New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday November 28

raff laurann dohnerAs 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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RAFF (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 4) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: WHEE! I’m enjoying this series so I had to one click the next book!

Lilly left Earth seeking adventure, and learning about aliens sounded cool. She just didn’t expect to meet any in person—until her ship is attacked by alien pirates. Now she’s meeting plenty of them. Scary ones who want to do very bad things to her.

Fighting for survival since childhood, Raff Vellar is more intimately familiar with knives and bloodshed than women. Then, during a trip to his home planet, a tiny human literally falls at his feet. When he learns she’s been forced into slavery, a fierce need to protect the human overcomes him. A feeling that quickly turns into a deep need to keep her forever.

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dragons giftDRAGON’S GIFT (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 12) by Miranda Martin

Maeve doesn’t believe in fate and certainly not one that involves her and Padraig, the enormous and domineering alien dragon. His overly protective and possessive nature rubs her the wrong way.

Padraig is certain the fiercely independent human female is the only one for him. His inner dragon has decided and the burly smith knows fate’s hand when he feels it. Maeve may not, but the harsh deserts of Tajss force the two together, giving the hot-head Zmaj an opportunity.

When the human females plan a new tradition of gift giving, Padraig realizes if he can find his treasure the perfect present, he’ll win her heart. The only gift he wants.

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vengeance seasonTHE VENGEANCE SEASON: BOOK 3 OF THE COVALENT SERIES by Libby Doyle

After the explosive events at the winter solstice, Zan is content to sink back into her job with the FBI. She could have guessed her normal times wouldn’t last. Barakiel loves her, and Lucifer—his ruthless father—knows it.

With the help of Zan and the traveler adept Pellus, Barakiel learns his father is searching for a way to travel through the dark veins of the cosmos. If he succeeds, Zan will be in grave danger. Lucifer could appear at any moment in the Earthly Realm, or on the manicured terraces of Covalent City.

The solution is clear. Barakiel and his allies must convince the Covalent leadership to march on the Destructive Realm. They must take the war to Lucifer’s Keep.

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roxys warriorsROXY’S WARRIORS (BOND MATES BOOK 4) by Ann Mayburn

As a highly decorated soldier in the US Army, Roxy had always accepted that her job was dangerous. And she understood that someday she might make the ultimate sacrifice for her country and never come home. But little did she know that she should have been keeping her sights focused on the sky, not the battlefield, for the real threat. Kidnapped by intergalactic slavers, Roxy and her fellow soldiers find themselves sold to a cruel and heartless owner who plans on using them as gladiators in an underground fighting ring in the Bel’Tan Galaxy.

Kadothian Warriors Cormac and Nosa have searched their entire lives for their Matriarch. She’s the one woman born to love them, the only woman that can save their souls from the madness. When they find out that Roxy is their bride they begin a slow seduction of the prickly Earth woman. Roxy was betrayed by her ex-husband in the worst way, and refuses to even consider a relationship with not only one man, but two. When they discover their alyah has been taken by slavers, Cormac and Nosa will do anything to save her. Even if it means infiltrating the fighting ring deep in enemy territory holding Roxy captive.

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progenitorPROGENITOR (THE BLADES OF JANUS BOOK 2) by Cassandra Chandler

The Blades of Janus protect both humans and dwellers, working to find a way to coexist peacefully with the alien beings who have integrated with Earth’s myriad life forms. Most of these elite warriors don’t realize just how personal a mission this is for their leader, or the various sets of “twins” who run each Blades base.

Lost and alone, Meg jumped at the chance to join a pack of werewolves as a child. She soon discovered they weren’t the loving family she’d hoped—especially after the Blade known as Dexter entered the picture. Her mission is to destroy him and all of the Blades of Janus, and to bring Marcus and Tessa into the pack, where they truly belong. The only way to do that is to find the man who founded the Blades and end him once and for all.

But the Blades’ leader carries darker secrets than she ever could have imagined, and when she finally gets her chance for revenge, she can’t decide whether to kill him or take him as her mate.

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escapee ed hESCAPEE (REPELLING THE INVASION BOOK 2) by Ed Hoornaert

VS Note: A re-release, which author states has some new content as well.

A Disillusioned Soldier – Hector Dukelsky, an upper-class career officer, yearns to fight a righteous war instead of defending corporate interests on Banff, an isolated mining moon. That dream seems dead when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s on leave. He returns to smoldering rubble, with no chance to survive let alone strike back at the enemy.

A Pilot with a Chip on Her Shoulder- -Catt Sayer, a working-class fugitive from the law, earns a meager income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won career vanishes when invaders capture Banff. While searching for survivors, she rescues Hector and flies him to safety. But he doesn’t want safety. He wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack the enemy headquarters.

A Dying Moon – Catt is sure Banff will kill them long before the enemy can, yet she agrees to Hector’s mad scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and his noble dream—and his love—conquer her heart. She pits her life and love against Banff’s lethal environment, even though the only reward for success will be the opportunity to face 10,000 enemy warriors.

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tordan immortal angelTORDAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Immortal Angel 

A cyborg with no past. An elf with no magic. Together, their love can save their world.

Tordan woke from his chip to find out he’s a Cyborg. Filled with rage and confusion, he has no memories of his past or who he is, and no idea what freed him. But he feels a powerful, unexplainable connection to the elven prisoner in the last cell.

Deprived of her magic, princess Aielle willingly faces death to keep her people’s secrets. The last thing she expects is to be rescued by one of the sexy and lethal cyborgs enslaved by them.

Now they’re fugitives, and the secrets they are hiding are the keys to freedom for them both. Can they trust each other enough to save the world?

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fuse volume 4FUSE: BOLT SAGA VOLUME FOUR, PARTS 10, 11, 12 by Angel Payne

The storm is here. Will it rip apart their fated fusion?
Now that Reece Richards and Emmalina Crist have exposed the Consortium to the globe, they’re bracing for the organization’s full reprisal, undoubtedly led by Faline Garand. The woman, infamously obsessed with Reece, can’t be happy about the lovers’ worldwide announcement.
But an engagement doesn’t mean instant plans of white lace and roses for Bolt and his lady, especially when a key member of Team Bolt goes rogue and destroys half of downtown LA. Taking down his former friend is a harrowing nightmare for Reece, worsened by a shocking discovery that takes its toll in sickening ripples…
Including Reece’s own psyche.
With her man lost in a fathomless darkness, Emma can no longer stand on the sidelines. Pushing past her fears, she takes the fight straight to Faline’s turf—but the risk is huge, and so are the consequences.
There’s no turning back. The storm has broken, and the landscape of Reece and Emma’s relationship will be forever transformed. Can they fuse once more, coming together in love to survive the blast?

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neron risingNERON RISING by Keary Taylor

In the Eon galaxy, Dominion controls any planet with solid Neron deposits, and Nova just found out they’re coming for hers. Korpillion isn’t supposed to have any Neron—the galaxy’s purest form of energy—but Nova Ainsley has been working with the owner of a secret mine for months, building highly illegal weapons that can wield Neron. She wants off Korpillion, and selling these weapons will buy her and her father a ticket to another planet in the galaxy.

Neron is incredible on its own, but there are those who can wield it to their will, granting them the ability to read minds, see the future, and destroy worlds—the Nero. But this is a galaxy where they are ceasing to exist, and Dominion owns the last one in the known universe, using him to take over and destroy billions of lives.

An encounter with the last Nero shows Nova her future: it’s with him. She will stand by his side one day, her fingers laced through his, love and adoration in both their eyes, a dark queen to his evil, pawn king.

Fate or destiny, Nova will do whatever it takes to change their future, and that of the galaxy. The Neron Rising Saga is a series of episodes. Episode One is 30,000 words. Neron Rising is a slow-burn space-fantasy romance.

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traveler equinox book 1TRAVELER PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 1) by Lily Harlem

After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she’s one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion.

Some might say it’s a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn’t for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix—human and alien—a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she’ll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can’t…there’s nowhere to run.

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors.

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omegas deceptionOMEGA’S DECEPTION (OMEGAS OF PANDORA BOOK 1) by Lillian Sable

Ianthe keeps her freedom because her dynamic is a carefully guarded secret. Omegas are rare and highly prized, but they have no rights. An Omega is the property of whatever Alpha is strong enough to claim her. Ianthe toils in the slums, pretending to be Beta, so she can hide from a world that wants to make her a pet in a gilded cage. Legion, the Alpha and brutal cartel boss, believes her to be Beta. When he discovers her deception, nothing will stop him from claiming her.

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their winter miracleTHEIR WINTER MIRACLE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 3) by Cara Wylde and Starr Huntress

After a string of bad luck and rather poor choices, curvy Pippa Steele lands on an alien planet, in an unknown galaxy, where winter seems to reign supreme. When three handsome aliens save her from freezing to death, she hopes it won’t be that hard to convince them to give her a ride back to Earth. But first, she has to make them understand that no, she’s not an escaped slave, and they should definitely not return her to the slave trader who’d tricked her into boarding his ship.

Kayvor, Trevkon, and Ashtar form a triad, but they’re too busy to concern themselves with taking a mate. The only one who suggests they keep Pippa as a wife is Ash, but he’s always been the reckless one. As a diplomat, Kay knows the best course of action is to take the Terran woman back to her master. Trev, on the other hand, insists that she’s the key to ending the eternal winter on their planet. Whatever they decide to do with her, one thing’s for sure: the curvy Terran is nothing but trouble.

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alien pleasuresALIEN PLEASURES by Sinistre Ange

Desperate to escape Earth and the overbearing chieftan who wants to make her one of his miserable wives, Shansa’s only option is to flee with the Torians who visit her village regularly. The alien traders are willing to do just about anything for the right price, and Shansa’s in no position to bargain over their terms.

Fortunately for Shansa, working off her transport debt in a luxury pleasure house turns out to be anything but a hardship. Every alien she meets has some new and fantastic way to drive her wild with ecstasy. It’s not long before she begins to see herself living this life long after the Torians are repaid.

But when Shansa meets an alien who wants her all to himself, he threatens a lot more than just her very enjoyable gig.

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dragons jewelDRAGONS JEWEL (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Gianna Harris doesn’t think twice when joining a program seeking surrogates for an alien shifter planet whose female population was decimated during war. It’s better than grieving a mother who doesn’t remember her. With tears, Gianna says her goodbyes then travels to planet Daeria where she meets not one, but two sexy dragons who claim she’s their mate.

As the dragon king and leader of the shifter council, Voss has a duty to rebuild the planet after a shifter war destroyed everything. The surrogate program was supposed to be simple. The female volunteers are assigned to the shifter species they want and are not forced to do anything they don’t want.

When Voss caught the scent of one of the first females to arrive at the spaceport, he and his best friend, Azar, break a few rules to claim their true mate. They steal her away from the wolves she was assigned to. And a particular wolf wants her badly enough to start another war if she isn’t turned over.

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donners fated mateDONNER’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Jack, a quad shifter from North Pole City, has come to the human world on the advice of Mrs. Claus, who is certain he’ll meet his fated mate at a small-town bar.

Ivy Donovan just wants to write music and sing, feeling most at home with her beloved guitar on her knee and a song in her heart. After parting ways with her bandmates on less than friendly terms, she’s been the Holly’s Bar house band all by herself.

When Jack takes a job at the bar, he can’t keep his eyes off Ivy. She calls to his beasts, and he knows in his heart that she’s his fated mate. He takes her to a remote cabin to get her away from the toxic mess her former band created. A walk in the woods takes a terrifying turn, and he’s forced to change forms in front of her to protect her.

In the snowy dark night, Ivy has to make a choice – run away, or stay with the only man who has ever truly touched her heart.
Can she lay her heart on the line for a man who has a larger-than-life secret, or will this be the last time she has a chance at love.

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canyon road christmasA CANYON ROAD CHRISTMAS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 4)  by Christine Pope

Rafe and Miranda Castillo already had everything they wanted for Christmas…each other. But with the clan pushing for a “proper” wedding ceremony, what was supposed to be a quiet, romantic Christmas has quickly morphed into a whirlwind of frantic activity.

In between squeezing in a pre-holiday booking at the Cathedral in Santa Fe, searching for a wedding dress, and dealing with inter-clan etiquette, Rafe and Miranda manage to sneak in a few intimate moments.

But when Rafe’s cousin Sophia calls, he finds himself with an unexpected loose end to tie up. If it’s not properly sealed and locked away, it could come back to throw a shadow on the clan’s future.

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vampire with benefitsVAMPIRE WITH BENEFITS by E J Russell

Silent film actor Casimir Moreau had imagined that life as a vampire would be freewheeling and glamorous. Instead, he’s plunged into a restrictive society whose rules he runs afoul of at every turn. To “rehabilitate” him, the vampire council orders him mated to an incubus with impeccable breeding who’ll mold Cas into the upstanding vampire he ought to be. Or else.

As an inactive beaver shifter, construction engineer Rusty Johnson has fought—and overcome—bias and disrespect his entire life. But when his longtime boyfriend leaves him for political reasons, Rusty is ready to call it a day. Next stop? Supernatural Selection and his guaranteed perfect mate, a bear shifter living far away from Rusty’s disapproving clan.

But then a spell snafu at Supernatural Selection robs both men of their intended husbands. Rusty can’t face returning to his clan, and Cas needs somebody on his arm to keep the council happy, so they agree to pretend to be married. Nobody needs to know their relationship is fake—especially since it’s starting to feel suspiciously like the real thing.

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arms of the archanARMS OF THE ARCHAN by Various

Warrior Awakening A broken winged warrior rises from the sea to battle for his throne. An heiress flees Earth to reclaim her life. She alone can temper his violent power… but can he find sanity in time to save her from her dark past?
Warrior Enflamed A sultry lounge singer in debt to the mob. A winged warrior determined to claim his Muse. He will seduce her to his will—he will kill to keep her in his power. But the Mob has other ideas. Perrine owes them a debt—and now it’s time to pay up, or pay the price. Warrior Avenged: NEW RELEASE!
Defeat the enemy. Claim his only daughter as forfeit. Guard his heart from temptation. . . Reclusive warrior Deshua demands vengeance for the murder of his Wolves, claiming possession of his enemy’s only daughter in recompense. He intends she pay for her father’s sins—no Archan’s daughter is innocent, after all.

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ravage charity parkersonRAVAGE (HELLISH BOOK 8) by Charity Parkerson

Everything began with a stupid accident. As usual, Shepherd hadn’t been paying attention when he sliced Raff’s skin. His unwitting move left Raff scarred and revealed Shepherd’s fate as the southeast pack leader’s mate. It’s a position he doesn’t want.

Raff and Dante have been a couple for over fifty years. Despite knowing they aren’t each other’s fated mate, their love is strong and real. Until fate shows its hand, tearing them apart. Raff puts his foot down and refuses to claim Shepherd. Shepherd wants no part of being claimed. Meanwhile, Dante is trying his damnedest to lick his wounds and accept his loss. No one is coming out the winner in their standoff.

But when a demon comes calling, offering Shepherd a way to fix the damage he’s caused, someone will have to break. Otherwise, they all might end up doomed.

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blood for the spillingBLOOD FOR THE SPILLING (STUDIES IN DEMONOLOGY BOOK 3) by TJ Nichols

Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire–a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.

Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.

Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together–not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?

Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.

No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.

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nemesisNEMESIS (IMMORTELLE BOOK 1) by Elle Cross

I have been called many names in my long life.
Kali. Hel. Santa Muerta.
To the Cabal, I am simply Immortelle.

As the daughter of Nyx and sister to the Furies, I was used to being an ever-living weapon to the Powers That Be that run the Cabal.
As the mistress to War, Death gloried in the carnage I wrought as I danced with Mischief and Strife.
Until one day, I fell in love with a mortal human who called me by other names.
Lover. Partner. Wife.

He gifted me with love and peace, and I thought I could be happy.
And then too soon, he died.
I mourned his death for one year and one day.
On the next day, they came for me. Like I knew they would.
War. Death. Mischief. Strife.
Except they didn’t come to recruit me back. They came to tell me how my husband truly died.
Now, I have taken on another name… an older name… one that I hadn’t worn in a long, long time…
Nemesis.

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all foxed upALL FOXED UP (THE CHAOS OF FOXES BOOK 2) by Emma Dean

Kenzie made a deal with the foxes to live with them for six months in exchange for the potion that saved her sister’s life. What she didn’t expect was how much it felt like home, more than the house she’d lived in her entire life. But this agreement doesn’t change the one she made with the Alpha of the West Coast Pride – and it isn’t humans breaking into his warehouses, but something much, much worse.

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push mountain bears book 1PUSH (MOUNTAIN BEARS BOOK 1) by Becca Fanning

Jake Billings is too dangerous to love.

The Zenith Paranormal Organization is the last line of offense against the drug cartels.
This elite crew of Shifters will do whatever is necessary to bring these criminals to justice.

Jake Billings is a man transformed. This is literal when his Inner Bear comes forth to destroy his enemies, but it’s also true of what his time in the USMC did to him. The things he saw and did hardened him into what he is now: a ZPO operative. Losing his mother to an overdose gives him a drive unmatched by more mundane law enforcement. Hot on the trail of the vermin poisoning this small West Virginia town, he is thrown a curve-ball when he has to become protector instead of hunter. Who is this young lady that makes him feel like no one ever has before?

Stephanie Simmons is living a life according to her plan. As a very successful paralegal, she gets to focus on the work that has come to take up her life, and that’s just fine with her. Who needs men, anyway? Their needs, their demands, their jealousy…it’s just not part of her plan. But after a terrifying night where she loses consciousness, she realizes that she can’t do it all alone and she should be open to what the world throws at her.
To hell with her plan. Life is for living.

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winter wonderlandWINTER WONDERLAND: A NOCTURNE FALLS COLLECTION by Various

This Nocturne Falls Universe Christmas quartet contains four stories of holiday goodness.

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happy howlidaysHAPPY HOWLIDAYS SHIFTERS IN LIVE by Various

VS note: No blurb given for the collection, 11 individual blurbs on ebook seller page.

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drakons tearDRAKON’S TEAR (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON BOOK 6) by NJ Walters

Dying isn’t an option. I’ve survived a kidnapping and now I’m on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. I’m Abigail Owens and I can sense gemstones. There’s nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. But when I find a beautiful stone at a tiny shop in Moscow, I have no idea it’s a drakon tear, or that I’ve just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I’m just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I’m drawn to him in a way I hadn’t thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn’t be risking his life to help me. He’s wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there’s a hundred percent chance I’m about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

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unexpected giftsUNEXPECTED GIFTS (THE CHATTANOOGA SUPERNATURALS BOOK 9) by Candace Blevins

Polly was nearly killed in a vampire battle near the end of the American Civil War. Her body needed time to heal, but she awakens into a startling future no one in the eighteen hundreds could’ve possibly dreamed of. To further complicate things, Polly wakes a week before Thanksgiving, so she’ll have to navigate the craziness of modern day Christmas on top of everything else.

Jayce is an ancient vampire who’s taking it easy while he lives under this identity. He was a famous physicist in the roaring twenties, but he’s currently a bartender, where everyone knows him as Ace. Abbott assigns the super-genius to teach Polly about this world she’s awakened to — with cars, airplanes, indoor plumbing, and smartphones with a camera in every human’s hand.

Cole is a bear shifter, and is Jayce’s partner. Lover. Whatever. Cole is a physics professor and doesn’t have time for silly labels — nor is he thrilled with the prospect of having a seven hundred year old former Queen of England living in their home. If she thinks he’s bowing to her, she’ll be sorely disappointed.

Sergei was abducted from foster care by an evil vampire as a child, and turned into a werewolf. Abbott rescued him when he took over Maryland, and he’s living with Jayce and Cole, employed as their house manager, but he wants to be so much more to them.

Two vampires, a grizzly bear, and a werewolf. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but these four living under one roof is serious business. Follow them through an extraordinary Christmas season as they each find ways to offer Unexpected Gifts.

