Weekly New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 18

cosmic warsAs 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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COSMIC WARS (GRAND MASTERS’ GALAXY BOOK 5 ) by Aurora Springer

Violet and Athanor Griffin reunite with their baby son after escaping from the world beyond the fiery Cosmic Rift, but they find no respite from troubles. The Grand Masters have declared Athanor dead, and are competing to replace him as Chair of the Counsel. Hordes of bloodsucking Ixioth slavers threaten galactic civilization, and a new enemy has emerged from the alternate universe, an enemy immune to psychic forces. The dynamic couple is soon swamped with pleas for help. Athanor’s vow to crush the insectoid Ixioths and expel the Nulls hits a major obstacle. The teleportal web enables their allied enemies to make rapid strikes and escape to unknown locations, somewhere in the galaxy. Violet has a different perilous challenge. Her promise to rescue the children captured on Cinerea means she must brave the dreadful Rift and lose her psychic powers. Can the Griffins reconcile their divergent promises, or must they separate for the tasks of rescuing the prisoners and defeating the slavers?

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randRAND (SONS OF TALLAV #3) by Cailin Briste

Randolph Meryon is a man no woman can resist despite the whip he brandishes. Compelled to return home after his sister’s death, he struggles to fit new responsibilities into the hedonistic lifestyle he prefers to live. It’s a task he finds difficult enough without adding in the tangle of unanswered questions his sister has left behind and the sugar-cookie sweet nanny caring for his niece. He hasn’t had a taste of sweet in a very long time.

Jen O’Malley, shunned by her family, struggles to find work without their backing, meeting barriers wherever she turns. A position as nanny with the scandal-riddled Meryons seems like a lifeline. She’s relieved until she arrives and becomes enmeshed in a web of intrigue, unable to discern the identity of the spider at the center.

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william 874XWILLIAM 874X (CYBORGS MANKIND REDEFINED BOOK 5) by Donna McDonald

For Captain William Talon, aka William 874, there aren’t many choices left. Whoever captured him after the war kept him out of the Cyber Husband program and instead turned him into a killing machine—a worse one than most cyborgs.

Will has no idea how many deaths are on his hands nor does he want to know. The few incidents he recalls are bad enough. But now it has come to this… Kyra and Peyton need a better cyborg than their mysterious Creator Omega enemy is making.

Will’s processor is dying daily which means the rest of him will die soon as well. An upgrade of the kind Kyra’s talking about will either improve his entire existence… or kill him completely. Ironically, Will really doesn’t care which. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blake celeste rayeBLAKE: THROUGH THE PORTAL (A SCIFI WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye

Heather isn’t happy when her best friend Christy signs her up for a dating app, nor is she interested in the gorgeous, but awkward Blake. Christy, on the other hand, thinks he’s hot, too hot, but is he the one for her?

Things take a surprising turn when Christy learns that Blake is actually a dragon, a being from another world who needs a human mate to bear him a child. Christy isn’t interested in being an incubator for him, but as she gets to know him, she starts to fall for him. Life with a dragon would mean moving to his world. Is she ready to give up everything for him?

His world has its own problems, namely Orcs. Faced with the thought of losing Christy, Blake tries to get her to stay in her world, but she is determined to stay by his side.

Is their love strong enough to keep them together? Or will the Orcs separate them forever?

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deep shadowsTHE CHILD THIEF 2: DEEP SHADOWS by Bella Forrest

After the night’s shocking events, Robin, Jace, and their team find themselves thrust into a race for their lives.

Robin never could have imagined that things would go so wrong. Never could have dreamed that they would find what they found within that innocuous-looking building.

And now it’s too late: they’ve seen what they’ve seen, and there is no time to talk. No time to even think. Not with the caliber of people who are now on their trail. Fleeing is their priority—but even if they escape, it’s uncertain whether they will ever truly be free.

Because there’s one thing Robin and her comrades can now count on: the deeper they dig in this strange world that was once called “the United States,” the darker the shadows become.

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outcastsTHE OUTCASTS by Alexa Black

VS note: In Erotica categories.

Sue Jones is a spacebus driver from a nowhere colony. Yearning for adventure, she pilots a shuttle into uncharted regions—and crash-lands in a harsh world. Kara is an alien whose people are Outcasts who have been banished to this world and survive in Rings above the storm-swept surface.

When Kara rescues her and brings her to the Rings, Sue soon learns that the Outcasts believe humans belong on the surface. As Sue discovers her protector’s secrets, Kara struggles to keep Sue safe and her own feelings at bay. Can love bridge the gap between worlds and heal the deepest of wounds?

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queens gambitTHE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (ROGUE QUEEN BOOK 1) by Jessie Mihalik

VS Note: Recommended by Reader Barbara. Apparently this was first published as a serial.

When the Quint Confederacy and the Kos Empire went to war—again—Queen Samara wisely kept her Rogue Coalition out of the conflict. But staying neutral in a galactic war doesn’t pay the bills, not when both sides refuse to trade with neutral sectors.

With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Quint mercenaries holding him. The Kos Empire will pay a fortune for their emperor’s return, enough to feed the Coalition’s citizens while they wait for the return to a begrudging peace.

But when her plan goes sideways, Samara finds herself evading Quint mercenaries with the very man she intends to capture. And the more time she spends with Valentin Kos, the more she realizes that he’s not the coldly indifferent villain she imagined. Torn between duty and desire, Samara must decide if saving her people is worth giving up the one thing she’s always wanted.

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fire in his spiritFIRE IN HIS SPIRIT (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Ruby Dixon

VS note: Came out on July 11th but somehow I MISSED it! 😦 I love her books!

Gwen’s never wanted to be a leader, but when no one else stepped up, she took on the role. As the mayor of post-apocalyptic Shreveport, she’s made decisions to protect her people…and most of them have backfired disastrously. When she discovers that the dangerous gold dragon lurking outside of the fort has decided she’s his mate, heartsick Gwen thinks that the best thing she can do is confront him and take him far away from the city.

She does this to save her people – her sister, her friends, her fort.
She doesn’t expect to understand the dragon.
She certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love.

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claiming his virginCLAIMING HIS VIRGIN (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES: THE VIRGINS BOOK 4) by Grace Goodwin

Elite Hunter Zee is scarred from his time in the Hive war leaving him too much of a monster to seduce a beautiful, innocent virgin. Even if his Mark calls to hers, connecting them body and soul, he knows that after just one look at him and she will never surrender the three sacred virginities. Never accept him as a mate.

Blindfolded and seduced, Helen has never seen the Hunter whose voice makes her tremble. She knows something isn’t right, but she can’t say no to the mysterious and demanding Hunter whose kiss makes her burn, and whose touch makes her beg in the darkness of night.

Zee has everything he thinks he needs, until another takes advantage of his new mate’s innocence… and tries to claim Zee’s Interstellar Bride for his own.

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abductedABDUCTED (VAKARRAN CAPTIVES) by Sara Fields

When I left Earth behind to become a Celestial Mate, I was promised a perfect match. But four Vakarrans decided they wanted me, and Vakarrans don’t ask for what they want, they take it.

These fearsome, savagely sexy alien warriors don’t care what some computer program thinks would be best for me. They’ve claimed me as their mate, and soon they will claim my body.

I planned to resist, but…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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competenceCOMPETENCE (CUSTARD PROTOCOL) by Gail Carriger

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.
When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?
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hullmetal girlsHULLMETAL GIRLS by Emily Skrutskie
VS Note: Mixed reviews, not a romance, kinda YA I gather.

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintian unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

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strength enduringSTRENGTH ENDURING (TALON PACK BOOK 8)  by Carrie Anne Ryan

Kameron Brentwood has only one thing on his mind: defeating the enemy. He doesn’t have time for a human woman who sets his teeth on edge and makes his wolf prowl. It shouldn’t matter that she’s his mate because he’s always thought that mating is a distraction. Yet as soon as he gets to know the woman, he figures out that there’s no hiding from the attraction he feels for her.Dhanielle Coburn has always been on the outside looking in when it comes to the Talon Pack, but she’s not about to let fate and the moon goddess decide her path for her. If and when she takes Kameron as a mate, it will be her choice. Yet when she suddenly finds herself in the Pack’s inner sanctum, deeper than she ever thought possible, she has to fight not only her need for the man in front of her but also a hidden secret about her family she didn’t even know she had.

When the choice is pulled from both of their hands, the two will need to learn who they are apart, and who they can be together. Because there’s more to mating than a mark and a prophecy that has come back to haunt them. And even though they may be fated, the ultimate sacrifice just might take them both in the end.

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runes of mortalityRUNES OF MORTALITY (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Evie survived a trip to hell, literally, to find herself somewhere even more dangerous, with the angels. Angels who do not want to let her leave, not without a paying a price for the life they saved.

Angels. Demons. Protectors and more secrets than one world should hold. Who can Evie trust when everything is a lie? When it’s time for the assassin to return, and to claim what is hers, who will be on her side? 

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reign to ruinREIGN TO RUIN (MYTH OF OMEGA BOOK 4) by Zoey Ellis

Corruption and sadism plague every corner of his kingdom. He remains in the center of it all; a handsome, charming, master manipulator.

Furious at the knowledge that rare Omegas hide in his castle, King Malloron uses magic and deception to draw one out.

Striking a deal with her that he knows he will not honor, they begin an exchange of wits that intrigues him much more than it should.

He forces her into the depravities of his dark world, determined to destroy her and use her for his own ends, only to find that he may not be the only one with the power to ruin.

Trained to deal with the devious and treacherous people of the kingdom, Amara never anticipated tackling the biggest deceiver of them all.

Desperate for his secrets, she has to be willing to be corrupted, dominated and shattered to get to the truth, but is soon horrified to learn that King Malloron’s reign goes deeper than just his kingdom; he rules her instincts too.

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mysterious waysMYSTERIOUS WAYS ( THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

Safe in Rafe’s arms at last, Miranda thinks the worst of the danger is past. She is dead wrong. The Castillo prima is murdered, and the clan is trapped by a hex. No one can leave New Mexico — or even send out a distress call.

Worse, Simon’s evil magic sends dark spells against the clan, targeting the vulnerable new primaherself. Desperate to keep anyone else from being hurt, Miranda has no other choice. She surrenders to Simon — only to discover his grand plan extends far beyond possessing her body. He covets her powers to summon the darkest demon of them all.

As Rafe works feverishly to track Miranda’s location, protect the clan, and find a loophole in Simon’s entrapment spell, Miranda realizes there is only one way to defeat Simon once and for all. Take on more power than she’s ever handled before. Make a deal with the lord of all demons. And risk everything to fulfill a destiny set in motion long before Rafe was a glimmer in her heart.

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homecoming jennifer allis provostHOMECOMING (GALLOWGLASS BOOK 3) by Jennifer Allis Provost

After months of dealing with gods and monsters in New York, Karina and Robert return to their cottage in Scotland. Chris makes the move as well to start fresh with his girlfriend, Anya—but when they arrive Anya isn’t there. He tracks her down at the pub where her mother, Beira, works, and finds out that Beria’s been holding a grudge against his family for the past few hundred years. Since Beira’s the Cailleach Bheur— the Celtic Queen of Winter—her grudges are a rather big deal.

While Chris deals with Beira, Karina and Robert learn that when Robert was freed from the Minster’s Pine Karina inadvertently left a portal to Elphame open. Now Doon Hill is covered in fairies who are organizing themselves into a new court free of Seelie rule, akin to the Wild Fae of old. What’s worse, Karina’s long-lost uncle appears to be organizing this new court.

Karina closes the door to Elphame, but that only angers the unseen powers behind the fledgling Wild Court, forcing her and Robert to forge alliances with those who’d been their enemies not so long ago. Who can Karina and her gallowglass trust, and who is only out to deceive them?

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dionnas tinkerDIONNA’S TINKER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Dragon Quintelaides aren’t meant to be split up—even for just a few days.

But that’s exactly what happens when Dionna’s Quint gets their marching orders: Arthur is called back to the Capitol to teach others his new self-healing ability, while Jaxon, Ryon, and Harry travel west to hunt down some hive remains.

Meanwhile, Dionna and Maze are sent to the south to work on a secret Tinker Guild project: a superweapon that can end the war against the Silithik in the blink of an eye.

But after a weapons test at the project site goes poorly, Dionna is left weaker than before. Which is awful timing, since she and Maze have to pay a visit to the gryphon capital city of Oorani to learn a secret runetracing spell. And the exiled Runemaster who knows the spell? She won’t give up her secret willingly.

