Accept the Reality Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedSwitching to excerpts from STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER, my novel in the upcoming Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology! The story has a definite ‘Anastasia’ vibe…

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: 

“The old world is gone—when will you accept the reality?” Massaging her temples as she and her companion revisited this familiar argument, Tassia couldn’t whip up much energy for the conversation, “There will never be a chance for me to become a high priestess of Normeia, much less to sit on the Fire Throne and show how I can make the magic flames dance at my command. We need to deal with what is, not what you wish would happen. The Ruatsar system doesn’t even belong to our  family any more.”

“As long as you live, the bloodline lives,” Xandrina was stubborn.

Tassia bit her lip and went to get the stew before it grew stone cold, “Here, Madame, you must have something to eat.”

Xandrina waved away the bowl impatiently with one claw-like hand, “Show me what you learned today.”

“Are you crying? Madame, what’s wrong – are you in pain?”

“Our roads part now,” the elderly woman said, sniffing, “I read the cards three times while you were at class – death approaches, for myself certainly, for us both if you don’t leave now, tonight.”

Hand shaking, Tassia set her half eaten food aside, “The Ruatsar New Regime agents found us again?”

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesSTAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

Anthology Blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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Alexis Glynn Latner Talks FLYING THE STARLINE Pets in Space 3

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVeronica: This is USA Today Best Selling Author Alexis’s third year to be in the Pets in Space anthology and I’m always excited to read her stories because I love her universe and she comes up with the coolest ‘pets’!

Alexis: Stories aren’t completely made up. This includes far-future science fiction romance stories. Something in the real worlds that informs the story. In my story for Pets in Space: Embrace the Romance, “Starway,” the heroine’s profession—starliner pilot—reflects what it’s like to fly airliners on Earth today. Some of the similarity is positive. Some of it, alas, is not so positive. Either way, it adds the kind of realism that makes science fiction work.

Airline pilots are very, very smart men and women with high energy levels. This describes Nikka, the heroine of “Starway,” though her work takes her across stars, not lands and seas.

The modern work of the airline pilot—they call it flying the line—depends on Crew Resource Management. The old way of running a cockpit, in which the Captain was godlike and never questioned, resulted in too much smoking wreckage. Airlines, starting with United, worked out how crews should cooperate and synthesize everyone’s knowledge and experience into the best outcome for the flight. Interestingly, something like CRM was first devised by the railroads. I can well imagine such a good idea going to the stars.

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Alexis’s scifi pet Artist Nyssa Juneau

Unfortunately, airline cockpit crews have schedules that are brutally hard on sleep. It’s profitable to the company to do it that way. Profit conflicts with humane work conditions. This is why transportation unions—probably starting with the steamboat pilots’ guild in Mark Twain’s day—are important. The Airline Pilots’ Association has a long and embattled history of protecting pilots and passengers. Nikka doesn’t have a union on her side. What she does have is something very characteristic of pilots faced with indifferent or bad management: passive aggression honed to a sharp edge. Don’t go out of your way to make an enemy of an airline pilot. Really, you won’t like the outcome.

Given her working conditions, Nikka has a quirk borrowed from an airline captain friend of mine. He loves eating at buffets after a long exhausting flight. Nikka likes a future equivalent—a food court with selections to choose from behind glass windows. She explains, “A starliner pilot has to make a cascade of decisions in real time. After a star run, when it’s been hours of decisions like that, it’s easier to for me to pick food out of the wall than decide with a restaurant menu.”

Not included in “Starway”—meaning there are whole new stories to be explored—is what it’s like for starport personnel—the future equivalent of the airline rampers. These guys and gals are critical to the airline business, not always appreciated by the public or even their own management, and have their own way of looking at their world. For example, Boeing 777’s, known as Triple-Sevens to pilots, are Bigfoots to the rampers. The big landing gear are what the rampers have to work around.

I wonder what rampers will someday call different kinds of starships?

alexisAuthor Bio: Alexis Glynn Latner, based in Houston, writes science fiction about space exploration and star travel, adventure, hope and love. Her Website is www.alexisglynnlatner.com.

Book blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday September 26

cyborgs secret babyBig week for new releases – wow!

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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THE CYBORG’S SECRET BABY (IN THE STARS) by Cynthia Sax

VS: I love Cynthia’s cyborgs and one clicked this!

A fierce cyborg warrior and his curvy human female share a no-longer-so-little secret.

Stealth, a K Model cyborg, knows his passion for Zebrina, the commander’s human daughter, is forbidden, yet he can’t resist the curvy female. He craves her touch, cherishes her sounds of pleasure, would do anything to keep her safe.

When he’s faced with the choice of protecting his fragile human or living to see the next sunrise, he chooses her, always her, sending Zebrina halfway across the universe to safety. He doesn’t realize their stolen moments had consequences neither of them believed possible.

After hearing her warrior died in battle, Zebrina focuses on the last gift he gave her. Doing what is right for their child is her sole priority. She will put their son’s happiness first, even if that means choosing another male over the love of her life.

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drago tashaDRAGO: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #13 (iNTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I was lucky enough to receive an ARC on this one, always fun to have a new book from Tasha!

When Arden Green was hired as a lab tech, she didn’t expect her duties would include delivering titillating movies to hunky aliens and retrieving their specimens. But when she finds herself in Stargazer, Pennsylvania doing just that, she figures things can’t get any worse. Until she starts to fall for one of the men she’s supposed to be studying…

Drago has made the extraordinary journey to Earth from faraway planet Aerie. But his life as a lab subject is simple. He eats, he reads, and he dutifully tries to click permanently into his human form. Most of all, he lives for his momentary daily contact with lab tech Arden Green, the woman he recognizes as his mate the first time he sees her.

But the delicate balance at the lab won’t last forever. When circumstances force Drago and two of his brothers to flee, Arden must help them escape. But can she keep her relationship with her subject professional? Or has science blinded her to true love?

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fractured starsFRACTURED STARS by Lindsay Buroker

VS note: YAY! A new title from Lindsay. One clicked.

McCall Richter finds criminals, con men, and deadbeats better than anyone else in the empire.

She’s proud of her success and that she owns her own spaceship, especially since she struggles to understand human motivations, can’t tell when people are lying to her, and is horrible at recognizing faces. Being autistic in the empire is frowned upon—and there’s a handy normalization surgery to correct it—but she’s managed to prove her worth and avoid irking the tyrannical regime.

Except for one thing.

Two years ago, she liberated the android, Scipio, from an imperial research facility where he was treated worse than a slave. He’s become her business partner and best friend, but if the empire finds out she has him, a “normalization” surgery will be the least of her worries.

When her ship is confiscated by a cyborg law enforcer needing to transport prisoners, McCall knows she and Scipio are in trouble. Worse, the enforcer’s pilot is a former bounty hunter and business competitor she beat to the prize many times in the past.

Soon, he’s snooping all over her ship and questioning her about her past.

And there’s something strange about him. He knows far more about what she’s thinking than any human should.
It’ll only be a matter of time before he discovers her secret. And then what?

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game of luckTHE GAME OF LUCK (A FELICIA SEVIGNY NOVEL) by Catherine Cerveny

VS note: I very much enjoyed the first two books in the series, so this is on my TBR list.

The perfect society One Gov engineered from Earth’s ashes is beginning to crumble. As social unrest and dissatisfaction spread throughout the tri-system, One Gov struggles to maintain order, and a single misstep could see civilization spiraling into chaos.

During this dark time, Felicia Sevigny is eager to use her card-reading ability and new position with One Gov to help restore peace. But she soon learns that the game of politics is a dangerous one, and being married to Alexei Petriv, head of the Tsarist Consortium and One Gov’s biggest rival, is not necessarily a hand in her favor.

When members of her family begin to disappear, the stakes skyrocket. There are those who would stop at nothing for the chance to exploit Felicia’s luck gene to seize power all over the tri-system. And as the threat of revolution seems imminent, it may be that this time, nothing will be enough to keep Felicia and everyone she loves safe-not even luck.

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tarjenTARJEN: STAR-CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

Tarjen never expected to go to Earth again. The first time, he was there to protect Crown Prince Joran as he claimed his mate and returned her to Pyros. This time, Tarjen is on his way to claim a mate of his own.

He’s studied human courtship behaviour, memorized his match’s file from the Star-Crossed Dating database, and prepared himself for the moment he’ll meet his mate. He’s planned everything perfectly so that nothing can go wrong. Not like the last time they were here.

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ice michelle m pillowICE: A QURILIXEN WORLD NOVELLA: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (GALAXY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 4) by Michelle M Pillow

Alpha male alien Izotz (aka Ice Storm Chaos) isn’t one for space exploration. He finds enough action fighting for survival on his frozen tundra of a home world. When the promises of Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides tempt his brothers into signing up for a trip to Earth, he’s hard-pressed to say no to the fantasy. Not many remain on the planet of Sintaz, and this may be his only chance to find a mate to warm the freezing nights. What he hadn’t planned on was the fact the woman of his dreams would want to capture him and put him in a cage.

When Elle took the mercenary job hunting UFOs, she thought it would be an easy paycheck from an eccentric, crazy man. Little did she know extraterrestrials were real and freaking sexy to boot. If she can ignore the blue skin, surely this hunky alien can overlook the fact she’s the reason he’s now her boss’ science experiment.

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passion seasonTHE PASSION SEASON: BOOK 1 OF THE COVALENT SERIES by Libby Doyle

When Special Agent Zan O’Gara investigates a ritual murder, she meets the only man who’s ever been able to reach beyond her emotional defenses. Little does she know he harbors a dangerous secret.

Barakiel accepted his solitary life after the rulers of his homeworld banished him to Earth, but his growing power has him crackling with restless need. He knows he should stay away from the captivating Zan O’Gara before his enemies make her a target. No matter. There’s no taming the unruly passion of a Covalent warrior.

As Zan’s investigation brings her closer to the truth about her lover, Barakiel realizes his presence on Earth has placed its most vulnerable citizens in danger. Compelled to protect them, he undertakes a series of duties he may not survive, even as Zan rescues him from a deadened heart.

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aisaakAISAAK: DELTA UTOPIA BOOK 6 by Celeste Raye

Running from the pain of losing his first love in a tragic manner, Aisaak found himself on the way station and entertainment mecca known as Delti Utopia 6. He had no interest in getting involved with it’s tourists or inhabitants, human or alien. Yet, in order to save a damsel in distress, he does exactly that.

Irene left her isolated home in search of adventure. She got more than she bargained for on the way station. Nothing was as it had been advertised. She built a good life in spite of her disappointment. Then, her sister went missing. Irene made it her mission to find Savanah. What she found was trouble.

Aisaak couldn’t deny his attraction to Irene, nor could he stand aside and allow her to be harmed. He chose to use the beast inside him, a golden weredragon, to protect her from evil.

The pair found help in unexpected places, among those who should be their enemy. The joined forces took on a powerful man who’s name struck fear in the deepest recesses of Aisaak’s soul.

Good versus evil has always been the ultimate battle. The winner should take all. Will he?

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sold to the alien cartelSOLD TO THE ALIEN CARTEL by Corin Cain

The cartel planet of Titus is far away from the reach of the Aurelian Empire, the seven-foot-tall Greek Gods that rule with iron fist. It’s the only place I can hide from my dark past.

The only problem? When pirates capture you, there’s no help coming. My innocence is the only thing that keeps me from a fate worse than death.

Taken, beautified, and presented in an alien auction house to the billionaires and criminals of the lawless planet, they expect me to be obedient. I can fake it… for as long as it takes to get my blade between the throat of whichever giant marble-skinned Aurelian buys me.

That’s what I thought, at least…
Until I’m told that the crimelord Kargoth will be placing a bid on me. The rogue Aurelian owns half of Titus, and every cop, politician and official is in his pocket. With a reputation for bloody violence and a stern temper, I can only imagine the fate of whatever poor woman he buys.
If he chooses me?
I’ll kill him.

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faultlessFAULTLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Laurel Ormand doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. Her head is bandaged and half of her hair is cut off, and a kindly alien is telling her he rescued her from the intergalactic slave trade. So why does she hear screams echoing in the halls of his space ship? When she follows the sound, her world is torn apart once more and she will need to rise out of the ashes if she is going to survive and make it to freedom.

Druath NaKam is a faithful soldier of the Detyen Legion. He’s been trained to endure the worst hardships his enemies throw at him, even if his life is destined to be brutally short. But nothing prepared him for torture at the hands of a sadistic scientist with a grudge against Detyens. The only thing that can keep him sane is the woman on board who might be his destiny, but the road to escape is long and treacherous.

When Laurel and Dru thrust into a world on the brink of war, solving a centuries old mystery might be the key to saving Earth. But when an uncovered betrayal threatens to destroy Laurel, Dru will do anything to make her whole, no matter the personal cost. Laurel will need to find the strength to heal and Dru will need to become the warrior he was born to be if their bond is to flourish before all hope is lost.

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grenvilleGRENVILLE (TRI SYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 2) by JC Hay

Are they orbiting each other, or falling?
Yancey Grenville thought he knew his place in the pack – the clown, the one who always made everyone else happy. A stress reliever for his battle family and for the women he’d spent time with along the way. No one to be serious about, and not someone to settle down with. An attitude that he thought suited him, until a solo mission with the one person he wanted to see him as more leaves him scrambling for a way to erase his reputation.
Lt. Imee Lewis fought tooth and claw to earn her reputation as one of the best pilots in the JTF, and no one cheered her on, or up, like the ranger she’d pulled off the battlefield more than a year earlier. Not that she thought she could ever be serious about “Good Time Grenville” – her own scars, and the divide of rank were enough to keep the relationship strictly friends.
But when a covert mission traps the two of them together in a half-derelict mining ship, proximity leads to more than familiarity. As the gravity between them gets stronger, they realize that the walls they tore down will be impossible to replace when the mission ends, and everything they’ve built for themselves could be destroyed.

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prince of firestonesPRINCE OF FIRESTONES (THE KRAVE OF EVERTON BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

When Eve Tesler booked a visit with one of Madame Allegria’s Krave, notorious alien lovers with special, non-human skills between the sheets, she never thought that she’d fall in love with him…or learn about the dark secrets behind the well-known brothel.

Now, after escaping from Everton with Khiva, they land on Dumera, a neutral colony where they hope to start a future together without having to hide in shadows. But the memory of Madame Allegria and the Krave they’d had to leave behind still haunt them, as does the memory of Khiva’s missing mother and brother.

To complicate matters, as they begin to navigate life together in a new, strange place, something unthinkable happens: Eve becomes pregnant.

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strikerSTRIKER (HEXONIAN ALIEN ROMANCE BOOK 2) by Charmaine Ross 

Captain Vivien Demazi didn’t believe in aliens. Having spent a lifetime in the military tends to beat out such fanciful notions. But being abducted by giant Reptiles and crashing on a frigid alien planet, the last thing Vivien expects is to find herself in the protective arms of a golden-skinned, drop-dead gorgeous alien.

Striker’s first mission upon his promotion to Commander of Starlight is to rescue the human female last seen smuggled onto the planet Callisto – a planet long occupied by the malicious Reptiles. He must stop her from falling into their hands at all costs. The fate of the known universe rests on his success…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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uncontrollableUNCONTROLLABLE (BEYOND HUMAN) by Nina Croft

Quinn Sutherland, second in command of the Tribe, a group of powerful telepaths, has always been certain of who and what he is—one of the good guys. All he wants is to keep his friends safe—no easy feat when everyone in the world is after them. While on a rescue mission, he meets a mysterious FBI agent, who appears to know a lot about them, and seems to want the same thing he does. But her assignment could literally mean the death of him…

When Melody Lyons is inducted into the Federation’s elite Bureau of Time Management, it’s the pinnacle of her ambitions. Only when she’s sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate a group of rogue time travelers, she never guesses she’ll fall for a man who died two thousand years ago… Quinn awakens emotions she hadn’t known existed, and for the first time, her loyalties are tested.

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honey from the lionHONEY FROM THE LION by Jackie North

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie’s normal fun-loving manner makes it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John’s old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

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keeping paceKEEPING PACE by LJ Vickery

Pace Ruffalo, retired US Army Space Ranger, and full time long haul space trucker, is tired of playing the field. He’s anxious to find the right woman and settle down to start a family, but he’s tired of the waifish, doe-eyed debutantes his mother parades in front of him. He wants a woman with a sturdier build, maybe some muscle, who will satisfy his diverse libido. When Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency says she has someone who fits the bill, Pace jumps at the chance.
Lola Xeltrax doesn’t much like her planet’s requirements for becoming a wife and mother, so when Gerri Wilder makes her first appearance on Gemma-Hydrox, she’s thrilled the woman picks her as the match for a male from Earth. Now if she can just seduce him…maybe when she tells him her secrets he won’t run away. Then Lola will have the best of both worlds.

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blood kingBLOOD KING: REVAMPING THE MONARCHY (THE HEART NEBULA BOOK 3) by Ava Cuvay

Kazandra Lyon’s failed life sucks. But her vacation to a popular destination-planet sucks on a whole new level when she’s abducted and whisked off to a dark castle mired in twilight. She struggles against the attacks of a bloodthirsty monster and her growing attraction to the sexy and mysterious vampire king. Amidst murdered palace staff, political power struggles, and the king’s blood-searing seduction, has Kaz bitten off too much? Will she return to the unhappy safety of her failed life or stick her neck out and embrace a future with the lusty king who thirsts for her?
Away from his homeworld for far too long, King Rune Lahdunae’s political influence has weakened and his vision for his people is now a relic from a bygone era. He struggles to regain his royal standing as monarch, resurrect his race’s proud heritage, and keep his randy fangs off his beautiful guest. Yet Kazandra’s spirit and humor arouses a hunger in him more primal than the need for her life-giving blood. Can he entice her to remain as his honored guest… and possibly his wife? And can he thwart the relentless killer who is drinking his people dry before Kazandra becomes the next victim?

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guarding his melodyGUARDING HIS MELODY (ENHANCED WORLD BOOK 4) by Victoria Sue

Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song.

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cyborgs mail order brideTHE CYBORG’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (2075 MISSION MARRIAGE) by Fiona Roarke

The world has changed. Women have almost no rights and men hold all the power. The insidious influence of the oppressive Vanguard Group is spreading around the world and beyond. But while they can try to roll back the clock on social progress, they can’t control the human heart. Or the will to rebel.