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tigers claimTIGER’S CLAIM (SHIFTER ROGUES BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle

Jaguar shifter Stella Moore has one thing on her mind – to take down the anti-shifter organization that destroyed her family. Her plans are going perfectly until a sexy-as-sin stranger throws off her game and decides the only way they can both avoid getting caught is to claim her as his girlfriend. Wait! What?Now she has to fly to a tropical island and play along because the alternative is…deadly.
Most people know Cole Turner as an uber-wealthy playboy – not as a tiger shifter who’s part of a special ops team to protect his kind. Now his undercover mission has been compromised by a redheaded bombshell, and every animal instinct he has is screaming mate. To survive among so many enemies, they’ll have to keep up their romantic act, find their intel… and absolutely not fall in love along the way.
dragon vip peridotDRAGON VIP: PERIDOT (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES (BOOK 8) by Starla Night

Disgraced. Damaged. Dull. Dragon-shifter Peridot has been called all that and more. Exiled to Earth, he will prove himself and answer his boss’s question: What is the mysterious “spirit” of Christmas?

One enticing woman can give him that answer. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to forget his past and taste her forbidden sweetness…

Curvy. Klutzy. Cinnamon-scented.Karmel knows all about silent longing. She’s the queen of falling — on her face, usually, in front of the guy she most wants to impress. But when a little Christmas magic turns Peridot into her rescuer, she discovers the ice-cold business dragon conceals a hot-blooded male. And he makes her sugar plums dance the cha-cha.

Except for one little thing…
Can Karmel teach Peridot the true meaning of Christmas, or are they both about to get burned?

mercenaries of the stolen moonTHE MERCENARIES OF THE STOLEN MOON (TALES OF THE HIGH COURT BOOK 4) by Megan Derr
For twenty years Myra has served the High King, so familiar, respected, and envied the rest of the palace calls him the High Secretary. For twenty years he has kept his secrets buried, and after so long he dares to believe he has left his past behind. But during the Festival of Harmony, tragedy strikes, and Myra’s past is dragged into the present.

Once third in command of Fathoms Deep, Charlaine is used to shadows and secrets, but even he is shocked to learn what his best friend, and the man he secretly loves, has been hiding all these years. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, he doesn’t know what to do—except whatever it takes to help his friends.

Though Jac is a member of the Three-headed Dragons and primary bodyguard to the High Consort, she is used to being overlooked and underestimated. But she didn’t earn her spurs by backing down, and she’s not about to do so now—even if she must defy the High Throne itself to save the man she’s falling in love with.

ash bearASH BEAR (DAUGHTER OF BEASTS BOOK 3) by T S Joyce
Grim is the reluctant Alpha of the Rogue Pride Crew, and just trying to get from one day to the next without maiming his Crew. Controlling one animal is hard enough for shifters, but Grim is the only one in existence with two animals—a good lion and a monstrous lion named the Reaper. His life has been turned upside down after he fled his old Pride, and landed in a trailer park of lumberjacks in the heart of dragon territory. He’s Grim during the day and the Reaper at night, and life can’t get much more complicated. That is until he runs into a shy, blue-haired, curvy stunner named Ashlynn Kane. Ash might be just the distraction Grim needs to keep his inner Reaper from tearing his new Crew apart, but the closer he gets to her, the more he starts to believe in a bigger future for himself. And the more he believes, the more turmoil finds him and his new Crew.

Ash Kane is a simple girl who got left behind. Her best friends have joined a new Rogue Pride Crew, and no one calls anymore. Her life has become routine, and quiet, and lonely. That is, until her friends come back for a short visit and bring one monstrous, dual-personality Alpha lion shifter named Grim. She’s submissive, and he’s about as dominant as they come, and they shouldn’t be a good match, but she’s not scared of him, and here’s why. Her instincts are screaming that deep down, that trouble-makin’ man has good in him. She’s falling hard for him, but Grim is being hunted and haunted by a ghost from his past that could annihilate them both and ignite a war in Damon’s Mountains.

Good lion, bad lion, good lion, bad lion.
Half of Grim is salvageable, but always beware of the Reaper.

griffin for christmasA GRIFFIN FOR CHRISTMAS by Zoe Chant
Emilia Lopez has hated the holiday season ever since she got her heart broken on Christmas Eve. Now, she relies only on herself as she cares for the rescue dogs she’s taken in. There’s no room in her busy life for anyone else – until the hottest guy she’s ever seen crashes through her shed roof in the middle of a snowstorm.

As an agent of the elite Shifter Patrol Corps, griffin shifter Rowan Stanton doesn’t take days off. How can he, when there are shifter criminals to bring to justice? But in hot pursuit of his latest foe, a raging snowstorm and an unfortunate encounter with a roof send him tumbling into the arms of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen… who just happens to be his fated mate.

Sizzling attraction flares into white-hot romance – but with a dangerous criminal closing in, how can Rowan protect the stubbornly independent Emilia? He might have destroyed her shed, but can he break down the walls she’s built around her heart?

swordheartSWORDHEART by T Kingfisher
VS Note: Unclear how much romance there is.
Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle’s estate… and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws… and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all.
mate for sethA MATE FOR SETH (FORBIDDEN SHIFTERS) by Selena Scott
Seth Durant and his alpha brothers don’t have a lot of incentive to tell anyone they’re wolf shifters. As unregistered shifters living in secrecy, their very existence is technically illegal. Keeping that secret at all costs has been the number one rule the Durant brothers have lived by for nearly their entire lives.

As soon as he sees the beautiful, goofy, messy former Olympian, straight-laced Seth knows he’s met someone who just might change his life forever. Determined to get closer to Sarah while also determined to keep his family’s secret, Seth has to balance the life of being a human man with the life of being a wolf shifter in an inhospitable world.

Sarah, as drawn to Seth as he is to her, can’t understand why the kind, generous hottie next door is so secretive. She’s never known someone to be so desperate to know her while also throwing up so many roadblocks. With a complicated family history of her own, Sarah has to decide whether Seth is worth all the secrets. And when his secret is blown, she has to decide if she’ll be able to live outside the law with the love of her life.

court of alphasCOURT OF ALPHAS (THRONE OF  WOLVES BOOK 2) by River Ramsey
Me? A princess?
Royal ballgowns and I don’t mix, especially not when you throw in a bunch of stuffy old bureaucrats. I’m struggling to come to terms with my life in the royal palace, my newly reunited twin brother, and the alphas who’ve sworn their allegiance to me.

If my traitorous “father” gets his way, I’m gonna need all the help I can get, but that doesn’t make sorting out my feelings for Christopher, Rowan and James easy. Then there’s Mace, who’s turned double dealing into an art form.

No one ever said being a royal was easy. I just never thought it would be this bloody.

alpha bornALPHA BORN: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL BOOK 02 by D R Rosier
Nick Stanton is an alpha wolf shifter. He’s also a rogue, and had lost his pack almost forty years ago due to treachery. He lives a quiet life, and has to uproot and move every few years. He avoids the cities and anywhere fae might be found, and lives his life by his morals and honor his father taught. His world is about to become rather complicated, as a gang of rogue shifters won’t let him be.

Kalia Moore is a black tiger shifter, and then some, though her family doesn’t know about her other gift yet. Unchosen by the male cat shifters of her generation, she’s doomed to live a life without a mate, and children. The sexy cat shifters don’t have it easy, when the males of their kind pass them over. She loves her pride, and the cat shifter sisters in her life, but when she hears her Nephilim brother found love with an angel, and there was some inter-species breeding going on in his new home and refuge for rogues, she decided to take a chance. What did she have to lose?

synergySYNERGY (THE ETHER BOOK 1) by Belle Roberts
Running. Hiding. Nightmares. For the past five years, that’s all I’ve known, which was why escaping to Olsen Bay was supposed to be a new start. A safe haven we could call home… A place I could finally be free.

But Fate had other plans. Four beautiful, tall, handsome and broad-shouldered men with crystal clear eyes walk into my life, and I’m captivated.

They’re mysterious and intriguing, and something about them has me gravitating in their direction until things start to happen that I can’t explain. Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about myself, my parents, and the world around me is thrown into jeopardy.

Who are they? What do they want from me? And why? Between them, the pendant, and unexplainable magic happenings, I’m about to make a startling discovery. One that could change the course of my life for good. Or, could it be bad?

My name is Ella Anderson, and with the help of my Guardians, this is how I saved our world.

dragon knight of khothDRAGON KNIGHT OF KHOTH (DRAGON WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 17) by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
Lorne is a dragon knight to his core. He joined the Khoth Maahes as a young dragon and quickly rose to second Lieutenant. His days are spent fighting the Unseelie and guarding the royal family. When the Cuelebre King assigns Lorne to play bodyguard to Cambree, the realm’s hottest commodity, he is insulted. His skills are better suited for battle, not following a dragon-breeder around town. His arrogance results in Cambree being attacked, and the female adds insult to injury by firing him. Determined to earn her trust and respect, Lorne sets out to ensure her ongoing safety, but finds himself undeniably drawn to the female. Their passion burns hotter than his dragon fire, but Lorne isnt the only male vying for her attention. He’s prepared to go down in flames to win her heart, but if he isn’t careful, that’s exactly what will happen.

Cambree enjoys her quiet life. Too shy for her own good, she prefers to melt in the shadows where she’s lived her entire life. When the king returns to Khoth, and resumes the ancient ceremony identifying fertile females, Cambree is shocked when she is chosen. She’s never been on a single date and is suddenly the focus of every male on Khoth. The irrisistible, sexy knight assigned to protect Cambree stirs a desire she’s never felt before, but when she needs Lorne the most, he’s nowhere to be found. Then Cambree draws the attention of the most dangerous creature in the realm, and becomes the target of a sinister plan that could rob the Cuelebre dragons of their ability to procreate.

Will Lorne and Cambree find their happily ever after, or will the entire dragon species burn away like embers of a fire?

crystal casters mirror realmCRYSTAL CASTERS: MIRROR REALM (THE CRYSTAL CASTERS SERIES BOOK 2) by Jenn Nixon
Zorin had hoped Mergan’s imprisonment in the Mirror Realm would set him free, but her presence pervades everything, even his mind. Every day that passes, her taunts and control strengthen, testing his newly realized feelings for Cyndra. Although the island has been a refuge, he must convince Cyndra and Rune to leave, once again, to find the remaining casters on the mainland before it’s too late.

Cyndra’s growing elemental powers continue to test her bond with Zorin, making it difficult to stay on their mission to save everyone stuck in the mirror. Old friends and new memories help Cyndra come to terms with her traumatic past, but when Zorin is trapped in the very prison he has protected for twenty-five years, Cyndra will sacrifice everything to save him and heal the world.

sweet clematisSWEET CLEMATIS (BEING(S) IN LOVE BOOK 9 ) by R Cooper
Clematis works hard to embody every fairy stereotype. He can be a sulky prince or a submissive flirt, slutty and arrogant or silly and soft. He makes himself into whatever causes someone to want him. Combine that with beauty that’s incredible even for a fairy, and everyone wants him sooner or later… just not for long.

Well, everyone except the fairy Clematis secretly adores. But then, he’s never expected happily ever after, not when he’s spent years burying his emotions and making himself unlovable to push people away and protect his heart.

But his curse changes all that, and Clematis can no longer prevent his feelings from rising to the surface. He’s terrified that when his few friends see him for who he really is, they’ll abandon him, just like his parents did.

It’s hard to imagine friends who see past his act to the sweet person within, but maybe happiness has been in front of him the entire time, waiting for the real Clematis to break free and blossom.

mortal wordTHE MORTAL WORD (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY BOOK 5) by Genevieve Cogman
VS Note: Not a romance but the series sounded intriguing.
When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris to start their investigation.

Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are being held as hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder–but was it a dragon, a Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?

waking the godsWAKING THE GODS (THEIR DARK VALKYRIE BOOK 4) by Eva Chase
There’s no peace for this recently resurrected valkyrie. Asgard’s greatest enemy intends to claim both the realm of the gods and the realm of humans for himself, and with the army he’s amassed, the odds aren’t on our side.

Even worse? It turns out the gods aren’t so immortal after all. If this power-hungry giant gets his way, my four new lovers will lose not just their home but their lives as well.

As we gather more gods to join the fight, old tensions flare up. I’m starting to think there isn’t strength in numbers, only a whole lot of arguing. How can I help save the realms when the divine newcomers see me as nothing more than a servant of Valhalla?

In this final battle, we either win or lose everything. But I’m Aria Watson, and I’ll die all over again before I let a giant destroy both my worlds.

mr darcys enchantmentMR DARCY’S ENCHANTMENT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION by Abigail Reynolds
In a Regency England where magic and faeries are real…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a powerful magician who controls fire, water, and wind. What he cannot control is his growing feelings for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

Elizabeth’s sentiments towards Darcy are quite different. She detests his arrogance, and she fears he will expose her use of forbidden magic – forbidden to women, that is. He is the last man in the world she would choose to help her on a difficult and dangerous task.

But when a magical war looms between the land of Faerie and their world, a Lord of Faerie demands that Darcy and Elizabeth serve together as his emissaries to make peace with the other mortals. That mission throws them into the middle of a chaotic power struggle between magicians whose power dwarfs their own, and everything Elizabeth has ever believed about her family, her friends, and her enemies will be called into question.

hidden depthsHIDDEN DEPTHS (MERMEN AND MAGIC BOOK 5) by L M Brown

Jake Seabrook, a human descendant of Medina, the Atlantean Goddess of Love, never asked for magical powers. Unfortunately, not only does he have them, but they are also growing stronger as more of the Atlantean gods wake from their long slumber.

When Jake develops the power to hear the thoughts of anyone thinking about love, lust or sex, it is strange and embarrassing, but also reveals cracks in his relationship with his mermen lovers, Kyle and Finn. If they are going to continue to live as a ménage, they will have to learn to be honest with each other.

With Jake’s powers out of control and their relationship on shaky ground, the last thing any of them need is a crisis in the sunken city.

The Atlantean gods want to regain the powers they lost when the Atlantean people were banished from the city, but the solution will leave the mer who live in the city no choice but to evacuate and search for a new home or risk exposing the existence of the mer to the whole world.

Kyle and Finn return to Atlantis to help with the evacuation and insure the safety of their families, but time is not on their side. When Atlantis rises, the consequences could tear apart their ménage forever.

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rowankindROWANKIND by Jacey Bedford
VS note: Not romance but looked good. I must be in the mood for intriguing fantasy series with romantic elements today!
What do you do with a feral wolf shapechanger who won’t face up to his responsibilities? How do you contain magical creatures accidentally loosed into Britain’s countryside? How do you convince a crew of barely-reformed pirates to go straight when there’s smuggling to be done? How do you find a lost notebook full of deadly spells while keeping out of the clutches of its former owner? How do you mediate between a mad king and the seven lords of the Fae?

Ross and Corwen, she a witch and he a shapechanger, have several problems to solve but they all add up to the same thing. How do you make Britain safe for magic users?

It’s 1802. A tenuous peace with France is making everyone jumpy. The Fae, and therefore Ross and Corwen at their behest, have unfinished business with Mad King George, who may not be as mad as everyone thinks–or if he is, he’s mad in a magical way. The Fae have left mankind alone up to now because they don’t care to get involved with mortals, but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re harmless.

choices mercedes lackeyCHOICES (VALDEMAR) by Mercedes Lackey and Others
VS note: Fantasy. I used to love when Andre Norton would invite others to ‘play’ in her Witch World, so I was attracted to this anthology.
The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages–and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents–combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more–make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

black future monthHOW LONG ‘TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?: STORIES by N K Jemisin
VS Note: Not romance but of note this week.
Three-time Hugo Award winner N. K. Jemisin’s first collection of short fiction challenges and enchants with breathtaking stories of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.
Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.
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VS Note: Highlighting my Alien Empath scifi romance series! Kidnapped by the interstellar crime syndicate, fighting for freedom, each falling in love with a human…at all major ebook sellers! Can be read in any order…
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 21

November 14

November 7

October 31

October 24

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.

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Are You Scaring Her Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE, the next book in the series, actually released this past week so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it in December.)

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.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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 from the Sectors 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 excerpt – Lily is alone in her office with Vattan, who has been stalking her.

Vattan reached out and snagged one of the long red strands of her hair with his talons, pulling her carefully controlled hairstyle into messy disarray, “So pretty – like fire in the sunshine.”

Footsteps sounded outside, and she hoped for a rescue, although the encounter was bound to be embarrassing for her. She was terrified if no one interrupted him, Vattan was going to overpower her and assault her right here in the office.

A young cub burst into the room, clutching an armful of handhelds, “I’m sorry I’m late, Miss Lily.”

It was Yonn, chosen earlier, before classes, for the honor of being her teacher’s aide today. Delivering the devices was his final duty of the day. He skidded to a halt, eyes narrowed, “What’s going on? Do you need help?”

Moving away from her slightly, Vattan wheeled, his fangs and talons appearing, and he snarled at the boy, advancing on him, “This is none of your business, cub; Get out and keep your mouth shut.”

Yonn stood his ground, dropping the handhelds and deploying his own childish claws and small fangs, “Miss Lily smells scared, like prey. Are you scaring her?”

TimturFinalThe blurb: 

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.

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

gabe badari warriorsAnd the blurb for my new release, Gabe

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday November 21

prime targetAs 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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PRIME TARGET (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Monette Michaels

VS Note: This one sounds interesting – actually, when I looked at the series, I was intrigued so I went back and bought the first book and it’s waiting on my kindle LOL.

Former Prime sex surrogate Susa Anghard has never been off her planet, let alone out of the Cejuru solar system. While she isn’t naive about men and what they want, she isn’t prepared for the predatory males who now have her in their sights. When she’s kidnapped on her way to a galactic rim jump station to visit her cousin Borac, she has no expectations of being rescued. She vows to free herself or die trying.

When Borac Anghard asks Damon Martin to intercept his cousin Susa’s transport and escort her to their jump station, Damon agrees. When he arrives to meet Susa’s ship, he finds she’s been kidnapped by Dorian mercenaries. He goes in hot pursuit and prays he finds her before she’s delivered to the person who paid for the kidnapping.

When Damon catches up with the kidnappers, he hadn’t expected to find the resourceful Susa in the act of getting away. And he really hadn’t expected to be so attracted to her. An attraction that could go nowhere—she was his business partner’s cousin and Damon still wasn’t over losing the only woman he’d ever loved.

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men of the north athleteTHE ATHLETE (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 8) by Elin Wynn

When Hunter Hercules, the biggest soccer star in the Northlands, is transferred to play in the Motherlands, he’s mad as hell. Not only is their style of soccer different, but they have mixed teams and his female captain, Emanuela, calls him unsophisticated and claims that she’s a better player than him. What a fucking joke!

The whole thing is ridiculous and infuriating to Hunter. That’s why when the soccer club sends all the players on a team-building trip, Hunter shows up determined to put the little woman in her place. It should have been easy, but Emanuela isn’t a normal sweet Motlander he can push around. She’s competitive to the bone, and when Hunter plays dirty she’s fast to adapt and hit him back tenfold.
Someone should have warned her not to mess with an Nman.

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in love with alien santa clausIN LOVE WITH THE ALIEN SANTA by Zara Zenia

Do you believe in Santa?

Yeah, Kris doesn’t either. But since his ship got stranded above earth, and an antigravity accident left him with flying reindeer,he’s decided to make the legend come to life. The presents he brings aren’t the traditional dolls and rocking horses. Instead he finds kids who need help—serious help—and gives it to them.

Cancer cured. Houses fixed. Parents healed.

There’s one little girl he helped years ago who he’s kept tabs on. And she’s grown into a beautiful woman. He’s forced himself to keep his distance, but when an equipment malfunction gets him stuck in a chimney, Blitzen brings her to his rescue.

Will she be able to accept him? Or will the truth of his identity drive her away?

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captive desireCAPTIVE DESIRE (PLANET OF DESIRE BOOK 2) by Robin Lovett

VS Note: Highly recommended by Suzanne at the Love In Panels blog

Gahnin, a Ssedez general, hasn’t had a woman since his first mate died a century ago. And since his kind can live for a thousand years, he’s still bound by traditional mourning. If he breaks mourning, he could lose his position in the Ssedez military. His friends and family. Everything.

That means no falling in love. No lust. No sex. For another century.

