A Promise 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  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

I’ve jumped ahead to the point where Jadrian is about to leave her in the care of a medic and return to the fight. Continues directly from last week’s excerpt.

The excerpt:

With great care, he pried her fingers from his as the medic rejoined them, “Wait a minute,” Jadrian said to his comrade. Opening his shirt slightly, he took a leather thong from around his neck and showed Taura the small blue stone pendant, swirls of color suggesting a sleeping cat. “Keep this safe for me. I’ll come reclaim it when I get back to the valley later, all right?”

“I’m not sure I can be trusted,” she said. What if she lost her grip on the stone while sedated, or during a panic attack? Surely he’d be angry if she misplaced his talisman. Being responsible for anything in her current state was a heavy burden yet she knew he meant well by the gesture and she liked the idea he’d have a reason to come find her later.

Jadrian folded her trembling fingers over the cool stone, “I trust you—we have more in common than you know so let this be a promise between us.”

She cradled the stone and thong in her fist, “A promise.”

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 27

iced_regine_abelAs 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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ICED (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 10) by Regine Abel

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Kira barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Along with a handful of survivors, she finds refuge in The City in the Caldera alongside its Fire Valos inhabitants. But the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist make the heat intolerable for her. When the opportunity to go to the frozen city of E’Lek presents itself, Kira believes she’ll finally be at peace.

Duke is confused by the strange human female. Like him, she’s cold, made for the icy lands of the Northern Valos. Her resemblance with the Creators and questionable friendship with a human hated by his people raises their collective suspicions. Yet, only she could save their lost tribes condemned to an eternal slumber. As his heartstone warms for her, Duke is determined to prove to the rest of the tribe that beneath her frozen exterior hides a compassionate female. His female.

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cyborgs stowawayTHE CYBORG’S STOWAWAY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Can a cyborg let go of the wife he lost and make a stowaway his bride?

There’s a problem on the Gypsy Moth. Craig ‘Crank’ Abrams has found a stowaway. A tiny one that tucks easily under his chin with the biggest damned eyes he’s ever seen—and a way of tugging at a mechanical heart he thought broken.

Ghwenn has secrets, which is why she’s on the run and hiding. When her enemies catch up to her, she finds an unlikely hero in the cyborg that refuses to hand her over.

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hostage prison planet 5HOSTAGE (PRISON PLANET BOOK 5) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying this series so I one clicked.

Sebastian Wolfe got himself sentenced to death by combat on the prison planet Rhodon in order to protect his sister, Sylvie. As last season’s champion, she was released into the open population, and if he prevails this season, he’ll be allowed to join her. And at first, that was the plan.

Then, at an airborne afterparty following the first fight of the season, Sebastian seizes a chance to crash the ship into zone three, planning to escape the wreckage and join his sister early—until fate throws Kaya Johnston into his path.

Kaya would have died upon impact if Sebastian hadn’t bailed from the doomed yacht with her in his arms, but that’s no reason to go all weak in the knees. He’s the one who crashed the ship in the first place! Now she’s stranded on a prison planet, barefoot and ill-equipped, with only a gorgeous, protective death row inmate who’s declared her his hostage—yet seems to think of her as much more.

Sebastian drags her deep into zone three in search of Sylvie, so he can demand an escape vehicle in exchange for his captive. But after a few days alone with Kaya, he might be unwilling to ever give his beautiful, compassionate hostage up.

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marcunMARCUN (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Sadie Carter

Eden Summers has an unhealthy obsession with chocolate, a hate-hate relationship with the IRS, and a failing bakery. Her love life is…well, not dying, to be dying it would first have to exist, right? And the only person filling up her inbox is her overprotective mother.
To top things off her next-door neighbor is a rude, obnoxious sex maniac. When he’s not keeping her up half the night with all his banging and moaning, he’s turning her into a babbling idiot.
Because the man is gorgeous. Ripped. Mesmerising. A little strange. And when she is around him, her body melts into a pile of goo.
Infuriating.
Marcun Clacka has come to Earth to locate a precious jewel for his client. He doesn’t like Earth; the people are inferior and, unlike his pack mates, he does not wish to find a human female to mate.
Humans are trouble. Fragile. And loud.
Except the tiny female who lives next to him isn’t too annoying. And she is quite attractive. Foolishly courageous. Yes, perhaps he could mate with her.
There is just one problem. Sky Warriors mate in packs. One female. Six males.
And Marcun does not intend to share the little female.
Mine.

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marauder cyndi fMARAUDER (OUTCASTS BOOK 2) by Cyndi Friberg

Rex Dravon, a notorious smuggler, is one of the Outcasts’ most important allies. Many of the Outcasts’ philosophies and approaches to life in general appeal to him, but he’s hesitant to commit to any cause. Hoping to entice Rex into committing, Arton the Heretic, tells Rex that he is genetically compatible with one of the “captive brides”, a feisty blonde named Thea Cline.

Thea is still enraged that she was dragged from Earth without her permission, and she’s recovering from a horrendous tragedy. She sneaks aboard the Marauder hoping to steal a weapon. Instead she’s confronted by the ship’s handsome commander. She knows to be wary of Rex because of his reputation, but she’s instantly, and powerfully, drawn to him. His offer to help her escape comes a little too quickly and she fears he has ulterior motives. Is he simply hoping to lure her into his bed–a fate she’s not sure she’d mind–or is his motivation more nefarious?

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amandas rescueAMANDA’S RESCUE (NEXELLA OTHERS BOOK 2)  by Paulina Woods

When Amanda is given an engineering position aboard one of the many space stations orbiting Earth, she finds herself grateful for the chance to escape the dying surface and put her talents to good use. But when one simple mistake creates an explosion aboard the station, her escape pod is hurled into deep space, and crash lands her on a desert planet. After six long months alone, all hope is lost of a rescue—that is, until five alien humanoids show up and declare she is their Other. Amanda is torn between longing for home and her new could-be alien lovers. However, before they can explore any possibility of a relationship, they first must find a way to help a hostile species…or die.

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a different timeA DIFFERENT TIME (GUARDIANS OF NOW BOOK 2)  by Donna Steele

Back in a futuristic present following their time travel, Dusty and Dee have a lot to catch up on in their new reality. Things have improved, but people still have their issues. With their child on the way, they think everything will be smoother sailing.

The other influences have different ideas. The Guardians are watching as the offspring heralds monumental changes, and The Malveks plot to discover why a planet they had planned to invade is no longer viable.

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science of pleasureTHE SCIENCE OF PLEASURE by Jacquelyn Frank

Dr. Jenesis DeBruehl once hoped that her scientific research would have positive ramifications for humanity, only to have her work twisted by the evil Dr. Eric Paulson and used to torture innocents.

Seven years later she finally has her own lab again, despite her checkered past. Kincaid “Kin” Gregory is a Morphate, one of the people mutated by Paulson. Now running the lab that Jenesis is joining, Kin is surprised by the lust he feels for the human woman. While Jenesis struggles with her guilt over the role she played in Kincaid’s mutation, he encourages her to use him as her personal test subject.  No limitations.  With Kin’s body all hers, Jenesis is about to make a whole new kind of discovery.

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reviving trishREVIVING TRISH (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 2) by Becca Jameson

After ten years, life is giving them a second chance…
Tushar will do anything to rekindle his marriage.
Keeping his wife safe is his number one priority.
Hiding in the Mountains of Montana is their best chance at survival.
Trish isn’t on the same page.
She wants more time with the son she hasn’t seen for ten years.
She wants her life back.
What if it turns out no place is safe?
The sparks that brought them together two decades ago are still burning.
Neither is willing to take the risk.
But second chances should never be squandered.

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rena and the alien warriorRENA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR (INTERGALACTIC BRIDES BOOK 16) by Jessica Coulter Smith

Rena was sold into slavery at the age of fifteen, ripped away from her home and a loving father, and cast into a life of pain and horror. Despite the abuse she’s suffered through years of slavery, she counts herself lucky that no one has ever touched her intimately. When she angers her current owner, and he gives her to a purple alien as a gift, she isn’t sure if this next stage of her life will be a blessing or a curse. After five years as a captive, she’s too beaten to believe she’ll have a happily ever after. Who could ever fall in love with a woman as badly damaged as she is? Even the purple alien called Ryx doesn’t seem all that interested.

Beren’s scarred body and damaged ear don’t make for a very handsome male. When his commander, Ryx, brings a human female on board their ship, Beren is curious, yet cautious. Like him, Rena has wounds both outside and inside. For the first time, Beren wonders if maybe there’s a female who will look past his exterior to see his warrior heart, and not someone broken and pitiful. Her courage and strength appeal to him, and yet she’s so soft and small his protective urges rise to the surface. Whether Beren gets to claim Rena or not, he vows he will lay down his life for her and protect her at all costs. He just never realized in doing so he would end up with what he wanted most — her.

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aftermathAFTERMATH (HATHE BOOK 3) by Mary Brock Jones

Jacquel des Trurains, acclaimed hero of the resistance, has been charged with overseeing the restoration of Hathe after the Terran occupation. But it won’t be easy. Years of oppression have left their mark on
every dirtsider who stayed behind. And what of the Hathians who fled to the moon? The greed of a few for the sparkling jewel of the colonial worlds could destroy everything when they return.

So, Jacquel’s bosses decide he needs some help, and they send him Rheia asn Postrova. Rheia spent the war embroiled in twisted diplomatic games to protect the secrets of Hathe from the Terrans. Now she’s been sent to teach a stubborn man how to play nice with his fellow Hathians.

Together, they must find a way to heal their home.

But Rheia has secrets of her own, and Jacquel soon discovers that diplomacy is just a subtler war with a wiser enemy.

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primal planet guardianPRIMAL PLANET GUARDIAN  by Skylar Clarke and Starr Huntress

Vohx is a dragon warrior from the savagely dangerous planet of fire and ice, Veloria. When you live by a code of honor, virtue, and justice and someone saves your life—whether by accident or not—you are honorbound to return the favor.

So, when Stacy, delighted to be picked as the medic/token female on a mission to save Earth from a deadly disease, shoots an attacking enemy alien with her blaster … she unwittingly gains a new companion who won’t leave her side.

He’s seven feet tall with the body of a marble statue … stoic and protective and sexy as hell. It doesn’t take Stacy long to decide she could get very used to having him around.

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blue alien princesBLUE ALIEN PRINCE’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (ROYALLY BLUE – CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 5) by Zara Zenia

Larzukan, leader of the Tharagan race, was in need of a bride, but when faced with a choice between two females from his planet, he found that he wanted something more. Not just a mate, but a creature who could rule alongside him. In an act of desperation, Larzukan applied for a mail-order bride, hoping that his call for a mate would be answered by a female from another planet.

Felicity was at the end of her rope. A marriage she had never agreed to had been arranged by her father, and she wanted nothing to do with it. The only way out is an arrangement of another kind, a reply to her application to be a mail-order bride. What she doesn’t know is that her intended groom is an alien, and she’s going to be transported hundreds of thousands of miles away from the only home she’s ever known.

Marriage isn’t easy, but it’s even harder for Felicity to come to terms with the fact that Larzukan has given one of his former suitors the task of caring for her. Suspicion and doubt cloud Felicity’s mind, but will Larzukan’s love be enough to convince her that she is worthy to stand at his side and lead his people?

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mated on the moonMATED ON THE MOON (CELESTIAL MATES) by Kate Rudolph

Ruby isn’t looking for love, so when her newly married best friend signs her up for the Celestial Mates dating service, she’s frustrated and ready to swear off dating for good. But out of consideration for a lifelong friendship, she agrees to one date. If the guy she meets is perfect, great. If not, well, at least her bestie can’t hold it against her. Even better, she won’t need to deal with any more matchmaking.

Nyco needs a mate and he’s running out of time. As a Detyen, he’s doomed to die on his thirtieth birthday if he doesn’t find his denya…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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choosing roseCHOOSING ROSE (OTHER WORLD SERIES BOOK 6) by Ramona Gray

Rose Morris likes order and routine and science. What she doesn’t like is being sucked into the glowing orb she and her team have been studying. Unfortunately, the big blue alien named Vida who appeared out of the last orb doesn’t care. He’s forced Rose and the rest of her team through the latest orb with him, and now she’s on another world where chaos rules and science might as well be witchcraft.

Vida is determined to return to his home world, even if that means jumping through every orb he comes across. If he must drag a tiny human and her companions through the orb with him, so be it. The new world – an island surrounded by a vast ocean – may be perfect for his needs but it isn’t home. He’ll do what he’s always done, survive in the new world and wait for another orb to appear.

When Rose is separated from the rest of her team, dangerous animals, killer vegetation and angry locals force her to rely on Vida for protection. As he teaches her how to survive in the new world, their mutual attraction is difficult to resist. Rose knows Vida wants to return to his world, so why does she keep hoping he’ll choose her instead?

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snared elin wynnSNARED (STAR BREED SERIES BOOK 6) by Elin Wyn

When the only woman Xander cared for was ripped from his arms, nothing else mattered.
Now she’s back. Fragile and brave, beautiful and brilliant. Someone to protect, someone to fight for.
Except she doesn’t remember him at all.
Her curves and captivating scent drive him mad, demanding he cares for her, possess her.
He’ll keep his mate safe, even if the Empire burns to ash around them.

Loree Sarratt is tired of everyone treating her like an invalid. Her hacking skills could save the Empire – if she’s not arrested first.
First puzzle to solve? An overprotective pillar of muscle who turns her legs to jelly when he’s in the same room.
She can’t lose focus. But the heat of his gaze sends her pulse racing. His touch steals her breath. Everything tempts her to surrender…
And forget the danger she’s in.