College student Abigail Bryce never imagined she’d one day find herself on a mining outpost far from Earth, waiting to be sold to the highest bidder. She expected her soon-to-be husband to be a grimy degenerate, not a driven man with muscles on muscles and chocolate-brown eyes she could sink into.

Logan “The Hammer” Thornton decided to bid on the blond beauty the moment he saw her. If he had to have a short-term bride to satisfy his genetically enhanced libido and keep him in top form to wrench Cobalt-X out of his mine, he might as well have one who made his pulse jump. He never guessed she’d be so sweet, smart and full of passion.

Good thing their marriage had a time limit. Because why would a woman like Abigail want a life with a cyborg freak like him?

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an absolutely remarkable thingAN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING by Hank Green

VS Note: SciFi, not romance, no idea if there is any romantic element but it’s getting lots of buzz and the plot sounded interesting.

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.
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mage queen 03MAGE QUEEN DARK SCULPTOR 03 by D R Rosier

James Cook is the last Flesh Sculptor on his new world.

Things seemed to have worked out for him and his two mates. Though Karana turned from him things seemed to be going well, and at least they’re on good terms. Him and his mates are building a new home, and the three of them all have a good future partially mapped out.

It’s not all peaches and cream. They’re still awaiting word from Malburn on the success or failure of Queen Sera’s invasion. When word of those results do arrive, they come with a few surprises. He has no choice but to do what his conscience dictates, something he never thought he’d do, return to Malburn.

James is going to have to face something far scarier than simple assassins, or armies, he has to face a queen. What did she want, and would he be able to give it to her? It was foolhardy and dangerous to say no to a queen, but he couldn’t, wouldn’t, violate his oath.

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priest and pariahsPRIEST AND PARIAHS (CENTAURI SURVIVORS SECOND CHANCE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by J Alan Veerkamp

Costa McQuillen has escaped from Earth, where being para-human—a Pariah—with tech empathic abilities is illegal, and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone but is willing to risk everyone’s safety in his desperate effort to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution, gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.

Arbor Kittering is the crew’s newest coding tech. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files, the Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start—if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.

Eugene “Priest” Jones, the Santa Claus’s Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa and Arbor. In truth, he’d like to have both, but it’s clear even his grifting and gambling skills can’t make that happen.

Now as they all travel together, it appears Priest needs to make a choice before it’s too late as each of their lives intertwine with potentially dangerous and deadly consequences.

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phoenix unboundPHOENIX UNBOUND by Grace Draven

VS note: I love Grace’s books – I still swoon over RADIANCE – so I had this pre-ordered too.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.

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cross breedCROSS BREED (A NOVEL OF THE BREEDS) by Lora Leigh

VS Note: I think it’s fair to say that every other fan of her Breeds series and me has been waiting for this book! I had it pre-ordered.

The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it.

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hour of darknessHOUR OF DARKNESS: A HUNTER LEGACY NOVEL (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 2) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: On my TBR

Born and raised as an assassin in the notorious Hunter program, Breed vampire Cain has since put his specialized skills to use as a mercenary willing to clean up any problem for a price. Or so he thought. After a job in Las Vegas strains even his dubious code of honor, Cain pulls up stakes and lands in Miami for a much-needed break. All he wants is time away to clear his head and regroup, but then a beautiful young woman is nearly killed in front of his eyes and the ruthless former Hunter becomes the only thing standing between her and a sniper’s bullet.

Marina Moretskova is no stranger to dangerous men. As the niece of a Russian organized crime boss, she’s grown up around killers and criminals. But her uncle wants out now, and he’s enlisted Marina’s help in buying his freedom by delivering valuable intel to a secret contact in exchange for protection. Not even Marina’s bodyguards are aware of her mission, so when an attempt on her life is averted by a handsome, steely-eyed vampire, as grateful as she is for Cain’s intervention, the last thing she needs is the shrewd Breed male nosing around for answers. Cain’s cold, haunted gaze and merciless abilities attest to his brutal nature, yet the rough, solitary Hunter stirs a powerful longing in Marina—a darkly seductive hunger—that she can neither afford nor resist. With a target on her back and covert enemies closing in from all sides, trust is a risk that can prove deadly . . . and the safest shelter she may find is in the arms of the most lethal man she’ll ever know.

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trial of threeTRIAL OF THREE: POWER OF 5, BOOK 3 by Alex Lidell

For Lera, training has never been so hard. With the males’ power roaring in her veins and River’s cold demand that she master the magic before the third trial, something has to give. Worse still, River is keeping something from her. Something about his past and Lunos’s future.

For River and Coal, the past must stay buried. Though one male’s nightmare sits on a throne and the other’s hides in his soul, they are equally unprepared for Lera’s startling determination to undress the truth.

But when Mors’s Emperor Jawrar makes a play for Lunos, neither Lera’s fledgling magic nor the males’ old wounds can remain untouched—not if their world is to survive.

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wolf at bayTHE WOLF AT BAY (BIG BAD WOLF) by Charlie Adhara

Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.

When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.

The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.

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triskeleTRISKELE (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Serena Akeroyd

The Fates wanted more for her, now she’s got to man up to tackle the future they’ve handed her…

Thalia Lyndhoven’s got balls.
Well, not literally. But she has the cojones to do what needs to be done to make things right in her Pack. Nor is she afraid to dirty her hands or push her nose in where angels would fear to tread.
Speaking of…
With two of her three mates at her side, Thalia’s life has never been brighter. For the first time, she’s hopeful for tomorrow. She’s freer than she’s ever been, even if she does have the burden of a prophecy riding on her coattails.
In walks mate number three. Not only does he have wings, a beautiful face, and an attitude, he has news.
A SECOND prophecy…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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miracle beyond measureMIRACLE BEYOND MEASURE (MIRACLE TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

Life on the run is hard. Food is limited, and clothes are difficult to come by, but I’ll keep going. We’ll keep going. We have to. The world is depending on us.

My name is Casi Clarity, and there’s a prophecy that says I will be the one to save the world, along with my protector, Coheed. But we don’t know how, or when, or why. We just will.

Our travels have taken us to New Orleans, where the demons are getting stronger, smarter, and harder to evade. With new allies and enemies alike, who can I trust? Is my protector even who he says he is?

I’m in the fight of my life, with or without Coheed, but fighting without the help of my love is impossible to fathom. I’d rather die myself. But if I did, would I stay dead this time?

My name is Casi.
The undead call me Little Mouse.
Coheed calls me his Miracle.

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snicker of werewolvesA SNICKER OF WEREWOLVES by MaryJanice Davidson

From the darkly humorous imagination of NYT and USA Today best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson comes her first all-werewolf anthology. A SNICKER OF WEREWOLVES is the book Davidson’s readers have been clamoring for: an all-werewolf collection of reprinted short stories and novellas, including out-of-print stories that are nearly impossible to find.

From a werewolf hunter as deadly as his quarry, to a blind werewolf who trips over the love of his life (literally!), as well as a lonely, cynical werewolf who doesn’t believe in vampires (until one catches and, ahem, eats her), it’s clear that falling for werewolves is as dangerous as it is deeply satisfying.

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the bossTHE BOSS by Abigail Owen

Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive.

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blessed furyBLESSED FURY (ANGELS OF FATE BOOK 1) by C S Wilde

Guardian angel Ava Lightway has spent a century watching over her charges, whispering the words of the gods in their ears. But her peaceful existence ends when she’s assigned to Liam Striker, a supernatural detective with no memory of his past.

Liam might be Ava’s biggest challenge yet. Stubborn and dangerously captivating, he’ll stop at nothing to find the demon who murdered his father. Even if it costs him his life.

Keeping death away from her new partner is an impossible task. And even if their investigation doesn’t destroy Ava, succumbing to Liam’s smoldering touch just may.

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fire brimstone and chocolate cakeFIRE, BRIMSTONE AND CHOCOLATE CAKE (THE DRAMATIC LIFE OF A DEMON PRINCESS BOOK 1) by Mina Carter

After a coup in hell, Lucifer’s niece, Jynx Morningstar, is on the run with the king of hell in her back pocket (in handy stone doll form) and a hellcat with delusions of grandeur. To save her uncle and by extension, hell and the world above, Jynx must evade the legions of hell, master her human magic and track down her father: a healer witch.

Simple. Yeah, right….

What she doesn’t expect is to walk into the middle of a shapeshifter/vampire turf war, a sexy as sin alpha werewolf who claims she’s his one true mate, or to actually care what happens to the residents of small town, Boring.

But when Death comes a’knocking she must make a choice. Go big and reveal what she is, or go home and leave them to their fates… A demon would leave them in a heartbeat, but can Jynx rise above her demon blood and prove what a true princess of hell is made of?

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more than a phoenixMORE THAN A PHOENIX (PHOENIX BROTHERS) by Ashlyn Chase

Mallory Summers is losing it. She’s discovered she can talk to dead people—and she might be able to shift to monkey form. Firefighter Dante Fierro knows the quirky beauty isn’t crazy—just supernatural. But what would she think if she knew his secret?

Hothead Noah Fierro has his own sparks flying with gorgeous ER doctor Kizzy Samuels. While the attraction is mutual, so are the supernatural secrets. With this much sizzle going on, how do you not get burned?

Fighting fires is easy… Finding love is the hard part.

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cursed shona huskCURSED (COVEN OF THE RAVEN BOOK 1) by Shona Husk

Oskar Quigley knows exactly when and how he’ll die.

Living with a death curse isn’t easy, but after generations of research handed down to him he thinks he knows how to defeat the Thomas, his great uncle and a witch gone bad who caused the problem. There’s just one thing he never accounted for: another victim.

Mylla has been Thomas’s servant for as long as she can remember, but her memories can’t be trusted. The marks on her wall add up to decades, and her diary is a muddled collection of rambling. When Oskar arrives to tend the gardens she needs to warn him that bad things happen, difficult when she can only talk on Thomas’ command. But she doesn’t need to talk to steal a few moments for herself in Oskar’s bed as she tries to convince him that magic is real.

With time running out and Thomas’s suspicions growing, Oskar is forced to act. But if living with a death curse is hard, learning to live is even harder.

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purrfect for mePURRFECT FOR ME (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Hunter Raines is restless. Now that his friends are mated, the cougar inside him is pacing, ready for the next adventure. But everything changes when curvy, sweet Kelly walks into the bar, hiding secrets and radiating fear. Hunter’s cougar is ready to pounce on whatever is threatening her, and Hunter is pretty sure that he just found a reason to stay in Silver Lake.

Kelly doesn’t know how much longer she has until the horror she’s been running from finds her. Hopefully, her move to Silver Lake will give her the peace and quiet she needs to get back to work. But maybe even work can wait when a sexy man with blond hair, blue eyes and magic hands shows up unexpectedly, offering help with her wreck of a cabin.

It doesn’t take long for warm friendship embers to burst into white-hot lust. Meanwhile the monster stalking Kelly is still coming ever closer, threatening to destroy them both. But Hunter knows something Kelly doesn’t: that the overprotective cougar inside him won’t let anything happen to the woman he knows is his mate.

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touched by deathTOUCHED BY DEATH (GODS OF DEATH TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

Beth Carter is a private investigator preparing for the biggest case of her life. When she narrowly misses getting hit by a train, she counts her blessings and goes about her day.

But in the underworld, the representatives of death from every pantheon were already preparing to harvest her soul and escort it to the afterlife. Beth’s near-miss causes the wheels of fate to come to a screeching halt—and rips some gods out of the underworld.

Now four gods of death walk the earth: the Greek god Thanatos, the Egyptian deity Anubis, the Aztec immortal Mictlantecuhtli, and the Celtic goddess Morrigan. Still hungry for Beth’s soul, they must discover what strange fluke caused Beth to avoid her fate—and then bring her soul back to the underworld before it’s too late.

Yet Beth isn’t ready to accept their harsh truth, especially while focusing on her career-making case. Can she find a way to convince them to let her stay in the mortal realm? Or will she eventually succumb to their almost lustful desire for her soul?

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billionaire wolf for christmasA BILLIONAIRE WOLF FOR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

Wolf shifter Dr. Aidan Denali has been working day and night to find a cure for werewolves’ alarmingly sudden decline in lifespan. The key to the problem eludes him. But when Aidan grudgingly leaves his work to do some holiday shopping, he meets a remarkable she-wolf whose mysterious pack could bring him one step closer to the answer.

Dr. Holly Gray is thrilled to meet the wolf who’s been working so hard to help others. Now, it’s her turn to help him. But while their attraction is sizzling, the packs are at odds, and the danger is increasing. It’s going to take a holiday miracle for Holly and Aidan to get themselves—and their loved ones—out of this alive.

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dragons shadowDRAGON’S SHADOW by Allison Morse

Royal twins ripped apart at birth become reluctant champions of good and evil. Kylie, a teenage science geek, has no faith in people. Instead, she relies on what she trusts the most, the facts—what she can see, touch, and hear but never feel. With enough pain to deal with in her own world, she is thrust into another—a kingdom at war whose strange inhabitants fear one thing the most—the return of the dragon. All of this is illogical to Kylie, but even more so, when she discovers she belongs there. Her brother, Prince Jarlon, journeys to kill the dragon who has laid waste to his kingdom. His only hope for destroying the beast is help from his sister, whom he has never met. Will their paths cross before the beast’s malevolence infects Kylie and turns her into his creature or will Jarlon have to destroy her, too?

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touch the skyTOUCH THE SKY (MATED BY FATE) by Kari Cole

Sheriff Vaughn Ellis’s very existence as a rare double-shifter defies the natural order. It also makes it extremely difficult for him to get close to anyone. To trust anyone. It’s nothing Vaughn can’t handle, until a seductively sweet woman arrives in Black Robe, and suddenly he can’t think about anything but her.

The product of a witch/werewolf pairing, Hannah Cochran gets the odd-wolf-out thing. But when she uncovers a major threat to the lycanthrope world, she finds herself playing nice with the sexy sheriff. Abiding by the law isn’t usually Hannah’s style, but nothing catches her breath quite like the commanding attraction she feels toward Vaughn.

Working closely together only intensifies their fated connection, making it impossible to deny—or resist. Hannah fears that getting involved puts Vaughn in danger. But when she becomes the target, it’s Vaughn who’ll have to decide which rules he’s willing to break to save the woman he can’t live without.

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avalonAVALON by J Scott Coatsworth

Tony has been taking care of Jake for a year, ever since his partner became sick. It’s clear to him that it won’t be long, so when Jake asks to go to the ocean, Tony leaps at the chance to do something to make him happy.

But when they get lost in the fog after wandering farther down the beach than Tony has ever gone, a deserted cottage beckons them by the water.

There’s magic in the little house by the sea, and it will change them both forever.

Note: This short story first appeared in the MCB Quarterly.

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ruins of betrayalTHE RUINS OF BETRAYAL (SONG OF THE SWORDS BOOK 4) by Tami Etherton

Taryn will risk everything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing her dragon soul.

After a brutal attack leaves Taryn near death, Rhoane must heal more than her broken body. Their search for the men responsible will lead them to a conclusion neither expected, but one that challenges more than their beliefs.

Now that he’s King of the West, Zakael will stop at nothing to possess Taryn and her vast powers. But is he willing to forge a deal with Kaldaar himself to claim what he believes is rightfully his?

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sisters of the winter woodTHE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner

VS Note: Not romance but has been getting a lot of buzz.

In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami’s babka and the low rumble of their Tati’s prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell – despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.
As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true…and could save them all.
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it happened at the ballIT HAPPENED AT THE BALL by Various
VS Note: Listed in SF&F. Sounds fun…
Graceful feet tracing courtly steps.
Eyes behind jeweled masks meeting across a room of twirling dancers.
Gloved hands touching fleetingly—or gripping swords…

Anything can happen at a ball.

You are invited to enjoy these stories of fancy and fantasy from thirteen authors, framed in the splendor and elegance of a ballroom. Be it at a house party for diplomats and thieves, or Almacks in a side-universe in which the Patronesses have magic, or a medieval festival just after the plague years …

*Prepare to be swept into the enchantment of the dance!*

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eye of the tigerEYE OF THE TIGER: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY by M L Guida
Cora Amici left high school disgraced. Her sister ran off with the love of her life at the prom. Now ten years later, she’s faces the reunion again, but this time, she wants to arrive with a shifter that will knock everyone’s socks off.

Seth Reese lost his mate, Cora Amici, to his rival. His life has been miserable without her. All he has his motorcycle shop. Their high school reunion is coming up. Can he win her back? At a last resort, Seth calls Gerri Wilder for help.

Gerri invites them for dinner. Fireworks explode when Cora and Seth meet and he thinks he has a chance.

His rival threatens to destroy their happiness. He gives Seth an ultimatum–his shop or Cora. Seth’s not the same tiger and rises up to meet the challenge. Will he sacrifice his shop for his mate?

sixthSIXTH (ONE OF US SERIES BOOK 1) by Kim Faulks

There’s a place from my nightmares. A place where bad things hide.The memories kept me awake for most of my life. But it’s not what keeps me awake anymore.

It’s her. She calls me, desperate and pleading. Like a shining star I can’t quite find. I feel those men from my nightmares coming for her. Only she can’t sense them—she can’t see. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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varriors librarians covenWARRIORS (THE LIBRARIANS COVEN BOOK 2) by Kathryn Moon

Joanna just wants to spend the holiday curled up with her coven of handsome professors, but family obligations wait for no one. Instead of wintery cuddles, she’s up to her neck in the Pike brothers and their wives, a cast of political figures invited to their dinner parties and, worst of all, Callum’s father, Duncan. Duncan Pike is a nasty piece of work–not only did he place a young Callum in the heart of an ugly war, he disapproves of Isaac and Aiden.

Duncan claims a new war is coming, and it looks like he might be right. As if that weren’t enough, the infamous warrior Sabine York is showing a marked interest in Callum–is she after revenge? Or does she want to add Callum to her coven of soldiers?

When trouble strikes and Callum is separated from the rest of the coven, Joanna, Isaac, and Aiden must travel from the library to the capitol to Vermenia, desperate for their reunion. And, on his own for the first time in years, Callum must tread carefully back into the waters of war he’s spent decades avoiding.

Can they fight through the people and the miles standing between them and return safely together again?

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saving his vixSAVING HIS VIX by Rebecca Airies

VS Note: Was in an anthology previously.

