We Have to Help Him 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 newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again. The alien scientist in charge, Lampergg, has ordered the humans taken outside. Mateer, who has been undergoing torture in a separate area, is brought to join them for the first time, but has passed out from the severe treatment. Harker is a blow hard human prisoner with whom Megan, who’s a medical doctor, has already had one run-in. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

“We’re setting you free for a while,” Lampergg said, making an expansive gesture toward the horizon, “Fourteen days to be exact. I expect you to explore the area, show us how capable you humans are of surviving in the wilderness, and get acclimated to the planet.” He grinned, “See if there are any holes in our perimeter – I’ve heard it said your species is quite clever. You will take him with you during this experiment,” the scientist said next, pointing at the injured prisoner, who lay unmoving.

Harker shook his head and objected loudly, “Man’s literally dead weight. We’re not going to carry him – Why should we? He’s nothing to us.”

“I’ll have him executed right now where he lies if you don’t.” In response to a signal from the scientist, a guard stepped to the invalid and rested the lethal tip of his pulse rifle against the man’s skull. Raising his bushy yellow eyebrows and running his gaze over the assembled people, Lampergg said, “What manner of beings are you humans?”

Outraged, Megan confronted Harker, “We can’t leave him here to be killed in cold blood – we have to try to help him.”

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both coversThe 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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7 Items I Can’t Live Without

Depositphotos_18988089_l-2015 sevenI was reading People magazine at breakfast and there was an article with “7 Products Kate Hudson Can’t Live Without.” Now since she’s an A list, jet setting actress, her choices ran toward Diptyque candles and La Mer skin crème (well, to be fair, also it was an article in the beauty section). But it started me thinking – welcome to author brain, folks – what would be the seven items I’d pick that I “can’t live without”? Of course if the zombie apocalypse hits tomorrow, I’ll exist without some of these and others I’ll scrounge from the ruins of countless stores as I wander with my fellow band of hardy survivors….WAIT, do I sound too much like a character from any version of ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘World War Z’?

I promise to compose a new list should the End of the World As We Know It happen, but for now, here’s my set of choices, in no special order:

The microwave

My cell phone – well, duh.

My Kindle (all those books on my TBR, the shows to binge watch, the movies I haven’t gotten to yet!)

The electric toothbrush/floss/those tiny interdental brushes. (OK more than one item but it’s a category.)

Coumadin (AKA warfarin) because I do have a heart condition and am more prone to stroke-causing clots than most people would be.

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A sweater, any sweater – I’m always chilly and am almost never seen without a cozy sweater, usually black, sometimes brown, gray or dark blue. Pockets preferred. I like to wrap up in it. Cozy is a big thing for me. I really should try writing a cozy mystery while wearing my cozy sweater…

Reading glasses!!! I’m blind as the proverbial bat without them and I probably wouldn’t even see the apocalypse in front of me if I don’t have those at my side. The other items would also tend to be useless without the glasses on. I could be taking Coumadin or vitamin C or Sweetarts for all I’d know. I’ll always remember the horror in the apocalyptic book Alas, Babylon when the bad guys break the doctor’s one pair of glasses. NO!!!!! (Thank you, author Pat Frank, for more or less clearing up that loose end at the book’s closing.)

I didn’t include my laptop but yeah, without it I can’t write my novels very well (or blog posts like this one), so that’s an eighth item for sure.

Jake the Cat was only mollified about not being included when I explained to him he wasn’t an ‘item’.

I decided my car was too big to be on the list, plus it ‘lives’ outdoors.

What seven items would you choose?

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

hunter prison planet2As 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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HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: This series sounds so good. I might have to move it off my TBR List and just one click!

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defense, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone.

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traitor's brideTHE TRAITOR’S BRIDE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 1) by Alix Nichols

A month ago, ex-army Major Areg Sebi was thrown into prison.
Now he’s on the scaffold, laying his head on the block.
No public trial for the disgraced war hero. No cyborgs from the League of Realms to whisk him away.
No help. No escape.
A priestess chants a prayer for the major’s soul, even as a judge cries out, “Death to the traitor!”

In the crowd below, laundry maid Etana Tidryn stares into Areg’s eyes.
His lips were hot against hers last night. His hands roamed her body, worshipped her, pleasured her.
She’s falling for him, hard and fast.
She’s still hoping, even if he’s given up…
Can Etana transcend everything she knows — transcend life itself — to save him?
Can she rise to meet her destiny?

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avenging edenAVENGING EDEN (THE EDEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Lexi Post

Sometimes the price of revenge is too high.
When Mya discovers a badly wounded Edenist in the jungle, she hopes by saving him, he will help her enter the city of Naralina. She takes him to the safety of her home, only to find another Edenist is already there…and he’s looking for her.

Keeva’s mind is more than intrigued about the invisible woman who came to his rescue since there is no such thing as a female Edenist, not that his body cares. When he learns of her history, his protective instincts flare to life, bringing with them a need to avenge her.

Bent on revenge, Haldone seeks Mya’s help to punish those who harmed his brother, at least that’s what he tells himself, but his feelings for her go far deeper than the “friend” she dubs him. Unfortunately, he’s not the best at communicating his feelings…or anything else for that matter.

The men’s thirst for vengeance on those who took her parents gives Mya hope and a new sense of family. It isn’t long before she develops a growing attraction, the first in her life. But surprises in the enemy camp and dangers to them all mount until she realizes they each must decide what is more important, revenge or each other.

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men of the north warrior mar26THE 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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oath forger 5OATH FORGER BOOK 5 by Nia Mars

VS: Her ever shorter blurbs on each book in the series have been fun to see. 

Thank you for sticking with Ava and her Five and being part of the adventure!
You are cordially invited to Merim to celebrate Earth officially becoming a Federation planet.
See you at the Oath Forger’s palace!

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dragons desire tajssDRAGON’S DESIRE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 8) by Miranda Martin

The devastation killed most of our population. Since then, Zmaj men have lived isolated and without females. That changed when a ship with human passengers crashed on our planet. For the first time in many years, we have females in our midst.

But some of the new humans fear our species. One of them, a quiet, dark-haired beauty with a fierce spirit, awakens my dragon. When I catch her scent, lust heats my blood.

Tajss is fraught with danger, not only from the scorching desert and blood-thirsty animals, but the battles among its peoples. Sarah doesn’t see the threats that lurk in the shadows, but I do. As second in command of the Tajss tribe, I face the choice of fulfilling my duty, or protecting Sarah. She’s become my world. My mate. I’ll keep her safe.

Even if it means kidnapping her.

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taming ryockTAMING RYOCK (STAR JOINED BOOK 2) by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty 

My life has become a living nightmare…
Abducted. Stolen from Earth. I wake up in a strange alien laboratory to discover my new alien overlords plan to use me in a breeding experiment.
The alien they want me to breed with? Yeah, he’s blue, he’s mean, and he’s packing some seriously scary alien ‘equipment’. There’s no way I can survive the experiment. Seriously, I’m going to die, and my new overlords could care less.
Thankfully, the guy in the cage next to mine is extremely pissed about the situation. He’s big, even meaner than the blue guy, and he just might be my salvation.

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ivanIVAN (GIDEON’S RAIDERS BOOK 3) by Kit Rocha

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price—the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.

And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.

Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense–and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.

Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.

Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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givenGIVEN (STAR BREED BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Thief Kara Shimsi has learned three lessons well – keep her head down, her fingers light, and her tithes to the syndicate paid on time.
But now a failed heist has earned her a death sentence – a one-way ticket to the toxic Waste outside the dome. Her only chance is a deal with the syndicate’s most ruthless enforcer, a wolfish mountain of genetically-modified muscle named Davien.
The thought makes her body tingle with dread-or is it heat?

Mercenary Davien will do whatever it takes to get back into space. The last thing he wants is a smart-mouthed thief – even if her scent drives him wild – and she may have the clue he needs to hunt down whoever destroyed his home.

Caring is a liability. Desire is a commodity. And love could get you killed.

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morcai battalion the pursuitTHE MORCAI BATTALION: THE PURSUIT by Diana Palmer

The first time Mekashe, Captain of the Imperial Guard, meets blue-eyed human beauty Jasmine Donally, the two nearly come to blows. Forever devoted to the Cehn-Tahr, Mekashe is forced to sever ties with the object of his adoration. Years pass before their paths cross again, but Mekashe hasn’t forgotten what transpired—or the way she makes his heart race. But even if he can forgive the past, insurmountable barriers still threaten to keep them worlds apart. With their mutual attraction escalating quickly, they’ll have to find a way to bridge the gap—or be lost to each other forever.

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star assassinSTAR ASSASSIN (A LORI ADAMS NOVEL 01) by D R ROSIER 

Lori Adams is an assassin who kills enemies of the state. She’s rather unique, and doesn’t have a choice. She’s different, enhanced, and modified. Highly intelligent, faster reflexes, enhanced proprioception, and enhanced spatial awareness, all together make her deadly, and a force to be reckoned with. She’s also virtually a slave, and running would just end in her death.

She was working on a way to escape, it wasn’t as simple as just avoiding her handlers. Except, everything changes when she’s taken. Abducted by aliens, and enslaved. Those poor bastards have no idea what they’re in for.

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phoenix projectTHE PHOENIX PROJECT by Jacqueline Frank

VS Note: Originally published as part of Nocturnal.

Held captive, Amara is subjected to bizarre experiments that test the limits of her sanity. But nothing prepares her for being locked away—naked—with a sexy ex-cop. . .after they’ve been pumped full of drugs that increase engineering a plantheir sexual appetites to animalistic intensity.

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ENGINEERING A PLAN (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK 4)  by Viola Grace

The pilots have gotten their bots under their control and are now ready for the next phase in the attack strategy. They are meeting that plan with one of their own.

Back to the city yet again, the pilots are charged with activating the final weapon of the first war, if they can find the stations that will start the machine up after its long sleep.

Being outside the bots is difficult for the pilots, but when they begin taking fire, there is nothing that they want more than the safety of their recent metal companions.

Whose plan was this anyway?

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warfleshWARFLESH (STRANGE WORLDS BOOK 4) by Kim Knox

VS Note: A rerelease “edited and updated”. Kim serves it up HOT and steamy 🙂

Fina Brodie is warflesh.
Enhanced by her government to bring ultimate pleasure, her negotiation skills secure anything her superiors want. The choice of pleasure she offers has always been hers.

Until now.
She’s not meeting Kian, Lord of the Tir to negotiate. She’s payment.

And she’s not alone in bringing pleasure to the mysterious Tir leader. The man Kian has chosen to join them in the sexual and very public spring festival has long headed her ‘never ever’ list. Add the much-sort-after liquid fire, which is a rocket fuel to her already highly evolved libido, and it makes her reactions to Jonathon Raegh, all that more dangerous.

But the Tir have a hidden agenda. And Kian, Fina and Jon uncover it in the heat and passion of the arena.

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jilted princeJILTED PRINCE (HELL’S SON BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel…(more blurb on the ebook seller page)…

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born of darknessBORN OF DARKNESS (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 1) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: Another series I kind of drifted away from (Midnight Breed) but this new take sounds good so it’s on my TBR.

As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman’s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Ash is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are lethal. But when a beautiful, secretive young woman on the run from dangerous enemies crosses his path in the middle of a dark night in the desert outside Las Vegas, Ash is drawn into a deadly game where trust can be an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.

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hot and badgeredHOT AND BADGERED (THE HONEY BADGERS) by Shelly Laurenston

VS Note: I always like the sense of humor with which she writes.

t’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

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night of the drakoryansNIGHT OF THE DRAKORYANS: A REVERSE HAREM DRAGON FANTASY by Ava Sinclair

Three dragon lords. One reluctant maiden.
And only one long night to claim her.
Syrene does not come to Altar Rock as a willing sacrifice. Angered by her village’s eagerness to give her to the dragons, she seeks to escape. But the dragon who comes for her isn’t having it; he takes her anyway, and carries her home to share as mate with his shifter brothers.

Now the Lords of Jo’Lyn wonder if they haven’t made a mistake. Syrene is as defiant of them as she was of the village she believes rejected her. She swears she will not give herself to even one Drakoryan lord, let alone three.

But the three dominant dragon shifters will not be refused. With the survival of their bloodline hanging in the balance, they are determined to find creative ways to woo their wild mate before the sun rises once more over the empire.

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witch of the meadowsTHE WITCH OF THE MEADOWS (THE WINDBOURNE BOOK 1) by Laurel Wanrow

For months, seventeen-year-old Fern has been sneaking out on her mother—really sneaking out—through a magical portal to an island halfway around the world. There, the grandmother Fern never knew existed needs her help rejuvenating their ancestral land. She has always been good at growing things, but that’s not magic. And magic is what the island needs.

With its energy running out, the land is breaking apart, and the caretakers demand a real witch to take over the Meadows, not a teenager with a green thumb. Elbow-deep in dirt, Fern confronts a splintered community, unsure who to trust, but grateful for the support of a Scottish boy who looks at her with green eyes shining with magic—and something more powerful.

Caring for this land is Fern’s birthright, one she longs to claim. But to take her place in this magical world, Fern must first figure out how to use her unique gift.

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small momentsSMALL MOMENTS (A MALSUM PASS NOVEL) by Kimberly Forrest

Newly released from her captivity by the fur traders – a group that preys on shifters for profit – Rin Hayashi is looking forward to a normal, quiet life, and the town of Malsum Pass seems a perfect place to settle.
Surrounded by the wolf pack, she’s never felt safer… maybe even safe enough to fall in love, and Mike seems more than willing to fall with her. But Rin senses not all is as it seems with the charming town mechanic. Did her captivity make her overly suspicious and paranoid, or is the male she is falling in love with hiding a dangerous secret?

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wish upon the starsA WISH UPON THE STARS (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 4) by TJ Klune

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

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crashing gatesCRASHING GATES (DUAL REALM #4) by Kyra Dune

VS Note: So I debating whether to add this one because of a dearth of reviews on most of this new-to-me author’s books, and I went to the Look Inside feature.  When I realized I was reading on and on, drawn into the world building, wanting to know what would happen next…ok, onto this week’s NR report it went LOL. It’s on my TBR, no idea if I’d like the entire plot, etc., but the sample was intriguing.

It was supposed to be an easy assignment. Retrieve one lone human from the first realm and bring him back to the Council for questioning. Nothing too complicated for Amberstone to handle. Even though this particular human was his sister’s lover and the reason she was arrested and about to be executed. Such things do not matter to a Guardian.
What he didn’t expect was to find two second realm fugitives, both of whom were believed to be dead, alive and living with the humans. And that was only the beginning of his problems.

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dancers delightDANCER’S DELIGHT (MYSTIC VALLEY BOOK 2) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author’s note says first pubbed in 2007 and now revised.

