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

star cruise songbirdAs 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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STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott

VS NOTE: Yes, one from me! My scifi rock star romance! This novella was previously released in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, which is no longer available (except perhaps for a few secondhand paperbacks). I had so much fun writing a rock star romance 🙂

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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wicked mateWICKED MATE (WARRIOR OF ROZUN BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

Cara Call never expected her life to take such a dramatic turn after she fell in love with her wicked alien captor, Devix. Now, after escaping Sarkon’s grasp, they are building their lives together on the peaceful colony of Rozun.

Then, their lives change forever when Cara discovers she’s pregnant.

With a difficult and potentially dangerous pregnancy ahead, Devix takes Cara to the only place he knows they can get help: his home planet of Luxiria. The same planet he was wrongly exiled from, accused of a heinous crime he didn’t commit.

But Devix will do anything to protect his fated mate…even if it means confronting the wrath of his species and the ones who betrayed him.

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rishaltRISHALT (TAXYON SPACE BOOK 2) by Aurora Springer

Dr. Nikki Bell is devastated when the Watchers reappear without her alien lover. Why did he return to his home planet without even leaving a message? In search of answers, Nikki jumps at the chance to join the diplomatic team invited to visit the aliens’ home world. On Rishalt, she must contend with the intricacies of Warrish society and an undercurrent of hostility.

Kiron Arqin Ramis is summoned home by his family to the unwanted honor of a new triad and union with a high-ranked female. Unable to forget Nikki, he endures a perilous exile on a wilderness planet instead of complying with his family’s demands. But, the Triarchs have other plans for him.
Stakes are higher than the lives of two individuals. Earth leaders are desperate to acquire the alien interstellar technology, while Warrish dispute the benefit of allying with inferiors. Can Nikki and Kiron pierce the barriers separating them to find happiness with provoking an unequal war?

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stolen for the alien princeSTOLEN FOR THE ALIEN PRINCE by Leslie Chase

Xendar: Marrying the imperial princess wasn’t my idea, but it will stop a war between our nations. I didn’t expect to actually like her, though. She’s not what I expected, almost as though she isn’t a princess at all.

Instead of being vain and self-obsessed, she’s shy, frightened, vulnerable… and amazing. Her passion, her inner strength, everything about her calls to me, makes me want to claim her as my mate. Together we could stand against anything. If only she would look at me the same way.

Hope: Being abducted by aliens was bad enough, and now I’m supposed to marry one? He’s an alien prince, proud and arrogant, and worst of all he thinks I’m some kind of space princess!

All I have to do is keep up the disguise until I can get away and back to Earth. But the longer I’m with Xendar, the less I want to escape. It’s hard to think about leaving when I’m wrapped in his arms, held against his incredible body.

He’s not the only problem, though. Someone doesn’t want the prince and princess to have their happy ever after, and they don’t mind killing us both to stop it. If Xendar can’t keep us both safe, my secret won’t matter to anyone!

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pearls dragonPEARL’S DRAGON (DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 10) by SE Smith

VS Note: Previously published in the Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 anthology.

Asim Kemark has lived a long, lonely life. It is his pledge to his former king and to Mandra Reykill that keeps him, his dragon, and his symbiot from going mad. He has given up on finding his true mate and devotes himself to caring for the wide assortment of creatures on Mandra and Ariel’s mountain retreat. The last thing he expects to happen when he visits the palace is to lose control of his dragon and his symbiot after they sense their true mate. Before he knows it, he has kidnapped her!
Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she hasn’t really experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.
Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the enchanting and spirited, human woman, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them. Can one dragon keep the most precious creatures under his care safe, or will he lose the biggest battle of his life?
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karak invasionKARAK INVASION (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Brandi Forbes is sick of her work at Mountain Home Air Force Base. A once talented pilot but now a Lieutenant Colonel, the only thing she ever gets to pilot these days is the stack of paperwork on her desk.

Until she’s visited by two Karak aliens who warn her of a potential Wolvae invasion of earth.

And as important as that may be, it’s tough for Brandi to focus while the aliens look like male super models.

But before the three of them can come up with a plan, Brandi and her two new Karak hunks learn the Wolvae are already on earth gathering reconnaissance! Now they must work together to stop the Wolvae scouts from returning to their fleet with vital information—or else risk a full invasion of earth.

As they battle the Wolvae in the forests of Idaho, Brandi realizes her connection to the two Karak shifters is stronger than just a soldier’s camaraderie. Can they stop the Wolvae in time—and then figure out what to do about their own scintillating attraction?

urimURIM (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Josephine Landers had been a nurse in the experimental labs on Earth. She sought redemption by taking an assignment to be the medical aid for a species called the Pura. She was to care for them while they made a new planet ready to sustain their people. The discovery that they were trespassing on Milisaria’s territory had Josephine acting as peacemaker.

Milisaria’s population was growing too quickly for their planet to sustain them. They needed more land to grow crops. Urim took a contingent of Knights and farmers to one of Milisaria’s empty planets. He was to oversee the planting of crops. A human female put a wrench in his plans, by arguing that another species needed the planet more.

Unlike Milisarian Knights, the Pura were not giants trained in battle from birth. They appeared small, and weak. Their refusal to retreat from a planet belonging to a race of warriors seemed almost laughable. But, the Pura had a secret army which they controlled at the touch of a button. This army felt no pain and couldn’t die.

 his virgin princessHIS VIRGIN PRINCESS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES, THE VIRGINS BOOK 3) by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: I do enjoy Grace’s steamy story telling. On my TBR.

Danielle arrives on Everis excited to meet her new mate. She watches as her friends find happiness while haunted by dreams of an Everian Hunter who will not come for her—a mate who refuses to claim her. But something isn’t right. The dreams turn dark. Tortured. Her mate is suffering, and nothing will stop her from finding him—especially not his stern orders to choose another, to protect herself above all others, and cherish her life above his own.

Gage of Everis is heir to a seat on the Seven, the ruling council of families that have held power on Everis for thousands of years. He’s the last prince of his line, the last surviving heir, and someone doesn’t want him to rise to his place on the ruling council. Betrayed, tortured and alone, Gage has found solace in knowing he’s protected his Marked Mate from sharing his fate. But his stubborn bride refuses to listen to reason.

When she finds him, there will be a reckoning. Not only is Gage determined to find those who betrayed him, but to conquer the wild huntress who came for him in the dark and stole his heart.

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her dragons treasureHER DRAGON’S TREASURE (DRAGON GUARD NO. 29) by Julia Mills

Decades trapped at the bottom of the sea. Doomed to spend eternity in a watery grave, the Guardsman known as Atticus had given up hope, resigned to his fate, then the impossible happened, the voice of his mate shone a light into his dark, dank tomb.

Tired of being the youngest and smallest, Talullah ached for adventure. Her heart and soul longed for a chance to prove she had dreams bigger than the sea and deeper than the ocean and possessed the strength and determination to carry them out.

Forced to the bottom of the sea by her dreams of a warrior in need, Lulu is caught in the middle of an underwater earthquake that triggered a tsunami, threatening both land and sea. ..(a LOT more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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dragons spellbound alienTHE DRAGON’S SPELLBOUND ALIEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Fiona Roarke

Bianca Forrester may be a mind-reading alien from Alpha-Prime, but she’s an Arkansas girl at heart who leaps at the chance to work as a psychic in Nocturne Falls. The Halloween-themed Georgia town is the perfect cover for werewolves, gargoyles and, lately, aliens looking to stay under the human radar. Not only will it be an adventure, it’s the perfect place to dodge her mother’s matrimony mania.
Half-human, half-dragon shifter Warrick Hart has never forgotten the fear and loathing he faced as a child in Europe when superstitious humans and human-hating supernaturals chased his family from town to town—until they landed in the haven that is Nocturne Falls. The lingering trauma has made Warrick wary of most relationships, despite his mother’s pleas for grandchildren.

Bianca doesn’t believe in love at first sight. Warrick would never trust a woman with his heart. But Nocturne Falls is a place where never becomes now and beliefs can change on a spell.

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duke dujourDUKE DU JOUR (LORDS IN TIME SERIES) by Petie McCarthy

VS Note: From January

Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.

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oath forgerOATH FORGER (BOOK 1) by Nia Mars

I’m a scavenger. So what? With society’s collapse on Earth, I do what I have to for survival. Especially after I’m kidnapped by space pirates. I have no idea why the five most powerful rulers in the universe decide that I’m the Oath Forger, the one foretold to fuse their royal houses together and bring peace. But I’m going to play along. Because, hey, it’s better than probes in uncomfortable places. Now let’s just hope they don’t find out I’m lying.

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their memoriumTHEIR MEMORIAM (UTOPIA INC BOOK 1) by Jazz Michaels

Valda Bashan woke to the inexplicable—a biosphere where she and four others were the only occupants. She had a life before she woke, a life which seemed many years away and just like yesterday. A computerized voice welcomed her to Memoriam, the biosphere’s name and the job she’d accepted. The terms were clear, she and her companions had to make it work and only when they were complete would they be free to move on to the next task.

Andreas, Hatch, Oz, and Dirk couldn’t be more different, and each man seemed to be in the same boat as she. They didn’t remember agreeing to the project or what task it was they had to complete. If they can’t work together, they may never be able to escape. First, they have to learn to get a long, which might prove the most impossible task of all.

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dragon vip malachiteDRAGON VIP: MALACHITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 1) by Starla Night

Dragon shifter CEO Malachite “Mal” Onyx doesn’t have time for relationships. But the domineering billionaire has no choice – either marry a human female and produce dragonlets or return to his home planet Draconis and take the claw of Empress Horribus.

Where can he find a willing bride? Preferably one who is lush and curvy, with soft brown hair and sparkling green eyes, and who makes his soul light on fire. Like that shy, secretive intern, Cheryl…

Drooling over smoking hot dragon shifters under the pretense of drawing them is a definite perk of Cheryl’s graphic design internship. Especially the hard-bodied CEO, who’s as ripped as Superman and flies, too.

But when her next “duties as assigned” turn out to be marrying him, she has to think hard before turning Mal down. There’s something sweetly endearing about his impossible demands, and the toe-curling kisses offer their own irresistible enticement….

A dragon male has never turned down the Empress. Dragon society is about to be rocked by a shy, curvy female from an unimportant little planet named Earth!

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his human brideHIS HUMAN BRIDE by Anne Bordeaux

Rune-Yon is like nothing Katharine Leigh Parker had ever dreamed of. Twin moons in a purple sky illuminate her lover, Breccon Tallel, as he drives her to the brink time and time again.

But Breccon’s people are ailing, and Katharine can help—if she can prove her loyalty. Pledge her body and soul to Breccon and her allegiance to all Rune-Yonians.

Five impossible tasks stand between Katharine and a new forever. Together with her alien mate—touching, kissing, loving—she can do anything. For she is Breccon’s, and Breccon is hers.

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men of the north warriorTHE WARRIOR (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 5) by Elin Peer

Magni knows what he wants and he’s used to getting it. As the second in command in the Northlands, he doesn’t care that he comes across as rude or domineering. Asking for permission or apologizing for his actions is for weaker men.

Six months ago, Laura was Magni’s sweet and submissive young wife. Tempted to experience the independence of women in the Motherlands, and to learn martial arts, she ran away. Now, she’s back. Stronger and more confident than before. Determined not to let a man dominate her, not even the one she once fell in love with and married.

Is there a way for Magni and Laura to be a couple again with her need for independence and his need for control? And can someone as proud as Magni overcome his anger with Laura for leaving him in the first place?

