New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 16

glass cageAs 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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GLASS CAGE (PRISON PLANET BOOK 7) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: One clicked this. I’m enjoying this world and the stories she tells there.

Convicted of petty theft, Katerina Mathern is sentenced to the prison planet Rhodon, zone twelve, where unresponsive convicts await the removal of organs they never agreed to donate. Kat is horrified by the ward full of comatose prisoners she’s required to attend, but she’s even more horrified to discover, when one gorgeous, unconscious man begins responding to her voice, that the patients are aware of every horrific thing that happens to them.

Newly convicted felon Beau Desmond wakes up paralyzed in a hospital bed, missing one of his kidneys—his rare blood type and perfect physical condition have put him in high demand in a for-profit organ trade run by the prison. Trapped in the cage of his own mind, he can only wait for the rest of his organs to be taken one at a time, until he hears Katerina’s cheerful chatter and falls hard for his beautiful caretaker.

When Kat realizes Beau can hear her, she becomes determined to get him on his feet and off the planet before the surgeon can cut anything else out of him. But now that she’s woken her sleeping beauty, their escape must be a team effort—especially once they discover the horrifying reason Kat was really sent to zone twelve.

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deb and the demonDEB AND THE DEMON (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 4) by Honey Phillips

Deb is ripped away from her comfortable life on Earth and sold as a slave to a vicious alien. Six months later, all she has to live for is the child now growing inside her. Her child’s safety is worth any price, even submitting to the disturbingly attractive alien who has just purchased her.

Rastrath hides a sharp mind behind a careless facade. He may be a Prince of the Royal House, but he has always been despised for his mixed blood, even by his own mother. A female who values her child more than herself is an unexpected prize – one that comes wrapped in a luscious package.

When an unexpected danger forces them into a marriage of convenience, the stakes are raised. Can Deb trust Rastrath’s feelings for her are more than a desire to protect his investment? Can Rastrath follow his duty and build a family of his own at the same time?

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last dominantTHE LAST DOMINANT by Eris Adderly

“I can have whatever I want. I own you.”

Qillian Wehr is the last of his kind. A bloodline of unspeakable power.
To the Imbrian government, he is a weapon. A last resort in their age-old war with Rhyolus.
His leaders want insurance. They want an heir.
 They need a genetic match.
 And now, they’ve found her.

Exotic. Stunning. Lethal.
 Rushkah Ekhayl would murder Qillian in his sleep if she got the chance. She’s Rhyolusian. She is his enemy.

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daxionDAXION (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 5) by Elin Wynn

If everyone has left you, died on you, and laughed at your dreams, you might have a few issues. And then to have your planet invaded right when you’re about to follow through on the one thing you have left?

Done.

Amira’s not particularly interested in making friends. When she hears a rumor that the alien war ship may soon depart, she’s done. This time she’ll be the one doing the leaving.But no matter how hard she makes her heart, she can’t help but want to help the refugees sheltering in the Vengeance.And when a certain green skinned alien makes her a proposal, it’s only for the other humans she’s considering it.

Right?

Daxion is used to being the big-brother of the team. The oldest of ten, he’d learned to roll with almost anything long before he joined the alliance against the Xathi.Tiny, prickly Amira spikes his curiosity, and his desire. He’s determined to keep her safe .What he’s feeling is anything but brotherly. He has a new mission now: work his way past the barriers around her heart.

But with the war against the Xathi taking a new turn, will they have a chance?

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raviks mercyRAVIK’S MERCY (BRAXIANS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

As the rarest hybrid in the galaxy, Mercy has been forced to hide in plain sight for fear slavers and collectors would hunt her down. Quite ironic, considering her late father had been the greatest slaver of the Guldan Empire. Determined to make amends for some of the wrongs he has done, she goes on a mission to Braxia. But those plans are quickly derailed when she encounters Ravik; a mountain of a man with a fearsome face, and a planet in turmoil.

As the new ruler of Braxia, Ravik is surrounded by enemies. His planet is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and stuck in ancient, bigoted ways. When an exotic, sassy, and strong female reluctantly accepts his protection during her stay on Braxia, she becomes both his strength and his greatest weakness. As his detractors plot and scheme against him, Ravik fears the horrors of his past will destroy the fragile happiness and glimmer of hope this woman has brought him and his people.

