A Private Loop Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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 –

The man who’d gone to start the vidcams came running as if he couldn’t wait to watch her die, “All set – I made sure the feed won’t go anywhere other than our private loop. Don’t want to give away the show for free or get ourselves in trouble.”

He and one of the other guards pulled skinny black wands from holsters on their belts and stood ready as the officer went to the control panel for the force barrier, “I’m only going to deactivate a small area, so be prepared to throw her in there fast.”

“I’ll be ready,” Her captor got a better grip on Elianna, picking her up despite her flailing and striking at him.

A portion of the barrier sparked and winked out. The guards with the odd weapons aimed them at the cat, which snarled and retreated, hissing, tail lashing from side to side. Desperate to avoid her grisly fate, Elianna gripped the guard’s uniform and hung on. He attempted to throw her into the cell, but she tugged him off balance, and the Khagrish fell across the threshold in a heap with her.

In the blink of an eye the cat was on the guard, ignoring Elianna. Her first instinct was to crawl from the cell, but the beast and the screaming guard blocked the way.

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 April 24

heart of eonI have a new paranormal romance release of my own to report! It’ll be about halfway down the list because I always list the scifi romance titles first…

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).

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HEART OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Anna Hackett

VS note: I’m loving this new series from Anna and of course one clicked promptly!

Genius computer geek Wren Traynor prefers her high-tech comp lab to socializing with people, and she definitely prefers it over crawling through the bowels of the huge Eon warship she’s hijacked. When Earth’s Space Corps blackmails her into this deadly mission, Wren will do anything to help her beloved sisters and save the Earth from invasion by the insectoid Kantos aliens. That includes entering into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the tall, hunky, and seriously enraged Eon war commander who captains the Rengard.

War Commander Malax Dann-Jad is a born protector and has forged a successful career in service to the Eon Empire. Haunted by an early mission where he lost good warriors, he’s dedicated to protecting his ship and its crew. Especially since his warship is carrying a special, top-secret cargo. But one tiny, infuriating Terran puts all that at risk when she commandeers his ship and refuses to listen to reason.

When the ravenous Kantos set their sights on the Rengard–using sneaky, underhanded tactics–Malax finds himself with an armful of curvy woman. He and Wren must join forces to fight back, and are shocked at their improbable, intense attraction. But with lives at risk, both will learn that strength comes in more ways than one and love can hit when you least expect it, and that in order to survive, you have to put everything on the line.

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warriors mate iriduan 4THE WARRIOR’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 4) by Susan Trombley

Five years ago, I was abducted by aliens….
After a harrowing escape from an alien research facility, I found myself in the care and protection of an alien species called the Akrellians, but I didn’t trust my instantaneous attraction to the commander of the ship. After all, I had no idea what the evil Iriduans had done to me, so I didn’t know if my feelings were even my own or something they had caused.
He was reptilian and had deadly quills. How could a human possibly fall so fast for such an alien male?
When I offered Prime Commander Tirel a temporary sexual liaison, hoping it would ease the need I felt for him, he rejected it and asked for something more permanent.
I panicked.
I couldn’t escape him fast enough. Not because I feared him, but because of the temptation he offered—one that would require me to sacrifice everything I’ve ever known to stay with him.
Now, after years apart, the strange bond that had formed between us upon our first meeting demands I return to him, and I realize that I can’t continue to live my life without him. The only problem—I’m stuck on Earth, and I don’t know how to find him again.
Until an unexpected visitor brings me the solution—and the terrifying news that I may have waited too long.

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mated to the alien dragonMATED TO THE ALIEN DRAGON (CELESTIAL MATES) by Kate Rudolph

For Kristen Mora the choice is easy, but stepping onto an alien ship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when a figure shrouded in shadows starts talking about Celestial Mates. A mate? Her? No, thank you. But a temporary escape from her troubles on Earth might be just the thing she needs, and a vacation on a dragon planet is a once in a lifetime experience.

Wait. Dragons?
This alpha dragon isn’t looking for a match…Drikal rules over the dragons in his territory and guards against the threat of encroaching wyverns. He has no time for a mate, but meddling in his court has him meeting a strange woman and questioning his resolve. She ignites the fire in his soul and makes him question everything he thought he knew. Can he mate with a human? And could it be fate?

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twisted evangelineTWISTED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 23 by Evangeline Anderson

Nikki Davis is having a terrible time. Her three sons are in trouble in school and her husband is divorcing her while a nasty coworker steals her best commissions at work. Is it any wonder she’s thinking of offing herself? But when she steps into the foaming surf of Clearwater Beach, she feels something hard under her foot. A stone that looks like a shiny purple M&M is just lying there so Nikki picks it up…
And finds herself in a whole new life on a completely different planet.

Malik is a Volt Kindred, the only survivor of his home planet, Uriel Two. When the Knower, the Artificial Intelligence tasked with taking care of his world, took it over and killed all the humanoid inhabitants, he was off-planet. But he has a plan–a special tool from the Goddess herself to restore his world. The only trouble is, he has to get back to Uriel Two first and the only person brave enough to deal with the Knower is the evil Mistress Hellenix of Yonnie Six. Malik allowed himself to be bought by her and has been her slave for ten long years but now, for some reason she has changed completely…

Nikki doesn’t know what to think–how did she go from her miserable life in Tampa to a fantastic palace with a huge Kindred bodyslave who is calling her Mistress Hellenix? And how can she ever get back home again? She must pretend to be the woman whose life she has taken over by accident but how long can she keep up the charade? And what will Malik do when he finds out the truth–that his real Mistress is millions of light years away and her double knows absolutely nothing about life on Yonnie Six? How will he save his home world now that reality has become…Twisted?

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monarch mission files conspiracyTHE MONARCH MISSION FILES: CONSPIRACY by Jenn Nixon

Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone for the past three years. No one would believe her anyway, her ex-fiancé had seen to that. Instead of wallowing in misery, she stays busy, shuttling cargo to the Moon and back, enjoying the easy work and time alone. An old EarthCorps acquaintance asks for her help, and Mari can’t say no, even if it means working with the ex’s former best friend.

Although Trevor Nash took the missing person’s job to help his former commanding officer, deep down he needed to see Mari again. After trying and failing to find out what happened to her, Trevor makes the best of an odd situation, hoping he can remind Mari of their budding friendship and finally get some answers. When the mission goes sideways and they find the not-so-missing girl, a centuries-old conspiracy theory comes to light and the only thing more unfathomable is learning Mari’s secret.

Together with their newly formed ragtag team, Mari and Trevor team up and undertake a mission unlike anything either of them has faced before with life-altering and possibly deadly consequences.

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men of the north pacifistTHE PACIFIST (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 10) by Elin Peer

Mila, a sweet pacifist born in the Motherlands, has avoided conflicts all her life. Now, living in the Northlands with the ruling family who adopted her, she’s under pressure to follow the traditions of the North and let fierce warriors fight for her hand in marriage.

But how can she marry if it means giving up on her friendship with Jonah, the first male councilman in the Motherlands and her closest friend? Every night they talk, laugh, and share their darkest secrets.

Will Mila find a voice strong enough to say no, and is she willing to jeopardize her family’s political power for Jonah, who most likely wants nothing but a platonic friendship with her? Or does he?

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shadow warrior ann aguirreTHE SHADOW WARRIOR (ARS NUMINA BOOK 4) by Ann Aguirre

Bitter. Broken. Brutal. Molded since childhood to be the perfect weapon, Gavriel d’Alana (also known as Death’s Shadow) has devoted himself to serving Thalia Talfayen. The life of a Noxblade is lethal and lonely, and since the princess has no need of him, he secretly believes there’s no reason for him to live—and he should seek a glorious death—but that’s before he tangles with a tiger woman who unleashes his darkest desires.

Tough. Tenacious. Trustworthy. Magda Versai has a reputation for being unattainable—no deep attachments, only discreet amusements. If she has her way, the pride will never learn of her private heartbreak, as she accepted her curse years ago. Now, she focuses on work, which is why she’s acting as Raff’s bodyguard while secretly hunting for Slay. The search leads Mags to team up with a Noxblade so belligerent that she can’t resisting baiting him.

She’s the steel, he’s the flint, and the sparks they strike together might kindle a fire that could warm them for a lifetime, if they don’t kill each other first.

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rogue warriorROGUE WARRIOR (ROGUE STAR BOOK 5) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I don’t know if I can save Valtic from the darkness. But I’m  damn well going to try. Every day I make a choice. Spread the light. Help where I can. Make sure my friends, my new family, are safe. But the darkness inside of Valtic calls me. I can see him fighting it with every breath. I want to, need to, help him. And not just as a doctor.

His heated glances and fiery touch beckon me. I’ll follow and hope that whatever luck kept us all from dying on Persephone Station can help me keep him from giving in.

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commanders tradeCOMMANDER’S TRADE (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 2) by Diana Logan

Katy has been enjoying her time aboard the palatial Iti flagship, especially since drop-dead gorgeous Commander Grix’s quest to reunite his people requires the two of them to spend a lot of time together, figuring out the secrets of the squeeze chamber…with deeply delightful results.

But when their journey brings them to a ship full of desperate Iti, the chance to save them may mean losing everything, including each other.

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alien heros claimed brideALIEN HERO’S CLAIMED BRIDE by Juno Wells

Cassandra – Stranded and alone in a sector of space ruled by vicious queens, I’m losing hope of ever finding freedom. After being abducted, all I wanted was to escape from the aquatic species trying to sell me on the open market. They feed me cold slop every day, rough me up when I don’t do what they want, and keep me in a cage with standing room only.

One day, somehow, I’m going to turn the tables and I’ll put them in this same dirty cage. Making that happen is all I think about, because thinking about my life on Earth is too painful. They snatched me right when everything was going to hell in hand-basket.

Humans had finally organized to fight against the environmental disasters making the planet uninhabitable. I was pulling core samples on a mountain top when the aliens came for me. As it is, Earth needs me much more than the horrible aquatics intent on using me to line their pockets.

Mathadar – Being one of millions of warriors in the Draconian fleet makes me insignificant and dispensable. Our Queens don’t value our contributions and see us as expendable. I’ve lost my father and my brothers have been assigned throughout the fleet. I’m alone, another faceless warrior for the cause.

All that changes when I see an alien Queen being auctioned in the city square. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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red zoneRED ZONE by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Welcome to the new world. Things have changed just a bit. Big Brother’s not only monitoring important things like what toilet paper you buy–it now has direct access to everything you see thanks to the mandatory implant you get at birth. And Friday Jones has seen something she wishes she hadn’t.
Now she has all kinds of undesirables after her–some to straight up kill her and others who want to steal what’s locked in her head. So, she’ll need the help of a ruthless mercenary, Striker, if she has any chance at survival. That he’s a jerk, who she wants to punch in the face, well…a dying woman sometimes has to make tough choices.
Striker’s special abilities have kept him in the shadows for a reason. He has no interest in getting mixed up with the smart-mouthed, hard-headed woman no matter how his body reacts. But then he discovers what’s in her head and all bets are off.

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beast luna hunterBEAST (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 1) by Luna Hunter

JADE – Women aren’t safe on Earth, not since the Big Mistake.
Around here, there’s one rule: Don’t go into town. That’s where the men are.
I live in hiding with Zoey, Dev and Makayla. It’s a hard life, but we make it work. Or we did, until Zoey got sick.
Now I have no choice but to head into town. I can’t sit and watch her wither away. I must find her a cure.
My disguise fails me, my eyes giving me away. Men descend upon me like a pack of rabid wolves. Then a savage, alien warrior steps up. Eight feet of muscle, horns and claws.
The beast throws me over his shoulder and carries me off like he owns me. I have no idea what the wants, but the brooding look in his alien eyes makes me tremble and fear the worst…

VUKAROR – Kysus lies in ruins. Sickness has ravaged our people, our women are barren.
I am their King. I must save my people.
I need an heir.
I must find a mate.
Earth is my last hope. If I do not find a suitable nera, the Kaizon will die.
She is at the first human settlement I come across, in a group mating ritual… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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kintolf risingKINTOLF RISING (NEW ALIEN SPECIES BOOK 2) by TC Adams and Hannah Davenport

Having lived my short twenty-four years on a family farm, talking to Henry (my best friend and the family dog), feeding the animals, I just wanted to explore a little before life slipped away. Was that so wrong?

Luckily for me, Aunt Viv convinced Mom to let me visit her on the space station and I couldn’t wait. I took all the required classes, had the translator inserted, and off I went.
“Space travel is much safer now,” the instructor said. “You will be fine.” 
Ha! What a joke—I never made it to the space station.

Captured and held prisoner in some dark cave by the Acradidia, I am afraid. Every so often, they show up and drag me to a lab of sorts, injecting me with some thick yellow liquid. I can’t discern what they are trying to do… But I know they are changing me…I can feel it.

There’s a guy in a cell down from me. I watch him as he paces but never get a glimpse of his face. All I know is that he has fur running across the back of his shoulders, down his hips…but I want to see his face.

When we finally escape, I feel drawn to him in a way I can’t understand. He’s strong, and thoughtful, sometimes irritating but still…I have a hard time resisting his magnetic pull. And then we rescue his team…his sexy, intense team, and they all make my insides turn to jelly. How will I choose between the three of them? Or can I have them all?

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caveman aliens claimCAVEMAN ALIEN’S CLAIM (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 7) by Calista Skye

Tamara – There’s a rope tied around my ankle. The other end is in the hand of a caveman. My head hurts, too. And I have no idea how I got to this small hut far away from the village with the other Earth girls. Yeah, this is not the best way to wake up.

The caveman is a mountain of muscle and moves like a tiger. He has eyes like yellow lasers. He could be very attractive if he didn’t have a bad burn on half his face.
I don’t know what he wants with me.
But I can guess. All the other Earth girls are pregnant by caveman aliens. And the way this guy looks at me, I have a feeling that he wants to claim me.

Car’rakz – I saw her in the village with the other women aliens, and I had to have her.
I have never been this close to a woman before. She makes me dizzy with her softness and her scent. I’ve tied her up so she can’t escape. Already I can’t stand the thought of being without her. I’ll take her to my tribe. I know women can give birth. Soon there will be children in my village again.

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surviving the wallSURVIVING THE WALL (OUTLASTING SERIES BOOK 3) by LK Magill

She thought they were safe. She thought wrong.
Hannah Linfield didn’t know who she was. Not really. But over the past nine months some of her memories had begun to return. Only… along with them, came more questions.
Questions about her brother. Questions about her past.
And it looked like both of those things were catching up to her. Which left Hannah torn.
Between Cole and Liam, she already had her hands plenty full. Not to mention her own nagging conscience, the one that kept reminding her that what she was feeling was wrong. So… the most pressing questions still remained unanswered.
How far would a girl be willing to go to get answers? And for that matter, how far would the men in her life let her?

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voris mateTHE VORI’S MATE (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 5) by S J Sanders

Reggie was a society girl, a castoff wife, soon to-be divorcee, stolen away from Earth, a victim of her own bad choices. Little did she know that one mistake would lead her onto a journey of finding her own happy ever after with a serpentine species of aliens on a strange matriarchal jungle planet. Giant spiders, gargantuan lizards, scrambled green eggs for breakfast. Life had suddenly got a lot more interesting.

Vadal and Shaagra are from a society where the females choose and dominate, where due to a genetic malady they succumbed to fits of temper and collected males into vast harems. Vadal and Shaagra want more than that. When the opportunity comes to secure a human mate to love and shelter among them, they will risk everything, even their hearts, in hopes that she will be forever theirs.

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a boy and his dogA BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C A Fletcher

VS Note: Not a romance, but post apocalyptic and…dog! As best I can tell from reviews, there’s a happy ending…but I have not read it. The reviews are mixed as to pacing and the author’s failure to use quotation marks…but a release of note.

My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

end of the walkerEND OF THE WALKER (THE WALKER SERIES BOOK 5) by CoraLee June

The end is here. Dormas is gone. The empire is in ruin, and I’m struggling to come to terms with the girl I’ve become. My men are the only bright spot left in the empire. We’re stronger than ever. Determined to find Payne and the cure, we comb through all the destruction, searching for him while trying to evade infected Walkers.

I just hope we can find him in time. Death is breathing down our necks, and I’m starting to worry that my men and I won’t survive the end of the empire. The end is here. And so is a beautiful beginning.

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into the deadfallINTO THE DEADFALL by Susan Trombley

VS note: A re-release which author states has “additional significant story content.”

Though she was raised by a survivalist, Alice was not prepared to be ripped from her dimension and dropped without ceremony into the massive junkyard of a parallel dimension.
She’s wounded, alone, and lost in a world her mind struggles to comprehend. Then a four-armed alien with the face of a dangerous lion reveals that his heart is not so predatory, when he comes to her aid and saves her life. Because of her wounds, she has no choice but to accept his help.

She finally begins to grow comfortable around her leonine companion, until another warrior intervenes to save her when creatures from the Dead Fall attack them during their exploration, suddenly making everything much more complicated.

Alice still doesn’t understand what either of the warriors is saying, and if she can’t find the right words to soothe her beastly new protectors, they’ll end up killing each other.

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oracle nocturnal maidensORACLE: NOCTURNAL MAIDENS: AN ORACLE’S MAIDENS NOVEL 01 by D R Rosier

Bill Callahan, columnist, blogger, superhero, is Oracle. It isn’t easy being a hero, especially a D-Class one with a single power. Seeing the future was a huge edge, even for an otherwise normal human, but he still had to carefully choose his battles.

As if being a superhero dealing with more powerful villains wasn’t hard enough, he also had to avoid the Nocturnal Maidens, the premiere superheroine team in the city. They really didn’t like him, at all. He had no idea what he’d done, but they seemed to despise him, and hold him in contempt.

He was alone, fought alone, lived alone, and with his double life had very few friends and none of them close. His life was about to change, significantly, if he could survive.

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primal penelope woodsPRIMAL: A DARK SCIFI REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Penelope Woods

Adeline: On Earth, I was a curious explorer and government research scientist, but I was always looking for more. But when I stepped through an ancient gateway portal, I didn’t expect savage beasts to claim me as their own.

There is nowhere to hide. Nowhere to run. They own me now, and they won’t stop until they all get a turn. And though they’re driven to inflict pain for their pleasure, they promise to love me. Forever. There is no going back. Out here, love is primal.

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unintentional addictionUNINTENTIONAL ADDICTION (LOTUS ADAAMAS SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone

Adelia is trying to get her life together, to settle down on a safe planet, find a loving mate and a job she enjoys. Except she’s been abandoned on Lotus Adaamas by her ex-captain. All her things are back on the ship and she has no money, no friends to help her out and no idea what she’s going to do now. Maybe Seth of Stars is punishing her… 

Zane is a Silk Demon and his business is taking a hit. He needs to work harder at finding new clients to make up for the ones his ex-associate stole. Lucky for him, he just caught a female down on her luck – with contacts that link back to Yunkin. One problem, she smells like his favorite fruit and he wants to devour her mouth and get lost in her taste.

No, he need to focus. Maybe Seth of Stars is punishing him…Adelia needs the job he’s offering to pay for a flight off the Demon run planet. Zane needs her contacts to save his business. It was only suppose to be a business arrangement.

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talias cyborgTALIA’S CYBORG (CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 3) by Clarissa Lake and Christine Myers

Interstellar war left Earth in ruins. After the war, cyborgs came back to rebuild and restore civilization, and began awakening the cyborgs still in stasis waiting to fight.
Talia Cannon, a descendant of apocalypse preppers lives on a small off the grid homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the last of her family line unless she finds a mate to have children.
Jolt Somber has learned that building families is one way to start rebuilding civilization. So, he takes Talia to Farringay to see if one of the cyborgs under his command is her male, her soulmate who is genetically matched to her.
Bodee Flint nearly the last cyborg she meets is the one. One passionate kiss tells her this hot young cyborg is for her, but what about love?
Then again, he’s sexy and thoughtful, and he adores her. What’s not to love?
Whenever Talia has sexy thoughts Bodee is ready and willing to breed in hopes of making offspring. He is the best thing that ever happened to her.
But will she realize what he means to her before it’s too late?

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delta v daniel suarezDELTA-V by Daniel Suarez

VS Note: Hard scifi not a romance but a release of note. I liked the ‘look inside’ and put it on my TBR list.

When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce’s private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe’s unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce’s high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid–with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers–ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers–must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space. They’re determined to transform humanity from an Earth-bound species to a space-faring one–or die trying.

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emily eternalEMILY ETERNAL by M G Wheaton

VS Note: Another hard scifi, not a romance, but a release of note. The plot sounds intriguing. On my TBR List.

Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

Her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome that may save them all. But not everyone is convinced Emily has the best solution–or the best intentions. Before her theory can be tested, the lab is brutally attacked, and Emily’s servers are taken hostage.

Narrowly escaping, Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions–college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra. As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. Soon it becomes clear not just the species is at stake, but also that which makes us most human.

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SongoftheNileFinalSONG OF THE NILE: GODS OF EGYPT by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I love writing ancient Egypt, with paranormal elements of course!

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

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storm of locustsSTORM OF LOCUSTS (THE SIXTH WORLD BOOK 2) by Rebecca Roanhorse

VS note: Not a romance per se but a release of note. I enjoyed the first book in the series – it’s very from anything else I’ve ever read and the abrupt ending didn’t make me happy, but hey, it’s a series so we’ll see…this is on my TBR list.

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

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after darkness fallsAFTER DARKNESS FALLS: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE by May Sage

Chloe used to study hard, do everything right to pave a bright future, but children sometimes have to pay for their parents’ sins, and Chloe’s tab is pretty steep.
At twenty-six, when a series of attacks forces her to seek refuge in the notorious Institute of Paranormal Studies, Chloe sees it as a second chance to achieve her goals. She believes she has nothing to lose.
She couldn’t be more mistaken.

Levi has had centuries to observe the mortals and immortals of this world. He knows what the sassy woman who entered his domain is at first glance. A relic of the old days, so ancient that even an elder lord descended from the first immortals has reason to fear her.
He should slit her throat while he has the chance.
He should.

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rookieTHE ROOKIE (FIRE’S EDGE BOOK 3) by Abigail Owen

To escape exile, Aidan Paytah has had to prove himself worthy. Every second of every damn day. He fought with everything he had to earn his precarious place on the Huracán team of dragon shifter enforcers. He can’t fail or afford distractions, no matter how temptingly sweet. Total loyalty to the clans and dedication to his team is the only way.

Sera Morrison lost her parents and her husband in short order, leaving her a single mother running her family winery alone. Nothing could ever have prepared her for the discovery that she’s a destined dragon mate. But once she finds out, there’s only one man she wants—the one who walks away.

However, the Alliance Council has its own agenda. They want to use her as a political pawn and force a mating that could ultimately kill her to save the High King. Aidan has no choice but to kidnap her, even if it means their close proximity reinforces their own mating bond. And mating with him could end up being a far worse fate for Sera.

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storm bearSTORM BEAR: CROSSROADS (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 12) by Bianca D’arc

Sabrina is a weather witch losing control. Everything she touches seems to fall apart and tornadoes are whirling down Main Street in the small shifter town in the Canadian Rockies where she’s lived for the past couple of years.

Ace is a bear shifter on walkabout without his brothers for the first time in a long time. When he stops to talk to the Lords of the Were, he is given a mission to fetch Sabrina and bring her back to their compound in Montana so she can get help.

When Ace is with Sabrina, weather tempests are the least of their problems. Sparks fly between them and an attraction builds, even as evil agents chase them, trying to steal her power. Will Ace be able to get her to safety, or will the whirlwind take them into the darkness of the unknown?

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own to obsessOWN TO OBSESS (MYTH OF OMEGA BOOK 8) by Zoey Ellis

Kardos –
Wild and uncontrolled, Kardos faces his new circumstance with an unbound fury, but discovers that some things are not within his control.
His undiluted obsession consumes him, until he is forced to see that the only thing he truly needs, he may no longer own.

Shaya – Struggling to find her strength, Shaya makes little headway in her new life in the Southern Lands. Her Alpha cannot be reasoned with and is even more of a beast than he ever was.
She experiences just how deeply his passion runs, but realizes she may never survive if she cannot find a way to escape him.

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soul for loveA SOUL FOR LOVE by E M Reders

15 years ago, Hudson sold his soul to the devil, and he was still waiting for what he had asked for. When his presence is suddenly wanted in Hell, Death comes to collect. He should have been scared, frozen in terror at the Reapers appearance, but he wasn’t. There was just something about the being hidden within the darkness of that hood that drew him in. An attraction that disturbed him a little.
Well, at least it did until he finally got a look under that hood and learnt Death’s greatest secret. . .
I mean, is it really so hard to believe that Death could be female?

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shade of vampire 75A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 75: A BLADE OF THIERON by Bella Forrest

In spite of the news about his father, Taeral has no choice but to push forward with the mission and retrieve the second piece of Death’s scythe: the blade. But the Soul Crusher, the blade’s reaper guardian, has a plan to protect it—one that will test the team’s friendship in a way nothing has done before.
Meanwhile, back in The Shade, Derek and Sofia are heading up a task of their own. One just as vital and, if Brendel finds out, likely even more dangerous.

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windy city dragonWINDY CITY DRAGON (THE TREASURE OF PARAGON BOOK 2) by Genevieve Jack

For decades he’s posed as a human…It’s been a long time since Tobias spread his wings. The exiled dragon prince has worked hard to blend into the human world and practice his love for healing as a pediatric cardiologist.

She awakens the dragon within...As a vampire-human hybrid, Sabrina is used to being different from the rest of her community. But all vampires need to feed. The night she chooses Tobias as her next meal, everything changes. He’s far more than he seems, and if she doesn’t protect his secret, it could cost him his life.

Can love remind him of who he truly is? One kiss thrusts Tobias into the dark underground world of Chicago’s vampires where his dragon nature is his only hope of protecting Sabrina. But Sabrina knows the only way to keep him safe is to push him away.

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cursed seasCURSED SEAS (PARANORMALS OF ARILASE BOOK 3) by Beth Caudill

She’s destined to be Queen. He’s trapped far from home. Together they must navigate treacherous waters to safeguard the merkin and sea creatures of Arilase.

Chosen to become queen of the merclans, Kaycee dreads her first year participating in the Seven Seas Ceremonies. Swept away by cursed magic, she encounters a lone merman trapped on an isle of penguins. Although responsibilities drag her back home, she can’t forget the bleakness that surrounds him.

Alexander was the cherished heir of the Pelagius merclan. Then his arrogance cost him his freedom. Hexed to only assume his mer-form on the three nights of the triple full moons, his life has changed irrevocably. When a mermaid breaks his solitude, he clings to his affliction afraid to seize the hope she harbors.

Will the ghosts of the past keep them apart? Or will they learn to trust in each other to survive the treacherous waters, defeat an evil sorcerer, and permit love to rule their hearts?

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dark curseDARK CURSE (SHADOW AND LIGHT BOOK 5) by Kim Richardson

It’s important to stay busy in my line of work, and fresh challenges keep me on my toes. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Okay, so I accepted the archdemon Lucian’s gift in the hopes that it would make me invincible—big mistake.

A darkness rises in me that I can’t control. It seduces me, offering me the power to make things right again, all the while consuming little pieces of my soul. But if I embrace the darkness, will I ever be the same? I’m not the Hunter I once was. I’m changing. And it scares the crap out of me.

Worse, Lisbeth has turned the Gray Council against me. Yeah, that cost me a trip to the Silent Gallows. Yay me.
But they can’t get rid of me that easily. Hell no. Lisbeth and her followers better get ready, ‘cause I’m coming for her.

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druids or faeriesDRUIDS OR FAERIES? (DUNSKEY CASTLE BOOK 14) by Jane Stain

Marybeth frowned. “Dinna ye think it wrong, tae grab the faerie axe by force?”
Ashley batted the air as if what Marybeth had said was dismissible. “The faeries gave it tae Ciaran, who gave it tae John. Kelsey stole it from John. ‘Tis na wrong for John tae steal it back from her.”
Connell stuck his chest out and his chin up in a show of bravado. “Kelsey’s gotten full o’ herself, syne she went off tae Celtic University. That, or she has been brainwashed by all those Druids. We used tae be friends, but now she’s gone tae far. We wull be taking that axe back from her sae we can save Donnan. End o’ discussion.”

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lachlanLACHLAN: VAMPIRES IN EUROPE (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA BOOK 13) by D B Reynolds

Lethal and charismatic, vampire Lachlan McRae woke on his first night to death and devastation—his clan slaughtered, his fortress destroyed. One hundred and fifty years later, driven to avenge the murder of everyone he loved, he’s ready to hunt down and kill the one vampire who was behind it all—Erskine Ross, the Vampire Lord of Scotland.

Beautiful, smart, and cool under pressure, Julia Harper is determined to prove she’s more than a child of wealth and privilege. When a lifelong friend is murdered by vampires, she steps out of her role as an analyst for the CIA, and sets out to take down one of the most powerful men in Scotland—the deadly Erskine Ross.

Recruited by a friend to arrange contact between Lachlan and her best friend Cyn’s mate, the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael, Julia soon discovers that she and Lachlan want the same thing . . . Erskine’s death. But when Erskine sets out to kill Julia instead, she and Lachlan find themselves fighting for her life, and for a love that neither one of them can trust.

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unholy groundUNHOLY GROUND (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

After a horrible accident while filming the third episode of Project Demon Hunters, Audrey Barrett can’t get the if onlys out of her head. If only she hadn’t tried to play hero. If only she’d stayed out of the way. In the end, Michael sent the demon in question back to hell…but at a terrible cost.

The cable network has pulled the plug on the show, and they’re all out of a job. Now there’s nothing left to do but tie up loose ends. At least Audrey still has Michael, alive and by her side. But those loose ends are a clear sign — gouged deep in oak — that the demon who’s been making their lives miserable isn’t through with them after all.

They have no choice but to confront evil on its own ground. But if they can’t pin a name on this demon, nothing will save them…not even an ocean of holy water.

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pirates pleasurePIRATE’S PLEASURE (SENTINELS OF SAVANNAH BOOK 3) by Lisa Kessler

John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora’s Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews.

A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments.

What she doesn’t realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn’t know what’s more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.

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dragon burning brightDRAGON BURNING BRIGHT by Michele Fox

Adara Brenton thinks she’s an average girl: single and dreaming of romance. Also? In need of a job. As it turns out, horking up fireballs at work is the fast track to unemployment.
Yes. Fireballs.
See, in her family, spontaneous human combustion is genetic…like red hair, only, you know, fatal, and now it’s her turn to burn.Endre Felman has lived deep inside a mountain for centuries, adding to his hoard and looking for his mate. Meeting Adara before she goes up in smoke gives him hope, but convincing her dragons are real, that he’s the dragon of her heart, and keeping her alive through what’s to come proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined.
In the end, they may both burn to ash because no dragon lives forever without love.

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bandits prequelA BANDIT’S PREQUEL (COLORADO’S RACCOON GAZE BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

Emily met her raccoons before she was sent on that fateful assignment. See the first time they met, during the Bay Coven’s Samhain Ball.

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blood bondsBLOOD BONDS (OTHERWORLD BOOK 21) by Yasmine Galenorn

VS note: Author recommends reading the series prior to reading this one.

They’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae agents of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille is the Queen of Dusk and Twilight. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and the Autumn Lord’s only living Death Maiden. And Menolly is a vampire princess and married to a gorgeous werepuma Amazon. It’s been four long years since they first found out about Shadow Wing…and now, they’re facing the end of the line. It’s time for the D’Artigo sisters to extinguish Shadow Wing’s evil forever, before he goes mad and tries to unravel the world.

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grumpy old godsGRUMPY OLD GODS by Various

VS Note: From March, some of the stories seem to contain romance…

What happens when gods wane, retire, or just decide they need a change of employment?
13 writers took up the challenge and let their imaginations run wild in this anthology that is nearly-always amusing, somewhat insightful, and completely irreverent as we imagine the gods of yore in retirement. (Story blurbs on ebook seller page…)

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to claim a wolfTO CLAIM A WOLF (THE MACCONWOOD PACK NOVEL SERIES BOOK 5) by C D Gorri

Dormant Werewolf Aleeza Marlowe isn’t sure what to do when her supernatural senses begin to run overtime! Particularly around her boss, sexy Werewolf, Dib Lowell. She must learn to control her emerging beast before their big meeting with the Georgian Pack, or risk losing her job.

Dib Lowell is a Wolf Guard and head lawyer for the Macconwood Pack. After months of digging, he’s finally got a lead on the whereabouts of the his Alpha’s long lost mother. He can’t afford any distractions. Especially not when they come in the shape of a certain sexy employee he can’t stop thinking about.

They travel to a foreign Pack where circumstances force them to masquerade as a couple. But it’s a little too close for comfort for the two of them.
Will Dib let Aleeza go when this is all over?

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wolfs surprise babiesTHE WOLF’S SURPRISE BABIES (SHIFTER DATING SERVICE BOOK 1) by Jasmine Wylder

Ruthless. Dangerous. Gruesome.
I’ve earned this reputation.
I’m mafia.
My rules are simple:
Rule #1: I take what I want, when I want.
Rule #2: Don’t get in my way, ever, or you’ll see the beast inside.
Rule #3: Love is out of the question.
I didn’t ask for this life. I was born into it.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll die in it.
But before that, there is one thing I have to do…
Make sure my daughter can escape the life I couldn’t.
She is the only thing I live for.
Until I meet Lizzie, the owner of the local shifter dating agency…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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fire breathing armandFIRE BREATHING ARMAND (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 5) by Candace Ayers

When Armand meets Angel, he knows she’s not his mate.
She can’t be—she’s pregnant with another male’s child.
Yet, no female has ever claimed his heart as she has.
Angel of Death is cursed.
Everyone around her dies.
The trick, she’s learned, is to never get close to anyone.
Damned if she hasn’t screwed that up, and her screwup may endanger the lives of the two people she cares for the most—the man she’s trying desperately not to fall in love with, and her own newborn daughter.
Armand is willing to give up eternal life to spend what little time he has left with Angel.
The only problem is, if he dies, Angel will take the blame.

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reigningREIGNING (TO TAME A SHIFTER BOOK 5) by A K Koonce

I’ve gotten myself into one last incident. One final mistake that may cost me everything, including my life.
By using dark, manipulating magic the Solstice Queen wants to reign over the two Kingdoms and give power back to mages once and for all. I’ll stand by her side. I’ll smile and wave and say all the right things.
All while turning the last remaining mages against her. Because when it all ends, the beloved Solstice Queen won’t walk away from the war she started. Unless I die trying.

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auctioned to the dragonAUCTIONED TO THE DRAGON by Kayla Wolf

Helena is an independent woman who knows what she wants. But she’s suddenly powerless when she’s kidnapped for an ancient, barbaric shifter festival and auctioned to the highest bidder.

Unless an enormous, violent beast gets in the way. He’s rude, he’s wild, and she’s most certainly not coming with him no matter how muscular his torso is or how much he makes her body wake up.

Arthur has only one purpose left under this sun: take revenge on the dragon who killed his family. Until he rests his eyes on a drop-dead gorgeous woman whose eyes reach deep into the darkest part of him. He can barely keep control of himself around her, and he wants nothing more than to take her in his arms.
The problem is that she has no idea of the monster lurking inside of him…
She doesn’t know that his feral blood is cursed and that she brings out his most dangerous and wildest part…
How much longer can Arthur keep his pure animal instinct under control?

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snow of the white hillsSNOW OF THE WHITE HILLS by Wendy Rathbone

Once upon a time an imprisoned prince was rescued by seven beautiful men.

For two years, Prince Snow has been locked away in the palace tower. On the night Queen Serena decides to do away with him for good, seven beautiful men with equally tragic pasts appear out of nowhere to rescue him.

Starved for affection, hurt, and in fear for his life, Snow is shown attention and care he has never known. The seven men teach him what real loyalty and love can be.

Doc, their leader, will heal him.
Sleepy, the most devoted, offers to become his love until the end of days.
All yearn to fight to gain Snow his rightful throne.
But Snow cannot justify his new friends putting their lives on the line for him. His heart will break forever if anything happens to Sleepy. Maybe it would be better for all if he just left.

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love spellLOVE SPELL (SMOKY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Kristen Strassel

Sophie Whynot can’t watch another one of her friends get married or have a baby when her own prospects for love are dire. Scratch that, catastrophic. This trip to the Smoky Mountain village to stay with her gran is a much-needed reset. A chance to get her blog off the ground and learn about the magic her grandmother practices. A chance to get to really know herself.

Tyson Drake knows exactly who he is, and it was stolen from him when Sophie’s grandmother cast a love spell on his dragon thunder half a century ago. The spell was supposed to help him find his mate, but instead, doomed him to walk the earth as a human. Not a mate in sight. And nothing he’s tried to get his fire back has worked.

But when his feelings for Sophie intensify, is he willing to take a chance on another Whynot enchantress, or will her magic be the end of him?

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rebel dragonREBEL DRAGON (THE DRAGONS OF ESTERNES BOOK 1)  by Steve Turnbull

VS note: Note sure there’s romance…

As the life of a slave goes, Kantees doesn’t have it too bad. Being responsible for a racing dragon means her existence is more than just drudgery and fear, even if her life is at the whim of her masters and their rules.

But when her dragon wakes her in the middle of the night Kantees forced to make a life-or-death decision that breaks her masters’ rules and means her own life is forfeit.

Escaping on the back of dragons, with a hodgepodge of unwelcome associates, she attempts to right a wrong that can never be fixed. Until, ultimately, she must put her own life on the line to keep the freedom she has stolen for herself.

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savior bearSAVIOR BEAR (BEAR CREEK PROTECTORS BOOK 5) by Harmony Raines

Plus size model, Madison, is comfortable in her own skin. She’s worked hard to create a life she loves. But when bodyguard, Rob, is hired to protect her comfortable is the last word she’d use to describe the way he makes her feel.

Their attraction is instant. And mutual.

But love at first sight? Madison has never experienced love at all. Not true, deep love. With a mother who thought more of her career than raising her daughter, Madison is unwilling to throw caution, or her heart, to the wind.

However, Rob is no ordinary man. He hides an extraordinary secret. One that might just convince Madison his feelings are true and the bond between them is unbreakable.

Rob’s life is in turmoil. His sister’s mate is missing, presumed dead, and she is heartbroken. Rob would do anything to take away her pain and make it right for her and her two young children.

When Rob is given the task of protecting Madison and realizes she is his mate, he quickly understands just how strong the bond between a shifter and his mate truly is. And how unbearable life would be if he lost her. When secrets are revealed, it seems fate might have thrown Rob and Madison together for reasons of its own.
With the help of his mate, can Rob be a Savior Bear?

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blood covenantTHE BLOOD COVENANT: BOOK ONE OF THE MEDICI WARRIOR SERIES by Emily Bex

Shade Medici, a warrior king and sole male heir to the dynasty, is expected to mate and produce an heir to secure the continuation of the Medici coven. He’s waited over 500 years for the right mate, and when he meets Kate Reese, his attraction is more than primal – it’s merciless.

She’s also mortal.

Kate is fresh off a broken engagement and reluctant to open her heart, but her hesitations are no match for the unrelenting pursuits of the vampire King. Their passion for each other is searing… and not everyone is happy about it. Namely the ruling Council.

As they fight against deceit, treachery, and those who aim to see their love fail, Shade also struggles to control his impulses as Kate is immersed into his dark and dangerous world, but it’s imperative he prepare her for the changes that will be demanded of her should she choose to bind herself to him through the blood covenant. All that scorches and glitters isn’t gold, and she quickly learns that falling in love with a vampire King comes at a hefty price:

It may just cost her everything.

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talon and the bladeTHE TALON AND THE BLADE (GRACE BLOODS BOOK 3) by Jasmine Silvera

Azrael’s Black Blade meets his match… Over two hundred years, Gregor Schwarz earned his brutal notoriety. As the necromancer Azrael’s pitiless enforcer, few—living or dead—dare to cross him. But when he’s sent to Los Angeles to satisfy one of his boss’s debts, Gregor encounters a powerful and intriguing woman who is utterly unimpressed by his fearsome reputation.

… in the Nightfeather’s Talons. Trained by samurai, her skills honed to perfection through a quest for vengeance, Ana Gozen serves as judge, jury, and executioner for Raymond Nightfeather, the necromancer of North America. Ana is exquisitely proficient and certainly needs no help from an outsider—especially a trigger-happy immortal with a reputation for lunacy.

But when a plot to overthrow Raymond comes to light, Ana is ordered to work with Gregor to hunt down and destroy a grace-blooded monster responsible for a series of vicious attacks. If these two solitary warriors can surmount the pain of their separate pasts, they just might prevent total chaos—and capture a future together.

