New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 31

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

VS Note: I couldn’t wait for this one!

Radek is a prince with a problem. He wants to see the galaxy, but an ancient law forbids any member of the Romaki Dragon Clans from ever leaving their planet. So, what’s a Romaki Snow dragon to do? Defy the law, hop a ride with a friend, and head for the far side of the galaxy, that’s what.

As the Pyrosians prepare to claim their mates, all Radek has to do is sit back, enjoy the party, and keep one little promise – no shifting into a dragon while he’s visiting Earth. What could be simpler?

This book contains a sassy chef whose dreams just went up in flames, and a runaway prince who came to Earth looking for answers – and found his destiny instead.

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darkest starTHE DARKEST STAR (ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 1) by Jennifer Armentrout

VS Note: YA

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head.

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worlds collide tracy st johnWORLDS COLLIDE (WARRIORS OF RISNAR BOOK 3) by Tracy St John

Engineer Velia Farrah always wanted to see an alien up close. Now that she’s assigned to study the top secret portal linking Earth to other worlds, she’ll get her chance. But when a fierce, gold-skinned alien from Risnar leaps from the portal and whisks her back to his home planet, “up close” takes on a whole new meaning.

Believing Earthlings had killed his fellow warriors, Jape Bolep is determined to destroy Earth’s access to Risnar once and for all. Grabbing a curvy handful of a human wasn’t part of the plan, but he has no intention of letting her distract him from his need for vengeance—no matter how much he aches to make her his.

Both are ready to do battle over right and wrong and good and evil, and their combustible relationship burns hotter than the sun’s surface. But distrust and treachery from all sides leave Velia and Jape in a fight against their own people to keep each other alive—and to ultimately save both Earth and Risnar from total destruction.

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rising tideTHE RISING TIDE (LIMINAL SKY BOOK 2) by J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: I am REALLY enjoying this series about a unique ‘generation ship’. While not a romance, there are many diverse loving couples and a great scifi tale. I did receive an ARC of this book for review purposes.

Earth is dead. Five years later, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever: a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship. When Eddy Tremaine and Andy Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind. Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes—people of every race and identity, and some who aren’t even human—must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide. Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.

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other earthOTHEREARTH (LAST REALITY BOOK 2) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

VS Note: YA

Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her–including follow her into a virtual world. And what he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it’s deadly.

Now the world’s biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in Otherworld, the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company, Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds, they uncover an all-new threat to our world: the Company’s latest creation, an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. Not only does OtherEarth kill, it has the power to erase the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy.

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gold rushGOLD RUSH: DRAGONS OF TARAKONA MAGIC NEW MEXICO by Jody Wallace

She didn’t know she was a dragon. He didn’t know he was a hero.

Oksana Popov, scientist, has no reason to believe in magic until she finds a portal to another world near the mysterious town of Magic, New Mexico. Even then she’s inclined to believe it’s military until she meets rascally wizard Wade Insbrook, who helps her through her transformation into an actual gold dragon. But when she tries to return to Earth and confront her parents about her heritage, Wade uses all the tricks in his very tricky book to stop her. Because gold dragons who don’t have a particular wizard to drain their power blow up. Literally.

And while Wade might appeal to Oksana’s baser instincts, he’s just not the right kind of wizard. Originally from Earth, he’s been hiding on Tarakona because of a deal gone bad with a demon. While things heat up between Wade and Oksana, her trip through the portal has alerted the demon, and soon the demon has discovered Wade at last.

A harrowing escape finds Wade and Oksana on Earth and racing to destroy a seemingly indestructible object before the demon uses it to raise hell. Their budding attraction won’t be the only thing that can’t survive the demon apocalypse.

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women of the galaxy star warsSTAR WARS – WOMEN OF THE GALAXY by Amy Ratcliffe, Foreward by Kathleen Kennedy

VS Note: Not romance obviously but of note this week. Hardcover

They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots. . . .

The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.

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earthbound christmasAN EARTHBOUND CHRISTMAS by Cailin Briste

Fate arranges the chance meeting of two strangers in need of a little kindness on Christmas Eve. Celebrity Davon Weider, with his navy-blue eyes and muscular physique, can fill the starring role in any woman’s fantasy. But Jasline, a spaceport mech, is more impressed by his five jump speed records. This will be a Christmas neither will forget.

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blue christmasBLUE CHRISTMAS: A PROPHECY SERIES HOLIDAY NOVELLA by Lea Kirk

Four-year-old Maggie Bock loves living aboard her parents’ space cruiser, but it’s almost Christmas. What if Santa doesn’t know where she is now? Someone will have to find him and tell him, of course. But when she stows away on her mother’s transport to Terr, she sets off a chain of events that brings the holidays to the Atlantis.

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howls and hallowsHOWLS AND HALLOWS (STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 5) by Melanie Karsak

VS Note: From September and thanks to the Whiskey With My Book Blog for bringing it to my attention.

Busy tracking down thieving werewolves in London, Clemeny is surprised when Edwin asks her to lead a new case in the Fenlands of east England.

The Cabell family is haunted by a curse. Something in the misty moors surrounding Cabell Manor has come howling just days before the exclusive All Hallows Ball. How gauche. But London’s best agent is on the case.

Clemeny soon finds herself learning the ropes of polite society while hunting an apparition on the foggy fens. She’ll need to solve the case quickly if she hopes to be the belle–not the bruiser–of the ball.

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axtin againAXTIN (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 2) by Elin Wynn

Brilliant chemist Leena guards her heart with a sharp tongue and steely focus on her work.
A battle-happy jock would be the last traveling companion she ever picked – even if he was human. One of the alien warriors? Not a chance.
But there’s more to Axtin than his green skin and interesting stripes. His strong arms will protect her from attackers, but as her emotions start to thaw, who will save her from him?

Axtin only finds peace in his endless fights against the Xathi after the destruction of his homeworld, The galactic rift that brought the war to Ankau simply means a new battleground, nothing more.But when he’s forced to guard the spirited Leena from the dangers all around, can he learn to care for something deeper?

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serpents mateTHE SERPENT’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 3) by Susan Trombley

When Cass is abducted by aliens and sold to an alien pirate queen who collects female slaves to harvest their pheromones, her first experience with extraterrestrials quickly turns from surreal into a nightmare, which only grows more terrifying when an alien with a snake-like lower body and a surprisingly handsome face comes to her rescue. But Cass isn’t sure she’s actually safe with him, because he looks at her with hunger in his eyes.

Nahash has always been a loyal, honorable Iriduan soldier. After distinguishing himself above his peers, the genetically-enhanced warrior volunteered for an experimental program to create a hybrid with powerful psionic abilities, using DNA taken from a giant serpent that decimated one of their outer colonies. Though his body changed into a form beyond the scientists’ expectations, his mind became a weapon that could alter the very course of Iriduan civilization, perhaps even saving it from its inevitable ruin.

After such drastic alterations to his biology, scientists told him he was free from the affliction that caused Iriduan males to imprint on a single female, bonding him to her for life. The last thing he expects is to bond instantly to a human female he rescues during a raid on a pirate colony. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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queens ransomQUEEN’S RANSOM: THE GOLDEN BULLS OF MINOS by Isobel Wroth

VS Note: Set on an alien planet so SFR not Fantasy

Jalia hasn’t ever played a game she can’t win.

The Promise of a Queen’s Ransom is too much for life-long gambler Jalia to pass up. The untouched planet of Minos is rumored to be so wealthy, one can walk along the beach and pluck diamonds from the sea. According to the contract, all she has to do to win is solve a few puzzles and navigate a labyrinth or two.
Simple!

But she didn’t read the fine print…

She isn’t competing to win treasure, she’s competing to become Queen of Minos. Marriage to the king: Mandatory.
A king who sends men to their deaths by the dozen kills anyone who dares speak against him, and his people live in fear of his wrath.
Bound by the contract, Jalia has no choice but to try or die while the challenges grow ever more deadly. Even if she wins, marrying the Monstrous king of Minos may be a fate worse than death.

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alpha breedsALPHA BREEDS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 1) by Milana Jacks

Kingsley At the frat party, someone must have spiked my beer, because I see a bright light and find myself sitting on a bed with a huge, green monster looming over me. I screech and throw every sharp object within reach. But you know what’s really weird? I’m terrified and, at the same time, there’s something about those black eyes, that scent, that purrrr that makes my body come alive.

Loven I fight for the honor of someday owning an Omega–a rare breeding female reserved for Alphas hand-selected by the king. For years, fighting alone has been enough. Until I scent this alien female, and my body emits a mating call.

Omegas are the king’s property. If I don’t deliver her to the Omega Compound, I’ll lose my life, the lives of my Horde Alphas, and risk starting a full-scale rebellion. And yet, I can’t part from her. This one belongs to me.

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beyond the silver doorBEYOND THE SILVER DOOR: MAGIC NEW MEXICO ALPHAS OF RED FIRE PRIDE BOOK 2 by Rose Smith

If one woman can shock him into darkness, perhaps another can bring him into the light.

After fully recovering from a savage grizzly attack—sexy werelion, Troy Xanadu, travels back to his pride to claim his beloved.

When his mother, Mara, Queen of the Red Fire Pride, hands him the letter that’s been waiting for him for many months; he can’t believe the words written on the page. Heartbroken—he leaves the pride and goes into the depths of the Magic Forest to train in the Cave of the Ancient Rippers—a society sworn to protect the Seven Realms.

Troy accepts a suicide mission—leaving before he completes his training. On the hunt for escaped convict, Dengar Leelo, he travels to the planet Xexloria—land of the scorching silver moon.

On a night when the moon is dripping with hot silver—he descends down a dark cave and captures his prey. Leelo tells Troy about the shadow crawlers that have possessed his body for years—turning him into a sadistic killer. They need a new host.

Now Troy Xanadu’s only hope for survival lies with a beautiful alien sorceress—Sahnia Falkov—determined to clear her father’s name and avenge his death.

Can two creatures hunting death find love instead?

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messing up magicMESSING UP MAGIC (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Winnie Winkle

There’s always a price to pay…

For Haseya, that price means a life of celibacy. A Navajo Skinwalker Witch, her gift of healing forbids her from loving a man intent on pain and destruction.

For Zayn, the price means a life of anger and loneliness. A Djinn, he is torn by the need to seek vengeance.

Zayn will do anything to protect Haseya. When hostile aliens searching for shifters arrive in Magic, New Mexico, he is willing to unleash any force to save the woman he loves and the town that needs him—but will the price of protecting those he loves drive a wedge between him and the beautiful witch he is destined to love forever?

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claimed by the village of konradCLAIMED BY THE VILLAGE OF KONRAD (CLAIMING THEIR BRIDE BOOK 1) by Abby Aaron

In a post-apocalyptic world is a city inhabited by women only. Outside its walls are villages with warriors, women and children. Once a cycle, a woman leaves the city to become a new member of a village. It’s an honor to be chosen.

Attie is chosen but not by chance. She has a plan to escape the protective life of the city to search for her lost friend Naysa. But she soon finds herself married to three handsome but forceful men and taken to their village – which was not part of her plan. Luckily, Naysa is there, too, now heavy with child. Will they chance running back to the city of women, or forge a new path within the hostile settlement of men?

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lightning strikesLIGHTNING STRIKES (THE STORM BOOK 1) by Ripley Proserpina and Rebecca Royce

True love refuses to die…
Whitney Lake has had a lot of time to contemplate the end of the world. In the blink of an eye, an infection wiped out most of the human population, and her life changed forever. In one of the few safe cities left, Whitney tries to keep her head down, and stay alive.
But the world needs saving, and she may be the only one who can do it.
When a letter from her long-dead best friend arrives, Whitney takes a chance. Can she save those she thought were lost?
Out in the wilderness, where she never dared to go, she’ll discover a world she never expected, and six men who would come back from the dead just to be with her.
Will she fight for the men who chose her, or will she lose everything in the coming storm?

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match holley trentMATCH (THE JEKH SAGA BOOK SIX) by Holley Trent w/a H E Trent

Matchmaker Brenna Zachary is busy connecting Jekh’s loneliest hearts yet has no romance of her own. That is, until a practical friend makes her an offer of marriage she can’t resist. The industrious and hardworking Herris Deshtan is offering her both marriage and independence. In exchange, he gets to have the family he’s been craving since losing his during the planet’s recent conflicts.

Now Brenna’s former suitor is at loose ends. Although he’s a traditional male of the Bouk sect and less interested in securing a bride, Rajan Sunamane can concede that he should have secured Brenna’s hand sooner. However, he’d always assumed that Brenna would be there whenever he was ready. And now, not only has Herris interfered, but he’s already secured his claim with a baby. If Rajan doesn’t wheedle his way back into Brenna’s good graces, his mother—who’s had her heart set on having Brenna as a daughter for a decade—will disown him. There’s no worse fate for a Bouk.

While Rajan might be able to convince Brenna to accept him back into her good graces, and into a traditional Jekhan trio, Herris doesn’t intend to be in another one. Brenna is enough for him…or so he claims. There’s a hidden darkness in Herris that Brenna doesn’t know about and Rajan believes he’s the only man who can temper it.

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tayrymTAYRYM (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 4) by Jessica E Subject

Tayrym has dreamed of becoming a Galactic Defender since meeting the infamous Bryce when he was just a boy. Finally an adult and awaiting the day cycle he is set to leave for training, Tayrym learns his long-time crush shares his affections. Now, he’s unsure whether he wants to leave, which dream matters more.

With the threat of being sent away for his sexuality haunting him, Guri keeps his feelings for his former classmate to himself. Even with a new progressive ruler on Hemera, he still hides his attraction to the young man. But when he catches the other shadowing him, Guri decides to take a chance. The only problem is, the man of his desire is leaving the planet soon. Possibly forever.

With obstacle after obstacle in their path, will Tayrym and Guri ever have a chance to be happy together? Or are they destined to fulfill their dreams light years apart?

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poppy bloomPOPPY BLOOM: LIFE AFTER US BOOK ONE by Rebekah Dodson

Vicki Morel believes she and Will, her gorgeous fiancé, have it all. They’re living the American dream. That is, until Portland, Oregon is leveled by a terrorist grade light weapon, and she loses Will at the airport.

Ambrose Palamo is an aviation student who wants one thing: to go home to Samoa. But when Portland is leveled, and he meets Vicki, he promises to help her find her fiancé instead. What he doesn’t expect is the feelings that start to form for her as they search the dangerous Oregon woodlands.

Sometimes love isn’t what you think it is.
The poppies bloom reminds them of what they’ve lost, while giving them the courage to face a brand new future.

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captains claimed propertyCAPTAIN’S CLAIMED PROPERTY by Hollie Hutchins

He decided to keep me…He decided to keep me for himself instead of selling me as a human slave.Now, I have to prove my worth to this aggressive, homicidal captain of the half-dragon race, Kylen.

All while trying to ignore the hungry stares and wandering hands from the ugly, unruly aliens on board.There’s something strange about him.Something I’m not expecting.

Past that anger, that sense of danger he carries, there’s something more.It’s that something that spares me compared to the other humans.It’s that something that allows me more freedom than most other captives.

It’s that something that makes me suspect that to him, I’m not the slave I should be…My name is Sarah Dawson, captive of the Slipstream F6… but not for long.

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the hunt jo tannahTHE HUNT (ADVENTURES OF MARCUS KILDUD BOOK 1) by Jo Tannah

Lieutenant Marcus Kildud and his men are rangers for hire. They specialize in insertion, extraction, escape, and evasion. He answers an urgent request from the Planet Terrus’ Prelate, the Lord Fulsam, whose son has disappeared and is presumed dead.

Their task is to find the ring the Prelate’s son wore. The promised compensation and bonus offered are enough to make this their team’s final mission.

What they meet in the forest is something none of them have ever encountered before. Marcus now faces the unimaginable. He realizes too late that sometimes, running away may be the only option left to stay alive.

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to catch a rogueTO CATCH A ROGUE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUEBLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 4) by Bec McMaster

The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.

It’s a job for a master thief, and there’s nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who’s ever been able to outfox him.

He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life…

Lark’s spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can’t ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.

It’s Charlie’s last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark’s keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all.

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archangels prophecyARCHANGEL’S PROPHECY (A GUILD HUNTER NOVEL BOOK 11) by Nalini Singh

VS Note: Had this pre-ordered of course and planned to devour this book in one sitting. BUT have heard from other readers the ending is a cliffhanger of sorts and I hate those, even from an author I love. Plus with this series, the next book is a year away. So I may wait and read this one and the next one together in 2019. Kinda bummed. Feel free to tell me if I’ve heard wrong about the ending! The book is on my kindle…

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

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shades of wickedSHADES OF WICKED: A NIGHT REBEL NOVEL by Jeaniene Frost

The Rule BreakerMaster vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker…Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.

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dragonfireDRAGONFIRE: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant

It was a soul-deep longing, one that got into his bones and settled there, sending whispers of desire through him. The need, the hunger, grew tenfold with every breath. . . .

As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals—even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever…

Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she’s never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with fear—a fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King’s sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyes—or the feelings in her heart—when their destinies are bound by desire?

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wolf risingWOLF RISING (SWAT BOOK 8) by Paige Tyler

SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe there’s a soul mate out there for him—The One. But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he’s in big trouble. Her scent is irresistible.

Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried away—during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing and her aggression is out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn’t understand.

It’s going to take everything Brooks has to pull her back from the edge…and ultimately win her heart.

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haunted be the holidaysHAUNTED BE THE HOLIDAYS: A KREWE OF HUNTERS NOVELLA by Heather Graham

When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help! Krewe members must find the victim if they’re to discover the identity of a murderer at large, one more than willing to kill the performers when he doesn’t like the show.

It’s Halloween at the Global Tower Theatre, a fantastic and historic theater owned by Adam Harrison and run by spouses of Krewe members. During a special performance, a strange actor makes an appearance in the middle of the show, warning of dire events if his murder is not solved before another holiday rolls around.

Dakota McCoy and Brodie McFadden dive into the mystery. Both have a
special talent for dealing with ghosts, but this one is proving elusive. With the help of Brodie’s diva mother and his ever-patient father – who were killed together when a stage chandelier fell upon them – Dakota and Brodie set out to solve the case.

If they can’t solve the murder quickly, there will be no Thanksgiving for the Krewe.

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be careful what you wish forBE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (THE SWANN SISTER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Evangeline Anderson

Cassandra Swann is about to find out. Because she and her sisters are 1/8th fairy–not enough to do any magic–just enough to get them a Fairy Godmother from hell whose reckless spells makes their lives miserable. When her older sister decides to take the FG to court, Cass gets caught in the crossfire. Hit by their godmother with a disastrous birthday wish, she is in danger of losing what she loves most–her ability to paint.

Because the court is in the realm of the Fae, Cass and her sisters have a Court Appointed Elf who acts as their attorney slash bodyguard. But who ever heard of a 6 foot 4 muscular elf with coal-black hair and intense green eyes? Sparks fly the first minute Cass meets Jacobin O’Shea. She resents his high-handed ways and Jake thinks Cass is a spoiled human brat. But after he saves her from a soul-sucker and sees her art, things begin to change between them.

But Cass’s ability to paint is still screwed up. Every painting she attempts climbs off the canvas and makes trouble in the real world. When the Fae court assigns her a new Fairy Godmother, things get exponentially worse when her new wish multiplies her living art. To make matters even more difficult, Jake’s ex-fiancée–a gorgeous, anorexiclly-thin fairy–has Cass in her crosshairs and is determined to ruin anything that might grow between them. And did we mention Cass’s grandmother is going on disastrous dates that fill the house with Star Trek conventioneers, bikers, and nudists?
It’s a mess only magic could make…or fix.

Will Cass and Jake ever get past their differences? Will Cass regain her ability to paint without every painting stepping off the canvas? (Really, Fairy Godmother?) And will Cass’s grandmother find a man without burning down the house?

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furys mantleFURY’S MANTLE (FURY UNBOUND BOOK 5) by Yasmine Galenorn

In the wake of the second World Shift, Tam and I have spent eight years building UnderBarrow and Willow Wood into a thriving community. We’ve created an oasis of civilization, a safe haven in the vast sea of chaos left after Seattle fell. But as we settle into our new life, a terrifying danger is rising…

Travelers through our territory are being attacked, viciously savaged and taken for food. There are no survivors and no witnesses, but rumors begin to circulate. One of the old gods has returned with a taste for blood. When the Frostlings report that lycanthropes are gathering under a strange banner, we know we’re in trouble. Whoever is at their helm is proving a ruthless, deadly enemy. As the attacks close in on Willow Wood, Hecate warns me that if we can’t stop them, all we’ve worked so hard to build will be destroyed.

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allison shatters the lookig glassALLISON SHATTERS THE LOOKING GLASS (HAREM OF HEARTS BOOK 3) by C M Stunich

…I fell through the Looking-Glass; I got back home.
But get this: I didn’t come alone. Oh, and it doesn’t feel like home anymore.
Unlike Alice in the original story, this is not my Wonderland.

In the original story, the Walrus and the Carpenter didn’t follow Alice back.
In that story, she didn’t bring her harem of lovers with her to meet Dad.
Mom, Dad, meet my nine boyfriends; one of them’s a faerie who foretells the future—is that what I’m supposed to say?

Back in Underland, things are even worse.
Betrayal, heartbreak, and death … that’s all that’s waiting for us in Castle Heart.
I’m “the Alice”, bringer of prophecy, and I’m starting to fall for all nine men in my life…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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fury rachel vincentFURY (THE MENAGERIE SERIES BOOK 3) by Rachel Vincent

1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.

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spellsweptSPELLSWEPT:  A PREQUEL TO THE HARWOOD SPELLBOOK by Stephanie Burgis

VS Note: Previously published in an anthology.

In the world of the Harwood Spellbook, 19th-century Angland is ruled by a powerful group of women known as the Boudiccate – but in order to become a member of that elite group, any ambitious young politician must satisfy tradition by taking a gentleman mage for her husband.

Amy Standish is a born politician…but Jonathan Harwood is her greatest temptation. On the night of the Harwoods’ Spring Solstice Ball, in an underwater ballroom full of sparkling fey lights and danger, Amy will have to fight the greatest political battle of her life to win a family and a future that she could never have imagined.

It will take an entirely unexpected kind of magic to keep everything from crashing down around her.

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consort of lightCONSORT OF LIGHT (THE WITCH’S CONSORTS BOOK 5) by Eva Chase

n the last few months, I’ve faced more danger with the five men I’m not supposed to love than most people encounter in a lifetime. And it’s not over yet. Our enemies have unleashed a threat greater than anyone in witching society could have believed possible.

How do I fight back when we’re up against forces that could destroy our entire world? I wasn’t prepared for this. But the monsters we’re taking on are about to find out that Rose Hallowell doesn’t give up. Even if it means asking more of my consorts than I hoped I’d ever need to.

I have to believe we can come through the darkness into the light. All I know for sure is there’s no turning back now.

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what goes bump in the nightWHAT GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT by Various

Have you ever been tempted to investigate that scratching noise coming from under your bed?
Or the shadows that seem to shift on the wall from the corner of your eye? Well, this is your chance…
Sometimes the monsters that watch you from the darkness aren’t scary—they’re sexy.
And, of course… sometimes they’re both.

