Bored Alien Guards Mean Trouble Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. We’ve now moved on from GABE.

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

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

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt:

Now the guards stood outside the cell, apparently ridiculing their prisoners, judging by the raucous laughter. The Khagrish passed a container of some liquid amongst themselves, taking long swallows and having a good time.

Elianna suppressed her awareness of the odd buzzing underlying the barrier’s hum. It was obvious to her there was a problem with the field generator but, without tools, she was helpless to manipulate the weakness. She’d surreptitiously searched the entire cell for anything useful and come up empty handed. Maybe the damn thing will fail on its own. Except with her finely honed sense and technical awareness, she knew the barrier had hundreds, if not thousands of cycles to go before it succumbed to the harmonic dissonance. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say they were bored and drunk,” she said to the woman who sat next to her on the bunk bed.

Suze handed her a nutrient bottle and eyed the guards, “Yeah, not a good situation. We haven’t seen the boss with the big red hair since the day we arrived so maybe these guys are on their own now. Unsupervised.”

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VS sez: And unsupervised, inebriated guards on this planet tend to have unpleasant ideas…

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 27

pirate festivalAs 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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PIRATE FESTIVAL (SWAG STORIES BOOK 1) by Carysa Locke

Nayla has a rare Talent: biokinesis, the ability to manipulate life at the cellular level. Healing people is her calling, and she’s never been happier than she is working with Doc, her mentor and the pirates’ chief physician.

But now a call for aid has come from the most unlikely source: the home planet of the Talented called Killers, those who take life with a thought. Nayla’s gift is the only chance to save a young man’s life, so reluctantly, Doc agrees that she must go.

To serve her patient, Nayla will travel to the most dangerous place in the pirate colonies. She will face assassins, and challenge her Talent in ways she never expected. But most dangerous of all, she will confront her own past.

Because once, she used her Talent to take life instead of save it.

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commanders mate grace goodwinTHE COMMANDERS’ MATE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 15) by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride.

Besides, he doesn’t have time to deal with a feisty human female and share a passion so hot it burns him to his warrior’s soul. But he’s been matched. He must choose a second and together, they must claim their bride or lose her forever.

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greta and the gargoyleGRETA AND THE GARGOYLE: A SCIFI ROMANCE (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 3.5) by Honey Phillips

Sentenced to death for killing her alien master, Greta’s only hope is a compassionate guard. Despite his frightening appearance, she is drawn to the massive alien – but is what she feels only gratitude?

Mikaroz has been waiting his whole life for the perfect mate but he never expected her to be a condemned prisoner, let alone a small human female. He cannot allow her to die for defending her honor, no matter what he has to do to save her.

With their lives on the line, can Greta risk trusting him—with her life, and her heart?

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sold to the alien mobstersSOLD TO THE ALIEN MOBSTERS (ROGUE AURELIANS BOOK 2) by Corin Cain

We’re brought kicking and screaming to the alien auction house.

I was supposed to be an artist. I was supposed to be a sculptor, creating beauty. Instead, I am reduced to nothing more than my body. The men who come to a slave auction care about one thing, and one thing only…

There aren’t supposed to be Aurelians at the slave auction. The seven-foot-tall perfectly muscled God-like aliens are supposed to have… strict rules forbidding slavery. These three are covered in scars and tattoos, and every man in the room quivers in fear at their presence.

Rogues Aurelians. Criminals who threw off the shackles of their Empire to claim their own destiny.
They own the room…
And they want to own me.

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athensATHENS – A SPACE OPERA COLONIZATION ADVENTURE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANNAN 4) by M D Cooper and J J Green

VS Note: Not a romance. Romantic elements possibly?

Erin and her family find themselves on Athens as the massive device that regulates the planet’s temperature begins to suffer a serious malfunction.

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THE INNOCENT (CLAN OF THE WOODLANDS BOOK 2) by V K Ludwig

Max discovered a terrible complication, pushing the government and their control over human procreation to the edge of collapse. As a scientist, it’s his job to find a solution, but test subjects are hard to come by. Until a fiery clanswoman arrives at the Districts, who is none other than Autumn, the sister of the chieftain of The Clan of the Woodlands.

Things go great until they go all wrong because Autumn is desperately trying to find something. Besides, numbers and charts have always bored Autumn – she prefers to be hands on. Beautiful and hot-headed, she makes Max question everything he stands for, and shakes the Districts to its core.
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ivar space vikingIVAR (CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING) SPACE VIKING SERIES BOOK 3 by Molly Rowland

Annie is running out of options.

Since the water on Earth became contaminated, life has become a struggle for survival. Annie will do anything to earn credits for clean water. Now that an alien planet has been discovered and another option is available, she is desperate enough to give it a try.

She meets Ivar, one of the alien Viking warriors, and is immediately drawn to him. He’s massive and intimidating, his muscles carved from stone. Her body is telling her one thing while her mind is consumed with the choices she made back home.

She knows he has the ability to give her a good life. He protects her and keeps her safe. But eventually, things start to unravel and even he is helpless to fix it.

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tiamats wrathTIAMAT’S WRATH (THE EXPANSE BOOK 8) by James S A Corey

VS Note: Not a romance but I know many are fans of “The Expanse”…so this is a release of note.

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.
In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.
At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father’s godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn’t guess.
And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule — and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose — seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…
beast of edenBEAST OF EDEN (EDEN SERIES: TOLBA BOOK 1) by Lexi Post

The Woman – Xavia Jones, a zoologist with a focus on evolution is only on planet Eden for two days before one of her Edenists is exiled from his city. Furious over the injustice of his banishment, she stows away with him. But once outside the walls of Tolba, in a jungle filled with criminals and a beast she could never have imagined, she’s having second thoughts.

The Man – Lyka feels the weight of responsibility for Xavia’s safety and despite believing she’d be better back in the city with the brothers of his heart, he’s honored that she’s with him. Now he just has to convince his old friend and long-time exile, Davos, that keeping her with them is best for everyone. As far as he’s concerned, only the beast can protect her.

The Beast – Davos blames himself for every Kindred of Eden being exiled from Tolba. It was his lack of control over the Beast that caused the city to distrust his Kindred. Now he must ensure they all survive in his jungle home. It is a hard life for a man and no place for a woman. A woman will cause disruption and chaos. A woman will release the Beast.

tormented alison aimesTORMENTED (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 3) by Alison Aimes

Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred man who prowls the cage beside her—his confusing appeal a danger she has no idea how to neutralize.Ex-Resistance fighter Walsh Ryker hit rock bottom with the deaths of those he loved most. Now, he’s plummeted to a new low, trapped with a cellmate as ice cold as she is stunningly hot. She’s out for blood, lacks any ability to cooperate…and leaves him more alive than he’s been in years. For a man no longer interested in feeling anything at all, she may be the greatest hazard he’s faced to date.

As danger mounts and they must work together to defeat a shared threat, will the unwelcome passion between these two enemies entomb them in the dark forever—or be the key that sets them free?

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outlasting everOUTLASTING AFTER by L K Magill
There were no women left. He was sure of it. After the war, Cole Tanner was pretty damn certain they were all dead.
Hell, he and his unit hadn’t seen one in years.
But then there she was. A woman. All alone, standing in the middle of the road.
His road.
She looked so haunting. So hungry and dirty, and well… vulnerable. He was going to help her, really he was. And for a split second, he wondered just how she’d survived.
Then she leveled the gun at him… and he had his answer. Damsel in distress? Apparently not.But that didn’t change things, not how Cole saw it. No, she still needed him and his team… same as they needed her. And Cole was nothing if not good at convincing people to follow him. Or at least, he used to be.

So he’d try his hand one more time, and hope like hell she didn’t pull that trigger.

rogue instinctROGUE INSTINCT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 3) by Elin Wyn and Ava York
People aren’t my strong suit. Give me an engine, anyday — even on a spaceship.
And when a giant, sexy bronze-skinned alien decides I’m not good enough to work on his baby?
Game on. Even if he does have talented, broad hands.
I just hadn’t figured Orrin and I would be working together quite so closely…
And when danger threatens the crew of the Rogue Star, we’ll have to put everything on the line.
captive of the horde kingCAPTIVE OF THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven

On the unforgiving planet of Dakkar, I did what all the humans in our village did: kept my head down, worked to provide for my family, and I certainly didn’t break any Dakkari laws to risk inciting the alien race’s merciless wrath.

Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for my brother and one careless mistake brings a horde of the nomadic, barbarian Dakkari straight to our doorstep, led by their powerful horde king—a cold, ruthless, battle-scarred warrior demanding retribution.

In order to save my brother’s life, I do the unthinkable.

I sell myself to the horde king as his war prize. I agree to warm his furs, to travel with his horde across the wild lands of Dakkar, and to never see my family again.

But as I struggle with my new reality, I discover that the surly, mysterious, dominant horde king never intended for me to be his concubine…

He wants me as his queen.

jailmatesJAILMATES (MAXIM COLONIES BOOK 1) by Lesli Richardson

Simon Quigley had no idea what to expect when he agreed to do this for the money, but the eight-foot-tall pink alien isn’t what he was expecting. For starters, Simon’s straight.

And Mohrn isn’t a girl.

The contract? It’s unbreakable.m It’s going to be a long five years.

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saving mercy athionSAVING MERCY (PLANET ATHION PIONEERS BOOK 3) by Angel Lawson

Mercy left Earth to help the pioneers acclimate to a new world.
Now she’s trapped as a slave.

Two of the men she loves are held prisoner in the bowls of The Master’s facility and the other two…well, they took off to get revenge unaware of the fate of their family.

In the final installment of Pioneers: Planet Athion Mercy must fight for her life, her lovers and the mission so close to her heart.

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heavenly protectorHEAVENLY PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (GEMMA-HYDROX BOOK (PURPLE POSSE) 3) by L J Vickery

Thomas Wheeler, director at the FPU has lent his team to the Premier Guard on another planet. He and his right hand human, Martin Galvez, are trying to make a go of the department on their own, but dammit, they need shifters. When he hears about a contingency of six from Gemma-Hydrox who might fit the bill, he’s both elated and stunned, because never in his life has he come across anything like them.
Reena can’t wait to leave Gemma-Hydrox and start her new job on earth. Having been incarcerated for the majority of her life, she’s only dreamed of seeing new worlds and meeting new people. What she doesn’t anticipate is her new boss, and the things he’s kept deeply hidden…even from himself. He tries to keep distance between them, but she digs in her claws. She knows just what he is, and just how to help him.

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populationPOPULATION by Elizabeth Stephens

Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow – rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend’s daughter is taken by the Others, she can’t keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question.

When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.

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memory called empireA MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE (TEIXCALAAN BOOK 1) by Arkady Martine

VS Note: Scifi not a romance but possible romantic elements. A release of note this week…I read the Look Inside and then one clicked it. I think it’s going to be a book I’ll have to take time to read, in terms of the world building seems quite complex and dense inagoodway but intriguing. We’ll see!

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

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sky without starsSKY WITHOUT STARS (SYSTEM DIVINE BOOK 1) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but a release of note this week.

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

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undauntedUNDAUNTED (INHUMAN, BOOK 2) by Kat Falls

Lane McEvoy barely survived her first journey to the Feral Zone — the forbidden, overgrown landscape east of the Mississippi River that was abandoned when a virus spread through the United States. But Lane has crossed the quarantine line, and she knows the truth. There are survivors in the zone — people who have gone feral, whose bodies have warped and evolved to display a variety of animal traits.

Six months after the events of Inhuman, Lane ventures back into the Feral Zone on a humanitarian aid mission. But she also has a darker, secret purpose: The one she loves, Rafe, has become more beast than man — and she promised to put him down if he ever goes feral. Now, Lane fears the time has come to carry out her vow.

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convictionCONVICTION (A NEW WORLD BOOK 2) by M D Neu

VS Note: Scifi, not sure how much romance or romantic elements there may be…

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.

Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.

After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?

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her consortHER CONSORT: A SHORT ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE by Maren Smith

VS Note: a re-release

She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space.

He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight, his six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them.

It really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.

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once and futureONCE AND FUTURE  by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
No pressure.
in the months that followIN THE MONTHS THAT FOLLOW by A R Moler
VS Note: A re-release

In the distant future, human kind has spread out into the universe–way out. Among the Terran Alliance Marines assigned to a distant sector is Caden Roth, a medic, and pilot Benjamin Magnys.

Caden and Ben meet when Ben is injured during an alien raider attack. Ben is from Gaddo, a colony so remote and with such extreme environmental conditions, that the colonists there were forced to alter their genome in order to survive and to ensure a healthy gene pool.

After the kind of bad day that only emergency medical people can have, Caden and Ben meet again for a drink. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed together, which eventually evolves into a fledgling relationship. However, antibiotics and altered genetics throw the new lovers a definite twist.

Going home to tell the parents that they are pregnant is going to be interesting.

nero nightsNERO NIGHTS (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 5) by Keary Taylor

Nova and Valen barely escaped Isroth with their lives and now they’ve crash-landed on an empty planet—no people, no tools to fix their ship. Nova has spent her life building and creating mechanics, but this is the most advanced vessel in the galaxy, and she can’t figure out what’s wrong with it.

But maybe the crash was a blessing in disguise. They’ve seen their entire lives together, but this is the first real time they’ve ever had with one another. This is their chance to see if their future is worth fighting for, and if there is anything between them besides attraction and fate.

On this empty planet, there is no fighting, no war, no conflict. Their days and nights are filled with uncertain glances, soft touches, and life-altering vows.

What was once never a question is now a serious consideration: do they even want to fix the ship, or is this the beginning of a brand new, perfect life?

refuge in timeREFUGE IN TIME (THE AFTER CILMERI XERIES BOOK 17) by Sarah Woodbury
April 2022. When an unknown gunman sends David and William back to Earth Two, Michael and Livia are left gasping along with the rest of their universe. Accepting that their respective employers are possible suspects, not to mention untrustworthy, the pair band together in the shooting’s immediate aftermath, in an attempt to put the first few pieces of the puzzle together. But when an unexpected bout of time travel upends everyone yet again, Michael and Livia realize they are on their own, and this particular puzzle is one that they–and only they–can solve.
in a badger wayIN A BADGER WAY (THE HONEY BADGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Shelly Laurenston

Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.

Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.

But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.

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awake in shadowsAWAKE IN SHADOWS (THE FORSAKEN CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Rebuilding a life while still missing an identity isn’t easy, but that’s what Adara’s determined to do. It’s why she’s been ignoring the overtures from an elegant vampire and the stalking by an overprotective werewolf.

However, when a mysterious presence begins to haunt her memories—and dreams—wakening a primal terror, she has no choice but to ask for help.

The problem is, unraveling her secret past seems to be triggering demon attacks. Someone doesn’t want her finding answers.
Adara might be forsaken, but she certainly hasn’t been forgotten. For he is coming after her…

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evil eyeEVIL EYE: TIGER’S EYE MYSTERIES by Alyssa Day

When swarms of treasure hunters descend on Dead End in search of legendary pirate Captain Pierre Arneaux’s fabled lost gold, chaos crashes down on the normally quiet town.When the only treasure chests found have corpses instead of coins, Jack has to spring into action. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

Tess Callahan, who owns a pawn shop in the strangest town in Florida, is barely over the last dead bodies on her doorstep when her new private investigator neighbor asks for her help again.

But it’s her town, and she’ll take on anybody to protect it. Even treasure hunters, vampire slayers, and the ghost of a certain French pirate who still thinks he’s in charge.

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mating instinctMATING INSTINCT (MORGAN CLAN BEARS, BOOK 2) by Theresa Hissong

Ada Carlisle never knew anything outside the gates of her clan, but she isn’t oblivious to why the men were there to touch her. When she is put up for sale to the highest bidder, she flees her home clan for a chance at survival. After traveling for weeks, her bear calls to build a den for the winter months. Once spring arrives, she wakes scared and alone on the land of three male grizzlies.

The spring mating season comes with the discovery of a female bear shifter on the Morgan’s land. Rex Morgan knows immediately Ada Carlisle is to be his mate, but she’s too weak to complete the mating. When it is revealed her clan intended to sell her to a male in Montana, the Morgan brothers vow to take down the leader of the O’Kelly clan and bring justice to the male who paid for her hand.

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her teacher mateHER TEACHER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 1 by Tasha Black

Ten years ago, Ian Anderson met the woman he instantly knew was meant to be his mate. There was just one problem – he was a brand-new high school teacher, and she was a top student. Though he ached to protect Bianca and was desperate to take her as his mate, he knew she was still too young for him to stake his claim. So Ian did the only thing he could – he walked away – from his job, and his forbidden desire.

Now Bianca Silver is back in Tarker’s Hollow to do her graduate research. She’s never gotten over her inexplicably intense yearning for Mr. Anderson, which she swears is more than a silly schoolgirl fantasy. But an unexpected encounter with him alone in the woods sends her quiet new life into a tailspin, putting Bianca in the path of grave danger and showing her a depth of longing and pleasure she never imagined was possible.

With Bianca by his side, Ian has everything he ever dreamed of. But loving her isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Between Bianca’s stubborn streak and the efforts of a mysterious attacker who seems to want her out of the picture, it’s going to take all her smarts and his experience for these fated mates to begin their new life.

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her lawyer mateHER LAWYER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 2 by Tasha Black

Wolf shifter Hector Thayer is a top lawyer at his small firm in Tarker’s Hollow. A driven and passionate man, Hector has nearby family, good friends, and pro bono work to keep his every moment occupied. But when Hector meets his mate, it begins to feel like the rest of his carefully curated life was all just an elaborate holding pattern. Smart, funny Mei makes Hector and his inner wolf lose control. If he can convince her to accept his role in the pack he might find the happiness he’s always longed for.

Mei Cohen is lost in lust with Hector Thayer. But he’s dangerous – a wolf shifter and a heartless attorney – the opposite of the person philanthropist Mei wants to spend her life with. If only she could convince her libido he’s not the one for her. The crazy things he does to her body keep her crawling back for more, even when she most wants to let go.

When a mysterious stalker comes after Mei in the home where she is staying, Hector is desperate to stake his claim. And though Mei has never relied on a man to protect her, she allows Hector to get closer than she ever meant to.

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vampire 74A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 74: A PIECE OF SCYTHE by Bella Forrest

Death’s Scythe is missing. Broken into three pieces and scattered across the universe—Taeral and his team must retrieve it if they wish to save their worlds from certain destruction.

But they have no idea what sort of obstacles lie in the path of such a mission. And even though Seeley has been tasked with following them, he has been forbidden to intervene… No matter what.

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bunny omega on the runBUNNY OMEGA ON THE RUN (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 1) by Jessica E Subject

As a pop star, I never expected to find true love.
Not in a world where everything is temporary and often fake. But then he ran into me. Not once, but twice. My tiger instantly recognized him as my mate. Now, I just have to convince Kish that what we have is real.

The oldest of ten kids, I saw what my mother went through after my father left. After that, I started taking blockers so I would never go into heat, never have kids. Because love was for the weak. And I was doing just fine on my own.

Then I met TK. Literally smacked right into him. But no matter how much I wanted it to be true, I refused to believe that he could love a bunny shifter from the wrong part of town.

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winning skyhunterWINNING SKYHUNTER (STONEFIRE DRAGONS UNIVERSE BOOK 1) by Jessie Donovan

Asher King had been locked away under the former clan leader for speaking out against his cruelty. Now free, he wants to win the leadership and guide his clan to a better future. However, being the nephew of the old leader isn’t easy, and if that wasn’t enough to overcome, he’s still recovering from the torture he endured while imprisoned. Still, he’s determined to win and keep his clan from being disbanded by the humans, even if it means competing against his ex-girlfriend and denying how much he still wants her.

Newly returned from her stay in America, Honoria Wakeham puts herself up as a candidate to be clan leader. Not everyone approves of a female candidate, but that doesn’t faze her. The old clan leader killed her parents, and in order to fully heal, she wants to bring the clan together and move their practices into the twenty-first century. What she didn’t count on was running into Asher King, the male she loved over a decade ago, before she was sent away to stay with her American relatives for safety.

It doesn’t take long for Asher and Honoria to give in to their attraction, but from it springs an idea that may be the best of all. Can they win the leadership trials and keep their clan together? Or, will one of the other candidates win and try to keep Skyhunter in the past?

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line lure of the mer 2LINE (THE LURE OF THE MER BOOK 2) by Laney Kaye

Burned by a controlling relationship, professional fundraiser Krissy Bourke is determined to seize every opportunity her barely-even-vanilla relationship with her ex denied her. When a hot-as-hell lifeguard enters the picture, sparking her stifled lust, she’s more than ready. Then he suggests his Thor-like cousin join them, and her fantasy of defying all the taboos will finally be realized. Yet, her new lover is hiding something.

Erik Okeanós is a member of an elite group of Australian lifeguards who hide a secret; they are the last of the Mer. Their numbers are dwindling, so Mer law forbids sex with humans unless another Mer joins them. He’s shared women for over two-hundred years, and this pretty little human is no different. So why is he suddenly yearning for something more? Something that comes with too high a price…his immortality.

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prophecy nina croftTHE PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 1) by Nina Croft

Whoever sacrifices the virgin, Raven Cole, on her twenty-first birthday will achieve a great victory in the war between good and evil.