Fed up and heartsick, Dancer, virtuoso violinist and assassin decides to retire despite the angry objections of his boss. On the run for his life, he heads for a hideaway in the mountains. Safe in the warm shelter of his cave Dancer awoke to the strong scent of flowers. His initial investigations of a strange tunnel lead to another cave and a beautiful valley. When he returns to the cave, he is shocked to find that the tunnel has disappeared trapping him in Mystic Valley.

A gardener and amateur botanist, Eppie spends her lonely days searching out new plants for the inhabitants of Mystic Valley while she waits for her destined bond-mate to find his way to the valley. Now time is running short. From the instant they forged a mind bond, her body began schalzina, the biological preparation for physical bonding in valley women. Each new occurrence of schalzina is stronger and nudges Eppie another step closer to the final consequence—death—unless Dancer reaches the valley in time for their oath-binding and physical bonding.

Will he find his way to her? And if he does, will he agree to an immediate joining with this beautiful stranger?

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esherESHER (GUARDIANS OF HADES ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Felicity Heaton

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.

Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten…(more blurb at the ebook seller’s site)…

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SPHERE songSPHERE SONG: THE ISLE OF DESTINY SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Neala O’Riordan is no stranger to the sweet and spicy things in life although that’s more to do with running a highly acclaimed bakery in Kilkenny than because of having any semblance of a dating life. In lieu of romantic entanglements, Neala instead pours her love and attention into her rapidly growing business and the in-demand sweets she concocts.

When a distraught man storms into her bakery one morning, Neala’s life is turned upside down. In moments, she’s plunged into a fairytale world – and she’s the star of the show. When she learns that the fate of Ireland, if not the entire world, rests on her shoulders, Neala is ready to turn tail and run for the hills – but she’s stopped in her tracks by the storm she sees in the eyes of her handsome protector, Dagda.

With one look, Dagda challenges Neala to stay and fight – to accept her destiny – and to change the course of the future…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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legend of nimway hallTHE LEGEND OF NIMWAY HALL: 1794 – CHARLOTTE by Karen Hawkins

VS Note: No idea how much magic or fantasy there may be in the book but it was ranked high in the Fantasy Romance category.

Miss Charlotte Harrington knows what’s expected of her. Properly raised and newly reminded of her duties after the unexpected death of her far-more-perfect twin sister, Charlotte is resigned to wedding the son of a near neighboring land owner and live a sedate and proper, respectable life. But Charlotte’s high spirits will not be contained and she yearns deeply for a life of adventure, excitement, and love.

When wild and untamed Marco di Rossi arrives at Nimway Hall, commissioned to carve a masterpiece for the family home, he finds himself instantly drawn to the far-from-subdued Charlotte. Despite the potential ruin to his own brilliant career, he cannot resist her spirit and beauty, nor the call of the deep, wild magic that resides within a mysterious and magical orb hidden deep in the walls of the ancient house of Nimway.

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claimed mermaidCLAIMED: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING (HAVEN REALM BOOK 4) by Mila Young

Nyssa’s not your typical princess. She rebellious, and sneaks down to the Shark Bait bar with her friends, to get away from the pressures of palace life. Each time a hot Sharkrider chats her up, she develops a serious case of fin in the mouth disease, and embarrasses herself. All that changes when her father announces she’s to marry the cruel and scheming commander of his army. She’d rather digest in the belly of a whale than marry that slug.

When Nyssa digs a little deeper, she uncovers that the commander is using a spell to control her father. In wedding her, the commander plans to kill the king, and rule the underwater realm. With the help of three mersoldiers who pledged their allegiance to her, Nyssa must save her father and the kingdom. Now she must navigate new emotional currents while keeping her head above, or below, water…even if that means drowning in the soldier’s love.

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dragon eruptionDRAGON ERUPTION (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Cowl and his brothers have been awakened into a new world centuries after he accidentally buried them in an avalanche. While his two older brothers decide what the trio should do without him, Cowl strains at the leash to be able to make his own choices. He doesn’t need their rules, all he needs is the drop dead-gorgeous, green-eyed beauty behind the bar.

Lately Andria’s dreams of moving to the coast have taken on a new urgency. Events in her hometown have left her feeling exposed and vulnerable. All she needs to do is graduate, then she can leave everything behind. But when a sexy and mysterious stranger walks into her bar and her life, everything changes…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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tropical dragon diverTROPICAL DRAGON DIVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Dragons are meant to be creatures of fire and fury, not salt water and mercy. But Bastian isn’t an ordinary dragon.

Shunned by his warrior family, he guards golden beaches instead of a golden hoard. But when he rescues a beautiful, mysterious woman from stormy waves, he finally finds something worth fighting for.

She’s the treasure he’s been longing for… so why does she insist that his feelings are false?

Saina only meant to use her siren song to enthrall the handsome, gentle lifeguard long enough to heal and escape. But now he wants to keep her forever. Even worse, she wants to stay.

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first impressionsFIRST IMPRESSIONS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane

VS Note: Reviews mention a cliffhanger ending.

Eva Taylor has been locked in an attic for 4 years.

Failed by the foster system, and left in the hands of a woman who hates her, and a man who wants her, Eva has given up hope of ever having a life.

When she finds a mysterious letter from Rothmore College addressed to her in the trash, Eva’s future suddenly comes alive. Now all she has to do is figure out a way to escape her attic prison, make her way across the country to New York City, and figure out all the things that point to the fact that she isn’t exactly normal…

Along the way Eva meets new friends, explores new places, and stumbles across three beautiful, charismatic, and alarmingly otherworldly men. Do they hold the key to Eva discovering who she really is, or are they just good at first impressions?

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grisly grizzlies lachlanTHE GRISLY GRIZZLIES: LACHLAN (THE GRIZZLY BEAR SHIFTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 1) by Kim Fox

Jessie is wearing the perfect designer wedding dress for the perfect wedding, which she can’t escape from fast enough. You would run too if you were forced to be married to the cruel mob boss, Luca Capuano. There are enemies all around her, so she escapes to the one place where she knows she’ll be safe: the small town of Redemption Creek, Montana.

Grizzly bear shifter, Lachlan, is busy drinking himself into a coma when his old flame shows up in a wedding dress. There’s nothing he would like more than to marry the girl he’s been thinking of for years, but his crazy bear can’t be trusted around nice delicate things like Jessie.

Lachlan desperately wants to protect Jessie from the men hunting her down, but who is going to protect her from the vicious animal he has lurking inside? Is Jessie running from one monster to another?

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a dance with darknessA DANCE WITH DARKNESS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

I’ve always felt like an outsider. Until my eighteenth birthday, I didn’t know how true that was. First, I started seeing strange things. Then, the tips of my ears began to shift. Now, even touching something made of iron makes me sick.

Am I losing my mind?

When four mysterious fae males corner me in the street, they bring terrifying news: I’m not human. I’m a changeling, a fae swapped at birth.

Under their powerful yet infuriating guidance, I return to Otherworld to train at their academy and determine to which of the four faerie courts I belong. But there’s something much more dangerous than the four fae vying for my attention.

And if I don’t unravel the fae’s secrets, none of the changelings will survive. Including me.

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to save a savage scotTO SAVE A SAVAGE SCOT (A TIME TRAVELER’S HIGHLAND LOVE BOOK 2) by Tamara Gill

Kenzie Jacobs is fascinated by a portrait of the roguish Highlander, Black Ben, which hangs in her ancestral home. There’s a mystery surrounding his death, and Kenzie longs to solve it by traveling through time to 17th century Scotland–and perhaps meet the gorgeous laird who haunts her dreams.
Black Ben, Laird of Ross, suited his dark name more than ever since his wife died in childbirth. He has vowed never to marry again. But Kenzie is an intoxicating elixir and even more potent than whiskey. As confusing and crazy as she may seem, he can’t get her out of his system. But there’s no way they can ever work, as she does not fit into his plans.
Fate has brought them together, and Ben can’t stop Kenzie from returning to her time, though he would do anything-except marry her-to keep her with him. Kenzie has a life to get back to but leaving her favorite, though infuriating, Highlander behind, might be the toughest thing she’ll ever have to do.

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zero sumZERO SUM (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

Mary Kumar had innocently attended a boring lecture for information she needed for her dissertation. She was so close to being finished she could taste it. When the guest lecturer writes something that doesn’t jibe into the equation, and she notices it, her life begins to get very weird. Her advisor is murdered and she finds herself hunted.

Pran Tella is about to give up on his hunt for his mate when he finds her quite literally falling at his feet as she’s being chased. He decides to protect her from the danger he finds all around her, even going so far as to move into her building.

They find themselves on the run, and surrounded by family as they try to solve for X. Who is trying to kill Mary and why?

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golden seductionGOLDEN SEDUCTION (RARITIES INCORPORATED BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

When a man comes to life from a tarot card a woman finds herself giving into his golden seduction.

Laila Brooks is a geek at heart. She was more comfortable with her computer and books. Adventure to her, is finding a new computer code that no one else has. An unexpected gift of a captivating deck of Tarot Cards draws her into an adventure for the search to save a man, find herself, and come out of her shell. Adventure has never been so sizzling and tempting.

Aleneic knows that his time is limited and he has to complete his quest or be sent back into a lonesome existence. The fates have put him on a path with a woman who makes him do the one thing he is afraid to do – hope things will be different.

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dragon magicDRAGON MAGIC by Megan Derr

On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.

Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon away—and in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.

Mahzan, the King’s Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic… Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man… Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost… and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne…

Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis.

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sacrifice soul summonerTHE SACRIFICE (THE SOUL SUMMONER BOOK 5) by Elicia Hyder

“Hello, Praea.”
There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.
The reason? Ransom.
The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.
But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.

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all fired upALL FIRED UP: LOVE SPELLS (JEZIBABA SAGA BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Jezibaba—aka Elenora the reluctant Dragoness—is tucked into her beach house and enjoying her retirement. After hundreds of years of protecting the nutbag magical community, she deserves a little peace and quiet. Right? Wrong…

What she doesn’t deserve is her dragon lover announcing their mating to all of dragonkind. Those crazy flying freaks consider her to be Damien’s pet human which is really not working for her. The least he could have done was warn her they were about to be summoned before the Council of Dragons to explain themselves.

She also doesn’t deserve to have to worry about the wicked firebird mage, Zenos, trying to bed Damien’s mother. You’d think a couple of millennial-old creatures would keep their embarrassing wooing to themselves. Damien’s breathing fire over it and Goddess only knows what’s going to happen when the Council of Dragons finds out.

The chaos she calls her life has her all fired up again. Retirement will have to wait. Something has to be done before her inner dragon decides to get involved and the witch hits the fan.

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eight simple rules for dating a dragonEIGHT SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING A DRAGON: A NOVEL OF THE EMBRACED by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her…

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twice bittenTWICE BITTEN: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.

Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.

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magi romancer logoI did a fun podcast this week with Magi Romance and talked a LOT about why I wrote my newest books AYDARR and MATEER, plus writing in general! If you enjoy listening to podcasts…
The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both covers
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 21

March 14

March 7

February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

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’ll Take Those 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 jumped ahead again.  Still in the cell, a day or two later. The evil alien scientist Dr. Lampergg has unexpectedly sent a new group of prisoners to join the humans already imprisoned with Megan. The newcomers are quite ill from the way they’ve been released from stasis. Harker is a blow hard human prisoner with whom Megan, who’s a medical doctor, has already had one run-in. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry!

The excerpt: 

Megan moved, helping another man limp with her toward the center of the room,“I need supplies to treat these people,” she said over her shoulder to the guard, “Please.”

“Dr. Lampergg has sent you an allotment,” The guard gestured and a robo drifted into view, carrying a container Megan hoped was full of the promised medical necessities.

Harker stepped forward, “I’m in charge here, and I’ll take those.”

Mouth open in disbelief, Megan glared at him, “Those are for the people suffering.”

“Might be more useful for those of us who are already recovered,” he said, “Give us extra energy and calories lacking in the junk they’re feeding us. Besides, some of the sick are too far gone anyway.”

Anger burned through her body in a sheet of fire, “And giving them the right energy bar might save them – who the seven hells do you think you are?”

Walt interposed himself, “Lampergg sent the supplies to Megan and he’s the guy in charge – am I right?” he asked the disinterested guard.

“I’m to give them to the one you’ve named as being a doctor,” the Khagrish said, “What you do with the bars after I leave isn’t my concern. I will tell you Dr. Lampergg doesn’t react well to his orders being disregarded.”

mateerThe 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 March 21

taming the giantAs 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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TAMING THE GIANT: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDE OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I really enjoy Evangeline’s books. Put this on my TBR.

Meet the Jor’gen Kindred. After leaving the main Mother Ship centuries ago to make a genetic trade with a massive race of people, they are thirty percent bigger than their ancestors. Which makes them 9 feet tall—giants to regular sized humanoids. Now, hundreds of years after the genetic trade which made them so huge, the Jor’gen Kindred have no more females and are seeking a new people to trade with. Bram, their captain, has been dream-sharing with a female from a small, cold, rocky planet at the far edge of the galaxy. The problem? She’s tiny compared to him.

Alanah is the ruler of her people but not by choice. After a plague carried off all the men and boys, including her father the king, she and the female members of her pre-industrial society were left to fend for themselves. Alanah has always felt like an outsider. Not only is she a princess but she’s considered much too tall for a woman. The other ladies at court sneer at her behind her back, wondering where she will ever find a man big enough to take her on.

Enter Bram, a giant three feet taller than Alanah. Suddenly the formerly too-tall princess is feeling positively petite. But Alanah’s planet is stuck in the Dark Ages and Kindred technology looks like magic to them—black magic. Can Alanah convince her people the giant race is safe to join with? And can she and Bram overcome their differences—both physical and emotional—to form a lasting relationship?

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full houseFULL HOUSE (THE DRIFT BOOK 6) by Susan Hayes

A veteran of the Resource Wars, Raze is a cyborg with a simple plan. He wants to be left alone, forever.

Planetary scout Sevda Rem is light-years from civilization when her ship is damaged, forcing an emergency landing on an unoccupied planet. At least, it was supposed to be unoccupied…

He’s trespassing on a corporate-owned planet. She’s duty bound to report him. The deck is stacked against them, but if they play their cards right, they might discover that together they hold a winning hand.

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planet bearPLANET BEAR (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce

Jessica White never intended to stray from her intended path. Her assignment was hard but simple. Travel through the unrestricted path of space corridor that runs between Planet Bear, Planet Wolf, and Planet Cat to human territory to deliver the packages the Union have entrusted her with. The pay day she gets when she completes her job will seriously help her family. But when she gets attacked and ends up crash landing on Planet Bear, her life changes immediately.

Finn, Cole, and Rylan aren’t just any shifters—they run the planet—and if they want their human mate accepted they’re going to change everything to get what they want. She is their mate. Everyone else can get out of their way. But Jessica isn’t at all sure she wants to go along with this mating. Their furniture is too big, their food is weird, she’s not a bear shifter, and she can’t defend herself from crazy bears shifting to threaten her life.

