Falling Too Fast Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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 – Keshara heard the flyer crash and went to investigate. I’ve skipped ahead a bit (nothing serious happened, just a minor earthquake LOL). She’s about to meet Gabe, who bailed from the flyer before it crashed:

Deciding not to risk herself in the storm for mere curiosity’s sake, she prepared to return to the cozy den when a flash of lightning illuminated the sky and she caught sight of a new problem. A man was falling, clinging to a strange harness. He seemed to be fighting whatever was slowing his fall, and it was clear to Keshara he was descending much too fast.

Heart pounding, hand on the hilt of her knife, she watched him attempt to blunt the shock of hitting the ground by allowing his body to go limp. As he collided hard with the muddy, rock strewn ground near her den, she winced in unwilling sympathy. Through the driving rain she watched him, but he made no attempt to rise. After a minute, she heard an exclamation of pain and a few words with the force of a curse.

Enemy or not, Keshara didn’t have the heart to leave the poor man to die in the cold rain. She could at least go check out the situation, see if he had any chance to survive his amazing fall.

Next week’s excerpt, I promise they’ll exchange their first words to each other!

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for 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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My Personal Best of 2018 SciFi Romance List

YourFavoriteHere!!!Assembling any kind of ‘best of’ list is daunting and personal, and my big caveat right up front is that Your Mileage May Vary! In fact, I hope you’ll share some of your personal favorite scifi romances in the comments! What amazing reads have I missed?

(Hmmm, I might do a post on that set of reader recommendations in early 2019…please, no self recommending of your own titles though and 2018 releases only!)

I write about scifi romance for both Love in Panels and the Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog, (plus USA Today’s HEA blog, which sadly is ceasing operation as of December 31st). I compiled my very personal ‘best of 2018’ list the other week. I have to STRESS this is a list of SFR novels that fell into tropes I enjoy and is therefore not meant to be taken as a comprehensive “in all of the thousands of SFR books released in 2018 these are the best” list. I don’t have that much ego! And I don’t read all the books LOL. I have my own books to write so my reading time is limited.

I read a lot of fun, good, thought provoking SFR in 2018 but for this list, since by its nature the number of titles selected is supposed to be Top 10 or Top 5 or some equally arbitrary number, I went with the ones I’m still thinking about, even months after reading them.

It was the same list for both blog platforms obviously, although I got to be a bit more lengthy and inclusive over at Amazing, and also added a science fiction title (The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells). In some cases there was a single title by an author that stood out to me and lingered in my memory (and/or got re-read because I love to read a good book more than once!). In other cases people had more than one book in my list of 2018 memorables.

In no certain order, here’s my list of titles and you can hop over to the Amazing post for more details, or the Love in Panels post for many of the buy links. Originally the editor at LIP had also planned to link to my mini reviews of these books that I wrote during the year but ultimately time pressures prevented that. You can browse her site and see my Best Bets mini review posts if you so desire…

The List:

Undying (Valos of Sonhadra Book 7), Claimed by An Alien Warrior, and Jewel of the Sea (The Kraken Book 2) and Heart of the Deep (The Kraken Book 4)  – all by Tiffany Roberts

Guardian (Galactic Gladiators Book 9) and Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators Book 10) – both by Anna Hackett

Taking Vengeance (Cyborg Sizzle Book 12) and Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3)  – both by Cynthia Sax

Edge of Insanity: The Alliance Book 6 – SE Smith

Barbarian’s Beloved (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 18) – Ruby Dixon

Champion (Prison Planet Book 3) – Emmy Chandler

Breakaway (Verdant String Book 1) – Michelle Diener

Edge of Nowhere  – Felicia Davin

Kirk: Stargazer Alien Mail Order Brides #10 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)  – Tasha Black

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 2) – Nalini Singh

Cyborg – Miranda Martin

Lost Valyr: Project Enterprise 7 – Pauline Baird Jones

The Rising Tide (Liminal Sky Book 2) – J. Scott Coatsworth

My thanks to all these authors for their hard work and creativity, and the many happy hours of reading I spent with their books. Kudos to everyone who wrote and released books in 2018 – celebrate the tremendous accomplishment!

Looking forward to 2019!

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

dark starI hope your holiday season is going merrily! Sending good wishes to all!

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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DARK STAR (TAKAMO UNIVERSE) AEON PROJECT BOOK 2 by AR DeClerck

They broke his bones, laid him bare, and injected him with nanites, all for the sanctity of life. Primary One was the first of the Aeon Project warriors. He was broken and filled with darkness until Yurie. Their love and their children kept him alive. When they took Yurie from him and bound him in Command Programming, he vowed that he would protect their sons. He never expected to learn that she was still alive after all this time.

Trapped in a cryo-chamber, her neural implants malfunctioning, Yurie lived every moment of twenty-three years awake inside her mind. Only the faint memory of her sons and her husband pulled her from her prison. She wandered the empty halls of the abandoned Emperius Labs until a stranger appeared and offered her true freedom. As her memories returned so did her feelings for the man they called One.

One only wants to take Yurie home to their sons where she belongs, but there are others watching Emperius, and they will make sure that One and Yurie don’t get out alive.

An annihilation wave is rising to eradicate organic life across the galaxy. Love is all they have, but will it be enough to stop the Truppen threat?

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rising from the depthsRISING FROM THE DEPTHS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 5) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Always wonderful to have a new Kraken novel! And I’ve been waiting for Kronus’s story…

Two years after a bloody battle nearly tore his people apart, Kronus finds himself plagued with guilt and without a place to truly call home. And when he saves a blue-eyed human from a razorback, his world is once again turned upside-down. Though he once opposed relations with her kind, he is undeniably drawn to Eva’s pain, loss, and inner strength. He will do anything to protect her — and to possess her.

Eva had a perfect life. But a few seconds of blood and terror took everything away. Left crippled and alone, she sinks deeper into despair every day — until the ochre kraken who saved her forces his way into her life. She wants nothing to do with the overbearing, gruff, and pushy Kronus…at least at first. With neither of them ready to let go of the past, how can they hope for a future together?

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yule planetYULE PLANET: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLIDAYS by Angel Martinez

Sofia Cancino is tired of her mundane life, her artificial environment and her large, boisterous family descending every holiday season. She’s promised herself this year will be different and books a stay on the exclusive—and expensive–holiday-themed resort, Yule Planet. She looks forward to being pampered while reconnecting with Old Earth traditions steeped in the magic and mysticism of nature. Everything will be perfect and she’ll leave as a more authentic human, better connected to her roots.

Naturally, things go horribly wrong. Sofia’s landing pod goes off course and instead of stepping out on the landing pad at the resort, she finds herself in the snow-swept perpetual winter of the planet’s hinterlands. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s “rescued” by a band of criminals on work release who run deliveries to the resort from far-flung shuttle delivery sites. They refuse to take her, a paying customer, to the resort and insist on dragging her along on their parcel run. Riding giant monsters. In frigid weather. Not to mention, Marta, who handles the monsters, obviously hates her.

If Sofia survives her vacation, she’s definitely yelling at someone’s supervisor until she gets a refund.

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forbidden touchesFORBIDDEN TOUCHES: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 6) by Rena Marks

Dr. Irina Mescar has been a doctor to the Xeno Sapiens. She loves her job despite the inappropriate, infuriating, sexy, winged male, Blaze. She can make a list of inappropriate sayings that pop out of his mouth, which include referring to her as beautiful and offering to make her a mother. If only Blaze knew that a relationship with a patient when she began her career got her lover killed. She has sworn never to make that mistake again.

Blaze is aware Dr. Irina Mescar is his. Not only does he crave her with every breath; every cell in his body screams to possess her. Every person around them knows their odd relationship is beyond that of strangers, beyond that of a doctor and patient, and beyond that of the category she keeps trying to put them in: friendship.

It’s love, plain and simple. Everyone knows this but his gorgeous doctor. So if playing doctor is how she needs the relationship to be, so be it.

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black star runBLACK STAR RUN (THE LOU ELLA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Brooke Hodge

Fuyumi is running from her past and the Lou Ella is her ticket to freedom. She just has to convince the captain to let her on board without telling him who, and what, she really is. Her family’s bounty on her head is enough to turn even the most honorable of spacers into a money-hungry mercenary. If she can hide out on his ship until they reach the Hana Rae spaceport, she can get her weapons and get as far from her family’s reach as possible.

There’s only one problem. Captain Jason Williston isn’t just another dumb spacer. He has secrets of his own and tricks even Fuyumi’s contacts didn’t anticipate. The more she learns about him, the harder it’s going to be to leave him and his ship in her wake.

But if she stays, she’ll be risking much more than the lives of Jason and his crew.

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alien christmasALIEN CHRISTMAS by Kaye Manro

Captain Lorcan explores the sectors from his spacecraft conducting a futile search for his planet’s lost colonists. When he finds a beautiful Sedorian female on an obscure planet at the edge of the galaxy, his mission is to bring her home. Unbeknownst to him, she is on the cusp of her first Zsan Zar, the Sedorian mating ritual.

Led by her glowing pendant, Adria follows a faint blue light deep into the snowy forest. She runs headlong into the mysterious Lorcan who seduces her onto his ship. Once on board, they begin an adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Is their love strong enough to defy the odds or will they lose each other beyond the stars?

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roihanROIHAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Immortal Angel

Roihan wakes from his chip’s control to find himself in the middle of a battle. Filled with rage and grief, Roihan only has one goal: to find his wife. And the last time he saw her was during the Ardak invasion a year ago.

The most powerful cyborg ever created, Aria can communicate with the Ardak scientists and fly their ships into battle. She is proud to be a member of their army. But when the Ardaks decide to kill everyone on Aurora, she finds that her perfect history in their army might not be what they told her at all . . .

Now Roihan and Aria are both on a desperate mission to save everyone from the Ardaks’ most powerful weapon: the Red Death. Can they find a cure in time to save their people? And when she remembers the truth about her past, will she still want to?

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claimed by the alien warrior triadCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR TRIAD by Corin Cain

This isn’t real life. In real life, you don’t have towering, broad-shouldered, Greek Gods of men stepping out of a portal and into your reality. Shirtless, in nothing but loin clothes, with every inch of their rippling, marble-hued muscles covered in tribal tattoos… You don’t have men like that appearing out of nowhere; out of a rippling crack in the universe… Until three of them do exactly that.

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alien protectorALIEN PROTECTOR (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 1) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

When Deza rescues a human female in peril, it’s love at first sight and he immediately announces his desire to mate with her. The only problem? Annika refuses to mate with an alien she’s only known for five seconds. Not easily deterred, he sets about wooing the adorable little human, eager to win her affections and finally claim her as his mate.

Annika plans to return to Earth ASAP and can’t allow herself to develop feelings for the hunky Vaxxlian who saved her life…even if he is the hottest, kindest, and dreamiest alien male she’s ever met. Despite her hesitation, his kisses make her melt and his arms are the sweetest refuge. When he makes a heartfelt gesture on Christmas Day to cheer her up, she starts to wonder if maybe, just maybe, mating with Deza isn’t the most impulsive idea in the universe.

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capital gamesCAPITAL GAMES (AUDACITY SERIES BOOK 2) by R K Thorne

Two months have passed since Commander Ellen Ryu did the impossible and rescued mercenary Kael Sidassian—along with his mysterious cargo. Now the crew of Audacity is stronger than ever, protecting the galaxy against the abuse of technology. But after the team botches a simple humanitarian aid mission, Ryu and Kael find themselves on Capital, a neutral planet full of high fashion, decadent pleasures, and dark secrets.

Foundation scientist Chayana Persad has new tech that could help defend against Ryu’s oldest enemy. But local telepaths have been vanishing, and Persad’s son is missing—and somehow at the center of these crimes. As the crew searches for answers, they’ll have to dodge Capital’s corrupt police, allies with hidden agendas, and a traitor aboard Audacity itself. Enemies will strike, guns will fail, and the team will face some tough choices.

Can Kael, Ellen, and the crew pull closer together? Or will this decadent planet rip them forever apart?

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winter solstice in dragaWINTER SOLSTICE IN DRAGA: A DRAGA COURT EPILOGUE NOVELLA (THE DRAGA COURT BOOK SERIES BOOK 7) by Emma Dean

Adelina and her mates are celebrating their first Winter Solstice together as a family.

It’s been three months since the end of the war and Adelina’s coronation. Ruling as queen of four systems isn’t all work and no play. The Winter Solstice ball is proof of that. Her and her husbands are starting new traditions and laying the foundation for their future. They exchange gifts on the longest night of the cycle and Adelina has something special planned.

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blades destinyBLADE’S DESTINY (ISHTAR’S LEGACY BOOK 3) by Lisa Blackwood

Decadence and depravity have long been hallmarks of the Gryphon Court and when a young king dares to bring change, his life is cut short by an assassin’s blade.

Tirigan, an escaped human slave, makes a desperate bid for his future by seeking out the young king who is said to abhor slavery. But Tirigan is too late and quickly finds himself back in the slave pens.

Asharru is still grieving her older brother’s death when the crown is thrust upon her. Intelligent and cunning, she knows none in her new court can be trusted. One of them is the mastermind behind her beloved brother’s assassination.

She needs help and there is only one place left for her to seek it.
The slave markets of Nineveh.
There she plans to acquire a small group of slaves, free them, restore their dignity, and offer them positions as servants and spies.
She is soon drawn to one beaten and chained man. To her horror and hope, she recognizes him as one of Ishtar’s sacred Blades, a warrior born to protect the royal line.

Tirigan has no love for gryphons, but they must put aside their differences and bond as Blade and Queen if they hope to save their kingdom.

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black dogBLACK DOG: A CHRISTMAS STORY (KNIGHTS OF BLACK SWAN BOOK 13) by Victoria Danaan

The Hawking family is at home at the Northern Ireland farm and wolf-dog kennel for Yuletide when Blackie goes missing. Instead of a joyous celebration of family and friends, Ram’s mate and elflings are beside themselves with fear and worry. As Song and Litha join the search, the story takes a turn into the dark world of dog fighting and the kidnapping of adult male dogs that match promoter criteria.

Black Swan rarely gets involved in the mundane affairs of the world because that’s simply not their purpose, mission, or directive. But when Simon’s office is drowned in messages from retired knights insisting that Blackie is unofficially one of them and that an exception must be made, he relents and orders available personnel to assist B Team with a rundown.

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hanged sdpyTHE HANGED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 4) by K A Krantz

For Bix and her team, stealing the build specs for a prototype Mid Worlds defense system is a high-risk mission they can’t refuse. The pantheons have dispatched their elite wet works unit to smite every researcher and facility associated with the project. Unfortunately, the gods have a head start, and Bix’s only clue to salvaging the op is a personalized Tarot card of the Hanged Man.

Illustrated by arcane magic, the card depicts an old Sage who’d trained Bix in the spy game. A Sage who’d repeatedly tried to kill her. A Sage who’d died right in front of her…or so she’d thought.

As deceptions multiply, the superpowers sworn to protect the Mids hamstring each other in the name of politics while a merciless foreign army invades yet another World. The pressure mounts for Bix to deliver the specs with all haste, but higher powers and hidden truths sideline her team and send her spiraling out of control. When one bad decision shatters the life she most treasures, no god, angel, dragon, or Fate is safe from Bix’s wrath.

The Hanged Spy reversed demands a sacrifice.

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siren misfitSIREN MISFIT (THE MISFITS BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

A siren who’s terrified of the ocean…with a destiny that involves a hunky shirtless dude.
Ever meet a mermaid terrified of the ocean? The closest I get to saltwater is in my bath.
As for singing? My siren heritage left me with a killer voice. Literally. Some people can charm animals out of trees. Me? They jump to their deaths rather than listen to another note.
I know I’m different. And I’m cool with it. What I’m not cool with is the meathead who decides that he’s my fated mate. Just because he’s tall, handsome, and muscle-bound doesn’t mean I’m going to fall into bed with him. We might do it standing upright first.
Don’t judge. I deserve a little fun, especially since I think my time on Earth is limited.

The nightmares are getting stronger. The mood swings nastier. The ocean is calling, but I don’t think it wants to give me a gentle embrace.
Can a misfit who doesn’t belong anywhere find a way to survive the future—and maybe even fall in love?

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claimed by the bearCLAIMED BY THE BEAR (BEAUTY BEAR BOOK 2) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-released Kindle World title

Tall, dark and handsome, she’s watched him from afar for years…Back in Beauty after a broken engagement, Kaitlyn Turner has two things on her mind: regaining her independence and having a good night out with her bestie. Only somehow, their celebrations include hitting up the local tattoo parlour. The Tattoo parlour run by Creed, her late brothers best friend. Hot as Hades, he’s the one man she knows she can’t have, but the one she’d kill to have look at her as more than a kid sister.

Petite, curvy, beautiful…and human. She’s everything he wants, and everything he can’t have. Werebear Creed is a loner in the Beauty bear clan. Tall, powerfully built, and mean as hell, he holds rank as an enforcer despite the fact his bear prefers to stay well hidden. No matter, he can enforce pack rules in human form… even against fully shifted bears. They might call him a half-skin but no one wants to piss him off. Ever.

He doesn’t care what they think. Until Kaitlyn Turner walks back into town. He’s wanted her for years, but she’s human and he’s a bear. No can do. But then an attack brings her over into his world and the path is clear.

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last vampire book twoTHE LAST VAMPIRE: BOOK 2 by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

My father has been kidnapped by my worst enemies.
Either that, or he willingly sold me out to them.

Whatever the case, I’m going to find him. Mind you, this would be a lot easier if every Fae in Chicago wasn’t already out for my blood.
They’re not getting it, though.

The only one who’s getting anywhere near my blood is the seven-hundred-year-old vampire who saved me. Yes, there are times when I’m convinced he’s not quite right in the head, but so far he’s the only supernatural being I’ve met who sees me as a person rather than a chess piece.

To the rest of them, I’m nothing more than the walking, talking evidence of a war crime. To him, I’m something else. He calls me a loose thread in the tapestry of his forgotten past, but he looks at me like I might be the key to his future.

The rest of them tell me I’m demonkin. They say I’m a succubus-human hybrid who shouldn’t exist.

One thing is very clear, though. My father is carrying a secret bigger than I ever dreamed, and I’m damn well going to pry it out of him.
I just have to get him back from the Fae first.
Because, hey—what could possibly go wrong?

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desperationDESPERATION (MONTANA HOWLING BOOK 1) by Becca Fanning

Three months is all Patrick O’Leary has been given to prove his value to his new pack and he was desperate. He wanted a fresh start, to get out from under his parents and over-achieving siblings in New Orleans. How he was going to start from scratch in cold, snowy, small town Montana? With no money, no job, and no prospects he is forced to take less than savory work for a small-time drug dealer. He needs to get on is feet, go straight and prove to his new pack’s Alpha that he is worth keeping around. Not to mention explore his growing attraction to the pack’s booksmart little minx. How can he do that from a basement couch, with a vicious, jealous, pack-brat determined to take him down? Was it even worth it to move across the country with nothing but the clothes on his back?

Kendra Walsh has been a good girl her whole life. She was an ideal student, graduated college, worked a full-time job, and at twenty-two was even trusted as her pack’s accountant. She liked order and respectability and she’d suffered for it. Always left out, not quite fitting in with wolves her own age, Kendra walked to the beat of her own drum. When new pack member Patrick O’Leary shows up, desperate and looking for work, she is surprised to find herself attracted to him. She is even more surprised to find he’s attracted to her too. But can she trust this new wolf to be what he says he is? Can she trust he will stay on the straight and narrow, or will the temptations of easy money, and dangerous living be too much for her to take and test the limits of their budding romance.