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SIREN RENA MARKSSIREN: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ENHANCED HUMANS BOOK 3) by Rena Marks

When Dr. Robyn Saraven saved a new species of hybrid aliens in hidden, underwater labs, she gave them a safe home to call their own. Xenia, their own city, established in the center of Earth-Ground. The new beings have memories that rise to the surface, along with the unknown traits of their ancestors, traits that may scare the humans surrounding their walls clamoring for a glimpse of the strange creatures.

When teenager Lily Xeno Sapien goes missing, head of security Jason Becker will stop at nothing to find his favorite charge. Not a single stone will be left unturned in his rage. In an underground bunker, another level is discovered, set up like a laboratory. In the center of the laboratory is an unconscious green-haired girl. But what has been done to her? His sweet girl is not the same person she was before the kidnapping. In more ways than one.

Lily always knew Jason would rescue her. But new abilities are manifesting like water—including the ability to have him do her bidding. Now finally, she understands the meaning of Siren.

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lost mata hari ringTHE LOST MATA HARI RING by Elyse Douglas

VS Note: From May but sounded intriguing.

Up-and-coming actress, Trace Rutland, has had nightmares about a tragic past ever since she was a little girl. She struggles with her everyday life, finally seeking help from a hypnotherapist.

While under hypnosis, she inadvertently experiences a past life in Paris, in 1916, during the First World War. ​

Later, while visiting a wealthy man’s private Mata Hari collection, Trace is drawn to a glittering ring, once worn by the convicted spy. Trace is enthralled. When she’s alone, she slips the ring on and is swiftly hurled into the past. There, she must face herself as she was in the past, while struggling to change the course of her destiny.

When she meets the handsome Edward Kenyon Bishop, a World War I British flying ace, she falls in love. She is soon swept away into a journey of suspicion and treachery, and must fight for her life.

Can she survive the past? Can she return to the present? Can true love endure for all time?

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trail of lightningTRAIL OF LIGHTNING (THE SIXTH WORLD BOOK 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

VS Note: There’s been all kind of buzz about this one. Not sure how much romance there might be but it sounds exciting. On my TBR.

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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iron and magicIRON AND MAGIC (THE IRON COVENANT BOOK 1) by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: I love all the various series by Ilona Andrews and so I had this one pre-ordered.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

Hugh and Elara may do both.

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darkest warriorTHE DARKEST WARRIOR (LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD) by Gena Showalter

He is ice…Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?

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shift of destinySHIFT OF DESTINY (ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: I love Carol’s books so this is on my TBR List.

Moira Graham’s car breaks down in the tourist town of Kotoyeesinay, Wyoming. She’s on the run. Again. A crazy billionaire wants to possess her ability to predict the future, but it’s not a “gift.” It’s simple guesswork. Magic doesn’t exist. And this quirky town—which uses elves, fortune tellers, and fairy-tale gimmicks to draw tourists in—isn’t helping.

Roving carpenter Chance McKennie is a prehistoric shifter on the lookout for a mate. Unfortunately, people fear his lion, and don’t stick around long enough to get to know the man. He thought his luck would change in Kotoyeesinay, but his skills aren’t needed in this magical sanctuary town with creatures of myth and legend on every block.

When Moira bumps into him, she’s almost willing to believe in the magic of this place. But it’s going to take more than a red-hot handyman and some glowy lights to save her from ruthless hunters.

Chance is determined to protect his mate and help her find the magic in her blood. But even a top predator can’t guess the lengths to which a desperate billionaire will go to get what he wants.

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crystal casters awakeningCRYSTAL CASTERS AWAKENING (CRYSTAL CASTERS SERIES BOOK 1) by Jenn Nixon

When Cyndra Raine inherits her grandmother’s crystal, she inadvertently awakens a lethal elemental force she doesn’t understand. Panicked and desperate, she flees the safety of her village, determined to find answers only to run into a man named Rune with the same abilities and questions.

Zorin has spent twenty-five years soaring over his island waiting for something, anything, to change. After sensing caster power he can’t ignore, he leaves the island and finds two casters under attack on the mainland. He’s shocked to learn Cyndra and Rune are ignorant of their lineage and the war that destroyed the world.

Intrigued by Cyndra and the immense power she possesses, Zorin promises her the truth about the past in exchange for her help. Inexplicably drawn to the winged man, Cyndra agrees to his terms and together they begin a journey that tests everything she knows about her world and discovers a connection to Zorin more profound than any she’s ever imagined.

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tallulahs temptationTALLULAH’S TEMPTATION: SEA SHENANIGANS Book 1 by Robyn Peterman

What in the Chicken of the Sea was I thinking to agree to this half arsed Otherworld Defense Agency mission?

I’m the most absurdly good looking Vampire Pirate of the High Seas. Being on the run for my life is very important work… and a freaking full time job. Defending Mermaids from some vicious Sea Hags is going to cut into my pilfering time.

Unacceptable.

Even though this is a very bad move on my part, I know I’ll eventually agree—too many bounties on my arse to refuse, and the thought of a certain Mermaid makes my roger quite jolly.

However, Tallulah, the leader of the Mystical Isle Pod of Mermaids, isn’t going to be happy to see me… at all. The horrible, sexy, breathtaking woman has been starring in my dreams for too many years to count. Sadly, just when my mind wanders to the really good nookie part, the dream ends with her lopping my Johnson off.

I just hope to Hell and back that the Sea Hags have some outstanding booty to steal. If I’m going to have to regrow my tallywhacker, the treasure had better damned well be worth it.

Tallulah
Running a tourist trap for humans in the Bermuda Triangle had sounded like a fine plan—until it wasn’t…(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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kings brideKING’S BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 5 ) by Ava Sinclair

Amidst a backdrop of war with the ShadowFell, the four sons of King Vukuris battle among themselves as dragons— not only for the crown, but for first rights to my innocence. While one will be victorious on the battlefield, all will eventually conquer me in the bedchamber with a combination of power and prowess.

But there is another battle, a silent one, and it rages inside me. My memories of being held captive by the ShadowFell are returning — memories that bring pain and make me doubt my ability to be a good queen. Will those memories drive a wedge between me and my mates? It is a matter of life and death for the Empire, for within me may lie the secret to defeating the enemy.

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destiny of a gargoyleDESTINY OF A GARGOYLE (WHEN GARGOYLES LOVE BOOK 1) by Chris Redding

Donal Foley was born in a time when magic ruled the Earth.
Gargoyles protected fairies from goblins. His family was a group of elite gargoyles who were assigned to protect a specific fairy. His father’s dereliction of that duty cursed his sons to become stone and wait.
Now reawakened in the twenty first century where no one believes in magic how is he going to convince his fairy that she is one and that she is in danger from a goblin?
He must do that without falling in love with her.

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protecting the deadPROTECTING THE DEAD by Katherine Gilbert

After a childhood filled with demons and her devil-worshiping parents, Lydia longs for a quiet, normal life, a safe haven somewhere blissfully dull. Being the manager at the Roanoke Apartments seems to fit that bill. But Lydia soon learns that you can’t leave the past behind so easily. She finds herself faced with unclogging drains for werewolves, conducting nightly vampire counseling sessions, and caring for two talkative cats. Then there’s the distraction of Geoffrey, the hottest, and most angelic, boss anyone ever dreamed of. As if that isn’t enough, the demon who nearly killed her shows up to finish the job. So much for a peaceful, simple life.

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carnageCARNAGE (WHISPERS FROM THE BAYOU BOOK 1) by Sandra R Neeley

VS Note: REcommended by reader Rhonda.

Raised by a father who curses the day she was born, Carolena finds herself in the swamps of south Louisiana under the guise of overseeing her father’s investments. In truth, she is making every attempt to avoid forced marriage to any of the men he would have her shipped off to. She’s always believed that her husband would love her, would give his very life just to hold her; not be a man who would marry her to claim her father’s wealth. When she arrives in the deep-south, she catches the eye of a local backwoods family of brothers. The eldest, Bobby, decides that he is deserving of a step-up in life, takes her against her will to his hovel of a home at the edge of the swamps to be shared between himself and his brothers. Carolena — not the shrinking flower they think her to be, flees into the deepest, darkest, wildest portion of the swamps in an effort to escape the brothers and their plans for her. Death at the hands of the creatures in these wetlands is a better option, in her mind. Little does she know, she’s also caught the eye of the most dangerous creature there, one of legend — of nightmares. He’s watching her every move, admiring her bravery — and he’s decided he’s keeping her.
Carnage is a Gargoyle. He’s also volatile, dangerous, unpredictable, and lonely. One evening minding his own business at the edge of the sanctuary he calls home, he spies a female. A human female, and she’s running headlong into his swamps…(much more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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cloudburst coffee and spaCLOUDBURST COFFEE & SPA (CLOUDBURST COLORADO BOOK 5) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I enjoy Siobhan’s books and she’s been sharing really good snippets from this novel weekly…on my TBR List.

Moira Callahan knows a thing or two about fresh starts. Second chances are a different story…

As an empath synced into the energies of spaces around her, Moira always understood what people needed, and tried to provide. But after escaping an abusive D/s relationship, she’s ready to make her own rules as the owner of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Life is good. Until her first love shows up in town seeking his second chance.

Aiden Westmorland escaped Cloudburst to learn to control his sexual needs, but he left behind the one woman who calmed his statistical empathic abilities. Now he has a chance to rekindle the fire they’d shared as teenagers, with the flavor of BDSM. But earning the trust of an emotionally scarred woman after his long radio silence is easier said than done.

When Moira’s past comes to Cloudburst, threatening the life she’s fought to rebuild, Aiden insists she go to the police. But her former Dom has a past of his own, and he isn’t willing to let go so easily this time.

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royally electedROYALLY ELECTED (HER ROYAL HAREM BOOK 3) by Catherine Banks

Jolie has settled into life in Jinla with her four guards at her side. She couldn’t be happier, but happiness is often fleeting.

When the Sirens return to Jinla, they turn Jolie’s life upside down.

Now she’s forced to leave her guards behind and travel to the undersea realm of Atlantis, where things are not as they seem. Her survival is at risk as well as the lives of her friends. She doesn’t want to sacrifice so much, but how can she refuse when she’s Atlantis’s only hope?

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when we were crownedWHEN WE WERE CROWNED (THE WOLF OF OBERHAME BOOK 3) by Auryn Hadley

With the crown safely on Leyli’s head, her problems should’ve been over. Her country is safe. Her family is together. What more could a new Queen ask for?

Unfortunately, spending her mornings purging her stomach isn’t it. Evidently, not even the Queen of Norihame is immune to morning sickness. Even worse, women in her country were expected to produce the next generation, not rule it. As soon as the men in court realize she’s pregnant with the heir, they’ll try to take away all the power she fought so hard to gain.

If that was all she had to worry about, things would be great.

But Rhia is closing in. The expansionist nation to the west has been seeking a trade alliance in violation of her father’s peace treaty. Is this merely a misunderstanding between politicians, or is it the first hint of things to come? And why is one of the Senators saying the exact same thing her cousin cited as his reason for rebellion?

When all the pieces come together, Leyli realizes it’s worse than she feared. Only one thing can save her country now, but that means putting herself – and her unborn child – in harms way. Thankfully, she’s got one thing going for her that Rhia will never expect.

She’s a gladiator.
That means she doesn’t fight fair.

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reds alphasRED’S ALPHAS (WOLVES OF CRIMSON HOLLOW BOOK 1) by M H Soares and Michelle Hercules

I’ve been a city girl my entire life. But when my grandmother got sick, I didn’t think twice before packing my bags and moving to Crimson Hollow, a small town in West Virginia. Two years later, I’m still here and finally adjusting to the quiet life.

Only there’s nothing ordinary about this town.

A walk in the woods proved almost deadly and left me changed forever. I was attacked by a rogue wolf, and now, I belong to the Crimson Hollow pack. I’m a shifter.

To make matters worse, my arrival in the pack created a rift among the wolves, making it impossible to tell friend from foe, including the three alpha’s sons who have taken a keen interest in me. If dealing with all that wasn’t enough, wolves are disappearing. We must discover who is behind it, or there won’t be a pack left to fight over.

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a bears protectionA BEAR’S PROTECTION (SHIFTER COUNTRY BEARS BOOK 1) by Dakota West

Fleeing a bad relationship and an ex who’s blatantly stalking her, Cora enters the shifter state of Cascadia with one thing on her mind: freedom. Love is the last thing she’s looking for, no matter how sexy the men of Cascadia turn out to be.

Rugged, sexy bear shifters Ash and Hunter are mates. Their peaceful lives in Granite Valley are perfect, except for one thing: they need a woman to complete their triad.

When Ash looks up from his seat in his police cruiser to see Cora speeding by, he has no idea that he’s about to find just the right woman. A speeding ticket turns into a hell of a lot more, and fast. Ash can’t explain the pull he feels toward the feisty, curvy reporter, but Hunter feels it too.

When Cora’s deranged stalker shows up and sets out to kill their only chance at true happiness, Ash and Hunter will do whatever it takes to protect her.

But can their brute bear strength take on the cunning of a deranged man who’s lost his grip on reality?

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the howlingTHE HOWLING by Erin McCarthy

For six months the nightmares have been chasing Liv Lugaru out of her sleep. The same terrifying dream, the same fevered wolves panting after her, their hot breath getting closer and closer as a full moon hangs heavy in the night sky—until she wakes up drenched in sweat, with her fiancé, the brother of the man who broke her heart, gazing down at her . . .