With a hate group targeting her, Jessie Coulter’s hiding and hoping to avoid being staked as a vampire. Stupid fanatics don’t even realize she’s not a vampire. At least not yet.

Devon Knight couldn’t get Jessie out of his mind even after she brushed him off. When he learns she’s been targeted by a society determined to exterminate vampires, he steps in to protect the woman who has haunted his thoughts.
Jessie can’t deny the heat raging between them. It flares so hot that it’s impossible to resist. Devon’s discovered her secrets and he’s not about to leave her to face danger alone. Now they both have to survive the people coming to kill them.

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give the dark my loveGIVE THE DARK MY LOVE by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.

Until she meets Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

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danannDANNAN (THE UNSEEN BOOK 3) by L A Boruff

Jen Johnson loved to read about supernatural creatures. She’d always dreamed of climbing into the pages of her books to become a vampire or werewolf. Imagine her surprise when she almost dies falling down the steps of the courthouse, only to save herself by turning into a flying dragon.

It’s a dream come true, right?

Alexander, leader of all of the Fae—actually, they prefer Dannan, thank you—and his cousin Roan try to help her acclimate to her new life, but it isn’t until she meets Doryu, a gorgeous Sárkány shifter that things start to get interesting.

And what is going on in the town? Some of those people aren’t what they seem. If Jen sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, maybe she’ll get some answers the Unseen world needs. And maybe her nosiness will only get her heartache.

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bleacke spiritBLEAKE SPIRIT (BLEAKE SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Lesli Richardson

Honestly, Dewi preferred fighting the Segura drug cartel to having a froufrou wedding. But she’s survived both with her sanity intact.

Barely.

That’s due in no small part to Ken and Nami accidentally finding her grandfather, who everyone believed was dead for nearly fifty years. In addition to serving as the Targhee pack’s Head Enforcer, and head of the expanded Pack Council, Dewi’s next challenging mission is trying to teach Duncan about safely navigating a whole new world.

Like texting. And Facebook.

And of course life is never easy for Dewi, Ken, Badger, Beck, Nami, and the rest of their extended family. So when Badger’s old friend comes asking for the Targhee pack’s help, they can’t turn him away.

Even if it brings a new and fuzzy foe into their lives when they’re asked to help his loved one stay…incorgnito.

Who knew cute could be so deadly?

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fore a muse of fireFOR A MUSE OF FIRE by Heidi Heilig

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood.

But ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad Emperor has a spring that cures his ills—and could cure Jetta’s, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her.

But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

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hidden zanettiHIDDEN (DEEP OPS) by Rebecca Zanetti

Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .
Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .
Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock.

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grow some gillsGROW SOME GILLS: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY (MAKING WAVES BOOK 2) by Savannah Verte

Sturgeon Barrow is a stubborn Mer with a wild side he doesn’t control. Defiant and difficult, he nearly flees before getting the chance to meet the one meant to tame him. Leave it to Gerri to plant a seed so tempting, he can’t bring himself to resist.
Nera Daren knows who her destined mate is, a Mer with a playboy reputation. She’d had no regrets when she chose to return solo to the black waters without meeting him, but can she stay there? Whispers in the dark shed light on mischief afloat in the waters above her world, forcing her to realize she might care after all.
The water realms hang on the precipice of destruction as inhabitants are mysteriously disappearing. Is there time to come together to consummate their bond, or will it have to wait?
Gerri’s timing is never off…or is it?

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secret she keepsTHE SECRET SHE KEEPS: FOUR PARANORMAL ROMANCE STORIES by Various

VS Note: See ebook seller site for individual story blurbs.

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dark waterDARK WATER by Tricia Tyler

Psychic Evangeline Broussard is certain nothing will ever induce her to work with law enforcement again –until a serial killer starts using her small bayou town as his own personal hunting ground. The powdered sugar on her beignet though is being forced to work with Special Agent pain-in-the-ass, Nick Garrison, whose cynicism toward her psychic ability is matched only by his hotter-than-a-Louisiana-summer sex appeal.

Nick’s opinion of so-called psychics is carved in stone, as well as on his heart, which puts his best friend’s little cousin squarely off limits, regardless of how much the sassy, Cajun, spitfire turns him on. But when her supposed sixth sense, and a leak in the local police department, put her in the crosshairs of the killer, she’s the only one who can save them all.

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a year and a dayA YEAR AND A DAY (FAE HAVEN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban

He wasn’t looking for love, but he’ll break all the laws of this realm and the next to keep it.

Reserved, bookish Ben isn’t looking for a relationship. Then he meets Niall, a gorgeous stranger with a knack for avoiding direct questions, and tumbles headfirst into love. Niall is perfect in just about every way, right up until he leaves town for a short trip…and vanishes off the face of the earth.

A magical being trapped in his own realm, Niall fights to return to this world to be with Ben. But by the time he gets back, more than a year has passed, and Ben refuses to believe Niall’s story of fae and magic.

With only a month to woo Ben back and earn a chance at staying permanently, Niall is willing to try anything to be with the man he loves. Then Niall’s world spills over into ours and puts Ben’s life in danger, and it becomes a race to save Ben before their stolen time comes to an end.

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Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVS Note: Since the 3rd annual Pets In Space: Embrace the Passion anthology of new scifi romance stories will be out on October 9th, I thought I’d highlight my stories from the first two anthologies today, which are available separately now, since the anthologies are only out for a limited time each year. THe link is to my Amazon Author Page but the books are available on all major ebook seller platforms.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

September 19

September 12

September 5

August 29

August 22

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…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

 

Nightmare Not A Dream Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedSharing from AYDARR, the first book in my Badari Warriors scifi romance series…

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: 

A bolt of lightning arced across the sky, and Jill broke into a zigzag run, forcing her body to respond to her terror. Standing anywhere close to a giant tree in a thunder storm was a recipe for disaster.

I’m in a nightmare, not a dream, but it’s all too real. In her headlong flight, she stepped on a rock or a sharp root and cried out, but she kept going as thunder boomed. She had to find either a stand of small trees surrounded by taller ones or a ravine. Of course, an actual shelter would be better than either of those make-do options but probably too much to hope for.

Running full tilt, ignoring the pain from her foot, she suddenly slammed into an invisible barrier and bounced off, falling on her back. Cautiously she rose, extending her arms –  the barrier was a tingling against her palms. She tried going right then left, but the wall ran for quite some distance in both directions. Being in an invisible cage was the most unsettling thing since she’d awakened, especially when coupled with the bracelet affixed to her arm.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb: 

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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Tiffany Roberts Talks HUNTER OF THE TIDE Pets in Space 3

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVeronica: So excited today to have Tiffany Roberts here to share an excerpt from Hunter of the Tide, their story in Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3. I’ve been fascinated by the character of Randall since we first ‘met’ him in the Kraken Series and now we get to know so much more via this story. Plus a really cool scifi pet!

Tiffany: Though all our books have either strong sci-fi or fantasy elements, our approach to storytelling has always focused on romance first. The core of each of our books is the love that develops between the main characters. Their relationships have to feel natural, have to feel genuine, and have to grow. Our story for the Pets in Space 3 Anthology, Hunter of the Tide, has that romantic core, but this anthology has allowed us to explore a relationship that we’ve never touched on before: the bond between people and their pets.

Randall Laster, the main character of Hunter of the Tide, is a broken man at the onset of the story. Ikaros, a semiaquatic sea creature that was found wounded, provides him an unexpected means of support and healing. Those of us with animals in our lives reap the benefit of such relationships every day, often without noticing—our pets provide us with so much more than something to pat on the head or scratch behind the ears every now and then.

The relationships we develop with animals are unique and powerful things, somehow enhanced by our inability (in most cases) to speak the same language. We connect with our pets on a deeper level, and the most precious and special of those connections don’t require words; they are intuitive, empathetic, and beneficial to all involved. Pets provide comfort, companionship, affection, and so much more. They can heal the wounds we carry in our hearts, they can ease the pain and worry we so often carry throughout our lives, they can help us see, if only in brief glimpses, that everything will be okay.

We’re honored to have taken part in this year’s Pets in Space Anthology. Not only will it contribute to a worthy cause—Hero Dogs, which places service dogs with disabled veterans and first responders—but it is a celebration of the joy and love people have for their pets, no matter how mundane or otherworldly those pets may be.

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Hunter of the Tide Teaser

“He is eating so well,” Melaina said, twisting to grin at Rhea and Randall. Her attention immediately swung back to the prixxir. She offered another bite of fish, and the creature devoured the morsel, long tail waving eagerly.

“That’s good. It’ll help him heal faster,” Randall said.

Rhea watched her daughter pet the creature. Melaina’s face was aglow with delight, and her eyes sparkled with adoration. Rhea’s chest tightened; the youngling’s wanderlust had caused trouble over the last year, but seeing Melaina so happy filled Rhea’s hearts near to bursting.

And it was because of Randall. He’d made it possible by agreeing to care for the prixxir.

Ikaros chirruped, cocking its head and tilting it back when Melaina dangled a bit of fish higher up. The prixxir followed the moving food with large eyes, and the instant the meat came within its reach, it darted up to snatch the food out of Melaina’s fingers. She giggled.

“Once he’s fully grown, you won’t be able to hold food out of his reach anymore,” Randall said. “Not until you grow up, yourself.”

“When I’m as tall as you?” Melaina asked.

Randall glanced at Rhea, sweeping his gaze over her from tentacles to head, before looking back at Melaina. “You’ll probably be taller than me when you’re done.”

“Are you done growing? You don’t seem so tall for a male.”

Rhea smirked.

“Yeah, I’m all done growing. Maybe I’m not as big as Dracchus—”

No one is as big as Dracchus,” Melaina interrupted.

Randall smiled. “But I make up for it by being the hairiest one in this whole place.”

Melaina laughed, pointing at Randall’s chest. “You are!”

“Everyone has to have something they’re good at.”

“Being the hairiest cannot be all you are good at,” Rhea said.

“I might have a few other talents,” he replied, eyes roving over Rhea’s body again. Her brows rose, and her lips curved into a smile. “But I usually let other people judge that for themselves.”

tiffany robertsBio: Tiffany Roberts, a husband and wife writing duo, are now actively living their dream creating happily-ever-afters one monster or alien at a time.

Veronica: I’ve chatted with them at length on the phone and they are so much FUN! They bring a strong video gaming background to their worldbuilding and the Kraken universe is really well done, in my opinion!

 

The book blurb:

Eleven original Science Fiction Romances. Eleven action-filled tales that mix pets in space with their two-legged companions. Supporting a great cause – Hero-Dogs.org. Don’t miss out on Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3! https://www.petsinspaceantho.com 

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday September 19

inouyeAs 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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INOUYE (TRISYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 1) by JC Hay

VS note: Exciting to see a new series from JC! Put this on my TBR.

Old wounds can leave the deepest scars.

Lance Corporal Ren Inouye has spent a decade forgetting his homeworld and the girl who cut out his school-age heart. With the help of his umbra wolf partner, he’s almost succeeded. When he’s ordered back home, the last thing he wants is for her to drop back into his life and tear open those scars he thought long-healed.
Lucia has spent five years doing refugee work, trying to make up for her family’s name and her own spoiled childhood. When her aid shuttle gets shot down, she’s forced to rely on the one person she thought she’d never see again.
Thrown together, it’s impossible to ignore that their old passions still run hot. If they want a future, they’ll need to put the past on hold and work together, because someone’s trying to heat up a cold war on their homeworld, and the fastest way to do that is to make sure they’re both dead.

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captain's secret daughterTHE CAPTAIN’S SECRET DAUGHTER: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

She betrayed him. His wife. The woman he loved. She fled, and Captain Kobrah Jameson thought himself rid of her until the day she comes back.
And Dara isn’t alone.
Kobrah doesn’t want to believe the child by her side is his daughter. The facts don’t add up, but the genetic testing doesn’t lie.
And apparently his heart hasn’t learned its lesson because this captain is thinking of giving his wife a second chance.
If they don’t get killed first.

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bonded by accidentBONDED BY ACCIDENT: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS note: I’m a book or so behind on Evangeline so I added this to my TBR.

Slade is an ex-slave, an ex-con, and a widower who has made a vow never to love another woman since his mate died tragically. But after his escape from BleakHall Prison, he finds he has a desperate need for female companionship. How to scratch his itch without breaking his vow? Easy–visit the Pairing Puppets aboard the Mother Ship–female-looking androids without emotions that help unmated Kindred males relieve their urges until they can find mates.

Brandi Dixon is a single mom with a difficult life. She and her daughter live in a double-wide trailer in small-town rural Florida. Brandi longs for a man but she’s picky and doesn’t want to bring home a string of “temporary daddies” for her daughter like her mom did to her when she was growing up. Then her cousin wins tickets to tour the Kindred Mother Ship and tells Brandi there’s a place where she can have hot, no-strings-attached sex with a Kindred warrior. Brandi wouldn’t normally do such a thing but she’s desperate–it’s been a three year dry spell and she needs a man–even if it’s only for a single night.

Posing as a Pairing Puppet, she gets picked by Slade for a night of passion. But imagine her surprise when, after the best sex of her life, she hears the big Kindred’s growling voice inside her head!

Now Brandi is freaking out and Slade is pissed off that he broke his vow. Yet neither of them can deny the animal attraction that keeps drawing them together. When Brandi’s daughter, Emmie, gets herself into terrible danger, Slade is the only one who can help. Will Brandi let the huge Kindred warrior into her life?

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dragons heart tajss 10DRAGON’S HEART (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 10) by Miranda Martin

Kate has had enough. Her research pod went down after the Generation ship crashed and now she’s stuck on the steaming hot hell that is Tajss. The handful of people that survived initial contact with the planet’s monstrous creatures have been forced underground into darkness. Worse is Annabel, self-appointed tyrannical leader of their small group. After a blow up that’s the final straw, Kate and several others leave in search of other survivors and a better life.

Errol is hiding from a half-remembered past he doesn’t want to face. The other Zmaj males of the Tribe are finding their mates among the human females but none spark a fire in his heart. None are his treasure. His past is too painful and with no mate, the seven foot winged and scaled craftsman has no future.

Trying to outrun his memories starts a crash course trajectory right into Kate, where the past will collide with the present and forever change the future.

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unexpected hostageUNEXPECTED HOSTAGE (UNEXPECTED SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone

My new cabin-mate is a telepath and the whole ship’s scared of him. I was too, for about three seconds. He’s quiet, but once I get him talking he’s the most fascinating man I’ve ever known. He shouldn’t be in that cage. He didn’t do anything wrong. But good thing he is, because I would love to snuggle down for a long night with a body like his.

My race is known for being peaceful, and I was too…until I was electrocuted, kidnapped, sold, and then put in a cage. I’ll get out of here soon, but while I plot my escape, I’ll enjoy my cabin-mate’s attention. She thinks she has figured me out. She’s not even close.

The ship is being attacked, a perfect diversion. There is only one problem…I want to take my cabin-mate with me.

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between the shadowsBETWEEN THE SHADOWS (LAKE LANIER MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by Casi McLean

She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…

After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.

An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.

Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

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losing timeLOSING TIME (KNIGHTS IN TIME BOOK 5) by Chris Karlsen

Can love survive the wrong time and place?
Felicia Wycliff’s peaceful stroll through the woods turned to disaster when her dachshund bolted after a rabbit. One minute Felicia was running after the determined little dog, the next she was hurled to the ground. Gathering her wits after her tumble, she brushed herself off and continued her pursuit—-right into three mounted knights who blocked her path.
They were so authentic looking. They might’ve stepped from the keep of the nearby castle, Elysian Fields. But the old Norman fortress was a ruin and had been for three hundred years…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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almost humanALMOST HUMAN (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 5) by Rena Marks

When futuristic Earth finds alien DNA and creates a new species of hybrids in hidden labs, Dr. Robyn Saraven helps the “creatures” escape. She uses her connections to establish their own city on Earth-Ground, where they can learn, grow, and avoid the corruption and greed that created them.

The only set of Xeno Sapien twins—Jett and Brax, were created from each other. They balance each other. They can’t live without each other. But they were also created to destroy each other.

The first time they see Heather, an unusual new human employee, they can’t live without her. Heather was born different—a throwback redhead in a world of brunettes. Surely she would know what it’s like not to fit in? And fit in, the twins don’t. The scientists who created them depended on their alien attributes over their human DNA—for what better way to get them to fight to the death?

Heather Marlow had an ultimate goal. Apply at Xenia, steal a real, live Xeno Sapien for ransom money, and rescue her grandmother in one fell swoop. But things went awry.

After being captured for her crime, the twins get their wish. She won’t be allowed to live without them.
Can she see past the alien differences that leave them almost human?

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descentDESCENT (ADVENTURES OF FIX-IT BOOK 4) by Erik Schubach

VS Note: A short novella, NOT a romance but sounded like a fun series.

As Prime comes out of its perihelion orbit at the end of the pass, a new peril raises its head and only Fixit, Vega, is in any position to save the star system from calamity.

Vega and Glitch must put all of their knowledge, skills, and creativity to the test to go off world to save Vashon and the population of the floating cities of Prime from certain death.

Familiar friends and new enemies abound as Fixit races against time in the harshest environment she has ever faced… space!

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expanding universeTHE EXPANDING UNIVERSE VOLUME 4 by Various

VS Note: Includes Kayelle Allen and Drew Avera. The collection isn’t romances, seems more slanted toward ‘hard’ scifi.

Twenty remarkable stories. Twenty award winning & bestselling authors. One incredible science fiction collection to awaken your mind to infinite possibilities. Aliens, snipers, warships, royalty, intrigue. Battles fought with railguns, plasma beams, and blasters–with words–or even only within the mind.

The universe is expanding, and these are its fantastic stories, beyond our understanding, beyond time and space itself. What we do know should terrify us–and what we don’t know can kill us. Yet human courage will take us beyond our limits—far beyond in deep space. Maybe even closer to home where the boundaries exist only in our minds.

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chasing earthCHASING EARTH: SAVING ASKARA PART 2 by J M Link

Tori knows Aderus sees dealing with Earth as necessary to an unlikely, but last-ditch effort to save his world, as she tries to bridge the gap between two vastly different species while proving to him she’s more than just some unimpressive human. But her fascination and his frustration have led to an attraction she’s unprepared to handle. Or more precisely, the consequences of acting on it; which not only involve changes to her body, but struggling with what the fierce Askari inspires. And what’s actually possible between them.
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Aderus never imagined a creature like Tori would be what he has come to crave, even over his own kind. The sentiments she provokes perturb as much as they invite and entice him and understanding her proves a separate challenge. But when his actions result in an unintended threat to the balance of power in a fragile alliance between their two races, he is forced to weigh his trust in her against the only thing that matters to him. Or so he thought.