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stone awakenedTHE STONE AWAKENED (GUARDIANS OF ERIN BOOK 2) by Judith Sterling

Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents’ disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she’s determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She’s struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.
As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

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zephyrZEPHYR: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 8) by Scarlett Grove

An Imprisoned Dragoness Maia is the Dragoness Prime and the Duchess of the House of Tides. She has given everything for her people, but they all believe she is dead. Taken captive by her own prince during the cataclysm, Maia has spent all this time locked up on his ship. With one of her fourteen dragonkin to care for, she’s been focused on being her baby’s mom. But when the Prince of Tides tells her she must mate with him or never see her baby again, Maia knows she must act.

A Struggling Scientist  Zephyr knows that human civilization has been irrevocably altered since the vampire kidnappings and murders. Even if the dragons can distribute the vampire vaccine in time, it might already be too late for the human race. While preparing to deliver the vaccine, he is confronted by a woman he never believed he’d meet. The moment Maia walks into the House of Storms looking for protection, Zephyr’s inner dragon is sure she was the one.

An Inconclusive Match  When Zephyr runs the mating analysis, the results are indeterminable. The couple believes in the analysis, so a confirmation of their mating is important to them both. But soon it becomes evident that they will never have scientific proof of what their inner beasts demand is true. Pushed to the brink by the vampires, humans, and his own inner dragon, Zephyr must make a choice between his heart and his head. Can this logical scientist follow his feelings, claim his mate, and save the world? Or will he let his rigid beliefs rob him of everything he’s ever wanted?

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caress of fireCARESS OF FIRE (DAWN OF DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair

With her brother in debt to the biggest crime lord of the slums, Marielle does the only thing she can to save him. She takes the debt on herself. But the only way she can repay it is to be claimed as mate by a Draekon Lord and deliver him an heir. She has no intention of following through with the deal plans to escape as soon as she’s received payment. But when Lord Aymond Haal is found dead, Marielle is accused of his murder. Salvation comes in the unlikely form of Fedryc, son of Lord Aymond and the new High Lord.

In the harsh desert landscape, Marielle becomes Lord Fedryc’s mate and finds pleasures she never suspected could exist.  As Marielle navigates the dangerous world of the Draekons and tries to rescue her brother, an enemy lurks in the shadows; a dark force bent on the destruction of all that she holds dear.
But can a human woman trust an all-powerful Draekon Lord? And will Lord Fedryc’s love be enough to protect her?
christmas to the maxCHRISTMAS TO THE MAX (DIRT TRACK DOGS, THE SECOND LAP) by P Jameson
Maxim McGray is going home for Christmas—even if it doesn’t feel like home anymore—and he’s taking his new mate with him. But his fox clan won’t be expecting the vibrant, beautiful, sweet-smelling human who’s captured his heart. No, they’re expecting a vixen, one worthy of mating the would-be alpha. Except Maxim has a different future in mind for the skulk of foxes who raised him. And his sassy Tabatha is going to help him straighten them all out.
Tabatha knows this Christmas won’t be easy, but she’s ready to go wherever her man takes her… especially when he whispers sexy promises of long, sultry nights in front of the fireplace and a real live Christmas tree. But the skulk of foxes Maxim has called family makes it clear they don’t want her around, and each day feels more like she’s trapped in a lion’s den than in a cozy mountain getaway. Maybe she’s not the right person to help him turn the clan around after all, but he’s not letting her go.
It will take a Christmas miracle to open the hearts and minds of these angry shifters, but Maxim believes in them and Tabatha doesn’t give up without a fight, so they’re destined for a happily-ever-after… or maybe a jingle bell disaster.
curse of the old woodsCURSE OF THE OLD WOODS (PARANORMAL GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Andre
VS note: From November.
Two rival lesbian paranormal investigators. A dangerous cursed entity. Long dark nights in the old woods.
Maya Nicholas doesn’t need any help finding ghosts. They find her and talk to her all the time.
Julie Sussman doesn’t need any help either. She solves plenty of cases, both normal and paranormal, without any special abilities.
When they learn that both of them have been hired to find a teenager, lost decades ago in the haunted Promontory Woods, they are not happy. But when they find the teenager’s ghost and discover that she, along with many other spirits, are being held captive by an evil entity, they have to work together.
Or they, along with many others, will never leave the woods again.
raptors peakRAPTOR’S PEAK (SWITCH OF FATE BOOK 4) by Grace Quillen and Lisa Ladew

Shifters of all species are flowing into Nantahala Forest, meeting at the Bear Claw Diner, eager to lend a paw or talon in the fight against the vampires. The Cause has already filled one magical coven house with vampire-killing witches – switches – and their leader claims more are on the way. More shifters are needed to guard them, hunt with them, and satisfy their Prowl…

Aven Kittrell, an eagle shifter, is already dedicated to The Cause. Former military with plenty of secrets in his past, all he wants is to find the coven he’s bound to, bloodsuckers to Undo and, maybe, if he’s lucky, a mate to soothe his soul. But when an old friend calls asking for a favor, Aven puts his own desires to the side. Duty calls.

However, when the favor comes in the irresistible package of Dakota Manteo, all he can think about is how they could burn the forest down with the heat blazing between them…

Dakota is a woman on a mission with no time for games. She’s a half-breed jaguar shifter, but one who hasn’t shifted yet. Not a claw or whisker. Now that she’s found out about The Cause she knows if she can only get there, she can finally be her true self.

Nothing will stop her from fulfilling her destiny, even if it means walking away from the sexiest man she’s ever met.

iridescent chaosIRIDESCENT CHAOS (ENCHANTED CHAOS SERIES BOOK 3) by Jessica Sorenson

Skylin’s life has officially become the definition of chaos, but she’s getting used to it. Just like she’s getting used to her life with the Everettson brothers.

But that changes when a secret is revealed. A secret so dark that her power of darkness threatens to surface.

Luckily, the Everettson brothers are there to help her. But just how far are they willing to go to save her?

mated to the capoMATED TO THE CAPO (MAFIA SHIFTERS BOOK ONE) by Georgette St Clair
After an epically bad blind date, and far too much tequila, waitress/bike messanger Zoey Eastgate swore off men forever and got a tattoo that says ‘love bites’. Maybe she shouldn’t have tempted fate. Because now love, in the form of a very powerful Mafia wolf, has bitten her right on the ass, on a full moon. And according to the Blood Oath Pack, the “moon-bite” means she is now the mate of Dominic Lombardi.
Now her new “husband” is appearing everywhere – no matter how far she runs and no matter how well she hides. He’s crowding her world, refusing to take no for an answer, letting her know that on the next full moon, she’ll be his bride. If only her body didn’t respond so strongly to the Capo of the most corrupt mob pack on the west coast. If only he didn’t threaten her family and her livelihood one minute – and then serenade her with sexy Italian love songs which she can’t understand a single word of, the next.
If only new dangers weren’t rearing their ugly head and threatening not just Zoey, but all of Encantado, the supernatural sin city she calls home. When dark magic comes too close to home, will she stop running long enough for her wiseguy werewolf to claim his bride – or will she find herself fitted with a cement overcoat, sleeping with the fishes?
eternal soulETERNAL SOUL (THE FORSAKEN GODS SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and CoraLee June

’m a murderer. A Killer. I’ve single-handedly slaughtered thousands without a second thought—and I don’t remember any of it.

I’m the Goddess of Death, given a second chance at redemption as a human. To right the wrongs of my past, I’ll have to learn about the person I was and the men I once loved.
Because my enemies are back with a vengeance, and I’m going to have to do what I do best:
Kill them.

dreamin of a white dragonDREAMIN’ OF A WHITE DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 36) by Julia Mills

Second Fiddle – that should’ve been my name. Think I’m being a Drama Queen? Adding too much spice to my Gingerbread? Well, strap yourselves in, my sleigh-ridin’ slouches as I drop some truth on ya’.

Try being the sister of the one and only Jessica Kringle-Claus, aka Mrs. Claus. Add to that the fact that I’m the Goddess of Winter and the only deity who spends six months in hibernation and put the damn cherry on the figgy pudding with when I tell you that the only reason anyone even knows my damn name is because I can make it snow.

Woohoo, blah, bah-humbug!…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller site…)

jaguars joyJAGUAR’S JOY (VETERAN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Sheriff Misty Dale wants nothing more than to keep her town safe and happy. A deer shifter isn’t the first thing people would expect for law enforcement, but she’s made it work—even if she’s ended up middle-aged and married to her job. But a dangerous wolf pack has been causing trouble in town, and Misty’s struggling to maintain law and order.

Jaguar shifter and Marine veteran Ty Neal has dedicated his life to helping other people’s families. He’s helped raised six nieces and nephews—in his spare time from his job as a social worker. Now the kids are grown up and he’s realizing that he’s never made time for a family of his own.

When Ty saves Misty from a violent attack, he quickly realizes that he’s found what he was looking for. A brave woman, a beautiful wilderness town, and a growing pack of veterans and their kids? It’s exactly what he needs. Now he just has to show Misty that they can build this community together—and that love is right here waiting for her.

shifter redeemedSHIFTER REDEEMED (STONYBROOKE SHIFTERS) by Leela Ash

Luke is over being part of the pack. Nobody believes him when he tries to tell them of the evil afoot, so why does even care anymore? When strong and sassy single mom Ella hires him to help her restore her new home he is more than happy to leave the old pack drama behind.

But as sparks fly between them it becomes clear that this relationship will be anything but drama free. She is in danger and at the center of the same conspiracy that threatens the whole town. Will he be able to save her – and their unborn cub in time? Or will they be lost along with his pack, and the town thrown once and for all into darkness?

gladiators downfallTHE GLADIATOR’S DOWNFALL (THE AGE OF ANDINNA BOOK 1) by Kristen Banet

Mave knows where she stands in life.

She’s an Andinna. A member of the winged, horned, and tailed warrior race that the Elvasi Empire defeated in the Hundred Year War and then enslaved. She’s a slave, and has been one for a thousand years, the personal property of the Empress of the Elvasi Empire, since the end of the War. She’s a gladiator, thrown onto the sands of the Colosseum to die, though it backfired on those who wanted her dead. She’s the Champion of the Colosseum, and has been for roughly nine hundred years.

All of these things have marked her as an outcast among her own people. Hated, distrusted, and despised, she knows the name of her people, but not much else.

But she knows where she stands. Keeping her head down and her blades sharp has carried her this far, and she refuses to acknowledge the deepest wishes she holds in her heart. Those will only get her killed.

Alone, she’s stood against everything they have ever thrown at her, refusing to give them what they want.

What Mave doesn’t know is that it’s all about to change.

faes honorA FAE’S HONOR: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL 03 by D R Rosier

Kyle Moore, the son of Shawn Moore and Krystal, has been living at home for almost his whole life. He had no choice, until he could use glamour properly to avoid being seen as fae by the humans around him, he couldn’t risk exposure. He’s gotten a hold of his magic, and has plans to visit his nephew and niece in Paradise. But… he keeps putting it off. The idea of meeting the only other fae on the planet with a conscience is a bit overwhelming, after all, what if they hate each other?

Lavender is an outcast among outcasts, and still wonders why Portia spared her life in the first place and brought her to her new home. She could count the number of friends she had with the fingers of one hand, and wasn’t at all sure she deserved to have them. Why had Portia spared her, when she had done so many horrible things before she’d been forced to give herself a conscience, and the ability to judge good and evil.
She believes herself to be a monster, and she struggles to make up for a past that is unforgivable. A sea of change is coming, not just in Lavender’s personal life, but in something that very well might rock the fae world to its foundations.

THE DRAGON’S REDEMPTION (HEALING DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Anastasia Chase
VS Note: The hero is too close to losing his pants on the cover of the book for my blog!

She says being with her means danger. But she has no idea what I would do to protect her.

I’m a self-made man, a whiz-kid, who takes what he wants. After being banished from my tribe of dragon shifters, I strived for greatness in a world I wasn’t accustomed to and built an empire worthy of a king.

But every dragon needs a mate, and I find it in Esther, one of my business rivals of all people. She completes my dragon’s heart, and I know deep inside there is no other woman for me.

Being with her won’t be easy though.

Dragons don’t usually mate with humans, and her debt to the Zellini crime family didn’t help either. Every time she makes a payment the interest goes up, and it’s only a matter of time before they knock on her door and she won’t have anything left…but they better be ready to fight a dragon.

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itzels assassinITZEL’S ASSASSIN (PANTHERS OF BRIGANTIA BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

Itzel is best known for her disastrous love-life, so it is understandable that the druids have kept her close for the last few hundred years. However, when they seem willing to ignore the invitation to have an open discussion with the mystics, Itzel insists on going.

From his appearance to his personality, Darius is unlike the other assassins. Often described as cold, stubborn, and emotionless, few intentionally interact with him. Despite that, he has been their constant protector for hundreds of years – until he insists on joining Itzel when she goes to Solona.

The pair have always showed a level of understanding and respect for each other that they typically have not shown others. Can they still view each other favorably when faced with an impossible situation? Or will their worst impulses only make things worse?

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miss clawsMISS CLAWS (THE 12 MATES OF CHRISTMAS BOOK 12) by Sable Sylvan

Curvy panda bear shifter Pandora Claus hasn’t had a normal life — even by shifter standards.
She’s the only daughter of Santa Claus. This BBW’s next in line for the ‘throne’ — Santa’s magical sleigh. Over the last twelve years, Pandora has learned about the human world with her best friend Jack by her side. They’ve helped couples fall in love and find their own happily-ever-afters.
But, Pandora hasn’t started to write the ‘one upon a time’ to her own fairytale love story.
She’s in love with Jack — and hasn’t found a way to tell him.
Will Pandora and Jack finally tell each other how they feel, before things are too late?
This Christmas will be unlike any The North Pole has ever seen.
Grab your hot cocoa and candy canes. You’re in for one heck of a Ride…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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destined darknessDESTINED DARKNESS (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK ONE) by Tessa Cole

I’m Officer Essie Shaw, and I shouldn’t exist. If anyone finds out their friendly neighborhood beat cop is a nephilim — public enemy number one — I’ll be imprisoned. Or worse, dissected. I survive by keeping my head down and my barely-there magic under wraps.

But when I lose a fight with a strange, smoke-like wraith, I’m confronted with my worst nightmare. A Joined Parliament Team of Agents — supernatural monster hunters who’d arrest me in a heartbeat if they knew the truth — a no-nonsense angel whose mere gaze captures my soul, a vampire with a breathtaking bite, an incubus with enticing hellfire in his eyes, and, worst of all, my smoldering-hot ex-partner, turned werewolf thanks to my rookie mistake.

This wraith has been picking off veterans of the recently won war against the archangel Michael, and the bodies are piling up. My unwanted connection to it, along with the team’s skills, could be the key to trapping it in magical stasis. Question is, am I strong enough to serve as bait, while keeping the secret that could brand me their enemy?

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court of memoriesCOURT OF MEMORIES BOOK 2 (FORBIDDEN QUEEN) by Dyan Chick

Cassia is so close to the life she always wanted. A changeling who was always out of place in the human world, she is on her way to finding love, magic, and happiness with four Fae princes. The monster threat against her life has been contained. For now. But they are attracted to her power and her untrained magic, and it’s a race against time before they break through again.

And the monsters aren’t the only ones trying to kill Cassia. The Queen’s Trial is approaching, and her power makes her a target and a threat to the other noble houses vying to be queen.

With her enemies piling up and only Four Fae Princes on her side she’s running out of options. There’s only one rule in Queen’s Trial: Survive.

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feeling his heatFEELING HIS HEAT (EMPATHIC SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by C J Jones

Patty Thorson, a cocktail waitress at the Preserve Casino, knows how to have fun and, with no shortage of eligible bachelors around, she’s had plenty of opportunities to enjoy herself and then some. But when a shocking and frightening experience forces Patty to reevaluate her life and her safety, she realizes that she needs a change. Focused on living life to the fullest, Patty has no time for games or even love.
But fate has other plans…

RL Peterson, billionaire owner of Peterson Construction, is a former Marine who has had more than his rightful share of beautiful ladies. But there’s one that’s kept a spot in the corner of his mind and when he sees Patty again one fateful day, he (and his wolf) knows that she is destined to be his. But when another part of his past comes back to haunt him, threatening to tear his future mate from his grasp, will life as RL knows it be utterly ripped apart?

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witch way to mistletoeWITCH WAY TO MISTLETOE AND MURDER: A WITCHWAY PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY by Jane Hinchey

VS Note: Not sure if there’s romance…

Harper Jones has it all. Or so she thought, until a series of events sends her world spiraling out of control. In less than twenty-four hours, she loses her witch’s license, her job, and her fiancé.

Returning to her magical hometown of Whitefall Cove for Christmas with nothing but a suitcase and a broken heart, she’s determined to enjoy the holiday and start the new year afresh. Her plans go haywire fast when her old nemesis and high school bully Whitney Sims turns up dead, and Harper is implicated in her murder.

Between a detective who doesn’t appreciate her amateur sleuthing skills, running a bookstore she purchased on a whim, and studying to re-sit her witch’s exam, Harper has her hands full. She’s determined to find out whodunit, and clear her name, but she quickly finds the murderer has other plans.

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If you have a new e reader or gift cards to spend, just a reminder of some of my scifi romance series 🙂

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

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And for something different, my paranormal romances set in Ancient Egypt:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 19

December 12

December 5

November 28

November 21

November 14

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.

All Part of the Adventure Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHappy Holidays by the way!!!

I’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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 – skipped ahead a little from last week. Keshara has taken shelter from the storm in an abandoned furbana den (like a beaver lodge but bigger):

…a new sound penetrated her hearing: engines running at top speed, unregulated. A moment later, the ground shook as a considerable mass crashed into the earth not far from where she sat. For a few heartbeats she sat frozen, debating which course of action to take. She could stay hidden in the furbana den or she could go investigate. Better to know what’s happening close by than to hide. From her first days of life Keshara had been an independent person, preferring to take challenges head on and today was no different. All part of the adventure. With no more hesitation, Keshara pulled her rain garb over her head and crawled out through the tunnel her unwitting and fortunately absent hosts had dug. Staying within the confines of the well-built, reinforced entrance, she peered through the driving rain, but at first there was nothing to see. Then the downpour cleared for a heartbeat and she glimpsed a broken aircraft lying crumpled in the meadow.

From the outside dwellers.

We’re getting to the point where she and Gabe first meet…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for 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 December 19

cores attackAs 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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CORE’S ATTACK (COSMOS GATEWAY BOOK 6) by SE Smith

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new one from Susan! One clicked it...

Thrust into a deadly game….

Avery Lennox has been called many names, but bond mate was never one of them. Her position as Chief Security Officer for Cosmos Raines guarantees that her life will never be boring—especially after her genius boss decides to open a portal between Earth and Baade, a world filled with an annoying, male-dominated species called Prime—but after meeting one particular alien, Avery decides to pursue him through the portal.

The trip to another world was…indescribable, but it’s when she returns home that Avery is in the most danger. Someone else is as fascinated with Core as she is, and believes Avery is the perfect bait.

From the moment Core Ta’Duran met Avery, he was captivated by the human woman who shields herself with an icy demeanor and a gun. Avery knows he wants a lifetime with her, and even though she is fighting their bond, she still appears on his world with a tantalizing offer: three days together with no questions, no ties, and no regrets.

When he follows her back to Earth, instead of finding Avery, he discovers a menacing message left for him: agree to be hunted or Avery dies.

Can Avery and Core turn the tables on the ruthless killer who wants to display Core as a trophy in his private collection, or will Core lose the most crucial battle of his life?

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jupiter taxyon spaceJUPITER (TAXYON SPACE BOOK 3) by Aurora Springer

VS Note: I’ve been loving the snippets Aurora has shared from this book!

