Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was a good one…
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).
CATALYST (HIDDEN PLANET BOOK 2) by Anna Carven
VS Note: One clicked this!
Stranded on a remote planet with no hope of escape.
Stuck in the unforgiving wilderness, where monsters hunt in the skies above.
No signal, no spacecraft, no translator.
Esania thought she and her people were escaping to the sanctuary planet of Torandor. Instead, she’s ended up on a wild, uncharted nightmare called Khira, where the violet-skinned savages who guard them are just as poisonous as the deadly flora and fauna.
And the pale-winged demon who’s just dropped from above might be the most dangerous of them all.
TOLSTOY: STARGAZER ALIEN BARBARIAN BRIDES #1 by Tasha Black
When space-pirate-in-training Anna Nilsson embarks on her first solo mission to plunder an abandoned luxury cruiser, she assumes she’ll be all alone aboard the big, empty ship. She’s hunting for treasure – the last thing she expects to find is a sinfully sexy alien who eyes her with a hunger that speaks of centuries of longing.
Leo’s ancient race has suffered greatly at the hands of the strangers who invaded their planet centuries ago, leaving the barbarians without a home world. When he awakes from stasis to the scent of a blood mate, he is stunned to discover the delectable creature is human. Being close to her sets his senses on fire, but he knows the attraction can only end in misery. What human could ever love a shape-shifting barbarian?
When a third occupant of the not-so-abandoned cruiser shows itself, the two realize they must work together if they want to get out alive.
Then they uncover a baby who just might be the priceless clone of a famous cultural icon, and things really start to get interesting.
NIGHTCHASER by Amanda Bouchet
Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted. Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…
Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him. With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.
ASSASSIN (OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Cyndi Friberg
Torrin’s simple mission is seriously complicated when he finds Arrista, a lovely Sarronti female, in need of rescue. The Sarronti resent the Outcasts and continually sabotage their efforts to build a settlement on the primitive planet. But Arrista isn’t just any Sarronti. She’s the personal servant of one of the most powerful Sarronti. The information Arrista can provide would be vitally important to the Outcasts, so Torrin is ordered to use their mutual attraction to question her.
Arrista has been taught to fear and mistrust the savage Outcasts, so why does she find Torrin so fascinating, so desirable? It’s not just his muscular body and rugged features. He is kinder and more protective than any male she has ever known. She is drawn to him by a force so compelling it leaves her no choice but surrender. She wants him, needs him, but can she trust him not to break her heart?
THE KINSMEN UNIVERSE by Ilona Andrews
VS Note: I’ve read two of these and really enjoyed them!
** PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED – This is an anthology edition of the Kinsmen Universe, which includes SILENT BLADE, SILVER SHARK, plus a new short story, and three original illustrations.**
HER RESISTANCE: PLANET ATHION SERIES (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 2) by Melissa Farrar
Nowhere on Earth is safe.An unseen foe walks among us, appearing just like any other man.Only they’re not.
They’re charming, seductive, and handsome, but they’re also alien, and are taking our women to become breeding slaves on their own planet, Tradrych.
I, Camille Harran, and my team of men—head of security tough-guy, Aleandro, studious and caring meteorologist, Casey, and my fun, sexy head of communications, Mike—have been brought to Washington D.C. to help save our planet from extinction.
But with trust among human men quickly dissolving, tempers flaring, and possessiveness rife, we need to work together to ensure the Trads won’t destroy our only chance at a future for mankind.
CHILD THIEF 5: GHOST TOWNS by Bella Forrest
Now that Robin has discovered a lead on her daughter, all she can think about is tracking her down. And her birth parents—whom Robin never dreamed she’d have the opportunity to meet.
But when Robin and Jace return to the outside world, after gaining permission from Nathan, there have been worrying developments. Townships housing the poor are being emptied at an alarming rate, seemingly faster than ever before, and they have no idea why, or where the residents are being taken.