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charm thisCHARM THIS (300 MOONS #9) by Tasha Black

Trendy charm necklaces bring customers into Rachel DelGato’s small local jewelry shop. But Rachel’s true calling is selling antique engagement rings. The running joke in Tarker’s Hollow is that her rings are enchanted, since the couples who wear them never seem to split up. If only Rachel were the warm and fuzzy type who believed in that kind of thing, she might be wearing one herself.

Handsome wolf-shifter Jack Harkness is hanging his own shingle as a general contractor. When his old high school crush, Rachel DelGato, needs his help at her store over the holidays, Jack doesn’t know whether to be overjoyed, or afraid that the torch he’s carried for her will turn into an epic conflagration big enough to consume them both.

Whatever happens, both the man and his wolf are determined to melt Rachel’s icy facade and charm the woman within.

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this cold bloodTHIS COLD BLOOD (FINDING ASTRID BOOK 2) by J L Caid and Jaxson Kidman 

I’m still dead. I know how I died. And these four vampires can’t get enough of me. But believe me, this is far from over…

1.The black figure is chasing me.
2.I face the man who killed me.
3.We face a darkness I never thought possible… hint: more vampires who are for some reason really mad at me.

If that’s not enough, Seth, Layre, Darick, and Kryan want me to play “tag” … naked.
Yeah, things are going just fine being dead.

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dragons magical brideTHE DRAGON’S MAGICAL BRIDE: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY  by Tina Moss and Yelena Casale

Breaking a love spell on an ex-boyfriend never landed on Mirna Turan’s bucket list. But then the universe has a way of turning best laid plans upside down, even for a magical druid.

Now, destiny is pushing Mirna back to Nocturne Falls, the hometown she has avoided for the past six years. She needs to go back to correct this mistake and acquire the dragon’s eye stone. When fate intervenes by bringing a dragon with a secret back into her life, will he make her want to stay?

Being a dragon in this town never bothered Danila Smirnoff as fur, fangs, and even scales, are welcomed in Nocturne Falls. But harboring a secret about his supernatural side means keeping Mirna at a distance. Will she be able to break down his walls and tame his dragon, or will the truth tear them apart forever?

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metamorphosisMETAMORPHOSIS (BONDS OF DESIRE BOOK 1) by McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: Apparently this is a paranormal romance.

Richard Falk has one person who can push all his buttons. She is irritating, aggravating, and does not listen to anything he says. Yet he is seeing her in a different light, one where her stubbornness gives him a different feeling… attraction. Wanting this opinionated woman isn’t a problem. The real challenge is convincing her that they are meant for each other. He would have to give her the right incentive to convince her to give him a chance.

Allison Watts is tired of Richard telling her what to do. He might be her boss at work, but in the other aspects of her life, she is the one who makes the decision. His moodiness, rudeness, and unwanted opinions lead her to do something that has far-reaching consequences… of the most pleasurable kind. But she cannot give in and have him for her own. Can she… maybe she could. Richard is driving her into a frenzy of need that only he can quench, tempting her with more than she could ever want.

They are undergoing a change… a Metamorphosis.

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templeTHE TEMPLE: A GUARDIANS OF DESTINY BOOK by Jean Johnson

VS Note: This one got really mixed reviews so far.

The Guardian of the Fountain of Mendhi is dying, and her successor must step up to the task. Disciplinarian Pelai is ready to accept the burden of managing the powerful magics, but the timing is inconvenient. She has one last Disciplining to perform: assigning the punishment of the three Puhon brothers–men whose lives are entwined with a prophecy of a cataclysmic demonic invasion.

Six months of travel have given Puhon Krais time to reflect on, regret, and repent his many mistakes. But the worst lies just ahead: defying the leadership of Mendhi means suffering harsh punishments at the hands of the Disciplinarians once he comes home. Commanded by his Goddess, the proud Painted Warrior must find the strength to submit to his destiny…or find himself, and his whole world, on the wrong side of history.

For in the end, one brother is destined to save humanity, one will betray humanity, and one will walk away from his humanity.

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troll bridgeTHE TROLL BRIDGE  by Jenny Schwartz

VS Note: Seems to be a coming of age story, not a romance, has good reviews.

Trolls aren’t born. They’re made, and they fight for the kingdom of Adynn. They are its first and fiercest protectors, guarding the roads into the mountain kingdom.

When young Morgana befriends a newly made troll boy and names him Peter, she unwittingly reveals her magic to his creator. Sorcerer Veritas removes her from her remote village to the School of Sorcery. There she will learn to cast spells and forge charms, but she’ll also learn the high price of friendship, and the reality that someone with her magical ability will always be a target for others who seek power.

War is coming to the kingdom of Adynn. The Vlad Empire, with its death magic and slaves, is closing in. Morgana will be trained as a war wizard, but in her heart she resists the role. She doesn’t want to fight and she refuses to kill. So Sorcerer Veritas will provide a little motivation.

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eternal desireETERNAL DESIRE: THE SIREN COVEN by Kim Loraine

Izzy: Dying young is tragic. Dying young and being reborn over and over for all eternity? That’s exhausting. My goal had always been to reunite with my sister witches and break the curse put on us. Love was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It wasn’t worth knowing it’d end in heartbreak. Then a handsome beast found me and took me as his mate. Grant McTavish linked our souls without giving me a choice. Now, with a ticking clock, a shifter pack on the hunt for me and my sisters, and Grant trying to claim my heart, I’ve got to save myself in order to save the man I don’t want to love.

Grant: I never thought I’d find my mate. I’ve watched my pack members find theirs time and time again, but for me, it wasn’t an option. I do my job, fight to keep my pack safe, that’s it. But when my beauty walked into my life, there was no stopping my instinct. Izzy is mine, and no curse is going to take her from me. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. She may think keeping her love from me will keep me alive when her curse takes her, but I know better. We’ll have our happily ever after. I’ll make sure of it.

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fated for the dragonFATED FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

All his life, Isaak Vallas has been tormented by the beast that lives inside him. Desperate, he retreats to his private island, hiding away from the world in fear that his dragon will slip his control and hurt someone. But when a curvy beauty breaks into his self-imposed isolation, Isaak just might have found the one person who can calm his beast and heal the conflict inside his tortured soul.

Bird scientist Josie Torres isn’t sure what to expect when her search for the world’s rarest bird leads her to a seemingly idyllic Greek island, especially when the locals try to warn her away. Sun, sand, and surf tempt her to let her hair down, but the greatest temptation of all comes in the form of a sexy mystery man with blazing green eyes, an athlete’s body, and a family secret that could threaten them both.

Is Isaak truly the island’s monster, or merely the victim of a much greater evil? As an implacable enemy closes in on them both, Josie and Isaak must work together to untangle the secrets of Isaak’s past before he loses his mind – and his life.

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her beating hartHER BEATING HART (BEATING HART SERIES BOOK 1) by J L Ostle

VS Note: The reviews are mixed. I debated listing this but the concept sounds fun – vampire rock stars, reverse harem…. As always, sample and see what you think! I have not read it. The play on ‘hart’ vs ‘heart’ in the title makes me nuts – the editor in me wants to fix it, even though I get that it’s intentional LOL.

Ivory Bennett has a gift.

She can shield the innocent from supernatural influence, but is it as simple as it seems?

Vampire rockers Beaten Hart hire her to protect their crew and fans, but who would protect their hearts from her?

When Ivory’s gift turns out to be a lot more than anyone could imagine, and darkness threatens to pull her under, can Slate, Rush, Zeke and Caspian protect her, before the worst happens?

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ranger drewRANGER DREW (SHIFTER NATION: WEREBEARS OF ACADIA BOOK 4) by Meg Ripley

Fighting fires was my duty at Acadia, but the day I met Kathleen, nothing could have prepared me for the fiery passion that would ignite between us.

She came here to explore the beauty of our national park, and from the first time my eyes met her emerald green gaze, instinct kicked in and my inner bear knew I had to claim her as my mate.

But the more I tried to get to know her, it seemed the less I knew. As it turned out, she’d been spying on my clan and delivered us an ultimatum: we could either surrender ourselves to the government as test subjects, or be destroyed along with the park we called home.

She swore she was being blackmailed and promised to help us defend Acadia. But would her betrayal of my trust extinguish the flames between us once and for all, leaving nothing but the ashes of what could have been?

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her assassinsHER ASSASSINS (KINDRED SOULS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot

As the bastard child of parents who weren’t kindred souls, Rhapsody has spent her life on the move, music her only companion as she makes her way as a traveling bard who sings out against the king’s law. A law that makes it illegal to marry anyone but your kindred soul.

But when a trio of assassins sent by the king to silence her invades her camp one night, they’re unable to finish the job, declaring her their kindred.

Rhapsody never thought she’d find hers, much less three of them, and she certainly isn’t interested in having her freedom and choices stripped away by the bond.

The problem is, she may need them to stay alive because they weren’t the only ones the king sent after her.

Unable to deny or fight the attraction she feels for them, Rhapsody faces her most difficult choice yet — run as far and fast as she can or accept the three assassins as hers.

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dragonlustDRAGONLUST (SHADOWSWORD’S HAREM BOOK 2)  by Rebecca Baelfire and Jenifer Knox

They should be my enemies. But in a world of danger, now they’re all I have.

I’ve spent the last seven years searching for my father and the dragon shifters who kidnapped him. Just when it seems the answers I’ve been looking for are in my grasp, everything goes awry. Now I have no choice but to put my life and trust in the hands of dragon shifters—one with a secret agenda who’ll do all he can to make me his, and two whom I’ve never even met.

Am I walking into a trap, or do they hold the key to more than just my salvation?

When a new evil rises, the danger is greater than ever, and there are two things I know to be true. Nothing is what it seems, and all of us are running out of time.

My name is Helena. All my life, I’ve had to fight to live, and now I have to fight for those I love. No matter what, I will never be taken.

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fire and boneFIRE AND BONE by Rachel A Marks

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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modredMODRED-NIGHT WOLVES by Lisa Daniels

Kiara never expected to be shipped off so soon. She always thought it would be her older sister to get married first. She never took well to lessons, to learning to be a proper princess… and now they expected her to help forge the alliance between her people and the people of Kanthus.

The Kanthians were said to worship gods – false ones. Those with such blood in their veins usually ended up with yellow eyes.

And somehow, they expected Kiara to marry one. Except, the arranged alliance and potential marriage didn’t quite work out the way she expected.

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it takes a covenIT TAKES A COVEN (A WITCH CITY MYSTERY) by Carol J Perry

When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .

With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces—or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment.

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librarians vampire assistantTHE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

VS Note: Sounds good!

Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.

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hawkynHAWKYN: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies.

Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire.

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demon escapeDEMON ESCAPE (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by M J Haag

Eden Terry survived the first ring of hell only to end up in the second one.

With nothing but a trowel and her wits, she’s determined to escape the work camp holding her prisoner. She dreams of finding a safe haven and living in the new, devastated world on her own.

However, surviving alone after she escapes proves more difficult than she ever imagines. While running from zombies and hellhounds, a new creature emerges. This one isn’t after her blood. He wants much more.

Eden must decide who the real devils are between man and demon. Choosing wrong could cost her life; choosing correctly could lead her to the haven she’s been searching for.

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curseTHE CURSE (SHIFTER ORIGINS) by Harper A Brooks

For wolf-shifters like Astrid marked by the curse, time is running out. If she doesn’t find her soul’s mate before her twenty-fifth Blue Moon rises, she will die. And with only three weeks left, things aren’t looking good for her. True love just doesn’t fall out of the sky.

Lone wolf Erec is determined to stop a crazed killer from harming anyone else. Even if it means helping a rival pack. But he never expected to feel such a pull for the alpha’s beautiful daughter, Astrid. He doesn’t have time for distractions if he wants to find a killer before his final Blue Moon rises.

