New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 9

manuAs 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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MANU (HELL SQUAD BOOK 16) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Always a new twist with this series. On my TBR List.

When former berserker Manu Rahia lost his leg on a mission, he was forced to leave his squad. He knows his new role as head of the Enclave’s firing range and armory is important, but hates that he isn’t still out there fighting face to face against the aliens and protecting his brothers’ backs. But then one woman catches his eye. A no-nonsense woman dedicated to her job as head of security. A woman who seems cool on the surface, but who Manu is convinced is hiding more under her business-like exterior.

Captain Kate Scott dedicated her life to her career in the Army. Now she works hard taking care of security for the Enclave and its residents. She learned a long time ago that she isn’t a passionate woman, and that she’s better off sticking to her work. But seeing one big, bronze-skinned, muscled man at the range every day has her hormones going into overdrive. She’s never felt like this and she’s determined to get herself under control.

But when the aliens launch a viscous new attack, right on the Enclave’s doorstep, Kate and Manu must join forces to stop the raptors before more people get hurt. Kate will fight fiercely to protect her team and the base, as well as her heart. But Manu Rahia is a man who knows what he wants, will walk through fire to get it, and what he wants is Kate.

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twist of fateTWIST OF FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Regine Abel

For her, he would endure a lifetime of agony.

First Officer Ghan has entered the final stages of the Taint, the deadly disease that kills most Xelixian males by the age of forty. He is determined to bring an elusive foe to justice before his body shuts down completely.

When tragedy strikes a close ally, he finds his soulmate in an unexpected twist of fate. If only she had revealed herself sooner, she could have cured him. Now, she can only keep him in limbo. Is it too late for them or will fate deal them a new hand?

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arrival titanARRIVAL: TITAN (LEAVING EARTH BOOK 2) by Liza O’Connor

Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space nearby Titan. Captain Drake had his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the children being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and children are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. In short time, they learn there’s a ship called the Death Star mining minerals on the outer rings of Saturn and even more shocking—that Jupiter is not a planet, but an ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

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ashes and metalASHES AND METAL (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

No one messed with Gunner. No one.

He was the Jackal, living chaos, the infamous Cyborg banned from civilized society. He was also the only Monster Hunter for the EPED who took the hard jobs, the under-the-table work. Jobs that often left a trail of blood and bones in their wake. When a pirate commandeers his ship, Gunner takes it upon himself to exact a revenge that will ignite a wildfire of rage, death, and torment upon those who made the mistake of taking what was rightfully his.

Elodie has spent most of her life pretending to be a boy to remain alongside her father in space. He’s the only family she has left. When the ship they worked on is attacked, she’s taken prisoner. Every day, she feared that her secret would be discovered—that she’s a woman alone amongst men. When a strange man is dragged into the cell next to hers, she realizes she was living on borrowed time.

He stared at her as if he knew her secret.

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artificial conditionARTIFICIAL CONDITION: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells

VS Note: I can’t recommend this series highly enough. The first one ALL SYSTEMS RED was so good – I really love the main character, the Murderbot. These are scifi not romance. I had this one pre-ordered and could not wait but I would recommend reading the  first book and then the second, to have a better feel for the main character.

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

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gaslights_and_graves_variousGASLIGHTS AND GRAVES: A COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES by Various

VS Note: I interviewed the authors last week for USA Today/HEA.

SIX paranormal steampunk adventures from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors. There’s something for every steampunk lover in the collection of mad science, twisted fairytales, myths, ghosts, vampires, shifters, magic, techno-fantasy with settings such as gothic romance, urban fantasy, Victorian, and so much more.

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hesherHESHER (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Lydia, captain of the Earth vessel Outreach II, and her crew were sent to explore the vastness of deep space to find inhabited worlds. The trip was the culmination of her childhood dreams. Plans are changed when trouble with the spaceship causes them to go off course and crash on a unknown planet in an uncharted star system. Most of them survive and soon discover they’re not alone. The perfect planet is occupied with intelligent life, the kind you only read about in books.