A personal mission quickly turns into something much greater as Robin and Jace follow the clues… leading to answers neither of them is prepared for.
TROY (AEON 14: BUILDING NEW CANAAN BOOK 3) by M D Cooper and J J Green
With the matters at Tyre resolved and parliament aligned with Tanis’s resolutions, things move forward once again with the preparations for what Erin fears will come.
CYBORG POOL BOY: A CYBORG SHIFTERS SHORT STORY by Naomi Lucas
VS Note: Normally I don’t cover short stories but I know many people love Naomi Lucas’s cyborgs.
What could a fabulously wealthy heiress possibly do when an alien monster takes up residence in her pool? Call a Cyborg Monster Hunter, obviously.
Little did she know that she just hired a monster to take out another monster.
EXIT PLANS FOR TEENAGE FREAKS by Nathan Burgoine
Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole’s status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.
When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about, Cole faces facts: he’s either more deluded than old Ms. Easton, or he just teleported.
Now every door is an accident waiting to happen—especially when Cole thinks about Malik, who, it turns out, has a glass door on his shower. When he starts seeing the same creepy people over his shoulder, no matter how far he’s gone, crushes become the least of his worries. They want him to stop, and they’ll go to any length to make it happen.
Cole is running out of luck, excuses, and places to hide.
Time for a new exit plan.
LOST WARRIOR (DELROI WARRIOR BOOK 4) by Loribelle Hunt
When Reza Stian receives word that the mate he’s refused to claim has been kidnapped by a faction of her clan, he can’t sit back and do nothing. He finds her having a great time however, and amused with his rush to rescue her. The situation is further complicated by her lover, Nicos Jain. Reza’s second mate, which is completely unexpected.
What’s a warrior to do but turn the tables and kidnap them? But this isn’t a game, and Reza’s playing for keeps.
CHARMING MARJANI: A FADA NOVEL (THE FADA SHAPESHIFTER SERIES BOOK 5) by Rebecca Rivard
Marjani Savonett is the strong, silent second-in-command to her alpha brother. She’s seen too much death, lived through too much darkness. Now her cat threatens to take over, leaving her a cougar in a human body. But before it does, she undertakes one last mission to Iceland.
Fane Morningstar holds a prestigious position as one of the ice fae king’s envoys. But the fae never let him forget he’s not a pureblood. Then he meets Marjani and everything he thought he wanted gets turned on its head. He’d sell his soul for a night with her.
Unfortunately, he just might have to.
A MERMAN’S CHOICE (SEA OF LOVE BOOK ONE) by Alice Renaud
For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide.
Alex is determined to fulfil a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true!
Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice?
BROKEN (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 14) by Mason Sabre
Helena Carter isn’t like other Humans. She believes in rights for the Others–creatures of other races deemed vermin by all Humans.
The problem right now is she’s been captured for harbouring a criminal, Nick Mason, escaped convict and former heir to the Tiger Pack throne.
At first, Helena resigns herself to wait it out. They can’t keep her forever, but the Humans have a more sinister plan for her and her tiger. As the stakes rise for her and Nick, Helena must be stronger than she’s ever been, braver than she can imagine, and as fierce as any tigress in the war. It is time for Helena to get her own stripes.
A WINTER’S ROSE (DAUGHTERS OF AVALON BOOK 3) by Tanya Anne Crosby
Facing the grim prospect of a forced marriage to a feckless minion of King Stephen’s, Rosalynde, the defiant youngest daughter of Morwen Pendragon takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her mother’s spell book and a stolen wimple, she disguises herself as a plain, matronly nun and flees her loveless fate…
Giles de Vere, lord of Warkworth, is facing his own arranged marriage—to Rose’s sister, the reclusive Seren, reputed to be the loveliest woman in all of Wales. But destiny has its own wayward plans, and when the bold knight finds himself a reluctant champion to a runaway nun, he hasn’t any clue of the lady’s true identity. All he knows is that while Rose is far from beautiful, there’s something magical about her that speaks to his heart.