Danger looms, and the swirling patterns on their skin mark them for death, but Astrid and Erec are willing to do whatever it takes to save the pack, even if they die trying.

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perfect matePERFECT MATE (PROJECT REBELLION BOOK 1)  by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release that sounds REALLY good. One of the reviews mentioned that the series ‘stopped’, which does give me pause. I hate starting a series that just…ends, you know? Still, I might not be able to resist.

Lillian’s life is… dull. The highlights of her day, other than her skinny hot chocolate, are the hunky guards who work in the military wing. It’s classified and way above her pay grade, but she can’t help feeling sorry for the hollow-eyed men and women they shuffle past reception. Then a late night emergency is wheeled in, his abdomen shredded and covered in blood. They’re not an emergency room but she can’t turn him away and risk a death on her hands.

Unable to get the handsome soldier out of her mind, Lillian sneaks into the restricted area and finds herself thrust into a world where nothing makes sense. A world where men aren’t always men, the dead walk, and her handsome soldier is way more than he seems…

Her scent calls to him. She’s his. Now he has to keep her alive.

Jack Harper was a soldier, a good one… then the Project decided to play god. Now he has permanent anger management issues and a monster living inside him. Used as a weapon, he’s been waiting for a chance to strike back. But the Project are onto him.

Ruled unstable, a kill order is passed down on Jack and his squad and they are transferred to St.Margarets. Play-things for the head docs until a bullet to the back of the head deals with them for good. But Jack isn’t going down that easily, not when the delicate scent he’d been waiting for all his life wraps around him.

The delicate human woman is his mate. And he’ll fight anything the Project throws at him to save her.

Monsters do exist…and they’re the good guys.

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moonlight and magicMOONLIGHT AND MAGIC (DAUGHTERS OF SELENE BOOK 1) by Rebecca Airies

Lorelei is searching for the truth. A witch, part Erysi, she needs to discover who the ghost terrorizing the city is, even if it is her grandmother, and stop that spirit before anyone else gets hurt. The treachery she uncovers goes deeper than she ever imagined and leads her to a gorgeous, arrogant, muscled, Erysi warrior who makes her burn with desire.

Quintus needs to get back to his mission after being encased in a spell for years. Helping sexy witch, Lorelei, might help him get that back on track, because her grandmother was probably deeply involved in every part of it. Every time they’re together, it’s hard to keep his mind on the hunt and off her sweet body. The attraction between them burns out of control.

Lorelei and Quintus’ hunt leads them to a plot that could rip apart the lives of innocents. They must work together if they hope to stop the dangerous scheme. Even as she fights at his side, she falls for him. With so much danger around them, she can’t risk love or weakness. Maybe after they finish the fight, they can claim the love building between them.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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February 14

February 7

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

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Try Not to Fall In Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve skipped ahead a bit and now we’re meeting Mateer himself. I tried to find a more upbeat excerpt for a change of pace since the previous ones have been on the grim side, with Megan waking up as a prisoner in the aliens’ lab. Mateer will soon be going on a mission to the lab where Megan is being held and they’ll meet for the first time, but for now he’s enjoying a bit of peace. His strictly platonic companion today happens to be Megan’s twin, who was rescued in the first book.

A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt: 

“And that’s how you clean a fish,” Mateer finished his training session, showing off the filets he’d made from the good-sized fish he’d caught earlier.

The cadets crowded him, clamoring to try their own crude poles and nets.

“All right, try not to fall in, although I’m sure all of you swim better than I do.” With a wave of her hand, his companion for this outdoor lesson today, Lily Garrison, the lead teacher, dismissed the excited youngsters.

As Mateer watched the enthusiastic cadets move to their own fishing holes and likely spots along the lake’s edge, he reflected how astonishingly different life had become for his people, now living in this secluded and peaceful sanctuary valley. Only a few weeks removed from captivity, the youngsters were blooming, freed of the threat of being experimented on by the heartless Khagrish scientists. The transition was more of a challenge for the older soldiers, like himself, who’d grown to maturity under the harsh rule of their alien creators.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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

night of the shaydeAs 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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NIGHT OF THE SHAYDE (THE ALIEN VAMPIRES OF SHADE BOOK 1) by Lili Zander

The first night, I was bitten.
The second night, I was hunted.
The third night—the night I was marked for death—I attracted the attention of three Shayde enforcers, the dangerous and enigmatic Vampyrs, Saber, Zeke and Nero.
To earn my freedom, I just need to survive one more night. I need to make it through the ultimate trial. The tournament of warriors. The Night of the Shayde.
But the Vampyrs want me for their own. 

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sacred and profaneSACRED AND PROFANE by Nina Merrill

VS Note: A re-release

Scholarly Jennie Pierson hides behind her books, observing her own life. When she deciphers a cryptic inscription and is pulled 700 years into the past, she has no choice but to take an active part.

Chaste Templar Tibald de Bergère doesn’t know if the strange visitor from a distant place can be trusted. She seeks to convince the Templars that the king of France has slated their Order for destruction. Can he believe her? Jennie’s modern ways and journal full of Templar secrets draw the wrong sort of attention from the commander of the preceptory and a dangerous agent of the king.

Only Tibald and his companion Napier can preserve her from discovery and death, but at what cost to themselves and their secret order? Will Jennie and her lover escape the dark days at the end of the Templars’ rule over the crowned heads of Europe? And if Jennie is faced with the chance of returning to her own place and time, what will she choose?

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claiming their mateCLAIMING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 5) by Kallista Dane

Zandyr and Zhynn are Tharan Warriors, sent to the desert planet of Borvaan. Their mission: uncover the barbarian ruler’s plan to wage war on neighboring worlds – and rescue the human female sold to his harem.

Delta Greystone served as First Mate on the Earther ship Luna and the Tharans have been ordered to find and free her. They’ve been warned the pheromones of a human female will stir their gyron, awakening a savage need to dominate her and claim her as their mate. Together, as is the Tharan way.

Back on Earth, sex with her ex-fiancee was just one more thing for Delta to tick off her to-do list. But the hot alien twins awaken wicked desires she’s never had before and their thrilling mastery drives her wild.

When Delta finds out their spying has been discovered and their lives are in danger, she sets out across the burning sands to save the twins. Alone and on foot. Will Zandyr and Zhynn track her down in time – or will the merciless desert kill all three before the twins can claim her as their Tharan mate?

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gib and the tibbarGIB AND THE TIBBAR (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 3) by Jessica E Subject

VS Note: This is the re-release of Jessica’s story from the PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology.

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

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alien bondsALIEN BONDS (WAKANREO BOOK 1) by Carmen Webster Buxton

VS Note: From January

In ALIEN BONDS, two lives are changed in an instant. Industrial chemist Dina Bellaire travels all the way to the planet Wakanreo to advance her career. Her carefully planned life goes up in flames the second she meets Kuaron Du, a Wakanrean who makes his living singing ancient songs in a dead language. Both of them know they can’t go back to the way they were before they met. They just have to convince the rest of the universe that what happened to them is real.

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his human possessionHIS HUMAN POSSESSION by Renee Rose

Leti only intended to seduce the alien warrior. Because the game was to survive.
Ingratiate herself to a new master.

She never thought she’d fall for the giant horned warrior who rescued her from slavery.
But it’s easy to make him lose control. All she has to do is tempt him, and his need to master her takes over.

Paal’s species battle to take back their planet.
All of their futures dangle by a thread.

Leti and Paal should cling together as they fight for freedom, but her every seduction drives a wedge between them. And when he learns her secret, it just may be the end.

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scorpions mateTHE SCORPION’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 1) by Susan Trombley

Claire has never really fit in with everyone around her, but she’s carved out a life for herself using her own unique style and artistic ability to support herself on the Internet. The last thing she expects is to be abducted by aliens and dropped into a research facility, where a genetically-engineered alien soldier chooses her as his life-mate.
Thrax’s pheromones are compelling, and his status as a fellow unwilling test subject makes them allies, but Claire isn’t certain she can trust someone who is convinced she belongs to him, when all she wants to do is find a way to return home to Earth—a place that her devoted alien can never follow, because there’s no way the scorpion-like alien would ever be able to pass for human.
Still, she’ll accept help where she can find it, so she doesn’t hesitate to escape with Thrax from the facility, though their time running from their pursuers in the warrens beneath the research facility will forever change Claire, and could make it impossible for her to return to Earth.
But will there be anywhere else in the galaxy they can go where their love will be accepted?

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bought by the alien princeBOUGHT BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (ALIEN AUCTION HOUSE BOOK 2)  by Starr Huntress and Zara Zenia

Ella is a plus-size girl who came from a rich family. One of power, since her father is the mayor. Her friends are only friends with her due to her status. Her father is a drunk, and an angry one at that. Behind closed doors, her life at home is a living hell.

Zarbonov is an alien shifter prince who comes from a highly influential family as well. He’s under pressure by his family to find a mate.

When Ella is abducted, part of her is happy to get away from her previous life. It means a chance to start fresh and to be free from the invisible chains her father has put around her feet.

Zarbonov buys her at the auction, but she doesn’t obey his every command as he expected her to. She doesn’t want to be in the same position she was back home.

He will need to show her love in order for her to voluntarily do what he wants. She will need to earn his trust, as well, in order for him to let her be herself.

When push comes to shove, will they get what they each want? Or will they lose everything they worked so hard to achieve?

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daughter of deathDAUGHTER OF DEATH (DARK PROVENANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Lexi C Foss

A dead body. A missing daughter. A silver blade. All the clues point to one person: Me.

My name is Evangeline, and I’m a retired assassin who wants nothing to do with the underworld. But an edict from a Demonic Lord forces me to return to the man and the life I left behind.

I have seven days to prove my innocence.
Whoever set me up is going to die.

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bound in ashesBOUND IN ASHES (DRACHEN MATES BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Tiana Jonas’s life is unexciting. Nothing happens. Except her technical support calls with Ker Drachen. He’s got the sexiest voice if her wet panties are any sign. Boring goes out the window when her house is burglarized and an undiscovered body bleeds out on her kitchen floor. Ker comes to her rescue with a place to hide away. She just needs to keep her clothes on. That’s proving a lot harder than she thought.

Ker Drachen is obsessed with the sweet school teacher, Tiana. Her voice alone gives him wet dreams. When she gets into trouble, every protective instinct in him demands he guard his woman. Except, she’s not his. Not by dragon mark. But that won’t get in his way. Someone trying to kill her might be a problem, though. Then again, so might the fact she’s the most innocent, and desirous woman he’s ever met.

Romancing Tiana isn’t easy when danger follows her like a shadow, but Ker is determined to prove to her he’s the man for her in every hot, slick, and dirty way possible. He’s going to win her love and keep her. That’s all good, but he might have to die to show her how much he cares. Unless she gives up her life for him first.

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elements of desireELEMENTS OF DESIRE (HIJINKS HAREM BOOK 3) by C M Stunich and Tate James

Seven dysfunctional, supernatural spouses.
One jealous, psychotic childhood friend.
A match … made in deception?

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the fated soul mate to six elemental dragons. Or, at least I thought I was. We even got married–big white dress, custom suits for my beaus, crazy mother-in-law–but now there’s this girl who claims that she is their rightful soul mate.

At first, I hated the hunky assholes who’d dropped into my life unannounced, flipped my world upside down, and dragged me into supernatural society kicking and screaming. But now? I’m starting to fall for them, all six of them. I mean, I’d taken the plunge and walked the aisle for these guys, hadn’t I? But this girl–Gemma–she wants my guys to be hers.

Fate must hate me because I’ve got more than just relationship drama to deal with: my biological parents still want me dead, the kidnapped spirit elementals are still missing, and I’m pretty sure my best friend is trying to kill me. As if that wasn’t enough, someone’s raided my inherited wine cellar and all the booze has gone missing!