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chargedCHARGED (THE OTHERWORLDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Gillian Zane

Bobbie Flemming was having one of those terrible, no good kind of days.

Her boss yelled at her because of something a co-worker did, her sometimes boyfriend was getting engaged to another woman, and she wore two different shoes to work. To make matters worse, she agreed to be in a charitable “most eligible” auction for her friend Chuck, who won’t speak to her if she doesn’t show up.

Bobbie doesn’t feel most eligible, and she definitely doesn’t feel like going on a date with someone so desperate they have to win her in an auction. But when two of the hottest men on the planet, who happen to be twins, show up and outbid everyone, Bobbie thinks she’s won the lottery. Until the one in charge opens his mouth and she realizes he’s bat sh*t crazy.

Now, Bobbie’s being whisked off, without her consent, to the middle of Central Park — and what is that — a spaceship?
This was how Bobbie finds herself stranded on an alien planet, with not two, but four incarnations of the same man. (They do that on their planet, it’s like their thing.) And all four of these hot alien males think Bobbie is their fated charge mate. All Bobbie knows is she didn’t sign up for this. Sure, the sex might be awesome, and the guys might be super-hot, but what does it take to get back to Earth where everything is normal, and there aren’t Emperors who want to kill her?

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fat girl finds loveFAT GIRL FINDS LOVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Nancy M Griffis

VS note: I liked the ‘voice’ in the sample, on my TBR (me and those end of the world stories LOL.)

As a makeup artist in Hollywood, Beth had seen a lot of weird things over the years, but actual zombies took the cake. With no help from the government, the fully-armed neighborhood steps up to keep the streets safe. On a supply run, Beth ends up face-to-face with a shotgun held by the most gorgeous woman she’d ever seen and has to wonder… Why did it take a zombie apocalypse for her to find love?

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ambassadors stowawayAMBASSADOR’S STOWAWAY (KORYSTUS ALIENS BOOK 3) by Avery Rae

Talys is supposed to be an ambassador but he has the social graces of a donkey. And now I’m stuck with him.

Look, I know people are trying to change things on Korystus. They want to prove that humans and Korysti can live together. There’s too much bad blood, if you ask me.

Talys is kinda proof it’s all a waste. I mean, he plans on hauling me right back to Korystus when he’s done with his trip. Our kind will never get along as long at this rate.

Which is why I shouldn’t be so tempted by Talys’s offer to join him in his quarters. I gotta stick to my guns, though. I’m not taking a tumble in his sheets, and I’m definitely not going back to Korystus.

So, all I have to do is stay out of his room, keep my mouth shut, and run for freedom when we land. Simple, right?

The thing is… my self-control sucks, he’s really good at getting a rise out of me, and I’m a terrible runner. This is going to be a long trip.

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red sky at morningRED SKY AT MORNING by Genna Donaghy

Fox has been secretly in love with his best friend, Tobias, since grade school. But even though Fox has fought in wars overseas, he hasn’t worked up the courage to do act on his feelings.

Then, an alien ship appears in the pre-dawn sky and bombs San Francisco.
Fox never imagined he would have to go to war again. Now things have changed. To save himself, and the man he loves, Fox will have to join the fight against the invaders.
But the aliens aren’t what they seem, and the real enemy may be within.

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worldshaperWORLDSHAPER by Edward Willett

VS Note: Science fiction, no mention of romance so who knows if there is any, but what a cool concept!

For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.

But one shattering moment of violence changes everything. Mysterious attackers kill her best friend. They’re about to kill Shawna. She can’t believe it’s happening–and just like that, it isn’t. It hasn’t. No one else remembers the attack, or her friend. To everyone else, Shawna’s friend never existed…

Everyone, that is, except the mysterious stranger who shows up in Shawna’s shop. He claims her world has been perfect because she Shaped it to be perfect; that it is only one of uncounted Shaped worlds in a great Labyrinth; and that all those worlds are under threat from the Adversary who has now invaded hers. She cannot save her world, he says, but she might be able to save others–if she will follow him from world to world, learning their secrets and carrying them to Ygrair, the mysterious Lady at the Labyrinth’s heart.

Frightened and hounded, Shawna sets off on a desperate journey, uncertain whom she can trust, how to use her newfound power, and what awaits her in the myriad worlds beyond her own.

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wastingTHE WASTING (REVEL AND ROT BOOK 3) by Ellabee Andrews

Katherine and the guys are about to embark on their most dangerous journey yet. With over a thousand miles of asphalt and death separating them from their final destination in Maine, they’ll have to be prepared to face anything.

In this final installment of The Revel and Rot series, the group will be faced with challenges like they’ve never imagined, and will deal with changes they don’t understand.

Will they be strong enough to make it across the country, or will they just become another meal for the Sightless?
Can they survive it, or will they lose everything trying?

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claimed by the alien chiefCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN CHIEF (ZOCRONE OF THE SEVEN GALAXIES BOOK 1) by Sloane Meyers

Daxar Kotula serves as the all-powerful Chief of Zocrone, and he doesn’t allow visitors on his planet. He made the mistake of trusting outsiders once before, and it almost destroyed his people. So when human smuggler Nova Wolke and her crew crash land on his planet, he immediately tells them to get out. But in the short time it takes for Nova to repair her spaceship so she can leave, Daxar finds he can’t stop thinking about how soft and beautiful this intruder is…and how much he wants to claim her for himself. But that will never work. After all, he hates outsiders. Doesn’t he?

Nova Wolke lives life on the edge. Years ago, she left behind a tame life on Earth to make something of herself in the Seven Galaxies. Now she captains a ship running high stakes smuggling runs, and she’s always just one step ahead of disaster… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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slave dothkan warriorsSLAVE (DOTHKAN ALIEN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Gillian Zane

There are worse fates than crash-landing on your sworn enemy’s planet.
Like surviving, and being taken alive, being sold for their entertainment.
The Dothkhan take what they want—iridescent, battle-hardened brutes all toned muscle and sculpted bodies.
They want me to be their perfect little pet, compliant and composed, to bear their young, but I have other ideas.
They take me hard and often, one at a time or sometimes all at once.
I’m trying to remain defiant, but the pleasure they’re showing me is starting to outweigh the pain.
My traitorous body has never been so satisfied or fulfilled.
There’s just one problem.
I’m the most powerful bargaining chip in the entire galaxy.
And they don’t know it… yet.

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rebel cityREBEL CITY: DARK SCULPTOR BOOK 2 by D R Rosier

VS note: From August

James Cook found a new world he might just be able to call home, and he had very good company to share it with. He was fairly sure he wouldn’t even entertain the idea of going back to Earth, even if it was possible.

Well, he’d have a good life, if the city of Eastguard doesn’t tear itself apart from the inside. Or if the king doesn’t have him assassinated, or if the king’s army doesn’t raze Eastguard to the ground with him in it.

James has more than a few challenges to face, including some he doesn’t know about or even suspect yet, if he’s going to claim the life he wants, with the women he loves.

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koops sparkKOOP’S SPARK (GRACIAN MATES BOOK 2) by T Cobbin

Maggie is among a group of human women who were kidnapped by aliens. The Lesh intended to sell them into slavery, but thankfully, before that could happen, they were rescued by the Gracians. All Maggie wants to do is return home to her twin sister and her life as an architect. But the women’s rescuers have informed them they cannot return home. Maggie is despondent as she struggles to accept her new life aboard the Gemorph.

Among the kidnapped victims, several Gracians have found their sparks, or mates. They are ecstatic as their race was in danger of becoming extinct, but now they have hope for survival. They want to visit Earth to see if more mates can be located, but first they need to train to become more human-like. They ask Maggie to help in that endeavor. As part of the plan, she gets to return to Earth, for a short time at least, and will ask her sister for assistance with executing the first step of the plan.

Koop is an officer on the Gemorph. When his captain asks him to work with Maggie, one of the human females, to create an area for their warriors to train in, Koop accepts the challenge. But things don’t go as planned when a human custom of shaking hands goes wrong. As soon as the pair touch, it’s obvious that they are sparks.

But Maggie has struggled so hard with the idea of being on the Gemorph, unable to resume her life on Earth. How will she deal with being a Gracian’s spark? Koop would never force her to accept him, but if she doesn’t, it’s a death sentence for him…literally.

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times convertTIME’S CONVERT: A NOVEL by Deborah Harkness

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor–the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for–is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both–forever.

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casting cursesCASTING CURSES (BEWITCHING BEDLAM BOOK 5) by Yasmine Galenorn

A November windstorm smashes through the roof of the Bewitching Bedlam, and the damage exposes a hidden room containing a dark secret. An ancient force has been unleashed, and a curse is endangering everyone who Maddy loves, and everything she’s worked for. With her loved ones in danger, Maddy must undergo an arcane ritual in order to lift the curse and exorcise the angry spirit. But, her magic is on the fritz, and without the use of her powers, will Maddy be able to face Ereshkigal, the goddess of the Underworld, and survive?

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grave magicGRAVE MAGIC (HOW TO BE A NECROMANCER BOOK 4) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox

Vexa Tzarnavaras, funeral home assistant and amateur necromancer, is trapped within her own mind, isolated from everyone who cares about her, unable to help as Aethon, her 600-year-old power crazed ancestor, goes on a destructive rampage.

Her lovers Ethan, the cursed werewolf, and Gwydion the exiled Unseelie Fae, worry for her; but only Cole, the once rival necromancer turned ally & lover, can reach her. But the intimacy of sharing minds, and the secrets he hides, makes him reluctant to give Vexa the support she needs.

As she struggles to battle her own demons and return to who she was before, Vexa’s journey takes her down strange paths into a place far beyond the imaginable.

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shaker of earthSHAKER OF EARTH (SPECTR SERIES 2 BOOK 5) by Jordan L Hawk

Charleston is reeling beneath the onslaught of demons unleashed by the vampire spirit Drugoy and his human host Yuri. Alone and drained almost to the point of death, Gray and Caleb must make their way across a city gone mad in hopes of putting an end to Yuri and Dru. But the other drakul isn’t the only enemy they have to worry about.

After the death of a rogue agent at Gray’s teeth, John’s faith in his lovers has been badly shaken. But when SPECTR Chief Barillo orders the vampire destroyed by any means possible, John and his allies find themselves in a race to find Gray and Caleb before their fellow SPECTR agents.

Because their only hope of stopping Yuri and Dru is by working together. And if they fail to unite, the streets of Charleston will run red with blood.

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ferry of bones and goldA FERRY OF BONES AND GOLD (SOULBOUND BOOK 12) by Hailey Turner

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.

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mine fureverMINE FUREVER (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Grayson Carver is in a tight spot. On one hand, he’s doing his best to help the local wolf shifter pack and keep a promise. On the other, the wolves only see him as a rogue and an outcast, a troublemaker. But trouble is only the tip of the iceberg when a human woman wanders into their settlement, leaving Grayson to deal with her. Now the battle-hardened wolf may have just found his mate.

April Nielson has made it her life’s work to research and aid in the preservation of wolf packs nationwide. So when reports of wolf sightings in the sleepy town of Silver Lake drift in, she’s immediately on the scene to do her job. But instead she comes across the most stubborn, tough-looking, and sexy man she’s ever laid eyes on. One with piercing gray eyes and a body that is beyond even her wildest fantasies.

Though Grayson knows he’s supposed to send the little woman packing before she can uncover the secret of the pack’s identity, Grayson’s wolf has other plans. Like mating the wolf-obsessed researcher as soon as possible. But even as hot attraction explodes into earth-shattering romance, April knows there’s something that Grayson’s not telling her. Something that may just come back to bite them both.

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pawnedPAWNED by Laura Bickle

VS Note: YA but sure sounds fun.

You can hock almost anything at my family’s pawn shop…even your own soul.

You think running a pawn shop full of cursed objects with your dad and grandpops is cool? Try it for a week and get back to me. Now try picking up any random object and seeing its creeptastic history play out right before your eyes — yup, that’s my little “gift.” It’s my job to sort out what’s haunted and hexed from what’s not, and do my best to keep all of us — including Bert, our ice-cream-truck-driving-lizard demon — employed.

So it wasn’t all sunshine, roses, and possessed samurai swords even before grandpops’ heart attack — but now things are garden-gnome levels of bad. Dad made a deal with the wrong end of the dark side to save grandpops’ life, putting my whole family smack dab between the forces of evil and our friendly local blow-your-pawn-shop-to-smithereens mobsters. And Lily next door…I shouldn’t even be thinking about Lily.

All I ever wanted was to get out of this crap town and away from my messed-up family, and instead it looks like I’m gonna have to use every scrap of magic in this joint or there won’t be any family left to leave behind.

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one true mate 9ONE TRUE MATE 9: SHIFTER’S DREAM by Lisa Ladew

Troy was a man trapped in a wolf’s body for three decades, until a nap changed his life forever. Now that he’s a wolf trapped in a man’s body, he’s not going back. Food? Good. Partying? Better. Women? Best. With one brother missing, one brother overwhelmed by parenting twin engels, and only distracted Mac to keep him straight, Troy is fulfilling his every desire, never sleeping, rarely working, refusing to reel it in.

Until he sees her.

Reed has many rules, but the biggest one might be, never date a cop. There’s also never kiss on the first date. Never tell anyone your business. Never go in the forest. Never-

But then that cop walked into her bar. The one with the wild eyes and the chiseled jaw. The one who devoured her every time he stared at her.
Don’t go in the forest, Reed. Never go in the forest.
That’s where the wolves live.

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mated to the griffinMATED TO THE GRIFFIN (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Everyone calls Chiara crazy werewolf lady. But the curvy journalist is determined to prove the supernatural is real. Even if it means her friends and family abandon her. She has a plan, and she’ll fight this battle on her own if she has to. That is, until she runs into a mysterious, hot-as-blazes man with light-filled eyes, and starts to dream of a future where she doesn’t have to fight alone…

Loyal, honorable and devoted to his duty, Griffin shifter Jared hides his loneliness behind smiles. His work has taken the place of the family he’s never known. Until quirky Chiara with her mermaid hair and theories about aliens crashes into his life. Suddenly, there’s something more than duty to live for.

But with an evil shadow dragon after them and only an ancient map to guide their search for the fifth elemental dragon, their failure could destroy the world. And as the sparks between them turn into a passion impossible to resist, a terrible, ancient enemy finally reveals itself. Soon, the world could fall to Darkness…

Will losing their hearts win the war?

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fire breathing beastFIRE BREATHING BEAST (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 1) by Candace Ayers

Sky Broussard has spent the last nine years of her life fighting for custody and raising her nephews. Between trying to make ends meet as a waitress at the Bon Temps Café, and keeping an eye on two troublesome teens, she’s had zero time for indulgences like romance.

No worries, she hasn’t been interested in the opposite sex for a long time. Not until she meets the snarling, growling, hotter-that-an-inferno hunk who caught her nephews trespassing on his swampland deep in the Louisiana bayou.

Too bad he’s off his rocker. Seriously. He thinks he’s a dragon, calls her his mate, follows her home, and refuses to leave her side. She really should put a stop to the insanity. She really should. Except, her libido is running on overdrive and, who knows, he might be her chance to finally lose her V-card.

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damiens nannyDAMIEN’S NANNY (BEVERLY HILLS DRAGONS) by Meg Ripley

Dragon shifter Damien Van Buren has it all: a fantastic job as a record label executive, an adorable young daughter and a gorgeous home in Beverly Hills–along with Linda, a cheating ex-wife who would like nothing more than to take him to the cleaners. Now that he’s divorced, Damien needs to find a full-time nanny to help him care for little Stephanie. But when he takes a chance on hiring an au pair from overseas, he’s not prepared for the fire she’ll spark in his lonely heart.

Brianna Murphy dreams of moving away from Ireland to realize her fantasy of becoming a singer. Knowing she’ll never be discovered if she stays in her quaint hometown, she decides to apply for an au pair position just outside the bustling music scene of LA. When she manages to land the job, she never expects to fall in love with the sweet little dragon she’s in charge of–and she definitely doesn’t expect to fall for her new boss.

Will Damien and Brianna be able to keep their relationship strictly professional, or does fate have something else in store for these two dragons?

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bears arranged brideTHE BEAR’S ARRANGED BRIDE (BEARS WITH MONEY BOOK 8) by Amy Star 

Sherry – I can’t believe my father has arranged for me to get married. Does he not realize that people don’t do that anymore?
However, it is not all bad. Jaxon is so handsome and we used to f*ck years ago.
It might actually be fun to do it again a few times.
That is before we get our marriage annulled and go our separate ways.

Jaxon – So it seems like I am getting married to Sherry.
It could be worse. At least I know she is a demon in the sack.
But even though we have history, Sherry has no idea about my furry secret.
And I wonder if she found out, would it put her off? Or just turn her on even more?

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destined for eternityDESTINED FOR ETERNITY BOOK 3 (DARK DESTINY SERIES) by Susan Illene

Demons and pregnancy don’t mix.

Cori and Bartol have six weeks left to go until their baby is born, but all hell is about to break loose before that happens. Demons are possessing humans again and wreaking havoc. No one knows what their agenda is, but it’s increasing tensions between the humans and supernaturals, escalating into violence. As one of the only people capable of slaying the hell spawns, Bartol has been called upon to deal with them. But impending fatherhood is challenging enough, especially when he’s still struggling to overcome psychological trauma in order to have the relationship with Cori that she and their child deserve.

Unfortunately, an ultimatum from the angels forces Bartol into the fight, and leaves Cori battling her own doubts and fears. Their child is coming—will they be ready?

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feys wolfA FEY’S WOLF (MYSTIC WOLVES BOOK 5 ) by Elle Boon

An Enforcer…Torq’s place among the Mystic Wolves gave him the freedom to search for his mate, but when he finds her, he realizes things aren’t as easy as he’d hoped they’d be. However, years of honing his skills have proven he was more than the man and wolf for the injured Fey.
A Powerful Fey…Talia’s tired of hiding but isn’t quite ready to make that final step as a normal female after years of captivity. Hiding out on the Fey Realm seemed like another form of being caged, however being caught in the sights of a shifter far larger than any man she’d ever seen was more than she’d bargained for.
A Plan Set In Motion…Things don’t always go as planned, but when the Goddess puts two of her people together, she assumes things will end up how they should. However, outside forces realize a powerful Fey are within their grasps and want what they didn’t have…a link to the Fey Realm.
Will the wolf and his Fey have a chance to find their happily ever after, or will they be destroyed before they get the chance?