Then he’s ordered to guard Assura, a human woman and military special operative, on a planet whose atmosphere causes a sexual arousal so fierce, it drives people insane if it isn’t satisfied.

Even though he tries to keep Assura at arm’s length, he’s hooked. Forbidden desire called to life by a human, the same species who killed his first mate. Assura needs his body if she is going to live. But if he gives in to his passion, it could destroy him.

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annie morphsANNIE MORPHS: A SCIFI MORPHING GENDER TRANSFORMATION ROMANCE by Alyson Belle

On a cold night in an abandoned construction site, a dying alien grants five brave children the power to morph into any animal or person they can touch so that they can fight back against a secret invasion of evil, mind-controlling slugs called the “Yucks.” Arnold knows this because he was there, hiding behind a half-built wall, and saw everything. He even accidentally got the same powers the children did!

But when Arnold realizes it’s not a joke, and that he really can transform into any being he touches, he decides he wants no part of a terrifying battle against alien invaders. Instead he grabs the form of a hot stripper and sets off to make a new life for himself in Las Vegas as a body-morphing con artist who uses the bodies of sexy young women to steal from every casino in town.

His plan works perfectly right up until the night when he stays morphed for a little too long and accidentally gets stuck in one of his gorgeous, borrowed bodies. Now, robbed of his powers and with no choice but to learn to live his life as “Annie,” he doesn’t know where to turn for help. Even worse, the horrible alien Yucks may have finally caught up with him.

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draekon rogueDRAEKON ROGUE: EXILED TO THE PRISON PLANET by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

The prison planet is a dumpster fire. War is coming.

The Draekons are on high-alert. I’m freaking out. The Zorahn soldiers are looking for the nine human women that crash-landed on the prison planet, and whether we like it or not, they intend to send us back home. 

Then I get captured by two hot hunky alien warriors…Cax, leader of the fabled lost city of the Draekons. Hurux, the commander who wants to send me back to Earth.
And they’re my new mates. 

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sold to the athim princeSOLD TO THE ATHIM PRINCE by Hollie Hutchins

I bought a human bride. Her father, the president, sold her to me, and now she is mine. I’m a conqueror. A warrior. A destroyer. And a prince.

A human wife will show the Universe just how powerful I am. My best acquisition yet. She is already difficult. On her first night here she complained about the pajamas I got her. It was called “lingerie”, as it seems, not pajamas. I tried getting human things for her to feel at home. But I can’t know everything, right?

She is afraid of me. I won’t touch her —I am not the monster they think I am. But my heart is cold, and my soul has turned into stone.

My duty is to protect her. Her duty is to serve my crown.

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surprising their mateSURPRISING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 7) by Kallista Dane

I never dreamed I’d celebrate my first Christmas ever on a strange world halfway across the galaxy.

Growing up back on Earth, it was just another day at the Institute, where I lived after my parents died. There was no Santa Claus, no tree. And definitely no presents.

Maybe that’s why I’m determined to make this first Christmas with my new family special. So far, the cookies I’ve baked either look bad or taste awful. And my hot warrior twins would rather have kinky Tharan sex with me than shop for gifts or make ornaments… (more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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stolen by the alien gladiatorSTOLEN BY THE ALIEN GLADIATOR by Leslie Chase

Snatched from Earth by aliens. Taken to the stars, and sold at auction. Nothing prepared Emma for days like this. Only one of the aliens seems to have her interests at heart, but how can she trust him? Athazar may be the hottest man, human or alien, that she’s ever seen — but does that mean that he’s on her side?

Ex-gladiator Athazar didn’t intend to rescue anyone from the market. But that was before he saw Emma: a human female who sets his soul on fire. He can’t abandon her to her fate, even if that means joining her in chains.

Ending up on the sands of the arena together, Athazar is forced to fight to protect his new-found mate. But when enemies from his past return, will his skill and bravery be enough to save Emma? Or will the past he tried to leave behind doom both him and the woman he loves?

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burning magusTHE BURNING MAGUS (BLUE UNICORN BOOK 3) by Don Allmon

JT was a perfectly happy orc building cars in the Arizona desert until his old friend and sometimes lover Austin showed up and talked him into one last crime. Now “one last crime” has snowballed. With a new team of thieves—a supersoldier, a hacker, a driver, a graffiti artist, and a seafaring wizard—JT and Austin are determined to free an artificial intelligence from the dungeon of the Burning Magus.

For JT, this job is more than a prison break; it’s a do-over of The Job That Went Bad two years ago, the catastrophe in which JT lost his closest friend and then chose to abandon everything, even Austin. Maybe this time no one will die. Maybe this time JT can return to Arizona and bury his old life for good.

Except Austin won’t be buried. After two years alone, Austin knows he wants JT—not just as a partner in crime, but as the lover he always should have been. Maybe this time they won’t make the same mistakes, especially when it comes to each other.

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her cold blooded masterHER COLD BLOODED MASTER (LEVEKK INVADERS BOOK 2) by Lea Linnett

All Ellie has ever wanted is freedom, but that’s hard to find when Earth is under levekk rule. She’ll do anything for a better life under the domes of the city–even pledge herself to work as a housemaid for a member of the same alien species she’s supposed to fear.

Except her new boss isn’t the clean-cut senator that he pretends to be.

His icy eyes are like daggers, and his presence is captivating, but captivity isn’t what Ellie signed up for. Signing that contract was meant to free her from poverty, not snare her in an entirely new type of cage.–

Helik has been trapped in a lie for so long that he’s forgotten who the real him even is. Instead, he defines himself by what he tries not to be: deviant, hungry, wrong.

But Ellie is in his life, in his home, under his skin. She threatens to crack open the perfect mask that holds his self-control, and he fears the darkness that hides beneath.
Can he master his desire for her? Or will he condemn them both?

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satedSATED (JANE THORNTON BOOK 3) by C E Black

There’s more at stake than just her heart. When all is not as it seems, and the good guys become the enemy, Jane has to decide what’s more important… Keeping the ones she loves or saving humanity.

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miracle of the beastMIRACLE OF THE BEAST (A WINTER STARR BOOK 2) by Starr Huntress and Sonia Nova

Leaving Earth was no longer safe as a human woman…Offered a trainee position in the Alliance, Hazel is on her way to Inea, the First Planet of the Alliance. She’s sad to miss the holiday season on Earth, and more than a bit concerned about the recent Krezlian attacks on spaceships leaving the solar system, but there’s no turning back now.

When her worst nightmare comes true and the Krezlians attack the ship she’s on, Hazel can only put her trust on a beastly Ezak-X Alliance soldier.
But why does she feel so drawn to him…?

The word “vacation” didn’t exist in the Ezak-X vocabulary…Zeriq couldn’t have it worse. Just as he’s on leave from the military, unarmed and unprepared, the damned Krezlians attack the Alliance ship he’s on. Although he’d rather join the fight, a small human female tags along with him, clearly expecting him to get her to safety. He can’t just ignore her.

But when their emergency shuttle malfunctions, they find themselves stranded on a frozen alien planet. Far from Inea, possibly even farther from Earth, they must fight the extreme conditions to survive.
And although the temperature on the planet freezes, his body burns for the female.

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alien mechanics junker brideALIEN MECHANIC’S JUNKER BRIDE by Stella Dawn

I’m too busy for love. I’ve got refugee supplies to drop off, self-centered captains to trade with, and a jealous ex to outrun.

Then, my ship breaks down. To top it all off, the massive, muscular, sexy-as-sin alien I’ve hired to fix it thinks I’m his mate.

I don’t care if he’s hotter than the fire his draconic ancestors breathed.
I don’t care how good he is in bed. Or in the cockpit. Or up against the wall.
I don’t even care that he claims we’re fated.

I don’t need a mate, only a mechanic. Or at least that’s what I think until all hell breaks loose. I hate to admit it, but the darkness I’m facing is too much for me to go up against alone. To protect my freedom, I’m going to have to give myself to the dangerous alien stranger who wants to keep me for himself.

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hothars follyHOTHAR’S FOLLY (COLETTI WARLORDS BOOK 9) by Gail Koger

Undercover psychic investigator Casey Jones’ hunt for a traitor in Central Command gets blown all to hell when the crew of the military C130 cargo plane she’s riding on tries to kill her. Drawing on her telekinesis, Casey stops their assassination attempt and bails out as the aircraft goes down in flames.

Casey meets her new partner at eight thousand feet, when Hothar is suddenly wrapped around her like a limpet. He declares he has come to rescue her from a watery death. All the butthead is going to accomplish is getting them both killed. She’s a battle-tested Siren and quite capable of catching the turncoat without his help.

Or maybe not. There’s suddenly a shitload of bad guys trying to kill them. Casey quickly realizes they are an unbeatable team. She’s a bit surprised when the young Coletti warrior brags that he knows how to perform over one hundred sex acts from his mind meld with the Overlord. Does she have a budding Don Juan on her hands? He’s certainly eager to try out every one of those positions. Come to think about it, so is she. But first, they must expose the traitor before billions die.

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generals mateTHE GENERAL’S MATE (THE BLUE SOLACE BOOK 2) by C W Gray

Leti Ando and Will Hackett are certain about one thing in all the galaxy. They love one another. Now that they are mated, it’s time to meet Hack’s parents and settle into their new home. In a normal courtship, the two would spend time getting to know one another and reveling in their love. Normal isn’t what they get.

Leti struggles to understand the artifact Dr. Morrick left them, but what he’s discovering is unbelievable and completely frightening. If his theories are true, then the entire galaxy is at risk. Meanwhile, he tries to adjust to Charybdis Station, deal with his parents, and worse of all, learn to cook. Luckily he has friends, old and new, to help him.

Hack comes home to Charybdis Station, expecting a break from the hectic adventures of the past few months. What he gets are changes, more responsibilities, and a war with the Concord. He’ll deal with it, though. All he has to do is look around him to understand why it’s time to fight back.

Together, the new couple must learn to stand together, to accept and support one another. Their happiness isn’t the only thing at risk.

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flying saucer under my treeFLYING SAUCER UNDER MY TREE by Shyla Colt

Burned out from work and failed relationships, Violet O’Shea is in need of a break. A few weeks at the family cabin seemed like the cure-all. Until a tan warrior built like a Viking crash lands his spaceship and ends up on her front porch.
Xanthus has twelve days until his slave bands become inactive and freedom is gained from the Amazon queen he serves. After a life of being used for the pheromones that incite sexual pleasure, Xanthus is amazed by the woman committed to helping him. Can he convince her their bond is more than a chemical response?

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generationGENERATION: CAGE’S WRECKERS BOOK 1 by E M Garcia

I’m no hero, but I know how to keep one’s seat warm. Ten years ago, my brother saved the galaxy. Now I’m wasting my life as a glorified spokesperson on the ship he left behind.

A sudden act of heroics put me onto the galactic stage in a big way, but the recognition I thought I wanted comes with I price I can’t stand to pay.

I’ll even organize an interstellar road trip to keep from paying it. Just my crew and the Wreckers. His team in the ship they used to save us.

It was supposed to be our goodbye; one last hurrah. If only things were that simple.
Four broken men.
One ship.
A race to secure the future.
I am way above my pay grade.

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garethGARETH (THE NOVA FORCE BOOK 3) by  Vivienne Savage

Living on the run for nine years has made Evangeline a skeptical woman. With a new face and a fabricated identity, she sails the stars as captain of her own mercenary ship. Online virtual reality games return a fraction of the life stolen from her by the Royal Navy’s betrayal.

Gareth’s marriage didn’t survive the loss of his little girl. Since then, he’s thrown all his dedication into military life and training his psychic powers. Dating hasn’t entered the equation, unless one counts the redheaded spitfire he games with online.

When Evie finally invites Gareth to meet her in person at the galaxy’s best entertainment hub, the offer seems too good to be true—because it is. Humanity’s biggest threat has their eye on the space station, and they’ll be in for the fight of their lives.

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spark one of usSPARK (ONE OF US SERIES BOOK 3) by Kim Faulks

The ticking in my head won’t stop. Like a bomb…ready to explode.

My dad has called me Spark since the day they found me wandering down a dark country road when I was nine years old. I was raised with questions. Why does lightning strike when I’m around? 

But my parents aren’t just any parents. My mother becomes a Senator, and starts asking questions. They don’t want her…they want me…And as the storm gathers outside I fight with everything I have. Until the unthinkable happens. The ticking in my head stops…And death comes for those I love. I’m on the run now, hunted by the things I’ve done.Three who will fight to the death to protect me.

And I’ll tear power from the sky to protect them as well.

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tuverTU’VER (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 3) by Elin Wynn

When you know you’re going to die young, you can react in a few ways.
Harden your heart. Fight destiny.
Or roll with the hand you’re dealt and enjoy what time you have.
Archivist Mariella thought all hope of a cure for her disease had been lost long before the Xathi invaded.
The war sped up her timeline, nothing more.
The warriors of the Vengeance? Friends only.
Even if one of them calls to her heart and sparks new desires within her…

Tu’ver and the rest of the K’ver people esteem logic and order above all.
He has a function.
To fight with the crew of the Vengeance. To kill the Xathi. To avenge his people.
So why is he so drawn to the gentle human, Mariella?
And when there’s a chance to obtain information that may cure her, why would he risk everything to save her?

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alien captains claimed brideALIEN CAPTAIN’S CLAIMED BRIDE by Juno Wells

Stacy If it weren’t for all the wounded pouring into her med-center, Stacy might enjoy the novelty of being surrounded by so many admiring dragon males. Even a heads up when a battle was brewing would help. However their taciturn captain left much to be desired when it came to communication.

Just when she was primed to give him a piece of her mind, he offered himself for scourging in punishment for his oversight. The poignant reminder of the abuse he’d suffered at the hands of his former queen melted away her anger. When her guard was down, she had to admit that big, scarred captain was attractive. Guarding her heart from him was going to be a nearly impossible task.

Meric  Draconian queens were deceitful, vicious and thought nothing of digging their claws into a warrior when least expected. Having been a breeder for ten long solars, Meric knew their ways well. Draconian females were hosts for parasites that fed on the pain of others. They’d lull a male into a false sense of security before unleashing horrible physical and emotional abuse.

Humans were unlike the queens he’d known. They seemed open, outgoing and almost innocent compared to Draconian queens. There was no arguing that they were clever and intelligent beings, but Meric harbored reservations about their true motivations.

He’d guard himself until he was sure they weren’t simply more skilled at deception. Especially the lovely healer who had insisted upon joining his crew. Meric knew that he spent far too much time thinking of the fair human female. It took all his discipline as a warrior not to follow her with his eyes and come running when she needed assistance. He refused to allow himself to become enamored with another cruel female, albeit it one wrapped in a beautiful package.

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captive nhys gloverCAPTIVE by Nhys Glover

Abducted from Earth, held prisoner in a surreal cliff-top mansion overlooking the sea with a huge tortured alien, and expected to breed to create a hybrid warrior race capable of taking over the galaxy… Well, let’s just say a shy computer geek like me should be overwhelmed by such a future. But I’m not. And together with the males imprisoned with me, I’ll fight to escape my fate.

But escaping captivity proves far easier to accomplish than avoiding my destiny as the mate of the four alien brothers who claim me as their own. Even if it means rejecting the kind of love I’ve only ever dreamed of, I’ll do anything to save them from themselves and the terrible fate they seem so willing to embrace.

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wayward princeTHE WAYWARD PRINCE (MIND+MACHINE BOOK 2) by Hannah Dare

Since murderous AIs drove humanity from Earth more than a century before, people have been rebuilding civilization. That doesn’t mean the galaxy is anywhere close to being civilized.

A liar and a scoundrel – and he’s the good guy. The thing that Captain Sebastian Garcia values most of all is his ship, The Wayward Prince, and like most of his possessions, it’s something that he stole. Now the ship’s original owner has found Sebastian and he’s looking to collect what he’s owed.

When you want something stolen, call a professional.Ren is someone Sebastian never expected to see again, and the one he never could forget. But Ren’s not offering forgiveness. Unless Sebastian can pull off an impossible heist on a distant planet he’ll lose everything – including a second chance with the man he once betrayed and still cares for.

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josephJOSEPH (CLAN COMPANIONS BOOK 1) by Tracy St John

Released from a criminal psychiatric unit on the planet Kalquor, Joseph Walker starts his life over with the fierce Nobek who scares and entices him in equal measure. Coming from a society where same-sex attraction was punished by death, Joseph finds openly loving another man filled with its share of obstacles. He and Almon are committed to each other, but is it enough?Making matters worse, Almon is not the only Kalquorian enthralled with Joseph. The Earther’s other would-be suitor is determined to go through Almon to get what he wants. He will stop at nothing to take Joseph from Almon…even kill.

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clockwork butterflyCLOCKWORK BUTTERFLY by Kendra Moreno

Victoria Greene would rather spend her time with machines than the high society she comes into contact with in London. She’s happy with her gears and cogs, even if that means she will end up a spinster.

When her father gets the funding for a trip to the Amazon to search for a mythical jewel, she jumps on the chance to come aboard as the Master Tinker. She expected to work on the massive boilers for the airship and to tinker with her mechanical creatures. She never expected the men suddenly thrown into her life making it even more interesting. The inventor, the cowboy, the scholar, and the dreamer are all intrigued by the woman who comes with grease on her face.

But something sinister is amiss aboard the airship and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. Victoria’s suspicion rises the closer they get to Brazil and she must figure out the nefarious plans before it’s too late.

Can Victoria protect them all against the dangers, from onboard and the rainforest alike? Can such an eclectic team work together and find the Temple of the Rising Sun?

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talsons waitTALSON’S WAIT by Marie Harte

VS Note: Previously published.

Domineering, dangerous, and downright huge, Roarke Talson owns Jamie for the next three years. It’s 2139, and the government has found a way to deal with the national debt—indentured service. Jamie might have been duped into debt, but she’s not stupid. She made sure to put a no-sex clause in her contract. There’s just one problem. She can’t stop thinking about her boss.

When Jamie does the wrong thing for the right reason, she assumes Talson will throw her in jail and not think twice. So when she gets an opportunity, she ties him up and escapes. She hadn’t counted on him getting free so quickly, that he might be half alien, or that he’d hunt her down with more than vengeance on his mind.

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wolfs choiceWOLF’S CHOICE (ALPHA HUNGER BOOK 3) by Carina Wilder

Tristan and Ariana have finally revealed their secrets to one another, but there’s a secret that remains…one that will turn both their worlds upside down. When Tristan is faced with an impossible choice, he and his mate will be put to the ultimate test.

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cursed keri arthurCURSED (KINGDOMS OF EARTH AND AIR BOOK 2) by Keri Arthur

Whomsoever draws the sword from the ancient seat of this land shall rule her, and they shall bring peace and prosperity to her people.

For nearly a thousand years, the firstborn son of every Cannamore king has drawn the sword, and the land and her people have indeed prospered. Princess Nyx Bel-Hannon is neither male nor firstborn, but it’s her hand that draws the sword rather than her twin brother’s. Her reward: imprisonment.

But a deep darkness now spreads across the kingdom, and her borders are threatened by creatures capable of magic powerful enough to destroy mountains and split the land asunder. Without the true heir to wield the sword, Cannamore risks annihilation. The king and crown prince want nothing more than to be permanently rid of Nyx, but cannot afford her blood on their hands. Instead, they give her to a fractious warlord in the hope he will do what they dare not.

Nyx has no intention of letting the warlord get in the way of her thirst for revenge or the need to claim her throne. But it’s a quest that may well destroy the kingdom she loves, because Nyx has been cursed by the god of war. It is her destiny to save Cannamore.

Or utterly destroy it.

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dancers fated mateDANCER’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by R E Butler

An invitation to spend Christmas with her cousin and her family is too good for Gabriella Fitzpatrick to pass up. When she awakens in the early morning hours and can’t go back to sleep, she walks into the front room and faces a polar bear, who miraculously changes into her cousin’s husband.

Declan, the second position on the sleigh team, has been waiting forever to find his fated mate. Five of his friends have already found theirs, and he knows it’s just a matter of time before he finds the one female on the planet for him. Just before dawn on Christmas Eve morning, he answers a call in the security office. One of the shifters who lives in the human world shifted in front of a human and doesn’t know what to do. Mrs. Claus tells Declan to use magic to wipe the human’s memories.