The brothers three will have to convince her they’re worth all the adjustment or lose her to space.

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covert gameCOVERT GAME (GHOSTWALKERS BOOK 14)  by Christine Feehan

VS Note: I used to LOVE this series. Then I kind of drifted away from it, came back for a book or two, drifted away again, but I’m thinking I’ll read this one and see if I can get back into it. Does that ever happen to you with a series?

Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine–a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire.

A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her…

But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him.

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night of the monrokNIGHT OF THE MONROK by Aubrey Cara

Trust your fate and be brave.

Those were the last words said to me before I was sealed in a crate and shipped to Pacbar. Beaten and broken, I never made it to the capital planet of the Jun’pn Galaxy. My crate was intercepted, opened, and I, a rare valuable creature, was stolen, paraded naked on stage in an open market, and sold to not one, but four Monrok warriors.

I know what the Monrok want from me. I was created for just that purpose, but I need something from them too. I’m on a mission they cannot know of, yet every moment with my new Monrok masters makes it harder to keep my secret.

It’s imperative I reach Pacbar and speak to the Galactic Unity Council, for the fate of the galaxy rests on me, a veran concubine.

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pet tradePET TRADE: A GALACTIC CONCORDANCE NOVELLA by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: Previously included in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space anthology. I LOVED this story, one of my absolute favorites in the anthology, and want MORE about these characters some day.

An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town. The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren’t so lucky.

On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.

“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?

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born with a silver moonBORN WITH A SILVER MOON: GALAXA WARRIORS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 15) by Milly Taiden

Attention is something Riley Parks usually shies away from, but when she finds herself on a shifter planet in a distant galaxy, attention is exactly what she’s getting. Especially from one smokin’ hot hunk of a man. Jag. The man sends her body into heat and her mind to a scramble whenever he’s near, but she’s not having it. No way. A little taste might not hurt, though, right?

Royal prince, warrior, and womanizer, Jag Kasaval has his sights set on Riley. She turns his world upside down and his inner lion is clawing to claim her. Not used to rejection, he’s willing to do anything to get his mate. What he didn’t expect was a feisty hellcat waiting to be unleashed beneath her quiet exterior.

Riley and Jag are thrown together to help plan a royal wedding and coronation. She refuses to admit Jag is exactly the man she wants, even if matchmaker Gerri Wilder says it’s in the cards. In the midst of palace intrigue, Riley’s swept up in scandal and danger that drags her beyond the Galaxa she’s come to know. With her life in the balance, Jag will have to find her before it’s too late or lose her forever.

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warriors of phaeton finchWARRIORS OF PHAETON: FINCH by Leora Gonzales

Claudia is living every single mom’s dream… well, not really, but she’s the type to see the glass half-full.

Working the night shift to make ends meet, Claudia barely gets by with help from her best friend and her steady cleaning job. She can’t complain though. There’s food on the table and diapers on her baby’s butt, so she keeps chugging along. Her job at the Intake Center not only pays her bills, but also feeds her fantasies whenever she catches sight of the gorgeous Phaetons coming down to Earth to collect their brides under the Bridal Pact.

Finch knew that he would eventually get a bride…he just didn’t expect that it would start with a kidnapping. ..(more of the blurb will be found on the ebook seller’s site)..,

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invasive speciesINVASIVE SPECIES ( THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME WORLD SECURITY BOOK 8) by Cassandra Chandler

She wanted to curl up with a Sci-fi Romance—she never thought she’d be living one!

Kyle has finally found a woman who seems more interested in his intellect and interests than his physique. Too bad it happens right before discovering his entire life has been built on a lie.

Tracey thinks she’s found her own “Happily Ever After” when she hooks up with the smartest, hottest guy she’s ever met. But their story takes a turn, landing them in the crosshairs of alien invaders who’ve barely begun their conquest of Earth.

Can they figure out who to trust in time to save their homeworld and their lives?

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zorans captiveTHE ZORAN’S CAPTIVE (BARBARIAN BRIDES)  by Luna Hunter

They say I’m a monster. A killer. Humanity’s worst nightmare.
Only Nora Baker believes in me.

To spite her the warden locks the curvy human in my cell.
He expects me to kill her.

Nobody expects me to love her.

When I see her, it’s love at first sight. She is the most beautiful creature I have ever seen, and every inch of me wants nothing more than to claim her. But, I resist. I must be strong. I must prove my worth and my innocence, and I need her help.

And she needs mine, for Nora’s the only female in this alien prison. Her life is in my hands — but I’m not sure I can even protect her from myself.

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guardian emmy chandlerGUARDIAN (PRISON PLANET BOOK 1) by Emmy Chandler

Audra Copeland is among dozens of newly convicted felons dropped off on the prison planet Rhodon, where she discovers that the women of zone four have a long-standing arrangement with the men. If they hand over six of the new arrivals, the men won’t raid. And Audra has just been drafted.

She can take her chances on her own, or select a guardian. The deal is simple, if barbaric: sex, in exchange for food and safety from the other two hundred men in zone four. It’s a terrifying proposal. The men are violent, filthy degenerates.

Then Audra sees Tyson at the edge of the crowd. A hulking, scarred figure, the other men call him a savage, but his clothes are clean, and he’s holding a freshly caught rabbit. He can clearly protect what’s his.

As compassionate as he is powerful, Tyson ignites something fierce in Audra, and their connection is white-hot. The problem? Every thirty days, she’ll have to pick a new guardian.

Now that he’s found Audra, Ty has every intention of keeping her for himself. Even if he has to destroy the fragile zone four peace treaty to do it.

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wife protectors gilesTHE WIFE PROTECTORS: GILES ( SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 2)by Chantel Seabrook and Charlie Hart

Tia thinks running from her husbands will keep them safe – but she never expected to have a gun in her hand, or to pull the trigger. A single bullet changes everything. The life she escaped is catching up to her, but she’s not the only one at risk. Giles sacrificed everything by coming to her rescue…now he’s paying the ultimate price.
The Lottery brought them together but lies threaten to tear them apart.
Love may be the answer, but in this brave new world, it might not be enough.
strafeSTRAFE (THIRD WAVE BOOK 2) by Mikayla Lane

As part of the Dranovian contingent rotated out for duty on Fornaite One, Strafe Za’ Natir had been determined to make the best of the worst working conditions on the barely habitable world. It had only taken a week for the place to wear on his soul and leave him disillusioned at the planet ever recovering.

Terran Egyptologist Heather O’Leary was the lead recovery specialist assigned to assist the planet in reclaiming the culture and heritage lost during the wars and environmental disasters that nearly destroyed the planet. Though the horrors of what had occurred on the world shocked her to the core, Heather was determined to do whatever she could to save what little remained of their history.

As a strange twist of fate throws the two together, the members of Balaneer’s court are plotting to reclaim the planet they believe still belongs to them. After years of licking their wounds and hiding in shadows to regain their power, the evil will choose this time to rise, leaving the desperate couple struggling to save what little remains of the soul of Fornaite One and its people.

city strikeCITY STRIKE (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK 3) by Viola Grace

With the transformation from engineers to pilots, the ladies must fight the memories of their ancestors in order to keep their focus on finding the defensive weaponry that goes with their bots. The city holds the key to the weapons, but the bots are on the outside of the gates and the caches are on the inside.

Each ancient pilot knew where the weapons had been buried, and those memories are now pressed into service as the engineers break through the city gates to get what they need to save their own people.

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dragon vip pyrochloreDRAGON VIP: PYROCHLORE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 3) by Starla Night

Bad boy dragon shifter Pyrochlore “Pyro” Onyx is the acting CEO of the Onyx Corporation — and for the smokin’ hot billionaire playboy, it definitely feels like an act. He has two weeks to save his family’s company from destruction and himself from an unwanted marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis.

When he catches sweet, curvy Amy stalking his every move, a new feeling wars with his old cynicism. No matter the species, females want Pyro for only one thing. And it isn’t true love or faithfulness.

Super responsible elementary school teacher Amy should never have given in to her secret fantasies to stalk the gorgeous dragon, but in his presence, her self-control just snaps. And although he calls her naive, she’s not so innocent that she doesn’t know what she wants. Playing with the fiery male risks getting burned, but as dark forces gather, she could be his only salvation.

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xeno sapiensXENO SAPIENS (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 1) by Rena Marks

In a future Earth, all governments have combined into one solid platform for the entire planet, the Global Government. Our protector and benefactor. Funded by them, Crested Utilitarian Laboratories has hired a doctor and a computer genius for a special, top secret project.

Alien life forms had been discovered, and the tissue samples kept in secret files. The laboratory has used DNA from the various life forms to create a new alien/human hybrid. Unfortunately, they can’t revive the beings without help, and they’re willing to pay an exorbitant amount to bring them to life.

However, when the new beings are revived, it’s discovered that not all is as it seems. These poor creatures aren’t being revived from scratch. They’re being RE-awakened, and for what purpose our doctor and computer genius are just beginning to discover.

It’s up to two brave women to save these creatures from the rest of the world.

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survival instinctsSURVIVAL INSTINCTS by May Dawney
Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.
When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?
Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.
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dragonlings magic four leaf cloverTHE DRAGONLINGS AND THE MAGIC FOUR-LEAF CLOVER: A DRAGONLINGS OF VALDIER SHORT by SE Smith

VS note: Ties to her scifi romance series Dragon Lords of Valdier.

A campfire tale while on a camp-out with their dads has the dragonlings and their besties enchanted with a mythical kingdom called Glitter, home of the magical and mischievous Great King Leprechaun and the Little People. When the younglings discover their dads have disappeared, they are certain King Leprechaun is responsible. Armed with a magic four-leaf clover, the dragonlings and their besties will do anything to save their fathers, including tricking the King by using their golden symbiots–because everyone knows a Leprechaun can’t resist gold!

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relentless fire.PNGRELENTLESS FIRE (A NOVEL OF THE DRACOL BOOK 2) by Michelle Howard

VS Note: Previously published in Trial by Flame.

Rude
Sarcastic
Unbending
Three words which best described Varyk, King of the Green Dracol. Events in his life taught him to hold his heart back to avoid the pain of loss. To do so, he used his insufferable attitude as protection and it worked. Until fate came into play.

Fierce
Determined
Loyal
Inez is a soldier with the Black Dracol who has no problem saying what she means. Love and mating are for the distant future. Until an act of betrayal causes her path to cross an arrogant King.

Suddenly two opposing forces must find a way to work together to ensure the continuation of the hard fought peace between their kind.

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toxic desireTOXIC DESIRE by Robin Lovett

Nemona can’t believe she’s crash landed on the planet Fyrian with the brooding, golden-skinned alien who destroyed her ship and scattered her crew. She should want to kill him. But everything on Fyrian is an aphrodisiac. So she just wants to have him. Now.

Revenge. That’s all commander Oten has wanted against humans for more than a century, ever since they tried to destroy his kind. He never thought he’d end up in bed with one. But the desire the sex planet stokes for this human female is eating him alive. Keeping his hands, his mouth, and his vampiric fangs to himself proves impossible—especially when she’s begging him to touch her.

Nemona has no idea what endless sex with a Ssedez will do to her. But Oten knows all too well. They need to get off this planet. Before their coupling stirs an alien mating bond that neither of their hearts can withstand.

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oath forger book 4OATH FORGER BOOK 4 by Nia Mars

VS Note: Her blurbs are getting shorter and shorter!

Nope. This late in the game, I’m giving away nothing!!! If anyone has a complaint, they can send it to the Oath Forger’s Palace in Merim. But I will share an excerpt. (Because I can’t resist Roax. Seriously, who can?) Enjoy!  (VS: excerpt on the ebook seller’s page…not clear if this is the same material as the Look Inside feature.)

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chosen thea harrisonTHE CHOSEN: A NOVELLA OF THE ELDER RACES by Thea Harrison

VS note: Previously published in Amid the Winter Snow.

Wulfgar Hahn, better known as the Wolf of Braugne, is a man on a mission. Determined to avenge the murder of his brother, he stops at Camaeline Abbey to meet with the Chosen of Camael, goddess of the Hearth. Unfortunately, it appears the Chosen wants nothing to do with him. A leader in disguise… Captivated by the Wolf of Braugne despite herself, Lily poses as an unassuming priestess in order to learn more about this ruthless man. But things are not as they seem, and after foiling an assassination attempt, Lily must decide if Wulf is the destroyer from her visions, or the hero of her dreams. A choice to be made… As war looms on the horizon, passion sparks between them, but an enduring relationship between a soldier on the march and a leader who reveres hearth and home is impossible—or is it? Among the swirling snows of the winter Masque, the gods and goddesses of the Elder Races dance, and love will find a way.

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magic risingMAGIC RISING by Various

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets my friend Siobhan Muir has been sharing from her story – sounded good! I haven’t read any of the others in the volume.

“Magic and mayhem arise, and spell-binding tales of adventure await.

Join us as we explore dragons, shifters, witches, angels, and more in Magic Rising, a limited edition paranormal and fantasy romance collection from today’s hottest New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.”
dragon chronicles city of sinTHE DRAGON CHRONICLES CITY OF SIN by Melissa Stevens
Supernormals are disappearing.
No one knows why.
The Dragon Chronicles are three stand-alone, related stories about the dragons of the City of Sin.Teya wakes to find a man in her bed. One who wasn’t there the night before. She soon discovers he’s the man of her dreams, literally. Jericho is the man she’s been dreaming of for more than two thousand years. But a Nephilim in her bed isn’t the only trouble Teya faces.Rachel searches for her missing brother, terrified he’s fallen to whatever is happening to supernormals. She never expected to run into Chris searching for his sister – or discover he is her mate. Two heads are better than one, so they pool their resources and search together, but can it work between a dragon and a werewolf?Neo has survived the last two thousand years alone. He committed a selfish crime and was cursed to an eternity without a mate. Then Gwen walked off a plane into his life. How could it be possible? His senses say she is his mate. Can Neo negotiate sticky dragon politics and figure out how to court a female in the 21st century?

vampires thirst nikolaiA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: NIKOLAI by Marissa Farrar

Russian vampire Nikolai Petrov is forced by his maker to a meeting in a shady nightclub run by werewolves when it hits him—a craving for blood and sex, like nothing he’s ever experienced before—and his darkest vampire desires are unleashed.
But then a delicious scent assaults him. That of his Bloodmate. And she’s in terrible danger.
Nikolai knows he has to find her. If he doesn’t, the Thirst will take hold for good, and the number of deaths will be catastrophic—including his own. But Nikolai isn’t the only one after his Bloodmate. An older vampire has paid to own her, because Nikolai’s Bloodmate isn’t purely human.