VENGEFUL VALKYRIE (VALHALLA’S CURSE BOOK 4) by Stacy Claflin
Soleil and Titan are on their own. If it wasn’t for the plethora of problems she and Titan hid from, she’d believe they were vacationing in paradise without a care in the world.
But everyone knows you can’t outrun your problems.
She and Titan are celebrating the new year when trouble comes. Make that multiple troubles. When they can’t fight their way out of it, they flee—to their supernatural friends.
A crisis is averted but not solved. Not even the powers of the high witch, a werewolf pack leader, and a dragon king can save her. Especially when the number of her targets is growing, the hunters are closing in, and Valhalla itself is on the brink of war.
Soleil doesn’t know which, if any, valkyries to trust. She and Titan expose one deception after another, and eventually what she finds shocks her to her core. And it might change everything forever.
HEART’S BANDIT (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 48) by Zenina Masters
Karo wants to be in the shifter’s guild, and she wants to be a hunter. With her animal form lacking certain ferocity, she chooses to focus on stealth. Her aunt sets her on a training circuit, and when the time comes, she gets the position of hunter with no hesitation.
Spending her life finding things lost or stolen is her niche, and when she is offered a job while on holiday, she couldn’t imagine what sequence of events are kicked off.
Looking for a lost fey-lion becomes a rescue mission for a flock of shifters and makes her exit a tangle of exposure, desperation, and exhaustion. Karo never thought she would see him again, but the fey are tricky creatures, and she was no longer the predator, but the prey.
COWBOY WOLF TROUBLE (SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Kait Ballenger
For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace. Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with him…
Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father’s legacy. Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the middle of it.
CRIMSON HORIZON (BLOOD OF THE SEA BOOK 1) by Heather Renee and Lela Grayce
When Lavinia Maycott’s home is attacked by villainous pirates, she isn’t sure how to find peace being a survivor. With her family murdered, she has only one place to go. However, her betrothed’s estate isn’t the safe haven she was expecting.
Alone and running for her life, she finds acceptance with a small group of rebels intent on fleeing the island in search of safer territories. When that proves more difficult than any of them realize, Lavinia must choose between letting harm come to her new friends or sacrificing herself to save them.
It will take all of the courage Lavinia didn’t know she had to make it off the island alive, but even then, vampires and pirates roam the seas, making nowhere safe.
SHADOWING THE LIGHT (THE BEARER OF TRUTH BOOK 1) by Miranda Turner
Hunted for the unique blood that runs through his veins, half-angel, half-demon Gabriel Sinclair lives without expectations. On the run from forces on both sides of an ancient conflict, he searches for strength and peace in a world which only seeks to use him.
When Gabriel is forced to stop running, assigned a team—and a mate—he doesn’t want, and reluctantly tasked with a mission, he must overcome obstacles both real and imagined. Otherwise, the world as he knows it, and the mate he’s reluctantly come to care for, may cease to exist.
“I will do as the Creator bids me. Always.”
Evander Ryan is special, and he knows it. The final handcrafted immortal warrior for the light, he is the Creator’s greatest masterpiece. For fifty-eight years, he’s lived his life in black and white, coddled by his Maker, while leading his team to countless victories against their enemies. Those fights were easy. Working with a new, uncooperative mate who sees the world in shades of gray? Less so.
As Evander’s eyes are opened to the existence of light warriors who are not good, dark warriors who are, and the wider world of supernatural beings, he learns nothing is as he thought it was, and his mate isn’t who he thought he was either. Maybe there’s something to be said for not always following the rules.
HIGHLAND QUEEN (THE CELTIC BLOOD SERIES BOOK 4) by Melanie Karsak
The king is dead.
Long live the queen.