When Ellie wakes up, she vividly remembers watching a bear become a human. Declan promises she wasn’t hallucinating, and that he can also change into animals, including one of Santa’s reindeer. He calls her his fated mate and takes her to North Pole City to show her the truth of his world. Will she be willing to stay in NPC with Declan, or will she want to stay in her world forever?

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trysts and burning embersTRYSTS AND BURNING EMBERS (LIJUN BOOK 2) by Angel Martinez and Freddy Mackay

In the two months since the All Hallows’ Eve party, Tally has courted Haru, buying expensive gifts, taking the two of them to upscale restaurants and trying to find a balance in earning Haru’s fragile trust while being new parents to the Cohen joeys. Tally sees hope in the new domesticity the family has settled into, despite having some bumps along the way.

Gifts and treats have satisfied Haru’s otter, but the human half remembers the brutal lessons of giving their trust away. How can two lijun who barely know each other anticipate what will happen when times get tough? There are circumstances Tally doesn’t understand yet, and Haru struggles to find their feet with an Urusar who doesn’t know the rules.

A revelation not only throws the tentative relationship between them askew, but also starts Tally and Haru down a path the two of them can’t escape…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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girls of paper and fireGIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan, Foreward by James Patterson

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
claiming her matesCLAIMING HER MATES: BOOK ONE by Dia Cole

With everyone bailing on my holiday party, I didn’t think the night could get any worse. Then three scorching hot men storm the club and demand I come with them. Thinking they’re cops, I run only to discover the flu vaccine is turning people into monsters.

Now my survival depends on Mason, Gabriel, and Liam. I should be terrified of their glowing eyes and the way they destroy any threat in our path, but all I can think about is claiming the fierce men as my own. All three of them…

One problem.

My ex has threatened to eviscerate any man who touches me. Too bad the deadly Alpha male isn’t here. He’ll rue the day he broke my heart and ordered his three gorgeous friends to rescue me.

another tiger bites the dustANOTHER TIGER BITES THE DUST by M L Guida
Lara Black is up for partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in Denver. All she has to do is turn the other way and let an innocent man rot in jail. A man that makes her want to take her panties off and spread her legs.
But she made a promise to a friend. She can’t turn a blind eye.Griff Reese went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Revenge is all he cares about. He’s up for parole. When he discovers his new attorney is his mate, all hell breaks out. She gets him out, but someone wants them both dead.

To stay alive, they must trust each other and discover the truth. Can an attorney risk her career and her life to save an ex-convict? Or will she forget everything for the tiger of her dreams?

red kingTHE RED KING (WILDE JUSTICE BOOK 1) by Jenn Stark
VS Note: From October but my friend author K A Krantz just highly recommended it.
As the first Justice of the Arcana Council in two hundred years, Tarot-reading Sara Wilde is tasked with taking out the most dangerous magic-wielding criminals on the planet. Her first assignment? A killer known only as the Red King, who’s systematically picking off the world’s most gifted magicians in the rollicking streets and storied canals of Venice, Italy, on the eve of Carnevale.

Amidst the festival’s music, masks, and brightly colored costumes, Sara must unravel the truth about a brutal murderer from Venice’s own murky past, navigate the twisting political currents of magicians who seek to rival her own Council, and keep one costume change ahead of a conjurer whose lethal spells could end Justice–permanently. Good thing the diabolically sexy and deeply powerful Magician of the Arcana Council has Sara’s back…if only he didn’t hold so much of her heart as well.

his consortHIS CONSORT by Mary Calmes

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: his quaint little store attracts a devoted staff and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He’s perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying… and utterly mesmerizing.

The prince of the vampyrs, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason—until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he’s never wanted a mate before… but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do.

Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human’s soothing influence on vampyrs has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic’s dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.

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snowed in with the soldier bearSNOWED IN WITH THE SOLDIER BEAR (WERE BEARS OF GLACIER BAY) by Meg Ripley

Weeks before Christmas, strong-willed Vanessa heads out into the Alaskan wilderness for one reason alone: to hunt down her long-awaited trophy, a moose. But the elusive beast has other plans, knocking the huntress out cold after she tries to claim her prize. All hope for Vanessa’s survival seems lost—until she wakes up in a hunky, rugged stranger’s cabin.

Quinton has moved south to join the Glacier Bay bear clan, desperate to escape the pain of his losses. After having to bury his wife and daughter when returning home from war, the polar bear shifter decided he couldn’t afford to love again. By coming to Glacier Bay, he’d hoped to find a new support system. But what he didn’t expect was to find a lifeless beauty in the snow outside his new home.

He plans to drive her into town the next morning, but a blizzard has trapped the pair in the cabin, and another storm is on the way. Will finding each other make this the Christmas of new dreams come true?

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daughter of the sunDAUGHTER OF THE SUN (TALES OF THE INTHYA BOOK 2) by Effie Calvin

Orsina of Melidrie is a paladin of the Order of the Sun, sworn to drive out corruption and chaos wherever she finds it. She has been ordered to leave her home and travel around Vesolda in search of a great evil she is supposedly destined to destroy. But after two years of fighting monsters and demons and evil gods, she does not seem to be any closer to her goal—or ever returning home.

Aelia is the Goddess of Caprice, the personification of poor decision-making. The Order of the Sun has classified her as a chaos goddess, meaning that her worship has been outlawed. During a run-in with Orsina, she is trapped in a mortal body, rendering her unable to leave Inthya.

Aelia is found by Orsina again, but this time Orsina does not recognize her in her new body. So Aelia pretends to be a mortal woman who is fleeing an abusive family. Aelia plans to use Orsina as protection as she hunts down the magical relic that will free her from her mortal body.

As Aelia and Orsina grow closer to one another, Aelia wrestles with her own desire to tell Orsina the truth about who she is, and her fear that Orsina will turn on her if she does. But the decision might not be hers after all, because their actions have not gone unnoticed by Aelia’s siblings.

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ruinousRUINOUS (ORDER OF THE FALLEN BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

My name is Erela, which means angel. Literally. As a member of the Michael family, I’ve always been destined to join the Order of the Seraphim, the highest and most prestigious angelic warrior class, on my eighteenth birthday.

But then I make a hell of a mistake the night before my initiation ceremony by pissing off a tricksy Archdemon. As revenge, he plonks me right into the middle of the Order of the Fallen, the worst possible place for an honorable celestial warrior like me. Mostly because I find myself surrounded by four dangerously wicked—and, let’s face it, hot—fallen angels who want to tempt me to stray from my path.

Now, I must find a way out of this hellhole so I can get back home and fulfill my fate as a warrior against evil. Unfortunately, the four devious males have no intention of making it easy on me. In more ways than one. And, if I give in to my growing desires, I will never be able to join the Order of the Seraphim. Or even go home at all.

Instead, I will fall.

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triumphTRIUMPH (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Serena Akeroyd

Thalia Lyndhoven’s in a quandary.

The Devil wants her daughter, and Thalia? Not unsurprisingly, she’s not too fond of the idea.

Thalia’s proven, time and time again, that she’ll do whatever it takes for those she loves, and for her unborn child? Well, Thalia’s about to prove that momma bears have got nothing on her.

She’s survived mercury-laced bullets, has grown wings, and is about to become the first non-Fae Queen of a people who humans believe are angels. More than that, she has her mates at her back.

With Mikkel, Rafe, and Theo along for the ride, Thalia knows she’s indestructible. Now she just has to prove that… to the world.
Not too big an ask, right?

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christmas dragons loveTHE CHRISTMAS DRAGON’S LOVE (CHRISTMAS VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant
For ten years, dragon shifter Jonathan has slept in the ice, bound by a promise that he made to save his family. But when a freezing woman stumbles into his cave in the middle of a blizzard, Jonathan finds himself drawn back into the land of the living. Because the gorgeous stranger is his mate, and she’s in danger.

Curvy Angel can’t get a break. When she finally has the chance to make some money with an easy dog-sitting job and turn her life around, she promptly loses one of her charges in a freak snowstorm. Trying to find the lost poodle, she nearly freezes to death herself – until she finds a dragon made of ice sheltered beneath the snow. To her astonishment, the ice dragon turns into a breathtakingly handsome man who claims that she’s his mate.

But there’s still a wayward poodle to rescue, a terrifying dire wolf who seems to be stalking her, and an attack on the mansion she is supposed to be watching. Will they solve the mystery before Jonathan’s past catches up with him? And can Angel teach him that even a frozen heart can learn to live and love again in time for Christmas?

dragon hunters temptationTHE DRAGON HUNTER’S TEMPTATION (SEPARATED BY TIME BOOK 6) by Jasmine Wylder
Hazel is the human ambassador to the Dragon Kingdom of Byrelmore, a job she always loved. But now that magic has returned to earth, her job has just gotten a lot harder. Between the politicians, the dragons, the mages, and the protestors she starts to fear for her life.

When an assassination attempt on her life fails, Hazel is placed in protective custody with the FBI, but something makes her hesitant to trust the feds, even though they’ve sworn to protect her. She calls in four dragons; four hunters with ruthless skills, four hunters she knows she can trust. Four hunters that are as hot as they are dangerous.

Jord, Vindr, Watn, and Hyrr are all fierce, strong, hot as hell and loyal to their king. What Hazel doesn’t know is that all four Dragons want her in their bed. Each of the hunters has their own unique charm, and when they turn their wiles on Hazel, it’s hard to resist these sexy warriors while remembering the reason she hired them in the first place.

Can the hunters find time to seduce hazel while protecting her from an unknown threat? Will Hazel be able to resist their dragon charm?

ash moonTHE ASH MOON (THE ARIANE TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Michelle Dare
Ariane lived her life one book at a time. She would never have guessed those books were about to change everything.

They led her to Orion.

Tall, dark, with eyes only for her. The rest of the world ceased to exist when Orion was around. But during a fateful ash moon, he shifted into a wolf. Ari thought she was dreaming, but she’d recognize those eyes anywhere.

Fiction became reality. Fantasy was actually history. And soon, Ari would learn her role in it.

A pack war was on the horizon, and she was the only one who could stop it.

Nothing would ever be as it once was, because Ariane was now part of the Avynwood Pack.

rafesRAFE’S: HER FATED WOLF: 50 LOVING STATES MARYLAND (THE BROTHERS NIGHTWOLF BOOK 3) by Theodora Taylor
I’m the most powerful wolf in North America, but SHE will be my undoing.”

Protect my country. Marry the most elegant and sophisticated she-wolf my team could find. Control my beast, so that no one ever finds out what’s underneath my cold exterior. Remain the most powerful wolf in North America. I had it all planned out.

Then SHE happened.

christmas biteCHRISTMAS BITE: A GOLDEN VAMPIRES OF TUSCANY NOVELLA by Sharon Hamilton
He is the eldest brother of three orphaned dark vampire waifs, bound by a lifetime vow of service to protect the offspring of the Golden Vampire Monteleone family. This is a debt that Lionel Jett can never discharge.

Phoebe Monteleone is a nineteen year old virgin, a Golden who has not taken the turning and who appears identical to her ancient great-great-grandmother, Maria Monteleone. Lionel Jett once harbored a secret and platonic love for Maria, who died as a mortal over three centuries ago.

The two vampire races are forbidden to mate, yet Phoebe and Lionel’s attraction risks their very souls. In addition, the war brewing between the two species threatens the entire vampire society. When the two worlds collide, who will win out? Will their brief affair be worth an eternity of damnation? Or, can duty and honor leave room for love or the possibility of a happily ever after?

dragonshadowDRAGONSHADOW:  HEARTSTONE NOVEL (HEARTSTONE SERIES BOOK 2) by Elle Katharine White

The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.

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dark angel felicity heatonDARK ANGEL (HER ANGEL: BOUND WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Felicity Heaton

Centuries in Hell have taken their toll on Apollyon. Tired of guarding the Devil, he longs to break free of the dark realm. The trouble is, he can’t leave without permission. When he feels someone calling him, he seizes his chance for freedom, but what awaits him in the mortal realm is the last thing he expects—the beautiful woman he has watched over from Hell, a witch who casts a spell on him and awakens the darkest desires of his heart.

Serenity is shocked when a wickedly sensual black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she summoned him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! A very gorgeous, alluring angel of death who makes her feel she’s in danger of getting her heart broken all over again.

When the lethally handsome warrior offers to obey her and give her revenge, Serenity can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist the forbidden hungers the dark angel stirs in her?

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gabe badari warriorsVS Note: In case you missed all my relentless promo, I had a new release last week!

GABE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 5) by Veronica Scott

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 14

November 7

October 31

October 24

October 17

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.

An Unwelcome Guest Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE, the next book in the series, actually released this past week so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it soon.)

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.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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 from the Sectors 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 excerpt – Lily is alone in her office at the school after hours when an unwelcome guest arrives:

The door creaked open, the perpetually stuck hinge protesting as it always did and she glanced up with a cheerful expression to greet the unexpected guest. Good mood immediately fading, she rose from her chair instinctively as Vattan, the alpha-born future leader of the ninth generation of Badari crossed the floor toward her.  She’d been hoping for Timtur to drop by, not this arrogant man.

The hair on the back of her neck rose as ancient instincts whispered of danger. Vattan frightened her for no reason she could state, other than his general predatory air.

“I want you to go with me to the Alpha’s gathering tonight,” The Badari soldier stood much too close to her, crowding her against the desk.

Being alone with this aggressive warrior in the office this late in the afternoon gave her a bad feeling. No one was likely to come to her rescue. Lily tried to sidestep, and he put one arm out to keep her in place, boxed in between his massive body and the wall. “Thank you, but I’m already going with my sisters,” she said, trying to control her breathing, “And I’m expecting to meet a friend there.”

timturThe blurb: 

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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gabe badari warriorsAnd the blurb for my new release, Gabe

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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Why I Wrote GABE: A Badari Warriors#SciFi Romance Novel

gabe badari warriorsRecently I was a guest on my friend Pauline Baird Jones’s blog, discussing why I wrote GABE my latest novel in the Badari Warrior scifi romance series…here’s part of the post and you can hop over to her blog to read the short excerpt I shared with her…

Gabe’s been an important supporting character since the first book in the series. He’s fun to write, since he’s an ex-Special Forces soldier from the Sectors and also a daredevil pilot. I always knew he’d have his own book at some point and relish his time to be completely in the spotlight. I don’t plot in advance, although I do have the overall series arc in my head. I try to make sure each novel supports the series arc and with this novel I’ve thrown in a new factor and a complication. I usually start a novel knowing the hero, the heroine, the beginning, the ending and a few events in between, which is how I wrote GABE. The book flows for me once I sit down to write.

Teeny tiny spoiler for the major plot development that gets revealed really early in the first chapter – Gabe’s lady love isn’t human. She’s something everyone on the planet believes doesn’t exist, which if you’ve been reading the series will probably give you a huge clue.

SPOILER

SPOILER

SPOILER: Keshara is a female Badari.

I always knew I was going to write at least a few female Badari into the series plot somehow. They were an irresistible development to me and who better to have a mate bond with than my dashing human,  Gabe? So when the time came as I was writing this latest book, I had to really ponder under what circumstances a small pack of these women might have been created by a Khagrish scientist despite the fact their alien customers didn’t want any females to be in existence. I even had two senior Khagrish scientists talk a little bit in MATEER (book two) about the rumor there might have been female Badari and dismiss it with a laugh.

I needed to know why there was absolutely no hint anywhere that Badari females did exist, or were even possible, and that set up some intriguing stuff for me about the scientist in charge of this particular experiment and the whys and wherefores. I also had some fun with the fact these ladies are more like Generation One or Two, and hence aren’t exactly like the Generation Eight Badari males who are the heroes in the other books. Aydarr, Mateer and the others are the result of eight generations of heavy experimentation by the Khagrish scientists whereas Keshara and her sisters come from much earlier in the process.

An author must have her challenges!

Fiona Jayde gave me her usual gorgeous cover and I have to say that inspired me – I think Gabe on the cover is an excellent embodiment of my sexy hero.

Here’s the blurb:

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.

His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

This is the sixth book in the Badari Warriors world (and the fifth book in the series) and each novel has a satisfying Happy for Now ending for the hero and heroine, not a cliffhanger. Some overarching issues do remain unresolved in each book since this is an ongoing series but romance always wins the day in my novels!

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday November 14

gabe badari warriorsA new release from yours truly this week – book #5 in the Badari Warriors!

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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GABE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 5) by Veronica Scott

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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dark cureDARK CURE (REFUGE BOOK 6) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: I’m one of the avid readers of these REFUGE series books who pestered Cynthia to give the medic her own story so you know I had this one pre-ordered!

A warrior seeking forever faces a medic living in the moment.

Gisella, the Refuge’s medic, is dedicated to her role. She doesn’t have the space in her lifespan for love, a mate, or children. Healing is her entire focus.

But she’s also a female in her prime. She has needs, wants, cravings…especially for a scarred, long-haired barbarian warrior temporarily residing in the settlement. One fierce, soul-blasting, passion-filled encounter is all she is willing to give him before she returns to her duties.

Oghul, a Chamele Warlord’s Second-In-Command, has waited his entire lifespan to find his gerel, the being fated to be his. He’s thrilled to discover she wants him as savagely as he yearns for her.

His little human medic appeals to his primitive possessive side. Greatly. He wants to stamp his ownership all over her bountiful curves, take her back to his home planet, claim his fiery female permanently.

When Carinae E’s solitary sun rises, two determined beings with very different desires find their lifespans entwined. Their battle for emotional supremacy will span systems and alter destinies.

The universe will never be the same.

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krinar exposeTHE KRINAR EXPOSE by Anna  Zaires and Hettie Ivers

What happens in an alien sex club stays in an alien sex club, right?

Well… not if you pen an exposé on the place. And certainly not if you omit the fact that the experiences in the article are your own.

Or if the Krinar you’ve hooked up with is the club’s owner, whose many kinks involve blackmail and mind games.

For a young journalist out to prove herself, it’s all about landing the next big story.

Until it becomes all about landing in a possessive alien’s penthouse bed.

NOTE: This full-length novel combines two previously published works—The X-Club, a short story by Anna Zaires, and Vair, the sequel written by Hettie Ivers. It also contains an all-new, expanded ending and an epilogue featuring Mia & Korum.

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ascension book 3ASCENSION SAGA  (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES) BOOKS 3, 4 & 5 by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: All 3 books come out on NOV 15 – here’s the blurb and link for Book 3:

Although Trinity grew up on Earth, she’s Aleran. She’s been chosen by the artificial intelligence that bestows special gifts upon those deemed worthy. She’s been chosen to rule. To lead the planet and avoid the rising tides of war.

Leo is hers. She feels the truth every time he touches her. But enemies hunt them, her sisters are off on dangerous missions of their own, the queen is still missing, and in the royal court, nothing is what is seems.

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frostFROST: QURILIXEN WORLD NOVELLA (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) (GALAXY MAIL ORDER ALIEN BRIDES BOOK 5) by Michelle M Pillow

Alpha male alien Edur (aka Frost Chaos) will do anything to escape his ice tundra of a home planet. He’ll even convince his brothers to jump onboard a bride procurement spaceship bound for Earth… which to be honest he should have vetted a little better.

Galaxy Brides promises a land of untold beauties just waiting for strong alien men to come and abduct them away.

Galaxy Brides promises a lot of things they can’t deliver. Galaxy Brides should maybe not be in business.

Journalist Meg Taylor had no problem leaving her big city life behind to come home to care for her sick father, but she does miss the excitement of chasing a story. When rumors of a blue hockey player surface in her small town, she can’t resist. But following Frost home will give her more story than she bargained for–dangerous mercenaries, spaceships, intrigue, and a sexy blue-skinned alien looking for more than a one night stand.

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sharing a mateSHARING A MATE: A KINDRED TALES M/F/M NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Kayla Smith is a strong, independent woman with several prestigious degrees in Xenobiology and Chemistry. She lives and works on the Mother Ship and shares a lab with her two best friends, Dr. Bron–a huge Beast Kindred who is also a decorated microbiologist and Dr. Sorin, a Blood Kindred and award-winning virologist. The three of them work and play together but Kayla is afraid to act on her feelings for either Kindred because she knows that picking one means losing the other.