In this brutal, unforgiving world, greed, hatred, and twisted obsessions will clash in a bid for power, for the future, and for revenge.

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resurrection ribus 7RESURRECTION (RIBUS 7 BOOK 5) by Shae Mills

Korba is back in control and the Empire has settled, at least for now. But stability is only a relative term… and it is never assured.
Something has been discovered across the galaxy, something extraordinary, something no one in the Realm can ignore, least of all Chelan. But dealing with what awaits at the end of the journey will be a colossal undertaking, a task wrought with danger and unexpected threats.
Chelan and Korba are more than up to the challenge. Yet when Chelan is beset by strange, disturbing sensations, solving the perplexing and troubling mystery that plagues her becomes imperative. The hunt is on for answers.
Discoveries made on what starts off as the adventure of a lifetime will take the entire Empire by surprise. But nothing compares to what awaits them all in the end. An eerie phenomenon haunts Chelan; whether it is friend or foe remains to be seen. The potential threat to Korba and his crew is immense: success in ferreting out the entity could come with disastrous consequences. Will Korba take the risk to discover all, or will he back away to keep everyone safe, especially his beloved mate? Chelan holds the answer.

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hunting faithHUNTING FAITH (THE HUNTING SERIES BOOK 12) by Tracy Lauren

A human on the run, making her way through the expanse of space–Faith’s only goal is survival. She’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to stay alive, even if that means stealing the ship of the only alien who’s shown her kindness since her abduction.

Rylan Graz Bregen’s life changes when he looks into those deep green eyes–he’s love struck. But when the woman of his dreams vanishes in the night… and takes his ship with her, he thinks he’s been played for a fool.

The pair never imagined they’d see each other again, but when Rylan is offered a life changing opportunity he finds that fate has other plans. On a wild planet, fighting against all odds, will Rylan find what he’s been looking for when he’s HUNTING FAITH?

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star pirates heartA STAR PIRATE’S HEART (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 1) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clark

With war raging between a cruel empire and a brave revolt, little hope is left in the galaxy. Captain Calpurnia has a chance to end the battle. But her journey takes her deep into the enemy’s kingdom with a power-hungry prince on her trail.

On her high-stakes quest, Calpurnia finds herself trapped in tight quarters with a team of rebels: A brave warrior, a shy genius, a mysterious bounty hunter, a gentle doctor, and a cocky pilot.

This fiercely independent captain is suddenly tempted by five alluring allies. Will she succumb to the men’s charms? Or shove them out the ship’s airlock?

Torn between her fear of loneliness and her fear of falling in love, Calpurnia must journey to new worlds alongside her enticing crew. Can she escape the cruel prince and save the galaxy, while navigating the desires of her heart?

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seducerSEDUCER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 3) by Lily Harlem

Having a stowaway Trad stare at me with hunger, lust, and determination in his eyes was enough to make my blood boil.

It really didn’t go down well with my four men either–Anki and Hurin, sexy, blue-skinned aliens, and Gavyn and Mateo, skilled pilot and copilot of Equinox.

They’re very protective and very possessive. They’re also all mine. Their hearts and bodies belong to me. Okay, so sometimes they push me to extremes–all that desire and testosterone is a lot for a girl to handle–but I was never one to throw in the towel as soon as the going got tough.

So when one of the things I love most in the universe is lost and push comes to shove, it’s time to get real. Twists of fate have a habit of becoming tangled in space. When things go wrong…they go wrong fast. Can I hold it together? Will my men, my crew, be up to the job? And will the two Space Marshalls be honest about their relationship…a relationship that is so much more than it first appears?

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soldiers mateTHE SOLDIER’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 3) by C W Gray

Morgan Murray is an easy, fun-loving guy. He excels at being a soldier, but never wanted more out of life. Somehow, he ends up in a position of authority on Dru’s new ship, the Blue Sparrow. Now he has to deal with what he dreads most. Responsibilities. Dru and her crew are given the task of finding Wyatt Morrick and telling him about his father’s death. Along the way, Morgan soon learns that responsibility can be painful, difficult, and frightening. It can also lead to something very special.