That’s bad news for Raven. Half-vampire, half witch, and cursed from the moment she was born, Raven has been a prisoner of the fire-demons for the last seven years. Now, as her twenty-first birthday approaches, time is running out.

Kael Hunter believed he would do anything to stop the fire-demons from winning. Until he saw her. Now, rather than kill the alluring vampire himself, Kael has another plan: to prevent the prophecy by taking Raven’s virginity.

But Raven is prepared for death not seduction. Can Kael use their one night of passion to convince her she has a future – and that he should be a part of it?

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bound magicBOUND MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2) by Jenny Schwartz

Six billion people are dead. More are dying. The Faerene Apocalypse isn’t over, but the seeds for a new beginning have to be planted, now.

The future of Earth is that of a planet of many sentients: of the invading, magical Faerene and mundane, traumatized humanity.

But a few, exceedingly rare humans do have magic. Amy Carlton is one of them. Forced to bond with the black griffin, Magistrate Istvan, and act as his familiar, she doesn’t understand the magic she possesses. Nor does she understand the Faerene society she is thrown into.

She’ll have to learn fast because the cost of Amy’s ignorance couldn’t be higher. Death stalks an apocalypse, and the lives lost could be those of people she loves.

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of blood and monstersOF BLOOD AND MONSTERS (PIPER LAURIE SERIES BOOK 3) by D G Swank

A demon army is descending on Asheville, prepared to drag Piper and her friends to hell for defying Okeus, the god of war and hell, a threat her band of battered and weary defenders is nowhere near strong enough to hold off.

To add to her worries, a crescent moon is destined to appear on her left palm that will compel her to kill Kieran Abel, the demi-god son of Okeus. Now that Okeus has discovered his long coveted human son, he will torture Piper for eons if she follows through.

But she can’t ignore her new inexplicable craving for demon souls. With every monster she kills, her power grows and she feels herself turning darker.

Time is running out and Piper will do anything to protect those she loves, even if it means risking her own soul.

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GHOSTWALKER (BLACKWOOD PACK BOOK 6) by Mary Rundle

VS note: The cover, although beautifully photographed, is a little too hot for my blog.

David spent most of his life as a prisoner, beaten countless times as he was taught by the Sisters of the Four Gods. After learning the truth about what they had planned for him, he escaped and eventually landed in Scotland where he was rescued by kind shifter who gave him a job and a bed. His feeling of safety ended abruptly when he was discovered by the ones he fled.

Zane, the Blackwood Pack’s genius computer programmer, joined his brothers and friends in Scotland on his very first vacation. It had been a long and hard road for him since parents and younger siblings were massacred, but his life was finally coming together Not expecting anything more than fun and sightseeing, he was stunned to find his Fated Mate there.

Before they can claim each other, they find themselves in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, trying to elude brutal pursuers who want to capture David and kill Zane. As they fight to stay one step ahead of them, Zane sets out to win David’s heart and restore his confidence and also becomes his protector and lover.

Learning about each other’s abilities and gifts—and about the gods’ plans for David’s formidable new role in the shifter world—they form a unique bond with undying trust and a deep love that will bind them forever together as one.

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blood entwinedBLOOD ENTWINED: THE LAURENT BLOOD LEGACY (MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 44)  by Evelyn Lederman, Forward by SE Smith

Left for dead after a vicious vampire attack, a compulsion drives fledgling Annie Gerard to Magic, New Mexico. After believing herself safe, she’s manipulated into being the bait to capture the creature who turned her into a vampire.

Hunter Marc Bouchard failed at his last assignment, destroying his self confidence. He moves to Magic to lick his wounds and begin a new phase in his immortal life. Asked to house a female vampire and the promise of a centuries old spell turns his solitary existence upside down.

Will the blood legacy spell save the two would be lovers? It can only be possible in Magic, New Mexico.

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hunted and claimedHUNTED AND CLAIMED (WAYWARD MATE BOOK 7) by Delta James

Riley decided years ago that she would be better off on her own, but when the alpha of the local pack finds out there’s a lone wolf causing trouble on his turf he takes matters into his own hands.

As far as Cameron Nichols is concerned, Riley will be joining his pack whether she likes it or not. Her only choice will be whether to submit to his authority with or without needing to be stripped bare and spanked over his knee until she is kicking and crying and promising obedience. When she chooses the latter, the Navy SEAL turned cowboy is more than happy to oblige.

But Cameron knows instantly that Riley isn’t just a feisty female in need of an alpha’s firm hand. She is his mate, and she knows it too, despite her best efforts to deny it. No matter how many times she tries to run, he will always chase her down, punish her thoroughly, and then mount and claim her so roughly that all she can do is scream her helpless, shamefully intense pleasure into the pillow as her body betrays her and surrenders ever more completely to his demands.

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twice claimedTWICE CLAIMED (CROWNED AND CLAIMED SERIES BOOK 2) by Betty Schreffler

As a newly crowned Queen, I’ve been chased from my home, forced to turn to an unfamiliar man for protection. In my world, we thrive on what you have to offer, and in order to save my home, I must give myself to a King in exchange for victory.

I promised I would make the necessary sacrifices to end the tyranny forced on my territory, but to give my heart, and lose the man who owns it, is the one thing capable of breaking me. When the choice is stolen from me, my only option is to follow through with a marriage alliance or lose the ones I love.

With tragedy striking from every attempt to win the war, I turn to the one who swore to protect me. With his love, I find a new source of freedom, and tip the scales in my favor. So I believed.

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onis tearsONI’S TEARS: A STEAMFUNK ADVENTURE (A UNITY ISLES NOVELLA BOOK 1) by Kai Leakes

He is the eater of magic. The taker of souls. An entity who wants lands to turn to dusk. The skies to turn obsidian and to rule the world through the slaughter of the paragons.Since childhood 20-year-old Olivia Oni Lovejoy has trained with her family to keep magic in the world safe from the Big Juju Man. However, a close loss has sped up her succession as the Orisha Oya’s paragon and brought with it nothing but melancholy to her soul. When the Juju Man’s minions, the Ajogan descend on Alton, Illinois bringing destruction, it’s the loving wisdom of Oni’s father and a well-timed introduction of Midnight Horn, that leads her on an adventure against evil. As Oni’s tears fall, in another world, a doting grandmother tells Oni and Midnight’s journey as Paragons, in this exciting and haunting fantasy in a steampunk/funk driven world & foundation of a magic distant town.

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forbidden arcana lunaFORBIDDEN ARCANA: LUNA by Tamryn Tamer

Forbidden Arcana was full of dungeons. There were towers filled with evil warlords, caverns filled with man eating insects, and ruins overrun with undead. The Magus Puzzle was nothing like those and Luna would do anything to complete it, even bind herself to a mage.

Jericho needed a spatial magic user and Luna needed a master. Sure, they could have met under better circumstances. She could have knocked on his door and introduced herself rather than spy on him for weeks, even during his most intimate moments. But, in the end, she decided she liked what she saw and that’s what really mattered.

Jericho was going to help her solve the Magus Puzzle, if for no other reason than he was just as curious as she was about what was inside of it.

In the meantime, Terra offered to keep the other familiars occupied with a trip to a dungeon of their own. All she needs to do is figure out how to keep them under control without going insane.

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worthyWORTHY (THE WORTHY TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Siobhan Chase

Attacked one night by vampires only to be saved by her neighbor, Kai Jung, Ashiya learns not only is Kai a vampire, but her husband, who took her memories away in order to protect her. Armed with a gift she can’t control, Kai sweeps her into a dangerous world run by Elementals and protected by Shatans amongst many creatures of myth.

Tied together by a past Ashiya can’t remember, both fight intensely to stay together. But when Ashiya learns about a family curse that affects the whole Hyper world and Kai’s past comes back to haunt them, Ashiya must prove her worth to the new community she is now a part of making the ultimate sacrifice – herself.

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shifted into loveSHIFTED INTO LOVE: LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Various

VS Note: From February

This Valentine’s we wanted to celebrate black women, sexy shifters and our love of both in this anthology. Our authors range from a newly published writer to established authors with dozens of titles to their bibliography. Each lady brings her unique spin to the paranormal romance genre and shifters. Cozy up with a blanket and some hot cocoa and relax into the diverse worlds we have created for you.

From the sands of Egypt to the decadent halls of Zargobia, these seven stories will take you on the paranormal adventures your heart craves; foiling assassination attempts to shifter speed dating to being auctioned off to the highest bidder or fighting your way through the pack to claim your mate. Every story features the sexy shifters your heart and body desires, they break barriers and definitely some hearts.

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echoes l a ashtonECHOES by L A Ashton

VS Note: From February

After one thousand years of listless eternity, Oskar is used to his particular brand of loneliness. But a long walk through Middle America and a few chance encounters will lead him straight to a man he’d known to be long since dead―his childhood best friend, Aranck.

Being undead hasn’t stopped Aran from living life to the fullest. He has all the money and power his charm and business savvy could earn him, and plenty of friends. Lately, though, something seems to be missing. After a millennium, perhaps the world’s shine has worn off—and that’s when Oskar stumbles back into his life, reminding him of who he used to be.

Together the two vampires remember what it felt like to live, all the while navigating a conflict with the local pack of werewolves. A lot has changed in a thousand years, and only time will tell if those changes will bring Oskar and Aranck closer together, or ensure they remain apart.

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innamorata and her clan of dragonsTHE INNAMORATA AND HER CLAN ON DRAGONS (THE DRAGON CLAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Clare

She escaped her gilded cage. Can she find a home?

In a world where dragons rule, they were once a respected and powerful clan. Now they are outcasts and dysfunctional.
Working as enforcers, and feared by most everyone, their goal is to hunt down whoever is kidnapping and torturing their kind, and destroy them. But their time is limited; without their Innamorata they are barely holding on to their sanity.

Ayah has finally escaped the restrictions imposed on her from birth. Rare and uniquely gifted, she is determined to discover the extraordinary woman she is meant to be. So, being claimed as their Innamorata by five desperate dragon-men, is not something she will easily accept, without a fight.
However, fate has other plans. Thrown together by destiny, can they work together before it’s too late?
Amidst the danger, will they be able to deal with their differences and find the happiness that has so far eluded them all?

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tarian outcastTARIAN OUTCAST (NEW TARIAN PRIDE BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Katy Craigson is on the run. Not from anything too scary, because she is a safe girl and doesn’t do danger, but she’s running from a past that keeps trying to drag her under. All she needs is a week with her best friend in the mountains of Colorado for a week. But when an unlikely hero comes to her rescue, she’s sent on a path she never saw coming. For some reason she can’t stop thinking about Kannon, the sexy, quick-witted lion shifter. He’s explained that humans have no place around the Tarian Pride, but her heart isn’t listening. She’d almost given up on men, but he’s showing her just how good a man, or shifter, can be. The old Katy would’ve run from the danger that immerses his life, but the new Katy is up for a little adventure.

Human Katy has Kannon Killian’s full attention. That’s not good for her. The Tarians have a strict law against humans near the Pride. Humans are too breakable around these violent big cat shifters. Kannon’s lion is on the hunt though, and pushing him to do unspeakable things to keep the pretty girl who can make him laugh on a dime. And too bad he’s not the only one hunting her. Three lion shifters have interest in Human Katy, and for all drastically different reasons. She has no idea how much danger she’s in, and it’s entirely his fault. He should’ve never dragged her into the chaos of his life…but then again…he never really had a choice. The animal inside of him has chosen a girl who is too fragile for his Pride of war lions. Or is she?

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dark dreams temptationDARK DREAM’S TEMPTATION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 26) by I T Lucas

Julian has known Ella is the one for him from the moment he saw her picture, but when he finally frees her from captivity, she seems indifferent to him. Could he have been mistaken?

Ella’s rescue should’ve ended that chapter in her life, but it seems like the road back to normalcy has just begun and it’s full of obstacles. Between the pitying looks she gets and her mother’s attempts to get her into therapy, Ella feels like she’s typecast as a victim, when nothing could be further from the truth. She’s a tough survivor, and she’s going to prove it.

Strangely, the only one who seems to understand is Logan, who keeps popping up in her dreams. But then, he’s a figment of her imagination—or is he?

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infinity chroniclesINFINITY CHRONICLES BOOK ONE by Albany Walker

New town, new school. Same story. I’m Laura, I’ve spent most of my life crisscrossing the county yielding to the whims of my transient mother. We’ve never stayed in one place long enough to call it home, and I don’t have any hope of that changing.

I follow the rules; no drawing attention to myself, no friends, and especially no boys.

But my mom’s been keeping secrets, secrets so profound they threaten to turn my world upside down. I’ve always assumed her paranoia was a symptom of a mental illness, but as her secrets begin to unravel, I realize nothing is what it seems.

As my life careens out of control a group of guys from school promise to give me answers about who I really am. I’m afraid of what I might learn, but more afraid of what I could be giving up if I don’t listen.

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protector serena novaPROTECTOR (THE FULL BLOOD BOOK 1) by Serena Nova

I have a Secret and I’m going to tell you.
I’m the last Full-blood Witch.
I’m the last Savill Royal.
I’m the heir to a throne four King’s rule the world from.
I told my secret twice now, to you and my best friend.
Now it is time to keep that secret again.
Because if they knew I was still alive, it would mean losing my freedom.
Maybe even my life.
Only for me to end up in the wrong place.
Their place.

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silver dragonSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Dragon knight Mikhail has spent the many years of his life in the pursuit of duty. But when his latest mission sends him to a sleepy California beach town, he’s shocked to come across a murder in progress. And even more shocked to realize (after plummeting from the sky to save the day) that it’s four older women in a writing group acting out a scene from a murder mystery.

But that’s nothing to how he feels when the “murder victim” looks into his eyes… and he knows that the beautiful gray-haired woman is his mate.

Bird Worcester used to write children’s books, before a bitter divorce separated her from her beloved son and daughter. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still picking up the pieces. But when a handsome, silver-haired stranger literally drops into her life, she finds that her heart just might still be alive after all.

But years of lonely solitude and their very different lives aren’t their only obstacles. There’s also the little matter of Mikhail’s dangerous mission.

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deadly protectorDEADLY PROTECTOR (FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Katrina Mejia knows she has to prove herself. As the newest member of the Federal Paranormal Unit, she’s in a whole new world. She needs a lot of field time to get up to speed and is happy to take on any case. She’d also like more information on tall, dark and broody who makes her heart skip a beat and her panties shrivel into nothing.

Hunter Cross is content with the anonymity of working undercover. He’s not a people person and isn’t interested in a mate or a relationship of any kind. His heart is dead to emotions and he’s more than happy to keep it that way. But things change when he finds his mate. A mate he doesn’t want but craves.

Putting herself in the sights of a madman abducting women, Kat’s about to become more than one man’s prey. When a piece of Hunter’s dark past shows up unexpectedly, it’ll take more than his dragon to keep his mate alive. Danger takes center stage as Hunter and Kat team up to take down a predator while fighting their burning passion.

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swithing witchesSWITCHING WITCHES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 7 by Robyn Peterman

How in the Goddess’s name did I get stuck at the Witchypoo Convention at Rump Arena in Hexington, Kentucky? Whoops… my bad. Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Whatever. It’s like one cavernous indoor garage sale of “magic” crap. It’s nothing more than a convention of human wanna-be witches in pointy ankle boots and half-price black hats.

And where in the Goddess’s gauchos did these humans get their info on witch-wear? Real witches wear Prada… and Stella McCartney and Alice and Olivia and … well, you get my point.

Baba Yopaininmybutt sent me to root out the very evil shenanigans going down in the sea of faux witches, mummies and vamps. On the plus side, I’m looking forward to hotel sex with my hotter that heck werewolf mate. However, nookie time is nada. Believe it or not, a gay fainting goat shifter, a magical mystery woman and a dude who looks alarmingly like me have shown up to complicate matters.

A mystery witch is dealing in blood. I might have a twin. Where do gay fainting goat shifters come from anyway? And I will be seriously put out if I can’t have hotel sex.

But I’m motivated … by multiple big O’s.
Let the motherhumpin’ witch-hunt begin.

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embroidered fantasiesEMBROIDERED FANTASIES (TAPESTRIES BOOK 5) by N J Walters

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With her abusive ex-husband safely behind bars, Roxanne Sykes is trying to carve out a quiet life for herself. Just as she’s beginning to feel free to explore her new possibilities, word reaches her that her cruel ex has been released from prison. When he shows up at her door bent on destroying her, it’s only through the magic of a well-loved tapestry that Roxanne is whisked away to safety—and into the world of a warrior she’s known only from her fantasies.

Radnor Craddock has known only a life of violence and brutality at the hands of his older brothers. Now that they have fallen in battle, Radnor and his twin brother Sednar can finally put their house in order. Just as their efforts are bearing fruit, fate smiles upon them again by delivering a potential tapestry bride to their doorstep. Well aware of what they must do to win her hand and her heart, the brothers dedicate themselves to granting Roxanne every imaginable pleasure, driving her to sensual heights unlike any she has ever known.

With each new erotic encounter stirring a loving bond between the three, Roxanne is tempted to accept the promise of the tapestry and make a new life and new home with the brothers. But she has trusted before and been painfully wrong, and she’s frightened by the whisperings of the brothers’ violent past. Unsure of herself and threatened anew when her merciless ex finds his way to her once again, Roxanne must trust her heart as the brothers vow to protect her and destroy her ex—and to give her a life and love she had never dreamed possible.

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memorys flameMEMORY’S FLAME (WOLF HERITAGE BOOK 6) by Tielle St. Clare

Bridget has always known her role in the Pack…mate with a strong wolf who would take over from her father and assume the role of Alpha.

As a dominant wolf herself, Bridget has yet to meet the male who could best her. She won’t accept anyone except the strongest wolf as her mate.

Payne has come to town for a story… It isn’t really possible that werewolves exist, right? Either his research is going to lead him to a bunch of crazies who dress up on the full moon or the biggest story of his life.

Injured years ago, Creed’s wolf is damaged. He’s no match for Bridget. He can only be her friend and lust for her from afar.

But when the past returns with vengeance in mind, there’s only one way to survive—they must join together and fight fire with pure fire.

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phoenix is foreverA PHOENIX IS FOREVER (PHOENIX BROTHERS BOOK 3) by Ashlyn Chase

Dawn Forrest is ready for a big change. She’s determined to put her criminal past behind her and only use her extraordinary psychic abilities for good from now on.

Luca Fierro is a Phoenix shifter and rookie cop with something to prove. The last person he should tangle with is a newly reformed bad girl, especially one as irresistible as Dawn. But he needs her help to find a missing child, and every minute counts. This case is going to put their skills to the test and force them to keep their sizzling attraction at bay.

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forever wolfFOREVER WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES BOOK 3) by Maria Vale

Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.

Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart.

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fate knows bestFATE KNOWS BEST by Alanea Alder

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After her boss became her ex-boyfriend and turned her life inside out, Rebecca is on the road looking for adventure and a place to call home. She never imagined the mysterious road she would take would lead her to a grumpy hot Sheriff, a gorgeous playboy and a group of gay fashionistas, or, that they would be bear and lion shifters. Reading about being a shifter’s mate was one thing, living it was another.

Aleks has sworn off human women. After working a brutal homicide he as returned to the shifter-only town of his birth to date the local shifter women and hopefully find a nice female bear-shifter to give him cubs. When Fate throws him an itty, bitty human as a mate, he refuses to have anything to do with her.

As the attraction between them grows Aleks realizes that he can’t seem to stay away from the tiny dark-haired human, but the realization may come too late, as he faces the fact that though her body was never in any danger, he may have shattered her heart.

He wonders if she will be safe with him and she wonders if she will ever be what he he truly wants.

In the end they will both see that, Fate Knows Best.

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moonshine and maliceMOONSHINE AND MALICE: MOONSHINE HOLLOW #2 by Kathleen Brooks

What was an accidental witch to do when fate sends a sexy witch on a motorcycle, only to find out he might be there to kill her?

Zoey Mathers was adjusting to life as a witch— a real finger wiggling, magic casting, talk to spirits witch who was thrown into the middle of a war between good and evil. And now Slade, fate’s sexy twist, was asking her out on a date and talking about her part in an ancient prophecy.

It was up to Zoey to decide if she could trust Slade not to kill her. She also has to discover the reason for her particular powers. And then there’s that little thing about her possibly being the key to ending the War of the Witches. Ah, the quiet small town mountain life.

Now, if only she could only avoid losing her heart, and more importantly her life to Slade.

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stone cold protectorSTONE COLD PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 38) by Julia Mills

Blowing things up since before he could walk, Oz, Oscar Tomas to his momma and only his momma, could make bombs out of anything and everything ~ lady’s knickers, a torn shoestring, even dried-out, old cow patties. There was nothing he couldn’t make go boom, nothing he couldn’t bend to his will.

Then came London.

Intelligent, quick-witted, and strong-willed with more curves than a country back road, Oz was defenseless in the face of the fiery attraction he felt for this redheaded bombshell…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ayilAYIL: DARK WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 18 by  Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

Ayil, a powerful warrior angel, is on a mission to discover if a Phoenix clan is working with demons. Unfortunately, his plan goes south the moment he meets Kennex, an irresistible clan member who unknowingly possesses demonic energy. When he sees evidence she was attacked, Ayil can’t resist intervening on her behalf, despite the fact his actions threaten his task, as well as, the very foundations of Heaven and angelkind.

