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.

Amazon

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?

Amazon

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…)

Amazon

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?

Amazon

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.

Amazon

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?

Amazon

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.

Amazon     Apple Books

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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.

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