Hesher’s been alone for most of his life. It’s never bothered him before, for he’s been busy as the commander of Talonia’s military. But, seeing all his friends fall in love and choose mates has him taking a closer look at his lonely life. His musings are interrupted when a strange ship full of humans falls from the sky. The weredragons have been discovered and it brings chaos to his world in more ways than he ever imagined.

Finding himself attracted to Lydia is enough of a problem as they are both stubborn and opinionated, but there is more to the story. Earth is in trouble and they need help. The weredragons are their only hope of survival. They have the only weapon that is capable of defeating Earth’s attackers. Will they give up their anonymity to save the humans or let them be taken as slaves? Hesher is pulled in so many directions his soul is almost torn.

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for a pixie in blueFOR A PIXIE IN BLUE (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 4) by Cecelia Randall

Blue Faust is trapped, and there are no good choices. Does she remain on Padilra, giving up her own dreams, or rebel and risk starting a war? How is a person supposed to make a choice like that anyway?
Forrest and Mo’ata are by her side, of course, and the others insist on accompanying her as well.

She’ll need to learn to navigate the politics of an entire Alliance, as well as the culture of a people who have isolated themselves for a very good reason.

And what do you do when you find out that the monster you are guarding isn’t the scariest thing around you…?

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aerdanAERDAN (ZHEKAN MATES BOOK 1) by Emma James

Angelica’s adult life had started so fast – great education, top of her class, dream job out of school – and then, it all sort of stalled. What began as exciting quickly turned into the morass of routine and Angelica was left wondering what was left to look forward to?

Aerdan Covendane is the crown prince of Zheka. His talents as a legendary warrior are only matched by his talents for bedding the eager women of Zheka.

By all accounts, Aerdan should have been happy. But, the superficial titles, ceremonies and women all served as a reminder that so little of what Aerdan had achieved had truly been earned. He longed to find a mate that would match him as his equal.

Ancient magic brings Angelica and Aerdan together, and they soon find themselves locked in a passionate battle against tradition as the kingdoms of Zheka resist their union.

Will their relationship withstand the jealousy and rage of those who stand to lose the most? Or will they be torn apart by those who seek the throne for themselves?

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machine metal magicMACHINE METAL MAGIC (MIND + MACHINE BOOK 1) by Hannah Dare

The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?

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lokaLOKA by Arcadia Shield

Loka came to Prodigy to make a name for himself and become an eminent scientist in the Picar community. Tasked with the enormous job of mapping the Milky Way, he can afford no distractions. Then the cute, smart, and quirky human, Heather Roberts, enters his life and everything changes.

Heather happily makes matches for lonely human females and horny aliens in need of a mate at My Single Alien. Although tempted by the gorgeous alien specimens, she’s never distracted from her dream of buying her own piece of space heaven. Then Loka comes to her rescue and suddenly a life without him seems cold. She can’t give up her dream, not for a hot alien with horns and a fondness for giving her gifts of coal.

When disaster strikes the station and the security cyborgs attack humans, Heather and Loka are thrown together. They must figure out what’s happening to the station before it blows up while avoiding their growing attraction and the increasing likelihood of death by angry cyborg.

Can their dreams and reality join together? Will Loka and Heather survive to find out?

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dragon passionDRAGON PASSION (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

When her family farm falls into Sandy Talbert’s lap, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Her life in the city was over. She needed a change, and more importantly, she needed the solitude. Running a farm by herself is harder than it seems, and three years later she’s on the verge of being forced to sell to her jerk of a neighbor. The only thing standing between her and defeat is the odd offer made to her by a gorgeous stranger she barely knows.

Palin never expected to find his mate. He was on a mission, assigned to figure out if this war the humans were talking about was truly as serious as they claimed. Knowing how pathetic humans were, he highly doubted it. But an emergency stop for food at a local farmers market has thrown all his plans into disarray. Leaving his comrades behind, he ventures into the world of farms, famine, and intrigue beyond anything he could imagine. She needs his help, but Palin doesn’t know one end of a hoe from the other!