Dr. Wyatt Morrick is in trouble. Big trouble. He and his medical crew are stuck on a planet under attack. He may not be a soldier, but he has patients and friends to worry about. With very few supplies left, something has to give for them to survive. The whole planet’s future is at stake and he is stuck hiding in a cave.

When Morgan saves Wyatt and his friends, the two men are given a gift, each other. Their love can’t stop the Concord, though, and someone has to. Morgan has to grow and accept his responsibilities, and Wyatt has to move on from his father’s death. That death just happens to be a little more complicated then Wyatt expected.

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surge volume 5SURGE: BOLT SAGA: VOLUME 5 by Angel Payne

With her physical abilities ignited beyond imagination, Emmalina Crist now stands as an equal with the love of her life, Reece Richards. The only thing better than becoming a badass warrior by day is basking in the man’s passion by night.

But the newly christened Flare—and all her solar-powered abilities—must remain a secret from the world, hidden from enemies that threaten to reemerge at any moment…like the most important day of Reece and Emma’s life. The crisis exposes a new layer to the Consortium’s vile vendetta and forces the newlyweds into a painful separation.

When Reece and Emma are finally reunited, the joy is double-edged. Team Bolt is still in danger, and there’s a precious new life they’ll do anything to protect—including going into hiding. With her identity stripped and her life changed, Emma questions her choices and retreats from Reece. The hero of LA is broken and searching for answers, and everything hangs in the balance.

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bloodlinesBLOODLINES: BOOK 3 OF THE WILDLANDS by S A Hoag

Learning the truth about the Altered, and the legacy of The Vista, is the first priority of Team Three. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.
Loyalty has its price. So does revenge. Someone has to pay.
A post-apocalyptic action adventure!
The Wildblood Series
No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.
Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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nero awakeningNERO AWAKENING (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 3) by Keary Taylor

The Bahiri are real and Nova has found them hidden away on an invisible planet. With their help, she’s finally ready to accept what she is: a Nero. She has to train, to learn how to use her abilities, and she’s got years’ worth of catching up to do. Desperate, she’ll push herself—possibly beyond her limits.

But learning how to use her abilities not only awakens her capability to control Neron, but her power to see the future. Going to sleep is a nightmare and heaven, all in the same breath. Her future hasn’t changed—it’s still with Valen Nero, standing and ruling by his side. Every morning she wakes, gutted and alone. Her visions of the love between them aren’t real. At least…not yet.

Nova is losing her mind. Her heart is fractured, and conflicted into knots. How is she supposed to let him go, to walk away from the galaxy’s second cruelest man, when she knows what kind of love they could have?

The time for a choice has come: stay on Salypso where it’s safe, where Cyrillius will never find her. Or take what she has learned as a Nero and try to change her future, and that of the galaxy.

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call the bluffCALL THE BLUFF (ACES HIGH, JOKERS WILD BOOK 2) by O E Tearman

It costs a lot to win. And even more to lose.
Seven Corporations rule the former United States with seven codes of conduct based on their ideas of morality. Comply with the code of the Corporation that holds your Citizen Contract, or suffer the economic consequences.
Or fight back.
For sixty years the Democratic State Force has been fighting to return representative democracy to the country. Living in the no man’s lands between cities and hanging on by their fingernails, the thinly spread guerrilla force hasn’t gotten far. But they have a secret weapon: their finest unit, Base 1407. Handle: The Wildcards.
Pulled together after disaster by Commander Aidan Headly, the Wildcards are on top of their game again. They’d better be. They’ve just been called to act as backup in a mission bigger than anything the Force has attempted before. The team that went in first is probably dead.If they pull their mission off, everything will change.If they don’t, they’ll be lucky to survive the year.
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kragynKRAGYN (FARSEEK WARRIORS SERIES BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake

The war was over, yet the Sargans came and bombed his world to ruinThey stole his life by making him a slave, but Kragyn Vermaktu was no slave!
He was a Farseek Warrior. His rebellion landed him on Julconi Prison Planet…
No guards, no rules…

A place where strength meant survival…Stolen from Earth, sold as a slave Reanne Winter is forced to kill or be killed…
Earning her a one-way trip to Julconi…
Terrified by a mob of males outside the gate, she was sure she would be raped and killed before the day ended…

Enter Kragyn…He calls her solmatu and offers to get her to safety.
A shock of attraction flashes between them as soon as they touch…
She knows she won’t get a better offer.
Can the passion that burns between them grow into the legendary solmatu bond?
Or is it just a symbiotic relationship born of the need to survive?