Discover what really goes bump in the night with 18 of your favorite Reverse Harem Authors in this Halloween Anthology filled with 16 deliciously naughty stories that will give you only treats; no tricks… unless you beg for some, that is.

This collection is teeming with never-before-seen Paranormal Romance tales that will sate and satisfy as much as they intrigue. Prepare yourself for a glimpse of the threshold between our world and the supernatural with angels, demons, witches, werewolves, elves, and so much more!

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halloween between the sheetsHALLOWEEN BETWEEN THE SHEETS by Various

VS Note: The subtitle is “…Spooky Scenes that Get to the Point”. No idea if these are paranormal scenes but hey, Halloween theme!

It’s Halloween, but this collection of hot and steamy scenes is all treat and no trick. Put the candy away and get sticky within the pages of this compilation of all new exclusive scenes from twenty of your favorite Reverse Harem authors.

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charming peopleCHARMING PEOPLE (DRIFTWOOD MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Addisyn L Tyler

Jette Driftwood, Bleak prodigy and professional witch, is finally due for some rest and relaxation. Her partner, Nick Warren, is taking her to an atmospheric private island that’s filled with vicious creatures and rare magical oddities. They wanted to investigate a new romance.

Instead, they’re investigating a murder.

When the wealthy host dies in a brutal and mysterious fashion, Jette and Nick are left to investigate every secret that comes out of the woodwork and skeleton hiding in the closet. But even as everyone has an alibi, the body count continues to rise.

Trapped with the suspects and surrounded by stormy seas and aggressive werewolves, they must stop the murders. Now. Before they find themselves next on the killer’s list.

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warehouse witch doctor weddingA WAREHOUSE, A WITCH DOCTOR AND A WEDDING: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 9 by C C Dragon

You’re Invited to the wedding of the year!
Dress is formal—Holy Water recommended…

Deanna Oscar and friends are back. While De is trying to get caught up, Ivy is planning her dream wedding. The venue seems abandoned and full of ghosts, demons, and more…

Getting married in a haunted warehouse is a bad idea! But Ivy has her heart set on the huge venue ripe for decoration. She’s sure she can get it cheap. Ivy seems drawn to these extremely haunted locations and De has to put a stop to it before innocent people are hurt.

The owner isn’t worried about anything, even though he calls himself a witch doctor. De knows the homeless squatting there are in danger but she can’t do much without trespassing on private property. Not that something like that will stop her.

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wicked temptationWICKED TEMPTATION: THE EXCALIBUR DUET (THE SIREN COVEN) by Kim Loraine

The Excalibur Duet: Book 1
I spent my life in service to my king, loyal to my queen, and loved by them both. Until she ruined me.

Guinevere made her choice and it wasn’t me. So I sought out a way to fight the pain of losing her…of losing them both. Eternally languishing in purgatory was not what I had in mind.

But now, hundreds of years later, I’ve been returned to life for a reason. The end times are here, and I’m the one chosen to help stop the apocalypse. I only wish the woman I’m bound to wasn’t the very one I’d tried to forget.

My Gwen had a secret she never shared in our past life together. She’s a witch, cursed to live forever, and she’s never forgiven me for what happened between us.

I am Lancelot du Lac. I was her champion once, I will be again, and this time, I won’t so willingly share.

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not a chanceNOT A CHANCE (THE ENCHANTLINGS SERIES BOOK 2) by Maureen Bonatch

The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one.

As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld.

In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn’t she lucky, they’ve chosen Hope.

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web of truthWEB OF TRUTH: A DREAM WEAVERS AND TRUTH SEEKERS NOVEL by Cecelia Dominic

VS Note: Saw this one mentioned on the Whiskey With My Book Blog.

Morgan le Fay, once the most promising priestess on Avalon, lost her powers due to her unwitting role in the fall of Camelot. She’s survived by becoming a bounty hunter for Faerie Queen Maeve. After she completes her tenth, and final job, she will be free to live her own life and regain her powers.

The problem – the situation isn’t as simple as it seems. Her final target, the fledgling vampire Philippe, turns out to have ties to her family, and her handler isn’t telling her everything.

Nightmare creatures, faerie plots, and murder follow Morgan as she navigates past hurts and attempts to unravel the truth. Will she be able keep her friends safe and find forgiveness in time to figure out what the faerie queen wants with Philippe? And will Morgan deal with her old wounds and risk her powers – and her heart – to secure her future?

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moonlight mistMOONLIGHT MIST by Various

Somewhere underneath a moonlit night lies an underworld that some may not believe exists.
The creatures of this alternate plain lurk beyond the mist.
Searching.
Hungry.
Craving for what they need.
Some may find it. Some might even curb that hunger. But a few will not.
Without knowing what it is they need to satisfy a primal need, they seek out something more. Something that will test their limits in search of something greater. Something powerful… Something everlasting.

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storms magical halloweenSTORM’S MAGICAL HALLOWEEN: LITTLE ANGEL RESCUE (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Trinity Blacio

Can they give her a magical Halloween?
Storm Lope is half pixie/half human and is known for her hot temper and her ability to hold a grudge. Storm learned to use both as self-defense to protect her fragile heart. Those defenses had worked well for her until she met two irritating men who refuse to be scared off.
Nolan Moree and Matty Draco vow to break through Storm’s fiery walls. They almost lost her once. They weren’t going to take a chance of ever letting that happen again. With danger surrounding them, the men set out to give Storm a magical Halloween where nightmares are replaced with I dos, and Happy Ever Afters are real!

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legacy of the sorceressLEGACY OF THE SORCERESS (A GARGOYLE AND SORCERESS TALE BOOK 6) by Lisa Blackwood

A roll of the dice and Fate thrusts Corporal Anna Mackenzie into a new situation.

With her soul hanging in the balance, the young gargoyle, Shadowlight, makes a deal with the Lord of the Underworld to save Anna’s life.

The demigod saves her, then sends the pair to Haven, a city outside time, where they will heal.
The price?
Thirteen years.
The length of time Anna will need to embrace the healing stone sleep of gargoyles.

When she wakes, an adult gargoyle is waiting for her. He goes by the name Obsidian, but she’d once known him by another—Shadowlight.
Obsidian might be a stranger, but she’d promised Shadowlight she’d never leave him.
Now his older self wants her to honor that promise and stay, training alongside him to become one of Lord Death’s military leaders.

To honor the memory of a gargoyle cub she’d once loved like a little brother, Anna agrees to join the Lord of the Underworld’s cause.

Is she working for the good guys? Or has she traded in one Overlord for another?
Either way she’s staying.
Her promises don’t come with an expiration date and the more she gets to know Obsidian, the more she sees Shadowlight in him.
There’s no way she’s abandoning the kid a second time.

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city stalkerCITY STALKER by Maria Monroe

Theadora Ashcroft is independent and tough as sin. She likes her drinks strong and her men to leave before morning. Her job is hunting cryptids. Chupacabra? Easy. Hellhound? No problem. Giant, venomous spider? Just another Friday night.

But when she’s suddenly assigned to stalk the enigmatic and handsome vampire Foster Graham, her world turns upside down. He’s too human—and too sexy—for her comfort.

Suddenly she’s no longer sure who’s on her side and who’s against her in a vicious battle to save the entire city of Chicago, and possibly all of humanity.

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emboldenEMBOLDEN (FORBIDDEN BOOK 2) by Syrie James and Ryan M James

After a season of psychic visions and super-powered drama, Claire Brennan and her angel-gone-AWOL boyfriend Alec MacKenzie can finally be together. Under the protection of Claire’s grandmother, they are trying to lead a normal life, going to high school at Emerson Academy and hanging out with their friends.

But jealous teenagers, vengeful enemies, the city’s new Watcher, and even the school play threaten to break them apart. Not to mention Claire’s surprising second power, which could sabotage the trust of everyone she holds dear. And just when they need to stick together, they finally get a lead on where Claire’s missing father might be.

The threats, which come not only from without but also from within, will test the strength of Alec and Claire’s relationship. Is the love they share enough to keep them safe? If they want to stay together … can they learn to fight together?

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through the mistTHROUGH THE MIST by CeCe Ferrell

I’m living with a ghost.

I’m in a place I never thought I’d be: adrift in a sea of confusion and unfulfilled dreams. My life, my career, my marriage.

When my husband, Dan, asks me to join him on an island for an extended work project, I hope it will be enough to salvage our relationship.

So I go. Then Dan gets pulled away for his job, and I’m left alone in this unfamiliar place.

Before I even realize it’s happening, I’m falling in love with this island and pulled in by the magnetism of a century-old spirit.

The longer I’m on the island, the less my life resembles the one I lived before. When the time comes for me to leave, will I be able to? Or will my bond with a dead man keep me tied to the island?

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hex me babyHEX ME BABY ONE MORE TIME: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOK 1) by Renee George

Brita Davis, a witch with a talent for hexes, has had it up to her frizzy hair with her mom trying to set her up with every Tom, Dick, and Warlock. And the Cauldron Festival celebration has ignited her mother’s passion once again for matchmaking. And when the warlock she’s supposed to hook up with brings an entourage of Shifters as security with him, Brita is certain she wants nothing to do with the self-important jerk.

However, she can’t seem to get one of the Shifters off her mind.

Cas, a werewolf on an assignment from the Council, can’t let something like lust, love, and the mating scent get in the way of his job, but Brita makes it hard for him to do the task he was hired for—very, very hard—by her mere presence. Besides, she’s bossy, sometimes she’s a little mean, and her magic has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people.

Still, protecting Brita is turning out the be the only job he really wants.

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witchin stixWITCHEN STIX: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Lissa Matthews

My name is Kandy. With a K. And let me tell you… This has been a hell of a week.

I’m temporarily unemployed and had to come up with a back-up plan after my boss blew up her bakery last year.

I learned that I’m the mate of a hotter than hot demon prince named Morgan. Just wait until you see how that goes over…

Then, there’s the realization that I’ve become the object of some magical manipulation care of a jealous, hellacious little Wicked.

Add in three black cats, demon twins who want an introduction to my sisters… And I’m afraid my quiet life is never, ever going to be the same again.

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10 reasons not to date a witch10 REASONS NOT TO DATE A WITCH: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (CURSED QUARTET BOOK 1) by Virginia Nelson

She’s got ten reasons why…

Aubrey Collywobble has been around the block a time or twelve in her days as a witch life coach. She’s evoked actual transformations in other witches—one even turned into a flower. But while helping others, she’s learned a few things about herself. She doesn’t date, and she has a list of reasons why.

True love is for wimps. Hold out for pizza.

Carter Wilson is sincerely interested in his neighbor Aubrey. When she grudgingly agrees to be his fake girlfriend, he sees what it would be like if she agreed to actually date him. The longer they’re together, the more he wants their pretend fling to become a THING—long term, meaningful, and happily ever after included.

Let the smite war begin…Toss in distractions like family legacies, a curse, a raccoon familiar, and an exceptionally precocious little girl, and we’ve got a recipe for chaos. Spells fly as the battle of the sexes begins, but what if they could both win the war?

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neocromancers brideTHE NEOCROMANCER’S BRIDE by Brianna Hale

When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.

The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments.

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styxSTYX (THE FOUR BOOK 1) by Layla Frost

Concrete.
Next to me. In front of me. Behind me. Below me.
It mocks me.
My prison.
My hell.
I don’t know who I am. Where I am. How long I’ve been here.
Decades? Centuries?
It’s felt like an eternity.
For all the unknowns, one truth has grown stronger with the torturous passing of time…
I wish I was dead.
Or, at least, I did until I heard her.
She gives me hope. A purpose.
Freedom.
I follow her, soaking in everything she does and growing more dependent. Never in my long life have I seen anyone so perfect.
Now I just have to find a way to make her hear me.

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dragon mistressTHE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 1 (EBUROSI CHRONICLES 8) by R A Steffan

They’re the last five dragons in existence.

To survive, they must form soul-bonds with five humans who are pure of heart and resolute of spirit. Too bad they’re stuck with us instead.

The angry drunk. The shameless man-whore. The coward who ran away and got his comrades killed. The ice-cold assassin for hire. And me, the girl with abandonment issues as deep and wide as the Southern Sea.

I left home in search of adventure. Instead, I stumbled into the middle of a desperate struggle for survival…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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legacy of magicLEGACY OF MAGIC by Denise Carbo

Divorced, jobless, and homeless, Cory Bishop moves to Connecticut to begin anew. She gets lost along the way and causes a car accident which does not bode well for the next chapter in her life. However, the reconnection with her great aunt provides her with direction and purpose.

While solving a mysterious family secret, she is pursued by a charming lawyer and her exasperating neighbor who thinks arguing is a form of foreplay. But those circumstances are the least of her problems.

Cory discovers she is a witch and must learn to control her new-found powers. An ally, a confidant, and a surprise supporter guide her, but she is almost out of time. An immortal evil wants her powers and will stop at nothing to obtain them. When the battle lines are drawn, Cory must choose who is friend or enemy. Will love save her or endanger her even more?

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to save his princeTO SAVE HIS PRINCE: AN ICE DRAGON TALE (ICE DRAGON TALES BOOK 4) by Hurri Cosmo

VS Note: From September

Emory is a humble kitchen servant intent on working hard so he can continue to earn his daily crust of bread. It is a thankless, back-breaking job, but it is exactly where Emory wants to be. In the magnificent West Quay castle. Because that is where the incredibly handsome, extremely talented Crown Prince Riffyn lives. The beautiful, kind, and attentive man stole Emory’s heart years before when he rescued him and his mother from a band of thieves. Now Emory’s only wish is to be close, so he can simply admire and serve the man.
But a great evil walks the halls of the castle, and Emory stumbles on a heinous plot to not only kill the prince but a possible plan to overthrow the Kingdom. A wicked scheme that includes the use of magic. Of course, being a lowly servant, no one believes Emory when he tries to raise the alarm, including the prince, who has been commanded to choose a bride now, or one will be chosen for him. Even as Emory’s heart breaks for his prince, he has to find a way to save him. But how, when no one, not even the king, the prince’s own father, can be trusted?

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his darkest cravingHIS DARKEST CRAVING by Tiffany Roberts

The secluded forest cabin was meant to give Sophie a place to hide, to heal, and to be safe.

But from the moment she arrives, she’s not alone. She glimpses dark shapes from the corner of her eye, feels phantom touches, and her dreams are filled with seductive shadows. What she first mistakes for delusions of her traumatized mind soon prove to be so much more…

An ancient, mysterious, dangerous entity lurks in the woods — and it wants Sophie.

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claiming her leopardCLAIMING HER LEOPARD (SHIFTER SPECIAL FORCES BOOK 7) by Summer Donnelly

First generation Shifter Special Forces warrior Nick Lowell came back from Vietnam a changed man. Unable to cope with both his injuries and his memories, he left his wife.

Dot Lowell has waited fifty years to find her mate. Living in limbo for so many years has given her a wealth of understanding of pain and humiliation. Now that she knows where her husband is, can she confront him and demand some answers? Or will he revert back to his Leopard form and hide from her for the rest of his life?

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some day my witch will comeSOME DAY MY WITCH WILL COME (WICKED SOCIETY BOOK 2) by Daisy Prescott

You know those little girls who dress up as Disney princesses in the bright, shimmery costumes and dream about their prince rescuing them?
That was never me.
In this story, it’s the witch who saves the prince.
Ever since I joined the Wicked Society, my tarot readings are always about sacrifice for the greater good and martyrdom. In other words, any day now I’m going to lose something or someone I love. Evidently, my spirit guides are the ride or die types.
For years, I’ve asked the cards the same question about my crush. Will Tate Winthrop fall in love with me? The answer is always someday.
As in someday Tate will love me back.
Someday there won’t be a group of witches using dark magic to destroy our coven.
Someday I’ll stop having the same dream about a handsome prince with long, blond dreadlocks kissing a woman wearing a sparkly, poofy ball gown.
Someday my witch will come.

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blood and silverBLOOD AND SILVER by Various

20 Paranormal Romance and Fantasy Novels by your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and Award-winning authors such as K.N. Lee, Tasha Black, Ann Gimpel, Skye Mackinnon, and Marilyn Peake.
Good versus evil. Dark versus light.
Your next paranormal adventure begins tonight…
Explore mysterious new realms and haunting worlds of danger, magic, mysticism, and darkness in twenty paranormal and fantasy romance novels, available for a limited time. There are epic adventures to embark upon, swords to sharpen, spells to perfect.
Valiant heroes and devastating anti-heroes face off against angels, vampires, dragons, demons, spirits, shifters, witches, and more in this limited-edition arrangement that features a thrilling compilation of epic fantasy, science fiction, romance, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, and more!

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thrall avon galeTHRALL by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

Happy couple Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra have begun to garner national attention for their quirky New Orleans true-crime podcast, Shadowcast. When Lucy’s brother Harker disappears while researching the popular new dating app Thrall, they’re thrown into a real-life mystery. Aided by their social media expert, Arthur, and Harker’s professor, Van Helsing, they follow the trail, hoping to find Harker before it’s too late.

When their investigation crosses the path of a possible serial killer, the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. And as they race against the app’s countdown clock, so does the line between friendship and love. What starts as a flirtatious rivalry between computer-savvy Arthur and techno-averse Van Helsing becomes much more, and Mina and Lucy’s relationship is tested in the fires of social media.

As they get down to the wire, the group discovers that nothing on their screens is as it seems—including their enemy.

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sin and chocolateSIN AND CHOCOLATE (DEMI GODS OF SAN FRANCISCO BOOK 1) by K F Breene

Some people are ordained for greatness…

Those people usually have a lot of drama in their life. Drama I happily do without. I live in a forgotten corner of nowhere for a reason: there is safety in anonymity. I have enough problems just trying to get by.

But when Kieran, a sinfully sexy demigod at the pinnacle of power, crashes into my life, suddenly my whole world is turned upside down.

He’s harboring a deadly secret, one that could destroy all he holds dear. He thinks I’m the key to his salvation, and he wants me to help him claim vengeance.

He also wants me with a passion that burns my body from the inside out.

To ignore him is impossible, but to give in to my desires, even for a night, would thrust me into danger I might not survive.

Can I resist the temptation?

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day care dragonDAY CARE DRAGON (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

“Put me down, you … thing!”… were not the first words Loretta expected to say to the love of her life. Look, you try having a dragon snatch you out of a burning building when all you’re wearing is a towel.

He just saved her life. Why doesn’t she look happy about it?

Billionaire dragon shifter Darius is a man in control—of his business, his family, his life. But stubborn, outspoken, redheaded Loretta and the rowdy preschoolers at her day care are about to turn his well-ordered life upside down. The fire at Loretta’s apartment was no accident, and the closer he keeps her, the safer she’ll be. But Loretta’s not about to let anyone treat her like a treasure to be locked up for safekeeping.

Even if two stubborn people can overcome the odds and fall in love, it’s going to take all Darius’s strength and Loretta’s wits to keep a dangerous enemy from sending their chances at a happy ending up in smoke.

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kriss krossedKRISS KROSSED by Shay Price

I’m a bounty hunter by trade. Hunt. Find. Kill. That’s my motto. And it was working out pretty well for me, until I got stuck babysitting a collared demon, my ex resurfaced, and my boss went missing.

Did I forget to mention there’s an invisible something running around killing people, I’ve got a government agent sniffing at my heels, and my ex is a Dark Realm Prince whose sister would as soon snap my neck as shake my hand?

You could say I’ve been having a run of foul luck lately. But it only gets worse. Because there’s something happening in the shadows, just out my sight. Something bad. End of the world kind of bad. And it’s up to me to stop it.

No matter the cost.

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unbreakableUNBREAKABLE (LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND BOOK 1) by Michele Ryan and TL Reeve

Hayden Raferty-Lopez is nervous about returning to Window Rock—with so many memories wrapped up there. However, she’s excited to start her life with her mate in the town she calls home.

Nico Lopez knew this day would come. He’s been planning for it since the day his little wolf finally accepted his apology and gave him the chance to make it up to her. However, something is off about his mate. Everyone around them is settling into their new “adult” lives except them.

When Kalkin Raferty offers them a job taking down a piece of the Paranormal Bounty Hunters, both Hayden and Nico are ready for it. What they’re not prepared for are the conditions the orphaned shifter children and teens are kept in, nor are they prepared to find a green-eyed cub, who steals their heart.

Secrets are revealed, and lives will be irrevocably harmed. Those who were supposed to be allies will be exposed and the lies they told will shape the Raferty pack for years to come.

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MASTER OF VALORMASTER OF VALOR (MERLIN’S LEGACY BOOK 2) by Angela Knight

Handsome Afghan war veteran Duncan Carpenter barely survived a horrifying IED attack that cost him his legs. He gets a second chance at life when he agrees to become an agent of the Magekind — a vampire sworn to protect humanity. The spell that transforms him also heals his broken body and gives him incredible new abilities. Now he must pay for that gift, because the Magekind is preparing for war with powerful magical enemies. But first he must complete his training with a Magekind witch, Masara Okeye. Problem. He’s falling for his mentor, even as he struggles to deal with life as a vampire.

Masara finds her apprentice deliciously seductive — a little bit too much so for her peace of mind, because he brings up memories better left buried. But when Duncan and Masara are asked to help a werewolf cop investigate the murder of a jogger, they’re targeted by the same vicious killers. The fight for survival drives the couple together, despite Masara’s determination to keep her distance. Then the case turns even more horrific and mysterious. What turned a couple of loving werewolf grandparents into vicious killers?

And what’s with the flying rabid zombie rats?

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secrets from the graveSECRETS FROM THE GRAVE (THE VEIL DIARIES BOOK 6) by B L Brunnemer

My name is Alexis, though everyone calls me Lexie. I’m a Necromancer. We’re rare enough that I’ve never met another in my life, until Claire came home to tell me she found one. In New Orleans.
Now I am headed south with my best friends, staying in close quarters with five guys, four guys whom I have kissed, one who has been ignoring me for the last few weeks, one who keeps sneaking kisses, one who doesn’t even remember it and another… Well, I don’t know what he wants. Thank God for Miles. He’s my one safe place in this disaster I’ve created.
Naturally, that’s not my only problem. Things aren’t good in New Orleans. Representatives from the Witch’s Council are in town, the dead are everywhere, and the secrets are piling up. The whole situation is a powder keg just waiting for a match. But why am I holding the matches?

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stone warriors gabrielTHE STONE WARRIORS: GABRIEL by D B Reynolds

Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.

Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.

Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.

Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.

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vampire girl 7VAMPIRE GIRL 7: FALLEN STAR by Karpov Kinrade

I’m a world-renowned archaeologist who happens to have a special gift–I can read artifacts and see their history. It makes me particularly good at my job and has pulled me into the world of paranormal treasure hunting. But I knew about the paranormal long before acquiring my PhDs. The night a monster killed my parents opened up a whole new, awful world to me.

