New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 29

alien commanders mateA galaxy of new releases to report!

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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ALIEN COMMANDER’S MATE (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 6) by Mina Carter

VS Note: I’m reading my way through this series now.

Both her children taken by the Lathar and her home destroyed in the process, Amanda Kallson is at her wits end and desperate. With nothing left to tie her to Earth, she’ll do anything to track down her daughters… even take an alien warriors crazy deal.

It doesn’t hurt that said alien warrior is tall, ripped and as handsome as hell. But Fenriis isn’t the only warrior who has eyes for Amanda and while her ferocious mate is busy fighting off an outside enemy, it’s one within who may steal their happily ever after before it even gets started.

It was supposed to be a quick in and out mission. After an attack on Earth, a planet no non-native was supposed to set foot on, Fenriis is forced to go down to the surface to make sure no enemy forces remain. But when he hears a woman crying, begging for help… from her gods, sure, but in their absence, he offers his aid. She’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, and all she wants is to find her children. Since they’re on his planet, how can he refuse to help… especially when she agrees to be his mate in return?

But, in Latharian society, sometimes it’s not the enemy you can see you need to watch out for. Sometimes the worst attack comes from the last place you’d expect. Forced to fight off her people and his… can he find her before it’s too late?

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antibodyANTIBODY (LOVE AND WAR BOOK 3) by R A Steffan

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying this series, so the book is on my ‘gotta read it SOON’ TBR List.

Vithii military cyborgs never go rogue. At least, that’s the official line.

How could they, when their emotion centers have been ripped out and replaced with tech?

No, cyborgs are only good at three things—following orders, destroying whatever target you point them at, and walking calmly into the vaporization chamber when it’s time for them to be decommissioned.

PX-12—better known to his friends as Pax—adequately performed two of those functions during his stint in the Ilarian military. D-8, his unit-sibling, performed all three exceptionally well. For that reason, when D-8’s unique distress beacon activates some seven years after Pax saw him destroyed, it would doubtless be quite surprising if Pax were still capable of being surprised.

Someone in the Regime is recycling the minds of decommissioned cyborgs, turning them into weapons even more horrific than they were before. To stop it, Pax will need the help of telepathic Vitharan ambassador—and part time spy—Veila’ana Nalidor, a woman whose motivations are as opaque as her past.

Since his escape from his military masters, Pax has operated using a strict self-imposed code based on logic. He never expected to experience emotion again—not even somebody else’s emotions.

Can a fragile mental connection forged in crisis overcome the damage done by a ruthless military research team? To find out, Pax and Veila’ana will first have to prevent an atrocity born from the sins of the past.

Preferably, before it destroys the future.

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dovisDOVIS (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 2) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Always a treat to have a new book from her! On my TBR List…

Sold into slavery as a child, Mari was raised on a vessel repair station, growing up to become a highly prized engineer. So she’s surprised when her owner not only grants her freedom, but finds her a paying job aboard The Vorge. Mari’s determined to impress her new captain and crewmates. It’s the only way she’ll remain free, safe from the hands of other slavers. But there seems no impressing Dovis, the ship’s head of security. He’s huge, hairy, scary, and seems to hate humans.

Dovis finds humans weak and annoying at the best of times. They don’t need another one aboard The Vorge. Especially a female who works hard enough to make everyone else look lazy. He wants Mari gone—until he meets her. The tiny human is sweet, shy, timid…beautiful. Now Dovis really wants her gone. He isn’t happy about his attraction to a human. Especially when he can’t be certain Mari’s desire for him is from the heart…or an accident of his own making.

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dawn of the cyborgDAWN OF THE CYBORG by Marie Dry

On a future earth, Aurora has been desperately searching for her long-lost sister, when she is sacrificed to Balthazar, leader of the fearsome Cyborgs who invaded earth. Now she is stuck on an alien spaceship with a crazy Cyborg who thinks she can give him a soul and who has a weird fixation with the way she moves. Aurora is desperate to return to earth to search for her sister while the President of United Earth insists that only she can save Earth from enslavement by the cyborgs. After spending time with the cyborgs, Aurora realizes that the machine she thought would be easy to betray, the machine she has to betray, if she ever wants to rescue her sister from enslavement, has turned into a man she could come to love.

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alien warriors captive brideALIEN WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE by Juno Wells

Hope: Earth is no longer able to support human life and trying to scratch out a meager existence is nearly impossible. Hope is reluctantly forced to sign up for the intergalactic brides program. Just as she’s getting desperate, she finds a tolerable species willing to purchase her contract.

Because nothing is ever that easy, her ship get hit by raiders and Hope can’t manage keep her big mouth shut when their alien captors begin tormenting one of the younger women. Jettisoned into space, her one and only chance at survival is in the hands of a Draconian warrior.

Larok: Larok is a lone sentinel, standing guard for his mother ship. When he comes across a frail human queen, his world tilts out of alignment. Saving her means a nasty death if his vicious Draconian queen finds out he rescued her. Risking his own life is one thing, but risking the life of his entire family and small son is another.

Snagging the beautiful human out of harm’s way results in battling against the Draconian fleet, destroying a planet and stealing a wormhole device that’s their only chance at escape. Larok finds himself forced to reach his hand into the dragon’s mouth, desperate to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. By the time it’s all finished, he will either die in the glorious battle of a lifetime or end up mated to the most attractive human female in the galaxy.

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surviving the apocalypseSURVIVING THE APOCALYPSE by Tinnean

VS Note: I love End of the World As We Know It books – put this on my TBR. I liked the look inside sample.

Lyncoln Ryland always saw himself as an ordinary man with an ordinary job, working maintenance in an ordinary mall. The only thing about him that isn’t ordinary are his feelings for the man who’s renovating the mall, but any kind of relationship with such a sophisticated man is highly unlikely.

Adam James is the wealthy man who owns the mall. He’s secretly been yearning for Lyncoln, a man he doesn’t see as ordinary in the least. But Adam’s family has plans for him, and they don’t include a relationship with a blue-collar worker.

All this is about to change when the sirens go off, signaling the possible end of the world. When the two men realize this isn’t a drill, they take shelter in the mall that isn’t quite as ordinary as everyone believes. What will the outcome be when two such disparate men must survive the apocalypse together?

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on andross stationON ANDROSS STATION by J C Long

Hikaru Adachi has come to Andross Station to discover what happened to colleague and fellow Inquisitor Katya. Thane, a tracer, has arrived at the station seeking a bounty on Galen Horn, one of the Unity of Planets’ most wanted men. They will find their paths cross as their interests intersect, and soon they are on a hunt that is more dangerous than they know, for Horn has enlisted some dangerous allies, including one from Thane’s past. If Thane and Hikaru together can’t bring Horn down, he will set in motion a plot that will see the entire station destroyed in an attack of massive proportions.

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sold to the alien gladiatorsSOLD TO THE ALIEN GLADIATORS by Corin Cain

She looks at my triad with disgust and hatred.
We stare at her with pure hunger.

Captured and forced to battle in the blood-soaked arenas of Bugra, my triad will live and die under the scorching sun.

The only thing that moves our weary muscles and overcomes the pain of our wounds is the obsession of claiming our fated mate.
She is brought to us humiliated and disheveled, and yet still her eyes burn with defiance.
We are born to battle. We are born to blood and violence. Aurelians have no master, and when we break our shackles there will be a reckoning.

She will be ours, even if I have to level empires and plunge the universe into war.
I would kill for her, die for her, even as her hatred burns me to the core.
She will be ours.

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alien space outlawsALIEN SPACE OUTLAWS by Mara Frost

Go to space they said!
Be an astronaut they said!
Do something that only a few people in the world have ever done they said!
No one ever said go into space and get abducted by big aliens so that you can be sold to the highest bidder though.

It’s funny how no one ever said that.

As the resident geologist for the International Space Station, I expected a few things during my stay in space – maybe run some particle tests, collect some space dust, run some experiments and enjoy the view. What I didn’t expect was to be abducted by a huge, terrifying alien, get carted across the universe and then have to be on the run with said terrifying alien because he apparently doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble.

And the very last thing I expected was to actually find the infuriatingly cocky alien sexy and charming.

So now I have to figure out a way to survive space, the intergalactic mafia and all the random aliens who want to have me as a pet or wear me as a hat, and I have to do it all without falling for the guy who abducted me in the first place.
Wish me luck?

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braxBRAX: THE TELLOX BOOK 3 by Kelly Lucille

Ariel Bird has always been out of sync with the rest of the world. Turning eighteen with two doctorates has not helped matters. But it never mattered to her as long as she had her sisters. Only now those sisters have disappeared and strange spaceships have been seen in the night skies again.
Everyone thought the Alien threat had come and gone. They were wrong.
Ariel is about to find out what happened to her sisters.

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frrarFRRAR (THE GALAXOS CREW BOOK 4) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

Maisy Cunningham was the youngest doctor to graduate from the Fleet Academy, but that doesn’t stop the rest of the crew from treating her like a helpless little sister. Maisy’s had enough of their coddling and volunteers to take a dangerous assignment on a rebel spaceship with a bunch of pirates to prove she’s just as strong and capable as the rest of the Earther crew.

Frrar sticks to engineering, though he finds himself repairing things in the Galaxos sickbay with surprising regularity. It’s definitely not because he’s fighting his instincts to seduce the ship’s doctor. But when sweet, beautiful Maisy volunteers to work on his brother’s pirate ship, Frrar insists on accompanying her to protect her — even if it means confronting his brother about all his past crimes.

Maisy is ready for adventure, even with Frrar and his brother at each other’s throats the entire journey. But when the pirates attack a neutral ship and steal powerful weapons, she realizes she might have bitten off more than she can chew. The pirates are ready to sell the weapons to the evil Alliance, and only Maisy and Frrar can stop them from destroying the rebellion forever — if they can survive the pirate captain marooning them both in space.

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magic triumphsMAGIC TRIUMPHS (KATE DANIELS) by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: I totally LOVE this series and had the book pre-ordered. This was one of those “stay up way too late and read it in one sitting” books for me. It’s the last book in the direct series but luckily there are spin offs.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.
For Atlanta.
For the world.

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stygianSTYGIAN A DARK HUNTER NOVEL by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I’m not.

Someone I’m not.

Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment I was prematurely ripped from my mother and planted into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.

Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. To become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life.

Or so I thought. In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives.

Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her, even as everyone around me attempts to steal what little soul I have left. There’s only one person at my back and I’m not sure I can trust her either, for she was born of an enemy race. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. And if I fail to find the answers I need to save Phoebe, more than just my wife will die.

We will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.

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blood tiesBLOOD TIES (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 2) by Lindsay Buroker

Recently appointed Crown Agents Jev and Zenia must prove that they’re worthy of their new jobs and young King Targyon’s trust.

Their mission?

To research the strange “disease of the blood” that killed Targyon’s three cousins and left him unexpectedly ruling an entire kingdom at barely twenty years of age.

There are just a few problems. If someone was responsible for creating that disease, that person could still be in the city, forcing Zenia and Jev to deal with someone very smart and very dangerous. Meanwhile, since Targyon has the same blood flowing through his veins that his cousins had, he’s at risk of becoming the next victim. And as it so happens, Jev shares some of that blood too. Might he become a target before Targyon?

When Jev and Zenia signed on for this job, they didn’t realize how deadly it might become.

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 virus withinVIRUS WITHIN (SHADOW FAITH SERIES BOOK 2) by Colleen Tews

Abandoned in Origin for almost a decade, Veronica falls back into Kent, Ohio as vampires began dropping dead. No one knows if it’s a curse or a plague, but it is causing vampires to age and die in a matter of days, in some cases hours. What the Cabal Ministry does know is the first death didn’t happen until after Lucian returned to the area. Is he back for revenge?

Against Raphe’s protest, Primus Grump and his lieutenant, Meisha, are willing to make a deal with Veronica. If she pledges to help them she’ll be forgiven for past crimes of treason. Can she turn her back on the man she loves for the greater good? Or does she have a bigger plan in motion to save everyone? Love is a tricky disease that no one can cure.

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her alpha vikingHER ALPHA VIKING by Sheryl Nantus

Some loves are bigger than this world…

Former soldier Erik Harrison is a dead man walking. The sole survivor of an ambush, the guilt of losing his friends is crushing. He questions his own sanity, remembering the vision he saw as he was dying –– a battle angel come to collect his friends’ souls.

Valkyrie Brenna Lund doesn’t know why she failed in her duty to reap Erik’s soul on the battlefield. He deserves his place with the other mighty warriors in Valhalla, and if she wants to return home, she has to kill him.

There are consequences for betraying the gods. But the closer Brenna and Erik become, the more they both want to risk everything for a future together. If only an immortal hunter weren’t sent to kill them both.

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dragon huntDRAGON HUNT (WATER DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Charlene Hartnady

Storm, dragon prince of the Water tribe, has decided to take part in the Bride Hunt for the first time. Does he want a mate? Hell no! Simply put, he’s bored, and the hunt sounds like a whole lot of fun. Also, he could do with a human to warm his bed. Once their allotted time is over, she needs to be on her way. He’s far too young to be tied down. The female he wins is welcome to try and change his mind if she feels like it. Try being the operative word.

Jolene is sick of human men. All they want is sex. None are interested in committing to anything long-term. At thirty-four she’s done waiting for her dream man. She wants a husband and a family, and she wants them now. Jolene is thrilled when she’s accepted into the shifter dating program. She’s even more excited when she discovers the shifters are not wolves, as she first thought, but dragons. Who even knew dragon shifters existed? Finally, men who actually want to settle down. Men who aren’t afraid of a woman who knows exactly what she wants.

What a disappointment when the guy who wins her turns out to be an arrogant A-hole. It’s all a game to him. He doesn’t want commitment. What’s worse is that she’s stuck with him for the next couple of weeks. It sucks that she’s a little attracted to him. Okay, okay, make that, a lot attracted to him. He might be an ass, but he’s a gorgeous ass.

Should she try and change his mind about not taking a mate? Forget it! She has better things to do. Chasing after a man isn’t one of them.
Should she make his life a living hell? That’s more like it. Right now she’s got nothing better to do anyway.
Is there a chance of her falling in love with him while doing it? Dammit, but it’s a distinct possibility.

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dark survivor i t lucasDARK SURVIVOR ECHOES OF LOVE (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 12) by I T Lucas

VS note: I kid you not – NO blurb.

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moonfall part 6MOONFALL (DRAGON WINE PART 6) by Donna Maree Hanson

Dragons wane, undone by the magic embedded in the falling moon fragments. Soon there will be nothing left of Margra to save…

As skyfire purges the land above, Salinda assembles what she needs to find the machine that could avert final moonfall. Heavily pregnant, Salinda has no choice to go on the arduous journey because she carries the cadre, a source of power and knowledge necessary to save the world.

Meanwhile, the remnants of the human race huddle in the underground city of Barrahiem in the hope that they will survive what is to come.

Into the Hiem Travel Ways, Salinda and her companions head for the continent of Arvoli. For thousands of years no one has travelled these ancient paths to this partially-submerged continent. Crumbling, the Travel Ways are as treacherous as they are magical.

With the sky churning like a cauldron and moonfall imminent, they discover they are not the first to arrive.
Salinda and her band must fight to reach the ancient machine that could avert moonfall.

Time is running out.

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storm of the godsSTORM OF THE GODS (ANAREIOS BROTHERS NOVEL) by A R Braun

VS Note: We’re on a weekly snippet hop together and I’ve been enjoying the excerpts she’s shared. Not sure there’s any romance in it though!

Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendent of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.

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be fairy gameBE FAIRY GAME (A STARFIG INVESTIGATIONS NOVEL BOOK 2) by Meghan Maslow

When a simple ‘find & fetch’ case throws private investigator Twig Starfig and newly-minted wizard, Quinn Broomsparkle, into the middle of an EBI murder investigation, it’s just another day in the Elder Realm.

If murder were Twig’s only problem, he’d be the luckiest half-dragon in the land. Murder he can handle. Fulfilling his promise to his scheming, power-hungry father to run for a seat on Lighthelm’s city council? Meh, he’d rather face a demon with a toothache.

