I have a new release of my own to report this week, along with many more by other authors of course!
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).
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER
VS Note: First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…which was a USA Today Best Seller and received two SFR Galaxy Awards in January, but which is no longer available, so I’m issuing my story as a standalone title. The story is exactly as published in the anthology – my Muse doesn’t resonate with revising or adding to a book that’s already in the ‘finished and released’ status.
Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.
Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?
And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?
As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.
A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale.
HUNTER OF THE TIDE (THE KRAKEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts
VS Note: Tiffany’s Pets In Space 3 story, now re-released. I love this series!
Randall Laster crossed Halora to hunt the kraken, sea monsters that weren’t supposed to be real. Betrayed by men he trusted, he was left to die. Instead, he finds himself living with the beings once meant to be his prey. Randall struggles to find his place amongst the kraken and to find a purpose to the new course his life has taken. Hope comes in two unexpected forms: an injured, amphibious sea creature in need of care, and Rhea, a strong-willed kraken who’s made no secret of her interest in him. Can he reconcile the tensions between humans and kraken and look beyond their differences so that he can claim Rhea as his own, or will old prejudices and hostilities tear them apart forever?
ALIEN MISCHIEF (ALIEN MATE BOOK 4) by Cara Bristol
She’s pretending to be a man. Will he see through her disguise in time to prove to her that she’s the right woman for him? Or will a little mischief ruin her second chance for love?
My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life–but he was killed on our wedding day.
Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills. Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.
I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.
My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.
Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?
POLARIS RISING: A NOVEL (THE CONSORTIUM REBELLION BOOK 1) by Jesse Mihalik
A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.
In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for.
JEXX by Linda Mooney
He couldn’t die without her, and he wouldn’t die with her. Not if she had anything to say about it.
The tide has turned in a centuries’ long war, and the Intergalactic Military has been tapped to step in and lend a hand. Sent to assist the Bo’Estrons, Captain Jelia Linh and her crew find themselves under immediate attack and in a fight for their own lives.
The rescue goes wrong, and ironically Kaxx must save the ones sent to aid them, but he isn’t expecting the feelings the female captain invokes. The tingling sensation he gets when he touches her. It couldn’t be…could it? He’d missed his chance long ago.
The mission to help find the missing crewmembers is proving futile, as they’re all being picked off one bunker at a time. The battle is heating up, and it’s no longer about protecting their own. The Bo’Estron are fighting back, but with the Varnarians teaming up with the Hojinths, do they stand a chance?
UNNATURAL DISASTERS by Jeff Hirsch
Will the Class of 2049 be the last class ever?
Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone’s phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened—something big.
Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink—entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?
OUT OF ASHES (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 4) by Alexandra Christian
Phoebe Addison and Macijah “Cage” St. John have so much going on they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down the person – is a skin walker a person? – who tried to kill him at their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and “things” that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret she’s sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant that is its own reward.
THE CERULEAN by Amy Ewing
Sera Lighthaven has always felt as if she didn’t quite belong among her people, the Cerulean, who live in the City Above the Sky. She is curious about everything—especially the planet that her City is magically tethered to—and can’t stop questioning things. Sera has always longed for the day when the tether will finally break and the Cerulean can move to a new planet.
But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she feels betrayed by everything in which she’d been taught to trust. In order to save her City, Sera must end her own life.
But something goes wrong, and Sera survives, ending up on the planet below in a country called Kaolin. Sera has heard tales about the dangerous humans who live here, and she quickly learns that these dangers were not just stories.
Meanwhile, back in the City, all is not what it seems, and the life of every Cerulean may be in danger if Sera is not able to find a way home.
THE MAN WITHIN (FELINE BREEDS BOOK 2) by Lora Leigh
VS Note: A re-release but used to be one of my favorites of the early Breeds stories. I liked the heroine very much…
Now, fifteen months later, the news is out. Taber, the man she loves, is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds, who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he didn’t want her then; does he really want her now?
Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of their sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body, and soul as the man and the beast within him merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.
HER BIKER FROM MARS by Katie Douglas and Aria Adams
“I just wanted a snow cone. Instead I have 24 hours to assassinate the president of Earth, or a slave girl dies.”
Sy is hiding out from his old biker gang. He’s trying to live a quiet life on Mars, his birthplace, but the past catches up with him when a fake priest blackmails him into assassinating the president of Earth.
Lita woke up on an operating table with no memory of anything. Enslaved and mutilated, she is turned into a human bomb by a fake priest, and sent out to spy on Sy with the camera in her eye. Sy is a gruff alien, but he makes her feel safe in a way no-one ever has.
There’s just one problem: She could explode at any moment. How can Sy possibly save her?
DARK MATTER by Jessica Loft
Clara is a beautiful, curvy, intelligent woman who works as a computer engineer on NASA’S moon colony. When she notices that women are starting to go missing, all of the men in power ignore her and tell her she’s being irrational. She knows better though; especially when she wakes up in a prison cell herself, surrounded by equally confused and frightened women. Things become even stranger when she is forced into a banquet hall full of men with glowing neon blue tribal markings all over them.