Now, I’m on the hunt for pieces of the artifact they died protecting. When I’m betrayed by my partner and left for dead, I’m forced to team up with the last man on the planet I want anything to do with. Dr. Dean Vane… a monster just like the one who ruined my life. But I need his help to locate the artifact and stop an even greater threat from wreaking havoc on the world, and he needs my help in finding his brother, the King of Inferna, another world I didn’t even know existed.

I certainly didn’t plan to fall for his lusty charms, but as my own powers grow, I’m more drawn to him than ever. When we get trapped on a world of dragons, I see a side of him I didn’t expect and must face my own prejudices.

Surrounded by danger, with my core beliefs challenged and my life hanging in the balance, I must decide who I can trust, and who is really the villain in my story. But in seeking the truth, will I destroy everything in the process?

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no kitten aroundNO KITTEN AROUND by R J Blain

The last thing Reed Matthews needs in his life is a kitten, but when an orphaned tabby suckers him into becoming her caretaker, he’s in for the ride of his life. Add in an angel determined to meddle in his affairs, a devil with an agenda, and a bucketful of bad omens, and he’ll count himself fortunate if he survives the clash between heaven, hell, and his ex.

In this anything goes romp, there’s no kitten around: if Reed wants to survive and regain control of his life, his only hope lies in the hands of an elf and his ex, a woman he’s sworn to never see again.

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the brilliant deathTHE BRILLIANT DEATH by Amy Rose Capetta

Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega—and she aims to keep it that way.

The she meets Cielo—and everything changes.

A strega who can switch outward form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she’s been keeping secret. And not a moment too soon:  the ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country’s five controlling families, including Teodora’s father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace.

If she wants to save her family, Teodora must travel to the capital—not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. But the road to the capital, and to bridling her powers, is full of enemies and complications, including the one she least expects: falling in love.

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loving lochLOVING LOCH by Kris Jacen

Check off the bucket list? Maybe Love should be added to the list?
David Rowan spends his days crunching numbers and his nights watching history or travel shows. He’d been out of school for four years when a note from a fraternity brother reminded him of his “Bucket List” that they’d made up one year for pledges at the fraternity as a ‘get to know the brothers’ activity. But maybe it was time for him to take his list and make it a reality.
Loch Gallagher—yes, his ma had a sense of humor—lives and swims in and around Loch Ness just a little south of Inverness, Scotland. Okay, every time he went for a swim in the Loch, he did cause a stir. Shite, with the inventions of the camera and the smartphone, a Loch Monster couldn’t even get in a swim without someone taking a picture.
When David decided to take his ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Loch Ness, how was he to know that everything he’d always known was going to be thrown out the window? Loch had always scoffed at his ma’s declarations that when he was least expecting it, his mate would show up on his doorstep. The unlikely pair discovers that maybe they’re not so unlikely at all. Can they find a balance between love and reality and make a life together?

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stranger things world turned upside downSTRANGER THINGS: WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: THE OFFICIAL BEHIND THE SCENES COMPANION by Gina McIntyre

VS note: Not romance obviously, but I did enjoy the show. A notable release this week.

When the first season of Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, the show struck a nerve with millions of viewers worldwide and received broad critical acclaim. The series has gone on to win six Emmy Awards, but the its success was driven more than anything by word of mouth, resonating across generations. Viewers feel personal connections to the characters. Now fans can immerse themselves in the world—or worlds—of Hawkins, Indiana, like never before. Inside you’ll find

• original commentary and a foreword from creators Matt and Ross Duffer
• exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and David Harbour
• the show’s earliest drafts, pitches to Netflix, and casting calls
• insights into the Duffers’ creative process from the entire crew—from costume and set designers to composers and visual-effects specialists
• deep dives into the cultural artifacts and references that inspired the look and feel of the show
• a map of everyday Hawkins—with clues charting the network of the Upside Down
• a digital copy of the Morse code disk Eleven uses, so you can decipher secret messages embedded throughout the text
• a look into the future of the series—including a sneak preview of season three!

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VS Note: Highlighting my own MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR, scifi romance, in honor of Halloween because there’s an alien ghost and other spooky goings-on in the course of the story! Sectors Special Forces soldier on his own mission becomes entangled in saving the blind Princess of Shadows from an arranged marriage…here’s a snippet:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 24

October 17

October 10

October 3

September 26

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.

Ghost of the Nile Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedIn honor of Halloween coming this week, I’m going to my award winning Ghost of the Nile from 2015for today’s excerpt. It’s an unusual ghost story!

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!)

I’ll switch to my newly released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) next week.

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

The excerpt – my hero gets bad news in the afterlife from the goddess Ma’at, who is speaking as the excerpt starts:

“I’m also a seeker of justice and balance, one who rights wrongs. I’m the goddess of second chances for the human race,” She raised her elegant eyebrows, “Although such chances are few and far between.”

Despite the warmth of the brightly lit room, a shiver worked its way down Periseneb’s spine, “You wish to right the wrong of my murder? Bring my murderer to account for the crime?”

She shook her head, the golden beads in her wig chiming like little bells, “Your death is done, past, woven into the fabric of life in the upper world these two-hundred years and more.”

He staggered, locking one hand on the edge of the table to steady himself, “So long?”

“Time here and time there run differently, warrior. Only the Nile remains unchanging.” She moved to the black-and-gold chair, seating herself and leaning against the richly decorated back, “Yet, your death is connected in a way to events now.” Ma’at nodded her head as if some decision had been reached, “I need a champion.”

GhostOfTheNile_highresThe story: 

1550 BCE

Betrayed, murdered, and buried without proper ceremony, Egyptian warrior Periseneb is doomed to roam the gray deserts of the dead as a ghost for all eternity.

But then the goddess of truth offers him a bargain: return to the world of the living as her champion for 30 days. If he completes his mission, he’ll be guaranteed entry into Paradise. Periseneb agrees to the bargain but, when he returns to the living world, two hundred years have passed and nothing is quite as he expected.

Neithamun is a woman fighting to hang onto her family’s estate against an unscrupulous nobleman who desires the land as well as the lady. All seems lost until a mysterious yet appealing ex-soldier, Periseneb, appears out of nowhere to help her fight off the noble’s repeated attacks.

Meanwhile, Periseneb’s thirty days are rushing by, and he’s powerless against the growing attraction between himself and Neithamun. But their love can never be. For his Fate is to return to the Afterlife, and Death cannot wed with Life…

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Guest Diane Burton Gives 10 Fun Facts About ONE RED SHOE

one red shoeVeronica: I’m happy to have author Diane Burton back as my guest today, sharing fun facts about her newly re-released book One Red Shoe. Although this novel isn’t in one of my usual genres, I read snippets from Diane every week on the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop and love her smooth writing style in every genre she’s tackled (including scifi romance) so I’m sure I’ll love this one too! It’s on my TBR…

Diane: 10 Fun Facts about One Red Shoe

One Red Shoe is the result of a writing exercise during my local RWA chapter meeting. Our assignment directions: someone is running toward you on a train platform. The first thing that popped into my head was: The man running toward her wore one red shoe.

One Red Shoe took over fifteen years to be published. Five years later, I regained the rights and published it myself.

At one point during rewrites, One Red Shoe began in a New York City subway station restroom. To make sure I had my facts straight, when I was at an RWA conference in NYC, I begged my friends ride the subway with me. Big problem for my story—there were no restrooms in the subway.

I wanted Daria to be from Michigan, but most people think cars not farming in Michigan. Iowa seemed a better choice. In actuality, the food and agricultural business is one of the top three industries in Michigan.

One Red Shoe is a road trip, but not like any road trip I’ve ever been on. Assassins are chasing Sam and Daria.

One of the assassins (son of a Russian mafia kingpin) is a clumsy oaf. Daria, not Sam, thwarts him often, making him eager for revenge.

I set part of One Red Shoe in Holland, Michigan. I knew about the city from when our daughter went to college there. Holland State Park (which doesn’t appear in the book) is one of my favorite places to watch the sun set.

I’ve driven through Iowa but never stopped. I based the town of Prairieville on a small farming community in Michigan where I used to live.

My Dutch ancestors settled in Iowa. My great-great-great grandfather was the Dutch consul to the state of Iowa based in Keokuk. I have the proclamation signed by President James Buchanan.

Because of the action, I think One Red Shoe would make an awesome movie, with Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Sam and Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day) as Daria. Anyone know a movie producer? 😊

Book Blurb: It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day

When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist. Thus, begins a road trip that takes Sam and Daria cross country with the assassins right behind them.

Excerpt:

For the second time in her life, Daria Mason came face-to-face with a man pointing a weapon at her. A pervert, with unzipped jeans, wielded a green box knife. Because she’d raced into the restroom without checking out the situation, he now stood between her and the exit.

She was at the end of the proverbial rope. After walking in circles, she finally found a restroom and nobody was stopping her from using it. Especially not someone playing copycat with that guy in the movie who wore one red shoe.

“I am having a really bad day,” she declared in the don’t cross me voice she used on her brothers. As soon as her words echoed off the hideous pink and black tiled walls and floor, she lowered her voice. “You are in the wrong place, mister. Now zip up and get out.” She pointed straight-armed toward the door.

The man shook his head and set the flimsy knife on the counter. “Lady, you have more guts than sense. You are in the wrong place, at the wrong time.” His voice was even softer than hers. He eyed her with a look so dark and intense it paralyzed her like a hawk freezes its prey. She swallowed past the fear in her throat, certain it sounded like a gulp.

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About the Author:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

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Veronica: Thanks for stopping by and here are some more shoes just for fun! (This might be what my closet floor looks like on a bad day LOL.)

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 24

aton cara bristolAs 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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ATON: DAKONIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 2 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

Attorney Toni Sutterman is on the fast-track, her success all but an open-and-shut case when she realizes she lacks what’s important: true love. With marriage-minded men in short supply on planet Earth, she joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency hoping to find a good match with an extraterrestrial. When her alien mate finally arrives, he proves beyond all doubt to be the man of her dreams: tall, sexy, romantic, and totally devoted to her. So what if there’s a bit of gray area about how he actually got here?

Aton of planet Dakon doesn’t mean to pull a fast one. He has every intent to play by the rules until false accusations get him escorted from the spaceship just before it blasts off. Neither spurious allegations nor the vastness of space will keep him from his mate, so he makes his own way to Earth to claim the female he was promised. As soon as he sees Toni, he recognizes her as his Fated mate. Confident he’s acted in good faith, he focuses on courting her and beginning their life together.

But when a rival discovers the truth and administers some rough justice, will Toni be willing to break the rules and become Aton’s partner in crime to save their future…or will she play by the book?

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unleashed tiffany robertsUNLEASHED: VALOS OF SONHADRA by Tiffany Roberts

Despite the shelter her adoptive parents have provided her entire life, Nina’s psychic abilities have always hung over her like a shadow. The very powers that should give her strength have driven her to isolate herself. But lately, her craving for companionship — a mate — has become stronger than her fear. One foolish decision puts her life at great risk. And also provides a wondrous discovery…

Aduun, Vortok, and Balir have existed in a state of constant rage and ravenous hunger for centuries, locked away in the beastly forms that were forced upon them. Their only thoughts were of revenge on their Creator — until a mysterious female falls into their underground prison, restoring their heartstones and their sanity. They know nothing about her, yet she may be their only chance at reclaiming their freedom.

Unable to deny their intense attraction, they set out together to escape their Creator’s trap and rescue their lost people. Can they keep Nina safe and persevere in a world designed to destroy them?

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Riggs_Tasha_BlackRIGGS STARGAZER MAIL ORDER ALIEN BRIDES #15 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

Sage Martin is on temporary leave from her accounting firm to help her sister run the family farm. Trading in spreadsheets for a peach orchard isn’t easy for sensible Sage. On the other hand, her love for her little sister Tansy makes it all worthwhile. But when Tansy and their new friend Arden fall for a pair of hunky fugitive aliens, their idyllic farm life starts to feel like a cheesy romantic comedy. And now there’s one more hot alien looking at Sage like she’s the last ripe peach on the tree.

Riggs has loved Sage since the moment he saw her. He admires her long chestnut hair and the stern expression that hides a heart of gold. Determined to give her all the time she needs to accept him, Riggs is torn between the ecstasy of being near his intended mate and the agony of unsatisfied desire.

When vandals strike the farm, threatening to ruin the tourist season and expose the aliens, Riggs and Sage must work together to solve the mystery and stop the villains who want to sabotage the peach orchard. But even if Riggs can foil the evildoers, will he be able to sweep his stalwart mate off her feet?

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escape emmy chandlerESCAPE (PROJECT VETUS BOOK ONE) by Emmy Chandler

Sentenced to death for war crimes they didn’t commit, Captain Carson Sotelo and his team were given a choice: die in disgrace, or live as something entirely new. Several dozen procedures and a medically induced coma later, they awoke on a prison planet as super-soldier prototypes, spliced with genes from an extinct alien species.

Sotelo’s altered body comes with strange abilities and built-in weapons, and when Universal Authority tests him in the field, combat awakens violent instincts and cryptic genetic memories from the beast they installed in his genetic code. He’s able to keep the beast on a leash—until the day he meets Lilliana Malone, and his inner alien decides she’s his mate.

Though Sotelo resists the beast’s barbaric courtship style, he can’t pretend he doesn’t want Lilli. Her protective nature and fiery spirit remind him of why he went to war in the first place. Unfortunately, catching Sotelo’s eye also brings her to the attention of the ruthless team of scientists who turned his entire team into monsters…

Universal Authority had no idea what they were unleashing when they turned Sotelo into a weapon, and now that he has someone to fight for, he will bite off the hand that feeds them all, if that’s what it takes to get the team he leads and the woman he loves off the planet.

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yorkYORK (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 3) by Laurann Dohner

Watching his crewmates fall in love has left York craving a female of his own. That’s how he ends up being matched to a Parri female through a service to find bond mates. He’s excited at the prospect when he arrives on planet Relon. Until he actually meets her.

Betrayed by her government in a bid for alien technology, poverty-stricken human Sara is doomed to be a prince’s sex toy, until she’s rescued on a planet that doesn’t take kindly to slavers. Suddenly free, she’s an outcast on her new home, treated with distrust…by everyone except a gorgeous, kind, huge blue alien. Too bad he’s getting married the next day. His future bond mate is a horrid, abusive woman, and Sara has a way to save them both—she’ll convince York to bond with her instead.

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legacy strainLEGACY STRAIN (THE ISOLATION SERIES BOOK 3) by Taylor Brooke

War is on the horizon.

After fleeing the white-walled labyrinth where Brooklyn and her friends were caged, trained, tortured, and studied, the group of renegade Omens prepare for the fight of their lives. But an unexpected arrival from Kirin—the dangerous, secret project Juneau has kept locked away in Isolation’s main facility—complicates things.

Despite the rumors surrounding Kirin’s loyalties and capabilities, Brooklyn decides to make an alliance. Together they form a plan to rescue their friends and take down Isolation once and for all.

Julian Matsumoto is strung between two sides of his heart.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and freedom always has a cost. Julian doesn’t know if he has what it takes to pay the price, especially if that price is Kirin’s life. But the Legacy Strain is being weaponized and they don’t have time to waste.

This is their only chance to escape Juneau Malloy for good, and Brooklyn Harper has been fighting for too long to back down now. Armed with deadly skills and a hunger for vengeance, the Omen Operatives set out on a risky mission to eradicate Isolation, contain the volatile Legacy Strain, and earn the freedom they’ve been chasing since Camp Eleven.

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alien warriors womanTHE ALIEN WARRIOR’S WOMAN (GUARDIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Rani Kerf isn’t ready to make a love connection. Instead, she’s got her mind set on her career. When spying a tall, dark and handsome stranger who takes her breath away while on a mission, her priorities begin to change. But when her team members on the secret operation disappear, Rani goes into rescue mode and discovers the gorgeous alien isn’t who he seems.

Tarrek just met the love of his life. Rani is beautiful, smart, funny, and her acting skills suck. But the problem is he’s on a mission and knows that his roguish lifestyle isn’t what someone like her deserves in a mate. He has no choice but to let her be the one that got away.

Fate has a different plan for Tarrek, which includes Rani—that is if she can forgive him for his betrayal increasing the odds of death for each member of her team. So who is this man who’s captured her heart, and what does he know about her crew?

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handmaids secretTHE HANDMAID’S SECRET: A STARSTRUCK NOVEL by Brenda Hiatt

VS Note: YA

Molly O’Gara has never really fit in anywhere, born on Mars to Ag farmer parents but adopted and raised by a high-ranking Royal family. Unfortunately Molly lacks the usual skill with plants that go with her birth heritage, while also lacking the prestige she would have as a true Royal. Her only claim to importance is being appointed official Handmaid to the Martian Sovereign, Emileia. Holding such a position is a great honor for a lowly Ag but now that she and Emileia, better known as M, are back on Earth, there is little for Molly to do in that capacity. That is, until a new Royal boy shows up at Jewel High. Though absurdly handsome, Tristan is also arrogant and obnoxious—and seems determined to steal M, the Sovereign, away from her bonded soulmate, Rigel. As Handmaid, Molly’s job now is to keep Tristan away from M and Rigel, even if that means spending way more time in his company than she’d like. Such familiarity breeds contempt, on both sides. At first, anyway.

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guarded sabrina kadeGUARDED (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 2) by Sabrina Kade

Sexy, smartass York lives for the thrill of anything new and exciting. Now, if she’s not careful, she might die for it, too. York knew her assignment on Hethdiss meant a whole new group of aliens and being a call-girl is never the safest of jobs.

But sexy, mysterious Azan is like no one she’s ever met. His heated gaze follows her wherever she goes, and she suspects the mask he wears hides more than his mouth—it protects his heart. York’s determined to learn the infuriating alien’s secrets. As a translator for the prince, Azan can speak over thirty languages. But his own native tongue is poison—literally. He knows better than to get too attached to the gorgeous human woman he’s hired. No one who sees what’s under his mask will ever want him as a mate.

He can’t send York away, no matter how often he tries, even though all he wants to do is protect her. But she’s about to name her poison…and it’s Azan, whether he likes it or not.

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fate of the beastFATE OF THE BEAST (MATE OF THE BEAST BOOK 2) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

An Ambassador trying to hold peace…Being an Ambassador wasn’t easy. It was even harder when you were the Earth Ambassador on an alien planet that was on the brink of war. As if Naomi didn’t have her hands full with war negotiations and ensuring the safety of humans on Agaria, the last straw is the beastly Ezak-X pilot who seems to push all her buttons wrong. But when the war breaks out and the safety of humans is threatened, the odd, horned beast might just be the only man she can count on…

But with how her body reacts in his presence, can she trust herself with him…?

A beast thirsting for war…Arez has waited for this day his whole existence. Ever since he was created in that damned lab by the scaly Krezlians, he’s wanted nothing more than to destroy them. But just when he can taste the war on his lips, he gets thrown together with a peace-loving human female who makes his body hard and his blood boil for an altogether different reason. He’s never wanted anything more in his life – except maybe for revenge – and he soon realizes that he must make a choice.
Revenge… or her?

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cyborg miranda martinCYBORG by Miranda Martin

Cersei is on the run. She doesn’t remember from who, or why. While working in a high-tech bar, someone or some thing tries to activate her. The mind-wipe she paid top credits for starts to break down and her past bleeds through. The images are enough to convince her she was right. She doesn’t want to face who she used to be.

Now she has to run before she falls into their hands. Who is they? Well, there’s a shitty side to not remembering. Everyone is an enemy or a potential one.

Holden left the Galactic Service more machine than man. Passing his days designing security tech for those with the credits to pay, his Code is all he has left. When one of his clients misuses his tech, he sets out to put things right and collides into his only failed case. The hauntingly beautiful and seductive psi-op agent is on the run and isn’t acting anything like the woman he tracked for years, never managing to capture.

Thrown together against impossible odds, his greatest enemy is his only ally. How many lives will be lost if the two can’t learn to work as one? As dangerous as she is, it quickly becomes apparent she’s even more dangerous to his heart, the one he thought he left behind with the rest of his body parts in the Galactic Service.

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desires destinyDESIRE’S DESTINY (THE VESPIAN WAY BOOK 1) by Bethany Drake

Heather can’t believe she is the only person on Earth who can protect Storm, the ambassador from Vespia. It has something to do with some pheromone the Vespian males exude. Although everyone says she’s immune, she doesn’t agree. There is something about the man that makes her desire skyrocket whenever she is around him.

Storm finds Heather fascinating; her bright violet eyes hold a world of emotions in them. He’s drawn to her and wants her with a depth he’s never experienced before.

When she becomes the focal point of several kidnapping attempts, he realizes she’s going to need his protection: the perfect excuse to get to know her better.

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alien exchangeAN ALIEN EXCHANGE (ALIEN EXCHANGE TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Keri Kruspe

Aimee Gwiazdowski has a passion for Alien Abduction romance stories. She vicariously lives through the heroines of her books to escape her lonely, loveless life. Until one morning, she wakes up in a strange, white room where an alluring voice invites her to the “Exchange” to find love and adventure in another world. Did she dare believe it? Could she leave everything behind and take a chance to become one of those heroines who finds true love among the stars?

Exiled Prince Qayyum E’etu and commander of the space vessel StarChance has a mission—transport the human women to the Exchange along with an offer he can’t refuse: find evidence against rumored human trafficking connected with the Exchange. If he can successfully bring the traitors back to Zerin for justice, it would give him a chance to return home. How was he supposed to know that meeting a human woman would put everything he was working for in jeopardy?

As unforeseen evil slowly brews discord within the galaxy, it works to tear Aimee and Qay further apart. If they don’t learn to overcome their fears and trust the love they have for each other, the coming cataclysm will devastate not only Zerin, but Earth as well.

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mastered by the zandiansMASTERED BY THE ZANDIANS by Renee Rose, Rebel West and Alexis Alvarez

I can fly a fighter jet in my sleep and kill with the fingers of one hand.
I work alone. No being in the galaxy can challenge me–
until I tangle with two Zandian warriors.
They say I stole their cargo, and they plan to take me to their planet.
Make me theirs.
Nobody owns me. I’m not going to let these Zandians master me,
no matter how sexy and appealing they are.
Because I have a secret mission. And if they find it out, my entire life could be over.
My name is Mirelle, and this is my story.

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cargo kiki burrelliCARGO: AKAR CHRONICLES BOOK 1 by Kiki Burrelli

Phoenix spots the tall, dark and dangerously sexy man in line behind him at the club immediately. He thinks he’s found a dance partner for the night, but the stranger has other plans.
Jax has worked his entire life to become the best sourcer on Akar, maybe even in all of Zila Galaxy. He specializes in finding things, and if the money is right, he and his loyal crew are there. Except, this mission has sent them farther than they’ve gone before, to Earth.

It’s not personal, Phoenix just happened to be what Jax’s client requested. He’s not a person, he’s cargo. Except, the moment Jax gets Phoenix on his ship, he can’t help but care for and protect the Earthling. It wouldn’t be so bad if the client who requested Phoenix—as well as the other specimens with his unique genetic mutation—didn’t happen to be the Akarian Federation. The AkarFed rules its people with an iron fist and they couldn’t care less about Jax’s burgeoning feelings.