Nikki and Kiron Ramis Bell are studying the marine life of Rishalt when they are summoned for an audience with the Prime. Tol-Jadel sets them the task of investigating a hyperspace perturbation near Jupiter. This anomaly threatens to sever the routes connecting Earth and Rishalt. They must return to the ocean of Europa to identity the cause of the disruption. But, tensions are rising between Warrish Watchers and the humans on Galileo Station, and Earth’s governments are squabbling over the proposed alliance with the aliens. Can Nikki and Kiron erase the obstacle before their home planets are separated forever?

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dragons wish tajss 13DRAGON’S WISH (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 13) by Miranda Martin

I am a Zmaj hunter and so have only one purpose in life. The feeding and protection of The Tribe is my duty and my honor. Except I have been spending more and more time in The City, entranced by the spirit of the human female Addison.

The primal dragon at the core of all Zmaj males fights for dominance over my iron will. It would claim the shy and intelligent beauty at any cost. But to her I am a friend. She would flee if I let the dragon win.

I will do anything to be more than her friend. To become her mate.

Bitter circumstances on Tajss threaten my Tribe and my way of life. Can a male choose between duty and his heart? Am I forsaking my people for her love?

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promised sabrina kadePROMISED (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 3) by Sabrina Kade

Despite her tiny stature and sweet baby face, Ellis has always prided herself on being strong no matter what. Even as a call-girl on Hethdiss, she took care of herself. Until the night she was attacked by a renegade Sidyth.

Now she’s relying more than ever on the alien prince’s warrior Hujun, who’s assigned to watch over her, and she’s afraid she’s getting a little too used to depending on him for help—especially since he keeps saying he can never Choose her as a mate.

Hujun knows he’s not attractive to humans—he’s too alien, too scarred, and far too violent. That’s fine by him; he knows taking a mate would weaken him, and he lives for the kill. When his prince chooses to test him by assigning him to guard the tiny human woman, Hujun knows he can resist her.

Except he can’t resist her at all. He can’t Choose her, either. Ellis was traumatized by a violent Sidyth, and Hujun doesn’t know how to show his love for her except by killing her enemies. He’ll keep his promise to protect her—but that protection might just turn her away from him.

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creatus talisCREATUS TALIS by Carmen DeSousa

For four thousand years, creatus elders have insisted that the creatus population concealed themselves from human beings because humans had hunted the creatus almost to extinction…

But one woman’s research reveals that when creatus first arrived on this planet, humans didn’t fear the alien beings that looked so much like the human race. That is, until the creatus started to breed with humans, creating a ferocious killer feared by humans and creatus alike. A creature so fierce that its legacy of death and destruction has fed nightmares for millennia. And now, a new breed of creatus has been born — or rather, reborn.

Vev, one of the first generations of creatus talis, finds herself torn between her younger family members and a forbidden love as she fights to save the young talis from being turned into a weapon — or worse, annihilation.

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illicit mateILLICIT MATE (ABDUCTED BOOK 4) by Opal Carew

Jenna has always believed that there is one special man she’s meant to spend her life with. When she and her friends are abducted by sexy aliens saying that the women are to be united with their soul-mates, Jenna is thrilled. Until she meets…Casey has always been attracted to men. In fact, one man in particular. But the pull she feels to Jenna is undeniable albeit confusing as hell. She knows it’s true love and travels across the universe to find her. The problem is going to be convincing Jenna that they’re meant to be together. As insurmountable as that problem seems, the bigger problem is…Darrick has always been in love with Casey. They grew up together. She’s always been there for him, helping him through his difficult past. They knew from an early age that they were soul-mates and have been happy together. Until his whole world was shattered when Casey revealed that she feels the irresistible draw to a new soul-mate. An Earth woman named Jenna.

When Jenna meets Darrick, she knows this is the man she’s meant to be with. And, try as he might, Darrick can’t deny the feelings Jenna stirs in him. Casey knows what the solution is, but given his painful past, she knows Darrick will never even consider it.

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reviving grahamREVIVING GRAHAM (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 5) by Becca Jameson

Graham Wentz is an introvert. Painfully timid.
Or he was.
Until he woke up from a ten-year preservation.
Now, he finds himself face to face with Kate Bauer, a woman he’d secretly admired from a distance for years before he was preserved.
Empowered with the knowledge that Kate also has eyes for him, Graham finds the ability to take action.
But Kate is hesitant.
He’s confident she’s attracted to him, but something is holding her back.
Graham is nothing if not patient…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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neron skiesNERON SKIES (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 2) by Keary Taylor

Dominion has Nova’s face and Reena’s name—Cyrillius will use and kill them if they’re caught. But being on the run in space isn’t so bad, Nova’s always wanted a different life, and she’s got it now.

It started with a rumor, that the Bahiri still exist—peaceful worshipers of the Nero and Neron. After what happened on Korpillion, Valen told Nova to find them, and to stay away from him. So that’s where the wanted crew aboard The Corsair is headed, across the entire galaxy to the G sector. Nova wants answers about what she did and how it’s possible.

She’s in denial. About what she might be. About where her heart lies. She knows Valen Nero is a bad man, so why is he the only one who fills the hollowness in her chest? Why does she ask him to keep his promise: I will come for you, Nova. And when he does, she’ll learn the truth about him, and what happened to shape him into the man he is today.

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noatakCLAIMED BY NOATAK (GALACTIC PIRATE BRIDES BOOK 3) by Tamsin Ley

Gruff, pragmatic Noatak is just trying to get from one day to the next without failing his captain and crew. His ionic ability has always given him an edge when it comes to hijacking corporate ships, but his powers are on the verge of collapse, and the ship’s doc says even taking a mate will kill him unless they find a cure. To complicate things, a captivating new crew member appears to be just his type.

Marlis has a sixth sense for danger, a keen aim with her pistol… and a dream-crushing brain injury. She planned on becoming a trooper her whole life, but now she’s disqualified. Setting out to find a new career, she takes a job working alongside a huge, bearded alien with gleaming copper skin and bedroom eyes. When the ship’s doctor claims he can repair her brain injury, Marlis thinks she may’ve just found her dream job.

But there’s always a catch…

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simbanSIMBAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Immortal Angel

A broken cyborg. A dying elf. Can they save each other before it’s too late?

As the first cyborg ever created, the Ardak’s experiments left Simban broken and without hope. Barely able to control his body or his speech, he sets off into the wilderness to avoid the first post-invasion winter solstice celebration. But when he finds a dying elf, he realizes that he might have found a kindred spirit, and her time is running out.

Irielle fled to the mountains to avoid the Ardaks. Plagued by flashbacks of when she was captured as their prisoner and a horrible pain in her chest that’s growing worse, the only thing she has left to do is die alone in the icy snow. But when a certain cyborg finds her, she suddenly has reason to hope. Until the Ardaks make an unexpected appearance.

Can these two broken beings heal each other? Join Simban and Irielle in a race against time and the Ardaks to find out.

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guy next doorTHE GUY NEXT DOOR (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 4) by V C Lancaster

Kez is a Teissian refugee living in San Diego in the year 2267, working at the Department of Extra-Terrestrial Immigration, and he doesn’t like much. He doesn’t like Earth, he doesn’t like humans, he doesn’t like his job, and he definitely doesn’t like his bubbly next-door neighbour, Bia, who is convinced they are meant to be together. She’s too young for him, their personalities are completely incompatable, and back on Teiss, her people kept his as slaves. No matter what Bia says, it’s obvious to him they couldn’t be more wrong for each other.

Because Kez is keeping secrets. On Earth, he’s been able to redefine himself, and escape the difficult life he was forced to lead on Teiss. He is hiding the fact that he is mixed-race, and that he hasn’t been able to shake a nasty habit of taking other people’s things no matter how hard he tries. And letting Bia into his life would risk exposing all of that.

But despite how she was born, Bia was raised by Kez’s own people. She isn’t like the others, and as he gets to know her, he uncovers a lonely and lost female just trying to find a place to belong, a place he can give her, if he dares. When Bia needs his help, he can’t say no. He just has to make sure that their first time is also their last, because he won’t risk everything on the chance of a mate, and he won’t let her throw her future away on a male like him.

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prince of dreams pippaPRINCE OF DREAMS (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Pippa DaCosta 

Kesh fled Faerie as a queen killer. Now she returns as the Faerie King’s secret obsession. But on Faerie, nothing is as it seems, not even Kesh herself.

With days to stop Arran’s execution and the stoic guardian, Sirius, as her constant shadow, Kesh must weave her lies deep within Faerie’s courts where magic and whispers combine and conspire. Soon, Kesh learns there is more at stake than Arran’s life. Faerie is dying. Oberon’s reign is crumbling. The time to strike against the fae is now. But with Talen, Kellee and Sota a thousand light-years away, Kesh cannot succeed alone…

Beneath the courtly politics, the glittering facades, and the King’s fragile hold on his people, the Dreamweaver is locked in eternal slumber, dreaming of the day his Queen of Hearts will set him free… because he knows, Kesh Lasota has no other choice.

Kesh survived the Dreamweaver once before. Now all she has to do is control him.

But Faerie’s Dreamweaver has other ideas for the peoples’ Messenger. He knows who, and what Kesh really is and he has every intention of using her to make all his dreams come true.
He takes your mind, makes it his, takes your soul, makes you cruel.
Dare you answer the Dreamweaver’s call?

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darkness within usTHE DARKNESS WITHIN US (THE DARK DIMENSION SERIES BOOK 1) by Brooke Hodge

Normal is not a word Anais would use to describe her life. Destined to take over her father’s company and dealing with strange new abilities that no one can know about, her world is spiraling out of her control.

Kai is the enigmatic commander of an army of warriors bred for battle in an ancient war. He needs Anais, but the secrets he’s keeping could destroy them both. As he prepares her for a war she never knew about, they both develop feelings neither of them expected. But…

In the coldness of space, love is a liability.

The war between two ancient species is about to spill over into colonized space and both need her to secure their victory. One wants her heart and the other wants her soul. Whichever is claimed, the other will break. When the lies and manipulations become too much for her to bear, will she rise above the pressure or become something even more terrifying than the creatures they’re fighting?

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haven 1 ascendHAVEN 1: ASCEND by Sandra R Neeley

Command Warship 1 is home to one of the most feared males in the multi-verse. Zha Quin Tha is Sire to his people, next in line to the throne. He rules his military with an iron hand. His people, the Cruestaci, are a warrior race who bow to no one and no thing. They’ve been deemed too violent to be an ally by the Unified Consortium Defense — the organization responsible for keeping peace between all peoples and worlds. Zha Quin didn’t care what their opinion was. He was only violent when necessary — like when provoked, or if his planet was threatened, or a weaker people overrun, or he was just irritated in general. Like now, slavers had crossed into the territory of Cruestace. He’d been called in to intercept and process the kidnapped women on board to the Consortium for return to their home worlds. Little did he know, his whole existence was about to be turned upside down. One little, human female was about to teach him a thing or two about survival, patience, and trust…(much more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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sakevSAKEV (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 4) by Elin Wynn

Dr. Evangeline Parr lost it all when the Xathi attacked Fraga. When she’s asked to establish a clinic in the devastated town of Einhiv, she jumps at the chance to help.

The only problem? A smart ass, joking Skotan warrior. He’s a terrible patient. Impossible. Refuses to take anything seriously.

Until they’re caught in an explosive situation, and a new side of him emerges. Protective. Efficient. And very intriguing.

Sakev joined the Skotan fleet after an… unusual career. The ghosts of his past have mostly subsided against the ongoing struggle to keep up with the Xathi attacks and their new hybrid weapons.

Mostly. He never expected a tiny human female to break through his carefully constructed facade.

But his past pales against the mystery of the war they’re fighting. And when the enemy changes yet again, keeping Evie safe becomes more than just another mission.

It’s the only mission he cares about.

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draekon holidayDRAEKON HOLIDAY: A PRISON PLANET SLICE OF LIFE by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

Day Two-Hundred-Something on the Prison Planet……And things are finally settling down. Life is slowly getting back to normal. Babies that won’t sleep through the night? Check. Pregnancy cravings? We’ve got those, too. Fresh starts? Check. A new chapter in our lives? Check again.

And people are leaving. Wait, what?

If this is our last chance to be together, it’s time to celebrate. It’s time for a Draekon Holiday.

Draekon Holiday is a short story set in the Dragons in Exile series. It does not stand alone, and should be read after Draekon Rogue.

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christmas for the kingCHRISTMAS FOR THE KING (THE DRAGON WARLORDS BOOK 4) by Megan Michaels

It’s nearly Christmas, and Gossamer is beside herself at the thought her children may not stay at home for the holiday on the planet of Trexotera, which her husband rules.

But when the women all decide to take a day for shopping on the nearby male-dominated planet of Diviljak, a secret all three of her daughters-in-law are keeping from the family could end in tragedy for all.

Will the men be able to save their wives in time? And just what is the secret?

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cat shifters of aaidar ensnareCAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ENSNARE (BOOK 3) by Christina Wilder and Laney Kaye

Lyrie: I have three secrets, but I’ll share one with you. I’m falling for Khal, a Cheetakin shifter. But I won’t—can’t—let anyone know how I feel. Because, if the Regime who holds me captive discovers there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to keep Khal safe, well, they’ll use my love against me. Use him to break me.

I must escape the compound and cross the desert to reach the relative safety of the Resistance. Before it’s too late. If I don’t get away, they’ll force us to come together, then steal the child we make for their evil experiments. Turn an innocent baby into a monster. So, I’ll fight my growing love for Khal and somehow, resist his touch.

Khal: There are secrets in my past. Things no-one outside my band-of-brothers will ever know. Guns, fangs, and claws for hire, the guys and I are tight, and I know they’ll never judge me for what I did. They don’t need to. I judge myself.

And that’s why I have to be alone. That’s why I can’t allow Lyrie into my heart, into my life. Because loving her means death. But not necessarily for me.

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conflictedCONFLICTED (THE CORDED SAGA BOOK 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Kayla and Quinn will stop at nothing to protect their daughters. Thankfully they have Maverick and Bolton at their side, but Kayla refuses to give up hope that Mason will return to her one day.

Mason is desperate to get back to Kayla, but he cannot have the reunion he longs for until he completes his mission.

Maverick has sat back and let Quinn set the pace, but he is willing to do anything to build a life with Quinn and Bailey.

Despite distance, time, and a world dead set  against them, is there any hope for a happily ever after?

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the disastersTHE DISASTERS by M K England

VS note: Not romance but worthy of note this week.

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.

Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run, Nax and his fellow failures plan to pull off a dangerous heist to spread the truth. Because they may not be “Academy material,” and they may not even get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

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fate of dragaFATE OF DRAGA (THE DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 6) by Emma Dean

VS Note: This note is longer than her blurb!

The queen is the deadliest piece.

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midnight biteMIDNIGHT BITE by Cynthia Eden

VS Note: She’s one of my paranormal romance favorites!

A kiss on New Year’s Eve is supposed to be lucky…but a vampire bite? That’s not exactly something a woman dreams of getting. And when Lark Kinsley gets bit, all bets are off. She stakes her date, runs into the night, and tries to put the whole nightmare behind her.

Only she can’t.

Because she immediately runs into trouble—trouble in the form of a tall, dark, and deadly sexy vampire prince named Devereaux. He claims that he’s there to help her, but she’s not buying his story. The guy is no Prince Charming. After all, Prince Charming isn’t supposed to come with fangs and an appetite for blood. But Devereaux says that he’s been waiting centuries for her. That she is meant to rule with him. Obviously, he’s wrong. And possibly insane. She’s not meant to be the queen of the vamps. No matter what Devereaux says.

But he’s not the only one after her. Paranormal monsters are coming out of the woodwork. And the bite that she got? It’s making her feel strange. Hungry. Her self-control is shredding, and Lark knows she’s changing. She just doesn’t know what she’ll become.

The new year won’t go out with a bang…it will end with a bite.

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healing the wolfHEALING THE WOLF: PARANORMAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE OPS SHADOW AGENTS: PART OF THE IMMORTAL OPS WORLD (SHADOW AGENTS/PSI OPS BOOK 3)  by Mandy M Roth

Paranormal Security and Intelligence Operative and Shadow Agent Gram Campbell is not having a great year. So far this alpha-male wolf-shifter has had his heart and his body broken. Is he beyond repair, or will his destined mate bring much-needed healing to the man and the wolf within?

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once upon the longest nightONCE UPON THE LONGEST NIGHT by Various

The longest night. A vampire’s delight.

The winter solstice, a time of birth and rebirth, life and death, waning light and rising darkness. A time when those who flee the sun and crave the taste of blood find their greatest solace.

But one never knows what the longest night might hold.

Once Upon the Longest Night, a collection of adult paranormal romances, features eight novelettes of lovers and their battles against one of the greatest legends of our time: the vampire. A 15th-century seaman and the love of his life come face to face with a vengeful manjasang. In ancient Rome, a hunted priestess captured by a loyal centurion offers her aid to the enemy. With the help of a handsome Royal courier, a reluctant Romanian princess braves the curse flowing within her noble blood. Danger awaits when a vampire in the far reaches of North Dakota must endure the lethal cold to protect the woman she loves. And in a future New York, a broken general returns home for the Longest Night Ball where he meets a young male witch who might change his life forever.

This anthology combines vampire mythos and affairs of the heart with the sacred symbolism and magic of the winter season.

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dark widows secretDARK WIDOW’S SECRET (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS SERIES BOOK 23) by I T Lucas

Vivian and her daughter share a powerful telepathic connection, so when Ella can’t be reached by conventional or psychic means, her mother fears the worst.
Help arrives from an unexpected source when Vivian gets a call from the young doctor she met at a psychic convention. Turns out Julian belongs to a private organization specializing in retrieving missing girls.
As Julian’s clan mobilizes its considerable resources to rescue the daughter, Magnus is charged with keeping the gorgeous young mother safe.
Worry for Ella and the secrets Vivian and Magnus keep from each other should be enough to prevent the sparks of attraction from kindling a blaze of desire. Except, these pesky sparks have a mind of their own.

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blood bond 9BLOOD BOND: 9 (BLOOD BOND SAGA by Helen Hardt

Erin Hamilton and Dante Gabriel are living together and are more in love than ever, but the mysteries surrounding them continue to evolve. When two more women go missing—Dante’s sister and Erin’s best friend—they dive in more deeply, recruiting Erin’s brother to help.
Despite his quest for information, Dante resists falling prey to his former captor’s drive to control his mind. As more changes reveal themselves, he relies on his own strength and his love for Erin to keep himself in check. But the darkness following him is determined to manifest, and its source is a surprise to all.

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petting themPETTING THEM: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CLAW-VER TALES by Various

**Charity Anthology. 100% of proceeds will go towards saving cats and dogs from kill shelters thanks to the incredible work of Pacific North Pets.**

Introducing eleven purrrrfect stories featuring strong women and the men that love them.
Inside these pages, you’ll find heartfelt and action-packed books that highlight the friendship between heroine and animal. From fun and thrilling paranormal romances to sexy and suspenseful contemporary reads, this box set has it all.
Thirteen of your favorite Reverse Harem authors have teamed up to bring you this limited edition collection benefitting Pacific North Pets. This charity’s primary focus is to rescue abandoned, at-risk, starving, and abused animals. Rescued animals receive veterinary care and are placed in permanent homes.
Help give these animals a second chance at finding their forever home while enjoying your next favorite book.
** This anthology features stories ranging from 6,000 to 60,000 words. Some are complete stand alone, some are short stories from an existing series and some are the beginning of exciting new series! There are a couple with cliffhangers but all of them feature animals. **

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bears beautyBEAR’S BEAUTY (A CHRISTMAS REALM TALE BOOK 2) by Elyzabeth M VaLey

A rare mix between a pixie and a human, Melody Beacon is not your ordinary woman. Challenged all her life for not being one or the other, she considers herself unlovable. So when Magnus Koldklaw tries to seduce her, she can’t help but think he’s mocking her. After all, why would a man like him want to be with a woman like her?