Riordan, the handsome King of the Guardianites, has come to the slave auction to procure new females for his castle. At first he is bored by the new stock, but Clara quickly catches his attention when he sees she is the only one that is not obeying the curious customers. Though annoyed by her strong will, Riordan finds her funny and extremely attractive, and decides to purchase her.
Can they find out that there is more than meets the eye for both the enslaved Earthling and an Alien King?
ANGEL FIERCE (AZURA CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Vijaya Schartz
Something’s rotten on the angel planet. When Avenging Angels turn up dead, Urielle, their Legion Commander, suspects the handsome intruder brought unspeakable evil to Azura.
Maksou never met a woman he couldn’t seduce. He came to the forbidden planet to rescue his friends and get rich in the process, but the jungle crawls with lethal life forms… including a gorgeous warrior angel, who saves his life but keeps him prisoner and challenges his irresistible charm.
Urielle, sworn to protect Azura at all costs, has no use for a maverick who ignores the rules and endangers the planet… no matter how attractive. Especially when the Galactic Trade Alliance (GTA) wages a secret war to get their greedy hands on the priceless crystal at Azura’s core.
A HANGING AT LOTUS HALL: THE STEAMPUNK DETECTIVES by Corrina Lawson
Family secrets are the most dangerous….
All is not well at Lotus Hall, the home of the Dukes of Bennington, powerful mages who sit at the highest levels of power in the British Empire.
Consulting detective Gregor Sherringford, youngest brother of the current duke, is summoned home by his mother, the Dowager Duchess, after the mysterious arrival of a family member long presumed dead.
Joan Krieger, Gregor’s investigative partner and lover, accompanies him, though the summons is badly timed. Gregor has been pushing to get married while Joan, who saw the ruins of a marriage destroy her parents, balks. In her experience, families bring nothing but grief. Besides, she’s no proper match for Gregor, with her reputation as a “fallen” woman, and being from a Jewish merchant family.
Her fears are realized after their arrival at Lotus Hall. The duke is distant, Gregor’s mother is concealing a secret about the long-lost family member, Gregor’s other brother is hiding an affair that could bring scandal down on the family, and the other guests, important members of the Metaphysical Society, warn Joan of dire consequences if she continues to use forbidden magic in her investigations.
When one of the signature Sherringford inventions is used to kill, uncovering the truth behind all the facades becomes imperative. For someone is hunting Sherringfords and unless they can all learn to trust each other, their family will be utterly destroyed.
PARALLEL LARRY by Jacqueline Rohrbach
Larry’s search for love didn’t include Greg, his regular waiter at his favorite restaurant. Always too busy daydreaming about a handsome doctor, Larry fails to notice Greg’s shy advances. But when Greg finally finds the courage to ask Larry out, he’s suddenly killed in a freak car accident. Only then does Larry realize how perfect they could have been together.
No one gets a second shot at true love. Or do they?
Inexplicably, Larry is drawn into a parallel reality, and in this new timeline, Greg is still very much alive. Here, the shy young waiter Larry knew from before has managed to live out many of his dreams. All except one: he hasn’t found love. Larry gets one more shot after all!
There are a few problems. One, Larry’s time is limited. Two, Greg has already dated the parallel reality’s Larry, and he was a real jerk. Now Larry has to prove he’s nothing at all like his evil doppelganger and that he is willing to risk everything to protect the man he loves.
He’s found Greg again. To keep him, Larry will have to stop daydreaming and fight himself—literally—not just metaphorically.
ROUHR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 6) by Elin Wynn
Discipline. Duty. Desire. Skotan General Rouhr will destroy the Xathi on Ankau, whatever the cost. It’s the only honorable solution for allowing the war to infect the human colony world. As soon as their ship is repaired, he and his men will be gone, back to the battle raging in the homeworlds.
But the smiling eyes of one brave human leader set fire to his soul, the touch of her soft skin against his scales becomes an addiction.
Needing her may be a distraction from his mission, but he can’t stop. Not now.
Vidia knows her time with Rouhr is limited. She’s got her own responsibilities, people who depend on her. She understands that loving a leader sometimes means watching him leave. With every caress her heart breaks, but she can’t walk away. Not yet.
Even if they win the final battle against the Xathi, can they survive the price?
REVIVING BIANCA (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 6) by Becca Jameson
Life has not been kind to Bianca.
Childhood abuse has left her cautious.
She trusts no one. Especially men.
Guarding her emotional and physical scars has been her life’s mission.
She went to her deathbed without ever sharing her secrets with anyone.
Or so she thought.
Waking up from ten years in a cryostat leaves her scared out of her mind.
People have seen her scars.
The horror of that new reality has her reeling.
And worse? She’s been left alone in the care of a man she barely knows.
Grayson’s job is to keep Bianca safe and nurse her to health.