Kennex vowed long ago to never trust angels. Her experiences taught her they’re as controling and manipulative as any demon, some even more so. When her tormentuous past hunts her down and stakes a claim on her body and soul, she’s forced to rethink her strategy and seek alliance with Ayil, a sexy warrior angel. The thin line between love and hate quickly blurs as attraction blazes between them…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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monster scarlett havenMONSTER (SHIFTER ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven

If I thought my mates were protective before, that’s nothing compared to how they are now.
It’s for a good reason… somebody is after me, but we don’t know why.
What am I?
As I start developing more and more powers, the only thing we have is questions.
Maybe these people are right to come after me and hunt me down?
What if I’m a monster?

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crystal roseTHE CRYSTAL ROSE (RITE WORLD: RITE OF THE WARLOCK BOOK 3) by Juliana Haygert

Luana – Keeran and I have decided to be together, but the world is intent on ripping us apart. His magic is driving him mad, and I’m left alone to decide how to take down Isalia. But I’ve made too many promises, and I’ve sworn to protect too many people. To win this war, I’ll have to accept a destiny I’ve never faced– and a crown I didn’t even know was my birthright.

Keeran – I’m hiding secrets from Luana– secrets that are killing me. I love her, but I’m losing my mind, and I don’t know how to regain my sanity. War isn’t coming, it’s already here, and I’m the only one who can stop it. To protect my love, I’ll have to do the unthinkable… and make an irreversible sacrifice.

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dragons life witchTHE DRAGON’S LIFE WITCH (SIX ISLES WITCHES AND DRAGON BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

They arrested me as a witch. And I’ve one night left to live.
At least, I thought I did, until the nobleman turned up.
He calls himself Meridas, and he thinks my magic will be of use. Also, he’s a dragon.

A sky-cursing handsome dragon person, if I’m being honest here.
I don’t like the idea of being used, but it’s not like I have a choice. Not unless I want to survive the next day. It helps that he lives in the floating cities, though.
I always wanted to get out of the slums. Maybe not quite in this manner… but a girl’s gotta take every opportunity presented, right?
It does help that he’s everything a girl looks for in a man. Kind. Attentive. Strong and determined to save his sister, and save me. Things I’m definitely not used to.
Things I wouldn’t mind exploring further, if I get the chance.

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water legacyTHE WATER LEGACY (ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 2) by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades

Sophia – Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.

But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors— or I’ll lose everyone I love.

Liam – Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.

The Water council has promised they’ll bring my Familiar back from the dead— my literal soul— if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?

But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die… and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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fourth riteFOURTH RITE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 4) by Jacquelyn Faye

There are two things you should always remember about elves. One, they never miss. Two, they never give up.

I thought I was safe when my familiar stopped the arrow from turning me into a kabob, but as I said, elves don’t give up. Especially when they think you destroyed their city and killed their king in some grandiose quest for power
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They didn’t know me very well.

He may not have believed me, but he believed the goddess when she showed up to proclaim my innocence. Unfortunately for him, she turned him into my full-time body guard. I should have been grateful, I should have been happy I had another hottie keeping me from getting dead. I should have been a lot of things, but all of them would have been easier if he and I got along better than nitro and glycerin. Did I mention the third thing you should always remember about elves? They’re kind of stuck-up jerks with pointy ears and nice butts.

Now, my body-guard and I get to travel to Faerie to convince the royal family of my innocence. Sounds fun, right? Try telling your boyfriends that they aren’t invited.

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heaven is a harem book 2HEAVEN IS A HAREM: BOOK 2 by Kim Faulks

How do you fight for a mortal’s damned soul? With teeth and claws. With wings and hate.  With brass knuckles coated with Demon blood.

And that’s exactly what my Archangel intends to do.I never wanted this bloodline, never wanted to belong to both the darkness and the light. I’ll renounce Lucifer’s hold over me, and I’ll fight.

But the Nephilim are rising, staking their claim over my body and my soul, bringing that dangerous part of me to the surface, until one night…in a derelict church in the middle of a desert, they come.

Dark against light. Heaven against Hell.

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kierceVS Note: In case you missed the news of my new release last week!

KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 20

March 13

March 6

February 27

February 20

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.

The Lucky Ones Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. We’ve now moved on from GABE.

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

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

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt, from the very beginning of the book:

Elianna rubbed her arm and leaned against the wall of the crowded group cell. Weeks ago her ship had been taken captive by pirates. The captain had tried to offer the leader of the pirates the ship’s kidnap and ransom insurance to buy their freedom. Poor man had been killed in front of the crew for his efforts. Ever since then things had only been going downhill for Elianna and the others from the ship.

Her fellow crew and the passengers had been brought to an unknown planet, and all of them were in dire trouble now. This wasn’t going to be a ransom and return situation.

The aliens running the facility were arrogant and unpleasant. Ten people had been taken away first thing and put on another flyer before she and her companions were even escorted inside the building to be processed. Maybe they were the lucky ones?

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 20

kierceAs 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).

LOTS of exciting new books this week, including one from me! WOOT! My latest Badari Warrior novel. I’ve been one clicking away on everyone else’s books too of course…

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KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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barbarians seductionBARBARIAN’S SEDUCTION (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 20) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Who can resist a new one in this series? 

Marlene’s not like the other humans. They weep while she smiles. They look at us with fear, while she entices me with a come-hither look.

I…have no idea why such a bold female resonated to a male like me. I am the most reticent of all the sa-khui tribe, a hunter that never expected to have a family of my own. But resonance chooses, and it has chosen her for me. And Marlene is quite determined to seduce me…and who can say no to such a woman?

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choosing chucklesCHOOSING CHUCKLES (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this one. Nobody does sizzling cyborgs like Cynthia and it’s exciting that she’s doing a spinoff series. Had this on pre-order!

Chuckles hates all humans. In the past, humans betrayed him. That treachery caused permanent damage to his muscular form, resulting in a lifespan of pain.

When the primitive D Model cyborg answers a distress call sent by a pink-and-blue haired, sparkly human female, he knows it’s a trap. He still has to respond to her fake cry for help. She belongs to him, is the one being genetically fabricated for him. But he plans to be her captor, not her captive.

Bettina, aka Bait, works with a team of females, snaring sexual predators in space, seizing their ships and transporting them to primitive planets. As soon as she speaks with Chuckles, she knows he’s not like the others. He has honor, is a being worthy of respect, of caring.

But she can’t let him go. She has to trap him. His dominance thrills her. His deep voice evokes desires she’d never experienced in the past. She’ll risk it all, breaking every rule for one wild encounter with the male she calls Sir.

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fallen from the starsFALLEN FROM THE STARS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 6) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Once I read the teaser for this latest novel in the series, I couldn’t wait to read it. One click!

Vasil has spent his life serving the needs of his people, denying his own desires — until a star falls from the sky. He follows its fiery trail and finds the unexpected: a mysterious human female. She is his chance at having the mate, the family for which he’s longed. But when he discovers her connection to the organization that created and enslaved his ancestors, he must decide if claiming his happiness is worth the risk of exposing the kraken.

Stranded on an unknown planet, Theodora Velenti has limited supplies and no way to call for help. Hopeless, the arrival of a half-man, half-octopus alien doesn’t seem like an improvement. But despite his differences, Theo finds herself drawn to him. Giving in to Vasil’s advances means accepting that the life she knew is gone forever. Can she give up a chance of rescue or is what she and Vasil feel for each other real?

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gorison traveler incidentTHE GORISON TRAVELER INCIDENT (VESLOR MATES BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Laurann’s been talking about this new series on Facebook and since I’m a huge fan of hers, I was super eager to get my hands on it!

Vivian is a cultural specialist on the United Earth fleet ship Gorison Traveler. It’s the perfect job for someone who wants to learn everything about aliens. The only problem? The commander won’t let her anywhere near the visiting Ke’ters aboard the ship. The only way she gets a peek at the lizard-like race is when her brother opens a live camera feed during a meeting—a meeting that turns tragic when the Ke’ters attack the crew.

She’s horrified. Scared. The Ke’ters are murdering her people. Rushing from her quarters to get help from a control center, Vivian finds the station abandoned. It’s all on her to try to rescue the crew.

Brassi is a Veslor trader who picks up a distress signal from a nearby space vessel. The attractive female who contacts him looks terrified, and needs his help. He’ll board the Gorison Traveler with his crewmates, and fight the Ke’ters, but the longer he spends on the huge Earth vessel, the greater distraction Vivian becomes. Brassi will do whatever it takes to save her…and to discover if Vivian’s his mate.

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griff hell squad 17GRIFF (HELL SQUAD BOOK 17) by Anna Hackett

VS note: I’m continually impressed at how Anna keeps adding new twists and depth to this long running series. Another one click for me!

Squad Three berserker Griff lived through hell long before the alien invasion. Once, he’d been a dedicated cop, but then in a gut-wrenching betrayal, he ended up behind bars in a supermax prison. After the aliens invaded, he managed to escape and join the soldiers fighting back…and came face to face with his best friend’s little sister–the bold, vibrant, off-limits woman he’s always wanted. Now the beautiful, tattooed Indy is his squad’s comms officer…and she hates his guts.

Indy Bennett lost her parents and brother in the alien attack, and every day, she vows to suck the marrow out of life. She’s also doing her bit in the fight, as Squad Three’s comms officer, even if it means seeing the man who broke her young heart. Griff was once her brother’s best friend, a boy she adored, but now she knows she needs to steer clear of the hard-edged man who still draws her like a moth to a flame.

Griff vows to claim Indy as his. The only problem is, Indy is having none of it. As their fiery attraction explodes, they find themselves embroiled in the hunt for the aliens’ unexplained octagon weapon, and a mysterious survivor town where all is not what it seems. Both Griff and Indy will have to learn to let go of the hurts of the past if they have any chance of not just surviving, but having a future.

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trapped on vkaniTRAPPED ON VKANI ( ATRAPAKO ON EDEN BOOK 3) by Aurora Springer

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets she’s shared from this book. Nobody does worldbuilding details as well as she does!

Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house.
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.

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reunion nhys gloverREUNION (THE DANANS BOOK 3) by Nhys Glover

Sometimes Biology can make you; sometimes it can break you.
For Jade, living with a sweet old couple and volunteering at an animal shelter is a world away from living on the streets like a beaten dog. She knows the eighteen months of her life she lost must have been horrific, if her mind made her forget them. But when she meets five returned vets living rough in the forest and starts seeing weird things, she has to wonder if her lost memory and the men are somehow connected.
It is unheard for Danan warriors to find their podmate before the age of thirty, so when a pod of five young Danans meets Jade, the youngest human captive rescued from the Lyations, they don’t understand what is happening to them. But before they can properly find out, Jade is sent back to Earth and her memory of her time on an alien planet light-years from home wiped, supposedly forever.
Driven by their biology, the young alien warriors follow her to Earth against orders. And when poachers try to abduct Jade once again, her pod has no choice but to save her and go on the run from both the poachers and the Confederacy. Because, when a podmate is found, no matter their age, nothing can be allowed to keep them apart.

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rogue aliens womanROGUE ALIEN’S WOMAN (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 2) by Kate Rudolph

Out of the frying pan, and into the fire…Andie Munster never expected to leave Earth, but one abduction and six years of servitude later, she knows that life can take a girl places she never meant to go. After a daring escape from a planet that held her hostage for more than half a decade, Andie is having trouble telling if her situation just got worse. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for the life of an outlaw, and with her former rescuer running hot and cold, she isn’t sure that she has any reason to remain with his crew.

Prison was the least of his worries…Out of prison and back on his ship things should be going great for Xandr. Instead he’s been stripped of his position as captain, his crew is questioning his decisions, and he can’t keep his eyes off the human he rescued from Ixilta. Demons from his past mean that romance isn’t something he can offer, but every time Andie gets close he can’t think of anything else.

When a job comes up that’s too lucrative to miss, Xandr and his crew will risk everything to pull it off. But is Xandr willing to risk the one woman who makes him want more than the life he’s carved out for himself?

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dragons saviorDRAGONS’ SAVIOR (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

When the courts end Dr. Vanessa Bryant’s career, she’s contacted by a secret government facility to work as a doctor—on another planet. Having no other option, she agrees. On planet Daeria, she finds her two escorts are sexier than sin. She’s going to have problems keeping her hands off them and staying professional.

Madden and Kian, dragon-shifters from Daeria, have been closer than brothers all their lives. Sharing one surrogate is more than ideal to them. They are overjoyed with the idea of becoming parents to help repopulate their planet. The problem is their female isn’t part of the program.

Vanessa is there as a healer, not their surrogate. Plus, not everyone’s happy about her presence. In fact, they’d kill to have her gone. When Vanessa disappears, Madden and Kian learn they need to save more than her life alone. It’s a race against time to convince her they’re her perfect mates and creating a family isn’t impossible.

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fight like a womanFIGHT LIKE A WOMAN by J S Frankel

VS Note: From February

Meet Kyle Sorton, teen, orphan, living a life of no purpose on a space station. Occupation: janitor. Future prospects: none. His only dream is to be someone. Anyone will do.
Wish granted–sort of. An accident aboard his space station forces his flight, and his ship crash lands on an unknown world. Mortally wounded, he uses an experimental healing device called a Clavator to transfer his consciousness to the body of an alien woman. When he awakens, he discovers that this woman not only has special abilities, but that parts of her consciousness still exist. Even more surprising to him is the fact that his new host, named Rinarra, is married to Merat, another woman. She is understandably upset over losing her wife, and initially rejects the new Rinnara.
Confusion reigns, and compounding his problem of understanding his new form is the existence of a hostile alien force known as the Droogs. Large, purple, and utterly evil, Droogs care not about any lives other than their own. Kyle, who slowly begins to not only identify as Rinnara but also to fall in love with Merat, decides to fight the invaders. Windeeri has become a home, and she’ll defend it, even at the cost of her own life.

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his battle lords curseHIS BATTLE LORD’S CURSE (THE BATTLE LORD SAGA BOOK 8) by Linda Mooney

Things seem to have settled down among the people of Alta Novis. Normals and Mutah are working together, and families are thriving. The compound is filled to capacity and brimming with new life, but their good fortune can only last for so long.

Winter is setting in, and the surrounding countryside is being plagued by unexpected swarms of wild animals. In addition, a horde of rats is contaminating the food supplies and destroying goods, but why? Where are all these creatures coming from? And why is it happening now? It all seems to point to one man – a sorcer who shows up at the compound and demands obedience, or else he’ll bring down a devastating curse upon them all. A curse that threatens to take away all Yulen D’Jacques holds dear.

The Battle Lord finds himself at odds between fact and fiction, but he’ll stop at nothing to save his family, as well as his dynasty. But sometimes the real enemy can’t be seen, making it an almost impossible battle to fight, much less win.

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time takenTIME TAKEN (OUT OF TIME BOOK 3) by C B Lewis

Time travel is a precarious business at the best of times, but when Qasim El-Fahkri’s mission to the past ends in violence, it has a ripple effect through every level of the Temporal Research Institute.

Rhys Griffiths finds himself caught in the wake of the disastrous jump, his own career uncertain. With the Supervisory Board breathing down his neck, operatives demanding answers to baffling questions, and life outside of work bearing down on him, his only respite comes from Qasim’s company. As the professional slowly becomes the personal, they must confront the echoes of their own pasts to try and move forward in the future.

But another past is waiting for Qasim, and there may be no coming back from this one.

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model scribeMODEL: SCRIBE (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 2) by Nix Whittaker

Is death his only escape?
Kynaston is the prisoner of the Scribes. Forgotten, he is on the edge of taking the ultimate escape.
Sorcha is the apple of her daddy’s eye. Including walking in his footsteps of watching the stars. But he wouldn’t be pleased with her choice when she discovers something in the telescope that could change everything.

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alien generals sassy captiveTHE ALIEN GENERAL’S SASSY CAPTIVE by Evey Embers

VS Note: I read the Look Inside and the book held my attention, put it on my TBR List.

Sirah might be the hot-tempered, unruly girl trying to band together her human army and stop the invaders… but that won’t matter much when the strict alien general, Ronan, gets his hands on her.

He’s not supposed to lust for, let alone love any of the Earth women – but the way Sirah looks into his eyes has a way of forcing him to tear down his walls. And for her part, Sirah definitely knows that these aliens are bad news. Yet, she feels herself being pulled in by this virile Alien General’s seductive, unstoppable force.

Will he risk it all to tame his headstrong captive? And can she even handle all that he’s got to offer?

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prison moon stone dragonPRISON MOON STONE DRAGON by Alexandra Marell 

Called by a fiery dragon, but does he offer freedom or death?
Abducted from Earth for her gifts as a healer and seer, Claudia Galrese hears the dragon’s desperate call the moment the alien transport comes within orbit of Prison Moon One. He needs her and she can’t rest until she finds out why. Taken in a hunt they call the Chase, she’s nothing more than a slave, forced to bleed her talents dry for a greedy warlord. When she realises she won’t survive another year in his camp, Claudia risks it all and makes a discovery even her powers didn’t see coming.

She’s his only hope of survival, but it might be at the cost of his saviour’s life.
After his brave but futile attempt to save the female dragons during the mining wars, General Tharius Dra’Kathis is left clinging to life. With no hope remaining, he’s laid to rest to await death and transition to the Otherworld plains. But after two hundred years, and with his mortal dragon body turned to stone, he still awaits the pleasure of the gods. When they agree he will return, he wonders if they are playing with him yet.

One touch of a female dragon’s flesh. That’s all he needs to bring him back.
But if the females of his race are all dead, who out there is left with the power to bring this dragon back to life?

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my savage alien rescuerMY SAVAGE ALIEN RESCUER (PARALLEL DIMENSIONS BOOK 1) by Josie Walker

Christina’s life is going according to plan until she falls off a dumpster and into another dimension.

Now she’s being courted by a hunky blue alien. Too bad she can’t understand a word he’s saying! It’s going to take this crafty YouTube star a lot more than thread and a needle to mend the mess she’s gotten herself into . . . and there’s no WiFi so she can’t even look on Google for a tutorial!

It’s a wild and dangerous world! As love begins to kindle inside her and her savage rescuer, she can’t help but wonder if she will ever find her way home again . . . or if she even wants to anymore. Can indoor toilets and cell phones compete with passion so hot it threatens to set the sheets, or rather the animal hides, on fire? Is it worth losing everything she had in order to gain everything she’s always wanted?

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inspectionINSPECTION: A NOVEL by Josh Malerman

VS Note: Not a romance, kind of dystopian maybe? This is the author of BIRD BOX so it’s a release of note.

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

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owned by the alien princeOWNED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Zara Zenia and Starr Huntress

Lucy has never been comfortable in her own curvy body, but she believes her life on Earth is perfect. When she’s abducted by the Xicret to become a personal slave, she fights her captors and refuses to give in to her new reality.

The moment Harkzak see’s Lucy on the auction block, he knows he has to have her. After bidding an astronomical amount to win her, he’s distressed to find her unreceptive to his advances.

Harkzak is desperate for a way to win Lucy’s compliance and heart, so he provides her with a device that allows her to see what’s happening on Earth since she’s been gone. What she sees makes her realize no one on Earth truly cared for her, and it makes her appreciate Harkzak so much more.

When the two finally come together, it becomes clear there are deep feelings involved.
But Harkzak is living with the weight of a lie, one that could send Lucy back to Earth for good.
If Harkzak comes clean, will he lose Lucy forever, or can the bond they’ve formed survive?

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critical exposureCRITICAL EXPOSURE (SECURITY BREACH 2) by Ann Voss Peterson

An explosion in a secret defense lab changes the lives of three men forever. 

Echo Sloane doesn’t like Detective Rand McClellan’s insistence that her brother caused the Cranesbrook lab explosion. But when her baby is kidnapped and the ransom demanded is her missing brother, she must turn to Rand for help. Danger closes in on them when they encounter another man who lived through the lab explosion. He’s determined to use the power he acquired to destroy anyone–including Rand and Echo–standing in his way.

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envyENVY (THE DEADLY SEVEN BOOK 1) by Lana Pecherzyk

Crime rages in Cardinal City. The fanatical Syndicate’s answer is to be judge, jury and executioner, even if that means destroying half the world to eradicate sin. The only thing standing in their way is a family of fearless vigilantes known as the Deadly Seven.
Created in a lab with his brothers and sisters, Evan Lazarus can sense deadly levels of envy. But when he’s blamed for a mass tragedy, it tears him and his heroic family apart. As the Deadly Seven self destruct, Evan loses himself in the city’s ruthless cage-fighting scene, slowly falling prey to the sin he was created to fight. His only hope is to find balance in a partner who embodies his sin’s opposing virtue, the last thing he expects to find is his soulmate…

Doctor Grace Go almost died in the blast that killed her parents, and learned a valuable lesson: envy eats nothing but its own heart. So she forged a life filled with purpose and now seeks justice for the survivors. When she crosses paths with a fiercely protective but damaged hero, a desire she thought long gone is ignited. But Grace is wary of risking her brittle heart on a disgraced hero, even if she can’t seem to stay away from him.