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instructing the noviceINSTRUCTING THE NOVICE (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Lizabeth Paige is mortified. Ever since a terrorist introduced the Xi-46 lust compound into the air ducts of the Mother Ship, she had been experiencing attacks of sexual needing that leave her helpless to resist her lustful urges. Much to her embarrassment, her assistant Lone helped her with the first attack, but she’s been managing on her own (though not very well) ever since. She feels drawn to Lone, but he’s much too young for her. Lizabeth tells herself it’s better if they keep their distance.

Lone has been in love with his boss from day one–he wants Lizabeth with his whole heart. Helping her through her first needing attack was like a fantasy come true but now, for some reason, Lizabeth is trying to cut him out of her life. Desperate to bring her closer, he is elated when the Kindred High Council decides to send the two of them to The Tower of the Higher Mind for some extra training.

But there are dangers lurking at the Tower, which is located at the top of the Sacred Mountain. At its base live the Friezens—a tribe of savage, misogynistic natives who believe women are only useful for sexual-sacrifice. And in the Tower itself,
some very strange customs hold sway. Lizabeth is now a “Mistress” and Lone must be her “Novice,” serving her in every possible way. Pulled between two extremes, will the terrors of the Tower draw them together…or kill them?

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nikkis guideNIKKI’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (DOOMSDAY DAVE 1) by Sarah Bale

When the apocalypse began, the world went to shit. My perfect life crumbled into a million pieces and I was literally left at the altar while my groom joined the Dead. That was the first time I saw HIM. He burst through the double doors, guns blazing, and shot my fiancé right between the eyes. I hated him right away.

Things haven’t got much better in the last few years. Seems like wherever I go, HE is there, like dog crap on the bottom of my shoe. Sure, he’s saved my ass a time or two, but that doesn’t mean I like it. Except, I kind of dolike it… and him. When we encounter a new group, ready to take charge, I have to lean on the last person in the world I want to.

He’s arrogant. He’s a dick. He’s egotistical. He’s kind of sexy. He’s Doomsday Dave. And now I have to deal with him and his annoying squad.

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never blamedNEVER BLAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 1) by Sabrina Kade

Abducted and living with an old, lonely alien was never Hollis’ plan, but the routine and security sure beat the crazy world outside. So, each day she survives. She stays safe. And that seemed like enough—right up until the moment a sexy, quirky alien literally crashes into her life.

Born into wealth, but not happiness, Chimase refuses to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps—so when he sees Hollis, he’s determined to make her his mate, even though she’s human. Worse, she already belongs to another and seems resigned to her fate. But Chimase knows they belong together, despite their differences.

And Chimase is about to show Hollis that just because she’s alive, doesn’t mean she’s living.

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summoned to the 13th graveSUMMONED TO THE THIRTEENTH GRAVE: A NOVEL (CHARLEY DAVIDSON SERIES BOOK 13) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart?

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succubus heartSUCCUBUS HEART (SUCCUBUS SIRENS BOOK 2) by Lina Jubilee

Her aura takes powers away. Ally or foe, no Natch or Nelian elf can rely on their supernatural strengths in the proximity of the Nelian princess. Superpowered battles devolve into pandemonium when she enters the fray.

The only elf in her planet’s history to have nullification powers, Alanna felt an outcast in her own village, but she knew she could always rely on her brother, the king of Nelia, and Xerxes, his best friend, to make her smile. Certain she would wed Xerxes one day, her heart was shattered when Xerxes led a coup against her brother, determined to take over the strange human-populated planet called Earth in his own way.