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pride before the fallPRIDE BEFORE THE FALL (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 4) by Kaye Draper

When the thing that birthed her drags Gesa back to the gryphon clan using her sister’s illness as bait, Gesa and her harem find themselves breaking out of an asylum and fleeing assassins—without really knowing who the creeps are even targeting. After all, there are so many options to choose from on the list of people who want Gesa or her lovers dead.
But the trouble doesn’t stop when she leaves clan lands. Oisin’s been hiding someone, and Gesa doesn’t like unexpected visitors. Meanwhile, Hisashi is struggling with unwanted messages from the spirit world, and Kaimana might not be what she seems.
And people wonder why Gesa doesn’t want to deal with a pride.

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trouble with vampiresTHE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.

He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever.

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forever mooreFOREVER MOORE (FORBIDDEN LOVE BOOK 2) by Christina Lee and Riley Hart

With his raven hair and snow-white skin, Lord Ansil Eirwin draws unwanted attention wherever he goes. After his father’s untimely death, Ansil is set to become Duke of Ravenswood on his next birthday. The gallant and timid lord would never dream of shirking responsibility, so he subverts his desires in order to please his mother and new stepfather, Reginald.

Orien Moore, known as the Huntsman, lives on the fringes and has forsaken close bonds with anyone, even the misfits he has taken in. When Orien is called upon by his brother, Reginald, to kill the pampered future duke, it is the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against his power-hungry brother. Orien formulates a plan to use Reginald’s vicious request to his advantage by kidnapping Ansil and holding him hostage until he can fulfill his birthright.

Soon Orien realizes that Ansil is nothing like he’d expected. Kind and joyful, Ansil enchants Orien and his ragtag group. And Ansil, in turn, cannot help but be curious about the gruff huntsman as Orien’s vulnerabilities are exposed. Their mutual interest transforms into affection, followed by overwhelming desire. But they are living on borrowed time.

With Reginald seeking power in Ravenswood, they have no way of knowing what will transpire once Orien returns Ansil to his proper place in society. The only certainty is that the odds are stacked against them. Will the young lord and his huntsman ever have the chance to experience the happily ever after they’ve found in each other’s arms?

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bryant prince of tigersBRYANT – PRINCE OF TIGERS by Kathi S Barton

Harper Wilson and all her siblings were relieved when they received the notice of their parents’ demise. No one deserved it more, and the only reason Harper agreed to go back to that little town in Ohio was to make sure they were truly dead.

Bryant Prince and his family were immortals and hadn’t aged since they’d reached the age of twenty-eight. He and his family had always lived next door to the Wilsons, but he never knew the Wilson children. The Wilsons had always kept to themselves, so no one had any idea what was going on in the little house of horrors. If they had, the Wilson parents would have been dead a long time ago.

There was nothing left of the Wilson house but one wall. The fire had taken the rest. The garage, however, was still intact, and this was where Harper wound up. Drawn in by dark, morbid memories from her childhood. Bryant watched her, knowing that he’d found his mate.

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war of the spark ravnicaWAR OF THE  SPARK: RAVNICA (MAGIC: THE GATHERING) by Greg Weisman

VS Note: Not a romance but I know many fantasy readers are also fans of Magic: The Gathering multiverse.

Teyo Verada wants nothing more than to be a shieldmage, wielding arcane energies to protect his people from his world’s vicious diamondstorms. When he’s buried alive in the aftermath of his first real tempest, the young mage’s life is about to end before it can truly begin—until it doesn’t. In a flash, a power he didn’t know he had whisks him away from his home, to a world of stone, glass, and wonder: Ravnica. Teyo is a Planeswalker, one of many to be called to the world-spanning city—all lured by Nicol Bolas, the Elder Dragon. Bolas lays siege to the city of Ravnica, hungry for the ultimate prize: godhood itself. His unparalleled magic and unstoppable army appear poised to bring the city to utter ruin.

Among those who stand in the way of Bolas’s terrifying machinations are the Gatewatch, Planeswalkers sworn to defeat evil, no matter where it’s found. But as they work to unite the other mages and mount a defense of the city and its people, the terrifying truth of Bolas’s plan becomes clear. The Elder Dragon has prepared a trap to ensnare the most powerful mages from across the Multiverse—and it’s too late to escape.

As forces great and small converge on the city and the battle rages, the stakes could not be higher. If the Gatewatch falters and the Planeswalkers fail, the curtain will fall on the age of heroes—and rise on the infinite reign of Nicol Bolas.

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liminalityLIMINALITY (KINGDOM OF NIGHT BOOK 2) by Joel Abernathy

Half vampire, half werewolf, 100% hot mess.
That’s been my life ever since I came to the Lodge, and with an army of undead hunters on my tail, it’s only getting more complicated from here.
Throw in the fact that not one but two alpha shifters imprinted on me and I’m split right down the middle. Oh, and did I mention they’re twins?
Yeah. Surviving the hunters and my traitorous BFF is becoming the least of my worries. If I can’t figure out which brother my heart belongs to, I’m not even going to survive my first shift.

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VS: Although my new release is a paranormal romance, I do have 7 books out now in the scifi romance Badari Warriors series! Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future battle their alien creators to save the human women they love…

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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.

Pull His Tail or Play Dead 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.

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 – The guards prepare to toss Elianna into the cell with the huge alien predator.

The beast paced from side to side of the cell, roaring when he turned, and eyeing them with alarming intensity. Elianna was so terrified she could barely stand. She imagined the cat tearing into her with its huge claws, and the massive fangs rending her flesh.

Praying to the Lords of Space to die now, before the agony of being eaten alive, she nonetheless tried to study the cell and the cat, to identify any kind of weapon or space where she might be able to hide from it. She’d heard wild animals had sensitive noses. Should she punch at its snout? Maybe try to gouge at the eyes? Pulling his tail would have as much effect. Play dead? But the cat knew she was alive, and the Khagrish weren’t going to rescue her if they were after a big payday for a gory vid. An old piece of advice came to her mind, to stand tall and act bigger than she really was. Right, because this creature is as tall as I am and probably outweighs me by seven hundred pounds.

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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SongoftheNileFinalI’m happy to announce the release of my paranormal romance novel Song of the Nile! This is a standalone sequel to Lady of the Nile and features Merneith the musician and Nikare the Medjai, who readers first met as secondary characters. Cover art by Fiona Jayde.

Here’s the official blurb: 

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

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SONG OF THE NILE New Release With Excerpt

SongoftheNileFinalI’m happy to announce the release of my paranormal romance novel Song of the Nile! This is a standalone sequel to Lady of the Nile and features Merneith the musician and Nikare the Medjai, who readers first met as secondary characters. Cover art by Fiona Jayde.

Here’s the official blurb: 

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

The excerpt, as Merneith meets the Master of Musicians in Pharaoh’s palace:

“You must be my new musician, selected for me by the queen based on Hathor alone knows what qualifications but, of course, the Great One’s choices cannot be less than perfect.”

Merneith puzzled over his remark, which had the tone of being a criticism of the queen, and probably a slur on her as well. In her position she couldn’t afford to take offense or let her annoyance show. She opted to keep her own remarks to a minimum. “I was told to report to you at noon, sir.”

“Promptness is admirable.” With a sniff, he walked toward the room containing the selection of instruments. “Well, come on. What can you play?”

She hastened to follow him. “I’m a harpist but can also play lutes and lyres.”

He halted just inside the room and waved a hand at the waiting instruments. “Select one, tune it, and we’ll hear how well you play.”

Swallowing hard, she passed him to walk among the harps, nearly knocking over a stand of cymbals as she went, barely catching the rack before it toppled. There were four standing harps to choose from. The first she ruled out immediately, as the wood was dry and showing fine cracks. The second looked like a possibility but as she plucked a string to test the sound, she could tell the leather in the soundboard was of poor quality. The third one was a gracefully designed harp, with a lotus flower at the top and pretty shell-and-turquoise inlay along the bottom third.

“Come now, surely at least one of my poor offerings will meet with the approval of a harpist from the desert,” Khesuwer said, his tone impatient and condescending. “Take that one, girl, and let us proceed. I use the one you’re examining often for giving lessons to the daughters of noblemen.”

Merneith altShe ignored him. Choosing the right instrument was critical and although the harp she was examining was pretty to the eye, the angle of the wooden piece looked wrong to her, not by much but enough to send her to the last possibility. This harp had been sadly neglected, the wood needing a good polishing but, once she leaned it against her body and plucked a run of five notes, relief  was a cool breeze in her heart. Out of tune but true. Merneith had begun to fear Khesuwer was trying to rid himself of an unwanted musician by giving her only inferior choices when it came to an instrument.  She tightened the strings, worrying over a few of them which clearly needed replacing. She sent Hathor a small prayer they’d last through this test.

“This one is fine.” She thought Khesuwer nodded slightly, as if she’d passed his first test for her. “Am I to play in here?”

“Don’t tell me you disdain my fine chamber in the royal palace?” His voice was full of sarcasm.

I can’t let him upset me. I need this job. Chief Scribe Edekh had been clear she’d always have the pension granted to her but the lodging and food were attached to the position as a musician and the unpleasant Master was the gatekeeper. Since he hadn’t specified a song, she chose an ode to Hathor, goddess of music. The harp wasn’t quite tuned as yet, but she made a good attempt at the hymn and was pleased as the final notes sounded. Playing steadied her nerves.

“Rather an old version of the music,” Khesuwer said, nose in the air, sneering at her. “I suppose there was no more current material in your rural home.”

“No, we were limited and learned from our elders,” she said. On this point she had no defense and no pride to be hurt.

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entire series canva updated JAN 2019

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 17

raven regine abelAs 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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RAVEN (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

VS Note: Oh yesss, had this pre-ordered.

After betrayal and abuse destroyed Liena’s dreams of becoming a Psychic Operator, she warily accepts a temporary position on Khepri, the homeworld of the bioengineered Xian Warriors. With entire Warrior units getting mysteriously wiped out, she must help devise a critical antidote. But when a buck naked, sexy as sin, Xian Warrior walks into her lab, Liena’s bone-deep fear of psychic contact, of touching another’s soul, doesn’t trigger with him.

The minute Raven sees Liena’s aura, he knows he has found the one. She’s broken, but he vows to fix her, and then claim her as his bonded mate. When she inadvertently sets them on the path to discovering, at long last, the human’s elusive third psychic ability, the need to mend her becomes urgent. As the strongest of her kind, she may be their only hope of saving an entire species on the verge of annihilation.

With time ticking and so many lives in the balance, will Liena overcome her trauma, or will her mind and the rescue mission descend into madness?

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torranTORRAN (CRASHLAND COLONY ROMANCE BOOK 2) by Leslie Chase

VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series and couldn’t wait to read this one!

Stranded on the wrong planet, captured by brutal alien raiders, the only good thing about Lisa’s situation is Torran. He’s a dangerous alien warrior – who also happens to be the hottest man she’s ever met. Strong, protective, and lethal, he’s everything she could want or need.
Perhaps she shouldn’t have shot him on sight?
Torran is used to surviving alone on alien planets, but this time he has others to protect. Another complication is the human captives. One human in particular. The female fate has infuriatingly chosen for him, the one he is now compelled to do anything for.
He’ll just have to overlook the fact that she tried to kill him.
When the alien leaders threaten to kill Lisa and her family, Torran has to choose between his own people and his mate. But even if he can get Lisa to another human settlement, will he be welcome there? Or will the humans’ fear of him drive them apart?

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cats of warCATS OF WAR: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: A re-release of Carol’s story from the Pets In Space 3 anthology.

Military Subcaptain Kedron Tauceti counts the days until he can leave the rare metals factory and his current duty station as the liaison to the galactic government’s Criminal Restitution and Indenture Obligation system. The post was protection—and punishment—for exposing a theft ring during his previous assignment. He’s more than ready to get his career back on track on a new base halfway across the galaxy, even if it means leaving behind the one person who makes him want to stay. Not that he’s told her, because technically, he’s her warden.

Former financial specialist and current indenturee Ferra Barray, hiding from her past, only has three months to go on her restitution sentence. She’s lucked into a tech repair job. If she keeps her head down, she’ll soon be free to figure out her future. Unfortunately, the local shark behind every illegal scheme in the facility wants her to steal for him, and she’s running out of excuses. And now the heroically handsome Tauceti, who she hoped could help, is transferring out.

Everything changes when Ferra discovers two genetically modified cats. Saving them takes incredible risks. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if she can’t convince Tauceti to rescue the cats and keep them until she’s free to come for them.

But when trouble erupts at the factory, it might just be the cats who save them.

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last run of the ice duchessLAST RUN OF THE ICE DUCHESS: A TAKAMO UNIVERSE NOVEL (A TALE OF THE DISTAN COLONIES BOOK 1) by Shona Husk

Bern Ober is on a discrete mission to the Evron starsystem of the breakaway Distan Colonies to gain support for a band of revolutionaries in the Terran Republic. It is a dangerous mission, but he is a dangerous man. When Terran operatives capture him, Lady Fortini hires a reluctant smuggler and her starship, the Ice Duchess, to run the Terran blockade and collect him. Captain Veronik Ayres and her intrepid crew must risk everything to run a gauntlet of warships to rescue the rebel spy. However, getting in is easier than getting out. To get back, the Ice Duchess must slip past the alerted Terran blockade ships or try their luck against the pirate corsairs of the Lotharian stellar coast.

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beauty and the alien beast zara zeniaBEAUTY AND THE ALIEN BEAST (TRILYN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

When the Trilyn made their pact with the people of Earth to take seven fertile brides for their seven princes in exchange for their alien technology, they never anticipated how hard it might be to find a perfect genetic match.

Prince Manzar has struggled through four years of banal social events, socializing in hopes of finding his mate. His dark, brooding temperament and unhuman appearance have made it even more difficult for him. When a political dissident seeks refuge in Manzar’s palace and brings along his daughter, Andromeda, Manzar never anticipates she will fill the void in his life and offer him a way to continue his species.

Andromeda “Andi” LaBelle struggles against her near-captivity at Prince Manzar’s palace. She doesn’t appreciate being confined or the controlling, gruff nature of the handsome Trilyn keeping her and her father safe.

When the dissidents attack and their lives depend on Prince Manzar’s ability to protect them, Andi realizes the alien’s gruff, militaristic nature that has scared her away is precisely what she craves and needs.

Will Manzar be able to save Andi and her father from the forces working against them, or will his fight to find his mate end in heartache?

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mad pantherMAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 2) by Donna MacDonald

When the sentient blade sends her on a rescue mission, Dr. Sugar Jennings sneaks out of her Bad Panther’s bed without saying goodbye. Why? Because a woman’s got to do what she’s got to do.

Okay, not really. Sugar’s more of a straight forward kind of person who would have preferred having the freaking fight to all the subterfuge. Axel’s father, Rodu—a fellow blade host and her mentor—says asking forgiveness later is far better than asking for permission which she’s never going to get.

Sugar doesn’t understand why her alien panther shifter slash next-in-line for the Lyran throne mate is all up in her sentient blade business. She thinks Rodu should have done a better job teaching his thick-headed son about the concept of maintaining some personal space while in a relationship.

Sugar’s blade business turns out to be saving another sentient blade host. This one is a silver-spooned, cocky kid fresh out of college whose ineptitude and negative attitude makes Sugar look like the best blade host ever selected. The younger man is amusing and adorable but also a big pain in everyone’s rear, especially her new alien-sister-in-law’s. But like it or not, the kid is the host of the other Protector blade which means he’s Sugar’s counterpart. She has to tolerate him and keep him alive if she can.

Honestly? All this blade drama is starting to wear on Sugar’s last nerve. She needs some space to be what she needs to be. Her alien panther isn’t the only one getting mad over the situation.

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bound c r janeBOUND: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane and Mila Young

They came to earth. They destroyed my life, took those closest to me, and now they’re set on making me their own.

Ella Monroe has only one goal in life. To survive. Trapped in a world that’s been taken over, Ella is reminded daily of everything that she has lost because of the Vepar. What was supposed to be a fun night out to celebrate her birthday turns into a nightmare encounter at a Vepar club when she catches the eye of three terrifyingly alluring men.

Powerful and seductive, the three Vepar make clear they will stop at nothing to possess her. Unable to escape, Ella is plunged into their dangerous and secretive world, where everything is more than it seems. Ella doesn’t know what the future holds as their prisoner, but one thing is for sure. Their obsession knows no bounds.

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juldo madeJULDO MADE (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 4) by Erin Raegan

Vivian – It’s been months since he’s been gone. Not a word from him. Not a single sign. He’s out there somewhere without a single memory of me. Without knowing about his child still growing inside me. And there’s no way for me to find him. He could be anywhere. On some distant planet or drifting in the vast black space of our universe. I want nothing more than to find him, but I’m stuck on the Dahk’s home planet. I can’t exactly hop in my car and hunt him down. Not that my friends would even let me. I’m so pregnant I can’t even walk the castle halls without losing my breath let alone fly around in a spaceship searching for Juldo enemy camps he may be frequenting. So I stay and I wait and I pray for a word, a sighting, any kind of proof he’s still here. That some part of him may still remember me, us, what we used to be to each other.

Hector/Vyr – I drift in darkness. I am newly made. Juldo. I was not always. But I do not remember my past life. I do not remember her. But she is an echo that haunts me. She pulls me from the shadows into a light that burns. I watch her in silence. I wait for her to call that name. A name that no longer belongs to me. She looks at me with a sadness that I have no name for, yet I know I am the cause. She says she is mine. That I am hers. But I am not her Hector. I am Vyr and so she belongs to a male that is gone. But the deep ache inside me tells me I still belong to her. And so I will guard her and the babe she carries for the male I used to be.

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alphas temptationALPHA’S TEMPTATION (OMEGAS OF PANDORA BOOK 4) by Lillian Sable

When Aura crash lands on an alien planet, she finds herself surrounded by feral Alphas males. She doesn’t understand what has made them this way, but her only option is to run. They look like men, but act like animals and are consumed by the desire to take her in the most depraved ways. Ways that would literally tear her apart.

All except one.
Castor is so much more than he seems. But right now, he is the only thing standing between this strange girl and the dangerous Alpha prowling the Forbidden Zone. He has maintained his sanity while trapped in the wasteland but at great cost. The urge to claim her for his own overwhelms his fragile hold on control. He will protect the confused Omega from the Alphas intent on doing her harm, but he will also claim her for his own.

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arias awakeningARIA’S AWAKENING: TERRA LUCIFER BOOK 1 by Annie Beth Rider

Generations ago, the Motherhood eradicated all males from Earth. Talk of them was expressly forbidden and they were all but forgotten. The Mothers now controlled the population of women by giving them blockers to suppress their emotions.

Aria was drafted by the Motherhood to be a primary colonist on the desert planet Hestia. The Mothers stripped her and the rest of the crew of their blockers so that they would have the emotional capacity to survive on the harsh new world. While onboard the Earhart 4500, Aria is finally able to have her first feelings, which included sexual ones. When a shocking vid is discovered buried deep beneath the ship’s firewalls, the crew must decide if they will continue on their predetermined course or journey to Terra Lucifer.

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his human bride evey emberHIS HUMAN BRIDE (SPACE MASTERS BOOK 1) by Evey Embers

Cora feels that her life on the strange planet of Velonus has reached a dead-end. So, she takes out a mail-order bride ad hoping to find a human husband… but things take an unexpected, sizzling turn when one of the Velonian ambassadors discovers her ad.
Aspen is a strict, big and terribly irresistible alien man. And with his eyes set on winning over the attractive Cora, he sets out to claim her as his own. They have unique ways of pleasuring women on Velonus, and he will use whatever is required to secure her as his bride. However, Cora’s situation once again takes a strange turn when this new relationship becomes part of a plan to create a peace treaty between the planets. As her life heats up in more ways than she’d ever imagined possible, it becomes clear to Cora that she’s made a grave mistake… but can she change her fate without breaking several hearts, and without returning the two planets to all-out war?

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ruins of fateRUINS OF FATE: THE OMNI TOWERS SERIES, PREQUEL by Jamie A Waters

Skye Levanthe traded everything she owned in order to secure a place for herself and her son, Veridian, in a scavenging camp.

But all contracts have an expiration date.

Desperate to obtain the resources they need to survive, Skye agreed to navigate the dangerous ruins of fallen cities to search for tradeable materials. When a strange storm forced Skye and her scavenging partner into forbidden territory controlled by The Omni Towers, a ruin collapsed, nearly taking their lives and destroying countless others.

Only one other person survived the ruin collapse: a mysterious young girl named Kayla.