Can Dionna regain her ability in time? Or will she fail the final superweapon test—and worse?

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shard in the mirrorSHARD IN THE MIRROR (CRIMSON REALM CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by Taryn Jameson and Gabriella Bradley

Enslaved as one of Cewrick’s feared black dragons, for centuries Taylith had been forced to do the evil sorcerer’s bidding. Finally free of the shackles of slavery, Taylith is enlisted by King Biryn as a member of his elite team.

Plagued with visions of an impending war and the return of the black dragon he once was, Taylith must find a way to tell his lifemate, Laura, that he was the creature that had captured her and delivered her into the hands of the enemy.

To keep Laura safe and save her sister from Zohmes’ clutches, he must allow the god to change him back into the feared creature he once was.

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witch wishWITCH WISH by Jacqueline Seewald

Val Williams believes she will never be as pretty or popular as her older sister Ailene. When Ailene dumps her on an unfamiliar road after an argument, Val decides to ask directions of the only person she sees—an old woman engaged in a garage sale. Val purchases a music box that the old woman claims has magical qualities and will grant Val one wish. In a fit of pique, Val wishes that that her sister would stop being so perfect. When Ailene starts acting oddly, breaks up with her boyfriend, stops talking to her friends, starts dating a “bad” boy, and cuts classes, Val is troubled. She begins to fear she caused all this to happen by making her wish and suffers a guilty conscience. How she goes about setting matters right makes for some unusual complications and surprises.

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last banquetTHE LAST BANQUET OF TEMPORAL CONFECTIONS by Tina Connolly

VS Note: Not really a romance, evidently a short story but sounded good. Apparently the chef’s wife is the food taster and the foods bring memories.

A young food taster to the Traitor King must make a difficult choice in this story of pastries, magic, and revenge.

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power awakenedPOWER AWAKENED (THE FERAL BOOK 2)  by Charlene Hartnady

Cadon has been tasked with setting up a base in the human city. A safe-haven for the males to stay while they’re trying to find mates. Everything needs to be ready for when the first five arrive.

A friend asks a favor of him, bringing him in the path of a tiny human. She was recently beaten, she’s afraid, and she’s with child. Cadon can’t take his eyes off her. Such a delicate thing. Every protective instinct inside him instantly comes alive when he finds out the baby’s father has abandoned her. That he is the one who beat her. Furthermore, he’s still out there and could come after her again. As much as he should stay out of it and stay away, he can’t…

Who is this huge, hulk of a man? Why is he insisting on helping her? Maybe because she needs help. No! Kerry can manage just fine without him. She doesn’t need a man in her life. Look at where that got her before. Jobless, pregnant and all alone. No thanks! She’ll have to find a way to get by, to do what it takes to safeguard her baby.

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quest arwen chandlerQUEST (THE CLANS OF ARCADIA) by Arwen Chandler

He leads his beloved Lilia, clansman Ian, and dragon Aslaug on a quest through Langerhorn to unleash the power of the dragon riders.

Langerhorn, the ancestral home of the gods, is home of ancient dragons, faeries, and elves.

Will the trio survive their quest, and save Arcadia? Or will Magnus and Fridtjof destroy everything while they are away?

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a heavenly kind of loveA HEAVENLY KIND OF LOVE by Lexi Ostrow

Cassandra Marks had dedicated her life to helping orphaned children around the world find families – something she never had. Life was everything she’d expected it to be for a woman who lived to work. She was only thirty when her world was turned upside down with one sentence – “I’m sorry, we’ve confirmed you have Breast Cancer.” Giving up was not an option, but fighting cancer was harder than she’d imagined. Her work with worldwide orphanages was put on hold as she had to focus on herself, not her dream job.

Not all humans received Guardian Angels; only those living a life that would leave a lasting impression on the world were so lucky. Gabriel, a direct descendant of the Archangel of the same name, lost his battle wings after he trusted a Fallen Angel and others died. He was saved from losing his wings thanks to his father – but it meant becoming a Guardian Angel. His first charge was less than he hoped for, but he was committed to Cassandra Marks to prove he was worthy of returning to battle.

Gabriel and Cassandra should never have met, but with her life in danger, he’s sent to Earth in human form to judge her and see if she is worthy. While there, he finds himself falling in love with a woman who is destined to die. It’s up to him to convince his fellow Angels she is to live, and up to her to decide if she can handle being the woman to make a Guardian Angel fall.

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hyena queenTHE HYENA QUEEN (THE LEGEND OF SYNTHIA ROWLEY BOOK 1) by Ann Mayburn

My name is Synthia Rowley, and so far I really suck at saving the world.

I’m a latent shifter, a human that randomly became a hyena Queen. Crazy, right? You have no idea. When I turned twenty-five some magical chastity belt that had been completely blocking my sex drive snapped. One minute I was the ultimate shy science dork, the next I had curves that kill and a libido that won’t quit.

Good thing, ‘cause I’m supposed to have four husbands.

Yep, four. I’m destined to marry them all and they were all born to love me and only me. My own little harem. Here comes the really insane part. My husbands? The four men that I’ll be mated to for the rest of my life? They were born female and my pheromones will turn them into men. You heard me right, my hyena Queen pheromones will literally change my mates from women, into hulked out sexy studs. But if I don’t find and transform my mates, and soon, my world and everyone in it will be slaughtered by demons from a different dimension.

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switch of fate3SWITCH OF FATE 3 by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Riot Cofield is a bad-boy mountain lion shifter who scales mountains like fences. He belongs IN the Natahala Forest, but not TO it, and he resents “the Cause” because it turns normal, sweet women into conniving, savage witches – switches – who will do anything to kill a vampire.

Riot tried out the Cause (after all, he is a shifter) but after getting used and discarded twice, he’s over it. Over and done with the Cause and everything in it, including Resperanza, the extraordinary, not-there-a-month-ago, magical house and command center. So he moved out, and oh yeah, he quit the Cause, too.

Until he has no choice but to step into a fight for a flagging switch he’s never seen before, throwing her his knife that she can’t seem to let go of. But the real kicker comes when she knows his name. It’s his secret high school crush, the only woman ever special enough to make Riot want to straighten out his renegade ways.

Gemma, the lost love of his life, is a switch?

“Love of his life” enough to move back into Resperanza? Maybe, but enough to support the Cause with everything he has? No. Never.

Then why is he delivering sweet, inquisitive, gorgeous, green-glowing Gemma to the one place he would never want her to belong?

And why does he get the feeling she’s about to blow the doors off this whole operation?

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for the pride of a crowFOR THE PRIDE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Ethan Blackwood has a dark destiny that will make him the next Blackwood Crow. He’s being haunted by his past and is slowly morphing into the man he never wanted to be. Every decision he’s made to get to this point in his life has been a misstep, and he’s desperate to get turned in the right direction before it’s too late. He doesn’t know how, until he runs into a clumsy little beauty who has decided he is hers, and she is his. What he needs to do is stay steady and figure out a way to get rid of the ghost from his past, but Leah is making it hard to think straight. But the closer she gets to him, the more danger she’s in, because the ghost from his past will do anything to keep Ethan’s destiny intact—even hurt the girl he’s falling for.

Leah Hawthorne isn’t great at many things, but she can tell when a man is good or bad, and Ethan Blackwood is a bad boy with a heart of gold…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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sacred silenceSACRED SILENCE: A GREY WOLVES SERIES NOVELLA by Quinn Loftis

I thought there couldn’t be anything more evil than Desdemona, Reyaz, or any villain we’ve faced or would face. But there is. They’re called postpartum hormones. And, here’s the kicker, they have a minion …(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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thunderTHUNDER (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 3) by Jasmine Wylder

Melanie: I hate my life, and I hate my job as an exotic dancer even more, but that’s the only way I’m going to make enough cash to get out of this hellhole called Coalfell. If it wasn’t for my father who needed me, then I would’ve been out of here already. Everything was going according to plan until I witnessed a murder…

Zane: She wasn’t supposed to be there, but she was, and now we have to deal with it. This sexy little kitten has no idea of the battles we fight everyday to protect Coalfell from vampires. I can’t let her expose us, but every minute I keep her imprisoned I become more aware of the lethal attraction between us. Dumping her would’ve been the best option.

When an old foe resurfaces, Zane is faced with a choice; protecting the feisty kitty he shouldn’t care about, or finally avenging his father’s death. Will Melanie finally be set free? Can Zane distinguish between love, lust and honor? What will win out in the end—vengeance or love?

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dragons nannyDRAGON’S NANNY by Leila Ash and Tabitha St. George

Ariel McDunnah lands the ‘perfect’ job: nanny to the three children of a Dragon billionaire. Yet she quickly discovers that this family is far from ‘perfect.’ Old sins and secrets have driven them apart. ‘Healing hearts’ becomes her most important task.

When he hires her, Ariel is just an employee to Owen Jackson. A skilled nanny who can bring his unruly children to heel. Quickly, though, her beauty, strength, and kindness win his heart. This lifelong playboy begins to wonder if he can devote himself to one woman.

There’s only one problem: he has to marry another woman.

Every Dragon has a Mate, a woman destined to be his true love. And the Rite of Claiming proves, beyond a doubt, that Ariel isn’t that woman.

Ordered to discover his soulmate, Owen instead finds himself drawn irresistibly to Ariel. Passion grows, a burning need they cannot deny. As their forbidden desire pits the Dragon against his own Flight, the lovers face an impossible choice.

Love or Fate? Which is stronger?

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ballad of bloodBALLAD OF BLOOD: BOOK 5 IN THE SPELLSINGER SERIES by Amy Sumida

In the wake of the Battle of Primeval, Elaria and her consorts are trying to settle into a routine that will satisfy their responsibilities as well as their desire. But there is one responsibility that Banning refuses to commit to; taking the Blooder crown from his father. As King Sorin’s attempts to persuade Banning grow desperate, Banning becomes even more steadfast in his refusal. If a compromise can’t be made, the Spellsinger’s next song could be a ballad of blood.

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demon deceptionDEMON DECEPTION (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by M J Haag

Cassie Feld’s world is falling apart. Grieving from the loss of her husband and youngest child, she lives in fear of losing her remaining daughter. She knows she can’t protect her alone. There’s a solution, as terrifying and as heartbreaking as she finds it, that will ensure she never has to suffer such a devastating loss again. She needs to sleep with one of the dark fey who rose with the hellhounds. More than that, she needs to become his. She has to give him the one thing she isn’t sure she can. Her heart.

Cassie must figure out a way to set aside her grief long enough to get the deed done. After all, what wouldn’t a mother do to protect her child? Even risk falling in love again.

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wrynterWRYNTER by Linda Mooney

She reaches into minds to discover the truth. But this time, what she finds could get her killed.

Wrynter Poe is both blessed and cursed with a unique ability. She can’t read minds, but she can follow a person’s memories of an event they witnessed. Which is why she works as a special agent for the FBI in helping local law enforcement agencies solve crimes. But this gift comes with a price. She cannot touch the bare skin of another person, for fear of accidentally obtaining emotional discharge or feelings from them.

Lieutenant Hammond Blake is an undercover cop who’s been assigned to help this strange woman, when a homicide case she’s helping with suddenly takes a dangerous turn…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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dreams of darknessDREAMS OF DARKNESS (THE FORSAKEN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

Waking with horrific injuries in a hospital, Adara can’t recall her past. Who is she? And more importantly what is she? Her only hints come during her nightmares.

Dark dreams that are forgotten when she wakes.

Having amnesia doesn’t stop danger from stalking her. She attracts the attention of a werewolf and a vampire. As events spiral out of control she wonders if she’s losing her mind.

Magic and supernatural beings can’t exist.
Her mind says ‘Forget.’
But she wants to remember. However, if she does, will the truth shatter her?

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stealing a lions heartSTEALING A LION’S HEART: THE CALLAHAN PACK by S M Freed

Zora was kidnapped as a child and held by a ruthless wolf pack alpha. After years of abuse, she escapes and ends up being saved by Colin, who turns out to be her mate.

Colin is looking at land to expand the pack territory when he comes across a female his lion says is his mate. Before he can find out, she passes out from running for her life.

Saving this female, his alpha finds out there are prisoners of women and children. The alpha, Clay, and his team rescue the group and find there are more mates for his men.

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consumedCONSUMED (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 8) by Brenda K Davies

When Mollie awakens to find herself in a cage, she doesn’t remember how she or her sister got there, but she also discovers they are not alone in their nightmare. After their captors take her sister, Mollie vows to do whatever it takes to rescue Aida. The only problem is, she has no idea how she’s going to break free… until Mike arrives.