When a figure from Evan’s past emerges, in league with the Syndicate, their evil scheme threatens to destroy everything Evan holds dear. Pushed to the limits, he will have to pull his family from the brink of oblivion and become the hero the city needs, or will envy drive him to destroy Grace and his only chance at love and redemption forever?

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first contactFIRST CONTACT: BOOK ONE IN THE DEEPENING SERIES (A SPACE ROCK OPERA ROMANCE ADVENTURE) by Kelly Brewer

An ex-Marine-turned-rock-god thought his group was skyrocketing to off-planet glory. … Notsomuch.

Things started out well for Kyle Supplantis, the first rock star in history to entertain anyone other than Earthlings. Unfortunately, his groundbreaking tour of the inhabited solar system, circa A.D. 2492, ends in an unexpected fashion:

At the final sold-out show orbiting Neptune, Kyle is serenading Mercy, his brand-new beautiful wife, the daughter of a Jupiter billionaire … when he is suddenly faced with a deadly choice for him and his new family.

The question becomes: Can a rock star save humanity from complete annihilation?Can he and his crew complete their raucous journey as a series of horrific events lead to a shocking revelation that will change humanity forever? And could they be more brilliant, bombastic and bedazzling while they do it? That’s one question we can answer, at least: No. No, they could not.

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lonens reignLONEN’S REIGN: SORCEROUS MOONS 6 by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: I am a HUGE fan of Jeffe’s fantasy romance novels!

A Looming Threat – The sorceress Oria has finally come into her own—able to wield the power of her birthright and secure in the marriage she once believed would bring her only misery. But the past she escaped still chases her, and the certainty of war promises to destroy everything she’s fought to have.

An Impossible War – Once before Lonen led an army in a desperate attempt to stop the powerfully murderous sorcerers of Bára—and he nearly lost everything. Now he must return to the battlefield that took the lives of so many of his people. Only this time he has more to risk than ever.

The Final Conflict – With guile, determination—and unexpected allies—Oria and Lonen return to the place where it all began… and only hope that it won’t also be the end of them.

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bonded to the dragonBONDED TO THE DRAGON by Kara Lockharte

I’m not supposed to be alive. But I am. Living and breathing. I thought it would be the worst thing that could happen to me.

I was wrong. Now I’m immortally bound to serve the whims of a fairy queen.

When a white dragon lays siege to the fairy queen, I know he’s my chance to escape, but this insanely sculpted rock of a man – I mean dragonshifter – has other plans for me.

If I help him get his revenge, he’ll grant me what I want; an end to this life of servitude. But his smoldering eyes, his heated touch, and the curve of his dangerous smile, makes me question.

No, there are some things I know, I was never ever meant to have. Even if I wish it were otherwise.

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from breath and ruinFROM BREATH AND RUIN (ELEMENTS OF FIVE BOOK 1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.

Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.

War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.

For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.

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name like karmaA NAME LIKE KARMA (THE SECRET GODS SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

My name is Karma…and yes, it’s my job too.
Since I was eighteen, I have used my powers to deliver karma to those in need like my other family does.
Only they are much better at it. 
I deliver much needed karma to both good and bad humans, but mainly the bad as it’s more fun.
The only rule of the job? 
Don’t talk to the other gods, especially not the powerful ones, and definitely don’t accidentally kill one of them… Whoops.
Now the twin gods of justice are after me, and not even my family can save me now.
If I’m caught, it will be a one-way ticket pass to the gods’ correctional prison. It’s a place where more than mere gods are locked up and no one ever escapes.
Even gods can’t escape their fate…but they sure can try to run. 

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vampire 73A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 73: A SEARCH FOR DEATH by Bella Forrest

It’s the question of the century. Perhaps even the millennium. Because the Hermessi are growing dangerously close to completing their catastrophic ritual, and if Death can’t stop them, no one will.
GASP has heard she’s holed herself up on a far-flung planet called Mortis, but finding it — and her — will prove to be only the first challenge in gaining her favor, as Taeral and his team will soon discover.

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curse of the trollCURSE OF THE TROLL: AN EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON RETELLING (OTHERWORLD BOOK 6) by Emma Hamm

Elva was once a faerie princess, bound to the Seelie King and renowned throughout the land. Until that was all stripped from her in a single moment. Now, she has recreated herself as a warrior woman. Fierce and strong, she is sent to the Ice Mountain where a beast reigns. Watch him, kill him if necessary, but do not fall in love.

Donnacha was once a dwarven noble, until the Troll Queen saw him. She curses him into the form of a bear. The only way to break the curse is to marry her daughter. But when a certain faerie princess enters the picture, he realizes there might be another way to free him.

Determined to hate each other, they quickly realize there’s more to people than just appearances. When the Troll Queen steals him away, breaking her part of the deal, Elva must follow the bear she fell in love with east of the sun and west of the moon. To save him, she would give up everything.

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fate foretoldFATE FORETOLD (GIFTED ANOMALIES BOOK 1) by Jalizia A Burwell

For two years Adalyn Kabos has avoided death.
Among the gifted, she’s different, and a powerful man knows this. As Adalyn uses her Seer gift to stay ahead of her enemies, she runs into the arms of four men. While she should rejoice that they’re more than willing to help, there’s only one problem.
They’ll die too.
Now it’s a race against Fate as Adalyn pushes her gift further. Will she be able to prevent the deaths of her new friends, or will all of them fall victim to those filled with greed?

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bite of winterBITE OF WINTER (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 3) by Lily Archer

The Red Plains are hot. But my fae king? Even hotter. So, we kind of got captured by a warlike clan of Vundi warriors. Sounds bad, right? But they treat us as guests, and I’m coming to like them despite the ongoing threat of me being shipped off to the king beyond the mountain. I still endeavor to reach the winter kingdom and find a way back home … until the Vundi high priestess reveals that I may have more ties to the fae world than I ever imagined. On top of that, Leander knows just what buttons to press to get me naked, in a tub, and panting for him. My resolve is failing on all fronts, but worse than that, I discover danger is even closer than I realized.

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how not to acquire a castleHOW NOT TO ACQUIRE A CASTLE (KADITEOS BOOK 1) by Amy Laurens

Evil Overlord in training? Check.
Successfully hidden the true depths of her powers for four years so no one kills her? Check.
Graduating at the top of her class from the Evil Overlord Academy so she can acquire her castle? …Uncertain. And Mercury loathes uncertainty.
If that smarmy git Deviran beats her for first place, Mercury needs to rethink her plans. Because the Tumul Tuos castle belongs to her. No matter what it takes to convince everyone else.

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who let the wolves outWHO LET THE WOLVES OUT? (PECULIAR MYSTERIES BOOK 9) by Renee George

When a pack of werewolves move into her hometown of Peculiar, Missouri, good girl Dakota Thompson finds bad-boy werewolf Cal Rivers irresistible. The problem? She’s a deer shifter. Who ever heard of a prey animal falling for a predator? Good girls avoid bad boys. Right?

Cal Rivers wants to make a real go in the Ozarks shifter community, but most folks are deeply suspicious of the werewolves—with one exception. The beautiful doe shifter Dakota Thompson. Cal finds himself drawn to the gorgeous and smart Dakota. In a mate kind of a way. But then he gets into it with Dakota’s overprotective ex-boyfriend, which doesn’t make him any new friends.

After a full moon, when everyone in town shifts and spends the night in their animal forms, Dakota wakes up next to the dead, mutilated body of her ex. The tense situation between the werewolves and the town’s shifters go from precarious to catastrophic as Cal becomes one of the prime suspects in the murder. Together, Dakota and Cal work to find the real murderer to prevent an all-out war between predators and prey. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t done yet.

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wicked a c arthurWICKED: THE DESIRABLE WITCHES by A C Arthur

VS Note: Author’s note says some of these stories are re-releases from an older pen name, with additional material added. See note on ebook seller page. From February.

Touch Me, Please Me – Novelist, Cedric Compton is in the town of Mystic for one purpose only—to meet his second extended deadline. The key to making that happen is completing his research on the myth of the Desirable Witches. But when he knocks on the door of one of the reputed witches and the beautiful Sahara answers, the last thing on Cedric’s mind is work.

Sahara Baker takes her role as protector of the Mystic vector very seriously. She’s also not ashamed of acting on the insatiable desire bestowed upon her kind, so inviting the handsome writer into her bed is natural—keeping him out of her world and her heart is a little more complicated.

Tease Me, Take Me – Kitaka “Kit” Valentine is a Desirable witch with the power of vision. When she receives a premonition of danger that warns “they will come in twos,” she’s ready to act. She had no way of knowing that the two she hunted would introduce her to the two that would be her salvation.

Jack and Rad are business partners and best friends. Meeting Kit opens a door to more than just a magical world neither of them knew existed; it breaches the surface of the deep, dark sexual hunger that could destroy them all.

Teach Me, Love Me – Melody McCain is about to learn she cannot run from her destiny—whether that’s acknowledging she’s part of a powerful group of witches, or accepting that she’s part of a relationship more passionate and rewarding than she could have ever imagined.

Terrell Chase is game for joining his friend and teammate, Sean Brinkley for a week-long getaway, especially when Sean informs Terrell that his girlfriend, Melody, will be there too. What begins as a road to seduction quickly shifts into a battle to save not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vector left unguarded by a Desirable witch.

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lost in shadowLOST IN SHADOW: SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK 2 by Erin O’Kane

To save the ones she loves, Ari drew on her Shadowborn powers at great cost to herself, making the ultimate sacrifice for those who have become like family to her.

With attacks increasing on shifters, and strange disappearances happening around the city, everyone is on alert. Tensions between the shifter packs and the magical community start to build as traces of magic are found at the crime scenes.

With Ari’s mind trapped in the mysterious shadow realm, but her body left behind in the real world with the men who love her, she needs to find a way back. Ari has always rejected her Shadowborn powers so this is easier said than done. Until a mysterious man arrives in the shadow realm claiming he can help her.
Will Ari trust the stranger and finally embrace her powers, or will she truly become Lost in Shadow?

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restorationRESTORATION: WOLVES OF GYPSUM CREEK by Serena Meadows

Get a degree and get the hell out of Gypsum Creek. Natalie has muttered those words most of her young life, and now she’s finally going to leave this town in the dust of her squealing tires. She. Can’t. Wait. But first, she has to renovate a crumbling old shop and get enough cash to move onto bigger and better things.

Dillion would love to start a new life, but that’s impossible on the run. Gypsum Creek might be the perfect sanctuary to disappear for a while, but a man like him can’t put down roots, or risk falling in love. Nothing good could come of it.

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sea secretSEA SECRET (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elise H Ford

VS Note: From January

Cora is a girl who likes simple pleasures, reading her books and swimming in the local Michigan lakes. She has no idea who she really is. She falls hard for Jett, there’s just one problem. Jett is a guardian of the Halcyon mer-tribe. His job is to find a Lunafriya. A magical mermaid warrior. He thinks he’s found one…Cora. She has no idea what she really is. Now he has to tell her a secret her father never told her. She is a mermaid!

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courage of the witchCOURAGE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase

After Hanna Pelsh lost her sister over a decade ago, she vowed to live her life to the fullest. And she does just that. When she’s not running the family coffee shop and volunteering her body to research for the mysterious disease that took her sister, Hanna dives head first into every adventure she can find. The only problem? The man she’s loved since she was fifteen doesn’t seem able to commit.

Rhys Silver has his dream job working at the Keating Hollow brewery. The only thing missing is a partner by his side. He’s known who he wants for as long as he can remember. He also knows he’s no good for her. But when the worst happens, he has a choice to make… overcome his fears or lose her forever.

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all souls near and nighALL SOULS NEAR AND NIGH (SOULBOUND BOOK 2) by Hailey Turner

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.

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draft of dragonsDRAFT OF DRAGONS (THE FEDERAL WITCH BOOK 9) by T S Paul

Suspended for political reasons Agatha and her team have returned to her home to rest and recuperate. But still another war looms on the horizon. The Draconic Empire is making it’s move towards earth. They’ve worked behind the scenes to disrupt any and all that stand before them. But Agatha is still alive and she and the Blackmore Coven are prepared. Whatever comes through the Garden Gate will trigger a war. Is America and Earth ready for it?

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DEAD FAE WALKING (PARANORMAL PI FILES BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart

As a new investigator and guard of the Crimson Court, I’ve got a lot to prove. Like, I need to show that my mind-reading powers are actually useful.

So, when Balor, my alluring fae prince, wants to team up on a case, I jump at the chance. Only problem is, he’s still digging into my past. If he finds out the truth, he’ll banish me into the darkness. And away from his side.

Worse, a sorcerer is transforming humans into bloodthirsty members of the walking dead. The culprit is hell-bent on destroying London, no matter what the cost. If we don’t stop him–and fast–the dead will kill us all.

If Balor doesn’t discover the truth about me first.

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stealing his heartSTEALING HIS HEART (NOX BAY PACK BOOK 1) by Connor Crowe

Felix is on a mission: steal a priceless artifact from the most dangerous wolves in the land. The reward? Freedom at last from the criminal syndicate that raised him and other orphaned omegas. When he stops to save a man in peril, the guards close in. Getting captured wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was meeting the intimidatingly sexy Pack Alpha. Soon, he finds himself questioning if he really wants to leave…

As the Alpha of Nox Bay, Markus is bound by duty to protect his land and his people. So when a thieving fox appears in their territory, it’s his job to punish him. Except…this fox is different than the others. He smells suspiciously like Markus’s fated mate. But can true love blossom between sworn enemies?

When Felix’s crime family come to reclaim their ‘investment’, both men must make a choice. A choice that will set both their futures in motion—and the future of the little one growing inside Felix.

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blood bearonBLOOD BEARON (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

When the Sheriff assigns Rachel Corningstone to solve the greatest crime spree in Plymouth Falls history, she knows this is her shot. The former big-city detective will finally prove to her new peers that she’s more than just a pretty face. When a civilian consultant is forced upon her as a partner though, it might just be more than she can handle. Rachel doesn’t want a partner. Not after the last time.

Sent to the town of Plymouth Falls, bear shifter Khove has one mission: to find the traitor to House Ursa and kill him. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and despite the gorgeous police detective’s help, the traitor is burning down more of their businesses every night. It’s a race against time, and Khove can’t afford any distractions, but how is he supposed to stop himself from claiming his mate?

Oblivious to the raging desires of her beyond-handsome partner, Rachel is hot to tackle the case at hand. What she isn’t aware of, is just how out of the normal it is, or who she’s really up against. While Khove will go to any length to protect his mate, the one thing he can’t do is let the traitor survive—even at the expense of his own happiness. Can Rachel come to grips with the rules of the shifter world, or will her sense of justice prevent her from understanding why Khove must kill?

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fools errandFOOL’S ERRAND (FATE’S FOOLS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In my case that was literal – I had Ozzie West’s soul and didn’t know it, but now it’s been torn from me and him along with it. I’m afraid I will never get him back.
My heart is broken.
My three mates may try to fill that void, but they don’t understand what he meant to me. They can’t see the memories unlocked by Fate.
Only one man can help, but he’s the one man I’m afraid I can never trust again.

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white omegaTHE WHITE OMEGA (HELL’S BEARS MC BOOK 2) by J L Wilder

ll my life I’ve been told I need to stay inside, stay protected. As an omega polar bear, i’m an object of lust to shifter men, and the outside world is not safe.

When my pack’s alpha claims he has imprinted on me, I know it’s a lie. I know the outside world is the only one I can trust. Even if I get kidnapped, and delivered to the doorstep of the infamous Hell’s Bears MC.

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spell of loveSPELL OF LOVE (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 3)  by Auryn Hadley

All Jade wanted was her own happily ever after. Unfortunately, it’s never that easy. Being a woman and a mage complicates things. Falling for three men at the same time? At least that’s working out.
Everything else is a mess.

And it’s all the Spider’s fault. That man just can’t help himself. He wants power, and Xel is the best source he’s ever found. To fuel his own addiction, the Spider will destroy everything in his path – including the quiet little village of pirates and whores that Jade has claimed as her own.

But everyone has a price. For Jade and her men, it’s the people they care about. For the first time, they’ve found a family, and the Spider wants to destroy that too. After all, his goal is pain. He doesn’t even care whose.

The only way to stop this is to go for the source. If the Sultan is this desperate to have his mage wars, then she’ll play. After all, Jade has mastered the one weapon these men won’t even consider.
Love – it cuts both ways.
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her wolf silver shifterHER WOLF (SILVER SHIFTER BOOK 1) by Katherine Bogle and Alexa B James

From one master to the next, she hasn’t known kindness since her parents were alive, and even then, she never belonged to herself. When a handsome werewolf saves her from the fighting pits, Ariana’s life is turned upside down.

Thrown into a brand new world, Ariana discovers she’s not only a wolf, but the Silver Shifter, a being born every hundred years, and she’s supposed to be the last. But her hot new alpha is hiding more than he’s telling, including the alphas of the other New York packs.

Wolves. Dragons. Bears. Panthers. Each pack is holding back a secret from her, like why Ariana feels an unnatural pull to each.

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reign of dragonsREIGN OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 1) by Olivia Ash

No one screws with my family.
My sister and I are human orphans raised by the world’s best assassin, taught to steal and kill our way through the dragonlands under her watchful eye. Grown men fear us, and no one knows we’re coming until it’s too late to run.

Irena and I—we’re good. The best. In a dog-eat-dragon kind of world, we have to be. But someone betrayed us. Someone we trusted with our lives.

Irena is missing. My mentor is gone. And as for me… the man responsible for this mess thought he killed me. He kicked me into a pit, and he left me to die.
But I don’t give up that easy.

In the darkness, facing death itself, I fused with dragons. I had no choice. This is ancient magic, and dangerous people want it. They want me, dead or alive, and they’ll start a war if that’s what it takes to control me.
The magic I discovered—the magic these brutal people want—it’s mine, plain and simple. No one can take it from me. And I’m coming back from the dead.
For blood. For vengeance.
For Irena.

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adrianADRIAN: THE WHITFIELD RANCHER – TIGER SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Mason Jane Barnhart had nothing left to live for. She was dying and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Rather than suffer a long agonizing death, she wanted it to be on her terms. She’d let the icy water claim her, and if she was lucky, she wouldn’t suffer.

Oliver Whitfield had been watching the girl. He couldn’t believe that anything could be so bad as to want to take her own life. But when she jumped from the bridge he had to go in after her. His tiger, bigger and stronger, would have to save her. When they got her to shore, Evan said that changing her was the only thing that would save her. Oliver didn’t want to, but he couldn’t let her die. He had a strange feeling that she was supposed to be the mate to one of his sons.

Adrian wasn’t sure he was ready for a mate. The timing wasn’t right. He still had so much left to do while running for public office, and if word got out that she tried to take her own life, he’d have that scandal to deal with too. But when he caught her scent, he knew, she was his and all thoughts of not being ready for a mate fled his mind.

When Mason opened her eyes, she was fit to be tied. She wasn’t supposed to be here, she was supposed to be dead. That’s what she wanted. What had those meddling Whitfields done now?

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my soul to keepMY SOUL TO KEEP by Jackie May

All Kinsey wants is a steady relationship with a decent man who will love her and treat her right. It seems an impossible goal. After getting dumped via a Post-it note, she’s fed up with her love life and ready to swear off men forever. While drowning her sorrows at the local bar, Kinsey accidentally sells her soul for a forever relationship and ends up in the Netherworld with the three lords of the afterlife.

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azure secretsAZURE SECRETS (CRYSTAL MAGIC BOOK 5) by Patricia Rice

After a childhood of being tossed from foster homes for claiming she can detect liars by their scent, Fiona Malcolm McDonald does her best to conceal her secret these days. But when she sniffs a wrongdoer and drives him off with jalapeño cheesecake, she loses still another cooking job and is homeless again. She places her last hope on her mentor in Hillvale, a town as weird as she is.

Mayor Monty Kennedy has a secret too. He owns most of Hillvale but hasn’t the cash to repair the only empty cabin. Still, even in his desperation, he refuses to repeat his father’s sins by throwing people out of their jobs and houses just so he can have his own space.

Before either of them can find a solid roof for their heads, Fiona’s mentor dies—and it isn’t accidental. Determined to discover who wanted a good woman dead, Fiona camps out in Monty’s cabin, setting her on a collision course with the mayor—and a killer. With the secret help of the town’s spiritualists, Monty and Fiona must cooperate to solve a puzzle with only a dog, a ghost, and a seemingly useless key as clues to stop a murderous gang who stink of corruption.
If they survive, perhaps a hot chef and a cool mayor might learn to share a roof.

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vengeance rebecca zanettiVENGEANCE: A DARK PROTECTORS/REBELS NOVELLA by Rebecca Zanetti

Vengeance and revenge are the only forces driving vampire soldier Noah Siosal since losing his brother to an enemy he’s been unable to find. He’s searched every corner of the globe, going through adversaries and piling up bodies until finally getting a lead. The last place he wants to be is in a ridiculous anger management group with people expressing feelings instead of taking action. Until one fragile human, a green-eyed sweetheart being stalked by danger, catches his eye. One touch, and he realizes vengeance can’t be anywhere near her.