Faced with the decision to save her son or abandon her new foster daughter to a terrible fate, Skye agreed to the only possible course of action—to go into exile and take on the Omni traders in their own den. No one ever said survival would be easy. And every choice has consequences.

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heart of the beast sonia novaHEART OF THE BEAST (MATE OF THE BEAST BOOK 3) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

A beastly pirate. An Alliance agent. A dangerous mission that pulls them together.
Undercover in the shady parts of Riala, Agent Kira Medina has one job: to find out where human women are disappearing on the planet. A group of off-planet pirates raise her suspicion, but the whole mission is endangered when her cover is blown by an Ezak-X pirate.

When the Ezak-X offers to help her instead of blowing the whistle, Kira realizes she could use an inside man. She immediately regrets her decision when she starts working with Xeegan. The Ezak-X is annoying and reckless. But although he gets on Kira’s nerves, she can’t deny the way he makes her heart thrum…

From a life in captivity to a life as a pirate…Xeegan has fought to survive since day one. He trusts no one, least of all the Alliance. But when a group of off-planet pirates offer him a job that seems too good to be true, and his acquaintance goes missing, the human female working for the Alliance might just be the key to finding out what’s going on.

No matter how much the female frustrates him, her sweet scent makes him feel things he’s never felt before… She clearly needs his help on this mission, whether she admits it or not.

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wirelessWIRELESS AND OTHER STEAMPOWERED ADVENTURES (THE ADVENTURES OF THE VALIANT CAPTAIN RAMOS AND HER CREW BOOK 2) by Alex Acks

Captain Marta Ramos, the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver, is back and she and Simms are up to their goggles in trouble. Has General del Toro found a way to use the Infected as an army and can Captain Ramos work with her arch enemy, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, to stop him? Can Simms join forces with the devious Deliah Nimowitz on a jailbreak, some sewer misadventures AND a high society soiree involving tea, a heist and sausages? And what about the Rail King and his nefarious plans? Can Captain Ramos and her crew stop him before he completes his latest dastardly deed, one that may result in Deliah’s demise? (…more blurb on ebook seller pages…)

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INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC PRESENTS MAKING SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY by Rob Bredow, Forward by Ron Howard

VS Note: A release of note, apparently hard cover only. I’m not showing the cover due to copyright concerns on my part.

Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is an eyewitness account of the film’s production from visual effects supervisor and coproducer Rob Bredow. The book gives readers an intimate glimpse into the journey that Solo took from pre-production, production, and post-production, fully documenting how this film came to the big screen.

Making Solo gives a chronological overview of how this multiple-Academy-Award-winning visual effects company created new worlds, aliens, droids, and vehicles for a galaxy far, far away, including insights into how the train heist on Vandor, L3-37, the Kessel Run, and the reimagined Millennium Falcon were brought to life. A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.

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venomous heartVENOMOUS HEART (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Mary Auclair

After drowning his soul in blood, can this alien warrior be saved?

As the only doctor on Aveyn, Ava works day and night for the people she considers hers. Only… she’s not really one of them, is she? She’s a hybrid, a highly illegal creature created by Trade Minister Knut for his personal enjoyment. And she risks a fate worse than death if her existence is ever discovered by Prime Councilor Aav, the most powerful Matriarch in the Ring.

When a tall, arrogant, sapphire blue alien comes to Aveyn, it’s not long before headstrong Ava gets in trouble with him – the new Eok warrior in charge.

Arlen wants nothing to do with his new assignment on Aveyn. All he wants is to return to the violence at the Frontier and drown his broken heart in bloodshed. But he made a deal with his brother, the Commander-in-Chief of the Eok armies: a year of peace for a year of combat. So, Arlen comes to Aveyn fully intent on ruling all those who live there with an iron fist…

… all except a troublesome, gorgeous female whose purple eyes haunt his dreams. When the Mating Venom pushes him to the edge of madness, can Arlen learn to trust in his heart again, or is his soul lost to the bloodlust?

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congress of shipsA CONGRESS OF SHIPS (THE MAVERICK HEART CYCLE BOOK 3) by Stephen Graham King

VS Note: Romantic elements maybe? The plot sounded intriguing. From February.

In a desolate system on the outer edge of Pan Galactum, the skin of the universe has ruptured, tearing open a portal to an alternate reality. Witnessed only by the sentient science vessel N’Dea, a massive, battered ship falls through, housing a community of refugees fleeing an enemy that has pursued them across the cold reaches of space for decades.

But have they come alone?

Summoned by N’Dea while en route from a reunion with dear friends on the Galactum’s capital, the mystery is a lure that fellow Artificial Sentience, the Maverick Heart, cannot resist. It’s now up to Vrick, along with humans Keene, Lexa-Blue and Ember, and allies old and new, to come to the aid of this ship of lost souls. Together they must find a way to seal the breach for good, before a ravening hunger can spill through and rip the Galactum apart.

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triple burnTRIPLE BURN by Holly Bargo

A lengthy and increasingly unnerving interview lands Ursula a job as the event planner at a foreign embassy. Not until the government hustles her off to a different planet does she realize just how foreign that embassy is. When the U.S. ambassador hands over one of her coworkers during her first event as collateral to seal a trade agreement, Ursula breaks out of the embassy, determined to find a way back home before she, too, can be used as a bargaining chip in this world desperate for females.

What she doesn’t know as she navigates the unfamiliar streets of a totally alien culture and climate, is that she already caught the attention of a native warrior triad in a land where women are coddled and kept, yet prized above all else. They take her, elated to have obtained their collective heart’s desire.

What they don’t know is how fiercely independent a woman from Earth can be. Disoriented, confused, and not a little angry at the way these three overbearing, dominant, sexy warriors take over her life, she wants to go home, but soon discovers this job was a one-way ticket courtesy of the United States government. If she can’t go back, she must go forward. Can she retain her identify and adapt to life on this new world with the three warriors who’ve claimed her as their mate? Is compromise possible between a woman used to controlling her own life and three warriors steeped in a culture that forbids it?

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atlas aloneATLAS ALONE (A PLANETFALL NOVEL BOOK 4) by Emma Newman

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

Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. She’s trying to find those responsible, but she’s not getting very far alone.

A dedicated gamer, Dee is endeavoring to discover a mersive good enough to enable her to escape her trauma. When she is approached by a designer who asks her to play test his new game, she hopes it will be what she needs—but it isn’t like any mersive she’s played before. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realizes that at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man—a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.

Disturbed, but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the plans for the future colony, she realizes that to save what is left of humanity, she might have to do something that risks what remains of her own.

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dakstalDAKSTAL (THE LEVIATHO BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin

Space. My home, my dream….Well, it was, but not like this. My fantasies of daring space adventure on a cutting edge Explorer are reduced to the yawnfest of jockeying a mining cargo ship back and forth from the asteroids to Earth. It’s not the life of excitement I dreamed of as a little girl. That is until I make first contact.

Me. First contact. With Dakstal, the Leviatho Commander.
He’s jacked. Like really big and he has four arms, scales and fins. A real life merman! I’m going to be the most famous pilot in all of history for discovering these guys.
My delusions of grandeur meet a quick end because as it turns out the Leviatho are on the run. The last of their race come seeking sanctuary on Earth from the Kriall, the enemies that are trying to destroy them. When the xenocidal maniacs show up, every person on Earth is in danger and it’s going to be up to us to save them, whether Earth wants us to or not.

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rogue piper stoneROGUE: A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE by Piper Stone

A single purpose compels him. He must find me, claim me, and master me completely.
Tracking down cyborgs is my job, but this time I’m the one being hunted. This rogue machine has spent most of his life locked up, and now that he’s on the loose he has plans for me…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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earth fathers are weirdEARTH FATHERS ARE WEIRD by Lyn Gala

Captain Maxwell Davis and his entire unit scrambled to engage alien ships over Iowa. The aliens snatched him out of his destroyed jet before they continued on their interplanetary hot pursuit. Then they informed Max that Earth was too far outside regular shipping lanes to return him to his planet.

So Max ends up in an alien spaceport looking for work. To afford a ticket home he can either spend three hundred years working with linguists to improve the computer’s questionable ability to translate English or he can take a job as a nanny for an unpopular alien.  That way he can afford the ticket in four years.  The problem is that the computer may have mistranslated the word “nanny” and there might be a reason an alien is willing to pay such a high fee.

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love me or let me goLOVE ME OR LET ME GO by Kelly Lucille

Being an empath and a human lie detector should have protected Miranda from falling for the wrong man. But loving someone and knowing them are not always the same thing. That is especially true when the man she loves has his own gifts, and too many secrets.
Six years ago Miranda said good-bye and swore she was moving on. The problem was, McAlister Weer is not a man you get over so easy. And, when a man is capable of invading her dreams, and does on a regular basis, gone is a relative term.
Now she has stumbled into a danger she could not have seen coming, and the one man she swore to stay away from is back, determined to save her, and this time, to keep her.
If he can keep them both alive long enough.

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winds of marqueWINDS OF MARQUE: BLACKWOOD AND VIRTUE by Bennett R Coles

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note and perhaps some romantic elements. Steampunk space operas, sort of?

In a dense star cluster, the solar winds blow fiercely. The star sailing ship HMSS Daring is running at full sheet with a letter of marque allowing them to capture enemy vessels involved in illegal trading. Sailing under a false flag to protect the ship and its mission, Daring’s crew must gather intelligence that will lead them to the pirates’ base.

Posing as traders, Daring’s dashing second-in-command Liam Blackwood and brilliant quartermaster Amelia Virtue infiltrate shady civilian merchant networks, believing one will lead them to their quarry.

But their mission is threatened from within their own ranks when Daring’s enigmatic captain makes a series of questionable choices, and rumblings of discontent start bubbling up from below decks, putting the crew on edge and destroying morale. On top of it all, Liam and Amelia must grapple with their growing feelings for each other.

Facing danger from unexpected quarters that could steer the expedition off course, Blackwood and Virtue must identify the real enemy threat and discover the truth about their commander—and their mission—before Daring falls prey to the very pirates she’s meant to be tracking.

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traveks treasureTRAVEK’S TREASURE: THE QUASAR LINEAGE BOOK 6 by Pearl Tate

Travek – As a Councilor’s son, I was raised by my uncle to join the Merchant Line on Quasar. I’ve been trained to look for and recognize the profit potential in every situation.When Bren found a Human mate from Earth, I saw the possibilities the females there present for the future of Quasar and for my own financial gain.As I entered Earth’s atmosphere, I felt my own mate, and all hell breaks loose! I tried to take just her but end up with eight Human females.

Now, we’ve both been captured. My only hope is to convince our captors—and my mate—to work together to save our species.

Lisa – Though I’m attending college far away from my hometown, I’m still reeling from the emotional trauma caused by my freeloading, high school sweetheart. He’s a hard act to follow, and I’m going to make sure my next boyfriend wants me for my sunny personality, not for what I can do for him.

When I’m sucked into a bright light and confined to a freezing cell, I’m scared to death as I try to figure out what’s going on… and why? I’m one of the most boring, average girls you could ever meet.

So, why would the government want me?  And why do I feel a magnetic pull I can’t explain to someone… or something… I’ve never met before?

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sanctuarys aggressionSANCTUARY’S AGGRESSION: A POST APOCALYPTIC SURVIVAL SERIES by Maira Dawn

VS Note: Formerly on Wattpad

Skye Jackson is a children’s therapist, a loving daughter, and well-off. Determined to save a young boy from his abusive father, Skye’s plans come to a halt when a deadly rabies plague sweeps the globe.

Infected, death, and destruction–nothing is the same.

In a world where money will no longer help her, Skye races one step ahead of the enemy only to find herself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Struggling through this post-apocalyptic world alone may be more than Skye is prepared for.

In a world of chaos, who do you trust?

Dylan Cole is content to hunt and hide away in his mountaintop cabin while the world destroys itself, but when he finds Skye frantic on the side of the road, his plans change. The woman needs his help, whether she realizes it or not. And Dylan isn’t going to let a boy grow up the way he did–not if he can help it…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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heart of the sovereignHEART OF THE SOVEREIGN (SKY SERPENT CLAN SERIES BOOK  2) by Samantha Rose

Anger, anguish, distraction, and war — a word that leaves a foul taste in your mouth.
It was something Robyn has started to grow used to while abroad the Apep.
Though Robyn never meant to start an outbreak between two different groups of people, somehow, that was exactly what happened, and she was stuck watching it all unfold.
When the Earth government declared all Elvain followers to be eliminated, she steps in, but what can one pregnant woman do when things seem to always fall apart?
With the help of her mates, Robyn tries to find a way to save the billions of innocent lives — and she has do it fast.
Can she save her people by accepting the war Earth has declared? Or will she stand on the sidelines and watch her people die?

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her doctor mateHER DOCTOR MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Tasha Black

Dr. Ryan Stevenson has a dream career and a house to match. By day he saves lives at Springton Hospital. By night he runs with the Tarker’s Hollow wolf pack. But from the moment he lays eyes on grad student Addison, the rest of his life feels meaningless. He knows that only Addison can fill the emptiness in his heart and bed. But her innocence makes him fear she won’t be able to handle the truth about what he wants. When Ryan’s dying grandmother asks if there is anyone special in his life, he accidentally spills the beans about his newfound love, but doesn’t mention the fact that his intended mate isn’t aware of his feelings.

Addison Sparrow is head over heels for Dr. Stevenson, but he seems to deliberately ignore the electricity between them. When his grandmother unexpectedly arrives in town for Thanksgiving week, Addison is shocked that Ryan asks her to pretend to be his fiancée. But she finds herself unable to refuse an opportunity to spend more time with the sexy doctor.

As the events of the season throw them together, Addison and Ryan must put on a cheerful face for Grandma Stevenson, even as their close contact throws them into a tsunami of temptation. Will Dr. Stevenson keep playing it cool? Or will his desire for Addison push the bubbling tension between them to the boiling point?

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lockLOCK (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Tasha just wanted to dance. She never wanted to stumble on dangerous secrets, or wake up to Club Crimson’s sexy, enigmatic co-owner telling her that life will never be the same again. Lock has his own reasons for wanting to protect her, and Tasha isn’t sure she should accept his help when she can’t even resist falling into his arms. Then again, with hundreds of men chasing her down, she might not have a choice.

Lock’s shining armor is pretty rusty. The powerful, charming alpha has been too busy seeking vengeance  to be anyone’s hero. But when he meets Tasha, and realizes the innocent hairdresser has no idea of the immense trouble she’s in, he can’t help stepping up. At first, he has his own agenda, but the longer he’s with Tasha, the more he wants her for his own, no matter the consequences.

As Lock protects Tasha, the two are drawn into a steamy adventure beyond anything either of them could imagine. But Tasha needs more than chemistry, and as Lock tries to figure out how to open his heart, the dangerous group he has fought his whole life is about to catch up to him, forcing him to make an impossible choice.

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unforeseenUNFORESEEN (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 9) by Brenda K Davies

When Jack escapes the vampires holding him captive, he thinks his biggest worries are finding his friends and avoiding the Savages pursuing him…until he stumbles across Charlie.

He’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the vampires hunting him or the woman who harbors more secrets than the island where he’s trapped. Charlie wasn’t expecting Jack to fall into her life, but now that he has, she’s not sure what to do with him.

She can’t leave him behind to be hunted, but her growing attraction to him frightens her more than the Savages. Though Jack’s a tempting distraction, love has no place on this island, and Charlie refuses to let him get in her way. She’s escaping the island—with or without him.

Can they work together to survive the horrors of the island, or will they perish like so many before them?

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winds of changeWINDS OF CHANGE (HEARTS OF SOLARA BOOK 1) by Reese Copeland

The Age of Dragons is ending and the seed of rebellion is ready to bloom.
Born from forbidden love, Bela has always been an outsider. Always alone, forever the outcast. All she desires are friends and love.
But change is coming.
Learning to believe in not only herself but those she loves, Bela must survive the chaos it brings.
Or Solara will fall.
Can Bela endure the winds of change, or will her hopes and dreams be blown away?

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vermilion liesVERMILION LIES (THE ORDER OF THE SENARY BOOK 3) by L D Rose

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.
As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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courting the dragon widowCOURTING THE DRAGON WIDOW (CLOUDBURST COLORADO BOOK 6) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Siobhan has shared. Put this on my TBR list.

Lissandra Charforest is finally stepping back into the dating game after three decades of widowhood. Accepting a blind date, she travels to a small town in upstate New York to meet an eligible dragon bachelor. Too bad the guy seems determined to stand her up.

Denarrion Goldencoat wouldn’t have agreed to a blind date with the Widow from Colorado if his father hadn’t insisted. Happy being the perennial bachelor, he has no desire to settle down on one woman, much less one with kids already. Until he falls into the reservoir with her.

But everything’s not as it seems. Beneath the quaint façade of Redfield, darkness and decay lurks to ensnare the unwary. When Lissandra discovers she’s been lured to Redfield to kill a demon under the pretense of a courtship, she almost walks away. But the truth jeopardizes the life of her True Bonded mate, leaving her with one choice: Destroy the demon or die trying.

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bloodied venomBLOODIED VENOM (SERPENTINE VAMPIRES BOOK 2) by J Hali Steele

Hail Patrascu, an ancestor of Transylvania’s Draculesti family line, wields unique powers as the world’s oldest living vampire. Searching for death, he becomes something phenomenal after drinking venom infused blood. Not only does he possess vampiric powers, he’s been imbued with those of an even older creature—a serpentine. A snake, heretofore unable to change form, is animated with Hail’s vampire blood and now the monster seeks life of its own!

McCall Stephens had one drink; not nearly enough to imagine what he witnesses after being accosted in an alley. A beast so fiendish, it took the life of a man right before Call’s eyes. Now it stalks him. He haunts Call with eroticism, each encounter tugging him closer to a dark abyss with impossible promises. Giving in, he may lose everything—including his life! Or will Call’s wildest dreams come true?

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thann linda mooneyTHANN by Linda Mooney

It started with a winning lottery ticket, and could end with her death.
What would you do with $597 million?
Despite her estranged fiancé raving that it’s a waste of money, Maren Padgett decides to try her luck and buys a lottery ticket with the last few bucks in her wallet. What could it hurt? What Burke Shavet wasn’t expecting was for Maren to actually win. With dollar signs in his eyes, he starts making big plans for the big winnings, contrary to Maren begging him to slow down. She’s uncomfortable with how fast he’s moving, with good reason.
She should’ve trusted her instincts. Pushing a spur of the moment trip to the Grand Canyon, Burke had it all planned out…
Maren owes her life to the people living at the bottom of the canyon. Especially to the mysterious black-haired man named Thann who rescued her. The problem is she doesn’t remember why her life was in danger to begin with. She can’t remember anything actually. But slowly, her memories are returning, and no one is happy with what she’s recalling.

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unbroken brooklyn rayUNBROKEN (PORT LEWIS WITCHES) by Brooklyn Ray

Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attraction between them can’t be ignored. As he dives into the world of magical drug rings, demons, witches, and necromancers, Michael also grapples with the complicated past he left behind in Arizona.

A relationship might not be what he wants, but it sparks something in him he didn’t realize he needs—the chance to heal.

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demon timeDEMON TIME (THE ESCAPADES OF PETTIBONE AND FOXGLOVE BOOK 1) by Nina Merrill

When Knotwood Academy instructor Lolly Pettibone unearths a debauched artifact in her magical elixirs laboratory, she needs a little help to banish it.

Enter Lolly’s former professor, the magnetic but unapproachable Nicholas Foxglove. A skilled mage and agent of the arcane, Foxglove has a predilection for trouble and Lolly’s request is an opportunity he can’t resist. Magic is literally in the air and the formerly aloof professor could be an enthusiastic partner. Now that Lolly’s his peer instead of his pupil, all bets, scruples and inhibitions are off.

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beyond the mountainBEYOND THE MOUNTAIN (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 4) by Lily Archer

Betrayal has taken Taylor far beyond my reach. I can feel the bond stretched and twisted until it’s on the verge of snapping. But I will find her. She is mine as I am hers, and nothing will stop me from recovering my queen. I will always come for her. If she is hurt, I will heal her. If she is scared, I will wrap my arms around her, my embrace her safe harbor. And as for the ones who took her? I will destroy them all. Crossing the frozen heart of winter will be their final mistake. My fury will end the king beyond the mountain, and I will return to the winter realm with my queen by my side. A solid plan. One that would have worked. But when I reach the Gray Mountains, nothing is as it seems, and my mate faces a danger from the most insidious of foes—herself.