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infinite blueINFINITE BLUE by Natalina Reis

Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.

Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.

But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.

Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and life at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?

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the mateTHE MATE by Abigail Owen

Maddie Thompson’s life just fell down a rabbit hole. Finding out she’s a dragon shifter was one thing—she never quite fit into the human world, and this new reality feels…strangely right. However, discovering the next step is to choose a mate, and if she chooses wrong she’ll die, is the other side of crazy. Especially when she already left a piece of her heart with someone who didn’t want it.

To say dragon enforcer Fallon Conleth was shocked when the Mating Council summoned him as a potential mate for a newly found dragon doesn’t quite cover it. A mate is rare and precious and many dragons never find theirs. Fallon isn’t sure he’s worthy of the honor, not when so many deserve it more. He’ll just go through the motions and return home alone…until he sees Maddie. The human woman he reluctantly let walk away.

Fallon already broke Maddie’s heart once, but if he can’t convince her that they’re meant to be, she’ll die… and he won’t be far behind.

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arcane heistARCANE HEIST (ARCANE TALENTS BOOK 2) by Angela Knight

When a pair of cops with magical abilities become the target of a hate group, they must unravel the plot against them before it costs them their lives — and love.

Deputy Erica Harris is a witch who can see the magical auras of those around her, a talent which helps her determine when someone intends to commit a violent crime. Her partner, Deputy Jake Nolan, has a psychic link with an African lion that allows him to manifest the animal’s powers.

But it’s tough to serve and protect when demagogues stoke public fear of you. As the two cops fight to unravel a politically motivated web of hate and deceit, Erica and Jake are targeted by a magical assassin hired by the plotters.

While dodging murder attempts, they begin to fall in love. But as Jake’s desire makes his inner lion more possessive, his self-control erodes. Can they afford to take a chance on love when so many lives hang in the balance?

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griffins mate hazel gowerGRIFFIN’S MATE (ARMAGEDDON MATES BOOK 5) by Hazel Gower

Griffen has found his mate, but Pet isn’t what anyone expected. He found her near death and nursed her back to health. The pack doesn’t approve of their Omega’s mate. Griffen hopes, given a chance, his pack will fall for Pet just as he’s beginning to.

Pet had been a prisoner all her life, forced to use her visions to aid the demons in their fight to conquer Earth. Thanks to Griffen and his family she’s finally free, and she’s willing to give up her seer abilities to live a new life. The problem is no one but her mate is happy that she’s become part of the pack. Pet just wants to live her life, make friends, and have a family. The question is will she be accepted in Griffen’s pack and get everything she yearns for?

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crown of bonesCROWN OF BONES: BLOOD DESCENDANT UNIVERSE (CROWN OF DEATH BOOK 4) by Keary Taylor

Logan’s biological father has been building an army to rise against the Crown, to challenge Cyrus and Sevan for control over the vampires, and their voices will be heard: every one of them is a rightful Royal.

He is not the only one who is tired of hiding in the shadows. Other family members lost their lives trying to bring all vampires into the spotlight, to show the world what they are capable of. With this many descendants, with this much bad blood, this will be a war fought with enemies new and old. This is the same war the King and Queen fought over a thousand years ago. It will be a battle to the death to keep the vampires’ secret.

But time has always been Sevan’s greatest enemy, and now it is running out in every way. The Crown, the safety of the humans and the world, Logan’s time with Cyrus.

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vampiresd like it hotVAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lyndsay Sands

When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…

Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?

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caden TL reeveCADEN (APACHE COUNTY SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan

Caden Raferty messed up—big time. He’s turned his back on his family and friends, but most of all his mate, Danielle Blueriver.

Danielle is done with love and done with Caden. After two near death experiences, she’s regressed into herself, not wanting to be seen or heard. Her life is crumbling down around her and the only thing giving her the will to live are her boys, Aiden and Nicolas.

But, an old foe isn’t done with either of them, and once again, they are thrust together in a situation neither can get out of.

Can Danielle and Caden find their path to happiness this time, or will the sins of their past destroy their future?

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see meSEE ME (THE NOVUS PACK SERIES BOOK 1) by M Jayne

Throughout history, The Lady, Goddess of the Lycan world, has gifted werewolf packs with humans who carry her mark. Theodora Morrissey’s plans to return to college for her graduate degree are ended when she is awakened by an otherworldly voice on a rarely used airstrip in Nebraska. Injured and disoriented, she has no idea the discoloration on her back has marked her as a Seer, and that she is now a possession—and the prisoner—of the Novus Pack of Lycans.

To the Novus pack, the word of their leader, their Laird, is the law. With compelling gray eyes and long dark hair, Raider Black rules his pack with intelligence and ruthlessness. To cement the security of his pack, Black has committed to mate another Packleader’s daughter. But he’s finding it impossible to fight his attraction to the pack’s alluring new Seer, claiming her as his own.

Sweet, fearless, and unintentionally funny, Theo upends Black’s world and pushes the boundaries of his rules. How far is Black willing to go, and what will he sacrifice, to save both his pack and the human Seer who’s found a way not only into his bed, but his heart?

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VS: Highlighting my alien empath series! The link is to my Amazon author page but the books are available on all the major ebook seller platforms.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

September 12

September 5

August 29

August 22

August 15

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…

Am I Dreaming Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

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

I’ve reached the end of what can be shared from DARIK without giving spoilers so until I have TIMTUR back from edits, I’m going to share a few excerpts from the first book in the series, AYDARR.

The excerpt, from the beginning of the book, follows directly after last week’s:

She remembered eating dinner in her small modular house on the edge of the colony, falling asleep watching an adventure trideo she’d seen a hundred times then…nothing.

“And now I’m here,” She took a closer look at her left arm and did a double take. A black bracelet she’d never seen before was solid against her skin just above the wrist, with no visible hinge or fastening. As she gawked at it, prying at the edges in an increasingly desperate attempt to make the band move, flickers of red and yellow pulsed inside the cool, hard surface. The bracelet and what it might mean scared her more than the loss of short term memory or even the unknown sun.

The roar came again, closer, and was answered by another. Something hunting me maybe?

She pushed away from the tree, realizing she was barefoot, wearing her short, pink-and-black nightgown, molded to her body by the rain. Lingerie was her secret luxury after a day spent in technician’s coveralls, but certainly not suited to this experience. Am I dreaming?

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb: 

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday September 12

metalmarkAs 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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METALMARK by Ella Drake

VS Note: This is a re-release but I always enjoy her books and I missed this one the first time around!

Prince to a dying planet, Lye the Keeper has made a deal with the devil. For the price of his blood, the Drianti Syndicate offer a seat on their council. . .and put the end to their decade-long occupation of his planet within his grasp. Working with the Syndicate feels like betraying everything he’s worked for these last ten years, but it pales in comparison to the pain of his monthly mating imperative.

The red-haired temptress who lands in his path holds the key to Lye’s freedom–and an end to his pain–but the price is too high. Touching her would defile the royal line that ends with him. The lure to possess her, however, proves irresistible.

Privateer Jazzelina Eval will do anything to bring down the Syndicate, anything from robbing spaceships to kidnapping a prince. Anything but settle down and give up the revenge game. Or bed a mark who’s made a deal with her enemy. But once she has Lye in her hands, she can’t let him go. . .even if the price of keeping him is war.

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unwilling mateUNWILLING MATE (ABDUCTED BOOK 2) by Opal Carew

Eva vowed never to surrender control to a man again, but now she is held prisoner by an alien who insists she belongs to him.

Eva learned the hard way never to trust a man. Even when they claim everlasting love, it’s all a lie. A free luxury resort vacation is just the ticket to forget her broken dreams and all the pain her ex has caused her.

But after she steps into a VIP elevator, she winds up aboard a spaceship loaded with drop-dead gorgeous aliens too tempting to resist. Especially Commander Larson Raa-ling who claims to be her soul-mate. But resist him she will.

Larson knows Eva feels the same potent desire he feels for her, but her fear and stubbornness are holding her back. He knows he must be patient to win her trust, but constraining the gut-wrenching need to join with her is sheer torture. The longer she resists their bond, the closer to the breaking point he comes.

Eva tries desperately to remember all the reasons she vowed never to surrender control to a man again. But as Larson chips away at her defenses, her resistance is crumbling by the second.

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purchasedPURCHASED (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 1)  by Sabrina Kade

Being sold to the highest bidder wasn’t originally in Blythe’s plans, but she desperately needed to make money to send home to her father. Now, though, she’s not sure the money ever reached him, and she’s left trying to survive. Until Korben comes along and makes her an offer she shouldn’t refuse.

Exiled to a lonely planet far from home, Prince Korben is nonetheless determined to prove that not all Sidyths are heartless and cruel. But when he sees Blythe, he knows he must make her his own. Unfortunately, his race’s reputation precedes him—and unless he’s careful, his desire might overcome his good intentions.

Can an exiled prince and a prostitute overcome their pasts and find the passion they’re destined to share?

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tann celeste rayeTANN (DELTA UTOPIA SIX) by Celeste Raye

How far would you go to gain freedom from slavery? Would piracy be better than slavery?

Mariana believed it would be. She was willing to leave her mother, her best friend, and even her world behind to find out. The lure of freedom and opulence on way station Delti Utopia 6 had her dreaming of a better life. She escaped her alien owner and hid aboard a trading vessel in search of a new life. Instead, she found there were more forms of slavery than she’d imagined.

Tann had a job to do. As an undercover space cop he became engulfed in piracy. He handled the thievery, cruelty, and killing without batting an eye, until his captain called for the deaths of stowaway children. He used his innate ability as a weredragon to defy the order, risking his alter ego and his life.

While trying to prove their worth among the pirate crew and mentor a teenage weredragon, Mariana and Tann discover each other along with the love neither expected. Intrigue, secrecy, and treason change their plans and their futures.

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claimed by the zoranCLAIMED BY THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 2) by Luna Hunter

Leah’s dreams have been rather steamy as of late. Every night an alpha Zoran warrior makes her see stars.

During the day she cares for the Luba herds on Garna as part of the Galactic Aid Corps, but all she really looks forward to are the hot and heavy nights. The connection feels almost real.

Davor is a Zoran warrior of the Sacred Order who is haunted by his dreams as well — a curvy human female visits him every night. His Chosen. Every day he spends without her is one spent in agony. His well-trained body yearns for her.

And then a sinister megacorporation invades Garna.
Can Davor save his fated mate before the megacorps discover her hidden powers?

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trackerTRACKER (OUTCASTS BOOK 3) by Cyndi Friberg

Xorran, a famed tracker, is sent to find two human females kidnapped by the Outcasts’ enemy. His search seems futile until he encounters Sara and a feisty battle cat cub. He’s fascinated by the tiny animal, but feels an immediate and powerful connection with the wisecracking human. Sara is still angry about being brought to the Outcasts’ planet without her permission, yet her stubbornness is no match for “the pull”. As they work together to rescue her friend, their passion flares ever hotter. Can Xorran prove to Sara that he wants more than a torrid affair? Now that he’s found a potential mate, he will settle for nothing less than forever.

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pet for lord darinA PET FOR LORD DARIN by Hollie Hutchins

We’re all in cages, counting ourselves lucky to be alive, let alone to still have our clothes on…

I’m imagining scalpels and labs and sci-fi nightmare fuel until I’m taken away and given as a gift to a grey-skinned alien with star-white hair, a scaled face, and the leathery wings of nothing human: Luras Darin.

Now I have to convince him, from the confines of this stupid white birdcage, that I’m not just some stupid animal so I can get out and find a way home.

I’m learning the language from scratch, but it doesn’t look like speaking will be enough…until suddenly it is, and I show him what humans can do when they’re alone in a dark room.

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planet bear rebecca roycePLANET BEAR (SHIFTER’S WORLD BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce

VS note: A re-release, was formerly in the Once Upon a Harem collection.

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

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

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

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eliasELIAS (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 6) by Arcadia Shield

When a damaged alien and a cautious, heart-broken human find themselves drawn to each other thanks to a shared love of the past, they discover a chance to try love. Can it really be as amazing as everyone says it is?

Elias lives a life of solitude. He has his work and his one friend. That’s all he needs. After an unforgettable night with a Retar princess, he wants nothing to do with women. After all, they only want to kill him.

But there is one woman who interests him. She’s passionate, beautiful, and bothers his thoughts. If he wasn’t so broken, he’d consider her for his one true mate.

Hayley Goodacre is living a lie. Every day she expects to get found out, revealed for a fraud, and thrown off the space station. That can’t happen. If it does, she loses her sister. She’ll do anything to keep her alive.

If she keeps quiet and fakes it until she makes it, she might pull this off. If only she didn’t keep getting distracted by the huge, serious-faced, gorgeous Retar. Why does his presence make her think such inappropriate thoughts?

When their pasts catch up with them, they must face their fears together if they are to survive.

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submissions edgeSUBMISSION’S EDGE by Trent Evans

For Diandra Acres, it started as a hunch, a feeling her husband was hiding the real him from her. He was shielding her from something — or keeping a secret from his wife. Never one to flee from a challenge, she intended to find just what that something was. For in her heart, she suspected — and hoped — that in Martin there lurked the dangerous Alpha male animal of her darkest dreams. The strict dominant man not afraid to put his wife firmly in her place — or take her over his knee. There was something mysterious about Martin all right. But did she have the courage to face what the truth might mean about her kind, beloved husband?

Leaving his wife for weeks at a time was hard enough. But preventing himself from being who he really was with his beautiful wife was even harder. Being thousands of light years away from home — and his wife’s loving arms — was a mercy though. For it allowed him to hide from what he really wanted to make of her, allowed him to flee from the dark, twisted needs he’d always struggled with. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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rescued by the alien warriorRESCUED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR by Leia Gray

Liana Hathaway is a survivor. After losing everything in a mining accident, she has one option left: enter the Miss Avia pageant and hope one of the sponsors favors her. Being kidnapped from the winner’s stage? Not part of the plan.

Darvok Kar’thallan is a warrior prince on a mission. He travels the galaxy in pursuit of the formidable Krevith, the leader of a cosmic crime ring that decimated his clan. Too bad he keeps getting psychic interference from a mysterious woman he’s never seen before.

When Darvok finds the girl in Krevith’s clutches, worlds collide as he must decide whether to protect the human or fulfill his bloody destiny.

In order to make it out alive, they’ll have to work together—even as the crazy-hot alien awakens a long-dormant power within her. The hardest part? Resisting the impossible connection they seem to share.

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brahnBRAHN (FATE OF THE ENDARI BOOK 2) by Penny Sloan

My sister had married an alien.

I was jealous. I admit it. It seemed exotic and exciting. The most excitement I’d ever had was the time I rode the giant ferris wheel at the county fair and fainted at the top.

So naturally when she invited me to visit her on board the alien ship, I was stoked!
But I never expected that visit would lead to so much more. Danger. Fear. Panic. And, much to my surprise, love.

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snow and the shadows sept 12SNOW AND THE SHADOWS (ROTERAN SHADOWS BOOK 1) by Cara Carnes

VS note: was previously published in the Once Upon A Harem collection.

Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.

Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.

No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.

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proxima fivePROXIMA FIVE by Missouri Vaun

Geologist Dr. Leah Warren wakes after extended cryogenic hibernation to discover she’s crash-landed on a foreign planet. The sole survivor of her crew, she struggles to piece together what went wrong. Leah ventures from the ship in search of signs of life only to be captured by desert raiders.

Keegan, a clan warrior, discovers Leah, weak and barely alive. Her kindness and affection for Leah seem in direct conflict with her tough and emotionally remote façade, and Leah’s attraction for the reserved warrior grows. Unfortunately, Tiago, the clan’s volatile chieftain, is a tyrant who wants Leah for himself. Keegan will have to relinquish Leah or challenge Tiago. Will love give Keegan the strength to defeat him?

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saving ventraSAVING VENTRA (LOVERS OF VENTRA SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

I thought we were just mining resources on a nearby planet.
Why is this alien army helping us?
Is there something that my dad, the captain of the ship, isn’t telling me?

Suddenly, my eye catches one of the recruits, a shy and hotter-than-hell Ventran named Raeden. My duties forbid us from being together, and so does my current flame, Cal, on this lonely spacecraft. But rules were meant to be broken, and I’ll do whatever it takes just to feel Raeden’s body on mine. I’ll have to make a choice, even if that means getting wrapped up in a war we’re not prepared for…inside this ship and out.

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deliveryDELIVERY (STAR LINE EXPRESS ROMANCE BOOK 3) by  Alessia Bowman

Flight controller Niya Redmor has just one desire: make sure her son gets the home he deserves.

Daredevil pilot Joston Lynar has just one desire: get back in the pilot’s seat and do what he was born to do.

Joston’s showoff landing wows all the flight controllers on Engra, and Niya Redmor is swept off her feet. The two can’t deny their fiery attraction. But Niya’s plans for her son and Joston’s carefree lifestyle are a poor fit.

Now, with the burgeoning revolution on Engra, even if Niya and Joston wanted to, the couple might never be able to make a go of it. And as the conflict escalates, it threatens to destroy not just Niya and Joston’s fragile relationship, but all of Engra as well.