With her brother back in power, Alanna exiles herself to Earth, alone—until she finds herself the target of a band of underground Natch rebels wary about her brother’s hold over the planet. Now she has four Natch men lusting after her, despite the fact that they lose all hope of winning in their crusade whenever she’s near. And though her lust has only ever led her to heartbreak, Alanna can’t stop herself from falling for each and every hot-blooded member of the maverick team.

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shade of vampire 70A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 70: BREED OF ELEMENTS by Bella Forrest

Exploding fire fae. Rogue Hermessi. A smattering of murderous cults.
Where will this story lead?

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spartan promiseSPARTAN PROMISE (MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES SPINOFF BOOK 2) by Jennifer Estep

My name is Rory Forseti, and I attend the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy, a school of warrior kids, powerful artifacts, and mythological monsters.

I’m a student, a fierce Spartan warrior, and a member of Team Midgard, a group of kids and adults tasked with stopping the evil Reapers of Chaos. There is one Reaper I’m determined to hunt down above all others: Covington, the man who murdered my parents.

So when the Midgard gets a tip that Covington is going to try to steal a dangerous artifact, I’m ready to fight. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems, and the Reapers aren’t my only enemies.

I’ll have to use all my Spartan strength and skills to survive this. And even then, it might be my blood that gets spilled.

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jaguars secret babyTHE JAGUAR’S SECRET BABY (TALES OF THE WERE: JAGUAR ISLAND BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

Hank has never forgotten the wild woman with whom he spent one memorable night. He’s dreamed of her for years, but has never been back to the small airport in Texas owned and run by her werewolf Pack. Tracy was left with a delicious memory of her night in Hank’s arms, and a beautiful baby girl who is the light of her life. She chose not to tell Hank about his daughter, but when he finally returns and he discovers the daughter he’s never known, he’ll do all he can to set things right.

Tracy wants to be wanted for herself and won’t settle for less. Hank realizes he’s been a stupid fool and the woman he’s never been able to forget is actually his mate. He’s just been too stubborn to admit it. He will need to prove his devotion before his werewolf mate will relent and give in to the attraction that has never faded. He just needs to find the right words and actions to make her understand and win her heart all over again.

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gilded wolvesTHE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

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

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

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illusion of deathILLUSION OF DEATH (CRYSTAL CLEAR BOOK 2) by Lana Kole

Falling to your death…
Walker, Kai, Remi and Levi are finally reunited, their team once again whole. It should be a time of celebration, but they must first conquer their greatest fear: a world without Mori. Working together, they are prepared to overcome any obstacle to return her to their side. Little do they know, an enemy has emerged, threatening the love of their life, and magekynd as a whole.

Black Cat Security has fallen, and Jareth and Selena are desperate for help to continue doing the good work. Mori and her team must come together in order to outwit new enemies, and break down and rebuild the barriers magekynd has erected in their way.

….is a lot like falling in love.
Amongst the chaos around her, Mori must acclimate to life with four potential lovers. Can Mori’s dreams finally come true now that Walker is free? With a looming darkness threatening to break their growing bond, Mori has no choice but to hit the ground running.

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winter takes allWINTER TAKES ALL (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 13) by Milly Taiden

Where’s a curvy girl with a love of snowy mountains and cold, crisp air to find a man who’ll light her fire? Gerri Wilder knows just the place and most certainly the right shifter. Promising a guy with warm hands and a hot body to keep Juliet Taylor cozy on those long Alaskan nights, the sexy scientist has to wonder if the renowned matchmaker’s idea of a hot date will waddle up to her door wearing a tuxedo made of feathers.

Leaving home after a heart-wrenching tragedy, Tevrik Awulf has stayed hidden away in the most remote corner of Alaska for nearly fifteen years. Guilt, loneliness, and snow his only companions, he refuses to believe that any woman would ever live in a shack in the middle of the frozen tundra, let alone that the mate for him will fall out of the sky. Obviously, his friend’s had way too much caffeine.

Threatened by an avalanche, Tevrik finds himself catching the most gorgeous woman he’s ever laid eyes on as she falls right out of the sky. With every hour that passes, Juliet sinks deeper into his soul and becomes part of his very existence until he’s wonders how he ever lived without her. The world stops when Juliet goes missing. With the need to find, protect and tear apart whoever has taken her, Tevrik’s suppressed alpha roars to life. Can this lonely warrior let go of the past that haunts him or will he lose the only woman who can give him a future worth living?