He’s well aware she has secrets.
The welts on her back explain a lot about the private woman.
It’s not a surprise that she doesn’t trust him.
She doesn’t deserve whatever life has dealt her.
He will move mountains to keep her safe and help her heal.
As their friendship grows, he gradually breaks down her walls.
He’d give anything for her to let him in.
But he won’t rush her.
Patience is his best option.
Bianca believes she is too broken to be loved.
Grayson will wait a lifetime to prove her wrong.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: A GENDER SWAPPING SCIFI SPACE ODYSSEY by Alyson Belle
VS Note: Listed as a short read.
When starship captain Benjamin Rollins beams down to a strange alien planet that appears to have signs of intelligent life, he is shocked to be greeted by a human-like race of beings that traveled from Earth millennia ago and which claim to share a common ancestor with him. Their planet Titan is a wondrous utopia—their people live in peace and harmony, strife is unknown, and coupling is free and frequent. The primary physical difference, as far as Ben can tell, is that their young people maintain an indeterminate, androgynous gender until a mysterious “ceremony” where they reach adulthood and their gender is revealed to them.
Ben is immediately taken with one of these beautiful androgynous youths named Eolwin, and the two of them return to Eolwin’s house so that he can learn more of the culture and make his report back to his crew. But when he accidentally completes one of these gender-confirming ceremonies with Eolwin, Ben wakes the next day to discover that the raging hormones that set the alien’s gender appear to be so powerful that they’ve spilled over to his own body and triggered some kind of strange metamorphosis! Ben is now a woman of Titan, physically female in every way. And Eolwin has now become his stunningly attractive mate… his male mate.
Can Ben find a way to reverse the transformation and return back to the helm of his ship before he’s trapped on Titan as a woman for the rest of his life, or will he a find a way to cope with his new body and the strange new feelings he has toward his new lover Eolwin? With all of these amazing and novel sensations threatening to overwhelm him each day, the decision is harder than he ever imagined it would be.
FINDING MERCY: PLANET ATHION )THE PIONEERS BOOK 2) by Angel Lawson
Space is a vast, lonely place and Mercy is in the hands of the enemy.
Her guardians have one shot at saving her and they have to trust someone else to do it.
UNEXPECTED DEMON by Layla Stone
The second I see her walk into the captain’s meeting, I want to dislike her but I can’t. I’m captivated by her smooth curves, long thick hair and her confidence. I want to taste her sweetness.
She’s got guts, smarts and I want her to come willingly to my bed. Except, she doesn’t respond to my charm. The female is nothing like I expect. She’s also taken unnecessary risks.
My mission is on the line. I have people to save and a team to protect.When I get my hands on her, she better be prepared for what a night in my bed entails… and she better promise never to leave the ship without me again.
CONNECTIONS IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 48) by J D Robb
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…
OUR UPRISING: PLANET ATHION (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 3) by Marissa Farrar
After avoiding a near abduction by the Trads, I’ve been ordered by the president of the United States to take my team of gorgeous men and go back to the Observatory where this all started. Only this time, we’re not alone.
Accompanying us are two aliens from the planet Athion. With their blue skin, amber eyes, and iridescent black hair, it’s hard not to be fascinated. They’ve offered to help humanity against the Trads, but how will Aleandro, Mike, and Casey react to having them around?
When a crisis lands us in the middle of a city destroyed by the Trads, we’ll all have to put our differences behind us if we’re going to survive.
ZRO’EQ’S FALLEN STAR (GALACTIC COURTSHIP SERIES BOOK 14) by Lily Thomas
Sophia is part of a group of anthropologists who were forced to land on a primitive alien planet when their space station begins to vent atmosphere into the dark of space. Now, they must leave behind the technology they once knew and start a new life among the aliens they’d been studying. The good part? The aliens are slowly finding mates out of the human women. The bad part? Sophia seems to be stuck with the grumpiest of them all.
Zro’eq watches from the sidelines as his clan accepts these strange women into their village. He knows it’s a bad idea, but no one seems to be listening to him. The last time they encountered human males, they’d shot blue balls of searing light at the clan. Now he worries what will happen when more of their people show.
When they’re forced together to find a couple of missing humans, will they tear each other apart or join forces like a dynamic duo?
NAVIGATING THE STARS (SENTINELS OF THE GALAXY BOOK 1) by Maria V Snyder
VS Note: From December. Recommended by reader Barbara.
Seventeen-year-old Lyra Daniels can’t truly blame Einstein or her parents for their impending move across the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s all due to the invention of the Q-net, which made traveling the vast distances in space possible—with one big caveat: the time dilation. But that never stopped Lyra’s ancestors from exploring the Milky Way, searching for resources and exoplanets to colonize. What they didn’t expect to find is life-sized terracotta Warriors buried on twenty-one different exoplanets.
… Make that twenty-two.