Determined to help her out, Palin agrees to plow her fields. It’s not what Sandy signed up for, but she can’t deny that he’s helpful—and hunky. If she can convince him to stay, she could finally turn a profit and stick it to her nasty neighbor. Can she do that while still maintaining her policy of not letting anyone into her life? And what about her neighbor? How will he react when he finds out his designs on her farm won’t ever come to fruition?

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RED AT NIGHTMAGIC NEW MEXICO: RED AT NIGHT (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Jody Wallace

She rescued him from death, but can he trust her with his life?

Alliah Red has one last duty before she can be truly free of the wizard who enchained her. She must guide the dragons in her master’s stable to the world of Earth. She’s the one who killed him, making them vulnerable to other wizards. Worse wizards. She just didn’t count on Leopold Crystal, the mysterious dragon from the dungeon, tangling her simple mission into a dangerous snarl.

Leo doesn’t trust the proud woman who barges into his cell claiming she killed their master, but he does believe that the pack of greedy wizards on their tails will stop at nothing to possess them. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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death doesnt bargainDEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN: A DEADMAN’S CROSS NOVEL by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Deadmen are back…

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

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sea witchs redemptionTHE SEA WITCH’S REDEMPTION: SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 4 by SE Smith

VS Note: An expansion of a previously published story.

Magna’s existence was once filled with laughter, love and joy. Her life changes in a single night when a mysterious object falls from the sky into the ocean and she wakes to find herself held captive in her own body. As the centuries pass, she becomes known as the Sea Witch—a creature who is feared and reviled. Her efforts to save the Seven Kingdoms and destroy the alien creature living inside her should have ended both their lives—instead, Magna wakes to find herself in a strange, new realm.
Gabe Lightfoot and his best friend, Kane Field, have stood side by side through thick and thin. Brothers by circumstance, they have seen the darker side of life and lived to remember it. When Gabe rescues a wounded woman in the waters off the coast of Oregon, they have no idea what’s in store for them.

It doesn’t take long for Magna to learn that she is no safer in this new world than she was in her own. Fearful of endangering the two men who have taken her under their wing, Magna is torn between trying to return to her world or staying in this one.
The choice may be decided for her when strangers come to town searching for clues regarding a series of strange disappearances. Can Gabe and Kane protect her from those who would lock her up to study her, or will the curse of the Sea Witch destroy them as well?

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renegade valkyrieRENEGADE VALKYRIE by Stacy Claflin

She’s an angel of death, but her life is in danger.

Soleil is a Valkyrie, cursed to obey the laws of Valhalla—laws she’s been skirting for centuries. But when she uses her sword to protect a friend rather than to eliminate her assigned target, she crosses that fine line. Now her species is coming for her. Compounding problems, she’s also in the crosshairs of a powerful, vindictive witch who wants retribution for the murder of her sister.

It’s the worst possible time for her emotions to surface, so of course they do. While dealing with danger, she struggles with moving past the death of her fiancé and budding feelings for her best friend, Titan. Soleil already stays away from her former pack to protect them, now she feels she should leave Titan too, to keep him safe. But she can’t bear to do it.

Now she’s put him in danger, as well as some of her old allies and new friends. It would be in everyone’s best interest if she ran. But she can’t. She won’t. And her fate comes down to an epic battle between supernatural forces—a battle she’s ill-equipped to win.

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once upon a twisted timeONCE UPON A TWISTED TIME, A TWISTED FAIRY TALE COLLECTION by Various

From the days of old, with the twist of new, these fairytales are just for you.

Drawing from a well of myth and legend, each of these 16 USA Today and NYT Best Selling Authors, has put their own twist on a story from childhood.

Modernized tales of love, war, oaths, and curses, uncover the secrets in Once Upon a Twisted Time. We promise you a Happily Ever After.