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lord of new yorkLORD OF NEW YORK (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD BOOK 3) by Tori Knightwood

After the life-changing events in Paris, Ryenne is back in New York City. Back to face the allegations about her father. Back to protect her mother from the Fangs.
Mr. Lord has pulled the strings long enough. So, Ryenne vows to find him and neutralize him before she loses her mother, her best friend, her lover, and everything she cares about.
Lucien joins her in New York to fight by her side. But Ryenne’s new circumstances take more adjustment than either of them are prepared for. Sexy cops are just some of Ryenne’s temptations, and Lucien can’t stand to watch her flirt. Or worse.
Can Ryenne control her urges before Lucien leaves her for good? Can she prevent the Fangs from turning—or worse, killing—her mother? Will she learn the truth about her father?

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tracerTHE TRACER (RIFTERS BOOK 4) by M Pax

The portal connecting Earth to other worlds reopens, and Daelin Long stands ready to rescue her sister. After a winter of strenuous training, she’s prepared to battle the evil her sister warns against. Only, the rift is more unpredictable. The Mothman arrives whispering of death and transports Daelin to a land with seven moons. There, she faces a monster that can exist in two universes at the same time. Refusing to believe her fate is sealed, Daelin searches for the way home. With only her staff, her wits, and an uninformed detective, she dares to lead the fight. Otherwise, her sister and Earth don’t have a chance.

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ever afterEVER AFTER: A GAY FAIRY TALE by Christina Lee and Riley Hart

As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before—a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.

After his father’s passing, Cassius Havendale’s sole duty is to provide for his family. A promotion to serve a pampered prince is something he endures only for their sake. Surely Prince Merrick has no understanding of the true suffering of the common people, nor could he possibly understand what it’s like to desperately desire something he cannot have.

Except the prince is not at all what Cassius imagined. Kind, humorous, and caring to those in need, he also shares Cassius’s affinity for the arts. In fact, Merrick understands his deepest vulnerabilities in a most remarkable way.

As their affection deepens, the underlying tension between them becomes unbearable and they’re unable to ignore it any longer. But when the queen prepares a lavish ball with all the eligible ladies in the land in attendance, Merrick must fulfill his obligations to his country, and Cassius has the needs of his family to consider. They’ve long known their stolen moments would have to come to an end, but are they ready to give up one another and the idea of a happily-ever-after?

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heat lisa carlisle.PNGHEAT (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 5) by Lisa Carlisle

Tracy can’t explain why she’s drawn to a mysterious statue in the Goth club where she bartends. Stranger still, she’s been confiding her innermost secrets to it, as if it were an old friend.

But, when her ex shows up one night, drunk and aggressive, the solid stone statue turns to living, breathing, sexy flesh…

Gargoyle shifter Danton transforms to human form to protect Tracy, the woman he has yearned for. Now, he only has twenty-four hours before a curse returns him to stone. How can convince a woman who didn’t know he existed to spend those precious hours with him?

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haunted stunichHAUNTED (THE ACADEMY OF SPIRITS AND SHADOWS BOOK 2)  by C M Stunich

VS Note: Barely any blurb at all. I know her books are very well regarded in the reverse harem genre.

“Brynn of Haversey has some ghostly problems, but luckily she has six potential lovers to make it all a bit easier…

Sorry, spoiler seekers! That’s all the info you get for now!”

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wings of fireWINGS OF FIRE (PROTECTED BY DRAGONS BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Dumped on earth with three dragon’s guards, who have no idea who Isola is, isn’t what anyone had planned. With the biggest betrayal still haunting her heart, it’s hard for Isola to remember what she has to do and that she has to return to Dragca. Only making her dragons remember her, isn’t as easy as she hoped. The three guards, who she knows it’s forbidden to love, are doing everything to make sure they win her heart…
So, what could go wrong?
With dreams of her betrayer literally haunting her, and the dangers of earth becoming a problem no one can protect her from, everything seems lost when it’s dangerous to be.

The curse must fall, like fire for ice, betrayal and death must be the price.

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her warrior havenHER WARRIOR HAREM by Savannah Skye

Being hidden away in a castle, sheltered from all the very real dangers outside these walls, has some perks, but frankly? I’m sick to death of praying and eating grapes. It’s lonely, and, except for my friend Sadie, the other girls here are shallow and catty. I’d do anything to get the hell out of here. But when four warriors, the likes of which I’ve never seen, ram down the castle walls and steal me away? I can’t help but wonder if some prayers are better left unanswered.

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bearing it allBEARING IT ALL by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan

Emma Monte has three really big secrets. One, she’s the guardian of her little sister Cassidy. Two, she loves everything 80’s inspired and three, she’s throwing the biggest wedding she can for her friends—okay, so maybe the second isn’t really a secret. When she’s invited to spend spring break with Hayden and her family in Window Rock, Arizona, all of her secrets will be revealed.

Bodhi Raferty has been biding his time. He knows the little bear is his mate, but he’s willing to wait—if it means spending more time with her. When the opportunity arises to go home, he ready to take that final step and claim Emma for his own. However, his mate is hiding something huge. The only question is, can he help her pull it off?

Bodhi and Emma aren’t the only ones in for a surprise. As the week’s events unfold, there is a pair of Rafertys ready to be introduced, and they have the ability to upstage them all.

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when a vamp fallsWHEN A VAMP FALLS (WAR OF BLOOD AND BONDS BOOK 1)  by A M Griffin

Danya Evans’s normal everyday life is turned upside down when one good deed lands her on the opposite end of fangs. The fangs happen to be attached to the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
She knows that she should stay away from the vampire who almost kills her, but everything about Ramsey calls out to her heart and soul.

Ramsey Moreau, a Vampire who has walked Earth for thousands of years has two regrets. The first is underestimating the two new vampires who’ve found their way into New Orleans and the second is stealing blood from the trusting human he can’t get off his mind. His world is mundane to say the least, but when Danya is around he finds a reason to live and love again.

He’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe from harm—even go to war to protect the one he loves.

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hearts of stoneHEARTS OF STONE (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY) by Mina Carter

When Iliona is attacked by a demon, help comes from an unexpected source… Cal, the hot gargoyle from her local coffee shop. Her stone hottie has some secrets of his own though, namely a ‘twin’ born of stone and just as hot as he is. With everything from a demon to redcaps trying to kill her, can Iliona track down a serial killer before she becomes his next victim?

Born of stone to protect… They’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

Freed from their curse Cal and Gran relish their new freedom. Working at Frankie’s Coffee Shop isn’t the most glamorous, but it beats sitting on the roof of a church. And for Cal, Frankie’s has another advantage…the curvy beauty who comes in for coffee. He feels a pull toward her he can’t explain, especially not to Gran, who hates anything human.

When the chips are down, Gran comes through, but will the secret he’s kept close to his heart for centuries destroy them all?

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loaded for bearLOADED FOR BEAR (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 10) by Bianca D’Arc

A woman with a legacy of magic…Mellie is trying her best to come up with a way to protect the waters around Grizzly Cove from the leviathan and its minions, but it’s not easy. The ancient grimoire she’s been given holds the recipe for a potion that just might work. The only problem is that one of the ingredients is dragon’s blood. Whether that’s a euphemism or there really were dragons living at the time the spell book was written, she’s not sure, but she’s tried everything and so far, no luck.

A man willing to do anything for her…Peter wants to help Mellie, even if it means calling in favors from the lands of his ancestors. When he admits knowledge of dragon shifters—something his family has kept secret for generations—he agrees to help Mellie any way he can. Even if it requires him to work all night long to help her find an answer.

A love they cannot deny…Peter and Mellie are drawn together in ways they cannot resist. She is fast becoming his everything, he just wonders if she can feel the same. But when push comes to shove and a dragon tries to catch her eye, Peter proves he is more than man enough to win the lady fair and keep her heart safe forevermore. If, that is, the leviathan doesn’t succeed in killing them both first.

They will confront evil together, but only the Goddess knows if their love will see them through and allow them to survive to fight another day.

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chef caters to the reaperTHE CHEF CATERS TO THE REAPER (A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY) by Jax Cassida and Kirsten Painter (Forward)

Reaping souls for over two centuries can be such a bore. Breaking every rule in the Heavenly guidebook, reaper Stasia Tien has been secretly moonlighting as a seasonal catering chef in the quirky town of Nocturne Falls. She’s managed to balance her double life for the past decade or two, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, her sous chef and reaper colleague is unexpectedly called away weeks before the elaborate charity dinner for which Stasia’s responsible. Forced to find a last-minute replacement, she has no choice except to collect a debt from handsome celebrity chef du jour, Balthazar Dash. Years ago, Stasia saved Zar, and although she’s responsible for guiding souls into the afterlife, this is one rogue soul she’d rather keep all for herself…

Chef Zar owes Stasia his life—literally. Living on a second chance, he’s long forgotten a bargain made during a moment of desperation until the mysterious reaper pops into his busy restaurant. He’s been living the American dream with several hit shows under his belt. But Zar is ready to take a step back to better care for his young daughter. Exiting his current lifestyle won’t be easy, but perhaps the gorgeous diversion Stasia provides is exactly what he needs to get back into Heaven’s good graces.

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dragon falls for the fairy godmotherTHE DRAGON FALLS FOR THE FAIRY GODMOTHER (A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY) by Larissa Emerald and Kristen Painter (Forward)

Budding fairy godmother, Erika Tschanz, flees her parent’s overbearing rule in Rhoswynn, Arkansas in search of the freedom Nocturne Falls has to offer. But as soon as she steps foot on Georgia soil, mishaps abound. Her very first fairy godmother client’s warlock father is determined to stop her from helping his daughter find her “true love” at all cost.
Undercover spy and dragon shifter, Marshall Chadwick has some serious concerns about the people surrounding Erika. With his protection mode fired up, he struggles to keep her safe without getting his heart all messed up. A challenge made especially difficult for he knows he may be deployed to another assignment at any moment.
When the fairy dust settles, Erika comes to realize the power of choice and that she is worthy of love.

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lie close to meLIE CLOSE TO ME (LAZARUS RISING BOOK 5) by Cynthia Eden

VS Note: This series is on my TBR…so many books, so little time, sigh.

He’s Lazarus, and so is she. What happens when their worlds collide?

He’s hunting her. Maddox Kane has one goal—track Luna Ashton. He’s the best hunter on his team, finely honed and designed by Uncle Sam to be an unstoppable killing machine. He’s a super solider—faster, stronger, and deadlier than anyone else. Maddox keeps his emotions under careful lock and key because he can’t afford to feel. Feeling is too dangerous, and the attraction Maddox feels for Luna is positively lethal.

Luna has no memory of being in the labs with Maddox. She doesn’t remember the connection they shared when they were trapped in hell. She doesn’t remember escaping the facility. She doesn’t remember him. So when Maddox hunts her down, she’s terrified of him…and of the strange psychic and sensual connection they seem to share. Surely she shouldn’t want him so much?

Luna is different from the other Lazarus subjects, and Maddox isn’t the only one hunting her. She’s a dangerous threat to Project Lazarus, and Luna isn’t going to be allowed to just slip away from the U.S. government…or from the other super soldiers who are also desperate to find her. Every Lazarus subject has incredible psychic gifts. Some Lazarus subjects can make people see their worst fears, some can control minds…but Luna’s gift—she can show people their memories. Luna has the ability to restore memories to all of the other Lazarus subjects, yet she can’t see her own past.

And if you can’t see your past…then you never know what danger is coming, what killer is standing right next to you, touching you, lying to you…not until it is too late.

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fate for zeusA FATE FOR ZEUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 8) by  Lia Davis

Evil escapes the fiery pits of Tartarus and sets up residence in a small Pacific Northwest town in hopes of finding the priceless Stone of Affliction, and Zeus is the only one that can stop it. When the stone’s guardian is killed, the stone is passed to another—a beautiful demi-goddess who has no idea that the pendant she wears around her neck has marked her as the killer’s next target.

After watching her mother die in her arms, Jordan Knox isn’t sure how she’s going to pick up the pieces. When the handsome fireman who pulled her and her mom out of the burning house asks her to dinner, she figures it wouldn’t hurt. After all, he did save her life. But their first date doesn’t go as she hoped. An odd sensation nips at her intuition, telling her he is not what he seems.

Turns out, her fireman isn’t a fireman. He’s Zeus, King of the Gods, and he claims he’s the only one who can keep her safe.

And there is a dragon out for blood. Her blood.

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wolfs man fridayTHE WOLF’S MAN FRIDAY (NOSE TO TAIL INC BOOK 2) by Julia Talbot

The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.
When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir.That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?

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dragon bitesDRAGON BITES: STORM WALKER  by Jennifer Ashley w/a Allyson James

Maya and I are just trying to have a girls’ weekend in Vegas. Kick back, take in some shows … Then Gabrielle decides to tag along.

Now there’s a dragon slayer after Mick, gladiatorial games from hell, and a Vegas hotel full of trapped demons. When
Gabrielle and I charge in to assist, we don’t realize we’re awakening an ancient and terrible evil …

This evil is now after Gabrielle and her all-powerful magic, and it’s going to take me, Mick, Colby, and the rest of the dragons to keep my little sister safe.

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veiled enchantmentsVEILED ENCHANTMENTS (VEILED MAGIC) by Deborah Blake

Still reeling from her unwitting involvement in murder and subsequent break up with a half-Dragon art forger, Witch-cop Donata Santori is grateful for the distraction when her ex-lover requests her help. Not only are Magnus’s beloved dead suddenly haunting the Ulfhednar shapechangers in his tiny rural hometown in Maine, their patron god Odin has turned his back on them, and the members of their once tight-knit enclave are at each other’s throats. Literally.

Magnus is relying on Donata’s experience in dealing with the gods, along with her magical ability to summon the dead, to help him unravel this mystery in time to save his clan. Donata only hopes to survive the ordeal so she can return home to the city and her quiet job at the precinct.

But first, she must discover who or what is behind the terrible attacks on the Ulfhednar. And the clock is ticking, in more ways than one…

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prophecyTHE PROPHECY (A TITAN NOVEL BOOK 4 ) by Jennifer L Armentrout

History is on repeat…Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled.

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craved by the dragonCRAVED BY THE DRAGON (STONEFIRE BRITISH DRAGONS BOOK 11) by Jessie Donovan

All non-Irish dragon-shifters are being banished from Ireland and Brenna Rossi’s only chance to stay with the clan she’s grown to love is to mate one of the Irish dragons—Killian O’Shea. Even though he’s lost his memory and and his dragon, she’s drawn to him and looks forward to some no strings attached heat between the sheets. However, the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that maybe she does want a future with Killian. The only question is whether or not there will be one.

Killian O’Shea lost his dragon and his memory. He has no idea who he is or why everyone keeps asking him to remember them. The only person who doesn’t try to change him is Brenna Rossi, which is why he agreed to mate her. But just as he starts to enjoy his new bride, Killian learns that whatever drug had been used on him isn’t finished yet and that maybe there are worse things in the world than losing your memory.