Imprisoned together, Mollie and Mike join forces to break free, but they soon discover life outside of captivity is even deadlier and more horrific than anything they could have imagined. Frightened by her newfound knowledge of vampires, Mollie’s forced to accept what Mike is while they hunt for her sister and his friends.

Despite her reservations about him, the more time they spend together, the more their feelings for each other deepen. Will they live long enough for their love to grow, or will the horrors they face consume them?

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slaying itSLAYING IT (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES) by Chloe Neill

Merit, the Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also excited to see her feet again. While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a man in need, only to find herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt. Someone with a serious debt to some very serious people thinks Cadogan House will pay a rich reward for Merit’s return.

Jonah, the handsome captain of Grey House’s guards, is on his way to a meeting at Cadogan–and if he’s honest with himself, to drop in on Cadogan’s gorgeous and brilliant chef, Margot–when he stumbles on the aftermath of the attack. He’ll stop at nothing to help the Cadogan vampires, including Margot, face down the threat.

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close enough to loveCLOSE ENOUGH TO LOVE (A GODS AND CONCUBINES NOVELLA) by Erin St Charles

Jasmine Greene left her abusive boyfriend with nothing more than her rescue cat and a train ticket to the quiet pack town of Perdition, Texas. Love left bruises on her body, as well her soul. All she wants is a safe place to get her life back on track.

AJ’s life was changed when he witnessed a terror attack. He returns to the peace and quiet of his childhood home in Perdition to lick his wounds and re-evaluate his life.
Can they find what they need in each other?Circumstances bring the two of them together. These two committed introverts are looking for solace, not love. But circumstances force a closer connection. Can they let down their guards long enough to let love in?
wild irish graceWILD IRISH GRACE: BOOK 7 IN THE MYSTIC COVE SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Grace O’Brien lives an unapologetic life – one where she uses magick and attitude alike to live exactly as she pleases. With talents far beyond what most can comprehend, Grace dances through life with verve and enthusiasm.

But it isn’t all magick and mirth. A secret haunts Grace through the darkest hours of the night. For in her heart lies the soul of a fierce pirate queen, one that has loved and weathered unequivocal loss. Now, as she hopes once more for true love – a love that was promised to her – It seems that Grace might not always be able to get everything that she desires.

From the moment that Dylan Kelly sailed into Grace’s Cove, the town captured his heart. Pulled by an invincible need to move to the village, Dylan changes his entire life to finally focus on his passion project. When Dylan runs headfirst into the indomitable force that is Grace O’Brien, he battles both his attraction and his ethics in order to pursue the one thing that matters most to him – building his legacy.

As centuries blur and souls collide, Grace must come to terms with the fact that she can’t control everything – even her heart.

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darik_Veronica_ScottVS Note: And as a reminder, I had a new scifi romance release last week: DARIK

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 11

July 4

June 27

June 20

June 13

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…

 

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Human Not To Be Messed With 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, just released scifi romance  Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4.

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

Today we’ll meet Nicolle, who is being temporarily held in an outdoor area of the alien lab, like a zoo.

The excerpt: 

Nicolle stood with her back to the stream running unimpeded through the invisible fence, clutching a forked stick she’d grabbed from the ground as she slipped and scrambled to get away from the beast she was now facing. Holding the unwieldy branch like a trident, she tried to make herself appear bigger and more fierce. A human not to be messed with. Her throat ached from the first few screams of terror, but the sounds only seemed to intrigue the beast, so she bit her lip until she tasted blood. Not a good idea either, Nicolle. Blood probably entices the creature even more.

On all fours now, the animal studied her, sniffing the air as its massive head swayed from side to side.

Will anyone come to help me? But, even if Greer and the others heard her scream and followed her tracks, what could unarmed humans do against this terrifying beast? When the creature stood on its trunk-like hind legs, it was easily 7’ high and the dinner plate sized paws carried multiple hooked claws. Its coat was an odd mix of white, silver and gray, in a camouflage-style pattern that made the animal hard to focus on and the fangs were like daggers.

VS Note: So now we’ve also met a creature like the one whose tracks Darik saw last week.

darik_Veronica_ScottThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 11

darik_Veronica_ScottIncluding one from me this week – WHEE!!!

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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DARIK: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 4) by Veronica Scott

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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imperatorIMPERATOR (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 11) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Have I been waiting for this one!!! One clicked.

Space station security specialist Sam has done one thing since her abduction by alien slavers…fight to survive. But now one strong alien gladiator stands at her side and Sam knows she is no longer alone.

Thrust into a lawless desert arena, Sam Santos has done terrible things in order to stay alive. As the Champion of Zaabha, she’s been fighting to find a way out. Everything changes when the Imperator of the House of Galen sacrifices his freedom to help her. The hard-bodied, fierce man has vowed to help her escape, but getting out of Zaabha is only the first deadly task they face.

Galen was bred to be a royal bodyguard and protect his prince. With his planet now destroyed, he’s grown powerful and forged his wealthy gladiatorial House on the desert planet of Carthago. All Galen knows is honor, service, and sacrifice. Now his life depends on working with one battle-hardened woman of Earth as they fight together to survive. But Sam Santos is not what he expected. Tough, yes. A brilliant fighter, for sure. But there is a softer side to the woman as well. And Galen finds himself irrevocably drawn to all of Sam’s captivating facets.

Then they uncover a devious plot by the Thraxians that could bring down the foundations of the Kor Magna Arena and all they hold dear. Galen and Sam will stop at nothing to defeat the evil alien slavers, even if it means war. In amongst the fighting, Sam may finally show a man who lives for everyone else, that he deserves more than just honor and freedom, but love as well…if they survive the coming battle.

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lost valyrLOST VALYR: PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 7 by Pauline Baird Jones

VS Note: I’ve been really enjoying this series so I had this pre-ordered.

Dr. Rachel Grant knows her way around the Garradian tech on the Kikk Outpost. But the technology she encounters in an alien medical lab stumps even her brilliant mind. With a little help from her scheming parrot sidekick, she manages to push the right buttons and transport them to an uncharted planet…where they find a recently defrosted alien, who heats up Rachel.

Valyr wasn’t going to warm up to the bright-eyed scientist anytime soon…not after she pried centuries of cryosleep from his cold fingers. But waking up in the wrong century is nothing compared to the robots targeting his still-frozen team. And their situation only gets worse when he discovers the spiderweb of destruction trailing in the robots’ wake. With their backs against the wall, Valyr is blown away by Rachel’s determined passion in the face of impossible odds… but they’ll need more than a chemical reaction to survive what is headed their way.

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unit 78 rescuedUNIT 78: RESCUED (CyBRG FILES BOOK 2) by Evangeline Anderson and Mina Carter

VS NOTE: I’ve had this one on pre-order and I am SO IMPATIENT.  I LOVED the first book in the series so much.

Unit 78, formerly Corporal Richard Hardgraves, is a Cyborg with a mission: to rescue the Admiral’s daughter from the dreaded Tr’Low Cult on Beacon 5. The Tr’Lows have a prophesy that a half-metal man will come from the sky and father the perfect child on a chosen bride–Rich tells himself he will play the part just long enough to grab the girl and run.

Kyrin Pierce is a Peace Keeper with IPKA–the Interstellar Peace Keeping Association. Lured to Beacon 5 by a fake call, she was captured and now she is being prepared for an unspeakable ceremony. She too plays into the Tr’Low prophecy because of her flame-red hair. As the priestesses of the cult inject her full of hormones to drive her wild with need, she has nearly given up hope of escape.

Rich might be more metal than man but he still has a heart and when he sees what the Kyrin has been through, he aches for her pain. But in order to get her out of the Tr’Low compound, he must do the unthinkable…and give the cultists what they want by taking Kyrin in their public ceremony.

Kyrin doesn’t care that the man who has come for her is a cyborg, she only knows that her body needs him desperately. And after he rescues her, her heart needs him too.
But Kyrin’s father, Admiral Pierce, doesn’t approve of his daughter loving a “metal monster.” When he separates them and sends Kyrin to a hospital to take care of her “problem” can Rich rescue her again…in time to save their baby?

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helldiveHELLDIVE (AEON’S LEGACY BOOK 4) by Alexis Glynn Latner

VS Note: This is on my TBR.

Hidden inside the Starcross Nebula is a place of interstellar shipwreck. It’s like a Bermuda Triangle half as old as time. It harbors malicious monsters and dangerous mysteries.

It’s a hell of a place to attempt a rescue mission.

Captain Zilka Devreze and her crew on the starship Guardian Angel must race against time to find shipwreck survivors in mortal danger. They’ll use Zilka’s genius grasp of the intricacies of fast starflight to get in and back out again.
Mission specialist Jack Mistry was an accident investigator in the Solar System in his previous life. Abruptly revived from stasis in the starship Aeon, he agrees to join the unprecedented mission. When he fled from Earth on Aeon, what he expected to find on the other side of the stars wasn’t an interstellar accident scene like this. Or a woman like Zilka.

Always as singularly alone as she was brilliant, Zilka discovers that this can change. But first she has to learn how to lead a very assorted crew. And Jack has to learn to follow his heart. They will all learn how death and life, hell and hope, and danger and love intersect in the Starcross Nebula.

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space deputySPACE DEPUTY (INTERSTELLAR SHERIFF BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz

A millennium into the future, the Saloon Sector is where the Wild West meets the 1950s, in space, with robots. It’s where careers go to die.

Thelma Bach graduated top of her class after four years at the Galactic Justice academy. But she’s a Rock Sector citizen. The core worlders were never going to let her transcend her background. So she’s been assigned to serve her seven years as a deputy in the Saloon Sector. The message for the Federation’s out-world citizens is clear: you’ll never be our equal, so don’t even try.

The stuffy bureaucrats of the Galactic Justice service chose the wrong person to push around. Thelma will subvert her interstellar sheriff, charm artificial intelligences, fight bandits and hunt the legendary Eldorado Cache. But with the frontier region holding secrets of its own, she needs to choose her new allies wisely because a scary, business-suited enemy is hunting her.

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karekKAREK (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr

VS note: Author spells the hero’s name differently on the cover and in the blurb; just FYI, it wasn’t me doing typos, I swear!

Kerek Khane knows he’s in a position of power.
He’s expecting the human to show up with weapon codes.
He abducts her to take her to his leader.
But on the long space voyage – passion.
He can’t resist her strength, courage, body.
But she has betrayed the deal.
She brought fake codes.
Now her life is in danger.
Only Kerek can save her.But saving her means giving up his position in his clan.
If he saves her he loses everything. If he doesn’t – he loses her.
How can he make a choice when there is so much on the line?

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SUN IN THE OVENSUN IN THE OVEN: GALAXA WARRIORS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 16) by Milly Taiden

Henley Rourke is a woman who loves a challenge. A while back, Gerri Wilder convinced her and two friends to make an interstellar jump to another galaxy. A thrill too hard to resist, Henley found herself on a planet filled with gorgeous shifters. But she’s restless and looking for a little adventure. And then she meets Damen Iceri. Badass. Shifter. Oh, yeah, and so hot, he makes her undies disappear. She gets more than she expects when she realizes Damen isn’t the only hot shifter who wants her.

Gunner Lukas, alpha of the Summit Bear Clan is a pair with Damen. Gunner is also the alpha to Damen’s omega. Bound by tradition and ritual, these two bears are looking for their mate, the one woman to complete their triad. And that’s Henley. But he’s not sure how she will handle finding out. When this triad gets together, things go from hot to explosive.

They’re ready to make their mating dreams come true along with all the dirty thoughts she’s had since meeting them.  A forever threesome? All about her? Yes, please! But there’s no time to think about forever—not when they are charged with finding the source behind a series of deaths by poison and doing their best to keep Henley from becoming the next victim.

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caught in timeCAUGHT IN TIME (KENDRA DONOVAN MYSTERIES) by Julie McElwain

Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.
October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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mated on hadesMATED ON HADES (CELESTIAL MATES) by Golden Angel

Tarrik would do anything to avoid breaking his mother’s heart, so he begrudgingly signs up for Celestial Mates and agrees to come home and settle down once the agency finds his match. There’s just one catch: he’s not ready to give up his free and easy life traveling the galaxy. And he’s doing exactly as his mother asked, so what will it hurt if he makes himself as unappealing as possible on his mate application?

Juliette is a woman on the run. Her attitude, and more importantly her hacking skills, have pissed off all the wrong people. Now the target of a contract hit, she’s decided the solution to her problems is to leave the planet as fast as she can. The Celestial Mates program is exactly what she needs. By the time her “mate” realizes she’s impossible to live with, hopefully it will be safe for her to return to earth. She wasn’t counting on a seriously hot alien who looked like the devil and could do the most sinful things with his tail.