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darkness returnsDARKNESS RETURNS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 13) by Alexandra Ivy

Blessed with an even more compelling allure than most vampires, Chiron has made a fortune in the human world, creating an empire of resorts and casinos. Since the betrayal and imprisonment of his master, he has existed outside the order of the Guardians, trusting no one. But now, the new vampire king has given him a peace offering: a scroll that could free his master. Following the relic’s magic leads him to a demon hotel deep in the Everglades, a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and
mesmerizing woman . . .

As far as Lilah knows, she’s lived her entire life within the confines of her enchanted estate. Memories of her own past are elusive and cloaked in shadows. Even Chiron can’t figure out exactly what she is, and if her intoxicating beauty is his destiny or an illusion drawing him ever closer to his demise—or perhaps to an even more tormenting choice, between his master and his mate.

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werewolfs touchA WEREWOLF’S TOUCH (HUNTER M. D. FILE BOOK 1) by Kellie N Hill

VS Note: From March

Werewolf medical cases are only for experienced doctors at the Toledo Hospital:Supernatural Division. But when a nine-foot-tall Werewolf crashes through the emergency room doors with an almost-fatal gunshot wound, resident doctor Serenity Hunter has to do what she can to save his life. His payment in exchange? Offering to solve a mystery she had long left in her past.

Lazarus Hokousha didn’t intend for his inner wolf to latch onto an Elf-Kind Doctor—literally. But when he finds out her father has been missing for decades and his father may have information, he feels an urge to help her. Using his knowledge of law and the help of his human best friend Elijah Burns—a Huntsman—can he trust The Alpha inside of him to play nice long enough to find her missing father while outwitting those seeking to stop him?

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savage loveSAVAGE LOVE (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

Things are spinning wildly out of control for wolf shifter Lucien and House Canis. With the old clashing against the new, the time to choose sides has come. Lucien is confident he’s on the right side, but the battles ahead will test his strength, his conviction and his willpower. And it will leave him beaten, bloody and half-unconscious on the doorstep of the woman he wants to claim as his mate.

Alison Eaton never expected to see Lucien again. Now he’s appeared at her door in the middle of a storm, barely clinging to life. Letting him into her life again won’t be easy for a woman used to hardening herself against abandonment. Although he might have been a workplace fling before, as soon as she drags him inside, it becomes clear things are different between them. Very different.

What Alison doesn’t know is that by opening the door to Lucien, she will also be opening a new chapter in her life. One where she’ll be forced to forget her past, open herself up to others, and—for once in her life—trust they won’t abandon her. It’s tough, and full of surprises, but is it worth the risk? Because for every man like Lucien who believes in a cause, there’s another who’ll follow any orders, including ones that will put Alison directly in harm’s way.

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colelCOLEL (IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS SERIES BOOK 5) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.

Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”

If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really the one?
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?

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her vikingHER VIKING (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Alice Wilde

VS note: Apparently even reading the blurb gives you spoilers for book 1 & 2

The harder I try, the worse things seem to get.
In a matter of weeks, I’ve been married twice, kidnapped, witnessed death, and visited a fae kingdom.
Now, after running away from my problems yet again, I have to try to help Ero convince a people he hasn’t seen in decades to accept not only my own plight as their own, but to accept Ero as well. What’s worse, I can’t even seem to keep Ero and Roan from each other’s throats.
With Damien barely a step behind, how am I supposed to save Ero’s hide when I’ve barely managed to save my own? Will Ero’s dark past be too much to save us, or is it the key to our future?
Ero.
My stormy-eyed leopard.
My hardhearted companion.
My Viking.

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sea wolfs mateTHE SEA WOLF’S MATE (HIDEAWAY COVE BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Jacqueline already had her happy-ever-after…Or so she thought—until her husband left her for a woman who could give him a child… and already had. Now she’s divorced before thirty, working herself to the bone to pay off the mortgage on a house that will never be full of the children she dreamed of.

Wolf shifter Arlo lost his pack years ago. He found a new home in Hideaway Cove, where shifters can reveal their true natures safe from human eyes. He has friends, a new family, a job. Everything he needs to build a life. But without a pack, there’s still a hole in his heart—even if he can’t see it.

Three shifter kids desperately need a family…Jacqueline doesn’t know what to expect when she responds to an emergency call-out in a remote marine reserve, but it’s nothing like this: three lost children who can turn into seals, and a ruggedly handsome man who makes her blood run hotter than it ever has before.

Jacqueline gave up on happy endings long ago. Arlo thought he’d already found his—at least, as happy as he was ever going to get. But with three unruly seal shifter kids in the mix, they’re about to find out just how wrong they were.

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alphas bloodALPHA’S BLOOD: A VAMPIRE SHIFTER ROMANCE by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

A Vampire King…The moment she stepped on stage, I had to have her in my bed. My submissive, kneeling at my feet.
But this captive virgin is more than what she seems…
A spy in my kingdom. A weapon honed by my enemy. She hates me, but hate is a passion perilously close to love…

A captured queen…All my life I’ve trained for one purpose. One ultimate goal: kill the Vampire King. I expected a fight. Pain. Torture. I didn’t expect to want him. My body is a weapon he turns against me. But I can’t forget my fallen pack. My quest for revenge. My mission is simple: Seduce him. Earn his trust. Bring him down. Above all: don’t fall in love.

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rhythm of rimeRHYTHM OF RIME (THE FATE CALLER SERIES BOOK 2) by Zoe Parker

Life can change so suddenly, leaving you standing there with your heart in your throat—unsure of what to do. I’ve never been good at playing the damsel in distress, which means it’s time to do something about it. My life has taken a turn I never expected it to take.
I have a Triad. Three beautiful, annoying men have taken up residence in my home and in my life.
Oh, and my dad? He’s the High Priest of the Moon Clan. The evil so-and-so and now he’s decided he wants to meet his daughter. The one he abandoned to the tender mercies of a Graywalker and wants to use for some unknown, nefarious reason.
Then there’s Rime, Jack Frost himself nipping at my toes. But when I need the heat turned up, I discover that inside the man of snow and ice beats the heart of a volcano.

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mercenarys bountyTHE MERCENARY’S BOUNTY (AGE OF THE ANDINNA BOOK 2) by Kristen Banet

With freedom, comes uncertainty, and with uncertainty, comes mistakes.

Mave has been making a lot of those. As she draws closer to the Free Cities of Olost, she finds herself juggling between learning about her people, and learning the nuances of the males around her. Males she has to work with if she wants to survive the world she’s about to jump into feet first as the newest member of the Ivory Shadow Mercenary Company. She has no choice but to learn to trust them.
Through all of it, Mave has found herself hopeful for Olost and the new beginnings she’s found. The opportunities of new friendships, new family, and maybe more draws her further out of her shell every moment. With all of her courage, she continues to take those shaky first steps, leaving the life of slavery and being an outcast far behind her.
But freedom doesn’t hold all the promises she hoped it did. Olost might be free, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Her enemies will never rest and neither can she.

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vampire by bloodVAMPIRE BY BLOOD (FATED VAMPIRE SERIES) by Cindy Faria

When a deceased witch informs Tricia McIntyre she’s a fae princess who’s being hunted by an ancient vampire, she turns to her best friend Sergeant Riley Sweetwater. Problem is, he’s buried in the town cemetery, and she hates him for dying on her. Until she uncovers his secret.

Tricia and Riley were never meant to cross paths after he went dark. Especially since he’s experiencing some kind of immortal transition of his own. But they do, and she’s hunting the same vamp responsible for killing his squad.

Forced together, Tricia’s trying not to kill Riley with her uncontrolled Fae powers, while he’s struggling not to drink her dry. As they must battle their love-hate-lust relationship, they search for the one who holds the secrets to saving humankind before a dark supernatural destroys them all.

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landian escapadesLANDIAN ESCAPADES: AN OTHERWORLD DUET by Izzy Sxyn

VS Note: A re-release.

First one is Kassie’s Surrender. Kassie wins a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. What she doesn’t know is that she was selected to travel to another realm called Landia.
While on the cruise she mets Hollywood Actress Hailey Stewart who had been presumed dead months earlier.
Hailey makes it no secret that she wants Kassie in her bed and in her life. But what will happen when Kassie learns Hailey’s biggest secret of all?
The Second One is titled Carrie’s Choice.
It had been months since Carrie’s friend Kassie had disappeared off the face of the Earth. She’d spent months trying to get the authorities to look for her friend who took a cruise to Hawaii and never came back.
When her boss informs her that he wants her to babysit Christina Weaver one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Carrie’s first instinct is to quit. She wanted to produce and make movies, not babysit.
She’d always had a girl crush on Christina Weaver, but those feelings paled in comparison when she meets her in the flesh. But Carrie is not alone in her attraction and she soon ends up on a ship heading towards Landia.

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demon princes dragon queenTHE DEMON PRINCE’S DRAGON QUEEN (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 12) by Mina Carter

VS note: A re-release.

After eons in enchanted slumber, dragon queen Baby is finally enjoying life. Determined to take advantage of every opportunity and with a deep need to prove she’s more than a spoiled royal, she joins the PPA as an operative. But that brings her into daily contact with the irritating half pixie, Rat. Unlike most, she see’s through his disguise to the man beneath the arrogant bad boy act.

A bad boy she’s in danger of losing her heart to…

The instant Rat saw dragon queenling Baby, he swore to make her his. One night. That was all he needed. All he told himself he needed. But one night will never be enough, ever… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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end of darknessTHE END OF DARKNESS (DRUID’S CURSE BOOK 1) by Shea Balik

Ryley Duggan resented his family for forcing him home on his twenty-first birthday to perform another stupid fire ritual, instead of letting him go out and get shit-faced like normal people his age. He’d never believed in the stories his grandmother told him about the reason behind what they were doing. That was, until he walked outside to the bonfire to see bloodcurdling creatures that no Hollywood studio had ever come close to replicating, killing his family.

Since an early age, Eirik had one job, to protect the descendants of the one who’d cursed him and his friends. It hadn’t been what he’d ever imagined for his life, but after nearly a millennia Eirik had learned one thing, life never went as planned. Never had that been truer than when he’d rescued Ryley from certain death.

Now the two must learn to work together to save humanity. Will all be lost? Or will they discover a way to heal their hearts by opening themselves up to love?

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magickal mystery loreMAGICKAL MYSTERY LORE (AN ABRACADABRA MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Sharon Pape

The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.

The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster.

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murder houseMURDER HOUSE (PSYCOP BOOK 10) by Jordan Castillo Price

Few people would willingly spend the night in a murder house, but Victor Bayne is up for the challenge. He’ll do whatever it takes to get a look at his permanent record, including going undercover in a townhouse where a recent death took place. Why not? There was no foul play involved, and as a psychic medium, he’d know if a ghost was creeping up on him. The whole “murder house” claim is just a product of a kid’s overactive imagination, and he’s confident he has the situation under control.

Until he gets a load of the smell. Turns out, undercover work is a lot tougher than it looks. Vic misses Jacob something fierce. The subject of his assignment is a real piece of work. His partner has definitely got something to hide…and then the investigation takes a truly bizarre turn.What happens if the murder house reveals itself to be more than just a schoolyard rumor?

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rose tiffany reiszTHE ROSE by Tiffany Reisiz

VS Note: Listed under Erotica

On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.

But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…

Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.

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torch lisa carlisleTORCH (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 9) by Lisa Carlisle

No longer confined to his stone form, gargoyle shifter Mattias yearns for a purpose. Feeling increasingly lost, he plans to search for his destiny elsewhere. But, a chance encounter with a wary woman roots him to the spot–for now.

A werewolf in search of a cureRachel heads into an underground club to pick up an elixir–and runs into Mattias. The attraction is strong, but her affliction has left her too damaged to pursue a relationship.
Mattias and Rachel guard their secrets to protect their hearts. But, the cost is high. Will they be able to break through the darkness?

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bunny misfitBUNNY MISFIT (THE MISFITS BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Being a bunny in a family of wolves leads to Claire running away from home. But when her BFF needs someone to investigate a possible lead on her missing parents, Claire hops to the rescue.

My name is Claire, and I am a bunny shifter who happened to be born in a pack of wolf shifters. Which, needless to say, didn’t go over well.
Before the people I thought of as family made me their next dinner, I ran away, and I might have stayed away forever if my best friend hadn’t needed my help.
A secret organization has been kidnapping shapeshifters, experimenting on them, too, and someone has to stop them…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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witchs moonWITCH’S MOON (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 3) by Nina Croft

A witch and a werewolf—a match made in hell.
Regan is about to play a leading role in someone’s plans for world domination. And all they need to do to ensure her cooperation is bite her.
Regan doesn’t do scared. It’s not who she is. But right now, she’s panicking. Being a werewolf is dangerous and one wrong step could mean the End of Days. And the only person who can help is the stunningly gorgeous, embittered son of the werewolf who bit her.
Caleb Stone wants an ordinary life. After a horrendous childhood, he fled the pack and now does a pretty good job of pretending he’s human. Self-delusion at its best. The last woman he wants to get involved with is a witch turned werewolf. However explosive the chemistry between them.
But soon it becomes clear that Regan and Caleb need each other, and together they’re going to uncover secrets that will turn both their lives to chaos.

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guardians dreamA GUARDIAN’S DREAM (GUARDIANS OF LIGHT BOOK 4) by Renee Wildes

Plagued with nightmares of a goblin child tormented by monsters—and with her usual cures having no effect—dream faerie Pryseis journeys to the Shadowlands to heal the child in person even though doing so risks the wrath of the faerie council. And, if she’s away from home too long, her very existence.

Caught and imprisoned by an ungrateful goblin sorcerer, she’s now trapped underground, chained, her despair growing as her time ticks down yet warmed by the memory of a man she has only touched in dreams.

Benilo ta Myran drained his spirit healing powers during the war, but he has no choice. The beautiful faerie in his dreams is in trouble, and not even his worried king and queen can stop him from trying to save her before the darkness snuffs out her light.

Finally they are together—chained side-by-side in a goblin dungeon. Their only hope for escape is to break the law to merge their powers in a ritual so intensely erotic it binds them for life. However short and nightmarish that life might be.

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moonshine and maliceMOONSHINE AND MAYHEM: MOONSHINE HOLLOW #3 by Kathleen Brooks

Zoey Mathers was a witch. Not on purpose. It had happened accidentally. But as Zoey was finding out, maybe this had been her fate all along. Luckily the potential witch hunter, Slade, had turned out to be on her side and had found a place in her heart. With the War of the Witches heating up, it’s not just Zoey’s life on the line, but all the witches fighting for good.

But fate wasn’t done with Zoey yet. There was a reason she’d become a witch when others wouldn’t have. And that answer was going to change her life even more. Now Zoey was falling in love, fighting for good, and defending the sweet small town of Moonshine Hollow. All while the humans were completely unaware of a war around them. But that was nothing compared to the fight to end the war—the one the prophecy said was up to her. Only one witch was going to survive and she just hoped fate knew what she was doing because Zoey’s life was in the balance.

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iron and fireSILK AND STEEL #2: IRON AND FIRE by Ariana Nash and Pippa DaCosta

From his mother’s cage to a human one, but Lysander’s captors are the least of his concerns. Rumors of a monstrous bronze dragon ripple through human camps, a dragon tearing great holes in the world as though searching for something… or someone.

It’s just a matter of time before the bronze chief, Dokul, finds Lysander and makes good on his promises. And should he find him, Lysander knows Dokul will not be merciful.

Amidst the greatest of elven victories, Eroan failed. Failed his people, failed himself, and failed the dragon who saved him. But he will not falter. The dragonkin are in disarray, there will never be a greater opportunity to strike. Eroan Ilanea will not fail his people again.

But when rumors of the dragon prince’s survival reach him, he must choose: Fight for his people or fight for the prince who nobody thought to save?

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wolf dreamsWOLF DREAMS (MOON BLIND BOOK 1) by Aimee Easterling

Fourteen years ago, I bit through the lip of the first boy brave enough to kiss me. Since then, I’ve acquired a Ph.D. in archaeology, a new teaching gig at a prestigious university, and research interests out the wazoo.

Unfortunately, my social life is still as bleak as a raided Egyptian tomb.

Until, that is, a stranger interrupts my class bearing the same ancient cat fang I see in my dreams. He’s rough around the edges and entirely riveting. No wonder my inner monster wakes up and seizes the reins.

Soon, wolf tracks appear on campus, the monster begins holding conversations without my permission, and a shadowy figure breaks into my office in search of the cat fang. Can I afford to reopen old wounds and display my darker half to the world just when I’m finally finding my feet?

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dragons of bourbon streetDRAGONS OF BOURBON STREET (JADE CALHOUN SERIES BOOK 9) by Deanna Chase

White witch Jade Calhoun is seven months pregnant. All she wants to do is sink into domestic bliss while enjoying planning wedding and baby showers. But when a new acquaintance is arrested by the Witches Council and then mysteriously disappears, Jade is pulled into the thick of things. Forced by the Witches Council to track down the missing woman, Jade finds herself once again dealing with dragons.

It should be a piece of cake, right? All she needs to do is track down the woman who escaped the Council, stop the dragons from awakening and taking over the city, and still find time to celebrate life’s milestones… all while in her third trimester.

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protector unmatchedPROTECTOR UNMATCHED (STEALTH GUARDIANS BOOK 6) by Tina Folsom

When a psychic vision warns Pearce that he’ll die at the hands of the human woman Daphne, he goes after her to try to change his future.

After a career as a hacker and several brushes with the law, Daphne is trying to go straight as a cybersecurity analyst. But when her brother gets in trouble with a loan shark, she’s forced to draw on her skills to wipe out his debt—an action that puts her in the path of the Stealth Guardians and their archenemies, the Demons of Fear.

What starts out as a mission to prevent Daphne from killing Pearce turns into a race against time to stop the demons from obtaining the key to certain annihilation of the Stealth Guardians and mankind.

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no country for old gnomesNO COUNTRY FOR OLD GNOMES: THE TALES OF PELL by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson

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

War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

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cropped for FB revealVS Note: I’m excited to have sent SONG OF THE NILE to the formatter this week, so expect to see it on the New Releases next week. (I don’t do pre-orders because they’re too stressful for me.) Here’s a teaser of the cover and the rest of my ancient Egyptian paranormal romances below. SONG OF THE NILE is a standalone sequel to LADY OF THE NILE.

Buy Links for LADY OF THE NILE:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 10

April 3

March 27

March 20

March 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.

Has He Been Fed 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.

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 – I skipped a little, over Elianna’s doomed attempt to escape the guards and now the officer is proceeding with his plan.

What did the officer have planned for her?

“I’ve got something much more interesting and profitable to suggest,” the captain said as if he was reading her mind, “Bring her.”

Following him like sheep, the guards marched her through the corridor, past empty cells of various sizes, all dark, until the procession stopped in front of the only other one showing a light.

A huge feline predator was curled up in the cell, easily six feet tall and maybe fourteen feet long. Elianna shrank against her captors as the beast uncurled to snarl and roar, baring fangs as big as steak knives. Tail thrashing, the creature prowled energetically in the enclosed space.

Knees buckling under her, she wasn’t too proud to beg, “You can’t put me in there. Please, don’t do that. Let me go back to the humans’ cell, I’m begging you.”

“Has he been fed today?” the officer asked in Basic as he ignored her desperate pleas for mercy.

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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VS Note:  107 years ago this week, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with a terrible loss of life. I was always fascinated by the sinking and wrote my scifi action adventure novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM loosely based on the events, but set in the far future on an interstellar cruise liner. There is a romance but the book is much less steamy than my normal stories. I later wrote a sequel about two of the supporting characters in response to numerous reader requests. STAR SURVIVOR is written in my steamier style.

Drifting on a dead ship, abandoned by the crew canva

Buy Links for WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo   (There’s also an audiobook…)

Buy Links for STAR SURVIVOR: iBooks      Amazon    Kobo       Barnes & Noble

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 10

hannahs heroAs 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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HANNAH’S HERO (ICEHOME BOOK 6) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Always a good week when there’s a new one from Ruby.

All I want is Hannah.

We’ve resonated, but she avoids me. She has made it very clear that she wants no mate, whether he has two arms or four. But when others leave the Icehome beach camp for a getaway to a fruit-filled cave, Hannah wants to go, and she needs a companion.

Me.
For the first time, we talk…and I realize my female isn’t as good as ignoring me as she thinks. She watches me with hungry eyes. She blushes at my bold words. When I touch her? She no longer runs away.
It is time I show her that a Strong Arm hunter can be the right mate for her, and that four arms can hold her twice as closely as two.