As things deteriorate, Brenna tries to do everything she can to keep Killian whole and sane. But the more she helps him, the more she starts to wonder if she’ll lose the man she’s falling for. Will Brenna and Killian find a way to bring back his memories and dragon? Or, will they forge a new path to be together?

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guardian of darknessGUARDIAN OF DARKNESS (DARKNESS SERIES BOOK 7) by Katie Reus

He saw her die in a vision…Before five years ago, Gabriel had never met Vega, but he knows how she’s going to die. He knows he’ll be involved… unless he can make sure they never meet, never cross paths, so that his vision will never come true. So he left his pack behind, joined the Stavros pack and was determined to never let that future play out. To never meet her at all. Fate had other plans—and she walked right into his life when he least expected it. For the last five years he’s avoided Vega whenever possible even while trying to keep an eye on her. But when she gets cagey with her pack and disappears, he has no choice but to follow her. Now, circumstances are forcing them to work together and he’s determined to protect her against any threat. If that means dying for her, he’s more than willing to. But she doesn’t want his protection. If anything, she’s determined to prove she’s stronger than everyone thinks.

She’s writing her own future…Vega isn’t the same moody teenager who came to live with the Stavros pack all those years ago. With college behind her, she’s been recruited by a division of the government’s supernatural Black Ops. Trained and more than ready for her first mission, she doesn’t expect Gabriel to crash her assignment. To save her cover, they pretend to be a couple. But soon lines are blurred and neither can deny the incendiary attraction between them. As they race to stop a man who wants to sell out their people to the highest bidder, they find themselves fighting for a future together. With time running out, she has no choice but to rely on the irresistible male who’s turned her world upside down. Unfortunately, in order to save the woman he loves, Gabriel has to give her up.

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DangerInTheStarsFinalDANGER IN THE STARS, my scifi romance about a captive empathic alien priestess and the interstellar mob enforcer who loves her, is accidentally on sale for $.99 at Amazon only. My apologies to everyone who gets their ebooks elsewhere (and the price will be going back up at the Zon as soon as I can fix it in a few days!) But if you haven’t read it, now’s a good opportunity!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 14

March 7

February 28

February 21

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.  

 

Who To Trust? 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 jumped ahead again.  Megan and the other humans are taken to a large bunkroom-style cell and left alone. As they all eat, she ponders which people she can trust – some seem too willing to help their captors if it will get them better treatment. Walt, a man unknown to her, seems like a good guy, however. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry!

The excerpt: 

Megan lingered at the table after dinner, treating raw scrapes one of the women had gotten on her wrists while restrained.

Walt walked up, a box in his hand, “We have first aid type stuff, figured you ought to have it, doc.”

“How can you tell what an alien first aid kit looks like?” The prize was revealed to be a standard—if cheap, low end—Sectors first aid kit, taken from a freighter perhaps. “Better than nothing,” she said with a smile, “I hope I’m not required to remove anyone’s appendix while we’re here.”

Walt sat down, “I wonder how many other humans have been through this place.” He took in the spartan furnishings and the drearily painted walls and floor, “The room appears unused, like most of this facility we saw on the way over here  but the existence of the prisoner we encountered earlier implies there are problems in their system, escapees maybe.” Raising one eyebrow, Walt leaned close, “Did he really speak gibberish to you?”

Megan stammered, “It was—um, he said—”

Walt patted her hand, “Never mind. I like your discretion.”

mateerThe 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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Embrace the Passion: Pets In Space 3 Announcement

pisa 3 author announcement graphicIt’s Pet Passport Day … and what better day to announce the Pets in Space anthology will be back in 2018! Pauline B. Jones and I are baaaaaack with the third volume of our fun scifi romance project. Of course we’re writing our own stories for the collection too.

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology will release on October 9th, 2018 and once again, 10% of pre-orders and the 1st month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org who raise, train & place support dogs with U.S. veterans.

I am thrilled to be teaming up with S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch. I can’t wait to read all the stories! S.E. Smith is writing Heart of the Cat, Book 3 in her Sarafin Warriors series, Anna Hackett is writing a Galactic Gladiators story, Pauline Baird Jones has a Project Enterprise story, I’m writing another The Sectors SF Series story set aboard the Nebula Zephyr interstellar cruise ship, Carol Van Natta shows us more of her Central Galactic Concordance, and Tiffany Roberts has more in The Kraken series.

While you wait….

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I’m working with cover artist Fiona Jayde now on the art for our third venture – more on that later this year!

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

corsairs bedAs 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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IN THE CORSAIR’S BED (CORSAIRS BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

As a pirate, I tend to hang out with unsavory outcasts at the edges of the known universe. I’m used to running into thieves, assassins and fugitives. It shouldn’t surprise me to see a forbidden human female for sale in the tunnels of the space station, but I hate it. When I see she’s near death, I have to act.

I buy her.

She spits in my face.

It’s love at first sight.

At least, it’s love at first sight on my end. I know it can never be, though, because I’m an ugly beast of an alien to her. The enemy. If only she knew just how many laws I’d be willing to break for one taste of her lips.

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chanceCHANCE (CYN CITY CYBORGS BOOK 1) by Pearl Foxx

A cyborg with a mysterious and dangerous past.
A naive girl fleeing the dying farmlands to forge her own future.

Chance has fought his entire life, first for survival in the streets of Cyn City and later for money and prestige in the underground Cyborg Fight League. His fists and cybernetic arm have solved almost every problem he’s ever faced, except for love. After losing the love of his life, he never thought he’d find someone again.

Verity left behind everything she knows to start a new future in Cyn City. But her Ecovangalit upbringing left her unprepared for the hard realities of life amongst the criminals and cyborgs. When a dangerous cyborg with a bad reputation proves to be the only person she can trust, can she lower her walls enough to let him in?

As Verity finds herself in debt to the wrong kind of man who will sell her body as fast as he will sell her soul, Chance is the only one who can clear her ledger, but only if he’ll fight in the Cyborg Underground Circuit again.

Is Chance strong enough to win the only fight that ever mattered?

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the preyTHE PREY (BETANIA BREED BOOK 2) by Jenny Foster

I am a cyborg. Half human, half machine.
My creator optimized me until I was exactly what he wanted. I have turned into an elite bounty hunter. My orders are simple. Anyone who endangers the certain survival of the human race is my prey.
The word failure is not part of my vocabulary.
Compassion is nothing more than a phrase.
My mechanical heart does not recognize feelings.
Until an assignment leads me straight to Mara. My creator’s beautiful daughter.
To her, cyborgs are nothing more than henchmen who quietly take care of anything that humans shy away from. When my eyes catch hers, I feel an unexplainable connection. Mara awakens something in me that I can neither hunt, nor kill.
*She* becomes my prey.
The most impossible hunt of my life.

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rescued by the cyborg cara bRESCUED BY THE CYBORG (CY OPS SCIFI ROMANCE) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: This is a re-release of Cara’s story from the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, which is no longer on sale.

A cyborg with haunted past, a woman with a clouded future…
Battered and broken, hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders, charges in, and rescues her. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed, in hopes of saving her wing so she can fly again. He’s taken with the delicate, brave Faria, but his best intentions result in unfortunate consequences that place her in greater jeopardy. Can he overcome the guilt of past mistakes in time to save her life?

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night of the zandiansNIGHT OF THE ZANDIANS (ZANDIAN BRIDES) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

The Zandians have taken back their planet. Now they need brides.
All human females have been assigned to mates. Yes, mates, multiple.
I’ve been given to three handsome males–cousins. Huge, purple and horned, they act like they want to eat me for breakfast.
After what I’ve been through with previous slave masters, I don’t know how I’ll survive this. But I have to. It’s adapt or be sent off-planet, which would mean my death, considering I’m wanted for murder.

My mates cannot find out I’m not able to reproduce. I need to keep my secret, figure out a way to survive, stay focused. But when the Zandian warriors claim me, they make me forget my past and scream with pleasure.
I can’t let myself fall for them.
If they learn my secret, I’ll lose more than my life.
I’ll lose my heart.

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warrior mineWARRIOR MINE (DESTINATION LOST BOOK 3) by Missy Welsh

A routine mission from the Mars Colony to Earth ends in the five-man crew of the Swallowtail having been transported to the other side of the galaxy. Met with hostility, captured, and tortured simply for being Human, the three survivors hold little hope for their futures.

Charles Dunkirk is far away from the offices of Aviation Corporation now. Pressed into service as a sex slave on a space ship full of lion-like aliens, Charlie’s simply trying to stay sane. When he’s offered a chance at protection, there’s not much left he won’t do to survive.

Captain Makull Ihara has slowly discovered he chose to fight for the wrong side. Already looking to change his path, he receives further proof of the right course when fate hands him a Human mate. Their only choice now is to surrender.

Meanwhile, thousands of Humans are suffering throughout the galaxy and what Makull knows might be their only salvation. Will Makull and Charlie join forces to save them?

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oath forger book 3OATH FORGER (BOOK 3) by Nia Mars

Still faking being the Oath Forger. Yeah, I know. Stupid. You know what’s stupider? Falling for The Five.

The five hottest, most powerful rulers in the galaxy all want to be my first. Who am I choosing? I’m not stupid enough to spill that in a blurb!

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OUR DARK STARS by Audrey Gray and Krystal Wade

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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thanemongerTHANEMONGER (THE LADYSHIPS BOOK 1) by Bex McLynn

She won’t give up. He’ll never surrender. Will their need for each other overcome their determination?

Zver is on a rampage. A rival thane has kidnapped his son and sabotaged his work for the Dominion. But he won’t fail. He won’t fall. They call him Thanemonger for a reason. Not only will he retrieve his son, but he’ll seize the battleship he’s wanted for years and cement his superior status in the Dominion. Just as he executes his ruthless plan, an alluring human woman appears and changes everything.

Seph survived being abducted by aliens, and now she’s determined to get home to her young son. Her plan: find a spaceship, return to Earth. Simple, but then she meets the domineering Thanemonger. He offers her sanctuary, but only if she complies with his demands. Now Seph must find a way to fall in line without falling for the sexy alien who has sworn to see her safely home.

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lost chaptersTHE LOST CHAPTERS (CLONE BOOK 3) by Paxton Summers

Iia Danner, a robotic bee keeper, is brilliant, beautiful and prey in a twisted game of monkey in the middle. Wanted because she holds the key to the demise of a society, she finds herself in rebel hands and on the wrong side of the law.

Life was great before she met Eli. Now she’s begun to question everything she knows. Is she really being hunted? Or is what she’s been told, what she sees, all an illusion to gain her cooperation? She can’t get over the feeling she’s being manipulated, but she’s grown to trust and care for the rebel leader and chooses to take his side. He wouldn’t lie to her, would he?

When a swarm or robotic bees attack, Iia must make a decision that will affect every man, woman and child on the island chain she lives on, and until she lands on an alien shore months later, she doesn’t question what she’s done. On what used to be the coast of California, hidden truths come to the surface and Iia realizes she hasn’t reached the end of her story.

No, her tale is just getting started, and if she’s going to fix what’s she’s done, she needs to figure out who is friend and who is foe.

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empress capsuleTHE EMPRESS CAPSULE (AUDACITY SAGA BOOK 1) by R K Thorne

At 22, Commander Ellen Ryu is a little young to be “retired.” Yet she’s planned—and bled in—more battles than veterans twice her age. And, well, she didn’t exactly retire so much as desert. Betrayed by her superiors, turned into a science experiment, and nearly driven insane, Ellen seized the chance for freedom when a shadowy organization offered her a ship of her own and an elite, all-female crew. She’s got a new mission now: get revenge on the scientist who almost destroyed her. Nobody is going to get in her way this time. Especially not the merc who’s just shown up at her cargo hatch, looking to hitch a ride.

In the middle of an op gone wrong, cyborg mercenary Kael Sidassian gets stuck with a mission he can’t refuse: carry a capsule to safety, the contents of which would bring the galaxy down on his head if anyone knew what was inside. But he’s also got damaged hardware in his head and a plan to escape from the barbaric merc company that forcibly conscripted him over a decade ago. So when a humanitarian ship grants him passage, he thanks his lucky stars for a job that’ll solve all his problems at once. That is, if the attachment he’s forming to the ship’s commander—one that goes way beyond duty and loyalty—doesn’t get in the way.

As a new threat rises, the prodigy and the renegade discover far more in common than they ever thought possible. Now both their missions will have to wait, because if they aren’t audacious enough to work together, they’ll never survive what’s coming for them.

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srathSRATH: WARRIORS OF MILISARIA  by Celeste Raye

Nancy Fisher was an advocate of equal rights, both for humans and aliens. She was
disgusted by the news of hidden experimental labs all over Earth. Riots were rampant as
the tortured aliens were discovered. Nancy had to find a way to help the injured and stop
their planets from retaliating. She looked to her sister, Alexis, and Milisaria for aid.

Srath was a rebel warrior. He preferred the past king’s violent way of ruling over King
Siefer’s more intellectual views. There was not enough fighting to satisfy his needs. Srath
also followed the past king’s example of womanizing. One female was not enough to
satisfy his needs. He hoped to find war and women on the mission to Earth.

Humans and aliens were fighting among themselves over alien rights. Both sides were
divided and riots abounded all over the planet. Alien planets demanded that Earth change
its ways or it could be destroyed. The other species were tired of being treated as lesser
beings. The President of the United States was determined to keep peace among all
nations and planets. She allied herself with Milisaria.

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barbarian bloodBARBARIAN BLOOD by Abella Ward

Tara Dawson is sick and tired of her life. Abused, sold and shattered, she is a human clone who knows nothing but slavery.

But her life is about to change when she meets a huge, demanding and sexy Klai wanderer. She knows the Klai cannot be trusted, but when he saves her life, she is soon forced to see the gorgeous guy through different eyes.

Rydel Deijeon is a space pirate, a proud and deadly Klai. When he finally returns home after years of travelling, he is in for a shock. His people are infected with a lethal virus, and he has to find an ancient scroll to save them.

Rydel doesn’t believe in stupid scrolls, but his beliefs are to be tested when his quest leads him to a woman with the scroll’s symbol on her wrist.

He instantly knows she is mate. So he does what he knows best: Take what he wants and bring her with him. But the road ahead is full of obstacles…

Can Rydel prove himself worthy of Tara’s love?
Can Tara learn to trust him?
Can they find the scroll that will save the Klai, and find love along the way?

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alien healers babyALIEN HEALER’S BABY (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

Laarn, Lord Healer of the Lathar, is about to become something unique among his people. He’s about to become a father… of a little girl. The first female child born for a generation. He’s studied childbirth, he’s confident that he has everything planned.

Unfortunately, as any human woman could tell him, having a baby doesn’t always go to plan…

This short story is set in the WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR world and is not a stand alone. It should be read after PREGNANT BY THE ALIEN HEALER and is a little bite of life story for those who fell in love with the Lathar and their mates.