On top of their case going sideways, and Twig running for a council seat he really doesn’t want, Twig and Quinn are forced to face some unpleasant realities about their budding romance, while still learning how to handle the wizard-familiar bond they now share. Throw in a red fury with abysmal taste in boyfriends, a ghost pirate-parrot who drinks too much, a murderer who will stop at nothing to get what they want, a host of new friends and enemies, and you’ve got a situation where no one is safe and everyone is Fairy Game.

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quintusQUINTUS (IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS BOOK 9) by Kym Grosso

Powerful vampire, Quintus Tullius, returns to New Orleans after a demon attacks. Elusive and lethal, he conceals his true powers from all others, wielding his strength over the centuries as he sees fit. When he’s healed by an attractive stranger, he quickly realizes her altruistic actions are driven by more than kindness, and she is not who she appears to be. Unsure if he can trust the dangerous beauty, he swears to protect her, captivated by the one creature he’d never expected to flame his desire.

Gabriella Savoie has been on the run since she was thirteen years old. Determined to survive, she practices a unique blend of magick to hide from the coven who seeks her death. Desperate, she leads a treacherous existence in underground clubs, selling her mystical blood to vampires to survive. Drawn to the one person who can save her, she spirals into an erotic journey, exploring her hidden fantasies within the arms of the seductive vampire.

From Louisiana to New York, their sensual and perilous adventure leads them to discover ancient secrets, searching for the artifact that will set her beast free. As Gabriella accepts her fate, will she sacrifice her magick to be with the vampire who is her true mate? Will Quintus trust her and reveal his powers, acknowledging the unexpected bond to a woman who isn’t human? And will he be able to save her, thwarting the impending evil that descends on Big Easy?

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mirageMIRAGE by Somaiya Daud

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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spark of intentSPARK OF INTENT (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 3) by Harper Wylde

The things of nightmares haunt my dreams. Secrets lurk around every corner. The world I’ve entered isn’t all it seems, but as a newcomer, questioning the Council isn’t the safest move. Not when my guys are so entrenched in a world that I find dangerous. As Theo, Hiro, Ryder, Killian, Damien, and I try to find out how we fit together, we must also decide where we stand among the politics, class, and half-truths. While we each battle with our own demons, the ties that bind us together strain. With the Gala right around the corner and the Council’s rules threatening to break up my family, the arrival of a new shifter at our front door adds more stress—and more humor—to our already complicated lives. As everyone struggles to find where loyalties lie, we find that not everybody is who they appear to be. When the secrets around me turn deadly, will I let them break me or will they become my Spark of Intent?

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trinityTRINITY (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Serena Akeroyd

Thalia Lyndhoven was born a Pack Princess, but that doesn’t mean she has to act like one. Good thing; peeing on her fathers’ front lawn is way too much fun, as is making nasty Betas shiver and shake when she approaches.

Trouble is, for nearly a decade, Thalia has been alone. Exiled to her wing in the palace because her parents don’t know what’s wrong with her. Well, she’s tried telling them but they don’t listen–when do parents ever listen?

Still, what’s a girl to do?

Is it any wonder she has anger issues when she has visions of her three mates with other women? Is it any wonder she spends most of her time in her wolf skin?

Approaching her thirtieth birthday, things have never looked bleaker until an Elder changes everything and in walks mate numero uno. He’s nothing like anything she ever imagined, and through him, she finally sees what she was meant to do with her life.

Be his.
Well, that, and kick the Pack where it hurts to take it from the 12th century to the 21st.

With her mate at her side, Thalia’s realizing she’s bulletproof, but what happens when her second mate pops up and destabilizes things entirely?

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drakon unchainedDRAKON UNCHAINED (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON) by N J Walters

Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.

Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.

As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.

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belonging to the dragonBELONGING TO THE DRAGON: LICK OF FIRE (DRAGON LOVERS BOOK 2) by Kara Lockharte

My name is Lana Rodriguez and I am DONE with dragons.
Especially my childhood friend, rich boy Lucas Randall, who claims I’m his mate.
So what if he’s more than six feet of stupefying ripped muscle and bedroom-I-know-you-Lana eyes.
I’m not the housekeeper’s daughter anymore.
No Randall is going to dictate my life again.
Not even if every atom in my messed up body wants him.
I’ve got secrets he can’t ever find out.
To mate the dragon is to condemn him to death. Lucas doesn’t know what I am. But he will if he’s around me much longer.
I won’t let that happen.
Because I’m a monster now too.

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drake kd jonesDRAKE (DRAGON WARRIOR SERIES BOOK 3) by KD Jones

Drake, second-in-command to the dragon shifter king of the West, has been tasked to investigate rumors that their enemy is hiding in the Philippines. As always, he will serve his people. Though he expects danger, battles, and other surprises, he isn’t prepared for the toughest challenge of his life: a flame-haired female who makes his dragon roar with need.

Emily Campbell loves teaching underprivileged children on a small island in the most beautiful place she had ever seen. Her three-year teaching contract is almost up. She wants one last adventure before she has to head back to the United States. Her wish comes true in the form of a tall, dark, and sexy stranger. One night in his arms leads to more than she expects:

A world of danger, sexy dragon shifters and a love that will either set them free
or be their doom.

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forsaken royalTHE FORSAKEN ROYAL (ANNABELLE’S HAREM BOOK 2) by Anna Hill

Annabelle doesn’t know who she has left to trust. After being captured by King Robert of Elderan, a brutal ruler who will stop at nothing to make sure witches never rule the country again, Annabelle has been cut off from everyone and everything — including her powers as a witch.

Until Angelo, a member of her shifter guard, arrives to save her.

When the attempt fails, Angelo’s left mortally wounded and the King is determined to make Annabelle pay. While Annabelle nurses Angelo back to health, the other members of her guard, Lio and Rhyion, devise a plan to overthrow King Robert — and Annabelle finds her feelings for all three members of her guard deepening as intensely as her desire to see King Robert fal.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s worried about Angelo’s safety? How can she topple an abusive King when he is equally as powerful as her?…and how can she stay focused as she’s falling even deeper in love with the men who protect her?

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forbidden queensFORBIDDEN QUEENS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 4 by C R Jane

Eva Taylor is a queen…or at least she’s been told she’s one. From the first moment that she’s woken up by the captivating and mysterious Prince Aiden, Eva knows things are more than what they seem. As he helps her to discover long locked away powers, strange dreams plague her new world. Who is Prince Aiden, and why do unusual, but familiar voices haunt her every time he gets too close? Will Eva uncover her past before it’s too late, and will her forgotten loves Damon, Mason, and Beckham ever find her? There’s a reason she was once called a forbidden queen.

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minotaurMINOTAUR BLOODED (THE BESTIAL TRIBE) by Naomi Lucas

Aldora lived in a bordertown on the edge of the maze. A labyrinth that spanned an eternity filled with creatures that howled through the night. She was a daughter to farmers that worked the fields and endured a quiet life as a peasant, away from the capital and its nihilistic celebrations; away from all that would look at her and discern her worth. Because to be chosen as a sacrifice was to be chosen to die.
Until one night, while at the labyrinth wall, she heard a husky voice in the darkness.

Vedikus Bathyr. He prowled the overgrown passages at the farthest edges where the true, intelligent beasts roamed. They were all there for the same reasons: to kill each other and capture the humans that entered the labyrinth.

On one fated night a human girl called out to him. A girl with a voice that quickened his blood.
But he wasn’t the only one to hear her call.

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signs of cupiditySIGNS OF CUPIDITY (HEART HASSLE BOOK 1) by Raven Kennedy

You’d think that basically being in charge of love would be an epic job, right? Wrong. Sure, I can blow some Lust into people’s faces and watch the show, but I can’t actually participate. It gets old, trust me. Same goes for love. I can pass it out like sugar-free lollipops at a dentist’s office, but I can’t get any love for myself. It totally sucks.

I used to consider myself a hopeless romantic, so why wouldn’t I choose to become a cupid? Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong again. They don’t call us stupid cupids for nothing. I’m stuck in this never-ending afterlife where I’m invisible, lonely, and bitter as hell. And yeah, I’m probably responsible for some terrible matchmaking out there. Sorry, not sorry.

All my bad cupid’ing might be why I was exiled from the human realm. You can only do so much before the cupid bosses get all huffy. Unfortunately, my bitterness carried over into the new realm, and then I attacked a fae prince with Love Arrows… (more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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taken blood trailsTAKEN (BLOOD TRAILS BOOK 3) by Jennifer Blackstream

VS note: Not sure how much if any romance there is…

A cold case puts Shade on the trail of three teenagers who disappeared from a homeless shelter the night before a charity art auction. The cops think they left willingly, but Shade knows some of the most frightening monsters from the Otherworld can be as seductive as they are dangerous.

Talented artists vanishing without a trace. Willing participants in their own disappearance. Shade knows exactly what fate has befallen the teenagers. But what will she risk to get them back?

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twilight desiresTWILIGHT DESIRES (MORGAN CREEK) by Amanda Ashley

Sofia Ravenwood was once fascinated by vampires—their seductive power, their inhuman strength, their dark desires. Then one of them attacked her family, and she threw out her goth attire and vowed to keep clear of her enemies. Until she heard about Ethan Parrish: a sweet, sizzling-hot former college football player, turned into a vampire against his will.

Wandering the deserted streets of Morgan Creek, Wyoming, Ethan’s sure he’ll be alone forever—a monster like him deserves nothing else. Then beautiful, complicated Sofia agrees to meet him, fangs and all. The need she ignites in him is more than just the pulse of her blood or the scent of her skin. But he’s not the only bloodsucker desperate to make her his own.

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memoirs of a dragon hunterMEMOIRS OF A DRAGON HUNTER by Katie MacAlister

One moment, I was a normal (if somewhat germaphobic) math teacher getting ready for summer vacation. Then my sister died in a pile of black ash, leaving me with a sword… and her destiny as dragon hunter. It turns out there’s a whole other world out there filled with demons, dragons, and spirits. Now my job is to protect mortals – and I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing.
Then there’s tattooed hotness Ian Iskander. Part dragon hunter and part demon, Ian’s got some seriously creepy business associates and keeps trying to steal my sword. So why do we keep getting lost in hungry, crazy-hot kisses? Ian is the only person who can help me figure out who – and what – I am. But trusting a half-demon is dangerous… because when you play with dragon fire, someone always gets burned.
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streetcar named demonicA STREETCAR NAMED DEMONIC (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 3)  by Renee George

Eliza Madder, former ghost and newly minted minion for Demon Lord Leonard, has her work cut out for her when the demon sends her to Hannibal, Missouri to broker a marriage contract between the werewolf alpha of the Ralls County Pack, Grady Conrad, and the daughter of a rival pack. Leonard, who created the original werewolf lines before his fall, wants these two mismatched shifters together and making babies before the end of the month, and he threatens to revoke her twin sister Elise’s human existence if Eliza doesn’t deliver.

To make the task even more difficult, Eliza finds Grady extremely growly and gorgeous, and the attraction goes both ways. How can a minion do her job when she can’t keep her hands off the merchandise? On top of that hellish complication, the rival pack leader has his own deadly plans for Grady.

Eliza will have to use all her resources, including her sisters, the Psychical Society of Paranormal Researchers, and a reluctant bride and groom to thwart the threats and save the only innocent person in her life. What’s a minion to do when she’s caught between a demon and a heartache? She puts on her big girl minion panties and gets madder than hell.

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fall of gondolinTHE FALL OF GONDOLIN by J R R Tolkien and Alan Lee
VS note: Pretty cool to have a ‘new’ Middle Earth tale. Maybe even a touch of romance…
n the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar.

Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.

At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.

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switching hourSpecial VS Note: I want to mention that Robyn Peterman has now re-launched her Magic and Mayhem Universe, 47 novellas, 24 authors, which used to be an Amazon-only Kindle World before Amazon shuttered the KW program. (She says her Switching Hour was the book that started it all.) For more details, you can visit the website: magicandmayhemuniverse.com   or read the USA Today/HEA interview   conducted with her by Joyce Lamb.

 

 

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VS Note: Featuring two of my Sectors SciFi Romances!

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My Amazon Author Page     All my books are also available on the other major ebook seller sites…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 22

August 15

August 8

August 1

July 25

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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Quite Dangerous Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

Here’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!)

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

I can’t share too much more from DARIK without getting into serious spoilers. At the basically the same time Nicolle is in a cell dealing with mysterious pink sparkly vapor (which yeah, ok is NOT alien air freshener), Darik is sneaking into the complex to try to help her. Although his snarky AI companion thinks they’re on another mission, merely gathering data…they’re in a dark stairwell.

The excerpt: 

“Locked?” MARL12 asked in a hushed voice. The smoky blue light stabbed out from his center and played over the door while Darik did a rapid visual recon up and down the staircase.

Anyone in the stairwell would notice the glow of the alien AI’s scan. This would be a bad time for a Khagrish to decide to exercise by taking the stairs. “Well?”

MARL12 floated away from the door and into the void between the stair sections, “We don’t want to enter the area.”

“What? Wait, why not?” Darik descended the interminable stairs rapidly, keeping pace with his companion.

“Readouts indicate the door has been welded shut, the entire area beyond appears to have been burned out in an unknown fashion, and there’s a stack of burnt corpses piled against the portal as if the Khagrish were attempting to claw their way out when the flames reached them,” MARL12 delivered his report in a dispassionate tone, “Apparently, whatever research is done here can be quite dangerous.”

“I’ll say,” Darik couldn’t help but peer upward into the gloom as if to reassure himself no one was opening the door on the fifth level to come after them.

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 #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 22

rogue cyborgLots of new releases to report!

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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ROGUE CYBORG (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 6) by Grace Goodwin

VS note: I really enjoy the very steamy Colony series. One clicked.

Makarios of Kronos is a rebel, a smuggler who reports to no one, not even those on Rogue 5. But one betrayal sends him to a Coalition brig, and to a fate worse than death—capture by the Hive. He escapes but exchanges one prison for another. He now lives on the Colony, contaminated and deemed a risk. He’ll do anything to regain his freedom, including agree to a bargain with a beautiful, cunning warrior with secrets of her own.

Gwendolyn Fernandez volunteered to defend Earth from the Hive menace. For four years, she was a valued member of Coalition ReCon, until the Hive caught up with her, and a strange Nexus creature took special interest in her integration.

Gwen escaped with super-human strength and a will to live that cannot be broken, until the governor of the Colony demands she choose a mate. A bargain with Makarios seems so simple until he conquers her in a way no other has—body and soul—yet the Hive Nexus who wanted her for himself won’t take no for an answer.

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civilityCIVILITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 13) by Eva Caye

Captain Princess Alea Sinclair is tasked by the Emperor to be her aunt Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, i.e. bodyguard, on their trip to the Attican Empire to rewrite their $2 trillion treaty. Behind the scenes, health issues and a cruel commanding officer make their private lives hell while they strive to maintain their public image of competence. And their stated mission isn’t the only one; they must also find out what they can about an intelligent alien species the Atticans have found on a nearby planet.

They act like simple pets, but due to their hypnotic mental influence, Elizabeth falls for Alea’s scorned C.O. while Alea and her two new Attican friends strive desperately to understand the wily chalates. How can Alea determine the intent and the extent of the aliens’ influence upon Elizabeth, the most brilliant social analyst and diplomat of the Sinclair Demesnes, before they ruin the renegotiation of this critical treaty?

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airship also risesTHE AIRSHIP ALSO RISES (TAKE TO THE SKIES BOOK 3) by Katherine McIntyre

VS Note: Not sure how much romance factor there may be…but I like to include steampunk when I can.

The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.

Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.

However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.

But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.

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The_Fated_Sky_Mary_Robinette_KowalTHE FATED SKY: A LADY ASTRONAUT NOVEL by Mary Robinette Kowal

VS Note: An alternate history, book 2 in the series. Read my USA Today Happy Ever After interview with her this week! She interviews her own characters briefly.

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic—but potentially very dangerous—mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.

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shattered under midnightSHATTERED UNDER MIDNIGHT by Dorothy Grant

VS note: From June BUT a reader recommendation from Elizabeth N. I  really enjoyed SCALING THE RIM in 2017,  Grant’s first scifi romance but then never knew if she wrote another, so my thanks to Elizabeth N for answering the question! This is on my TBR list.

Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA.

Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own.