I’m Ari Smoke, blushing (hah) bride, nymphomaniac, and royally pissed off.
Being married to six elemental studs is nice … but wondering if I get to keep them, not so much.

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watcher redeemedWATCHER REDEEMED (WATCHERS OF THE GRAY BOOK 2) by JL Madore

In the shadowed streets of Toronto, there exists a garrison of soldiers like no other—nine immortal warriors, half-Archangel/half-human, living unknown amongst the city, defending humanity from the Daemons of the Hell realm. – This is Kyrian’s story

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thalgors witchTHALGOR’S WITCH by Nancy Holland

In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that someday his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his enemies, he also knows he needs her.

Erwyn might be a slave and feared for her powers and precognition, but she doesn’t cower when confronted by the feared warrior. Nor does she act as expected. Thalgor’s kindness confuses her. His flashes of humor confound her. And the reaction he ignites in her body creates a longing that she cannot deny.

Neither anticipated falling in love. The stakes are high, but when Thalgor is mortally wounded, Erwyn realizes she must accept help from an unlikely source to save him.

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curse of flamesA CURSE OF FLAMES (FAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Sophia Shade

mogen is Dark Blessed… and bad things happen to those who are Dark Blessed…

When Imogen returns to her second year at Callador, she immediately senses the looming, threatening darkness embracing her school. A vision from last year promised yet another death, but the killing won’t stop there.

If Imogen can’t figure out who the killer is, the murders may never stop. And her friends might be next. Her only hope for saving them lies in her curse of being Dark Blessed, but revealing her true nature could destroy her life forever.

But what’s a girl to do when her number one suspect is the guy she doesn’t even realize she’s falling for?

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fae kissedFAE KISSED (COURT OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 1) by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

Fate. Some people call it lies. Other’s live by it, know it, feel it…I knew it. But I ignored it.
My goals were already set out before me. I chose my own path. Early admission into college and a last summer with my girls. My biggest obstacle should’ve been figuring out how to tell them our time would be cut short…

It always starts with a guy. The guy. Some ridiculously handsome one who walks into a diner—and flips your world upside down. He told me things—secrets. About the Fae. That I had to resist all the temptation of their world. That I had to resist him. I did. And you know where it got me?

Here. Now. With a scar and a prickling under my skin telling me it was all lies.
Now the future of the Court of Midnight relies on my unraveling of the past.

Fate. What a fickle vixen.

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once upon a woilfONCE UPON A WOLF (THE WAYWARD WOLVES SERIES BOOK 1) by Rhys Ford

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

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bound by vengeanceBOUND BY VENGEANCE (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 2) by Brenda K Davies

After her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal, revenge propels Vicky to find and destroy the man who sold her into captivity. The minute she gets the chance to search for Duke alone, she seizes the opportunity. When her hunt causes her to cross paths with Nathan, she finds herself secretly aligning with the one man she’s vowed to avoid.

Determined to hunt down the Savage who murdered his father, Nathan has told no one about his private search for Joseph. The night he runs into Vicky and learns she’s on her own quest, he reluctantly agrees to join forces with her to achieve his goal.

Bound by their driving need for vengeance, they soon find themselves unable to deny the attraction growing between them. As leader of the hunters, Nathan knows they would never accept his relationship with a vampire, but will he be able to let Vicky go, or will their growing love destroy them both?

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olympus boundOLYMPUS BOUND by Jordanna Max Brodsky

VS Note: I have  no idea if this is a romance. The myhtology twists sounded interesting.

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She’s lost her home and the man she loves.

A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she’s been running from – a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis.

With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens — to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.

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alpha wolfs mateTHE ALPHA WOLF’S MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (THE NECKLACE CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by R E Butler

Ryde Mitchell, alpha of the largest wolf pack on the Eastern seaboard, has no time for anything but ruling his pack. The only bright spot in his life is his daughter, Brigelle, who at age seven has managed to wrap him entirely around her pink-polished fingers. He knows that Bri should have a mother, but he can’t spare the time to even consider choosing a female from his pack to mate, and assures his sweet daughter that he’ll have time for her as soon as pack tensions settle down. When Bri decides to cast a spell on her father’s behalf to bring him the perfect mate, she has no idea the storm of trouble she’s bringing their way. All she wanted was for her dad to have a mate and for her to have a mom. She didn’t want to put her father’s life, or her own, on the line.

As the sister of the vampire mistress of the city of Arbor, Dominique Tremaine has seen her share of weird. Born into a powerful family, she spends her time dealing with the vampires in their large kiss and helping keep their city safe from encroaching shifters, who would just as soon stake them as form alliances. When she finds a beautiful necklace hanging from her vanity mirror, she assumes it’s a gift from her sister and puts it on. The instant the medallion touches her skin, she passes out and wakes up in the most unlikely of places – an alpha wolf’s bed.

Ryde is furious that his daughter went behind his back and spelled for his mate. Not only does he have zero time to woo the utterly sexy blood drinker, but with all the pack unrest, the last thing he needs is to mate with his people’s mortal enemy. If he keeps Dominique, he could lose his pack and his life, but he doesn’t know if he can walk away. Especially not when he witnesses how connected his daughter and his mate are. If he takes a stand for Dominique, he could lose everything, but he’s not sure he can let her go.

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agent and handlerAGENT AND HANDLER: ADVENTURES OF PEPPER CHANCE  by Sherri Jordan-Asble

VS Note: No idea how much romance if any, this book has.

Pepper Chance didn’t have a billionaire to help her off the streets. She had The Company—a mysterious government organization of psychic agents, battling the dark forces of demonic activity.

Her first case introduces Pepper to the world of demons, but it’s more involved than she ever expected. And working with her sinfully handsome handler, Agent Marsten, made things all the more complicated.

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sapphire gryphonSAPPHIRE GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

Sam can’t take his eyes of the totem he found in Belize, and he doesn’t dare let anyone else learn it’s in his possession. He knows there’s something special about the stone figurine, even if he can’t quite figure it out.

Until Ezra, a professional pick-pocketer, steals it from him in the Denver airport.

But Ezra has eyes only for the enormous sapphire set into the stone, and she can’t possibly imagine the totem’s true value. So it’s the surprise of a lifetime when she accidentally triggers Sam’s terrible, beastly transformation.

Bouncing between drug dealers and mohawk-wearing psychopaths, Sam and Ezra must find a way to protect the totem—and each other. Can they master their power quickly enough to escape the dragon chasing them, or will they be burnt to a crisp in an avalanche of dragonfire?

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tropical lynxs loverTROPICAL LYNX’S LOVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Even a tropical paradise has its problems. When something is broken, Alaskan lynx shifter Travis is always the man for the job. As the handyman in charge of maintaining the beautiful all-shifter resort of Shifting Sands, he’s never found anything he can’t put back together… until he meets his one true mate.

New to being a shifter, curvy Jenny Smith isn’t used to having an otter sharing her head, or all of the inappropriate ideas it has. She can’t control her shifting, and she can’t even remember how to read, let alone return to her life as a lawyer. She finds herself randomly with whiskers, and wanting to wash her food in saltwater, and now there’s a gorgeous man her otter says is her fated mate. But does saying yes to Travis mean losing what’s left of her human self?

Shifting Sands Resort is a safe haven for shifters of all types, but a storm is coming, and with it, grave danger from Jenny’s past. Can Travis rescue his mate and show her how to love her whole self… and himself as well?

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order of the regentORDER OF THE REGENT (KNIGHTS OF THE HAREM BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt

Lorelai D’Anjou’s life has never been easy. The sole survivor of a dark magic that destroyed her entire family, she has spent the last eight years caring for the ailing, impotent monarch who saved her life and claimed her for his own.

When the king is murdered by his selfish brother, Lorelai’s world is suddenly narrowed down to two choices: marry her husband’s killer, or die. Now, she flees for her life, a fugitive in her own kingdom as she seeks allies to help her take back her stolen throne.

Thankfully, Lorelai is not without friends. The fierce, dashing knights of the Order of the Regent have always been loyal, and during her darkest hour, they come to her aid. Unfortunately, five knights are not enough to rally a kingdom, especially when assassins are nipping at Lorelai’s heels, and doubt is brewing in the hearts of Valliere’s great houses.

But Lorelai has never been one to give up, and she’s not about to start now. Especially when the alternative is not just death, but the end of the entire world as she knows it.

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season of sinSEASON OF SIN (FINDING ASTRID BOOK 1) by J L Caid and Jaxson Kidman

I wake up dead. No, that’s not some cliché thing to say after a long night of partying. I’m really dead. Now I have to figure out a few things.

1.How did I die?
2.Why am I in this massive bed with purple, silk sheets?
3.Why are there four seven-foot-tall, hunks of muscle and man staring at me?

The first thing I figure out is this: They aren’t men. They have fangs. And they’re not afraid to show them – or use them. They tell me why I’m there and what my destiny is with them… in and out of bed.

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glacierGLACIER (VLG BOOK 9) by Laurann Dohner

Since that fateful day she was snatched from her job and turned into a Vampire, Mandy’s life has sucked-literally. Forced to become an assassin for the Vampire Council, she finds solace in taking out the scumbag rogues she’s often assigned to kill. Things go south when she realizes her next mark is an old coworker from her human days…a seriously hot one, who she had deep feelings for. Worse, the council was wrong. He’s not a villain, but a protector. One she refuses to kill, regardless of orders.

Glacier’s astonished to come face to face with Mandy in a dark alley. Even more so to learn the sweet one-time human is now an assassin-assigned to kill him, no less. His orders are clear. Eliminate her. But what’s a GarLycan to do when duty conflicts with his desire to protect the woman he once had feelings for? He’s about to find out.

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arctic blazeTHE PHOENIX AGENCY ARCTIC BLAZE (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA 62 DEGREES NORTH) by Amy Ruttan

Their passion will set the north on fire…

Mason LaCroix is struggling with his new found abilities, but when the Phoenix Agency tells him his older brother, Nash, is missing, he’ll overcome whatever he has to, to save him.

May Rebassa doesn’t trust anyone. She’s been hurt one too many times and all because of her powers of telepathy and projection, but when Nash LaCroix saves the only person she thinks of as family and is injured in the process, she feels she has no choice but to put her trust in Nash’s younger brother Mason. The man who broke her heart years ago.

The GKA want one thing, they want Mason and his new powers to break their former leader out of a Phoenix Agency prison and they’ll stop at nothing to get that.

Even if it means burning the north to the ground.

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dogs of warDOGS OF WAR (SHADOWLYTE SHIFTERS SAGA Book 1)  by A R DeClerck

Wickedness haunts the slums of London, even as the members of the Shadowlyte Clan work to chase down its source. Children are disappearing and the queen herself has tasked the Alpha with discovering why. His only hope of finding the missing boys lies with a woman who escaped hell herself. She is captivating in her ability to survive, and even Chase’s wolf can’t help but admire her.

Freedom is a distant memory for Katryn until the handsome black wolf offers her asylum with his people. His kindness awakens a part of her she thought long dead. Despite all she suffered, Katryn knows she owes him any assistance she can provide. No one is safe until the villains who captured her and the other children are brought to justice.

Thrown together by darkness, Chase and Katryn will face the kind of depravity that only the strongest can endure. They may even have a chance at happiness when it’s over, but can they survive long enough to see it realized?

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wolf at the doorTHE WOLF AT THE DOOR by Charlie Adhara

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.

Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.

When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.