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soullessSOULLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

A warrior without a soul…Raze NaFeen has sacrificed everything in service of his people. Otherwise cursed to die at thirty without a mate, Raze has taken drastic action, destroying his soul and killing his emotions to prolong his life. He feels nothing. No love, no hate, no fear. Until he meets Sierra.

A spy on a mission…Sierra Alvarez has a lot to live up to. As the daughter of a celebrated general, she’s expected to follow in his militaristic footsteps, except Sierra is no soldier. Her talents are best used for sneaking and subterfuge. When an off planet mission gets out of hand, she’ll need to use every skill she has and work with a mysterious, sexy warrior who awakens an unquenchable desire within her.

Two worlds collide…Raze and Sierra shouldn’t fit, but every minute spent together singes them with a chemistry too hot to ignore. They’ll need to fight pirates, their people, and the vast distances of space to find a way for two lost souls to become one whole. Can a man without a soul find his mate? And is that bond enough to heal wounds that run deep?

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korkhs brideKORJH’S BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR MATCHMAKING BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake and TJ Quinn

Zara Maples wants to escape her lackluster life and find her soulmate, so she applies to the interstellar Narovian Matchmaking Service which finds people’s soulmates based on genetics. Korjh a Narovian cyborg retired from battle, once a full human, longs a family of his own like the one he lost as a boy in an alien invasion.

Retired to a backwater colony of Modonne where he can’t get a date because he is cyborg, he applies to the Matchmaking service to find his genetic complement, his soulmate, because unlike Narovian felines he cannot recognize his fated mate. After two years they find him a mate on that “dirt” planet recently that recently joined the Alliance.

Cyborgs are dangerous, aren’t they? Only an ignorant human from a planet called Earth (translated as dirt) would come across two sectors to Modonne to mate with a cyborg. But to her he seems warm and caring and so attractive as they correspond. Of course, it can’t be quite that easy. While Korjh can be sweet and considerate, he can also be scary and aggressive.
Was he the man of her dreams or nightmares?

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dearest ivieDEAREST IVIE: A NOVELLA SET IN THE BLACK DAGGER WORLD (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD) by J R Ward

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

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wolf lordTHE WOLF LORD (ARS NUMINA BOOK 3) by Ann Aguirre

Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming come naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf.

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snows of windrovenTHE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN (UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I LOVE Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms stories. This is a re-release of a novella from a previous anthology. And despite the official blurb it is ALL about Lady Veronica. No, really. Well, ok, actually it’s NOT about her but she does appear and Jeffe grants her a wish I’ve had for a long time about what the entirely fictional character Lady V needs in her life LOL. Jeffe is one of my dearest friends in the author world – we go way back…OK, so here’s the actual story summary:

A new power is at work in the Twelve Kingdoms, unbalancing the fragile peace. For the High Queen and her sisters, it might mean a new alliance—or the end of the love of a lifetime…
As a howling blizzard batters the mountain keep of Windroven, Ami, Queen of Avonlidgh, and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Their passion saved them from despair, but Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. He’s been bracing himself for the end since their liaison began. When it finally comes, the shattering of his heart is almost a relief.
With a man haunted by nightmares and silent as stone, Ami knows only that Ash’s wounds are his own to hide or reveal. She can’t command trust. But just as they are moving apart, a vicious attack confines them together, snowbound and isolated with an ancient force awakening within Windroven itself. If they truly mean to break their bond, Ami and Ash must first burn through a midwinter that will test every instinct—and bring temptation all too near.

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hunters watch brigade initiationHUNTER’S WATCH BRIGADE: INITIATION by Paula Millhouse

Demigod Samantha Silverton, a full-time monster hunter in the Hunters’ Watch Brigade, is on a mission with her familiar, Max, to hunt down a scorned mermaid when she finds out she has bigger fish to fry. Her mother—a powerful witch—has been abducted. And the most likely villain is her mother’s enemy, Francesca Rosencratz.

Being a familiar to a sexy monster hunter has its perks, but Max wants more. He might look like a cat, but he’s also Sam’s best friend . . . and the man who loves her. But in order to defeat Francesca, he’ll have to shift into his human form, something he’s avoided. Because once he’s officially a shifter, he’ll have to join the Brigade. And that could take him away from Sam for good.

But Francesca’s becoming increasingly dangerous. She and a mysterious ally are working to take down the Brigade, and take over the paranormal community. Sam will have to dig deep if she’s going to save her mom. But Max will have to risk even more . . . to save Sam.

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february in atlantisFEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS:  POSEIDON’S WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE  by Alyssa Day

VS Note: The cliffhanger warning is part of the author’s official blurb. I left it in bold print as she had it.

WARNING: CLIFFHANGER!!! This book has a MAJOR cliffhanger that is wrapped up in March in Atlantis! If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait till March in Atlantis and read both!!

Poseidon’s Warrior Jake spent years exploring the world and developing a cool, laid-back exterior to mask the turmoil of emotion he’s fighting so hard to control. But when he rescues what his boat-mates think is a mermaid (she’s a Sea Fae; mermaids don’t exist) and Poseidon himself hurls him into the middle of missions to protect humanity, Jake’s surfer-boy disguise won’t last for long.

And when he meets human-turned-falcon-shifter Savannah in the middle of a deadly hostage situation, the protective instincts–and perhaps the madness–that Jake has held bottled up for so long is about to explode.

Fighting his own instincts, his soul’s longing for his mate, and a dangerous group of human nationalists who want to destroy everything–and everyone–supernatural, Jake will have to discover what is most important to him. And he’ll have to do all of this–while falling in love– in FEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS.

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guardians bondGUARDIAN’S BOND (ANCIENT INK) by Rhenna Morgan

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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source of magicTHE SOURCE OF MAGIC by Clare Solomon

When Elliot Rivers, a Homo Sapiens, becomes friends with Barve, a Nean (Neanderthal) on their first day at university he has no idea of the conflict and fury it will cause among the students and staff, as well as within his family. To make matters more difficult, Barve’s argumentative brother, Farlden, hates Elliot.

Elliot and Farlden both possess the rare gift of magic. The discovery that it becomes stronger when they combine their abilities creates a connection between them and, against their will, it draws them closer together, slowly changing animosity to something far more dangerous.

The Nean brothers are keeping an extraordinary secret, though, one that could shatter their complex relationships with Elliot and change all their lives.

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autumns kissAUTUMN’S KISS by M K Eidem

VS note: Previously released in Trial by Flame.

Autumn thought she knew who she was then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for.

Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He’d never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he’d been taught to believe.

Together they will face challenges neither of them expected. With their mating threatened and everything Kirall holds dear in jeopardy, it’s up to Autumn to show who really is the baddest Dragoon of them all.

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heart of iceHEART OF ICE (SNOW QUEEN) (TANGLED TALES SERIES BOOK 7) by Elizabeth Rose

MacKay is the last of the de Bar siblings to be cursed by the evil witch, Hecuba. In an attempt to stop her, he breaks her magic mirror. But when a piece of it embeds into his chest, strange things begin to happen. Hecuba has banished him to an island with a wicked ruler, Lady Eira Koldottir, known as the Snow Queen. In this frozen land, because of the shard of dark magic stuck in his heart, MacKay sees all that is good as evil, and all that is evil looks good.

Eira has been betrayed one too many times in her life. After losing her family, she is not about to lose her castle and land as well. She prepares her army for the attack of a man who was once her betrothed. Vengeance and hatred fill her heart. Eira doesn’t want to be close to anyone. But once a stranger appears on her island she starts to change her mind. The meaner she is to MacKay, the more the man seems to like her. It makes her furious, but at the same time she finds herself intrigued by the handsome Sir MacKay de Bar.

It takes a cursed man to make Eira realize just how lonely she really is. Will her heart of ice melt with the attention and compliments coming from MacKay who is attracted to her dark side? Can love save them and fill the void of loneliness before dark magic dooms them both to lives they will someday regret?

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dark wine at sunriseDARK WINE AT SUNRISE (A HILL VAMPIRE NOVEL BOOK 2) by Jenna Barwin

Research scientist Cerissa Patel has only one desire: to feel her lover’s fangs slip into her neck for the very first time. Once they become blood mates, no one can keep them apart.

But it’s never that easy.

Cerissa’s relationship with vampire Henry Bautista violates a centuries-old law, and the town council wants her banned from their secret community. If they have their way, she’ll be separated from Henry forever.

As if that isn’t enough, Henry is still in danger. The would-be assassin lies in a coma, and Cerissa is no closer to knowing who targeted Henry—or why.

To make matters worse, her own people forbid her from becoming a vampire’s mate. They aren’t sure what Henry’s bite will do to her and want her focused on her original mission: tracking down the vampires behind a ruthless movement to enslave mortals.

Against these odds, Cerissa must find a way to bond with the man who holds her heart, and do so without paying the ultimate price – the loss of her wings forever.

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blade to the keepBLADE TO THE KEEP (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she’d escaped so many years before—The First’s Keep.

Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she’s got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.

Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she’ll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.

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sahariels awakeningSAHARIEL’S AWAKENING  (A SERIES OF ANGELS BOOK 4) by Joel Crofoot

Sahariel’s radiant skin was a beacon to all the demons in hell, so in effort to hide, he locked himself inside a coma, leaving his physical body in the care of his fellow fallen angel, Barakel. But even though they have been released from hell, his slumber continues. All of that changes when a young woman wanders into his dreamscaped sanctuary, but how did she find him?
Heather is a psychologist now residing with the angels since they rescued her from a demon attack, and she has been having nightmares about it until one night, in her dreams, a man with luminous skin saves her. She chalks it up to a dream until she discovers the man in a coma living in the back house. How could she have dreamt about someone she’s never met?

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shamrockedSHAMROCKED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF IRISH SHENANIGANS by Various

Join authors Cecilia Randell, Joely Sue Burkhart, Tabitha Barret, Serena Lindahl and C.A. Storm as they take you through tales of Irish love and folklore for St. Patrick’s day. There will be gods, immortals, gargoyles, creepy castles, ancient legends and, of course, a leprechaun or two.

Shamrocked is a collection of romantic, sexy, and funny stories that might leave you longing for your own trip to the magical Isle.

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alpha unleashedALPHA UNLEASHED (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD) by Kathy Lyons

Alyssa Nelson doesn’t actually believe that Simon Gold is a shape-shifting grizzly bear—until she sees it firsthand. Aaaaand the award for Totally Surprising Changes goes to Simon Gold. But Alyssa doesn’t have time to deal with the fact that her ruggedly hot, long-time secret crush is a shifter . . . not when her brother has turned into one, too.

After ten months in bear form, Simon is struggling. He’s not ready to deal with anyone, let alone the bold and gorgeous Alyssa. Mine, whispers his bear. But all hell has broken loose in the Detroit shifter community, and it’s spreading to humans. Now Simon must face the darkest place of all: where bear and man become one. And the only way he can make it back to his humanity is by finding—and claiming—his mate.

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gold dragonGOLD DRAGON (HERITAGE OF POWER BOOK 5) by Lindsay Buroker

Now that Trip’s siblings are safely back in the capital, he would like it if life got back to normal. As normal as possible for a half-dragon army officer learning to use his magical powers when he isn’t busy piloting with Wolf Squadron.

But trouble keeps popping up, and the capital isn’t the safe haven Trip had hoped. More and more dragons are working together, with attacks growing frequent as they scheme to claim the country for themselves. Equally daunting, Rysha wants to introduce Trip to her parents, parents who want a proper nobleman for their daughter, not some odd commoner sired by a dragon.

If Trip is to have any chance of bringing peace to the country—and impressing Rysha’s parents—he’ll have to finally and fully embrace what he is and what he can do. Before time runs out.

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bearly rescuedBEARLY RESCUED by Everleigh Clark

Isabella Werner – Wolf shifter. Princess. Vegetarian…Prisoner. She’s fighting for her life and her freedom.

Caleb Alexander – Bear shifter. Running from a haunted past…Undercover guard. His job is simple. Get the information so they can take down the assholes testing on shifters. There’s only one problem. His mate is one of the prisoners, and his bear is about to lose control…again.

Who rescues who?

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voodoo knightsVOODOO KNIGHTS by Amanda Rose

Four dark and dangerous spirits haunt me.
They’re black magic manipulators, voodoo masters—and they say they’re here to be my teachers.
But can I really trust a man who turns into a cat? A motorcycle riding jerk with a bag of souls? How about his top hat wearing friend or the weirdo that lives in the tree in my backyard?

Don’t think so.

Then again, I might have little choice but to accept their help.

Somebody murdered my grandma and now that same somebody wants me dead, too.
These four guardians borrow their powers from mine:
Kriminal LaCoste. Samuel Baron. Sebastian GranBois. Zandor Red.
If I reject them, I’ll be left alone in a world of monsters, magic, and madness.

My destiny is within reach … as long as I don’t die before I get there.

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snow and the seven huntsmenSNOW AND THE SEVEN HUNTSMEN by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
They’ve been sent to break me.
Not one, but seven.
They plan to steal my beauty, my innocence.
Seven Hunters to track me down and claim me as theirs.
I try to run, but it is hopeless.
They have caught me.
I am their prey, their prize, to do with as they please.
But I will capture something far more precious… the Huntsmen’s hearts.

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song of smoke and fireSONG OF SMOKE AND FIRE (SONG OF DRAGONFIRE BOOK 1) by Megan Linski

Fliss is a slave, and bound to fulfill the king’s every whim. When a local dragon demands payment, Fliss is offered by the king as a sacrifice. She has no choice in the matter.

Yet what the dragon wants is more than Fliss expects. A curse has been cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress, and only one pure of soul can end it. If Fliss breaks the curse upon him, he will grant her freedom.

But there’s a man behind the monster, and as Fliss unveils the mystery that surrounds the dragon’s hidden past, she finds herself falling in love— despite it being forbidden.

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fire brideFIRE BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 2) by Ava Sinclair

War is coming. After hundreds of years of sleep, the ShadowFell Dragons seeks revenge on the Drakoryans, the shifter race that drove them far from the Drakoryan Empire. And this time, the huge night dragons have their sights set on a prize they must not be allowed to claim. They covet the Drakoryan’s humanity, and seek the deep magic, and with it, the key to victory.

My mates seek to protect me from the awful reality, from what’s coming. They urge me to focus on running the household, on pleasing their insatiable sexual appetites. They tell me that war is of no concern for a woman.

But I am no ordinary woman. I am a Fire Bride, and when I learn that human villages are coming under attack, the protectiveness of my mates threatens our bond. I was never supposed to return to the village, but not even an army of dragon lords can stop me from saving those I love.