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game wardens mateTHE GAME WARDEN’S MATE by A M Griffin 

The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind, and body.
His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants.
The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. Never did she imagine being abducted by aliens and forced to participate in a survival of the fittest game called The Hunt. If she survives and makes it to the end, she’ll be freed. If not, she’ll be forced to mate the one who captures her.
Esme is determined to win at all costs, even if it means putting her trust in a sexy alien who taunts her in the most delectable way.
Their love was built on betrayal. Can she trust him with her heart and life?

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zandroZANDRO (ALIEN ANIMAL RESCUES BOOK 1) by E D Walker

VS Note: This is a re-release of her ‘novelette’ from the Pets In Space 3 anthology.

Zandro alienated the love of his life years ago with one giant mistake. Consumed by his animal rescue work, he didn’t realize what he had given up until she was gone. Now, his work to save two alien kittens with dangerous pheromones will reunite him with his old flame – and hopefully give him a second chance.

Aliette’s work as a space captain keeps her mind off of what she lost – Zandro – or it did until she receives his desperate plea for help. She reluctantly agrees to assist him for old time’s sake. But the simple transport mission quickly escalates into a fight for survival. The local drug cartel has discovered the unusual kittens and will do anything to obtain them.

With dangerous events and concern for the vulnerable kittens drawing them close again, Aliette will have to decide if being with Zandro is worth sacrificing everything for – even her life.

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faith and the fighterFAITH AND THE FIGHTER (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 6) by Honey Phillips

Faith has spent the past eight years as a scientist locked in an alien research lab. When she finally manages to escape and finds out what the aliens are doing with her work, she is appalled and determined to stop their plans.

The alien spaceship captain who unknowingly assisted her escape is going to help her shut down the lab – whether he wants to or not. And she’s not going to let his massive body or the kind heart hidden behind his gruff facade distract her.

Captain Athtar finally has his life exactly the way he wants it – he has his ship, his crew, and his freedom. No mouthy little human is going to interfere with any of that, no matter how much she tempts him or how much his instincts demand that he claim her. If only he weren’t as tempted as much by her brilliant mind as by her luscious body.

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bro kayelle allenBRO (ANTONELLO BROTHERS) by Kayelle Allen

The tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight and far from the taunts humans throw at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to win his brother’s freedom and save him from abuse — even though Senth is a slave himself.
What if invisibility wasn’t magic? What if it was tech? When you can make yourself invisible, you reveal invisible truth.

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warriors embraceWARRIORS’ EMBRACE (THE SWIRL BOOK 3) by Michelle Mills

What is love?
Trish is working hard to teach herself this elusive human emotion. Deciphering feelings is tricky for a formerly emotionless female Cyborg. Bex and Wyric have already declared their love for her, and she desperately wants to return their affection, but when she opens her mouth to reply… nothing comes out. NOTHING.

Despite this agonizing set back, life mated to three sexy Xylan warriors is actually falling into place, piece by piece.

Except that damn Illibrium keeps getting in the way. And Zaxon has declared himself in charge of the volatile crystal, and he doesn’t look so good; his management is physically sapping his strength. Everyone wants her husband to give up the Illibrium, which is a beacon for their shared enemy, but he refuses. No one is in agreement on what to do. All Trish knows is that her mate desperately requires her help.
Will she have to lose everything to finally understand what love is?

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zaurethZAURETH AWAKENED: 11.5 (ENIGMA BOOK 11) by Ditter Kellen

Life can change in the blink of an eye, even for a powerful Bracadyte healer. Zaureth finds out the hard way when the northern band of Bracadytes storm Aukrabah, demanding blood and vengeance. With his home, his mate and his life suddenly thrust into danger, Zaureth has no choice but to resort to the one thing he hates the most: violence.

But this enemy is more powerful than any the Bracadytes have faced before; leaving Zaureth no choice but to awaken the beast within, or risk losing everything he’s come to love… including his bonded mate, Amy.

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rogue signROGUE SIGN (ROGUE STAR BOOK 4) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I’ve spent my life in the shadows, in the darkest corners of the criminal underbelly of Mars. I’m going to use those hard-won skills to track down whoever, whatever, is targeting me and my friends. No alien playboy, with his laid-back ways and handsome smile, is going to get in my way, even if his touch weakens the walls I’ve built to protect myself. But when my mission turns deadly, I’ll find out that Kovor is keeping secrets of his own.

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mraxMRAX (THE GALAXOS CREW BOOK 5) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

Rowan MacLeod is tough as nails. Life was hard on Earth, but she’s determined to let nothing hold her back… even after ending up on a rusty bucket of a spaceship surrounded by barbarian aliens. A special mission to resurrect old fighter craft for the rebels is her best chance to prove herself… until disaster finds her again.

As the medic on the Galaxos, Mrax has to be quick on his feet. He doesn’t have time for anything else, especially a feisty Earther female. Until the intelligent and beautiful Rowan ends up in his sickbay. She’s everything he doesn’t need complicating his life. But she’s everything he wants. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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forgotten jessica carbineFORGOTTEN by Jessica Carbine

VS Note: Scifi elements apparently…

Six years ago, Cassie lost everything she could remember. Literally. Her parents, while loving, seem determined to stop her from remembering. Where had she been going? Who was she running from? She just wants answers, but all she can find are more questions. Meeting Kyler, she thinks her life can finally move forward, but a dark connection to her past won’t give her up that easily, a connection she might prefer to leave Forgotten.

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CHASING TRUTH (OUTLASTING SERIES BOOK 2) by LK Magill

VS note: I was not a fan of the cover.

Answers. All Liam Byrne wanted now, was answers. Maybe it was the interrogator in him, or maybe it was his past.
But the more questions he asked, the more complicated his once simple world became.
And then there was Hannah. And now the other women.
He didn’t know what he’d gotten himself into. He hadn’t felt like this… maybe ever. But here he was, for once in his screwed up life, wanting to make things right. Wanting to know the truth. Chasing it, in fact.
Along with her. Yeah, he was chasing that, too.

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bride programTHE BRIDE PROGRAM (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 1) by Dane Griggs

Maya Arnold was leading a normal life, working and helping care for her sister, until the Cerasteans arrived. Offering a cure for cancer if enough women volunteer as brides, Maya jumped at the chance. Saving her sister was her only goal. She never expected to actually fall in love with an alien, or find best friends in the other bride volunteers.

Since the mysterious destruction of Ceraste, Commander D’Avii and the surviving males have been searching the galaxy for a new home. Finding Earth and its women was a miracle. Like most Cerasteans, he finds humans to be fascinating creatures — none more so than bride volunteer Maya. His attraction to her is instant and intense. Still he knows Maya can never choose him, a warrior, with so many higher-caste scientists seeking their own mates. To do so would shame the scientists and tear the last of his people apart. Yet he aches at the loss of something he never even had.

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pure chocolatePURE CHOCOLATE: THE CHOCOVERSE BOOK 2 by Amber Royer

VS Note: From March. Saw this recommended by E D Walker on the Interstellar Flight Magazine site.

To save everyone she loves, Bo Bonitez is touring Zant, home of the murderous, shark-toothed aliens who so recently tried to eat her. In the midst of her stint as Galactic paparazzi princess, she discovers that Earth has been exporting tainted chocolate to the galaxy, and getting aliens hooked on cocoa. Bo must choose whether to go public, or just smile for the cameras and make it home alive. She’s already struggling with her withdrawal from the Invincible Heart, and her love life has a life of its own, but when insidious mind worms intervene, things start to get complicated!

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desired by the alienDESIRED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 5) by Sabrina Kade

Exer isn’t like other Sidyths. For one thing, he looks human—from the front, at least. That, combined with a past trauma on his homeworld, makes him less than eager to spend his days with his brothers and all the human females around them.

Except for Sloane. Exer would give almost anything to make her his mate. But he’s not willing to push her into being more than friends. For one thing, he knows how bad things could get if it turns out he’s not the prince she’s always pining for. No. He’d rather spend his time caring for the pets he keeps in his private sanctuary than risk Sloane’s rejection—or worse.

But when Sloane ends up putting her life in danger in order to dig into his past, he’ll have to decide what’s more important to him: keeping his secrets or saving the woman he loves.

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elizas miracleELIZA’S MIRACLE (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 4) by S J Sanders

Eliza is the new ambassador from Earth. It fulfills all her career ambitions, but her life is a lie. Her husband, who ruled her career with an iron fist, is not her Prince Charming in a storybook marriage that everyone assumes. He is cruel and manipulative. Living at the space station gives her some reprieve, but not entirely. When her daughter falls in love with a Tagith male, Eliza finds herself starting on a new leg of her life as a single woman, one that brings her into the company of her son-in-law’s gruff father. He rubs her the wrong way, but things change and are never quite what they seem.
Zerik lost his mate ten years ago and it has never stopped hurting. He doesn’t approve of humans or much of anything, yet when his son persuades him into a visit on the Intergalactic Space Station, he discovers that his life still has room for one more.

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raven sand sunA TOUCH OF TRUTH BOOK TWO: RAVEN, SAND AND SUN by Nita Round

Lucinda, Ascara, and the Captain have survived several almost fatal encounters with various agents of Sh’Na. Now they must face the Mistress of the Night herself in the pyramid from Lucinda’s dreams and cut short the beast’s reign of terror. Captain Stoner, however, has met this Queen of the Desert before, and although the companions are together, she fears the three of them will not be enough to withstand Sh’Na’s evil.

Their journey is not a simple one and their trials start in the city of Port Ruth. Here the Captain must face her own past, fraught with its own perils, before they can enter the desert. Once outside the city, they travel into the inhospitable lands of sand and sun where they must face Sh’Na in a battle for more than their own lives. Failure means the end of everything. Success will bring the three to a new truth, and a new path will be revealed.

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trust jean davisTRUST (THE NARVAN BOOK 1) by Jean Davis

VS Note: Saw the book mentioned on Diane Burton’s blog.

At long last, peace emerges from the bitter war that ravaged the worlds of the Narvan. Anastassia Kazan brought about the end to the fighting between Vayen Ta’set’s homeworld of Artor and Artor’s rival, Jal. When she offers Vayen a job on her team of bodyguards, he leaps at the opportunity. He’ll do anything to keep Artor on the path to recovery.

Protecting the paranoid and mercurial woman whose deals and threats keep everyone in line is a tough, thankless task. One drunken night with Anastassia makes Vayen question why he got the job and whether he should keep it. But no one else on the team is willing to earn Anastassia’s disfavor by calling her out on her reckless choices. Reckless will get her killed and send the Narvan back into chaos.

Not everyone is happy with Anastassia’s changes on his homeworld and beyond. She’s also on less-than-friendly terms with her deadly ex-partner. Then Vayen discovers that Anastassia is only middle management. The Council she works for harbors ambitious plans for the Narvan’s military forces.

How much is Vayen willing to sacrifice to keep the Narvan at peace?

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fantasy island star fantasyFANTASY ISLAND: STAR FANTASY by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn

VS Note: Ok, this is a 2018 book but I saw it on the Women of Color In Romance website and it sounds like so much fun! One clicked it…

Alisa Davis, current NASA employee and unapologetic geek, loves all things space-related. She’s explored countless galaxies through movies, books, and television shows. When she stumbles across a Fantasy Island ad, she knows it’s the opportunity she’s waited a lifetime to experience. For the first time in her life, she’ll ‘boldly go where no man has gone before,’ just like the crew of her favorite television series. Because Fantasy Island specializes in romantic fantasies, she adds an extra request: marriage to her dream man. A man not intimidated by her brain or freaked out by her laugh. But what happens when Fantasy Island goofs her fantasy?

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disobedienceDISOBEDIENCE (BASTAN HOLLOW BOOK SAGA 2 ) by Jane Washington

Malevolent Ignoble Calamity (or Mel for short) is the youngest member of the Calamity Clan—a coven of Bastan witches and warlocks who pride themselves on being the worst of the worst. If Mel wants to survive past her twenty-first birthday, she needs to complete a rite of passage: lure the children Hansel and Gretal into her cottage, cook them, and eat them.
There are just a few problems:
1. Mel has no interest in eating children.
2. The children have no interest in leaving their house.
3. The parents of the children have no interest in behaving the way normal parents are supposed to behave.
4. Hansel and Gretal aren’t even their real names.

Slade Oliver is the Advisor to the Guild of Records and it’s not his job to fix fairy tales anymore, but this tale isn’t like the others. Powerful bloodlines are involved, and where there is powerful blood, there will be powerful enemies. The stakes are high, but the task is simple: extract the children from their house and send them to the witch in the woods.
There is just one single problem:
1. Slade Oliver doesn’t play by the rules, and neither will this fairy tale.

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harley merlin 7HARLEY MERLIN 7: HARLEY MERLIN AND THE DETECTOR FIX by Bella Forrest

On the run from the Coven she used to call home, Harley Merlin knows that Katherine’s power and influence are spreading like a poison. And she has no doubt that Katherine will follow through with her promise to torture and kill her friends, one by one.

Then Harley discovers that the key to her enemy’s undoing might be hiding in a familiar place—her parents’ Grimoire. With Finch, Wade, and Garrett by her side, Harley vows to steal Hester and Hiram’s final gift.

Liar. Rebel. Jailbreaker. Why not add “thief” to the list?

Meanwhile, Jacob senses trouble brewing in the San Diego Coven, with their friends imprisoned and Levi’s thirst for power spiraling out of control. Amid the chaos, the magical detector is on the verge of completion and Jacob meets a human girl who makes his heart race. But Katherine has plans for him. Oh yes, does she have plans.

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curse of magicCURSE OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 2) by K M Shea

Evariste is gone.
When he sacrificed himself to save Angelique, he was taken in her place. Now everything has gone horribly wrong.
The magic council is too tied up in its bureaucracy to launch a real search effort. And though they have chased every clue, the other enchanters have failed to locate even a hint of him.
With time ticking away, Angelique decides to do what no apprentice should ever do: set out on her own.
As her search for Evariste leads her across the continent, she uncovers magic being used in dark and evil ways that hasn’t been seen in centuries: a prince cursed to live as a beast, a land ruled by an evil ogre, and a selkie enslaved by a sea witch.
None of these things should be happening. But they are.
Fighting these dark powers will require magic Angelique has never attempted before, and demand more from her than she’s ever been able to give.

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cipherCIPHER: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

It’s been seven months since Cipher, an Unfallen angel who straddled a razor thin line between good and evil, woke up in hell with a new set of wings, a wicked pair of fangs, and a handler who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous. As a laid-back cyber-specialist who once assisted guardian angels, he’d been in a prime position to earn back his halo. But now, as a True Fallen forced to use his talents for malevolence, he must fight not only his captors and his sexy handler, but the growing corruption inside him…before the friends searching for him become his enemies and he becomes his own worst nightmare.

Lyre is a fallen angel with a heart full of hate. When she’s assigned to ensure that Cipher carries out their boss’s orders, she sees an opportunity to take revenge on those who wronged her. All she has to do is appeal to Cipher’s burgeoning dark side. But the devastatingly handsome fellow True Fallen has other ideas — sexy ideas that threaten to derail all Lyre’s plans and put them in the path of an approaching hell storm.

Danger and desire explode, even as Cipher and Lyre unravel a sinister plot that will fracture the underworld and send shockwaves into Heaven itself.

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conversionCONVERSION (ALPHABITS BOOK 3) by Susi Hawke

Gizmo Jones has an obsession with technology, and he doesn’t care who knows it. The smarter, more connected, and shinier it is, the better. When Gizmo and Ozzy are sent to the backwoods of West Virginia, the worst Gizmo thinks he’ll face is a couple of rednecks trying to shoot down one of his fleet of drones. He doesn’t expect to run smack dab into a cult masquerading as a summer camp who are determined to separate shifter kids from their animal sides.

Caleb Brooks had been one of those kids once. He’d escaped by pretending he was “cured”, and then holing up in the middle of the woods with no connection to technology, shifting freely, but staying close, because he couldn’t abandon the kids still trapped there.

The Alphabits know they need to bring the law down on the camp, but they aren’t the only ones coming for them. STAHP is on the loose and where they prowl… mayhem follows.

The Alphabits aren’t vigilantes. These former soldiers and officers of the law have to do things by the book—even when it tears them apart to do so. But once all their ducks are in a row, the bad guys had better beware! You do not want this team of protective alphas on your tail.

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caged heatCAGED HEAT (BLACK MEADOW PACK BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Samira Suarez’s grandmother died, bringing her home after five years. Surprisingly, grandma left her millions of dollars and the family got zero. Such a great way to warm her presence into everyone’s heart, right? Sam doesn’t care about the money except for the line in the will that reads if she dies within thirty days, the family would get the cash. Say what?

Riel Karven, wolf shifter, has been waiting five years for Sam to return. He’s been giving her the time she needs to explore the world, but that time is up. He knew she was his mate before she left. Now that she’s back, he’s keeping her. And he’s going to show her what five long years without the woman he wants does to a man. They might need a new bed after this.

When Sam is injured, Riel goes into overprotective mode. Someone in Sam’s family wants her dead for the money. He has to hunt down the stalker if he wants to save his mate. Unfortunately, the person they are looking for isn’t even on their radar.

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blue morphosBLUE MORPHOS IN THE GARDEN by Lis Mitchell

VS Note: Not a romance.

When Vivian and her daughter witness the family matriarch die without leaving a corpse, Vivian can no longer ignore the family “gift” or the choice that lies before her.

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resignationTHE RESIGNATION by Michael Mandrake w/a RM Durand

Braxton has had it with his dead-end job. After four years of long hours with dismal pay, he hands in his resignation. When he finds out the new company pays more and offers tuition assistance, he jumps at the chance.

CEO Cashel needs a lover and Braxton is the one he must have. Cashel has hungered to approach his mailroom employee, but his insecurities held him back. When he discovers his desired is leaving, he knows this would be the last chance to ask Braxton to be his lover for all eternity.

Braxton might have to give up everything to be Cashel’s lover, but why work when all his needs would be met by a sexy immortal?

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moon l a mcginnisTHE MOON: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 2 by L A McGinnis

For four years, life has been good for Celine Barrows. But when a monster comes calling, Celine must answer. Her one chance at salvation is a stranger who makes no promises, and leads her on a journey into the very darkness she thought she had escaped. As the world shatters around her, and war looms on the horizon, Celine discovers that sometimes it takes a monster to defeat a monster.

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draculas brideDRACULA’S BRIDE (IMMORTAL MONSTERS BOOK 1) by Rebekah Ganiere

Mina has spent the last five years being house servant to her three older siblings- Arthur, Quincey, and Lucy, under the thumb of her volatile Admiral father, But her entire life is changed in an instant–when she is almost run over by a mysterious black horse-drawn carriage.

Count Vlad “Blue” Draugr flees his castle in Transylvania after an unspeakable act draws too much attention his way. Now secluded in his rural English estate, he finds himself drawn to a most unlikely creature. The sweet and innocent Mina Van Deem from the neighboring estate.

Unable to get her out of his thoughts Blue wants nothing more than to make her like him – a vampire. But Blue’s thirst for blood keeps him from fully trusting himself to keep his fangs off her neck.

In an act of desperation, Mina runs from her dysfunctional family and escapes to London. There she finds more than solitude in the sooty city streets that are alit with whispers of a string of recent bloody murders–she finds Blue, waiting for her, tempting her, stalking her. And as she falls deeper under his spell, Mina learns that some creatures lying in the shadows of London’s underbelly are more enticing than she ever thought possible.

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devil forget meDEVIL FORGET ME (A DEMON HUNTRESS NOVEL BOOK 5) by Karilyn Bentley

Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser’s office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.

Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon’s identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.

Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.

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chasing fateCHASING FATE (COPPER CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Jacki James

Chase Coleman is content with the life he’s made for himself as Sheriff of a sleepy little West Texas town. He might have walked away from his role as the Alpha apparent of his home pride but he didn’t regret making the choice to live as an out gay man.

Paxton Summers could see that Chase was the Alpha of the town’s shifters whether he wanted to accept the title or not. Once he realizes that he and the sexy sheriff are fated mates, it becomes his mission to make Chase see he never had to choose between his destiny and being true to himself—because Copper Creek was exactly where he was meant to be.

Chase just needs to see that he hadn’t left his future behind at all, instead all along he’d been Chasing Fate.

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warriors giftTHE WARRIOR’S GIFT by AlTonya Washington

VS Note: From March

Home to Gods, Warriors, and Priests, the Origin Realm had lived in the shadow of uneasy peace. The Creator had charged the realm’s powerful inhabitants with the care, protection, and survival of its sister realm on the mortal plane. A plan for its continued survival gave rise to differences among the immortal races and eventually war.