One look at Melody Beacon was all it took for bear shifter Magnus Koldklaw to decide he wanted her. One whiff of her scent, and he’s certain she’s his mate.

Unfortunately, Melody doesn’t seem to feel the same way. However, when they’re forced to work together on a secret project for Santa, they are irrevocably drawn to each other. And when Magnus discovers it’s her insecurities keeping them apart, he becomes determined to show her she’s worthy of love and so much more.

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snow whiteSNOW WHITE (TIMELESS FAIRY TALES BOOK 11) by K M Shea

Once upon a time, a princess and her stepmother ruled together with all happiness and joy…until the Queen’s chronic headaches and mood swings escalate to violence, and Princess Snow White is forced to flee for her life.

Snow White is certain that a dark magic has pushed her once loving stepmother into madness. Shy and bookish as she may be, she will do whatever is necessary to save the Queen, even if it means approaching the infamous Seven Warriors—a group of outspoken fighters who live in the forest—to ask for their help. Unfortunately, six of the men are not convinced the Queen can be redeemed.

Fritz, the seventh warrior, is her only hope.

Hailed as both a deadly fighter and a humble forester, Fritz senses there is more to the Princess than there appears to be. When magical horrors attack, his mind is made up, and the Seven Warriors pledge their loyalty to Snow White.

With the warriors helping her, Snow White is certain her stepmother can be saved. But just when victory seems near, a poisoned apple changes everything.

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hells callingHELL’S CALLING (INFERNAL DESCENT BOOK 1) by Bea Paige and Skye MacKinnon

The devil has taken her sister. Now she’s going to bring her back. Luckily, she’s not alone:   An angel with a dark past. A wolf with anger issues. A hellhound who’s actually quite cuddly. Yes, this is a journey into hell. Grab your tissues and snacks for this will be a rollercoaster into darkness.

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forbidden desiresFORBIDDEN DESIRES by Various

Join your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors in a reverse harem collection unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Why choose when you can have them all? Embark on a journey through new worlds and epic adventures in this limited edition anthology full of romance, mystery, and steam.
Princesses on the run. Witches ruling nations. Dragons and angels in disguise.
Follow our heroines and their harems through 13 unique supernatural and contemporary romances that will steal your breath away and have your heart pounding for more.

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something to celebrateSOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLIDAYS by Evelyn Benvie

Niko doesn’t hate the holidays; that would require too much commitment. He just doesn’t care about them anymore. He’s a demi, disillusioned mess and he doesn’t care about much at all. That is, until an enticing stranger blows into his life this Christmas and catches his attention—and his heart.

Fan is lost and lonely, a winter spirit adrift in a human world that has all but forgotten them. And then they meet Niko, a young man with the ability to see them, and they remember what it means to stay somewhere. To want someone.

Chance brings them together. But is chance enough to build a relationship on?

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fury freedFURY FREED (OF FATES AND FURIES BOOK 3) by Melissa Haag 

While preparing to leave Uttira after graduation, Megan finds the Book of Fury. The answers she’s needed about who she is, her purpose, and her powers have been there the whole time, along with a shocking revelation. Now, it’s not just a matter of finding Megan’s mother. Megan must find the two preceding generations as well, because the book is clear on one thing: there can only be three furies.

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holiday home hotelTHE HOLIDAY HOME HOTEL: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLIDAYS by Lou Sylvre

Daren Novak and Gunny Schuler have known each other since freshmen days at the University of Washington, where they’d started a romance Daren assumed would last. But at the start of winter break, Gunny bowed to the dictates of his lifelong religion and his overbearing father and left UW never to return.

After a failed marriage, Gunny built a quiet life embracing his gay identity, and left his North Dakota home, his marriage, and his father’s business for a forestry and teaching career in Oregon. Meanwhile, Daren has built up his own life around managing a unique holiday venue, the Holiday Home Hotel, and performing for the guests in drag as “Dare.”

A decade has passed since they last saw each other, but now winter’s harsh weather brings them face to face—helped along by a minor goddess and powerful forest spirit. Too much hurt might lie between them now to fix things, but interfering supernatural beings are determined to force them to try.

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demon clawsDEMON CLAWS (THE TWELVE MATES OF CHRISTMAS BOOK 9) by Sable Sylvan

He’s going to Hell to crack some nuts…
Krampus is a Christmas demon.
That makes him a bad boy.
As a bad boy, he breaks the law.
He breaks the laws of physics. He breaks the laws of magic. He even breaks the laws of shifting and can turn into nearly any animal.
Two laws he can’t break are the laws of Time…and Fate.
Krampus is a gruff goat shifter who’s put off claiming a mate. The clock is up. This weregoat has to find and claim her, as fast as possible.
Otherwise, the consequences could be deadly…and if humans can go to Hell, wherever demons go is probably much, much worse.
There’re laws Krampus doesn’t break, because he doesn’t know them.
Those include the laws of dating.
That means this demon goat is going to need dating lessons — and there’s only one BBW baker that’s up for the job.
Can the Nicest girl Krampus knows…handle his Naughtiness? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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christmas hellhoundCHRISTMAS HELLHOUND (A MATE FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

All Caine wants for Christmas is to get rid of his hellhound.

Twelve months ago, Caine Guinness was attacked by a pack of hellhound shifters and became one of them. All he wants is to be human again. His search for a cure brings him to snowy Pine Valley, home of magical dragon shifters, Christmas cheer… and Meaghan Markham.

All Meaghan wants for Christmas – is a merry Christmas. Just one.

Meaghan has never felt at home anywhere. She’s always too big, too loud – and never enough. Until now. Caine is everything she never let herself dream of. Kind. Caring. And hot as hell.

But all isn’t well in Pine Valley. Mysterious creatures are attacking the town, and Caine is the only one who can stop them. If he can learn to trust his hellhound. And even if he can…

Can a hellhound really save Christmas?

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polar bear christmasA POLAR BEAR CHRISTMAS by Emilia Hartley

As the only human in a long line of beautiful and proud reindeer shifters, Holly Carter has borne contempt and abuse from her family for years. She avoids the cutesy Christmas enclave they’ve built whenever she can, but somehow her mother always convinces her to come home for the holidays.

This year, though, she meets Claus, a polar bear shifter from a crime conglomerate looking to shake down one of her cousins. When Holly and Claus concoct a fake relationship that will get Holly protection and Claus access to his target, they don’t expect it to go anywhere. But the relationship soon feels more real than fake. It would be perfect if only Holly weren’t convinced she’s not worthy to mate a shifter and Claus weren’t convinced that he’s got too much blood on his hands to mate to any woman.

Can Holly and Claus convince each other of their true value in time to salvage their bond?

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my wolfy weddingMY WOLFY WEDDING: IN BETWEEN (PECULIAR MYSTERIES BOOK 8) by Renee George

The only thing Chavvah wants more than to marry Billy Bob is to have his baby, but since that ship has sailed thanks to prior trauma, she’s happy just to get down the aisle with him and make their life together official. The date is set for the Winter Solstice, marking the longest night of year, but a challenge from an unexpected guest, is turning her special day into a fight-club nightmare. And after having postponed the wedding twice already, Chav is starting to think fate hates her guts.

On top of that, there are almost forty werewolves camped out on Billy Bob’s property, claiming that Chav and Billy Bob are their new leaders. But when Chav tries to get her spirit guide, Brother Wolf, to cough up answers, he ignores her. Worst, the silent deity is sending her BFF Sunny visions that are taking a physical toll on her human friend’s all too frail body.

Throw in Billy Bob’s manipulative father, Chav’s pushy mother, and other surprise guests, these two furry lovebirds may never make it to “I do!”

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sladeSLADE (THE BROKEN BOOK 6) by Serena Simpson

Mila spent her life hiding away in and out of hospitals. Only one sister could have a life, and she wasn’t the one that was chosen. Her best friend, her replacement sister invited—ordered her—to move in with her and her family.
It would have been perfect if tall dominant and oh so sexy Slade wasn’t watching her with green eyes sent from the Gods, and a mouth made for sin. Time always felt like it was standing still, now it was rushing to catch her. The enemy that tried to kill her as a preteen was back; now it wanted her and the sister who didn’t know she was still alive.
Could she sacrifice herself again so her sister could live? Or did she finally want a chance at life with the one man who made her feel life was precious?
Slade was a rage-filled male with nothing to look forward to. When they told him that another human female was coming to live with them, he shrugged. What was one more? Then he met her.
Her scent teased her with thoughts of a future that couldn’t be his; Mila was so much more. How could he even want to talk to her when another held his heart for so long? Slade needed to learn how to let go of the past and embrace the future before Mila was forever beyond his reach.
Together they must defeat the horrors of the past if they ever want a future together.

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demons favorDEMON’S FAVOR by Jessica Marting

Lauren knew the risks in summoning demons, but Tal seemed so charming and helpful that she didn’t see the harm in asking him to help save her bakery. All he asked in return was a single favor, granted whenever he wanted.
Now Tal’s ready to collect.

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grim christmasGRIM CHRISTMAS (DAUGHTER OF BEASTS BOOK 4) by T S Joyce

Grim is trying to hold it together for the holidays. He’s vowed to be a better Alpha for the Rogue Pride Crew, but he’s at war with the two lions inside of him, and at war with a certain Red Dragon as well. He was raised to be a weapon and had never celebrated like everyone else. All he wants to do is coast straight through the holiday, but his new Crew is messing with his head. He wants to hate them, but little by little, they are chipping away at his heart. Especially his new mate, Ash, who is so sweet about making it the perfect day.

Ashlynn Kane is bound and determined to make Grim’s first Christmas outside of the Tarian Pride the happiest day of his life. The only problem is, her new lion shifter mate is a bit of a scrooge. With a can-do attitude and some mishaps along the way, she is going to do her best to make the man she loves feel special. Even if it means going against her Alpha’s wishes.

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triernaTRIERNA (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Serena Akeroyd

Thalia has a purpose.

After months of having to roll with the punches, she now knows what her part is in the grand scheme of things.

Newly crowned as Queen of the Fae, and mother to a newborn hybrid, Thalia is about to take on her most daunting role yet: she’s been ordained, by the Gods themselves, to bring down the Devil.

And no, there isn’t a euphemism hidden in that sentence. Morningstar needs to be taken down, and she’s the bada$$ to do it.

If she can get her hands on him.

Of course, that was never going to be easy, and in the face of the apocalypse that’s hit Earth, yeah, it’s not like she can just buzz him on the phone… But when certain situations come to light in the face of Armageddon, Morningstar suddenly doesn’t look like the biggest, baddest SOB out there. No, sirree. That title belongs to someone else.

Three guesses as to who.

Only trouble is, Thalia and her mates can’t take out the Earth’s true foe on their lonesome, which means they’re going to have to work with their son-in-law-to-be without chopping off his head.

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shifting destinySHIFTING DESTINY  by Various

Are you ready for a collection of stories with a bite? Well, shift into a more comfortable position and dive right into these author’s tales.
There’s a beast in all of us waiting to come out and play. So, abandon all your reservations and lose yourself in this collection of shifters and discover…
The BEAST in you.

This is a collection of multiple short stories, in a myriad of genres. The stories in this book are as fluid as the shifters they’re about. Some of them will pull on your heartstrings, others will warm you on a cold day. Come on these journeys with us to fantastical places, accompanied by memorable characters that leave you no choice but to hold on for dear life on the magical ride that is, Shifting Destiny.

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cezarFIRE BREATHING CEZAR (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 2) by Candace Ayers

Small town librarian Cherry Deschamps is perfectly content with her safe, mundane existence even if others might consider evenings spent with a mug of hot cocoa, bowl of Ramen noodles and a Netflix marathon boring.

When the panty-meltingly gorgeous “Mr. Hollywood” enters her life, showering her with gifts and attention, of course she’s skeptical. She’s learned from an early age that exposing her heart will only lead to pain and heartache.

Cezar fights every baser instinct he has to win over his human mate—including behaving in the ways of a human male. In the end, however, it may take the fiery passion and fierce possessiveness of his dragon to convince Cherry that she’s worthy of being loved.

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daneDANE (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 8) by Theresa Hissong

Dane Walker, Guardian to the Shaw pride, has never lived by the rules. His tastes have always been on the side of extreme. With each passing day that he is tasked to protect the werepanther-owned bar, The Deuce, Dane’s obsession with the two human employees strengthens. He doesn’t trust anyone but himself to guard the bartender, Cole Bryant, and the waitress, Olivia Stone, and he can’t deny his feelings for them both.

Meanwhile, a drug cartel is on the hunt for the men who imprisoned their leader and they want revenge. Cole’s name is at the top of the list, and when they kidnap his baby brother, the pride rallies around them for protection. The pride is on lockdown, but Olivia is targeted before the plan to take out the cartel is put into place.

An emergency making it necessary for Olivia to be turned into a shifter changes everything the pride has ever known about finding a forever mate. The moment Dane gives her his blood, he feels the magic of a mating. Olivia is to be his forever mate, but what he didn’t know…Cole would be claimed as her other mate when she awakens from her change. Dane must do everything in his power to protect everyone he loves, knowing he may have to fight to the death to keep them safe.

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three for a witchTHREE FOR A WITCH by Lucy Auburn

I did a spell to bring them back. My wild boys, who made me whole: Orlando, Roman, and Jack.
I was heartbroken. I was drunk. And now I’ve called them to me with witchcraft.
Come back to me, I long for you.
But things have changed since we were fourteen. There are cracks and missing pieces. And somewhere out there in the woods, a darkness lurks… a darkness coming for us all.
I just hope we can reunite in time to face it, or we might not live to see tomorrow.

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pure awaskeningPURE AWAKENING (PURE/DARK ONES BOOK 7) by Aja James

I have always loved him.

Though that love has evolved, metamorphosed, transmuted over time (and sometimes it felt a little—maybe a lot—like hate), what hasn’t ever changed is that I love him.

But I didn’t comprehend the depth of my love, the teeth and claws and desperate prayers of my love, until six hours ago:

They say he’s missing…

The Royal Zodiac—me and my inner circle—hasn’t been complete these past two years since the attack. Every time we get close to a potential candidate to recruit into our ranks, they disappear, the most likely scenario being that Medusa and her minions got to them first.

And now she has Dalair.
I won’t rest until I get him back.
My name is Sophia Victoria St. James. I am Queen of the Pure Ones.
This is my Awakening.

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crucial shiftTHE CRUCIAL SHIFT (THE ARIANE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Michelle Dare

Since she met Orion, Ariane’s life had been anything but calm. With the threat of war looming only days away, ensuring victory for the Avynwood Pack was her primary focus. Some of her new friends would lose their lives in the fight, a fact she already accepted.

But what if along the way, she uncovered new details about herself? What if becoming Orion’s mate revealed more than she ever imagined possible?

A new shifter was in town, and she was thirsty for revenge.

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wicked truthWICKED TRUTH (WICKED MAGIC BOOK 2) by Raisa Greywood

Magic doesn’t exist. I used to believe, but it was the wistful imagining of a child.

When the Duke of Denforth makes me his duchess, he shows me wonders beyond any fantasy. Instead of one husband, I’m blessed with three – the duke, and my guardians, Moses and Liam. Our scandalous passion cannot be denied as magic heats between us.

When I’m taken from my husbands, I must learn to embrace the power inside me. It terrifies me, but too much is at stake to give in to my fear.
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Our lives are measured in centuries instead of years.

Lily Archer’s magic is familiar and alien all at once. She’s much more than she seems, and we can’t wait to explore her secrets. She offers power beyond imagining, yet it’s nothing compared to the joy she brings to our lives.

She even manages to charm a dragon.

But there are those who would use our wife for their own ends and steal her from us.

I am Myrddin, and we will topple a kingdom to get her back.

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dragon whisperDRAGON WHISPER (THE DARK AGE TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Niamh Murphy

In the dying forests of the Weald Wood, Breanna, a young outcast, is simply trying to earn a Hunter’s axe.

When she witnesses the sacred Forest Drake kill her father and destroy her village home, she knows her life is forever altered. But Breanna holds a secret that could be the key to stopping the Ancient Dragon God’s rampage.

The fate of every being in the land now depends on one young woman who can hear the Dragon’s Whisper.

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dreams of the witchDREAMS OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 4) by Deanna Chase

Faith Townsend’s life is going exactly as planned. The spa she recently opened is thriving and she has a handsome new man in her life. But when she receives a letter from the mother who walked out on her when she was just five years old, Faith’s perfect world is turned upside down.

Hunter Mccormick has spent the last ten years on the move, trying to outrun his demons. But now that he’s found Keating Hollow and Faith Townsend, he’s determined to make the town his home. Life is good right up until old secrets are revealed, and Hunter is in danger of losing the only person he’s ever cared about. Hunter will have to find a way to re-earn Faith’s trust if he wants to be the one to fulfill the dreams of the witch.

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aniceANICE (THE CURSED CLAN BOOK 5) by Melissa Schroeder

A woman destined to save her family. Anice has always felt left out. Granted, not on purpose, but when the only female who spent two centuries with her cousins and brother, it’s hard not to. Now that all of them have found their mates, she is ready for her happy ending. When she falls for Brody Stewart, Anice is thrilled he is interested.

A man who hides his true self. Brody has spent his entire life hiding his true self from the world. When his sadistic cousin gives him a chance at freedom, he takes it. He has no issues seducing a woman–until he meets her. Anice is his mate, there is no doubt, and he cannot imagine a life without her. Now he has to play a careful balancing act protecting both her and his family.

A love that cannot be denied. When Brody’s deception is uncovered, Anice wants nothing more to do with him. Unfortunately, it’s revealed he is essential to the last quest. As dark forces close in on the Mclennans, Anice and Brody will have to learn to trust each other, or lose everything they hold dear.

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tears of the moonTEARS OF THE MOON (BOOK 11 OF THE GRAY WOLVES SERIES) by Quinn Loftus

The Romanian Grey Wolves have been kicked, beaten, and stomped–assailed from every side. Yet, every time evil thinks it’s gotten the upper hand, the wolves come roaring back to protect their own. No darkness can stand against them, especially when they fight united with their supernatural allies. But what happens when the darkness refuses to stand and fight? Instead, it flees, spreading across an entire continent, infecting the supernatural races as it goes. Will the wolves be able to stand against the hidden darkness, the Order of the Burning Claw, or will they crumble as it shakes them to their foundations? Sally, the group’s gypsy healer, is home with her pack, seemingly recovered from the psychic assault against her mind. Unbeknownst to the pack and its leaders, however, something sinister has followed in her wake. Vasile and his wolves will need the help of Thalion, prince of the elves, if they are to find a way to fight the veiled evil threatening both human and supernatural alike. But Thalion has his own mysteries to unravel. His father, Ludcarab, the elven king, is discovered alive, after having been lost for centuries. And neither Thalion or Vasile could possibly guess that Ludcarab might be the key to solving the puzzle of the Burning Claw.

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VS Note: Just out of curiosity I looked at my back list of scifi romances on Amazon to see which one needed the most ‘love’, in terms of being somewhat overlooked and it was this title, which is one of my earliest SFR novels, so I thought I’d highlight it this week. (There’s also a sequel, featuring Johnny, who is a supporting character in this novel and who many readers have told me is one of their favorites…) The book was a 2015 SFR Galaxy Award honoree:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 12

December 5

November 28

November 21

November 14

November 7

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.