Phoenix may be in space, with no hope of returning to his home, but he is nobody’s victim. All he needs to do is ignore the alien captain long enough to figure out a way home. But, with each passing moment—and mile—that gets harder to do.
As their connection grows, Jax discovers they are more than just cargo and captain, they are fated mates, now he just needs to figure out how to keep them together.

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the great forest layaTHE GREAT FOREST: LAYA: DARK SCULPTOR NOVEL 4 by D R Rosier

James Cook is the last Flesh Sculptor on his new world, but that’s going to change. If he can survive long enough to open a school.

The mission to Malburn was a success, and he’d not only won Karana’s heart, but he’d been forced into an arranged marriage. Things seemed to be going well there, but his young wife is still holding secrets, and those secrets will be rather shocking.

There’s a lot going on, and there’s a lot for him to do before he can comfortably settle down with his four mates and Oceana. Return the sixteen elves, deal with the council, finish his home, start a school, and a family. Not to mention all his mates’ ambitions. But if that wasn’t enough, he’s about to get another surprise, one unrelated to the wife he hardly knows, and is unprecedented. An invitation to visit both Lelmalond and Amathyr.

Now all he needs to do is survive, The Great Forest: Laya.

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stolen lisa laceSTOLEN by Lisa Lace

The aliens are savage animals.
Zandra wants nothing to do with them. She has plans for her life.
But when she gets kidnapped by TerraMates, she doesn’t have a choice.
Suddenly Earth is far away, and she’s expected to be a wife and a mother.
Her husband?
He’s bloodthirsty and ruthless. He’s the feral leader of the tribe.
And now Zandra belongs to him.

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expeditions estimationEXPEDITION, ESTIMATION AND OTHER DANGEROUS PASTIMES (CLAIMINGS BOOK 4) by Lyn Gala

Tuk-Palteia Liam has survived the front lines of a civil war and a return visit to his home planet, but now he has to face the ultimate obstacle. Stubborn lovers.

As long as Liam and Ondry have the same goals—the pursuit of profits and status—they are the perfect partnership.  But now Ondry wants to protect his palteia at any cost, even if it costs him his newly won rank. Liam hates the idea of Ondry sacrificing for him, and he is not going to allow Ondry to lose status under any circumstances.  Add in the Imshee, a predatory companion animal, a new human, and an obstinate Grandmother, and Liam has the recipe for a serious headache. Despite what Ondry believes, not all problems can be solved with a good trade, a tail or a flash of tooth. This time, Liam and Ondry are going to need to find a compromise.

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chaos bornCHAOS BORN (WARRIORS OF THE SEVEN STARS BOOK 2) by Kallista Dane

The Lord of Darkness is determined to conquer our world – and claim me as his bride.

I once ruled the World of the Seven Stars as the Virgin Queen. But tonight I will kneel in shameful submission before two stern masters.

The Oracle says I’m fated to mate with them both. That only together can we defeat an enemy old as the Universe.

Two powerful warriors have agreed to join my fight. On one condition. They have dark desires of their own. Savage hungers. If I don’t obey their every command tonight, no matter how wicked – I’ll be punished.

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rescued by the zoranRESCUED BY THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Luna Hunter

Corlis Space Station is not what Caia Mercier expected it to be. Behind the glitzy veneer lies a darkness… and as an officer of the law, it’s her job to clean it up.

And it’s one hell of a tough job. Her colleagues don’t respect her, and the matchmaker-bot her overbearing parents forced on her keeps setting her up with alien weirdos.

Romance is the last thing on her mind.
And then she meets him.
Leto. A seven foot tall Zoran warrior. Fearsome, wild, dangerous.

The ripped alien warrior is looking for his missing friend, and he won’t stop until he’s turned Corlis upside down. Leto decides the curvy human female is going to help him – whether she likes it or not.

The way the dominant alien looks at Caia makes her all hot and bothered. She does her very best to stay professional… but she is only human.

As they work the case, they realize that this goes much, much deeper than a single missing person. The fate of the entire galaxy is at stake.
Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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alien giftALIEN GIFT (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 4) by Tracy Lauren

It’s Christmastime in Beacon and there’s only one gift Holly wants this year. More than anything she longs for the sexy older alien, Gorrard, to be her mate. From the second his eyes locked on to hers, she knew they were meant to be. The only problem now… is getting him to realize it.

Gorrard rescued Holly from what could have been a life of slavery and ever since they returned to Beacon the human almost seems drawn to him. Not that Gorrard minds. Each moment they spend together becomes the sweetest torture, as the bond between the pair intensifies. When Holly confesses her feelings, Gorrard worries that the only thing he’ll need to protect his human from… is himself.

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craved by the dragon warriorsCRAVED BY THE DRAGON WARRIORS by Ashley West

When three Dragon Warriors crash on Earth, Natasha is fascinated by them and not afraid. Interested in the woman, the three warriors take her along and they go on a journey of discovery and love.

No one has or ever will accuse one of the Dragon Warriors of being “subtle” or “blending in” so when three of them end up crash landing on Earth after getting lost during their exploration, Natasha Hamilton, whose yard they have landed in, knows about it immediately.

Luckily for them, Nat isn’t the gun toting, get off of her lawn type. She is more fascinated by the three of them than she is afraid. When she finds out their mission, she begs them to take her along. She’s wanted to get out of this tiny town for as long as she can remember and this sounds like the adventure of a lifetime.

Equally as fascinated in this small human woman, the three warriors agree, and they set out on a journey of exploration, discovery, danger, and love, where they will find out that there is more than one way to love someone forever.

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alien breed rageRAGE (ALIEN BREED 1) by Melody Adams

While young Jessie Colby cleans for Dexter Medical Industry, she accidentally stumbles over a man in chains who claims to be a hybrid between human and alien. His aggressive behavior frightens her, but she can’t just ignore his abuse, so she takes his picture and reports his fate to the media.
Ten years later, Jessie signs a contract to work as a doctor in the West-Colony on planet Eden, where the Alien Breeds live since their rescue. All those years she couldn’t forget the man in chains. But when she stands before him again, he is not happy at all to see her.
Years of abuse and pain lay behind Rage, but what tortures him most, is his memory of the beautiful young woman who worked for DMI. Even ten years after, she still hounds him in his sleep. Then she suddenly stands right in front of him. Finally he could make her pay for what she did to him, but when he has her at his mercy, killing her is the last thing on his mind. His beast wants her. But if he looses control of his alien side, the fragile human could end up hurt or dead.

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leopoldLEOPOLD (SAGA OF THE BOLD PEOPLE BOOK 1) by M D Grimm

How does a human survive in an alien dominated InterGalactic Community? By becoming an assassin, of course.

At least, that’s what Leopold thought when he became an assassin for the elite. Pretending to be an alien known as Voidstriker, Leopold feeds his appetite for vengeance, killing aliens as well as taking their money. It’s a win-win to his mind. That is, until a bounty is placed upon his head.

With his true identity now revealed to the IG Community, Leopold knows it’s only a matter of time before the powerful family members of his victims come for blood. Far worse is the fact that the one who put the bounty on his head, is the one he most fears.

A routine job three cycles ago brought him face-to-face with Mastrodai, a prince of the powerful Mrrog Nation. Not only did Leopold—accidentally—destroy part of Mastrodai’s moon, but one glimpse of the mighty alien had him feeling desire for the first time in his life. He ran, and like predator after prey, Mastrodai never stopped hunting him.

Leopold is convinced that Mastrodai wants bloody revenge. But when he finally confronts the mrrog, he is stunned to realize Mastrodai wants something very different. Something surprisingly intimate—the one thing that scares Leopold more than torture.

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pain seasonTHE PAIN SEASON (BOOK 2 OF THE COVALENT SERIES) by Libby Doyle

When Zan can no longer deny her lover is hiding things, she confronts him. Barakiel assures her he will soon share his secrets, but Zan dreads the day, afraid the love of her life is connected to a ritual murder. Her heart won’t allow her to believe he could harm an innocent man. The truth is worse than she could have imagined.

As Barakiel’s power as a Covalent warrior grows, so does the strength of his father’s obsession with him. Lucifer spreads his dark tendrils through the Earthly Realm using a network of depraved men and Barakiel soon realizes his love has drawn a target on Zan’s back. Events at the autumnal equinox make this clear to Zan as well. Barakiel has lied to her.

And so begins a season of pain and rage. A season of traitors and war. And love. Like the elemental forces that made him, Barakiel’s love does not end.

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shadow and iceSHADOW AND ICE (GODS OF WAR) by Gena Showalter

Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

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roar of skyROAR OF SKY (BLOOD OF EARTH BOOK 3) by Beth Cato

Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the Unified Pacific. But using her abilities has taken its toll: Ingrid’s body has been left severely weakened, and she must remain on the run with her friends Cy and Fenris.

Hoping to learn more about her magical roots and the strength her bloodline carries, Ingrid makes her way across the Pacific to Hawaii, home to the ancient volcano goddess Madam Pele. What she discovers in this paradise is not at all what she expects—and perhaps exactly what she needs.

But Ambassador Blum comes from the same world of old magic and mythic power. And if Ingrid cannot defeat her once and for all, she knows Blum will use that power to take the lives of everyone she holds dear before escalating a war that will rip the world to pieces.

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guardian sarah fineTHE GUARDIAN (THE IMMORTAL DEALERS BOOK 2) by Sarah Fine

One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards.

Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does.

Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems.

At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.

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captivated_by_the_gargoyle_lisa_carlisleCAPTIVATED BY THE GARGOYLE (STONE SENTRIES BOSTON BOOK 3) by Lisa Carlisle

VS Note: From September

After breaking through the demon’s darkness that imprisoned her best friend, Larissa has had enough of magic. She just wants to return to her normal life back on the police force.

But, the damn demons keep preventing that.

Roman, Commander of the Stone Sentries, plans to get Larissa and Janie to safety at the gargoyle compound. When a demon attacks his deputy and takes Janie, the mission turns into a hunt to track them down.

Larissa teams up with Roman and his team of gargoyle shifters to search Boston.
Where it takes them is even darker than her most terrifying dreams.
Is there a way to save Janie before it’s too late?

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amaranthine kissAMARANTHINE KISS (OLD SCHOOL BOOK 6) by Jenny Schwartz

Army doctor Angelo Sanderson is an unlikely veteran of supernatural combat. A classified mission thrust him into a world most people never have to fear; a world of monsters, mysteries and magic. Coming home to Boston was meant to be about returning to ordinary life. After all, he has no magic of his own.

But Doctor Effie Eliades does. Effie is a healer by profession and by magic. She’s known Angelo forever. He’s her brother’s best friend. She grew up knowing that she could trust him with anything. Now, she’ll have to trust him with her secrets and her life because a supernatural threat is killing her patients, and she needs Angelo’s help to save them.

The threat is real, but Effie is wrong about its target. The Amaranthine Kiss isn’t after Effie’s patients. It hungers for her.

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once upon a rebel fairy taleONCE UPON A REBEL FAIRY TALE by Various

Cinderella has a dark secret. The Little Mermaid loses more than her voice. And Little Red Riding Hood isn’t so little anymore.

Join our heroes and heroines as they travel through the underworld to Mars, rescue damsels in distress, and battle deadly foes in ONCE UPON A REBEL FAIRYTALE, a limited edition collection of beloved stories from today’s bestselling authors.

Inside these pages, you’ll find 25 action-packed fairytale retellings that rebel against tradition, from dark and gritty paranormal romances to sexy and thrilling supernatural fantasies.

The princesses, queens, kings, and villains of your childhood return in these adrenaline-spiking spins on your favorite bedtime tales.
But reader beware: these fairytales are not for the faint of heart.

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monster ballTHE MONSTER BALL by Various

It’s that time again! The Monster community is abuzz with whispers of the most anticipated party of the year. This deliciously exclusive event has tongues wagging even amongst the who’s who of the monster community. It will once again be held at an undisclosed location on All Hallows Eve.

Don’t worry all you underprivileged socialites, The Monster Ball isn’t just for vampires, witches, and werewolves. Other creatures of the night have as much of a chance to attend. Watch for your ticket but not in the mail. The silvery slip of parchment is said to appear in your hand by the light of the moon.

If you find yourself a fortunate recipient best to keep it to yourself. There are some who would kill for the chance to attend. Because as every good monster knows… what happens at the ball, stays at the ball.

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deadly risingDEADLY RISING (A BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN NOVEL) by Jeri Westerson

Things were quiet in Strange Herbs & Teas. For about a week.

Our crossbow slinging hero and her ragtag gang of Wiccans tuned in to the paranormal have earned some rest. But when Kylie learns that the Booke may have released not one, but two creatures of horror out into the world, it’s up to her to save Moody Bog. Again.

Calling upon the devilishly handsome demon Erasmus once more for help, Kylie’s determined to handle the mischief of the Booke and go back to a normal life. But when digging through Moody Bog’s history leads her to the ghost of her grandfather, the past she once knew is turned upside down.

Can Kylie save the town and her grandfather, or will the horrors of the Booke be too much to handle?

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single white incubusSINGLE WHITE INCUBUS (SUPERNATURAL SELECTION BOOK 1) by E J Russell

Does a bear shift in the woods?Well, partially. That was what got grizzly shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection—which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.

Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.

But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

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triad serena akeroydTRIAD (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Serena Akeroyd

Thalia Lyndhoven has a problem.
Well, she has several.

In fact, there are too many to count. Some are doozies, and some are just minor, but, in the grand scheme of things, she looks to have it all. Three beautiful, supportive, very unique mates. Men who’d kill for her. Who’d embrace the darkness for her. As well as more power at her fingertips than most could even imagine.

While Thalia has always wanted a simple life, her passage to another realm looks set to prove that will never be. Heden has always been her end destination, she just didn’t know it, and the Fates, as always, have plans she’s not privy to…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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mist walkerTHE MISTWALKER (DARK TALES BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

Every month, for three days, a mysterious fog filled with demonic creatures swallows the world. Since its first appearance a decade ago, I’ve diligently secured my home against the danger. Today, my sister’s negligence has allowed something in. A Mistwalker. A part of him now resides inside of me, his brand on my chest a constant reminder of his presence. He terrifies me and threatens to derail the life I’ve been building. And yet, a part of me is drawn to him…

I have walked two worlds to be with her. For years, I have lurked in the Mist, lying in wait for the opportunity to get to my fiery Jade. Now that humans have torn the Veil, nothing will keep me from crossing into the Mortal Plane to claim her. She’s my mate. I will not allow her to hide from the truth she knows deep within her but fears to acknowledge. I was made for her. I am her greatest wish.

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no sleep till doomsdayNO SLEEP TILL DOOMSDAY (A DRU JASPER NOVEL BOOK 3) by Laurence McNaughton

When a wicked enchantress steals a cursed doomsday amulet, crystal sorceress Dru Jasper has only twenty-four hours to get it back before the world will come to a fiery end. With this supernatural amulet in hand, the enchantress intends to break the sixth seal of the apocalypse scroll–making the seas boil, the stars fall from the sky, and the earth itself split apart. Overall, bad news.

Dru must hit the road to get the amulet back. But she suspects her half-demon boyfriend, Greyson, and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them to help her stop doomsday? Worse, tracking down the enchantress runs Dru smack up against a pack of killer shape-shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and a dangerous speed demon even more powerful than Hellbringer.

As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-speed chase with the enchantress, fighting a fierce, magical duel she can never win alone. Can Dru and her sorcerer friends unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters, and retrieve the stolen amulet before the dawn of doomsday?

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kisses and cursesKISSES AND CURSES (WARLOCK MACGREGOR BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Scottish Warlock Euann MacGregor may be the tech savvy one in his family, but when it comes to love, savvy doesn’t enter into the equation. So when he crosses paths, in the most unusual way, with a woman who holds an essential piece to a puzzle that has haunted the MacGregor family for decades, he’s torn between wanting answers and wanting her. Forces beyond his control have brought them together, but those same dangers might also be what tears them apart forever.

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stroke of midnightSTROKE OF MIDNIGHT (FUTURE FAIRY TALES) by Stella Dawn

Cindy isn’t interested in princes and thinks that happily ever after is nothing more than a fairytale. But the other shoe is about to drop, because the only way for her to rescue her stepsisters from their wicked stepmother is to sneak into the ball and outmaneuver the one man she cannot stand — the arrogant, selfish, and sexy-as-sin king. Soon, she’s at risk of becoming a pawn in her own game, for the king is ruthlessly pursuing his own agenda. He’s determined to teach her a lesson before the night is through: at the stroke of midnight, nothing is forbidden…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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stalkSTALK (HOT BLOODED BOOK 1) by Victoria Danann

The first coming of chaos. Twelve thousand years ago, members of a more advanced race crossed into our dimension when the barriers temporarily collapsed. Trapped in our world, the aliens, who were also shifters, built structures that eventually caused the great flood and the sinking of Atlantis. Some of the alien DNA survived in progeny that carried an untraceable shifter gene, dormant until awakened by mating with a full blooded werewolf.
Seven alien wolf shifters trapped in our dimension find each other and form a pack. They think their biggest problem is the absence of females, right up until they become the focus of a gentlemen’s hunting club.
tamianTAMIAN (THE STONE SOCIETY BOOK 11) by Faith Gibson

Tamian St. Claire, the world’s first clone, is a special Gargoyle. Until recently, he spent his life following as his sister’s shadow. When Tamian investigates a spy in their midst, not only does he come across a badass government agent who turns out to be his mate, but he discovers a species of shifter the Gargoyles weren’t aware of.

Lucy Ball spent her formative years learning genetics from her uncle. Her life was safe and rather boring another until she’s given two choices: join the GIA or go to jail. As an agent for the Global Intelligence Agency, Lucy uses their computers to aid her family in finding and taking down the Ministry – a religious faction responsible for the near-apocalypse thirty years ago.
When Lucy is assigned a new position, she is thrown into a world she wouldn’t wish on anyone. As Lucy is held captive in a laboratory where she’s tasked with following in her uncle’s footsteps, she relies on the one person who can save her – Tamian St. Claire.

inflameINFLAME (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 8) by Lisa Carlisle

Lucan, a gargoyle shifter, is finally freed from his stone statue and ready to make up for lost time – a plan that includes acting on the inexplicable pull to the mysterious blonde who waltzes into the underground club where he works.

Elise has hunted Lucan down for one purpose. No way can she allow herself to get distracted by his captivating presence and magnificent eyes.

She blurts out the news: He’s a father.
He’d conceived a child with the witch who’d cursed him — Elise’s sister.
This complication means she must ignore her attraction to him. A fling with him is strictly off-limits.

But, when Elise needs his help to protect her niece and Lucan’s daughter, that dangerous desire might be too difficult to resist.

dire wolf wantedDIRE WOLF WANTED: ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 4 by Carol Van Natta

The magical world stands on the brink of war, unless two extraordinary shifters can bridge the gulf between them. Dire wolf shifter and Shifter Tribunal agent Rayne Chekal poses as as a prisoner to take down an illegal auction house that trafficks in shifters. Arvik Inuktan, agent for the Wizard Imperium and secret mythic shifter, infiltrated the auction staff with the same mission objective. When the auction house finally falls, Rayne and Arvik form an uneasy alliance born of trusting each other more than their respective agencies. Once last gambit puts them together and constantly on the move.

Rayne finds him sexy as hell, but confusing. Her inner wolf says they’re in the mating dance, but to her, it feels more like a flailing tumble down the stairs. Arvik finds her irresistible, smart, and gorgeous. His inner beasts say Rayne is their mate, but he realizes he must track down his dark, forgotten past if he hopes to have a future with her.

Unfortunately, war is coming. Every sign and prophecy point to Arvik’s former tribe as lighting the fire, and he’s nowhere to be found. Rayne makes the hard choice to tell the defenders all she knows, and hope he can forgive her.

When Rayne and Arvik meet on the battlefield, can they overcome their differences and work together to stop the evil, or will the conflagration burn them both and engulf the magical world?

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librarians vampire assistant book 2LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT BOOK 2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Michael Vanderhorst has always been a lone wolf. Or lone vampire? Whatever. Point is, this ancient gentleman vampire is obsessed. She’s quirky, a horrible dresser, and the cutest librarian he’s ever seen. The question is, why her? In four hundred years, no one has ever captured his attention like this. He must find out, which is why he just signed on as her new assistant.

The problem is, she has no idea vampires exist or that she’s just broken one of their laws. As the leader of his territory, Michael has been ordered by his council to turn her or kill her. “Over my dead body!”

To overturn the ruling, Michael needs the council on his side, and right now they’re asking him to hunt down and execute five hundred vampires no one can seem to locate. Unfortunately, his assassin days are long over, and he’s not so sure he can go back to killing.

But with Miriam’s life on the line and their unusual bond growing stronger each day, will he dust off the old sword or give her the bite that will make her his forever?

wendigo conjuringWENDIGO CONJURING (WENDIGO REDEMPTION BOOK 3) by Wendie Nordgren

Time doesn’t always heal all wounds. Sometimes, all they do is fester especially ones of the heart.

Rozene’s own heart has mended, and she’s found blissful happiness with Chief Sam Stillwater, a bear shifter, Colby Reeves, a cowboy turned werewolf, and Hunting Wolf, an ancient Wendigo warrior.

However, the four of them become embroiled in a former lover’s revenge against Holden, the alpha of a dangerous werewolf pack, and Sophia wants Rozene to suffer right along with him. They thwarted her attempts at revenge with the Chenoo which she unleashed against Silver Springs, but the ice giants are nothing compared to the evil she has planned, and now she has a powerful accomplice. Sophia has embraced the dark one, and he wants Rozene dead and the Wendigoag back under his control.

To save themselves and the lives of countless innocents, Rozene, the bear shifters, Wendigoag, and werewolves will have to do something far more difficult than fighting together. They’ll have to trust each other.

untold prophecyTHE UNTOLD PROPHECY ( THE LAST LIBRARY BOOK 1) by Jill Cooper
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One girl, Tarnish Rose, rescues what was meant to be destroyed. Finding an occasional book long forgotten, those heart-warming tales speak to her very soul and could land her in the hands of the Dark Lord Creighton.

Her ability to read is a closely guarded secret, but as the man she’s betrothed to is set to be killed for violating the code of conduct, Tarnish finds her secret on the verge of being discovered.

Unable to let this happen, Tarnish is about to launch on the journey of her life not only to free him but to stop the Dark Lord Creighton himself. With the hunter death squads on her tail, she’ll rush for a waiting train and discover the world is full of secrets and join forces with other rebel librarians.

If the death hunters don’t get her first.

sea archerTHE SEA ARCHER (THE HEAVEN AND EARTH SERIES) by Jeny Heckman

Raven Hunter, a musical prodigy, flees to the Hawaiian Islands to pick up the pieces after her marriage to her manager collapses. Instead, she experiences extraordinary and unsettling events that are beyond her understanding.

Living in paradise, marine biologist, Finn Taylor has the unconscious but effortless ability to understand the needs of the animals he cares for. His playboy lifestyle is most men’s fantasy. That is, until the night he meets the shy and elusive new island resident. Suddenly his life no longer feels like his own.