Scientist, Keturah Dyson would have been the first to argue the idea that her ‘destiny’ involved anything more than her search for dark energy. When her detecting talents led her to a desolate stretch of land in Northern Texas and its dark, formidable owner, destiny; at last, had its say.

For too long, the Warrior Osmium had stifled anything beyond his basic desires where women were concerned. Keturah Dyson was a rarity and Oz found his ability to resist her…nonexistent. Attraction was undeniable and yet Oz sensed there was more at work between them. Keturah Dyson was more than an attraction, more than a diversion. She possessed a mark that should have been impossible for her to have. It was a mark that labeled her as a Warrior’s Gift.

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descendant of the craneDESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but appears to have some romantic elements.

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

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wicked saintsWICKED SAINTS (SOMETHING DARK AND HOLY BOOK 1) by Emily A  Duncan

VS Note: Apparently quite dark and bloody, with only a slow burn romance at best, but a release of note.

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

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red scrolls of magicTHE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC (THE ELDEST CURSES BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

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hundred breathsA HUNDRED BREATHS by Jean M Grant

VS Note: From February but hey, Vikings…

Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.

Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.

As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle–and an end to the Nordmen–but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?

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diamond sphinxTHE DIAMOND SPHINX (THE LOST ANCIENTS BOOK 6) by Marie Andreas

Magic, mayhem, murder, relics, true love, and drunken faeries. Taryn St. Giles has had a very eventful year. And the troubles are just beginning.
Taryn has been through a year of changes—to her and her world. As a digger, she’d searched through the past to find out who the missing elves and Ancients had been. Now she knows the elves and they are helping her uncover the secrets of the Ancients. Secrets she’s not sure she wants to know. A few too many up close and personal encounters with the relics that were left behind leaves her shaken and on the run. Even from the people she loves.
The relics were part of a weapon that led to the destruction of the Ancients. Now Taryn and Alric, must get a goddess, hundreds of faeries, and the rest of their friends to work together to destroy the weapon before anyone can use it again. But when her world comes crashing down around her, will Taryn have the strength to do what needs to be done?

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fate of dragonsFATE OF DRAGONS (DRAGON BROTHERHOOD DOJO BOOK 2) by Olivia Ash

A dangerous and cruel dragon shifter is holding my sister hostage. And I am going to kill him. With my bare hands, if I have to.
He wants to trade—Irena’s life, for mine. For my freedom. For the ancient and deadly dragon magic I fused with when his cronies kicked me into a pit to die.
I came back from the dead, and I brought the fury of hell with me. Now, they’re running scared—as they should. All of them, except this guy.
As the cherry on this toxic pie, my mentor is hunting me, too. She’s using every skill she ever taught me to track me down and lock me away.
My mentor trained me to obey her, and she’s pissed that I won’t bow down to her anymore. Determined to drain my magic, Zurie wants to reprogram my brain with enough drugs to make me an obedient little assassin again.
It won’t happen. And the poor fool who hurts my sister—well, he’s in for an early grave.

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carrie and dastardly dragonsCARRIE AND THE DASTARDLY DRAGONS (FATED ALPHA BOOK 9) by  Ava Mason

Best friends since we were kids, we always had each other’s back.
As the strongest, most loyal group of dragon shifters in the Queen’s Guard, we rule our world with a clenched fist.
We work together seamlessly and ruthlessly enforce strict rules. No one screws with us.
And we never let a woman get between us.
…Until Carrie.

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winter twilightWINTER TWILIGHT (COLDHARBOUR CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Richard Amos

Jake Winter is dealing with revelations about the white eye guy, losing Dean to the thrall of Lilisian, as well as the loss of one of his powers. Add to the mix that he’s stuck in the beast realm, cut off from his guardians with some crazy beast priests wanting his head on a spike, and it’s enough to tear him apart.
But there is hope…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ezras secretEZRA’S SECRET: SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS by Jadyn Chase

Nora just wanted a relaxing camping trip in the woods with some friends.
What she got though, threw her whole world into chaos.
Getting caught in the middle of an ancient war in the Smokey Mountains between these beasts quickly descended into a nightmare.
How could she possibly get out alive?
Ezra couldn’t take his eyes of the stunning beauty who ventured into their neck of the woods.
A brave girl standing up to the very monsters who attacked her campground and took her hostage.
She began to consume his every waking thought, so imagine his surprise when she ran straight into him running for her life through the woods.
Now that he took her in he must be prepared to fight for their lives, especially after finding out Nora was pregnant.
Destiny has something more sinister in mind for Ezra and Nora, though.
Can they find a pocket of safety in this crazy world, or will the forces of evil track them down and burn everything they care about down to the ground?

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illicit kathryn kohlerILLICIT (CHALLENGE OF THE IMMORTALS) by Kathryn Kohler

Dahlia Danzer’s dream of being signed to a record label is so close she can taste it.
Until she’s double crossed by the recording exec. A$$hole.
After a childhood with an abusive step-father, she knows better than to trust a man—any man.

Record label executive, Forester James, has sworn off dating anyone from opposing realms.
He’s already been called before the Judiciary once.
As Alpha of his wolf shifter pack, he intends to toe the line from now on.
When Forester and Dahlia meet, the chemistry is undeniable.
It’s so intense, Forester knows instantly that the sorceress is his mate.
Which is impossible.
Who ever heard of mates from opposing realms?
No one, that’s who.
Interbreeding is strictly forbidden.
Period. No exceptions.
But, accidents happen…
And the punishment for breaking this sacred rule—is death.

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spoils of warSPOILS OF WAR by Susan Bliler

Before Alpha wolf shifter, War Vox could explore his odd infatuation with Nora, before he could even consider the implications of his inexplicable draw to the she-wolf who’d been dumped in his territory, she’s ripped away from him. Calling out War is a huge mistake, but taking something from War’s wolf is tantamount to suicide. Nora isn’t War’s to claim, hell, she’s not even a member of his pack, but she is his responsibility and War takes his responsibilities very seriously. War. Wants. Her. Back! Whether Nora wants him or not, War has decided the Imperial pack’s Alpha will pay the price for touching what War and his wolf have decided is theirs. Battle is coming, and it’s coming fast and hard!

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torn brooklyn knightTORN (ALPHA SERIES BOOK 1) by Brooklyn Knight

VS Note: From March.

I did not tell her the truth about what I really amThe circumstances surrounding our introduction are unimportant. The only thing that matters is that Sasha Wilcox is my mate and she belongs to me. A night of unbridled passion sealed the deal, but before I could tell her the truth, she was gone. Days have turned into weeks and there is no way I can be without her. I must find her and bring her back to me. No one will stand in my way, especially not the one man who thinks he can steal her from me, Stefan Miller.

I want him so badly, and I have no idea why…The last thing I should be doing is thinking about Remi Moretti: the green-eyed Italian man who kidnapped me and held me hostage for three days in Tuscany. I want to say that I feared for my life while under his guard, but that would be a lie. The truth is, in a moment of… weakness, I gave my body to him. He set it on fire, but I escaped, and now I need to move on with my life with Stefan, a great guy, who will make a great boyfriend. But why do I crave Remi’s touch? Why do I smell his intoxicating essence every time I breathe? And why do I sense his presence, even though he’s in Italy, and I’m in Miami?

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flames of fearFLAMES OF FEAR (THE LOST FAE BOOK 2) by A C Pontone

Emma’s world is changing so fast it’s making her head spin. A few months ago she was just an ordinary seventeen-year-old trying to keep up with school, two jobs, and taking care of her ailing dad. Or so she thought.

That was before the four hot Drakon brothers came into her life and turned it upside down, upsetting all her previous assumptions about her life, where she came from, and even who she is. Now everything is different. No longer is she just Emma Jones, she’s heir to the throne of Faery, a world in crisis that only she can save. Plus, she finally has a boyfriend. Well, actually, FOUR boyfriends. Oh, and did I mention, they’re dragons?

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queen of the starsQUEEN OF THE STARS (ANDERELLE MINOR BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Elara can pull the stars from the sky…literally. Afraid of what the Warlords of Minloa might do to her, she hides her powers. Until she can’t anymore.

Discovering her past and the bloodlines she possesses, changes everything. She’s much more important to the Seelie fae than she ever dreamed possible.

But her carelessness with the stars brings invaders from another universe — invaders with technology far surpassing the Seelie’s, demanding Elara return their star. She must protect her world, her warlords, and the universe from these humans, or die trying.

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purple castleTHE PURPLE CASTLE: A TWISTED RETELLING OF SNOW WHITE by Quinn Slater

Escaping the tumultuous life with her abusive husband, Zareena vanishes into the dark of night where she finds an enchanted land of mystical and magical creatures in the woods behind her home.But as magical as the land seems, a darkness lies in wait—a witch who desires to sit on the same throne Zareena has been destined to occupy. In her quest to the throne and to wash away the curse the witch has cast upon both Legendary and its king, Zareena must also face her own demons of desire and conquest. The question for Zareena quickly becomes one of strength. Can she accept her passionate awakening while also freeing Legendary from its 1,000-year curse?

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mated to the reaperMATED TO THE REAPER by Alexa Riley

Ariella Sterling was raised by a coven of vampires, but she was different than the rest of them. She was a miracle from the time she was born, and her parents worried about her safety. She was protected and cherished like no other because of her abilities, but something has changed since her eighteenth birthday. There’s a pain growing inside her and she doesn’t think she’s going to make it much longer. When the Grim Reaper walks in everything changes and now she’s got to fight for what’s hers.

Grim Reaper has spent years alone carrying out what he’s destined to do. But when he’s called to take another immortal soul, he realizes this one is different. From the moment he sees Ariella, he knows she’s his mate, but her family steps in and tries to keep them apart. They can do what they want, but there’s no stopping Death, and he’s going to fight for what’s his.

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hunter dez schwartzHUNTER (ROAM BOOK 2) by Dez Schwartz

Dr. Grady Hunter has a vampire infestation on his hands in the town of Shady Pines, but he’s been deserted by those best suited to help. After enlisting Chris Reed, a techno-mage, they find the vampires might only be the tip of a deadly iceberg.

Returning home from his dream travels, Ethan Roam is eager to experiment with his newly discovered powers. But Ethan isn’t the only familiar arrival in Grady’s life. As more reminders of his dark past crop up, Grady and Ethan are swept up in a mystery of cosmic proportions.

Grady must fight to keep an ever-evolving Ethan on his side while being challenged by the ghosts of his past.

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the bindingTHE BINDING by Bridget Collins

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

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fates starFATE’S STAR: PREQUEL TO THE CHRONICLES OF THE WARLORDS by Elizabeth Vaughan

VS note: I haven’t read the later books but I started the ‘Look Inside’ on this one and got thoroughly hooked. One clicked.

Five years before the events in Warprize and Destiny’s Star . . . .
Her family dead, her home destroyed, all she has left are her wits and her songs . . . .
When the flames of civil war rage across the Kingdom of Palins, Warna of Farentell has no choice but to flee to the neighboring Barony of Tassinic. The daughter of a wealthy merchant, raised to run a noble house in the hope of a good marriage, she watches her future burn with the rest of her homeland.

Elven Lord of a human Barony, betrayed and attacked by those he thought to trust . . . .
Verice of Tassinic has suffered the wounds of war, knowing loss and betrayal at the hands of those he trusted most. He buries himself in work and duty, behind emotional walls as high as those of his castle, rather than risk more pain. While dealing with a kingdom in political and economic turmoil, he ‘rescues’ Warna only to discover that the helpless human woman is anything but. Before he knows it, she is deep within the defenses of his heart, forcing him to confront his grief, his distrust, and the scars of his past . . . and maybe even steal his heart in the process.

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cursed a s greenCURSED (FAE HELL HOUNDS FATED MATES BOOK 3) by A S Green

Aiden is a hell hound, and he is on fire. For fifty agonizing years, he’s burned for his anamchara—his fated mate—and his untouchable best friend.

Branna is a púca—vile and monstrous in her natural form—or so she’s been told. Aiden is the only fae in fifteen hundred years who’s convinced her she might have something beautiful to offer.

But a curse laid down by another man—centuries before Aiden drew first breath—has kept them apart.

So now, after fifty years of this torture, it’s time for drastic measures.
If Aiden can’t change the past, he’ll save Branna’s future—even if he can’t be a part of it.
Sometimes a hell hound is worth more dead than alive.

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wildfire unicornsWILDFIRE UNICORN (FIRE AND RESCUE SHIFTERS: WILDFIRE CREW BOOK 2)  by Zoe Chant

There’s a shirtless firefighter at her door…and he’s holding a baby unicorn.Animal rescue officer Candice thought she’d seen it all. That was before the unicorn.Or rather, unicorns.

When a smoking hot firefighter turns up at her emergency centre, the baby unicorn in his arms turns out to be the least unusual thing about him. And he wants Candice for more than her fully-equipped rescue trailer…

Unicorn shifter Wystan thought meeting his true mate would solve all his problems. Now he’s got an adorable and unruly mystery on his hands, the mother of all wildfires breathing down his neck, and dark forces closing in on all sides. How’s he supposed to romance this blunt, prickly, astonishing woman in all this? Especially when Candice guards her heart as fiercely as she protects the animals under her care?

But when unicorns are real, dreams can come true…And so can nightmares.

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xecrets of the sea lordSECRETS OF THE SEA LORD by Starla Night

VS note: From March

Harmony is terrified when she awakens on a raft in the middle of the ocean with a deadly, tattooed Lord of the Sea hulking over her. But she quickly realizes he’s the one who saved her from the storm—and that joining his undersea world is the only way she’ll survive.

Mer warlord Faier dreads his bride’s terror as she stares on his wrecked body. A lifetime of honorable service has destroyed his ability to woo a mate.

…Or can the purehearted female look past his scars when she willingly takes his muscled arm?

This star-crossed pair is stranded deep in forbidden territory. Their foe has no compunction about killing Faier and taking Harmony. Because, according to the ancient laws, Faier is the true enemy.
Until a long-buried secret changes everything.

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wolf claimedWOLF CLAIMED (THE LAST SHIFTER BOOK 3) by Sadie Moss

My mates and I got what we wanted—we found Rhys’s sister. We should be celebrating, but the danger is far from over.

Our welcome into the Lost Pack was frosty at best, and tensions between old and new blood threaten to boil over. Crammed too close together, trapped by our fear, we’re hardly better off here than we were at Strand.

If my men and I can’t unite the two packs, they’ll tear each other apart before Doctor Shepherd and his hunters even have a chance to find us again.

I won’t let that happen.

My wolf has claimed each of these four men. And the deeper I fall in love with them, the more determined I am to create a real future for us.

But to do that, I’m going to have to fully accept the truth of who I am… and what I am.

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queen takes triuneQUEEN TAKES TRIUNE (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 6) by Joely Sue Burkhart

Which Triune court is calling the last Isador queen to take her rightful seat?

There are three Aima courts: one dead, one full of monsters, and one with an empty seat that’s ruled by the queen of Rome. While Shara Isador loves her monsters, she has no plan to unseat a Skolos queen. Nor does she wish to work side by side with Marne Ceresa on a daily basis.

Let alone the mysterious Dauphine, who might be closer than Shara ever suspected.

Shara might be a relative baby in Aima years, and she wasn’t raised in a nest. She doesn’t know the ancient houses or laws that bind the queens to the high courts. But there’s one thing she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt.
What this queen takes, she loves, and what she loves, she keeps for all time.
Goddess help anyone who thinks to harm one of her own in order to sway her decision.

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seer hettie iversSEER by Hettie Ivers

Ten years ago, seers across the globe were wiped out, thrusting the supernatural world into figurative darkness.
When word spreads that the first new seer in a decade has been found, powerful forces will hunt her.
The dead will unite to defend her.
And a repressed sadist werelock will abandon his century-long vow of celibacy to claim her as his own.

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VS Note:  107 years ago this week, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with a terrible loss of life. I was always fascinated by the sinking and wrote my scifi action adventure novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM loosely based on the events, but set in the far future on an interstellar cruise liner. There is a romance but the book is much less steamy than my normal stories. I later wrote a sequel about two of the supporting characters in response to numerous reader requests. STAR SURVIVOR is written in my steamier style.

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Buy Links for WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo   (There’s also an audiobook…)

Buy Links for STAR SURVIVOR: iBooks      Amazon    Kobo       Barnes & Noble

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 3

March 27

March 20

March 13

March 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.

 

We Have Enough Humans 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.

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 – I jumped ahead a tiny bit. The drunken alien guards dragged Elianna out of the cell into the hall and an officer interrupts their plans:

“And what were you going to do with this one?” He gestured at Elianna. Before anyone could answer, the officer grabbed the flask from the guard holding it, took a sniff and swore, “Who’s been making illicit kiavo?” He glared at the guards, who averted their eyes and shuffled their feet like kids caught in a prank, “Someone better tell me, if you expect me to help solve this mess – otherwise I’m going to designate one of you to take all the blame and that man won’t live long enough to contradict me.”

“It’s one of the lab techs,” said a guard, refusing to meet his superior’s gaze, “The one with the yellow and pink hair. She supplements her pay by brewing the drink in her spare time.”

The officer nodded, raised the bottle and drank deeply. Wiping his lips, he cleared his throat and tucked the now closed container into a loop on his own belt, “And the human?”

The man holding her gave Elianna a shove, “She can go back into the cell,” he said sullenly.

Weak in the knees, Elianna wanted nothing more than to rejoin her fellow humans right now, but the officer hesitated.

“We have more than enough humans for the protocol,” He eyed her.

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VS sez: The officer has other ideas that involve another inmate down the hall – we’ll get to that next week!

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 April 3

sanctuary anna carvenAs 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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SANCTUARY: A DARK PLANET WARRIORS NOVELLA by Anna Carven

VS Note: One clicked this of course!

Abbey goes shopping.
Tarak learns an important fact about human female biology.
Ami develops new (and somewhat scary) abilities.
Oh, and it’s Christmas soon.
It’s just another day in the life of our fearsome Kordolians and their human mates. A light-hearted peek into Tarak and Abbey’s new life on Earth.

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chaos crocCHAOS CROC (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Naomi Lucas

Janet was a maneater.

She knew what men wanted, took what she pleased and used that to her advantage. But the men who lived in the small colonies on her home planet were not the same as those who traveled and conquered the universe. They were nothing like the Cyborgs who showed up to solve all her family’s problems, especially the green-eyed god who crowded her space.
So she used him like she used the rest—and bit off far more than she could ever chew.

Zeph carried a demon on his back, one that scratched at the inside of his skull relentlessly. No one would guess that the neon green knight had a terrible secret, not with his charm and his lies. And because of his charisma, his razzle-dazzle darkness, the EPED used him for all he was worth. But sometimes missions can’t be fixed with diplomacy. Sometimes you have to follow your own instincts—even a croc’s instincts—to go after what you really want.
He wanted Janet. He wanted to keep her.
But the demon wanted something else entirely.

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hitting the targetHITTING THE TARGET: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Ormyu Five is the world divided in two
To the north, a police state ruled by the heavy hand of The EYE, which spies on its people constantly and keeps iron control over their lives.

To the South lies Bountiful, a country of free thinkers bustling with trade and blessed with balmy weather. But those from the Northern Block never get to experience its temperate climate for the two halves of Ormyu Five are divided by an impenetrable wall of blue energy called the Great Barrier.

Mia lives in the North and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t looking over her shoulder. Everyone spies on everyone else and reports to The Eye. It is a land of paranoia—a place of constant fear. Even Mia herself has been forced into the ranks of informants—she works as a nurse but also as a covert agent, reporting weekly to her Commandant in The EYE’s headquarters for new assignments. Imagine her surprise and dismay when she recognizes her new target—a huge male with a mane of golden brown hair and pale piercing eyes—as the one she has been dreaming of for months.

Treygar is a rare Lei’on Kindred which means he keeps a hungry beast locked within himself. He came to Ormyu Five with his people, looking for a new genetic trade on the strangely divided planet. What he doesn’t expect is to start dream sharing with one of the inhabitants of the backwards world but that is exactly what happens. He wants to go and find the mysterious, curvy little female but before he can, he runs into her at the transport station.

Mia is scared to death of the huge Kindred warrior. She’s been dreaming of him for months but she assumed It was just that—a dream. Even worse, he is the target she had been sent to the South to track…and possibly to kill. Can she keep herself from falling for Trey and complete her mission? Or is the big Kindred aiming for her heart, Hitting the Target?