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kelleyKELLEY (WERE ZOO BOOK 6) by R E Butler

Kelley London has been taking care of the non-shifting animals at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park since he was a teenager. As an elephant shifter, he has a unique take on what it means to be an animal in the zoo, gawked at by humans, and he does his best to make sure that the animals are happy and well taken care of. He’s not sure that the VIP tours are going to bring his soulmate to him, but he’s hopeful that someday he’ll find the one female meant to be his.

Rhapsody Caine is the last surviving member of her panther shifter pride. Before her aunt passed away, she told Rhapsody about a shifter zoo in New Jersey, and urged her to find other shifters to live with. She’d never been around other types of shifters, and was wary of just waltzing in the front gates and announcing herself to the zoo’s inhabitants, so she signed up for a VIP tour of the safari. What she didn’t expect was to be staring at her soulmate through a chain link fence, or for him to be an elephant.

Rhapsody breaks all the rules and climbs the fence during the tour to be with Kelley, but the big male doesn’t care that she’s impetuous. The only thing he cares about is that she’s the new center of his universe, and because she’s all alone in the world, he wants to become her family. When a panther male shows up at the zoo claiming to be Rhapsody’s arranged mate, Kelley is willing to do anything to keep Rhapsody safe and keep her with him forever.

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queen and kingsmenQUEEN AND THE KINGSMEN (DARK FANTASY BOOK 3) by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
Captured and imprisoned.
They seek to break my curse by breaking me.
They want to know what I did to Briar Rose, but I will never tell
And I will not submit, no matter what tortures they have planned.
I am stronger than the Kingsmen.
Not just one man, but four.
For I am the powerful and feared Queen.
My curse will stand.

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debriefing the deadDEBRIEFING THE DEAD by Kerry Blaisdell

The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.

So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?

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fire to dragonFIRE TO DRAGON (RED SLAVES BOOK 3) by Tonya Cannariato

Born as a human in America, Anne Crosby discovered something new inside herself when she traveled to Russia: she’s a dragon. And not any ordinary fire-breathing beast, but the next queen of the Russian dragons. A queen without her court.

Magic transformed her into a dragon and gave her the right to rule, but Magic forgot to give her a guide book for the new world she’s living in.

Anne made dangerous enemies when she stole the power of the dragons from the Russian government. The FSB is hunting her. Allies have been turned into traitors. And her tenuous grip on power depends on her finding the missing people who complete her court. If she can find them in time, there is a promise of immortal joy. If she can’t, then the dragons will once again become slaves.

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stroke the flameSTROKE THE FLAME (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Briggs

I’ve spent my entire life running from my past and staying out of trouble. That’s how I’ve kept alive ever since my parents were killed by the Black Dragon, who’s ruled the world under her oppressive talons for as long as anyone can remember.

But it’s hard to keep a low profile when four handsome strangers turn up in your village claiming you’re destined to save the world. According to them, they’ve been chosen by the gods to become elemental dragons—and I’m their mate.

Which means one day I’ll be the most powerful dragon of all, able to control all four elements. Assuming I can unlock my powers first…by getting intimate with each of my sexy mates.

Auric, the clever prince. Jasin, the cocky soldier. Slade, the protective blacksmith. Reven, the mysterious assassin. And me. We’re the only ones who can bring balance to the world and overthrow the Black Dragon—if she doesn’t tear us to shreds first.

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queen takes rookQUEEN TAKES ROOK (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

The epic showdown between the last Isador queen and House Skye begins.

Strengthened by her new queen sib, Shara Isador plans to return to her mansion-in-progress for some much needed rest. She especially wants to get to know her new twin Blood and fears she may have made a mistake in taking them. She does not love them. Yet.

However, the sun god and the queen of New York City have other plans.

The snares are set to capture the young but extremely powerful vampire queen. Someone inside Zaniyah’s nest has betrayed them, and Shara’s trusted butler calls to inform her that a large package has arrived-from Marne Ceresa, the queen of Rome. A trap, surely. Or could the unknown gift be an olive branch from the feared Triune queen?