The attraction is undeniable. However, vastly contrasting lives, peculiar dreams, and an unbelievable proclamation that they could be the direct descendants of Poseidon and Apollo threaten to divide them forever. Will they accept their destiny and begin the quest of a lifetime or will they remain in their comfortable yet separate existence?

demon slainDEMON SLAIN (THE DEMON QUEEN BOOK 2) by Jewel Killian
What do you get when you shove demon magic into a human?
A big flippin’ mess, that’s what.Prophecy girl or not, someone didn’t think this through.

All this speed and strength. All this magic to wield, and my frail form—however reinforced, however bolstered by the four strands of magic coiling through my veins—simply can’t keep up with the energy demands placed on it.

So, I glamour the sunken cheeks and purple smudges away. The last thing I need is my horde benching me because I’m human. I have to save Emma and I will see the realms returned to normal regardless of the cost.

Think they’ll find out anyway? You bet your bottom they will.
We meet the Blood King in five days and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. Human or not.

water fallWATER FALL: ELEMENTALS CHALLENGE BOOK 3 by Claire Davon

Lara thought she had time to ease into her role as Water Elemental, guardian and defender of the sea and all its creatures. Time to learn the skills to rise to the next Challenge, many decades away. Then she felt the shift.

When Sullivan intrudes upon her oceanside sanctuary, stirring memories of the blazing night he bound her, body and soul, to her new life, the shark king confirms her suspicions. A new Challenge is upon them. And Sullivan, the prime suspect in her predecessor’s death, demands her trust.

Sullivan remembers the carnage—human and paranormal—the last time the Elementals failed to win Challenge. It must not happen again. But in the six years since he reluctantly left Lara’s side, she hasn’t learned nearly enough to defeat a rapidly rising enemy. A gargantuan Demonos that makes him look like a minnow.

Shifters and elementals don’t mix, but Sullivan’s made a deal with the gods to teach her to fight. Now if he could only convince his wayward body to put aside the searing memory of her touch. Because distraction now could spell disaster to them all.

princesss dutyA PRINCESS’S DUTY (OF FIRE AND FROST BOOK 1) by Sloane Murphy

Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.

When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.

Years later, she has fallen in love with a Hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.

If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself.

unhinged helen hardtUNHINGED: BLOOD BOND PARTS 4,5,6 by Helen Hardt
VS Note: I’m at a loss for how best to present her books the way she releases them. For example, on October 30th she’ll be releasing parts 7,8 and 9 of the series each by itself for now and I don’t have time to list 3 books by one author separately in the same week. PART 10 comes out December 30th FYI. Sounds like an interesting series but I haven’t read any of it as yet.

Vampires are real. That fact has Erin Hamilton thinking she’s headed for crazy town. Still, she can’t deny the intense emotion she experiences when Dante Gabriel sinks his teeth into her neck to take her blood. She’s in love, and her body responds to his bite in a way she never could have imagined.

Once Dante tastes Erin’s blood, he’s addicted forever and cannot live without it. He’s heartbroken when she demands that he leave and never return. But neither can live without the other now, which puts them both at risk.

As they struggle to understand the mysterious bond between them and decipher the secrets of the ancient Vampyre Texts, more patients disappear from the hospital. To complicate matters, a gang of vampire thugs chasing Erin, flashbacks increasing in number and clarity, and an ominous dark energy leave Dante on the brink of becoming unhinged.

werewolf on your mindWEREWOLF ON YOUR MIND (SMOKEY FALLS WOLVES BOOK 3) by V Vaughan
When Alisha learned Juliet, her former college roommate, was a werewolf, she wasn’t afraid. She was intrigued. And now, months later, she’s obsessed with becoming one too. All she needs is a mate to change her, and she knows Juliet’s pack is where she can find one.

Luck is on Alisha’s side, and within hours of arriving in Smokey Falls, she meets her true mate, Jackson. But he isn’t the kind of man she’d imagined. Jackson is a feral werewolf firefighter who’d rather not deal with people, while Alisha is accustomed to a country-club lifestyle. True mate attraction doesn’t care, though, and it makes Alisha decide all Jackson needs is a little training. Too bad Jackson has other ideas.

beck bearBECK BEAR (DAUGHTER OF BEASTS BOOK 2) by T S Joyce
Juno Beck is trying to step out from the long shadow of her father and make her place in the music industry. But this bear shifter’s days are numbered and she’s running out of time to make her mark on the world. When she stops for a day trip to visit an old friend, she discovers the hiding place of one of country music’s bad-boys-who-got-away. But everything she thought she knew about Rhett Copeland from interviews is wrong, and he’s hiding a mountain of secrets. And as she struggles with the decision to do what’s right or what’s necessary, she begins discovering who she really is, and what she really stands for. And that singer she’s crushed on for all these years, is about to show her how it really is to live.

Rhett Copeland threw away his destiny. The white lion shifter left his Pride to become a touring musician, but something important has sent him into hiding in a last-chance Crew of lumberjacks. His accounts are frozen, his muse is crippled, his fans are on the hunt for him, and his new Rogue Pride Crew gets on his nerves at every turn. All he wants to do is stay hidden, avoid as much logging work as possible, and pester his new Crew, but Juno Beck is going to expose him and all of his secrets to the public if he isn’t careful. Too bad she’s too interesting for her own good because his songwriting muse only wakes up around her, and now he can’t leave the mesmerizing stranger alone. But the more he lets Juno in, the more she threatens the life he’s carved out here in the wilderness of Rogue Pride territory.

He has nothing but time, and she barely has any days left. He has lost his passion for the music, while she’s more driven than ever to make her mark on the industry.

dasquianDASQUIAN – CLAIMED BY THE BLACK DRAGON by Jenny Foster
Shor Dasquian is a man who has a fearless dragon’s heart beating inside his chest. When he prepares to fight for the woman from Earth, he does not know what events he will set in motion. She is the one – the woman whom fate has chosen to bring into his life, only to separate them from each other all over again.

His love for the woman changes him.
The brave man turns into a fearless one.
The loyal dragon-shifter turns into a relentless lover.

The strong dragon turns into an invincible being, who teaches even the most dangerous creatures from his home planet to fear him. Even an enraged king and a vengeful goddess cannot picture the black creature they have awakened inside Dasquian, and how far he is willing to go for the one woman he loves.

raven curseTHE RAVEN CURSE (A HALLOWEEN SPECIAL) by Emilia Hartley
Ciaran wouldn’t ask a Carver witch for help even to keep himself out of Hell. After all, he’s managed to live a full century with the curse a Carver put on him. But now, a demon is chasing him, and the magic residing in his curse could literally unleash Hell on Earth. Ciaran needs a Carver to undo the curse and stop a catastrophe. But when he seeks out this generation’s Carver witch, he discovers he wants her to do much more with him than just lift a curse.

All her life, Samantha Carver has heard tales of the dangerous murderer her great-grandmother cursed, so it’s no wonder that when the man shows up in her yard, she tries to shoo him away. But the unsettlingly sexy man won’t go, and the more Samantha gets to know him, the more she questions what she’s always heard.
Is the simmering attraction Ciaran and Samantha share enough to overcome a hundred years of distrust and misunderstanding?

Or is their relationship—and Samantha’s sleepy town—doomed?

blood princeBLOOD PRINCE  by Celia Aaron
Paris, heir to a vampire kingdom he has never claimed, is adrift on earth and in the Underworld. The bounty on his head keeps him on the run. When he realizes the woman whose death haunts his dreams could be alive, he will risk everything just to touch Helen again. But her past can’t be erased, and neither can her old enemy–a demon who will destroy worlds just to possess her.
tithed to the dread lordTITHED TO THE DREAD LORD: STRANGE MAGICS by Athena Grayson
The Boneman will have his due…

When Niamne is tricked into delivering the yearly Tithe to the Dread Lord, she never expects to be part of the sacrifice. The last necromancer is a creature of terrifying legend, but the reality is more compelling than frightening, and very much a man.

Orphios finds better company with the dead than the living. One week of the year he takes the Tithe of goods and treasure and…other things…that keep the dead from rising from their rest. A sharp-tongued acolyte with a holy blessing that clashes with his magic was not part of the deal.

When the dead reject the Tithe, the ancient magical contract fractures. Niamne must choose–fulfill the contract and bring down the curse of her goddess on Orphios, or break it and unleash the restless dead on the world of the living.

Before the week is up, Orphios and Niamne must outmaneuver the treachery of town leaders and outwit the rules of the gods before the dead rise up and take matters into their own hands.

witch wantedWITCH WANTED: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (ADVENTURES OF A BRITISH WITCH IN BOTTOMSLICK) by Mina Carter

Homeless and on the run, magical conwoman Livvy doesn’t just need a break… she needs a freaking miracle.

With government officials on her tail wanting to talk to her about one of any number of con’s she’s pulled over the years; fake fortunes, tarot readings, pretending to be a gypsy wisewoman… and out of a place to stay, Livvy is forced to take the only option left on the table. A job from the classified section of Witch Weekly. There’s a town in the US needing a witch to clear out some brownies.

One problem. Livvy’s not a witch… she’s a woman with a healthy need to be somewhere the british government can’t reach her and a goddess-gifted ability in pretending to be something she’s not.

As soon as her feet hit the ground in Bottomslick, USA, the entire world seems intent on proving her wrong about the witch thing. First a familiar turns up, then a troll, and she can’t figure out if she want’s to kiss or slap the sexy-as-sin werebear sherriff who keeps telling her she’s NOT the witch she’s pretending to be.

But her worries aren’t over. It doesn’t take the british government long to find her are on her tail again and apparently she’s not filed the correct magical visa to work as a witch…. all that will have to wait though, because Bottomslick needs a witch, especially when sunflowers and pumpkins start kidnapping people.

It’s down to one conwoman-turned-witch to save the day and rescue the sherriff in distress, before she gets deported.

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witch way innWITCH WAY INN: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Kate Richards

Growing up in a town populated by magical beings, Karina Jewel’s complete lack of ability is an embarrassment to her family and a source of great personal misery. But an inheritance from an aunt she’s never heard of offers her the chance to break free and start life anew in the scenic High Sierras. The Witch Way Inn, a haven for magical and non-magical folk alike is about to open, and it holds all her hopes and dreams. In addition to the house, Aunt Graciela left her a prophesy. She will reconnect with someone from another life…and that connection will change everything.

Early Rogers’ article about the Shifter Whisperer for The Journal of Magical Times received a less-than-positive response from Zelda, who happens to be a good friend of his publisher. Instead of his usual globe-trotting assignments, he’s to cover the grand opening of a hotel with such low standards even regular humans are invited. He’s already got the piece half-written in his head. The sooner his punishment is fulfilled, the sooner he can get back to the real world and his exciting life.

Neither is looking for their other half, at least not in this life. But could they have been looking for lifetimes? And maybe, just maybe, there is a key somewhere in the mountains to unlock Karina’s magic, if there is any to unlock. They say opposites attract, but  sometimes opposites collide with explosive results.

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demon walkingDEMON WALKING (DRAGON POINT BOOK 6) by Eve Langlais

Now that he’s escaped his prison, the dragons will pay…

Eons ago, humanity punished Luc’s people by banishing them to another realm. The demons adapted to their new world, changed their violent ways, and ditched their monstrous alter egos. They lived in peace and prosperity until the dragon mages joined them in exile—and killed them to survive.

Now there is only one demon left, and he’s ready for revenge.

Luc’s plans to rule the world don’t bother Elspeth in the least. A man should have a goal in life. As for his perpetual frown, she’s determined to turn it upside down. All he needs is a great big hug, and if she’s lucky he won’t break like the other boys do. He might even be strong enough to handle her in bed.

But first she’s got to convince her king not to lynch him because apparently someone’s been sucking the souls of dragons. If they’re right, and Luc is to blame, then she might be next.

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semper faeSEMPER FAE (ENDANGERED FAE BOOK 3) by Angel Martiniez

Zack thought he had a strange job before. Working as a Marine medic in a secret government installation was odd, but working as a human liaison to the fae and as the personal assistant to a sidhe prince is downright bizarre. Throw in the fact that he’s pretty damn sure he’s fallen in love with his boss, and things are close to unmanageable.

Of course, around the fae, one never says ‘things can’t possibly get any worse’. Unexplained events plague the human world. Strange sightings, spontaneous magical explosions, and odd bends in reality crop up. When Finn falls ill and a monstrous creature attacks Zack, things quickly slide into disaster. Lycanthropy, loose-cannon mages, and Lugh conspire to make a hellish mess of things—but the real peril begins when Diego loses an important piece of his mind.

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finding truth beneath the liesFINDING TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES: SEASIDE WOLF PACK BOOK 4 by C C Masters

Anna is back with her pack, but her troubles are far from over. Anna has new allies, but she’s also made new enemies.

Anna is focused on building her relationships with the guys, and forges a deeper connection with Austin than she ever thought would be possible.

But danger lurks within her home, right under her nose.

Balancing her relationships, pack responsibilities, ties to the human world, and dedication to discovering her past isn’t easy. Add in her need to keep her magic under control and something has got to give. Anna is about to find out that it’s not always easy to tell friend from foe.

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panther queenPANTHER QUEEN (MORRIGHAN HOUSE WITCHES BOOK 3) by Amir Lane

When cattle rancher Lenna Alvarez rescues a black jaguar, she discovers there’s more to the animal than meets the eye. Bonding with a centuries-old Aztec Warrior wasn’t part of her plans. Then again, neither was simultaneously facing off against an American businessman and poachers encroaching on her family lands.
With her newfound powers, Lenna is sure the poachers don’t stand a chance. Only, Lenna isn’t the only one bringing strange animal powers to the game. The poachers have them too, led by businessman Ansen Peters. Lenna is in over her head, and not even the jaguar can save her.

Ansen Peters doesn’t want the ranch. He wants the jaguar. And he’s willing to kill her for it.

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vampires death by reaperVAMPIRES: DEATH BY REAPER MC #2 by Esther E Schmidt

Being kidnapped and unexpectedly thrust into the paranormal world she didn’t even know existed has overwhelmed Tessera. Even more, because her savior is the President of the Death by Reaper MC, Vampire Charter, who claimed her as his eternal mate.

Between protecting his mate from his own wrath and trying to balance his MC duties, Jagger is fighting a battle bigger than the fight between good and evil. Finding a solution for the stack of danger that keeps growing might involve teaming up with a new enemy who is reluctant to join forces. With a threat of an apocalypse in the near future, there is no option other than to surrender to the truth more paranormal lives are needed to keep the rest of the world living.

Evil hides in the inevitable to rectify redemption. Dive into book two of Death by Reaper MC and submit to the reality crawling into the darkness might be the only good this world has to offer.

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healers needHEALER’S NEED (ANCIENT INK BOOK 2) by Rhenna Morgan

Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching. Learning his mate every possible way before he moves in. Protecting her through the night, always from afar.

He’ll be the one to teach her about her gifts. He’ll be there when she changes for the first time.

With him, she’ll fulfill her destiny.

Elise Ralston loves Tate for the patience he’s shown. The faith he’s demonstrated—denying himself what he needs sexually, even as he teaches her about pleasure.

For Tate, Elise is willing to try. To revel in touch, to give him control…and to embrace her healer’s need.

But someone unknown is still stalking the clan, threatening more than Tate and Elise’s bond. And Elise is a prime target—precious for the magic she hasn’t even learned yet.

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protecting the wolfs matePROTECTING THE WOLF’S MATE (BLOOD MOON BROTHERHOOD BOOK 3) by Sasha Summers

Ellen has one goal: vengeance. With little memory of her life before her imprisonment by a maniacal werewolf, her world has been full of pain, humiliation, and fear. But now that she’s been rescued, her need for revenge is challenged by the urge to be part of a pack… and the unshakable connection to, Hollis, the man her wolf claims as their mate.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and that includes looking after Ellen, who doesn’t need or want his help. He’s determined to keep her safe, even though she’s hell-bent on revenge, even if that means sacrificing himself. And it might come to that when the big bad comes back for the one woman he can’t live without.

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blood bond shannon k butcherBLOOD BOND (THE SENTINEL WARS BOOK 10) by Shannon K Butcher

Justice has never known freedom. She woke up ten years ago, naked and alone with no memory of who or what she was. Since then, she’s been a prisoner, compelled by powers she doesn’t understand. She’s roamed the country, doing whatever the fates demanded of her, good or bad. Completely alone.
Until now.
Ronan is starving to death. Like all the Sanguinar, his survival depends on finding the dwindling traces of blood left behind by an ancient, magical race. Weeks ago, Justice saved his life and since then, it’s been her blood he craves, her face he dreams about.
As evil closes in on all sides, threatening the only stronghold the Sentinels have to protect them, Ronan must find a way to gain Justice’s trust and free her from the dark powers that control her. Because if he can’t, the next person she is compelled to kill may be him.

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timturVS Note: A reminder of my new scifi romance release last week!

TIMTUR: THE TEACHER’S ALIEN HEALER (BADARI WARRIORS): IN THE STARS ROMANCE by ME!!!

VS Note: The events in TIMTUR actually come right after book 2 of the numbered series, so I was thrilled to offer this book under the  In the Stars Romance banner and will resume my normal covers and numbering next month with GABE (book 5 of the series). So this book would be book 2.5 in the numbering sequence. A bit of a flashback to how Timtur and Lily came to be mates.  65K words. Sorry to be confusing! All the books can be read as standalones.

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 17

October 10

October 3

September 26

September 19

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.

 

Where Did You Train Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedLast excerpt from STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER. Going to move on next week to my newly released book – more on that below the excerpt. NEWS – the Pets in Space 3 anthology made the USA Today Best Seller list!

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 – I promised to include some of the dancing in a snippet, so here’s a bit from the audition. Micki is a girl who befriends Tassia during the long day of auditioning: 

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By the time her turn came, Tassia decided to do a sequential series of rapid steps, pirouettes and showy poses requiring supremely good balance, which she could fit to the music being provided. It was her observation from watching the judges that dancers who showed technical skills appeared to make more of a favorable impression than the ones who did flashy, sexy moves. She walked confidently to her designated spot on the temporary wooden dance floor, assumed the opening pose and launched into her routine as the first notes sounded. Remembering to smile as if her audience was composed of her best friends, she had no clear memory of the two minutes when she finished with a graceful final pose. As she walked from the space, she believed she’d done well.

“Wow, you’re something else,” Micki grabbed her by the elbow. Micki had been one of the candidates demonstrating spins and beautiful extensions, combined with sexy shimmies, “Where the seven hells did you train?”

“Private tutors when I was a kid,” Tassia said vaguely, “Did I look all right, compared to the others?”

Micki laughed, “Miss High and Mighty Director never took her eyes off you. I’d say you’re clear to the semifinals at least.”

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?

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesAnthology 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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timturAnd about my new release:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. The luckiest Badari find their mates among the humans.

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

Although this is the fifth book released in the Badari Warriors scifi romance series, the story of Timtur and Lily is a standalone and actually comes immediately after book two’s events.

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Will He Find Her In Time? Excerpt from TIMTUR Badari Warriors

This week I was thrilled to release the next book in my Badari Warriors series! Sharing an excerpt today, right after the blurb belowtimtur:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. The luckiest Badari find their mates among the humans.

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

Although this is the fifth book released in the Badari Warriors scifi romance series, the story of Timtur and Lily is a standalone and actually comes immediately after book two’s events.

Can he find her in time_ canvaThe excerpt (slightly edited from published version):

Timtur leaped to his feet and was running from the office as fast as he could go, heading for Lily’s office in the grove where the school activities were centered. His mind was full of dark foreboding, and he prayed to the goddess he’d find her alone in her office. He was relieved to see the office door closed but, when he knocked and flung the portal open in the same impatient gesture, his heart sank.

The empty office showed ominous signs of a struggle, with a broken chair and bookshelves shoved askew. Head up, he took a deep breath and sifted the scents, his adrenaline spiking. Lily, terrified. Vattan and three other Badari males, high on adrenaline, at least one of the males sexually aroused.

No, no, no. Pivoting on his heel, he followed the scents, hoping he could catch the kidnappers, ready to do whatever it would take to free Lily. Vattan took Lily. I’m on the trail, he broadcast to Aydarr and Mateer while running full out into the forest, sick with dread. As he zigged and zagged through the trees, he heard the Alpha repeating his message and location to the rest of the pack, calling a full alert of all the Badari in the valley.

When you find them, do not engage, the Alpha said to him. You can’t take on Vattan and three soldiers alone. We’re close behind you.

Timtur didn’t bother answering. If Lily was in imminent danger, he’d make no promises about waiting for reinforcements. One Generation 8 soldier against a younger Generation 9 alpha-born and his three soldiers wasn’t good odds, but her safety was his paramount concern. It looks as if they head for the cliffs, he reported to the others.

Could they have left the valley? Taken Lily and climbed to the ridge? Mateer’s question came through.

I pray to the goddess you’re wrong but my fear over their escape route is growing. Timtur remembered how utterly terrified Lily was of heights. What would Vattan have to do to her to carry her up the sheer face of the cliffs?

Two other Badari, Darik and Camron, caught up to Timtur, flanking him as he continued to make the best time he could through the dense foliage.

Sending Gabe aloft now to run aerial reconnaissance. Aydarr’s tone in Timtur’s head was taut with anger the likes of which he’d never heard. Vattan wasn’t going to survive this outrage, and Timtur prayed he got the first chance at executing the scum. On that thought, he broke through the last bit of scrub brush and skidded to a halt at the base of the cliffs enclosing the lake and the valley.

“The renegades climbed out,” Darik said, standing beside him, head thrown back, scanning the rock face. “You can see the signs.” He pointed to barely visible claw marks on the rocks.

“I hate to think how Vattan got Lily up the ascent,” Timtur said, breathing hard and terrified for her. “She’s deathly afraid of heights.” Assessing the daunting terrain, he paced along the base of the cliff. “I’m going up here.” Using his talons, he scaled the cliff without too much trouble, Darik and Camron close behind. At the top, he caught the scent again and set out at an easy run to the north. Where the hell are these bastards going?

I wonder how much of a head start Vattan has?  Darik said to him over the mental channel. Who reported seeing him in the valley, and how long ago was the sighting?

Too long. Aydarr’s comment in Timtur’s head was bleak. It was a human who saw them and didn’t understand the significance. Thank the goddess he mentioned the encounter in passing to a Badari later but we lost several critical hours. I’m sure Vattan didn’t linger after grabbing Lily.

So we’re already far behind. Timtur ran faster in response to the news, desperate to catch up with Vattan’s group, but shortly he forced himself to throttle back to the steady pace he knew he could maintain for hours. A sprint right now would only leave himself exhausted and of no help to Lily. He sent the goddess a silent prayer to watch over her until he could come to her rescue with all the fury he was bottling up inside. The urge to rend Vattan to tiny pieces with his fangs and claws for this outrage was a constant fire burning in his mind, adding strength to his resolve.

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Can he rescue her in time? Will he ever forgive himself for not claiming his mate when he had the chance?