Then comes the Great Needing.

When Xi-46, a virulent aphrodisiac, is introduced into the Kindred Mother Ship through the air vents, Kayla is one of the women affected. Her desperate need can only be slaked with the help of a male and she gets help from both of her friends. Afterwards, they expect her to choose between them…but Kayla can’t–she loves them both.

Now they must go on a desperate mission to find the source of Xi-46 and try to create an antidote. But the further they go, the more Kayla realizes she needs both men in her life…and they need each other as well, though neither one wants to admit it.
Can Bron and Sorin learn to share a mate?
Can Kayla convince them that the three of them belong together?
Or will the horrors they suffer at the house of Mother Pain tear them apart?
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blind fallBLIND FALL (STOLEN BY AN ALIEN BOOK 5) by Amanda Milo

I was gifted as a slave-bride to an alien giant.
That’s the start of my day. At least I have my guide dog, Kota, with me. I’d be lost without her… literally.
Yes. I’m blind.
And our new alien owner is kind enough that he’s not holding me to the wife or slave deal even though that’s what I was intended for. We’ve basically been dropped into a scene from Little House on the Alien Prairie, complete with his one-room cabin, and he’s been the perfect gentleman. He’s pretty great, and I’m actually starting to wish I could take him home with me.
He doesn’t know it yet, but the threat of him going into ‘rut’ is no longer a deterrent.

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distant memoryDISTANT MEMORY (SOLUM SERIES BOOK 3) by Colleen S Myers

The E’mani kidnapped her friend, her former lover, and Elizabeth Camden vowed to get him back. In the process, she learns the truth about herself, the full truth, and finally has her revenge.

Elizabeth “Beta” Camden is a survivor and she remembers everything.

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caveman aliens secretCAVEMAN ALIEN’S SECRET (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 6) by Calista Skye

VS Note: I’ve read a couple of these and enjoyed them.

Delyah: I’ve abducted a caveman.
Usually they are the ones that abduct us Earth girls here on prehistoric planet Xren. And then they impregnate them.
But I was never the most conventional girl. So I’m pointing my crossbow right at this guy’s striking, alien face.

He’s seven feet tall, has huge muscles, vibrates with immense power and could snap my spine using two of his fingers. And he makes me tingle like crazy.
But I can’t follow my instincts now.
Because I think this man holds the secret to how the other girls and I can go home to Earth.

Brax’tant’s a woman! So round and soft and small and enticing.
She claims to be The Woman, the legendary, divine creature from the ancient myths. And there is fire in her dark eyes.
But there is also fear.
I could rip her ridiculous weapon out of her hands. But I want to be near her. Her whole being calls to me. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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their invasionTHEIR INVASION: PLANET ATHION SERIES (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 1) by Marissa Farrar

I, Camille Harran, a planetary scientist at one of the world’s numerous Observatories, should have predicted it.

Together with my team of men—head of security, Aleandro, studious meteorologist, Casey, and tattooed, dark haired Mike, who is head of communications—we do everything we can to figure out what’s behind the attack on our planet.

But when the government decides the Observatories are best for coordinating their teams, we find ourselves having to deal with strangers as well. They’re army men, and government officials, and among them are men more beautiful than I’ve ever seen.

What secrets do they hide, and will I, or those I love, survive their invasion?

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razeTHE BAYLIAN CHRONICLES: RAZE by Ella Blake

Who knew a hike in the woods would lead to a gorgeous alien warrior scooping her off her feet? Sofia Lorenz is overwhelmed by Raze’s size and strength, but the lust she feels for him has to be an alien mind trick! When she and Raze are abducted by human agents and locked together in a forced breeding facility, certain truth about their attraction come to light. Sofia will have to decide if she can accept Raze and the changes that come with being a Baylan warrior’s mate.

Despite a peace agreement in place between Baylans and humans, a dark and well-funded group is determined to imprison every Baylan on Earth in secret testing facilities. Raze Lux-Raal is trying to evade agents of this group in woods belonging to the lovely and spirited Sofia Lorenz. He initially mistakes her for an agent, but when attraction explodes between them, and her touch triggers a new soul mark on his chest, he recognizes that Sofia is his destined mate. But, when the two are captured and forced into a human—Baylan breeding program, the only thing harder than finding an escape is resisting the urge to claim his mate.

Will the two biological mates be able to hold off their desires until they find freedom, or be forced to submit to their passion as captive research subjects?

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arganARGAN (DRAGONS OF PREOR BOOK 10) by Celia Kyle w/a Erin Tate

Liquid Knot—hacker extraordinaire—has made mistakes in her life, but none so big as getting an alien warrior sentenced to death.  His head is on the chopping block and the Preor leader is determined to follow the letter of the law. Now, there’s only one thing she can do to prevent his death: claim the sun-colored, sexy, delicious winged male as her mate.

Argan sen Izz’bara does not regret defending Liquid Knot—his dragon’s heart would not allow him to remain silent—he regrets that she condemns herself to a mating in name only.  Yet as they spend time together, it becomes clear there is more than friendship between them. Attraction. Passion. Need.  Argan did not experience the Knowing the first time he met Liquid Knot so there is no way they could be mates. Right?

Before the question can be answered, someone in the shadows makes his displeasure known. Argan was supposed to die. Now his enemy is intent on destroying Argan and Lily both.

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kiss across tomorrowKISS ACROSS TOMORROW (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 8) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

After 900 years together, Brody declares he’s leaving…While everyone is mapping alternative worlds, meeting new friends and exploring ways to use time-travel instead of being terrified by it, Brody tells Veris and Taylor their marriage is over—with no room for negotiations or compromise.

Shattered, Taylor and Veris must pick up the broken pieces of their lives and go on. Only…can they? Or was Brody the linchpin and without him, everything unravels, including Veris’ love for Taylor?

Time and time-travel become their tools, as they struggle to resolve the heartache and destruction Brody has left behind.

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time and remembranceTIME AND REMEMBRANCE (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 7.1) by Tracey Cooper-Posey, a special story

On the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, Jesse Hall, United States Marine and unsung hero, finds herself among a group of time-traveling vampires. She has been directed there by a century-old letter from her great-grandfather, instructing her to introduce herself with the phrase: “I’m not wearing a red shirt.”

So begins a dash through time to save a man in the very last minutes of the Great War, which in turn will save eight million other lives.

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ivars prizeIVAR’S PRIZE by Amy Pennza

Nadia Green has everything—power, prestige, and a fiancé. That all ends when she’s sentenced to life on the prison planet Tolbos. Within hours of landing, Nadia finds herself captured, stripped, and placed on an auction block, where she’s purchased by Ivar Holok, a brutal warlord with golden eyes and an ability to wield kaptum with a mastery unlike anyone she’s ever seen.

Ivar is instantly attracted to the beautiful slave, but he suspects her presence on Tolbos has sinister implications. The Council wants him dead, and what better way to achieve its goal than by planting an irresistible assassin in his bed? No matter how much he wants to trust her, Ivar has to protect his people—even if it means denying Nadia her freedom. He vows to keep her enslaved and at his mercy until she confesses her involvement in the Council’s schemes, but he didn’t count on the slave enthralling her master.

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cyberevolution aftermath hercules 500CYBEREVOLUTION AFTERMATH: HERCULES 500 by Kaitlyn O’Connor

In the decade Anika has waited to be called up, she hasn’t managed to land a mate/husband/domestic partner or have the children she desperately wants, but she isn’t the kind of person to give up. When she finally gets the call she’s been waiting for, she takes the money she’s saved and locates a ‘lifelike’ robotic domestic, model Hercules 500 and then heads to the black market for ‘seedlings’—her future family to implant once she gets to the new world.
Things start to go sideways almost immediately.
While acquiring her ‘seedlings’ on the black market, she gets caught up in a sting operation to capture the dealer and only manages to escape capture because of the robot she’s named Chance—for good luck.
And the domestic, Chance, is way more lifelike than she’d expected.
She’d had no clue the Hercules series was so realistic!
Because they weren’t.
She’s now the proud owner of a rogue cyborg soldier. She has a cop on her tail that she can’t shake loose. And the god-like security guard she meets onboard ship is another rogue on the run.

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into the dreamINTO THE DREAM (THE ARCADIANS BOOK 1) by Laurie Roma

VS Note: Author states this is a re-release, “revised and extended”.

Allison Summers is having the mother of all bad days. As a surgeon, Allie is strong, smart, and confident, but as a woman, she still struggles to overcome a difficult past. She tries to make the best of her situation, though her life takes an unexpected turn when she is struck by lightning and finds herself transported to a strange, alien world.

Arcadian Princes Tynan, Cael, and Ryder Dracor have been searching for the mate who will complete their souls, but they fear that day will never come. Born in a world stripped of magic and out of favor with the gods, their very existence is in peril, though everything changes the moment a fair-haired goddess suddenly appears. They have no clue who she is or where she came from…but they immediately know she belongs to them.

When wills clash and legacies are unveiled, they discover more is at risk than just their hearts. Their love may be fated, but is it enough for Allie to forget everything she’s ever known and truly embrace being an Arcadian?

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sacarenSACAREN (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Sadie Carter

Frankie Ricci grew up in a household of men. She could change her own tire, fix a leaking faucet and she wasn’t afraid of squishing a spider, so what did she need a man for? Well, sure there was that. But so far, Frankie had never found someone she was interested in enough to do that.
Nope. She was happy with her life just the way it was.

Sacaren wasn’t happy. He’d always believed his pack would share a mate. Having six of them watch over one mate meant she’d always be guarded, safe. Now, the idea of having to take care of a mate on his own…it made him feel a little ill.

Especially when these human females were so fragile, so easily harmed. How was he supposed to keep one safe?

Well, at least they were small. He’d just have to find a submissive, obedient one and ensure that he kept her tightly under his protection at all time. That would be simple.
Right?

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aliens winter giftTHE ALIEN’S WINTER GIFT (A WINTER STARR) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Molly Janson is busy planning the winter party on Honora Station, but when she meets Tav, a sexy Detyen ship captain, sparks fly and all of her plans are thrown off balance. They’ll have to work together to make winter on Honora Station a reality, even as someone on the ship seems determined to ruin the new holiday.

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child thief 4 little liesCHILD THIEF FOUR: LITTLE LIES by Bella Forrest

“I’ve got orders to take you in, immediately!”Reunite with Robin, Jace, and their team, as they dive deeper into Nathan’s complex plan.

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cam and the conquerorCAM AND THE CONQUEROR (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips

Torn from her quiet life on Earth, Cam doesn’t expect to end up enslaved to an alien ruler. But even as he trains her to submit to him, she begins to see through her master’s cold facade. While her body learns to surrender, her heart learns to love.

Exiled by his people, Kievan Rus has fought to establish his place in the galaxy. The space station he rules with icy control is the outward symbol of his success and it means everything to him – until a beautiful woman challenges his restraint…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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beautys alien beastBEAUTY’S ALIEN BEAST by Linda Mooney

VS Note: Author states this is a re-release, re-edited and with 7k words added.

As an intergalactic cop gifted with psionic abilities, Maurra instinctively went to the Ellinod’s defense when she saw the immense and bestial-looking alien being attacked by a group of vicious Kronners. Little did she know what the Kronners had planned for her and the Ellinod until she woke up naked in a cell inside their ship. And it wasn’t long before she found out a translation device had been implanted against her spine, debilitating her and making her helpless with pain whenever she tried to use her psi powers.

Neither she nor the Ellinod had any idea how twisted their captors were, but they soon discovered that she and the beast were at the mercy of someone who expected them to “entertain” his “customers”, and entertain them well regardless of the consequences.

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variant lostVARIANT LOST (THE EVELYN MAYNARD TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kaydence Snow

When Evelyn Maynard receives a scholarship to the exclusive Bradford Hills Institute, she’s determined to make a fresh start. The Institute is world renowned for educating and training Variants – the 18% of the population fortunate enough to have superhuman abilities. As a human, she’s lucky to be admitted.

She’s done with fake identities, running and lying but once again she finds herself surrounded by secrets.

Some she’s been keeping her whole life.
Some have been kept from her.
Some she finds herself dragged into…

Ethan, Josh, Tyler and Alec have some of the rarest Variant abilities Evelyn has ever seen. They fascinate, intrigue and attract her, but is it their abilities, their own secrets or something more that Evelyn can’t seem to stay away from? The secrets they keep could drag Evelyn so deep into their dangerous and exciting world that she’ll never be the same.

And the answers she finds could get them all killed.

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echoECHO (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 2) by Prudence MacLeod

Echoes from the past ripple through to the present as the last humans search for a new home. A close fly over shows a planet that was colonized once before but had since been abandoned. Who was here and why did they leave? More importantly, what might they have left behind? Despite her misgivings, the Reacher’s captain agrees to investigate further.

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dragons flameDRAGON’S FLAME (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 11) by Miranda Martin

Piercing hammers inside my skull remind me of last night’s binge. I wish someone would just knock me out and put me out of my misery.
Opening my eyes, I frown, looking around the unfamiliar cave.
If this isn’t my cave…
Swallowing thickly, I slowly turn to look down at the bed. Oh. Shit.
Arawn is fast asleep, his tanned, well-muscled form taking up more than half of the pallet.
OMG Fallon, what have you done? Exactly how much did I have to drink that this sounded like a good idea?
I try to slip away, leaving behind the gorgeous alien-dragon, but I’m not kidding anyone, including myself. I make my time-honored and traditional Walk of Shame.
Too bad the fiercely possessive and cocky Arawn isn’t going to let me go that easy.

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seasons_of_sorcery_jeffe_kennedy_and_othersSEASONS OF SORCERY by Jennifer Estep, Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I received an ARC of this one and LOVED it. All great stories, cannot recommend this highly enough if you love fantasy romance!

WINTER’S WEB BY JENNIFER ESTEP
An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .
A WILDERNESS OF GLASS BY GRACE DRAVEN

The stretch of sea known as the Gray rules the lives of those in the village of Ancilar, including widow Brida Gazi. In the aftermath of an autumn storm, Brida discovers one of the sea’s secrets cast onto the shore—a discovery that will change her world, mend her soul, and put her in the greatest danger she’s ever faced.

A CURSE FOR SPRING BY AMANDA BOUCHET
A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.

THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER BY JEFFE KENNEDY
As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women.

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vampires embraceVAMPIRE’S EMBRACE: A VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES NOVEL by Joey W Hill

VS Note: I love this author’s dark and twisty, sexy Vampire Queen series. Had this pre-ordered!

Nina’s twin sister Sher has been groomed to be an Inherited Servant since she was six years old. At twenty-eight, she will be given to a vampire of the Council’s choosing and serve him up to 300 years. While Sher insists that Nina is no less service-oriented than herself, Nina does not see any correlation between her own desire to pursue a career as a nurse and her sister’s to be the slave of a blue-blooded vampire, where she is allowed no will or dreams of her own.

It’s 1941 and Nina signs up to serve with the Australian Army Nurses Service in Singapore. What happens to her when the city falls to the Japanese will shatter Nina all the way to the soul. But fate seems determined to give her more than she can bear. When her sister dies in a car crash, Nina is informed that she must take her place as an InhServ. She will be given to Lord Alistair, a vampire who sees Nina as his property, to do with as he pleases.

Even as she rages against her fate, she is baffled at Alistair’s insistence on having her as his servant. Especially when the Council offers the Queensland Region Master the option of another InhServ with all the proper training to support his political needs. But that’s not the most confusing thing about her new Master. The ways in which he commands her surrender to him leads her to a terrifyingly different understanding of her will and her dreams. By binding herself to him, can she become whole again, but in a way she never expected?

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hells kingHELL’S KING (HELL’S SON BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

In order to be king, Lucifer must die.

The Antichrist is supposed to rule the world, but Chris kind of told the ghost of his father-in-law he’d rather have the love of his wife.

And he’d meant it…at the time.
However, Chris was born with a destiny. He is the prince in waiting. The Destroyer of Nations.
A failure with no magic, no armies, and, now, no longer even a psychotic mother he can call upon.
Is he destined for a mundane life?
Good thing fate has other plans. Plans that include him becoming Hell’s King.

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fashionably fabulousFASHIONABLY FABULOUS: BOOK ELEVEN, THE HOT DAMNED SERIES by Robyn Peterman

Once upon a time there lived a Fairy.

And not just your run of the mill kind of Fairy. The reincarnated Fairy Queen of Zanthia. The Queen. She was a modern woman—a human no less. Armed with a potty mouth, a firm grasp of every note in Michael Jackson’s song catalogue, and some friends in very high places, she was set. Yet this Queenwasn’t exactly sure she wanted the job.

Fine…it’s me.

I’ve been happily human for thirty years. Now I’m discovering I’m the reincarnated Fairy Queen over a land chock-full of freaks who want me dead. Awesome. However, I’ll admit the perks are pretty cool. I definitely have more magic in my little pinky than should be allowed by law in any universe. Not to mention, the love of my life is a Fairy so smokin’ hot, he makes Hell look like a Winter Wonderland.

Problem is, my hotter than Hades Fairy is imprisoned in Zanthia for nefarious reasons I won’t go into, but now I must head back to that crap hole where I’m the Queen, and save the damn day.

I won’t go alone. Nope. I’m packing a narcissistic Mini Elf, two ancient singing Vampyres who couldn’t carry a tune if their undead lives depended on it, and the sister of my imprisoned love, The Kev. For him, I vow to discover my truth. Consequently, I’m unsure if this truth is meant to save or destroy. What I do know? The alternative is unacceptable.

Fairy tales are meant to have happy endings. I’m determined to make that a reality.

Ready or not… here comes the freakin’ Fairy Queen.

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pain jasymin evePAIN (CURSE OF THE GODS BOOK 5) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Sometimes history lies, and the tales of Minatsol and Topia are no different. Since the birth of Topia, Staviti has woven a web of deceit around the truth of Creation, striving only to maintain his power while destroying anything that gets in his way. Now, Willa and the Abcurses are determined to strip back the layers, to uncover the truth, and to understand the true nature of the two worlds before it’s too late.
The only problem?
Any wrong step in their quest to restore balance might have terrible repercussions. Every single being—living or dead—might have to pay the price.

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scales and flamesSCALES AND FLAMES by Various

Only the strong can withstand the flames.
Enter 9 unique fantasy worlds and enjoy epic tales of mysterious dragons and tough-as-nails characters.
Crusade with draconian pirates, fly with dragons in a parallel world, and scale temples with dragons hungry for power-enhancing artifacts.
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wings of dragcaWINGS OF DRAGCA (PROTECTED BY DRAGONS BOOK 5) by G Bailey

Isola and her dragon guards are shaken after the events that forced them into hiding in Dragca Academy.
With the queen of the supernaturals on earth offering Isola, and what is left of her people, a permanent home…will Isola leave Dragca to save the dragon she loves?
Or will the last dragon Ice queen rise…and kill her enemy, even if means losing her heart?
Death has always been a curse on Dragca, and someone has to pay the price of fate.

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deadly gameDEADLY GAME by G Bailey and Coralee June

VS Note: From Oct 31

Once a year, the bridge between the living and the dead is opened and witches compete in The Deadly Games for a chance to speak with those that have crossed over. Each coven needs a human to participate, and this year I’m forced to help the Hex Coven, a group of sexy witches mourning the loss of their brother. They’re determined to find his killer, curses and evil covens be damned.
Humans rarely survive the games, and I’ve accepted that I won’t make it to morning. Deciding to live this night like it’s my last, I enjoy all the pleasures that the Hex Coven has to offer.

Because to speak to the dead, first you must die. 

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empire of sandEMPIRE OF SAND (THE BOOKS OF AMBHA) by Tasha Suri

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.
When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.
Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.
battlefield loveBATTLEFIELD LOVE (OPERATION CUPID BOOK 1) by Skylar Andra

Locke Casey is a twenty something year old creative writing student, funding her way through college with a questionable occupation. When some scorned chump calls through, asking her about love, what’s there to say? It sucks. Told she’s perfect, she’s imbued with the powers of Eros, and thrown into a world she’s unprepared for. A world full of sexy avatars, each with unique godly abilities. Like Mads, the cunning and charming embodiment of Hermes, who’s allure she can’t resist. Or Rane, the intense, secretive and broody soldier, personifying Ares, that she can’t keep her hands off.

