As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
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.
EXPORT 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.
UNDER 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?
ESCAPE 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.
ROGUE 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.
SARAZEN’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.
BUCCANEER! (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.
UNEXPECTED (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.
RULES 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.
RESISTING 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.
COMPANION’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.
HORIZON 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.
STAR 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.
SEDUCED 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.
FROST 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.
THE 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?
NEW 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.
ESCAPE (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.
LIN’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.
FALLING 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?
ANCESTRAL 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.
THE 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.
STEAMPUNK 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?
HELL 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.
THE 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.
THE 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.
MAHIMATA (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?
WILD 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.
THAT 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.
GOLD 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.
PRISM 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.
SHADOWMANCER (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.
WITCHLING: 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.
PRIMAL 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…)
DRAGON 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?
CHASING 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?
GINGERBREAD: 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.
THE 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.
SOFTLY 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.
THE 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.
BURKE 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?
SHADOW 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.
GAMES 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.
BELLE 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.
SMOKE 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.
THIRD 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.
BLOOD 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.
DARK 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.
LONELY 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?
MOONLIGHT 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.
THE 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?
THE 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.
BAD 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.
THE 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?
WITCHBLOOD (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.
GRAY MAGIC AND FORBIDDEN LOVE (GRAY WITCH 3) by CeCe Rose
VS note: No blurb available at the time I put together this post.
BITTEN 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?
DAY 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.
DEMON 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.
EVER 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 Chicago. Zane’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.
THE 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.
VS 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?
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.