Six months ago, Sebastian was almost killed by his brother in a power struggle within their werewolf pack. His disappearance opened the way for his brother to console Liv, win her trust . . . without ever telling her of their true heritage. Now Sebastian is ready to reclaim his rightful place—to rise up with the moon and claim the only woman he’s ever loved.

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KISS OF FIREKISS OF FIRE (THE DRAGONFIRE NOVELS BOOK 1) by Deborah Cooke

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have lived peacefully as guardians of both the four elements and the earth’s treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth’s treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, has begun…

One kiss can change the course of destiny…

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind – or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything – even Sara’s love – to fulfill their entwined fates.

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better haunts and garden gnomesBETTER HAUNTS AND GARDEN GNOMES (uNLUCKY VALLEY BOOK 1) by Michelle M Pillow

Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.

If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.

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The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canvaVeronica sez: Last week to get AYDARR on sale for $.99! Book 1 in my Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series…

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 20

June 13

June 6

May 30

May 23

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 do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

 

SciFi Romance and Ripped Bodice Bookstore’s Summer BINGO

The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in SoCal is conducting their second annual Summer Romance Bingo. I thought it would be fun to take their bingo card of categories and identify scifi romance titles that would satisfy the requirements for readers. I asked the members of The SciFi Romance Group on Facebook to recommend books and definitely allowed authors to recommend their own titles. I said I’d take the first three books to be suggested in each category, which I’ve pretty much stuck to, with a few exceptions noted below.

As the Ripped Bodice notes on their rules, “You can interpret the categories however you want” so we did take a bit of license on a few to fit scifi romance.

To be clear, we’re NOT playing bingo here, merely providing a list of suggestions! Hope over to the Ripped Bodice site if you want to enter their contest, which runs all summer 2018.

And I certainly included a few of my own titles!

It makes for a fun reading list. I’ve included the Amazon links (to book 1 if an entire series is listed) but many of the books are also available on other ebook platforms. I only have so much time in my life to chase down links LOL.

Happy Summer Reading to All! 

Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Soccer/Futbol:

STAR CHAMPION by Susan Grant    Amazon

ALIEN WARLORD’S PASSION (WARLORD BRIDES INDEX BOOK 2) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress – heroine’s son plays soccer and other sports.

Amazon

TRAPPED ON TALONQUE by Veronica Scott    Amazon

 

cinderstellarFairy Tale Retelling:

BEAST: A FILTHY SWEET FAIRY TALE ROMANCE by Miranda Martin     Amazon

BREATH OF LIFE (THE GAIAN CONSORTIUM SERIES BOOK 2) by Christine Pope      Amazon

CINDERSTELLAR by J M Page     Amazon

 

 

 

operation phoenixForced Proximity:

OPERATION PHOENIX (NOVA FORCE BOOK 1) by Susan Hayes      Amazon

ASHES AND METAL (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas      Amazon

THE SCORPION’S MATE by Susan Trombley      Amazon

RED SKY IN THE MORNING by Elana Brooks      Amazon

 

 

pirate captains daughterFirefighters:

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER by Ruby Lionsdrake     Amazon

BLAZING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 3) by Nancey Cummings. Fighters made of fire.      Amazon

JUNKYARD HEROES (THE ENDURANCE) by Tracey Cooper-Posey. VS Note: They would fight fires if there were any on this generation ship…       Amazon

 

 

super starrellaYoung Adult Paranormal (or SFR):

LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer      Amazon

OBSIDIAN (A LUX NOVEL BOOK 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout      Amazon

SUPER STARRELLA (SECRET SUPERS BOOK 1) by Aurora Springer      Amazon

 

 

 

star kingCarriage Sex – For SFR I defined it as whatever might be an SFR equivalent to a Regency carriage (or mode of transportation):

DARK PLANET WARRIORS by Anna Carven. VS Note: Hero and heroine make love in tiny shuttle going    from Point A to Point B – hence the SFR version of a carriage!     Amazon

THE ALCHEMIST’S KISS: A MAGICAL STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE by AR DeClerck “dirigible sex”     Amazon

WANTED AND WIRED by Vivien Jackson “drone rigger car sex…and space station sex…”     Amazon

STAR KING by Susan Grant – “The hero and heroine make love on the back of a giant, carriage-sized snail.”      Amazon

BLIND FATE by Regine Abel.  “Sex in a shuttle!” VS Note: We just had so much fun with this category, had to add all the books mentioned!      Amazon

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottFashionista:

STAR SURVIVOR by Veronica Scott; heroine is fashion designer in far future      Amazon

TERRAN by Cara Bristol – “Heroine has pink hair and a full sleeve tattoo and wears army boots.”      Amazon

MAON : MARSHAL OF TALLEV by Cailin Briste – “Heroine is a fashion designer.”      Amazon

WULF in TALES OF THE CHOSEN BOX SET by Kayelle Allen. “Male model”.      Amazon

corrected summer camp tashaSet at Summer Camp:

VS Note: Literally at a summer camp per Tasha!

STARGAZER ALIEN MAILORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) KITT, REMINGTON AND INDIANA by Tasha Back (3 books)

Amazon

 

 

stranded with the cyborg new coverEnemies to Lovers:

ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 1 by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

CONQUERED: A DARK SCI-FI REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE (VAKARRAN CAPTIVES BOOK 1) by Sara Fields      Amazon

STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG (CY-OPS SCIFI ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Cara Bristol      Amazon

 

 

flare_team_corona_JC_HayHeroine’s Eyes Are Described Using the Ocean:

FLARE by J C Hay “…the gulf between stars…”  VS Note: As he said, if space is kinda like the ocean between stars.      Amazon

CONTACT by Susan Grant      Amazon

LOVE AND THE CORPS by Ava Cuvay      Amazon

EDEN DISCOVERED (THE EDEN SERIES BOOK 3) by Lexi Post      Amazon

 

 

heart of the deepMermaids:

HEART OF THE DEEP by Tiffany Roberts  VS Note: I sort of mischievously added this one because these are the scifi romance version of merpeople!     Amazon

AEQUANA by Linda Mooney      Amazon

BLUEBEARD’S CURSE by Regine Abel      Amazon

 

 

 

overload flux new coverExtreme Location:

DRAGON’S BABY (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSSBOOK 1) by Miranda Martin      Amazon

NEVERWYLDE (RIM OF THE WORLD BOOK 1) by Linda Mooney      Amazon

FIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE by Calista Skye     Amazon

OVERLOAD FLUX by Carol Van Natta      Amazon

LAST HOUR OF GANN by R Lee Smith      Amazon

THE WINDS OF FALL by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter      Amazon

unit 77Happily Ever After:

VS Note: This is basically the ‘Free’ space in the middle of the card because duh romance=happy ever after or at least happy for now!

DANGER IN THE STARS by Veronica Scott      Amazon

HUNTED BY THE CYBORG (CY-OPS SCIFI ROMANCE BOOK 6) by Cara Bristol      Amazon

UNIT 77: BROKEN (CyBRG Files Book 1) by Mina Carter and Evangeline Anderson     Amazon

 

magpie lordQueer+Historical:

THE PAST’S PROMISE by Linda Mooney and Carolyn Gregg      Amazon

THE MAGPIE LORD (A CHARM OF MAGPIES BOOK 1) by K J Charles      Amazon

 

 

 

 

lost nightHero Named Harry:

THE LOST NIGHT (RAIN SHADOW SERIES BOOK 1)  by Jayne Castle      Amazon

Honorable Mention:  TIGER EYE: THE FIRST DIRK & STEELE NOVEL by Marjorie Liu, which several people mentioned. It’s more of a paranormal than scifi but the hero is named Hari.  I LOVED this whole series but especially the first book.     Amazon

 

 

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeBook That Is Now a Movie (Amended by reader to read as “Book That Should Be A Movie”):

WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM by Veronica Scott VS Note: No, someone else suggested this one, not me!Although I certainly don’t disagree LOL.      Amazon

THE LEAGUE (NEMESIS RISING) SERIES by Sherrilyn Kenyon      Amazon

DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN SERIES by Anne McCaffrey      Amazon

GALACTIC GLADIATORS SERIES by Anna Hackett      Amazon

CLASS 5 SERIES BY MICHELLE DIENER      Amazon

THE PSY-CHANGELING SERIES by Nalini Singh      Amazon

dreams of stardustPre-Renaissance:

TRANSCENDENCE  by Shay Savage     Amazon

DREAMS OF STARDUST (DE PIAGET SERIES BOOK 3)  by Lynn Kurland      Amazon

 

 

 

 

dark fireHero Smells Like “MAN”:

SHANE: MARSHAL OF TALLAV by Cailin Briste     Amazon

DARK FIRE (THE REFUGE BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax “He smelled good, like smoke and male…”      Amazon

NIGHTFALL (CY’REN RISING BOOK 1) by Robyn Bachar “Male scents (alien pheromomes for the win!)”     Amazon

 

 

tangled in time new coverTime Travel:

ON HIGHLAND TIME (TIME WEAVERS BOOK 1) by Lexi Post      Amazon

TANGLED IN TIME (PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 3)   by Pauline B Jones      Amazon

AN ACCIDENTAL  GODDESS BY Linnea Sinclair      Amazon

 

 

the et guyTech in the Big City:

MUMBAI MANHUNT (CORPORATE SERVICES BOOK 2) by JC Hay      Amazon

THE E. T. GUY (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 1) by V. C. Lancaster     Amazon

JUMPER’S HOPE (CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 4) by Carol Van Natta      Amazon

 

 

contingency planHeroine Is Older Than Hero:

HERS TO COMMAND (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 8) by Cynthia Sax      Amazon

KALEN: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF SANGRIN BOOK 2) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress     Amazon

CONTINGENCY PLAN (THE GALACTIC COLD WAR) by Robin Bachar      Amazon

AT THE MERCY OF HER PLEASURE: ANTONELLO BROTHERS BOOK 1 by Kayelle Allen      Amazon

MINDER RISING (GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 1) by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

baby for chashanBaby on the Cover:

A BABY FOR CHASHAN (DRAGONS OF PREOR BOOK 9) by Celia Kyle and Erin Tate      Amazon

WARLORD’S BABY: WARLORD BRIDES (WARLORDS OF SANGRIN BOOK 5) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress      Amazon

DRAGON’S LOVE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells     Amazon

 

 

found girlBirds Are Somehow Involved:

FOUND GIRL: PROJECT ENTERPRISE 6 by Pauline B. Jones     Amazon

STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott     Amazon

DARK FLIGHT (REFUGE BOOK 2) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

 

 

 

always her wingmanReturn to Hometown:

CAPTURED (WARRIORS OF HIR BOOK 1) by Willow Danes     Amazon

ALWAYS HER WINGMAN (MARS SQUADRON BOOK 17) by Jessica E Subject     Amazon

 

 

 

 

champion emmy chandlerDamsel in Distress:

CHAMPION (PRISON PLANET BOOK 3) by Emmy Chandler     Amazon

A BABY FOR THE ALIEN PRINCE: CELESTIAL MATES (THE ALVA) by Miranda Martin     Amazon

ANTON’S GRACE by Regine Abel     Amazon

MATED WITH THE CYBORG (CY-OPS SCIFI ROMANCE BOOK 2) by Cara Bristol     Amazon

APPLESAUCE AND MOONBEAMS by  Carol A Strickland     Amazon

MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR by Veronica Scott      Amazon

My thanks to everyone who participated in suggesting books…

Feel free to tell us in the comments about any we missed, especially if you know of SFR novels with heroes named Harry! Happy Summer Reading!

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Proof Enough 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  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

I’ve jumped ahead to the point where Jadrian is about to leave her in the care of a medic and return to the fight.

The excerpt:

“What’s your name?” she whispered despite the soreness in her throat.

“Jadrian, of the Badari – and you?”

“I don’t know.” Her name was the one precious thing she did remember about herself, but she hadn’t given it to the Khagrish, and she wasn’t ready to give it to anyone, not even her rescuer. She put her free hand to her forehead and gave him a truth as a distraction, “They—the Khagrish—did terrible things to me. Everything’s jumbled in my mind.”

He smoothed her hair away from her face, “They did things to a lot of us. It’s okay, I’m sure you’ll remember details soon enough.”

Taura fought not to recoil from his gentle, well intentioned touch, afraid to irritate the person who’d rescued her, “I didn’t let him win. I couldn’t let him win.”

“You survived, that’s proof enough for me how tough you must be,” His voice was an approving caress.

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 20

dyzonAs 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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DYZON (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr

Lieutenant Dyzon Draxel has a mission. Abduct the human female doctor.
He will do whatever it takes to raise his position.
Abducting the human can lead to promotion.
He just has to get her to his destination.
But he wasn’t expecting her to affect him so much.
The journey to get her to his Commander, brings obstacles.
She’s fiery. She’s strong. She’s sexy. These are obstacles.
He cannot help but to indulge in her beauty.
But indulging threatens everything he has worked for.

Finally, he makes a decision.
He will complete his mission.
The human means nothing to him.
He will prevail.

But completing his mission means giving the human to his Commander.
His sadistic experiments on the human, makes Dyzon rage.
Saving her from the Commander means, his eternal exile.

Will Dyzon save the human he has grown to love, or will he pick his career over her?

Amazon

men of the north geniusTHE GENIUS (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 6) by Elin Peer

With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway.

When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if he’ll recognize her now that she’s ten years older and no longer has bushy eyebrows and a bad case of acne.

A normal person would have said something when Marco doesn’t recognize her from his past. A normal person would definitely have said something when he mistakes her for an advanced sex robot and thinks his job is to do a test run.