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vampires thirst flintA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: FLINT by A K Michaels

Flint is an ancient Vampire. He used to work as a bodyguard for his friend, Victor, but when Victor finds his Bloodmate and heads off on a round-the-world honeymoon, Flint goes on his own adventure, setting off to the Highlands of Scotland. Only trouble is…Flint doesn’t want to go. That is, until a strange, mysterious, and magical feeling takes over him as he flies over Edinburgh Castle…at the same time as he wants to tear into the throat of the mortal confined within the cabin with him.
Never before has he lost control to his dark side…well not against an innocent. Flint is hard, tough, and more than capable of inflicting pain when he deems it necessary, but losing control: never.

He has the fight of his life on his hands. One he is determined to win. When he goes in search of the secretive nightclub Mystique, he is shocked to his very core by a chance encounter. Kenzie McBride, a damsel in distress needs his help, but the rescue mission ends up with a horde on their tails. Not only is Kenzie beautiful and injured…she’s the most elusive and precious of things in the whole damn universe: a Vampire’s Bloodmate. His Bloodmate. And he’ll fight to the death to keep her safe from anyone who comes after her. Anyone.

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rurikRURIK (BROTHERS OF ASH AND FIRE BOOK 3) by Lauren Smith

The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely.

With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart.

Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own.

She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.

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seduced by flamesSEDUCED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 2) by Vella Day

If it weren’t for bad luck, safety expert, Nessa Caspian, wouldn’t have any luck at all. Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, an explosion traps her in the mine. Really? If she hadn’t been a dragon shifter, capable of clawing her way out, she’d be dead!

When she learns the mining inspector, Kyle Harper, has to shut down her family’s legacy because of all the safety issues, she’s livid—that is until she realizes the super hot man is her future mate. Well crap. Now what is she supposed to do? Bite him?

Kyle hates dragon shifters. After all, one nearly killed his sister. When he meets the highly tantalizing and intelligent Nessa though, all his preconceived notions fly out the window. Part of him wants to keep her at arm’s length and the rest of him wants to ravish her.

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VS Note: And just a reminder of my own recent new scifi romance release: MATEER: SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES, which has garnered a few much appreciated 5 Star reviews so far – WOOT!

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specters in the stormVS Note: Not exactly sure where to classify this, but wanted to mention Pauline B. Jones’s involvement in the Sorcery and Steam Story Bundle, including her book SPECTERS IN THE STORM. Pauline explains it all on her blog.  Apparently the bundle is limited time thing, supports a good cause, offers many books (some new and some older titles) by different authors and many choices…Here’s a bit of what she says:

“Sorcery. Steam. Ghosts. A touch of romance. Mythic creatures. Some truly violent bad guys. And one little black cat.

We have everything in this bundle that a fantasy reader could want.

Including magic.

We have magic in all forms, from the magic that gods use when they come to Earth to magic that a familiar inspires when she helps a man with limited ability keep his spells fresh. We have vampires and werewolves. We have parasols and tea and lovely chocolates. We have FBI agents facing killers and assassins who can kill with a blink.

A fantastic story for every mood, and steampunk. …”

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

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Top 5 Hot #SciFi Hero Romance Tropes

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Today I was a guest blogger over at Night Owl Romance, and talked about some of the Top 5 types of hot and sexy heroes in scifi romances. Here’s the beginning of the post and then you can jump to NOR to read the rest:

Scifi romance runs the sexiness scale all the way from closed door to erotic, with books for every taste. No matter the steamy scene content of the story, however, there are ever popular hero categories in the genre, so let’s review a few of the readers’ top choices.

Cyborgs. Men enhanced with special technology, but still human at heart, with all the feelings, hopes, dreams and ability to love that any everyday guy would show. These heroes often need just the right woman to see past the hardware and awaken the emotions hiding below that titanium skeleton or nanobot-enhanced bloodstream.  The steamy stamina factor is off the charts of course.

Alien Warriors. These are usually big and brawny, incredibly sexy humanoid males, wildly protective of their woman but willing to listen to her wants and needs and enter into emotional relationships they never thought they could have (but secretly crave). Sometimes the warrior is planetbound and the women come to them through a series of catastrophes.  Another possibility for “meet cute” exists in several fun series relying on out of this world dating agencies or the futuristic version of the mail order bride trope from olden days. Other times the warriors rule the spacelanes and either come to Earth to abduct mates, to keep other bad guys from stealing Earth women, or just end up here by accident and find that one woman who can bring them to their knees. Tails, horns and other interesting enhancements optional, depending on the author’s vivid imagination.  It’s a given that the heroine will really appreciate whatever physical differences there may be.

For the rest of the discussion, follow the link to NOR!

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What Kind of People Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve skipped ahead a bit. Megan feels better after eating the nutrition bar that was forced upon her by the aliens Now she’s looking around and realizing how bad the situation is.

A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

Turning her head as far as she could, she counted six more humans strapped to tables behind a clear barrier running floor to ceiling the length of the room. No one was attending to them although a bored tech sat at a console, playing a game from the looks of his hand-eye motions. Megan yelled, “Hey!”

The tech who’d force fed her strolled to the table, another water bottle in his hand. As he tipped it to her lips, he said, “What?”

“You have to take care of those people,” she said, recoiling from the proffered drink and jerking her head toward the other side of the room, “They need the special energy bar, the water—”

“Experiment,” The tech gestured first at her and then waved his hand to indicate the prisoners on the other tables, “Half the subjects get the revival pack.” He pointed at the closed off side of the chamber, “Half don’t, Dr. Lampergg’s order.”

“You can’t just let them die – what kind of people are you?”

He leaned close, “The kind who keep our mouths shut and do what the boss orders.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Why I Wrote MATEER My New #SciFi Romance Novel

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]VS Note: Today I’m visiting author Pauline B. Jones’ blog to talk about why I wrote Mateer, the second book in my Badari Warriors series. I’m also sharing an exclusive excerpt. Here’s the beginning of the post – you can hop over to Pauline’s blog to read the rest, including the excerpt!

“As with the first book, Aydarr, I’m enjoying working with the concept of genetically engineered soldiers, the Badari, created by an alien race to help them in a war against the humans in the Sectors. I love Lora Leigh’s Breeds series and Laurann Dohner’s New Species books and it’s creatively exciting to have my own take on the trope embodied in this new series.

The enemy has kidnapped the population of a human colony and brought the people to a planet set aside for special research projects (the nastier the better according to the alien scientists). So, of course, the Badari warriors and the humans team up against their mutual enemy. Romance inevitably happens between these brave, fearless soldiers and equally strong and determined human women from the colony.

I’m trying not to do too many spoilers for book one here!

With Mateer, I wanted to keep the series arc moving forward, advancing the overall plot, but I wasn’t done with the idea of a Badari warrior trapped in a lab and the human woman who helps him. There’s such a huge story potential inherent in the situation, which seems hopeless at first glance, but the hero and heroine will find a way out (this is romance – happy endings!).  I pondered how Megan, a doctor, would react to being awakened and finding herself a prisoner under threat of really despicable alien experiments – she’d naturally want to use her medical skills to help her fellow humans survive, but not get drawn into offering the enemy even the slightest assistance. And then there’s Mateer, the chief enforcer from the Badari pack, who’s been recaptured, much to the glee of the scientist running the lab. He has plans for Mateer and Megan together….”

Over to Pauline’s for the rest!

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 14th

mateerBest Wishes for a very happy February 14th!

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

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And a New Release from me – whee!

MATEER: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 2)

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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barbarians belovedBARBARIAN’S BELOVED (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 18) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: I one clicked this as soon as I saw it.

My tribesmates don’t understand her. The other humans think she’s weak. But no one knows my mate like I do. They don’t see her gentle heart or her brave spirit. I know why she struggles. I know how strong she is. And I know I’ll do anything to make her smile.

But can I convince her that she can be happy in this strange new world with me?

This story explores the long-awaited romance of Ariana and Zolaya. Even though it is a ‘flashback’ to the beginning of the Ice Planet Barbarians series, it can be read out of order.

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darkside interludeDARKSIDE INTERLUDE (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 0.5) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I love anything to do with her Dark Planet warriors. One clicked. This is a novella.

Commander Iskar Gar-Kurai isn’t impressed by humans or their backwater planet. If he had his way, he’d be working closer to home, on a planet where it wasn’t so infernally hot

But orders are orders, especially when they come from the very top.

If he’s going to be on Earth for the long term, Iskar needs to learn more about its strange inhabitants. That’s why he’s reluctantly agreed to hit the streets of Darkside. It’s an observational visit, nothing more.

So why has this blue-haired temptress targeted him of all people, and what is he going to do about it?

Criminals must be punished, and Iskar has always done things by the book.

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jarons promiseJARON’S PROMISE (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 6) by Michelle Howard

Jaron Aches is the Jutak warrior everyone counts on to keep things light, but what happens when he’s captured by a mad man? Will he succumb to the darkness?

Sasha F’Lan has led a tough life, but it’s what makes her a good Bounty Retriever. Until someone she trusts leads her into a trap. Now she has to put her faith in the stranger trapped in the cage next to her if she hopes to escape.

They trusted each other when they had no one else then betrayal tore them apart. Can they overcome the lies to accept the love they both deserve?

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grim petA GRIM PET (TORNIANS BOOK 6) by MK Eidem

VS Note: A re-release of MKE’s story in the Pets In Space 2 anthology.

The Great Raptor is a fearsome and deadly creature; and while the Raptor is no one’s pet, he is fiercely protective and loving of his family…

Carly and Miki have never forgotten the stories that Grim has told them of the Great Raptor, the symbol of their new home world of Luda. Yet, it is the comparison their mother once made of the Great Raptor to Grim that gives them the courage to help the injured bird they find in the garden.

Find out what happens when their single act of love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences that no one, including their mother and Grim, could ever have predicted.

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honor among thievesHONOR AMONG THIEVES (HONORS) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

VS Note: Seems to be YA but I do love Ann Aguirre!

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

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night of the dragonsNIGHT OF THE DRAGONS (RED DRAGONS OF TAJSS) by Miranda Martin

Diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer, the doctors on board her generational spaceship had no choice but to put her in stasis, hoping to keep her alive until a cure could be found. When she wakes, it’s not to a miracle but a nightmare. Two blazing suns, nothing but sand and more sand.

There’s no way she’s going to just give up and die. Not a chance.

But long unused muscles and pale skin are making it impossible on this treacherous red planet.

Salvation comes in the form of four powerful dragon-men. Enormous, seven-foot walls of muscle with wings and tails and scales, these four have decided to be Piper’s protectors.

The only trouble is they don’t want to share.

Kaidan, Ejder, Anguis and Mikhos are all possessively alpha and will do anything to be the one who gets to claim Piper as his treasure. She’s got other ideas.

After all, why choose one when you can have them all?

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where would you be nowWHERE WOULD YOU BE NOW? by Carrie Vaughan

VS NOTE: NOT a romance, but it’s a prequel to BANNERLESS, which I read and enjoyed last year in a dystopian way (also not a romance). SciFi. I haven’t read this yet.

The world as they know it is ending, a new world is taking its place. Among the doctors and nurses of a clinic-turned-fortress, Kath is coming of age in this new world, and helping define it. But that doesn’t make letting go of the old any easier.

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mind raiderMIND RAIDER (KALAMATRA REBELLION BOOK 1) by S M Blooding and P K Tyler

VS Note: No idea as to any romantic element but sounds fun!

Keva Duste is an engineered human on a mission: find the weapon the corporate elite has amassed and secure it.

Humanity has conquered the black, but not their own inherent greed. The four systems surrounding Kalamatra Station provide members of the Elite class with everything they could want: mined minerals, abundant food, and an entire system to call their own, a place of paradise and riches. But for some, that isn’t enough.

Terrans and common spacers suffer under untenable work conditions and crumbling, radioactive stations while the Elite thrive. Now the commoners are threatening to revolt.