From the back alleys of the souk to the depths of alien ruins, they’re now in a desperate fight to stop the revolution before everything is lost!

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dragons claim miranda martinDRAGON’S CLAIM (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 9) by  Miranda Martin

Among the Zmaj, the alien dragon-like race of men who survived the devastation of Tajss, Bashir is different. He’s connected to the spiritual nature of the planet itself. However, the scaled and powerful hunter craves a different connection.

One with Penelope.

He desires the tall, lithe human female who’s shown herself to be intelligent and strong-willed, fierce with fire clear behind her clever eyes. Bashir knows that water wears down the hardest rock over time and is willing to patiently pursue his treasure.

But on the Red Planet, time is no friend to either Zmaj or Human. A threat comes from the skies and Bashir must get Penelope to understand their bond before it’s too late.

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kraving khivaKRAVING KHIVA (THE KRAVE OF EVERTON BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven

At 25-years-old, unmarried, and untouched, Eve Tesler is an outcast in the Everton colony’s society. Loneliness plagues her daily life and fearing that will she never know true intimacy, she does something uncharacteristically reckless: she pays the steep price for an unforgettable night with one of the Krave, legendary alien lovers with unparalleled skills and non-human abilities in the bedroom. Only, she never expected him

When Khiva’s home planet was destroyed during the Great War, his race scattered among the stars and survived any way they could…including selling their infamous ‘services’ for credits. Now, residing and working at Madame Allegria’s elite brothel on a human colony, Khiva’s only goal is to earn enough for passage off Everton. But when a beautiful, lonely human female visits him one night…everything changes. Suddenly, he craves her with an intensity that should frighten him while her lush curves drive him to madness.

It was supposed to be only one night, but Eve finds she can’t stay away from her mysterious and forbidden alien lover…even if she has to pay for him.

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spirited awaySPIRITED AWAY (DUAL ABDUCTION SAGA BOOK 1) by N S Johnson

Searching for enlightenment, Shanti Rodriguez retreats to an Indian ashram only to be stung by a scorpion at a tranquility pond. Certain she’s dead, Shanti discovers three things:

1.) The sexy blue angel who whisks her away is really an alien.
2.) Their destination isn’t Heaven, it’s a spaceship.
3.) She doesn’t have just one alien to contend with — there are two.

On their mission to find a soul mate on the forbidden planet known as Earth, twin brothers Chen and Hsing get more than they bargained for when they abduct the defiant human Shanti. She soon becomes the one thing they cannot live without. But their outer space adventure takes a turn for the worst when the brothers’ ship gets caught in the crossfires of war.

To save themselves, their society, and the woman they love, Chen and Hsing will need to evade ruthless enemies and sneak back down to the forbidden planet, all while convincing the woman they cannot bear to part with that she is the mate to their souls’.

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nectar for the godsNECTAR FOR THE GODS: SAVED by Sophie Kisker

Abriela was transported through time to satisfy Anterrins’ addiction to the nectar that human women produce. After her master believes he’s killed her, she escapes, winding up in the care of two handsome aliens.

Brothers Kirin and Damek find the small human and take her home to recover. When they unexpectedly form a connection, the brothers realize they can’t give her up. She’s feisty and disobedient, and chastising her only draws them closer.

But her master wants her back, enemies want to experiment on her, and the King claims her. Even if Kirin and Damek finish the mating bond, she’s no safer, and pulling them apart would be dangerous for all three.

Will those who see her as nothing more than property succeed at tearing them apart, or will the two aliens who love her give her the first happiness she’s known since leaving Earth?

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bukuBUKU by Jennifer Anderson

Her village clings to the side of a mountain, and every day they must hunt for food while running from the massive beasts known as buku. Designed in a lab, buku were to be the planet’s salvation. Instead, they destroyed it.

As a medic, Iris does what she can, but for the people of Camp Five, it’s become a matter of what kills them first – starvation, the cold, or buku.

There is little cause for hope until she crosses paths with strangers – Micah and the golden-eyed Oso. Her impulsive decision to help them marks her as a traitor to the tyrant who runs her village and stirs the jealousy of his son.

But the strangers must be protected at all costs. Because they may know the secret to defeating buku.

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tiger kingTHE TIGER KING (SHIFTERS MATES BOOK 2) by Raisa Greywood

Now that I’ve teased my beautiful Renata’s mating bite from her, I can finally take her home and claim her like a Ximeran warrior should. Shifters are still being stolen from Earth, and I know we have to stop it, but it can wait until my mate is healthy and happy.

When I learn one of my own people is behind the disappearances, we believe we’ve ended the danger to the shifters. But someone takes Renata from under my very nose. My tiger is enraged, but not half as much as I am. And I’m going to find her – no matter what.

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wings of fate g baileyWINGS OF FATE (PROTECTED BY WINGS BOOK 4) by G Bailey

With one of her dragon guards left in Dragca, and Isola trapped on Earth, everything is spinning out of control.

Isola fights to overcome her memories of Earth, as she discovers more hidden secrets than she could have ever imagined.

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atone in darknessATONE IN DARKNESS (THE PALADIN STRIKE TEAM BOOK 2) by Alexis Morgan

Brilliant doctor Marisol knows nothing about the mysterious man whose vitals she monitors and whose every move she’s paid to track—other than the fact that he is brought to death’s door each night by a squad of military grade thugs. She certainly can’t ask the people who hired her. After all, they run this shady, hi-tech compound where she is now stranded, the only woman among huge, uniform-clad brutes.

Chase Mosely, Marisol’s sole charge, knows nothing about who was behind his kidnapping, other than the fact that they want to know about his Paladin’s ability to heal. Nor does he know anything about his pretty keeper, who seems to be working for the enemy, but still looks at him with compassion in her eyes.

Both held captive in a remote testing facility, their desperate stories intertwine. And, as they discover that they mean more to each other than they could ever have imagined, the two of them must find a way to escape, no matter the odds.

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taken by the beastTAKEN BY THE BEAST (THE ALCRYAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by  Anya Summers

Gemma’s life was nearly perfect. She’s just graduated from college and is heading off to graduate school in the fall. She and her best friends are taking a trip she’s always dreamed about. Only, nothing goes as planned. After being chased on the streets of Dublin by a freaking monster, they get sucked into a portal and wind up on another world. As in, not Earth. Now she can’t find her friends, but there is this really hot, naked guy who calls himself a king and is offering her aid.

There’s only one teensy little problem: He says she’s his mate and is planning on keeping her—forever. Oh, and there’s one more thing: He’s a beast most of the time. And Gemma has to decide if she’s willing to give up everything for the one man she’s meant to be with in the universe.

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my highlander cover modelMY HIGHLANDER COVER MODEL (HEROES OF TIME TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 1) by Karyn Gerrard

Skye Bancroft, assistant art director at a small New York publisher, is used to dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model. After all, it’s part of her job description. But during a photoshoot, she didn’t count on one to become so delusional as to think himself a Highlander from 1814 Scotland.

Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream: A warrior who is fierce, passionate, and protective. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and in another man’s body. Could this be magic? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin is a daunting task.

Regardless of his strange time travel story and sexy Scottish burr, believing this extraordinary man is from another era becomes hard to deny. The attraction between them sizzles and Skye is left to wonder: Is Cailin truly as he claims?

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hold on tightHOLD ON TIGHT (LAZARUS RISING BOOK 6) by Cynthia Eden

VS Note: I love her books and this series is so intriguing to me – been on my TBR list for a while and now she’s six books in!!! I’d better get with it and start reading.

He isn’t just a man.

Lazarus super soldier Jett is the perfect predator. He’s faster, stronger, and far deadlier than a normal man—because he isn’t normal. Brought back from the dead, Jett is supposed to be little more than a machine. His heart should be ice cold, but it’s not. His heart beats fast and hard for the one woman he should never be able to possess, Savannah Jacobs.

He’s the hero she didn’t expect.

When Savannah is kidnapped, she doesn’t think she’ll escape her captors. Then mysterious Jett breaks in and takes out all of the men in the room—the masked men who’d yanked her right off a busy public street—and Jett barely breaks a sweat in the fight. Jett is tall, dark, and as sexy as every sin that Savannah can imagine…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s site – there’s lots of plot!…)

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terra incognitaTERRA INCOGNITA by Connie Willis

VS note: Not really romance but sounded interesting. These are re-releases.

In Terra Incognita, Connie Willis explores themes of love and mortality while brilliantly illuminating the human condition through biting satire.

Uncharted Territory
Findriddy and Carson are explorers, dispatched to a distant planet to survey its canyons, ridges, and scrub-covered hills. Teamed with a profit-hungry indigenous guide of indeterminate gender and an enthusiastic newcomer whose specialty is mating customs, the group battles hostile terrain as they set out for unexplored regions. Along the way, they face dangers, discover treasures, and soon find themselves in an alien territory of another kind: exploring the paths and precipices of sex—and love.

Remake
In the Hollywood of the future, live-action movies are a thing of the past. Old films are computerized and ruthlessly dissected, actors digitally ripped from one film and thrust into another. Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe in A Star Is Born? No problem. Hate the ending? Change it with the stroke of a key. Technology makes anything possible. But a starry-eyed young woman wants only one thing: to dance on the big screen. With a little magic and a lot of luck, she just may get her happy ending.

D.A. 
Theodora Baumgarten is baffled and furious: Why was she selected to be part of a highly competitive interstellar cadet program? After all, she never even applied. But that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from whisking her onto a spaceship bound for the prestigious Academy. With her protests ignored, Theodora takes matters into her own hands, aided by her hacker best friend, to escape the Academy and return to Earth—only to uncover a conspiracy that runs deeper than she could have imagined.

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the stars now unclaimedTHE STARS NOW UNCLAIMED by Drew Williams

VS note: Also not a romance but sounded like a fun space opera from the reviews.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax–a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that’s just the beginning.

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snowed undercoverSNOWED UNDERCOVER (DARK SCALES DIVISION BOOK 2) by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne

Agent Luke Snow knows all too well what it’s like to lose a mate. His last case ended the search and siege—aka death—of his mate’s killer. The hole in his soul remains. When his DSD team lead, Owen, sends Snow on a vacation, he escapes to his remote Alaskan home. After being gone so long, his cabin isn’t as relaxing as it should be. Nightmares and a monstrous ice dragon haunt his nights while a dark-haired human beauty torments his days.

Mackenzie Wilde didn’t think twice when her father asked her to move back to Fairbanks and take over his clinic. Life in the big city isn’t as fulfilling as helping those truly in need. Plus, moving to Alaska will bring her closer to her father and her mother’s people, the Inuit.

When the devilishly handsome Luke Snow shows up at the clinic with a wounded teen, she’s intensely drawn to him. His alpha male personality is exactly what she doesn’t want in a man. But Snow may be the only one to turn to when the nightmares become reality.

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torment feral nora ashFERAL: TORMENT by Nora Ash

He sacrificed everything for me.
The beast who took me against my will and tied my soul to his so tightly I can no longer breathe without him.
He sacrificed his freedom. His life.
For me.
They say love will make you do anything, give anything.
But what’s between him and I – it isn’t love. It’s a bond.
And my destruction.

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dragon kin tracey c pDRAGON KIN (ONCE AND FUTURE HEARTS) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

In Lesser Britain, drought grips the land, forcing Arawn, King of Brocéliande, to take a fifth wife, hoping she will be the mother of his firstborn, whom the prophecy says will break the curse and save his people.

Ilsa, daughter of a wood cutter, is brought to Lorient to wed the cold, distant Arawn, terrified she will become the king’s next dead wife.  There she learns about the true High King of Britain, Ambrosius, and his brother Uther, who build an army to take back Britain from the Saxons and Vortigern the Usurper.

Can Arawn find a way to save his people and the land that supports the future Pendragon?  Will Ilsa break the curse?

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HEAVEN IN HELL 8HEAVEN IN HELL: EPISODE 8 by Dia Cole

A surprise attack leaves Lee and her friends in peril. Lee knows she must do everything in her power to stop their enemy’s diabolical plans and rescue those she loves. But by giving into her darkness she risks losing her humanity and unleashing a new evil on the world.

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magic after midnightMAGIC AFTER MIDNIGHT (MAGIC AFTER THE FIRE BOOK 2) by C Gockel

VS note: From April and I ordinarily never go back that far to pick up one I missed BUT reader Elizabeth N also strongly recommended this title to me last week and it does sound good, so here it is! (Love the term night elf!)

Magic is real, and Marcia’s life is a fairy tale. Except, according to her stepdaughter, she’s the wicked stepmother. Undermined by a meddling godmother, Marcia is struggling to raise three teenagers in a world of enchantment and monsters. When she’s introduced to a Night Elf who appears half her age, love is the last thing on her mind.

Count Darerick Razvano is a Night Elf–please don’t call him a vampire! Fighting for the survival of his race, he has no time for matters of the heart. When a charming widow inadvertently threatens the Night Elves’ most carefully guarded secret, Darerick must seek Marcia out to save his people.

Marcia’s devoted to her children. Dare’s determined to save his race. They aren’t looking for love, but love might find them.

In a world of monsters, love may save Night Elves and humans alike.

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realms and rebelsREALMS AND REBELS by Various

VS Note: 22 reverse harem novels by 26 authors

Dragons. Shifters. Vampires. Fae. These kickass heroines come in all shapes and sizes…and so do the men at their sides. Dive into this decadent collection of paranormal and fantasy romances-reverse harem style. Yep, that’s right. Our heroines are headstrong and rebellious, and they don’t take no for an answer. Unlike most romances, they get to keep ALL the guys they want.
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ahead of the deepsAHEAD OF THE DEEPS: A MACADIAN REVERSE HAREM FANTASY by Terrah Gill

Seventeen-year old Ingrid might be a Princess, but she’d rather be a tomboy!

A Curse assails her kingdom, Maccadia where all life is ticking to an end. The mages of the land are astir trying to find a solution. But when the bitter secret behind her parents’ estrangement explodes in her face, Ingrid has to go on a quest to save the land and her people.

On her way, she encounters a gorgeous, moody mage warped by the Curse into a sexually ravenous satyr. Ingrid needs help only he can give: is she willing to pay his price?

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stratusSTRATUS (FALLEN SKIES BOOK 1) by Miranda Brock

“My crazy grandma always said thunder was caused by the clash of angels and demons, and lightning was the loser being cast to earth. So when I was hit by lightning I couldn’t help buy wonder, was I struck by an angel or a demon?”

Lily Calhoun wants nothing more than some excitement on her quiet, small-town life. When she gets caught in a storm one afternoon she gets more than she bargained for. Excitement suddenly falls into her life, literally.

Stratus is mysterious, fun, and has a danger to him that Lily finds herself drawn to. Learning that he is either a demon or an angel only makes him more irresistible. But when strangers start turning up dead in her town, Lily begins to fear her new found flame may be the cause.

Caught in a tempest of lies, secrets, and betrayals, Lily must discover who Stratus really is behind his stormy eyes. Is it an angel who will win her heart, or will it be a demon who stakes his claim?

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blue star risingA BLUE STAR RISING (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 5) by Cecelia Randell

Blue and her guys have survived a crazed, crystal-wielding almost-mass murderer. Well, two of them in fact.

Now she faces something almost just as intimidating for her: going back to school.
On top of that, there’s apartment hunting, more language lessons, a grumpy Beast-mount, unruly cubs, and oh, yeah, she still needs to deal with her extended family.
It’s quite a list, but with the help of her husbands, she’ll be able to tackle it all, including the possibility of adding to their little family.

But when a new and deadly drug surfaces, pulling them all into another investigation and adventure, Blue will need to jump into life as a probationary agent of the Order much earlier than anticipated.

Oh, yeah, and there will be carnage. Kitty-carnage that is.

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jayce venture ghost hunterJAYCE VENTURE – GHOST HUNTER by Serena Akeroyd

Jayce is a ghost whisperer.
She sees ghosts, can talk to them, can hear them. They follow her around like an entourage.
But, as Peter Parker’s uncle said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’
Uncle Ben wasn’t wrong.
When Jayce can right centuries’ old wrongs that are still affecting the present, her principles and the desire for safety clash. She’s no longer on her own, after all. She has a partner now; Drake. AKA: the best. Boyfriend. Ever.
Putting him at risk isn’t something she’s willing to do, but with a malevolent spirit capable of hurting not just Jayce but Drake? The doodoo has definitely hit the fan.
Can Jayce avoid the spray, keep her lover safe, and still uphold the values that matter the most to her?