Past the Safety Margin Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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 – last week we had the hero, Gabe. This week a glimpse of the heroine, Keshara:

Keshara had made good time hiking into the mountains since she escaped the Retreat in the pre-dawn hours. She’d seen no evidence of pursuit, although she couldn’t imagine the Director would allow her to go so easily. Never doubt there are people on your trail. Her self-admonishment was stern because over confidence could be her downfall. The storm had been fortuitous indeed, however, and Keshara kept hiking as long as she could, well past the margin of safety and prudent time to find shelter.  The howling wind drove the rain like needles into her body, despite the thick jacket and hood she wore. Her all weather pants kept her lower body warm and the boots were essential to avoid frostbite. But even as motivated as she was to escape what had been her home, Keshara had to abandon the trek and admit the need for protection from the elements.

Finally, she’d been forced, despite her desperation, to hole up in an abandoned furbana den—one of the large, thatched structures the group-based creatures built from branches and vines to house their colonies in the high meadows. Stumbling across the sturdy lair, she thanked the goddess for her good luck.

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Yes, Gabe and Keshara are going to meet shortly when he falls from the sky…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for 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 December 12

edge of eonAs 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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EDGE OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: WOOT! Not only is there a new Anna Hackett book, it’s the start of a new SERIES! One clicked this…

Sub-Captain Eve Traynor knows a suicide mission when she sees one. With deadly insectoid aliens threatening to invade Earth, the planet’s only chance of survival is to get the attention of the fierce Eon Warriors. But the Eon want nothing to do with Earth, and Eve wants nothing to do with abducting War Commander Davion Thann-Eon off his warship. But when Earth’s Space Corps threaten her sisters, Eve will do anything to keep them safe, even if it means she might not make it back.

War Commander Davion Thann-Eon is taking his first vacation in years. Dedicated to keeping the Eon Empire safe, he’s been born and bred to protect. But when he’s attacked and snatched off his very own warship, he is shocked to find himself face-to-face with a bold, tough little Terran warrior. One who both infuriates and intrigues him.

When their shuttle is attacked by the ravenous insectoid Kantos, Eve and Davion crash land on the terrifying hunter planet known as Hunter7. A planet designed to test a warrior to his limits. Now, the pair must work together to survive, caught between the planet and its dangers, the Kantos hunting them down, and their own incendiary attraction.

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alien nanny for christmasTHE (ALIEN) NANNY FOR CHRISTMAS by Amanda Milo

Hi. I’m Gwen. I’m a single mom to two growing boys—and now I’m the brand new owner of an alien whose greatest wish in life is to become a live-in nanny.
It’s been kind of a weird day. I wholeheartedly recommend adding an alien to your household though. He cooks, he cleans—and the kids love him. But three things you should know if you’re going to keep a seven-foot-tall alien in your basement?
You might want to invest in flameproof cookware. He will think of you as his planet’s equivalent of a princess.
And my alien is totally stealing my underwear.

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voyage to ayamaVOYAGE TO AYAMA (DAWNBREAKER BOOK 1) by K A Knight

The 43rd colony mission was supposed to be a boring space flight to our new home world of Ayama.When tragedy strikes, leaving teenager Indy Stewart an orphan in space, things start to get interesting.Throw in illegal races, flight school, boys and an explosive subterfuge which just seems to keep on unravelling around her and you have one hell of a journey.

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zandian lightsZANDIAN LIGHTS: AN ALIEN HOLIDAY ROMANCE (ZANDIAN BRIDES) by Renee Rose, Rebel West, Alexis Alvarez

It’s the Zandian Lights festival, and the king declared a free-for-all.
All human females may mate without petition.
Without multiple partners. Without promises.
Two warriors have pledged themselves to me,
but I can’t get excited about becoming their bride.
There’s only one purple-skinned male who excites me-
Mykl, my master and supervisor. The gruff male with a dislike for humans.
But I’ve also seen heat in his eyes, a tilt of his horns when he looks at me.
So this holiday, my only wish is to snag his attention.
And maybe even his heart.

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dark arsenalDARK ARSENAL (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 13) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: A free short story from Cynthia.

A cyborg warrior and a Rebel female’s first mission together might be their last.

Arsenal considers himself to be a disposable cyborg. He drifts from assignment to assignment, forming no connections to anything or anyone. When the cyborg council requires a warrior for a high-risk mission, Arsenal volunteers. He believes no one will miss him if he dies.

He doesn’t realize he’s one female’s fantasy.

The moment Vicuska glimpses Arsenal’s image, she knows he’s the male she wants to spend her last moments in the universe caressing. The Rebel female craves the cyborg’s grim-lipped kisses, desires the touch of his hands, hears his deep voice in her dreams.

Their mission will end in explosions and death. That is certain if they fail or if they succeed. Whether or not they’ll find love during their dangerous assignment is the unknown.
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Dark Arsenal is a short companion story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is meant to be read after Taking Vengeance.

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blossom and the alien actorBLOSSOM AND THE ALIEN ACTOR (INTERGALACTIC BRIDES 17)  by Jessica Coulter Smith

Blossom has struggled all her life, never able to claw her way out of the worst neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her loser ex-boyfriend isn’t who she thought he was, and now she’s in deep trouble — but Christmas is the time for miracles, and Blossom needs one now more than ever. She just doesn’t expect her miracle to arrive in such a sexy, purple package. When the notorious alien actor Brexton knocks on her door, she does what any rational woman would do — she slams it in his face. Wishing for a miracle is one thing, but having the heartthrob of Hollywood on her doorstep isn’t what she had in mind.

Brexton has always wanted a mate and family, though he’s never been blessed with either. When he hears about a single mom who’s in trouble, he knows he can’t leave her to face her fate. Having a door slammed in his face hadn’t factored into his plans, but that one glimpse is enough for Brexton. He’d do anything to get another look at the sexy female with blue hair, and a body that would feature in all his future dreams.

Despite danger lurking around every corner, Brexton is determined to give Blossom and her children a Christmas they’ll always remember. Now that he has the family he’s always wanted, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe, and hopefully share the first of many holidays with his new mate and kids.

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dreamer athionDREAMER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 2) by Lily Harlem

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

Having a human and an alien lover was never going to be simple.

Add in the fact we’re hurtling through space at hyper-speed, responsible for both sleepers and livestock, and the heat soon increases. The pleasure is extreme, but so are the complications. And what is going on with the captain? His surly intensity is alluring, and I want to delve deeper.

But when a sleeper’s vital signs go out of whack and Equinox loses pressure, everything else has to be put on the back burner to contain the danger. How did we end up in such a precarious situation? Will we overcome the obstacles in our way as we head toward Planet Athion? We have to. There’s no going back. The only way is forward. No matter how exotic, no matter how extreme.

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strength of his heartTHE STRENGTH OF HIS HEART (ENHANCED WORLD BOOK 4) by Victoria Sue

To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.

Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.

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man made to orderMAN, MADE TO ORDER by Victoria Kinkade

Leah has devoted everything to her career only to find that success feels empty without someone to share it. When she gets a message advertising a sophisticated artificial human companion designed for intimate situations, she’s intrigued. Not that she thinks of it as a long-term solution, but loneliness drives her curiosity. After all, satisfaction is guaranteed.

When he arrives he’s so much more than she anticipated. She could never have never imagined that an artificial man would be the one to show her what is important in life.

He’s perfect. Unfortunately, the world won’t tolerate perfection.

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einarEINAR: CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING (A SPACE VIKING NOVEL) by Molly Rowland

The barbarian wanted me as his woman, and my crew handed me over.

I knew there would be sacrifices when I volunteered for the intergalactic mission. I just never imagined my crew mates would trade me to a fierce Viking warrior on a distant planet to save themselves.

Now I’m stuck on a frozen rock, light years from Earth, with a barbarian who’s convinced I’m his fated mate. And he wants to claim me. To take me to his fur-lined bed. The worst part? I’m tempted to let him.

Sure, he’s strong and sexy and I haven’t felt warm in days, but it’s more than that. For the first time, I’m insecure and struggling to fit in. I don’t really belong here. I’m used to reading books by the fire, not carrying a sword I can barely lift while foraging for food. The other villagers stare at me, their eyes overflowing with suspicion. And my new man, Einar? His fierceness intimidates me.

If I let him into my bed, maybe I can thaw this cold heart.

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alien warlords miracleALIEN WARLORD’S MIRACLE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 4) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress

Under attack, Reven crashes through a collapsing wormhole. While he’s technically in the correct location, he’s lost — arriving centuries too early. Surrounded by primitive technology and even more primitive humans, he must fight to stay alive and find a way home before the wormhole closes.
His missions grows more complicated when a widow living on the edge of the moor discovers him in her barn. She doesn’t faint at the sight of his fearsome horns and he wants more from her than just shelter. She is his true mate.

Elizabeth rejects the notion that there is a beast prowling the moors at night, stalking its next victim. Until she sees it with her own eyes. His massive, powerful frame and alien horns should frighten her, not excite her. Determined to prove he’s not the monster that the villagers claim, she steals a kiss from the alien warrior, binding their hearts together.

As the villagers close in on the demon, Reven races to find a way home and save the human female his heart desires.

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LEXI by Heidi J Hewitt

VS Note: Cover was a little too bare for my blog.

John Michael Kirkpatrick is anxious to make his mark with his work on his father’s university research project, LX8000, a female robot built to mimic humans. But LX8000, or “Lexi,” as John Michael calls the playful, insatiably curious bot, has a mind of her own, and when she unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep in the middle of the night, she sets them both on a journey from the glittering city to the last outpost of human habitation. As time runs out, he must make a choice that will determine his own future: hand Lexi over for reprogramming, or help her escape from the people who bought her. Could he really be falling in love . . . with a machine?

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sky warrior christmasA SKY WARRIOR’S CHRISTMAS (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Sadie Carter

Come and join the Sky Warriors for their very first Christmas.
Well, that’s if Christmas actually happens. Eden and Frankie are trying their best to create a Christmas spirit, but with Sacaren threatening Santa bodily harm if he tries to enter their home, Nax complaining about the decorations, and the old bat who lives next door calling the cops for every little thing, it seems like Christmas will be an impossible task.

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lv48LV48 (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 3) by Matt Doyle

VS Note: Not sure whether there’s any romance.

New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…

When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.

If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.

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scrooge me againSCROOGE ME AGAIN: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 18 by Milly Taiden

Zaria Grande can’t believe she’s invited to a royal birthday party…on another planet and accompanied by a matchmaker! The friend who invited her is clearly nuts. Another planet, hah! But…what if she begs this matchmaker to hook her up? It’s about time she found a strapping hot shifter to cuddle with this Christmas. As long as he’s no Scrooge, she’s open to anything.

Jaded by the Earthling’s materialistic mentality during the holidays, Quint Treyvaal doesn’t care much for parties and socializing. But he wants a mate. He asked Gerri to find him a female and she delivers a few hours later. Talk about express service! Losing his mate the next day isn’t part of the plan. Time to show Zaria this lion’s the only man for her.

Quint’s hard work to romance Zaria is put to the test when a wrench is thrown into his plans. For Zaria, leaving her life on Earth might be asking too much. Quint’s going to need extra help to get his mate to see that loving him is a chance worth taking.

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fated for her mateFATED FOR HER MATE (BANISHED DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Leela Ash

Celeste was willing to do whatever it took to get to her Fated Mate…even cross the vastness of space and travel to the strange world of Earth… He had better be happy to see her…

TJ has suffered and endured being banished and then watching all of his fellow dragons pair off…leaving him as the last unmated Dragon. They are counting on him to find a mate so they can complete their mission, but how is he to find a mate when he has already found his fated mate? How can he mate with another when his heart is already taken – even if the match is not impossible?

So reluctantly, but duty bound TJ must find a new mate for the greater good. But how will Celeste feel about this…and what will she do when she decides to cross the galaxy to reunite with her Dragon?

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rite to reignRITE TO REIGN by Various

Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories!
More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic.
Journey through worlds of danger and mayhem, where witches and warlocks battle for influence and wizards fight for unrestricted power.

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lost kingTHE LOST KING: THE OTHERWORLD SERIES BOOK 3 by N K Vir

The Derby Nine and their allies are fractured and divided after losing Annie and Duncan. Most are spread across the two worlds; but some have been pulled inside a magickal corridor known s the Trap. They’ve been hopeless and heartbroken; holed up in The Stone Cauldron pub…waiting
Annie is beyond heartbroken; but she is not defeated while hope remains. Her quick trip to the Otherworld may have shown her what she is capable of, but it has done little to improve her attitude; especially when she finds herself stranded, alone, in the woods. Cold, wet and clutching Duncan’s precious sword; she may be lost but she soon discovers that she is not alone.
Jack Spring always looks out for himself and he always works alone. It is one of a handful or rules that he never breaks…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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shifters curseA SHIFTER’S CURSE (ROUEN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Raven Steele and Ava Mason

With a dagger in her boot and blades in her bra, Briar, a powerful shifter, arrives in Rouen with one goal: find and kill Dominic, the man responsible for the destruction of her entire family and wolf pack. When she discovers he is an Alpha surrounded by muscle-ripped shifters and equally as strong witches, she knows the only way she will get close enough to kill him is if she joins his dangerous and shady pack.

But infiltrating them proves more challenging than she expects, especially when her new roommates turn out to be supernaturals with their own powers and secrets. She can’t tell if the centuries-old, nosey vampire and fashion-sensitive witch are working with her or against her.

Whether they are friends or enemies doesn’t change things. Briar has a job to do. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to quench her thirst for revenge, even if it means destroying her own soul.

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phoenix and the dragonPHOENIX AND THE DRAGON: TALES OF THE WERE (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

Paul is a dragon shifter – the only one of his kind. He’s been searching the world over for signs of other dragons, but so far, he’s the only one. When he feels a familiar fire magic tugging him toward the Southwestern United States, he has to investigate.

Syd is very much afraid she’s losing her mind. Subject to increasingly disturbing visions, she’s afraid the simple premonitions she’s had all her life are evolving into something darker. Something scary.

When her car breaks down in the middle of the desert, Paul appears out of nowhere to help her get back on the road again. She offers him a ride, knowing—somehow—that the simple gesture will change her life forever. Whether for good or evil… well… that remains to be seen.

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charming jane washingtonCHARMING (BASTAN HOLLOW SAGA BOOK 1) by Jane Washington

Lilou Adler is a student at the Bastan College for Applied Physics: a magic school focussed on training adult witches and warlocks to become Enforcers. As an Enforcer-in-training, she is one of the many tasked with keeping each generation of fairy tale creatures on track with their fates.
There are just a few problems:
1. Being tasked with the all-important “Cinderella” tale as her first assignment had to be a clerical error.
2. Prince Charming is too busy chasing fairy “tail” to settle down.
3. Cinderella has sticky fingers and boundary issues.
4. A certain someone is hell-bent on taking her out of commission, but not even the High Warlock of Bastan can stop this witch when she gets started.

Arlo Demarcus is the High Warlock of Bastan and it’s his job to investigate magical crimes and to enforce magical law. It’s also his job to protect the next target in a string of magical murders: Lilou Adler.
There are just a few problems:
1. Lilou being tasked with the all-important “Cinderella” tale as her first assignment had to be a joke.
2. A certain someone is hell-bent on making his job a living hell, but there’s no way a twenty-something Enforcer-in-training is going to stop this warlock when he gets started.

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13th gift of christmas13TH GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Linda Mooney

Being the daughter of THE big man in red, Nicolette knows the power of faith and magic. The power of believing. But according to her father, when that faith is lost, there’s no hope left. She doesn’t believe that, though.

When Nika encounters a soul so dark and depressed it breaks her heart, she’s determined to fill him with Christmas cheer once again. What she didn’t expect was to fall for the human along the way.

Terry Janssen’s life has been a lonely struggle. Raising his sick sister alone and working two jobs to pay the bills, the holiday season just isn’t looking too bright for him. But a chance meeting with a beautiful soul has helped left his spirits. There’s just something about her…

Is Nika part of the Christmas magic, or a Christmas miracle?

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his dark magicHIS DARK MAGIC (NORTHERN CIRCLE COVEN SERIES BOOK 1)  by Pat Esden

One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.
 
Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle’s high priestess awaken Merlin himself—and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle’s real motives, as well as Devlin’s . . .

Now Merlin’s demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin’s uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can’t defeat—and a passion that could destroy her.

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scorched misty malloySCORCHED (ORESTAIA SERIES BOOK 1) by Misty Malloy

I’m done with the dragon shifter lifestyle. No more Dragon Gatherings. No more fancy dinners. And most certainly no more hanky-panky with dragons at the shifter nightclub.
So what if I have wings and sometimes spew fire? It doesn’t mean I can’t find a nice human guy to live happily ever after with.
Now the fertility stone has been stolen, and I’ve been enlisted to help with the investigation. Unfortunately, that means I’m stuck at a billionaire’s villa with four smoking hot dragon shifters.
Whatever happens, I need to keep them from stealing my heart as well.

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denying the alphaDENYING THE ALPHA by Various

VS Note: From November

Some happily-ever-afters take more effort than others…
The strong alpha heroes in our anthology are determined to claim their mates—but their women are anything but submissive. They’ll have to work twice as hard to get what they want. It’ll be a power struggle as the alphas and their women learn that the volatile energy between them is the beginning of something wonderful.

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murder death frozen peasMURDER, DEATH AND FROZEN PEAS (DRAMATIC LIFE OF A DEMON PRINCESS BOOK 2) by Mina Carter

The town of Boring is anything but when Lucifer’s niece is at home. Living in hawt-sinfulness with her sexy werewolf boyfriend, Lucas, Jynx Morningstar has settled down into a life of domestic bliss.

Kinda.

Instead of the legions of hell, she has to contend with a pack who considers her their alpha female, and want to know when she and Lucas are getting married, the Annual Pack Alpha’s Birthday Party Event Coordinator, and three very inappropriate ghostly grannies.

Things take a turn for the unexpected when her father, the town healer witch, turns out to be pregnant, Jynx’s mom, the infamous Lilleth, shows up, and Poseidon sends his mer-army to exact vengeance.

It’s going to take more than what a princess of hell’s packing to deal with them all, but when the worse happens and someone she loves dies… Jynx might just find out she’s far more than hell-born.

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shifter christmas carolA SHIFTER CHRISTMAS CAROL (SHIFTERS UNBOUND) by Jennifer Ashley

Dylan Morrissey forgoes the Shifters’ traditional Yule celebration, to his family’s dismay. Instead, he joins Ben at the haunted house in New Orleans, planning to meet with potential, if dangerous, allies in the Shifters’ constant struggle for freedom.

But the sentient house has other ideas. Dylan wakes up—or rather doesn’t—unable to move or speak, and is taken on a journey to the past, present, and future.

Ben, Zander, and Tiger are his guides, but is what they are showing him truth?

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techromancy scrollsTECHROMANCY SCROLLS: AVALON by Erik Schubach

Almost three thousand years after an extinction level event on Earth, mankind seeks to regain its former glory, in a new world where magic and technology collide.

After Avalon’s tanks and guns lose a massive confrontation against the Knights and magic of Sparo, they finally agree to peace talks.

Laney and the other Templars are chosen to lead the peace envoy that travels to the mysterious land of the north, which has so much of the technology from the Great Wizards of the Before.

The mission is put in peril when they learn who leads the Avalonian peace envoy.

Overtures of peace, amazing discoveries, and duplicitous actions make this the most dangerous mission that Laney, Celeste, and their allies have ever embarked upon. Their actions will mean either the end of hostilities, saving countless thousands of lives on both sides, or the re-ignition of the war between the two lands.

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dragon weyrs omegaDRAGON WEYR’S OMEGA (NANNY SHIFTER SERVICE BOOK 7) by Sky Winters

My mother always told me as an omega, I should stay away from shifter men. They’re more trouble than they’re worth. They’ll use me to make large litters of dragons. But when my human boyfriend betrays me, I’m forced into the arms of three handsome dragon shifters for protection.
Will my mother’s prophecy come true?