Unlike the avatars, Locke has somehow inherited the full power of Eros, who has mysteriously gone missing, and without his stabilizing influence, the gods are going crazy. Rane and Mads must get Locke to Olympus before it and Earth are thrown into chaos. But the closer she gets to the city of Gods, it seems the two avatars have secrets of their own, leaving Locke unsure who to trust.

blue salt roadTHE BLUE SALT ROAD by Joanne M Harris
VS note: Not sure this is a romance but a title of note. The author also wrote CHOCOLAT.

…a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

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Tdragons innamorataHE DRAGON’S INNAMORATA (DRAGON CLAN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Clare

VS Note: From OCT 31

Serenity has been forced to hide away from a world where supernaturals, dragon shifters specifically, now rule, and the human population have been forced into subjugation.
Nothing has more value in this new world order than being a human female of mating age. Supernaturals want them, and human families want the riches that come from their daughters being claimed.
Driven out of hiding to survive, Serenity meets her worst nightmare in the form of the Praetor clan of dragons, who discover her and claim she is their Innamorata.
But that’s not all, she soon realises there are dark forces at play and dangerous whispers among her fellow humans.
Will Serenity be able to keep the freedom that she values the most, and deny the soul deep connection to five of the most possessive and determined dragon men in existence? Or, when secrets are revealed, will she choose them and with their help, save the world from plunging once more into darkness?

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this small corner of timeTHIS SMALL CORNER OF TIME: THE AFTER CILMERI SERIES COMPANION by Sarah Woodbury

VS note: A nonfiction companion book.

Open a door to the world of the After Cilmeri series! With chapters on historical context, the Welsh language, characters, places in the books, and the writing process, and including hundreds of full-color photographs, maps, timelines, and family trees, this guide highlights the characters, places, and worlds brought to life by the series’ first fifteen novels.

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quintenQUINTEN (FAIRPLAY SHIFTERS) by Serena Meadows

Up until her brother lost his mind and married a witch, Penny had been perfectly happy with her life, now everything is turned upside down. Suddenly head of the family, she’s been given the task of escorting one of the most annoying, but attractive, men she’s ever met around the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter. When what she thought would be a quick trip suddenly turns deadly, Penny discovers that love is stronger than magic.

For most of his life, Quinten has had one focus, becoming Grand Inquisitor of the witch’s council. When he’s called by the council to investigate the use of black magic, he’s sure that he’d uncovered far more, possibly even a conspiracy. Determined to pursue his hunch, he follows Penny Brooks to the Rocky Mountains. There he discovers that nothing is black and white, and that love sometimes requires a sacrifice.

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dragon astrayDRAGON ASTRAY (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Viola Grace

Trin has trained to be stealthy, trained to defend herself, but when a bounty on her head threatens the safety of her friends, she has to get out of town.
Visiting a friend and mixing business with her escape, she learns that dragons mixing their bloodlines may be more common than anyone thought.
She spends enough time in Breaker City ordering tea and ceramics to figure out what she wants to do next, and what she wants to do is find out who and where she came from.
Learning the details of her family tree leaves her shaken, but nothing can hold her back when it comes to following her instincts. Not even the very folk she came to meet.

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stalking his mateSTALKING HIS MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love

Having spent her life as a captive, Siofra escapes when her power surfaces to save her from an attack, which exposes her as a nonhuman. All she wants to do is find her brother who is also being hunted, then vanish to live free from shifters. That was the plan and it would have worked if a golden-eyed jaguar shifter hadn’t stepped between her and a dangerous jackal, throwing a major kink in her escape when she falls for the sexy protector.

Rory didn’t choose to be a jaguar shifter and is determined to not mate even though he faces death from the Gallize mating curse if he doesn’t. The end may come sooner than he expects when his jaguar loses the ability to heal them, but that doesn’t prevent Rory from racing in to save a young woman from a vicious predator. The moment Siofra is in his arms and his power reaches out to hers, he struggles against the primal pull of the one woman he’s drawn to as a mate. Even if he didn’t feel the need to end his bloodline, she hates shifters.

None of that will matter if Rory fails to stop the deadly Black River Pack from using Siofra in a grisly experiment when she’s caught in a trap.

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rising moon succubusRISING MOON (THE SUCCUBUS MOON BOOK 3) by Cailee Francis

VS Note: From OCT

Life in Bellasford is seldom peaceful for succubus, Rose. A fun night out to celebrate her girlfriend’s birthday takes a sinister turn as a mutual friend is found near-dead, drained of her life energy: the hallmarks of a succubus feeding.

With the Succubus Moon drawing near, suspicion falls on Rose and her long-missing mother, Ella. Investigation leads to more victims drained of energy and no clear suspect in sight.

Racing against time, Rose, Lisa and their friends Alexis and Jamie seek to unravel the mystery before more innocents are attacked or something worse happens. They know the energy is being taken for a reason and could place a great deal of power at their adversary’s fingertips.

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untamed daddyUNTAMED DADDY (MOUNTAIN MEN OF BEAR VALLEY BOOK 3) by Chantal Seabrook and Frankie Love

My daughter Finley takes after me: stubborn, untamed, and wild. But seven year old girls can’t just roam free — not when we live in bear country.
Enter Kate.
She’s new in town, sweet as honey, and can somehow manage to wrangle my little girl.
And somehow she’s wrangled me, too.
One night with her and I’m smitten — more than that — this woman is my mate.
But I have a past that has my heart closed up, and the last thing I want to do is hurt a woman as precious as her.
Kate has baggage of her own…she came to this valley to heal her wounds.
And if I’m not careful, they might turn to scars.

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pirates passionPIRATE’S PASSION (SENTINELS OF SAVANNAH BOOK 2) by Lisa Kessler

Samuel Keegan used to man the wheel of the Sea Dog over 200 years ago, but these days he’s the front man of a southern rock band. Rum and women are plentiful, but his world is changing rapidly now that his crew is back together searching for the Holy Grail to break their curse. But the quest leads him to a historian with raven hair and a wicked smile. She holds all the answers, but she could also spell death for them all.

Dr. Charlotte Sinclair works for the Maritime Museum in Savannah, an expert on ancient pirate wrecks. When a government agent requests her help in a top-secret investigation, she discovers not only is the Holy Grail real, but the lead singer of her favorite band is actually the immortal pilot of the Sea Dog crew.

The search for the Grail opens some dark secrets better left hidden, and Charlotte’s life might depend on one Pirate’s Passion.

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shadows and spellcraftSHADOWS AND SPELLCRAFT by Various

VS note: From OCT

Dive into FIFTEEN amazing worlds full of action, adventure, magic and mayhem brought to you by some of the freshest voices in urban fantasy.

Want angels? Demons? Fairies? Witches? Supernatural assassins? Vampires? Whatever you’re after, you’re bound to find it in this incredible collection jam-packed with page-turning adventure.

This bundle features 8 full length novels, 4 short novels and 3 novellas…

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irrisistible indigoIRRESISTIBLE INDIGO (D’VAIRE BOOK 9) by Jessamyn Kingley

Since arriving at the Draconis Court of D’Vaire at the age of sixteen, Idris has done everything he can think of to make his new family proud of him. After five years of challenging work, he is finally poised to reach the highest rank within the Spectra Wizardry. The only glaring thing missing is his mate. While he may be young, Idris wants to share his heart with his other half, so he asks Fate to send him a nice dragon who will be kind to him and his familiar. He does not want to be demanding but Idris knows without him he won’t be complete.

Duke Macardle “Mac” Stenetdraconis’s days are centered around his amazing grandparents who raised him. When his grandfather suggests he apply for a new duke position at Court D’Vaire, he is intrigued. It is a place that has opened its doors as a sanctuary and he’s drawn to the idea of helping others. When he arrives, he finds himself with a small dragon familiar on his lap. Minutes later, the owner of that familiar saunters through the door and Mac’s heart is instantly hooked on the irresistible wizard. Determined to make Idris his, the pair soon find themselves tested by life. Their love turns out to the anchor Mac cannot do without while Idris opens the door to a new future for his family.

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dragon billionaires bargainDRAGON BILLIONAIRE’S BARGAIN (DRAGON’S COUNCIL BOOK 6) by Mina Carter

He’s chased her for years. Now, she might just let him catch her.

The only female on the Dragon’s council and one of only a few female blacks in existence, Adra is used to being the odd one out. The one never picked for games as a kid. The unpopular one. So handsome playboy Nik Waldek’s attention is unsettling. He’s exactly the sort of man her mother warned her about. The slick charmer who would get her pregnant then leave her when he’s had his fun.

Conned into parading herself in front of his business associates for the weekend, Adra begins to see a different side to Nik. The problem is, how does she know if that’s the real Nik or whether it’s just an act to get her to let down her guard as she so desperately wants to…

He’s wanted her for years. But she won’t give him the time of day…

Nikolai Waldek has been in love with Adra since the first day he met her. Both black dragons and council members, they live together, train together and fight together… but she brushes off every advance he makes and try as he might, he can’t get past the dragoness’s iron-clad guard. So much so, he’s beginning to think she’s more ice-dragon than black dragon and is losing hope of the happily-ever-after he craves with her.

In a last ditch attempt, he makes a gamble on a game of cards. His prize for winning? Her as his ‘girlfriend’ for the weekend. Once away from the court, can he finally make her see he’s the perfect dragon for her?

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maddoxBLOOD AND STONE: MADDOX by Thea Atkinson

VS Note: From OCT

Maddox has spent a lifetime ridding the fifth world of demons. He has sacrificed his virility, his family, even risked his life.
But it isn’t enough.
Now the stone that holds Lilith at bay is cracked. And the magic is waning. With dark magic threatening the worlds, Maddox is offered immortality.
He just has to do one thing:
He has to go to Hell.

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holiday magic thea atkinsonHOLIDAY MAGIC AN ISABELL HUSH CHRISTMAS STORY by Thea Atkinson

When Maddox lures Isabella out of the house on December 24 with promiseof a job, she relents and gets dressed to work. She doesn’t realize it will beat a Christmas party, and that the festivities are in the Shadow Bazaar.

She finds herself in the middle of a group of Kindred on the cusp of their most sacred and savage time of year.

She shouldn’t be there.
It’s not for humans.
But what kind of power waits for her within the sliver of portal known as Scourge?
Can she claim it before the things in the bazaar descends into chaos?
Or will the risk she takes to help Maddox keep her from winning everything that

matters?
kissed by deathKISSED BY DEATH (GODS OF DEATH TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

Beth Carter is starting to get used to having four gorgeous demigods walking around her office. Especially now that she knows they’re not going to drag her down to the underworld.

But she has a new case to investigate before telling her gods of death that she was nearly killed by a train that fateful night. Someone has hacked into Interlync Communications, a fast-growing new telecommunications company, compromising the data of millions of users.

The strangest part? Interlync requests Beth by name to investigate, despite her having zero experience in digital espionage.

As she goes down the rabbit hole of data warehouses and suspicious shell companies, Beth begins to realize she’s in over her head. Can she utilize Thanatos, Anubis, Mictlantecuhtli, and Morrigan to help solve the case? Or will she end up failing her client… while falling for her four gods of death?

redemption laverne thompsonANGEL GUARDIAN: REDEMPTION BOOK 2.5 by LaVerne Thompson
VS Note: From OCT
Annalisse risked everything to protect the soul of the one she loved. Even while endangering her own, she vowed to save his soul. Going so far as to venture to a ravaged earth in mortal form to find him. To get him to remember who he once was and what they were to each other. And could be again. He only had to trust her, but she was running out of time.
Michael trusted no one. It was not his nature, especially after the betrayal by one of his own kind. Left for true death, he had no one to depend on other than himself. So he survived to seek his revenge. Yet, there was a voice in the deep recesses of his mind that whispered to him. He was not alone. Which he ignored. He’d learned the hard way, trust no one.
blood red rouletteBLOOD RED ROULETTE by Jana Denardo

Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

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ps im a wolfP.S. I’M A WOLF by Ellie Valentina

Janine Ellison was a college girl who dreamed of meeting the man of her dreams and falling head over heels in love.
And it seemed as if all her dreams were coming true when she met the handsome Kip Ardelean.
A stunningly beautiful man with rock hard abs and a charming personality to match.
But whilst Kip seemed perfect for her on the outside, there was a dark, furry secret lurking on the inside of him.
The secret was that he was a shapeshifting werewolf but that was NOTHING compared to the other secrets he had.

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choice of secretsA CHOICE OF SECRETS (DARK GLASS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Barb Hendee

Ever since raiders from the north began attacking villages, Lady Nicole Montagna has known that defending her people would come at a cost. The betrothal of her sister Chloe to a neighboring lord seems the perfect solution, forging a powerful alliance. But shortly before the wedding, Nicole is shocked to discover that her sister is with child—and not by her husband-to-be. Now she must make a choice. She has just hours to decide . . .

~Should she tell her soldier brother—who will take swift, ruthless action to ensure the family’s safety?

~Should she hold her tongue, let her sister deceive her husband into believing the child is his—and then hope Chloe can get away with the lie?

~Should she tell her family, hoping they will know the right thing to do?

With the help of a magic mirror, Nicole lives out each path, fighting to protect herself and those she loves with the weapons she has: wits, herbs, and fortitude. But no matter her cleverness, neither she nor her family can escape unscathed—for there are repercussions she could never have foreseen, involving her own heart.

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hanishHANISH: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 6) by Scarlett Grove

An English Nanny  Prim and proper JoJo Morris needs a new position. As one of the world’s greatest nannies, she has plenty of options. But the sexy, American captain makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

A Dad in Need  
Captain Hanish needs a nanny, but only the best will do. When the austere little woman arrives, he gets much more than he bargained for. She might be the most infuriating woman he’s ever met, but that doesn’t stop his inner dragon from screaming that she’s his mate.

A Perfect Match 
Falling hard for JoJo, Hanish still hesitates to tell her the truth of his origins. But when vampires attack, Hanish finds out JoJo has secrets of her own. When an old relationship comes back to haunt her, she is determined to leave it in the past. But Hanish decides to take matters into his own hands. Can a bossy nanny and a cocky captain work together or will their differences tear them apart?

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water helen scottWATER (FOUR WORLDS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott

The world is ending. Everyone knows it. What they don’t realize is that the culprit won’t be an asteroid, or global warming, or even the sun turning into a red giant. No, the world is going to end because there are four other worlds just like it trying to exist in the same space.

I can either save the world or end it, the choice is mine, at least according to the four weird guys that I keep running into. They keep telling me that demons are after me, and that they want me to save the world. All I know is that I’m drawn to all four of them, and the only demon I know of is my art history professor.

Strange things are happening all around me though, and I’m starting to think their theories and warnings might be true. Either that or I’m finally starting to lose my mind.

My name is Tessa Morningstar and apparently I’m the Key, with a capital K, to this whole shebang. Now, let’s hope I don’t accidentally make the wrong choice and doom us all.

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monster for two bearsA MONSTER FOR TWO BEARS (BEAR MOUNTAIN BOOK 21) by Kelex

Sent away for their own safety, Kai and Lane have lived away from Bear Mountain for nearly a decade. Calls from home finally bring them back for an extended visit. Lane’s papa is ill… and Kai needs to confront the demons of his past—namely the death of his father, Gregor, and his brother’s part in it.

Declan is happy his younger brothers have finally come home and now is his chance to convince them to stay. Only it’s more difficult than he expected it to be. His brothers are happy with the new lives they’ve built for themselves and they don’t want to return to the valley.

Only Kai and Lane come face to face with a true reason to stay, a broken, battered male—one of the freed Zed victims who’s struggling to find his way in a new world.

Turi’s struggle for mental health makes him skittish at best. The instinct to surrender is at war with his own inner demons. He pushes Kai and Lane away, refusing to accept himself as worthy of love.

Will he push them all the way out of Bear Mountain—or can they help him find the peace he needs to heal before it’s too late?

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good girlGOOD GIRL (THE SIREN ISLAND SERIES BOOK 1) by Tricia O’Malley

She shouldn’t be on this island.
If she was smart, Samantha Jameson would turn around and march right back to the plane that deposited her at a faded hut of an airport on Siren Island. Yet, Samantha just can’t muster the energy to do so, not after the hellish week she’s had. Her whole life has been spent playing by the rules, and for what? An empty apartment, a career with no upward movement, and one failed relationship after another.  When it all blows up in her face, what’s a girl to do but book a last-minute trip to the ridiculously named Laughing Mermaid Bed & Breakfast on an unknown speck of an island in the Caribbean?
Lucas Mosteron knows all about burning out from first-hand experience. Over the years, he’s discovered that he isn’t the only one, as everyone has their own unique story for landing on Siren Island. His lovely and mysterious neighbors at The Laughing Mermaid Bed & Breakfast are no exception. Little does he know that there is more to their story than he could ever have imagined possible. When Samantha Jameson arrives as their guest – depleted and needing respite, Lucas can’t help but feel like he could be the man she needs. Irresistibly drawn to her uptight demeanor, Lucas is determined to unwind Samantha and show her that life on Siren Island could be the answer to all her problems.

frostbound throneFROSTBOUND THRONE: SONG OF WINTER (COURT OF SIN BOOK 2) by May Sage

They’ve escaped the destruction of the Court of Night, only to find greater perils awaiting them.
A demon has long watched in the shadows, biding his time. Now he’s ready to strike, and the likelihood that Devi and Vale can stop him is close to nil.
There is only one hope.

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lured by darknessLURED BY DARKNESS by Amalia Altman

When antiquities expert Nora Watters travels to the small town of Wells, Oregon, to visit her sister, she believes she’s in for a relaxing two weeks. Everything seems to go as planned… until she meets a mysterious, overly attractive man named Luther DeLaurent. His pale skin, long black hair, and eyes the color of emeralds, make her attraction to him undeniable.

When a strange amulet comes to her hands, Luther appears to find it familiar, yet he doesn’t reveal much about it. Without her realizing, Nora finds herself hopelessly entangled in a world of vampires, demons, and supernatural forces, that she would never even dream of existing…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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wrangled fateWRANGLED FATE (BLACK CLAW RANCH BOOK 1) by Cecelia Lane 

Desperate to find her missing brother, Tansey Nichols journeys to Montana’s Black Claw Ranch. She intends to question the owner, Ethan Ashford. Ethan’s her last hope, but the tall, rugged bear shifter claims he doesn’t know her brother. Never met him. Tansey’s sure the smooth-talking cowboy knows more than he’s letting on.

Good thing she brought a gun.

Ethan’s sultry smile suggests he’s imagining a hundred dirty things…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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such violent delightsSUCH VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Various

Eleven all new stories from twelve top paranormal romance authors. From Heaven to Hell, fae worlds, superheroes, and even through the looking glass, these holiday themed short stories bring a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas.

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tropical christmas stagTROPICAL CHRISTMAS STAG (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 7) by Zoe Chant

Irish elk shifter Conall Wright loved Christmas… when he could still hear the music that brought him joy and fame. Then a fateful car accident stripped him of his hearing and brought his classical music career to a halt. Now, he’s looking for a place for the holiday that isn’t full of silver bells and singing Santas to remind him of everything he’s lost, and Shifting Sands Resort looks like it might be just the tropical escape he’s hoping for.

At least there won’t be snow.

Gizelle doesn’t know who she is or where she came from before she was rescued from the clutches of a madman who kept her caged in a shifter menagerie. She only knows that the world is a strange and frightening place, and as much as she wants to belong, it’s much easier simply to be a gazelle and run away. Meeting her mate is just another way she fails at every attempt to be normal.

In love with a woman who won’t let him touch her, Conall has to choose between the business that he built following the onset of his deafness and an unpredictable life in a quirky place full of mysteries and unexpected friendships. Can he win Gizelle’s trust… and her heart? Can he convince her she doesn’t have to sleep in the shower?

And can either of them ever truly stop running?