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shadow on the water katya mooreSHADOW ON THE WATER (ARYSIA BELMONT NOOK 2) by Katya Moore

The Elders want to shape me into the perfect Shadow Queen. The perfect puppet princess.

They’ve chosen the favored sons of draconic society, their Alpha Squad, as my would-be mates. To mold me. To shape me. To seduce their way into my trust and my bed.

Arranged marriage is a big nope.  But, when one of my boys is kidnapped by the Chosen, I need the Alpha Squad’s help to save his life. The new dragons seize the moment, and see their way in.

Time’s running out. The Chosen have forced my hand. I have no choice – not if I want to save Aric from torture and certain death. I’m forced to make a terrible choice.

My first test on the path to becoming the Shadow Queen.

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archdemon's dilemmaAN ARCHDEMON’S DILEMMA: HOW TO LOVE YOUR ELF BRIDE by Fuminori Teshima

Zagan is feared by the masses as an evil sorcerer. Both socially awkward and foulmouthed, he spends his days studying sorcery while beating down any trespassers within his domain. One day he’s invited to a dark auction, and what he finds there is an elven slave girl of peerless beauty, Nephy. Having fallen in love at first sight, Zagan uses up his entire fortune to purchase her, but being a poor conversationalist, he has no idea how to properly interact with her. Thus, the awkward cohabitation of a sorcerer who has no idea how to convey his love and his slave who yearns for her master but has no idea how to appeal to him begins.

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quarterlingQUARTERLING: THE STORY OF A REBEL by Natasja Hellenthal

VS Note: From July. YA.

Seventeen-year-old Fay Comyenti has it all: lots of freedom, great parents, a budding romance, and super animal abilities most can only dream of. Only, those powers have to be kept a secret in order for her kind to stay safe. After being rejected by her love interest, Elodyn, Fay leaves her village to do some good with her skills in the world despite the concerns of her comyenti mother and human father.

Zemandu, the last of the tracar people has been following Fay from a distance for a good reason. The demoness is dying. Attracted by the girl’s altruistic mission, her abilities, and her benevolent energy she sees Fay as her last hope.
When Fay and Zemandu — two powerful women of a very different nature, yet both the last of their kind — cross paths, they’ll forever change the course of humanity, but at what cost?

Will Fay risk losing her heart and her innate empathy to the tracar– the very characteristics what makes her a comyenti in the first place –without jeopardising her vital mission?

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tangled legacyA TANGLED LEGACY by Mickie B Ashling

Prince Colin of Sendorra would have been the spare instead of the heir if fate hadn’t intervened. Like his father and forefathers, Colin is expected to marry and father a child or his principality reverts to Spain at the time of his death. Filling the royal nursery with healthy babies seems easy enough until Princess Charlotte—his childhood friend and intended bride—breaks off their engagement.

Nobel Prize winner—and powerful gray witch—Alain de Gris isn’t looking for love. Science and research have taken center stage for years until he walks into a club and lays eyes on Colin, thirteen years his junior.

Bisexual by nature, Colin seeks to avoid another engagement repeat by shying away from a same-sex relationship. There are no acceptable alternatives to provide legitimate offspring if he follows his heart.

But Colin can’t stay away from Alain and the witch finds him irresistible. Ignoring the absolutes isn’t easy when a legacy is in jeopardy. And while magic may offer a solution, it could also create more problems.

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queen of iron and bloodQUEEN OF IRON AND BLOOD (SHATTERED REALMS BOOK 2) by Melissa Wright 

Mackenzie Scott is trapped in another realm, but that’s the least of her problems. Magic runs through her veins, and even now she can feel herself changing. She’s managed to help her brother, but in exchange, she’s turning into one of them. Worse, Mackenzie’s not just a monster. She’s their queen.

Hunter had one job: open the gateway between worlds to keep his realm alive. He hadn’t counted on betrayal. He hadn’t counted on being saved by a human girl. And he’d never guessed he couldn’t trust his own king. Now he’s trapped in a world to which he can never truly belong.

Separated by realms, Mackenzie and Hunter must save the other’s world. But the divide isn’t the only thing working against them. Beasts and men fight a dangerous battle that pits Hunter and Mackenzie against those they’re trying to protect.

And the clock is ticking.

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dragon flamesDRAGON FLAMES by Anna Kohl

Xerxes is a dragon shifter who needs to find a mate soon, or he’ll die. But, when Xerxes does find his mate, she’s nothing like he expected.

Rebecca is prickly, acidic, sarcastic, and not interested in a relationship of any type. When a hot firefighter saves her life and they’re forced to spend a few days in a secluded cabin together, she’s drawn to him in a way she can’t explain, a way that threatens to make her something she cannot stand—vulnerable.

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mortal wingsMORTAL WINGS (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 14 ) by Mason Sabre

Meet Diana, angel, broken and in for the run of her life.
Since the rise of The Forgotten, the world of Exile hasn’t been the same.

Humans are running around desperately trying to gain back their control, and they’ll stop at nothing to do it. Even if that means murder. Others are creating their own followings, and you know how it goes … it takes one crazy person to get one follower and then another for chaos to begin.

Diana, a half-angel, half-human escapee is thrown into the midst of that chaos when a local boy turns up dead. After almost a decade in hiding, it seems that discovery may be imminent. She’s got one choice, one chance to navigate the dangerous world of Exile and reach the one person she hopes can help her.

The most wanted man on the island.

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grave mistakeGRAVE MISTAKE (HOW TO BE A NECROMANCER BOOK 3) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox

Since the events of her Uncle’s wake, things have only grown more complicated for Vexa. The new, uneasy alliance with Gwydion has given her, Cole, and Ethan a tentative hope for a way to break the curse that is slowly turning Ethan into a monster. Unfortunately, that hope is quickly dashed when Gwydion’s twin and opposite Gilfaethwy escapes and steals an artifact of incredible importance. Vexa and the others pursue him on a whirlwind chase through the Other Lands, including the palace of the Seelie Fae and the depths of the Dwarven Undercity.

Meanwhile, the growing connection between Vexa and Gwydion forces Vexa to reconsider her relationship with Ethan, who fluctuates between being all too ready to give up on breaking the curse and let her go, and throwing himself recklessly after any happiness he can find before the curse takes him, including Vexa . . . and Cole.

Can they discover Gil’s plan and break Ethan’s curse? Or will a deadly combination of fairy bargains, murderous monsters, and Vexa’s own untamable power tear them all apart?

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please use the doorPLEASE USE THE DOOR by K C Kendricks

Tanner Reddick learned the hard way a man needs his own place to call home – one that is legally his. The last guy set his belongings on the curb and Tanner vows it will never happen again. It’s time for him to be in charge. Embarking on the next phase of his life, Tanner buys a fixer-upper bungalow and gets to work. He’s looking forward to living on his own for a while. His interest in his boss, Alex Crewes, could change that.

It’s moving day and Tanner notices a few things about the house, things his friends disavow knowledge of. The porch is swept and the breakers on. Then Tanner smells a hint of Bay Rum cologne, which no one he knows uses. When unseen hands paint a few rooms in the house, he has to face the facts – he’s not really alone.

Bodhi introduces himself and welcomes the newest resident in the house he built a century ago. This one Bodhi likes, and he’s determined he and Tanner will coexist in harmony. Maybe they can even be friends. And if he’s lucky, maybe a little more – unless Tanner’s deepening relationship with Alex throws a wrench into his plans.

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tale of a dragon princessTALE OF A DRAGON PRINCESS by Lizzie Colt

The day Princess Mellie turns sixteen, her parents reveal she was cursed as a baby and will spend the rest of her nights as a dragon. Two years later, she discovers a chance to break the curse, but it will take a quest with only her chosen bodyguard, a brave female warrior who has lost her lust for fighting but has developed an attraction for the princess.

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darkest heartDARKEST HEART (DOMINION) by Juliette Cross

Anya—a stoic, blue-winged angelic warrior—was bitten by a demon prince in battle, and now she has precious little time to find a cure for his deadly venom. But the only archangel with the power to stop the dark poison from corrupting her body and soul is missing. She’ll have to trust her guide, the outcast high demon Dommiel, who is as handsome as he is dangerous if she has any hope.

An outcast of his own kind, high demon Dommiel stays under cover while the war between angels and demons rages on. When the only person who ever showed him kindness asks for his help, he has no choice but to try to save the angel. Venturing back into the dens he has avoided for so long, Anya makes him want and feel things he never thought possible.

But Dommiel knows there is no way an angel can ever love a demon.

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blood cureBLOOD CURE (BLOOD TYPE BOOK 3) by  K A Linde

She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing.

Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home.

But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again.

As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance.

Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all.

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blood bond 2BLOOD BOND 2 by Helen Hardt

Dante Gabriel is angry. Someone has violated Erin Hamilton, the woman whose scent has left him emotionally paralyzed. He vows to protect her…most of all from himself.

Erin has other ideas. She’s determined to figure out the strange man who keeps leaving her aroused and unsatisfied. When she pushes Dante for answers, he goes looking for them himself. What he uncovers could put Erin in mortal danger, with him as her only salvation.

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detective wins the witchTHE DETECTIVE WINS THE WITCH (NOCTURNE FALLS BOOK 10) by Kristen Painter

Private investigator Wyatt West finds his job a little tedious most days, but that changes when he meets a bewitching blonde florist who needs a favor in the way of a wedding date. There’s definitely something magical about her, but little does he know just how correct that first impression is.

Single mom Marigold Williams finds herself instantly attracted to Wyatt, but doesn’t dare tell this handsome human that she’s a witch and things in Nocturne Falls are a little spookier than he suspects. He’s just a nice guy who’s offered to be her plus one. She doesn’t need to turn his world upside down with the truth over one date.

Despite that agreement, their feelings deepen and both agree to try a relationship beyond their current temporary arrangement. Now Marigold must tell him about her witchy side. After all, he has a right to know who he’s dating.

But when Wyatt unwittingly frees some dangerous magic, Marigold knows a life changing sacrifice is the only way to set things right. Will her magic save him? And will he be able to handle the truth that comes with it?

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the hunt 2THE HUNT 2 by Susan Bliler

Tyson BloodMoon has a monster inside him. Yeah, the rest of his brothers have wolves in them too but not like his. Monster is different. He doesn’t need bonds, he doesn’t need anyone, and there isn’t anything he can’t get for himself with brute strength and lethal force…until he meets her. Tyson’s mission is to watch his Alpha’s new sister-in-law. Watch! But, Monster has other plans.

Cersi is on the hunt. Her sister’s been kidnapped, and Cersi’s determined to find her no matter where she has to go or who she has to confront. She’s not afraid of monsters, never has been, so when a powerful, dominant, monster of a man says he has her sister Cersi’s ready to unleash all hell. If Tyson BloodMoon thinks she’s backing down from him, he’s dead wrong.

Tyson struggled to control his inner Monster well before he ever laid eyes on Cersi. Now, with temptation right in front him, Monster wants out, and Tyson doesn’t know if he’ll be able to hold the beast back.

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captured by her cougarCAPTURED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES SERIES BOOK 2) by Felicity Heaton

In the wake of an Archangel attack on Cougar Creek, Storm is seething with a need for revenge against the hunter organisation and the key to it might be the petite blonde mortal he’s locked in his cabin, one he’s determined to make sing for him. Only the beauty has a fiery temperament to match his own, and the more time he spends with her, the more she stokes a fire inside him. One that fills him with a startling and undeniable need to make her sing in another way—in his arms.

Gabriella isn’t going to take her captivity lying down. She’s going to give the pig-headed brute holding her against her will hell until he finally believes she’s innocent. He might be a cougar shifter, but she isn’t afraid of him. Or at least she isn’t afraid of what he is. The way he affects her, the flames that lick through her whenever they’re close, terrifies her though, because the longer she’s around the towering sexy-as-sin shifter, the hotter that fire blazes, and it’s only a matter of time before it burns away all her restraint.

With the mating heat and the attack bringing cougars back to the creek, Gabriella is a complication Storm doesn’t need, but she’s one that he wants… because she might just be his one true mate.

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julians mateJULIAN’S MATE by Meg Ripley

Julian knows it’s his responsibility to find a mate. After all, he’s the guardian of a toddler dragon, and she deserves to have a mother figure in her life. But while his fellow dragons from Charok have been able to find their fated partners in this strange new world, Julian knows his is nowhere on Earth.

With the help of a rogue wizard, Naomi had secretly left Charok years prior when she became so ill, the energies of the planet would no longer sustain her failing dragon form. She’d always miss her ancestral home, but the wizard promised her transition would not only save her life, but that of several others as well.

Little did she know the same wizard would also be helping a few other dragons escape during the War of Storms, and years later on Earth, she’s shocked to find Julian, the shifter she knew as her one true mate back on Charok.

Reuniting with Julian is like a dream come true, until the couple discovers a powerful demon has slipped into the living realm on Earth along with Naomi. When they discover exactly what this evil being is capable of, will these two fated souls be pulled apart once and for all?

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tarma and kethryTARMA AND KETHRY (VOWS OF HONOR) by Mercedes Lackey

VS note: A re-release of 3 stories.

The Oathbound: Introduces Tarma–swordswoman trained by elite warriors in all forms of deadly combat–and Kethry, former noblewoman whose magical skills were shaped by a powerful school of sorcery. United by the Goddess and armed with a magical sword drawing them to those in need, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to fight against evil.

Oathbreakers: When Idra, leader of the Sunhawk mercenaries, failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan, Tarma and Kethry set out in search of her. Instead they find a land shadowed by a dark enchantment, the claim to the throne in question, and the people of Rethwellan in terrible jeopardy.

Oathblood: The sisters of sword and spell have pledged to train others to fight for their cause, starting a school for fledgling warriors and mages. But training turns out to be far more perilous than expected–and when two of their students are kidnapped, Tarma and Kethry must draw upon their combined skills to answer the call of destiny in ways they never imagined.

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Note from Veronica: This award winning 2016 scifi romance of mine is a little different from most of my Sectors novels so I thought I’d mention it today! I took a concept Andre Norton used to play with sometimes in her books, that of desperate fugitives in a high tech world traveling through a gate to a new home where they find they unaccountably fit into legendary roles, and magic and myth rule. It was sort of a hybrid of scifi romance and fantasy, with a tiny bit of time travel thrown in too. I had fun with it!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 15

August 8

August 1

July 25

July 18

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…

What Do They Care Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

Here’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!)

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

I can’t share too much more from DARIK without getting into serious spoilers. TIMTUR went to the editor but there’s some time before it’ll be ready to release. I may circle back to the first book in the series and share a few excerpts from it to tide us over. We’ll see!

I’ve jumped ahead from last week, going to when Nicolle has been taken inside the alien lab and put into a cell.

The excerpt: 

Nicolle sank onto the hard mattress, feet braced on the bed frame’s side rails and cupped her elbows with her hands. Rocking back and forth, she realized this was worse than the first lab already – at least there the humans had been allowed to stay together in a communal cell. Of course, at the second lab she’d been isolated, but the cell hadn’t been so bleak. Nor underground. Thinking about the millions of tons of rock and soil above her head right now made her nauseous.  Her chest constricted as if the weight of the earth was pressing directly down on her.

A sudden hissing attracted her attention and, fixing her attention on a grate in the ceiling, she saw a pink mist flowing into the room. Nicolle held her breath as long as she could, but then her screaming lungs forced her to inhale deeply, followed by a sneeze. The mist had an institutionally pleasant floral smell. Air freshener? Why do the people running this place care if our air is faux fresh?

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 #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 15

claimed by an alien warriorAs 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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CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR: BBW ALIEN ROMANCE by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I read this over the weekend and LOVED it. Really good.

After losing her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one afternoon, Zoey doesn’t think things can get any worse. Then an uninvited passenger — green, four-armed, and sexy as sin — proves her wrong by dragging her into his frantic escape. Helping Rendash is the right thing to do, but it means becoming a fugitive and risking the only things she has left — her life, and her heart.