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draekon feverDRAEKON FEVER (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 6) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

Being the only virgin on the prison planet isn’t so bad.
No, actually, it totally sucks.
There are two Draekons who are interested in me. Well, I thought they were, but they keep blowing hot and cold. They won’t make a move. It’s infuriating.
Whatever. I have no use for broody aliens. None at all. No matter how gorgeous they are. No matter how much my insides tingle when they touch me…
Then it turns out that the Draekons have a very good reason for staying away.

Because they’re ill with the fever, and it will kill them unless I can find a cure.
This time, the virgin is going to save her two dragons.

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calanCALAN: PSION FACTOR SON (ALEDAN SERIES BOOK 6) by Christine Meyers

Ajha Lann, a dawning psion grew up under the wing of an older girl. Together they scrounged for food and avoided capture by the gangers in the ruins of Farringay. Left on her own when Mikki is captured by gangers, the voices in her head seemed to get louder but one presence is stronger than the others. It gives her hope of something better for her future.
Calan Narcaza’s mother, the former Michelle Marlow was born in the ruins Farringay outside the Starport Compound. Little had changed since his father went to Earth to find Chelle and claim her as his mate. Calan knows the dangers, but he has felt Ajha Lann reaching out to him from several years. He knew that for her to reach him over such interstellar distance could only mean that she was his psion mate.
His brother Jamerin brings Calan to Earth in his starship, though he is skeptical about leaving his baby brother on his own. Then they find a cyborg in stasis at the industrial complex that Calan bought to give refuge to the people struggling to survive in the city ruins. They wake him.
Calan and cyborg Rax Ven become allies building the Refuge together and facing off with the Overlords and gangers in a final showdown.

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aliens captive lisa laceALIEN’S CAPTIVE (TERRAMATES BOOK 15) by Lisa Lace

I know what I want from an Earth woman.
Someone to cry out my name with desire.
Someone to have my babies.
What I don’t want is a wife.
The last thing I need is a distraction.

A delectable earthling makes me reconsider my plans. Perri is lovely. Curves, blue eyes, and ivory skin I want to taste. Her beauty makes planning to overthrow the corrupt government hard.
Very hard.
I terrify her. When I get close to her, she darts away. She calls me a rogue and a brute.
No one can talk to me this way…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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light unfoldingLIGHT UNFOLDING (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 8) by Rebecca Royce

Hurled across time and space, Waverly Sandler lives in unexpected exile on a planet doomed to be destroyed. A nurse and caretaker, she finds herself going through the motions waiting for an inevitable end she cannot change and missing the four parts of her soul she left behind—in the future—whenever. The last thing she expected was salvation in the eleventh hour, or a wild journey through the time warping effects of the black hole, but their reunion is only the next step in an ever spiraling journey.

With Ari, Jackson, Rohan, and Canyon willing to break every rule, they will rely on Waverly to light their path.

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her rohxari guardiansHER ROHXARI GUARDIANS by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Following the last alien attack, Angel lost much more than her arm — she lost the respect of her crew. Traveling around space, it’s easy to get lost…But sometimes, instead, you find everything you didn’t know you were looking for.

Like three huge, powerful, armed Rohxari guardians tasked with beating away the very aliens that nearly took Angel’s life. Like a savage planet, a paradise; a home.

Like a prophecy, that can’t possibly be true, that the Rohxari Queen will soon be returning. Angel doesn’t believe in prophecies; she doesn’t believe in fate. But Saxxon, Wylar and Huck do.

She’d walk away, but … there are three of them, and they’re much stronger than her. And, hell, maybe it’d be fun to be princess of paradise for a day.

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starlessSTARLESS (HALF LIGHT BOOK 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

VS Note: YA/NA

They are all trapped under a starless sky…

It turns out correcting the balance of the universe is harder than anyone could have imagined. Noah and Rachel’s mission to find Caspian’s starmate is interrupted when aliens board their ship. Noah is sent into his worst nightmare, while Rachel is forced to continue on alone. Across the galaxy, Angie is trying to survive her training mission while fighting her growing feelings for Kelby. Heading back to Andrelexa, Caspian is still completely in love with Rachel, and determined to do anything to ensure her protection.

When communications go down throughout the galaxies, being lost in space takes on a whole new meaning.

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similayer projectTHE SIMILAYER PROJECT: PART ONE  by Various

VS note: OK, I’m a sucker for post apocalyptic tales so I read some of the ‘Look Inside’ and one clicked.

A deadly virus born of good intentions ravages the planet, leaving humans on the bottom of the food chain as the infected mutate into creatures born of myth and nightmares.

As the military sets out to gather the healthy inside the walls of a biolab located in the central United States, the fight for survival begins for anyone willing to step beyond the safety of their own front door.

Follow five groups of survivors as they journey from California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and Massachusetts in an epic adventure to find, not only what’s left of their government, but their independence, true love, and the strength to survive in a world bent on breaking them.

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key to the deadfallKEY TO THE DEADFALL: INTO THE DEADFALL BOOK TWO by Susan Trombley

Evie managed to survive for months in the strange parallel dimension where she was dropped after accidentally activating a portal in her father’s shed. The Dead Fall doesn’t treat survivors kindly, as Evie discovers when she’s captured by alien creatures and taken to the settlement of Omni to be put on display in a bar.

When a gray alien appears in the bar to rescue her, she wonders at first if she hasn’t gone straight from the frying pan into the fire. Yet, the alien she nicknames Gray proves to be friendly, if a bit too determined to see her meet some destined mate she’s not interested in finding.

Gray tells her she must seek her own destiny, but she can’t help thinking she’s already found it, despite what he says. After all, her knight in shining armor has come to rescue her, and if he just so happens to have a flying saucer instead of a white horse, that’s okay with her.

Doshakeren is a hero. A legend. They sing epic songs about the warrior among his kin. When his most trusted advisor betrays him and locks him away with a strange artifact that casts him into another realm, he faces challenges beyond anything he’d ever faced before—the biggest being his fascination with the human female who makes him have forbidden thoughts that would see him outcast from his nest.

Evie must choose her own destiny, but nothing will be easy for her, least of all the Dead Fall itself, because the Nexus is watching. And waiting.

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heroines journeyHEROINE’S JOURNEY (HEROINE COMPLEX BOOK 3) by Sarah Kuhn

If there’s one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it’s normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of “should haves.” Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverizing the city’s plethora of demon threats.

But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be–even though she’s now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace’s more difficult customers. Sure, she’s not technically supposed to be playing with people’s mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her?

When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that’s about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her “should haves” into the fabulous heroic life she’s always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything–and everyone–she holds dear.

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dark chocolate and strawberriesDARK CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRIES by Daryl DeVore

What’s a naughty fairy tale like Red Riding Hood without Red, the huntsman, grandma and especially, the big bad wolf?

Esmerelda ‘Red’ Hood is summoned to her mother’s executive suite only to learn her sweet granny is headed for a romantic cruise with a gigolo. Horrified, Red races off to save her grandma before it’s too late.

On board, Red meets Andrew Woodsman and Willem Olf. One a cutie with the biggest puppy eyes and the other a dark, sophisticated predator. Her grandmother’s warning rings in Red’s ear “Never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Even with the warning, Red has trouble choosing which man could be the big bad wolf and which could be her happily ever after.

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shades of faeSHADES OF FAE by Various

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We only know three things about the Fae: They don’t lie, they cheat. What they aren’t given, they take. And if they can’t rule…they conquer. Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York City, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection from today’s hottest USA Today, award-winning, and international bestselling paranormal and fantasy authors.

Shades of Fae is your ticket to a mystical realm where Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings unparalleled danger.

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a bears mercyA BEAR’S MERCY (SHIFTER COUNTRY BEARS BOOK 3) by Dakota West

Charlotte “Charlie” Mullins doesn’t mind putting herself in danger. She’s actually volunteered to hunt down Kade Lessing, a feral alpha bear who might be attacking and killing wolf shifters in Cascadia. Charlie’s not scared of the big bad bear, though maybe she should be…

Kade Lessing isn’t really feral, though sometimes he wishes he were. God knows he’d be less tormented, and it would make things a little easier on him and his mate Daniel. When Kade hears a woman scream in the forest, he runs to the aid of a total stranger.

With one glance at the curvy, tomboyish girl left bleeding on the ground, he knows instantly that he’d do anything to save her – including fighting off the wolves who attacked her. When Kade carries her back to the cabin, Daniel feels exactly the same way.

They’ve saved her life, but can Charlie tell them the truth – that she was on a mission to take down Kade? Can their triad bond survive a battle between wolves, bears, and humans, or is their fated love doomed to fall apart?

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dragons bloodDRAGON’S BLOOD: STORY OF THE BRETHREN BOOK 2 by LaVerne Thompson

After losing her mother at a very young age, Arianna’s world changed when her father came to get her. He took her across the Atlantic Ocean, away from everything she’d ever known and loved. But once again she’s forced to cross the Atlantic, this time leaving everything she’d grown to love behind. Running from the thing that had killed her remaining parent, running for her life. And fleeing from the being she’d dreamt of for half her life. Nothing could save her, she didn’t believe in myths and fairytales. Didn’t believe in the man with the eyes that flashed gold. She could trust no one. Not even the voice whispering inside her head she recognized as her own.

Talon had come to Earth searching for his truemate. Knowing she was near but still so very far away. Only able to reach her when they both closed their eyes, but waking up to find it had all been nothing but a dream. Until one day he heard her cry of pain and felt the crippling pang of fear that invaded her mind. She needed him, but he couldn’t find her. Not until she released her block against him. He just hoped it would not be too late. Because an ancient enemy roamed Earth once more and hunted his truemate. It was a race as to which one of them would find her first. Talon would not lose.

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court of flameCOURT OF FLAME (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter

The former mad King Emberich is back and out for vengeance. He wants to destroy Sven, my love and sovereign, for daring to stand up to the crazed, bloodthirsty tyrant.

I have to stop my father, nothing else matters.

I’ve got allies, sure, but if I call on them there’ll be open warfare between the Dragons and the Phoenixes. No one wants that, least of all me.

I know what Sven would say. I should let him go rather than risk everything. But that’s not going to happen.

He’s mine, I’m his, and I’m going to solve this. My heart wars with my duty but I refuse to let either one go.

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wendigo huntingWENDIGO HUNTING (WENDIGO REDEMPTION BOOK 2) by Wendie Nordgren

Prejudices can run deep, and grudges can last for decades. Unfortunately for Rozene, such is the case between the Wendigoag, the Four Bears tribe, and the werewolves.

Fearing what she has become and fighting against her own nature, Rozene desperately tries to follow her heart. Rejected by the man she loves, she is determined to put her pain behind her, but her romantic entanglements have become knots. Her heart is torn amongst Hunting Wolf, with his Wendigo magic calling to her blood, Colby, the cowboy turned werewolf, who has claimed her as his mate, and Chief Sam Stillwater, the bear shifter, who her own heart has claimed. Each of them calls to her soul, demanding her loyalty and love, but whose call should she answer when she loves them equally?

However, Rozene’s romantic angst will have to wait. An ancient dark magic is unleashed upon the inhabitants of Silver Springs. Chenoo, evil ice spirits, are freezing to death people and livestock. To survive, the Four Bears tribe, the Wendigoag, and the werewolves will have to overcome their own prejudices and fight together or die together.

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concubine and her vampiresTHE CONCUBINE AND HER VAMPIRES by Julie Morgan

VS Note: From May

Born a blood demon, Olivia Martin’s sole purpose is to become a blood slave to a vampire. She is nothing more than a blood bag.

With a vampire as her master, she would want for nothing, her every need and whim catered to, but becoming a prisoner was not the life Olivia would have chosen for herself.

At least, until she met Jared and his four brothers-at-arms. Giving yourself to one person was easy. Having fun with two, exciting. But a harem of lovers? It was more than Olivia ever considered possible.

Need, lust, and blood drive Olivia to find a strength inside herself to not only accept her five sexy-as-sin vampires, but to also protect herself from an evil hell bent on claiming her for its own.

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balefireBALEFIRE (WHYBORNE & GRIFFIN BOOK 10) by Jordan L Hawk

Whyborne’s Endicott relatives have returned to collect on the promise he made to help them take back their ancestral manor from an evil cult. In exchange, they’ll give him the key to deciphering the Wisborg Codex, which Whyborne needs to learn how to stop the masters.