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dragon valleyDRAGON VALLEY (RIDERS OF DRAGON VALLEY BOOK 1) by Crystal Ash

As a Dragon Rider, Nadiyah loves the sky, thirsts for adventure, and breaks all the rules. Not even sparks flying with Azel, the Chief’s son, will make her submit to dragon clan traditions.

Her dragon’s flames are ready to incinerate the army marching on their sacred valley. But this army doesn’t demand war. Instead, they need powerful allies.

Nadiyah finally has a chance to explore with the help of Caden, a handsome lieutenant. But, scarred by civil war, the world outside Dragon Valley may be more than what she bargained for.

The true battleground is in her heart. Azel may die in the gruesome trial to become the next Chief. Caden will never be accepted by her people.

Now, Nadiyah only wants the impossible: to keep the men she loves, and unite the army and dragon clans against a common enemy hellbent on destroying them all.

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storytellerTHE STORYTELLER (THE READER BOOK 3) by Traci Chee 

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy–Archer–and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her–especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.

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grindelwaldFANTASTIC BEASTS – THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Original Screenplay by J K Rowling

VS Note: Not romance but of note this week.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided Wizarding World.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

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gabe badari warriorsVS Note: I’m really excited to have GABE available now! Don’t miss any of the previous books in this award winning scifi romance series! Available at the major ebook retailers…Badari Warriors canva all 5 covers

 

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 7

October 31

October 24

October 17

October 10

October 3

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.

No Shared History Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE just went to the formatter so it’ll be out soon, by the way.)

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.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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 from the Sectors 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. 

The alien scientists never bothered to create female Badari.

The excerpt – The pack Alpha, who is mated to a human, tries to answer Timtur’s question from last week about whether it’s possible to balance his duties with having a mate:

“I refuse to believe the goddess would send the human women to this planet at the very time, the first time in eight hundred years we’ve been able to enter into pair bonds as free men, and then expect you, of all people, to resist her gift. The Great Mother, as I understand her, isn’t a jealous or a capricious deity. I think she wants us to live. And mating and having children is the essence of life. She may even be counting on you to help show the way for others. A balance in all things is called for, true, but serving the needs of the pack and being a fully committed mate can be done.”

“Those are my hopes as well, but I take my duty to the pack so deeply,” Timtur remembered the interrupted picnic, when he’d left Lily and rushed off to care for the injured Badari soldiers. He still believed that was the right action at the time but now he could see he should have paused to reassure Lily he wanted to continue their conversation as soon as he could return to her. They had so little shared history, no deep understanding of each other’s life experiences, which he now saw was a lack he needed to rectify – the human life in the Sectors and his existence as a captive in the labs were so removed from each other that of course she had no instinctive comprehension of his pack bonds.

The Badari had no mating rituals and he’d no idea what courting behaviors a human woman might expect.

TimturFinalThe blurb: 

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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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday November 7

caidAs 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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CAID: DAKONIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 3 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

Matchmaker Jessie Hancock has a perfect record helping others find their Mr. or Ms. Right through the Intergalactic Dating Agency until Caid arrives. The sinfully handsome, smooth-talking alien is everything she’s dreamed of—but can’t have. Even if he was interested in a curvy, freckle-faced redheaded wallflower, it’s forbidden for employees to date clients, so she works hard to find him a woman. But when none of the dates meets with his approval, her boss gives her an ultimatum—find Caid a match or else! With her heart breaking and her job on the line, she launches a plan to introduce Caid to a woman he’ll find irresistible.

The instant Caid from planet Dakon lays eyes on Jessie with the beautiful orange hair, he knows the Fates have chosen her for him. To get closer to her, he goes along with her attempts to “match” him with someone else while doing his best to charm her and convince her they’re meant for each other. Despite his efforts, she continues to insist she can’t be his mate. Now time is running out, and if he can’t up his game, he’ll lose her forever.

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delta v elsa jadeDELTA V: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 2) by Elsa Jade

VS Note: I loved the first book in this set so I one clicked this one, which came out October 16th – sorry I was late getting it listed here!!!

Deltas were always the most expendable among the CWBOIs (Custom War Bionic/Organic Impersons), and Delta V was fifth of nothing. But since the crash that left this transgalactically prohibited private army of cyborg alien warriors marooned on Earth, Delta has found some small pleasures — soft dogs, sweet donuts, seducing the neighboring rancher. Wait, what?

For the first time in her fifty years, Big Sky Country is feeling small and lonely to Montana rancher Lindy Minervudottir. With the five-year anniversary of her wife’s death looming, she’s not sure if the future matters. But then a futuristic fighter flies into her life.

Earth is a small, blue marble in the vastness of space, and two needy hearts are even smaller than quarks at that scale. But with a long-gone enemy closing in, if quantum entanglement and the irresistible force of love can’t bind them together, the world itself hangs in the balance.

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big bangBIG BANG: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 3) by Elsa Jade

He was never meant to be awakened. In the matrix of genetically and cybernetically enhanced contract killers, he was the Omega — brought out only the last resort, the final answer, the end times. But crash-landing on the planet Dirt made Cosmo just another cowboy, albeit one with a time bomb in his massive body forever set to 00:00:00:01.

Vic Ray thought she was so smart. As a reformed black-hat hacker, she cracked every code ever put in front of her. Except the one that explains people. But then she found out about aliens. Turns out, though, Cosmo Halley is worse than any people. At least she doesn’t have to be nice to a killer robot to get what she wants: Off this world.

But when an old enemy and a new one join forces to expose the CWBOIs on Earth, Cosmo and Vic will have to figure out what it means to love before everything they know is lost forever. Can the Spirit of Christmas — peace, goodwill, and spiked hot cocoa — teach a cyborg and a misanthrope to believe in a future together?

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gails familyGAIL’S FAMILY (ICE HOME BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

I’ve had a full life: wife, mom, divorcee…and then alien property. All of that’s changing now that I’m on the ice planet. Here, I’m free again, and I’ve found love once more. Vaza’s older and a widower, but he knows how to make a woman smile both in the furs and out of them.

Everyone around me has a baby in their arms or in their belly, though, and it’s hard to be the only one without. I love nothing more than being a mama…and when I hear there’s an orphan at the Icehome camp, I want to adopt him. Vaza and I have so much love to give, but will an en baby love us back?

(Psst! This story does not stand alone. Start with LAUREN’S BARBARIAN! You’ll be glad you did!)

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decoratedDECORATED (REBELS OF SYDITH BOOK 2.5) by Sabrina Kade

Newly pregnant, Blythe frets that she’s no longer respected or even liked among the community of human women.

York is concerned that because he knows she loves the holidays, Azan will go overboard trying to please her. Also, she suspects he might not fully understand the distinction between gifts and his own kind of “package.” It’s adorable—but it’s going to take some explaining.

Ellis is anxious that Hujun isn’t interested in her at all. He promised Prince Korben he’d keep her safe—but she fears that keeping his word to his prince is his only desire.

But when Ellis is attacked, all those concerns pale in comparison.

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refugee ruseTHE REFUGEE RUSE (THE GAIAN CONSORTIUM SERIES BOOK 7) by Christine Pope

VS note: From October 16th, missed it – sorry!

With the remote Zeta Tau prison station about to be pounded into space dust — and with no help coming from Gaia’s crumbling star empire — Captain Landon Beck races to release one particular inmate before she’s abandoned to the tender mercies of the invading pirates and mercenaries.

Thanks to that bit of temporary insanity — or maybe a crusading streak that refuses to die — he has company on the badly damaged, antiquated transport ship he hopes to fly to anonymity and freedom: Dhani Warlow, a small-time grifter, dark-eyed and delicate, with an uncommon amount of sass.

After five years surviving in the underbelly of Gaian society, Dhani has seen the worst of the Consortium’s crimes against man, Zhore, and dozens of other peoples across the galaxy. Even so, in Landon she senses a man of honor beneath the hated uniform.

As they limp from system to system on their quest to reach Iradia and freedom, Landon and Dhani earn one another’s trust and respect, finally taking refuge in the only safe place left — each other’s arms. But as the Consortium crumbles around them, they might not survive one last attempt on their lives.

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faronFARON (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 7) by Arcadia Shield

Faron has abandoned all hope of finding a strong, capable mate. His family has disowned him and he lives every day with the shame that he chose his own miserable existence over their social standing. No one will want him. He deserves to be alone.

Kendra Hilton must make a good impression. As a new matchmaker at My Single Alien, she’s determined to make her mark. When her speed dating event looks like it will be a disaster, she steps in and pretends she’s looking for love. Then Faron sits at her table…

Thrown together at the event, Faron and Kendra discover that the more time they spend together, the closer they become. Will their growing attraction stand up to Faron’s logic and Kendra’s cautious heart?

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gene bornGENE BORN: GLADIATOR HELL (KOCI HYBRID SERIES BOOK 3) by Lilly Griffin

The government used us to improve the human genome through gene modification and controlled us through a computer AI placed in our brains. Earth was dying, and they needed humans to be stronger, faster, and harder to kill while traveling through space in their search for a new home. They were successful. They made us stronger, faster, and harder to kill. Then, they took it even further when an alien species called the Koci was shot down right before the last exodus ships were to leave earth. They used the alien DNA to changes us even further. We are now part Koci and part human, a hybrid.
We sought our freedom from being controlled by the government only to find ourselves in the hands of pirates when we awoke from cryo-stasis.

Then, the pirates sold us to the Mxint Combine to fight in their gladiator games against other aliens and monsters. What does a girl have to do to kick some ass! We are in Gladiator Hell, but not for long if I have anything to say about it. We are still not free, but we will be. Our goal is freedom, our objective to find a new home, our ambition is to explore this new galaxy we find ourselves in, and our intention is to give these slavers HELL! Will it be easy? Probably not. Will we give up? Never!

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home worldHOME WORLD: AN ALIEN WAR ROMANCE (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 2) by Erin Raegan

Peyton: I fell in love with an alien. Our world was invaded by carnivorous freaks and the Dahk swooped in and saved me and my friends. They want to save the Earth but we are our own worst enemy, or so I thought. The truth is we have no idea what’s out there. Now I’m on my way to Home World. The Dahk’s world. An alien world. I had no choice, it was taken from me. I tell myself I hate him but I don’t. I miss him. But we have bigger problems to face. Problems I’ll realize are massively more impactful than just myself and my own little space in the universe. There’s no room for my hurt feelings, even though Tahk’s not done hurting me.

Tahk: My mate won’t speak to me. I do not blame her for her ire. But I had no choice. I have brought her to my home and I have realized how unprepared she is for my planet and my culture. I could not predict the trials we would face. I have failed her in this. But I will not let her go. She is mine, and nothing and no one will come between us.

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watchmanTHE WATCHMAN: THE NOGUD LEGACY BOOK 4 by Marilyn Foxworth

I know what the Nogud are. I know how I got here, where they come from, what they are like, and most importantly, that I am responsible for them.
I want to move beyond the eight villages and see what’s left of the world, eight-hundred years after the cataclysm, but first I have to make sure that they are safe and cared for; and loved, if possible. Exploring the world of the thirtieth century will wait. Maybe not long, but until I find them anyway.
I’m going to find the remaining ‘Little Sisters’ and make sure that they are taken care of. All of them will come to Bonvale, or to my house in Goldenwood, and they’ll be given the life that they were meant to have. For the next few days, I would listen and watch and hunt…(much more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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til death us do partTIL DEATH US DO PART:  A ZOMBIE SURVIVAL REVERSE HAREM NOVEL by A J Lee

t’s been five years since the world’s entire female population mysteriously changed into shambling, flesh-eating undead. For Esperanza Costales, that means coping with the loss of her mother, surviving in the Tennessee wilderness with her father and brother, and wondering whether or not she’s the last living woman on Earth.

Esperanza and her family have adapted and learned to count their blessings, but when a group of escaped convicts led by a crazed psychopath named Frankie stumble upon their camp and kidnap her and her father, her new life is thrown into chaos. By taking advantage of a late-night zombie attack, she barely escapes captivity and flees into the forest, alone.

Injured, frightened, and separated from her family, Esperanza nearly loses hope until she encounters a group of four men. Jason, Derek, Roland, and Joseph have survived the world’s end by putting aside old feelings and embracing their harsh new reality, but their routine is shattered when Esperanza enters their lives and brings into question everything they thought they knew about the Apocalypse.

As Esperanza and the men learn more about one another and themselves, will they be able to form a bond strong enough to survive attacks by the undead and pursuit by Frankie’s gang? Will Esperanza ever see her family again? And in a world full of zombies and psychos, will a woman and four men be able to find love through despair?

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tamed by the zoranTAMED BY THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 4) by Luna Hunter

Takara King is the first female contestant in the Titan Games — and she plans on winning the whole damn thing. All her life she’s trained for this moment. Nothing can get in her way.

Except for Rinor. The reigning Grand Champion. The arrogant, cocky Zoran with a body to die for.
He claims that she is his Chosen, and nothing she says can convince him otherwise.
Will Takara resist the ripped warrior… or will she give in to his advances?
Unbeknownst to them both, the fate of New Exon hangs in the balance.

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light we seekTHE LIGHT WE SEEK (TOGETHER WE FALL BOOK 2) by Katie May

Now that I survived the initial storm, I find myself back where I once was: under the control of my dickish parents (if dickish even is a word).

Day by day, the world gets worse. Storms brew on the east coast, volcanos erupt on the west, and zombie-like creatures continue to attack the cities. Where does that leave me? Hopefully not dead…at least, not yet.

Circumstance finds me in route to Atlanta, one of the cities that has fallen, accompanied by seven guys that I swear are as insane as I am. Together, we will face the monsters that plague our country.

But monsters can take any form. We will come to realize that even the most beautiful of people can end up being the most deadliest of creatures. Are we capable of surviving the apocalypse or will we succumb to the darkness around us?

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ultimate sacrificeULTIMATE SACRIFICE (GUARDIANS BOOK 4) by Damien Benoit-Ledeaux

More determined than ever, superhuman Quinn McAlester navigates the dramas of high school and family life while balancing the growing responsibilities of being the world’s first superhero. Having won over the respect and trust of the authorities who sought to capture him, Quinn unites a team of unique individuals and devises a plan to infiltrate The Order and rescue his best friend, Blake Hargreaves, from the clutches of mastermind Victor Kraze. When the people he loves discover his secret superhero identity, Quinn struggles to keep his friends—and his boyfriend—safe…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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double timeDOUBLETIME (CROSSING THE LINE BOOK 1) by M D Stewart

After a time anomaly appears, Captain Dave Amsted pilots his military chopper over the strange distortion, he begins to remember a woman he’s fallen in love with but never met. He’s frantic to find the wife he knows is out there, only to find her married to another man. Can he reconnect with the one woman who completes him, or will he have to give her up to the man she’s in love with?
As the owner of KenSpec Labs, Dr. Marc Kensington knows about the tears in time. He suddenly starts having dreams about an unknown man, a man who wants to claim his wife, Sadie. He knows he’ll fight to keep her for himself, but should he deny her a chance at happiness?
Sadie doesn’t understand why she’s been dreaming of a man she’s only seen in pictures. She’s in love with her husband, Marc, but she starts to have memories of being married to this sexy stranger. Suddenly having memories of events that have never happened.
Both men love her, but will she break Marc’s heart and choose a husband she’s never met?

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circus save meCIRCUS SAVE ME by K A Knight and Erin O’Kane

It’s been over thirty years since the bombs dropped that almost decimated the planet. The fallout changed not only the animals and the landscape, but the people too. Freaks they called them; outcasts of society and hunted for their powers. The Circus has the only people to openly flaunt them, offering a haven for the lost and the damned.

Rhea works for a powerful man in the male-dominated world and she is treated no better than a slave.

Until one day she saves a stranger and it changes her life forever.
Will Rhea find her place within the freaks, or will this be her final show?

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script of the heartSCRIPT OF THE HEART: A CELTA NOVEL (CELTA HEARTMATES BOOK 15) by Robin D Owens

VS Note: I LOVE the Celta series, so different…one clicked this.

Celta, a place of magic, telepathic animal companions, and romance…Script of the Heart, a story set decades ago, of a couple struggling with love and loss…

Giniana Filix, a dedicated Healer, is desperate to raise funds for an experimental treatment to save her dying FamCat. She has no time or interest in a relationship.

Growing up on an impoverished estate as the last of his line, actor Klay St. Johnswort hears of a script of a lifetime, a script he believes will catapult his career to greatness and enable him to restore his home. Appalled to learn the script has mysteriously disappeared, he is determined to reclaim it at all costs.His desire to be close fuels her fear of abandonment.

Her distrust of actors clashes with his pride in his craft. But they discover a connection they can’t deny. Will their attraction be enough to force them to write their own Script of the Heart?

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skywardSKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson

VS Note: YA, not romance, but of note this week.

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

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diamond fireDIAMOND FIRE: A HIDDEN LEGACY NOVELLA by Ilona Andrews

VS note: One clicked. I always find their books fascinating reads!

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness.  Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

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leopard's runLEOPARD’S RUN (A LEOPARD NOVEL BOOK 11) by Christine Feehan

Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats–and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him.

Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard–and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and even though she knows she should keep her distance, every move he makes has her craving a taste.

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omega objectionTHE OMEGA OBJECTION: THE SAN ANDREAS SHIFTERS by Gail Carriger

A werewolf walks into a bar.
Tank is working as a bouncer when he notices something odd about the sexy-as-sin bartender. He’s odorless, he’s amazingly popular with shifters, and he’s terrified.

A man without a smell.
Isaac is trying to escape his past. He hides in San Francisco because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in the Bay Area.

Until one walks into his bar.
Can a gentle werewolf with a trampled heart show a man who’s been running scared that sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

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never let me fallNEVER LET ME FALL (FATAL DREAMS BOOK 3) by Abbie Roads

Thomas Brown can’t see color, but he can see people’s true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he’s starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white…

Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena’s past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs.

As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they’ll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness.

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heir of stormHEIR OF STORM (HALF BLOOD HUNTRESS CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by D D Meirs and Graceley Knox

VS Note: No blurb at the time I checked. Only the following note:

The second installment of the sexy Half-Blood Huntress Chronicles! An Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance…(names of other ‘like this’ authors on ebook seller page…)

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hail atlantisHAIL ATLANTIS: MISTRESS OF THE SEVEN SEAS BOOK 2 by Sarah Louise

Rowena and her seven mates continue their whirlwind saga through the Oceans. Her journey still continues to be fraught with turmoil and conflict. Through it all though, Rowena must learn to conquer her insecurities and fears without pushing away those who love her most. When someone close to her is taken away, will Row do everything in her power to get them back, or will this prophecy claim one more life for its own.

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miss frost chills the cheaterMISS FROST CHILLS THE CHEATER:  A NOCTURNE FALLS MYSTERY (MISS JAYNE FROST BOOK 6) by Kristen Painter

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.

Jayne takes Sinclair on a much needed visit to her winter wonderland home, the North Pole. She wants him to see what her royal life is truly like. She knows the protocol and regulations that define her existence as heir to the Winter Throne aren’t for everyone and worries that it will be more than he wants to handle.
All seems well until a weird coincidence in a toy contest has some of the citizens of the North Pole giving Sinclair the side-eye. He’s a necromancer, and not everyone is okay with that.
Jayne vows to prove his presence and the apparent cheating are unrelated, but digging deeper uncovers all kinds of strange occurrences that only complicate things and make another perfectly clear. Someone doesn’t want Sinclair around.
When that someone cracks and takes action, Sinclair is in danger of losing more than his good name. Can Jayne chill the rumors that threaten the royal family and keep Sinclair from being permanently iced?

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winding keyTHE WINDING KEY (THE CLOCKWORK TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kate Davidson

Zachary Platt is running out of time. The future of his world depends on the swift delivery of a hellish relic and the cooperation of an ambivalent shop assistant. Prudence Whitby is a young woman of no consequence yet a wicked twist of fate and instincts result in their becoming inescapably entwined. For an immortal who’s made a rule of keeping others at a distance, his burgeoning feelings could not have come at a worse moment.

Prudence has modest expectations for her life after college. Being caught in the orbit of an irascible client who seems alternately repelled and enthralled by her was not among them. She struggles with the depth of feeling inspired by a virtual stranger before confronting a far more terrible dilemma.