As the Galaxy’s leading experts on the Warriors, Lyra’s parents are thrilled by the new discovery, sending them—and her—fifty years into the future. Her social life in ruins, she fills her lonely days by illegally worming into the Q-net. The only person close to her age is the annoyingly irresistible security officer who threatens to throw her into the brig.
After the planet they just left goes silent—meaning no communications from them at all—security has bigger problems to deal with than Lyra, especially when vital data files go missing. But that’s just the beginning, because they’re not as alone as they thought on their new planet… and suddenly time isn’t the only thing working against them.
BINTI: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY by Nnedi Okorofor
VS note: Not a romance but I thought it was cool to have the books now available in one set, so it’s a book of note this week.
In her Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, Nnedi Okorafor introduced us to Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family’s concerns, Binti’s talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey.
But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti’s spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination.
There is more to the history of the Medusae–and their war with the Khoush–than first meets the eye. If Binti is to survive this voyage and save the inhabitants of the unsuspecting planet that houses Oomza Uni, it will take all of her knowledge and talents to broker the peace.
STOLEN TIME by Danielle Rollins
Seattle, 1913 – Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.
New Seattle, 2077 – If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.
MASTER OF FROST (FROZEN DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder
Dmitri, newly awakened ice dragon and former bodyguard to the Lord of Winter, is in big trouble. He knows his curvy, prone-to-trouble roommate with a heart of gold is his mate, but she hasn’t come to the same conclusion. If he makes a move she might freeze him out, and if he doesn’t, he might be forever doomed to the friend box, a place colder than the Siberian landscape he came from.
Chelle loves living with her two new friends, even if they are giant, sexy icemen her roommate brought home from a lab. Dmitry, a tall, sensual warrior with vivid turquoise eyes, always sets her on edge when he’s in the room with her, but she knows everything will be fine as long as the two of them stay just friends. That’s if she can ignore her body begging for so much more…
As tension explodes between the two roommates, resulting in heated kisses and steamy encounters, Dmitry is ever more determined to melt down the icy walls that guard Chelle’s heart. But in the end, it may be up to Chelle to fight her inner demons and realize her feelings for Dmitry, before external forces tracking the ice dragons catch up.
DARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING (REAPERS BOOK 7) by Donna Grant
Serving Death and the Reapers has been my life for centuries. I’ve always put my duty before everything, even my yearning for Death. But now, she’s fading – our foe is bent on destroying her and he will stop at nothing until he does. Death holds the key to our survival. I will do everything in my power to stop her from disappearing. For her, I will ensure we have the best fighting chance. For her…I will cross the divide keeping us apart.
RIDE THE WAVE (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Briggs
The Black Dragon and her men may think they’ve defeated me and my mates, but we’re not giving up without a fight. We’re the only ones who can restore balance to the world, even if it means destroying my family in the process. This time we’re taking the battle to them and we will overthrow their oppressive rule—no matter the cost.
But what if the price of victory is my very soul?
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HOOK (THE LURE OF THE MER BOOK 1) by Laney Kaye
Marine biologist, Jayde Collins, has a love affair with the ocean. Lucky for her, because lately, swimming is the only way she can get wet without investing heavily in rechargeable batteries. While out diving, she’s caught by the crew of a trawler, beaten, and dumped as shark bait. Rescued and magically healed by a hot lifeguard, she’s not sure if she’s dreaming, but with the erotic fantasy he offers—sex with two men—she’s not sure she wants to wake up.
Trent Okeanós leads an elite group of Australian lifeguards who hide a secret; they are the last of the Mer. His law forbids sex with humans unless another Mer joins them, but when he saves Jayde, he’s unprepared for the jealousy warring within him. Yet if he dares let his lust turn to love, Jayde will be bonded to him for life and he’ll be stripped of immortality.
ENCHANTEE by Gita Trelease
Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome young inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.
But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic—before Paris burns.
LADY SMOKE (ASH PRINCESS BOOK 2) by Laura Sebastian
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.
Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.
To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.
Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.
NOT DEAD YET by Jenn Burke
Wes Cooper was dead. Then he wasn’t—though he’s not exactly alive, either. As an immortal not-ghost, he can transition between this world and the otherplane, which makes him the perfect thief for hire. For seventy years he’s made a “living” returning items to their rightful owners, seeing his fair share of the bizarre in the process. But he’s never witnessed murder. Until now.
His latest mission brings him more than he bargained for: a very-dead actor who is definitely going to stay that way. It’s just Wes’s luck that his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas, is assigned to the case. Hudson broke Wes’s heart years ago—and could again, given he’s rocking a hot silver-fox look that shouldn’t be legal.
As they work together to track down the murderer before anyone else gets hurt, it becomes clear Wes and Hudson have unfinished business. And when a secret Hudson’s been keeping threatens more than just their happiness, it might mean the end of their not-life together—permanently.
SONG OF THE DEAD (REIGN OF THE FALLEN BOOK 2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.
Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.
Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.