Things are about to get very awkward for this genius.

Amazon

royal rebellionROYAL REBELLION (BLUE MOON RISING BOOK 4) by Blair Bancroft

VS Note: Reviews on previous books are mixed so decide for yourself. I have not read any of the books in this series.

In this final book of the Blue Moon Rising series, the rebels, led by Tal Rigel and the Psyclid Princess L’ira (aka Kass Kiolani), have taken a three-year time-out before the final battle against the Empire—planning, preparing, and producing a new generation. Even their one-time enemy, the Emperor’s nephew Rand Kamal, has settled on the rebel stronghold of Blue Moon, though there is doubt about whether he is a high-ranking prisoner of war or an ally. All is peaceful, the calm before the final attack on Regula Prime—until Kamal’s children, still on Regula Prime, are kidnapped. Or is it a trap?( …much more blurb and an Author’s note on ebook seller page…)

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rift avatarTHE RIFT AVATAR by M Garnet

VS Note: Reviews on previous books by this author are mixed so as always, please decide for yourself. I have not read this author’s works.

History is said to be written by the victors, but imagine in the far future there is a small machine who has lived all of humanities history and remembers it as it really happened, love and hate and all the evil of mankind.

On a warship far off in space, leading an armada in search of an invading alien army, is thousand of military personnel serving their commitments. Time has changed, progress has been made, but are people really different?
A scientist buried in the middle of this giant spaceship is in a restricted love affair with a pilot of the small fighters used to go out to explore. What he finds in his love of both a female pilot and his interest in history, is an object on a destroyed planet. It is a small intelligent object that tells him a different story of history than the one taught in his schools. It causes him to doubt what his Commander and Officers are really doing in this war.

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bought by the zandiansBOUGHT BY THE ZANDIANS (ZANDIAN BRIDES BOOK 2) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

Two purple, horned males with massive chests and arms as thick as my waist.
They’re taking me to Zandia to bear their young.
The only trouble–I’m already pregnant.
And if my former master finds me, he’ll tear me to pieces once his young is born.

My new masters are firm, but kind. They give far more pleasure than pain. Their planet is beautiful.
But when they find out my secret, I have no doubt they’ll cast me out.
And my life will be forfeit.
Because no human female with a bounty on her head survives a lunar cycle alone.

Amazon

peppermint and pentaclesPEPPERMINT AND PENTACLES (STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 3) by Melanie Karsek

Red Cape Society Agent Clemeny Louvel is used to chasing werewolves across London. But when she’s reassigned to a special case just days before Christmas, she learns that she’ll need more than a silver bullet to keep everyone on the nice list.

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carbon lifeCARBON LIFE: A LESBIAN SCI-FI EPIC BY HR Ringer

The Race to merge synthetic and organic life on a space voyage far into the future. This is the science fiction epic you’ve been waiting for. But it’s also the story of two strong female characters. How they met, fell in love, what they taught each other, and how decisions made then affected their future lives in a post-Galactic War.

Amazon

planet noglionPLANET NOGLION  by Olivia Black

Eric Wilson volunteered to leave Earth to get away from his homophobic family. The only way he’d ever be able to have a life and fall in love was for him to start over somewhere far away. From the start, Eric knew there was no guarantee which planet he would live on. But, he never expected to go to the desert planet of Noglion. Eric doesn’t know much about the alien world. The only thing he’s heard are rumors, and those rumors terrify him. Commander Gru Poez’iq knew he wanted Eric as soon as the beautiful human boarded his starship. But, in order to claim a pet, Gru has to get permission from his older brother, Finn. On Noglion, the males of the same bloodline share a mate. With his brother’s blessing, Gru goes to the arena and fights for Eric. After claiming the human’s body, Gru and his brothers, Khaun and Finn, must love and protect their pet, even if it’s from other Noglions, jealous that they claimed a human.

Amazon

tynanTYNAN (PLANET OF DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Bonnie Burrows

Sierra Smith had not just traveled the world but traveled the universe too. She wondered what more she wanted from life and she knew it was time to have a child.

When she discovered that Weredragon Prince Tynan Moran from planet Lacerta was having fertility problems she knew this was her calling.

Prince Tynan wasted no time in flying the beautiful human over to his planet and getting her into his bed.

However, Sierra had no idea that prince Tynan was desired by almost every woman on the planet.

And this meant that there were many who wanted Sierra gone, no matter what it took…

Can Tynan protect his new mate and keep her focused on the baby making? Or was Sierra going to have fly home sooner than she thought?

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taken by the destroyerTAKEN BY THE DESTROYER 2 by Adrian Blue

Adune Prison was the worst place in the universe. At least it was until Elisa was claimed by the most dangerous inmate. Now, the only danger she faces is her out of control feelings for him. Adnin is a force of destruction like the universe has never seen, but Elisa just cannot stay away from him. Worse still, the feeling is mutual. He can protect her from everything else, but no one can protect her from her own heart.

Elisa stared at him. He was visibly holding back, his hands in fists to keep them away from her. He was fighting so hard to be good. To spare her. Could he not see the difference between his careful seduction, the selfless way he pleasured her, and the violent, monstrous things the other inmates wanted to do to her?

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orylisORYLIS (WARRIORS OF CADIR) by Stella Skye

My name is Hazel and I was brought to the planet of Cadir to mate with a
Parduss alien. I was assigned one of the fiercest warriors fighting under their
Dendren king. He was handsome, stoic, and brooding. Everything a girl looks
for in a husband.

We were making our way as a newly paired couple, having wild sex every night
and trying desperately to connect on an emotional level.

I thought I was happy creating a life with Theren. I thought I was loyal, but
when I’m taken by the rival Parduss species, the Atherien, everything I thought
I knew came to a crashing halt.

After a kidnapping I meet the sexual, playful, adventurous Orylis. I was furious
at being taken for ransom, but it didn’t take long before Orylis’ charm, humor,
and sex appeal have my body betraying everything I thought I wanted.

Addicted to sex with Orylis and torn by my guilt for betraying Theren, I know
it’s only a matter of time before the two worlds collide, leaving me in the middle
of a massive Parduss war.

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alien revelationALIEN REVELATION (THE ARATHIANS BOOK 4) by Nicole Krizek

Heralded as the saviors of the Arathian species for their ability to procreate with the infertile Arathians, Earthers are honored citizens on Arath. While his son and extended family seem to be enjoying their new lives on the alien planet, the young widower, Conall MacLeod, feels like he doesn’t have a purpose on their extraordinary world.

His future is forever changed when he meets an Arathian male and female who make him wish for a second chance at love. But nothing is ever easy…

Conall’s self-identity is entrenched in the idea that he’s a monogamous—and heterosexual—man, yet he finds himself unexpectedly lusting after two people, one of them, shockingly, male. He can’t deny that he craves things he’s never wanted before, but if he’s ever going to find love again, he must get past his insecurities and rewrite his own self-image. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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love at the end of the worldLOVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Various

VS Note: Ooh, I one clicked immediately! I LOVE post apocalyptic stories. Full blurb for each story on the ebook seller site.

Five stories of couples who just might find love at the end of the world. That is, if they can survive.

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designation 932DESIGNATION 932 (THE WHOLENESS PROJECT BOOK 1) by Catherine Miller 

VS Note: I sampled and one clicked so we’ll see…

He hadn’t been born.
He was made.
Made for obedience, made for violence, made to kill.
His captors made it clear since his creation that he was not a man, though he might resemble one in appearance. He was a weapon carefully crafted to perform, to execute each assignment with the skill and efficiency expected of him.

There was nothing particularly challenging about his latest mission. Nothing that should have given him pause. Except for a girl in a veil, with eyes that were a bit too silver, a bit too sharp, and a bit too knowing as she stared at him, his hand already ready to administer a lethal dose to an unsuspecting lordling.

He was used to the shadows, to being observed without actually being seen.
Except by her.

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argens mateFARSEEK – ARGEN’S MATE (FARSEEK MERCENARY SERIES BOOK 4)  by Clarissa Lake and TJ Quinn

VS Note: Reviews of previous books by this author are mixed so as always please decide for yourself. I have not read any of this author’s titles.

Argen Trematu was home on leave at Farseek Brigade when the Sargan’s attacked his home world. With Farseek in ruins, Argen was captured and sold into slavery. Lieutenant Commander Trematu didn’t make such a good slave and landed him on the Julconi prison planet fighting in the pit. He thinks his life is over until he learns the Farseek Mercenaries were on the way to the rescue. Argen never thought landing on the prison world would be his lucky break.
…. Then me meets her on the rescue ship.
Zoey Addison was kidnapped from Earth and rescued by the Farseek Mercenaries. She joined the Mercenaries with her three friends because she had nowhere else to go. Her friends all found their soul mates among the crew and Zoey was feeling left out.
….Until … Dressed in rags and so dirty she could barely discern what color he was, Argen walks up to her table and takes her hand. The attraction between them all most crackles.

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hunters watch brigade the gameHUNTER’S WATCH BRIGADE: THE GAME by Paula Milhouse

All monster hunter Samantha Silverton wants is a little R&R. She and her sexy partner/cat shifter Max have a week off in the city that never sleeps, and she intends to enjoy it. But before she can pack her suitcase, she’s caught up in the middle of a wicked game—a smartphone app driven scavenger hunt that’s bringing all the big, bad supernaturals to NYC to play. The bad part? The game was the brainchild of Alex Van Dam—Sam’s first love. What’s worse? Sam will have to play the game alone.

Maximillion Ra hasn’t quite got a handle on his unique shifter magic yet. He’s in love with Sam, but if he’s ever going to be any good to her, he has to face his family’s curse. But how can he leave Sam now, especially with her old flame in the picture?

Alex Van Dam isn’t interested in who wins his game. He just wants to find the final prize—an ancient Greek relic. Once he has it, he’ll use the artifact’s magic to control all the supernaturals in Manhattan, starting with the Hunters’ Watch Brigade.

Only Sam stands in his way. And without Max by her side, even the monster hunting daughter of Poseidon has to wonder if she stands a chance.

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savage hungerSAVAGE HUNGER ( SAVAGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden

Isaline Primrose doesn’t let anyone cut the line at her mom’s bakery, no matter how tall or sexy he his. His custom suit, expensive haircut, and deep brown eyes are making her want things. Very dirty things. It’s totally fine to look even if he is a bossy jerk. But is it okay to have naked fantasies with the commanding business man?

Beast Harte doesn’t do small towns, but Full Moon Bay has something other towns don’t: the perfect building for his deceased father’s long-time dream. When he meets his mate, life should be perfect. It isn’t. Pissing her off was not in his plans, but he wasn’t used to taking orders, only giving them. Now he has his work cut out for him.

Isaline sets up some challenges to see if Beast is the right man for her. What neither knows is other players are at work with their own hidden agendas. Beast guarantees two things—he’s getting his mate and his building, and he won’t let anyone get in his way.

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vampires faithVAMPIRE’S FAITH (DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 8) by Rebecca Zanetti

Vampire Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

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hotline to hellHOTLINE TO HELL by Emily Cyr

Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it.

That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.

Lathan only wants one thing: a seat on the vampire council. He’s worked his entire unnatural life for this moment, only to have it fall apart when his biggest supporter ends up dead. Now, Lathan has to find and work with the only witness. And she happens to be a phone sex operator.

Thrust into a world she never knew existed, Kayel must help Lathan find the murderer and stop the impending war, all while fighting her attraction for the undead man she loves to hate. If she can’t learn their ways and figure out who killed Marco, then she may lose more than just her life … She may spark a war that would spell disaster for vampires and humans alike.

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stray magicSTRAY MAGIC (A STRAYS NOVEL) by Kelly Medling

Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.

Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.

Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.

Unless she can stop it.

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witchmarkWITCHMARK by C L Polk

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

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taxing courtshipTAXING COURTSHIP (THE HANDS OF DESTIN BOOK 1) by Jaycee Jarvis

Lady by day, lockpick by night, Em has some serious misgivings about her latest sneak job. It stinks of espionage, and she’d be more comfortable with straightforward theft. Her intuition proves right when she is confronted by her client, a sweet and sexy mind-reading tax-collector named Quintin. The job turns sour when they are discovered by his blackmailing boss. Posing as lovers to throw off the scent, their passionate embrace haunts Em even as she returns to her brittle facade as a pampered Lady of the Realm.

This double life is further threatened when her criminal contact is thrown in the stocks, leaving her in danger of exposure, and even worse, with no way to support the temple that has been her responsibility since her mother’s death. In desperation, she seeks Quintin out and is horrified to discover he is a Hand of Destin, marked for service to the Troika by a feline familiar. Hands are loyal and true, defenders of the weak, upholders of the law, notoriously honor-bound. In short, everything that she, a willing outlaw, is not.

Despite their differences, the attraction between Em and Quintin only grows stronger, even as she seeks out new ways to earn the beans she needs for her temple. When Em’s father starts talking marriage settlements with a wealthy, but odious, suitor, Em realizes just how much Quintin means to her. But can she find a way to save her temple and still marry her poor but perfect tax collector?

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tangled dreamsTANGLED DREAMS: A DREAM WEAVERS AND TRUTH SEEKERS BOOK  by Cecelia Dominic

Restaurant reviewer Audrey Aurora Sonoma’s life is like a steakhouse meal: utterly predictable, comfortable, and just exciting enough to satisfy her independent streak. But when odd characters from her dreams show up during daylight hours – were-bats and a vegetarian dragon, of all things! – the menu goes from familiar to fusion. When she learns the job she accepted in her dream is real, well… Who would have guessed the goddess Persephone exists? Finding her – and figuring out why the walls between reality and the Collective Unconscious are slipping – seem to be impossible tasks for a mere mortal.