Weakened by years of captivity and torture, Rendash, an elite aligarii warrior, seizes his only opportunity to escape. Alone in an alien wasteland, he seeks the aid of a human — one of the very species that imprisoned him. But he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zoey, and his need to protect her soon wars with his mission — return to his homeworld.

With a shadowy government agency pursuing them, Zoey and Rendash must race across the country before he is recaptured, and she is thrown in a dark cell as a traitor to her kind. But their greatest obstacle may be the most unlikely — their insatiable attraction to one another.

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deceiving the corsairDECEIVING THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: On my TBR list.

The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.

It’s a female.

Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.

He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?

Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?

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imprisonedIMPRISONED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 22 by Evangeline Anderson

VS NOTE: And another for my TBR list!

Lady Arianna Blackthorn is a woman on a mission–she intends to rescue her brother, Jak, from the infamous BleakHall prison. BleakHall is a Triple Max Penitentiary where only the worst of the worst are sent–a males-only facility where not even female prison guards are allowed. So how can Ari infiltrate this fortress? With the use of a holo-projector that makes her look male (the important parts anyway) she’s determined to get in and she has a foolproof plan for getting both herself and Jak out…or so she thinks.

Commander Lathe is a Blood Kindred who lost his younger brother to the horrors of BleakHall. He is on a mission to go undercover and collect evidence against the cruel and ruthless prison guards who run it and the Yonnite Mistresses who own it. He also has a plan to get out but it’s going to take some time and while he’s waiting, a strange new inmate comes to BleakHall–a boy called Ari.

Ari is in over her head from the minute she steps through the prison gates. She is immediately singled out by Tapper, BleakHall’s most ruthless sexual predator, as his next conquest. Only Lathe’s timely intervention saves her from a fate worse than death…and death itself. Lathe moves Ari into his cell to keep her safe but he has no idea she is really a female and Ari doesn’t dare to tell him.

Can Ari keep her secret from the big Kindred? Can Lathe sort through his confusing feelings for the “boy” he has taken under his wing? (Why does he smell like a female? Why can’t Lathe stop thinking about him…stop wanting to touch him?) Can the two of them rescue Ari’s brother and escape from the maze of sadistic guards, psychopathic prisoners, and ravenous lashers–the huge carnivorous snake-cats that roam the corridors of BleakHall at night waiting to devour any inmates attempting to get away?

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the beast jenny fosterTHE BEAST (BRETANIA BREED BOOK 0) by Jenny Foster

His name is Ar’Van.
He is the best hunter money can buy.
Tall, dangerous, non-human – and the last of his kind.

When a new assignment brings him to Earth, he doesn’t expect much resistance. The women he is supposed to deliver to the warlord of the Qua’Hathri are easy targets. He could outwit the earth men that protect them, with his eyes closed.

But every plan can go wrong.

Not because he is careless. He just hadn’t expected his worst enemy and best accomplice to feel drawn to one of them. Inside of him lives a powerful beast.

Until now, he has been able to keep it in check.

But in the presence of that female human, his dark side starts to show itself. The monster wants to own her—as does he. When a murderer starts his bloody work in the confines of his spaceship, Ar’Van has only one choice: He must save her life.

At any cost. Even if it means letting the beast come to light.

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kissed cyborgKISSED CYBORG (BOUND BY HER BOOK 3) by Nellie C Lind

Faye never intended to bind the Fighter, Silver. She kissed him to save her best friend’s cyborg, but the contact initiated the bond. When they come face to face again, she wants to be set free. She never wanted a cyborg, and nothing will change her mind, not even Silver’s attractive appearance and charming personality.

The last thing Silver wants is to be bound to the feisty and annoying little Faye. He hates her for kissing him, but the bond gives him no choice but to love her. Unless the Fighters figure out how to remove the bond, he’s stuck with her for the rest of his life, and he refuses to accept the bond–or Faye.

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caveman aliens trapCAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRAP (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 5) by Calista Skye

VS note: I read one of the earlier books in the series and it was a fun romp.

Caroline: I’m trapped. Not just stranded on this lethal dinosaur planet. But actually trapped. As in, there’s a crude net all around me and I can’t move.The guy who trapped me is right in front of me, just staring at me through the net like he’s never seen a woman before.Which he hasn’t. The cavemen on this alien planet don’t have women of their own.So they like to abduct Earth girls and then get them pregnant. And the way this guy is looking at me, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.But if that’s what he thinks will happen, he’ll be disappointed. I’d rather die.

Xark’on: This is not what I thought I’d catch. It’s a woman. Even I can see that. She’s round and smooth and small. And her scent is so alluring it makes my head spin. My crotch swells uncontrollably at the sight of her. I’ve never felt anything like it. I caught her, so I can do with her as I please. And I know exactly what I’ll do.

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euphoriaEUPHORIA  by Jayne Lockwood

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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rebel without a pulseREBEL WITHOUT A PULSE (CITY OF RUINS BOOK 1) by Odessa Gillespie Black

Nerdy, high school senior, Willie Hatcher’s mundane life is forever changed when Cherryville’s water supply is contaminated with a lethal virus that revives the dead. After a fatal bite, Willie’s corpse arises fortified with corded muscle, increased stamina, and enhanced senses. The only downfall: he’s a carrier with the animalistic urge to devour human flesh. To salvage any humanity he has left, Willie becomes Will, leaving all evidence of his previous life behind. He’s successful until he crosses paths with Kaylee, an old friend who not only threatens to reveal his monstrous secret, but steal his heart, a devotion in which his devastating affliction leaves him incapable.

Two years after the catastrophic event, Kaylee resides alone in an abandoned home. Her semi-peaceful life comes to a crashing halt when a human-trafficking ring abducts her and tosses her into nightmarish repopulation attempt. Freed by the strangely-familiar, smoking-hot Will, she notices uncanny similarities between her vigilante and a nerdy, but cute class mate she once knew as Willie. Kaylee’s attraction is obviously reciprocated, but Will rejects her at every turn. With such a devastating and dangerous secret between them, how can Will and Kaylee build a future together?

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belleweatherBELLEWEATHER by Susanna Kearsley

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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raging onesTHE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

VS Note: YA

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

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krols goddessKROL’S GODDESS (RUTH & GRON BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster

Krol doesn’t trust females. His brother’s Queen tried to kill their son, and killed him when Krol escaped with the baby. Then she caught up with him and beat him almost to death, leaving him scarred and maimed. But Krol survived, and has been raising his nephew by himself in hiding for three years. Unlike the rest of his kind, Krol can see Bonding for what it really is, nothing more than a way for selfish, unscrupulous females to enslave the men around them. He is determined that will never happen to him, nor to his nephew, Ryll, who is the only thing keeping him from losing what’s left of his mind out in the wilds.

Naomi is a Scout leader, so she’s not too worried when she finds herself in a strange jungle. She knows how to survive. What she doesn’t know is where she is or how she got there. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put a brave face on things, until she discovers Krol and Ryll, who she thinks are Bigfoot! A misunderstanding leads Krol to attack her, but when torrential rain hits the area, they are forced to take shelter together in the same cave… (more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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dragon heart cobalt dragons book 2DRAGON HEART (COBALT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

What better way to improve morale on a military base than a talent show?

Sergeant Linny Cantor never expected to participate, but now she’s dusting off her old box of tricks for a chance to win her choice of grand prize options. A month’s paid leave is as good as hers, if she can just keep a meddling dragon shifter out of her practice area and her pants. He’s deliciously hot and says all the right things, but her focus has to be on winning that prize. Oh, and did she mention that he’s competing against her?

Rokk, a cobalt dragon, is in a great mood. He’s going to win the talent show and take his choice of the grand prize: twenty-five thousand dollars of his fellow dragon’s money. The fact that along the way he’s found his mate and is going to win the bet with his twin brother is making it even sweeter. The treasure pile he’s going to spoil his mate with is growing larger by the day.

Caught red-handed trying to spy on his primary competition, Rokk is also accused of sabotaging some of her equipment. When it happens again though, it’s become clear—someone is targeting Linny, and only Rokk’s dragon powers can keep her alive. With the threat of Outsiders from one direction, and a traitor from within, the pair must work together to defeat their enemies, learn the truth, and ultimately, win the talent show and each other.

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claimed by the aliens maia starrCLAIMED BY THE ALIENS by Maia Starr

Reena was captured and taken to the virgin camps.
She knew she would have to marry four alien men, the Dains.
But she was tough and could do what was necessary to survive.
She had loved and lost, just as all humans on Earth had.
The invasion of the Dains took everything from them.
They caused the apocalypse.

But her new alien husbands are not what she expected. They are kind. Each Dain intrigues her
for more than just their sexy looks. There’s Keara, the one who first laid eyes on her and treats
her like royalty. Arin who is forceful, strong and primal in bed. Bryne and Lokin make her laugh
and feel safe. Every day she begins to trust them, to care for them.

But there is a secret that could cost her, her life.

She is pregnant with a human child.
This is forbidden.
Will Reena be able to keep her baby a secret from her new alien husbands until she can figure out an escape? Or is she doomed from the start?

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sky full of mysteriesSKY FULL OF MYSTERIES by Rick R Reed

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars.

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love from aboveLOVE FROM ABOVE (YEARNING BOOK 1) by Stella Casey

Alyssa: The tiger followed me home. Talk about things you never expect to admit but that’s how it all started: the tiger followed me home. …Except he wasn’t a tiger. It turns out, the zoo’s tiger is some kind of shapeshifter from another planet.

And I think I might be in love. Being a single mother with two full-time jobs is hard enough–I don’t have time for love! I can barely keep a roof over our heads as it is.

What even is my life these days? I’m just a veterinarian. What do I know about aliens? Until yesterday I didn’t even believe in them but he’s just so… fascinating.

Lii’thoou : Exiled from my home world, branded a criminal, it was easier to find a place with free meals than it was to try to fit in with these humans. I’ve watched for her through the glass since the first day I spotted her. There’s just something about her that makes me hold my breath for that extra second when her hips twitch with those high heels and-

I’m not supposed to reveal myself while I’m here but who’s going to find out if I do? I’m sure I can convince her to keep quiet and she has a darling little girl. I’ve always loved children.

Sure, she doesn’t realize she’s got someone special purring after her every move but how would she know? Humans don’t often talk to shapeshifters lounging on earth as tigers.

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heaven for toastersA HEAVEN FOR TOASTERS by Nicholas C Rossis

A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don’t fall for toasters—do they?

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to see the sunTO SEE THE SUN by Kelly Jensen

Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion — someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.

Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything — even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.

Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.

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you only love twiceYOU ONLY LOVE TWICE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

Five years ago, Gemma Townsend learned the hard way what happens when you break this rule. She lost everything. Her mentor’s trust. The man she loved. And almost her life. Love is a weakness she can never afford again.

When offered a chance at redemption, the seductive spy is determined to complete her assigned task: to track down a dangerous assassin known as the Chameleon, a mysterious killer sent after the queen, whose identity seems to constantly change.

But as her investigation leads Gemma into a trap, she’s rescued by a shadowy figure she thought was dead—the double agent who once stole her heart.

A man with few memories, all Obsidian knows is Gemma betrayed him, and he wants revenge. But one kiss ignites the unextinguished passion between them, and he can’t bring himself to kill her.

Can Obsidian ever trust her again? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? Because it soon becomes clear the Chameleon might be closer than either of them realized… and this time Gemma is in the line of fire.

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stars unchartedSTARS UNCHARTED by S K Dunstall

VS Note: Recommended by Riley at the Whiskey with My Book Blog who says basically not a lot of romance but “worth the time spent reading”. Put it on my TBR list.

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

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22302230: THE PERFECT YEAR by C M Corett

Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.

When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.

But then there’s the major…

Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.

When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.

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mission her protectionMISSION: HER PROTECTION (TEAM 52 BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: A new series, has touches of scifi at least but is listed as a military romance. I always love her books, in all genres!

When Rowan’s Arctic research team pulls a strange object out of the ice in Northern Canada, things start to go wrong…very, very wrong. Rescued by a covert, black ops team, she finds herself in the powerful arms of a man with scary gold eyes. A man who vows to do everything and anything to protect her…

Dr. Rowan Schafer has learned it’s best to do things herself and not depend on anyone else. Her cold, academic parents taught her that lesson. She loves the challenge of running a research base, until the day her scientists discover the object in a retreating glacier. Under attack, Rowan finds herself fighting to survive…until the mysterious Team 52 arrives.

Former special forces Marine Lachlan Hunter’s military career ended in blood and screams, until he was recruited to lead a special team. A team tasked with a top-secret mission—to secure and safeguard pieces of powerful ancient technology. Married to his job, he’s done too much and seen too much to risk inflicting his demons on a woman. But when his team arrives in the Arctic, he uncovers both an unexplained artifact, and a young girl from his past, now all grown up. A woman who ignites emotions inside him like never before.

But as Team 52 heads back to their base in Nevada, other hostile forces are after the artifact. Rowan finds herself under attack, and as the bullets fly, Lachlan vows to protect her at all costs. But in the face of danger like they’ve never seen before, will it be enough to keep her alive.

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warrior queen emily r kingTHE WARRIOR QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN BOOK 4) by Emily R King

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before.

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mistys mayhemMISTY’S MAYHEM: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 3 by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: Did you read my USA Today/HEA post on mermaid romance, interviewing Robyn and 9 other authors? You’ll want to read about her childhood alter ego ‘Swimmy’…this is a really long blurb but I couldn’t figure out where to logically truncate it!

Misty: What’s love got to do with it? If you’re Cupid, everything. If you’re me, not a thing in the sea. I don’t believe in love.

Poseidon is smoking some bad seaweed if he expects me to take the one job I’m obviously not qualified for. Rumor has it, Cupid is a chubby baby with a bad attitude. That’s all I need. A pissed off porcine toddler with love arrows gunning for my tail because I took his job.

On top of that, the idiot I’m kind of seeing who shall remain nameless—mostly because I don’t know his name… don’t judge—left red and silver magic all over my skin and hair last time we… umm…went on a date. And guess what? It doesn’t wash off.

Poseidon saw me sparkling away and now I’m freakin’ Cupid. Getting to the bottom of this abyss means finding what’s his name and thrashing his fine, smexy behind with my fin.

Why does this send shivers of delight all the way to the tip of my tail you might ask? I have no clue and no time to figure it out. Don’t judge.

I’m about to give love a bad name.

Cupid: Love is a fool’s game. Or at least I thought so for the past millennium.

Getting fired by a slightly inebriated God of the Sea isn’t so bad as long as you can find your way past the slurring of his words. Finding out Poseidon’s replacing me with the Mermaid I’ve been seeing for the past fifty years is an arrow straight to the heart. And not the good kind.

No big deal, right? I’ll just go to her and explain the job is mine. End of story.
Of course, it could get a bit awkward since we never actually exchanged names.

I’m Cupid and will always be Cupid. Sure, I may have slacked off a little and caused a tear in the abyss that may have possibly let some Demons through to this plane. I mean, who doesn’t let that happen every now and again? But the word around Mt. Olympus is that said Demons are coming for Cupid. And if she’s Cupid and I’m not, then they’re coming for my Mermaid. Unacceptable.

It might be a battlefield—but in the name of love, I’ll fight for this crazy little thing.

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the prince 1001 dark nightsTHE PRINCE: A WICKED NOVELLA by Jennifer L Armentrout

She’s everything he wants….Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for.

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dionnas rangerDIONNA’S RANGER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Desperate to avoid the Archon’s demands—and his inevitable wrath at Dionna’s unwillingness to share her secret tying runemagic ability—Field Marshall Tyronix sends them on a dangerous mission: traveling behind enemy lines to the Daggerscar Canyon, where the Hivemind has erected a hive dedicated to producing the Silithik wasps which have been plaguing the western front. Dionna’s Quint must sneak into the canyon, destroy the hive with their superweapon, and find a way to escape.

But Tyronix isn’t sending them alone. A unit of Archenon archers is reassigned to escort them to the canyon, and to guard them from the constant wasp attacks. A simple duty, until they overhear one of the runemessages from the Archon accusing Dionna’s Quint of treason…

Can Dionna and her Quintmates complete the mission and escape the canyon alive? And more importantly: will it buy Tyronix enough time to convince the Archon of their loyalty?