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Badari Warriors Novels Timeline:

AYDARR

MATEER

TIMTUR – New Release, under the In The Stars Romance banner

JADRIAN

DARIK

GABE – coming in mid November!!!

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 17

timturA new one from yours truly this week!

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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TIMTUR: THE TEACHER’S ALIEN HEALER (BADARI WARRIORS): IN THE STARS ROMANCE by ME!!!

VS Note: The events in TIMTUR actually come right after book 2 of the numbered series, so I was thrilled to offer this book under the  In the Stars Romance banner and will resume my normal covers and numbering next month with GABE (book 5 of the series). So this book would be book 2.5 in the numbering sequence. A bit of a flashback to how Timtur and Lily came to be mates.  65K words. Sorry to be confusing! All the books can be read as standalones.

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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releasing the dragonRELEASING THE DRAGON (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I always enjoy her steamy scifi!

Back in high school, Annie Michaels was an outcast. Too short and plump with frizzy red hair, glasses, and braces, she was the poster child for unpopular. But now, ten years later, things have changed. Annie is still plus-sized but she’s ditched the glasses and braces and pays to have her hair straightened. She just wants to go to her high school reunion in peace and try to hook up with her old crush—the elusive Christian Wentworth.
Too bad a tall, dark Kindred warrior has other ideas for her.

Drugair of the Drake Kindred is annoyed when he starts Dream-Sharing with the luscious little redhead. He doesn’t have time to call a bride and besides, as a member of the Kindred Elite Espionage Corps, his job is too difficult and dangerous to complicate matters with a helpless Earth female. It also doesn’t help that he has a Darker Side—the Drake who lives inside him wants to claim Annie as theirs but Dru does everything he can to suppress it’s fiery desires. He tries to ignore the dreams and finds he can’t…he has to go to Annie.

But just because she’s been dreaming of Dru doesn’t mean Annie’s willing to drop everything and be his bride. It’s only after he rescues her from the reunion gone wrong that she begins to feel for him—enough that she stows away on his ship and gets caught up in his latest mission, tracking a terrorist to the Shadow Palace in the Maw Cluster millions of light years away.

While in the Shadow Palace, Annie has to pose as Dru’s x’aan-chow or “sex pet.” This new twist in their relationship brings them closer together but when Annie is threatened, Dru’s Darker Half takes over. When the Drake comes out, will it bring them closer together? Or will they both die as a result?
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ascension grace goodwinASCENSION SAGA 1 (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ASCENSION SAGA) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I really enjoy her sexy scifi. This is on my TBR list. She also put out the second book in the series at the same time. This blurb is from book one.

Leoron of Alera returns home from the Hive wars determined to protect the capital city—and last bastion of a vanished Queen’s reign—from civil war. Loyal to the bone, Leo answers the call from Prime Nial and vows to protect at any cost three unknown females arriving from Earth.

But the simple soldier is unprepared for the shock of desire that brings him to his knees at first sight of Trinity Jones. Nothing makes sense as Leo fights friend and foe alike, and discovers the woman stealing his heart has a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined.

Welcome to the Interstellar Brides® all new Ascension Saga and the planet Alera, where women from Earth not only find their mates, but fight to rule the world.

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dark soulDARK SOUL (FROM THE STARS BOOK 2) by G Bailey

While trying to get used to the new world Ura has found herself thrown into, protecting those she cares about seems impossible. With the threat of losing her mother, Ura has no choice but to do as she is told, and hope that Maxx will help her.

The clans are at war, and it is said only the True Light can stop it before it destroys another planet…and nothing will be left.
The prophecy is awakening…and only one soul can stop it.

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beth and the barbarianBETH AND THE BARBARIAN (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips

Hypersensitive to the emotions of others, Beth is resigned to spending her life alone – until she is attacked by savage aliens. Rescued by a massive scarred warrior, she feels a connection for the first time. With a chance to finally escape her loneliness, she doesn’t hesitate when he informs her she must accompany him.

Dragar never expected to find the perfect female while tracking one of the saboteurs targeting his people. A former Outcast, he is scarred inside and out, and knows that he is unworthy of a mate. His instincts insist he protect the innocent female from all danger – even his own rampant attraction – but he can’t resist her innocent allure.

Now Beth and Dragar are being pursued across the galaxy. The time on the run is only forcing them closer together. Can Dragar put aside his troubled past and give Beth the love she deserves? Or will they both end up alone again?

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krinars informantTHE KRINAR’S INFORMANT: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Charmaine Pauls

Zavir is a guardian. He’s the best the Krinar has. His assigned vocation is to uncover the Resistance movements popping up around the earth, and eliminate them. New information about a fast-growing Resistance camp sends him to Costa Rica, home of the largest Krinar Center. His informant is a human girl. She wants to make a deal–her traitorous family’s lives in exchange for information–but Zavir doesn’t make deals, and he takes no prisoners. When the time comes to wipe out the secret organization, his pretty, innocent little mole will learn the truth. She made a deal with the devil, and the price is something far more tantalizing than information.

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upheavalUPHEAVAL (RISE OF THE ILIRI BOOK 8) by Auryn Hadley

It’s the dead of winter, and the Terrans hold the line as the Conglomeration is holed-up in a makeshift camp, prickly with nervous excitement, preparing for a massive offensive into wealthy Merriton—the gaudy Conglomerate city in which Sal was enslaved as a child. But the next battle will have to wait. Sometimes, things even more personal than war get in the way—like hormones.

Unimaginably powerful Salryc Luxx, Kaisae of all Iliri and de facto Queen of the Conglomerate forces, is finally brought to her knees—by ovulation. So is Shade, her partbred iliri warrior-sister. To avoid hormonal confusion, and, well, the entire Black Blades from instinctively tearing each other and all other male allies apart with protective rage and sexual prowess, all parties are separated—iliri from humans, men from women, Sal from her pack—stuck in a holding pattern while the battle lines move closer. And nobody is more annoyed by being cooped up with nothing to do than Sal.

When the women finally free themselves from self-imposed quarantine (and and reforge their sexual bonds with their mates), it’s back to work. The allies continue to collaborate, this time enacting a meticulously-laid plan to quietly infiltrate Terric’s diamond of a city as spies. Part of the fun in this volume is the detailed unfolding of the riveting military plot, which has all the thrills of a Russian spy novel.

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phantoms stephanie osbornPHANTOMS (DIVISION ONE BOOK 8) by Stephanie Osborn

VS Note: I had literally NO IDEA what this book was about, from the blurb, so I pulled the following paragraph from the description of Book 1:

…the urban legend of the unique group of men and women who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. and make things…disappear…to craft her vision of the universe we don’t know about. Her new series, Division One, chronicles this universe through the eyes of recruit Megan McAllister, aka Omega, and her experienced partner, Echo, as they handle everything from lost alien children to extraterrestrial assassination attempts and more.

Blurb for PHANTOMS (Book 8): Has Alpha One been played?
At long last, Echo and Omega are going on their first real date, and Echo pulls out all the stops.
But when he introduces Omega to a Broadway star, they find art imitating life, as a dangerous nonhuman entity plagues the theater.
Alpha One goes undercover to bring to light what’s really happening. But is the entity after the show’s leads…or have Echo and Omega been played?

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stolen by the alien raiderSTOLEN BY THE ALIEN RAIDER (SILENT EMPIRE) by Leslie Chase

Amy Kelland didn’t believe in aliens, which did nothing to stop them abducting her from a camping trip. Trapped on their spaceship, lightyears from Earth, how can a lone Earthwoman escape?

Her only hope is one of the aliens who captured her. The ripped, blue-skinned warrior claims to be on her side, and Amy can’t afford to doubt him. He’s her only ally. He’s her only hope. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on!

Kadran knew this undercover assignment was going to be tough. His own experiences with raiders gave him more than enough reason to hate them, and hiding his feelings wouldn’t be easy.

When they capture the human female it only gets harder. Beautiful, intoxicating, and all too helpless, Amy is everything Kadran desires. There’s no way he can let her be sold — not even if freeing her means breaking his cover.

But the man who intended to buy Amy isn’t happy to see his prize snatched away… and he’s more powerful than either of them could have imagined. With the fate of planets hanging in the balance, can Kadran keep Amy safe? Or will duty tear them apart?

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baneBANE by Mira Maxwell

Elena, the lone Earth woman on a diplomatic mission to Kosmora, stumbles upon a secret that has her doubting the motives behind the historic treaty. She’s determined to ferret out the truth before the Earth Ambassador signs the papers. But her dedication is attracting the wrong attention.

The Kosmorans are desperate to silence her, and they have the perfect man for the job.

Bane, a Kosmoran bounty hunter convicted of an unspeakable crime, has been rotting away in a high security prison for years. His task is simple. Silence the journalist and receive his freedom. The only problem…he wasn’t expecting a woman.

Unexpected passion brings unexpected consequences leaving them both struggling to see how things could ever work out between them. How can he ever finish the job when all he wants is to keep her for himself?

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resistantRESISTANT by Rachael Sparks

Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed millions, including Rory’s mother—but ingenuity and perseverance aren’t their only advantages. When a stoic and scarred young military veteran enters their quiet life, Rory is drawn to him against her better judgment . . . until he exposes the secrets her mother and father kept from her, including the fact that her own blood may hold the cure the world needs, and she is the target of groups fighting to reach it first.
When the government comes after Rory, aiming to use her for a cure it can sell to the highest bidder, she’s forced to flee with her father and their new protector. But can she find the new path of human evolution before the government finds her?

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mated to the alien warriors corin cainMATED TO THE ALIEN WARRIORS by Corin Cain

Inspector Sandra Bellinks: My job? To avenge 8 billion souls.And I’m not going to let three cocky, arrogant Aurelians derail my investigation.The imperious, seven-foot-tall marble-skinned aliens assigned to my team stare at me with open lust. Behind their slate grey eyes hide tortured pasts and violent pain. Used to treating human women as simple pleasure toys, the three brutal warriors Adrihan, Ryder and Xzavic rankle under my lead.

Will I be able to tame the beasts and take down Rav’nok the planet killer?

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THE START OF TIME: SHRINE MAIDENS OF BARSOOM BOOK ONE by Marilyn Foxworthy

VS Note: The cover art was tasteful but a bit bare for my blog.

It was my second day on the ‘Red Planet’. Today I’d better find water. That had been the instructions in the box: learn to walk; find Water; make a weapon; find a nice Martian girl to teach you to speak the language. I figured that finding food would be a good idea too. It wasn’t exactly like I had expected, but how could it be? I had followed an unbelievable path to an unbelievable destination. I had started out with a few expectations, but most of them were very flexible. This wasn’t Mars, but it was Barsoom. On the one hand, I’d expected to find a dead-end and nothing to show but a few boring vacation photos of the Arizona desert. Maybe I’d get an article out of it that I could blog about. On the other hand, I’d hoped to take a one-way ticket journey to a foreign planet that teenage boys of the past century had read about; and knew was just fiction.

Reality turned out to be on that ‘other hand’. I got up and started running again. Barsoom, the Red Planet of John Carter. And here I was. Today I’d better find water.

witchs enchanted alienTHE WITCH’S ENCHANTED ALIEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE Story by Fiona Roarke and Kristen Painter (Forward)

Paranormal private investigator and witch Ruby Hart needs a man—specifically, a man with a unique tattoo. Finding him for her anonymous client will put her fledgling business in the supernatural haven town of Nocturne Falls, Georgia in the black for months.

Maximilian Cornelius Vandervere the Fourth was a privileged and respected member of one of Alpha-Prime’s most elite families before the Incident made him a social pariah. An uncomplicated life as Max Vander in the secret alien colony on Earth is the perfect solution.
The double whammy of a love spell and a truth spell is definitely a complication he doesn’t need.

Ruby can’t help but notice the tall, gorgeous blond alien. It’s hard to ignore a man who keeps declaring his love and proposing marriage to a woman he’s just met. And it’s clear he needs help.

Sweet, sexy Max is a puzzle she can’t resist.

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hooked aurelia skyeHOOKED (FUTURE FAIRY TALES) by Aurelia Skye

Wendy Darling is a disgruntled employee at Lost Boys Clubhouse on planet Neverland and technically involved with Peter Pan, but he’s too busy for her and always flirting with Tink. He’s also totally immature and refuses to grow up, so that’s why she’s leaving him. The arrival of James Hook, in search of something Pan stole from him, derails her plans to return to New London when he kidnaps her and takes her aboard the Jolly Roger. As they set off on an adventure that spans the galaxy while evading Admiral Croc, who’s on James’s tail, Wendy soon realizes she doesn’t need a boy when she can have a man.

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alien princes mermaidTHE ALIEN PRINCE’S MERMAID (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

Bound by duty and a contract between Trilyn and earth, even a prince has to learn his place. But when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes there are no rules.

There’s nothing romantic about choosing your mate with the help of technology, and Prince Darbnix, there’s nothing he’s less interested in than using a scanner to find his true love, but he’s also tired of fighting with his older brother about them. A human plot almost tricked the eldest Trilyn prince into marrying the wrong woman, but Darbnix has other plans. He’ll go through the motions of the grand parties, to please his brother, but his heart won’t be in it.

When the pact between the Trilyn and Earth was solidified, Dr. Rose Rand decided that the future of her veterinary career lay in exo-livestock, the care and healing of alien creatures fascinated her. But when she was called upon to examine a royal pet, she never imagined that she would be falling in love with a Trilyn prince intent on giving up his search for a compatible bride.

When Prince Darbnix’s match is found in a southern beauty queen, someone he never would have chosen for his bride, his suspicions flare. Can he and Rose discover the truth behind the manipulation of the compatibility scanners and reach their own happily ever after? Or will Darbnix have to turn aside his love for Rose and follow his brother’s command?

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consuming fireTHE CONSUMING FIRE (THE INTERDEPENDENCY BOOK 2) by John Scalzi

VS Note: NOT a romance but of note this week. I do enjoy Scalzi’s scifi.

The Interdependency—humanity’s interstellar empire—is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible is disappearing, leaving entire systems and human civilizations stranded.

Emperox Grayland II of the Interdependency is ready to take desperate measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth—or at the very least an opportunity to an ascension to power.

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are prepare for a civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will between spaceships and battlefields.

The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, as are her enemies. Nothing about this will be easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its consuming fire.

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lionheartLIONHEART (MOON SHADOW BOOK 3) by Thea Harrison

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the incurable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed.

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ogre enchantedOGRE ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

VS Note: The author of Ella Enchanted

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!

Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

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the seekerTHE SEEKER: IRIN CHRONICLES BOOK 7 by Elizabeth Hunter

He’s a scribe looking for answers. If only a cagey—and frustratingly attractive—singer will let him help.

Summoned to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Rhys of Glast, Irin archivist and scribe of Istanbul, must convince a legendary Irina singer to trust him. His success could shift the balance of power all over the Irin world and give singers an important key to their past.

Meera didn’t call for Rhys’s help and she doesn’t need it. The scribe’s mission is to bring more martial magic into the Irin world while Meera has been looking for a path toward peace. She’s convinced that some other motive is at work, and his stubborn arrogance doesn’t pass for charm in her hallowed opinion.

Discovering ancient Irina magic should be something both scholars can agree on, but can these two rivals find any common ground? Neither Rhys nor Meera can ignore the simmering heat between them, but will attraction overcome the caution that has shaped both their lives?

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in the vanishers palaceIN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE by Aliette de Boudard

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets.

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miss matedMISS MATED (RAGING FALLS BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Kasey Sanchez can’t believe she’s done the unthinkable–slept with a shifter. Oh, but he was so hot and sexy and his tongue…wow! But if he finds out who she really is, he won’t want to see her again. Living a secret life is taking a big toll on her sex life.

Brannon Wolfrik knows Kasey is his mate. It’s only a matter of time before he wiggles his way into her heart with charm and great sex. Strange things have been happening to the children of the mountain, and his Kasey looks very suspicious. He needs to know what she’s hiding before the other alphas hunt her down.

Kasey’s living a lie and trying to solve a mystery, until she’s pulled into the web of dark magic surrounding the pack children. And another male claims her for himself. Brannon will need to figure out who’s controlling the kids and who this false mate is or lose her forever.

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relic tl reeveRELIC (A BLOOD COURTESAN NOVEL) by TL Reeve

VS Note: Originally published in an anthology.

Cyra Young, daughter of famed treasure hunter Felicia Young, isn’t about to follow in her mother’s footsteps. For years she’s been her mother’s pawn, and now she’s happy being on her own.
Until the vampires showed up.
The Blood Courtesans Series, where vampires are real, rich, powerful–and hungry.
Blood is bought and sold like fine wine, and the best blood goes to the highest bidder.
It’s not supposed to be about love … until it is.

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the gatheringTHE GATHERING (THE IVY BLACKWOOD CHRONICLES) by L A Fiore

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.

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devils thiefTHE DEVIL’S THIEF (THE LAST MAGICIAN BOOK 2) by Lisa Maxwell 

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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immortals ghostTHE IMMORTAL’S GHOST (PHOENIX INSTITUTE BOOK 3) by Corrina Lawson

VS Note: Corrina is in the midst of updating and re-releasing a number of her books, including this title.

The Queen is dying. Her only hope is a prince lost to history and a woman who can walk through walls…

Richard Genet abandoned the Immortal Court decades ago but his Queen’s illness forces him back into service.

Marian Doyle, an antiquities dealer, craves to escape her secret life as a thief but is trapped by her obligation to the family ‘business.’

When Richard offers to cut Marian free of her obligations if she joins him on a dangerous, desperate quest to locate a cure for the Queen, Marian seizes her chance for escape.

As their journey takes them across Europe, Marian is unexpectedly drawn to this loner prince who seems to adore her independent spirit.

But even if they find the cure, they’ll have to confront betrayal at the heart of the Court in order to save each other and their Queen.

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circle of blood book sixCIRCLE OF BLOOD BOOK SIX: LOVERS’ VICTORY by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

Once upon a time, Menkhef stood up to a powerful pharaoh, and lost. That’s a poor track record for someone acting as the lynchpin in an imminent supernatural war.

Humanity is caught between an absent Angel and a vengeful Demon. The Council of Thirteen still lacks its final two members, and Menkhef—better known to his friends as Snag—is the only vampire whose mate has not returned. Holed up in an underground tomb complex beneath the oldest pyramid in Egypt, he and his comrades must watch as Bael’s forces gather in preparation for the final battle.

Menkhef only has two secrets left. One will overturn the lives of an unsuspecting American couple. The other will change the entire landscape of the clash for humanity’s future.

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all the dogs are dancingALL THE DOGS ARE DANCING  by J M Goguen

Burner’s world revolved around three things: protecting the wolf pack of Maine, keeping an eye on his best friend Aaron, and helping prepare enough summer food to take on the long road to Quebec for the winter months. But in the ruins of an old shopping mall on a hot summer night, his world crashes.

Now Burner has to face monsters he thought were just stories told to scare pups, and he must traverse a world he’s only seen in old magazines. Meanwhile, his best friend Aaron is dealing with monsters of his own and Burner will do whatever it takes to keep them both safe, even if it means finally admitting how he really feels.

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magics crownMAGIC’S CROWN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Sela Carson

A wolf with three legs is still a wolf.
Javier Acosta Campos is a wounded warrior and wolf shifter who trains therapy dogs for other veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. He’s just moved to Nocturne Falls to start a training program at a very quirky animal shelter, and he’s fallen stupid in love with the local veterinarian.
Medina Theron keeps telling herself she shouldn’t be thinking about men. Since her fiancé moved on to blonder pastures, she’s stayed busy as one of the only veterinarians in town who specializes in the treatment of magical creatures. But now that the new trainer at the animal rescue seems to always be around at just the right moment, he’s on her mind a lot.
When the remnants of the family she didn’t know she had drag her into a web of trouble, Medina and her new familiar need help. Thankfully, there’s a three-legged shifter on lion witch secret gardenduty, and Javi means to keep her safe. Even from himself.

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE SECRET GARDEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Larissa Emerald

Quit is not in a lion shifter’s vocabulary.
When a demon demands a ransom for his sister’s life, Rylan Lewis travels to Nocturne Falls to find a magical mirror stone in order to free her. Only Zoe, a beautiful, sensuous witch, is after the same stone. As their paths collide, Zoe teams with Rylan because she can read the magical map he’s given. But it isn’t as easy as either one expects, especially when their hearts and desires get in the way.

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nymph ties the knotTHE NYMPH TIES THE KNOT: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by J L Farey

Laurel Barker has every reason to be the happiest wood nymph in Nocturne Falls: She owns a successful business, she lives in a community where she can be herself, and best of all, she’s engaged to marry her soulmate, Deputy Sheriff and bear-shifter, Aiden. Even so, she’s plagued by the thought that something bad is going to happen. When a stranger comes to town and seems to be following her, Laurel is suspicious. When she finds out the stranger has ties to Aiden, she’s certain that her worst fears are about to come true and destroy her dreams for the future.

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courting the cat whispererCOURTING THE CAT WHISPERER: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Wynter Daniels

Telepathic petsitter Jordan Vaughn wishes she could forget her checkered past. Despite her genuine efforts to make amends, she falls short every time. When she meets the guy of her dreams, she’s sure that her bad-luck streak is over.

A head injury erased Harry Hill’s memory. Now, four years later, he’s built a new life in Nocturne Falls, complete with a gorgeous girlfriend.

Everything is falling into place—until someone tries to kill him. But will the past he can’t remember jeopardize his future with Jordan?

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falcons second chanceTHE FALCON’S SECOND CHANCE: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Candace Colt

After handing over her Fortune 500 company to her grown sons, widowed falcon shifter Solange Ford reluctantly turns to a life of baking cookies for her grandchildren and hosting book clubs with her cronies.

Following a long career battling greedy corporations, retired attorney and wolf shifter Clark Hayworth bought a motorhome and set out on a personal Odyssey. Twenty-five states and two countries later, he’s permanently parked the RV near Nocturne Falls to live in peace.

Forty years ago, the couple fell in love. On the night they planned to elope, Solange stood him up and Clark never saw her again.

When a hostile takeover bid threatens the Ford company, Solange steps back into the boardroom to fight back. But she needs the help of a top-notch lawyer. At first hesitant, Clark accepts one last challenge.

Long hours strategizing brings them closer together but doesn’t answer the one question Clark had about that night. Why? When Solange reveals the truth she’s hidden all these years, will it be enough to rekindle their magic or has time destroyed any second chance on love?

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touched by his vampire charmTOUCHED BY HIS VAMPIRE CHARM: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Kira Nyte

The product of an evil scientist’s mad quest to create a day-walking vampire, Vivian Hawkins revels in her freedom in Nocturne Falls, a haven for supernatural creatures great and small. The one thing she truly desires is to find a soul mate. Too bad such happiness isn’t meant for a monster like her.

Vampire Draven Lourdes chafes under the musty existence forced on him by the Levoire coven. If he didn’t need the stuffy old bones to keep his sister safe, he’d leave the coven behind and focus on his adventures. Instead, he has to chase a lead on one of the coven’s missing Elders to a small Georgia town—and gets the shock of his life when he meets the sweetest, most beautiful creature he’s ever seen.