RESCUED (ALPHABITS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke and Cristi Crown
Sam Remington, former leader of Team Beta, has a new dream: to lead a team whose sole purpose is to protect those most vulnerable—shifter pups.
His new mate, Dean, shares his passion. As a child counselor, Dean is all too familiar with the darker side of the world when it comes to pups. If Sam can rescue them, Dean will do his best to help fix them.
Sanctioned by Team Alpha’s bossman, the great Ray Perkins himself, Alphabits is Sam’s baby. This new hand-picked team consists of five highly-trained wolf alphas—and one bumbling bear who couldn’t take a hint. As always with a new team, personalities will clash. But at the end of the day, they all share a common goal help lost, missing, and hurting children—starting with the needy wolf pup who lives across the street from Sam and Dean.
The Alphabits aren’t vigilantes. These former soldiers and officers of the law have to do things by the book—even when it tears them apart to do so. But once all their ducks are in a row, the bad guys had better beware! You do not want this team of protective alphas on your tail.
CAST IN OBLIVION (THE CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA) by Michelle Sagara
Kaylin wasn’t sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed—barely—to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the Consort.
Before the unplanned “visit” to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner. For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner—forever. But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed-upon time. The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin’s guests doesn’t matter at all…to her.
A private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls. It is the High Court’s duty to jail the creature at its heart—even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it. The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment. And she needs the help of Kaylin’s houseguests—and Kaylin herself. Failure won’t be death—it will be Hell. And that’s where Kaylin is going.
FIERY FAIRY TALES: A COLLECTION OF FRESH AND RETOLD FAIRY TALES by Various
Discover dashing princes and magical endings like you’ve never seen them before. Open the storybook and fall into 11 tales of fiery passion and steamy love affairs in a fairy tale collection far from the ones you’re used to. There’s something for everyone, from contemporary to paranormal and fantasy. Find out what really happened behind the princesses’ closed doors.
STRAY MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz
When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined.
Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin hadn’t anticipated humans accessing magic.
Now, a new and impossible bond must be forged between a Faerene invader and a human familiar. But first Istvan and Amy must survive to form the bond.
*Note: “Faerene” refers to the many peoples of another world: the griffins, dragons, unicorns, werewolves, elves and ogres who’ve crossed to Earth. No prepper or survivalist could have been prepared for their arrival.
TA WEEZO’S BLUES by Layla Dorine
VS Note: From December.
Sabre never had any intentions of becoming the teacher’s pet. In fact, most of his school years have been spent trying to avoid attention. The scar that mars his cheek has made him wary of strangers, their questions and prying eyes leave him feeling exposed in ways he’s uncomfortable with. Accustomed to blending in, he lurks around the shadows in the back of classrooms, turning in exemplary work but rarely taking part in discussions.
Professor Locklear’s Native lit class is different though. Sabre’s interest in the subject matter, coupled with a dedicated scholar’s need to turn in the best work possible, leads him to seek out a more advanced reading list, much to the delight of Professor Locklear. When he comes across Sabre reading material beyond even the advanced list, Professor Locklear invites on a fieldtrip to a nearby village. Along the way he learns more than just the knowledge contained in the books. He learns about trust and discovers that there are others out there just like him— shapeshifters.
What he believed was an individual anomaly turns out to be something beyond legend and lore, a whole different culture he’d never known existed. The only way he can move forward is to let his shields down long enough to trust the man whose conversations he’s come to enjoy, but to do that, he’ll have to stop distancing himself from everyone.
OWN TO OBEY (MYTH OF THE OMEGA BOOK 7) by Zoey Ellis
The Alpha Prince – Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best–to earn his place and prove his worth.
After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.
It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.
She must accept her fate – and so must he.
The Omega Gift – Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.
But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.
Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.
STRIFE’S BANE: THE SHATTERED KINGDOM BOOK 3 by Evie Manieri
VS note: A book of note this week, not a romance.
Once known as the Mongrel, Lahlil had only one purpose then: to reap blood and carnage for those who paid the right price. And though the ravages of past wars haunted her every waking moment, when Lahlil was called upon to lead the rebellion against Norlanders—telepathic and bloodthirsty invaders who conquered Shadari lands and enslaved their people to the mines—she delivered.
Then she ran.
Now, Lahlil must return to Shadar to save the person she loves the most and rebuild. What she finds first is a kingdom that has devolved to political discord, with an old enemy’s ships sailing just beyond the horizon.
ASHTON DRAKE (AURUM COURT DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Emilia Hartley
When Ashton Drake’s family calls him home to help keep his cousin Jasper, the king of the mountain, in line, Ashton wants to laugh. He knows he’s in no shape to help anyone. His sanity is hanging by a thread; he’s failing at the job the Drakes sent him to the city to do; and many days he can’t even handle his own dragon.
The beast breaks out within hours of him returning to his hometown, but it settles when it sees Makenna, Ashton’s high school sweetheart. Ashton doesn’t know what she’s still doing in town. She should be singing on a stage somewhere. But it’s good she’s around. In her presence, Ashton and his beast come to a unified, sane purpose.