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denied cathy clampDENIED A NOVEL OF THE SAZI (LUNA LAKE) by Cathy Clamp

Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter with the ability to become a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community where all are welcome.

The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent is newcomer bear shifter Tristan. Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer.

She’s wrong. Tristan has killed—though he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to find that evil and destroy it.

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mind gamesMIND GAMES: A PARANORMAL EROTIC THRILLER by Cecelia Tan

VS note: From July

Ever since she foresaw the death of her parents, Wren has suppressed her latent psychic abilities. Avoiding strong emotions, Wren leads a placid but lonely life until her quiet is shattered by her sister Abby going missing… and the private investigator searching for her.

Derek Chapman isn’t what Wren expects. He’s young, handsome, and surprisingly sensitive. Wren is attracted to him immediately, but fears that deepening any connection with Derek—emotional, spiritual, or sexual—will open the floodgates locked in her mind.

A mystery man appears in Wrens dreams, dealing pain and pleasure. Is Wren’s subconscious warning her away from Derek, or longing for him? When the search for Abby leads to a secret sex club, it seems fate is pulling Wren into Derek’s arms, whether she is ready or not.

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bloodlust by midnightBLOODLUST BY MIDNIGHT (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 2) by Deanna Chase

Being a badass witch isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Vampire Hunter Phoebe Kilsen’s world is falling apart. Her shifter partner has been drugged and is in danger of turning rabid, and her brother has disappeared into thin air… literally.

Just as Phoebe is on the verge of making a major breakthrough on finding her long-lost brother, a new drug is introduced into New Orleans’s black market. It’s Phoebe’s job to find out who is responsible and neutralize them before New Orleans is overrun with rabid wolves. With Eadric Allcot as her number one suspect, she finds herself once again facing down the most powerful vampire in New Orleans. But when her partner Dax is viscously attacked with the drug, she needs Allcot’s help to save him. Now she’s forced to make a choice between defying orders and saving the one she loves. The decision is an easy one for Phoebe. She’s willing to break all the rules to save Dax… and if luck is on her side, she might even find her brother.

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wild hungerWILD HUNGER (AN HEIRS OF CHICAGOLAND NOVEL) by Chloe Neill

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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bewitching the beastBEWITCHING THE BEAST by Tamara Hughes

Ethan Lockwood hates what he’s become—a slave to a parasitic monster whose victims’ names pepper the obituaries. He’s possessed by The Beast, a dragon who feeds off human spiritual energy. After a year of fighting The Beast’s demands, Ethan is losing the battle. The creature is taking over his mind, body, and soul. When he spies Tess, he can relate to her weary look and the sadness in her eyes, but her aura shines like a beacon, attracting The Beast. Ethan is forced to drain her energy, but for a split second, she subdues the creature inside him, compelling the spirit to slumber. How? Can she somehow free him from The Beast? Ethan chases after her. He can’t afford to let Tess die.

Since her fiancé’s death, Tess Edwards struggles to find new meaning in life. She doesn’t expect that new meaning to involve a sexy photographer who says he’s possessed by an energy-stealing beast. He claims she’s in danger and that he’s the only one who can save her. Great. He’s a nut job—cute, but delusional. She doesn’t believe in dragon spirits and magic, not until she finds her grandmother’s Book of Shadows. She’s descended from witches, and the book warns her of her fate. Although the beast inside Ethan needs her alive, he isn’t the only one of his kind. There’s another, and he wants Tess dead.

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midnight prophecyMIDNIGHT PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Ellen Dugan

Camilla (Cammy) Midnight is the youngest sister of the daughters of Midnight. Organized and confident, the pink-haired wise woman has her future all neatly mapped out. She is on the brink of launching her own business, and Camilla has no time for distractions or romance.
Camilla meets Jacob, the landscaper in charge of redesigning the gardens of the old haunted house on the cliffs. The rugged, single father is unquestionably attractive, and his five-year old son is absolutely adorable. Despite herself, Camilla is smitten, until she realizes that the landscaper is a skeptic. While Jake has been captivated by Cammy and her edgy style, she tries to dismiss him and his narrow-minded attitude. What he assumes is all a joke, for Camilla is an essential part of who she is. Nevertheless, something keeps pulling the two of them together.
Destiny, it seems cannot be denied. .. (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shifting aurasSHIFTING AURAS (UNIVERSE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Clare Davon

VS note: From July

Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.

She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.

Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.

But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.

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unrewarded loveUNREWARDED LOVE: MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 2 by E L Roux

What was I supposed to do when my sick mother asked me to help her finish prepping for her fashion show? I wanted to say no, because it meant working with Kyla, a man I detest, but when no one else can help, I have to step up.

Except I don’t trust Kyla. I know he’s pretending to want me for unrestricted access to my mother’s clothing line. But as the week goes by, I have to admit, he’s been more help than hindrance. I hope he doesn’t betray my building attraction for him with deceit, I don’t think my heart can take the pain.

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crimson tamela milesCRIMSON by Tamela Miles

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows.

Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

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born into chaosBORN INTO CHAOS by Lily Lamb

Many hundreds of years ago, he was born into a world of chaos. Shunned by the gods and the humans because of his lineage. He lived in isolation, filled with resentment and shame for not fitting in anywhere. As his resentment built, he no longer cared for anyone but living by his own rules that nearly destroyed him.
One night, a feeling of wonderment crept into his heart, reaching every cell within his body. Although he beamed from ear to ear, he didn’t know why he felt such elation, until he sensed the gentle, rhythmic beat which would beckon him…giving him the will to wake up from a deep sleep, curiosity in tow, his last chance at reparation for his misdeeds. It will lead to a deceptive fight for his sanity and future. Living has never been more deadly and costly… or fulfilling.

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ford terra wolfeFORD (CANYON HOLLOW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Terra Wolfe and Meredith Clark

Ford Pearce is the Alpha of the Canyon Hollow Shifter Clan. The fight with the coyote pack has gone on long enough. There is too much at stake, and he isn’t willing to lose anyone if it comes to a fight. The only thing he can do is ask another Alpha for help. But what the other Alpha wants in return? Ford to marry his daughter.

Enter Amelia Evans, next in line to take over the Canyon Hollow Wolf Pack. She has always known that her parents would eventually arrange a marriage for her. After all, her parent’s marriage was arranged and they have one of the most loving relationships she has ever seen. But still, she has reservations.

Ford has to convince Amelia that he’s worth her time if he wants to save his clan. But how is he supposed to marry Amelia if she won’t even speak to him?

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her cougar cowboyHER COUGAR COWBOY (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY) by Moxie North

Genevieve Mason has the job she’s always wanted. As a buyer for Saks’ exclusive plus-size fashion line… she gets paid to shop, and there’s nothing she’d change about her life. Except maybe one thing. On a whim, she decides to reach out to Gerri at the Paranormal Dating Agency. At worst she’d have a few dates with some hot shifters, and if her luck was really good, she might wind up with something completely unexpected – a mate.

Brooks Alder wasn’t looking for love. Sure, every shifter was on the hunt for their mate, but he was busy enough with his ranch to be able to forget what was missing in his life…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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flower in the palaceFLOWER IN THE PALACE by Jordan Silver

Prince Jai of Zihan was soon to be named Crown Prince once his father ascended the throne. At seventeen he was an accomplished young man who had learned at his father and grandfather’s knees the ways of an emperor.
There was no doubt that he would one day be a formidable ruler. But now there was a great struggle about to unfold, the fight for the position of Crown Princess Consort.
She would one day become the Empress to rule at her husband’s side and the vying political factions were willing to go to any lengths to get their preferred noble daughter on the throne.
By chance prince Jai, when he was still a young man came upon a beauty unlike any other he’d ever seen before…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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wicked faeWICKED FAE (MAGIC AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot

Vivid dreams have always plagued Ginevra, and they constantly star the same four magical people. She spent her childhood in and out of therapy until she learned to lie and hide the invisible friends who grew up with her and played with her every night.
But lately, the dreams begin to bleed into her waking hours – talking to her, calling to her, teasing her.
She just wants to focus on her career as a cellist, but she’s losing the line between sleeping and waking and they refuse to leave her alone.
They tell her she chose them.
They tell her they need her.
They tell her they’re coming for her.

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bakra brideBAKRA BRIDE (TAPESTRIES SERIES BOOK 2) by N J Walters

VS note: Listed as erotica

After witnessing a gruesome murder, Jane Smith has watched her life crumble around her. Her only solace is the stunning and mysterious tapestry she discovered at a thrift store. When the image stitched into the tapestry magically comes to life one night, Jane finds herself transported to a mystical Medieval world, where two massive warriors declare their intentions to cater to her every sensual desire.

Zaren and Bador are stunned to realize that the prophecy of the tapestry has come true and brought Jane to them. The brothers willingly accept their duty to indulge her in every possible form of passion. But Jane’s arrival has also attracted the attention of rival warriors, who will go to any lengths to steal her from the Bakra brothers and claim her as their own.

As Jane adjusts to this frightening but enthralling world, Zaren and Bador risk all to protect her—even as they use all their sexual skill, separately and together, to take her to unimagined sensual heights. Because the time for Jane to choose is drawing near, and the Bakra brothers must convince her to abandon her former life—and take one of them as her loving husband for all time.

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wolfs banditTHE WOLF’S BANDIT by Milly Taiden

Robyn Loxley is determined to save every homeless child she can find, even if she has to break the law to do it. Since the royal foundation rudely turned her down, her target has become their crown jewels. She needs only one more job before she’s done for good.

Wolf shifter Aitan Hansen is the crown prince of a small country where he runs his royal foundation and takes care of his shifter town. He comes to the U.S. to find who has been stealing his family heirlooms. He’s completely unprepared to meet his mate, especially when he suspects her of being the thief.

With the opportunity to score a lucrative piece of artwork, Robyn jumps at the chance. The problem is Aitan isn’t the only one interested in her night job. Her black-market dealer doesn’t want to share profits any longer and he’ll do whatever needed to get her latest heist, even taking her with the merchandise.

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phoenix and the wolfPHOENIX AND THE WOLF (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 2) by Bianca D’arc

Diana doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. She feels drawn to the sun and dreams of flying under her own power, but her commitments in the real world—and the grandmother who depends on her—keep her grounded. Then her car breaks down in front of a high-end repair yard and she meets a man who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and take a walk on the wild side…with him.

Stone’s enchanted by the redheaded damsel. He’s charmed by the way she talks to her grandma on the phone. And he’s totally ensnared by the idea that she might actually be his mate. But there’s something about her… Something intensely magical and a bit too familiar. Could she be another of the near-mythical phoenix shifters? Or is she something else entirely?

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soul of the packSOUL OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

Wolf expert Maddox “Ripp” Rippington knows nothing about her past and has only ever felt at home among her wolves at Willow Creek Wolf Sanctuary. When the Sanctuary is shut down, she’s lost. The only clue to her past is a birth certificate with the name Ansel Wolfgang on it, but she has never been brave enough to track her father down. Until now.

Kindergarten teacher Kyra Wolfgang is more than attracted to the mysterious human who arrives in Wolfgang County, a human as dominant and confident as any wolf she has ever met. For the first time in her life, Kyra knows the passion she has always longed for. But with the Wolfgang Alpha and Second distrustful of Ripp’s sudden appearance and her claim of a connection to the pack, does Kyra and Ripp’s love stand a chance?

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a gift of graceA GIFT OF GRACE (TASSAMARA BOOK 4) by Sarah Wynde

For Noah Blake, pretending to be normal is getting harder by the day. A brush with death in Iraq has left him suffering from chronic auditory hallucinations. Ignoring the voices he hears isn’t always easy, but Noah knows it’s better than the alternatives.

Yet when a mysterious redhead hands him a seemingly innocuous business card, a new voice — that of a teenage boy — becomes too insistent to deny. It wants him to go to Tassamara. It swears he’ll find help there.
It’s bad enough to have hallucinations, but doing what they say is bound to lead to disaster.
Isn’t it?

In the quirky small town of Tassamara, Florida, everyone’s got psychic abilities. Or almost everyone. Grace Latimer is the only one in her family who doesn’t.

But she doesn’t need them: she’s got compassion, common sense, and courage, and that’s all it will take to help Noah, a handsome stranger with a serious ghost problem. Well, that, and a little assistance from the rest of the town.

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touch of goldA TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan

VS note: Not sure how much actual romance there is but I was intrigued by the idea of a daughter of King Midas. YA

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

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blackoutBLACKOUT (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 5) by Dannika Dark

After what was supposed to be a simple job, Raven and Christian uncover a sinister plot against the higher authority, and the stakes are as high as the body count. The assassins are merciless, with anyone who stands in their way becoming collateral damage. Meanwhile, Raven is still struggling to make sense of her feelings for Christian following a memory wipe.

During a blackout, the city erupts into chaos. With Breed on the brink of war, Keystone has only twenty-four hours to complete a secret mission. Raven seeks help from the most unlikely of places, but at what cost?

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hunter huntedHUNTER HUNTED (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 3) by Keri Arthur

VS Note: Urban Fantasy so not sure how much romance there is.

Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one.

But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break.

Then werewolves begin to turn up dead—skinned.
As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town.
One that is determined to claim the reservation—and the wild magic—for his own.

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VERONICA NOTE: Featuring two connected books from my backlist (although they can be read as standalones):

PULSE POUNDING SECTORS SPECIAL FORCES SCIFI ROMANCE

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 8

August 1

July 25

July 18

July 11

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…

Doomed to Fail Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

Here’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!)

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

The excerpt – Darik is arguing with MARL12, his Artificial Intelligence (AI) sidekick, who refused to assist him in taking down a force field barrier and rescuing Nicolle. from a large predator (Nicolle has left the spot to rejoin the other humans.)

“I thought I was going to watch her get eaten by that beast,” he said to his AI, clenching his hand on the pulse rifle’s stock, “If you ever deny a request from me in such a way again, you and I are through, and I’ll do my best to destroy you.”

“Rescuing the humans is not a mission parameter,” MARL12 floated at what he probably calculated was a safe distance.

Swallowing hard, Darik took a moment to master his anger, “Well, saving them should be. ” He reflected the need for his report at the end of this mission to contain a few harsh comments about the MARL subunit’s inability to respond to changes in the operation in the field, on the fly.

“If I had interrupted the force barrier to allow you to rescue the woman, the Khagrish would have been alerted. There wasn’t a sufficient chance of success in extracting the entire group of humans and conveying them to safety at this time. Neither you nor I can communicate with those in the sanctuary valley headquarters except at the specific times when MARL primary will be listening for my short burst signal.”

“I’m done talking about it,” Darik hated to admit the AI had even a small kernel of rationality on which to hang its argument.

He wracked his brain for a way to free her if MARL12 continued to refuse to provide assistance, but there was no way known to the Badari to break through a Khagrish force field. He could do a frontal assault on the Khagrish lab itself, of course, but a one-man attack was doomed to fail.

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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#Fantasy Romance Authors Talk #Mermaids and Why We Love Them

claimed_mila_youngI did a special post this week for USA Today Happy Ever After blog, on the timeless allure of mermaids, and why we love to read about them so much. I asked ten fantasy romance authors what appealed to them so much, regarding these sirens of the seas, and why they felt readers enjoyed the genre. The answers were fun and fascinating, from Robyn Peterman’s recounting of her own pretend childhood character “Swimmy” to  comments from others on the sense of danger, the magic, the challenge of creating an undersea kingdom…

I’ll share a bit from the post here and then invite you to hop on over to USAT/HEA to read the entire set in interviews and fun insights!

ariels_antics_robyn_petermanRobyn Peterman, author of
Ariel’s Antics (Sea Shenanigans #2)

My mother can corroborate this story … LOL. When I was little, I spent hours upon hours in the pool pretending to be a mermaid! My name was Swimmy and I saved Barbies and Little Kiddle dolls from sea monsters. I was very successful — not a single doll was eaten by a monster. Sooooo, naturally I would eventually write about them. However, I have chosen far better names than Swimmy.

I write comedic paranormal romance. I have a vampire series, a witch series and a werewolf series. The only thing missing was mermaids, and I have now remedied that. It delights me to no end to write the Sea Shenanigans Series and let my inner Swimmy out.