With Duncan defeated, Gruoch becomes Queen of Scotland. Now she must rule at Macbeth’s side, a difficult prospect as the new King of Scots grows increasingly unstable. To keep her son, her love, and her country safe, Gruoch must call upon the raven.
TOP GUN TIGER (PROTECTION INC., BOOK 7) by Zoe Chant
Tiger shifter and bodyguard Destiny knows Ethan isn’t the one.
No matter that the Recon Marine is the only man who can keep up with her, in a fight or on the dance floor. No matter how he makes her laugh, or how he makes her burn. Shifters always know their mates, and her tiger says he isn’t hers.
But when Ethan’s fire team goes missing on a secret mission, somehow Destiny knows he’s in danger. Drawn by mysterious instincts, she’s the only person who can find him…
And what she’ll discover will change everything she thinks she knows about shifters…and herself.
MOONLIGHT LOVERS (THE WITCH AND THE WOLF PACK BOOK 7) by K R Alexander
My pack has never let me down: I’m the weak link, the one who needs to find all my powers again—or for the first time? Now I pray I can live up to being the witch they think I am. Also, that dusting off skeletons from closets doesn’t turn out to be more painful than tracking killers.
DRAGON DESCENDANTS 2: ABSORBING POISON by J L Weil
The age of dragons could be coming to end. Five months to be exact. That is unless Olivia Campbell can find a way to break the curse that has bound the last four dragon shifters to the Veil, an island unchartered on any map.
Kieran Devenport is edgy, charming, and deadly. His ability to breathe poison makes him a formidable foe or a powerful ally. Olivia is glad he is on her side.
As Olivia prepares for a journey deep into the woods of Veil where Kieran’s kingdom, Viperus, thrives on tangled chaos and wild danger, she must find the Star of Poison. But she isn’t alone, and no matter the cost, Olivia is determined to save her dragons. The scorned witch, Tianna, can kiss her a$$.
DESPERATE FOR HER WOLVES (HUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES BOOK 3) by Tara West
The threads of Amara’s happy life are quickly unraveling as external forces threaten to tear her family apart. Branded as a killer, a lone wolf’s fateful decision severs the truce between the Amaroki and the government. Trapped on the reservation, Amara and her mates struggle to find a way out to capture the lone wolf and save the one man who can heal the rift between wolfkind and mankind. But they are running out of time. A power-hungry federal agent and a blood-thirsty mob are closing in on Amara’s family. She must figure out how to stop them before the conflict escalates into a full-scale war.
RETURN OF THE DANU by Kelly Lucille
Prince Ansgar The Bloody has no love for magic users, and he trusts the Danu even less than the magic shrouded Green they command.
Elena has spent her whole life hiding from the Warriors of the South after they burned her beloved Green and killed most of her people in their bid to take the North Lands, she is not about to start trusting them now. Certainly not the heir apparent, and the man they call ‘The Bloody’.
Both have good reason to hate, yet somehow the fate of the known world is suddenly thrust on their unlikely shoulders. They will have to find a way to work together or everyone will suffer, because the burning of the Green caused side effects none of them could have foreseen. A new alliance between the Danu and the southern conquerors may be all that keeps the people of the North Lands safe from a wild that has grown it’s own magic teeth.
…And not everyone wants to see the peace accords succeed.
WINTER FIRE (COLDHARBOUR CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Richard Amos
Out of the frying pan, into the damn inferno! Who is the white eye guy? How can Jake Winter save the city of Coldharbour from its curse? So many questions, yet still no answers. And then there is the whole complication with Dean…
Evil is rising…Lilisian, the beast Supreme, is free. Worst luck! Jake Winter and his friends are desperate to stop her, but she hasn’t been seen since her last brief appearance. All over the city ritual sacrifices are taking place, praising her name, her followers waiting for her to fully rise to her true power.