The trouble is, Makenna doesn’t seem to want Ashton around. She can’t forget that Ashton left her, and besides, she’s busy trying to pay off the debt left after a family member’s illness. She doesn’t have time for an out-of-control Drake, even if she could ever trust him again.
Ashton knows what he needs to keep his sanity, his community, and his king.
But Ashton doesn’t know if he can win Makenna back.
CRAVED BY HER WOLF (SILVERWOOD ISLAND SHIFTERS) by Maia Starr
Shifters are dangerous; that’s a truth that Doctor Samantha Byrd has always known, ever since meeting her blood-thirsty ex-boyfriend. Even after starting her new life and clinic on Silverwood Island, Samantha still feels the scars of the past sneak up on her, threatening to make her relive those days over and over.
But Samantha isn’t home free just yet; her ex boyfriend is hunting her down, ready to tear apart the new life she’s only just begun.There’s nothing standing in his way…except for one howling, hot, sizzling piece of man that catches her eye immediately.
After being heavily wounded, Brendan is left in Samantha’s care on the operating table. She’s the only one who can save him in Silverwood Island, finding him to be more than just a brute; he’s almost perfect, like some sort of roman statue come to life, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms from the monster trying to rip her away from his grasp. But there’s a catch, a secret that Samantha might not want to come to terms with. She isn’t the only one hiding a part of herself; the howling wolf inside of Brendan can’t be contained forever.
PRINCESS TATTIENA (THE DRAGON MASTERS OF LIMEA BOOK 1) by Tamsin Baker
As the bastard child of the King of Gregorick, Tattiena holds no right to the power of the throne. Yet, as one of the last dragon riders on Limea, she is the city’s first line of defense against their enemies. A heavy responsibility for a lonely young woman, her only friend and ally her dragon, Nargoya. Tattiena spends her days training for battle… but her nights are ravaged by sensual torment, dreaming of faceless lovers.
Prince Leonide of Davuno has come to strike a treaty of peace with Limea. In awe of the rare female dragon, he finds her rider even more entrancing. They share one night of fiery passion.But when she fights off further attempts at dalliance, he discovers this maiden has the heart of a warrior. He wants her even more. But when barbarians from the north attack, he must stand and fight with his new allies, if any of them are to survive.
Leo and Tattiena must fight together to save their kingdoms, and their lineages. But should peace return,will they ever find a way to be together?
SECOND BLOOD (LOVIN THE COVEN BOOK 2) by Jacquelyn Faye
Nothing can turn your world upside down faster than someone asking for your help.
When I answered my door, the last thing I expected was a vampire. I probably should have asked before I invited him in. But what’s done is done. He wasn’t looking for his next meal, he was looking for a savior. His clan was being hunted by rogue witches out for their blood and we were all that could save them.
Me, being me, jumped right in to be the hero. The rest of the clan thought I was insane for wanting to help vampires. Especially the chief of police, who just happens to be one of my lovers. He wasn’t exactly wrong either. I should have known they would shift their sights from the vampires to us.
What’s a witch to do? Save the clan, save the coven, and save the day. Couple’s therapy could come later. If we all survive.
UNDERCOVER SHIFT (BEARS IN BLUE BOOK 2) by Mia Taylor
Heartbroken after a divorce which stunned and confused him, Rhett Lewis returned to his job as a Chicago PD detective, only to find himself in a situation he wasn’t expecting. His partner and best friend was gone and no one had the answers to satisfy his mounting suspicions.
Charlotte Pinkerton had been partners with Rhett for seven years, both bears from the same sleuth, coming up the ranks together. No one took it as hard as Charlotte when Rhett’s wife filed for an ex-parte divorce while working undercover.
When Charlotte was presented with an opportunity to finally close the chapter of Rhett and his estranged wife forever, she snatched it up, regardless of the danger it presented.
But when Rhett learns about this operation, he must race against time to save only one—the partner who has always stood by him or the wife who abandoned him.
THE MONSTER’S LOVER (THE FENRIS SERIES BOOK 1) by Samantha MacLeod
Promised to cruel King Nøkkyn’s harem, Sol Eriksen is out of options, and nearly out of time.
When she meets a distractingly handsome stranger in the Ironwood Forest who claims to be a legendary monster, Sol thinks he must be a madman, or a demon. She knows she shouldn’t listen to him. Or trust him. And she should not, under any circumstances, kiss him again.
As King Nøkkyn’s grip around her tightens, Sol finds her last chance at freedom may lie with her mysterious new lover, the man who calls himself Fenris.
A DATE WITH BLOOD: GRIMM BROTHERS BLOOD HAREM BOOK 1) by Lexi Grace
Life has given me a pretty good streak of luck.I live with four sexy-as-sin vampire boyfriends, have been cleaning up my diet, and enjoy the simplicity of being a waitress at a cafe.