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sirens tailA SIREN’S TAIL: LUNA DE LA MAR SALON & SPA (AS THE CHAIR TURNS BOOK 2) by Eliza March

Delia here… Hi, again! Magic does exist and people in Boca aren’t what they seem. Shh! No one is supposed to know.
When my former well-organized life blew up in my face, I decided I needed answers because the metamorphosis I’m undergoing isn’t following any known pattern. Remember when I used to be a sun worshipper? Now I’m exhibiting symptoms I don’t even want to think about.
Turns out there are certain aspects of my family tree that’re disrupting my humanity. Wait ’til I find my family. Just when I need answers, they disappear. Poof! Vanish. Except Edna, my great aunt. But she’s not talking. Some freakish sea monster stole her voice.
Unbelievable! Right?
They are all so in the doodoo doghouse for keeping everything from me.
Thankfully, my witch friends are charming me through my dilemma and our search for answers. Frankie, our alpha Werewolf boss, is doing his best to keep me safe. The guy is loyal to a fault, even if the wolf in him doesn’t have a faithful bone in his body. So when Aelric, my on-again-off-again-not-really-a-boyfriend, asked him to protect me from sources unknown, Frankie jumped on it. I still think he has ulterior motives.
I’m eventually planning a monogamous relationship, just not yet. Frankie wants to “turn” me, but the monthly waxing effort makes becoming one of his pack out of the question. Aelric, the handsome Coast Guard captain, did make a few serious romantic overtures and almost “sort of” proposed to me, but he hasn’t managed to take me on a first date yet. Nor has he told me exactly what he is. Hope springs eternal. Because he did kiss me senseless, wowed me with an impressive unspeakable power move, then left me again. Now I’m alone with more questions. But I’m determined to get my own answers and find out where the threat to my family is coming from.
Oh there’s more… It just gets better every day. Why don’t you hang with me and see what’s in the cards for this month? The supernatural salon and spa staff, as always, are here to help.”

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fight for herFIGHT FOR HER (ICE AGE DRAGON BROTHERHOOD BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks

Arthur: When Rose asked me to marry her, I didn’t pay much attention. After all, she was ten. Even though she’s all grown up, and I seethe with desire for her, claiming Knight’s baby sister will earn me a punch in the face. Or worse.

When her heart fails, I do what I must to keep it beating—risk my own life to take her to the habitat for a cyborg implant. Now the woman who should have been my spirit is the most dangerous cyborg in existence. My enemy.

Rose: Once upon a time, I had girlish dreams of marrying Arthur. Now, with a highly advanced cyborg implant that makes me the darling of my military trainers, those dreams are a distant, fading memory. My future lies with the Elites, the units that defend the habitat from dragons.

To secure wealth, fame, and rank all I have to do is give my handlers the name of the dragon man suspected of hiding in plain sight somewhere in the habitat. Should be a no-brainer, right? If only my human flesh will stop aching for what can never be.

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dionnas shadowDIONNA’S SHADOW (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 5) by Ruby Ryan

The Hundred and Thirty-Third Quintelaide stands disgraced.

After assassinating the Archon and fleeing the Capitol, Dionna and her Quintmates are handling the fallout in different ways. Warrior Jaxon focuses on their path forward, while Frost Mage Arthur contemplates their place in history. Dionna doesn’t know how to feel about her decision to disobey the Archon, and the results that followed.

Ryon is handling it the worst. As the one to throw the blade, most of the responsibility falls on the Shadow. And although it was an easy decision, their only option to keep the Quint intact, he can’t close his eyes at night without seeing the face of their deceased leader, killed by his hand.

But Dionna’s Quint has a final mission to occupy their focus. If they can ambush the project site where the Tinker superweapons are produced, they can carry one north: beyond the Borderlands, to the Silithik Hivemind itself.

With a single bomb, they can end the war.

As they avoid Archenon patrols and make their way north, Dionna and her men are going to have to come to terms with what they’ve done—and what they intend to do if they reach the Hivemind. Because all six of them share one common fear: that whatever happens next will be the very last thing they do.

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between ice and frostBETWEEN ICE AND FROST (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 17) by Milly Taiden

Raven Casino loves solving mysteries. So it was only natural that she take to the Alaskan wild to find her missing friend, Juliet. She is ready to take on the world to figure out where Juliet could be. But she wasn’t expecting to meet not one, but two hunks in the icy small town of Antler, Alaska. These two were so sexy they radiated enough heat to melt the polar ice caps. Hot damn!

Frost and Ice were hired to make sure Raven was safe, but the minute they saw her, they knew she was the missing piece to their triad. Now to explain to her that she was meant to be with them both. Shared by both. And not freak her out. That was going to be harder than stopping her from getting herself killed in their little town.

There’s something going on in Antler and Raven’s out to find out what they’re hiding. With a missing friend and clues at every corner she turns, she’s taking this bull by the horns. The fantasies with Frost and Ice are a side effect of being so close to them, but she’d get over it. Right? Uh… When she solves a puzzle that’s bigger than she realized, it’s going to take two very alpha dragons to keep her alive long enough to get her freak on.

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queen takes checkmateQUEEN TAKES CHECKMATE (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 5) by Joely Sue Burkhart

The god of light has met his match. But whose life will the red serpent claim?

Killing the queen of New York City has added a million new responsibilities to Shara Isador’s list. The former queen’s Blood must be dealt with before they turn thrall. The queens Keisha Skye coerced into sibling relationships must either be formally sworn to House Isador or freed. Though Shara can’t in good conscience allow anyone into her house who took part in the rampant torture in which House Skye indulged.

While every single day, Shara feels the weight of the red serpent coiled around her throat. The goddess’s gift grows heavier with every passing moment. If she doesn’t act, the serpent will consume everything she loves. But if she goes after Ra as promised…

Someone she loves very much will die.

Any of her Blood will gladly pay that cost, but Shara loves them too much to even consider losing one of them.

Who will survive the epic showdown with Ra, the god of light, and will this be the end of Shara Isador’s story?

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stolen by six alphasSTOLEN BY SIX ALPHAS (WAXING CRESCENT BOOK 1) by Jasmine Mills

I thought I was smarter than everyone else. That I could manipulate those around me.
I was wrong.
Now half the alphas in town have united to kidnap me and drag me to a broken-down house in the middle of nowhere.
I’m stripped naked and forced to serve. I won’t be free until I surrender.
I’m their prisoner, and they can do whatever they want to me.
But what if they want to get me pregnant?

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duty boundDUTY BOUND (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker

Crown Agent Jev Dharrow’s good dwarf friend Cutter is missing, as is the city’s master gem cutter. Jev doesn’t know who would want them, but he’s determined to find out.

He hopes his fellow agent, Zenia, can help him locate the missing dwarves. Even though she rejected his offer of a romantic relationship because of their status differences, they have become good friends, and she has years of experience finding criminals.

But this kidnapping is anything but simple. Jev and Zenia find themselves entangled in a snarled plot that threatens the entire kingdom while making them realize their true feelings for each other. If they can’t rescue the dwarves, deter an invasion, and stop an explosive plot to destroy half the city, they may lose everything they love. Including each other.

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bastard dragonTHE BASTARD DRAGON (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Viola Grace

Trin has been raised with the knowledge that her parentage was unknown and she was human. Those two items were the cornerstone of her existence.
An altercation at a baby shower leads to her discovering another side to herself. That side was big, crystalline, and caused the other dragons in her vicinity to bow their heads. Defending her friend had led her into this new shape, and now, she was stuck with it.
Taken to the central hub of the dragon council, she trades her cooperation for knowledge and freedoms. She had been an independent woman a lot longer than she had been a dragon, and she wasn’t going to lose her lifestyle just because she could suddenly breathe blasts of pure energy.
Along the way, she learns about where she came from, and it gives her an outline for the life she wants, with the dragon of her choosing.

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chrysalisTHE CHRYSALIS by Brenden Deneen

VS note: I don’t cover horror but this had an intriguing premise (like Stephen King lite maybe) and it’s the kind of book as far as I can tell where I’d go see the movie but maybe not read the book, if that makes sense ?

Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.

Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.

For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny’s unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He’s not ready for this kind of responsibility.

Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks—enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.

The Deckers’ dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom’s obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.

No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.

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demon always winsTHE DEMON ALWAYS WINS: TOUCHED BY A DEMON BOOK 1 by Jeanne Estridge

After beating his boss at the poker table, ambitious demon Belial must appease Satan, so he takes on a new bet. If he can get God’s champion to curse God before the deadline, Hell gains another soul and Belial earns a coveted promotion to chief executive demon—second only to Satan himself.

The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him. Widowed nurse Dara Strong is the ace up God’s sleeve. The granddaughter of famous demon fighters, Dara has no problem recognizing Belial when the demon in doctor’s disguise appears in her clinic. She kicks him out the door.

But Belial, the most successful soul-stealer in the history of Hell, is not about to give up easily. He may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan.

As the battle between these cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, so does their passion. Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara discover there may be only one way to ransom the soul of a fallen angel: sometimes you have to go through Hell to claim your Heaven.

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love at furst sightLOVE AT FURST SIGHT (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Dawn Henderson has never met a man like her new contractor, Garrett. He carries impossibly heavy equipment, and he’s strong and committed in an old-fashioned way she’s never seen in her life. From his sharp beard to his sparkling amber eyes and unbelievable muscles, there’s just something otherworldly about him. When danger threatens Dawn’s new home, she might be in for a big, furry surprise.

Garrett Wilson is a giant, friendly bear of a man with an actual grizzly inside him. When that grizzly sits up and proclaims that his curvy new client is also his mate, he’s ready to get his capable contractor hands on much more than her house. But Dawn knows nothing about shifters, and Garret can’t just throw her over his shoulder and stalk off to his den, bear style. He’ll have to take it slow, and hope she doesn’t run when she sees his growly side.

As things get steamy between Dawn and Garrett in Silver Lake, danger is threatening to sabotage everything they’ve worked to build. But their enemies are about to see that this teddy bear can get downright dangerous when the safety of those he loves is at stake.

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falling for godsFALLING FOR GODS (THEIR DARK VALKYRIE BOOK 3) by Eva Chase

Who would have thought I’d need to die to really come into my own? But with my growing valkyrie powers and the scorching hot Norse gods who resurrected me by my side, I’ve never felt more alive.

If only I could take a moment to enjoy my new home in Asgard. Unfortunately, our recent triumph has enraged a power-hungry giant who wants to see me dead all over again, along with everyone and everything I care about. And then there’s our newly returned leader… Odin has turned out to be as single-minded as he is single-eyed, and I can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to this situation than he’s letting on.

My four gods and I will have to depend on each other if we’re going to find our way through this mess, even if opening my heart that much to anyone terrifies me. I’ve come this far. No way am I backing down now.

I’m Aria Watson, and I’ll be no one’s pawn.

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watcher dividedWATCHER DIVIDED (WATCHERS OF THE GRAY BOOK 4) by JL Madore

To be immortal, but still feel pain and bleed like a sieve sucks ass. Part of this world, but not. Alive, but not. There are the Darkworld feeding quotas we police, the humans we protect, and then us—Nephilim—living in the shadows of cities that know nothing about us. And if we do our job right, never will.

What would a hero risk to save an innocent boy?
Phoenix, Egyptian twin, Nephilim warrior, rejected his witch heritage during his transition millennia ago. He locked down his addiction to dark magic and never looked back . . .
Until now.
If he possessed the ability to help and didn’t, what kind of man did that make him?
Could he access that dark part of himself to save another and survive it?

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tiger next doorTHE TIGER NEXT DOOR (GREEN VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Tiger shifter and businessman, Shaun always wanted to spend more time with the child his ex-wife took away from him — but he wasn’t expecting her to abandon five-year old Trevor and force Shaun to move to the tiny town of Green Valley.

It’s bad enough that Shaun doesn’t know the first thing about being a father — now suddenly he’s the father of an unpredictable shifter child.

Hawk shifter and preschool teacher, Andrea knows better than to fall for Trevor’s father — no matter how good he looks with a colander on his head. But the electricity between them is impossible to resist, and when the lights in his house go out, the sparks that fly aren’t only in the fuse box.

Abandoned by his mother, all that Trevor has ever asked for is love and stability, and Shaun is determined to give that to him at any cost.

Even if it means denying that the hot next door neighbor is his destined mate.

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court of blood and voidA COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 1) by Meg Xuemei X

As a direct descendant of the God of Death, Cassandra Saélihn is considered the most dangerous monster of all time. Her own mother locks her in a cage to protect the world from her. Cass thought this jail would be her world for a lifetime, but then four sexy, formidable warriors–a vampire lord, twin fae princes, and a demigod–find her.

They claim she’s not a monster, but a powerful weapon. The Olympian gods have begun to destroy the Earth with a vengeance, and only she can stop and kill them. But Cass has a mind of her own and can’t be told what to do, no matter how drawn she is to her four warrior saviors. To their dismay, the four warriors can’t tame the wild, cunning, and volatile Cass. But they have a bigger problem–their growing attraction toward her.

To turn the woman they desire into the ultimate weapon and ensure Earth’s survival, they’ll have to conquer her body and heart, which seems even harder than winning the war against the atrocious gods. But nothing turns these alpha males on more than an impossible dare. And nothing turns Cass on more than being stalked.

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bonds of cupidityBONDS OF CUPIDITY (HEART HASSLE BOOK 2) by Raven Kennedy

Note to my stupid cupid self: The next time I go and anchor myself to a hot covey, make sure those anchors aren’t about to compete in a fight to the death.

Yeah. Total downer.

I have a body now and I don’t intend to lose it. I also don’t intend to lose the genfins that I’ve grown so attached to. So it’s time to return to the Kingdom Island and hope like hell that my guys make it through the royal trials of the culling. I also have to hope that the prince of the realm doesn’t spot me. If he does, I’m pretty sure I have imprisonment and torture to look forward to.

But we can make it through this. I know we can. I’m at least 70% sure we can, anyway. Okay, maybe it’s more like fifty-fifty. But after we do? Well, my to-do list is long, but convincing my genfins that they belong with me is pretty high up there. So is dessert. And trying some faery wine. And skinny dipping. Also sex. Lots and lots of sex.

But mostly, I just want what I’ve always wanted—to have love of my own. Wings crossed that the genfins get on board with that plan. This cupid has her work cut out for her.

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betas heartTHE BETA’S HEART (WILDE CREEK BOOK 8) by R E Butler

Ren Corbin has a great life as the alpha’s right hand. He’s enjoying his life, but he knows it’s beyond time to find a mate and settle down. During a spring full moon, he senses someone in the woods and knows it’s his truemate. It doesn’t matter to him that she’s a fae and not a wolf; he only cares that she’s gorgeous and she’s his.

Kismet Thorburn, a nature-controlling fae with copper-tipped white wings, can’t stop thinking about Wilde Creek or the wolf she dreamed about. When she hides in the woods outside the alphas’ home to get a glimpse of the male from her dreams, he senses their connection and finds her.

Ren and his wolf are both crazy about Kismet. Marking and mating her is as important to him as breathing, and starting their new life together is everything he ever hoped it would be. When a new wolf pack requests a meeting with the Wilde Creek alpha, Ren’s surprised to see his ex is the alpha and has him on her mind.

When his ex makes trouble, Kismet and Ren must fight to stay together. Can their new love last, or will all be lost in the woods of Wilde Creek?

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heart of midnightA HEART OF MIDNIGHT (DARK FAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart

The Battle for the Crown is over, and the time has finally come for Taveon to take his rightful place on the throne. But nothing is ever simple in the Dark Fae realm.

A strange and twisted curse befalls the Court, assassins lurk behind every corner, and a dangerous new shapeshifter has joined the Academy, an alluring male who either wants me dead or in his bed.

Maybe both.

With the entire Court under siege, it is up to me to find the cure to the curse. If I don’t, the entire realm will fall into chaos. And I’ll never see Rafe or Taveon again.

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destroy bayouDESTROY (WHISPERS FROM THE BAYOU BOOK 2) by Sandra R Neeley

Destroy is beautiful, strong, charismatic and charming. He is also selfish, shallow, petty and jealous — or is he? One misunderstanding centuries ago resulted in his being labeled as not good enough, untrustworthy, self-serving. To hell with them, he knew who he really was! A strong, dependable, good male of strong character who was very pleasant to be around and even more pleasant to look at. If only he had a female…(LOTS more blurb on the ebook seller page…)

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CLASH OF STORMS (LEGEND OF THE STORM BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

VS Note: No cover available at the time I prepared this post. Sounds good – I love her scifi romance – so it’s on my TBR List.

Malin wants none of such myths. As a half-blood dreki, she’s beneath the notice of the arrogant warriors who rule the skies—except for Sirius Blackfrost, the most ruthless dreki within the court. This dark prince watches her every move, but he’s more villain than hero, and in her favourite fairy tales the servant never earns the prince’s heart. But is there something more to the look in the Blackfrost’s eyes?

To love her would be to curse her to a fate worse than death…

The second he saw her, Sirius knew her for his fated mate. But Malin is a nobody in the dreki court and her very presence is a threat to the queen’s ambitions for him. Forced to hide the truth and accept the match his queen has made for him—to mate with the princess Malin serves— he dares not reveal his heart.

But when the princess flees, he must find her—and his only clue is Malin, who aims to thwart him at every step. With danger surrounding them, they must forge a truce. But can Malin ever give this wicked prince her heart? Because, while Sirius’s kiss burns through her like lightning, to love him would be to defy the stars themselves.

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bound to the bearBOUND TO THE BEAR (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD) by Kathy Lyons

Hard-bodied and military-trained shifter Hank Coleman will always do what’s best for the clan. With a mysterious virus ravaging the city and transforming anyone with shifter DNA into dangerously unstable hybrids, that means asking a human scientist for help. Hank knows that getting Dr. Cecilia Lu involved will mean exposing the shifter world and his black bear self, but it’s the animal attraction that sparks between them that could be the real danger.

Cecilia trusts data and what she can see with her own two eyes. So when the hottest man she’s ever met transforms into a bear right in front of her, she has no choice but to accept that shifters are real. And with hybrids attacking humans and shifters turning on their own kind, Hank and Cecilia have zero time to fight the desire that’s burning hotter by the minute. But war is brewing between the shifters, and Cecilia will be forced to choose between the world of men . . . and the world of her sexy beast.

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mermaid and mrs hancockTHE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK by Imogen Hermes Gowar

VS note: The reviews are all over the place on this one, as far as the plot. I have to say not to my taste so not on my TBR list. 

In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature—and meets a most extraordinary woman—in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire with all the magnetism, originality, and literary magic of The Essex Serpent.

One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah’s trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid. Jonah is stunned—the object the captain presents him is brown and wizened, as small as an infant, with vicious teeth and claws, and a torso that ends in the tail of a fish. It is also dead.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlors and brothels, all of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock’s possession. Thrust from his ordinary existence, somber Jonah finds himself moving from the city’s seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of the coquettish Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on—and a shrewd courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost.

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as she ascendsAS SHE ASCENDS (FALLEN ISLES)  by Jodi Meadows

Mira the Dragonhearted is on the run with her friends following a fiery escape from the prison where she’d been condemned for speaking out against dragon trafficking.