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wishes in a bottleWISHES IN A BOTTLE (WISHES AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Allie McCormack

Long ago, Julian DiConti was caught in a powerful spell binding him to a Djinn bottle, forced to grant wishes to each owner of his bottle. Three wishes… of the right kind… could free Julian of his bonds, but after six hundred years, he is beginning to wonder if he will be trapped as a Djinn forever.

Enter Alessandra Taylor, good Samaritan extraordinaire. She’d gladly free Julian from the spell if she could, but he isn’t allowed to tell her how, and one by one she’s driven to use the precious wishes to help others. But where will that leave Julian, and the growing love between them?

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the choiceTHE CHOICE by Addison Albright

As a freshly turned vampire, Neil had frozen in panic when he’d found himself face-to-face with his ex-boyfriend, Cameron. Neil thought that misstep and its associated danger was all in the past, but Cameron’s current boyfriend, Dennis, is like a dog with a bone, and a keen imagination. When the two men’s curiosity progresses to the point the vampires consider their secrecy to be endangered, choices must be made.

Now that faction-leader Albert has a blood-mate, he finds himself second-guessing his decisions. Neil would be crushed knowing his mistake led to human deaths, but Albert shouldn’t factor that into the difficult choices he must make. Will Albert’s indecision put the entire vampire establishment in danger? Or is redemption only a flamethrower away?

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bearly hanging onBEARLY HANGING ON (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 3) by Krystal Shannon

Owen’s become an outcast for losing his Tribe… and that label is enough to prevent him from claiming his mate under pain of death. Tara won’t understand that he’s a bear, anyway. She’ll be scared. She’ll run away. So he keeps his distance…for now…

But Tara’s being hunted by a group of guys who act more like a pack– because they are. Wolf shifters are nothing to joke about, and once they attack Owen can’t stay away any longer.

Owen is large. Untamed. And damn, he’s good in bed. The connection they have is deep and undeniable, the lust they have for each other something primal.

Yet the wolves are still lurking– they’re out for revenge, and they won’t stop until they have Tara. If Owen wants Tara as his mate, he’ll have to fight to the death to keep her.

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lost vampire princeTHE LOST VAMPIRE PRINCE (EVIL RISING BOOK 1) by Melody Raven

Nicolas is the embodiment of royalty. Strong. Powerful. Deadly. The only thing he’s missing is his throne.

Decades ago a vampire mutiny murdered his father and forced him into hiding, but all that is about to change. A mortal woman smart enough to learn the truth about him and naive enough to trust him is the perfect pawn to sneak him back into the monarchy.

Nothing is going to stop Nicolas from getting what is rightfully his. Not lust. Not love. And not Anna. At least that’s what he thinks.

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vampire villainTHE VAMPIRE VILLAIN (EVIL RISING BOOK 2) by Melody Raven

Marcus might look like an angel, but he’s always been a villain. So when he’s tasked with infiltrating the Vampire rebellion he doesn’t expect it to be complicated. But his plans might take on a new path as he grows closer to a mortal, who can’t–or won’t–die.

After Gena is brutally murdered and mysteriously resurrected, she sets out to discover the truth about her supernatural background. But when she crosses paths with the sexy and vengeful Marcus, she realizes that there is more to her past than she ever realized.

With time running out, Gena and Marcus search for answers to her past, while going head-to-head with their enemies. Will it end the same way it began–with Gena’s death?

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alpha audrey fayeALPHA (GHOST MOUNTAIN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Audrey Faye

Hayden Scott doesn’t know his stroll in the woods is going to start with a backpack full of watermelon and end with him the new alpha of the Ghost Mountain Pack. A very traumatized pack, and those are only the shifters he can see. Too many are missing, hiding in the woods or worse.

His wolf doesn’t care. He has a pack. One with maple-syrup-covered toddlers, a ten-year-old boy who smells like wolf right up until he shifts, and a brave woman with green eyes and serious trust problems who defended her pup with nothing more than a tree branch and sheer guts.