Anger and self-preservation are the only motivations Abby Miller needs or wants right now. Falsely accused of attacking the man who’s terrorized her for years, she’s forced as a plea bargain to attend an anger management counseling group with people with some serious rage issues, while learning true self defense on the side. Yet a man, one more primal than any she’s ever met, draws her in a way and into a world deadlier than she’s ever imagined. He offers her protection, but she finds the fight is really for his heart, and she’s ready to battle.

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devil and the dancerDEVIL AND THE DANCER: AN ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLA (ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLAS BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

Sometimes falling is the safest step to take.
Chloe Reardon has a problem, and his name is Gavin Wallace.

Okay, Gavin isn’t exactly a problem, unless you consider a highly attractive wind vampire with dubious intentions a problem. Especially if that vampire is your boss. With an affinity for kilts and excellent taste in music.

But none of that matters because Chloe Reardon has had enough of dangerous men. Danger is overrated. Danger is the opposite of sexy. So Gavin is the last man—or vampire—on earth she needs to let into her heart.
Except what if the most dangerous man you knew was also the one who made you feel the strongest?

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taming her mateTAMING HER MATE (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD BOOK 6) by Kathy Lyons

Detective Ryan Kennedy doesn’t have time for distractions. As the only bear shifter on the police force, he’s responsible for investigating the cause of the mysterious flu-like illness that’s ravaging the citizens of Detroit. But when the beautiful daughter of a rival clan’s alpha asks for his help, Ryan realizes that she may hold the key to stopping the virus. If only he can focus on the case and not on how much he wants to kiss the enemy.

Francesca Wolf knows who’s poisoning the city, and she has a plan to take him down, but it will only work if Ryan follows her lead. Frankie’s strong, passionate spirit makes her slow to ask for help, but time is running out and the sexy-as-sin cop won’t submit to her demands. Instead, he’s giving her orders and firing up her passions just when she needs to stay calm. They’ll have to work together-as equals-to save the city, to keep each other alive, and to contain a hunger that might just burn the whole city to the ground.

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werelion and the catTHE WERELION AND THE CAT (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 11) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Tall, blond and handsome has been tailing her for months. But born a warlock and trained by a demon, Beth Roark isn’t a woman to be put off her game by a pretty face, not even when he almost catches her on her last job, the last job, the one that will fund her retirement from a life of crime. One soul-stealing kiss and she’s gone, but he’s not that easy to get rid of. And neither are the bully-boy wolves who first hired her to steal for them and now want her head on a platter.

She’s mysterious, beautiful and a professional thief. Werelion Alex Sullivan is the best at what he does, tracking people who don’t want to be found, but even with his skills, bringing in infamous antiquities thief ‘The Cat’ is proving to be somewhat difficult. She’s as good at not being caught as he is at catching people. When he gets the drop on her, he realizes why. She’s a magic user. And his mate. Just one problem, the people who own the artefact she just stole want it back… and her dead.
He needs to find her before they do, or risk losing his mate before he can make her his.

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witchs kindTHE WITCH’S KIND by Louisa Morgan

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note.

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar — two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.
But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband — who is not quite the man she thought she married.
Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves — and the child they think of as their own — from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family…
rikkis awakeningRIKKI’S AWAKENING (RARE BOOK 7) by Dawn Sullivan
 

Barely escaping death after her last battle against the General, Rikki Diamond spent the past five months in a coma. Five months of pain, despair, darkness, and most of all… anger. Now that she’s finally returned to the land of the living, she has an uncontrollable rage building inside of her, urging her wolf to take over. Feeling abandoned by her mate when she needed him most, Rikki must fight to keep her emotions in check. A battle she is beginning to feel she will lose. Her mate… her team… no one is safe.

After the General’s men got to his mate, Jeremiah Black decided he was finished watching from the outside and took matters into his own hands. Having gone undercover while his mate lay in a hospital bed, he began working his way up in the ranks, getting deeper and deeper into the General’s organization. He has one goal in mind, and not even the changing circumstances will keep him from completing his mission; destroying the General’s entire organization, even if he has to pick them off one by one.

The tides are changing with the shift of power. Will Rikki and Jeremiah be able to make it out alive? Or will Jeremiah walk into a trap on his first solo mission, leaving Rikki to the anger raging inside of her?

unbound spiritsUNBOUND SPIRITS (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

With the troubling aftermath of Project Demon Hunters’ first investigation still heavy on his mind, Michael Covenant awaits Audrey Barrett’s arrival in Tucson to film the second episode.

Except she never shows up.

Michael’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when his psychic gift pinpoints the exact spot outside the airport terminal where her panic and terror have left an indelible impression. Someone has taken her against her will, and it’s anyone’s guess where she is now.

Audrey can’t believe her eyes. Her kidnapper is a demon wearing a dead man’s face — a demon furious that she and Michael closed the portal he’d been using as a direct connection to hell…a demon who’ll stop at nothing to take his revenge.

Like a homing beacon, Audrey’s very soul reaches out for the man who broke her trust but still holds her heart — Michael, who fears that even if he reaches her in time, their fight with this particular demon has only just begun.

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forbidden for two bearsFORBIDDEN FOR TWO BEARS (BEAR MOUNTAIN BOOK 22) by Kelex

Life seems to have it out for Zachary Duchamps. He’s gone from foster home to foster home, until he works his ass off to get into the University of Chicago—hopeful to change his circumstances. But when a side job brings him face-to-face with the paranormal, he’s abducted and sold to the highest bidder. Finally able to escape years later, fate brings him from one nightmare to another.

When the battered, exhausted human shows up at their door, bear shifters Chase and LJ rush to protect Zach from whatever demons are chasing him. They immediately scent the man is theirs, but after all he’s been through, they hold back the instinctual need roaring in their blood.

Zach’s finally safe in Bear Mountain—but there are two shifters outside the walls, demanding they are the human’s mates and that he be returned to them.
Can Chase and LJ—with the help of a whole community—keep Zach safe from harm and prove to him that not all shifters are monsters?
And can Zach let go of his past and embrace his future?

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deepest blueTHE DEEPEST BLUE: TALES OF RENTHIA by Sarah Beth Durst

VS Note: Not billed as a romance, although there seem to be some romantic elements…

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force.

To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her.

They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aid the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying place—an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.

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raining magicRAINING MAGIC: MESSING UP MAGIC BOOK 3 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO 43) by Winnie Winkle, Foreword by SE Smith

Their spirits are free… but their town is under siege.

Tashi, a dazzling firebird-moon elf, packs a lot of magical power in her punch. Her discovery that Magic, New Mexico is in trouble sends her winging to the town with a dire warning of doom. It also sets her on a collision course with a super hot warlock.

Zac takes one look and knows he has to have Tashi. He’s spent a lifetime turning away from his dark side; now he’s ready to capture this little free-spirited hedonist living her life in wild abandon. Feisty and fearless, she belongs to no one. Zac is determined to make Tashi his, regardless of the cost.

Tashi and Zac face three different enemies, each resolved to steal away or destroy the town’s magical residents. In a battle of wits, unusual spells, and bewitching ingenuity, Tashi and Zac’s future together depends on the resilience of love in a world out of kilter. They take their stand against allies once considered friends, a cruel alien race bent on their enslavement, and a vengeful Djinn with a god complex.

In a life flipped upside down, what could go right?

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dragon guard charlene hartnadyDRAGON GUARD (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Charlene Hartnady

When Mountain catches the human he’s been tracking, his excitement turns instantly to shock. She’s not who he thought she would be. Not even close. She’s not even one of the females taking part in the hunt. This female is something else entirely.

He needs to get her back to his lair for questioning. His people will be interested in all she has to say. At least, that would be the logical, responsible thing to do. Only, he’s not feeling particularly logical at the moment. Not when looking into her blue eyes, or taking in her curvy body. Nope! Screw being responsible! He’s going to try and win her. The only problem is, this particular female isn’t looking for a mate. His superiors won’t be happy with his choice either, but he’s going for it anyway.

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fairer hexTHE FAIRER HEX (A WITCH AMONG WARLOCKS BOOK 1) by Lidiya Foxglove

So apparently my mom was a witch. And not just a witch, but a witch who turned bad. My poor, sweet, normal dad wanted me to have a good college experience. Instead I get a magical offer I literally can’t refuse, from the world’s most elite school for warlocks.

WARLOCKS. As in GUY WITCHES.

Even though I definitely have lady parts, somehow I ended up at a warlock school to learn the gentlemanly arts (which are a lot more badass than, ahem, lady magic). Did I mention the witch world is stuck in the 19th century? Unmarried witches and warlocks barely see each other outside of society balls, which are still a thing.

No one knows how I ended up here. I’m thrown into a whole new world where I am outcast and friendless, except for:

—Firian, the enigmatic fox shifter who has been watching over me since I was born.
—Alec, my new roommate, a sexy-as-sin incubus enchanted not to lay a hand on me. For safety. Or cruel and unusual punishment.
—Montague, the black sheep of the school since he got turned into a vampire on spring break.
—Harris, an arrogant ass from the most elite of all magical families. Okay, he’s not my friend but he’s Montague’s. I’ll work on him.

My existence here breaks all the rules. Am I here for the right reasons? Or am I the pawn meant to destroy the very world I’m starting to love? When my magic proves stronger than anyone expects, and the school is attacked by a demon, I’ll need help from the four gorgeous magical men who are willing to break a few rules with me. They’re each forbidden to me in their own way, and the greatest danger of all might not be demons, but falling for them. All of them.

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star cruise songbirdVS Note: I had my scifi rock star romance on the mind. Entertainment Weekly put out a list of their top 23 ‘fake’ songs from movies and TV shows and I was wishing someone would write the songs for my futuristic rock diva LOL. STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 13

March 6

February 27

February 20

February 13

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.

Too Bad for Him Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the formatter, who is apparently swamped right now, so it may not make it  to release until the end of next week.)

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

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

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt follows directly from last week’s – 

Keshara ignored the startled glance Gabe gave her. He probably took her comment as a betrayal, but Keshara was desperate to obtain help for him. Worry about the consequences later.

First Daughter Ashla frowned, looking from her to the man on the litter, “Perhaps you’re right on this count. Certainly the Director will want to know of these humans, to question him if he survives. But you’re very much guilty of breaking the rules and must pay the price,” She gestured to the other Badari, “Bind her wrists and let us return to the Retreat.”

Keshara offered no resistance, only said from her kneeling position, “You will give him medical care?”

Ashla grunted and pointed at Raeblin, who was a trained medic, “Give him whatever we have in the medical kit that will keep him alive for now. ”

Raeblin pulled equipment from her pack and hastened to Gabe, doing a cursory scan, “He may not be able to tolerate our drugs.”

“Too bad for him then.”

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Ashla’s not the sympathetic type…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 13

reviving oliviaAs 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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REVIVING OLIVIA (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 7) by Becca Jameson

Olivia. Cryonically preserved for ten years without her knowledge.
Holds the mysterious key that could free everyone.
Living on the run with two very tempting men, while hoping more than anything that her past doesn’t compromise her future.

Spencer.Computer hacker who escaped the enemy.
A skill set that could save the entire DEEP team.
Lacking confidence could be his undoing, especially when it comes to the two people he cares about most.

Damon.Cryonicist who revived twenty-four souls.
Protector of the two lives in his care.
Hopeful that he can convince them to be his, and scared to death he might not be enough for them.

An unconventional relationship born under duress, in isolation.
Can their bond hold true when the dust settles?

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toxic gameTOXIC GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL BOOK 15) by Christine Feehan

VS Note: I loved this series initially, then drifted away from it – book #8 confused me and the series was getting too violent for me at the time; came back for VIPER GAME and SPIDER GAME….but I’m going to read this one and see how I feel. I still reread some of the older novels in the series on occasion. One clicked.

On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory….

Shylah Cosmos’s mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she’s exposed herself to the virus.

There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they’ve found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.

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valdjanVALDJAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Immortal Angel

Valdjan is facing the biggest challenge of his life. He’s been selected as the champion who must face the Elven tests, to gain the power of the Crystal Cave before it’s too late.

Ithyll has been waiting for a champion, and time has never been an issue until now. An enemy has found her Crystal Cave and she is no longer safe. So when Valdjan falls from the sky, she prays to the gods that he’s the one to pass the tests. That he will free her from her duty.

But the Elven tests are not for the faint of heart. And though they believe there is only one champion, they will have to discover the greatness inside them both to succeed.

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ensign probusENSIGN PROBUS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 8) by Wendie Nordgren

Just when Princess Teagan and her husbands had decided to have no more secrets, lies, or prevarications between them, the Galaxic Government has other ideas, and it leaves some of them on opposite sides.

After being brought to the cusp of interstellar war, the Parvac Empire participates in a deadly race to uncover the source of technology far too advanced to have been created within the known galaxies. The discovery would put a government or criminal faction at a major militaristic advantage, and there are those who will kill whoever gets in the way along with anyone who might serve as a witness.

Ordered to discover the source of the alien technology, Ensign Probus and her team put the skills which they’ve learned at the Inquisitors Academy to use. Their search takes them from the Laconian Sector and across Galaxic space. However, they aren’t alone in their mission. It seems as though a subtle consciousness draws them forward, but is it an alien consciousness or the work of the Mad Ones?

Teagan’s husbands decide to facilitate her sense of power and personal self-worth by teaching her what they know and treating their beloved Imperial Princess like as much of an equal as they can…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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demanded by the alienDEMANDED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 4) by Sabrina Kade

Nothing in Dolan’s life is going well. He knows to the depths of his alien hearts that Layla is his Chosen mate. But the sarcastic, opinionated human woman doesn’t seem to realize how lucky she is to have caught his attention. Worse, his older brother Azan is driving him insane, treating him like a child rather than the warrior he knows he can be—despite being desperate to hide his one debilitating weakness.

Layla’s only goal is making enough money to care for her brother—even though she’s sure the money she sends isn’t reaching him. Annoyingly, the arrogant, frivolous alien Dolan keeps trying to convince her she’s his mate. She doesn’t have time for his antics. He’s no different from all the other people who have let her down.

But when bad weather traps them together overnight, Layla realizes Dolan’s cocky attitude hides more vulnerability than she ever imagined. Perhaps Layla can’t save everyone. But maybe she can find her own happiness by simply saving herself—with a little help from Dolan.

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winter worldWINTER WORLD (THE LONG WINTER BOOK 1) by A G Riddle

VS Note: From February. Not a romance although there were romantic elements, but a release of note. I one clicked. I enjoyed the book, good solid scifi, looking forward to the sequel.

Each month, Earth grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. The new ice age shows no signs of ending.
Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes, fleeing the cold, flocking to regions where they can survive.
Nations prepare to go to war for the world’s last habitable zones.

NASA and other scientific organizations race to discover why the world is cooling. They send probes into the solar system to collect readings, and out there, in the dark expanse of space, they find something no one expected: a mysterious object, drifting toward the sun. Could it be responsible for the new ice age? And if so, can we stop it? Or is the artifact merely an observer? Or neither? Could it be a relic from a long-extinct civilization? One thing is certain: investigating the object is humanity’s best hope of survival.

As the ice age claims more lives and the world slides into anarchy, an international consortium launches a mission into space to study the object and make contact. But the first contact mission doesn’t go as planned. What the crew discovers out there is beyond anyone’s imagination.

Two members of the first contact mission may hold the keys to humanity’s salvation.

Dr. Emma Matthews is the commander aboard the International Space Station. For months, she has watched the world below freeze and civilization unravel. The headlines tell only half of the story. The messages from her sister tell the rest, of a world witnessing mass migrations, fighting for survival, struggling to provide a future for their children. When a catastrophe strikes the ISS, Emma faces her own fight for survival.

Dr. James Sinclair is one of the greatest scientists alive. A mind before his time…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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naxNAX (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Sadie Carter

Between work and caring for her sick mother, Crista didn’t have much time for a social life, let alone a man.
And certainly not for a man like him.
So what if he was sexy, gorgeous and had the lead role in all her late-night fantasies? He was also rude, weird and just way too much man for her.
She couldn’t even please her asshole boss, how would she ever please a man like Nax?

Nax didn’t like humans. He didn’t like talkative females or loud females, and he definitely did not like tearful females. He hated this planet they were forced to live on while they searched for their mates.
Yet against all odds he found himself intrigued by her.
Aroused by her. Wanting her.

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deep jaine diamondDEEP: AN EROTIC MILITARY ROMANCE (DEEP BOOK 1) by Jaine Diamond

VS Note: Set on a space station. 

Top cadet Lana Marsden lives by the rules. The most important rule of all: no messing around with an officer. She learned that one the hard way.

Now her only desire is to survive the grueling DEEP Training program and leave that scandalous past behind.

When she reports to Station Six amid wild rumors of erotic hazing rituals and sadomasochistic games, she’s not prepared for any of the rumors to be true—or for her insatiable attraction to Sergeant “Catch” Durant, her tattooed rebel of a trainer.

One touch from Catch, and Lana knows she’s in trouble. One night of white-hot ecstasy, and the rules melt away.

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deeper jaine diamondDEEPER (DEEP 2) by Jaine Diamond

For months, Sergeant “Catch” Durant has scraped out an existence without her. Cadet Lana Marsden. The girl of his kink-fueled dreams. Sweet. Submissive. And utterly in control.

The girl who used the safeword and walked away.

For months, Lana’s tried to carry on with her duty—her mission into the deep. She’s tried to let Catch go… and failed.

When a state of emergency forces their paths to collide, there’s only so long Lana can resist the man who brought her to her knees. Only so long Catch can hold himself back from all he really wants.

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rogue huntROGUE HUNT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 2) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I just wanted to save the cute little critter…
Cute, little alien critter, but still.
It needed my help getting out of that awful cage.
If surly, growly Aavat didn’t want to help, all he had to do was shrug those broad, bronze shoulders. Surely there’d be nothing one little human could do to encourage him, right?
How was I supposed to know how much trouble it would lead to?

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deliriumDELIRIUM (ATOM AND EVIL BOOK 1) by Myra Danvers

VS note: No blurb provided, just a quote from the book. Dystopian SFR apparently, from the reviews. 33 reviews on amazon, 4.8 average

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dragon unearthedDRAGON UNEARTHED (DRAKKONIAN WARS BOOK 1) by Ishabelle Torry

Dr. Jemma Flannigan – There’s nothing like a new dig to get my heart pumping. An endless desert of possibility awaits. Ancient bones. Pottery. Cave art…a dragon?He’s huge. Stark-naked. Covered in scales.And he says I’m his mate.I don’t know what’s more terrifying—the fact he’s an alien, or that his very presence muddles my senses, and his touch leaves me a quaking mess.

Kai – After crash landing on this foreign blue planet thousands of years ago, the last thing I expect is to be struck by the sweet scent of the Nocktam. It beckons to me, rousing me from hibernation, away from the safety of the cave I’ve called home for centuries. Her essence draws me like no other, and I can’t deny the primal need to claim her as mine. She’s beautiful. Vibrant. Spirited. And in grave danger…These humans have no idea their very existence hangs in the balance of an age-old galactic war. But I’ll protect my mate at all costs. Even if it means I have to sacrifice an entire planet.

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lieutenants mate c w grayTHE LIEUTENANT’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 4) by C W Gray

Sebastian Dolarnio has a past. His parents sold him into indentured servitude when he was seventeen which led him to enforced prostitution. Fortunately, with the help of some very good friends, him and his daughter are safe and have a home – a beautiful, accepting place with more family than he ever dreamed of having. Then there’s his mate. A handsome, wonderful man calls Sebastian “mate” and Sebastian knows he doesn’t deserve him. He has to find a way to be worthy of his new home and his new mate. A strange Crellic book provides him with the answer to his problems, but it comes with complications of its own.

Alois has been dreaming of finding his life-mate since he was a kid. He knows that Sebastian is a dream come true, but how can he convince his mate of that plus fight the baggage he carries from his own past? When Sebastian begins a strange, wonderful journey, Alois knows that he has to be the loving and supportive mate that Sebastian deserves.

The two men build a life together and learn to love one another, but the galaxy is in turmoil and Charybdis Station is in the middle of it all.

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metal dragonMETAL DRAGON (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 2) by Lauren Esker

Meri is a widow, consumed by grief for the husband she lost ten years ago. She never expected to be stranded on an alien planet full of vicious dinosaur-like wildlife … let alone with a tormented, silver-eyed dragon prince. He says he’s rescuing her. He’s definitely the only person who can protect her from this world’s monsters. But there’s no one to save her from her own treacherous heart, after she believed she would never love again …

As a slave to the Galatean Empire, dragon shifter Lyr lost everyone he ever loved, and walled up his heart in self-defense. Protecting Meri doesn’t have to mean falling in love with her. Even if she’s brave and beautiful, and everything that Lyr and his dragon could have wanted in a mate.
But it’s just the two of them. No one is going to know.

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otherworldlyOTHERWORLDLY: KASSIEN AND CALYPSO’S SONG by C F Rabbiosi and C A Rabbiosi

Two worlds: HERS the species of origin, and HIS from her darkest nightmares. Will she be the one to save his entire warrior race, or will their love tear the entire world apart?
Calypso:
“You destroyed our world… We are nothing now! Nothing but the old leather-bound classics that tell us who we WERE. So dominant, so advanced… You think you know love: Chemicals that explain your PERFECT science. Endorphins… none of it real: Animalistic.

Well I am HUMAN. And we are not just science. Just because you have broken down these precious elements, the ingredients of the potion… It doesn’t make the spell any less potent.”