For the Fount of all vampires has been found, the doom of man approaches. All that stands between the earth and destruction is a mortal woman with the barest concept of what she faces and a vampire weakened by infatuation. They are not prepared and the clock is ticking.

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librarians and pot of goldTHE LIBRARIANS AND THE POT OF GOLD by Greg Cox

VS Note: Not a romance, an original novel based on the TV series, which I always enjoyed. Haven’t read the novel.

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

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raven lashellTHE RAVEN (ROCK SHIFTER FAIRY TALES BOOK 4) by Lashell Collins

Kidnapped, drugged, and tortured, Kateri’s life has become little more than a lab experiment gone horribly wrong. Nefarious forces set on wiping out shifters for good see her as the key to finally making their evil plan a reality. But when an enchanted spell traps her in slumber, things suddenly go from bad to worse. Now she’s fighting weird monsters and running for her life. Good thing Raven Cloud, the sweet and sexy keyboard player from her favorite shifter rock band is there to help save her. Where the heck did he come from anyway? Kateri has no clue, but she’s certain they’ve fallen in love before. Maybe somewhere once upon a dream.

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dragon in the blood juliette crossDRAGON IN THE BLOOD: VALE OF STARS (BOOK 2) by Juliette Cross

VS Note: Reader GillyFlowerBlog pointed this one out!

While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.

Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to join an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.

To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal.

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gold feverGOLD FEVER: DRAGONS OF tARAKONA (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by D B Sieders

She’s got a fever, and he’s the only one who can break it.

Sienna Gold is an energy dragon. Useful gift—as long as the excess power inside her doesn’t cause her to explode! When a demon kidnaps her leader, the burden of rescuing him falls on her shoulders. This rescue will to take some teamwork, and she knows exactly who she is going to invite to help her.

Declan Amari is a wizard in disguise. He hates magic, refuses to use it, and absolutely abhors the thought of exploiting dragons for their magic. Unfortunately, one alluring and persistent gold dragon sees past his disguise and drags him, literally, to another world to rescue the leader of her merry band of rogues.

It’s a noble mission, but her needs could bring out the beastly nature he’s spent years suppressing. Can they come to a mutually acceptable arrangement in time to stop the demon hell bent on draining souls of Earthborn humans, or will his beastly nature cause even more devastation?

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war of stormsWAR OF STORMS (THE RYOGAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Erica Cameron

The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.

Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.

But how can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?

Calling in help from every ally she’s made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won’t require sacrificing her friends or her brother. It’s a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.

The end is coming, and there’s no way to know who’ll be left standing when it hits.

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promised s cindersPROMISED (THE WOLVES OF KENCULL BOOK 1) by S Cinders

Growing up ashamed of her special abilities, Trix learns to fear the dark. That is where the monsters live, and none who are wise enter there…

Tobias and his three brothers fear they are the last wolves of Kencull. They have been searching for their mate – one who will bring peace to the land and fulfill their deepest desires.

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illusion of escapeILLUSION OF ESCAPE (CRYSTAL CLEAR BOOK 1) by Lana Kole

A nightmare is a fear your heart relates…
Solitude, serenity and sanity are vital to Moriah Copeland’s life. Focused on helping kids the system forgets, she is unaware of the powers she harbors deep in her soul.
The intensity of her dreams waver between a nightmare and a true confidant. Imagine her surprise when she realizes her dreams might be more than they seem, she suddenly has crazy magic powers, and three strange men crash a too good to be true second date for help finding their long-lost friend.
Loyalty means you don’t quit…
Closer than brothers, Kaiser, Walker, Remington and Levi are not one without the others. Since Walker’s disappearance three years prior, they have not been the same. Driven to find their lost comrade, they are not above breaking any laws, be they magekynd or human. When a fluke encounter alerts them to Mori’s potential, they cannot ignore their instincts.
Can they earn Mori’s trust after kidnapping her or will she walk away from the crazy world she’s been thrust into and the men who need her help?

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family spellsTHE FAMILY SPELLS by C M Stunich

My new motorcycle riding soulmate is half-demon, half-witch and all douche.

A douche who hates my other three soulmates. He’s a tattooed bad boy with a bad attitude, and he’s definitely not into thrice-married me with four kids under four. He’s also in desperate need of an erectile dysfunction spell. Seems the dickhead can only get hard when I’m around.

Owning a potion shop, running a coven of witches, and spending time with my four kids and their half-vampire, half-werewolf, and half-fae fathers is a lot–even for a superwoman like me. But if I have to give the demon asshole what he wants to get him to help with a spell for my cursed mother, I’ll do it.

Even if it means my family will never be complete, that the Oracle’s prediction of me having four soulmates, four husbands to share a life with, is all a lie … I’ll do it. And I’ll do it with my witch’s hat tipped, my little black dress pressed, and my broom in hand.

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elven furyELVEN FURY (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 4) by Lindsay Buroker

Jev Dharrow is trying to convince his father to cancel his arranged marriage so he can wed Zenia, the woman he loves. But when elven assassins arrive in the city, all his personal problems must be set aside.

They are after his good friend, Lornysh, an elf who has saved Jev’s life a dozen times over the years. The assassins consider Lornysh to be a traitor to their people, and they’ll kill anyone who stands at his side. They wield great magic as well as their swords, and they have the power to destroy half the city as they chase after their target.

With the arranged marriage looming and elven assassins on the warpath, Jev is running out of time to save his friend—and his own future.

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guardians of hellfireGUARDIANS OF HELLFIRE (GUARDIANS OF THE FAE BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Hartwell

Within minutes, everything Eve Carter thought she knew about her life was eradicated by a volley of Hellfire.

She’s being called a Demon. It shouldn’t be possible. No one has ever possessed both Demonic and Fae magic before. But the fury behind the power Eve unleashed says it’s very real.

For as long as Eve can remember, she’s been the hunter when it came to Paranormal justice.
But now she’s the hunted.
Cole, Noah, Jacob, and Tyler would do anything for their mate, but if they’re going to survive this test, it’ll take the strongest magic of all.

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james skin walkersJAMES (SKIN WALKERS BOOK 18) by Susan Bliler

Skin Walker Sentry, James, is known for his jokes and good humor, but when he comes face-to-face with his past, there isn’t anything funny about it. Prim is the woman who wrecked him all those years ago. She’s his enemy, and regardless of the passion they once shared, James is determined to put her where she belongs, in a cell.

PrimRose is done running from her past. The last time she saw James, his eyes had been filled with cold, merciless hatred. She’d been forced to betray him, and he’s never understood why. Now, seeing him again after all these years, any hope for a relationship is vanishing beneath his cruel disdain. Prim knows she’s to blame for the ice that surrounds his heart, yet she’s praying that the secret she’s kept all these years and the sacrifices she’s willing to make might just warm him to her. It was a risk coming to StoneCrow, but for a shot at happiness, Prim was willing to risk it. Now, she’s just praying she survives James’ wrath.

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mama me holiday treeMAMA, ME AND THE HOLIDAY TREE (THE APPALACHIAN ELEMENTALS SERIES) by Jeanine G’Fellers

Centenary Rhodes and her mother are at constant odds. It’s one of the many reasons Cent left home when she was eighteen. Mama’s difficult for anyone to manage, but now that Cent’s back home, she has to try. Mama, however, won’t acknowledge who Cent’s become, even though she’s repeatedly been shown the truth.

It’ll take more than popcorn strings and paper snowflakes to heal the rift that’s formed between Cent and Mama. It’s going to take bushels of patience, heaps of magic, and assistance from everyone on both sides of Embreeville Mountain to reset the Balance between them.

But with Yule and Christmas just around the corner, it might already be too late.

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goddesss hopeGODDESS’S HOPE (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS ORIGINS BOOK 2) by I T Lucas

It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Hungry for power and infatuated with the beautiful Areana, Navuh plots his father’s demise. After all, by getting rid of the insane god he would be doing the world a favor. Except, when gods and immortals conspire against each other, humanity pays the price.

But things are not what they seem, and prophecies should not to be trusted.

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price of happinessTHE PRICE OF HAPPINESS (A MEDIEVAL TALE BOOK 5) by Lina J Potter

A sinister conspiracy against the King is gaining momentum, with Lilian and her family in the epicenter of this deadly game. Meanwhile Count Jess Earton himself, vigilant and dissatisfied, has arrived at the royal palace. The family reunion Lillian has been dreading has finally arrived. She has had enough time to prepare, to plan and consider all her options. King Edward is on her side, as are the Khangans and the Virmans… So why is her stomach in knots, why are her knees shaking and her heart pounding loud in her chest?
On the eve of her meeting with Jess, Lilian’s affections from her previous life resurface. Thank Aldonai that at the masquerade, it is easy to cover your personality and feelings with a mask of indifference.

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to trust a bearTO TRUST A BEAR (LUMBERJACK BEARS BOOK 3) by Emilia Hartley

Callie Stone believes that 2500 miles is about the right distance to keep between herself and Morgan Moreno, the cheating jerk who stole her heart and then stomped all over it a decade ago.

Morgan’s little gang of rogue bears has been getting up to trouble, though, and Callie’s father, the leader of her idyllic Alaskan community of bear shifters, wants Callie to bring Morgan’s group back to the fold before they ruin things for bears everywhere.

The trouble is, the longer Callie hangs out with Morgan and his friends, the more she comes to doubt her upbringing—and even her belief that Morgan cheated on her. Her bond to Morgan grows by the day, and the reasons not to trust in his love for her keep turning to mist and blowing away.

As everything she always thought important gets turned on its head, Callie must figure out who to trust and how to earn the trust of those she has inadvertently hurt.

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magical temptationsMAGICAL TEMPTATIONS (BIOMYSTIC SECURITY BOOK 2) by Jaliza A Burwell

Dr. Laila Porter has successfully kept Cyril Shanton alive. Now it’s time to learn that when a dragon wants something, they get it, and Shanton wants Laila. The dragon has uncovered an old cave system, and he needs Laila’s expertise to get through the dangerous traps safely because he wants what the traps protect.

With time running out, Laila, Davies, Rhett, and Venni have to traipse through the dangerous tunnels with Shanton and his team. While trying to stay alive, Laila learns about her origins, about who she is, and where she came from. She’s gone over a million different scenarios of her past, but none of them comes close to the truth. The guys will have to prove to Laila that they’re with her, no matter what, and no matter who her ancestors are.

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twister jasmina wylderTWISTER (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 6) by Jasmine Wylder

Twister My name is Andy. Some see me as the banished brother of the Savage Brotherhood, to others I’m just another badass. But what they don’t know is that I believe in what the Brotherhood stands for. Even though the gang moonlights with criminal activity, keeping the town of Coalfell safe from vampires is their main mission. They do what is necessary to make sure no other child has to watch their parents die… like I did. One mistake is all it took for me to be ousted from the Savage brotherhood, now I’m drifting without purpose. Who am I if I’m not a member of the gang? I’ll do whatever it takes to earn my place back, even if it kills me.

Guinevere As the vampire Queen, I am subject to many misguided impressions of me. Sure, I’ve fought many battles both inside and outside my own kingdom, but what they don’t understand is that I want to improve the relationship between shifters and vampires… and be human again. Finally, it seems that my dream is within reach, even if it means I can’t ever be human again.

When Andy and Guinevere are thrown together in unexpected circumstances, their fierce attraction is undeniable. What harm can it do to pursue a passionate fling for a little while, after all it isn’t love. But as their lives are endangered and everything they have fought for starts to slip away, all that might be left is love.

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harbingerTHE HARBINGER by Candace Wondrak

One: technology doesn’t work. The Second doesn’t need electricity when it has magic. Two: don’t trust anyone. The Second’s races—the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon—are way too pretty to trust. Three: when someone tells you you’re the new Harbinger, believe them. Bad things happen if you don’t.

Back in the sixties, the last Harbinger permanently opened the gateways between Earth and the Second. Humanity grew accordingly. Faith is in her fifth year at the Academy, with her sight set on joining the Division, the branch of government that enforces what most law enforcement can’t, like smuggling goods between worlds. Following her mother’s footsteps has always been the plan.

Of course, she doesn’t want to follow them to a T. Her mother had awful luck with men, as did her grandma. Faith wouldn’t mind finding out what’s so special about a man that it has her quirky grandma swearing at them constantly. A field trip to the Second is just what she needs.

Being the first female Harbinger in the Second’s history and having to face down the realm’s most dangerous Dracon, also known as the ridiculously-named Dread King? Not what she needs.

Faith isn’t a hero. That sort of responsibility is not what she wants. The perks that come with it—like a sexy but infuriating Elf, a flirty Malus, and a quiet and pensive Ulen—well, maybe for them she’ll make an exception to her grandma’s no-man rule.

Maybe she’ll have them all.

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everlasting christmasAN EVERLASTING CHRISTMAS (THE HAPPILY EVERLASTING SERIES BOOK 7) by Mandy M Roth

Wil Messing may own a thriving antique shop in the tiny seaside town of Everlasting, Maine, but the man and the shop are far more than they appear to be. Born into a long line of supernatural hunters, this alpha male has had to make tough decisions all of his life. But the toughest one of all was walking away from the woman who stole his heart long ago. But he had no choice. It was for her own safety.

He wants more from her than mere friendship but knows he has no right to ask—not with their past. But when a secret admirer begins leaving Jolene gifts, it doesn’t take a great detective to tell Wil it’s now or never.

Jolene Bails may come off as a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense kind of woman, but underneath it all, she has a softer side. Now that she has a Secret Santa, who seems to know her well, she finds herself opening to the idea of wanting more from life. But first, she has to figure out who is leaving her mysterious gifts and why it is Wil, her old flame, is acting so strange.

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a very dragon christmasA VERY DRAGON CHRISTMAS (DARKNESS SERIES NOVELLA) by Katie Reus

Victoria is about to have a baby. But not just any baby, a wolf-dragon hybrid, and her overprotective mother-in-law isn’t giving her any peace. She means well, but by the time Victoria finds herself climbing out a bathroom window to escape her overly-vigilant family, she realizes something’s got to give. And if they don’t back off, more than just the holiday will be ruined.

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dining with angelsDINING WITH ANGELS (BITS AND BITES FROM THE DEMONICA UNIVERSE) by Larissa Ione and Suzanne M Johnson

In a world where humans and supernatural beings coexist — not always peacefully — three things can bring everyone to the table: Love, a mutual enemy, and, of course, food.

With seven brand new stories from the Demonica universe, New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione has the love and enemies covered, while celebrity Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson brings delicious food to the party.

And who doesn’t love a party? (Harvester rolls her eyes and raises her hand, but we know she’s lying.)

Join Ares and Cara as they celebrate a new addition to their family. See what Reaver and Harvester are doing to “spice” things up. Find out what trouble Reseph might have gotten himself into with Jillian. You’ll love reading about the further adventures of Wraith and Serena, Declan and Suzanne, and Shade and Runa, and you’re not going to want to miss the sit down with Eidolon and Tayla.

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visionary wolfVISIONARY WOLF by Linda O Johnston

Lieutenant Liam Corland is the newest member of an elite military unit for shapeshifters. A tech expert, his task is to counter reports of Alpha Force’s existence spreading online. When the rumors take a dark turn, his mission grows more urgent. His greatest ally is Dr. Rosa Jontay—the woman who’s seen him at his most vulnerable, the woman he knows he can never have. The woman he can’t possibly live without.

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code wolfCODE WOLF by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

When Seattle detective and alpha werewolf Derek Miller meets Riley Price, the bond is instant. Feral. Their connection entails enormous risk, for he must keep the existence of his kind secret at all costs. But the forces of darkness have Riley in their sights. Now Derek must choose between the Were code of silence and saving the woman who’s set him on fire.

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to tame a rogueTO TAME A ROGUE (AGE OF GOLD 3) by May Sage

Raised in exile, Ash rose to power, but he never forgot, or forgave the way his family was slaughtered by the dragons of the Kingdom of Gold.
When rumors reach him, suggesting that his elder sister may be alive, the King of Absolia leaves for Farden in secret, only to find that his real enemies might be closer than he thought.

Demelza has been called many things. Powerful. Ruthless. Selfless. No one ever accused her of being weak before.
The wounded rogue she finds in her land bears the marks of Shadows, distinguishing him as a dangerous enemy. She should burn him to ashes where he lay.
She won’t.

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unwrap meUNWRAP ME (STORM LORDS BOOK 4) by Nina Croft

Only five days to Christmas.

The Reverend Imogen Lockley’s busiest time of year. She thinks she’s prepared for anything, but nothing can prepare her for Devlin Royce.

A long time ago, Devlin was an angel. Then he broke the laws of Heaven and stole the Elixir of Life to save the woman he loved. Caught, he was torn from her arms and cast into the Abyss. There, he became a Storm Lord, a creature of chaos and destruction.

Two thousand years ago, Imogen drank the Elixir of Life. Since then, her soul has been tied to the earth in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth. And throughout each life she is haunted by memories of a love she cannot remember and a betrayal she can’t forgive.

Now, Devlin has been given one chance to get her back. Or lose her forever. And he has five days to do it. Can he somehow make her see beyond the dark being he has become, to the angel she once loved?

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empress of all seasonsEMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS by Emiko Jean

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete–all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

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texas hold emTEXAS HOLD ‘EM: A WILD CARD NOVEL edited by George R R Martin

VS Note: Not romance but of note this week.

Texas Hold’em: A Wild Cards Novel is an adventure in the bestselling shared-universe science fiction superhero series, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin.

San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation’s top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers, apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings.

Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she’ll soon discover the true meaning of “Don’t mess with Texas.”

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oracles hauntORACLE’S HAUNT (DESERT CURSED SERIES BOOK 4) by Shannon Meyer

Hope is a four letter word. Yet, I can’t help but hope that the Oracle will be the answer to what I seek.

But getting to the Oracle is no small thing as she resides in the center of the Blasted lands—toxic waste, lava, and monsters. And as the alpha of our Pride, it’s up to me to act responsibly and not get my people all killed.

Driving us from behind comes the desert goddess whose rage is centered on me, and with her is a new ally, who still holds my heart in his hands. One whose voice calls to me still.

Eyes on the prize, I will push forward, even though hope feels weak and pointless. Along the way, maybe my heart will heal, maybe I’ll bring my brother back from the dead, maybe this will turn out okay after all.

Or maybe I will lose everything, and everyone I hold dear and discover I’m not meant to save anyone.

Hope might spring eternal, but she’s a right bitch as far as I can see.

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VS Note: AYDARR, the 1st book in my Badari Warriors Series, won the I Heart Indie contest last week, in the SF&F romance category! Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future and the human women they love….

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And this is the last week to have part of your purchase price or KU page reads  on the USA Today Best Seller PETS IN SPACE 3 count toward the donation to Hero Dogs, Inc.! Amazon

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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October 17

October 10

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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.

Heavy Responsibilities Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m switching to my newly released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week. (The first book in the series, AYDARR, just won the I Heart Indie contest for SciFi & Fantasy by the way!)

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.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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 from the Sectors 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.

Lily and Timtur are having a hard time moving from being friends to a deeper relationship. Here Timtur talks to Aydarr, the pack’s Alpha about his misgivings and seeks advice. Aydarr has a human mate.

The excerpt:

Pulling vulnerable emotions out of his heart and putting words to them was like standing naked and declawed in a vermore pit while the poisonous creatures crawled over him.  Talking about his deepest emotions and vulnerabilities wasn’t something he was used to doing at all. Even as he had the thought, he took himself to task. Lily wouldn’t hurt him by being cruel, even if she didn’t accept his proposal to be mates. But if he worked up the courage to ask her his question and she said no, he didn’t know how he’d go on. She was as essential to him as air to breathe.

He fell back on the primary issue confusing him—duty to his pack and to the goddess. Timtur decided to keep the emotional jeopardy he felt in broaching the topic with Lily in reserve. Maybe he wouldn’t have to explain himself on that score, depending what Aydarr counseled. “You said it yourself, earlier: I’m the one in our generation who speaks to the goddess, keeps the traditions aligned, carries the messages of the ancestral memory to those who follow.”

“Heavy responsibilities…”

timturThe blurb: 

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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