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a dragon pairA DRAGON PAIR (THE PALADIN DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Dahlia Rose

As the Shen try to wage their final violent stand for the earth realm and Paladin, the dragon warriors have something else to worry about. Dr. Daphne Jordan and the discovery she made in the Sierra Nevada… dragon bones. With their secret in jeopardy, the king dispatched the twins, Iarl and Skard to retrieve a long lost brother of the dragon court. Neither expected that the beautiful aerologist would be there to defend her find from anyone trying to steal it. Nor did they expect their dragons to purr in pleasure at her scent and choose her to be their mate. From birth they were connected mind, body and soul, even moving in unison as they fought. This bond would be no less in sharing a mate, if she would have them. The Shen still lurked in the shadows and their king also sees the potential in Daphne, one that could get him what he wants.

Ok so dragons may have existed, that was Daphne’s thought when she first found the bones. The knowledge went from excitement to fear when two fierce red dragons confronted her at her dig site. They chased her away from her find, but that only fueled the fire in her to know more. When she saw them again, the two dragons chased from above, down the beach. Two dragons transformed into very tall, sexy, redheaded males. They told her she was in danger, that she was being hunted. Yet when they looked at her, she felt as if she was the prey. The twins wanted more than to protect her, and their touch was like the heat of a dragon’s breath on her skin. Iarl and Skard was a package deal and in between learning of a world no one would believe existed. Daphne wondered if she was woman to be loved in more ways than one, by a dragon pair.

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specter of the marshSPECTER OF THE MARSH (SUBWOOFERS BOOK 5) by Linda Mooney

Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Deer, Eagle
They found each other by accident. They became a team for life.

When a string of small campsite robberies hits close to home, Ray Thomas “Art” Crawford, of Bag It and Tag It Excursions, is asked to help FBI Agent and friend, Billie Crowne, investigate the possibility of drug runners. At the most recent site, it doesn’t take Art long to spot something suspicious–paw prints. Big ones.

Soon, reports of a black leopard on the loose reaches the group. Could the prints Art saw belong to the big cat? The guys take it upon themselves to find the animal before it gets hurt, or hurts someone.

Being on the run most of her life, Rikki Leonard isn’t quick to trust anyone. Growing up cursed as she was, she’d quickly learned to keep her secrets to herself, or risk pain, torture, and ridicule. Cornered in the swamp, can she trust the guys surrounding her?

She soon realizes she’s not alone in the world, and for the first time in her life, Rikki begins to feel safe. Cared for. But when her past tracks her down, she can’t risk bringing danger to the lodge, so she does what she knows how to do best–run.

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hell on the heartHELL ON THE HEART (MAGICAL FORCES SERIES BOOK 2) by Hope Daniels and Alicia Dawn

As a witch with power over water, Anna wants her secrets to stay in the past where they belong. All she desires is to enjoy the present, but what she thought was buried long ago, has found a nasty way of coming back to bite her. So hold on tight. Not only is her big bad secret back, but it’s hungry and Anna looks like the perfect entree for dinner.

Pete has secrets of his own. As a Djinn, he is skilled and powerful enough to cajole Anna to tell him hers, although he knows he may have to confess up some of his own deep dark nightmares. When she learns his secrets will she still look at him the same way? Or will she take a chance on what could be? Not that it matters. Pete isn’t ready to let her go. She is his soulmate whether she is ready to admit it or not. One way or another, he will make her realize they are meant to be together, even if he has to follow her to hell to do so.

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born of no manBORN OF NO MAN by Tracey Cooper Posey

VS Note: Not exactly fantasy and yet…fantasy elements maybe? I don’t know. Anyway, I love the author’s scifi romances so here you go…

Lynette, companion to Princess Vivian, has learned to trust the princess’ visions and so, guards the dark and powerful secret of the man in the cave.

Cadfael the Black, battle commander to High King Vortigern, lives only to kill Saxons, to avenge the brutal murder of his family at their hands. At the court of King Gwilym, the very heart of Roman Britain, he meets the beautiful Lynette, a woman who could thaw his frozen heart.