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abundanceABUNDANCE by Emmalynn Spark

Alex is part of Earth’s last hope: a crew member on a ship sent out from a dying planet, wishing for a second chance. He wakes from his cryo pod to find destruction. Their mission has failed, he and his commander, Luke Belka, are the only ones to survive the journey.

Luke insists that help must be coming, that one of the other ships on the mission must also have reached this planet. Whether or not he’s right, they will need to survive on this lush alien planet. And maybe find happiness along the way.

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inheriting warINHERITING WAR (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Remi is the first human-Rrassic hybrid, and she leaves the creche to return to Imrahl with her nearest four siblings. All of them have been trained to fight, spy, and make themselves useful to the war effort.

Hiding her existence from the unmated humans hadn’t occurred to her, and she is soon without a proper place and in a holding pattern. A job as a bodyguard is a great distraction.

Kromir is the Mrek-Rrassic who has been sent to examine the exotic new human-Saya. His bodyguard is one of the new species and therefore out of his grasp until he finds out that she isn’t, and she isn’t.

She leads him to the creche, and he sees the army that is rising around them, her brothers and sisters, and as she calls them, her cousins. He needs to report back to the council, but he needs proof. Remi is an excellent specimen, so he takes her along… for science.

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time travelers guide to modern romanceTIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO MODERN ROMANCE by Madeline J Reynolds

Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

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winters wedWINTER’S WEB: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN NOVELLA by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: A re-release, previously in an anthology. I enjoyed this one and it was my introduction to her series. (I received an ARC when the anthology came out.) Plus, who can resist a RenFaire???

An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re the Spider . . .

I might be Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, but even I need a break from the bad guys every now and then. So when Owen Grayson, my significant other, suggests a trip to the Winter’s Web Renaissance Faire, it sounds like a perfect distraction from all my problems.

The faire starts off innocently enough, but something seems slightly off about the cheery atmosphere and costumed characters. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I can’t help but feel like I’m trapped in someone else’s icy web—and that they don’t want me to leave the faire alive.

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bloodleafBLOODLEAF (THE BLOODLEAF TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Crystal Smith

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

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vaudeville runawayVAUDEVILLE RUNAWAY: A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM CIRCUS SHIFTER ROMANCE by Emma Dean

Kitty is just a normal girl trying to find her way in the world when she runs into some trouble that brings her right to a traveling circus. Then three insanely hot guys take her in and give her a safe place, and soon she realizes the Circus of Night is far more than it appears.

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jakes djinnJAKE’S DJINN: CARDINAL WITCHES by Alyssa Day

VS NOTE: Short story.

When Jake, brilliant scholar and full-fledged member of the crazy Cardinal Witches family, meets the djinn of his dreams, at first he doesn’t even realize it. But after she punches him in the face, helps him survive the birth of his niece, and confides the deeply guarded secret of her true name, will Jake be the one to grant Donya’s wish?

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bitten by the earlBITTEN BY THE EARL (LORDS OF THE NIGHT BOOK 2) by Sandra Sookoo

He loves her but can’t convince her… Rafe Andrew Edward Astley, Twelfth Earl of Devon, toils beneath an ancient curse as a vampire. He has made peace with that side of him long ago, except if he cannot banish his beast, he’ll never win the one woman he can never forget, the woman he fell for years ago when he stole that which he hadn’t a right. Yet this Christmastide season holds promise.

She fears his beast but wants the man… Lady Elizabeth Sinclair, sister to the Duke of Manchester, is content with her life and her charity work, but she longs for something more. Older and wiser since the last time she fell in love, she puts herself on the Marriage Mart, where she tangles with the one man she fears, the man who took her blood and her innocence eleven years before, the man she still craves. But horror of what he is keeps her wary, despite romance in the offing.

A sweetly tempestuous love affair that captivates them… Rafe and Elizabeth conduct a clandestine courtship, despite the pitfalls facing them. Caught up in the thrill, understanding and compassion are the key to unlocking the fear she clings to as well as the depression he battles, but when the time to break the curse arrives, everything goes awry. Unexpected danger stalks them, and it doesn’t stem from a creature of the night. Only the ultimate sacrifice can see them through the darkness to grasp their own fairytale ending.

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shiny dancerSHINY DANCER: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by Desiree Lafawn

Three days a month is not enough time to find love for a normal person, and Kristofer hasn’t been normal for over eight hundred years. If he wants to find his one true love, the woman who can free him from the prison that is Sapphire Lake, then he’s going to have to get . . . creative.The only person that can see a mate mark is a mate. That small patch of scales that stays on the cursed ones at all times, even during their land time. All of them have it–Kristofer’s is just in a really inconvenient place. No matter. There is no room for pride or prudence when it comes to finding “the one.” Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if the mate mark is the only foolproof way to be sure, he’ll show it off.

He’ll show it all.

Charli didn’t want to come home to Aurora Falls. This town and everything in it reminds her of things she’d rather not think about. If it wasn’t for her sister’s wedding, Charli wouldn’t come back at all. But at the bachelorette party, something flashy catches her eye, and the girl who always wished she could blend into the background finds that she can’t look away. There’s something about Kristofer that commands her attention-and annoyance. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bite of frostA BITE OF FROST: PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY by Various

A collection of Paranormal themed short stories that take us to magical realms, on heroic quests and deep into the heart of winter.
This collection has a multitude of sub-genres. Ranging from Reverse harem, Urban Fantasy, Shifters and a bit of old gods.

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dude with a cool carDUDE WITH A COOL CAR (CONCRETE ANGELS mc BOOK 2) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets Siobhan has shared and I love her books in general. Have this one on my TBR.

Cooper DeVille, US Marshal – Being undercover has its perks. I get to do stuff the day-to-day me would never experience. Like infiltrating the Concrete Angels Motorcycle Club and meeting Karma, the gorgeous Enforcer of the MC. Being handcuffed to her bed is a dream, but that’s the problem with undercover work. Everything I’m doing here is only half true. The Concrete Angels—and Karma—are connected to Backlog, a shadow organization infiltrating law enforcement. The Fed undercover here before me was Backlog’s bitch, and now he’s dead. I have to determine which side of this fight the Concrete Angels are on… before Karma comes to bite me in ways I won’t enjoy.

Karma, Concrete Angels’ Enforcer – You bet your ass, I’m that karma, the one people pray never catches up to them. But my own karma has found me, seeing as the hunky P.I. who drove into the MC compound with his cool car is my Goddess-chosen true mate. But as my luck—and the Goddess’ sense of humor—would have it, Cooper’s an undercover US Marshal trying to ferret out our connection to a group called Backlog. Would’ve been nice to know before I took him to bed and discovered he’s the best damn submissive this Madam could want, because I don’t deal well with liars. And no one’s happy when Karma’s pissed. But Backlog has Cooper in its sights, and to survive… my mate might just have to die.

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dragon vanquishedDRAGON VANQUISHED (DRAGON GLADIATORS BOOK 4) by Zara Stark

Locked in an immortal prison with the scariest creatures of legend, I’ve got no choice but to team up with a few former enemies if I hope to make it out alive. With no cards and no dice, I’m as good as dead if I can’t convince them to team up with me. I have to because somewhere out there are my four dragons terrorizing the ancient world as mindless beasts because of the Concilium. If I can’t bring them back to the intelligent, thoughtful men I know they are then I’m going to have to kill them. One human against four fully-powered elemental dragons, I’m as good as dead myself. For the first time, I have to embrace the dangerous, seductive power of tarot cards if I have any chance of pulling through. Wish me luck.

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felyns curseFELYN’S CURSE (THE WITCH KING BOOK 2) by Nancy Holland

When Felyn was a young, defenseless witch, she was cursed to live as a shape shifter—a deadly panther. She might have been rescued and raised by a noble and powerful leader, but she lives in fear she will hurt those she loves in her animal form so each full moon she hides deep in the forest. But how can she refuse her adoptive father’s plea for an arranged marriage with a new ally? After all, it’s temporary and in name only…

Varz agrees to an arranged marriage reluctantly because he needs the military and diplomatic alliance. He has secrets and a growing power struggle back home. He’s relieved he need only marry the young witch for a year until he meets his bride. Felyn is beautiful and intelligent and not easy to ignore, but Varz is a man of his word. His vow to leave his bride untouched will be the hardest one he has had to keep.

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shifting alliancesSHIFTING ALLIANCES (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

VS Note: From February

Working at a dive bar on the outskirts of Plymouth Falls, Amber Ferlund can’t fall any further. But when the darkness inside her rears its head yet again, driving her out into the cold darkness of a northern winter, she realizes there’s always one more level of hell. Having abandoned herself, she waits for death to free her from looming insanity. What she doesn’t expect is that her savior will appear dressed in black, his sword stopping a hair from her throat. Nor that he will be so good looking.

Kasperi is on the hunt. He and his fellow bear shifters have been dispatched to investigate reports of magic being used in Plymouth Falls. Now, hot on the heels of the rogue mage, he readies his weapon and prepares to rid the world of yet another enemy, before they can kill more of his friends. But he stays his hand at the sight of the beautiful but beleaguered woman, alone in the forest, moments from freezing to death. She’s no threat to him, is she?

His fellow shifters disagree, but Kasperi knows they’re wrong. This woman needs aid, not the blade of his sword. Together, they must teach her how to control her gifts, to use them for good before they corrupt her completely. Nearby wait his former fellows, ready to take her head for the slightest mistake, and deeper in the shadows lurks a stronger enemy, one who recognizes Amber’s true potential. But, if anyone wants to get to Amber, they’ll have to go through Kasperi first, because he’ll protect his mate at all costs.

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bearly tamed grizzlyTHE BEARLY TAMED GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 3) by Jenika Snow

Oli -I didn’t know her, what she looked like, where she was, but I knew my mate was out there. And it was that truth that had me saving myself for her. Only her. If I couldn’t fully give myself over to my fated mate, what kind of worthy male was I?
But staying in town, hidden deep within the forest, wouldn’t bring my mate to me. I had to go and find her.
I had to make her mine.

India
 – As a former foster child, I never had real family, no roots. I’d always felt like something was missing, so I worked hard on helping others. My mobile medical van was where my passion lay. It’s how I made sure no one else felt helpless.

But when my van was broken into, and my safety compromised, it was a big bear shifting male who came to the rescue.

Oli said I was his. He claimed I was his mate. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hidden powersHIDDEN POWERS (SUPERORDINARY SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Tara Lain

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.

Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.

Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.

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red dragons babyTHE RED DRAGON’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Single mom Katie Miller has left everything behind. Unable to handle the idea of her six-month-old son being raised by her dangerous ex, she pulled up her life and escaped. Now she’s alone with her baby, road tripping into the unknown with a little money and a lot of determination.

Dragon shifter Ronan Reinhardt escaped his own violent past years ago. Now, he lives deep in the woods, on the outskirts of a quiet shifter community, keeping himself to himself. Until Katie stumbles—literally—onto his doorstep. Ronan finds himself captivated, and drawn to protect her and her baby son.

Both Katie and Ronan are used to lives of desperation and struggle. Now, they’re each experiencing a depth of love and comfort that they’ve never known. Can they learn to accept the love and safety a family brings? And when Katie’s past catches up with her, can the sleepy little town come together and help Ronan defend his mate and baby?

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her keeper bearHER KEEPER BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS) by Cynthia Wilde

When Cindy Lowell leaves her cushy job in New York City and returns to her childhood home, she thinks it’s to care for her elderly grandmother, but something deeper is calling her. Despite her attempts to stay focused on her “fresh start”, one charismatic stand-offish jerk named Chase Martin is making that near impossible. The attraction is burning and electric, but she can’t help the feeling he is hiding something from her…something big.

Chase cannot help his immediate animal attraction to “New-Girl-In-Town”, Cindy Lowell. Trouble is she’s a bit too curious about her new home. His job as leader of the bear clan is to protect the town and its citizens, at all costs. Their secrets are meant to stay just that: secret…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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heart audrey fayeHEART (GHOST MOUNTAIN WOLF SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Audrey Faye

VS Note: Author’s note says series should be read in order.

Lissa chose to stay, to stand with the tattered remnants of her pack as they try to make themselves whole again. She somehow didn’t expect it to try her patience quite so much.
Which means it might be time for a meek bookkeeper to take matters into her own hands.
Before her wolf does.

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prince of persuasionPRINCE OF PERSUASION (THE NOVI NOVARRO CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Emigh Cannaday

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years…except for one.

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throne. But underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into.

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game…or die.

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mated to the bear mia wolfeMATED TO THE BEAR (BEAR CAVES BOOK 1) by Mia Wolf

Jessica has hit rock bottom. With no home and no job, she has no idea what to do. So when a guy from a dating website offers her to come and stay at his place to think things over, she does something insane: she accepts.

But how on earth is she going to think things over while being shut up with a guy who has a rock solid chest, a lethal look, and a disheveled mess of brown hair? She’s ready to obey any of his orders.

Alpha Joshua is facing pressure from his bear clan: he needs to take a mate. But his tortured soul doesn’t want one. When his clan signs him up for a dating website that matches him with Jessica, his bear suddenly rages protectively and invites her to his home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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prince of deathPRINCE OF DEATH (LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK ) by Sam Burns and W M Fawkes

Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.

Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.

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fireweed and brimstoneFIREWEED AND BRIMSTONE (THE GRIM REALITY SERIES BOOK 3) by Boone Brux

It seems rather fitting that I’m a grim reaper who happens to be a widow. In fact, my husband’s death ignited a chain of events that shook my life and landed me as GRS’s newest grim reaper. He’s been dead for over a year, but I can’t shake the feeling that the circumstances surrounding his car accident aren’t what they appear.

My suspicions are confirmed when I find a receipt for a storage locker rented in his name. Of course, I have to investigate, but what will I find? Was he leading a double life, cheating on me? If only. What I find makes me wish another family in Ohio was all he’d been mixed up in.

As pieces of the puzzle surrounding my husband’s death fall into place, I discover a scheme so diabolical, it could change the face of death as we know it—and not in a good way. Using our mad reaper skills, my partner Nate and I skirt the edge of ethereal rules, call on some old friends to help, and learn there’s a lot more to being a grim reaper than we ever imagined—or wanted to know.

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wolf trapWOLF TRAP (WOLF MOONS BOOK 2) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Miami. Dr. Parker Madison, new to the cult of the werewolf, is compelled to help Chloe Tyler work through her own accidental brush with a pair of razor-sharp claws as the next full moon approaches, shape-shifts are imminent, and the Miami PD is hot on their trail.

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shadows on the borderSHADOWS ON THE BORDER (LOST IN TIME BOOK 2) by A L Lester

Newspaper reporter Lew Tyler and his lover, Detective Alec Carter, are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Meanwhile, time traveler Lew is trying to decide whether he wants to stay in the 1920s or find a way to get back to 2016, and Alec doesn’t know if he can bear the vulnerability of being in love with someone who uses such dangerous magic.

Fenn is a Hunter from the Outlands, come through the Border to search for the murderous Creature and its offspring at the behest of the Ternants, who maintain the balance between Fenn’s world and ours. Fenn strikes a bond with Sergeant Will Grant, Alec’s second in command, who is keen to learn more about his own magical abilities. As time goes on, Will grows keen to learn more about Fenn, as well.

Fenn has their own painful secret, and when they appear to have betrayed the team and goes missing in London, Will is devastated. He has to choose between following his heart or following his duty.

Moving through the contrasting rich and poor areas of post-First World War London from West End hotels to the London docklands, the men need to work together to capture the Creature … and choose who – and what — is important enough to hold on to and what they may need to give up to make that happen.

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drawn by dragonbloodDRAWN BY DRAGONBLOOD by Lynn Burke

Elijah Tolzman has accepted he may be the only dragonblood shifter left on earth. Alone for close to ten years, he holds no hope of finding even one, let alone the two fated mates needed to keep his kind from extinction.

When he catches the scent of his female deep in the White Mountains, he soars the skies, his heart and mind filled with hope as he goes to claim his destiny. However, he finds her in another man’s arms. His conscience might balk over tearing the lovers apart, but the dragon inside, the darkness he tries to suppress, demands he takes what belongs to him—regardless of the cost…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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if cats disappearedIF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland

VS Note: Not a romance but this sounded so different and so intriguing, I thought I’d list it.

The postman’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage to keep him company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can tackle his bucket list, the Devil appears to make him an offer: In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, our narrator will get one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week…

With each object that disappears the postman reflects on the life he’s lived, his joys and regrets, and the people he’s loved and lost.

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splintering realitySPLINTERING REALITY (BREAKING ORDER SERIES BOOK 2) by Catherine Kopf

When Ambert gets a hold of a notebook containing The Regime’s fatal flaw, all eyes lie on him as he searches for an answer to stop Dreamers and The Regime from war. If he wishes to keep his friends safe, he can’t let them discover his secrets — including his past with the elusive Commander. He’s not the only misfit in the crowd. Branded as an oracle, Calista has nowhere to hide. Her dreams predict the future, and they now might be the only key to saving Wes’ sister and protecting the growing rebellion. If she can learn to trust the rebel lurking inside her.One false move won’t just get them killed; it’ll fracture the growing resistance. Ambert and Calista must find the truth lurking in their creativity-centered world before The Commander splits apart their friendship — and with it, the rebellion itself.

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true queenTHE TRUE QUEEN (A SORCEROR TO THE CROWN NOVEL BOOK 2) by Zen Cho

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

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bane of winterBANE OF WINTER (HEART OF DARKNESS BOOK 2) by Debbie Cassidy

Tainted creatures hunt me and death haunts my every turn, but my Raven keeps me safe. Together we must navigate the Winter Lands and find the Winter King because only he can aid me in my quest. Only he can help me unite the Tuatha and cut off Oblivion’s power.If only quests were that simple.

Nothing is what it should be, and suddenly the only plan is survival. I will do whatever it takes to live, whatever it takes to protect those I care about. I will be whomever I need to be, even if it means losing myself. I will use the warrior inside me, and when the time comes, I will roar.

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leviathans riseLEVIATHAN’S RISE (KEEPERS ON NEW HAVEN BOOK 2) by Bokerah Brumley

Trapped in his human form for one hundred and sixty years, Lev has let the world pass him by. He can’t remember what happened to his family, but he mourns for them anyway. He waits in the underside of the church, baking bread and tempering the more volatile members of the Keepers.

Someday he will remember. Someday he will find what happened to his son. But he fears he can never answer the call of the sea, and will be a human until the end of his days.

Then a beautiful woman who reminds him of his long lost wife appears on the doorstep to the church, bearing a clue about his missing son. Lev’s boy might still be alive, and this woman Mara could help find him. All his inertia vanishes, and he feels like a young whale again. A whale in love, despite how little he knows about Mara or her past.

Mara’s fins are stolen, bound by malevolent magic. The sea calls for her, but she only has two legs like a human…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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VS Note: Quite a few new scifi romance goodies coming next week, including one of mine. My next Badari Warriors novel, KIERCE, will be out in a few days…in the meantime, there are six other standalone novels in this award winning series…

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Here are the buy links for AYDARR, book one of the series:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 6

February 27

February 20

February 13

February 6

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.

Immediate Execution Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is off to the formatter in a few days.)

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

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

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt, which follows directly after last week’s–

“He was being chased by the Khagrish in a flyer,” Keshara added when it was plain Gabe struggled to form further words because of his worsening injuries.

“You bring them down on our heads as well?” Ashla stood over him, balancing her knife, “Immediate execution for you both should be the penalty. And I’m happy to act as executioner of those who threaten our peace and safety.”

Keshara’s blood ran cold but the threat was idle, at least for now. The Director wouldn’t forgive Ashla killing another Badari woman without a direct command to do so, and she held the First Daughter’s figurative leash tight.

Gabe choked out what he obviously hoped were extenuating details, “Wait a minute, lost them in the storm. No sign of them since.”

“I believed it was best to bring this matter—and him—to the Director,” Keshara said truthfully, “These humans are unknown to us but, as you hear, he speaks our secret language, he knows some of our customs. We need to understand this new development and if he could be useful to the Director and her research.”

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Has Keshara betrayed Gabe into the hands of the  enemy?

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 6

trailblazerAs 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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TRAILBLAZER (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener

VS Note: Always so exciting to have a new book from Michelle! I’ve just barely started this one but very much enjoying the story so far, love the heroine. I did receive an ARC.

He’s on a mission . . .
She’s running for her life . . .
And if they get off-planet alive, she’ll have to trust he won’t reveal her darkest secret.

Tally Riva is not what she seems, and even she’s not happy about it. Infected, invaded, she’s not quite sure how to describe it, but on a disastrous mission to a ghost ship, something burrowed its way into her body. Into her mind.

When her commander decides the best cure for what he thinks is Tally’s trauma is to send her on the famous Veltos Trail, Tally goes without revealing what’s really behind her mental anguish. Anything to be seen as normal again, anything to ignore what she’s afraid is happening to her.

But Veltos isn’t the safe place it seems. The chosen military personnel lucky enough to be offered the chance to walk the Trail are supposed to be the only people on Veltos. But Ben Guthrie, a captain in Arkhoran Special Forces, knows they’re not. He and his team have been on Veltos for a month already, tracking suspicious enemy activity, and he’s gone undercover on the Trail in search of a satellite his superiors are sure has been shot down.