I suppose the readers enjoy mermaids so much for the same reasons I do. They’re fun, sassy, sexy and they can swim with the dolphins! My mermaids have tail colors that change with their moods and are kick-butt warriors. Living on a sun-drenched island, wearing a bikini top and saving the world one bad sea monster at a time is a fine way to live! Oh, and they always get the hot guy. LOL.

And here’s one more:

crosscurrent_catherine_jones_payneCatherine Jones Payne, author of
Crosscurrent (Broken Tides #2)

Mermaids are endlessly fascinating. They’re beautiful and elegant, but there’s an edge to them — a sense of danger, if you will — that keeps you from getting too comfortable. You never quite know if they’re going to fall in love with a handsome prince or eat him. I write about political intrigue, romance and murder, and there’s no better background for that sort of story than a mermaid waterworld.

 

 

For eight more thoughtful discussions by the other authors, including Melanie Karsak, Mila Young, Emma Hamm and more, please visit the post on USAT/HEA!

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 8

legionI added ‘Paranormal’ to the blog post title because I do cover that genre as well. 

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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LEGION (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Regine Abel and Juno Wells

He gave her his soul, but she couldn’t hold it.

Ayana has devoted her life training to join the Vanguard, an elite intergalactic military force dedicated to fighting back the Kryptids who nearly destroyed Earth. Only the most powerful psychics are chosen. Yet while her power is unrivaled, she’s unable to perform the most crucial task of soulcatching, even when the Warrior she’s fantasized over for years freely offers her his soul.

Legion is mesmerized by the beauty of Ayana’s aura. The instant his mind touches hers, he recognizes his soulmate. Although she’s Hollow, unable to hold a Warrior’s soul, a strange spark within her could help turn the tide in this bloody war. When a traitor infiltrates their ranks, intent on destroying them from within, Legion is torn between his duty as leader of the Vanguard and the need to protect his mate.

Will he lose the woman who owns his soul before they could even start a life together?

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forbidden jessie donovanTHE FORBIDDEN (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Jessie Donovan

Princess Kalahn tro el Vallen has wanted a purpose beyond smiling and marrying some strategic connection her entire life. So when her brother proposes a way for her to help protect their family, she jumps at the chance and agrees to training. What she doesn’t expect is for her trainer to be the male she kissed years ago and hasn’t been able to forget since.

Ryven Xanna is not only one of the best warrior trainers in the Kelderan Army, but he’s also best friend to a prince. When his best friend invites him to participate in a secret operation that will rid the planet of traitors, Ryven doesn’t hesitate to join. True, the female he’s supposed to train is the same one he kissed in the past and wishes to kiss again, but he has the fortitude to resist her and complete his assignment. Only then can he ensure his mother’s future in the colony and the safety of his friend.

As Ryven and Kalahn work together, the pull between them only grows until suddenly they’re connected in a way that they never could’ve foreseen. However, that connection could end up killing one of them if they continue with their plans. Will they both find a way to survive their mission and be with each other? Or, will duty trump all, including the life of one of them?

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traitor emmy chandlerTRAITOR (PRISON PLANET BOOK 6) by Emmy Chandler

VS note: I have LOVED this series and bought this book on pre-order, which I don’t do all that often.

Sold into slavery as a teenager, Mallory Landrum was held captive by Varian Roys until she was coerced into testifying against him, and despite their promise to protect her, the corrupt government of Kallisto sends her to Rhodon. There, she is rented out to wealthy guests who come to tour the prison planet until she escapes into the open population, only to find herself in zone three, hiding from the very man she sent to prison.

Hit man Barrett Oliver survived the brutal attack that took both his voice and his wife. He swore to kill everyone who played a part in her death, but when his vengeance falls short, he winds up on Rhodon, in the same zone as Varian Roys, the man he failed to kill.

When he discovers Mallory fleeing the wreckage of a crashed space yacht, he realizes she’s just the bait he needs to draw their mutual enemy out of hiding. Though he can’t speak to her, the more time he spends with the beautiful, psychologically fragile little survivor, the harder he falls for her. And the less willing he is to dangle her in front of a monster who’s already taken his first love.

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entropyENTROPY (ATROPHY BOOK 4) by Jess Anastasi

VS Note: Always good to see a new book in this series!

Captain Qaelan Forster is used to trouble. He lives on the wrong side of the law and he’s on the most-wanted lists. He’s mixed up in his cousin’s mess who has problems on a cosmic level—like shape-shifting aliens who want them dead. But Qaelan’s not prepared for the cheeky kind of trouble called Camille Blackstone, whose infamous father has any man interested in his daughter executed.

After Camille drags Qaelan into an impulsive act of rebellion, she finds herself trying to defend the sexy captain from her overprotective father’s wrath, even if she has to handcuff herself to the sexy captain to keep him alive. However, it soon becomes apparent there are much more dangerous things lurking in the dark corners of the universe than a vengeful pirate lord. And she’s just landed in the middle of it.

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implantedIMPLANTED by Lauren C Teffeau

When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.

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reviving dadeREVIVING DADE (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 3) by Becca Jameson

Blair has the perfect cushy assignment.
Protect Dade while he recovers from ten years in a cryostat.
In a remote hidden cabin.
With plenty of supplies.
And nothing but time.
But time is Dade’s number one enemy.
And Blair can’t seem to maintain her badass persona around him.
He’s breaking down her walls.
She’s working her ass off to convince him life is worth living.
A mole in the government would rather see him dead.
An experimental treatment could save him. One he isn’t willing to try.
Even when they’re arguing, the chemistry between them is palpable.
But now is not the time for romance.
Now is the time to fight for his life.

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marauder lisa laceMARAUDER (TERRA MATES BOOK 16) by Lisa Lace

I didn’t believe the rumors about TerraMates. People say the company has started taking women off the streets and selling them as sex toys for aliens.
I should have listened.
I’m a prisoner, and my captor is supposed to deliver me to his leader.
But after tasting my body and mastering my soul, he has decided he wants me for himself. He doesn’t care what the king wants.
Do I want to go back to Earth, or keep begging for more?

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mated to the zoranMATED TO THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 1) ) by Luna Hunter

Anaya’s having a tough week. Ever since the Rift opened up, she’s been having ‘episodes’. That’s to say, the young woman has suddenly realized she has telepathic powers.

It’s quite unnerving.

And then there’s Theros: A silver, tall, gorgeous Zoran warrior who has shown up out of nowhere and who claims that they are both Chosen and that the Mating Star Prophecy is coming to pass.

That’s also quite out of the ordinary.
And what about the megacorps who want to abduct her and use her powers for their own gain?
Also definitely not good. Not good at all.

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claim the leopard princessCLAIM THE LEOPARD PRINCESS (TRUE MATE BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemei X

The sexy, dominant wolf shifter never thought I’d fall onto his doomed planet. When I do, he thinks it’s the best day of his life. It’s the worst for me.

I escaped being a breeder to a cruel king, only to have my spaceship crash on the arena where nine clans fight to the death to claim me. I flee the ship, but the wolf tracks me down. He fucks me, believing I’m his mate, but when he finds out who I truly am–a leopard princess whose father slaughtered his family–he looks at me with hatred.

Yet he can’t let me go. His body craves mine too much, but his pack won’t allow me to live. He must choose–put down his fated mate or defend me and lose everything.

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visionsVISIONS (COLONY 6 Book 2) by Teyla Branton

Enforcer Jaxon Tennant and his former Colony 6 crew are the last hope for a post-Breakdown society, where CORE Elite experiment on and enslave those they profess to aid. Jaxon’s gift of premonitions, his visions of what will be, are growing stronger and more frequent—and equally more terrifying. But he sees nothing of the vision he needs most, and if he doesn’t find a way to change that, there may not be a future for one of his crew.

When they attempt to save a potential ally, the man turns out to be more than what he seems, and the crew must make a hard choice. Either way, people will die.

When their plan goes sideways, they start down a path that might get them all killed before they have the chance to save the CORE’s two million residents. Before Jaxon has a chance to win the woman he will always love.

What more they uncover about their past and Jaxon’s parentage might be the most startling revelation of all.

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their brideTHEIR BRIDE (MARRIAGE LOTTERY SERIES STANDALONE) by Stasia Black and A S Green

VS Note: post apocalyptic apparently

All Vanessa ever wanted was to be loved.
Okay, strike that—all she wanted was not to die at the hands of the homicidal maniac who was obsessed with hunting her down—and to be loved.
Was that too much to ask?

Going to Jacob’s Well and becoming a Lottery Bride sounded like it would make all Vanessa’s dreams come true.
For the first time in her life, she’d have a family. For the first time in her life, she’d have not just one person to love her, but five.
And she’d be safe. from the notorious female slave trader, Lorenzo Bernal.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem.

When the lottery husbands are announced, it turns out none of them intentionally entered. And they want out of the bargain.

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kayneKAYNE (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Mira Maxwell

Kayne vows to never return to his home planet Gaia. Haunted by memories of an interstellar war, he joins The Force to stay on the move. Jumping around the galaxy for each new mission is the only way he keeps the past at bay.

Nothing slows him down, until he rescues a beautiful human from a life of slavery during an undercover mission.

Sarina knows only fear and darkness since being abducted by the Lezovians. Kayne is the first bright spot in her world since she was taken from Earth, and she instantly feels safe with him.

The attraction is mutual. Kayne is determined to follow her anywhere, until she’s sent to a safe haven for recovering abductees at the one place he swore he’d never return: Gaia.

Their attraction is undeniable, but will they both be able to conquer their pasts in order to have a future?

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mates for anyaMATES FOR ANYA by Petra Gale

A 4-way love triangle on the planet Gartha, featuring one beautiful woman destined to rule, and three handsome shifters to win her heart.

Anya Sheni was a princess who had never intended to rule court 13 on her home planet Gartha. When her brother went and got himself killed by space pirates, she was suddenly thrust into inheriting his place, and her time to rule has now come.

The only problem Anya faces before she can become ruler is this pesky ritual where she has to be mated to three capable warriors before she can take over…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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soldiers runawaySOLDIER’S RUNAWAY (KORYSTUS ALIENS BOOK 2) by Avery Rae

Kolyr is a soldier, loyal to Korystus. I’m an escaped prisoner.He chose to save me from my captor and I don’t know why. His kind treat humans like dirt.Which is why I shouldn’t be so eager to fall into his arms. But alone in the glowing forests of Korystus… anything can happen.The question is, where do a dishonored soldier and a runaway go from here? My captor won’t stop looking for me, and the forest can’t hide us forever.

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beasts beautyBEAST’S BEAUTY: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL by Rena Marks

Crested Utilitarian Laboratories has discovered alien DNA and using it, create beings in an underground laboratory. Since the Xeno Sapiens have escaped, they’ve adapted to life in their own protected city. But protection is only as safe as the people around you, as Beast and Sunny find out.

Beast realizes his mate doesn’t know she’s his. As a man with immense strength, he’ll hold off on claiming her. But when humans take what’s his, all holds are off and his beast is unleashed.

Sunny has a hidden strength of her own. A dangerous power that can sap the life energy—the soul—of another during high emotion. She’ll keep away because the last person she wants to hurt—and the person she feels strongest about—is Beast.
There may be more pain in fighting her desire than in defending his soul.

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puristTHE PURIST  by M Crane Hana

Eridan wields the coveted bardic rank of Master-Singer to keep his dying race’s culture alive in a brutal world of magic and war. He doesn’t know Sfassa, his brawny wife and musical partner, traded her fanged-and-furred alien shape for a more-human one so she could be with him. Their idyllic marriage shatters when, wounded by an assassination attempt, Sfassa must forever return to her birth shape and her own people.

Eridan still adores his wife and unborn child, but his prim religion and heritage now forbid his marriage. Only the Northwarden—a dangerously charming, genderfluid sorcerer who enforces civilization’s uneasy peace—can guide him toward a solution. Eridan finds he likes the Northwarden far too much for comfort.

Eridan can risk life and sanity to gain shapeshifting and Sfassa, or live a secret and protected life as the Northwarden’s lover. To keep them both, he picks a third audacious path, testing all his skills against vicious assassins, meddling volcano goddesses, his own dearly-bought pride, and the malevolent, sapient heart of the planet itself.

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rogue protocol murderbotROGUE PROTOCOL (THE MURDERBOT DIARIES) by Martha Wells

VS note: 3rd in the series, NOT romance but oh so good. I’m thoroughly hooked on this character and the series. SciFi. Had it pre-ordered in fact.

Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

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garrison girlGARRISON GIRL: AN ATTACK ON TITAN NOVEL by Rachel Aaron

VS note: Something different from the author who is also Rachel Bach.

This original YA novel features all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan, the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit.

When the last vestige of the human race is threatened by unstoppable carnivorous giants, a brave young woman decides to defy her wealthy family and join the military garrison to battle humanity’s enemies. But Rosalie Dumarque soon finds that her dream of escaping the protection of Wall Rose not only leads to bloody sword fights with monsters, but exposes her to other dangers. Can she earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, stand up to a corrupt authority, navigate a forbidden romance…and cut her way out of a titan’s throat?

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vesuvius 4IN THE SHADOW: VESUVIUS EPISODE 4: A ROMAN TIMESLIP ROMANCE by JL Madore

Torn apart by plots, betrayals, and the brutal strength of nature itself, Danika and Quintus fight to survive the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.

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catwoman soulstealerCATWOMAN SOULSTEALER by Sarah J Maas

VS Note: Teen and YA but looks like fun if you’re into the character.

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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past reflectionsPAST REFLECTIONS: AMETHYST CHRONICLES by K G Stutts

VS note: From June

An accident sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!

Amethyst was on a mission to recover a time travel device when it accidentally turned on and sent Ember back to the year 2017. She comes face-to-face with the ISC legends who shaped the future: Dr. Maddie Brooks, Dr. Mack Rhodes, and their families. Ember was expecting to lay low and get to know the men and women she has idolized since she was a child. However, destiny has other plans. While trying to figure out how to get Ember home, the team learn she is the only one who can protect a heavily pregnant Maddie from a threat. Shawn Silvers, the leader of Caeruleus team from Ember’s time has also traveled with plans on changing the future.

For so long, she has kept her heart out of her missions, except this time it might not be possible. The more time Ember spends with the legendary group, the more she feels connected with them. Especially with Logan Brooks, the handsome, enigmatic warrior who is as fascinated with her as she is with him. Her new goal is clear: protect Maddie from Silvers and return to 3018. However, how much of her heart is she willing to leave behind when she goes home, if she returns at all?

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heart of a dire wolfHEART OF A DIRE WOLF: ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: I love her scifi romance and all of this series is on my TBR List for sure!

Skyla Chekal is in trouble. She’s a prisoner in an illegal underground auction house that sells magical creatures. If they learn she’s a dire wolf with free magic, they’ll hold a special high-roller sale just for her. She needs to keep her head down and escape, but she can’t because she smells someone who stirs her in the way only a true mate can. She can’t leave without him.

Siberian tiger shifter Nic Paletin can’t believe he’s found himself in a cage in an auction house run by wizards. As long as he continues to play dumb, he should be able to get out soon. But the intriguing smell of a woman who calls to his tiger has him tied up more than the shackles on his ankles.

As turned on as Skyla is by Nic’s intoxicating presence, she knows they first have to survive long enough to get free. Unfortunately, threats continue to escalate. In their escape, Skyla is sent somewhere else, and Nic has no idea where or what trouble she might be in. He must find her before the wizards do, plus figure out how to work together if they’re going to crack the secrets of a mysterious new-old town.

And they better hurry, because the greedy wizards not only know where they are, they’re after the fabled treasures of this vulnerable sanctuary town.

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iron bonesIRON BONES (WILD HUNT BOOK 3) by Yasmine Galenorn

Light and Dark Fae are both dying, caught in the grip of a plague that threatens to sweep through both courts. The deadly disease is spreading, and no one can pinpoint the origins, nor can an antidote be formulated until the details of the contagion are understood. As Cernunnos sets Ferosyn—his best healer—on the task, he also instructs the Wild Hunt to take on the investigation.

Now, Ember and Herne must race against time, seeking an answer before both Fae courts are decimated. Their search leads them deep into the mountains, to a hidden burial site where they discover a terrifying secret that could mean the extinction of the entire Fae race.

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dark alphas hungerDARK ALPHA’S HUNGER (REAPERS) by Donna Grant

Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.