Damien Lewis turned down promotions to keep his life orderly and predictable. He has enough challenge with real-life hassles like eating regular meals. And forget dating. But after encountering three naked, delirious Jane Does on consecutive nights, he suspects more than drugs are behind their appearances, and he soon becomes much more involved than he’d like.

As the walls between the Collective Unconscious and real world continue to erode, vampires, demons, and, of course, were-bats come through to prey on those who get in the way of the god who is masterminding it all with human help. Can Audrey and Damien face their biggest fears and work together to stop the waking world from being overrun by creatures that no human has dared to dream of? Or will their nightmares become real – and permanent – when the pathways open for good?

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catoCATO: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 4) by Scarlett Grove 

When Penelope Baptiste’s twin sister goes missing, the police refuse to help her. Librarian by day…hacker by night, determined Penelope decides to take matters into her own hands. After digging a little too deep into the deep web, she ends up with more questions than answers.

Cato knows Penelope is his mate the moment finds her hacking into his computer system. Irritable and unable to think straight, he arrives at the library without a plan. Once he offers to help with her mission, the two quickly hit it off. Banter about superheroes might win her heart…but finding Penelope’s twin will require Cato to reveal his own secret identity.

When Cato finally shows Penelope his dragon, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place for her. With the help of the House of Flames, Penelope finally knows where to find her sister. Cato and crew track down the vampires responsible, but can they get there in time? And even if they do, will Penelope’s twin ever be the same?

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DIVING ELISEDIVINING ELISE: GRANITE LAKE ROMANCE  by Jody A Kessler

VS Note: Appears to have mild PNR elements.

Elise Martinez wished her date with destiny didn’t include being run off the road by the most caring, handsome, and intelligent man she’d ever met.

Moving to Granite Lake to manage a bookstore and coffee shop meant Elise could finally leave her haunted past behind, but being a psychic mom to a deaf child has its benefits and downfalls—and her guarded heart isn’t ready for a new romance.

Rob Everett never imagined giving up corporate law to open a brewery with his brothers in Granite Lake would begin with a car accident and the arrival of a surprise baby…(more blurb on ebook seller pages…)
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forgotten christine popeFORGOTTEN (DJINN DOMINION BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Deirdre Graves got lucky. When the Heat, a djinn-created virus, wiped out most of humanity, she was isolated at her university’s wildlife research station high in the mountains. Safe…for the moment.

But with winter closing in and her choices narrowing down to freezing or starving, she builds a device that could save her life. Trouble is, the only way to find out if it works is to leave her sanctuary and face the djinn.

One moment, Amaal al-Tariq is exploring his newly acquired mountain lands — or, more accurately, his place of exile. The next, he’s flat on his face, trapped by one delicate human woman carrying a device capable of rendering him helpless.

Regaining what is most precious to him — his freedom — means gaining Deirdre’s trust. If that means using the attraction simmering between them to his advantage, so be it. He just never expected her courage and compassion to reach the one thing he’s kept to himself for so long…his heart.

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savage securitySAVAGE SECURITY: A DIRE WOLVES MISSION by Ellis Leigh

Dire Wolf Deus likes his quiet, regimented life. He might live in the big city, but interacting with humans isn’t his favorite thing, so he spends most of his time behind the screens of the computers and tech gadgets he loves. At least, when he’s not handling research and missions for Luc, the Dire Pack Alpha.

Zoe follows two rules in life—never trust a pack wolf, and take what you can get. She spends her days living the high life in New York City, but at night, this little wolf becomes a cat. Cat burglar, that is. Her services are for hire, but her heart isn’t. Period.

One soldier living a life behind the screen, one woman hiding from the shadows of her past, and a chance encounter that takes them across the country and beyond. In the world of the Dire Wolves, the man behind the control panel is considered an asset. But when a mission requires a personal touch, Deus will have to leave the security of his world to travel to another, more dangerous one…and not just because he’s met the woman the fates think is perfect for him.

One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.

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max celeste rayeMAX: THROUGH THE PORTAL by Celeste Raye

When her fiancé and bridesmaid hook up days before her wedding, Heather doesn’t think she’ll ever recover. Dating is a freak show, and her career as a lawyer in Manhattan is a wash. If it wasn’t for her best friend, Christy, Heather would write off relationships forever.

And when Christy sets Heather up on a date in a final effort to get her out of her slump, things go from bad to worse.

The guy Heather meets is hot, and his name is Blake, but that’s where his similarities to a book boyfriend end. Blake is odd, intense, and may just be out of his mind. He doesn’t want to date Heather. He insists he wants to have a child with her. And when Heather tries to ditch Blake, his cousin Max shows up, and he too is anything but normal.

Suddenly, Christy and Heather are pulled into the fantastical world Blake and Max come from where Weredragons and Orcs are not fiction, but reality. And Heather just may have found the life she’s meant for.

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falling through timeFALLING THROUGH TIME (MISTS OF FATE BOOK 4) by Nancy Scanlon

VS Note: Cool concept.

From the day the Fates made him the warrior to train and lead a group of time-traveling clansmen, Reilly O’Malley has gone into every battle, verbal or physical, certain of victory. Protector of the O’Rourke clan, knight in shining armor—he has the full confidence of a man who knows he will live forever. But what about love?

Gwendolyn Allen has been in love with Reilly since she met him more than a decade ago, but he’s shown no interest in her other than friendship. She’s decided it’s finally time for her to move on with her life, but the Fates have a different idea…

When the pair find themselves together for three weeks prior to a wedding, the Fates finally decide to step in. They give Reilly a taste of what his life would be like without their protection, and suddenly everything Reilly knows is shaken to its core. When his otherworldly abilities begin to fall through time, Reilly may have to trust in something other than fate.

He might just have to trust in love.

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jinnJINN (THE IMMORTALEM SERIES BOOK 1) by Jessica Cage

n a post-apocalyptic world, the earth is divided, and magic rules all. The strongest of which, is about to be challenged.

For centuries, Jinn has watched from afar as the powers that be, fought to claim a part of the world as their own. With no stake in the game, the djinn remained a powerful but neutral party. That was until an old friend presents Jinn with an offer he can’t refuse. The love he thought he’d lost forever is still alive, and he has the map to her location.

Mike wants his people freed from the slums and Jinn has the power to make that happen. In return for his aid, Mike will lead the quest into the darkest corner of the earth to find her.

With a new player on the field, everyone is on edge and for good reason. Jinn will go to hell and back for the woman he loves, and he’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way.

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not her gargoyleNOT HER GARGOYLE (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 4) by Annie Nicholas

Ruby is done with jerks, dead-end jobs, and eviction notices. Everyone else she knows is finding ways out of this crappy neighborhood, so why can’t she? Since opportunities refuse to fall from the sky, Ruby makes her own. To hell with the little voice in her heart whispering about love. She never met a man she wanted to keep…then she met a gargoyle. Men were boring after all.

Nick was a con, a thief, and a rogue. He couldn’t keep a dime in his pocket even if it was glued. Then he met a ruby. Not one from the earth but one of flesh and blood. And ass. Let’s not forget the ass. Stealing her heart was now all he wanted.

He has a plan that could make both their dreams come true. It only involves an itsy-bitsy risk. All they must do is rob a witch.

Oh, and avoid the dragons.

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heart of ice p jamesonHEART OF ICE (FIRECATS BOOK 2) by P Jameson

Disfigured from a brutal childhood, Marcus “Monster” Freeman, wants only two things. Love. And for his prisoner to eat some damn food.

But neither will come easy. Because monsters are hard to love and the woman he holds captive needs saving from an even bigger threat… herself.
madfallMADFALL by Grace Draven and Dana Marton
A duology of dragon shifter novellas from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Dana Marton and Grace Draven. Full blurbs for each story on ebook seller platforms.
DRACONUS by Grace Draven, previously published.
DRAGON LORD by Dana Marton
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fires daughterFIRE’S DAUGHTER (ARCANE REBELS BOOK 1) by India Arden

You can’t turn on the news nowadays without getting bombarded by stories about the Rebels. They look so scary on TV—blowing things up, knocking things down, terrorizing the declining city of Corona, and making sure even the rubble doesn’t go unscathed.

My father is the reigning Arcane Master of Fire. Since he’s a prominent figure in both politics and magic, it only makes sense that my family is a target.

Still, I never expected to encounter a Rebel leader in person. I never imagined I’d be drawn to him, either.
And I most definitely never dreamed I could lose my heart to them all.

midnight bad alpha dadsMIDNIGHT BAD ALPHA DADS (PSYCHIS RETRIEVAL AGENCY BOOK 1) by T L Reeve and Michelle Ryan
Congratulations to me, Midnight Poe. I’m now the father of a hot-headed teenage girl named, Haley. Oh yeah, and she’s a Raven-shifter like me. But, she’s special, and it’s my job to protect her from Paranormal Bounty Hunters who want to experiment on her. I’m used to blowing stuff up, not talking about boys and painting fingernails. However, a job is a job and as long as I get her back to Window Rock, Arizona, then I’ll take the win.
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dark huntDARK HUNT (SHADOW AND LIGHT BOOK 1) by Kim Richardson

VS: YA

Demons and half-breeds rule the darkness in a mortal world rampant with dangers beyond imagining. It’s where they hide, prowl, party… and feed. Rowyn Sinclair’s job is to track and hunt them.

Rowyn is a Hunter and angel-born—a mortal with angelic essence flowing in her veins—and she’s going after demons with a vengeance.

When the Council offers her a job to hunt a human-killing demon, Rowyn must work with Jax, the sexy and dangerous warrior who has a vendetta of his own.

But Rowyn is hiding a dark secret… something that’s always been there… a secret that could change everything.

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mermaid p t barnumTHE MERMAID by Christina Henry

VS Note: This one isn’t a romance although it has romantic elements, no idea if there’s a Happy ending, but it sounded interesting.

Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land.

Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.

Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

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bred by the alphaBRED BY THE ALPHA (BREEDING SEASON BOOK 3)  by Sam Crescent and Stacy Espino

It’s breeding season, and this alpha is ready to claim his mate…

Liam is the pack alpha, and the only wolf without a woman. When he discovers the new human in town is his destined mate, his wolf demands he mark her and take her virginity. Only she doesn’t know werewolves exist, and danger seems to follow her wherever she goes. He’ll have to play nice until his love is reciprocated.

Rebecca’s anxiety has kept her lonely and isolated for most of her life. Moving far from the city is her last attempt at finding peace. What she finds is more trouble than she can handle—and a man who’s ready to kill for her. It doesn’t take long for Liam to sweep her off her feet. He makes her feel like a queen, and leaves her body desperate for every carnal pleasure.

Life in the forest isn’t without problems. A rival pack is set on taking everything Liam has built over the years, including his new mate. The alpha can’t keep his dark secrets from his woman forever. What will happen when Rebecca realizes she’s been sleeping with a wolf?

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NEW ORLEANS THREESOMEA NEW ORLEANS THREESOME (THE VAMPIRE, THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF) by Louisa Bacio

Haunted by paranormal abilities she can’t control and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation. She enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack. The attraction is immediate and fierce.

There’s only one problem.

Lily’s a virgin. And whatever paranormal problem she’s having is what has kept her that way. Every time she’s tried to do the deed, something stops her.

Together, the trio encounters magic and unspeakable evil, and Trevor and Lawrence attempt to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse. Ultimately, to get the demon off her back, Lily’s men will have to show her all the wicked ways the three of them can come together.

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girl forsakenGIRL FORSAKEN by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

A lot has happened since the brutal attack that transformed Sasha Keleterina into one of the undead. She’s left Arsen and the Draugur vampires behind but dealing with Niko and his advances almost sends her crawling back. Though Arsen continues to beg for her forgiveness, she’s still too raw from his betrayal to be near him.

When Jackson learns the truth about Sasha’s attack, Sasha is once again conflicted about where her loyalties lie and who her true friends are. The clock is ticking, and with an all-out war on the horizon, Sasha desperately fights to find a cure to save not just the vampires . . . but herself.

Who knew being a vampire would be so tough?

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beauty and the bigfoot hunterBEAUTY AND THE BIGFOOT HUNTER (A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY) by Wynter Daniels and Kristen Painter

Retired supermodel Ember Guerra moved to the mountains outside Nocturne Falls in order to escape the paparazzi who hounded her. The Amazon beauty adores the privacy of her remote home. Until she discovers a hidden camera on her property.

Bigfoot researcher Dean Hawkins is in real danger of losing his grant money if he doesn’t find evidence of his subject soon, so he’s furious after someone vandalizes his video equipment. When a dark-haired siren admits she’s the culprit, he expects an apology. Instead, she unloads both barrels on him.

Ember refuses to help Dean pursue the elusive Sasquatch since she was also relentlessly harassed. Even so, the nerdy professor is the most interesting guy she’s met in forever, and she lets down her guard long enough to start falling for him. But could Dean be so ambitious that he’d sacrifice love for the sake of his career?

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vampires unintended alienTHE VAMPIRE’S UNINTENDED ALIEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Fiona Roarke and Kristen Painter (Foreward)

Isabel Winstead has found acceptance and excitement in the hidden alien community growing in Nocturne Falls, where werewolves and gargoyles and witches live in plain sight. She loves her life in the Halloween-themed Georgia town, loves her job and her friends and — sigh — loves an absolutely delicious and unattainable vampire who doesn’t know she exists.