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fashionably foreverFASHIONABLY FOREVER AFTER by Robyn Peterman

…As much as I can’t see anyone playing me but me, I have far more important issues on my agenda—like finding the woman who stole my soul. Well, not exactly stole… I might have made the switch and taken hers, but the Siren, Elle Rinoa, has my soul nonetheless. ..Fate and I are on a crash course with destiny looking for the one woman who can change both of our lives—mine for the better—Fate’s for the worse. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think the Devil could have a happily ever after, but now I have hope….(much more and complete blurb will be found on the ebook seller’s page)…

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forevermoreFOREVERMORE (BLOOD AND BONE BOOK 3) by C C Wood

Ava Amaris is a witch with no past. Not one that she can remember anyway.

She is cursed. For lifetimes, she’s walked the earth with no knowledge of where she came from or who she once was.

Despite the loss of her memories, Ava forges a life. She has a home, a career, and friends. Yet her heart remains shielded and cold. There is no room for love within her. Her relationships are short and casual, very rarely inspiring more than mild affection.

Until she meets Macgrath, the first man to crack the stone around her heart.

Ewan Macgrath is a vampire with no future. Not without Ava by his side…(more on the ebook seller’s page…)

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banningBANNING (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

One simple coin, thrown into a fountain.
A wish made from the heart.
Tides will turn.
Futures will change.
His wish – to escape a prison of his own making…
Her wish – to save her mother…
Destiny intervenes.
Two worlds collide.
To save himself, he must first save her.
If you only had one wish… would you use it to save the one you love?

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breaker of chainsBREAKER OF CHAINS (SPECTR SERIES TWO BOOK 4) by Jordan L Hawk

Big changes are afoot at SPECTR. John Starkweather, once a hotshot field agent, is now benched. Instead of chasing down demons during Charleston’s biggest outbreak, he’s stuck interviewing exorcists about a previous case. But what at first seems like a busywork assignment takes a darker turn, as John begins to suspect the increase in possessions might not be coincidence, but part of an unseen conspiracy.

The vampire spirit Gray was made to hunt demons and drink their blood. He and his human host, Caleb Jansen, ought to be at the forefront of SPECTR’s field team. But their new partners refuse to let Gray use any of his abilities, let alone actually hunt and fight.

Fortunately, Caleb and Gray have allies outside of SPECTR: the only other living drakul, Drugoy and his host Yuri Azarov. Yuri and Dru live by no mortal’s rules, and they can show Caleb and Gray how to do the same…depending on how far they’re willing to go.

Because breaking the rules comes with a cost, and the price of Caleb and Gray’s freedom may be the life of the man they love.

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soul of the witchSOUL OF THE WITCH  (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Keating Hollow, the village full of love, magic, and cupcakes, and where nothing is more important than family.

At age eighteen, after a potion tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption. Ten years later, after being summoned by her family, she’s back. As soon as she drives into town, she’s already plotting her inevitable exit, but she can’t quite escape the pull of the tightly knit magical community or the soulful gaze of the one man she’s never forgotten. And when an eight-year old witch not only leads her back to her magic, but also steals her heart, Abby’s about to learn what it means to embrace the soul of a witch.

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crown of bloodCROWN OF BLOOD by Keary Taylor

This is not the first time Logan has died. This is not the first time she has fallen in love with Cyrus. Logan is not even the first name she has been given.

Logan fell irreversibly in love with Cyrus, but she needs time to cope with the ramifications of his choice, one made thousands of years ago. She needs time alone to piece herself together. She has to face the woman who brought her into this immortal world. And the feeble attempt on Cyrus life doesn’t sit right with her. She wants answers—who tried to kill him and why?

Past sins are never easy to forgive, but as memories surface, staying away from Cyrus begins to feel impossible. There are a million reasons she’s fallen for him, over and over. Through everything, Cyrus has fought for her, death after death.

A love like this has never been seen before. And love has never been this complicated.

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VS Note: Since we’re about a month away from the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, thought I’d mention my award winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream, a scifi romance loosely inspired by the events of Titanic, but set in the far future aboard a luxury spaceliner.

_Titanic in space...._Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 7

February 28

February 21

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.  

What Did He Say? 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 jumped ahead again to right after the moment when Mateer and Megan first met, as prisoners in the Khagrish lab, and he said her sister’s name. I’ve skipped a bit where he tried to escape, was paralyzed by the guards ands taken away. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry!

The excerpt: 

The guard who’d struck her earlier grabbed Megan by the shoulder, “What did the Badari say to you?”

“The who? The wounded man?” She shook her head, “I don’t know—nonsense syllables – maybe his own language?”

The guard stared at her for a moment longer before releasing her with a shove. Gesturing to the entire group with his weapon, he said, “Move out, prisoners – I don’t have all night to waste escorting you to your new home.”

As they walked, Megan’s head whirled with speculation about the prisoner she’d seen and how or when he’d met Lily. Was his knowledge of her twin a good thing or a bad thing? Megan wished she could have a chance to talk to him. Even wounded and in the obvious grip of battle rage, he’d been compelling, his astonished expression when he looked at her intriguing…but she’d probably never see him again, not in this chamber of horrors.

mateerThe 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 March 7

guardian anna hAs 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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GUARDIAN (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 9) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: One clicked. Always a happy day when Anna has a new release!

Dayna Caplan has dedicated her life to protecting others…and now that she’s no longer a captive at the desert arena of Zaabha, she desperately wants to help find the last of the other human women who were abducted by the Thraxians. But now she has to deal with the intense hunger and powerful new abilities the alien living inside grants her…and the person forcing her to confront her new reality is the cool, enigmatic, and far-too-attractive Rillian.

Rillian has wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the food chain on the lawless desert world of Carthago. He lets no one close and keeps iron-clad control on his life…which is vital to keeping the lethal power within him in check. But one human woman–tough, stubborn, and fascinating Dayna–works her way under his skin, and he finds himself obsessed with protecting her. But as dead bodies start appearing in his casino as a deadly warning, dangers are closing in on them.

With their allies, the gladiators from the House of Galen, Rillian and Dayna find themselves fighting for survival on every front. On the hunt to find Zaabha and the lost humans, they will face murderers, slavers, and the deadliest of all challenges…the aliens living within them.

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shape of waterTHE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

VS Note: Supposedly not just a novelization of the movie, although I’d enjoy that too. It’s on my TBR.

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking love story.

It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.

Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.

But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.

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forbidden strangerFORBIDDEN STRANGER (THE PROTECTOR BOOK 3) by Megan Hart

Nina Bronson and Ewan Donahue have put their love to its limits. To Ewan, she’s the only woman he wants to be with for the rest of his life. To Nina, whose memories have been ripped out of her, Ewan is her kind and generous boss who’s helping her recover after an accident she also can’t remember. The more time they spend together, the more she begins to feel for him, but Ewan knows the truth — she loved him once. As Ewan tries to do whatever it takes to get Nina back to herself without putting her in danger, the two of them have to build a brand new relationship from the ground up. Sometimes, a lie isn’t a betrayal, it’s a lifesaver. Can Nina forgive Ewan for not telling her the truth about why she lost so much of her memories, or are they doomed to never be together again?

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sensateSENSATE (ALIEN ATTACHMENTS) by Sabine Priestley

VS note: This is a re-release of the novella Sabine wrote for the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology.

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

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oath forger book 2OATH FORGER BOOK 2 by Nia Mars

There’s a saying on Earth: “Fake it till you make it.” Sadly, I’m no longer on Earth. My motto is: “Fake it till you get caught.”

I’m trying to settle into being the Oath Forger, trying to resist the advances of the five most powerful kings in the galaxy (it’s going about as well as you’d think), expecting my lies to catch up with me at any second.

Except, the freaking space pirates catch up with me first.

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offered to the cyborgOFFERED TO THE CYBORG (CY-CON BOOK 2) by Jessie Coulter Smith

When the Zelranian cyborg’s ship The Sphinx is attacked by a reptilian race called the Meori, Wrylack is the only cyborg left standing. Forced onto the Meori vessel, his skills as a medic are demanded in exchange for his life. But any plans Wrylack may have had to escape died the moment he laid eyes on Shaylee, the human female slave in the Meori med bay. Even injured, she’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And when the Meori realize they can use her to control Wrylack, they are only too pleased to give her to him.

Shaylee has only known pain and suffering all her life. First on Earth, passed around the foster care system, and later as a slave to one alien after another. No one has ever touched her with kindness, has ever cared what happened to her. When the sexy purple cyborg with the strange eyes and gentle touch says she’s his, Shaylee is almost scared to hope that her life is changing. But the big male isn’t interested in owning her as a slave. He wants a mate!

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jasmine of dragaJASMINE OF DRAGA (DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

The Neprijat monsters have attacked the Draga Galaxy and millions have died. Prince Nash has left to save what’s left of his people. Adelina has a plan to save Draga, but first she must convince Raena to allow her to meet with the Drakesthai dragons and ask for aid before it’s too late while Varan, the Prince of Thieves makes an official request for her hand in marriage.

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prison moon ice heartPRISON MOON – ICE HEART by Alexandra Marell

Kidnapped by aliens, now her best hope is the very man who betrayed her. It was bad enough losing her tearoom in Devon, England to her thieving partner who took everything, but now Janie Roberts has been kidnapped by aliens who call her by a name she doesn’t know and say she’s been convicted of murder.
Now she’s in a cage and en route to Prison Moon One, home to some of the worst scum in the galaxy, with the very man who betrayed her. If you can call the mountain of muscle with a chip in his head and armour welded to his body a man. Janie knows she won’t survive alone. She needs to trust this man who might be her enemy, but seems so determined to protect her.
He’s big, he’s scary looking, but right now he’s her only hope of survival.

He helped betray an innocent woman, but now his obedience chip is failing and he’ll do anything to keep her safe. His name is Gladiator Kelskar Vespasian, chipped to obey, to kill without question and with a past he can’t remember. But with his obedience chip failing, memories of a more noble man in a past life are returning. The beast they made him into betrayed an innocent woman. The man he was before wants to right that wrong and save her, even at the cost of his own freedom.

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last cityTHE LAST CITY (THE COLONY BOOK 2) by R M Gilmour

A battle approaches Threa – a war of wills, one driven to control it, and the other to destroy it.

While immersed in their history, Lydia learns of the overwhelming threat to the planet and its people. And even though she was brought to Threa by her soulmate Jordan, it has come to be her home. And she will not let it go…(more on ebook seller site)…
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draekon destinyDRAEKON DESTINY (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 5) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino 

Stuck on an alien planet? I can deal.
Abducted by rogue prisoners? No problem.
Mated to two powerful, sexy Draekons? Let’s be real. It’s not a hardship.
After three months on the prison planet, I think I’m finally free of my demons. I’m far away from home. I can start over. Here, there’s no one to hold me back. No one to sabotage my happiness.
But my mates have been plotting to escape the prison planet.
Without me.
I thought I could trust them. I thought they loved me. I was wrong. 
Can we heal our shattered bond?

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reign strands of starfireREIGN (STRANDS OF STARFIRE BOOK 1) by May Sage

Darkness almost destroyed the galaxy a thousand years ago. He’s reborn; and Nalini just saved his life.

A captive at the mercy of the Warlord of their multi-world kingdom, Nalini has learned to hide under a mask, a lie. As far as her master sees, she’s his obedient little puppet.
Then, she meets him. The male who can obliterate the entire Galaxy.
Her world ends that day.

In the eyes of a young Seer, Kai discovers who he’s meant to be. His future is blood and death; but there’s a female by his side. A female he’d gladly destroy stars for.
If his destiny is ruling over ruins with her, so be it.

Two souls, worlds apart, under different skies. One destiny.

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wife lotteryTHE WIFE LOTTERY: FALLON (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 1)  by  Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

n a world where women are seen as a commodity to barter, Alaska promised a sanctuary. But to stay, I have to enter the wife lottery.

Six men, one wife. And I have no say in who those men will be. It’s more than a game of chance–it’s my life falling into the hands of strangers.

But the men who win my hand are ruggedly handsome and promise to protect me until death do us part.

Fallon and his strong will.
Giles and his protective streak.
Salinger and his easy smile.
Banks and his intellect.
Emerson and his faith.
Huxley and his charm.

I want them all, each for a different reason. My body is awake, my heart beats wild. But I’m also a woman running from a past that’s catching up. Fast. My father is coming for me and he’ll make my husbands pay–and that’s not a gamble.
That’s a guarantee.

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alicronALICRON (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Vicki is a smart and busy Hollywood agent forced to go on a yoga retreat with her friend
in order to take some time for herself. She is resistant to go, but knows that she needs to
make a change in her lifestyle, especially in the romance department.

Alicron is an alien on a mission. He needs to bring human females back to his home
planet to mate with the males in order to save his species. It’s a heavy mission to bare.

When Vicki is abducted, she is angry and hates the aliens that have taken her and a group
of other human females. Her hate is focused on Alicron, but her body is betraying her.

Alicron is intrigued with the strong human female, and plans to make her his mate. But
then all goes wrong when his ship crash-lands on a cyborg planet.

Now he will need to save her from the cyborgs that have taken her from him, even if she
does hate him. She is his.

But will rescuing her make her change her feelings of hate to feelings of desire? Or will
she continue to despise him for what he has done to her?

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barbarians of the dying sunBARBARIANS OF THE DYING SUN by Aya Morningstar

I was abducted. Taken. Claimed.

He’s a teal-skinned alien who thought he was rescuing me–of all things–but on his brutal and unforgiving world, rescuing me means he owns me. To make things worse, his claim on me is the only thing keeping me alive.

No one is stronger or fiercer than my new alien owner. He wears nothing but a loincloth, which barely covers his muscular body. His weapon of choice is a “skullspear,” which he uses to poke through the skulls of any male he tries to touch me. I don’t know exactly what he’s packing underneath that loincloth, but he’s not at all shy about letting me know what he’d like to do to me with it.

As frustrating and overbearing as he can be, I need his protection. The sun is dying, and the whole world with it. ..(more on ebook seller site)…

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lake silenceLAKE SILENCE (WORLD OF THE OTHERS) by Anne Bishop

VS Note: I LOVE this world and have one clicked the book (yes, even at the trad price for an ebook – ouch! – but the author doesn’t set the price). As soon as I finish writing this post I’m disappearing to read. She created such a different world (although very dark sometimes) – I never got enough of it in the previous series.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget….

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki’s don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shape-shifting Others–discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken–and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.

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burn brightBURN BRIGHT (ALPHA AND OMEGA) by Patricia Briggs

VS Note: OK, one clicked and now I’m in a pickle because I LOVE this series with a wild passion too, so I guess I’ll have to flip a coin for which book to read first today – Bishop’s or Briggs’! For sure I won’t get anything else done for a day or two.

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn.

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silver stagTHE SILVER STAG (THE WILD HUNT BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Life isn’t easy when you bear the mark of the Silver Stag.

Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator, hiring herself to take care of common problems like hen-stealing goblins.