Vivian is drawn to Draven the instant they meet. Though she knows better, she can’t resist the charming vampire’s pursuit. It won’t last. It can’t.

But for Draven, she’ll risk anything.

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sirens barbarian captorSIREN’S BARBARIAN CAPTOR by Amber Ella Monroe

Every full moon a sea maiden is given to the Zaqwar. When the sea king trades Celeste to the Zaqwar in exchange for keeping the peace in the kingdom, she accepts her fate, knowing that it’s the only chance she might have to live a life on land like she’d always wished for.

After spending most of her life as a prisoner in the sea, Celeste vows it’ll be different on land. But when the barbarian prince she was promised to is murdered and she’s taken, she becomes a prisoner yet again. But her captor is unlike any other man she’s known before. The seven-foot-tall warrior is alluring and hot as sin. The reluctant but fearless warrior just might be the man she needs to free her from her obligation.

Kradr doesn’t trust the little sea minx he stole from a Zaqwar prince. He needs her to get his brother back, but he keeps her at arm’s length, believing that she’ll use her magic to lure him to the bottom of the ocean to a quick demise. She’s just the bounty for his brother’s freedom, but he can’t help but be tempted by her luscious body, childbearing hips, and gentle voice. From the moment he captures her, all he wants to do is claim her. After just one taste, his hunger for her becomes insatiable.

Fate brought them together and sacrifice could tear them apart.

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gargoyle j scott coatsworthGARGOYLE by J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: NOT to give spoilers but according to the author the gargoyle here is NOT one of the romantic heroes in this M/M story. (I asked him!) Sorry!

James Matson – Mattie to his friends – has it bad. It’s 1974 in Alabama, not the best time or place for a young gay guy to have a crush on his college football quarterback. But James can’t help himself.

Randy Paxton is a football player with needs. His girlfriend isn’t putting out, so he takes what he can get. A warm mouth is a warm mouth, after all.

And Daniel O’Malley has a crush too… on James. But James hardly gives him a second glance. What’s a guy to do?

It’s Halloween night, the time when the veil between this world and the next thins, and anything can happen. And tonight, something will happen, something that will change all three of their lives forever.

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bums rushBUM’S RUSH (WHITE LIGHTNING BOOK 2) by Debra Dunbar and J P Sloan

When their moonshine-running enterprise is arbitrarily shut down, Hattie attempts a spectacular illusion to save the business…and fails to pull it off. Now everyone who’s anyone knows that Vincent isn’t the only magic user in the city of Baltimore.

With her cover blown Hattie finds herself targeted by the local mob, with Vincent specifically tasked to bring her in. Can Hattie stay one step ahead of the only man she thought she could trust with her secrets? In a world filled with magic, where every promise can be broken, Hattie will need to gamble on the only thing she can truly count on: herself.

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omegas wolvesOMEGA’S WOLVES: HELLS WOLVES MC by J L Wilder

The Hell’s Wolves MC are bad, dangerously bad.
They are on the outskirts of the shifter world,
and are known for being wild, reckless, and untrustworthy.

That’s why I know they are the only ones I can hire to protect me from him….
The only ones, that might save me from a life of breeding.
But can I find light in their darkness? Will they betray me?

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justin foreplay shiftersJUSTIN: FAIRPLAY SHIFTERS by Serena Meadows

Annabelle is tired of other people running her life, tired of them making her decisions, and tired of them using the power of her magic for their own gain, and that includes her fiancé. Determined to change all that, she rejects that life and strikes out on her own in a place so far from her old life she’s sure that everything will be different. And it is at first, but when she falls in love, she realizes that her old life still has a hold on her and always will, that she can’t change who she is only who she loves.

Still wounded from the loss of his wife, Justin is determined not to relive the mistakes of his past, he has a wonderful family and an adorable little girl, more than enough to keep him happy. But then Annabelle walks into his life and he’s forced to question the path he’s chosen and confront the ghosts of his past. Annabelle helps him discover that those ghosts have been laid themselves to rest, leaving him ready for love again. But the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens their love when he must defend not only his territory but the shifters who depend on him.

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longing for her wolvesLONGING FOR HER WOLVES (HUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES BOOK 2) by Tara West

Thrust into a new shifter world without enough time to adjust, Amara made one hasty mistake that could cost her mates their position in the tribe or break their happy family apart forever. But those struggles are eclipsed when demonic wolves threaten to take everything from Amara’s family. She must fight to heal the rift she caused before it’s too late.

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court of secretsCOURT OF SECRETS (FORBIDDEN QUEEN BOOK 1) by Dyan Chick

When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes.

When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie.

Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is over, they might need her as much as she needs them.

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queen of lightQUEEN OF LIGHT (THE CHOSEN BOOK 4) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene is done burying her loved ones. She is going to put an end to this war, one way or another.
Even if it means she loses herself in the process.
But in matters of war, Rowena has no intention of losing. The Corruptor knows Helena’s greatest strength is also her weakness, and she has every intention of exploiting it.
Especially if that means removing key players from the board.
The path ahead is fraught with betrayal. The only thing that’s certain…
It won’t end until one of them is dead.

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bitten by the virginBITTEN BY THE VIRGIN by Alexa Riley

Ravana Faith has been learning to live as a vampire while surrounded by her overprotective family. She hasn’t had her chance to shine, and she’s ready to prove to everyone that she’s not made of glass. When the specter of a slayer comes to their city, she wants to be the one to take him out. But what happens when that’s exactly who she falls for?

Valley Sterling is from a long line of men who hunt vampires. It’s not the life he dreamed of as a child, but what else is he supposed to do? He has a legacy to continue and nothing will get in his way…until Ravana is the one to block his path. Can he give up everything he’s ever known for the woman who is supposed to be his enemy?

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little shop of found thingsTHE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.

While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

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sentinel of darknessSENTINEL OF DARKNESS (DARKNESS SERIES BOOK 8)  by Katie Reus

She thought she’d put her past behind her…Local artist Keva might be human, but she knows about the things that go bump in the night. Years ago, a dragon shifter saved her from certain death. Ever since, she’s lived in his clan’s territory and put her life back together. But the feeling of security is only an illusion, because her past has come back to haunt her. A past with claws and fangs, demanding blood.

He’ll do whatever it takes to defend his mate…Dagen has finally met his mate—except he insults her the first time they meet. He’s not too proud to grovel to get back into her good graces. But when a threat from her past emerges, he realizes that he’ll do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means dying—or losing her forever.

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bartered bridesTHE BARTERED BRIDES (ELEMENTAL MASTERS BOOK 13) by Mercedes Lackey

VS Note: Not a romance but notable this week.

The threat of Moriarty is gone—but so is Sherlock Holmes.

Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens.

The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers—and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend—to bring the murderer to justice.

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rachels totemRACHEL’S TOTEM (COUGAR FALLS BOOK 1) by Marie Harte

VS Note: A re-release

When Rachel arrives in Cougar Falls for a reading of her aunt’s will, she finds herself in a strange little town. The fantastic tales that the townsfolk tell about a clan of people who can shift into animals are nothing but folklore. Aren’t they?

Burke is taken with sexy Rachel, even more so when she shows signs of possessing Ac-taw blood. But this puts her in more danger than she knows, danger that only increases the urgency to mark her as his own. Rachel comes to realize she’s inherited much more than just property. She has also inherited a destiny to protect her newfound home, and her new love.

For the Ac-taw aren’t just legend-they’re real.

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VS: Just a reminder if you missed PETS IN SPACE somehow last week LOL, it’s still available!Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jones

EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 3 by Various Authors, including ME!

VS note: I’m so excited that our scifi romance anthology is available now! I wrote a 41K Sectors novel for my entry (Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer) and SE Smith also wrote a novel, plus MORE! Can I entice you with a Galactic Gladiators short story? A Mandrake Company tale from Ruby Lionsdrake? Among others…

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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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 10

October 3

September 26

September 19

September 12

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.

 

Must Have Experience Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedExcerpt from my newly released STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER, my Sectors novel in the 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 – Broke and alone, Tassia is on the run from assassins and has asked her genie-like companion for a way off the planet.: 

She flinched against the padded seat as a vision thudded into her head. She saw the announcement board at the neighborhood dance studio, and as she held her breath, the vision focused in on one message in particular. She’d paid it no attention at all earlier in the evening.

Nebula Zephyr Comettes seeking fill in dancers for cruise to Dyenbachar Five – All expenses paid, union salary, must have experience.

The open auditions were tomorrow morning, in a hotel complex adjacent to the spaceport.

Could escape be that easy? But what did she know about dancing for a popular revue? Her training was classical, with odd bits of folk dance acquired over the years.

As the robo cab deposited her outside the bustling spaceport, Tassia clutched her backpack with trembling hands, determination putting steel into her frame. If the audition announcement was what the vision had shown her, this was her only chance, success not guaranteed.

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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Long lost Princess 'Anastasiaof the Stars_ Or an imposter _

Is She the #Scifi Anastasia? STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER

Woman in waving dress as a flame dancing with flying fabric. Dar

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Adapted from a blog post I wrote this week for Pauline Baird Jones’s blog on “Why I Wrote Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer”, which is my latest 41K Sectors scifi romance novel in the just released PETS IN SPACE 3 anthology.

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Dream, for these PISA stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!).

Oval lacquered black Russian casket painted with troyka horses isolated

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I started with the concept of the pet because that drives my plot for these PISA adventures. For some reason I kept seeing a mental picture of a Siamese cat, but with a third eye. I thought a Siamese cat would be fairly easy and interesting for our talented artist Nyssa Juneau to turn into an alien feline. But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie, living in a beautiful lacquered box. Visualize the gorgeous painted boxes that come from Russia.

Then, the tenuous link to Russia reminded me of the whole tragic story of the last Tsar and his family, and how they were murdered 100 years ago, this year. Rumors always persisted one of the children might have survived. From Wikipedia:

anastasiaThe youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.

Anastasia was the younger sister of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, and Maria, and was the elder sister of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. She was murdered with her family by members of the Cheka, the Bolshevik secret police, in Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.

Persistent rumors of her possible escape circulated after her death, fuelled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The mass grave near Yekaterinburg which held the remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three of their daughters was revealed in 1991, and the bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and the remaining daughter—either Anastasia or her older sister Maria—were discovered in 2007. Her possible survival has been conclusively disproved. Scientific analysis including DNA testing confirmed that the remains are those of the imperial family, showing that all four grand duchesses were killed in 1918.

Several women falsely claimed to have been Anastasia; the best known impostor is Anna Anderson. Anderson’s body was cremated upon her death in 1984, but DNA testing in 1994 on available pieces of Anderson’s tissue and hair showed no relation to the Romanov family.

anastasia movie posterAs Wikipedia states, various individuals claimed to be ‘Anastasia’ or another of the siblings, and of course, there have been movies and plays written with that theme, including a new TV series this year, entitled ‘The Romanovs’. I always flash back to the movie version with Yul Brynner (such an intense actor) and Ingrid Bergman because that movie was one of my mother’s favorites and also left the answer to the question of “Is she or is she not Anastasia?” somewhat open at the end. Personally, I always wanted it to be true.

My daughters loved the animated fantasy versionanastasia animated of the tale, with the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, when they were growing up.

So I had the heroine – a possible princess on the run – but how could she fit into the Nebula Zephyr? Since the hero would be one of the former Special Forces soldiers who make up the ship’s security force, I had to be able to make the two interact and fall in love in a situation fraught with danger and suspicion.

I’ve wanted to do a story about the Comettes dance troupe which performs aboard the cruise liners since I wrote my very first published scifi romance, the award winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream (a sister ship of sorts to the one I write about nowadays). Dancing is a skill a maybe princess might have at a high level, right? So let her be a new member of the ship’s dancers….throw in a fabulous jewel and we have the PISA3 story!

Here’s an excerpt when Tassia begins to tell her tale to Liam, after some very distressing and dangerous events on the ship, involving her:

“You must have been really young at the time of—well, when your family…” Liam stammered to a halt and searched in vain for a tactful way to refer to the massacre of everyone she loved.

“I was eight.” She nodded. She hesitated before asking, “How much do you know about it?”

“I know it was something to do with an engagement? A wedding?”

“Yes, my eldest half-sister Fenna was engaged to marry the Duke of Gradmirov, a powerful and rival bloodline. It was a strategic alliance, not a love match. Even as a little girl, I understood that. Poor Fenna wept for weeks after my father decided she was the pawn.” She took a deep breath. “There was to be a reception to fete the happy couple, all of our family and all of the Duke’s relatives and retainers attending.”

Liam was concerned about Tassia, how pale she was, coping with the memories. He wasn’t sure this discussion was a good idea, but he kept silent as she continued her account.

“My father had multiple wives, you understand, which was allowed at the time on Ruatsar, and quite a few children. I was one of the youngest. I’d been at dance class, I think, but I was late to the gathering so I decided to slip in by a side door and brazen it out with anyone who questioned whether I’d been there the whole time.” She was quiet for a moment, eyes locked on visions from the past where he couldn’t reach her. “The entire family was dressed up, to do honor to the guests. I had on my finest white dress, with three petticoats and the badges of my rank on a sash, a blue sash. Matching blue shoes with shiny buckles.” Her fingers touched her shoulder as if to finger the long lost brooches once more. “I was just inside the room, only a few steps from the service door, when Gradmirov pulled out a weapon and shot my father at point blank range, then my sister Fenna. His guards targeted our guards and more of his men swept into the room, shooting and stabbing. The screaming was terrible, the blood…” Her voice trailed off, and Liam hugged her. “I saw my mother fall, her throat cut—”

“You don’t have to tell me.” He kissed her forehead gently.

Tassia looked at him, her eyes unfocused at first as if her gaze was directed inward, at the mental pictures she was describing and blinked. “I’ve never told anyone the whole story. I—I’d like to tell you.”

He locked his arms tight around her. “Then I’ll listen. You’re safe here, now, with me. Not there.” Liam’s anger at the monsters who’d slaughtered an entire family was a vicious beast clawing at his gut, but there was no one to kill for her. All he could do was listen and shelter her in the here and now.

“I hid behind a vase taller than I was, but a man ran at me, his face all contorted, like a demon in an old temple painting. I screamed and backed away, but he struck at me with his sword.” She touched one hand to her head gingerly, as if the physical pain throbbed to this day. “The scar is under my hair. We found out later I’d been shot as well, a flesh wound to the arm. My dress was all red. I don’t remember everything. Large chunks of time are blank. I get flashes of memory.”

A blank memory is a blessing. Listening to her, her voice eerie as if she was watching a trideo and narrating the events, he wanted to shield her from all the adverse things in the universe, to take her pain away. But he couldn’t touch this agony.

“Somehow I got out of the room, and I ran to my own bedroom. I hid under the bed. Xandrina’s adult niece was my maid, and she came in, I think intending to steal some of my things in the confusion. But, as a scared child, I didn’t realize larceny was her purpose, so I cried out to her for help. I believed she was searching for me. She was a known, friendly face. I give her credit, she threw another dress over my head, told me to be quiet, swept my shelves clean of my collection of the dragizi, the little jewel encrusted miniatures, putting them in a laundry bag, and took me through a servants’ hallway to her mother’s suite in the far wing. Madame Xandrina bandaged my head wound with scarves.” Tassia smiled. “Beautiful scarves my mother had given her at various times. I remember arguing with her that I’d ruin them with the blood. She told me to hush then she said we were going to go far away from Ruatsar so no one could hurt me ever again.”

Jaw clenched, he reflected on the terrible scenes she’d witnessed and the turn of fate that had saved her life when so many died. “Seven hells, what you endured—”

“Oh, there’s more.”

But is she who she says she is, or someone else who was there? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesThe 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!

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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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 10

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesAs 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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EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 3 by Various Authors, including ME!

VS note: I’m so excited that our scifi romance anthology is releasing today! I wrote a 41K Sectors novel for my entry (Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer) and SE Smith also wrote a novel, plus MORE! Can I entice you with a Galactic Gladiators short story? A Mandrake Company tale from Ruby Lionsdrake? Among others…

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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willas beastWILLA’S BEAST (ICE HOME BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: And I one clicked…

Beast. Creature. Monster.
Dangerous.

All of these things have been said about Gren.

Willa doesn’t believe it, though. She knows that monsters can sometimes come in appealing packages. She knows that for all of his snarls and fearsome appearance, he’d never hurt her.

And she knows she has to get Gren away from the Icehome camp, because no one will ever see him as a person, not when he attacks all who come close. Not when he’s tied and treated like an animal.

She’s going to save him…or fall in love. Maybe both. Willa doesn’t mind that he’s a beast, as long as he’s *her* beast.

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breakevenBREAKEVEN (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener

VS note: I really enjoyed book one in this new series so I can’t wait to read the new story!

Dee had been fighting one war, only to find herself caught up in another . . .

When circumstances leave Dee stranded on the Breakaway planet of Lassa, she has to choose–take the easy way out, or stand and fight an enemy much like the one she left behind on her home world of Garmen.

For Sebastian, leading the Lassian resistance has come at a heavy price. Forced to gamble the last of his resources on a risky ploy to get some leverage over the Core Companies that run Lassa, he stares defeat in the face when it fails. There’s no backup plan left. Nothing more to work with. And all around him, people are starving, and it looks as if the Cores have entered a deal with a hostile alien force, to enrich themselves even more.

But Dee inspires him. Even though it’s his fault she’s on Lassa to begin with, her courage and steady calm are the assets he needs, and unbeknownst to both of them, she has with her the key to bringing the Cores to their knees.

Now they just have to turn the lock in time.

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darakDARAK: DRAKONIAN ALIEN MALE ORDER BRIDES #1 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

Revenge is best served sweet with a hot, horned alien

Free-spirited pastry chef Lexi Sutterman has discovered that true love is pie in the sky. The only thing more difficult than finding an Earth man willing to commit is pleasing her wealthy, hypercritical family who view her as a failure. So she’s given up on both, focusing her energy on her new bakery. Now that her uber successful little sister manages to nab a well-heeled fiancé, Lexi fights back by joining the Intergalactic Dating Agency. She plans to bring a huge, purple, tentacled alien as her plus-one to the wedding.

Darak of planet Dakon isn’t purple or tentacled—he’s just seven feet of horned alien hotness. To get a woman on his world, a guy has to literally win the lottery. Tired of waiting for the Fates to send him a female, he joins the dating service to meet a nice Earth girl to call his own. He recognizes Lexi as his true mate, but realizes convincing her they’re meant to be together forever and not just a weekend will be no cake walk.

But when a sweet-tart pastry chef and a horned alien hottie fall in love, everyone might get their just desserts.

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burtonBURTON: STARGAZER MAIL ORDER BRIDES #14 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I received an ARC of this and enjoyed it very much. Burton trying to bond with the bees was an especially fun moment.

Tansy Martin’s dream is simple – to live out her life running the family farm in the sweet small town of Stargazer. But lately something sexy has been slipping into her dreams at night, and the tall dark and handsome fugitive alien seems determined to make his way into her daytimes too.

Burton is hypnotized by tall, tough, tantalizing Tansy. His only desire is to serve her in the fields by day and in her bed by night. But his exquisite intended is determined to focus on the farm no matter how he tries to tempt her into becoming his mate.

When bee rustlers threaten Tansy’s one chance to save the orchard, their madcap adventure begins. Tansy will need Burton’s help to hold onto the family farm. But will she be able to hold onto her heart?

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defiant ruinDEFIANT RUIN (THE ASARLAI WARS BOOK 3) by Maria Andreas

The fight for the Commonwealth comes to an explosive conclusion!

The good news is that Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain and most of her rag tag band of mercenaries managed to survive a devastating confrontation with the resurrected ancient enemy the Asarlaí. The bad news is that the WARRIOR WENCH has crash landed on a deserted planet in an unknown galaxy. Priority number one is getting off this dead rock and hopefully reuniting with the rest of their missing crew. Sadly easier said than done, especially when a supposedly long ago destroyed ship called the DEFIANT shows up.
Vas and the gang can’t seem to catch a break, for just as they are starting work on salvaging the DEFIANT, Garmainian bounty hunters suddenly appear to claim a prize on Vas’s head.
Now Vas is guilty of a lot of things, but she honestly can’t remember the crime she is accused of committing and as far as she knows hasn’t ever been to Garmainian space. Disturbingly, this crime apparently occurred during the mysterious missing weeks Vas experienced on her recent “vacation”.
Vas and her second in command Deven’s to do list keeps getting longer: escape from the Garmainian hunters before they get executed; reunite their small banged up fleet and try to get back into Commonwealth space; find out if their frenemy Marli survived; and of course finally defeat the Asarlaí for good.
Unfortunately during the six months Vas and company have been stranded, the Asarlaí have been on the move….which means time and options are rapidly running out!

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light yearsLIGHT YEARS by Kass Morgan

VS Note: Author of The 100

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

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

What do you do when your planet runs out of women? Send for takeout, of course. 

Torel is the best medical officer in the Pyrosian fleet, but being the best comes with a cost. When the queen orders him to apply to Star-Crossed Dating, he’s relieved when there’s no match for him among the human females of Earth. He doesn’t have time for that kind of distraction.

Mated or not, he’s on his way to Earth to help newly-mated females adjust to the life awaiting them on Pyros. All he has to do is keep them healthy and happy during the voyage home. It should be the easiest assignment of his career.

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have tail will travelHAVE TAIL WILL TRAVEL: CELESTIAL MATES by Nancey Cummings

Tragedy left Merit as the guardian to two young kits and he’s in over his head. He needs help. He has no time for romance and doesn’t think he needs it. He applies to Celestial Mates, willing to take the first available female, even a flat-faced, ugly human.

What he gets is a woman whose mind challenges him and patience humbles him.

He brought her to his planet under false pretenses. Now he hopes he can make it right before she leaves for good.

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theirs to defyTHEIRS TO DEFY by Stasia Black

Drea doesn’t let anyone close. Ever.

She has a mission: save the women she was forced to leave behind at the all-women’s island of Nomansland. When she’s thrown in prison by the President of the New Republic, though, she has no choice but to depend on her nemesis, Eric Wolford, the Commander of Jacob’s Well for help.

Eric has his own reasons for wanting to help Drea, ones he’s not even fully ready to admit to himself. But ever since she showed up, bedraggled and furious on his doorstep, Drea Valentine has been a fascinating puzzle he can’t help but want to solve.

Nothing’s ever simple in the apocalypse, though, is it?

They soon find themselves in DIRE need of help. And what better way to create an unstoppable team than to build a family… or… a clan?

Drea never thought in a million years she’d be walking down the aisle to take vows as a clan bride to 5 men. Then again, she swore an oath that she’d do anything if it meant saving her girls.

But does exchanging vows and letting them in to her bed mean she has to let them into her heart?

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vrehxVREHX (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Giant spiders, walking trees, bloodthirsty vines.
For Jeneva, it’s just another day trying to survive in the jungles of Ankau.
Until the sky ripped open, and the true monsters came through.
Now her world is under attack, and the only place of safety may be at the side of a rock-hard scaled alien.
But he’s filled with secrets – how can she trust him?