When duty thrusts them together, Lynette’s secret clashes with Cadfael’s suspicious nature and threatens to tear them and the entire kingdom asunder. But, Lynette must keep her secret at all costs to protect Princess Vivian’s unborn child. A child who would become known as…

MERLIN.

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kings spinster brideTHE KING’S SPINSTER BRIDE BY Ruby Dixon

Sixteen years ago, Princess Halla of Yshrem saved the life of an eight-year-old barbarian boy and watched her kingdom fall to ruin, all on the same day. Now, she is a forgotten spinster in a quiet temple, living her days out in solitude. The last of her line, she exists in the hope that she has been forgotten, for to be remembered by the enemy is to be certain death.

One person has not forgotten her. Mathior, now twenty-four, is the fierce warrior king of the Cyclopae. Yshrem is in turmoil and his advisors have a suggestion – kill the last remaining member of the royal line, and there will be no rivals for the throne.

Mathior has a different idea. He’s loved Halla for sixteen long years, and it’s time he claimed her as his wife. But a barbarian’s wedding customs are unlike any other.

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imagine dragonIMAGINE DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 32) by Julia Mills

All the planning in the world can’t beat dumb luck.
Even if your dad just happens to be Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, and you’re one of the most powerful Guardsmen to ever walk the earth. No matter how hard he tries, Destiny always seems to drop a steamy pile of Dragon crap right in his path…leaving him to clean up the mess and clean up the mess.
But then he found her.
Ancient, mysterious, and completely irresistible…She flew into his life, poured light into his soul, and dropped the old jokester to his knees with little more than a wide-eyed glance and a flick of her tail feathers.

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mated to the ocean dragonMATED TO THE OCEAN DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant 

There’s war looming in the dragon world.

As the last of the three elemental dragons to find his mate, ocean dragon Timothy is racing a clock, trying to find his mate before the enemy dragons find her first, and destroy the world—along with his chance at happiness.

Curvy Liana is a thirty-year-old geek, spending her days working on a children’s computer game about dragons, and her nights dreaming of adventures that are real instead of scripted. And then a man with eyes like the sea crashes into her average life, sweeps her away in a tide of desire, and tells her that the fate of the world rests in her hands…

The fire dragons are ready to wreck the world’s fragile balance of humans and shifters—and all that’s standing in their way is the love of a charismatic billionaire shifter and his geeky mate.

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deaths providenceDEATH’S PROVIDENCE by Wendie Nordgren

It wasn’t until she died that she started living.

On the night she lost all hope, she found salvation. On the night she died, he found love.

Now, Ferren, priestess of Thanatos, brings solace to the god who is feared and despised by both mortals and immortals. However, their love ignites more than a burning passion, it gives rise to magic in the mortal realm, and the results are dire.

In order to save the souls who are at rest in the Underworld, they must seek out a powerful book of spells which has fallen into the wrong hands. The necromancers will soon learn to fear the wrath of the god of Death.

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mermaid's escapeTHE MERMAID’S ESCAPE (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 1)  by Kellie McAllen

Destined to marry the gorgeous, high-ranking Kai and inherit the throne from her grandfather, Princess Coral is the envy of every mermaid in the shoal. But all she really wants is the freedom to decide her own fate.

When Coral runs away from her own wedding and escapes to the land, she knows the clock is ticking. She has five days before her human body will succumb to the curse that binds all mermaids to the sea. Overwhelmed by the harshness of a deserted island, Coral is ready to accept her fate and return to the shoal, but with the arrival of four shipwrecked divers, Coral starts to understand why her mother was lured away by the human world.

When Coral is given the choice she always wanted, will she make peace with her destiny, or risk everything to forge her own path in a whole new world?