To that end, Whyborne, his husband Griffin, and their friends Iskander and Christine travel to a small island off the coast of Cornwall. But when they arrive at Balefire Manor, Whyborne must not only face the evil within the ancient mansion, but the painful truth about his own destiny.

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ariels anticsARIEL’S ANTICS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 2 by Robyn Peterman

What in the clam shell does a Mermaid have to do to find true love?

I’m bored. And if I’m being honest, I’m jealous. I want my sister to have her happily ever after. I do. But I want my own adventures and my own true love. For two hundred years I’ve suffered through one immortal asshat after another while stuck on Mystical Isle. And while running a tourist trap for humans might be entertaining, I’m never going to find my true love in this sea of monotony.

Of course, there is a Selkie… the sexiest most idiotic man-seal I’ve ever had the misfortune of swimming across—definitely an asshat. Unfortunately, the dork still invades my dreams on a regular basis.

finally have a shot at an adventure. I must save our island home. However, the mission is to seek out the very Selkie who stole my heart… the same asshat whose Johnson I’d tried to truncate.

Holy hell and seashells. Only I would agree to a tsunami waiting to happen.

Ask any tuna you happen to see… Who’s the craziest Mermaid? That would be me.

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cautious catCAUTIOUS CAT (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Severine Wolfe

Talikha Tella had seen Aleksei Koukleva in a lecture hall at Oxford University and known the was his. She had plans. Big plans. Every single cousin of hers who had ever told her she’d never find a mate would suck it because she had, and he was beautiful.

Aleksei Koukleva had never seen a more beautiful woman that the student who had grabbed and kept his attention at a lecture he’d done as a favor to a friend. He was the mate he had always imagined. He could not wait to get her back to Russia and his Tiger Streak.

Being kidnapped, beaten and halfway starved to death changes a person and Tali doubts everything she ever thought she knew about her mate. They have to fight to keep themselves together. The hardest battle must be fought within themselves.

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faceless womanTHE FACELESS WOMAN: A SWAN PRINCESS RETELLING  (OTHERWORLD BOOK 4) by Emma Hamm

VS note: Sounds good! Put it on my TBR.

Once upon a time…

A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do.

She curses him.

Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse.

Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.

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embersEMBERS (A DARK IN YOU NOVEL) by Suzanne Wright

With the birth of their son, Asher, Harper and Knox are both more powerful and more vulnerable than they’ve ever been before. Asher’s charm has seduced even the devil himself, but Harper knows that the real villain is still out there, and as desperate as ever to see the Primes fall. They’re laying low, and there’s no way to tell which one of their circle is really a deadly foe . . .

When the final horseman makes their move, Harper and Knox will have to use all the considerable power at their disposal – and that may even include Asher’s mysterious abilities. One thing’s for sure – this is a baby who’s more than a match for any demon coming after him.

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fire bornFIRE BORN (QUEEN OF THE SEVEN STARS BOOK 1) by Kallista Dane

I learned my fate on my eighteenth birthday, the day my father died and I became the virgin Queen.

The day my life changed forever.

The Lord of Darkness has risen. He means to conquer my kingdom and take me as his bride. But to succeed, he needs the power of the five Sacred Sources.

I must find the Fire Born. The one who shifts into a fearsome dragon. He’s come to me in dreams in his human form, stirring shameful, dark desires inside me. The prophecy says he will take me as his mate – and join with me to battle the Dark Lord, who has awakened from the spell cast on him a thousand years ago.

Then I must seek out the others. Five in all, each with his own special skill.

The Warrior. The Wizard. The Mystic. And last, the Rogue.

I must secure their protection, their allegiance, using whatever means necessary, whether it be to offer them riches or a title… or my body. A place in my bed as well as on the throne.

The Oracle says only by uniting with these five powerful men will I accomplish my mission. Avenge my father’s death – and save the World of the Seven Stars from an enemy as old as the Universe.

But she never warned me about the dangers of falling in love.

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claiming the dragon kingCLAIMING THE DRAGON KING: THE ELITE GUARDS NOVEL by Amelia Hutchins

The Horde took everything from him.
He’s honor bound to avenge his people and take back his palace by any means necessary.
Blane has kept his people hidden from the Horde since the day they came in and wiped out the dragon race, but they didn’t kill them all. Now he’s back, and making a move against the Horde. He’s going to take back what’s rightfully his in a step to wage war against those who took everything from him. The one thing he didn’t expect was to find her instead of the Horde King’s offspring.
Ciara has lived in the shadows and survived torture at the hands of her own father. She’s trained hard to find her place among the Elite Guard. Until she is captured by him…changing her destiny along with it in one fateful night.
Now, she will taste unbridled passion at the hands of her captor, and she isn’t sure she’ll survive the heat of the Dragon King.

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riverRIVER (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 7) by Samantha Leal 

Stacey: It all started with her friend giving birth. Then strange things start happening in Lost Creek…and if she is to believe what she is being told…she has an integral role to play…and a secret destiny only she can fulfill…It just so happens that the dark and sexy River will be the catalyst…

River: He is a natural protector. And when he returns to Lost Creek and more secrets begin to be revealed, he knows exactly where…and with whom his skills are needed…

Can this unlikely pair navigate the rising dangers as well as their own passions to save Lost Creek from this unseen threat? But first of course…can they save themselves?

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im not lionI’M NOT LION TO YOU (SOULATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 2) by Krystal Shannon

Kann is a lion shifter from another world. Literally. Even though he’s learned how to walk, talk, dress and sound just like everyone else in Mystery, Alaska, he still can’t find his mate. Until she walks right into the local grocery store. Her blue eyes and killer legs make his lion stand up and roar. Well, that and her soul is glowing just for him. That only happens…
with soulmates. Which means the magick of his world did cross over to Earth with the survivors.

Penny is on the run, being chased at a breakneck pace over the Alaskan countryside. She can’t trust anyone and knows it’s only a matter of time until she’s caught. When she meets Kann, the sexy backwoods, plaid-shirted man from Mystery, she’s instantly attracted. However, she can’t afford a distraction and she doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt when they come for her.

Except, Kann has never met an objection he couldn’t overcome. With patience and determination, he wins Penny over inch by inch. But will Penny’s past steal everything from both of them?

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jazzie and sugar belleJAZZIE & SUGAR BELLE by Lilith St Crow

Jozzie Shale, missing a particularly intimate piece of his person, lands in LA with a hangover and plenty of determination. He needs help, fast–and fortunately, he’s got the address of a witch who owes his buddy Petey a favor.

She’s a solution: Sugar Belle, of the Virginia Belles, is only mildly amused when a drunken shapeshifter shows up in her tattoo chair. Add a warlock with a necromantic book, coyote shifters, the end of the world, plus a few hundred pounds of cheese, and even a witch of Sugar’s caliber might be in for a bad night.

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hocus pocusHOCUS POCUS & THE ALL NEW SEQUEL by A W Jantha

VS Note: No idea if there’s romance but wow, did my family ever love the original movie.

Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.

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of fire and stormOF FIRE AND STORM (PIPER LANCASTER SERIES #2) by D G Swank

Just when Piper begins to accept her new role as demon slayer, a fresh threat rises.

People are disappearing, and Piper is sure a sinister, otherworldly force is at play.

Add to that ghosts who show up out of thin air, warning her of a danger she won’t be able to outrun, and a freaking bevy of supernatural creatures hiding in the background, and Piper suddenly has her hands full. Especially when the new creatures aren’t demons, or ghosts and she has no idea how to deal with them.

Or whether or not they be good little monsters, or bad.

There is one man who has the knowledge she needs to survive but she can’t even count on him. Why? The bastard left town.

One thing is certain: a big bad demon’s come to town and Piper has to stop him—but she needs help to do it.

If only she could figure out whom to trust.

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awaken the darknessAWAKEN THE DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 8) by Dianne Duvall

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

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VS Note: Just a reminder there are three previous books in the Badari Warriors series available! 

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 4

June 27

June 20

June 13

June 6

May 30

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…

 

 

 

 

Diane Burton New Release NUMBERS DON’T LIE

Numbers Never Lie - 750 Cover Diane BurtonVeronica: I’m happy to have my friend Diane here today as my guest to talk about camping (an excellent summertime topic!), her new release, share an excerpt and have a giveaway!

Diane: Thanks so much for having me here today, Veronica. You are wonderful to share my joy in having a new release. I’m excited that after over fifteen years, Numbers Never Lie, a romantic suspense, is finished, and I can share the story with everyone. Be sure to see the Rafflecopter at the end of this post and sign up to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

For many years, I was a volunteer for Girls Scouts of the USA. Like many, I got involved when my daughter joined Girl Scouts. Because I grew up in a rural area, we didn’t have Girl Scout troops. We had 4-H. Although I learned much from 4-H, I wish the values and ideals of GSUSA had been available when I was a kid.

Camping in the Forest

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My dad’s idea of a vacation meant driving hundreds of miles into the Canadian wilderness, north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, finding a desolate lake, and tent camping there. Not much fun for Mom, who still had to prepare meals, only now on a camp stove. While Dad took a boat and went fishing, my sister and I got to soak up rays (that was before the cancer warnings) and watch out for the little kids (our sibs). I did get to read, so that much was fun. But, when Dad returned from fishing, we had to scale and clean the fish. Yuck! The second year, two of my uncles and their families joined us. Company for Mom and the sibs; more work for my sister and I who were the oldest. Not so much fun. That soured me on camping.

Hubs used to tell people my idea of “roughing it” was a hotel without room service. When my daughter and her Girl Scout troop became old enough to go camping, I sucked it up and learned to camp, following GSUSA’s rules and regulations. While I can’t say I love camping, I did learn to enjoy the out-of-doors.

My main character in Numbers Never Lie was a Girl Scout as a child and earned her Gold Award (the highest award a girl can earn), like my daughter did. Maggie’s BFF talked her into helping with a group of girls who wanted to camp. Then the friend moved away, Maggie “inherited” the group.

For safety reasons, Maggie wouldn’t take the girls without another adult. Getting a chaperone to help her proved to be a challenge. When no parents volunteered, the girls feared their camping days were over. That’s when Ellen said her widowed dad would help. According to Maggie’s brother, Drew wimped out of Cub Scouts after his first camping trip. Maggie should have checked with him, but she trusted his daughter.

Big mistake.

Drew Campbell golfed, played tennis, and swam (in a pool). He enjoyed the outdoors. When his daughter asked him to go with her on an outing, he thought she meant a hike through a forest. A couple of hours max. Little did he know, the “outing” was an overnight trip and primitive camping. Surprise!

Blurb:

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie.

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack’s an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Upon returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother Jack’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that–an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?

Excerpt:

“What do you mean no toilets?” Drew Campbell stopped on the dusty forest path, hooked his sunglasses on the placket of his golf shirt, and stared at his daughter.

“Dad-dy.” Ellen groaned. Was she only fourteen? She did exasperation better than his administrative assistant. “I told you we were camping.”

Not for a moment would Drew reveal that camping was not what he remembered her saying a week ago. She said she wanted him to come along on an outing with her little group of friends. He figured a hike, picnic lunch, and then home in time for supper.

After taking a call on his cell in the parking lot near the trailhead, he’d gotten his first surprise. That’s when he found out about the “no electronics rule.” No cell phones, no iPods. All were locked in the vehicles. Only the leader carried a cell phone, for emergencies only.

His second surprise came when he opened the hatch of the Navigator. Five backpacks. Five backpacks with bedrolls. He’d transported four girls. It didn’t take a law degree to figure out who the fifth backpack was for. He was in deep shit. But what could he say in front of Ellen and her friends?

“Of course, sweetie. I knew we were camping.” A lie to save face wasn’t wrong. Right?

“Yeah, sure, Dad.”

She didn’t believe him? What happened to the adulation that used to be in her eyes? The “Dad is perfect” look.

He tried again. “Camping, like KOA. You know, kiddo, shower buildings, restrooms, flush toilets. Right now, I’d settle for a port-a-potty.”

Ellen groaned again. “Da-ad.”

If he didn’t know better, he’d wonder if she had a stomach ache.

As he’d done several times in the past three hours, he took out his handkerchief, looked at it in disgust, and tried to find a clean spot. He wiped the sweat off his forehead. It was hot and sticky, more like August in Michigan than June. Drew intensely disliked sweating. Clean sweat—in a gym—was all right. Not this . . . dirt. More than sweaty, he hated being dirty.

Considering the rain in early spring, he was surprised at how dry the path was. And how much dust twenty feet could kick up on a forest path. That, however, was not his first concern. He needed a john. Bad.