With the four systems on the verge of civil war, the Codex Syndicate’s covert intelligence network learns of an Elite weapon designed to alter the common people to their genetic core. The Elite have planned to test deployment on the mutinous Red Sky colony and force their compliance.

Codex Syndicate agent Keva Duste is an ex-military, engineered human with a score to settle. Together with a renegade space captain, an Elite refugee, and two sentient AIs, she must race to locate the weapon and stop the genocide of the human race before it can begin. Can Keva save Red Sky from destruction before the Elite turn this weapon on the rest of the settlements? And if she does, will she ignite a revolution?

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landerLANDER (THE OBERON CYCLE BOOK 2) by J Scott Coatsworth

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

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judeJUDE by Arcadia Shield

VS Note: Thanks to Reader Merry for flagging this one.

Jude Ember thrives on keeping his brothers, and everyone in the bunkers, safe. He works hard, loving what he does. But he has a weakness: Octavia. She’s under his skin, she haunts his dreams, and he longs to be with her. The trouble is, she’s just a voice on a pirate radio. They’ve never met. But he’s hooked. He has to meet her. A new threat from the State gives him the reason he needs to draw her closer. Will she live up to the fantasy he has created?

Octavia has survived alone for almost two years. She’s a shadow in the night, never staying in the same place for long. As a former government spy, skilled in infiltrating terrorist cells, she’s used to doing things her own way. Since the State took control, she’s covertly run Flame Radio. It gives her a way to reach others, without revealing her scars – both the physical and emotional ones. Then she hears an indecipherable message being sent by the State. She can’t crack it but knows it’s important. She has to get help. There’s only one person she trusts enough to reach out to. Jude.

But when she does, he’ll know the truth about her. He won’t want her. He’ll pity her. If he does, that would be worse than a year of torture by the State.

When they meet, sparks fly. But is it real, or does Jude feel sorry for Octavia? Now he’s met his fantasy, will she disappoint? Or will their union change the balance of power and send the State scuttling away on their scaly limbs?

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curiouser and curiouserCURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: STEAMPUNK ALICE IN WONDERLAND (STEAMPUNK FAIRY TALES) by Melanie Karsak

VS Note: From January

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.

Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.

Sometimes love is mad.

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ohberOHBER (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Valeri Cavanaugh was excited to join her father’s government funded experimental lab. She would finally be in the thick of important research to aid humans, or so she thought. What she found in the lab was perplexing and heartbreaking. The aliens soon became real to her, not the animals she had imagined.

Ohber was a mighty Milisarian Knight, a warrior from another world. He was captured years ago by scientists who have done tortuous experiments on his body. Ohber felt betrayed by his fellow knights who had not come to his rescue. He trusted no one, until the beautiful and compassionate daughter of his captor gave him hope.

Valeri was shocked to see the devastation the experiments were causing on the aliens. She found the other species to be quite intelligent and far surpassing humans in many ways. As she probed deeper into the hidden records of her own father, she found greed was behind his work instead of the altruistic motives he claimed.

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alien instinctALIEN INSTINCT  by Tracy Lauren

Rennek is an honor bound male whose very existence in life is tarnished by the sins of his father. When he and his crew stumble onto a trafficking ring his immediate instinct is to rescue the females. He finds himself drawn to one of them, setting in motion a dangerous course of events propelling him towards his destiny. Can Rennek be the leader his people need him to be as the secrets of the past are uncovered?

Kate has spent years muddling through life, never quite finding a place for herself. When she wakes in an alien cargo hold, life surprisingly becomes a lot easier. Well, except for the bounty hunters and dirty space cops pursuing her of course. Kate’s new found happiness has a lot to do with her sexy new alien boyfriend, but she doesn’t know how to react when he suddenly starts calling her his mate. Will Kate be able to move beyond the hangups of her past and give herself completely to Rennek?

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alluvialALLUVIAL VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 1 by Amanda Milo

VS Note: Here’s an Author’s Note on this series: “The Valos of Sonhadra series is the shared vision of nine sci-fi and fantasy romance authors. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happy Ever After, and can be read in any order. ” 

Someone’s using me as leverage against my family. I was your average citizen, innocent of any crime worth going to prison for, and yet here I am.
But this isn’t a regular prison ship.
*Torture.*
Experiments.
They alter me. And when the ship crashes on an alien planet, some of my new abilities come in quite handy—it’s the side effects that aren’t entirely welcome.
Not by me, anyway. The tribe of aliens that have taken me captive?
They don’t seem to mind.

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tempest sonhadraTEMPEST VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 2 by Poppy Rhys

I wasn’t prepared for what came after I got arrested and sent to prison. Finding my sister in that hellhole should’ve been easy.

I wasn’t prepared to survive an alien planet straight out of a prehistoric nightmare. Facing my fears to withstand the creatures that wanted to eat me, and the four alien men that watched me like a morsel they wanted to sink their teeth into…

I wasn’t prepared for any of it.

But I sure as hell wouldn’t let it break me.

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blazingBLAZING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 3) by Nancey Cummings

A woman on fire. Lucie survived four hellish years in prison, being sucked through a wormhole and crashing onto an alien planet. All she wants is to go home. Passion and rage burn in her. She wants her life back and nothing will stop her: not prison, not an alien planet and not three powerful aliens determined to claim her.They won’t distract her with their smoldering embrace or fiery kisses.

Alien men forged from fire. Sarsen, Ertale and Asche spent the last thousand years waiting for release from their bonds. When the intriguing female bursts into their lives, she frees them from their unending servitude and ignites the fire in their heartstones. Now she thinks she can just leave them behind?
Not acceptable.  All three will do whatever it takes to make Lucie understand that her body and her heart belongs to them.

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whirlwindWHIRLWIND (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK FOUR) by Ripley Proserpina

Aveline got what she deserved. An unlucky thief, she’s been caught and imprisoned on the Interstellar Penitentiary System station. For the rest of her natural life, she’ll be an unwilling subject in whatever experiments the psychopathetic Earth government scientists choose to use her for.
But Aveline’s luck is about to change.
When a wormhole opens near the space station, Aveline is sucked out of hell and into a world she never knew existed—Sonhadra.
And she’s not alone.
Locked away by a species known only as The Creators, the Ventos, a race of air elementals, have lived a half-life—alive but unaware of the passage of time, or who they are.
Until Aveline arrives.
The last four Ventos in Sonhandra, Aaddhar, Branesh, Ettan, and Thanasis, are awake now, and Aveline holds their hearts in her thieving little hands. Faced with a world utterly changed and unfamiliar, they decide to forge a new one. Together, they’ll create world of freedom and joy, and if the five of them are the only ones who enjoy it, that’s fine with the Ventos.
But Aveline didn’t arrive alone. The person at the heart of her downfall, the one who pushed her onto the path that led to loss and pain, has fallen through the wormhole as well. And she threatens everything Aveline and her Ventos have created. Will they be strong enough to survive the threat they now face? Or will the Ventos be sent back into oblivion and Aveline into hell?

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radiantRADIANT (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

Yahiro never thought she would end up in prison. Let alone on a prison ship where escape was impossible. But none of that mattered anymore because while she was curled up in the corner of her cell, the lights went out.
And when they turned back on it was worse.
Ending up on a planet—one so different than Earth—greeted by the screams of those who were injured in the crash and the corpses of those who didn’t make it, she sets off with the survivors in hopes of finding a way home.
What she finds instead are three golden aliens that won’t let her out of their sight, a city on the back of a giant beast, and a ghost world that will never let her leave.

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shadowedSHADOWED (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 6) by Isabel Wroth

When an orbital prison is torn through a wormhole and crashes on an unknown planet, it’s every woman for herself to escape the wreckage.
As though savage beasts and harsh, alien climates aren’t enough, the survivors discover the world isn’t uninhabited and must face new challenges—risking not only their lives but their hearts.

DEJA thought she could fear nothing more than the daily treatments she received during her imprisonment on the Concord. The horrible experiments which rack her body with unimaginable, searing pain. But she discovers the true meaning of terror as she clings to life pod’s harness while plummeting toward the surface of an unknown planet.

Struggling to outrun the beasts hunting her, fighting to outrun the light, Deja hastens for the only cover she can find — between the feet of a giant stone statue. Only statues aren’t supposed to move, or wrap you in their arms and carry you off INTO SHADOW.

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undyingUNDYING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts

BRINGER OF DEATH…
Orishok is the last of his kind — a valo shaped by the Creators to embody death. He’s stood vigil over his people for centuries, watching them fade away, one by one succumbing to the entropic energies they hold inside. With his slightest touch unwillingly bringing death to all living things, he has remained isolated in his people’s city, his heart as empty as the buildings around him…until a pale, slight female arrives and shakes the foundations of his world.

GIVER OF LIFE…
Quinn Dalton lost everything when she was convicted of murder — her sister, her niece, her budding career — but it isn’t until she’s transferred to an interstellar penitentiary that she realizes her very life is no longer her own. Her existence aboard the Concord is a nightmare, broken only when the station is torn through a wormhole and crash lands on an alien world. After waking up alone and bloodied, but somehow unharmed, she seeks shelter in an abandoned city — where she discovers an ancient, wondrous mystery. Can she survive alongside a being whose touch means death?

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enduringENDURING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 8) by Marina Simcoe

They say crime doesn’t pay . . . but what if it’s done in the name of love? Being left behind by my boyfriend and getting arrested wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was becoming a test subject for a mad scientist, a crash landing in the prison spaceship and then struggling to survive in a deadly alien jungle.
I could have paid with my life, instead, I was given two incredible reasons to love again and this time the thing I need to do is to hold on to them.
Love condemned me, now it’s the only thing left that can save everything I hold dear.
Simply enduring is no longer enough.
I want to truly live.

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unfrozenUNFROZEN (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 9) by Regine Abel

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Lydia barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Only the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist allow her to survive this harsh and dangerous world. The future looks grim until she stumbles upon a magnificent city of ice and its most unusual inhabitant.

Kai is fascinated by the delicate stranger fallen from the stars with the power to bring his hibernating city back to life. She stirs emotions long forgotten by his frozen heartstone. Can she be the salvation of his people or will the trap set by the Creator bring about their collective doom?

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raiRAI (WEREDRAGONS OF TUVISO) by Maia Starr

Hannah set out on a supply mission in the dangerous post apocalyptic world that is
overrun by Clenok cyborgs. Her team comes across a hostile band of humans and all
hell breaks loose. The fight attracts the cyborgs and Hannah is taken hostage.
Suddenly an unknown creature she has never seen before, a strong weredragon
alien
, rescues her. Now she begs this handsome creature to take her home to her
twin sister Helen. He agrees, but only if she gives him what he wants in return.

General Rai Razook is on a mission to spread the virus that will bring down the
cyborgs, but he also has his sights set on finding a human female mate. When he
stumbles across a human hostage of the cyborgs, he knows instantly that she
must be his.
 But when she is resistant to the idea, he makes an agreement with her.
He will help her get home, if she will help him satisfy his urges.

Hannah wants nothing more than to get home to her sister, but will not give in to the
arrogant alien Rai. But when she catches the attention of the sinister alien,
Lieutenant Qon,
 she knows that she is safer by Rai’s side. But Qon abducts her
anyway, and now Rai must fight to get her back.

Will Rai be able to save her? Will she ever want him the way he wants her, or will
she just use him for a safe journey back home?

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beyond blue frontiersBEYOND BLUE FRONTIERS (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 3) by Cecelia Randall

VS Note: The author describes this series as a “slow burn RH”.

Blue and Forrest made the decision to return to Karran. They’ve said their goodbyes and packed their bags. She even managed to get a Portal open.

That was the easy part.