When Ember’s best friend asks for her help, it leads them both into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger. Angel’s little brother has vanished, and Ember must race against time to save his life. But when Ember discovers what’s happened to DJ, both she and Angel find themselves recruited into Herne’s elite squad of bounty hunters. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.

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merman kingTHE MERMAN KING (LORDS OF THE ABYSS BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Lucius, King of the Mermen, and ruler of the city of Atlantes, shoulders the guilt for his people’s curse. After being trapped under the sea for two millennia, the time has come for his people to possibly surface and breathe air. He’s ready to be the first to test the theory, but things do not go as expected when a captivating beauty seemingly falls into his lap—and his ocean.

Is Olivette a present from the gods, or a warning to stay punished beneath the waves where his people belong?

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high voltageHIGH VOLTAGE (FEVER) by Karen Marie Moning

There is no action without consequence. Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price. When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences—and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice. With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one—not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her—can save her this time.

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unforgivable loverUNFORGIVABLE LOVER (WARRIORS OF LEMURIA BOOK 5) by Rosalie Redd

The deepest scars are on the inside.

Who would’ve thought shape-shifters were real? Certainly not Nikki, not, at least, until she’s attacked by a creature right out of her nightmares then rescued by a man straight from her dreams. Gaetan is a tall, mysterious shifter whose deep, sexy voice, gorgeous aquamarine eyes, and smooth, sensual touch calls to her on a level she doesn’t fully understand. Drawn into his fantastical world, she becomes part of an elaborate war, and as the final battle roars, if either is to survive, she must face her fears and trust him despite the scars marring her heart.

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ruby gryphonRUBY GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Roland is an Irish bare-knuckle boxer with an attitude and a shadowy past.

Harriet is an MIT graduate student about to embark on a research expedition to Mozambique.

They never planned on their lives becoming irreversibly intertwined.

The third gryphon to unleash his inner beast, Roland is struggling to cope with his newly discovered shifter power. But aircraft are mysteriously crashing in Mozambique, and despite what scientists think it has nothing to do with the eruption of Monte Muambe. When Roland learns that Harriet is in jeopardy from the bloody Ruby Dragon, he chooses to abandon his friends to save her.

Even though it means tracking her across the African plain.

Can he reach his new mate in time to protect her—and learn about the dragons’ sinister motives in the process? Or will the Ruby Dragon’s crimson flame be too powerful to withstand?

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hollow moonHOLLOW MOON (DECORAH SECURITY SERIES BOOK 17 ) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K for mentioning this one!

Did she save his life only to betray him?

Werewolf detective Knox Marshall makes a near-fatal mistake when he tries to get the goods on a drug lab in isolated Western Maryland. Captured and used as a test subject in a diabolical experiment, he manages to escape. After nurse Maggie Leland finds him naked and wounded in the woods, she patches him up; but she’s hardly prepared for the drug flashbacks that spin his mind out of control or the side effects that turn him on. She and Knox get close quickly. He thinks he’s found his lifemate—until it looks like Maggie is working with the drug dealers. When he realizes he’s wrong, is it, too late to save her life?

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worlds collide magitechWORLDS COLLIDE (MAGITECH BOOK 1) by Serena Lindahl

The country is divided, separate, and segregated. In the West, techies with amazing technical aptitude are feared and hated; in the East, mages with spectacular supernatural powers are regulated and permitted. Caught between these two worlds, non-magical, non-technical mundanes try to survive from day to day.

When innocent mages are targeted as victims of brutal hate crimes, two sisters are hired to find the killers. Fleeing events in the West, Jenira, the feisty mercenary, and Cat, the tech genius, become a secret and powerful team in an attempt to keep their small family together despite their different natures. What they don’t plan on is teaming up with a Magitech – a man with the rare ability to manipulate both magic and technology. His existence could change everything – the future, the foundation of their society, and maybe even Jenira’s heart.

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the devil inside.PNGTHE DEVIL INSIDE (HELL’S GATE BOOK 2) by Jane Hinchey

God is missing…And Heaven is dying. And if that weren’t bad enough, I’m in a showdown with my brothers. I don’t care if they’re family—they pissed off the wrong sister. Those Arch Angels are going to pay the price for getting my lover, Levi Forrester dragged into another dimension by a vicious soul stealer.

Retrieving Levi won’t be easy, but I’m Hellbent on taking back what’s mine. After all, when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

Now, with God disappearing, lost souls multiplying, and a new threat on the loose, it’s up to me to make things right.

I’m Lucy, the CEO of Hell, and come Hell or high water, I will get my way.

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sword of judgmentSWORD OF JUDGMENT (CRIMSON REALM CHRONICLES BOOK 4 ) by Taryn Jameson and Gabriella Bradley

Betrayed by several members of her crew, Erica now finds herself in a race to beat the clock. A rare poison injected into the king’s blood from the blade of her sword, threatens his life.

Erica joins her lifemate, Laro, and the rest of the team, on a mission rife with danger to search for the antidote to save the king. With an angry god bent on destroying the royal line by any means possible, the team doesn’t know who to trust or what Zohmes will do next.

Can Erica find a way to prove the innocence of her crewmembers before the blade of judgement falls?

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hooked on a phoenixHOOKED ON A PHOENIX (PHOENIX BROTHERS) by Ashlyn Chase

Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

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hopeless kingdomHOPELESS KINGDOM (THE HOPELESS SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce

What’s more powerful than magic?
Revenge.

King Tristan wasn’t prepared for a prisoner quite like Zakara Storm. The three beautiful fae men led her to her imprisonment and it’s hard to see who is friend and who is foe in the dangerous and destructive kingdom.

A savior is all the humans want. Freedom is what the fae seek. Survival is all Zakara knows.

She’ll survive, even if she has to watch the whole world burn to ash.

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mated to the earth dragonMATED TO THE EARTH DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Curvy Autumn Carter is a sheltered travel agent who has never traveled. But after planning her trip of a lifetime to Iceland down to the last hotel and landmark, she’s forced to throw all her plans out the window when a hot-as-blazes dragon shifter and a bunch of homicidal fire dragons crash her vacation!

Damon Drago is the powerful Dragon of the Earth, member of the Council of Elements. On the trail of dangerous fire dragons in Iceland, he instead finds what he least expected – his mate. Her luscious curves kindle a passion hot enough to melt the ice and make him want to forget all about his duty – but the fire dragons have other plans. Now his mate is in deadly danger and only Damon can protect her, by whisking her away to a secret shifter town hidden in the mountains.

But when the fire dragons attack the seat of the Council of Elements itself, nowhere is safe. Is the power of Damon’s element strong enough to protect his mate? Or will dragon’s fire burn hotter than their love?

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flight of the white wolfFLIGHT OF THE WHITE WOLF by Terry Spear

Gavin Summerfield—an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying—has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect—where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start…again.

Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn’t entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn’t discover the secret she’s been keeping…she knows he could never forgive her.

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shifters embraceTHE SHIFTER’S EMBRACE (SHIFTERS OF THE SEVENTH MOON BOOK 2) by Selena Scott

Celia Lamplighter was not the typical kind of woman that football star Jean Luc LaTour would ever be interested in. Or at least that’s what she told herself a hundred times a day as she attempted to get her crush on him under control.

On the outside, they couldn’t have been more different. He was famous, athletic, desired by anyone with a pulse. She was a reclusive, curvy, tatted up librarian. In the real world, there was no chance they’d ever find one another or ever fall in love.

But they aren’t living in the real world. They, along with five new friends, are on the adventure of a lifetime, racing the full moon and attempting to save all seven of their souls. With a demon on their tails,
the group finds themselves in the spooky swamps of the Everglades, fighting for their lives. Jean Luc and Celia find themselves fighting their unlikely desire for one another, fearful of a love that will change both of them irrevocably.

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hidden giftsHIDDEN GIFTS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

Life as Rafael Castillo knows it is about to come to an end. Twenty-one years ago, his grandmother, then head witch of the Castillo clan, helped the McAllister clan defeat a dark wizard…for a price. The payment, Miranda McAllister, is now on her way to be his bride. A medieval arrangement, but there’s no naysaying Rafe’s mother, who is intent on carrying out his grandmother’s wishes.

Miranda’s parents tried everything — even revealing her lack of magical gifts — to break this unholy bargain, to no avail. As her Halloween birthday approaches, she journeys to Santa Fe, where the betrothed she’s never seen awaits.

Their first meeting is more like Beauty clashing with Beast than Cinderella dancing away with Prince Charming. But their first kiss is electric, triggering a storm of emotions and odd experiences that make Miranda wonder if her long-dormant magic is finally bursting from its shell.

However, even as Rafe and Miranda begin to grow closer, threads of dark magic are weaving a spell that could destroy their clans’ alliance…and any chance for love.

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dark alphas nightDARK ALPHA’S NIGHT (A REAPER NOVEL) by Donna Grant

To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I’m near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive.

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an american witch in parisAN AMERICAN WITCH IN PARIS by Michele Hauf

Tired of his desk job, Ethan Pierce decides it’s time for a more exciting occupation. This straitlaced vampire may be ready for demons and blood magic, but nothing can prepare him for Tuesday Knightsbridge. She’s brash, she’s bold and she’s the sexiest woman he’s ever met. She also happens to be a witch…and the key to saving the world.

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switch of fate prequelSWITCH OF FATE PREQUEL by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Growler and Anna begin their lives at the cosh, a place with only one rule: A switch may not favor only one shifter, because it makes her weak. This is a rule Anna has no choice but to break, as Growler steals her heart again and again.

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as you wishAS YOU WISH (A SUMMERHOUSE NOVEL) by Jude Devereaux

One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Virginia, where they find they have much more in common than they realized…

Sixty-year-old Olivia’s first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she’s always truly loved—even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren’t for one problem: He’s passionately in love with someone else! Twenty-something Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.

Though each of them wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reason, it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to right the wrongs of their past—all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.

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NECROMANCERS SMILETHE NECROMANCER’S SMILE by Lisa Oliver

Detective Dakar Rhodes is an alpha wolf shifter who’s short on sleep and patience. Called to yet another crime scene, definitely the work of a serial killer, he’s shocked to learn the Pedace Police Department has a Necromancer as a consultant. Considering he’d moved to Pedace because of the lack of a coven in the area, he wasn’t pleased with the new development. His previous dealings with magic users never ended well. But when ordered to show the consultant the respect befitting his position, Dakar bites his tongue and longs for a swift conclusion to the case.

Necromancer Prince Sebastian York, or Sy to his friends, has a real issue with people. He doesn’t like or trust them, but because of his position, he has to deal with them. Dead people are so much easier – at least they don’t want anything from him. But Sy has been raised to do his duty and when he’s called to a crime scene, he doesn’t expect anything much to happen beyond talking to a few spirits. The last thing he thought he’d find is a wolf shifter claiming to be his mate.

One short meeting has a wealth of repercussions. Finding a serial killer is easy; coping with relationships is anything but. Demons, journalists, long held grudges and a familiar with loyalty issues all combine to make for a hectic time. It’s a case of one step forward, two steps back for Dakar and Sy, but when evil comes calling will they be able to rely on each other for a chance at an HEA?

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awakening the shifterAWAKENING THE SHIFTER by Jane Godman

Rock star Khan hides his shifter status behind his bad-boy reputation. But the weretiger is floored by the combined beauty and talent of singer Sarange Tsedev…who doesn’t know she’s a wolf! Their chemistry is potent, but tigers and wolves don’t mix. Still, Khan’s and Sarange’s past and present are linked; it will take their combined magical abilities to create a future together.

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highland dragon masterHIGHLAND DRAGON MASTER (DAWN OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON) by Isabel Cooper

The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it’s only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.

If only that kind of power didn’t come with such a terrible price.

Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she’ll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate…and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.

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switch of fate 2SWITCH OF FATE 2 by Grace Quillen and Lisa Ladew

Flint Gibson is ready to lay down his life for The Cause, just so long as doing so results in a ton of dead vampires. He’s been planning a kamikaze mission for decades, not-so-patiently waiting for news about the vampires who killed his family. Because all vampires must die. Especially those vampires. The organized resistance building in the forests of North Carolina is interesting, but he doesn’t have time to romance a switch.

Until a glowing green woman slams into him, stealing his heart with a confused but passionate kiss.

Goldie Peletier has always been a good girl, prim and proper. She counted on following the rules to keep her safe in life. But she has a secret, one she hides deep in the darkest corners of her soul and has never told anyone. So when a massive bear of a man draws out her passion, telling her things that threaten to bring her secret into the light, she prepares to cut and run. Again.

If Flint and Goldie manage to join hearts, the strength they add to The Cause could make them an unstoppable team. But things have never worked out “just right” for our Goldie, and once vampires show up in her world, she only spins further out of control.

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bad moon risingBAD MOON RISING:  A LOUP GAROU WORLD NOVEL (TEMPTING FATE BOOK 2) by Mandy M Roth

Gina, a natural-born slayer with a little something special, has been looking for love in all the wrong places. She’s not holding out for Prince Charming and for some strange reason, she can’t stop having feelings she shouldn’t for a man she considers just a friend. Sure, he’s hot, but he’s an alpha male shifter. Shifters and slayers don’t mix. It’s just the way of it. Plus, he’s been friend zoned.

Detective Jay Gonzales is so in love with the spitfire redheaded slayer he can’t see straight. She keeps him at arm’s length and he can’t blame her. He’s got a history as a ladies’ man and he’s not what her slayer buddies would consider a catch. He doesn’t care. She means something to him, and this alpha wolf shifter isn’t about to take no for an answer, especially since he’s sure she’s his mate. Breaking the news to his pack, and keeping her safe from a rising dark threat in the city, are just two more obstacles he has to overcome to make Gina his forever.

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from the dark placesFROM THE DARK PLACES by Margaret L Carter

VS Note: From February. Normally I wouldn’t list a book with only one two-star review but that reviewer seemed to focus largely on a discussion of opinion re Cthulhu and Lovecraft mythos etc., with a few comments on the book itself. I looked at the “Look Inside” sample and the prose flowed pretty well, so here it is. As always, sample and decide for yourself! I have not read this book. I did express to the author that I would include the book in this week’s post but with basically this note and she was fine with that.

When Father Michel Emeric and Dr. Ray Benson warn young widow Kate Jacobs of occult danger stalking her, she dismisses them as deranged fanatics. The eerie disappearance of her four-year-old daughter, Sara, changes her mind. Ray and Father Mike rescue Kate’s child, but the fight has only begun. Dark powers from beyond our world want to destroy Kate and Sara and prevent the birth of a future child foretold to have extraordinary psychic powers and a destiny as a great warrior against evil. Kate must develop her latent wild talents and allow Sara to do the same, in a universe weirder–and more dangerous–than she’s ever imagined.

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VS Note: And just in case you missed my scifi rock star romance last week:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 28

February 21

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.)