When Ben’s worst fears become reality, and they find themselves hunted by a cunning enemy through the thick forests of Veltos, Tally and Ben fight together to survive. And Tally has to decide if accepting the changes inside her will save them both, or be her doom.

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export dutyEXPORT DUTY (THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 9) by Cassandra Chandler

Lily’s main priority is to steer her family’s import/export company toward altruistic pursuits. That is, until her Nana starts talking about doing yoga with a little lizard person from outer space. Lily’s new goal is to help her Nana see through her delusions. But then, the alien in question actually shows up in the green-scaled flesh, dragging along a doctor that Lily would love to have examine her.

As field medic for the Coalition soldiers stationed at the Earth base in Florida, Rin is pretty non-essential. His job is to smile and distract people while med-tech takes care of whatever issue they’re having. So why is a Vegan—the creators of that technology—coming to him for help?

Throw in some desperate Antareans wanting to start a trade agreement with Lily, and an attack by dozens of fanged, furred Earth-monsters called “cats”, and Rin’s going to need some of that med-tech for himself. Or maybe he’ll just let Lily tend to his wounds Earth-style.

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under fyre prequelUNDER FYRE PREQUEL (ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTERS) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: Cara is giving this prequel away free on Book Funnel (link below).

The alien dragon shifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

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escape from shar burkESCAPE FROM SHAR BURK (MORGAN SELWOOD BOOK 5) by Greta van der Rol

When Chet, Toreni, and Jirra rescue Marisa, mistress of Shar Burk’s brutal governor Soldar, from certain death they think they’re just helping a fellow woman to a new life. But what did Marisa do to earn a death sentence? Is it just a couple of dictators flexing their muscles? Or something much more dangerous? They set off to follow a tenuous trail where Marisa discovers there’s a whole new world off Shar Burk space station and men much nicer than Soldar.

But by taking in Marisa, the team has been noticed by Soldar. Helped by a traitor in Fleet Intelligence, he’s on their trail before they discover his plans. And he wants them all dead.

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rogue mateROGUE MATE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Before I even had the chance to move into my office as the new, if unwilling, commander of Persephone Station, the entire complex is destroyed in a freak accident.Or an attack.
No one knows, or is admitting anything.
Our rescuers are a group of pirates. Or smugglers. They’re not exactly answering questions, either.
More importantly, they’re giant, golden skinned aliens…
And their rogue of a captain seems very interested in the little human commander.
Me.

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sarazens furySARAZEN’S FURY (A SARAZEN SAGA NOBEL BOOK 5) by Isobel Wroth

With Tarek away on a hunting trip, and T’mai gone off to round up more of the uncovered conspirators, Brennaugh is the only one qualified to provide assistance when an entire squadron of his best men go missing on S4.
Four days. He should have only been gone for four days. He gave his word.

Tara awakens from a nightmare to discover her worst fears have come true. The rescue party has been ambushed, and Brennaugh has been captured by their enemy.
Tara knows Brennaugh is still alive—she can feel him—but all she can sense through their bond is white hot primal fear and anger.
Ignoring all protests about concerns for her safety, Tara joins the reinforcements on S4, determined to find her mate and bring him home.

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buccaneerBUCCANEER! (ROGUES OF THE LAWLESS GALAXY BOOK 2) by Genevieve St-Yves

It was supposed to be a routine mission. Smart-mouthed smuggler Jack Buccaneer plans to unload his contraband, pick up new cargo, and jet off to the next corner of the galaxy. But that gets shot to hell when he rescues Emora, the princess of the Space Vampires, from a ruthless pirate.

Hunted by both the authorities and fellow space outlaws for harboring one of humanity’s greatest enemies, Buck wants Emora off his ship. Fast. But she’s got other plans. Deprived of her throne, Emora must return to the Vympyrion Empire to discover the shocking truth behind the coup that threatens to upend her society. And she wants Buck to take her there.

After experiencing the electrifying pleasure of Emora’s bite, he can’t refuse her orders. Not when she holds him in psychic thrall. He’s determined to resist her charms and her demands. But when the vulnerable yet sensual seductress gets under his skin, he’ll do anything for her.

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unexpected annalise alexisUNEXPECTED (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 1) by Annalise Alexis

Jayla – You know that saying, “You get what you deserve”? Well, I told the universe I was bored, and the universe decided to give me the middle finger.

As a medic aboard an out-of-date space station in the middle of nowhere, my life is a string of lonely nights and predictable days. Until a race of beings that’s supposed to be extinct shows up on our virtual doorstep asking for asylum.

The station’s crew hates me for letting them in. The UCom general in charge wants to blackmail me into spying on them.

And the race’s leader? He’s only the most perfect creature I’ve ever seen.

Aren of Illusia – For half a century, I have kept my people safe. Out of the hands of those who want to destroy us. Until a surprise attack forces us to flee to a human space station…and an infuriating female I cannot ignore.

Through a web of violence, deceit, and betrayal, Jayla stays by my side. Fighting. Risking everything. And driving me mad.

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rules of redemptionRULES OF REDEMPTION (THE FIREBIRD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by T A White

Kira Forrest is a survivor. She’s risen above the pain of her beginnings to become a war hero only to leave it all behind in the pursuit of a simple life. Now a salvager, she makes a living sifting through the wreckage of dead alien ships from a war that nearly brought humanity to its knees.

After her ship takes damage, she’s forced to re-route to a space station where her past and present collide with dangerous consequences.

Kira’s existence holds the key to a faltering peace treaty with the Tuann—a technologically advanced alien race who dislikes and distrusts all humans. Winning her freedom should be easy, but a powerful and relentless Tuann warrior stands in her way. Deceiving him seems impossible, especially when he strays dangerously close to secrets she struggles to hide.

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resisting humanityRESISTING DESIRE (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

Niiva used to be a farmer’s daughter with every stereotype that went along with it. Her hormones raged out of control, and her body usually followed.

Now, she is on Imrahl, one of thousands of humans abducted to work with the Rrassic in their war efforts, and she has been kept away from the eligible warriors in a bid to keep her doing what she does best, farming.

One night after working late on a shipment, she finds herself facing a drunk human and a few of the leonine Regiz-Rrassic. They mistake her for a male and begin to get aggressive when another of their kind steps in to break it up. Argo takes notice of her, and it spells the end of her life as a harvester and a fast track into the Breeder compound.
Resistance is no longer a priority.

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companions dilemmaCOMPANION’S DILEMMA (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

Sarah has been a master of the service industry most of her life. When she wakes on Imrahl, she is assigned to a position in a teashop with extra privileges as a courier. Six months of steady events go by, and then, her best friend and boss has a moment of evolution and lashes out.

Sarah wakes in the med centre and the minor empathy that had aided her all her life is now full-blow telepathy, and her mind is in danger.

Lekorh the Saya-Rrassic is the telepath of the colony, and he takes her under his care and, eventually, into his bed. She should have seen him coming, but she is a telepath, not a psychic.

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horizon pointsHORIZON POINTS (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 3) by Harry F Rey

The problems of the Outer Verge are stacking up for Ales, now a commander of the Union fleet. From rebellious priests on Jansen to terrifying rips in space sucking matter out into the unknown, not to mention jealous lovers scattered across space, Ales is pulled in infinite directions. Disrupting the Galactic Balance isn’t so simple, and Admiral Turo is also a hard man to please.

While trying to secure a crucial trade deal on the heterosapien world of Nelu, Ales struggles to ignore the stark inequalities cutting through life in the galaxy. If he’s not fighting for a future free from the horrors that blighted his past, what’s the point of living?
With the Outer Verge bitterly divided and factions readying for war, the new horizons Ales dreamed of feel galaxies away.

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star wars queens shadowSTAR WARS: QUEEN’S SHADOW (STAR WARS DISNEY) by E K Johnston

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note.

When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

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seduced by the alien princeSEDUCED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Kym Dillon

Dr. Nikki Maddox, professor of astrophysics, is used to being ridiculed about her assertion that extraterrestrial life exists.
She’s heard the not-so-subtle snickers
And the not-so-quiet whispers
Not to mention the pranks…
No wonder she’s skeptical when a stranger confesses he’s an alien hunted by the US government.
Mmm Hmm… Right…  Okie Dokie.
Prince Ha’aden O’Rion is not just royalty. He’s the crown prince of an entire galaxy.
How did a galactic crown prince end up on an obscure planet running for his life?
His damned council—and those vapid, boring beauty queens they want him to breed with.
He’s come to Earth on a mission—to find himself a smart, sassy female who charges his libido and challenges his intellect then claim her as his bride.
The moment he meets Nikki—mission accomplished.
Now, to seduce his reluctant bride.

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frost isabelle adlerFROST by Isabelle Adler

The end of the world as they knew it had come and gone, and the remnants of mankind struggle to survive in a barren landscape. Twenty-three-year-old Finn sets out on a desperate mission to scavenge for the much-needed medicine to help his sister. He knows better than to trust anyone, but when a total stranger saves him from a vicious gang, the unexpected act of kindness rekindles Finn’s lost faith in humanity.

The tentative friendship with his rescuer, Spencer, gradually turns into something more, and for the first time in years, Finn lets himself yearn for joy and hope in the dead of nuclear winter—right until Spencer goes missing.

They say love is the greatest power of all, but it seems it would take nothing short of a miracle to overcome the dangers that threaten to destroy Finn’s only chance for happiness and the lives of his loved ones.

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samurais loverTHE SAMURAI’S LOVER (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 4) by Alix Nichols

Samurai Iyatt Martenn is a devout man with a history of violence.

His painful past has shaped his present. Iyatt leads an ascetic life of a martial arts teacher and fights his demons as best he can.

Haysi, a belly dancer, is a shameless hedonist if Iyatt ever saw one.

When she isn’t swaying her hips for strangers, she can be found in her shop, inking tattoos on harlots. Worse, she even enjoys their company.

Under normal circumstances, Iyatt would’ve never spoken to a woman like her. But Haysi has a gift—she can talk to spirits. For Iyatt, she channels his deceased fiancée, who asks for their help in a delicate matter.

Forced to work together, Iyatt and Haysi soon find themselves drawn to each other…
resisting their attraction…
yielding to it.
But that doesn’t change what Iyatt thinks of Haysi’s job or her views. He knows he can fight his sinful passion by denying his body.
The question is, can he deny his heart?

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new horizonsNEW HORIZONS: A METAHUMAN FILES: CLASSIFIED NOVELLA by Hailey Turner

First do no harm.
Trevor Sanchez left behind a life of war with Alpha Team for a future in medicine. Pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor, Trevor doesn’t have much time for anything other than studying for the next exam in his accelerated medical school. When the Sons of Adam attack the teaching hospital he attends, Trevor can’t stand by and do nothing, especially not when someone’s life is in danger. When that life involves a gorgeous, funny paramedic, Trevor knows he’s in trouble.

Tread with care.
Paramedic Brendan Kane never thought rescuing a patient’s life would put his own at risk. Being targeted by a terrorist group was never covered in his medical training. When his security detail comes with a former member of Alpha Team, Brendan discovers a silver-lining to the situation. Trevor is hot like fire and oh so sexy, taking up space in Brendan’s life in unexpected ways that he’s reluctant to give up.

Never break an oath.
Trevor and Brendan must navigate their way through danger and a searing connection that leaves them both wanting more. If they hope to give the spark burning between them a chance to ignite, they’ll have to outlast the enemy first.

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escape nhys gloverESCAPE (THE DANANS BOOK 2) by Nhys Glover

Savannah is used to escaping difficult circumstances, so she’s quite prepared to fight to escape the aliens who abducted her for a warrior breeding program. But when she’s rescued, it feels more like she’s jumped out of the frying pan into a sizzling firestorm of desire. Because this time it’s her own heart, and its traitorous longing for three traumatized Danans, she’s up against.
Many years ago, an enemy raid destroyed most of their pod and left one brother physically and emotionally damaged, seemingly beyond repair. Now the surviving brothers live in isolation, defending those on the borderlands. They have no desire for a podmate. But when fate brings Savannah to them, they have no choice but to claim the feisty human, whether she, or they, like the idea or not.
This stand-alone romantic adventure continues the story of the warrior Danans and the human women destined to be their podmates.

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lins challengeLIN’S CHALLENGE (INTERGALACTIC OFFICERS) by Mara Jaye

I don’t want to die.

Once upon a time, I lived on Earth. I had a good job, a decent boyfriend, and a good life until I woke up in a vast cargo hold — adults of all ages and races dumped into a cage with automatic functions. Also, if anyone in storage caused problems within in the herd? Guns muzzles dropped from the ceiling and shot indiscriminately until the fights stopped.
None of us knew anything, and the machines policing us weren’t talking.

Now, we live underground with millions of humanoids of all kinds. The machines gave us a smack on the back of the neck, and since then, I’m living in a dubbed movie 24/7. Only worse, since the killings continue to happen for the smallest infraction.

I keep to myself. Wake up when the tone sounds, bust rock, stop when the next shift comes in and go to whatever bed I can find.

Day after day, until I meet him.
Who’s he? Literally, a bronze god come to life. I can’t help but stare at him, yet can’t say a word. Every time he sees me, he scowls. I’m afraid he’ll break me in two.
So, my choices in this hellhole are to die by laser shot or by being torn apart. I’ve got to avoid both.

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falling for a dragonFALLING FOR A DRAGON (COSMIC DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Susan de Niim

When Kiara, a bookish scientist, is stranded on an asteroid with a brutish Drakthan warrior, she is determined to watch for any chance of escape. Imminent disaster forces them together, but Kiara is left with two questions that cut right to her core. Can she trust the dragon that saved her? And what does he truly want from her?

Jag’iin is the last of his race, the final child born before virus bombs made every woman of his race infertile. It was an accident that brought him into contact with Kiara, but from the moment he sees her, he knows the truth. She is a compatible mate, the future of his entire people. Jag’iin is desperate to gain the glory that would come with finding a cure for his people’s infertility, but he is caught in a dilemma. He can feel himself falling for the human woman, but his society would never allow it. Will he use Kiara as a mate, or will he risk everything to follow his hearts?

Love brings a human and a Drakthan together, but will it be enough to build an alliance between their warring races? There isn’t much time to find out, for a hidden foe moves in the darkness, waiting to destroy all life in the galaxy. Will Kiara be able to ignore generations of hatred and fall for a dragon? And will Jag’iin be able to look past Kiara’s body and find the woman he’s always been searching for?

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ancestral nightANCESTRAL NIGHT (WHITE SPACE BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Bear

VS Note: Scifi space opera not romance.

Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law…usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence—with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big—just once—to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that has been long thought dead, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into full-out war.

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child thief 6THE CHILD THIEF 6: ZERO HOUR by Bella Forrest

Everything Robin has fought for hangs in the balance, and she no longer knows who to trust. But when hiding is no longer an option for Little John, Nathan must put his decades-old plan into motion… whether they are prepared or not.

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steampunk cyborgSTEAMPUNK CYBORG (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

When a friend drags Agatha “Aggie” Bowles to a romance convention, all she wants to do is find some new authors and a quiet spot to read. Instead of relaxing with a book, she ends up kidnapped by a steampunk cyborg.

Which is as exciting as it sounds.

Except for the fact he’s more interested in the cog hanging around her neck than Aggie herself. He’ll do anything to get his hands on it. Problem is other people want it, too.
Can this cyborg relinquish a priceless treasure for love?

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hell boundHELL BOUND: THE END IS NEAR by Kathy Dinisi

VS Note: From February

Three years after the apocalypse Sam and her three kids continue their life in the safe haven. Well,as safe as they can be. The military is at a constant battle to keep the walls standing but the zombie herd just keeps growing stronger by each passing day and finding there way into the compound that once protected everyone.

Supplies are running low, weapons are far and few. Now Sam must help a group of soldiers find weapons and food. Her journey continues with her fighting to save the only home she has left and the only family still living.

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the last 8THE LAST 8 by Laura Pohl

VS note: Not sure if there’s a romance but you know me and post apocalyptic books! Put this one on my TBR.

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

Clover is convinced she’s the only one left until she hears a voice on the radio urging her to go to the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The seven strangers seem more interested in pretending the world didn’t end than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But when she finds a hidden spaceship within the walls of the compound, she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.

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fever kingTHE FEVER KING (FEVER WAKE BOOK 1) by Victoria Lee

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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mahimataMAHIMATA (BOOK 2 OF ASIANA) by Mati Mehrotra

Kyra has returned to the caves of Kali, but her homecoming is bittersweet. She no longer knows what her place is. Her beloved teacher is dead and her best friend Nineth is missing. And gone, too, is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her train for the duel with Tamsyn–and became far more than a teacher and friend.

Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, Rustan has set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones–and the realization that the answers he seeks come with a price.

Yet fate has plans to bring Kyra and Rustan together again. Kai Tau, the man who slaughtered Kyra’s family, wages war on the Orders of Asiana. Hungering for justice, Kyra readies herself for battle, aided by her new companions: the wyr-wolves, who are so much more than what they seem. And determined to keep the woman he loves safe, Rustan joins the fight to ride by her side.

But will this final confrontation ultimately cost them their love . . . and their lives?

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wild countryWILD COUNTRY (WORLD OF THE OTHERS, THE BOOK 2) by Anne Bishop

VS note: I have SO been waiting for this book! Had it on pre-order forever. I LOVED her series about The Others, as well as her first spin off book. Her concept is such a new take on shifters, vampires and elementals…there was a verrryy slow burn but satisfying romance in The Others series and a hint of romance in her previous standalone but these are not romances per se.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.

But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the outlaw Blackstone Clan will either unite Others and humans…or bury them all.

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that aint witchcraftTHAT AIN’T WITCHCRAFT (INCRYPTID BOOK 8) by Seanan McGuire

VS Note: Not romance but a Hugo- nominated series. A release of note…

Antimony Price has never done well without a support system. As the youngest of her generation, she has always been able to depend on her parents, siblings, and cousins to help her out when she’s in a pinch—until now. After fleeing from the Covenant of St. George, she’s found herself in debt to the crossroads and running for her life. No family. No mice. No way out.

Lucky for her, she’s always been resourceful, and she’s been gathering allies as she travels: Sam, fūri trapeze artist turned boyfriend; Cylia, jink roller derby captain and designated driver; Fern, sylph friend, confidant, and maker of breakfasts; even Mary, ghost babysitter to the Price family. Annie’s actually starting to feel like they might be able to figure things out—which is probably why things start going wrong again.

New Gravesend, Maine is a nice place to raise a family…or make a binding contract with the crossroads. For James Smith, whose best friend disappeared when she tried to do precisely that, it’s also an excellent place to plot revenge. Now the crossroads want him dead and they want Annie to do the dirty deed. She owes them, after all.

And that’s before Leonard Cunningham, aka, “the next leader of the Covenant,” shows up…
It’s going to take everything Annie has and a little bit more to get out of this one. If she succeeds, she gets to go home. If she fails, she becomes one more cautionary tale about the dangers of bargaining with the crossroads.
But no pressure.

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gold and shadowsGOLD AND SHADOWS (AGE OF GOLD BOOK 4) by May Sage

Vivien has roamed the lands of men, elves and dragons alone for twenty lifetimes.
Her dark twin is almost all powerful, but Vivien has two weapons in the form of the dashing elven princes at her side: her fated mate, and her sister’s.
No one said it had to be a fair fight.

Turin and Argon think they understand the agenda of the aether goddess tied to their dreams and nightmares. They have no idea what they’re up against, or what their companion is capable of doing for the greater good.

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prism cloudPRISM CLOUD (HARBINGER BOOK 4) by Jeff Wheeler

When the emperor is assassinated, Sera Fitzempress is the noble most eligible to inherit the empire. Her upcoming marriage to the prince would cement her position. And as a champion for peace, Sera is the only promise of hope for staving off war between the worlds of Kingfountain and Muirwood. But standing between her and her enemies is just one devastating secret.

Sera’s best friend, Cettie, a girl born of a lower class, has made a shattering discovery: her entire existence has been a lie. Now Cettie must give up the only life she’s known and fought for and leave behind the man she loves to stop Sera’s wedding. For this discovery could bring the whole of Kingfountain to ruin.

As Cettie struggles to determine her true loyalties and loves, her allies fall to wicked plots, and she becomes increasingly alone on her journey to a destiny she never wanted—one that could ignite an unstoppable war.

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shadowmancerSHADOWMANCER (PALADIN CHARM BOOK 1) by Devin Harnois

Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.

Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term “optimistic”. With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer. Marius’s incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele’s bed is a wonderful bonus.

With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He’s also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what’s forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius’s open honesty unnerves him.

As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.

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witchlingWITCHLING: A COLLECTION OF ZORAIDA GRAY SHORT STORIES by Sorchia DuBois

VS Note: From February

​​​​​​​Before the events depicted in the Zoraida Grey Trilogy, Zoraida was a small town fortuneteller. Her magical journey begins with a murderous presence in her hometown. As a young woman, she finds ghosts in the strangest places. PLUS a tale about Castle Logan and how it got its dark reputation.

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primal shiftersPRIMAL SHIFTERS by Kira Shayde

VS note: She also has a “tame” version of the box set, as she refers to it.