The clock is ticking…Jake has to kill Lilisian. There’s no two ways about it. If she is restored to her deadly glory, she’ll be a threat like no other beast he has faced yet. But life is always far from easy. Lilisian has a pet that she has just let off the leash…
When a dragon takes to the skies of Coldharbour, Jake will need to summon all his strength before everything he is trying to protect goes down in flames.
MATE’S KISS: ROYAL DRAGON CURSE by Lola Gabriel
In times where rebellions are on the rise and power is slipping through his fingers, Carlyle Tallant arranges his only daughter, Eden, to marry his strongest warrior. Darian is a fierce fighter with the drive of a stallion, the charm of a politician, and the looks of a model. It was everything a dragon shifter woman could want—but not Eden.
Something feels off to Eden. She wants nothing at all to do with him, but knows that rebelling against the marriage will only bring trouble.
Eden’s life takes an unexpected turn when she comes across a dragon, wounded and unconscious in the forest. Eden takes the dragon back to her home and heals him. When the dragon morphs back into his human state and wakes up, Eden is stunned. It’s Levi, the first dragon to deny the crown and go into exile. If having a rogue dragon in her bedroom of the palace wasn’t enough, it soon becomes apparent that this man is her soulmate.
Danger and complicated emotions follow. Eden has a role to play in the Kingdom, and that means following her father’s orders. This means marrying Darian. However, she can’t stop how she feels about Levi, nor can she accept Darian. She feels out of control of her own life. In Eden’s world, nothing is certain but her love for Levi.
Can their love survive the wrath of Carlyle, the Dragon King?
FINDING AURORA by Rebecca Langham
Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.
Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.
In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what—and who—they really want in life.
BY THE HORNS: A TAURAN OF TAVROS NOVEL by Jeanette Lynn
Riadne’s village is starving. They think their prayers are answered when they stumble across the legendary beast. Now it’s trapped in the labyrinth, and the Elders are convinced the only thing standing between the village and salvation is a sacrifice—a virgin sacrifice.
When Riadne’s sister is selected for the honor, Riadne is determined to keep her from harm.
Thanks to Nan, a direct descendant of one of the labyrinth’s watchmen, Riadne knows more of the caverns and the supposed beast it currently holds than anyone, and yet nothing can prepare her for what awaits her inside.
CHEETAHS NEVER WIN: A MAGICAL ROMANTIC COMEDY by R J Blain
Witnessing a double homicide dumps Aaron Clinton into the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. To stop the budding serial killer from striking again, Aaron’s forced to join forces with a reformed cop and a colony of cranky cats.
LERA OF LUNOS: POWER OF FIVE BOOK 4 by Alex Lidell
With the quint squaring off against the king of Slait, Lera is running out of time to tame her feral magic. Worse still, just when the quint must weave together to survive, demons from Tye’s past surface to tear them apart. Demons he fears facing himself, let alone sharing with Lera.
But when Griorgi makes a move that no one expects, throwing River’s, Shade’s, and Coal’s lives into question, the clock runs out. Lera and Tye have no choice but to fight their battles within—or risk losing Lunos and their quint forever.
BEAR ESSENTIALS (SHIFTER TOWN BOOK 4) by Novalee Swan
CONNOR REID is complex. An alpha, taller and stronger than anyone else, who has never lost a fight. But the truth is, this grizzly bear shifter is as sweet as a summer breeze and shy as a prairie dog. He never planned to stay in Shifter Town. Then something happened that rocked his world. Her name is LILY AMARETTO.
Lily hasn’t known much kindness in her life, and never from a man. When she accepts a job working for the scariest male she’s ever seen, it’s about survival and redemption. She doesn’t want to spend her life afraid of shadows, but did she really have to start with the most lethal man in existence? That’s exactly what Connor Reid seems like to her. But there are other new and indefinable feelings that he stirs. And the things he does to her in her dreams.
What do two shy souls do when they want each other badly, but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen?
Shifter Town is about to find out.
VS Note: I actually had seven new releases in 2018! They are available at all major ebook sellers!
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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.