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real men healREAL MEN HEAL (BLACKWOOD PACK/PARANORMAL WEREWOLF ROMANCE) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

Dr. Drew Cooper would rather die than give in to his captor’s demands. Only a suicidal idiot would kidnap the Blackwood pack healer in the first place, but to then insist he heal one of the rival pack’s members? Yeah, hard pass.

Until she walks into the room. With fiery red hair, piercing blue eyes and curves that could stop traffic, Chloe Soren takes his breath away.

Drew agrees to help so he can have time to convince Chloe they’re fated mates, despite her reservations. There’s only one problem–the alpha who snatched him just happens to be Chloe’s over-protective big brother. And the patient he’s expected to heal? Their dying mother.

Shit just got real.

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dirty to the maxDIRTY TO THE MAX (DIRT TRACK DOGS: THE SECOND LAP BOOK 4) by P Jameson

She’s done with love, but he’s just getting started…

Maxim McGray is in town for one reason, and one reason only. To secure a mate to take back to his clan so he can begin breeding. He’s had his eyes set on a beautiful vixen since he was just a boy. But one look at a sassy, curvy human who’s bolder than the sun, and he’s pretty sure he’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Tabatha Baker has been burned by love and there’s no way she’ll let it happen again. Dickasaurus Ex might have crushed her confidence, but she’s spent the past year building it back up, and now she’s solid. Until a rough and gorgeous, leather-clad stranger comes to town shaking everything up… including her heart. But his eyes make her feel beautiful and he sees her fragile strength. That and the owning way he looks at her? It’s enough to make a girl swoon.

Maxim wasn’t raised to fall in love, but his female is making it hard for him to resist. One thing is for sure, he came to this hick town to find a mate. He’s not leaving without one. If he plays his cards right, maybe he can win the one who makes his heart ache so good.

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vampires bleed tooVAMPIRES BLEED TOO: A DARK BODYGUARD ROMANCE (THE DEVIANTS SERIES) by Jacey Ward

Evander: The first time I saw her photo in a magazine, I knew. I would have her.
Now someone is trying to kill her.
She’s grace and beauty incarnate. A human supermodel.
So her demon and Valkyrie bosses hire me to protect her. Because, of course, vampires make the best bodyguards, right?
As soon as I meet her, face-to-face, I know. This is going to be the fight that threatens to take me down.
Did I mention ‘human’? Goddammit it.
That means no touching her, no kissing her, no scr#wing her either – no matter how hot the flames between us burn.
Because Deviants and humans Do. Not. Mix.
Ever.
The rules are set in stone. The punishments are lifelong. And for an immortal, that means eternity.
So I’ll protect her with my life, guard her from the betrayals that keep flying her way, and pray to the gods that I don’t drag her down into my world.

Cass: He’s hot as sin, and stubborn enough to make me throw things – like caution. To the wind. Dammit, I know I shouldn’t. I know he feels it too – I’ve never experienced attraction like this.
But I know he’s hiding something from me – so I’m not going to stop until I know what he’s holding back. And when I tell him about my little secret, I hope he’s as excited as I am.

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runescribeRUNESCRIBE by Megan Derr

Near-blind without his glasses, regarded as a burden to his family, Tyri left his clan to attempt a career as a runescribe in the city, taking his mute sister Vess with him so she doesn’t grow up tormented as he was.

But finding a job proves more difficult than he anticipated, and his last hope to avoid being thrown out on the streets depends on the interview he has that morning.

A morning that comes crashing down on him by way of a thunderstorm and the stranger who runs into him and destroys his glasses.

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reign to ruleREIGN TO RULE (MYTH OF OMEGA BOOK 6) by Zoey Ellis

Malloron: Hardened by the betrayal of his Omega, King Malloron is no longer showing any mercy. Time is running out and he will go as far as he needs to in order to get her back and keep her with him, even if it means destroying everyone and everything. His enemies will pay for what they have done, but so will Amara.

Amara: Struggling with the decisions she’s made, Amara is consumed by guilt. She fights for her freedom, but wonders how she can rectify all the suffering she has caused to so many. When her Alpha proves just how powerful Visant blood truly is, she has to decide if she will fight against the monster he will become, or submit to him knowing the kind of monster he already is.

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her betrothalHER BETROTHAL (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Alice Wilde

The king is dying, and I’ve been tasked with saving the kingdom. But, I’m not sure I want to.

My name is Annalise, and I am the sole heir to the kingdom. Problem is, women aren’t allowed to rule. Thanks to an outdated decree my father has refused to amend, he’s promised my hand in marriage to a man I’ve only just heard of, without my consent.

The whole court seems to be under the spell of my betrothed, and I’m the only one who can see through his outward beauty to the evil within. Now, I only have a few weeks to find a way out, or end up married to the brute. I have no idea how I’ll do it… until I meet them.
My pets.
My leopards.
My strengths three-fold.

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two thousand yearsTWO THOUSAND YEARS by M Dalto

wo thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the
Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But
instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a
war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll
of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an
unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its
banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive
Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love,
are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by
the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the
Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she
attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where
betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must
discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the
Empire’s rising conflicts.

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masked longingMASKED LONGING (THE MASKED ARCANA SERIES BOOK 3)  by Alana Delacroix

Estelle LaMarche has never pursued power for its own sake. But now that she’s been made seneschal, responsible for vampire queen Wavena’s entire military, she’ll do her duty. That means devoting herself to planning the war against the Dawning. Protecting her kind. And resisting, at any cost, her distracting desire for Stephan Daker, the masquerada lieutenant with whom she shared one unforgettable night . . .

Even wounded and grieving after a devastating battle, Stephan hasn’t been able to get brilliant, beautiful Estelle off  his mind. Yet how can he know which feelings are truly his, when Estelle’s powers of compulsion are so strong? Unwilling to trust his desire for her, Stephen tries to keep his distance as they work together. But when Estelle’s brother is kidnapped by their enemies, he’ll join her in a conflict that will decide the fate of humanity itself .

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tamed by the she wolfTAMED BY THE SHE-WOLF by Kristal Hollis

Ever since her heart was shattered, wolf shifter Angeline O’Brien has guarded her emotions. And her new neighbor, paramilitary operative Lincoln Adams, irritates her nerves like none other. He’s the lastman she should trust, but the only one she can’t resist. As sparks fly, Angeline and Lincoln can’t deny that what’s between them is more than passion; it just might be love.

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this strange witcheryTHIS STRANGE WITCHERY by Michele Hauf

All Torsten Rindle wants is to be normal. As soon as he completes his last job, he’s done with the supernatural. Then Melissande Jones sashays into his life, and Tor finds that he can’t resist this sultry sorceress. He might be able to protect her from vampires and zombies, but can he leave the paranormal world behind after Mel has bewitched him?

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santa baby keehneSANTA BABY (MISTLETOE NORTH POLE BOOK 1) by Colleen Keehne

Jamie Winters’s life was almost about perfect. Growing up as part of a loving family living in the lush green of the Pacific Northwest, she had her life planned out. Until one night before Christmas, fate stepped and took everyone she loved away from her. Years later she finds herself in Mistletoe, working as a waitress at Rudy’s Diner alongside her best friend, Kandy. Jamie’s not looking for love, but in a place like Mistletoe, you never know what you’ll find all wrapped up with a bow.

Christen Kringle never expected to find his mate in Mistletoe. Having been born and raised in the small town, everyone was like family. Then one night after work he meets his crew at Rudy’s. One look at the curvy brunette outsider with the dark chocolate eyes and he knew she was his. And when she touched him? His body blazed to life like the Aurora Borealis. It was fate that brought her into his life. The same fate had found mates all the men in the Kringle line.

But a menace is creeping into Mistletoe. One that not only threatens Chris and Jamie, but could end Christmas worldwide.

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veil of liesVEIL OF LIES (VEIL OF THE LYCANS BOOK 9) by Nicky Charles

The heart of a bear loves deep and true…but how much is too much to forgive?

Bear shifter, Armand St. John, learned the hard way that waiting can cost you the one you love. Now getting a second chance at happiness, he’s determined not to make the same mistake again. But will his demands for a commitment have his love running into his arms or drive her away? And will the woman of his dreams avoid danger long enough to realize they were meant to be together? A veil of lies, deception and denial surrounds the star-crossed couple in this ninth installment of Nicky Charles’ Law of the Lycans.

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three alphas and an eggTHREE ALPHAS AND AN EGG (MIDNIGHT ALPHAS BOOK 1) by A J Marcus

VS Note: From early November.

Three powerful alphas come together to battle an unexpected darkness and find something they didn’t even know they were looking for.
Alaric wants to protect the members of his wing from the human world they inhabit. Even an Alpha can be missing parts of his life.
Gustavo guards supernatural Denver in the way only gargoyles can, but when things change, he discovers things missing from his life he never dreamed he needed.
Phillip seeks magic knowledge to make his vampire life more bearable. Books and his coven only get him so far, and his heart needs warming.
An orphaned dragon’s egg bring the three together and they discover something beyond their simple existences. Can their new bond prove strong enough to help them protect the egg and stop the dark powers working against them? What has the darkness done to the baby dragon inside the egg?

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electric curseELECTRIC CURSE (A RAVEN INVESTIGATIONS NOVEL BOOK 6) by Stacey Brutger

Raven has lived on the fringes of the human and supernatural worlds for years, until one wrong move sets her on a collision course with a team of trained killers. Being hunted is nothing new, but when she accidently triggers a curse and the monster under her skin vanishes, her worst nightmares become reality. Instead of retreating into her fears, she places her trust in her pack, letting them show her what it really means to be their alpha.

In a race to create the perfect super soldier, both sides of the war believe Raven is the key to their survival. When her very existence places her pack in jeopardy, she’ll fight tooth and claw for the return of the beast she’s feared her entire life, because one thing she and the creature can agree on—all that matters is the safety of their pack.

Only when the ancient creature that nearly destroyed the world a millennia ago rises again does everyone realize the true danger—they must either come together or watch the world burn.

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morticians daughter two feet underTHE MORTICIAN’S DAUGHTER: TWO FEET UNDER by C C Hunter

Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother . . . who also happens to be a gang leader.

Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery . . . but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest lowlifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.

But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.

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echoes of fireECHOES OF FIRE (MERCURY PACK BOOK 4) by Suzanne Wright

Madisyn Drake is a rare breed of cat shifter…a loner, unpredictably wild, and emotionally distant. A recent betrayal has left her ready to sharpen her claws on the next man she sees…until a prowling wolf with steel-gray eyes and a brooding dark edge challenges her distrust. No matter how fully he satisfies her touch-hunger, Madisyn’s not ready to open up again, even if it is oh so gratifying.

Bracken Slater has earned his reputation as an indomitable predator. Once broken by grief and guilt, he is feeling alive again, thanks to the heady scent of this independent feline. Madisyn isn’t interested in joining an unfamiliar pack, so convincing her that they’re meant for each other is going to take more than branding her beautiful neck. But when threats from both their pasts take shape, their unexpected destiny may be the only thing that can save them.

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VS Note: A snippet from AYDARR, book 1 in my award winning Badari Warrior series:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 5

November 28

November 21

November 14

November 7

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.

 

A Reckless Pilot Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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:

Gabe worked the controls to send the flyer diving as close to the ground as he dared to go at this speed. Proximity alarms blared, warning him of both the terrain underneath and the three flyers on his tail.

Three! Where the seven hells had the Khagrish gotten three armed flyers?

He zigged left as a bolt of energy sizzled past his wing. Making a dramatic move straight up before jinking to the left again, he did a tight loop and banked in the opposite direction. No way was he leading the enemy to the valley where his friends and allies were hidden. He wished he had weapons, but his stolen flyer wasn’t equipped for combat.

Good thing I’m a reckless pilot. He grinned as he executed another daring maneuver. A towering front of gray and black storm clouds loomed ahead, and if he could just get into the maelstrom, he could lose the Khagrish chasing him – the lightning playing across the tops of the anvil shaped clouds didn’t deter him.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for 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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Award WinningBadari Warriors Series canvaAvailable at major ebook sellers…

A note by the way – although I’m very sad that USA Today is closing the Happy Ever After blog at the end of December, I’ll still be writing for my own blog here, including doing the weekly New Releases reports, and also at Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog and the Love in Panels site. I LOVED writing for HEA and really appreciated their support for scifi romance. HEA will be sorely missed!

 

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

warleaderA note by the way – although I’m very sad that USA Today is closing the Happy Ever After blog at the end of December, I’ll still be writing for my own blog, including doing these New Releases reports, and also at Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog and the Love in Panels site. I LOVED writing for HEA and really appreciated their support for scifi romance. HEA will be sorely missed!

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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WARLEADER (THE BORDERLANDS BOOK 1) by Susan Grant

VS Note: The author states this is “based on the retired title Moonstruck…”

Admiral Brit Bandar is the Coalition’s greatest starship commander. The outlaw known as the Scourge of the Borderlands taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they’re supposed to make peace and serve together on the same starship? Not so easy to do when your sworn enemy turns out to be the hottest piece you’ve ever seen.

Warleader Finn Rorkken doesn’t care how many medals “Stone-Heart” Bandar has. He’s going to show her what it’s like to be pursued and caught by a master. Intergalactic peace is on the line, and if she wants his obedience, she’ll have to pay his price. Challenge accepted, Admiral.

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angies gladiatorANGIE’S GLADIATOR (ICE HOME BOOK 5) by Ruby Dixon

As an a’ani warrior, my life matters little. Cloned from the same matter as thousands of others, I am but one of many. Here on the ice planet, though, I can start over. I can become my own person, have my own needs, my own wants.

I know what I want. I have known since the moment I arrived.

Her name is Angie. She is human, with sad, lonely eyes and a very pregnant belly. To her, I am not just another clone. I am Vordis, the one who laughs at her jokes, tends to her needs, and makes her smile. I will do anything to make her mine.

But my brother and fellow clone Thrand thinks the same way, and he’s just as determined to win her. Will I have to destroy my bond with my brother to win my female? Or will he cause a rift between us that’s impossible to mend?

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toppers magical christmasTOPPER’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS: MY CRAZY ALIEN ROMANCE, BOOK 4 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Donna McDonald

The holidays are happening in Magic but temperatures are still sweltering. Despite all Topper’s lectures to her young witch daughter about life in a desert climate, Jessica longs to celebrate the festive season like people in cooler climates do. The main thing on Jessica’s holiday wishlist is getting her witch mother and alien father to make her some snow. Conjuring cold is not a magical problem for Topper, or for Stark who’s an alien from an ice planet, but getting rid of the men in black who show up to investigate it will be.

Jessica’s insistent demands are already driving Topper crazy, but the arrival of Dr. Lena Verglas from the University of New Mexico makes things even worse. The human doctor of climate science wants to build a bio-dome and make it snow in the desert. Magic tolerating a bunch of human academics moving into town? That’s never happening as long as Topper can prevent it.

Thankfully, Sheriff Theo and Deputy Calyx—Magic’s dragon law keepers—are both in favor of running the human scientist off. Or at least they were until Deputy Calyx started sleeping with her. Dragons and their outrageous libidos are one more problem Topper doesn’t need this holiday season.

Could things get any worse? The arrival of six more naked aliens from Glacier makes the answer a definite yes. When she adds in dealing with a set of bad hyena shifter parents, entertaining a bunch of Greek dragons, and Stark wanting to have another baby—it’s all enough to send Topper right over the top.

As the witch in charge, she’s got to get a handle on the mounting chaos before it’s too late.

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lavender dreamsLAVENDER DREAMS (LIFE AFTER US BOOK 2) by Rebekah Dodson

On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?

Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!
But, what if he’s not dead?
What if he made it out alive?
When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.

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reaper kelsey nicole priceREAPER (THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Kelsey Marie Price

When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.
Aria: I never intended to join the cyborg rebellion. In fact, cyborgs never crossed my mind until my best friend fell in love with one named Dash. Their love indirectly lead to me being kidnapped to be used as a bargaining chip. I’ve been rescued and now I’m free…kind of. During my time in captivity, I inadvertently became the mother to cyborg child and may have accidentally started to also have feelings for a certain cyborg. Not just any cyborg-The leader of the cyborg rebellion. Mr. Gray, Annoying and Wielding a battle axe bad to the bone cyborg. I’m not sure Reaper is the one but I can’t keep my hands or my heart from wanting him.
Reaper: I am the cyborg rebellion. I make sure that those in my care are safe and well taken care of, but neither of those things requires me to be nice. I’m a Military Model. I don’t do nice. Well, I didn’t until I saw her. Now I’m suffering from system wide malfunctions that includes wanting to give out hugs, and the random urge to hop up on tabletops and jump for joy. And it’s all because of one tiny blonde female. Aria has invaded my processors and hijacked my circuits. How can one female cause so much chaos? And how do I make her mine?

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kiranKIRAN THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE (RIGHTS OF THE STRONG BOOK 2) by Ellen Stellar

Not even the most reliable and strictly guarded palace of Eeristan could contain and repress Kiran: she outwitted the warriors and ran away. Although… leaving things as they are simply won’t be enough for her. She has endured and witnessed too much and now her father must pay! After all, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Her father, the great khassar of Aigor is looking for her throughout the planet. Meanwhile, Kiran is gathering up the strength to ruin his empire with the help of her mother. While she is plotting, the tall, blond, handsome warrior appears again. Now Kiran is torn apart between her sweet revenge and her even sweeter flame.

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of a darker voidOF A DARKER VOID: ASTERION NOIR BOOK 2 by G S Jennsen

Nika Tescarav has lived many lives, though she no longer remembers most of them. Chased by agents of a regime that will do anything to protect the secrets of the Rasu Protocol, Nika flees to the stars with her once and future lover on a mission to expose those secrets. A race across alien worlds both exotic and deadly leads them to the bastion of the enemy, but its discovery brings a terrible revelation: sometimes the truth is indeed worse than the lies spun to conceal it.

With Nika and Dashiel on the run, NOIR steps up to defend against a virulent pathogen unleashed upon innocent civilians. When a desperate government moves to crush the resistance once and for all, unlikely alliances are forged between former adversaries and all paths converge in an explosive showdown that will change the future of the Asterion Dominion forever.

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havenHAVEN by Jessica Marting

VS Note: From mid November.

One stupid decision leaves Cressida stranded on Haven, an uninhabited planet on the edge of nowhere.
But it isn’t totally empty.
And Lukas, the cyborg living there in secret, is fascinated with her and has no intention of letting her leave.

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immersionIMMERSION (A FALLEN EARTH NOVEL BOOK 2) by J J Lore

I’m barely surviving the world’s toughest hands-on training course, but at least my three instructors are kind. And increasingly attractive. We’re still in the same devastated city with voracious aliens waiting at every turn, but instead of checking houses, we’re now clearing entire factory buildings, and I’ve forgotten what it’s like to relax.
Everywhere I turn is danger, or one of the men sworn to protect me. They’ve become so important to me, I fear for their safety as much as my own, especially when the creatures we’re here to kill keep evolving, making everything we thought we knew obsolete. One thing I do know is that my extracurricular desires will put a strain on the bond we share if I act on them.
When we join other extermination units, my special skills provoke unwanted attention, and instill a suspicion that maybe I’m not as safe with my men as I’d hoped. It’s a difficult lesson to learn that some of my fellow fighters might be just as treacherous as the creatures we’re ordered to kill.

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phoenix rising c heineckePHOENIX RISING by Chris Heinecke and Kate Reedwood

Axel, Ellie and the team are in a race against time to find Amasis, the mysterious home world of the aliens who gifted Stardrives to humanity a millennium past. Caree’s life is in danger and the Visitors may be the only ones who can save her. But little is known about the planet, as any who’ve ventured there have never returned. Pursued by bounty hunters and the ever-tightening net of the Galactic Core, the team risks everything to find the answers they need before it’s too late. But when Tobias goes missing and can’t be found, the team may already be out of time.