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abraham'ABRAHAM (THE JOHNSON CLAN BOOK 2) by Terra Wolf

Hotel mogul and all around alpha ahole, Abraham is on the prowl. The public doesn’t exactly know he’s a bear shifter and when he meets the beautiful lounge singer, Summer, she definitely has no idea. He’s built up walls around himself and his empire for so long, but slowly Summer breaks them all down. Fate has intervened, whether Abraham is ready or not.

Summer just wants to keep her apartment out of the hands of the Shyft hotel investors. They’ll make it so expensive that she, and her neighbors, will be out on the street. She has to convince the owner to make a change. What she doesn’t know is the evil hotel mogul is also the guy she’s falling in love with.

When secrets are revealed, will Summer and Abraham both be able to get past the deception? Or did fate have it wrong this time?

Amazon

vampires thirst gunnerA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: GUNNER by Elaine Barris

Sentenced to 500 years in prison for a rash of murders he didn’t commit, Gunner is granted a miracle: a month of freedom to prove his innocence.

Though desperate to find evidence to clear his good name, his plans go awry when he’s struck by a Thirst he can’t quench soon after scenting the sweet ambrosia of his Bloodmate.

With an underlying strength that shows through her gentleness, Imogen is the perfect balance to Gunner’s world of blood, bullets, and incriminations. Her connection to him is immediate, passionate, and full of promise.

Catastrophe strikes when Imogen is abducted, sending Gunner into the throes of the debilitating and insatiable Thirst which renders him incapable of controlling his craving for blood.

With so many lives on the line, the stakes have never been higher.

Will Gunner rescue Imogen in time, or will the Thirst drive him to insanity… and ultimately to his death?

Amazon     iBooks

knock down dragon outKNOCK DOWN DRAGON OUT (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY, ALASKA BOOK 1) by Kristal Shannan

Unable to save his family from murdering traitors, Col has a mission: to kill the dragons who murdered the royal house of Li’Vhram. When a cute, curvy woman needs rescuing, though, his senses go on high alert. And her soul is calling directly to him. That only happens…

…with soulmates.

But Col made a vow. He must avenge his family. He can’t fall in love with her, no matter how much his inner dragon roars “mate” every five minutes.

An overwhelming need to get away from life—from grief—sent Naomi on a trek through Alaska. Even though she was expecting to photograph some unique wildlife, she was NOT expecting a dragon.

Those don’t exist, right?

And a dragon who turns into a human? Even more unlikely. A hot dragon prince… yeah, she’s totally hallucinating. And when he won’t leave her side, and their chemistry is off the charts, suddenly, it’s a whole-new-world of fantasy and excitement, until danger finds her.

Amazon     iBooks

STONE CURSEDSTONE CURSED; A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE: TAURUS (HIGHLAND GARGOYLES BOOK 6) by Lisa Carlisle

Locked in stone. On his night off from sentry duty, gargoyle shifter Alec heads out for a night flight. When he spots a strange green light, he soars closer to investigate.

And is caught by Medusa’s curse…Veda has had doubts about Kai since they left their coven to seek ley lines in the Scottish Highlands. When he resorts to dark magic to capture a gargoyle, she’s forced to act. How can she free the gargoyle from his stone prison without invoking Kai’s notorious wrath?

Amazon     iBooks

wolf undauntedWOLF UNDAUNTED by Shannon Curtis

When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?

Amazon     iBooks

 

witch's furyWITCH’S FURY by Deborah LeBlanc

When magical creatures start being killed, the Francois sisters, all witches, must protect themselves. But Abigail “Gilly” Francois doesn’t count on finding undeniable passion in the process. She’s irresistibly drawn to brave, sexy Gavril Hyland, but she is forbidden to love a human. As they hunt down their elusive enemies threatening everything they love, can Gilly and Gavril save their friends—and their hearts?

Amazon     iBooks

 

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Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I’m highlighting HOSTAGE TO THE STARS from my backlist. Johnny is one of my favorite characters 🙂 Here’s the short version of the blurb:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself… (more on ebook seller site)…

Buy Links:     Apple iBooks     Amazon    Kobo     Barnes & Noble

 

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 2

April 25

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

 

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.  

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