“C’mon, Ellen. Isn’t there a restroom nearby?” he asked quietly. “Even an outhouse?”

“Dad, this is Prim.” Ellen had mastered the art of eye rolling. As he’d learned in the past few months, that innate skill emerged in girls during adolescence.

“Prim? What is that?” Drew gave her the self-mocking grin that always made her laugh. “A new all-girl rock group?

Ellen wasn’t smiling. She lowered her voice. “It means Primitive Camping. We go in the bushes.”

“What!” He looked around, realizing that the other girls were staring at him. He hadn’t meant to sound so loud.

“You are embarrassing me.” She stomped away, kicking up more dust. Before she got to her friends clustered nearby, she shot over her shoulder, “I wish you’d never come. I knew it was a dumb idea to ask you.”

“Hey, come back here, honey. I’m sure this is a little misunderstanding. C’mon, Ellen.” In the year since his wife died, he and Ellen had had a lot of misunderstandings.

“I think she’s mad at you.”

Drew turned toward the quiet voice behind him. There she was, leaning back against a tree, her knee bent and booted foot propped against the trunk. Maggie Sinclair, Director of Camp Hell. He knew Jack’s sister was an outdoor nut, but he didn’t think she was this bad. Pissing in the bushes, for God’s sake.

Maggie was a tall woman, only a few inches shorter than his own six feet. She had the tan of a person who spent time outdoors, not a sunbather, though, with laugh crinkles around her eyes. Still the rough-neck tomboy he’d grown up with. Who else would want to spend a summer day backpacking on dusty trails through snagging underbrush instead of out on a perfectly manicured golf course where you only ventured into the rough to retrieve an errant ball?

Despite the heat and humidity, Maggie’s white T-shirt, with its pink ‘Race for the Cure’ logo, was still white and her jeans, though faded, remained clean. With her dark brown ponytail pulled through the back of a Detroit Tigers baseball cap, she looked as cool as when they started on this trek three hours ago. That almost irritated him more than her awareness of friction between him and his daughter.

“Ellen? Mad at me?” He affected mock surprise. “Your powers of observation are amazing. Are you ever wrong?”

She cupped her elbow in her hand and tapped a finger against her jaw. “Let me see now. I was wrong once—fourteen years ago—when I married Roger Dodger.”

Roger Dodger. An appropriate name for the jerk. The guy got out of paying alimony, in part because of Maggie’s inept divorce lawyer. It still pissed him off that she hadn’t come to him. Never mind he specialized in criminal law. He would’ve made an exception for her.

“Let me think. Have I been wrong since?” She continued the damn tapping then snapped her fingers. “I’ve got it. I was wrong to let Ellen’s city-soft lawyer daddy help chaperone this trip.”

Drew gave her the smile that prosecutors knew better than to believe. “And here I thought it was because nobody else would.”

Numbers Never Lie is available at Amazon.

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Diane Burton 2About the Author:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.

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Twice the Size 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, just released scifi romance  Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4.

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

Today we’ll meet Darik and next week I’ll introduce Nicolle.

The excerpt: 

Darik measured the size of the huge paw print in the snow, comparing the breadth to his own generously sized hand, “Big predator, nothing we’ve ever seen before. Nothing comparable in the lowlands.” He took a deep breath of the crisp mountain air, automatically sorting the scents and savoring many new to him. Small furred creatures, towering trees, elusive woodland flowers and moss – he enjoyed all the novelties. It was still a rare luxury for him not to smell the hated disinfectants and chemicals of the Khagrish lab where his kind were created.

His metallic companion MARL12 shifted beside him, disturbing the air as the small alien device floated on an antigrav cushion, “Best to avoid an encounter with any predators.”

Grinning, Darik rose to his feet and eyed the miniature ovoid, now positioned a few feet further away, orange and pink lights flicking across its shiny surface in rapid patterns. The one tiny patch of green on the machine which he’d noticed was consistently present blinked in the lower rear quadrant of the Alien Intelligence unit’s silver skin.

Darik dusted snow from his palms, “Nervous? I’ll protect you, don’t worry.” He kicked loose snow over the tracks contemptuously, “Big as this animal may be, he’s not going to challenge a full grown Badari male like me – my talons are twice the size of his.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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DARIK Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Thrilled to announce the next book in my Badari Warriors series, DARIK! The cover is another gem from the talented Fiona Jayde.. UPDATED:  buy links (Kobo is still coming).

The blurb:

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

The excerpt:

Darik measured the size of the huge paw print in the snow, comparing the breadth to his own generously sized hand. “Big predator, nothing we’ve ever seen before. Nothing comparable in the lowlands.” He took a deep breath of the crisp mountain air, automatically sorting the scents and savoring many new to him. Small furred creatures, towering trees, elusive woodland flowers and moss – he enjoyed all the novelties. It was still a rare luxury for him not to smell the hated disinfectants and chemicals of the Khagrish lab where his kind were created.

His metallic companion MARL12 shifted beside him, disturbing the air as the small alien device floated on an antigrav cushion. “Best to avoid an encounter with any predators.”

Grinning, Darik rose to his feet and eyed the miniature ovoid, now positioned a few feet further away, orange and pink lights flicking across its shiny surface in rapid patterns. The one tiny patch of green on the machine which he’d noticed was consistently present blinked in the lower rear quadrant of the Alien Intelligence unit’s silver skin.

Darik dusted snow from his palms. “Nervous? I’ll protect you, don’t worry.” He kicked loose snow over the tracks contemptuously. “Big as this animal may be, he’s not going to challenge a full grown Badari male like me. My talons are twice the size of his.”

“We can’t afford to be diverted from our primary mission—”

“Give it a break, MARL12. We’re in this animal’s territory and, unless he challenges me, I’m not looking for trouble. Live and let live.”

Darik had been dropped off at a higher elevation in the mountains so he wouldn’t be spotted by the enemy based in the foothills. He’d descended thousands of feet since his arrival, taking a circuitous route to his assigned target. Neither he nor his Alpha wanted any hint of a Badari presence in the area to become known. He relished the chance to hike through the old growth forest, alone except for his annoying AI companion.

“The sun will set in thirty two minutes and twelve seconds,” MARL12 announced in a crisp tone with no resemblance to the timbre of either human or Badari voices but was uniquely his own, as if a sizable bird had been given vocal chords

Darik glanced at the small alien AI dispatched to assist him on this reconnaissance and decided to poke its emotional responses with a little barb. “I can see in the dark perfectly well. It’s a Badari attribute. Can’t you?”

A brief silence descended as the AI floated along on its antigrav cushion, bobbing over bushes and other obstacles. MARL12 might be a miniaturized version of its parent unit but the superior attitude was full scale. “I have complete visual acuity under all circumstances. My concern was for you to have a safe base camp established before dark.”

Pausing, Darik leaned in close.

The AI retreated a foot and hovered.

“I can take care of myself, thanks. I don’t need a minder.” Standing at his full seven foot height, Darik sampled the air again. “There’s no predator in this area capable of taking on a Badari and hoping to win.” He flashed his talons and fangs for the sheer joy of it. Leaping to the flat top of a nearby boulder, he surveyed the vistas ahead and expanded his chest with pleasure. This was the way for a man to live—free, with unlimited nature to explore. Of course, I do have a job to do. Aydarr didn’t send me here to have fun.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 4

collision lea kirkHappy Independence Day in the USA!

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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COLLISION (BOOK THREE OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk

A heart-rending loss…
Flora Bock will never forgive the Anferthian invaders for murdering her birth-parents. Growing up with the grandson of her sworn enemies is living a nightmare—until the day she sees him through the eyes of a young woman. But giving her heart to him is the ultimate betrayal of her parents’ memory.

A life in peril…
There are precious few places in the galaxy where Fander K’nil is safe. One look into Flora’s beautiful, hate-filled eyes is proof enough that Terr is not one of those places. He must keep her at a distance and stay alive long enough to fulfill his destiny. No matter what his heart desires.

An empire at stake…
Just as Fander and Flora begin to discover the depth of their feelings for each other, they are thrust into a deadly game of politics and assassination with an enemy who stops at nothing to stay in power. With the lives of everyone they love at risk, they must find a way to avert a new invasion before it’s too late—even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

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vordols vowVORDOL’S VOW (RISING SONS BOOK 2) by Dena Garson

VS Note: This story first appeared in the COSMIC CABARET  collection. I LOVED it. A fun story.

A long time ago Vordol Silveira learned that if he wanted to become the best bodyguard in the galaxy he needed to keep everyone except his brothers at arm’s length. That vow served him well until he runs into the now grown-up daughter of his former mentor while working a security job aboard the LS Quantum.

Pitannah Lorento is a Quantum waitress who dreams of winning this year’s intergalactic burlesque competition in order to pay for her mother’s expensive medical treatment. Seeing Vordol again brings back years of unfulfilled desires – a distraction she doesn’t need. Yet, she’s no longer an awkward teenager and he is sexier than ever.

Vordol’s client’s safety has always come first but when Pitannah is threatened, his heart demands he make her priority. If he somehow manages to keep them both safe through the competition, his vow may become obsolete.

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steel cari silverwoodSTEEL (DARK MONSTER FANTASY BOOK 2) by Cari Silverwood

A high-class, high-paying job being a principle data extractor for CESS industries, travelling the stars…good stuff, right, she tells herself. Except what she really needs is to find out who she is, her past, the names of her parents, and to maybe actually hook up with a male who turns her ON.

She adores the big guys like the orcs but the rules of proper society say humans must never mix with orcs.

Then a day comes when it all changes. The world crashes down about her and her half-orc guard, Hoss, the only survivor of her security squad. She has the hots for him and he wants into her pants.A final, desperate, go-out-with-a-bang decision turns everything upside down.

They don’t die. They get rescued. Oops.

She did it with an orc and now he wants Ember to be his. Forever.

Impossible.

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finding the jewelFINDING THE JEWEL (A KINDRED TALES PLUS NOVEL) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I like her writing. Sounds steamy HOT.

Chloe Deems is a plus sized girl with pink hair and an attitude –she owns her curves. Which is one reason she’s so upset when she gets abducted by aliens and forced to live in a Smart House designed to make her lose weight. She has to weigh in every day and the smart-aleck talking scale decides what she’s allowed to eat which is always lettuce and celery and never the delicious Thin Mints she can see peering tantalizingly out from behind the unbreakable glass cupboard in the kitchen. To Chloe, it seems like things just can’t get any worse…until a prospective buyer comes to look her over.

Tark is a Beast Kindred who has been on the outside looking in his whole life. A debilitating stutter has kept him from finding a mate or settling down. Finally he gets a prophesy from a priestess telling him to seek for an elusive jewel which can cure his voice and Tark knows just where to look for it—in the house where Chloe is being held prisoner. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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tiger queenTHE TIGER QUEEN by Raisa Greywood

I’m the last of the Andreyev tigers. My species is extinct, except for me. Tigers used to be considered royalty. Atlanta is cold and dark now, and no safe haven remains in the once vibrant city. The devastating solar storms a hundred years ago saw to that. There is no prey and no chance for a mate in this poisoned world. Hunger and attrition have no respect for the shifter hierarchy, though. I am empress of a dying empire.

Aliens from a place called Ximera offer safe haven for humans. They want mates, too, and they offer fresh air and green space. It’s very tempting, and my tiger is hungry. My misgivings are put to rest when I go to the Exodus Authority and see the face of my mate. He is arresting. Not human, but his otherness is enticing. Even through a vid screen his fathomless brown eyes bore into my soul, and I want him. He is mine. And I don’t give a rat’s ass about who I have to eat to get him.

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mated to the alien lordMATED TO THE ALIEN LORD (CELESTIAL MATES) by Leslie Chase

With her life on Earth going nowhere, Gemma needs a fresh start. Enter the Celestial Mates Agency, who say they can match her with the perfect alien. And despite the dangers of his planet, Corvax is everything she could have asked for — impossibly hot, brave, and huge.

Now that she’s seen him, there’s no way she’s going back.

Corvax is the Protector of Clan Rohar, and his clansfolk are his priority. If that means putting off finding a mate, so be it — he can make that sacrifice for his people. The clan is in trouble, and that comes first.

His clan have other ideas, though. They want to see Corvax happy, which is why they’ve set him up with a human without his knowledge. Corvax’s first thought is to send her straight back to Earth, but once he meets her he’s not sure he can bear to let her go.

Being the mate of an alien lord isn’t free from dangers. Between storms, pirate attacks, and kidnappings, can Corvax keep Gemma safe? Or will his rivals tear them apart?