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talynTALYN by Arcadia Shield

Talyn Dazan feels broken. His empath ability is too strong, so he lives his life blocking everything. Anger, rage, sadness, happiness. He can’t cope with the noise seeping from other people’s heads. But a plea from his sister sees him looking for love at My Single Alien. If he can find a single human female to tolerate being around, that will be enough.

Sinead Murphy’s a good time girl. She can drink anyone under the table and lives by the motto: I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time. Life is too short to worry. Her Momma taught her that. Beautiful, outgoing, and a commitment-phobe, she still loves a good old-fashioned romance, that’s why her job at My Single Alien is such fun. That is when she’s not nursing a hangover and hiding from the big boss, Diadora.

When the latest batch of hopeful single aliens arrive on Prodigy, Sinead’s on the case, fluttering her lashes and making sure they’re happy. Then Talyn stomps off his ship, and her charm fails her.

What should have been a simple case of matching lonely hearts goes wrong when Sinead’s signs up for much more than she bargained for with Talyn. And when Talyn almost loses his mind after a dangerous encounter with another empath, he faces a life or death situation.

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warrior avengedWARRIOR AVENGED (ARCHANS OF AILAUT BOOK 3) by Danae Ash, Emma Alisyn, Sora Stargazer

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.

The honor of her father’s Skyhall demands half-human Bethany accept an indefinite imprisonment in Deshua’s mountain tower—and whatever punishment he chooses to inflict. When she learns that her father’s hand in the death of Deshua’s ancient Wolves is tied to her research into a strange new drug devastating New Jericho, she and Deshua realize they may not be enemies after all.

As they fight an unexpected desire, they realize they may be much more. Deshua can choose love or vengeance. . .but not both.

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spacers cinderellaSPACER’S CINDERELLA by Adria Rose

Born on an abandoned colony barely held together by sealant tape and hope, Aurora Sato is at the very bottom of the social pecking order. Hard work and brains got her into a coveted spot in the quadrant’s top university… But her new supervisor is a woman who’s not about to let an upstart like Aurora get anything close to a break.

And a break is exactly what Aurora needs right now. Her home colony is dying and nobody is in any rush to save it or her family. Aurora’s research project is their last hope, but only if she can complete it in time — an impossible task.

One night out is all she’ll allow herself. One night to forget her troubles. She never expects to meet a man who dazzles all her senses. Magnus Thorne is a battle-hardened, ruthless cyborg. Rich, respected and powerful, he’s too much for innocent Aurora. For one magical night he makes her feel like a princess, awakening a longing she doesn’t know how to quell.

But Aurora is in more danger than she realizes. And Magnus isn’t about to let her face it alone, no matter how hard she tries to shut him out.

He’s determined to break every rule to save her from ruin.  But will she trust him enough to let him?

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tales from plexisTHE CLAN CHRONICLES: TALES FROM THE PLEXIS edited by Julie E Czerneda

VS Note: Not romance but sounded interesting. Always fun when an author allows others to ‘play’ in their world.

Welcome to one of the iconic settings of the Clan Chronicles: the infamous interstellar shopping extravaganza of the Trade Pact known as Plexis Supermarket! A market and meeting place, Plexis is where pirates rub shoulders with freighter crews, where the rich come to party and the out-of-luck chase that last opportunity, where anything can be bought or sold and only your airtag tells the truth. Most of the time.

Dock your starship, pay your parking fee, and enter. You’ll never know what you’ll find. Or who you’ll meet. Because here, for the first time, Julie E. Czerneda has opened the airlocks to her fellow scribes and lovers of all things Trade Pact to produce this anthology of remarkable, all-original stories.

Learn the beginnings (and kitchen secrets) of the famed Claws & Jaws: Interspecies Cuisine. Solve mysteries. Slip through service tunnels or shop with goldtags!

Want the truth about Turrneds? The Neblokans? How Terk met his partner? More of Raj Plexis and Bowman? The way to Ansel’s heart? Kurr di Sarc. Huido. Manouya. Those balloons.

Plexis awaits your pleasure.

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forbidden pursuitsFORBIDDEN PURSUITS (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 2) by Harry F Rey

When Daeron’s mother, Captain Sanya, is offered a risky but lucrative job, rescuing an experimental galinium scientist from Aldegar, the lost loves lurking in her past mean she must send Daeron away to the other end of the galaxy—to the father he’s never met on the Kyleri Empire’s capital, Jiwani.

On Jiwani, the heir to the galaxy’s most powerful empire, Prince Osvai, balances deference to rigid Kyleri customs with his desire to explore the forbidden secrets of the Royal Baths, and the dark pursuits no prince should have.

But when a mysterious stranger from the Outer Verge turns up to work with his ambitious Uncle Viscamon, Osvai’s temptations lead him into a web of intrigue that could change the Galactic Balance forever.

As Sanya, Daeron, and Osvai pursue their forbidden desires, they become entwined in a galactic power struggle stretching from the frozen tundra of Jansen to the searing memories of Captain Ales’s lost homeworld, Teva.

They’ll soon discover all love has consequence, and the more forbidden the desires, the more deadly the pursuits.

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kain encountersKAIN ENCOUNTERS (HER ALIEN COUTS BOOK 1) by E M Moore

When Lia woke up to her boring, trivial, unsophisticated life, she never dreamed she’d be visited by aliens…let alone three hot aliens.

After Lia’s parents died, she became the reluctant owner of a small-town motel with an even smaller guest list. For kicks, she watched TV and a lot of it. Her favorite shows included Supernatural and Shadowhunters, basically anything with swoony guys to make her heart melt.

So, when the Kains come, she thinks she’s right in her element. Until reality sets in that is.

Maybe there’s not something so sexy about a drop-dead gorgeous guy telling her he needs to take her back to his planet to save his alien race. Even less sexy than that is the sudden influx of men in black suits who want to hold her hostage, so she can tell them everything she knows about her new alien friends.

But as the lines blur between alien and human, Lia might just find herself in a not-so-fictional world she would do anything to protect.

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lost queenTHE LOST QUEEN (THE TRUE IMMORTALS SERIES BOOK 3) by E M Jaye

She was born to be a Queen, but raised in squalorEleanor Sette is struggling to find her place in the world now that she has been claimed by a warrior King. After a life of hardship and abuse, she must now learn to lead an army.

If she fails, more than just her life will be on the line. The entire galaxy will fall. She feels overwhelmed by the daunting tasks before. How can she be a Queen when all she feels is lost?

He was born to be her mate, but has lived without her….Danion Belator of Old, the High Warrior King is the strongest being known in the galaxy and yet he feels weak. His mate is struggling in her new life, unable to find purchase.

After yet another devastating turn of events, Eleanor’s life is threatened once more. He refuses to lose his mate, he will do whatever it takes to save her. Even win a war against an unbeatable enemy.

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of blood and boneOF BLOOD AND BONE: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE BOOK 2 by Nora Roberts

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.

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balance of powerBALANCE OF POWER (GUARDIANS BOOK 5) by Damien Lenoit-Ledoux

VS Note: Superheroes, not sure there’s any romance.

As The Order’s decimated leadership cowers and licks its wounds after Blake’s brutal blitz against the Archimandrion Council and the successful capture of the Seavey Island facility by U.S. Marines, the maniacal Victor Kraze seizes control of the organization’s resources and strikes back at teenage superhero Quinn McAlester.
Dumbfounded by Victor’s sudden and zealous propensity for destruction and revenge, Quinn enlists the help of the enigmatic and reluctant tutor Ana Maria Garcia to stop the super villain from enacting his master plan of unleashing an army of sinister superhumans determined to to destroy anything that gets in his way.
Faced with growing odds, a sinister plan, unexpected loss, and no time to grieve the loss of his best friend, Quinn and his small team of dedicated individuals risk everything to protect the people they love and keep the world safe until they can restore balance to the awesome power Quinn wields.

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warriors claim michelle millsWARRIORS CLAIM (THE SWIRL BOOK 2) by Michele Mills

Three Xylan Warriors. One female Cyborg…
Wyric, Zaxon and Bex.
Trish can’t stop staring at the three handsome warriors who’ve recently moved in next door. She’s supposed to be helping them upgrade their facility, but Trish can’t keep her eyes off of their perfect physiques. Loving the sound of their harsh voices and their fierce demands.
Wanting them. All three of them.

But these males are Xylan Triumvirates, non-identical brothers who share a special bond. And they’ve been deemed dangerous and removed from the Xylan mating database for a valid reason…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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saved by her alien matesSAVED BY HER ALIEN MATES: A COSMIC BRIDES REVERSE HAREM by Harper Rosling

I’ve been on my own since I was twelve. I don’t need anyone. My choices haven’t always been the best. I did what I had to do to survive. When I see my no good ex kill an important politician, I come face to face with the worse decision I’ve ever made. Now, my life is in danger and running is my only choice.

So, I hit the road on the first flight out of Dallas in a spaceship for Cosmic Brides, a matchmaking service for alien races. When given two destination choices, I choose the warrior planet my friend Darcie insisted was the best choice for me. I never expected to find myself with not one, but six alien mates. What’s a girl to do when she finds a love she never she wanted in the arms of all that muscle?

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april in atlantisAPRIL IN ATLANTIS: A POSEIDON’S WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL by Alyssa Day

She’s Poseidon’s first and only female warrior…When April, Poseidon’s first-ever female warrior, meets Pine–“don’t call me a werewolf” — prince of the European wolf shifters, she saves his life and then gives him the finger, because the sound of his sexy Scottish accent when he said “I think I’m in love, lass” gave her shivers in places shivers had no right to be. She’s a warrior, not a werewolf groupie. But now she’s trapped between the werewolf who wants her and the werewolf who wants her dead.

He’s Europe’s werewolf prince…Pine wanted April the moment he saw her, just before she saved his life. Then he knew he must make her his. But the appearance of his long-lost and presumed-dead twin complicates Pine’s plans, and this time it’s April’s life at stake. Together, April and Pine are so much stronger than they are apart, but the heat between them may be enough to burn down the world.

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darkest captiveTHE DARKEST CAPTIVE (A LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD NOVELLA) by Gena Showalter

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?

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shadow of crowsA SHADOW OF CROWS (WILD HUNT BOOK 4) by Yasmine Galenorn

As autumn approaches and Ember approaches the Cruharach, a revelation rocks Herne’s world that threatens their relationship. In the middle of the chaos, the Wild Hunt is approached by Raven, one of the Ante-Fae. A bone-witch, Raven hires them to find her missing fiancé. The spirits have warned her that he’s in danger.

As the Wild Hunt follows a trail of blood and bones, it leads them into a labyrinth of grisly deaths extending far beyond Raven’s lost love. A serial killer is murdering humans and Fae alike, hoping to win favor with one of the gods. But as Ember and Herne draw close to solving the case, yet another bombshell drops. And this time, the fallout could lead to outright war between the Fae Courts and an ancient enemy.

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queen of air and darknessQUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS (DARK ARTIFICES BOOK 3) by Cassandra Clare

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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roo and the angel‘ROO AND THE ANGEL (FURRY UNITED COALITION BOOK 7) by Eve Langlais

…Jeb did something bad… He did, however, smuggle a test subject out of an experimental lab against orders.

In his defense, he saved an angel.

At least that is how Jeb sees Nevaeh with her shadow wings. She’s a maiden in need of rescue and a sweet girl—until you get on her bad side. Then things get really interesting—and violent. Which might be kind of why everyone is so interested in getting their paws on her. And don’t get him started on A.S.S. shaking its tail feathers, too.

Everyone wants a piece of his angel. Know what he says? Too bad. So sad. Because this stubborn ’roo has decided he wants her as his mate.

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dragon tearDRAGON TEAR (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 5) by Lindsay Buroker

Now that Jev is no longer obligated to marry a manipulative noblewoman, Zenia can finally pursue a relationship with him. But there’s something else she must deal with first. She’s learned that the magical dragon-tear gem she wears around her neck is linked to a living dragon, one that is being held prisoner and tortured.

Zenia owes her life several times over to the creature. She must set aside personal desires and lead a team to the distant and dangerous continent where the dragon is imprisoned.

But it took someone—or something—very powerful to capture such a great creature in the first place. Zenia, Jev, and their friends may not have the magic or might necessary to free their scaled ally. If they fail, the dragon will be enslaved forever by a cruel master, and Zenia and Jev may never see their homeland again.

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comets fated mateCOMET’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 8) by R E Butler

Quad shifter Vaughn didn’t know what it would be like to meet his fated mate, but he never expected a workaholic bar owner to be so immune to his charms. His beasts are going crazy now that he’s finally found Holly, but she’s not interested in anything he has to offer. He’ll have to figure out a way to get her to see him as more than a bartender and employee.

Holly isn’t interested in anything but keeping her bar from financial ruin. She knows her sister, Ivy, isn’t happy, but she can’t seem to dig herself out of the mess left behind when a contractor skipped town with all her savings. When Vaughn, the sexiest guy she’s ever met, wiggles his way into her life, she finds it hard to keep her distance. She doesn’t have time for romance, but his kissable lips are making it difficult to think of anything else.

Vaughn wants to share his shifting nature with her and make her his mate, but he has no idea how to scale the walls she’s erected around her heart. Vaughn needs a Christmas miracle to make Holly see the light. Too bad all the magic is up in North Pole City.

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magic redemptionA MAGIC REDEMPTION (DEMON’S WITCH SERIES BOOK 5) by Tena Stelter

Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin.

When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.

Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.

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under the moonlightUNDER THE MOONLIGHT (MOONLIGHT RIDGE BOOK 1) by Codi Gary

In the scenic mountain town of Moonlight Ridge, danger lurks within the dense forest…
When Greer Kimble has a deadly run in with a wolf in the woods, she doesn’t expect to come out of it alive. Let alone in the arms of handsome Xander Thorson. The undeniable pull she feels toward Xander is something she’s never experienced before. Fighting her attraction is the last thing on her mind, so why is he keeping her at a distance?
Xander knows getting close to Greer means putting her in the path of the dangerous sociopaths he’s been tracking. Five years ago, rogue shifters slaughtered his family, and now that he’s so close to getting his revenge, Greer is a complication he can’t have. No matter how much he wants her in his arms and heart.
But when people close to Greer begin disappearing, Xander has no choice but to tell her who he really is. Can Greer come terms with the fact she’s fallen in love with a shifter before all hell breaks loose?

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jack addisonJACK ADDISON VS NESSIE’S TENTACLES (JACK ADDISON VS A WHOLE WORLD OF HOT TROUBLE BOOK 2) by K A Merikan

VS Note: Part 2 of a serial, classified as M/M romantic erotica

Jack Addison is on his way to becoming a famous monster hunter, but luck had been against him at the Annual Nessie Hunt the previous year. Now, he’s back at Loch Ness to show everyone what he’s made of.

He’s got a lot to prove to Roux Chat-Bonnes, the snotty cat-like creature who saved his life last time, so Jack goes into the woods to hunt Nessie armed with a brand new detection device.

But the creature he finds is nothing like he expected. Where he thought he would slay a monster, he ends up learning a valuable lesson about opening his horizons to new lifeforms.

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fated realmsFATED REALMS (THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 5) by C R Jane

Eva is in search of her past. Every time she thinks she has it figured out, something comes up that changes everything. A daughter, a lover, a queen; each part of her story fluctuates like the wind. When a new secret of her past is revealed, will it alter everything she has come to know? And will she ever discover the connections to the men that now reside in a place inside her soul? Join Eva in her journey into the faded realms. Sometimes things are better off staying hidden.

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shadows moonSHADOW’S MOON: KYN CHRONICLES BOOK 3 by Jami Gray

VS Note: Author states this is a revised version.

A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.

It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage begins to fray the thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny. It also ensures there is no escape from the one man she’s determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.

As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn’t in Warrick Vidis’s vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander, refuses to abandon the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats, jeopardizes his normal steely control. Add in Xander’s continual reluctance to accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman’s love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.

As the danger escalates, Warrick and Xander must learn to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything–their pack, their friends and each other.

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somber callTHE SOMBER CALL (ARIANE TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Michelle Dare

The pack war was drawing closer, and Ariane found herself at a crossroad amid the chaos that was her life.
Which road should she follow? One gave her a chance at normalcy, while the other threw her deeper into turmoil.
She had new powers, a shifter for a boyfriend, and blood on her hands. There was also the lone wolf who had been cast out and sought solace with Ari as he fought to return home.
This wasn’t how she thought her life would play out. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made. And in the middle of it was Orion, wondering which road Ari would follow.

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wish collectorTHE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan

VS Note: I read this last week and LOVED it. Reminds me a little of the best of the old Gothic romances, with a touch of a curse, a hint of ghosts, a whisper of voodoo, plus New Orleans, ballet and a sort of “beauty and the beast vibe”. I have to read more by her now!

New Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache.

When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara’s great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison.

The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who keeps returning week after week. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark.

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last vampireTHE LAST VAMPIRE BOOK ONE by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Wolf

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of stuff when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not.

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minotaurs curseMINOTAUR’S CURSE (INTO THE DEAD FALL BOOK 3) by Susan Trombley

Lauren was haunted by nightmares of monsters as a child, but learned the hard way that the worst monsters look like everybody else.

While visiting her mother and stepfather during the holidays, she’s sent to search for her two younger brothers, who have a tendency to wander onto the land of their nearest neighbor—land that has been abandoned for a reason. When she stumbles across something unexpected, it changes her life forever, drawing her into a world beyond the boundaries of the civilization that has always sheltered her.

There, her courage will be tested, as the monsters she’s always feared when she was a child turn out to be real. When the Minotaur of myth helps her take down a manticore, she wonders if she isn’t still trapped in those childhood dreams. Except there’s nothing childish in her feelings for her bullheaded rescuer.

Asterius has just one chance to prove himself a worthy mate and win the love of the new female that has fallen into the Dead Fall, so she can break the curse upon him.

He knows it will be difficult to win her love, because she’s as beautiful and fierce as any goddess, and he fears she will never be able to see the man beneath the monster.

He will risk everything to protect her from the dangers of the Dead Fall, which seems determined to destroy all life within it.

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raidenRAIDEN: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 7) by Scarlett Grove

A Driven Scientist :For Flora Baptiste, nothing is more important than finding a vaccine against the vampires who kidnapped and changed her. She will stop at nothing until the problem is solved. While working at the House of Storms, she can’t be distracted by her attraction to her best friend, Raiden. She isn’t even his mate. He’s said so.

A Disgruntled Gamer: Raiden might love video games, but that doesn’t mean his captain approves. The roguish warrior is preparing for the war he knows will come, and the game keeps his senses keen and his reflexes honed. Along with hours in the gym, Raiden is pumped and ready for the inevitable onslaught. If only he could reconcile his attraction for is best friend. He wants nothing more than to kiss her, but his inner dragon hasn’t made a peep. If his dragon is silent, how can she be his?

Game, Set, Match: With humans going missing and mysterious murders happening in the streets, Raiden knows that his preparations were warranted. Flora works desperately to find the vaccine, but everything she does seems to fail. Will Flora find the missing ingredient before vampires drive the human race to madness? And can Raiden claim the love he desires without the help of his inner beast?

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sunshine in the dragons heartSUNSHINE IN THE DRAGON’S HEART by Jaime Samms

When Sunny retires to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, he’s hoping the change of scenery will afford him some peace and quiet.

His hopes are soon spectacularly dashed.

In self-imposed exile, dragon Emile runs across the Fold between his dimension and Sunny’s—and right into Sunny’s arms. Centuries out of touch with human culture, bright, beautiful Emile incinerates any hope Sunny had for an ordinary existence. With dryads and water sprites coming to life all around them, Sunny can’t deny the magic Emile brings to his life—or his heart. But that same magic leads the unrelenting dragon who would keep Emile captive right to them. To save his love, Sunny will have to reach deep and find some magic of his own.