Half-vampire, half-sorcerer Viktor Hart revels in his bachelorhood. He adores his family, is a respected craftsman, drives a fast car and hangs out every night at Insomnia with his buddies. He’s never met a woman he’d be willing to sacrifice his independence for. Until Isabel and one mind-blowing birthday kiss.

Naturally, it must be a love spell.
The honorable thing would be to break the spell and let Isabel make up her own mind—even if she doesn’t choose him.

Honor sucks.

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falcons full houseTHE FALCON’S FULL HOUSE:  A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Candace Colt and Kristen Painter (Foreward)

Genetics can be cruel. Ask half-elf, Ian Hunter. As if pointed ears and almond shaped eyes didn’t set him apart, he’s cursed with longevity. Shunned in the elf world, misunderstood by humans, and weary of watching friends age and die around him, he finally found acceptance in Nocturne Falls. Resigned to a solitary life, he never dreamed a woman, elf or human, would choose him as a mate. Until he meets a feisty falcon shifter.

Wanderlust flows through Rachel Ortega’s blood. The falcon shifter is itching to get back on the road, but she’s low on cash so she lands a temporary job in Nocturne Falls. She never expects to fall in love with the town or with a handsome half-elf.

When Rachel’s arrested on an anonymous tip that she’s part of a smuggling ring, her only ally is Ian. He pledges to clear her name, but will a half-elf’s promise be enough to restore her reputation and the town’s trust?

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defending kyraDEFENDING KYRA (GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Susan Hayes

VS Note: Re-release which author states has been revised.

Gareth Harkness is a supernatural predator born to hunt his natural enemy – vampires. Hunting isn’t his job, it’s his calling, one that doesn’t leave a lot of time for a normal life. He’s got a mission instead of a mortgage, and the only woman in his life is the nameless beauty who haunts his dreams.

Kyra Robinson is too pragmatic to believe in magic, monsters, or things that go bump in the night. She’s forced to change her attitude when a random encounter at her Vancouver nightclub puts her in the sights of a vampire who wants her for his own.

Kyra is desired by two men, the hunter, and the killer. After a lifetime of protecting herself, she’ll have to put her heart, and her life, in the hands of a man just as dangerous as the creature hunting her.

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my treasure to keepMY TREASURE TO KEEP (THE CLOVERLEAH PACK BOOK 14) by Lisa Oliver

Thomas, paid enforcer in the Cloverleah Pack, was carrying a lot of guilt. He still believed he was to blame for letting Wesley get targeted by the dark elves, almost causing a rift in Cathair and Marius’s mating. The alpha Kane, told him it wasn’t his fault, and Cathair and Marius came through the experience battered but not broken, but Thomas still felt as though he had to prove his worth to himself and the pack. He spends many hours patrolling long after the rest of the pack had gone to bed, determined to do something worthwhile. It was on one of those patrol nights he hears a ruckus outside the territory wards. Dithering as to whether he should help or not, he gets the surprise of his life when his true mate falls right through the magic designed to keep everyone not pack, out.

Ivan was carrying secrets; the main one tucked up in his battered backpack. After a six month long mission to find the Cloverleah pack, he was as surprised as the next man when he fell onto pack grounds and into the arms of his true mate. Unfortunately, other pack members, still emotionally scarred by Wesley’s betrayal, didn’t view his “break in” quite so favorably and Ivan ends up in the Cloverleah cells. ..(more blurb on the ebook seller site…)

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curse of the black swanTHE CURSE OF THE BLACK SWAN LEAGUE OF THE BLACK SWAN) by Alyssa Day

VS Note: Previously published in Enthralled. But I know I missed it and have now got it on my TBR.

A thousand years ago, Brynn Caroll’s ancestor was cursed: every third night, the eldest daughter of each generation is transformed into a black swan and forced to sing songs to the moon. When she meets the love of her life and bears him a daughter, the legacy is passed on to the next generation. Intent on ending the curse once and for all, Brynn refuses to fall in love. But she never anticipated meeting Sean O’Malley–a man who is also burdened by a difficult secret–and facing temptation like never before.

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dionnas mageDIONNA’S MAGE (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

After their victory at the Academy, the Ninety-First Quintelaide returns home as heroes. Dionna’s name is on everyone’s lips: the girl who killed a Silithik Queen. And their discovery of the hive portals—and the tunnels that made them possible—has allowed the Archenon to squash any other sneak attacks.

But their troubles are only beginning. The Silithik are tearing through Archenon territory in the north-west, and the eastern front is beginning to falter. When it comes time to finally receive their marching orders, the Ninety-First is champing at the bit to learn where they’ll be deployed.

Instead, they learn the Archon has other plans for them.

As they struggle with their new mission, Dionna needs to find out what’s tormenting Arthur—because something is clearly eating away at the Frost Mage. Can she discover what it is in time to stop him, or will she—and the rest of the Ninety-First Quintelaide—discover the truth too late?

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recipe to die forA RECIPE TO DIE FOR (HAVE GNOME WILL TRAVEL BOOK 1) by Marly Mathews

VS Note: No idea if there’s romance, sounded like a cute cozy PNR mystery.

Take a holiday, they said. It will be fun, they said. No one will drop dead, they said.
Life in the Cornish villages of Port Merlin and Pendeen is going by at its somewhat leisurely pace, with no corpses in sight. When Gwen Dyer is given an all-expense paid trip to a luxury hotel and spa that caters exclusively to the magical set, she’s overjoyed. With Millie Collins, Alfie Peabody and Paul Evans in tow, they fly off to the magical isle of St. Pellinore.
Everything is going according to plan, until the first body drops. It seems that Gwen and her friends can’t even take a vacation without someone popping their clogs. Now, it’s time for them to solve the whodunits at The Moonstone Hotel and Spa before they become the murderer’s next victims.

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feral despairFERAL: DESPAIR by Nora Ash

My mate became mine during a heinous experiment designed to punish her for her disobedience. The scientists who locked me in a cage and stole my humanity gave her to me to ravage. To break.
But she is far more than a warm body to distract me from my torment.
She is mine.
They took everything from me – but I won’t let them do the same to her. She fears me, but there is nothing I won’t give to save her.
Even my own life.

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unidentifiedUNIDENTIFIED: A TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY DUO  by Anna Hackett

VS Note: These aren’t science fiction romance but they’re fun new reads from one of my favorite SFR authors, so I’m sharing them here! I one clicked…

Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Unidentified contains two action-packed novellas starring sexy archeologists, feisty treasure hunters, and tough former Navy SEALs on the hunt for two priceless Incan emeralds.

(…more blurb for both stories on the ebook seller page…)

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VS Note: I had exciting news the other week – my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance LADY OF THE NILE is a finalist for the PRISM Award! WHEE! I’m still beaming…

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Cover by Fiona Jayde

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires.

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 13

June 6

May 30

May 23

May 16

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.  

Afraid 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 newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

The excerpt – Jadrian is answering the question from last week, “Where did you find her?” as he carries Taura to safety: 

“In the burning cell block, only one there. She’s in pretty bad shape,” His voice was deep, his arms around her comforting.

She leaned her head against his broad chest, clutching his arm, until a spasm of coughing shook her, “I can’t breathe.”

“I’ll get you to the medic, hang on. Take small breaths and hold them, in and then out,” He quickened his pace.

As he ran with her, dodging into cover on occasion as weapons fired, Taura tried not to give into her overwhelming relief at being out of the prison yet. Too soon to allow the tears of joy to fall. For all she knew, these soldiers could be an even worse group to have fallen in with. The men certainly weren’t human and their motives for rescuing her could be just as bad as the Khagrish intentions had been.  She was afraid to trust the hope trying to take root in her mind.

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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LADY OF THE NILE PRISM Award Finalist

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Cover by Fiona Jayde

Earlier this week I was really honored and excited to receive a phone call telling me that Lady of the Nile, my 7th paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt, had been selected as a Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter’s PRISM Award!

That’s exciting stuff to a writer in the FF&P romance genres…see the full list of Finalists in all categories here. Congratulations to everyone whose book Finalled! Winners will be announced at the national conference in July.

I write my ancient Egyptian tales as a labor of love – not that I don’t love my scifi romance books because I DO and those are my main focus and genre – but the reader audience for ancient world romance tends to be smaller, without much crossover between the SFR genre and this one. I’ve often written about how the YA novel Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw first inspired me to want to write tales set in the far past. I was further inspired by seeing the King Tut exhibit many years ago, which included the amazing golden mask. And then there’s my favorite 1950’s ‘B” movie, ‘Princess of the Nile’.

Mara_Daughter_of_the_NileMy titles are an homage to McGraw’s book in fact (“…of the Nile”). I read that novel in elementary school, still have a copy and reread it periodically. (I also named the heroine in Wreck of the Nebula Dream ‘Mara’.) So when I place myself in ancient Egypt it’s a complete change of pace for me from my futuristic stories and a fun challenge as an author.

I try to put myself in the head of a person who might have lived then, and I make sure the gods and goddesses are present and involved in the daily lives of the people, as the ancients believed and hoped they were. As the reviewers at Dear Author said of Ghost of the Nile (itself an award winner): “There’s Egypt and gods and magic and strong men and stronger women and love even beyond death and into the Afterlife. The historic details add spice throughout the story and these definitely aren’t 21st C people in linen kilts.”

My heroes are usually the Special Forces men of their day – Pharaoh’s Own Guard, which is a unit I created (tell me Pharaohs didn’t have their own elite guard forces!) – strong, tough, smart, loyal…and the heroines are priestesses, healers, land owners…in ancient Egypt women could play many significant roles and my women carry on that tradition.

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Cover by Frauke of Croco Designs

And of course Priestess of the Nile was my first published book, thanks to Carina Press. So the ancient Egyptians have been very good to me as well. I think of the Crocodile God Sobek as my special good luck charm, since he was the hero in that book.

There was even some serious Hollywood interest in making Priestess into a movie! Although that never came to fruition, like so many failed projects in the entertainment world but still…never say never.

I recently received the best compliment ever from a reader, who sent me a message that she’d been to the current King Tut exhibit at an LA museum and was amazed how familiar to her all the items and the various gods and goddesses seemed because she’d read my novels.  (My books are set about 300 years after the time of Tut.) That was a fun and deeply satisfying thing to hear as an author! I have a page on this blog devoted to my approach to historical accuracy...I’m not writing ‘historical novels’ but I do my best to infuse the time and place into the books as thoroughly as I can.

The story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 13

ocean lightSo many new releases this week – wow! I clicked and clicked…

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

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OCEAN LIGHT (PSY CHANGELING TRINITY) by Nalini Singh

VS Note: Nalini is an absolute must buy for me, this book was on my kindle on the 12th and I put everything else aside to read it!

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy.

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dark fireDARK FIRE (REFUGE BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: Cynthia is another auto buy for me and this book is also on my kindle! I love her Refuge series.

What the Beast wants, the Beast gets.

Dare’s savage nature has made him an outcast among his kind. The silver-scaled Dracheon warrior can’t control his inner beast. It’s too strong. When his primitive instincts told him his destined mate was on Carinae E, he had no choice. He had to travel to the outlaw planet. There, he hoped to meet a female powerful enough to survive his Drache.

He finds Faylee, a delicate little human.

Faylee is the best thief on the planet. Everyone she encounters mistakes her for a young boy…except for a tall, shiny warrior from off-planet. When she gazes into Dare’s flame-filled eyes, he makes her feel, for the first time, like a desirable female. The fire-breathing male has her yearning for hot kisses, fierce embraces, and a future filled with love. She doesn’t realize mating with him might be the last thing she ever does.

Dare’s beast isn’t the only danger on the planet. An enemy from the past has returned and he’s determined to stop Dare and Faylee…permanently. They’ll need luck and the assistance of every warrior in the Refuge to stay alive.

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breakawayBREAKAWAY (VERDANT STRONG BOOK 1) by Michelle Diener

VS note: And another of my autobuy authors with a new book this week!

Sofie lives in the shadow of Felicitos–the tethered way station built to funnel Garmen’s mineral wealth to the top of the atmosphere, where it’s loaded onto space ships. Because Garmen is a breakaway planet, not part of the Verdant String Coalition, the companies that control it are free to run things as they see fit, and Sofie is part of the resistance that wants to end their rule.

Her main goal, though, is to get away from Garmen altogether, and leave the drudgery and violence behind her. That goal is complicated by her involvement with Leo Gaudier, a shadowy crime lord whose ability to cheat the companies that own Garmen is something she admires. And when she stumbles on a terrible new direction the companies are taking, a secret alliance that will endanger everyone she cares about, she sees her chances of escape slipping away.

Leo is all too aware he doesn’t know enough about Sofie, something his own security detail is not slow to point out, but he can’t keep away. When Sofie reveals her links to the resistance, and shows him those in control of Garmen have begun swimming in dangerous waters, he realizes his plan to overthrown them in a careful operation of a thousand cuts is no longer workable.

The time has come for a single, lethal strike–and that will not be without consequences.

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not_fade_away_donna_s_frelickNOT FADE AWAY: INTERSTELLAR RESCUE SERIES BOOK 4 by Donna S Frelick

VS Note: Lovely to see her return to the series. On my TBR.

Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.

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alien capturedALIEN CAPTURED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 5)  by Marie Dry

VS Note: On my TBR list, which is now HUGE!

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son.

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance.

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out.

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antigenANTIGEN (LOVE AND WAR BOOK 2) by R A Steffan

VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series, ANTIDOTE, so of course I one clicked this book.