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day of wrathDAY OF WRATH (TAKING SHIELD BOOK 5) by Anna Butler

In less than a week, Bennet will finally return to the Shield Regiment, leaving behind the Gyrfalcon, his father, his friends… and Flynn. Promotion to Shield Major and being given command of a battle group despite the political fallout from Makepeace the year before is everything he thought he wanted. Everything he’s worked towards for the last three years. Except for leaving Flynn. He really doesn’t want to leave Flynn.

There’s time for one last flight together. A routine mission. Nothing too taxing, just savouring every moment with the best wingman, the best friend, he’s ever had. That’s the plan.

Bennet should know better than to trust to routine because what waits for them out there will change their lives forever.

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vesta exiledVESTA EXILED: VESTA COLONY BOOK ONE by Sterling R Walker

Sixteen years since the last supply ship.
Fifteen years since the last communication from Earth.

The deadly Plague that condemned Vesta colony to exile claimed the lives of half the adults. It also changed the DNA of the exposed children, gifting each with a unique mental ability called a Talent. Now grown to adulthood, those with Talents are feared by the rest of the colony.

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are orphans of the Plague, Strays raised by their abusive Uncle Leighton who has risen to power. With the aid of their Talents, the brothers discover Leighton’s cruel plan to take control of the Strays.

When Corban sees a mysterious young woman in one of his premonitions, ready to strike him down with a sword, he is forced to make an impossible decision: find a way to change events to save his own life or join forces with his future killer to save the Strays.

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pure bondPURE BOND by Kim Knox

VS note: Previously published by Samhain. Seems to be a ‘short read’ per Amazon category.

What was more important? A stupid lump of rock or me?
Cam Vasek made the wrong choice. And for that, I would make him pay.
Or so I thought.

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alien outcastALIEN OUTCAST (CLANS OF KALQUOR) by Tracy St John

She escaped to Kalquor to warn the empire…but did she bring its destruction instead?

When a rogue Kalquorian raider snags a Bi’isil cruiser in Empire space, the outlaw crew is hoping for supplies. Instead, they find a Tragoom and an Earther woman with a dire warning: Bi’is is set to unleash a fatal plague on the Kalquorian Empire.

Piper Warren, with the help of her friend Ob, has faced death to save the Kalquorians from utter destruction. Instead of help, she stumbles on a ship filled with men who swear no loyalty to anyone but themselves. Can she convince them to set aside their lawless ways to save their people?

Captain Nako turned his back on Kalquor after Fleet Command decommissioned his raider. ..(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page)…

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claimed by the alien mercenaryCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN MERCENARY by Viki Storm

One more job and I’m out. I’m done with this lousy planet. Deliver the human female to the Imperator of Fenda so he can have an exotic new addition to his royal harem.

But I can’t get enough of her. This feisty little human has the spirit of a true Zalaryn warrior.

Just my luck. I’ve been blessed with a bonded mate–and she’s the property of another male.

I don’t care what the law says: she’s mine.

I’ve got a plan. And I can’t wait to claim my prize…

JULA: I suppose this spaceship is better than rotting in an Earth jail cell. Because that’s where I belong. I’m a thief. A killer. Trust means nothing to me… unless I can use it to get what I want.

This alien mercenary thinks he can tame me, thinks he can use me as a pawn in this intergalactic war? Let him try.

He’s making me sweet promises, but too bad for him, I know how this game is played. I know the rules. And I know how to win.

If I want to get off this planet, I have no choice but to trust him.

But when he tells me that I’m his bonded mate, I realize that maybe this isn’t a game after all. Maybe it’s something much, much more.

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hidden queenTHE HIDDEN QUEEN (THE TRUE IMMORTALS SERIES BOOK 2) by E M Jaye

Eleanor never thought that her life would be anything more than the poverty she grew up in. But fate has other ideas. On her twentieth birthday Eleanor reported to the Claiming Ceremony. All women are required to enter, she never knew that she would be claimed.

Now she is more than just a mate to an alien warrior, she is a mate to the alien warrior. Danion Belator of Old, King of the alien race that saved humans from extinction is now her mate. She fears she has traded one master for another, until Danion transforms her.

She never knew she had strength within her, but Danion knows she does and will not rest until he awakens it. He brings out the fire hidden within. Where once she was meek, she is assertive. Where was she was afraid, she is brave. Where once she was alone, she now is mated.

Danion waited for eternity to claim his mate, and when she was finally within his grasp his enemies attempted to kill her. He swore bloody revenge against them.

But their assassination attempt uncovers hidden secrets about his young mate. Things that defy all reason, and that could very well mean the death of the galaxy.

With war upon them, Danion and Eleanor must fight for not just their lives, but all life in the galaxy. Danion needs Eleanor’s help to win this war, but his mate is unaware of her own strength. No worries, he will help her discover the Queen hidden inside her.

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alien brideALIEN BRIDE by Tracy Lauren

Alessandra Kennedy wakes up to a veritable hell, locked in a cage and held captive by aliens. But her greatest fear is of what lies beyond those cell doors. What horrors will the new life beyond her prison have to offer? She imagined every worst case scenario and all the horrible things that might await her, but never once did she imagine she would become an alien’s bride. The strange new culture that takes her in certainly does things differently than humans. Will she be able to get through the time she shares with her alien husband (without arguing) for long enough to make it home? Or will she lose her heart somewhere along the way?

Kye Amara, the rich and cocky diplomat, has always had everything at his disposal: money, women, success. But when a neighboring government tries to impress him with a gift of five beautiful slaves he finds himself drawn to one of them. Quickly this human tears down everything Kye thought he knew about himself, challenging him in a way he has never experienced before. Has Kye Amara finally met his match? And will he be able to prove he is man enough for his ALIEN BRIDE?

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gene born awakeningGENE BORN: AWAKENING (THE KOCI HYBRID SERIES BOOK 0) by Lily Griffin

VS Note: From May.

They never said life was fair, and they proved that statement was true over and over again. They lied to us. They changed us. They hurt us. They controlled us. The government used us to improve the human genome through gene modification. Earth was dying and they needed the humans to be stronger, faster, and harder to kill while traveling through space in their search for a new home. Then they took it even further when an alien species called the Koci were shot down right before the last Exodus ships were scheduled to leave. What they didn’t count on was our determination to win back our minds and bodies. We have awakened, now it is time to take back our freedom.

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syrekTHE ALIEN EXILE: SYREK (CLANS OF THE ENNOI) by Delia Roan

The alien mercenary Syrek Ar’Zathris inherited many sins from his warmonger father: his looks, his battleship, and his cutthroat reputation. When a mission goes wrong, Syrek winds up with a freezer full of human abductees in cryogenic slumber. The only one he really wants though is the dark-eyed beauty who stirs his Ennoi passions. She might be the one to finally melt Syrek’s heart, but first, he has to melt her cool exterior.

Mara Desai is obedient, hardworking, and always follows the rules, but she doesn’t need a rulebook to know she should stay away from Syrek. He’s trouble, from his smirk to his strut. As much as she resists, Syrek draws her in, tapping into a wild part of her she’s always hidden. But her friends are still encased in ice, and she must save them from a powerful alien enemy who approaches.

With everything they treasure at risk, the lovers will have to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for love… and how hard they are willing to fight for their beliefs.

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kaadeKAADE (WARRIORS OF CADIR) by Stella Sky

My name is Ivy Elm. I have been trained as a spy from a young age,
so when the SpaceAdministration Extraterrestrial Watch invited me
to go to Cadir and monitor the war happening between the Gilds
and Atherien Parduss species, saying yes was a no-brainer.

That is… until I am paired up with the sexy and mysterious Atherien shifter, Kaayde.

Sent into the rebel camp to find out their true plan of attack on the
alien government, his muscular body and dark, seductive eyes have
me lusting after him like never before.

Kaayde is a warrior with a deep secret. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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raneRANE (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 5) by Arcadia Shield

Rane is an Olickie – a diplomatic support advisor who is tired of massaging the egos of overpaid administrators. His enhanced mind manipulation ability makes him invaluable. One day, after almost derailing peace talks, he discovers he’s not as important as he thought he was.

Nell is sick of aliens. She thinks they’re weird, freaky, and they give her the chills. This wouldn’t be a problem if she didn’t surround herself with them every day. She has to, it’s her job as a matchmaker at My Single Alien. It’s also a way to help get free from the crippling fear she has about her own alien abduction. Nothing she does works. Nell just doesn’t get the attraction to aliens, and the daily battle she faces with her terror is ruining her.

One night, Nell stumbles into Rane’s art studio, and everything changes…(more blurb on ebook seller site….)

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waking the dreamerWAKING THE DREAMER by K Aten

By the end of the 21st century, the world had become a harsh place. After decades of natural and man-made catastrophes, nations fell, populations shifted, and seventy percent of the continents became uninhabitable without protective suits. Technological advancement strode forward faster than ever and it was the only thing that kept human society steady through it all. No one could have predicted the discovery of the Dream Walkers. They were people born with the ability to leave their bodies at will, unseen by the waking world. Having the potential to become ultimate spies meant the remaining government regimes wanted to study and control them. The North American government, under the leadership of General Rennet, demanded that all Dream Walkers join the military program. For any that refused to comply, they were hunted down and either brainwashed or killed.

The very first Dream Walker discovered was a five year old girl named Julia. And when the soldiers came for her at the age of twenty, she was already hidden away. A decade later found Julia living a new life under the government’s radar. As a secure tech courier in the capital city of Chicago, she does her job and the rest of her time avoids other people as much as she is able. The moment she agrees to help another fugitive Walker is when everything changes. Now the government wants them both and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.

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calculating starsTHE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal

VS Note: NOT a romance. Sounds like intriguing scifi though.

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

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oaks and thornsOAK AND THORNS (THE WILD HUNT BOOK 2) by Yasmine Galenorn

Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator. Ember and her best friend Angel are led into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger when they are recruited to join the Wild Hunt, run by Herne, son of the god Cernunnos and the Faerie goddess, Morgana. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.

Oak & Thorns:
When Herne and Ember are approached by the matriarch of a group of water-horse shifters to help find her cousin’s murderer, the Wild Hunt is drawn into a dark and shadowed world of the Ante-Fae. But as the team delves into the details of the grisly death, they uncover evidence of a string of murders that leads them directly into the court of Blackthorn. Caught in a mire of political intrigue and shadow magic, will Ember and Herne be able to bring the serial killer to light, or will the King of Thorns manage to silence them forever?

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midnight terry bolryderMIDNIGHT (NIGHTMARE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Nathan Lancaster. Elusive billionaire. World-wide philanthropist. Monster.

From the moment he was born, Nathan knew he couldn’t let anyone know who, or what, he was, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make his way in the world. And he’s fine alone, seriously. Until a curvy, persistent reporter steps up and turns his whole world upside down. She’s lighting up all the corners of his darkness and endangering the secrets he has always held so dear. So why can’t he imagine ever letting her go?

When journalist Lillian Goss discovers that the world’s most eligible bachelor might be a criminal, she isn’t afraid to get the scoop at all costs. Unlike the rest of the world, she isn’t dazzled by Nathan’s easy smile, scorching blue gaze, or notable philanthropy. She’s determined to expose his dark side, until she manages to get up close and finds Nathan altogether different than she thought. He’s even willing to grant an exclusive, if Lillian is willing to walk into the shadows that surround his life and heart.

The more Lillian gets to know Nathan, the more complicated her feelings get for a man who’s much lonelier than anyone knows. Yes, he has secrets, but he also is braver, and kinder, than she ever imagined. But as attraction burns hot between them, and an unknown stalker enters the picture, one questions arises for Lillian above all… Where does Nathan go after Midnight?

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black crownBLACK CROWN (THE DARKEST DRAE BOOK 3) by Kelly St Clare and Raye Wagner

With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced.

Nothing could’ve prepared me for this.

How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign?

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mermaids returnTHE MERMAID’S RETURN (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 3) by Kellie McAllen

Thrust into an intriguing world of merfolk she never knew existed, Coral is awed and inspired by their dual existence. And after unexpectedly finding the one person who knows the truth about her past, Coral realizes she’s lived most of her life under a spell of lies.

Determined to free her people from the deception that’s held them captive, Coral returns to her underwater home. But she soon realizes that defeating a powerful stronghold is more than one mermaid can handle.

Lucky to have escaped with her life, Coral returns to the land and the men she loves. But when duty calls her once again, Coral must decide once and for all between her heart and her destiny.