Then, a sexy stranger upends my world when he kidnaps me and things get way out of control. The Grimms are hot on the trail, but things are never that simple. The supernatural world is a wreck and I’m caught right in the middle of a torrential mess. At least I know I can count on the Grimms to save me at any cost, but even they have volatile secrets which could doom us all.
DEATH CARD (CHANGER SERIES BOOK 1) by A C Wilds
Azra Sumner is hiding.
A past she can’t escape, and stuck in a cage of her own making, she tries to settle into a normal life.
Except she isn’t normal, she never was, but she is about to find out just how exceptional she is.
Greyson’s job is simple. Hunt the things that imprisoned him and bring them back to the Light, but when he meets Azra, things don’t seem so clear anymore.
Cassiel is a prince, the heir to the throne. His existence has been ordinary until a inky haired temptress shows him how extraordinary it can be.
Thrown into the world of the Fae and forced to make some hard choices, Azra is given her purpose; protect the weak and destroy the wrong.
The Fae who claim to be angels and messengers of the gods aren’t holy. They want Azra for reasons she can’t understand, and she must follow along to survive.
The lines will blur.
RAGNAROK RISING (THE OMEGA PROPHECY BOOK 1) by Nora Ash
Five possessive gods and the end of mankind. That’s my fate.
I always thought the end of the world was a myth. But then, I also thought Norse gods were make believe too.
Five of them are coming for me. They claim I will only survive if I surrender to them, body and soul.
But they don’t realize it’s about so much more than carnal servitude. I am so much more than they could ever suspect. So much more than even I knew.
I am the only one who can stop Ragnarök from covering the world in ice and darkness. The only one who can save gods and men alike from annihilation.
And in the shadows lurks betrayal so deep it will change the fate of the world.
DELIGHTING IN YOUR COMPANY by Blair McDowell
When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off romance forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner Jonathan Evans—tall, good-looking, and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?
Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. He was murdered two hundred years ago. Only she can see and hear him.
To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to return with him to the 1800’s—to a time when the sugar trade reigned supreme, and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. During a slave uprising their love is put to a test, and when murder and deceit rear their ugly heads, Amalie wonders if taking a journey to the past is worth losing her life.
A VAMPIRE’S TALE: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL 04 by D R Rosier
Joseph Moore is a mage. Firstborn son of Andrew and Samantha Moore. He’s a little jaded toward the women he’s been dating, they all seem to want his family’s magical secrets. He decides to take a vacation to Sanctuary, and get away from all the politics. He always wanted a mate he could share his magic with, but he’s about to find out that sometimes fate has other plans.
Megan Cooper is a young woman down on her luck. She’s homeless and on the street to get away from her foster father, at least until her eighteenth birthday. Her parents were killed in an accident, and the government separated her from her baby brother and she doesn’t even know where he is. It isn’t long until her eighteenth birthday, just three days. Problem is, she probably won’t live that long, she’s sick too. Her world is about to be thrown upside down, when along comes a warlock, willing to make a deal.
Then things really go wrong.
FORBIDDEN ARCANA: MIRAGE by Tamryn Tamer
Jericho had wealth, power, and two beautiful familiars. A smart man would have quit while he was ahead. But, as his familiar Jinx was so fond of pointing out, Jericho was an idiot.
He’d acquired a massive manor, enormous wealth, and was indisputably the number one mage in Forbidden Arcana. Yet that wasn’t enough to satisfy him. He was going to find a shapeshifter and learn a new type of magic even if it killed him.
But a shapeshifter wasn’t easy to find. The only place that might have the information on finding a shapeshifter was Raycastle, a city full of players who spent their time capturing and killing magical creatures.
If that wasn’t enough of a hassle, the dominatrix advisor to his familiar Ariel has developed an interested in making Jericho her pet. Which he’d be fine with if it weren’t interfering with his hunt for a new familiar. But nobody said the life of a depraved mage was easy.
SISTERS OF THE FIRE (DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM BOOK 2) by Kim WilkIns
VS Note: Not a romance, sounded intriguing though. I put it on my TBR List.
Four years have passed since the five royal sisters—daughters of the king—worked together to restore their father to health and to the throne while fracturing the bonds among themselves almost irreparably. Only Bluebell remains at home, dutifully serving as heir to her father’s kingdom. Rose has been cast aside by her former husband and hides in exile with her aunt, separated forever from her beloved daughter, Rowan. Ash wanders the distant wastes with her teacher, learning magic and hunting dragons, determined that the dread fate she has foreseen for herself and her loved ones never comes to pass. Ivy rules over a prosperous seaport, married to an aged husband she hates yet finding delight in her two young sons and a handsome captain of the guard. And as for Willow, she hides the most dangerous secret of all—one that could destroy all that the sisters once sought to save.
WAITING ON THE RAIN by Freddy MacKay
One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises.
A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them.
Love isn’t always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don’t understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember.
When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loi Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that’s only the beginning.