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deceptionDECEPTION (FACETS OF FEYRIE BOOK 3) by Zoe Parker

The dark is angry…
Jameson, the dummy, went off chasing boobs so now I’m chasing a boob too—him.
Every road, so far, ends at a dead end or with someone dead at the end. Mostly the latter. My patience is growing short and so is time.
As Phobe blithely reminds me with his sharp smile, there’s a reason the Sidhe chose me and that reason leaves me covered in blood.
When I finally find the people who took my nerd—I realize the depth of deception.
Betrayed unexpectedly, the hurt calls forth the angry darkness sleeping inside of me. I’m not sure how much longer I can hold it back, or if I even want to anymore.
Not when the father of Darkness smiles the way he does at me, wanting me to give in. And the people responsible for ALL the pain and hurt in my life are only a few dead bodies away.

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shade of vampire 62A SHADE OF VAMPIRES 62: A CITADEL OF CAPTIVES by Bella Forrest

VS Note: No blurb other than what’s below. Apparently if you’re 62 volumes into it, you don’t need details. Not trying to be snarky – I wish my books sold like hers do LOL!

“Billions of planets. Trillions of flickers of life. All depending on us.”

Return to the world of GASP as the team face their greatest challenge yet.

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fevered longingsFEVERED LONGINGS (BRIDE OF FIRE 3) by Jane Burelli

Mira had hoped she might find happiness in the arms of the Ice Lord. She was wrong. Political forces have driven them apart and the consequences are devastating for the fated mates. Despite all the past hurt and misunderstandings her fever for the infuriating man has not been extinguished, no matter how much she wants it to be.

Zorren never feared the cold until he’d tasted Mira’s warmth and passion. Mira is his and he is determined to claim her and restore her to her rightful place beside him: on the throne, in his life and in his bed. Now if only the little firebrand would cease her fruitless attempts to drive him away.

With rumblings in the South and conspiracy in the Iceari Court, Mira and Zorren need to present a united front more than ever. Are they brave enough to seize their second chance? Can they rebuild their trust and allow their love to blossom. Or will it be strangled by resentment and stubborn pride?

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cage of moonlightA CAGE OF MOONLIGHT (DARK FAE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

There are three important things you should know about me.

First, I’m a shapeshifter. Second, I’ve got claws, and I know how to use them. And third, I’d do anything to save the ones I love.

Which is how I’ve ended up as a slave for the Dark Fae, forced to train at their academy and become a deadly assassin that will fight for their cause. But all I want to do is fight my captors instead.

And the worst part of it all? The four infuriating, dangerous, and incredibly seductive fae who have taken it upon themselves to make my life a living hell.

They want to rile me up. They want to see me fail.
But I’m no damsel in distress.
Let the games begin.

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her bondsHER BONDS (KINDRED SOULS BOOK 4) by Helene Gadot

Rhapsody and her kindreds are more determined than ever to take down the king and put the princess on the throne.
It will take all of them working together to save Faligrey.
And if they fail, their bonds may be broken before they can even fully form.

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bright sideBRIGHT SIDE (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 47) by Zenina Masters

The moment that the horn first appeared, Ystella hated it. She learned how to hide it from her family and the herd, but it involved time in the shop every few weeks. Grinding off a unicorn horn also made for some interesting side effects and taking care of the magical residue became a frenzied event.

With her family prodding her toward any available stallion, Ystella has to obey the rules, while completely avoiding them. Her technique has kept her from any entanglements, but her mother is catching on.

Magnus is a hunter sent to find the anomaly in the area. There is a mythical shifter where no mythical shifter should be and it is his job to identify it and bring it to the council; whether it wants to go or not.

New magic was dangerous and needed to be indexed, catalogued and identified. Magnus has never been so willing to throw himself into the path of danger. He has a hard side. He can take it.

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dreadful companyDREADFUL COMPANY (A DR GRETA HELSING NOVEL) by Vivian Shaw

VS Note: doesn’t appear to contain any romance but sounded interesting.

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen — and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera.

Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires — and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men’s bones.

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alphas packTHE ALPHA’S PACK (KIT DAVENPORT BOOK 6) by Tate James

The time is now.

It seems all I’ve ever wanted was vengeance. I did everything right: I protected my friends, I pushed myself to the limits, and I saved lives. Once upon a time, I was an internationally renowned thief known as The Fox. Nobody knew me. Nobody could catch me.

Nobody but them, my men, my partners in crime. But their love for me, it’s cost them dearly.
Our enemies keep coming for blood. They cut me. They hurt my friends. They push and push to see what will happen.
I’m Kit Davenport, and I’m going to show them what happens.
This is the end.
Theirs.

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zoraida grey voodoo queenZORAIDA GREY AND THE VOODOO QUEEN by Sorchia DuBois

Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.

Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.

Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?

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the foolTHE FOOL: BOOK #1 EGYPTIAN TAROT TRILOGY by Michelle Moore

VS note: From June

Ancient Egypt’s dissolution. The end of Pharaoh Nectanebo II’s reign. The Fool unites three unforgettable characters who struggle to hide a magical disk sent to earth by a child god of major mystery.

High Priest Nesatum has only known luxury. Raised by the last-born ancient ruler of Egypt: Pharaoh Nectanebo II, his unfailing devotion earns him the status of Egypt’s supreme holy man. After being introduced to Mutemwia, Nectanebo’s beautiful, talented and humble seer, Nesatum holds an unrequited love for her even though she must remain pure.

Mutemwia’s veneration for the gods is undoubted, but when a magical disk lands in the river Nile sent by a child god of the Major Arcana: ‘The Fool’, a miracle changes her life. She foretells mankind’s doom if three other celestial weapons are united with the disk: a wand a cup and a sword.

A paranormal chain of events is unleashed when the disk is presented to Pharaoh Nectanebo at Karnack temple and chaos ensues: Nectanebo is ignited with an unstoppable desire for power, Nesatum questions his faith and Ochus and his army approach Thebes.

As the Major Arcana gods threaten to destroy all that is held dear the triad must battle to hide the disk, remain loyal to one another, and survive.

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blyd and pearceBLYD AND PEARCE by Kim Fielding

Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

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welcome_to_summerland_kathryn_moonWELCOME TO SUMMERLAND (SUMMERLAND SERIES BOOK 1) by Kathryn Moon

Lucy Carson isn’t really looking forward to her honeymoon in Summerland. Can she still call it a honeymoon if her fiance, Greg, left her at the altar? Probably not.

The situation doesn’t get better when she discovers that the bed and breakfast won’t let her keep her reservation now that she’s single.

But the residents of Summerland, the strangely idyllic and drowsy oceanside town, are happy to have her come to visit. And in a town where all the residents are young and stunningly beautiful, there’s plenty to enjoy. Like Felix Graves, the darkly handsome owner of Sacred Grounds. Or Jack Wilder, the broad shouldered town recluse who lives in a cabin in the woods. Or even grumpy Dylan Waters, the lighthouse keeper who rents Lucy a little cottage. Not to mention Liam Smith, the rugged local handyman, and Raylon Beam, the mechanic with a smile that could blind a girl.

Things might start looking up for Lucy with neighbors like these, and maybe Summerland can give her a reason to stick around.

Now if she could just put her finger on what makes the town so mysterious.

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ghost of a chanceGHOST OF A CHANCE (REDCLAW SECURITY BOOK 2) by McKenna Dean

At sixteen, Sarah Atwell walked away from her love of horses and a promising career as a competitive rider after discovering she’d inherited the family curse. Years later, her grandmother stunned everyone by leaving Sarah her horse farm—worth millions—but with conditions Sarah might not be able to meet.

A former Redclaw agent, Casey Barnes retired when a security assignment went bad, killing his partner and leaving him as a partial amputee. His inner wolf is in hiding. He’s been living quietly as a horse trainer, but June Atwell’s death now pits him against her granddaughter for rights to the stable.

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they each harbor secrets that might tear them apart.

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dating bearDATING BEAR (LOVE LAID BARE BOOK 7) by Amber Belmont

Aspiring writer, Kate Harding, has almost given up on love. In a last ditch attempt to find the shifter of her dreams, she applies to be on Date Your Mate, a reality show which boasts a 100% success rate in matching women to their mates. She’s stunned when she finds herself selected as the mate-to-be. But with twenty gorgeous shifters to choose from, how is she meant to pick just one?

As the weeks progress, Kate discovers that love in front of a lens is harder than she thought. And as secrets come to light, she wonders whether she’ll be the first ever contestant who’ll finish her season heartbroken and alone.

What does a girl have to do to find the man she’s destined to spend her life with?

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shadow filesTHE SHADOW FILES by Various

VS Note: Not sure how much romance in the 22 stories. Billed as paranormal suspense.

Follow the lives of your favorite paranormal entities as they battle what lurks within the shadows of their supernatural worlds.

Dance with Lucifer, experience love from beyond the grave, solve a case … Grimm-style.

Tangle with vampires, discover relics and get ready for adventures more exciting than Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones!

Follow mages and rebel angels as they battle the evil threatening to end magic … forever.

All this and more can be found inside these exciting and mystical stories!

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wolfs secret vegas brideTHE WOLF’S SECRET VEGAS BRIDE by Eve Langlais

This lone wolf gets the shock of his life when he gets a bill for his wedding in Vegas.

After a soap opera of a week where Rory meets his real father, attempts a hostile business takeover, torches the family business, and almost gets arrested for attempted murder, he decides a relaxing weekend is just what he needs.

Vegas has a way of making a man—even one who’s part wolf—forget his troubles. Rory does such a good job of wiping his mind he doesn’t even remember the wedding he receives an invoice for.
Did he do the unthinkable?

Rory sets out to find his blushing bride only to discover the one thing he never expected. Love. But can a wolf have a happily ever after with a mate who is on the run from danger?

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kindling the darknessKINDLING THE DARKNESS by Jane Kindred

Oliver Connery left a secret paramilitary group because he couldn’t stand the thought of torturing supernatural beings. Lucy Smok’s mission is to send infernal creatures back where they came from. When Lucy learns that Oliver has been harboring hellhounds, she wants to think of him as an enemy—and Oliver wants to think the same of her. But their feelings for each other are another story.

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serpentineSERPENTINE (ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNTER) by Laurell K Hamilton

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is.

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salt magic skin magicSALT MAGIC, SKIN MAGIC by Lee Welch

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray.

When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?

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cleaning houseCLEANING HOUSE (APPALACHIAN ELEMENTALS BOOK 1) by Jeanne G’Fellers

Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.

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in pursuit of dragonsIN PURSUIT OF DRAGONS (AN ELEMENTAL WEB TALE BOOK 4) by Anne Renwick

In a laboratory behind the walls of a castle, Natalia Zakharova Kinross, Lady of Kinlarig, hides her many secrets. But for how much longer? For not only is a medical miracle embedded within her skin, a mythological dragon prowls the grounds. And there are men who will stop at little to lay claim to both.

Though Luke Dryden, cryptozoologist, is welcomed back to the castle at the tip of a blade, an old romance ignites. Until a lingering illness acquired in a secret biotechnology facility takes a turn for the worse – all while disaster circles. To help defend a lady and her dragon, he must attempt a risky cure.

As old enemies threaten their future, they will fight back to back in a desperate last stand.

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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…

Author K G Stutts Visits the Blog

stutts banner2Veronica: My SFR Brigade friend author K G Stutts is having a birthday this week and put all of her books on sale to celebrate! Here’s her post about the books:

KG:  …will be celebrating her 36th birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate, she’s putting all eight of her sci-fi romance books on sale for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Find your new sci-fi addiction with the Mirror trilogy or Amethyst Chronicles.

mirror imageMirror Image: 1st book in the YA trilogy. Madison Mackenzie Rhodes has a comfortable life with a daily routine. When her life is disrupted by an unexpected stranger, she learns there is nothing typical. Her entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone, created to hide the secret that we are not alone in this galaxy. Her counterpart, going by the nickname Mack, works for the Intergalactic Security Commission, which works with a coalition of other planets that protect each other and create technology. As if that wasn’t enough, she can’t stop thinking about John Brooks, one of Mack’s teammates. When an enemy rises from within the ISC that targets both Maddie and Mack, they must work together to save their lives as well as the planet.

With everything changing, and now with her heart involved, saving the world might be the easiest part of it all.

Get it at Amazon or download for free at Barnes and Noble.

mirror shatteredMirror Shattered: 2nd book in the series. It’s been two years since Maddie discovered the truth of her origins. No longer living the ‘comfortable life’ she has become a valued member of the Intergalactic Security Commission surpassing all expectations. Life isn’t easy as the ISC struggles under new leadership. Adding to the adjustment, the new leadership uncovers details that shake Mack and Maddie to their core.

Amid the chaos of what has become, Mack, Maddie and their team are sent off world on a mission that eventually fails, as they narrowly escape with their lives. En route to home their most trusted ally, the Isgurd, delivers more bad news. The team is left with the knowledge that the ISC never existed and the option to repair damage done by the time altering Synth.

Returning to 1965 is the easiest decision they face.

(VS Note: Yeah, that wouldn’t be MY easiest decision LOL!)

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MirrorReformedMirror Reformed: Final book in the trilogy! The ISC’s most dangerous foe, the Synth, is threatening Earth.

Mack, Maddie, and their team scramble to come up with a plan to defeat them once and for all. As the planet’s safety is in jeopardy, the team will have to put it all on the line, or give their lives in the process.

When the dust settles the world will stand together in support of those who are lost.

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Learn about how it all started with the A Mirrors Beginning short story series. Book one, John Brooks, and book two, Seth and Logan Brooks. Coming soon: Jackson Gray

Winter’s Kiss: Book one in this NA series! Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC and the west coast of the United States.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

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Croceus Poison: Book Two: Ember lost it all when she lost Amethyst.

Now, as she recovers physically she must come to terms with her new reality. The struggle to find herself again will push those who care the most away even the men who love her.

In time, an opportunity to recreate her transformation presents itself. Will she risk herself to find what she had? Is it worth her team? Her heart?…

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Past Reflections: Recently released third book in this series! An accident sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!

Amethyst was on a mission to recover a time travel device when it accidentally turned on and sent Ember back to the year 2017. She comes face-to-face with the ISC legends who shaped the future: Dr. Maddie Brooks, Dr. Mack Rhodes, and their families. Ember was expecting to lay low and get to know the men and women she has idolized since she was a child. However, destiny has other plans. While trying to figure out how to get Ember home, the team learn she is the only one who can protect a heavily pregnant Maddie from a threat. Shawn Silvers, the leader of Caeruleus team from Ember’s time has also traveled with plans on changing the future.

For so long, she has kept her heart out of her missions, except this time it might not be possible. The more time Ember spends with the legendary group, the more she feels connected with them. Especially with Logan Brooks, the handsome, enigmatic warrior who is as fascinated with her as she is with him. Her new goal is clear: protect Maddie from Silvers and return to 3018. However, how much of her heart is she willing to leave behind when she goes home, if she returns at all?

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All eight books will be $.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY! Love among the stars was never as exciting.

About the author: Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, KG Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites. A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, KG draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. Find her on her blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com or on her website at kgstutts.webs.com Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

We Must Retreat Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from DARIK, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

Here’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.

Last week we left Darik and Nicolle staring across a force barrier at each other. She’s inside. He’s outside and refused to rescue her in the last excerpt. The floating orb is an alien Artificial Intelligence named MARL12, assigned to Darik for this expedition. More of MARL12 later…

The excerpt:

“We must retreat,” said his metallic companion in a warbling birdlike voice, moving side to side as if nervous, “The other humans approach and we must not be detected.”

“I have to go,” the man said, slinging the pulse rifle over his shoulder, “Promise not to mention me to anyone. I’ll see what I can do about calling in a rescue, but it’s complicated. The Khagrish can’t know I’m here, so you can’t even tell the other prisoners. Not all humans can be trusted.”

She ignored his slur on humans’ integrity, “I swear not to talk about you, but please, please help us. These aliens conduct experiments—”

“I know all about what the Khagrish do.” He seemed reluctant to abandon her, taking two steps in the direction his metal companion had gone but then turning to face her.

Hoping knowing her name might make her plight more difficult for him to ignore, she said, “I’m Nicolle, by the way.”

DarikBookPromoThe 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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