Ryder isn’t a stupid woman, and she knows better than to volunteer for things. Volunteering always gets you into trouble. So it’s really no surprise when her undercover operation to retrieve Temple Akenzua from the belly of a Regime prison goes tits-up in fairly short order.

With Ryder stuck on the wrong side of the bars, the rescue mission has now become a mission of survival. Her only hope—and Temple’s—lies with her comrades in the Shadow Wing. Ryder just needs to stay alive until they come up with a plan.

Of course, that would be quite a bit easier if her former bondmate wasn’t dead-set on seeing her, well… dead. And, as a Regime official, he has the clout to make sure she disappears without a trace.

When all hell breaks loose, the human Ryder was supposed to rescue suddenly becomes her only ally as they fight to protect each other and make it to freedom.

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forbittenFORBITTEN by Linda Mooney

Not all who are bitten are turned.

After World War III, better known as the Nuclear War, survivors were forced to move underground, where they had a better chance of survival. Those who were caught above ground in the aftermath inevitably died of exposure. However, the animals and vegetation were not so lucky. Although most species survived, they also mutated. And sometimes those mutations reached the remaining human population.

Shaddoe March lives in one of those subterranean bunkers, called SubForty. Her life is nowhere idyllic. No one’s is. But she’s healthy, and that means she has a future. Until, one day, her nightmare becomes reality, and she’s infected.
She is thrown out of the bunker, above ground, unarmed and alone to face the hideous creatures and other Condemned who’ve been discarded to face their inevitable deaths. As she prepares herself for the worst, she finds redemption.

Chyler Comstock was also infected, but he didn’t turn, and he’s not dead. Yet. Neither are the thirty-two other souls who’ve banded together for the sake of survival. When he meets Shaddoe, he’s more than willing to let her join their group, but not until the critical thirty-seven-hour window is passed. If she remains human after that, then she’ll be welcomed.

But, for now, it’s a waiting game, and the world ran out of patience decades ago.

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skye byrnSKYE BYRN by Drew Avera

VS note: No romance apparently but a strong heroine.

Doing a favor for her mentor Sammy P., Skye Byrn runs in one of the usual suspects on Ter, a small time Crunkhead named Trudy, another one of Sammy’s works in progress. Then a crime lord’s bomb rocks the station and Skye’s world will never be whole again.

Determined to find the bomber and put an end to their takeover attempt—and their existence, Skye enlists an unlikely ally, Trudy. As the station descends into madness, she finds herself in the fight of her life. If she fails to stop the takeover, she’ll be just another victim in their growing body count.

Skye brings the heat and there’s no price she won’t pay for vengeance.

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materfamiliasMATERFAMILIAS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 7) by Wendie Nordgren

The peaceful reprieve for which Teagan and the Empire have fought ends before it begins. Fear, suspicion, and distrust carry with them dire consequences of universal magnitude as the Parvac Empire and Galaxic Government prepare for war. However, is it some unknown political faction that is attempting to destroy their burgeoning peace, or is it the work of an alien species which threatens them all?
When Teagan accepts a secret spy mission to learn the truth, her participation creates civil unrest among the Empire’s citizens.

Soon, everyone will learn the true power of the Materfamilias Caste.

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unit 77UNIT 77 BROKEN (THE CYBRG FILES BOOK 1) by Mina Carter and Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I’m excited to see these two team up! One clicked, read the book in one sitting and WOW, it was SO good. I can’t wait for the next one.

Unit 77 is a cyborg…but he used to be so much more. Tortured by glimpses of his past, former Captain Andrew Fischer goes through his days in a metallic nightmare, feeling broken inside though he doesn’t know why.

Doctor Claudia Chambers is distraught. After a land mine blew up Drew Fischer and his unit of elite Space Corps Marines, she was forced to implant the CyBRG device in all of them which turned the men into machines. But she keeps catching glimpses of humanity from the supposedly inhuman Captain…could it be that part of Drew is still in there, longing to get out? Claudia is almost afraid to hope–she loved Drew once and thought he might return the feelings. But how can a woman love a machine?
And can the machine ever love her back?

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metal wolfMETAL WOLF by Lauren Esker

Sarah Metzger gave up her dream of becoming an astrophysicist to care for her widowed father after a farming accident. The only stars she’ll ever know are the ones she sees through her telescope from her bedroom window.

Until an injured soldier from outer space crashes into her life … literally.

Wolf shifter Rei was enslaved as a child and forced to fight for the galactic empire who conquered his people. When his stolen spaceship plunged into Earth’s atmosphere, he never dreamed he might find sanctuary, home, and love.

On Sarah’s world, in Sarah’s arms, he can finally began to heal. Perhaps there is a future for him other than fighting.

But the empire that stole him as a child has tracked him across the universe to find his hiding place.

A lush, beautiful world, with no idea that aliens exist … and no defenses against them.

A world called Earth.

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makepeace swordTHE MAKEPEACE SWORD (BARYNA HEIRS BOOK 1) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author states “…first in a new series, set on a new world. The country of Baryna is partially sci-fi, partially medieval…”

The king’s heir, Romaden, is grown now, but certainly not ready to take his rightful place as king. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even know he’s the heir! But when his guardians urge him to overthrow the dictator and assume his rightful place, Romaden quickly finds there’s more to it than just showing up. First he has to locate his Heartsinger, the one person in the kingdom who can keep him on the straight and narrow.

From the time she hits puberty, Talinea of Snowshine Pass knows her destiny–Heartsinger to the king. Preparing for the arduous duties, she trains to guard her king against his enemies. Once her training is complete, she has only one more task. Find him.

And then there’s the missing Makepeace sword.

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reverse abductionREVERSE ABDUCTION ( ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais

It’s not fair that only males get to go out and pillage the universe. Being born a female automatically means staying home and birthing the next generation of warriors.

Azteriya has other plans.

She has a dream of traveling the galaxy and exploring strange new worlds. Fighting fierce foes. Of clubbing a viable male to bring home to her mother so that her transgression is forgiven.

When a chance to escape arises, she takes it, but what will Azteriya do when she not only finds the adventure she’s been seeking but love too?

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iskaISKA (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 4) by Arcadia Shield

When a jaded alien and a nerdy role-playing human find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous alien game, they must put aside their fears and use their skills to stay alive.

Iska Matusa is pissed. At himself, at the world, at everything. His latest bounty is proving hard to pin down and he’s losing his cool. The only thing that calms him is the long hours he spends role-playing with the elusive, gorgeous Warrior Princess. The things he’d do to her if only she was real.

Avril Anwell spends her days keeping her head down and her mouth shut. A life of being abandoned and ignored means she knows that’s the safe thing to do. Only in her kick-ass role of Warrior Princess can she be her true self. She’s fearless, confident, and sexy as hell.

It also helps that she plays alongside a hot, mysterious gamer called Fang. She’d love to know the real Fang but is too afraid to get close. Rejection kicks like a mule.

When the game turns into a real-life nightmare for Avril, Iska puts everything he’s worked for on the line to fight for her life. He won’t stop fighting until she’s in his arms and stroking his tail.

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narchis dragonNARCHIS DRAGON (DRAGONS OF BREVIA SHADOW SQUAD BOOK 1) by Zoey Harper

For Narchis, captain of an elite team of dragons, falling in love is not an option. How could it be, when his entire career has fallen to lows he never imagined it could? But when a deadly mission brings a curvy, sassy woman his way, the restrained dragon will have to reconsider everything he knows about love.

Zara hates shifters. After years of running from them, getting kidnapped for a breeding program pushes her to her limit. But just when things look bleak, she’s rescued by a powerful group of dragons. All she wants to do is go home, but there’s one dragon, with intense gray eyes, who gets under her skin.

Soon, the sexual energy between them grows hotter than a dragon’s fire, but an old enemy’s growing menace will push Narchis and Zara to make life-threatening sacrifices if they want to survive.

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touch of a dragonTOUCH OF A DRAGON by Kim Knox

VS Note: A re-release.

“Do you want to live?”

Half dead and under a heap of rubble, Leona Munro isn’t going to turn down that offer. Yet accepting, spins her life out of control. She is the Chosen and what that means no one will say.

Thrown into the world of magic she secretly craves, Leona must find the strength to survive. Too many people want to use what she is to their own advantage in the war between technology and magic. She can trust no one…least of all the sinfully attractive Samuel Blake.

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damage controlDAMAGE CONTROL (JULIET’S TRILOGY BOOK 1)  by David Bridger

VS note: A re-release

Kath Preston and Jen Stenberg are damage control engineers in the generation starship Romeo,582 years into its 800-year journey from frozen Earth to humanity’s hopeful future on planet Nirvana. When they were schoolgirl best friends, Romeo’s population was doubled to 10,000 by taking on survivors from its stricken sister ship Juliet in the disaster that claimed the life of Kath’s hero father Peter.

On Christmas Eve seventeen years later, in the space of a single 24-hour duty while the people of Romeo are preparing to enjoy the holiday, can Kath and Jen step into Peter’s hero shoes when the actions of a murderous rogue crewman and the lurking ghost of the Juliet conspire to threaten Romeo’s safety and the lives of those they love?

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child thiefTHE CHILD THIEF by Bella Forrest

VS note: I don’t see any mention of a romance in the blurb, but the book is listed in SFR so…

America in 2105 is beset with mass inequality, poverty and increasingly large numbers of the poor. This, combined with the breakdown of families and marriages has led to huge economic and societal burdens. A fractured and divided America ushers in an authoritarian government that promises to solve all these problems in one stroke with a radical solution.

Welcome to the CRAS: the Child Redistribution Adoption System. Also known as the cure for America’s failing economy… and the bane of nineteen-year-old Robin Sylvone’s existence.

Under the System, not all parents can expect to keep the children they bring into the world: families who are not self-sustaining have their children taken and given to the rich.

And as a single teen mother, Robin fell within the scope of the scheme and lost her baby two years ago.

After being forced to drop out of school and become a factory worker in order to support herself, she doesn’t see much light in her future—or hold any hope of seeing her child again.

Until she stumbles upon a group of misfits who share her frustrations and desire for change. An underground movement that operates in some rather clever yet unconventional ways…

By day they still call me Robin Sylvone. Factory worker and upper class reject.

But now, by night, they call me Robin Hood.

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reaper at the gatesA REAPER AT THE GATES (EMBER IN THE ASHES) by Sabaa Tahir

VS note: YA, part of a very popular series.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

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supermoonSUPERMOON by H A Swain

VS note: YA but sounds interesting.

Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It’s the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol.

Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn’t know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?

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venom in the veinsVENOM IN THE VEINS (AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK) by Jennifer Estep

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

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betroth to a dragonBETROTHED TO THE DRAGON (LICK OF FIRE) by Kara Lockharte

I like to pretend I’m just another immigrant trying make her way in New York City…but I’m not.You may know of my family from stories of an older age. Across all nations, all cultures, my family was once worshipped as gods, cursed as demons and shunned as otherworldly creatures.

Reality? I am shen, but the worst kind of shen there is.

One who would rather pretend to be human than to rule them. One with no magic. One hunted by the immortal monster that killed my parents.

And now, I just discovered how grandma found us refuge in America, how she thought she could save me.

She betrothed me – to a dragon.

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ruffled feathersRUFFLED FEATHERS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 5) by Stephanie West

The jungle was lovely. The trees and vining flora had awoken. Their verdant new growth stretching upward to fill in the canopy. Luscious blooms in every shade imaginable seemed to unfurl before her very eyes. It was the season of rebirth, her favorite time of year on Braccio, and yet Cygne felt out of pace with all of nature. She didn’t begrudge nature for her beauty. Cygne just wished it had cast a fraction of its bounty her way. But some things weren’t meant to be, no matter how much you wished for them.

Cygne knew life had more to offer, so she left her lush valley to find it, rather than burden her flock any longer. That’s when she found them, the five vibrant males who looked like her. All her life Cygne thought she was damaged, deformed, only to discover she wasn’t Braccio at all. For a brief moment she knew what it felt like to be normal, only to have it snatched away again, when she realized that even among her own kind she was drab and lifeless.

Yet the winged males insisted she was beautiful. Cygne didn’t know if it was a cruel joke, and she couldn’t figure out what the handsome broodmates wanted with her, as she became wrapped up in their foreign world. But it was so nice to be wanted, even if it was all a pretty dream.

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fixing paytonFIXING PAYTON (PERILAEGIS SERIES BOOK 1) by Amy Prutsman and  Kimi Milliron

VS note: Kind of mixed reviews so decide for yourself. I have not read it.

As a Phoenix Perilaegis, it’s Payton’s job to help the innocent, but she’s determined to deny her destiny. So what happens when sexy and determined Ulysses decides to change her mind?

Centuries ago, Payton tried to do the right thing and she still carries the scars. Since then, she refuses to help innocents lest she repeat the sins of her past. Instead, she flits from one flock to the next, always on the outside with no home to call her own. Turning a blind eye to those she should help, she lives a shadowed life among humans, unable to stand up for herself and haunted by the ghosts of her past.

Her only solace comes in her garden. There, she coaxes plants to bloom and finds comfort in bringing forth new life. She’s happy and determined to remain alone among her flowers. But when the mischievous owner of her favorite nursery sets her sights on setting Payton up for romance, everything falls apart.

Ulysses sweeps into Payton’s life at the worst possible time…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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hunt the moonHUNT THE MOON (MATED BY FATE) by Kari Cole

Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding? When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers arrives in Montana and discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted, and Izzy should know…she is one.