HANDCUFFED AND BARED by Dahlia Rose
Being a cop in New York is one thing. Being a thick black woman meant she was teased even more. Waking up with dirt under her fingernails and having wild sex dreams only made things worse. With her libido out of control she didn’t know if she had some weird illness or losing her mind. When Derrick shows up in her world claiming she wasn’t completely human and they are mates it’s more than she can take. Calgon cannot take her away from this type of madness. He incited a heat in her from just one kiss that threatens to burn her world down. After witnessing an incident that shakes her worldview she can’t deny what Derrick is telling her but mates? That’s a bridge too far. Can she accept everything Derrick as to offer or will she run away?
From the moment Derrick scented her in the woods he knew he’d found his mate. Despite the noise and crowds he refused to let her push him away. He can’t believe someone as sexy and brave could doubt herself so badly; especially when it comes to her sex appeal. He’s willing to help teach her all about this new world she’s been shoved into and all the pleasurable ways that can help control her mating heat. But will she let him? Can he help her overcome her doubts before it’s too late?
BEARING HIS TOUCH by Eve Langlais
VS Note: A re-release.
When Becka manages to escape her kidnapper, she finds herself asking help of the man with the nice brown eyes. Stavros can’t say no, not when he knows Becka is his mate, but he does have one dilemma when it comes to claiming her. He’ll have to find a way for her to bear his touch.
SUBDOMINANT (ISHERWOOD PACK BOOK 2) by Missy Welsh
Varick Ward spent two years trapped as a wolf before pledging himself to Isherwood Pack. Since then, he’s been slowly regaining a real life despite keeping his past pains to himself.
When the king of werewolves invites the pack to Romania for an official introduction, Varick goes because protecting his alpha pair is his job. Right away, things go sideways. They’re barely through the doors of the castle where the king’s pack lives when a man attacks— Or wait. Is he trying to protect Varick from everyone else? Like the dominant partner in a mate bond would?
Though the new couple is meant to be in isolation while they bond, ghosts from Varick’s past are plotting against the people he now calls family. Circumstances separate them and danger hovers on the edge of town, but can these two persevere and secure their second chances at love?
HEXHUNTER (HEX WORLD BOOK 4) by Jordan L Hawk
Detective Bill Quigley fell in love with the familiar Isaac the night they met. But after more than two years, it’s time to admit to himself that Isaac doesn’t return his feelings.
Isaac knows he’s too broken by his experiences for anyone to fall in love with. Especially someone like Bill, who deserves a partner unplagued by Isaac’s nightmares and doubts.
When children go missing from an orphanage, Bill and Isaac must work together to find them. And as years of yearning threaten to ignite into passion, they must decide once and for all whether to take a chance on love.
LOVE POTION: A VALENTINE’S DAY CHARITY ANTHOLOGY by Various
A valentines day charity anthology featuring 8 exclusive stories from your favorite bestselling Paranormal and Fantasy romance authors! All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read!
THE RUIN OF KINGS (A CHORUS OF DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Jenn Lyons
VS Note: Doesn’t sound like there’s romance but a book of note this week.
Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.
Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.He’s destined to destroy it.
DEAD AND HATING IT by Edward Kendrick
Kurt Foster is a ghost, killed by the man he loved, unable to move on until he can prove he was murdered. But how can he do that?
Detective Mike Harris and Sage Crewe, Mike’s lover and a medium who talks to ghosts, both knew Kurt. When his death is deemed a suicide, they don’t believe it. With the help of ghosts Brody and Jon, they go to Kurt’s apartment, looking for anything to prove he might have been murdered. Kurt is there and he tells them what happened.
Will Mike and Sage, with the help of Brody, Jon, and a third ghost named Tonio, be able to come up with the evidence to back Kurt’s claim? While they try, will Tonio finally accept it’s time for him to move on, or will helping Kurt make him realize there’s more to life — and death — than losing the man he once loved?
VORTEX VISIONS (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elise Kova
Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.
The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.
Powers that might well cost her the throne.
As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.
All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.
MAGNOLIA: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 4) by Vella Day
Magnolia Faiten loves the control she’s honed over the years. Okay, the truth? It’s more of a need thing, but a chance fire in her workplace changes all of that. She might not be the glass half full type of woman, but when some super hunky dragon shifter rushes in and saves her, she decides the fire just might have been a good thing.
The water dragon has more than one secret–one he refuses to reveal to anyone. If he did, his life wouldn’t be his anymore. When he carries out the beautiful Magnolia from what he thinks is certain death, he’s shocked to realize she is his mate. Now what should he do? Secrets have a way of destroying even the best relationships.
Then Magnolia shocks him when she reveals she’s an immortal goddess! Okay, he can work with that. Too bad when he tells her what and who he is, Magnolia just disappears. To say the least, winning not only her trust but her love will be one of the biggest battles of his life.
VS Note: There are four other stories set in the connected STAR CRUISE series – set sail among the stars for more adventure today!:
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.
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I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.