And she wants answers. Has the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sold out the Fallen Isles to their enemies? Did her own parents lie to her? Will she lose control of her power and hurt the ones she loves?

The only way to find the truth is to go home again, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust. Home, where she must learn to rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

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soulfireSOULFIRE (NIGHTWING BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.

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ruleRULE by Ellen Goodlett

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
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undertow brooklyn rayUNDERTOW (A PORT LEWIS WITCHES NOVELLA) by Brooklyn Ray
Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is home to Crescent Cafe, a slew of micro-breweries, a downtown packed with antique boutiques, and violent, ancient storms. Thunder shakes rooftops and lightning cuts through dark skies, but Liam Montgomery has never been afraid.

Until now.

One night, Liam hears the scream of a kelpie, a Water horse whose cry foretells the beginning of a prophecy. Kelpies have not set foot on shore for decades, but as Liam digs into his magic and his family’s history, he uncovers a mysterious secret that could ripple into the lives of everyone around him.

Liam’s tea-leaves spells out murder. The life of someone he loves is on the line. An unwelcome kelpie speaks in riddles. The Queen of Water demands a sacrifice.

The Montgomery name is soaked in blood and secrets. Liam’s fate is sealed, but he’ll do whatever it takes to change it–even if it risks his circle, his magic, and his life.

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Embrace-the-Passion Cover finalVS Note: Highlighting Pets In Space 3: Embrace the Romance, up for pre-order this week! I have my new Star Cruise 40K scifi romance novel in the anthology.

Anthology Blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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VS: This is the blurb for my story in the anthology, which has something of an ‘Anastasia’ vibe:

STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

September 5

August 29

August 22

August 15

August 8

August 1

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…

 

Face Down in the Grass Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

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

I’ve reached the end of what can be shared from DARIK without giving spoilers so until I have TIMTUR back from edits, I’m going to share a few excerpts from the first book in the series, AYDARR.

The excerpt, from the very beginning of the book:

Why am I lying face down on the wet grass in the rain?

Jill rolled over, putting a hand to her forehead in an attempt to quell a ferocious headache. Opening her eyes gingerly, she blinked at the vividly colored pink, purple and blue leaves on the tree above her, which certainly had never grown on Amarcae 7. She’d been all around her home colony on various repair jobs, and nothing there had riotous leaves in these colors, much less with spikes at the tips. As she watched, one of the leaves snapped into a tight roll to capture a slow moving insect.

“Thank the Lords of Space I’m too big a bite.” Wary, nauseous, she sat up, swaying a bit, and examined her unfamiliar surroundings. She was in the midst of an old growth forest, with other forms of vegetation besides the carnivorous trees but nothing recognizable.

A loud roar in the distance gave her the shivers, and she forced herself to stand, staggering a few feet to lean on a less colorful tree’s broad trunk to stay upright. Despite the rain, her mouth was dry, and she had a hard time swallowing, “What the seven hells?”

Her mind was curiously blank, no memory of how she’d gotten to this place, or what had happened in the last few hours.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb: 

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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Here’s an extra snippet from MATEER, book 2 in the series:

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday September 5

cyborg bounty hunterAs 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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THE CYBORG BOUNTY HUNTER: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Miranda Martin

Lily needs to earn enough credits to get to the one station where her past won’t look for her. But the first gig she lands is funded by the same monster she’s on the run from.

Once, before the enhancements, Cole was human. Now he’s more machine than man—intense, demanding, and concerned only with facts. No matter what it takes, the bounty is all that counts.

Lily is the only lead the cyborg bounty hunter has to his target. She’ll work with him because he’s not going to give her a choice. But neither of them were prepared for their connection or the way fate moves.

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violet soulsVIOLET SOULS: THE EVOXIAN LEGACIES BOOK 1 by Abbey MacMunn

While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.

Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.

At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?

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alien vowsALIEN VOWS (WAKANREO BOOK 2) by Carmen Webster Buxton

Yulayan Bellaire has grown up knowing she’s different. Her mother is human but her father is Wakanrean. No matter how Wakanrean she looks, no matter how much she tries to blend into Wakanrean society, her human half is still there. Still, Yulayan expects to mate as all Wakanreans mate, totally by chance, as soon as she comes near a man with compatible pheromones. And then one day she meets Kamuhi Hailoaka, a physicist from Terra who finds her unique genetic combination appealing, and she discovers that her human half is more in control than she had thought possible.

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men of the north dancerTHE DANCER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 7) by Elin Peer

Sometimes the purest love can turn to the deepest hate.

I was twelve when I promised Solo that I would one day marry him. Maybe I would have if he hadn’t gotten impatient and ruined everything that summer when I was fifteen. For the last seven years I’ve replaced the love I once felt for him with anger over his almost getting me killed.

Willow, a talented Motlander dancer, goes on tour in the Northlands. What should have been a chance for a new beginning brings her face to face with her traumatic past when Solo, a mountain of a man and the fiercest warrior of his generation, is put in charge of her safety against her will. If she can’t get rid of him at least she can return the favor and make his job a nightmare too.

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reunion at hasha asorREUNION AT KASHA-ASOR: A TRAVELLERS NOVELLA by Pippa Jay

Having returned to the island of Kasha-Asor, Quin and Keir need to reconcile a question of trust: of secrets untold and their precarious situation on a planet where Quin has already been betrayed once. Can they truly find the idyll they seek, or will they be forced to run?

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dawn of the red sunDAWN OF THE RED SUN (THE SUNSCAPES TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Michelle O’Leary

Being the daughter of a megalomaniac isn’t easy. Liaena Griffin suffers abuse from her father and suspicion from his adversaries, the Shays. She’s always admired them, especially enticing Kai Shay, and needs their help to save her mother. Convincing them she’s not her father’s evil puppet won’t be a simple thing.

Kai has never trusted Liaena, though she attracts him like no other woman. So when she offers to be their spy in exchange for rescuing her mother, his misgivings multiply. They can’t pass up this opportunity in their fight to prevent Webster Griffin from dominating the galaxy. But keeping his hands and heart to himself may be the greatest challenge he’s ever faced.

As the epic conflict between their families draws to a close, Kai and Liaena struggle to find common ground. How do they save loved ones from a tyrant’s rule without falling for each other?

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reviving zekeREVIVING ZEKE (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 4) by Becca Jameson

Zeke is the fifth person to be reanimated after being cryonically preserved for ten years.
But he wakes up to a world that resents his very existence.
Everything he worked for is in danger of being destroyed.
The last thing he needs is a well-meaning scientist with her own agenda.
Michelle would rather work with anyone besides the surly scientist she’s been partnered with.
The man desperately needs an attitude adjustment.
Too bad his penetrating glares also manage to hit a long-buried place inside her… (more blurb on ebook seller site…).
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model serenityMODEL: SERENITY (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 1) by Nix Whittaker

K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes baby … wait that isn’t right. But that is how Aaru has planned it, have a baby even if she can’t find the right guy. On a planet where everyone is in a rigid caste system determined by their genetics, Aaru is part of an outcast model of human called Serenities. They had a tendency to go mad so Aaru wants children before that dreaded day appears. She never expected to meet the donor. Unfortunately, her plans change when the Scribe government comes for her and her baby. She would have been taken if the baby daddy hadn’t arrived on her doorstep.

Kaidan is a Warrior and protecting people is part of his DNA. The stakes are just higher because Aaru is carrying his child. But to face the power of the Scribe government means he has to give up everything to follow his heart.

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beyond meridianBEYOND MERIDIAN by C C Bridges

Captain Rick Raine thinks he’s just picking up a passenger and some cargo when he takes on Karl as a member of his crew. He didn’t sign up for battling privateers, the United Planetary Alliance, and his own heart. But everyone has secrets in space, even a naive kid who knows more than he should.

Karl is on a mission, deep in the heart of enemy space. Sam saved him from a life of servitude and now it’s time to return the favor. For that he needs a ship and someone to fly it. Captain Raine seems like the perfect guy, a good pilot and an honest thief. But Karl doesn’t count on falling for the spacer, not when he has a mission to accomplish and the UPA’s secrets to keep.

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alien contact for runaway momsALIEN CONTACT FOR RUNAWAY MOMS (ALIEN CONTACT FOR IDIOTS BOOK 5) by Edward Hoornaert

She’s running from an abusive lover…but what is she running to?

When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island. But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals — and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

Though his life has degenerated into drinking, fighting, and physical labor, Tal Pelletier used to be a brilliant technician. When Audra asks his help finding a hidden entrance into Kwadra’s abandoned underground, it’s a second chance at life, because she and her baby remind him of the wife and child he lost. But can he protect them from the criminal gang—and the demons inside him?

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becoming superBECOMING SUPER (SUPER SERIES BOOK 1) by S Cinders

Four strangers from around the globe awakened that Saturday morning expecting the day to roll out in front of them much like any other had. What these four strangers didn’t know was that they shared something so precious, so rare that it would ultimately change the course of their lives forever. It wasn’t riches and fame. No, what they shared was far more valuable. These four women carried the one thing that would alter the very fabric of the galaxy. The ability to become SUPER. (…Much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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child thief 3 thin linesTHE CHILD THIEF 3: THIN LINES by Bella Forrest

The Compliance Authority does not take kindly to dissidents. Particularly dissidents who have managed to escape their grasp, not once, but twice.

Things are about to get a lot more dangerous for Robin, Jace, and their team. Making it all the more urgent to figure out what, if anything, Nathan is hiding—as well as if their convenient allies are, in fact, allies.

Because there’s only one thing Robin can be sure of right now.

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leverage in deathLEVERAGE IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 47) by J D Robb

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

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solo mur laffertySOLO: A STAR WARS STORY:  EXPANDED EDITION by Mur Lafferty

Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he’s trapped in a life of poverty and crime—and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang—reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi’ra, he makes it out—but she doesn’t. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy—the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn’t play well with others.

When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.

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ignite the starsIGNITE THE STARS by Maura Milan

VS Note: YA but I liked the plot. One review referred to a ‘slow burn romance’ so I doubt there’s much romantic content.

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

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blood hunterBLOOD HUNTER: A THUNDER CITY NOVEL (BOOK 2) by Debra Jess

Hannah and Scott return to Thunder City, their love stronger than ever. The Oversight Committee has other ideas, and decides the two alternative humans must be separated because they are too dangerous together.

Refusing to comply, Hannah and Scott go on the run again. For Hannah, help comes from a sympathetic doctor who understands her ability to heal and promises to protect her from the Committee. Scott discovers his own mentor, who uses live ammunition and a take-no-prisoners attitude with Scott’s translocation power.

Both of them flourish under their new trainers, until (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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maverickMAVERICK (CAT STAR LEGACY) by Cheryl Brooks

Zetithians are back. And they’re hotter than ever…
Having the Zetithian feline gene gives Larsanken “Larry” Tshevnoe awesome beauty and sensuality unmatched by any other males in the universe. But it can make the quest for true love…complicated.
Enter childhood friend and fellow Zetithian Althea Banadänsk. Her empathic powers make her the only one who can show Larry what he truly desires, and Althea would do anything to help her friend…even if that means hiding her own intense craving for him.
But when a distress call sends them off course–and into danger–they find more than their hearts are at stake. Now it’s up to them to become the champions of truth and justice throughout the galaxy…or risk losing it all.

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stowaway star linesSTOWAWAY (STAR LINE EXPRESS ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Alessia Bowman

Aymee Desryx should be on Choryn with her future life mate. Instead, she’s stowed away on the Star Line Express. Without a plan of any kind.

First Officer Niklas Arca, whose fiancée ran off with his brother, is through with romance. But then he discovers Aymee hiding in the cargo hold.

But Aymee’s not just a stowaway—she’s wanted on Choryn for high crimes. And Nik knows his duties to his ship must come first.

Yet can passion ever be denied?

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homeplanetHOMEPLANET by Kail Muse

Centuries ago Earth was declared a dead planet and humanity was left with a cluster of space stations called the Human Colonies. Now a power shortage could lose them their home all over again. Desperate not to let that happen, they turn to the kyni for help.

One of the most powerful species in the known universe, the kyni are the only ones with both the power and the ability to fuel the Human Colonies. Though Calder has never heard anything good about them, he accepts a job as a bodyguard, determined to guarantee his brother will have a home. If he has to work for terrifying, heartless aliens to do that, so be it.

But when the kyni arrive, they’re nothing at all what anyone expects.

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amazonians loveAMAZONIAN’S LOVE by Misty Vixen

Paige is an Amazonian, a genetically engineered warrior woman. She works for herself, by herself, breaking into corporate buildings and stealing data to sell off to her clients. But she’s running into more and more trouble lately and is slowly realizing that she needs to take on a partner…

Ethan is a young hacker who infiltrates digital archives to steal and sell off information. He’s good at his job, but when someone screws him over, he finds himself deep in debt and desperate for money. So when a seven foot tall brunette shows up, looking to hire him for his tech skills, he signs on…

Both of them begin to develop feelings for the other, but both are convinced that the other will have no interest in them. Can they overcome their fears and doubts?

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hardwiredHARDWIRED by Andrea Bills

VS note: Put this on my TBR list, sounded interesting.

When Navy Seal Operative Luke Kiersey is finally granted leave after five years, he finds himself driving to a house he doesn’t recognize in a town he’s never been to. The house is home to a beautiful woman and a little girl with big blue eyes. Day after day, he drives back only to hide in the shadows and wonder why he can’t seem to walk away from them.
His therapist says is PTSD.
His handler tells him he’s just not cut out to be part of the civilian world.
Luke can’t help but feel like it’s more.
The dog tags that once hung proudly around his neck, now feel like a collar; leashing him to a life that he fears he didn’t choose. After the terrible things he’s done in the name of freedom, could he possibly be worthy of something as precious as the woman and child he continues to watch?
When the two worlds collide, Luke needs his mind to be stronger than the implant the government placed in his back. They’ve told him he can’t survive without the implant they use to control him, but Luke’s wondering if he can survive without the little girl with big blue eyes and the gorgeous woman she calls mamma.

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the sky womanTHE SKY WOMAN by J D Moyer

VS Note: Recommended by the Whiskey With My Book blog, with the caveats from WWMB that the romance is pretty much incidental (and it isn’t listed as a romance) and there’s a cliffhanger ending of sorts.

Car-En, a ringstation anthropologist on her first Earth field assignment, observes a Viking-like village in the Harz mountains. As Car-En secretly observes the Happdal villagers, she begins to see them as more than research subjects (especially Esper, a handsome bow-hunter). When Esper’s sister is taken by an otherwordly sword-wielding white-haired man, she can no longer stand by as a passive witness. Knowing the decision might end her career, she cuts off communication with her advisor and pursues the abductor into the mountains.

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alien captive golden angelALIEN CAPTIVE (TSENTURION MASTERS) by Lee Savino and Golden Angel

Who knew reading sexy alien abduction stories could get a girl into trouble?

Or that an e-reader could also be the gateway to another galaxy? I definitely didn’t… but here I am anyway, mated to the Tsenturion High Commander just like the unwilling human heroines in my favorite sci-fi romances.

The Commander demands obedience. He intends to claim me, train me, and turn me into his perfect little pleasure trophy.

He doesn’t believe in love. I don’t believe in giving in without a fight.There’s no amount of discipline or ecstasy that could break me to his will… I hope.

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golden lineTHE GOLDEN LINE: AN OMEGAVERSE DARK ROMANCE (KNOTTED BOOK 1) by Addison Cain

VS Note: One reviewer points out this was previously published in an anthology.

They call me brutal. They call me unrepentant. They call me possessive. I am all these things and much worse.

But to her, I will be conqueror.

The Golden Line is a dark, sinister Omegaverse romance for those with twisted tastes and a love for delicious villains.

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dark sentinelDARK SENTINEL (A CARPATHIAN NOVEL) by Christine Feehan

After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.

Andor Katona’s existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.

In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars.

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exile of the seasEXILE OF THE SEAS (CHRONICLES OF DASNARIA) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: This fantasy series is not romance per the author (although I believe maybe romance is coming in volume 3?) It’s set in her overall world of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Uncharted Realms fantasy romances and I’m a huge fan (there’s even a very minor character named for me)…

Once she was known as Jenna, Imperial Princess of Dasnaria, schooled in graceful dance and comely submission. Until the man her parents married her off to almost killed her with his brutality.

Now, all she knows is that the ship she’s boarded is bound away from her vicious homeland. The warrior woman aboard says Jenna’s skill in dancing might translate into a more lethal ability. Danu’s fighter priestesses will take her in, disguise her as one of their own—and allow her to keep her silence.

But it’s only a matter of time until Jenna’s monster of a husband hunts her down. Her best chance to stay hidden is to hire out as bodyguard to a caravan traveling to a far-off land, home to beasts and people so unfamiliar they seem like part of a fairy tale. But her supposed prowess in combat is a fraud. And sooner or later, Jenna’s flight will end in battle—or betrayal.

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claiming his lionessCLAIMING HIS LIONESS (SHIFTER WARS) by Kerry Adrienne

Lara has always relished being a thorn in Mason’s paw. When she was chosen as pride Enforcer, it was easier than ever to get under the passionate shifter’s skin. But with the scent of humans in the air comes a threat she’s powerless to battle alone.

It’s time Lara unites with the one man she needs, the one man she’s secretly drawn to…as if by fate.

If there’s one thing Mason hates more than relinquishing control to a female, it’s the attraction he feels for the fiery lioness. Joining forces with Lara against an insidious enemy only makes their primal bond hotter—and the two of them stronger.

Now it’s up to them, side by side, to bring together three warring shifter clans, win the final fight and save Deep Creek.

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princess must dieTHE PRINCESS MUST DIE (STORM PRINCESS SAGA BOOK 1) by Jaymin Eve and Everly Frost

n an Elven city beneath the streets of Chicago, the perfect storm rages, kept under control only by Marbella Mercy, the Storm Princess. Now she is of age, champions from each of the elven houses will play a game of wit and strength to fight for her hand – and for the chance to control the forces of nature.

Baelen Rath is the last of his line and risks everything to be a champion. But what he and the others don’t know? The princess is fighting too.

Because she’s discovered that the winner is cursed to kill her, not marry her, and the only way to save herself is to win.

But Marbella is fighting a power greater than herself, because someone believes that the perfect storm should be unleashed and for that to happen – the princess must die.