The reunion with her clansman is marred by unfinished business. Phillip is still out there, still using that crystal, still killing, and slowly going insane.
She was prepared to learn a new language, new customs and tackle a new kind of relationship. She was not prepared for cub-babies with razor claws, stubborn clansmen and mercenaries, and long-lost mob families.

But that’s all part of the adventure, right…?

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star puppySTAR PUPPY (A STAR SERIES NOVELLA) by Susan Grant

VS Note: First published in the PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology.

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passions both in the air and on the ground. Being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him. They’re already best friends, so why can’t he convince her that they’d be even better as more?

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartbreak. But lately Rornn has her wondering if she wouldn’t mind being proved wrong.

Then they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup from an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her. Now all Rornn’s got to do is convince Trysh that he’s nothing like her father and that she’s just the right woman for him…before the terrorists discover their furry little companion.

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eternal mourningETERNAL MOURNING (TALON PACK BOOK 7) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Walker Brentwood vowed to the moon goddess that he’d protect his Pack and Heal with every last ounce of his power. He’s watched his siblings and cousin battle the worst circumstances to find love and is now afraid that the one woman who could be his might not have much time left. The rules of mating have changed, and Walker will do what he has to in order to protect the bonds that have eluded him for so long.

Aimee Reagan knows there’s something wrong with her. She’s known since the first time she found out shifters were real and magic existed. When the Talon Pack’s enemy sets his sights on her, her battle to survive becomes even harder.

Walker and Aimee must turn to each other when the powers around them change and the paths that had been laid before them are no longer clear. But when their passion threatens a curse far older than anyone dreamed, they’ll only have one chance to save something worth more than a mating bond. Their future.

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rogue queenTHE ROGUE QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN SERIES BOOK 3) by Emily R King

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

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perfect fitA PERFECT FIT (CINDERELLA) (TANGLED TALES SERIES BOOK 6)  by Elizabeth Rose

The de Bar siblings continue to be cursed by the old witch, Hecuba as Cinderella’s memories of her past are stripped away. Living with an evil stepmother and two mean stepsisters, Ella can’t remember who she is, and neither can she remember her true family or even Sir William, the man she loves.

The Determined Knight: Sir William Fremont returns from war to reclaim his castle from his brother and win back the hand of the woman he loves. But along the way he makes a stop in town where he sees Lady Ella de Bar, the woman he almost married before he left to campaign for the king. The odd thing is, Lady Ella is dressed like a peasant and doesn’t seem to know him.

The longer the curse continues, the more people forget Ella exists at all. And if anyone tells her about her past, the curse will never be broken. William sets forth with the challenge of trying to break Ella’s curse and win back her heart. But when his memories of her start to fade as well, it looks as if all hope is lost.

Can true love break the barriers of dark magic before William and Ella’s past relationship is forgotten forever?

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beyond the shallowsBEYOND THE SHALLOWS: A TIDAL KISS SHORT by Kristy Nicolle

When English beauty and avid poetry lover Ophelia is holidaying with her two sisters in19th century Blackpool, she finds herself unmistakably called to the water. Will she flee in horror at what lies beneath the waves, or can she learn to look beyond the shallows?

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lucien lindamLUCIEN (THE D’JACQUES DYNASTY BOOK 1) by Linda Mooney

As the youngest Battle Prince, Lucien D’Jacques is discouraged because the affinities with weapons that his siblings have shown aren’t showing up in him. Being half-Mutah, that little something extra should be a given, but he’s no better than the average Normal soldier.

Meanwhile, the Damaged are back and slowly taking over. After receiving word that neighboring compounds are suffering, Lucien is tapped by his parents, Yulen and Atty, the Battle Lord and Lady of Alta Novis, to accompany them on a rescue mission to Green River. Now would be a great time for those specialties to shine.

When fighting an invisible enemy, it’s almost impossible to tell who is friend or foe. But if left unchecked, that enemy could wipe out all Mutah. It’s up to the D’Jacques, with the help of their army and newfound allies, to defeat the Bloods and stop the spread of the maddening disease, before it’s too late.

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bonds eternalBONDS ETERNAL (BALLADS OF CADARNLE BOOK 1)  by A J Ryder

A wood elf and a dark elf, Dorlyn and Vylkur, have taken refuge in the sanctuary city of Lehnos because their love was shunned by both of their peoples. There, as they made a life together, a fiery redheaded half-breed mercenary, Liandrya, became more than a typical, casual fling. Though the mated men knew the half-elf was not immortal as they were, she still managed to work her way into their hearts and turned the couple into a trio. The bonds between the three lovers are tested when a mask of unimaginable power and evil comes into Liandrya’s possession. Unwilling to turn the artifact over to her employer, an evil dark elf sorceress, the three lovers embark on a journey to destroy the mask, but risk the same fate to their unconventional bonding with each leg of their quest.

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wolves of parisWOLVES OF PARIS (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD. BOOK 2) by Tori Knightwood

Ryenne Cavanagh is still a fierce shifter hunter proving herself in a man’s world. But, for the first time in her life, she has doubts about her future. After the events in Kenya, Ryenne and Lucien are moving forward as a couple, but Ryenne has always been a lone wolf. She doesn’t know how to let someone into her life.

In Paris, Ryenne tries to enjoy coffee near the Eiffel Tower and runs in the Bois de Boulogne with Lucien. But as long as there are rogues in the world, there is no such thing as a break for a shifter hunter. A stabbing in a nightclub and a mysterious string of armed robberies tied to the Fangs challenge Ryenne to face her feelings for Lucien.

Ryenne fears she’s the reason the Fangs have put Lucien and his family in their sights. Now, she’ll do anything to protect the people she cares about. As attacks pile up, Ryenne must find a way to save Lucien’s family from the Fangs and, if she can’t admit her true feelings for the wolf shifter who stole her heart, Ryenne might lose Lucien forever.

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this magic momentTHIS MAGIC MOMENT by Susan Squires

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K

THE WORST HAPPENED  Tammy Tremaine has been locked away from danger during her family’s struggle with the Clan of Morgan Le Fay. How could she ever find the One who shares the Merlin gene, the destined love who will unlock her magic? Just when she has given up hope Tammy sees a young man ringed in fire during a confrontation with the Clan. She knows in her blood and her bones that her Destiny is a member of the Clan. She must reject him as an enemy. But can she?

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS   Thomas has been locked away in a monastery since he was nine, cultivated by his mentor, Morgan, for a mysterious purpose. Now she has called him to the Clan compound in order to fulfill it. His course is set—until he sees a redhead across a parking lot. She’s one of Morgan’s enemies, yet suddenly she is very important to him. He escapes the Compound in search of Tammy Tremaine.

LET’S NOT BE ROMEO AND JULIET  Morgan needs Thomas for a ceremony performed when the comet Galahad joins the Big Dipper to make, for one instant, a perfect Pentacle in the sky. She’s planning an apocalypse and Thomas will play a crucial role. Tammy makes a plan to dodge both Morgan and her family to find out if she and Thomas can survive their differences. But the world is about to change. Will their story end in tragedy, or can they find, in the midst of all this chaos, a magic moment of love?

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sundered journeySUNDERED JOURNEY (SHADYIA ASCENDANT BOOK 3) by T S Adrian

Shadyia and Deresi are trapped in a deserted city. Separated by powerful forces, they become pawns in the eternal struggle between life and death. While clashing entities tempt one with immortality to champion their crusade, a being once worshiped as a god demands the other stand as advocate for his cause.

With far more than their lives at stake, Shadyia and Deresi may have no choice but to submit, but the ancient divinities of the world be warned; the pawn that survives can become a queen—or even a magician.

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clairvoyant and present dangerCLAIRVOYANT AND PRESENT DANGER (A BAY ISLAND PSYCHIC MYSTERY)  by Lena Gregory

VS Note: I’m such a sucker for cozy PNR mysteries’ covers! No idea if there’s a romance.

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan…

Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer–much to the chagrin of local law enforcement–when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim.

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dragon fixationDRAGON FIXATION (ONYX DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Pretend to be the mate to a hunk who thinks he’s a dragon shifter? It’s not exactly what Corporal Carla Giannone signed up for when she joined the military, hoping to help protect those who didn’t have a voice. But his muscles and charm say yes, as does the forty-eight hours of leave that she just started. What could go wrong?

Awoken from his slumber and told that he’s to be used as a weapon by the human military, Thorne is growing angry. He should be asked, not told; his power as a dragon must be respected and feared. With his own interests in mind he convinces a gorgeous woman to help him trick those in charge to sending him on his way. Only he never expected it to be more than just a joke…

Ripped away from the unit that had become her family and stuffed into a downtown apartment suite with the so-called dragon shifter, Carla doesn’t know how to act. Especially when he comes to her and says that it wasn’t a joke after all. She really is his mate. Caught between her desire to return to the military and her burgeoning feelings for the dragon, Carla knows there must be a way she can have both. But will she find the answer in time?

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marked by painMARKED BY PAIN by CeCe Rose and G Bailey

Kenzie’s twelve marks have caused her nothing but trouble since she was blessed with them. From getting her treated differently at school, to getting her kidnapped by rebels, her marks have caused chaos in her life.

When a familiar face shows up in the warehouse she is being kept in, Kenzie doesn’t know who to trust, or what to believe anymore.

With time running out to escape, and the threat of the rebel’s plans looming over her, can Kenzie overcome these challenges?

Love and destruction comes at great price. A price that is marked by pain.

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pet rescue pantherPET RESCUE PANTHER (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Curvy cat-rescue volunteer Tessa Davelos can’t fix her wounded soul, so she’s out to save the world instead, one kitten at a time. But when her tragic past comes back to haunt her in the form of an unstoppable dragon assassin, a drop-dead gorgeous cop cruises through the door of the cat shelter and into her broken heart …

Ben Keegan knows his panther can’t fight a dragon and survive. But he doesn’t care, not with Tessa in harm’s way. She’s his mate, whether she’ll believe it or not, and any dragon that wants to hurt her is going to have to go through Ben first.

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billionwere claims his mateTHE BILLION-WERE CLAIMS HIS MATE (ALPHA BILLION-WERES BOOK 3) by Georgette St Clair

Werewolf. Billionaire. Bastard. Boyfriend? Curvy fox shifter Savannah Orman has enough on her plate without the world’s sexiest wolf shifter, Austin Bronson, trying to stake his claim on her. Her family is crazy, her mom keeps meddling in her non existent love life, and their restaurant is about to be repossessed by a jerk who calls himself The Lord of All Foxes. All she wants to do is save her family’s business with her side job as a bounty hunter.

So why does Austin not only keep stealing her marks, and then taunting her with searing kisses, but showing up at her family home and telling everyone she’s his mate? Now her kooky mom is planning their mating ceremony, and the whole town can’t stop talking about the first ever fox-wolf pairing – which is SO not going to happen!

Austin Bronson’s a wolf on a mission – to claim the fiercest, funniest, sexiest woman he’s ever met, even if she doesn’t know she’s his mate yet. But when dark forces from his past make him an offer he can’t refuse, he finds himself going up against Savannah in a game with deadly consequences – capturing the most dangerous shifter in the country. Now he’ll have to choose between the love of his life – and the life of his pack.

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enchanted by fireENCHANTED BY FIRE (DRAGONS OF THE DARK BLOOD SECRET SOCIETY BOOK 3) by Meg Ripley

Resa Robinson, a sassy reporter and fantasy blogger, showed up at my office for an interview one day, looking for the real story behind the mysterious CEO of Cobalt Computers.

Well, she found it when she caught me shifting on the roof of my building.

With no other option but to take her as prisoner, I now have to decide what to do with this bold, beautiful woman who is more intrigued than intimidated by my status as a dragon.