Vrehx cares for nothing other than the destruction of the Xathi hordes who burned his home and killed his family.
But when a weapons test goes horribly wrong, the battle spills over to an uncharted world.
The planet is filled with lethal native life…but nothing is more dangerous than the human woman who obsesses his thoughts.

When war rages around them, can they fight together, or will his burning need for her drive them apart?

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cat shifters of aaidarCAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ESCAPE (BOOK ONE) by Laney Kaye and Christina Wilder

VS Note: From mid September

A cat shifter mercenary–gun, fangs, and claws for hire–doesn’t fall for a pretty little human. It’s cost the Regime big-time to have me and my guys hunt down the Resistance fighters skulking in caves spread across this gods-forsaken planet. My sole focus here is this deployment.

Until Maya touches me, igniting the first phase of a bondmate.

It doesn’t matter how freakin’ sweet she is. How sexy. No way in all seven hells will I complete the three bonds. As long as I don’t kiss her, we won’t hit second base. And I’ll be damn sure to keep my hands off her incredible body, because having sex with her would bring on bond three, linking our souls for eternity.

Problem is, now it’s not just my damn life that’s in danger.
My heart is in all kinds of trouble.

Herc has to believe I’m nothing more than a nurse working for the Regime. If he finds out I’ve infiltrated the military compound to rescue my imprisoned sister, my life’s in danger.

He may be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen –shifter or man–but I refuse to bond with someone who’s hunting my people into extinction.

Now that my mission’s accomplished, I can flee into the desert. He’ll never find me once I’m hidden in the Resistance stronghold. Problem is, Herc’s hot on my heels. If he catches me, will he return me to the Regime? Or does he have his own–very personal–plan for me instead?

Hooking up with me will ruin Herc’s career and make him an enemy of his own people.
But if he hands me over to the firing squad, the bullets won’t need to hit my heart to shatter me into a billion pieces.

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giselleGISELLE by Linda Mooney

VS Note: The author explained the scifi apocalyptic twist to me since I haven’t read it and the blurb is a bit mysterious (but I can’t give spoilers!) so I’m including the book today!

Sick of the same day in, day out, soul-sucking job, Giles Noft decides it’s time for a change. Starting a new career as a voice actor with Voce Audio, he realizes it’s also the perfect opportunity to narrate his own published book after hours.

Renting studio space in the evenings, Giles plans to have his book finished in a couple weeks. What he didn’t expect was to find a companion while in the recording studio, or for that companion to completely turn his world and his future upside down.

A chance and seemingly impossible encounter with Giselle Renard changes his entire life. Armed with new information, Giles starts planning for a tomorrow no one knows is coming. Their fast friendship leads to more, but “The End” is closing in. And although neither want their time in the studio to be over, they know there is no way they can avoid the cold, hard reality of what has been, and what is to be.

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kyllianKYLLIAN: DELTA UTOPIA 6 by Celeste Raye

Savanah survived her time in an unsanctioned, underground sex trafficking organization on Delti Utopia 6. She made a vow to find and release those left behind. If that meant taking on the entire organization herself, then so be it.

Kyllian was raised by his mother, a weredragon, on Earth. They were abandoned by his father when it became clear that Kyllian was of his mother’s species. Now, his father wanted him on Delti Utopia 6 for a reason that baffled Kyllian, as there was no love between them. Their agendas and personalities clashed until Kyllian realized his father wasn’t in control of his own mind.

Kyllian and Savanah must join forces with pirates and the authorities to discover the depths of the sex trafficking. An unknown evil force is behind it and may prove deadly to Savanah and those she loves, including Kyllian who has become the man that took her heart.

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red between the linesRED BETWEEN THE LINES by Parker Foye

Wynfield, a washed-up former Corpsman with optical bioware and a healthy chip on his shoulder, is reluctantly drawn into a conspiracy to take down Nutrindustry, the company responsible for both his “upgrade” from human and the city’s food shortage.

Playing clinic doctor for the day, Yeven doesn’t expect the mouthy former pilot and their begrudging attraction—nor the fresh twist of shame for his part in Nutrindustry’s past. He needs Wynfield, though, and for more than his smart mouth. Feelings would just get in the way.

In a world where the line between man and metal is thin, there’s more happening behind the scenes than even Wynfield’s enhanced optics are able to see.

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mach oneMACH ONE: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 1) by Elsa Jade

VS Note: One clicked this one.

Oversized Montana rancher Mach Halley’s very big Stetson and giant belt buckle are hiding a secret of cosmic proportions: He’s a survivor of a transgalactically prohibited private army of cyborg alien warriors built to kill. But with a long-dormant member of his unit about to be born, he needs a healer—even if it’s a pretty little lady doc who must forget everything she sees.

Making a name for herself in rural, large animal veterinary medicine has been tough for Doctor Chien Lun-mei, so she takes a strange midnight call to prove herself—only to discover a secret wilder than any bucking bronc. If she rants about UFOs and ETs, she’ll be laughed out of the county, but this strong, silent cowboy who feels even more out of place than she does touches her in more ways than one.

Together they’ll fight to save an alien life, but for Mach to escape a war he never wanted, he’ll have to risk an alien love.

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warriors plightWARRIOR’S PLIGHT (CADI WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Stephanie West

Vintor crossed the universe to save the human race, except things didn’t go quite as planned. He awoke to find himself imprisoned in a human stronghold, fighting against the drugs they used to subdue him. That’s where he found her, his enemy and his only salvation.

Working for a secret branch of the government had taken its toll on Maya, but there was no way out, not if she wanted to hold back Armageddon and protect everyone she loved. The beast of a red man from an unknown race who showed up on her operating table only highlighted what she’d fought to repress—she couldn’t spend another day in this living hell.

When her own people served her up like a sacrificial lamb, Maya squeezed her eyes shut and waited for death’s release as the demonic alien pinned her to the wall. She never expected to find redemption in the arms of a captive alien or a love so strong she was willing to take on the world to free them both. Getting lost in the embrace of her warrior was a wonderful plight.

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tyreTYRE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANAAN BOOK 2) by J J Green

Erin’s next mission takes her further insystem in New Canaan, to the word of Tyre.

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aliens smith and jonesALIENS, SMITH AND JONES (THE PRIMROSE FILES) by Blaine D Arden

Working for a secret organisation specialising in alien cover-ups, Connor Smith is no stranger to the abnormal or dangerous. His love life on the other hand… not so exciting. Until he reluctantly agrees to a blind date and meets the perfect bloke, Jason.

Things are finally falling into place for Connor, so of course that’s when he attracts an alien stalker.

Noah Jones, ex-alien, has been stranded on Earth and forced to live as a human since 1648. Alone and detached from the world around him, Noah has spent centuries observing and recording humankind. In all that time, he’s only experienced a connection with a human once… until he finds Connor.

Even knowing Connor is in a relationship, Noah can’t ignore their potential bond, or stay away…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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delphi revolutionTHE DELPHI REVOLUTION (THE DELPHI TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Rysa Walker

Eighteen-year-old Anna Morgan is on the run from the very government project that created her abilities. Now they seek to weaponize the gift she doesn’t want and can’t control: the invasion of her mind and her body by spirits, some of whom have their own unusual powers. Her latest “hitcher” is a former top Delphi executive. Unlike Anna’s previous guests, this one has taken over, and he’s on a personal mission of revenge.

The target is Senator Ronald Cregg, a corrupt, power-hungry presidential candidate. One of Delphi’s creators, he’s now manipulating the public into believing “psychic terrorists” are a scourge to be eliminated. There’s only one way to stop him, but Anna draws the line at murder.

Pulled into a dark conspiracy, Anna struggles to reclaim her body, mind, and soul as she and the other Delphi psychics join together to fight for their right to exist.

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future is femaleTHE FUTURE IS FEMALE edited by Lisa Yaszek

VS Note: Not romances, all very old re-releases but it’s of note this week.

SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling collection of twenty-five classic tales. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr., and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.

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star crossed anthologySTAR CROSSED by Various

VS Note: My understanding is these are all previously published novels but a good scifi romance selection.

Sci-fi to fall in love with…
7 full-length novels that explore the future without forgetting that the most dangerous battles will always be within the human heart. Aliens, AI, cyborgs, galactic empires, space battles, and romance…you’ll find them all here, along with heroines and heroes you’ll cheer for.
Space doesn’t have to be cold! Download Star Crossed today.

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earthquakesEARTHQUAKES by A T Weaver

David Cummings has dreams.
For ten years, he’s dreamed about two men who lived in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He feels that he was one of the men. Their relationship was cut short when one of them died in the great earthquake and fire.
David decides to go to San Francisco to see if either man really existed. There he meets Marc Willis.

Marc Willis has dreams of two men as well. He feels that he was one of the men.

As David and Marc search for answers, they wonder:
Are they the same two souls?
Did they know and love each other in that past life?
Will Fate grant them a happy ending this time?
Or, will this life end in tragedy like before

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queen of dragaQUEEN OF DRAGA (THE DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 5) by Emma Dean

VS Note: No blurb was shown for this one

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vasiVASI: PRISONER OF THE ALIEN PRINCE by A K Vincent

The vasi were supposed to be a legend. It was said that they’d existed hundreds of years ago, then vanished without a trace. When Tera’s research crew is captured and taken aboard an alien space station it becomes impossible for her to deny that the vasi exist. With her entire crew’s lives on the line she’s given a choice: allow them all to die, or submit herself to a twisted experiment—one that will require her to lie with a vasi prince.

Prince Cale, a half-human outcast among the vasi royalty, has been taught all his life that humans are vile and cannot be trusted—so when his human prisoner stirs a desire within him that’s deeper than anything he’s ever known, his very existence is called into question. The human named Tera threatens to change everything that Cale and the vasi believe to be true—for better or worse. The vasi who don’t want Tera in their bed want her dead, and Prince Cale must step out of the shadow of his brothers if he hopes to hold on to what’s rightfully his.

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arrows of the heeart jeffeTHE ARROWS OF THE HEART ( UNCHARTED REALMS BOOK 4) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I LOVE this series (and the Twelve Kingdoms series which came first) and this was another great entry. After I finished reading ARROWS, I re-read all the books, going back to the beginning! I did receive an ARC of this book.

As the Twelve Kingdoms and their allies are drawn toward war, a princess cast aside must discover a purpose she never dreamed of…

Karyn af Hardie behaved like a proper Dasnarian wife. She acquiesced, she accepted, she submitted. Until her husband gave her a choice: their loveless, unconsummated royal marriage—or her freedom. Karyn chose freedom. But with nowhere to run except into the arms of Dasnaria’s enemies, she wonders if she’s made a mistake. She wants love, security, a family. She can’t imagine finding any of it among the mercurial Tala.

Worst of all is Zyr. The uninhibited shapeshifter is everywhere she looks. He’s magnetic, relentless, teasing and tempting as if she’s free to take her pleasure where she wishes. As if there isn’t a war rising before them, against a vile and demanding force far stronger than they. But with Karyn’s loyalty far from certain, Zyr offers her only chance to aid the defense—a dangerous gambit to seek out a land not seen in centuries, using clues no one can decipher. Together, they’ll have every opportunity to fail—and one chance to steal something truly precious.

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prince of dreamsPRINCE OF DREAMS (HOUSE OF TERRIOT BOOK 4) by Nancy Gideon

VA Note: I’ve been reading weekly snippets from the book and really enjoying the ‘voice’ and the story. Put it on my TBR List.

Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot – He’d said he wasn’t a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.

Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.

Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams – So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.

Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?

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mate to sacrificeA MATE TO SACRIFICE (THE HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Laylah Roberts

A mistake she deeply regrets…
Growing up the daughter of a gang member, Peyton didn’t exactly have a life filled with cupcakes, family holidays and daddy-daughter dances.
Not unless you counted a trip to the prison to visit your daddy a family holiday.
So what does she do? She stupidly accepts a proposal from the first man offering an escape.
He was supposed to be her savior.
He turned into her nightmare.

A female of their dreams…
On the hunt for a murderer, no one is more surprised than Caden and Sangel when they come across a fragile, tiny, human female — with a backbone of steel and a mouth like razorblades.
She is everything they ever wanted. But when she sacrifices herself to save Sangel, will they lose it all?

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tranceTRANCE (THE SLEEPING COURT BOOK 3) by Dagmar Avery and K Margaret

Surviving the attack on the Sithen, Verity, Prince Aziz and both their guard are shaken and on high alert. So when an emissary from High Court comes to ‘invite’ Princess Verity to the monarchy competition, weeks ahead of schedule, Verity knows that her timetable has been accelerated and there isn’t much that she can do.

But her guard, allies and ladies in waiting are ready, and they will not let House Salim have a poor showing at court.

High Court has its own dangers, and when Verity and her guard are presented with not only challenges, but mysteries, they are more than ready to meet everything thrown at them.

Allies will be won.
Gauntlets will be thrown.
And the competition for the crown will begin.

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dark seductionDARK SEDUCTION by Various including Larissa Ione and four more

A box set of five paranormal romance novels that will slay you!

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cards of love the moonCARDS OF LOVE: THE MOON (NEW CAMELOT BOOK 4) by Sierra Simone

She’s angry that I left. I’m angry that I died.
It’s the trouble with our two lives: we don’t only have one past to work through, but two. Double the pain, twice the betrayal.
A million times the tragedy.
***The Moon is the story of Merlin and Nimue from the New Camelot trilogy. It’s recommended that you read the trilogy first, as there are American King spoilers in The Moon.***

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roam dez schwartzROAM by Dez Schwartz

Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.

As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.

Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.

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vampire hookVAMPIRE HOOK (ANGLER BOOK 6) by Annie Nicholas

VS Note: Reviews state there’s a cliffhanger but are favorable.

Island living in Greece is a far cry from Connie’s NYC roots. She’s gone from vampire bait to their king’s consort. She’s found love, a home, and started a family with Rurik—and their lover, Tane. But as the king’s power has grown, so has the caliber of his enemies, and there are those eager to dethrone him.

When vampires attack their home, Connie is stripped of everything. Now she’s on her own, a soccer mom with rusty slayer skills, a city girl lost in the Carpathian Mountains. With both of her lovers MIA, she has no choice but to mount a rescue with the aid of the unlikeliest of partners.

She knows there’s little chance she’ll survive, but family is everything, and she would risk it all for her men and their daughter.

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court of fire and metalA COURT OF FIRE AND METAL (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemei X

The four mighty, smoking-hot warriors had wanted to use Cass Saélihn as the weapon to kill the Olympian gods, but they fell for her instead. Now all they want is to protect her. So they hide Cass in the magically glamoured Academy, the only safe place for earthlings.

But Cass won’t cower or run from danger. She sets her own rules and stands her ground, no matter how her blood heats for her alpha mates. She’s determined to take the fight to the gods, not as a weapon but a leader.

Yet an all-powerful, beautiful, cruel god is already among them, much closer than she and her four mates can imagine. He covets Cass and her power more than anything, and when the god strikes, he leaves nothing to chance.

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allisdon and the torrid tea partyALLISON AND THE TORRID TEA PARTY (HAREM OF HEARTS BOOK 2) by C M Stunich

I met fallen angel princes; I met a Savage Duke; I met a Cheshire Cat.
And remember—how could you possibly forget—I’m the fabled Alice from the prophecy.
Just a twisted, dark version of the girl in Lewis Carroll’s old books.

Except in those books, there was a happy ending.
In those books, Alice wasn’t dating nine very different, very beautiful men.
But now that I’ve met the King of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, I’m not sure who the real bad guys are.

I’m the only one who can turn Underland back into Wonderland again.
But if I have a chance to escape the blood, the death, and the intrigue in this place, should I take it?
I’m Allison Liddell, and I’ve got a choice to make: stay here and fight the darkness, defeat the Anti-Alice, and survive the Torrid Tea Party … or run.

Tweedledee says I can change the world.
So if you’re reading this, will you help me decide what I should do?
I want to go home, but I can’t leave this place as broken as I found it, now can I?

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council of consortsCOUNCIL OF CONSORTS #1 by Jade Lewis

VS Note: Cliffhanger

The great Council of Unnaturals has been around since the beginning of time, each member replaced by their eldest child when the time comes.

And my mother is the head of the Oasis.
Her eldest? Well, that would be me.
But I’m not interested. I’d rather live above ground.
Besides, there are much better things to do with my time, like saving a family of shifters, keeping humans from causing mass extinctions, and fighting back demon hordes.
Magic is my weapon of choice, and I wield it with precision.
But my people are relentless and send a small group of handsome men to capture me. An angel, a vampire, and a wolf. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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piece of dragonPIECE OF DRAGON (QILIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Laurel Chase

The Ringmaster is coming… to steal me away.

For years, my odd ability to manipulate others kept me one step ahead of the Underbelly Circus – a place nobody like me lives through.

Everything goes to hell when a gorgeous stranger dies right in front of me, resurrects himself as a dragon, and begs me to follow him straight into the Underbelly beast.

He claims I’m the lost Qilin Queen – a magical freaking unicorn.I can smell the truth in his words, and he’s desperate. How can I help him, if he works for my greatest enemy?The answer comes barreling into my world when his brothers-in-arms find me, too – lion shifter, mage, fae, merman, and vampire.They’re all from a magical world beyond mine, and they need me to help them find the way home.

Only a pure Qilin can find the Path, and these six men think I’m the last one alive.I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m no innocent unicorn.

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bride for the dragonA BRIDE FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Trapped in human form. Stripped of his memories and transported to a strange city where none of his magic works. His only ally: A beautiful stranger who seems to have known him all his life.

Dragon prince Liev Drakos has no idea what’s going on. But he’s sure of one thing: He’ll protect this mysterious woman from the beastly assassins pursuing her, or die trying.

Because even if he doesn’t know her, there’s something about her that calls to the deepest part of him… something that he knows he can’t live without.

Robbed of her powers. A murderous manticore on her tail. The only person she can trust: An amnesiac dragon prince who sets her soul on fire.

Dragon shifter Darklis Novak is happy leading a quiet life, loving nothing more than curling up with a good book. But now she’s on the run from a deadly threat, and in way over her head.

She has only her wits, the clothes on her back… and a devastatingly handsome dragon prince, who doesn’t remember her name – much less that he’s her fated mate.

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stone heartSTONE HEART (THE GARGOYLE PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Ariel Marie

An unknown entity, an unexplained power source… Earth was in danger.

Gargoyles, a winged humanoid race of warriors, had spent thousands of years ensuring the survival of the planet. Rhodack Gahnoth, leader of Clan Gahnoth, demanded his gargoyles defend the realm against a new threat. Sending his most trusted warrior to investigate the unexplainable, he was left speechless when the warrior returned with a little wisp of a female with golden hair by the name of Rina Smith.

Her powers were the strongest of any being, and something was hunting her down. To make matters worse, she was under a powerful spell, believed herself to be human, and she was Rhodack’s mate…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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palace of lost memoriesTHE PALACE OF LOST MEMORIES (AFTER THE RIFT BOOK 1) by C J Archer

The king’s magnificent palace was built in a matter of weeks. No one saw the builders, no villagers are allowed beyond the gilded gate, and only one servant has ever left. The haunted look in her eyes as she was recaptured by the palace guards is something Josie, daughter of the village doctor, has never forgotten.

For Josie, the palace is a mystery that grows more intriguing after she meets the captain of the guards, a man known only as Hammer, as mysterious and captivating as the palace itself. Whispers of magic fuel Josie’s desire to uncover the truth, but an ordinary girl like her can only dream of ever being invited inside.

When the king decides to take a wife from among the eligible daughters of the noble families, the palace gates are finally thrown open and the kingdom’s elite pour in. In a court where old rivalries and new jealousies collide, the king’s favorite is poisoned and the doctor is summoned. As her father’s assistant, Josie finally sees inside the lavish walls, but she soon learns the palace won’t surrender its secrets easily, for not a single resident, from the lowest servant to the king himself, has a memory from before the palace existed.

In the search for the truth, Josie is drawn deeper into danger, and the answers she seeks might shake the very foundations of the kingdom.

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dragon nightDRAGON NIGHT: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

There has never been a hunt that Dorian has lost. With his sights sent on a relic the Dragon Kings need to battle an ancient foe, he won’t let anything stand in his way – especially not the beautiful owner. Alexandra is smart and cautious. Yet the attraction between them is impossible to deny – or ignore. But is it a road Dorian dares to travel down again?

With her vast family fortune, Alexandra Sheridan is never without suitors. No one is more surprised than she when the charming, devilish Scotsman snags her attention. But the secrets Dorian holds is like a wall between them until one fateful night when he shares everything. In his arms she finds passion like no other – and a love that will transcend time. But can she give her heart to a dragon??

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power surgePOWER SURGE (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair

Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.

While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.

Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.

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reluctant psychicRELUCTANT PSYCHIC (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 3) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

Life as a seer is not all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you’re unemployed, and your former boss blacklists you everywhere.
Or when a legendary Russian witch calls in a favor owed, demanding the unthinkable.
When danger threatens everyone around me, there’s only one man I can turn to—and he may not be what he seems.

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blanca and rojaBLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McElmore

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance but sounds like an intriguing take on two fairy tales.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them.

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impotster kingTHE IMPOSTER KING: BOOK 2 OF THE IMPOSTER SERIES by Wendy Rathbone

Dare and Prince Malory are happily married and in love, but the secret of Dare’s true identity as a mere servant threatens their romantic bliss.

Messages to the king of Brookfall go unanswered, and rumors of war unsettle both kingdoms. Until one day heralds arrive with bags of gold to ransom Dare and demand his return to Brookfall.

King Millard, Prince Malory’s father, orders Dare to make the journey to see his father. But Dare is not the true heir, and if they meet, the secret he and Mal have been guarding will be revealed. Also, impersonating a royal means a death penalty offense. Worse, it could mean all-out war between their countries.

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bitten by the beastBITTEN BY THE BEAST by Alexa Riley

Juliet Simon gets herself into all kinds of situations, but breaking into the scary mansion near her college campus has got to take the cake. When she finds more than she bargains for behind closed doors, will her fear take over, or will she fall for the beast?

Kane Viscardi is unlike other vampires. He’s spent most of his time hiding away and is alone in the world without a mate. Until one night when there’s an unexpected knock at the door. Suddenly something awakens inside of him for the first time in a century.

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mission her rescuerMISSION: HER RESCUE (TEAM 52) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Not scifi but I love all her books!

When archeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy…

Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves. When her team uncovers a pair of dangerous artifacts in an overgrown temple, she knows they need to be secured and safeguarded. But someone else knows about the artifacts…and will kill to get them.

Working for the CIA, Seth Lynch learned the hard way that people lie and will always stab you in the back. He has the scars to prove it. He lives for his work with Team 52—ensuring pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. When he learns that the feisty, independent archeologist who works his last nerve has died in a plane crash, he makes it his mission to discover who the hell is responsible.

Deep in the jungle, Seth rescues a very-much alive January and it is up to him to keep both her and the artifacts safe. Hunted from every side, their attraction is explosive and fiery, but with January’s life on the line, Seth must fight his own demons in order to rescue the woman he can no longer resist.

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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.