn

Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.

But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains.

Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see…everything.

Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings….

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semi brokenSEMI BROKEN (HARPER HALL INVESTIGATIONS BOOK 4) by Isabel Jordan

Wolf shifter Lucas Cooper is usually up for any wild mission Harper Hall throws his way. But impersonating a doctor and breaking a woman out of the psych ward at a supernatural prison? That’s a little crazy even for him. Until he sees her. One look into her haunted blue eyes and every protective instinct he has flares to life. He’ll do anything to save her. Not that it’ll be easy. Break her out of prison? No problem. Convince her she’s not broken, undeserving of love, and incapable of redemption? That might be trickier.

She’s 754821 and she’s a perfect killing machine….

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razrRAZR: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

A fallen angel with a secret.
An otherworldly elf with an insatiable hunger she doesn’t understand.
An enchanted gem.
Meet mortal enemies Razr and Jedda…and the priceless diamond that threatens to destroy them both even as it bonds them together with sizzling passion.
Welcome back to the Demonica Underworld, where enemies find love…if they’re strong enough to survive.

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ISOLATED MANEUVER (AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL IMMORTAL OUTCATS SERIES BOOK 3) BY Mandy Roth

isolated maneuverAlpha gorilla shifter and former Immortal Operative, Bane Antonov, has spent years learning to master his beast side. But his temper is tested when two blasts from the not-so-distant past show up, claiming to want to help him find his mate. He’s never believed in destiny, or that the Fates have anything great planned for him. All he knows is that his hard-earned control shatters the minute he crosses paths with Galiena—a petite succubus who makes the alpha in him want to shout “mine”. She has the ability to break his calm exterior and the heart he’s spent decades hardening. Hunted by a mad man who wants to own her body, her powers, and her soul, Galiena needs his protection. Bane has to learn to set his beast free if he wants to keep his mate safe.

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ZODIAC SHIFTERS TEARS OF THE DRAGON ARIES by Cara Wylde

tears of the dragonShe seeks the Golden Fleece…
As a researcher and professor of Mythology and Folklore at Harvard University, Aileen Callas wants to do much more than tell her students some old, barely authentic stories. She wants to prove the myths are real. After all, one of these ancient myths saved her life as a child. A dark prophecy warns against prying. Undeterred, Aileen assembles a team of investigators and sets on a journey in pursuit of the truth.

Cursed to guard an ancient treasure…
Isolated in the mountains, bound to an old, powerful object, Drakon has lost all sense of time and space….

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WYVERN AWAKENING (MAGE CHRONICLES #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

VS Note: Apparently no romance whatsoever

wyvern awakeningWhen her parents were murdered eleven years ago, leaving her physically scarred during the event, dragon shifter Astri never learned the identity of their killer. That is until he appears to her in a nightmare.
The powerful Duke Jorgen not only rules the city of Rivenna where she lives, he is also responsible for her parents’ death and for the disability she’s had to bear most of her life. When the chance arises for her to compete to become Duke’s assistant, she realises this is her opportunity for revenge.
But everything in Astri’s world comes with a price. Can she overcome her disability and make Duke pay?

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CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE COLLECTION (BOOKS 1-3) by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: Ordinarily I don’t list reissues or box set compilations but here’s one – I enjoyed the books!

galactic concordanceThe Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.

The CPS also employs minders–people with telepathic and telekinetic talents–for service and security, and covert operations….$5.99 until April 20th

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 5th

March 28

March 22

March 15

March 8

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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 often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

Up Against the Galaxy DANGER IN THE STARS Interview

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Yesterday I visited Cynthia Sax’s Taste of Cyn blog to talk about Danger in the Stars – she created to so cool meme above – here’s a sample of the Q&A:

Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Danger in the Stars?

Veronica Scott: When I was writing Star Cruise: Stowaway for the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology last year, I had the premise of an empathic alien priestess stolen from her own world and held captive by an interstellar crime syndicate to do their bidding. In that novella, the story was about the woman’s escape with the help of my ship’s crew and two pets. When I finished writing that one, I realized I had a lot more story to tell on the general theme, and so I started thinking about a sister, also held as a prisoner, but not lucky enough to escape. How would it be for her, to be in the midst of the criminal operations, trying to stay true to her own values, but forced to commit crimes? Who would help her? And then of course Conor, the hero, came into my head and said, “I will.” He’s a man of many secrets, by the way, but no spoilers from me!

I hope you’ll hop on over to Cynthia’s blog for the rest of our discussion…..

The story:

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

VS Note: This is the story of the sister who is mentioned in passing in Star Cruise: Stowaway, my story in the award winning PETS IN SPACE anthology. The new novel is completely standalone.

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Not Around Me 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!)

DANGER IN THE STARS is finally LIVE!!!!! Buy links below the excerpt…

I thought we should have some of Conor’s POV. This is after Miriell makes an escape attempt and Conor steps in to prevent Jareck from punishing her:

Punching a hole in the wall was probably the only thing that’d be capable of dispelling the anger riding him, but as usual he kept the emotion bottled up, greeting the people he met in the corridor on the way to his room with a grin and a joke. Once Conor stepped inside the relative security of his suite, he took off his jacket and removed his shoulder holster. Walking to the bureau to set down the concealed blaster, he stood for a long moment, head bowed, breathing deeply, attempting to set aside his emotions. The events of the afternoon didn’t sit well with him.

What the seven hells kind of circus had the Devir 6 branch sent into Opherra’s territory? And how much trouble was the unusual team going to cause? The so-called handler was a loose asteroid if he’d ever seen one—watching the way he’d treated the alien woman who was his prisoner, it had been all Conor could do not to kill him on the spot. Jareck had enjoyed terrorizing her. Well, not around me, he won’t.

dangerinthestarsfinalThe story:

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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