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one apocalypseONE APOCALYPSE (THE DARK SIDE BOOK 4) by Kristy Cunning

The life goals have stacked up since I started this journey as a sad, lonely little ghost. I’m not sure how things escalated so quickly from trying to be seen and heard, to bearing the weight of the world on my vain little shoulders.
As a result, my goals have gotten a little more serious…

Goal #14: Learn to take a hit without breaking or suffering some type of death.
Goal #15: Decide once and for all if I’m going to save or destroy the world. I’m not sure why people put this sort of responsibility on hell-spawn like me.
Goal #16: Practice my evil laugh, because all hell-spawn need a good evil laugh.
Goal #17: Find and kill all the unicorns. Mwahahahahaha.
Goal #18: Live to enjoy forever with the guys I sacrificed all my memories to save.
Goal #19: No matter what, they don’t get to die. Or I really will be THE Apocalypse.

We’re the most screwed up collection of antiheroes the world has ever seen, because the only thing that makes me want to save the world is knowing I could lose my boys forever if I don’t. It’s one HELL of a love story, you know?

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christmas dragons mateTHE CHRISTMAS DRAGON’S MATE (CHRISTMAS VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

All her life, curvy Dara Jenkins has dreamed of a White Christmas. But when she drives into the mountains for the holidays, what she finds instead is a snow storm that threatens to claim her life. To Dara’s amazement, she’s rescued by an ice dragon – who turns into a sexy, charismatic man who hasn’t left his snow castle in twenty years.

Henrik Drakeson is a dragon shifter who lost his parents long ago in a terrible accident. For most of his life, he has carried that burden with him, choosing loneliness over the happy visitors that once came to the family’s snow castle every winter. He’s promised himself he’d stay forever alone, so he’d never hurt anyone again – until his mate suddenly appears on his doorstep in a snow storm, bringing all the joy and cheerfulness of Christmas to his lonely home.

Can Dara heal the pain of his wounded heart? And can they uncover the truth about his past – and defend each other against the ruthless enemy behind the old tragedy?

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fangs fur and fa la laFANGS, FUR AND FA LA LA: A PARANORMAL CHRISTMAS COLLECTION  by Various Including Lisa Kessler and Valerie Twombly

VS note: No summary for the collection. Individual story summaries on ebook seller page. Great title!

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one of a kind christmasONE OF A KIND CHRISTMAS (A CHRISTMAS CAROL BOOK 4) by Lexi Post

To reach her heart, he must face a spirit, an angel…and himself.
The spirit of Cameron Douglas has totally screwed-up…again. Now, he has to fix his mess in one night with the help of his best friend and somehow encourage his widow to move on.
Holly Douglas is anguished that this is the last Christmas she’ll be visited by her late husband, Cameron. For three years he’s sent her the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and they’ve helped her cope with her loss. But now all that ends, and she doesn’t understand why her late husband must push her away.
Ethan Stewart has been in love with Holly since Cameron’s death, but she isolated herself from everyone, including him. Then something changed, and he was welcomed back as her friend. But he wants more— to love her openly, and most of all to make her happy again. Though he loved his best friend like a brother and will do anything for Holly, as he’s pulled into the spirit world, he discovers not all is as it seems. If he doesn’t figure it out soon, none of them will have a Merry Christmas…ever.

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hunted by shadowsHUNTED BY SHADOWS (SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK ONE) by Erin O’Kane

They say not to jump at shadows. That’s all well and good, but what if you are being hunted by one?

Trying to escape her past, Ari is working to atone for her actions and have a normal human life. The only problem with that? She isn’t human. Unlike most werewolves, she avoids as much contact with the supernatural world as possible, building a life for herself in the human world.

Until one day her past catches up with her, and she is forced to immerse herself in the supernatural world. Offered protection from the local wolf pack, she is forced to accept it, but nothing in the supernatural world comes for free.

For highly independent lone wolf Ari, this is her worst nightmare, especially as several Alpha males start vying for her affections. Ari will have to decide whether her independence is more important to her than her life.

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snows sevenSNOW’S SEVEN (ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE BOOK 1) by Piper Collins and Cassie Alexandra

A princess on the run from her wicked stepmother.
Seven dwarfs willing to risk everything to keep the raven-haired beauty safe.
A vain woman who sold her soul to be “the fairest of them all”, but failed to read the fine-print. A steamy reverse harem fantasy with dark humor, seven fearless heroes, and a princess who refuses to choose just one for her happily-ever-after.

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magicians angelTHE MAGICIAN’S ANGEL (THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL BOOK 3) by Jordan L Hawk

VS Note: Sounded good!

Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.

Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family’s theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.

When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.

The Christmas Angel series of holiday romances follow the travels of an angel ornament through the decades as she inspires (and sometimes nudges) lonely men to find their Happily Ever After.

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shake the earthSHAKE THE EARTH (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Elizabeth Briggs

It’s time for me to embrace my destiny as the next Black Dragon, the one who can control all five elements and bring balance to the realms.

I’ve bonded with two of my mates, Jasin and Auric, and now we continue our journey so I can become intimate with Slade and Reven. It’s a race against the Dragons we’re meant to overthrow, who will do anything to stop us from fulfilling our destiny.

We’re going to need allies if we want to defeat the Dragons, even if that means confronting the dark secrets of our pasts. But death and destruction follow us at every turn, and unlocking the hearts of my last two mates seems nearly impossible.
When all seems lost, will love be enough to save us?

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death knellDEATH KNELL (THE FOUNDLING SERIES) by Hailey Edwards

After her two worlds clashed apocalyptically, Luce Boudreau needed some time out. But Destiny had other ideas.When bodies begin washing ashore down the Mississippi River, Luce discovers they are part of a gruesome, lethal message. Her final sister, Death, is trying to break through.

Every sign is clear: the end is coming, but earth will be destroyed – quite literally – over Luce’s dead body, even if that means she’ll be battling her own nature. And her coterie will stand with her, though Cole keeps standing one step too goddamn far away. Her mysterious new partner, Adam Wu, on the other hand, seems determined to keep her close at all times. And the more Luce learns about the new world she’s part of, the deeper the secrets go. Who – if anyone – can she really trust?

As the final pieces of an ancient war come together, Luce’s chance to fight back comes sooner than she expected. Death can come at her . . . she’s eager to return the favour.

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everboundEVERBOUND (THE KINDRED BOOK 3) by Donna Grant

The power of Helena’s magic has made her a target for the Coven. She wanted no part in the war of the witches, but it’s out of her hands now. She has to make a stand – and she does that by helping the Hunters and their allies against their common enemy. And now, the witch who ripped Helena’s future apart is coming. Sybbyl’s vengeance is swift and terrible, pitting the two against each other. But Helena doesn’t have to fight the Coven alone. A seductive warlock offers his aid. Helena is hesitant to give her trust to him – because it’s more than her life on the line. It’s her heart as well.

As the most feared and respected warrior of the Varroki, Jarin is used to being on his own. But with the Coven’s quest to locate the bones of the First Witch escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to retain his solitary existence. When Jarin encounters Helena, he is helpless to resist her. She’s everything he didn’t know he wanted, and with her help, he’s convinced that maybe his people can finally defeat their foe. But there’s so much more at play than they know―ties in blood and sacrifice―and the loss that’s sure to follow may be greater than any of them can bear.

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tarczal allianceTHE TARCZAL ALLIANCE by J Paulette Forshey

Logan Kincaid was trying to find the spy in his company when she walked in, – long blond hair, longer legs, and intelligent green eyes – damn, all his weaknesses rolled into one. He’d lived for 445 yrs. believing the Blood Witches and T’yhiéls of his vampiric childhood were nothing but myths until one walked into his life and all hell broke loose.

Allyson Weston needed a scholarship to continue her career, and she wanted her abusive ex out of her life. Allyson got both and more when she found out the benefactor of the scholarship’s bite was worse than his bark and her ex was found dead in her driveway.

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dragon xmas miracleDRAGON XMAS MIRACLE by Maia Starr

Amelia is determined to get away from the horrible wolf shifter that duped her, captured her, and impregnated her with its spawn. But it isn’t so easy once she is on the road and driving for her life. Luckily, a sexy man that makes her blush and fill with heat finds her and brings her back to his hut on a mysterious island she has never even seen before.

Kellan is the leader of a pack of dragon shifters and is fighting against his nature trying to come out an take over since he has yet to find a mate. When he saves the beautiful and enchanting Amelia, his body, heart, and mind get lost in a sea of lust and longing. But his need to protect her comes at a price of keeping her away from the dangers of his own people while trying to figure out how to tell her what he is. Will their secrets bring them together or rip them apart?

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dasher clawsDASHER CLAWS (THE 12 MATES OF CHRISTMAS BOOK 1) by Sable Sylvan

Marathon runner Sean Jackson’s been running all his life — away from his responsibilities, away from the title of Clan Alpha, and away from Fate. Fate’s caught up to this werebear, and so has Santa Claus, because Sean’s furry butt ended up…on The Naughty List. Will Sean claim his curvy mate by Christmas, or lose his shift forever?

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owned by fateOWNED BY FATE (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES BOOK 5) by Sean Michael

Dr. Mike Beteferoce turned his back on magic long ago. His heart broke and his desire for a soul mate disappeared. When he sees his family crest branded above Corryn’s heart, his first instinct is to flee. The last thing he wants now is a Fae interfering in his life—especially one who has already rejected him.

But fate has other plans.

Corryn knows Mike is his soul mate, has known since the sigil was branded on his skin centuries ago. Long before Mike came to him as a studly young dragon just entering his prime. It was far too early for them to be together then, but now their time has come.

But despite their draw to each other, Corryn doesn’t believe Mike can accept him for who—and what—he is. Mike must breathe life into their bond—loving Corryn as both soul mate and Fae—if they are to fulfill their destiny.

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damon teagan wildeDAMON (RALEIGH TEXAS WOLVES BOOK 1) by Teagan Wilde

Damon came into my life when I needed him the most. I’d never imagined my mate would be the Alpha of the most notorious pack around.
He became my everything, but little did I know my future with him was in danger.

Things were not what they seemed…
Damon: When I allowed a new member to join my pack, I never imagined that she would become mine. Farren was not what I’d expected, and yet she was everything I needed.
Someone was out to hurt her, but they didn’t expect me and my pack to be standing in front of her, protecting her.
Let the hunt begin.

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outcast lexi postOUTCAST (HUNTER: A THIEVES SERIES BOOK 4) by Lexi Blake

It’s been months since Trent Wilcox was sentenced to exile, but Kelsey hasn’t given up on finding a way to bring him home. Grayson Sloane doesn’t share her enthusiasm. Loving two men is challenging enough without them being at each other’s throats, and she is unwilling to compromise on the future she knows is meant for them.

Kelsey’s only hope for bringing them all together comes in the form of the Hell lord who insisted on Trent’s exile – Gray’s father. Lord Sloane is willing to acquiesce on Trent’s punishment if Kelsey will do one little job for him. A stray wolf is on a killing spree in Wyoming and he’s killed a number of witches in Lord Sloane’s service. The situation is made all the more complicated by the presence of a sinister werewolf cult in the area. Lupus Solum is known for being cruel to their own kind, and even worse to outsiders.

Caught between a craven wolf cult, a brutal killer, a Hell lord, and a mounting pile of bodies, Kelsey is going to have her work cut out for her. But if she can solve the case, she might have a chance to earn her happily ever after.

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cursed darknessCURSED DARKNESS (ANGELS OF FATE BOOK 2) by C S Wilde

Liam Striker has been through a lot in his life, but nothing quite like this. As he adapts to his new reality, he joins a mission to find out who’s behind the attacks on the In-Betweens.

Meanwhile, Ava tries to kill the evil that rots the Order from inside. But it’s not as easy as she’d hoped, especially when she must work so closely to Ezra, the angel she used to love for an entire century.

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fall of dragonsFALL OF DRAGONS (SERA’S CURSE BOOK 3) by Clara Hartley

With the new monarchy, people have no choice but to listen to our demands. We’d continue the rest of our days like this if I had my way.

But the goddess shall descend and take me soon. What we have can’t last. The princes and I are trying everything to find an alternative, all while managing the hot temperaments of our dragon people.

Will we prevent another famine?
Can we stop the goddess from stealing my body?
And will Frederick finally learn how to stop using his horrible vegetable jokes?

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guardian revealedA GUARDIAN REVEALED (GUARDIANS OF LIGHT BOOK 3) by Renee Wildes

Years ago, the pull of the full moon and a powerful curiosity drew Finora into a human fisherman’s bed—a man who stole her selkie skin and took its location to his grave. For seven years, trapped on land, she has searched fruitlessly. Hope fading with every passing year.

Tasked with finding and returning dragons to his mountain homeland in the east, Trystan follows a slim lead westward across an unfamiliar sea. When pirates attack his ship, leaving him with injuries too severe for his werewolf to heal, he comes face to face with the most unexpected of rescuers—Finora, her two, half-human children, and the biggest damned dog he’s ever seen.

Tristan and Finora’s attraction is instant, undeniable, and hopeless. Finora is pulled to the sea, Tristan is tied to the land. But Finora can help him complete his mission, and share one night of searing, heartbreaking passion. And memories only the deepest of betrayals could shatter.

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cycloneCYCLONE: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 7) by Jasmine Wylder

She is beautiful.
Her full lips.
Her lush curves.
I didn’t count on her getting under my skin!
But she’s untouchable.
She is my best friend and a badass shifter wolf at the Brotherhood.
As my supervisor I have to play by her rules…for now.
She is the missing element that will make me whole.
It was either complete the ritual or die.
And now I’m finally complete…
Ready to prove myself as a worthy member of the Brotherhood.
Ready to fight against these cold bloodsuckers.
Ready to take what’s destined to be mine.
This war is going to leave many dead,
and I swear it won’t be Frieda.
Will we survive or will this war destroy us all?

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vampire kings mateVAMPIRE KING’S MATE (FATE POF IMPERIUM BOOK 2) by C A Worley

For five long years, Viktor, The Heartless King of Prajna, has ignored the cicatrice on his palm. The birthmark, which awakens only when a vampire’s fated mate is soon to cross his path, is a complication he does not need. A chance encounter with his true mate unexpectedly rocks him to the core. Unwilling to deny the pull of her soul to his, he bonds with the female, believing he can handle the one major obstacle standing in his way of happiness.

When Eden’s betrothal to the Wolf King of the North falls through, she rejoices. For the first time in her life, she believes her fate is her own. She later finds out how very wrong she was, and runs headfirst into the arms of a vampire. Soon, nefarious forces work against the pair. While Viktor tries to protect his mate, Eden learns the consequences of falling for a king who has no heart.

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THE HEART OF THE FALCON: THE GUARDIAN MAIDENS BOOK 3 by Marilyn Foxworthy

VS Note: The cover was tasteful but a little too risque for this blog.

My name is Ronin. This is the third book of my life as an Adventurer Monk. So far, I’ve made a name for myself locally and established a house with wonderful mates. Today, the 311-year-old Elf-Woman, The White Falcon, appeared and says that she will join us. She was a surprise. 311 looks good on a strong-blooded Elf. This should be an adventure in itself.
The Kobold Cave is empty…of Kobolds. I expect even more dangerous creatures are waiting for us deeper in. I intend to take my beautiful, highly sexual spouses, and explore it. At least four of us, and possibly five now, are Adventurers. Brenda and Alice will stay home. I know that the real Adventure will be learning to live as one, learning what love is for us, and healing each other as we grow…(MUCH more blurb and detail on ebook seller page…)

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fallen angel felicity heatonFALLEN ANGEL (HER ANGEL: BOUND WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Felicity Heaton

Cast out of Heaven for a crime he didn’t commit, Lukas has spent three years searching for a way to prove his innocence and slowly falling for a beautiful mortal female. When things take a turn for the worse, he seeks solace in the bottom of a bottle and ends up finding it in Annelie’s arms. But one moment of Heaven becomes one of sheer Hell when his wings make an unexpected appearance. Now, he’s in danger of losing not only his duty, but the woman he loves.

Annelie fell for Lukas the moment he walked into her bar and she fell hard. The tall, sensual blond sets her heart on fire with his otherworldly green eyes and wicked smile, so when one kiss leads to something more, seizing her chance and Lukas with both hands seems like a great idea… until morning rolls around and she discovers he’s not the man she thought he was—he’s an angel.

Lukas will stop at nothing to prove both his innocence and his love for Annelie, but when he discovers who framed him and she ends up caught in the crossfire, will he be strong enough to protect her? And can Annelie vanquish her doubts and fears to claim the heart of her fallen angel?

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summerfields angelSUMMERFIELD’S ANGEL (THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL BOOK 2) by Kim Fielding

After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys.

When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.

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STARS AFIRETHE STARS AFIRE: AN ELEMENTAL MYSTERIES ANTHOLOGY by Elizabeth Hunter

A new anthology of short fiction featuring your favorite characters from the Elemental Mysteries.

In Lost Letters and Christmas Lights, Christmas in Rome wasn’t quite what Giovanni and Beatrice had in mind, until a set of misplaced letters leads them back to their library in the heart of Italy. Serafina Rossi hadn’t expected vampires for Christmas, but the thought of meeting the cantankerous and intriguing ally of her employers was more than she could resist.

Giovanni Vecchio has a headache, and Richard Montegu is it. In Finding Richard, Giovanni and Beatrice head east to New York City in order to take care of a little problem who’s been spotted off-off-Broadway.

Giovanni and Beatrice return to Italy in Desires of the Heart. With their nephew growing older every year, Giovanni and Beatrice travel to Rome for the holidays, this time with a new vision for their future and the future of their family.

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worry beadsWORRY BEADS: THE BIG UNEASY 4 by Pauline Baird Jones

VS Note: I don’t usually talk about other genres and this is romantic suspense/mystery but Pauline writes really good scifi romance too! (And is my partner on the Pets In Space anthologies.)

Laura Baker has seen a lot during her job as a New Orleans EMT. She has responded to just about every type of emergency known to man. An unexpected act of kindness during one call puts her on the news—and her life and heart at risk.

Archie Gunn receives an unexpected tip sends him to the beautiful and mysterious city of New Orleans. His trip opens up more than he expects –and a bayou full of danger. There is a lot going on in New Orleans and it isn’t all good times and Mardi Gras.

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Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, side by side with the humans they love…battling for freedom from the alien scientists who created them and kidnapped the humans for experimentation…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 28

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.

 

Get Help! 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 earlier in November so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it next week.)

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 and her stalker Vattan were alone in her office when Yonn, one of the young students interrupted them. I’ve skipped ahead a bit. Vattan ordered Yonn to leave and shoved him, slashing his arm with his talons in the process.

“Please, let the boy go,” Lily said, afraid of what Vattan might do next in his aggressive state, “You and I can talk about tonight once he’s gone.” Over her shoulder she said to Yonn, “Thank you for your help, now go and have the cut on your arm treated.” And get help. Not for the first time Lily wished she had the ability to speak to the Badari mind to mind as they spoke to each other. Surely the cub would summon assistance for her? But first he needed to get out of here.

Unfortunately, Yonn wasn’t ready to abandon his self-appointed role as her protector. He placed himself between the door and the adults, in an imitation of the defensive stance a warrior would assume in combat, “I’m not leaving you alone with him.” His words were spoken in a child’s treble, but the clear menace to Vattan was that of an adult twice his age.

Lily remembered again the Badari had been created by the alien scientists to be fearsome warriors and trained mercilessly for battle from a young age – surely Vattan wouldn’t harm a cub, would he?

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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