The walk ahead won’t be easy, but he has a list.
Burn down the den.
Deal with the evil still stalking the woods.
Call Mom.

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dragon villains preyTHE DRAGON VILLAIN’S PREY (SEPARATED BY TIME BOOK 8) by Jasmine Wylder

I’m normal.
Or so everyone thinks.
Because I don’t want the attention that comes with being special.

Then I’m kidnapped.
I know it’s a mistake.
But Ivan doesn’t release me.
If only I can change his mind…
And ignore the feelings he awakens in me.

Ivan is unlike anyone I’ve ever met…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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destined fire tessa coleDESTINED FIRE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 3) by Tessa Cole

It used to be easy to pass as human beat cop Essie Shaw. Lay low, don’t draw too much attention. Now I’m hiding in plain sight, working for the JP, praying my teammates won’t notice my non-human magical quirks and figure out I’m a nephilim.

As the magic clawing within me threatens to reveal me, my complicated emotional bond with the team grows: Gideon, whose cold, professional distance cuts me; Jacob, whose mixed messages confuse me; Kol, whose friendship warms me; and Marcus, whose wolf could turn on me.

Thanks to the messy public disasters we’ve barely survived, the Head Office sends in the big guns: Cassius, who’d love nothing more than to rip his brother Gideon’s mating brand from my arm and kick me off the team.

So, no pressure in cracking a ring of vicious magical drug smugglers. But when things go sideways, my magic threatens to expose my secret and cost me the only place where I’ve ever belonged. With the men my very bones tell me are mine.

Amazon

spirit keyTHE SPIRIT KEY (LOCK AND KEY BOOK 1) by Parker Williams

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.

Amazon

bearly mated to the grizzlyBEARLY MATED TO THE GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 2) by Jenika Snow

I’d once been a great dancer. A ballerina. But an injury ended my career, had me longing to go back in time, had me loathing the city and the very profession I’d once loved.

So, I decided to get away from it all, go out in the middle of nowhere to clear my head, and focus on what was important.

Things were going great until a bear was at my back door, trying to get in. And it ended with me wielding a knife for protection and realizing it wasn’t just any bear, but a shifter who claimed to be my mate.

Maddix.
Strong and powerful, his very presence had me questioning my entire existence. The mating was fast and furious, potent and real. It was everything I ever wanted, and everything I never thought I’d have.

It was all wrapped in one whirlwind, insta-lust experience.

But could I give myself over fully to Maddix? Could I truly leave the city and the life I’d always known behind?

Could I do it all for the promise of love from one possessive, territorial bear shifter who would do anything to make me happy?

Because if there was one thing Maddix made very clear, it was now that he had found me, he wasn’t letting me go.

Amazon

poppy vella dayPOPPY: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 1) by Vella Day

Poppy has one goal–not to use her goddess magic for two weeks. How hard can it be?
Poppy Faiten, one of the four goddesses of Fate, was stoked to leave town and pretend to be a human for two weeks. The lack of responsibility thrilled her–until Slade LaMont walked into the diner where she was working. Holy moly. Waves of lust and yearning swamped her. But how could that be? A goddess of Fate was supposed to help other mates stay together, not have one herself. But here he was, so thank you, Fate. This dragon shifter was out of this world hot–and she was determined to land him.

Slade took one look at Poppy and fell into instant lust. It didn’t matter his dragon was convinced she was the one for him. He didn’t believe in mates. Besides, he didn’t have time for one. He had a hotel to build–a hotel that might make Poppy walk away.

Amazon     Apple Books

valiant heartVALIANT HEART (TANAHR TALES BOOK 1) by Eliza Sinclair

Niamh Starsong may be a soldier to her core, but she is also a dreamer who believes in the magic of love. When she encounters Jeron Wright, a kind and gentle priest—at least that is what she assumes—Niamh is torn, struggling to hide from her feelings for a man so wholly out of her reach.

Jeron, a talented mechmage and healer, seeks out Niamh’s solemn smiles and warm conversation but doesn’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. Tragedy strikes their expedition’s encampment and Jeron saves Niamh from the brink of death, forging a powerful, heart-to-heart bond in the process.