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mistake of magicMISTAKE OF MAGIC (POWER OF FIVE BOOK 2) by Alex Lidell

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake.

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive.

River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.

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intended bondmatesINTENDED BONDMATES by D Lieber

No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until he could awaken his full magic.

She was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail. Neither of them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to unbind from her early. When all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.

But Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf who left him to protect two faelings alone. As Runa tries to make up for her past betrayals, Forbidden thoughts and urges imperil all of their futures.

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black wolfTHE BLACK WOLF by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Raised in seclusion, Cara Kirk-Killion knows that she will never find the man who haunts her dreams until she ventures out into the world. But it’s Were cop Rafe Laundau’s job to protect this shape-shifter from her own na•veté. Yet he needs her as much as she needs him—to help his pack rid Miami of a vampire horde, and to satisfy a desire he’s never felt before.

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constantineCONSTANTINE: A HISTORY PART 3 by Donna Grant

The third – and final – short story involving Constantine, King of Dragon Kings from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant. Fans of the Dragon King series will want to get another peek into the mysterious leader’s past.

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cursed by the crownCURSED BY THE CROWN: KUMARI’S KITSUNE by Hanleigh Bradley

Trust was a liberty that as Kumari, Bae could not afford, especially after the murder of Bae’s mother, the late Kumari.
The Kumari bloodline had to continue regardless of the cost, even if it was the life of someone she loved.
There were only two things that a Kumari should trust; magic and her seven mates.
The race was on for Bae to find and claim her seven mates before she had to defend her realm from an unknown enemy.
With them, she still might not win, but alone she would definitely fail.

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forgotten mason sabreTHE FORGOTTEN (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 13) by Mason Sabre

Step one – escape
Step two – save the children
Step three – save everyone else

Humans call it science – The Others call it cruelty, fear, and excuses. Two years they’ve spent in captivity. Two years of Humans performing experiments on them and creating the unborn children Helena carries. But no more.

Tiger shifter, Stephen Davies, has more to fight for than simply his own survival this time. When the Humans try to transport him and his pregnant wife to another facility, he knows it’s become a make or break situation. Execution is coming.

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bears nemesisA BEAR’S NEMESIS (SHIFTER COUNTY BEARS BOOK 2) by Dakota West

After all, her parents lead the world’s most prominent anti-shifter group. Now they’re taking Quinn to protest marriage rights in Cascadia, the shifter state.

Julius Bloom is grizzly shifter and lawyer, mated to the sexy mechanic Hudson Trager. For months Julius has been at the helm of the trial that will determine whether triad marriage is legal – not that the two men have had time to find a woman to complete their own triad.

The morning of the trial is the worst possible time to find the perfect woman – one they can’t resist. Of course, the curvy, gorgeous brunette happens to also be holding an anti-shifter sign outside the courthouse.

When they lock eyes, Julius feels something stir deep within, just as gunshots ring out. He doesn’t think twice. He’ll protect her at any price.

Quinn feels inescapably drawn to the two sexy, dangerous shifters, despite everything she’s been taught. When she overhears a plot by her parents to assassinate Julius, she’ll do whatever it takes to stop it.

Will it be enough, or were Quinn, Julius, and Hudson never fated to be together?

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blood matchBLOOD MATCH (BLOOD TYPE BOOK 2) by K A Linde

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.
From the pawn, rises a queen.

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passion in the bloodPASSION IN THE BLOOD by Margaret L Carter

Cordelia and her twin sister don’t realize the mother who left them soon after their birth bequeathed them a dark bloodline. They’re half vampire. Although human in most respects, they possess certain psychic gifts. A friend of their late father’s, Karl, also a vampire, has been watching over their family for generations in honor of his love for their distant ancestor. When her sister is kidnapped and Cordelia must beg for help from Karl, she learns the truth about his vampirism and her own heritage. In the process, she and Karl form a blood bond that leads to deeper intimacy than either one could have anticipated.

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act of brotherhoodACT OF BROTHERHOOD (PSI-OPS IMMORTAL OPS BOOK 6) by Mandy M Roth

Captain Garth Ingersson is in charge of Paranormal Security and Intelligence Agency Special Ops Team Eight. Its a position he didn’t originally want, but one he has grown to accept. The men who look to him to lead are like brothers to him. Especially since he and his twin brother had a falling out years ago. Much has changed for this ancient Viking over the centuries, but one thing remains the same–never thinking he has a true mate. This six-and-half-foot-tall Scandinavian is about to have his world turned upside down.

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maxs desireMAX’S DESIRE (ALPHA PROTECTORS BOOK 3) by Elyzabeth M Valey

How can a man love a succubus without literally losing his heart?

Alpha Protector Max almost died during his last mission to Lust’s hellish lair, but the worst torture was his failure to save Eva, a young woman who begged for his help. When he meets her again in Spain, he discovers two things. One, she is his mate. Two, she is also a succubus.

Though Eva has not come into her full power, her love could still be fatal. For how long will he be able to defy her allure?

Pleasure is Eva’s business. Love isn’t.

Although unaware of her true nature, as a luxury escort, she is used to men falling at her feet. Yet, Max doesn’t. Though his attraction mirrors hers, the soldier does things differently and she can’t help falling for him.

And Eva is terrified by her recurring nightmares. When someone from her past shows up, and the dreams become reality, there is only one thing that can save Max’s heart.

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scandal above stairsSCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS (A BELOW STAIRS MYSTERY) by Jennifer AShley 

VS Note: Although the blurb doesn’t sound like it, this is supposedly a paranormal mystery. Not sure how much romance there may be.

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum.

As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.

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wolfs mate katie reusWOLF’S MATE (CRESCENT MOON SERIES BOOK 7) by Katie Reus

Erica’s time away from her pack was just supposed to be fun. Then she met Hudson. Instead of the no-strings attached fling, she ended up falling for him. But they’d promised each other that they’d keep things casual. Instead of risking her heart, she ran. Now she’s pregnant—and he’s determined to claim her. But the last thing she wants is to be an obligation to him.

Now she’s pregnant.

Erica could never be a duty to Hudson, but for some reason that’s what she thinks she is. He tried to go slow, to give her space—so he wouldn’t scare her off. Now he realizes that was a mistake. It’s time for this wolf to claim his mate. Unfortunately a neighboring pack is stirring up trouble for his pack, and his she-wolf is determined to keep walls between them. Walls he intends to bring down once and for all.

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bolt castle bearBOLT CASTLE BEAR (NORTH PEAK SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Haley Weir

When Jenna arrives in Blue Ridge, she hopes to find a family of shifters to become a part of. Her parents were killed in a tragic accident when she was just a little girl, and her grandmother who raised her just recently passed. Now, she’s more on her own than eve as she tries navigate the world as a shifter.

Strong, sexy, and protective Xander has always been an integral part of the Collins family, guiding the brothers on their journeys to control their bears. Meeting Jenna changes his life in ways he didn’t think possible, but he has secrets that could threaten their budding romance.

Grave danger is approaching and Xander must formulate a plan to protect the Collins family and everyone in their lives.

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touch of starlightA TOUCH OF STARLIGHT (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Jenna Wolfhart

After discovering my true heritage, I’m finally back to training at the academy so that I can become the powerful fae I was always meant to be. My four seductive instructors are by my side, and the realm is finally healing after years of conflict between the courts.

Until one of the fae at the academy is murdered…and then another. It looks like the killer is a dangerous wolf-like beast, one lashing out at random victims by instinct. But I’m not convinced.

Storms are brewing in the skies once again. Shadows loom on the horizon.
The Dark Fae are coming.
And they’re coming for me.

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rise of babylonTHE RISE OF BABYLON (HAREM OF BABYLON BOOK 2)  by G A Rael

No pressure, right? Jordan can barely keep her accidental fiancé from learning the truth about her smart-mouthed familiar, let alone juggle five relationships and the fate of the world.

Her escape from Hell hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. One archangel in particular isn’t fond of his destined role in Jordan’s harem, and he’s got an army of devastation on his side to ensure that she can’t bring back the ancient city she was destined to rule.

The line between enemies and lovers blurs as Jordan and her men prepare for Judgment Day. Babylon is rising, but will Jordan survive the fall?

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writtenWRITTEN (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Moon

From her first step onto Canderfey University’s campus Joanna Wick, the new librarian-in-training, is overwhelmed by the bustle of people and the wealth of magical information now available to her. Most overwhelming of all, she attracts the attention of three handsome professors. But Aiden King, Callum Pike, and Isaac Metclaffe are a coven waiting to find their fourth and complete their home and Joanna knows she can’t be that witch. She’s barely magical.
When danger crawls onto the campus from the edges of the Hand Woods, and irrepressible feelings crawl into her heart, Joanna Wick must explore her own identity and abilities.

Aiden has been waiting twenty years to complete his coven. Callum doesn’t want to disappoint his covenmates by turning down another potential fourth. Isaac has found a home with them both and only wants the best for his lovers. Have they found what they’ve all been waiting for in the skittish new hire at the university library?

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hellhound in a handbagHELLHOUND IN A HANDBAG by Viola Grace

Freddy was born to take the mantle of hellhound, but she wasn’t fond of the idea. Wearing the responsibility to atone for the work of a homicidal ancestor, Freddy is the eleventh generation tied to the victim’s family, and being bonded to a mage halfway around the world is tiring.
At a moment’s notice, Freddy can be yanked from an event or her own bed and pulled across the world to act as the mage’s familiar.
Her friends want to help, but there is only one way to get her out of the indentured servitude that her family has landed her in. She needs to find a stronger mage to take her on as a familiar. The hard part is finding a stable mage to link to. The weird part is watching her friends auditioning them.

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gone with the minionGONE WITH THE MINION (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 1)  by Renee George

To save her family, Southern Belle Olivia “Liv” Madder made a bargain with a demon lord and ever since, she’s been haunted…by her three dead sisters, and her own guilty conscience. Every decade, since the deal, Liv has had to find a human willing to bargain their soul with Moloch. If she fails, even once, he’ll not only drag her to Hell, but he’ll take her sisters, too. It doesn’t mean she can’t make Lord Jerkface miserable in the process by removing his lesser demons from the Earthly plane.

When her latest contracted soul dies before the bargain is sealed, she has less than four days to find another soul or her own agreement will be broken. But Moloch offers her a get-out-of-Hell-free card: steal an old book once owned by paranormal researcher David Jensen. The same David Jensen she fell in love with sixty years ago but left to protect him and his family. Then Moloch drops the biggest bombshell: David has died.

Heartbroken and feeling she has no choice, Liv makes the trip to Sanctum, Missouri only to find David’s grandson has the book. Worse, he’s keeping a mysterious family secret that threatens Moloch, Liv, and her three sisters. What’s a minion to do when her world falls apart? Get Madder than Hell and kick some demon butt.

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burn dragon burnBURN DRAGON BURN (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 34) by Julia Mills

Solving murders and bringing bad guys to justice was all Nat ever wanted to do. She couldn’t imagine being anything but a Homicide Detective. It was who she was. What she could use her Gift for. Her absolute obsession.

Then he walked into the Precinct…Tall, handsome as the Devil and hotter than homemade sin, Special Agent Rafe O’Rhordan was everything she never wanted and the one thing she couldn’t live without – a man strong enough to corral her and secure enough in himself to resist the temptation…(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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waking the deepWAKING THE DEEP: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by P Jameson

Welcome to Aurora Falls. Home of platter-sized pancakes, the Northern Lights, and… a lake full of finned immortal warriors in search of their mates. This mountain getaway is full of sexy shimmering secrets just waiting to be revealed…

Cursed to reside in Sapphire Lake until he finds love was never how the warrior, Mansen, pictured his fate. Having a shimmering tail instead of legs wasn’t on his bucket list either. For ages, he’s searched for her, the one who can free him from the water, but came up empty handed. Now, he’s resigned to living as a merman and making his three days a month on land count… in carnal ways. Until he finds a female in his lake that needs rescuing.

Doe doesn’t know her real name. Or where she came from or who she was before the overbearing man fished her from the lake where she was drowning. She only remembers the fear that sent her into the lake in the first place. Fear she can’t explain, yet it’s the only thing that feels real. It and the strange, exciting connection to the man who saved her. But he has secrets she might not be ready to accept and her secrets may be even bigger.

Together Mansen and Doe will have to untangle the mystery surrounding them and Sapphire Lake if they ever want to live free. But are they ready for what they’re about to face. Thrills, spills, and… tails?

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: Highlighting one of my favorites from my backlist, STAR CRUISE: MAROONED!

Meg Antille works long hours on the interstellar cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I 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…