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rise from the embersRISE FROM THE EMBERS (LIGHTNESS SAGA BOOK 4) by Stacey Marie Brown

While Stavros moves to take over Lars’s throne, the war for the entire kingdom begins. However, this is no ordinary war against Seelie or Unseelie. The real enemy is the most powerful object in the world. The Stone of Fail.

Lars isn’t the only one the stone wants. Zoey Daniels is next on its list. And the stone will do whatever it takes to finally get the girl.

With a battle on all sides and lives of those they love threatened fae, humans, Druids, pixies, and a certain sprite-monkey will have to come together to save the true King, along with the world, from destruction.

Out of ashes, true heroes Rise from the Embers.

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wayfarerskeepWAYFARER’S KEEP (THE BROKEN LANDS BOOK 3) by T A White

Branded a traitor by her people, Shea and her warlord—the fiercely dangerous Fallon—travel to the Pathfinders’ seat of power at her father’s request, hoping to form an alliance despite the distrust between them. It doesn’t take long before Shea and Fallon realize something is dangerously wrong in the place she once called home. Ancient, deadly creatures—gone for hundreds of years, once again walk the lands, awakened from a deep sleep. Worse, it seems the Pathfinders are keeping a secret—one that could destroy them all.

On the brink of battle with each other, the Pathfinders and Trateri must join forces if they hope to defeat the evil at the heart of the Badlands. As the tension rises between the two peoples, and Shea and her family, Shea and Fallon must convince them to overcome their differences if they are to triumph over impossible odds. Because the beasts may be the least of their worries. Sometimes betrayal comes from within, and the most dangerous monsters may be those closest to them.

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coven at callingtonCOVEN AT CALLINGTON: THE CAULDRON EFFECT BOOK 1) by Shereen Vedam

In the year of our Lord 1815, Thomas Drake Saint-Clair, Earl of Braden, a Guard of the Green Cross, is tasked by his archbishop to rescue a missing boy and return him to his warlock father. The order lands Braden in the middle of an unholy war between witches and warlocks and shoves him headlong past a sacred line he’d sworn never to cross.

Newly confirmed Coven Protectress, Merryn Pendraven, rushes to rescue a witch’s son. She’s convinced the same evil warlock who was responsible for her younger brother’s death is behind this kidnapping, too. She has no intention of letting this vile villain get away with the same crime, twice.

When Merryn discovers Braden is also on the case, she’s tempted to join forces. Yet, how can she truly trust him when her aunt has warned that Braden’s second secret charge is to destroy their coven? Finding love in this cauldron of trouble might prove to be Merryn’s deadliest mission and Braden’s complete undoing.

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love and payneLOVE AND PAYNE (THIRDS BOOK 13) by Charlie Cochet

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be.

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apocalypticAPOCALYPTIC (ALEXA O’BRIEN HUNTRESS BOOK 14) by Trina M Lee

Power joins the twin flames. A power that will destroy them. Alexa alone stands a shred of a chance at repairing the shattered fragments of a bond as old as time. Provided she and Arys don’t kill each other first.

This has been a long time coming.

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blood and twisted rootsOF BLOOD AND TWISTED ROOTS (RISE OF THE MORPHLINGS BOOK 1)  by E M Moore and Beth Hendrix

As long as I can remember, I’ve been alone and on the run. Fleeing from an unknown enemy who attacks on the full moon. I’ve lived my whole life not knowing who I am until I find a letter from my parents that turns my whole world upside down.

My name is Anika, and I’m one of the last of my kind.

Now I am on the hunt to find the last remaining Morphlings. All while trying to get rid of a mate I don’t want, and hoping to find myself in the process. Will I find the rest of my people? Or will I finally be captured by those who want to hurt me?

And most importantly, can I deal with the pressures of finding a family?

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nightshades touchTHE NIGHTSHADE’S TOUCH (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Pippa DaCosta

The unseelie—banished by Oberon long ago—are stirring awake, and there’s one name on their poisoned lips: Nightshade.

Kesh is beginning to settle into her role as Halow’s messenger, saving people from the fae with the help of Kellee, Talen, Arran and Sota, but if she has any hope of making her wrongs right, she must trust those around her. Without them, there is no Messenger. Friends, lovers, more. But one has a secret. A secret so dark it threatens to change everything Kesh believes in. A secret that could change the fate of Faerie, Halow, and all of humanity.

When the fae abandoned the stars long-ago, they left behind more than fairytales.
They left behind their monsters.

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curse of ironCURSE OF IRON (HALF BLOOD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox

I’m Morgana Silk and I’m a hybrid. Daughter of the Fae Storm King, my mother’s witch family has wanted me dead since I killed her in childbirth. Fun. Right? Yeah. Until one day, I wake up with a dead body in my bed, and find myself framed for the murder of a highly respected alpha.

Grayson Xenos is tailing me. He’s as handsome as his jaguar is deadly, and I certainly didn’t expect him to have my back. The enemy has an evil magic I can’t face on my own, and Grayson needs me to help him just as much as I need him. He’s a temptation I can’t ignore nor deny. I have the power to unmask the hidden enemy and he has the power to take them down.

But only if I can embrace the heritage I’ve avoided for so long.

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fairy dustedFAIRY DUSTED by Shannon West and Susan E Scott

When FBI agent Cole Gregory is called to his bureau chief’s office and recruited for a special task force, he is confronted with the commander of the force, a handsome, enigmatic man named Commander Levi who makes Cole feel restless and uneasy. Cole learns of a world beyond our own, one entered only through special Blood Gates, into a world where Faeries and Demons rule, and where Fae and Paranormal creatures exist. These creatures are dangerous to humans, and the FBI has a secret special task force to keep the Blood Gates sealed. An astonished Cole is informed that he has been selected as a member of this force. While all that’s hard enough to believe, even worse is the way Commander Levi looks at Cole, as if he wants to consume him. When Levi changes into a powerful demon right before his eyes, Cole begins to wonder if he’ll even survive this encounter, or will this demon take possession of not only his body but his very soul?

Slade is another FBI agent and Cole’s best friend. When Cole suddenly goes missing and no one can explain where he is, he goes looking for him and stumbles into an open Blood Gate, where he encounters a powerful and handsome wizard, who tries and fails to send him back to the human world.

They seek help from others in the Realm and soon become caught up in a powerful war raging in the Faery Domain, one that his friend Cole, along with Levi, are already mixed up in. When Cole and Slade are both taken by the evil Faery king and slated for sacrifice, they realize they have to stick together and use all their training and a bit of luck to make it out of this alive.

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undetectedUNDETECTED (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 8) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Not scifi, fantasy or PNR, but I love Anna’s books and this has been a good series!

Darcy Ward has sold her soul to the devil. Okay, not quite the devil, but she did agree to work with Agent Arrogant and Annoying—aka Special Agent Alastair Burke of the FBI’s Art Crime Team to lay a trap for infamous black-market antiquities ring, Silk Road.

Darcy loves shoes, computers, caffeine, and working at her family business, Treasure Hunter Security. The only thing missing is her dream of a once-in-a-lifetime love, like her parents share, and a man who’ll put her first. She’s not so crazy about Silk Road trying to kill her family and friends, nor is she fond of an order-giving FBI agent and his distracting cologne. Using a trio of cursed diamonds as bait, she’s working hard to set a trap for Silk Road in the Dashwood Museum, but as the black-market thieves escalate their attempts to stop Darcy, she finds herself swept into Alastair’s strong, protective arms.

Alastair Burke is driven by vengeance. He’s dedicated his life to taking down Silk Road and its mysterious leader, the Collector, and now he finally has his chance. He can’t allow anything to distract him—especially not a sassy, smart woman who tests every bit of his control. But as the opening gala of the cursed diamonds exhibit approaches, the thieves target him and Darcy with a series of deadly attacks…and Alastair realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

With the FBI and the former SEALs of Treasure Hunter Security at their backs, Darcy and Alastair are caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and their fierce attraction. But with lives on the line, Alastair will find himself caught between his desire for revenge and keeping the woman he’s falling for alive.

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deadly passionDEADLY PASSION (HEAVEN’S HEART SERIES BOOK 1) by Amanda Pillar

Dru is a blood-bound assassin, tied to Hell and her master for eternity — okay, not ‘eternity’, but it sure as Hell feels like it. She’s got a slight attitude problem, a strict no-touching rule and she has claws and knows how to use them. She’s also willing to earn her freedom at any cost, even if that means stealing from an angel.

Azrael was once a member of an elite unit in Heaven’s army, but after a priceless artifact was stolen on his watch, he was thrown out of Heaven. Now the fallen angel is on a mission: find Heaven’s Heart, save his missing comrades, and get even with the angel who took his wings.

The first time Azrael and Dru meet, she leaves him for dead. The second time, they’re tasked with the same mission — retrieve Odin’s Orb. Will their sparking passion derail their best-laid plans? Or will they play for keeps?

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professor blakePROFESSOR DRAKE (FIRE BOUND PROTECTORS BOOK 2) by Haley Weir

At first, Claire resists the advances of Drake. But she soon finds she’s incapable of resisting the security she discovers in his arms.

Drakkain, Dragon Lord, is honor-bound to keep Claire safe. Drake finds Claire’s resistance to his advances enticing, but potentially dangerous. Outside forces threaten to disrupt his seduction of the fiery-tempered TA.

Drake fights for his home when evil threatens it, and is responsible for fanning the flames of desire and the blazing inferno of war across Hudson Valley’s night skies.

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interview with her bearINTERVIEW WITH HER BEAR (SHIFTER SPECIAL FORCES BOOK  6) by Summer Donnelly

Blogger Luna Flowers has arrived in Silver Fells, NC to help bring awareness to the Shifter Marriage Act being floated in Raleigh. But Luna has an ulterior motive, a secret that she’s been asked to keep that could change the way the shifters view themselves.

Bartender Jason Fox wasn’t looking for love. He’d long since given up on trying to find his mate. The 6’7″ shifter was aware he wasn’t good with small things and was content with his lot in life. But when he meets tiny Luna, he may need to rethink his position on mates, love, and small things.

Will Luna’s secret break them apart? Can Jason trust himself and his mate? Will the magic of Little Yellow (aka The Love Shack) prevail?

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elizabeth and rage of dragonsELIZABETH AND THE RAGE OF DRAGONS (RH FATED ALPHA BOOK 7) by Ava Mason 

As Lizzy and her men are captured, collared like dogs, and thrown into cages, Lizzy must deal with the betrayal that came from within. She is powerless and under Elias’ utter control.

Then members of her team are divided and forced to fight each other… to the death. Lizzy must stand by and watch as her men tear each other apart. Every second counts as Lizzy tries to outwit her greatest adversary yet.
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stealing tranquilitySTEALING TRANQUILITY (DRAGON DESCENDANTS BOOK 1) by J L Weil

Olivia Campbell’s life gets turned upside down when her mother suddenly passes away. Left with only a stepdad who despises her, she turns to the streets. Penniless and alone in the Chicago winter, how much worse can it get?

She is about to find out.

A chance encounter with a stranger who has the most breathtaking violet eyes changes her world. Just a warm smile and a quick flash of dimples is all that it takes to capture her interest in Jase Dior. Olivia wonders if her luck has finally returned.
She soon finds out that Jase collects things—pretty girls to be precise. A glimpse of her sultry honey hair in an alley excites him. He must have her. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.

Jase sweeps Olivia off the streets to the Veil Isles—a mystical and hidden land uncharted by any mortal and ruled by the only dragon coven left in the world.

What the heck did she get herself into?

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blackmailed by the wolfBLACKMAILED BY THE WOLF (SHIFTERS INC BOOK 6) by Georgette St Clair

Blake Wheeler has never believed in fated mates, families, or happily-ever-after – so why does his inner wolf sit up and howl every time he sets eyes on curvy nurse practitioner Krista Ellis? A kidnapped cub and her estranged family’s possible involvement mean he’s constantly on her foxy little tail – but the bitter ex soldier tells himself he’s only interested in her colorful past, not the future they could have.

Country girl Krista’s left the wreckage of her childhood behind and built a new life for herself in the city. She hopes her future might include the sexy stranger who’s been shadowing her – until she finds out what he really wants from her. She’s a ticket to completing his next mission, and nothing more. Too bad her inner vixen keeps sniffing around him like he’s an all-you-can-lick buffet.

Will their destiny as fated mates survive the darkness of Krista’s past?

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forge kingTHE FORGE KING (THE DARK KINGS BOOK 6) by Jovee Winters

VS Note: OK this sounds way more angsty than my usual read but also sounds good! A long blurb but kind of needed it all to lay out the story. I put it on my giant TBR list. Sigh.

You know the tales of the Greek Gods. Mighty and ancient gods of old. Ares, the foreboding and handsome god of War. Aphrodite, the embodiment of sensuality and sexuality, the goddess of Love and consort of War. Hephaestus, the lame and twisted god of the Forge. He is nothing really, only the lightning maker. He is nothing at all.

But the stories you know aren’t always the full truth. Sometimes they have been distorted. Turning villains into heroes and heroes into villains. But, what if the truth actually lies somewhere closer to the middle? What if Aphrodite is so much more than just a pretty face and Hephaestus is not forgettable at all but something else entirely?

A terrible curse laid waste to the world that Aphrodite had once known. A world in which she was loved and loved deeply in return. A world in which she was adored by the mighty god of the forge, Hephaestus. The only male she will ever truly love again. Aphrodite has just woken up in a brand new world, one nearly identical to her own, but cruelly different too. Because in this new world she is not loved. She has few friends, if any, to speak of. And the only male she worships hates the very sight of her. It doesn’t take long to figure out that when she was tossed from her world into this new one she took over the body of the woman they’d called Aphrodite. She has none of the old Dite’s memories, but soon she learns just how wicked, cruel, and spiteful this other version of herself had been, especially to her beloved Hephaestus.

And the one man she loves with all her heart, mind, soul, and body not only doesn’t want her anymore but loathes the very sight of her. Hephaestus is seeking a divorce, and now the entire pantheon believes she’s a heartless and faithless goddess. She has only days to prove them wrong and win back his love or risk losing her happiness forever, but there is just one problem. Dark magic can be cruel, and when Aphrodite took over this form she’s discovered to her horror that not only is she pregnant, but the children are probably not Hephy’s at all. She needs a miracle if she’s going to prove herself. Thankfully, sometimes miracles do happen, and this miracle just so happens to come in the form of a monster the Olympians call the god killer.

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tempting the darkTEMPTING THE DARK by Michele Hauf

When the door to Daemonia is opened, Savin Thorne is reunited with a childhood friend he thought he’d lost forever. After years of captivity, Jett has escaped—along with hordes of monsters streaming into the mortal realm. With Savin, she has her first experience of desire. But their passion can’t save them. It might even be their undoing.

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love is the lawLOVE IS THE LAW (HEART’S DESIRED MATE) by Melissa Snark

Hotshot LA lawyer Chase Baron doesn’t know whether to kiss or throttle his best friend’s little sister. She’s a spoiled, unpredictable brat, and she drives this alpha wolf shifter howling mad. The last thing he wants is a chaotic witch disrupting his orderly life. When magic frees him of all his inhibitions, his wolf claims his one true mate. Once the claiming is over, however, he’s left mired in resentment over his lover’s manipulation.

Arabia Jensen doesn’t mean to cause trouble. It’s her natural-born talent as a raven shifter. She casts a Heart’s Desire spell intended to capture the attention of a certain stubborn werewolf. But after the magic takes hold, she’s the one who loses control. Arabia finds more than just her hands full with a big bad wolf who’s horny and lookin’ for love.

Once the pandemonium fades, Arabia’s antics land her in prison. Chase is the only attorney willing to take her case, but even he thinks she’s guilty. What’s a woman to do when the man she loves believes she’s committed crimes of the heart?

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legendary wolfLEGENDARY WOLF by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Anna was an orphan girl, her only friend a shifter. Then the red wolf Soren Romanov learned that the girl he loved was the daughter of his family’s greatest foe… Now grown and beginning to master her own power, Anna knows that only Soren can help her stop a great evil. Can he learn to trust the woman—and the witch—she’s become?

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misfortune tellerMISFORTUNE TELLER (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Dima Zales

So I’m a seer. A Cognizant under the Mandate.
Life should be easy now, right?
Wrong.
With all the “accidents” that keep befalling me, I’ll be lucky to survive the week. That is, if my crazy boss doesn’t work me to death first.

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for you I fallFOR YOU I FALL: ANGELS AND MISFITS BOOK 1 by T N Nova and Colette Davison

Despite having had a rough life, Seth has a big heart. After spending nearly ten years sleeping rough on the streets of New York, he’s managed to get himself freelance work and a place to live. But his new found security is about to be torn apart, as the horrors of his past come back to haunt him in the worst possible way.

Dante was sent to watch over a young Seth when his mother died. As an angel, he had many rules to follow. The most important of which was to never fall in love—especially when it involves a human who is your charge. For the last ten years, Dante has kept his feelings for Seth hidden. That is until the night Seth’s past catches up with him.

When Seth is murdered, their destinies are changed forever. Feelings and emotions come to the surface, but will the rules that govern the afterlife keep Dante and Seth apart for eternity, or will they be able to find their happily ever after together?

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stowawayVS note: Mentioning one of my backlist titles: STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY, which was my first Pets In Space novella.

In this volume I’ve gathered three stories set in the Sectors which have previously only been available in anthologies (which are no longer on sale), plus a bonus Sectors short holiday story that I originally wrote for my blog.

Star Cruise: Stowaway: A novella of 22K words, previously in the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology.
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

Star Cruise: Rescue: A short story of 9K words, previously in the ‘Romancing the Stars’ anthology.
When a shore leave excursion goes terribly wrong for Mira Gage, a member of the Nebula Zephyr’s crew, Security Officer Clint Miltan races the clock to find her before the ship leaves orbit and abandons Mira to her fate. Clint’s got more than a professional interest in Mira, but will he be able to save her from the aliens holding her prisoner?

The Golden Token: A short story of 13K words, previously in the limited edition ‘Dealer’s Choice’ paperback anthology handed out at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention Interstellar Bar & Grille event.
Sectors Special Forces operator Charlie McBrire had a few days to kill on a layover at Space Station 47. He never expected to find himself in the middle of a miners’ rebellion, fighting to save the life of a casino dancer he just met but can’t imagine living without.

BONUS: Star Cruise: Thanksgiving: A short short story of 3K words, originally published on my blog
The crew of the Nebula Zephyr arranges a holiday feast for one of their members.

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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…