Luke Wyland never planned on becoming an Alpha. He’s still navigating how to protect the pack from the rogue threat that’s been hunting in his territory, claiming his father as one of their victims. Yet the moment Luke lays eyes on Izzy, something primal takes root. Finding a mate who wants nothing to do with him is a complication he doesn’t need, but letting Izzy go isn’t an option.

After a childhood marred by shifter violence, Luke is everything Izzy was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? With a thinning pack to defend, Luke knows what he has to do: embolden Izzy to unleash her true nature—or risk losing everything.

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wife legacy huxleyTHE WIFE LEGACY: HUXLEY (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 6) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

The world, at large, is in crisis but so is the marriage between Tia and her husbands. She thought she could trust them all but when one man betrays her, the cracks in the relationship are revealed.

In a desperate, emotional finale to the Six Men of Alaska saga, Tia is faced with her worst enemy one last time.

A gun is placed in someone’s hands and the trigger is pulled.

No one is safe and time is running out.

When you play the lottery, you enter a deadly game. At least, you do when Christina Thorne is your wife.

Love is a gamble, but this is one legacy worth betting on.

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shadow on the wingSHADOW ON THE WING (ARYSIA BELLMONT BOOK 1)  by Katya Moore

When I was four, someone sold my family out to a cult bent on destroying the world.
They destroyed my childhood instead.
I was torn from my people, torn from who I was meant to be, and tossed from home to home.
After a lifetime of neglect, I’ve found a family of my own at McKinnett’s Pub.
They’re the only ones I let in.

On my twenty-first birthday, my past and my future collide.
I come to my senses in the arms of a handsome stranger, with his equally handsome friends cleaning up one hell of a mess.
The more time I spend with them, the harder it is to keep them at arm’s length.

Will embracing the dragon trapped within me save me from danger, or send me spiraling deeper in?
Will dancing with these four tempting dragons leave me burned?
The fate of the world may hang in the balance.
No pressure.

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witch doctor is inTHE WITCH DOCTOR IS IN (WASHINGTON MEDICAL: VAMPIRE WARD BOOK 1) by Mindy Klasky

Dr. Ashley McDonnell, a witch, always knew running a hospital for paranormal creatures would be a challenge. But then she lost her magical powers. And Empire General’s operating license was put in jeopardy. And the most valuable supernatural drug in all of Washington DC was stolen from the hospital’s impermeable safe.

Now, Ash must work to regain her lost powers, even as she fights to discover who is undermining the hospital’s upcoming inspection. All of which would be a lot easier if she weren’t distracted by Secret Service agent Nick Raines, a newly turned vampire who appeared at Empire General the night everything went wrong.

How can Ash regain her magic when the vampire making her hormones hum may be the man sabotaging her career?

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his wolfs desireHIS WOLF’S DESIRE by Shannon Nydia

VS Note: From May

Bradford Dalton and Jayla Stanton are both shifters. Each has their own reason for not wanting to be in a relationship with their own kind. Suddenly finding out that they are mates is a shock to both of them. There’s no way in hell these work enemies will ever be together. Brad and Jayla are desperate to find a way to coexist with their shifter sides. They just have to contend with the fact they have sexual chemistry that is off the charts. Jayla can turn his body to steel with just one smoldering look. Brad can make Jayla quiver in anticipation with just one touch. You won’t hear either one of them complaining about succumbing to their insatiable need for the other. Sure they can have hot sex which knocks them on their ass, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever fall for the other. Right?

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stealing the snow leopards heartSTEALING THE SNOW LEOPARD’S HEART (SHIFTER SUSPENSE BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Snow leopard shifter Lance MacInnis never thought he’d meet his mate. But Keeley Smith is everything he never dared to hope for. Brave, kind, and fiercely protective of the adorable baby dragon she rescued from evil shifters.

When everything else in his life seems to be going wrong, she’s the only thing he can be sure of.

He says he loves me. But he doesn’t know the truth. If he did, he’d never look at me again.

Keeley has spent the last ten years running from her past. When she saves a newly-hatched dragon and discovers the secret world of shifters, she thinks she’s finally found her chance to turn over a new leaf. To be a good person, at last.

But she wasn’t expecting to fall in love. Of everything she’s done, that might just be the worst.

Especially since her past has just caught up with her.

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goddesss choiceGODDESS’S CHOICE (A CHILDREN OF THE GODS PREQUEL) by I T Lucas 

Promised to the power-hungry god Mortdh, the young Annani is determined to find a way out of the prearranged political union that would one day put Mortdh on the throne.
Even though Khiann is the son of a merchant and not a member of the leading circle, the handsome young god is a much more appealing choice. Now all she has to do is convince him that she is worth chancing an all-out civil war over succession and possibly his very life.

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queen of the underworldQUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD (CERBERUS BOOK 3) by Helen Scott

Poppy’s to-do list might be short, but it’s not easy.

1. Make it to the Underworld before the insidious human organization that wants to control it
2. Defend the Underworld the Norse goddess of Helheim
3. Claim the throne

A battle for the Underworld is brewing. Taking the throne might be close to impossible between having a goddess and a secretive human organization bent on the domination of all the realms on her tail. How can Poppy, her hellhounds, and her judges defend it?
It doesn’t help when one of her judges goes missing while she sleeps. When they fall under attack Poppy must choose between fighting, staying safe, and searching for her missing man.

After a wild chase through the Underworld, Poppy has three questions. Who can she trust? Who will betray her for power? How many more secrets the Underworld is hiding?

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his rogue bearHIS ROGUE BEAR (WERES AND WITCHES OF SILVERLAKE BOOK 11) by Vella Day

One murder. One lost memory. Two mates trying not to die.

Werebear Blair Murdoch doesn’t think things can get any worse. Boy, is she wrong. While she struggles to find her bear, she has to deal with a super hot werewolf, Ronan Laramie, who insists on sticking around. The problem is that she can’t remember a damn thing about a murder she’s supposed to have committed. Talk about going from bad to worst.

Ronan considers his assignment to protect Blair good fortune until he finds out that he has to battle with his wolf to keep from ravishing her every second of every day. Then catastrophe strikes, and Ronan has no choice but to prepare for battle.

Can these two star-crossed lovers live long enough to fulfill their fantasy life, or will a power great than they’ve ever known rip them apart?

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vesuviusIN THE SHADOW: VESUVIUS EPISODE 1 A ROMAN TIME SLIP ROMANCE by JL Madore

Danika Glass grew up feeling more connected to the past than to real life. With her gift of Psychometry, touching antiques allows her to witness glimpses of history unfolding first hand. A successful relic hunter and thief, when Danika touches a rare Roman coin, she is suddenly not seeing history but living it.

Hurled back in time to Rome, 79 AD, Danika realizes that the coin’s energy is gone and she is trapped. Catapulted into the intrigues of politics, soldiers, and spies, she walks the dangerous line between convincing her captors of the coming danger and making herself a target. With time ticking, these violent men of the past threaten to not only claim her body and her life . . . but also her heart. For here, Quintus Porcius Magnus, the Praetorian guard tasked to discover her truths, shows her a level of loyalty so foreign to her that when faced with a choice, Danika is torn between two vastly different paths—one of safety and the other of desire.

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ice bloodICE BLOOD (STEAM DRAGON SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

Mia has the power to defy gravity and endure the harshest winters. Mia also has the power to kill. Specifically, when it comes to dragons, who have a natural weakness against her gifts. And that’s fine by her. She’ll happily kill any dragon for the right price, since she’s not particularly fond of them. What she doesn’t know, however, is that her new, potential employer happens to be a dragon as well.

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chaos magicCHAOS MAGIC (RUNE WITCH BOOK 5) by Jennifer Willis

Sally is struggling under Loki’s tutelage and suspects he’s again up to no good. She’s trying to make amends in the aftermath of devastating loss, but the Lodge is in upheaval and Odin’s children have scattered—giving an ancient and dreaded enemy the perfect opportunity to stake her own claim.

When the goddess of the underworld and her undead draugar start wreaking havoc in Portland—burning down Sally’s apartment building and even kidnapping her new boyfriend—the members of the Lodge must find a way to band together to protect the city and themselves.

With her friends’ lives in the balance, Sally must confront her own true nature. How deep does her chaos magick really run?

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prisoner of the crownPRISONER OF THE CROWN by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: This book is associated with Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms series and takes place in the same world but she was quite emphatic that this book is not a romance at all and deals with some dark topics. I really enjoy Jeffe’s fantasy romance series – there’s even a minor character named for me in one book! – so I thought I’d list this  related title despite it not being a romance. It’s definitely on my TBR list.

In icy Dasnaria, rival realm to the Twelve Kingdoms, a woman’s role is to give pleasure, produce heirs, and question nothing. But a plot to overthrow the emperor depends on the fate of his eldest daughter. And the treachery at its heart will change more than one carefully limited life . . .
 
THE GILDED CAGE
Princess Jenna has been raised in supreme luxury—and ignorance. Within the sweet-scented, golden confines of the palace seraglio, she’s never seen the sun, or a man, or even learned her numbers. But she’s been schooled enough in the paths to a woman’s power. When her betrothal is announced, she’s ready to begin the machinations that her mother promises will take Jenna from ornament to queen.

But the man named as Jenna’s husband is no innocent to be cozened or prince to charm. He’s a monster in human form, and the horrors of life under his thumb are clear within moments of her wedding vows. If Jenna is to live, she must somehow break free—and for one born to a soft prison, the way to cold, hard freedom will be a dangerous path indeed.

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VS Note: I’ve been giving all my attention to my Badari Warriors series of late, but have you read my Alien Empath series? The books are standalone but related, and set in my Sectors scifi romance universe. Star Cruise: Stowaway (which first appeared in the Pets In Space 1 anthology) is the novella that was written first (with two other non empath SFR short stories included in the book).  Then Danger, followed by Two, and finally Fated. The three full length novels have a somewhat higher heat level than the novella. (I’m generally kind of a 3 on a 5 level scale of hotness, I’d say.)

All 4 books available at all the major ebook sellers!

canva alien empath series 4 books

Buy Links for STOWAWAY: Amazon     iBooks  B&N         Kobo

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 6

May 30

May 23

May 16

May 9

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.  

 

We’ll Get You Out 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  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

The excerpt: 

Taura curled into the smallest ball she could make of herself, hands over her ears as the sound of the pulse rifles in the corridor outside whined and reverberated. Suddenly, a man stepped into the cell, emerging from the swirling smoke like a hero in an adventure trideo. “I’m sure I heard something,” he said over his shoulder to companions she couldn’t see.

Eyes stinging, tears coursing down her cheeks, she reached out, tugging at his pants leg, “Help me, please.”

Shifting his weapon to leave his hands free, the soldier crouched in front of her. His eyes glowed golden as he said, “We’ll get you out, lady.” He picked her up in a single motion, rising to his full height, and hastened from the cell.

“Where did you find her?” another soldier asked her rescuer as he continued to move rapidly away from the building. The entire structure was alight and she shivered at the sight. But for her mysterious hero, she’d have been a casualty and no one would ever have known.

Much more to come of course!

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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Veronica Takes a New Quiz!

Quiz Red 3D Word Test Exam Assessment

You know me, always on the lookout for fun quizzes to take and compare my answers to some celebrity’s! Found a good one in a recent issue of Marie Claire magazine, so here are a few of my answers. Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish took their quiz and her answers are much more glamorous than mine (and we obviously live totally different lives, not unexpectedly).

Best career advice I’ve gotten: Write a book, then write the next book and repeat. Also, write a series if you can, which I’m doing now with my Badari Warriors.

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Moment I felt I’d made it: When I started to introduce myself to a famous author at a conference and before I got my name out, she said she knew who *I* was and that she’d enjoyed my books.  I mean, wow! That was a thrill…

How I made my first dollar: Babysitting (but I didn’t belong to a cool club like the Babysitters LOL.) First paid job where they deducted taxes was as the counter girl at a dry cleaner’s. By the way, Ms. Haddish’s first job was babysitting as well, which was about the only similarity between our answers.

Favorite perk of the job: Meeting authors whose books I’ve loved and being able to tell them how much their words have meant to me.

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be: a frustrated writer! With manuscripts galore under the bed…And probably still doing subcontracts and process improvement at NASA/JPL (the former day job).

3 Qualities that got me where I am today: Creativity (for which I credit my mysterious Muse), ability to juggle many tasks and bring them to completion, and networking, which is my sekrit superpower.

Song I want played at my funeral: “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys and my family knows this! It’s my anthem.

What every woman should try once in her lifetime: Ok, just wow, I’d never be presumptuous enough to try to tell every other woman on Earth what to try or not try. I can only speak to my own experience and I think the times I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone have been the most rewarding. Maybe I never do that particular thing again, whatever it was, but I’m better and more self confident for having tried something that seemed daunting. The times I’ve let an opportunity to push my limits go by me (if I heard that little voice inside telling me to go for it), there are regrets. But I’ll never be jumping out of a plane, ok? Splash Mountain at Disneyland was enough terror and falling for me.

One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Networking

One thing I’m exceptionally bad at (but do anyway): Dancing. Do they need a scifi romance author on Dancing With The Stars yet? Can I have Ardem as my partner?

How I clear my mind after a bad day: Chocolate. I also meditate, pet the cat, take a walk, drive and play loud music, drink tea, read or re-read a favorite book, watch a favorite  movie – whatever seems to fit the moment and the mood. Any or all of this works…I’m also a morning person and things are always better in the morning.

My 1st kiss: That’s for me to know and you to not know. But it was very good…

Matt and me down the aisleCraziest thing I did for love: Fly out here to Southern California to marry my high school sweetie when we were 19 and be a USMC lance corporal’s wife…which worked out VERY well indeed actually.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

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