The longer I hold her captive, however, the more my attraction to her grows by the second. My need to possess every inch of her is becoming unbearable, and I can’t help but surrender to the passion that threatens to consume me.

Surely, someone will come looking for her soon, but freeing her could spell the end of everything I’ve ever known and spent my life protecting. Will I be able to convince this feisty beauty to stay with me and keep our little secret?

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midnight kissMIDNIGHT KISS TALES OF THE WERE (WERE-FEY LOVE STORY BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

It all started with a kissGabe arranged it so he would kiss Margo, the lovely werewolf private investigator, on the stroke of midnight at a family New Year’s Eve celebration. They’d been paired up for a mission to find the evil mage who had messed with both their families years before.

She couldn’t be sure of his motivesGabe was a magic user and he puzzled her inner wolf. She wasn’t quite sure where he’d fit into her life—or if he could at all. But something strong was drawing them closer together and she was powerless to resist.

They had a job to do…Traveling together on the hunt, Margo and Gabe discover and explosive mutual attraction. Can they make this incredible thing between them work long-term? Gabe is a patient man, but he knows he’s going to have to prove himself in order to win Margo’s heart. He wants her for his mate, but will she be able to cross the lines and give her heart to a mage?

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act of passionACT OF PASSION (PSI OPS/IMMORTAL OPS BOOK 5) by Mandy M Roth

Paranormal Security and Intelligence operative and lion-shifter Malik “Tut” Nasser’s past is about to catch up to the ancient Egyptian.

When he agreed to help test a drug that could help supernaturals with control issues, he never thought it would have the opposite effect on him. So when he finds himself fighting the urge to lay claim to a human woman, he’s far from prepared for what happens next.

Winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt felt like a dream come true for Brooke Larner. Everything in her life is lining up perfectly-even the handsome new man she’s found herself attracted to. Before long she’s handing over more than just her heart, thinking it just might be for keeps. When it doesn’t go as planned, Brooke finds herself running right into the hands of madmen bent on creating super soldiers. And she soon realizes that creatures from stories and nightmares are altogether too real.

After five years of searching for Brooke, Malik has finally reached his breaking point. Already the obsession to find her left him shifting into a lion in a very public place before being forced on mandatory leave. Still, he can’t get her out his mind. The suppression drugs have been out of his system for years. The burning desire for Brooke should have gone with them.

It didn’t.

So when chance leaves their paths crossing once more, he realizes destiny is at play. The only problem is, she doesn’t trust him and she has a secret she’s willing to die to protect.

As demons from their past resurface, they find themselves in a battle to save everything they hold dear.

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE by Elle Boon

Jennaveve, the Fey chosen by the Goddess to be the queen of her people for the past few millennium, is tired and wishes for a break, but hadn’t counted on being reduced to almost mortal thanks to a dark stranger. They say you should be careful what you wish for. The last time she’d taken a break, her Fey had left their realm, resulting in shifters on Earth known as the Mystic and Iron Wolves and even more she was still searching for.
Time and patience was something Damien and Lucas had in spades, until the female they’d already laid claim to, even if she hadn’t accepted them yet, was taken by an enemy. Saving Jenna became their one and only focus. As time and realms slip between them, their fear for her had them forgetting about patience and made claiming Jenna as their Hearts Love their priority, hoping she accepted their Dark Embrace.
Will Damien and Lucas be able to rescue Jenna from the evil who has taken her? Will Jenna get her powers back? Who is the dark presence and how will they defeat a being who is strong enough to bring the Fey Queen down to her knees?
besphinxedBESPHINXED: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Alethea  Kontis
VS Note: A whole new set of Nocturne Falls Universe books by various authors releases on Valentine’s Day so I picked one to feature here!

Heather Hayden has everything a young witch could desire: beauty, money, popularity, and exceptionally strong magical powers. Too bad she’s also got a dysfunctional family that couldn’t care less about her and a Head Witch who’s watching her every move. Heather has no idea what she wants. But she’s pretty sure it’s not some low-rent cat shifter boy from goddess-knows-where, despite the fact that their paths keep crossing again and again…and again.

Owen Liddell is in big trouble. A hundred years ago, a descendant of Arachne tricked him into staring into the eyes of the Great Sphinx, leaving him bespelled into the form a cat. Now Arachne’s sisters have found him again and placed one of their own as a substitute teacher at Harmswood. And if that weren’t bad enough, destiny got involved, tangling his heart up with the most popular witch in school: his best friend Kai’s sworn enemy.

Can Owen escape the evil spider sisters, thwart the spell, rescue the girl, save his friendship and pass his finals all before Zombie Prom? It seems unlikely. But unlikely things are known to happen in Nocturne Falls.

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both covers

Veronica Does A Magazine Quiz

Too Many QuestionsI love doing quizzes and it’s been too long since I found one I wanted to play with but the February issue of InStyle magazine had a fun one. They were asking couples to answer the questions for each other (sort of like the ‘Newlywed’ game show of old). I’m a longtime widow (since 1988), no partner to do this with but I’m happy to do a stream of consciousness, answering the questions for just me!

Bring on the quiz!

Favorite Designer: If I were living a more adventurous red carpet kind of life: Roberto Cavalli. I also enjoyed some of the Gucci prints in 2017…but I mostly live in denim skirts and fantasy-themed T shirts from The Mountain. The closest I get to designer fashion is the pages of magazines like InStyle LOL.

Perfume still life on a dark background.Beauty essential: perfume! Currently I like PURE by Donna Karan. I have to be careful with perfume, as it can give me migraines, so there aren’t many scents I can wear. PURE is discontinued but I can still find it online.

Biggest quirk: My family, my friends and my cat could probably rattle off a bunch here. I’m drawing a blank. I…have no quirks? Getting habitually lost? Always being at least 15 minute early to anything? Hating jello? Do those count?

Dream getaway? I’d like to visit Australia, meet my readers there, hunt for opals….

Artist on repeat? Do golden oldies count? I get in the car and cruise and sing at the top of my lungs.

Disneyland2014altIdeal Valentine’s Day date? Disneyland! With my best friend because he knows which rides I love and he doesn’t mind my various health ‘challenges’ that sometimes mean I walk slowly or have a migraine or have to sit down for a while. He’s also willing to ride “It’s A Small World” at least once each time! Oh, and he lets me beat him on the Buzz Lightyear ride.

Alternate occupation? Dragonrider of Pern. Oh, you mean in the real world? Bookstore owner who solves cozy mysteries. (Sorry, I can’t help myself…)

Culinary pet peeve? Garlic, which does give me migraines.

Jewelry staple? Earrings, the bigger and blingier the better. Lunch at the Ritz does terrific designs. I haz all the earrings….

Purple natural roses backgroundFlower of choice? Double delight roses. OK, double delight aren’t purple but I love the color in this stock photo!

Daily uniform? Must I confess? Since I spend most of the day writing, I lounge around in what Dillards’ refers to as ‘patio dresses.’ The more colorful, the better. Otherwise it’s the aforementioned denim skirt and T shirt.

Most coveted possession? If by this they meant most coveted by me, it would be the 200+ year old teaspoon passed down in my family and currently in my custody. That I’d rescue in a fire. (And I didn’t mention Jake the Cat because he’s family, not a possession.)

ripley hicksTop Movie: “Aliens” hands down, no discussion.

Favorite dish? Shrimp in lobster sauce.

I’ll add, Favorite Dessert: Hot Fudge Cake.

That’s it for this quiz….Happy Valentine’s Day or Galantine’s Day or whatever you prefer – best wishes to everyone this week!

 

A Terrifying Nightmare Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my about to be released scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

What in the seven hells did I eat for dinner? Drowsy as if waking from a deep dream, stomach churning, Megan Garrison attempted to sit up and found herself lying on a metal table, restrained at the ankles and wrists. She was in her nightgown and robe, and she vaguely remembered curling up with a good book and falling asleep. Next came jumbled memories of floating in the air, paralyzed – a terrifying nightmare she’d assured herself. And now this. “Please, someone help me,” she said, turning her head from one side to the other, “I’m going to throw up.”

She stifled a scream as an alien with pink hair, wearing a drab green coat that made him look like a lab tech to her, stepped to the table. He was shadowed by a guard in full black battle garb, face concealed by the visor of his helmet, weapon drawn and aimed at her.

“Eat this,” the tech said in passable Basic, thrusting an open packet toward her lips while activating the table to tilt up at the head. Clenching her jaw, she twisted to avoid the forced nutrition until a second guard intervened to make her hold still while the tech broke off a chunk of the energy bar and forced it between her teeth.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

Buy Links: Amazon     iBooks     Kobo

Note to the Weekend Warriors visitors – Megan is the sister of Jill, the heroine in Book 1. I’ve been sharing the start of Jill’s adventures on this planet and now in Book #2 it’s Megan’s turn…

Guest Liza O’Connor, author of ‘Destination: TITAN’ with Excerpt

destination titanMy guest today is Liza O’Connor, here to share an excerpt from her newly released book Destination: Titan.

Blurb

With Earth destined for a new ice-age, seven scientists and twenty-two brilliant teenagers are gathered in a compound deep within a mountain. There they struggle to come together as a group and complete the projects needed for their survival in the inhospitable environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. However, certain factions on Earth have no intention of letting Project Einstein succeed. Keeping the group alive and productive is the hardest task Colonel Lancaster and his soldiers have ever had, but they are determined to succeed no matter how well the saboteurs have planned. The continuation of the human race depends upon it.

Excerpt

“So, you’re telling me I was chosen over every other biochemist in the world because my favorite color is orange.” Tamara tugged at a strand of her short blonde hair. Her mentor was the brightest man she knew, but this didn’t make any sense at all!

Maxwell’s eyes sparkled. “I love the way your brain tunnels in and isolates the key differentiator.”

“The fact I like the color orange should not be a key differentiator.”

Her mentor shrugged and paced the small, open space of the conference room. “Well, when all other things were equal, it became so. This project requires a top biochemist under the age of thirty, in excellent health, unmarried, with no constraints that would prevent traveling. There were quite a few scientists who met those requirements. Therefore, further differentiators were selected. The ability to work with teenagers dropped out all but two, and your clear preference for the color orange put you securely on top of the last remaining candidate.”

“But it’s a meaningless differentiator unless we’re going someplace that only has the color orange.” She fell silent as she considered that possibility. “Exactly how far will we be traveling?”

“Quite a distance.” His eyes twitched several times.

They only did that when he was conflicted, which told her she was asking the right question to discover whatever it was that he was under orders not to reveal. “Will we be traveling on Earth or away from it?”

The twitches intensified.

“Tam, I cannot tell you anything until you’ve agreed to go.”

“Jesus! We’re going to Titan, aren’t we?”

He removed his reading glasses and pressed his hand over his left eye to still the twitches. “I can neither confirm nor deny that.”

Titan: Saturn’s orange moon. Forty percent the size of Earth and rich in life-supporting chemicals. Bedrock composed of ice, rivers and seas of liquid methane, and enough hydrocarbons to heat the Earth for a thousand years.

“What is the purpose of the trip?”

“I cannot tell you anything until you agree to go.”

“Well, I cannot give you my answer until I know if we’re going to harvest the hydrocarbons for Earth or if we’re going to try to colonize it.”

Max now had both eyes covered with his hands. “Tam, I cannot tell you. You will just have to use that brilliant mind of yours to figure it out all on your own.”

His response told her that something he’d said had provided the answer. She focused on the ability to work with teenagers. You wouldn’t take teenagers on a ship to harvest, but you would to start a colony. By the time they arrived, they’d be young adults possessing a full span of child-bearing years.

“I’ll go.”

 

Buy Link: AMAZON

Note from Liza: All books are free for KU subscribers

About the Author:

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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