As insidious dangers close in on the city of Astra, Jeron and Niamh must again risk their lives for Tanahr and discover along the way how the powerful magic of friendship can blossom into love.

Amazon     Apple Books

spellboundSPELLBOUND by Maggie Shayne

VS Note: Apparently a re-release

From the first time she touched Alex, she knew…
Melissa’s attraction to her new boss is immediate and irresistible. But so is her sense that he’s fighting an otherworldly battle, and needs her help to survive.

Her dreams never lie…And in those dreams, a man who looks a lot like Alex murders a woman who looks a lot like Melissa. To help him means putting herself in danger. To turn away means safety for her, but his very soul is at risk.

What they don’t know might kill them…A powerful evil from beyond the grave seeks to steal Alex’s life, and will take Melissa’s too, if she gets in the way.
Is the power of love stronger than the power of evil? 

Amazon     Apple Books

haunted gena showalterHAUNTED by Gena Showalter

VS Note: A re-release from 2012.

Artist Aurora Harper is convinced she’s witnessed a crime—a murder so brutal she’s repressed the memories, only to paint the scene by the light of the moon. Now she needs her new neighbor, Detective Levi Reid, to help her track down the victim—and the killer. Levi’s dealing with his own memory issues, but one thing he knows for sure: Harper is meant to be his, and nothing can take her away from him—not in this life…and not in death.

Amazon     Apple Books

dragon claimed donna grantDRAGON CLAIMED: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe.

Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons.

Amazon

marked s andrew swannMARKED by S Andrew Swann

VS note: Not sure there’s any romance but the premise sounds intriguing.

Detective Dana Rohan has an excellent arrest and conviction rate. But even her partner doesn’t know the real reason why.

All her life Dana has borne a Mark of unknown origin that she’s kept secret. A Mark that allows her to walk into alternate pasts and futures. A Mark that allows her to go back and see any crime as it’s being committed. But the life she’s carefully built around this secret ability begins to crumble when she’s assaulted by a ragged old man. He babbles an incoherent warning that “the Shadows are coming,” right before he is killed by an armored monstrosity out of another century. The armored attacker vanishes, leaving the old man to die in Dana’s arms, and she realizes that he bears the same Mark she does.

Soon Dana finds herself hunted by Shadows coming from out of Chaos. She must flee through a host of alternate worlds as she finds out the true meaning of the Mark on her skin, and why someone wants to kill her for it.

Amazon

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captive shifterVS Note: I’m going to feature something different from my backlist this week – my fantasy romance THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER. This is a standalone novel but I do plan to write a sequel and more books in the series. I have a TON of stories I want to tell, set here. There’s just never enough time to do it all!

Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.

In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?

The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?

iBooks  Amazon and Barnes & Noble      KOBO 

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 9

January 2

December 26

December 19

December 12

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

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8 comments on “New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 16

  1. A lot of interesting selections. A Herculean task to write a synopsis of this nature, I think! I have to say, some of those covers make me think of men’s magazine covers, i.e. Our Workout Plan for your Best Abs Ever, that sort of thing.

  2. It does take some time, Cara H, for sure! but I have a process for how i tackle it, and I feel like the compiled listing of these genres is useful to readers – and I REALLY appreciate the encouraging words so thank you Cara H and Cassandra!

  3. FYI, Maggie Shayne explains on her website that Spellbound is a reissue of a novella she just reclaimed the rights to, previously titled Under Her Spell. (I thought it sounded familiar, so I checked.) I don’t know why she didn’t also include that info in its Amazon blurb, because people hate inadvertently buying something they’ve already read.I

    Also, something seems to be wrong with the Amazon link for S. Andrew Swann’s Marked: “Sorry, we couldn’t find that page.” I had to use their search bar to bring it up.

    As ever, thanks for the great list. I’ve made note of several, and borrowed Audrey Faye’s Alpha to be my very next KU read. (Even told in my UNfavorite present tense, the sample was appealing and intriguing.)

    • Thank you so much for the additional details on SPELLBOUND – I added a note to the post now that it’s a re-release. And also TYVM re the broken link for MARKED, which I hopefully have now fixed. I really appreciate the help!

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