Three novella-length paranormal romances in one overarching story of sociopolitical conflict.
BANE OF HER DESIRE – When Holly Ainran’s brother goes AWOL from an elite military force in Tanzania, she confronts Commander Bane Ojore, a rare melanistic lion shifter. Sparks ignite, but Holly finds a challenge in taming this brooding, hostile beast. Bane does not expect the daughter of a high-ranking parliamentary executive to be a smart, code-breaking expert adamant about abolishing the lion caste hierarchy and ending the lion-hyena conflict. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
DESIRES AT WAR – Months as a POW leaves lion shifter Fix Ainran struggling to recover, but he can’t get the curvaceous Caryn Plumar out of his mind. Yet the beautiful daughter of the hyena chairman only torments the disabled former soldier with heated trysts before pulling away. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
COOL BLUE DESIRE – When Alina Van der Stel agrees to spring an imprisoned lion shifter in southern Africa and hand him over to the rebels in return for information about her birth parents, she doesn’t expect the man to capture her mind as much as he does her body. Falsely accused of conspiracy, Kipper Lumbwi has no intention of allowing the icy blonde to sell him to the very traitors who landed him a stint in prison…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragon heart stephanie burkeDRAGON HEART (DRAGON 3) by Stephanie Burke

Vulwin and Iffear know who was responsible for the attempts on their lives and how these attacks were carried out; they now only need to discover why. Seeking revenge could shatter the tentative peace and reignite the war between two Fae factions, but blood spilled in hate demands justice. How far will they go to fulfill a blood oath and see the Dragon Stones laid to rest once and for all?

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chasing his polar bearCHASING HIS POLAR BEAR (BIG BAD BUNNIES BOOK 4) by Golden Angel

Once upon a time, when she was betrothed and in love, Sheila Slater believed in soul mates, fairy tales, and happy endings. Now, one big heartbreak later, she’s a self-rescuing princess, kick butt fighter, and undercover extraordinaire.

But to save the shifter world from the evil designs of Aiden Mansfield, she’ll be forced to reunite with her ex-fiance: Aiden’s twin brother, Eli.

And when Sheila appears in Eli’s office, as stunning as ever and with all of the information needed to take down Aiden, Eli can barely control himself. She’s gorgeous, determined, and deadly. Her very presence tempts his bear, and he can’t stop thinking about indulging in a bite of her.
What happens when these two put aside their past for the benefit of everyone’s future?

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gingerbreadGINGERBREAD: A NOVEL by Helen Oyeyemi

VS Note: Sounds VERY different, not a romance but intriguing.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. The world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval —a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.

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everlasting roseTHE EVERLASTING ROSE (BELLES BOOK 2) by Dhonielle Clayton

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies—a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely—and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

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softly say goodbyeSOFTLY SAY GOODBYE (REDEMPTION’S PRICE BOOK 3) by Rachel Leigh Smith

VS note: From early February

Snow leopard shifter Blair Kincade has spent a lifetime using football to fill the gaping hole in his soul. Being an alpha without a pride sucks. As does being lied to about it his entire life by none other than the one he should’ve been able to trust: his adopted father. Meeting a visiting Russian snow leopard turns into finding the last survivors of his destroyed pride. And the possibility of a mate bond with a woman strong enough to stand by him.

Ballerina Oksana Bukovskaya has come to Colorado with one goal in mind: to save her adopted father, who’s slowly losing his memory. There have been one too many attempts on his life, and she’s not leaving until he’s safe in the Boulder pride lands. Falling for an alpha she thought dead is an unexpected complication.

Uncovering the pieces of what happened to their pride reveals Ares’s fingerprints all over a slaughter no one remembers. Plus he’s sent one of his assassins after the only man who could’ve stopped it. Finding the answers–and the killer–is the only way Blair can protect his pride.

There’s just one problem. It might cost him his mate.

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wolfs succubusTHE WOLF’S SUCCUBUS (GODS AND CONCUBINES BOOK 3) by Erin St Charles

Eric – Life hasn’t been the same since an injury ended my football dreams—and could have ended my life. The last glimpse I had of my hometown was in my truck’s rear rear-view mirror. I hadn’t planned to come back at all—even ten years feels too soon—but I came back for homecoming and then the longer I stayed in town, the more I fell under the spell of the Jane Guzmán, the shy, bookish innkeeper who sets my blood boiling.
Now I can’t walk away from the need to claim her. She intrigues me like no other woman—not even the mysterious seductress who has haunted my dreams since the night of my devastating accident.
Jane – Everyone in Perdition thinks I’m a quiet, shy innkeeper, not the sex demon I really am. It’s better that I keep my urges under wraps—no telling what would happen if I lost control. I spend my days renovating the bed and breakfast my late father left me as his legacy. My nights are another story. As a result, I’m probably the oldest virgin succubus in North America. Well, maybe the oldest one in Texas. But trust me, it’s better this way. If I keep to myself, I can’t hurt anyone with my out-of-control powers. This has worked for the past ten years… until he showed up.
Eric Andrews. Perdition’s former golden boy. The boy who triggered my first succubus dreams. The boy I used to love. Except he’s not a boy anymore.
He’s back in town, and he’s all grown up.
He’s coming for me.
He just doesn’t know it yet.

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burke and the vampireBURKE AND THE VAMPIRE by Edward Kendrick

What would you do if you awoke from a coma to discover you could sense vampires? Burke didn’t believe such creatures existed until it happened to him. Horrified, but accepting what he now knew was the truth, he vowed to eliminate them, destroying any who he could tell were not benign.

Vampire Reynaud has been charged by his King to find the person they’ve dubbed The Hunter and end his existence before he kills more of their kind. The problem is, how can he find one human in the masses living in New Orleans? It turned out to be easier than he anticipated, although he didn’t know it until events transpired that revealed his new, human, friend was the also The Hunter.

Will the saying opposites attract prove true, or will these two men who have begun to care for each other be torn apart by their differences?

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shadow of the hookSHADOW OF THE HOOK (URBAN FAIRY TALES BOOK 10) by Erik Schubach

VS Note: From February

Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.

Everything we know about Pan, the Hook, and the Lost Boys gets all turned around. After a daring rescue, our heroines learn that time is up and the Elders have started their march.

With new allies, they need to find a way back home to join their fellow Avatars as they prepare for the most important confrontation in the history of mankind.

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games of genusGAMES OF GENUS (BAKER STREET ARCHIVES BOOK 1) by C J Strange

For the acclaimed sleuth Sherlock Holmes, life is simple, sweet, dull. Until a curious invitation to a once-in-a-lifetime event has rumors of vampirism, three different cases of it, swirling about her. Can she discover the secrets behind this new, dangerous mystery? And what do these men, some new, some old friends and enemies, have to do with it? Dr. Jonathan Watson, her roommate. PC Gavin Lestrade, the well-meaning cop, and James Moriarty, a sinister-seeming mathematics professor who’s hiding more than he’s revealing…

And then an old foe comes back to town. Isaac Adler, the only man who’s ever captured Sherlock’s heart, returns.

Science and deductive logic aren’t enough to disprove the paranormal, so Sherlock needs to turn to alternative sources to get at the truth.
Hot men, dangerous situations, and a crime to be solved.

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belle and the beastBELLE AND THE BEAST (FAIRELLE BOOK 5) by Rebekah R Ganiere

Belle has spent years being abused by Klaus. But no more. Grabbing her little girl Chloe, she flees into the night, praying to find safety for herself and her daughter.

Werebear Dax had spent years tirelessly searching for the memories taken from him. Back in the castle where he was once held prisoner and tortured, he has all but lost hope. Until the moment he hears a child’s scream in the woods and his entire world changes. In an effort to keep Chloe and Belle safe the group flees through a magick mirror and ending up in the one place Dax feared he’d never see again. His home.

As Dax’s old and new lives collide he is caught between his duty, and his heart. And Belle must decide which she wants more, to protect her daughter, or stay with the man who has threaded his way into her very soul.

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smoke and wishesSMOKE AND WISHES (BEST WISHES BOOK 1) by A J Macey

I just found out that I’m a supernatural and now I’m attending Redwood Supernatural University. With its magic and mix of beings from myth and legend, I’m definitely not in the human world anymore.

But not everything is picture perfect. I have the Bitch Crew that are determined to get rid of me, a guy that’s hell-bent on teaching me a lesson, and my past haunting me in my dreams.

It’s not all bad though; I have my quirky roommate Sadie and six guys who seem intent on keeping me around.
I got this…hopefully.

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third charmTHIRD CHARM (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 3) by Jacqueline Faye

Want to know how to ruin a holiday?
Have the guy you gave your virginity to, and then dumped you to move to another country, show up. Not kidding, it definitely puts a damper on the holiday festivities. Especially when your current boyfriends take an instant seething dislike to him. What’s a girl to do? Get falling-down drunk, that’s what. At least there was plenty of pie.
On a good note, ex-boyfriends are a much smaller problem to deal with than angry hungry demons. I had that going for me, too. Somebody stole the Blackwell family grimoires from back home and decided to open a roaming portal to hell in Cedar Falls. Of course, demons don’t find anything yummier than a smorgasbord of local residents… Now I have to find the witch who did it, and find a way to seal the doorway to hell, before we run out of food. I mean people.
It’s a damn good thing I have a coven that loves me.
I didn’t mean it that way. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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blood moon magicBLOOD MOON MAGIC (ELEMENTS OF TWILIGHT BOOK 1) by Isobel Carmichael

The shifters are dying
And it’s up to me to save them
even if it means going to extremes.
I’m the future alpha.
Duty is the code I live by.
And now it’s time to make a choice.
Crossbreed or die.
I agreed to the Claiming ceremony
but under my own terms.
With an insatiable hunger,
My raging wolf has ideas of her own.
And five, sexy, dragon mates are what she craves.
Each is delicious and irresistible.
Why choose one mate
When all five make me yearn for more?
After all, the fate of the race lies in my hands,
And I plan to keep those hands very busy.

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dark gatesDARK GATES (ADELMAN ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Shan Marin

I grew up in the shadow of Adelman Academy, knowing I could never set foot in the school for elite magic users. A long-established family pact forbade it.

We should have listened. When my sister and I snuck onto the grounds, it ended in tragedy.

But on my eighteenth birthday, I face the gates of Adelman again. This time, I’m not looking for adventure. I’m seeking sanctuary from my arranged betrothal to a powerful mage. His dark magic makes my skin crawl, and only the Academy can protect me.

Only they can protect me. The headmaster’s sons – Stern Jacen, flirty Kylan and thoughtful Tamas.

They offer me a taste of a life I never dreamed could be mine, but I cannot be theirs. I belong to another.The mage marked me for his own sinister purposes, and my presence at the Academy awakens an ancient evil. One that threatens everyone within the school.And I, Seora Pairel, am the key to stopping it.

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lonely lionessLONELY LIONESS (THE LIONESS’S HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

For Ainsley, turning eighteen means finding a mate – and fast. When she runs into an old acquaintance, it seems as though everything is falling smoothly into place.

But it’s not.

When the wolves begin growing more bold and aggressive, a tremendous truth, hidden from her by her parents, is revealed and Ainsley will be forced to make a decision for the good of herself and her people.
The kind of truth that affects not only the present, but the future. The kind that changes everything.

Ainsley is a Sekhmet, a lioness descended from the Goddess, and with that knowledge and power comes great responsibility.

The only question she has left to ask herself is: can she do what’s right?

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moonlight whispersMOONLIGHT WHISPERS (THE WITCH AND WOLF PACK BOOK 8) by K R Alexander

I’ve never been so scared for the lives of my pack. At the same time, we’ve never been so close to solving this mystery. We have to push on, danger or not, and we have to succeed to save them. This time, though, we’ve tempted fate once too often. We face sharp ice and a black Moon, as they say, and the blood on my hands isn’t from our enemies. Moon save us.

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dragon of new orleansTHE DRAGON OF NEW ORLEANS (TREASURE OF PARAGON BOOK 1) by Genevieve Jack

A deadly curse….For 300 years, Gabriel Blakemore has survived in New Orleans after a coup in his native realm of Paragon scattered him and his dragon siblings across the globe. Now a jealous suitor’s voodoo curse threatens to end his immortal existence. His only hope is to find an antidote, one that may rest in a mortal woman.

A lifesaving gift...After five years of unsuccessful treatment for her brain cancer, death is a welcome end for Raven Tanglewood. Her illness has become a prison her adventurous spirit cannot abide. Salvation comes in the form of Gabriel, who uses dragon magic to save her.

A harrowing price…To Raven, the bond that results from Gabriel’s gift is another kind of captivity. Can Gabriel win Raven’s love and trust in time to awaken the life-saving magic within her? Or will his fiery personality and possessive ways drive her from his side and seal his fate?

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demon lord of californiaTHE DEMON LORD OF CALIFORNIA (INFINITY 8 BOOK 1) by Jeanne Marcella

LGBT fantasy fiction. Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his interdimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is the corporation’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of the portal.

​As Agustín formulates a more gracious avenue of acquiring Calico’s gateway, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. From this unexpected interlude, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than a mere business arrangement. So negotiations stumble along, all the while Calico ensures that the good people of the city are getting their fill of baked goods.

Yet due to Calico’s injuries, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his own psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who not only bears celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.

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bad moon shyla coltBAD MOON (BAD DUOLOGY BOOK 2) by Shyla Colt

What would you do to save the one you loved?
Werewolf, Joss Weber has played the role of Moon Maiden for the White Creek Pack since she was nine. Bullied, belittled, and forced to obey their strange practices, she’d endured to keep her mother alive. As the dawn of a new era approaches, the needs of the many begin to outweigh her own desires.
An apocalypse is looming, and her choices will determine the end of the world or the re-birth of the supernatural hierarchy. Bound to her mate, vampire elder Kazimir, and pack member Isiah Eberstark, she’s trapped in a perpetual tug-o-war. Sacrifices must be made, and the costs are higher than she ever imagined.

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black wolfs weddingTHE BLACK WOLF’S WEDDING by Dahlia Rose

Ivy Bellefonte lived her life not knowing the truth of her legacy. As an artist in San Francisco with latent wolf abilities, she didn’t know about. She thought she, her brother and father were safe since they lived and worked under the laws of the five wolf packs that separated the city. As long as they knew on whose ground they stood, life was simple and good. All that changed the night of her gallery opening when she was attacked and the black wolf saved her life. Everyone knew Lazarus Vale’s wolf. He was the alpha of his pack and all the other district alphas answered to him. And her gallery opening was in his territory. He was arrogant and egotistical; the man kissed like a dream and made her want more.

Lazarus formally asked for her hand to be his mate and her father accepted. What? Little did Ivy know that long before she was born, the blood that ran through her veins caused her mother’s death. And her latent wolf may only have been sleeping until her true mate broke it free of its bonds. As secrets are revealed, Ivy doesn’t know who to trust not even in her family. She saw the wicked games that could be played and she was caught in the middle. Could she even trust Lazarus, the black wolf that drove her mad with desire? Was having her as his mate… his love, the only agenda he had?

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witchbloodWITCHBLOOD (KITSUNE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Lissa Casey

Sebastian Volkov, a fox shifter raised among werewolves, ran from everything he ever loved after a brutal attack that left him fearing his own shadow. That night a single kiss saved his life and left him with fantasies of a man whose face he couldn’t remember. When Sebastian’s car breaks down in a small Washington town, he meets an Alpha werewolf who reminds him vaguely of a stranger’s kiss.

A year ago Liam Ulrich, Alpha of the Northern Cascade’s Pack, shared a magic filled kiss with a virtual stranger, the infamous Witchblood child of the most powerful werewolf in the world. Since that night, Liam has been waiting for Sebastian to find his way home. Liam knows that Sebastian doesn’t trust easily, or at all, so he’s going to have to give his prickly mate time and space.

The past Sebastian tried to escape still stalks him and slowing down gives it time to catch up.
When the werewolves’ ultimate enemy rises up to cast its shadow over them all, Sebastian realizes he will have to stop running or risk losing everything…. including his hope of a future with Liam.

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gray magic and forbidden loveGRAY MAGIC AND FORBIDDEN LOVE (GRAY WITCH 3) by CeCe Rose

VS note: No blurb available at the time I put together this post.

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bitten at daybreakBITTEN AT DAYBREAK (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 3) by Deanna Chase

Badass witch Phoebe Kilsen has spent years looking for her brother. Now that she’s found him, her world is turned upside down and everything she has ever known to be true appears to be false. Cut off from everyone except her brother, can she find a way back to her partner Dax, her best friend Willow, and her life’s work with the Void? Or will she be destined to live a lie with a vampire she’s never trusted?

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day of the dragonDAY OF THE DRAGON (DRAGON HUNTER BOOK 2) by Katie MacAlister

With dragons like him, who needs enemies?
Real scholars know that supernatural beings don’t exist. But the moment I meet Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all my academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, I’m learning that I really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble.

Now I’m caught in the middle of a war. On one side is Archer. On the other is his twin brother. And I am the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance-or deadly ruin-to our world. But none of that is as dangerous as the seriously sexy sparks between Archer and me. He’s too tempting to be real. Too gorgeous to trust. And when it comes to dragons, there’s no smoke without deadly fire.

Includes the novel WOLF’S MATE by Celia Kyle: When Abby Carter is threatened by an anti-shifter organization, werewolf shifter Declan Reed will have to convince her that there’s no safer place in the world than in the arms of a big bad werewolf.

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demon nightDEMON NIGHT (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by M J Haag 

Every secret has a price.
It’s a truth that Angel knows too well. Since the hellhounds and infected started to roam, Angel has guarded her secret carefully. But, she’s growing weaker by the day and needs help. In this new plague-ravaged world, the weak don’t survive long, and the useless are quickly abandoned. That’s why Angel’s secret needs to stay secret. If anyone found out about the baby she carried, they’d ditch her in a heartbeat to save themselves.
To make herself an asset, she offers her services as a relationship expert to one of the dark fey, who rose with the hellhounds, in exchange for food. Shax is eager to win over Hannah, and if Angel can help make that happen, just maybe she won’t be kicked out when she has the baby.
Falling for her “client” was never in her plans.

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ever strangeEVER STRANGE (LEGAL MAGICK BOOK 1)  by Alisa Woods

ZANE WALKER—FBI, Magickal Crimes Division – There’s a reason the bureau sends me undercover with the worst drug cartels in the world—my magick is as illegal and dirty as the enhancers they peddle. Just the kind that “Pennies” Machnik—Dziki crime lord—likes to use on his enemies. Being his enforcer lets me keep my own monster locked up while I build a case against him. If I can bring Pennies in, maybe I can finally put the stigma of what I am behind me. But when people start overdosing on his street drugs, a beautiful witch storms in, making demands she thinks she can back up with magick. I have to make a split second choice… and the monster comes raging out.

EVER STRANGE—CEO, Strange Medical Technologies – Someone has killed my father. They made it look like an overdose, but Asher Strange, the world-renown researcher of medical magick, never took an illegal drug in his life… much less tawdry magick enhancers. I run the family empire, but no one was more proud of the Strange family name than my father. A long line of us stretches back to the first days of High Magick—no way he would throw that away chasing a quick high. But before I can get an autopsy, my father’s body disappears… and being a Level One mage and one of the richest women in the city means I will get answers.

Someone’s putting deadly magick into street drugs… and it’s killing people all over ChicagoZane’s magick is monstrous, and Ever’s power brings out his beast. But she insists on finding her father; and keeping her safe has suddenly become his job—on top of stopping an epidemic of overdoses that just might be cover for a serial killer. Together, they work to stop the dark magick that’s stalking the streets of Chicago… and try to keep their own secrets from consuming them both.

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lady from the black lagoonTHE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS AND THE LOST LEGACY OF MILICENT PATRICK by Mallory O’Meara

VS note: I don’t usually cover nonfiction but who can resist that title? As a fan of old scifi movies and special effects, etc., I thought this book might be worth mentioning this week. I haven’t read it but it’s on my TBR.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

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Lady of the Star WindFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I picked one of my older standalone books to mention: LADY OF THE STAR WIND. I had fun writing it – you can see my Egyptian influences peeking through in the plot, as well as the scifi, a bit of time travel and a portal. The action does begin in the Sectors.. Someday I’d like to return to the world and tell a sequel or two!

Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen.

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land.  Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 27

February 20

February 13

February 6

January 30

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.

What Is He Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way but I might have it back to work on by Monday…then off to the formatter in a few days thereafter.)

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

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

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt –

Reminding herself the whole point of her return to the Retreat was to obtain help for the human, Keshara forced herself not to rise, “I know I’m in the wrong and will take whatever punishment is declared, but I ask help for my companion.”

Eyes glowing golden, shot through with angry red, Ashla pointed at her, “You risked the safety of us all. If you’d been taken by the others who dwell outside the Retreat, the Director herself could have been imperiled. You know this, we reiterate the risks endlessly in training.”

“The Great Mother called me to leave the Retreat and be in the right place to assist Gabe,” Keshara said. Not only did she believe this in the core of her own being, she knew Ashla was a devout believer in the goddess and her commands, although if Keshara was pressed on the point, she feared Ashla placed the Director above the Great Mother.

“Gabe?” Ashla stalked to the litter and stood staring at him, “Who is he? What is he?”

“Human,” he said with difficulty, obviously uncomfortable at facing a threat from a prone position but unable to rise.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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