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alien outlawALIEN OUTLAW by C F Harris

All Rachel wanted was a little excitement. She was tired of the same old boring work traveling through deep space working as a glorified warp space telephone repair tech.

Only Rachel is about to learn she should be careful what she wishes for as a sexy golden Vosk pirate ship drops out of warp space and hits her with the hottest alien invasion in the history of Terran-Vosk relations!

Vrath knew a raid deep in Terran space was a terrible idea. High risk, high reward. Only the job quickly becomes all risk, no reward, and ridiculously complicated as they run into a Terran repair frigate that shouldn’t be there and half his crew mutinies when he refuses to kidnap the humans and sell them into slavery!

Which is bad, sure, but all Vrath can think about is her. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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unwelcomeUNWELCOME (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 2) by Annalise Alexis

You know the worst part about surviving? Mourning your dead.

I never saw it coming. Never expected to watch the life drain from so many people I loved. The sting of betrayal cuts deep, and after choosing to break UCom law, I’ve been blacklisted–deemed an Unwelcome.

A group of females is missing, destined to be sold as slaves. So, when the Illusians and the warrior I love take off to find them, I join without a second thought.
Hell hath no fury like an Illusian scorned. And my Ren? He’s about to set the universe on fire.

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rising tides rebecca royceRISING TIDES (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 10) by Rebecca Royce

An embrace can offer comfort… Amber Delacroix Chen reunited with her husbands only to have to send them off to war. Now a doctor, she works tirelessly to patch up the wounded to send them back to the front lines while protecting the people at the heart of the Chen Empire. She delivers babies, tends to the injured, the lost, and even her fellow physicians, everyone—except herself. Thankfully, she has her very own Z Warriors who will lay down their lives to protect her. After years of separation, anxiety, and pain, she is finally herself and the love she and her husbands share sustains her. In so many ways, Amber’s life is perfect, if only her husbands were with her.

An embrace can offer hope… For their part, Amari, Shane, and Hunter are in the thick of the war with Evander. It’s a fight to save their planet, their empire, their way of life…and their wife. Time together is a precious commodity and fleeting seconds of passion must sustain them. The tide is rising and there is nothing they won’t do to win this war…but when enemies old and new come for them, there is nothing the Chens won’t do to save each other.

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resistant adell ryanRESISTANT (HER REVERSE GENUS BOOK 3) by Adell Ryan

This is where I introduce myself… for a third time. Quite honestly, we’re past formalities now, so how about this instead: young woman, early twenties, special DNA, can often be found in a state of duress… or with four attractive men.

That’s pretty much the basics of my recollections these days. Last thing I remember is dancing the night away. The next morning, I wake up in an unfamiliar place and am told something terrible happened to me. However, no one knows the specifics, and the guys are being tight-lipped about what little information they do know.

When we finally learn what happened during those mysterious hours, the five of us are thrust into a situation we never would have imagined. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hope tears steam gearsHOPE, TEARS, STEAM, GEARS by Gregory L Norris

At the request of the Earl of Kensington, Donovan Tisdale attends a mind-expanding presentation by Richard Sandominus Flynn, the Minster of Steam-based Sciences. Flynn reveals the next step in steam-based power—flights to the moon and far beyond conducted by mechanical men.

The attraction between Donovan and Flynn ignites from the moment they meet and follows them through the dangerous political climate of Her Majesty’s jeweled city as dark powers seek to dismantle the clean-based power poised to send humanity to the stars.

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luminous deadTHE LUMINOUS DEAD: A NOVEL by Caitlin Starling

VS Note: Scifi not a romance but I did put it on my TBR. Sounds intriguing.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

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vanished specialistTHE VANISHED SPECIALIST (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 2) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

My lilapetal is dying…and I can’t save her.
The woman who brought me back to life may not live long enough to see me truly happy.
All the tests, the experiments have failed me…and I have failed her.
If I don’t devise a cure to save my alien, I’ll spend the rest of my existence on Mortuus alone.
The others believe my mate isn’t strong enough to survive. That she can’t breed and should be put back into cryosleep until she’s healed.
But I won’t allow it.
I will defy the only family I’ve ever known to save her.
Even if it means vanishing into the unknown.
She is all that matters and no amount of her protests will keep me from doing what I must to keep her safe.

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pareshkas human matesPARESHKA’S HUMAN MATES by Alexis Starr

Pareshka. Her name rolls from my tongue and stirs an unsated desire.
We audition for the Priestess. Surely it can’t be hard for men like us. Passionate, protective and loving.
But Pareshka needs more than us. She has to save her community. She needs a third to complete her.
My oldest brother is the most dominant of us all, we need to find him and persuade him to join us.
If we truly are the fated mates of Pareshka, we three must unite and fulfil her one true need….a baby to save her planet.

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rescuing maras fatherRESCUING MARA’S FATHER by D M Burton

VS Note: This is a middle grade scifi adventure, not a romance but it’s a release of note since Diane Burton is a novelist in the scifi romance community! In the snippets she’s shared, the MG ‘voice’ is good, so if you know an MG reader who might like some scifi…

Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.
Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone.
Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately.
Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.
Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.
Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father…(more blurb on the ebook seller page…)

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vhors nestmateV’HOR’S NESTMATE (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 7) by Michelle Howard

An elite soldier with the Jutak warriors, V’hor Dahreel had a reputation for being cold and on the verge of being out of control. He never imagined the cure to his troubles was a human woman from Earth. Finding his nestmate during a mission was the last thing he expected but Eva was everything he’d ever needed.

Eva Blake left Earth to find a husband and ended up in the arms of a fighter who killed without caution. Or so she thought. When the truth comes out he’s already conquered her heart as easily as he conquered his opponents in The Pit. Freedom is the last thing on her mind and dreams of love tempt her to stay.

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dragons temptationDRAGON’S TEMPTATION (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 15 ) by Miranda Martin

It’s a simple mission, right? Not a thing. Go, meet the new group of massive alien-dragon Zmaj warriors who call themselves ‘The Order’, make friendly and come home with everyone on good terms and willing to work together.

Survival on Tajss is hard, everyone needs more allies, it’s a no-brainer. Easy. No problem whatsoever. The perfect opportunity to put my natural skills to work!

Except nothing could have prepared me for him.

Big. His muscles have muscles. Wings, that tail, colorful scales but more than anything those eyes! The way they burn when he looks at me, smoldering, calling to every dirty instinct my body has. If that was all maybe I’d be okay, but he’s cracking the shields of my heart too.

I’m in trouble in a lot more ways than one.

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commanders priceCOMMANDER’S PRICE (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 1) by Diana Logan

He was the most gorgeous creature to ever walk into Katy’s dive bar. And he claimed he was looking for a woman. Two shots of tequila later, Katy is more than willing to accompany her new friend back to his place for a night of mindblowing sex that proves to be out of this world.

Literally.

Katy wakes up on a spaceship halfway across the galaxy, the captive of a smoking-hot alien who claims he’s an exiled prince, and that Katy holds the key to helping him win back his throne, as long as she’s willing to pay the… COMMANDER’S PRICE

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ruseRUSE by Cindy Pon

VS Note: Not a romance but seems to have a bit of romantic elements.

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

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we are the catalystWE ARE THE CATALYST (PSIONICS BOOK 2) by Tash McAdam

VS Note: Unclear if there’s any romance…from February.

Kidnapped and imprisoned, telepathic children are forced to gather military intelligence. Repeatedly stripped of their memories, they live in ignorance of the world above. You can’t tell anyone a secret if you don’t remember it. It’s not child abuse if no one knows you exist.

Epsilon 17 appears to be just another mindless tool, empty of thought. But it’s a lie. The carefully constructed shell she hides behind protects her from their mind wipes. One day she will destroy the Institute. All she needs is a chance.

That chance could be Toby, if he doesn’t die first. He should never have left the safety of the suburbs, but cornered in an alley by a gang, he’s out of options. Of course, if he realized he had superpowers, he probably wouldn’t have been so worried. Unfortunately, they come at the cost of a finger, and his old life. Injured and panicked, he would have stayed on the dirty ground until the Institute came for him, if it wasn’t for Serena. Name-taking, ass-kicking Serena. She can punch through walls and practically fly, surely she can keep him safe…

But the Institute is sending Epsilon 17 to hunt him down, and she’s never lost a trail.

Can ARC, the mysterious group Serena works for, protect him? He has to get his powers in order, fast. It’s time for Toby to stand up for himself. An underground war is raging, and Toby’s just been drafted.

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persistence of memoryTHE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY BOOK 3; THE BEGINNING OF ALWAYS by Karen Janowsky

VS Note: From February

When gods and superheroes fall in love, it takes gods and supervillains to keep them apart.

Powerful alliances from both Daniel and Nina’s pasts are about to rip apart the fabric of time. Dark, tragic days loom close as those plans come to fruition. Meanwhile, Nina and Daniel struggle to explore the boundaries between passion and possessiveness, duty and desire. They are gambling with much more than their future together. This is a race for the survival of history, itself, and their pasts are about to catch up with them.
History is about to end before it has begun.

VS Note: Here’s part of her blurb for Book One, also released in February (as well as Book 2) which explains the background of the series a bit more: “Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.

Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened…” (a bit more Book 1 blurb on its ebook seller page…)

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alien bruteALIEN BRUTE (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 4) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

The brutal scars covering Fynd’s face are nothing compared to the wounds that have festered in his heart. After the bitter, public rejection by his intended mate a long time ago, he doubts any female will wish to become his…so he purchases a small human female named Lucy from a slave market. She’ll bear him a few children and he’ll provide for her in return, but he will not expect her to harbor any amount of affection for him. How could she? He’s a monster.

He wishes she wasn’t so sweet and beautiful. He also wishes his heart didn’t fill with warmth in her presence. She’ll likely never return his affections, but he cannot let her go. Ever. A Vaxxlian warrior always mates for life.

Life hasn’t been easy for Lucy. She prays her next master will be kind, and she’s terrified when the new alien who buys her looks like an angry bull with glowing green eyes. After she attempts escape, she’s certain he’ll punish her severely. Her old master would have. But the alien warrior named Fynd kisses her instead–a shockingly tender kiss that makes her all tingly inside–and she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s more to the unsmiling alien warrior than meets the eye.

There’s a gentleness beneath his hardened exterior, but breaking his defenses down won’t be easy. As far as alien warriors go, he’s as stubborn and proud as they come. Can they both find healing in one another’s arms, or will a new threat tear them apart forever?

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kidnapping his rebelKIDNAPPING HIS REBEL (ZALARYN CONQUERORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm

BANTOKK – This human rebel is wild, crazy and violent—and determined to start an intergalactic war.
It’s my job to take her, tame her, bend her to the will of the Zalaryns.
I’ll be glad when it’s over and I can leave her on some remote planet. She’s a professional thief and a liar—the complete opposite of everything I stand for.
But there’s something growing between us that I can’t control. Something primal. I can’t believe that she’s my bonded mate, because I can barely stand being around her for 2 days, let alone eternity…

LIA – I hate this alien bastard. He thinks he can kidnap me, hold my crew hostage, and tell me what to do. Yeah right.
I didn’t escape years of captivity only to be bossed around by yet another alien.
I’ll follow along and help him, but only because I’m trying to save my sister.
I need his help. That’s it. I don’t need his protection—and I definitely don’t need his dirty promises to come true. Even if I sort of want them to.

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his to claimHIS TO CLAIM by Taylor Vaughn, Eve Vaughn and Theodora Taylor

Every human girl growing up on New Terrhan knows one thing … that she will be taken by one or several Xalthurian males when she turns twenty-one. The Xalthurians are rough, domineering, and huge all over, but this is the deal our leaders struck so that they would provide our human colony with desperately needed supplies.

If the baby born from our taking is a girl, we will be allowed to keep it. If the baby is a boy, it will be taken away, never to be seen again. That is the way it has always been on our small planet and that is the way it will always be.

I should accept my fate, but I can’t. When they come for my sister’s baby boy, I dare to defy the alien, they call “Tel.” As it turns out, “Tel” means prince. But rather than killing me for my insolence, the future overlord vows to return to the planet. When I am twenty-one.

He’s huge, all-powerful, and determined to claim me.
Can I stop him?
And how will I answer when the question becomes, do I want to?

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3013 fever3013: FEVER (3013 THE SERIES BOOK 16) by Kali Argent

Ten years ago, Commander Lucas Brighton left behind everything safe and familiar in hopes of outrunning his family’s legacy. For a while it worked. For a while, he was more than just the son of a killer or the heir to a pharmaceutical empire. Now, instead of his coveted command post on Alpha Station: X4, he spends his days in an underground lab failing to turn a bunch of magical flowers into an effective treatment for infertility.

When the king of the entire planet asks you to aid in the advancement of human medicine, you do it. For Jael Moonmist, that means leaving Xenthian for the first time in her long life and traveling across the galaxies to a strange, unknown world. Arriving at the front door of the hilltop mansion, she holds few expectations. Least of which is meeting her soulmate, then having him pass out before she can even introduce herself.

Their relationship gets off to a rocky start, but when a mishap in the lab leaves Jael suffering from a mysterious illness, Luke will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if that means abandoning everything and embarking on a frantic trek across the universe.

With the clock ticking, can he reach the antidote on Xenthian in time, or will he be forced to watch as his new mate is consumed by the fever?

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haakens honourHAAKEN’S HONOUR (FIRST CONTACT BOOK 1) by Leona Windwalker

When a dirty, naked creature dashes onto their ship with armed Talit in desperate pursuit, they know something is up. When the creature begins to utter sounds that sound suspiciously like sentient speech, Captain Mauu finds himself in a quandary. The Ha’ak don’t permit slave trading, while the Trade Confederation only extend rights to members. When the Talit claim Mauu and his crew have stolen their merchandise, Mauu finds himself in a quandary as the livelihood of his entire clan is at stake. He knows one thing. Even if he wasn’t captivated by the being with the startling blue eyes, he could never stain his honour or that of his crew or his home world by participating in slavery. But how to claim the strange male so that he falls under member protection?

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unbearable failureUNBEARABLE FAILURE (BEARS OF ARIA BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Vaughn: Our women are dying on Aria and we don’t know why. An Earth woman may have the cure, but she won’t hand it over. I don’t like kidnapping, but she leaves me no choice. And she’s my mate.

Sandra Rotella:  Everyone thinks I’m a failure. Except for an alien. He’s desperate for my formula, desperate enough to abduct me. And he tells me we’re fated to be together. He believes I can save his people. But what if he’s wrong?

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his human doctorHIS HUMAN DOCTOR (GALACTIC COURTSHIP SERIES BOOK 15) by Lily Thomas

Brenda’s an ER doctor and accustomed to the high level of stress that comes with the job, but when she accepts a position with the army, she begins to fear for her life. The war with the Sri’thaens is heating up, and she is on the front lines aiding the injured. Just when she believes her time is up, a Kellian soldier sweeps her off her feet and shows her there might be some hope left in this war.

The last place Ryrth thought he’d encounter his mate was on a war-torn human colony, but now that he has her, he’s reluctant to let go. Unfortunately, a soldier has to follow orders, and when he leaves her side, it nearly leads to her death. Now he wants her far from this war, but she’s more headstrong than he’d initially thought, and now he’s fighting two wars.

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savior j r wardTHE SAVIOR (THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES BOOK 17) by J R Ward

In the next heart-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, J.R. Ward delivers a brand-new paranormal passion with the story of Murhder, who returns after his appearance in The Thief!

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seduced by the highland werewolfSEDUCED BY THE HIGHLAND WEREWOLF: AN IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER (DRUID SERIES BOOK 5) by Mandy M Roth

Alpha-male, wolf-shifting druid sorcerer Duncan O’Caha has one regret in his immortally long life—letting a demon escape his clutches years ago. Memories of that night have haunted him for decades.

When the nightmares of old surface once more, he wastes no time returning to the scene of the crime. Deep down, he knows the demon is back with a vengeance. This time he plans to kill it—that is, if he can keep his head in the game and off the captivating young woman he finds in the small town that is full of dark secrets.

Catrina calls to him on a base level, leaving him at war with the beast he carries within. He’ll have to keep his head in the game and off seducing the young female if he has a chance in hell of ending the demon’s reign of terror once and for all.

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max terry bolryderMAX (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Max Chase, exiled lion shifter and bouncer at the hottest club in town, doesn’t believe shifters and humans should mate. Though his rippling muscles, large build and beautiful mane attract attention, Max pushes it all away, ready to spend the rest of his life alone. That is until a new face at Club Crimson lights up Max’s protective instincts, making the beast inside him roar…for a human.

Jackie Moore isn’t usually one for late nights and club outings. So when her coworkers bring her along to an unknown place at the far edge of town, and things take a turn for the worst, she’s ready to swear off going out ever again. That is, until an impossibly handsome, impossibly huge man with a glare that could stop a charging rhino ends up entangled with her in the fight to save an innocent creature’s life.

As Jackie and Max are pushed together, the chemistry between them erupts into heated hisses and steamy encounters. Max knows he wants Jackie for his mate, forever. But Jackie still has no idea of the dark secrets at Club Crimson, and Max doesn’t know that danger is waiting around every corner, threatening his new love.

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white wolfWHITE WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 1) by Suzanne Roslyn

Moving onto a the shifter reservation near the Shadow Lands of the Evergreen Mountains, Audrey Johnson risks losing guardianship of her young shifter nephew, Toby. A human without any connection to the mountain, Audrey must find a mate or hand over custody to wolf shifter, Liam Holden, and leave the shifter reservation and her nephew forever.
Desperate and lonely all these years, Liam isn’t sure he can trust his wolf spirit’s instincts when it comes to finding his one true mate. Audrey tries to lure Liam into mating with her. As the mate bond grows stronger between them, and Audrey is running out of time to find a mate. Liam is forced to protect her. His wolf and his heart will have to claim Audrey before the dark shadows of the mountains take her from him.

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ferociousFEROCIOUS (SECRET OF CERES BOOK 1) by Stella Williams

The Sanctuary of Ceres is the best-kept secret in the non-human world.
Farrah Andromeda is a headstrong Aura PI in the human world. Donovan Mars is a straight-laced Security Force Officer of Ceres. They both want to solve the case of a missing Aura teen, but their methods put them at odds.
When clashes of the mind turn to sparks in the bedroom, will they be able to put aside their differences before the world as they know it goes up in flames?

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crossroad riley s keeneCROSSROAD (HEROES BY NECESSITY BOOK 4) by Riley S Keene

The Age of Mortals temporarily forgotten, Elise Bresch and Ragan Ermolt regroup to focus on returning their friend and companion, Athala Dohn, from the Nether. Or wherever Meodryt’s fateful bite sent her.

Following instructions that are little more than campfire tales leads them to Marska, a long-abandoned city full of rumors – and bandits. Finding the fabled Temple of Isadon – a relic of centuries past – is easy, but getting inside proves to be a bit tougher.

Elise and Ermolt refuse to leave empty handed; their goal is to retrieve the Favor of Isadon, a magic relic of the forgotten God of Death, and use it to bring Athala back. But the guardians of the Temple – including the fearsome Champion – refuse to just let them take it. Will Elise and Ermolt overcome the trials of Isadon’s Temple, or will the long-dead God of Death gain two new servants?

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bull in a tea shopBULL IN A TEA SHOP (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Big, tatted-out bull shifter Maddox used to work as a thug for hire, but now he’s a drifter with his old life in ruins. All he knows is that he wants to be better than he was. When he hitchhikes into the small town of Silvermine, Arizona, he’s not planning to stay. But first he helps out a teenager in trouble, and the next thing he knows, the kid’s alluring aunt walks into his life, and runs away with his heart. For the first time in his life, Maddox has something of his own to protect.

Blind tea-shop owner Verity has been caught up in a dangerous struggle with the town’s corrupt sheriff and a greedy landowner trying to force her to sell. First Maddox saves her niece, and then he offers to help her save her business. Teaming up might be the solution she’s been hoping for, but Verity has spent her life learning not to believe in happy endings.

And with a sheriff who would break every law to stop them, it’ll take all his strength, her wits, and their courage to get out of this alive.

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astral travelers daughterTHE ASTRAL TRAVELER’S DAUGHTER : A SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS NOVEL BOOK 2 by K C Archer

With trepidation, Teddy enters her second year at The Whitfield Institute, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students master telepathy and telekinesis, investigative techniques and SWAT tactics for covert roles in government service. She has been obsessively tracking the movements of the Patriot Corps, a secret organization that seems to be behind a string of crimes on US soil—including the disappearance of her friend, Molly. She is not sure who she can trust with her findings: her friends think she is crazy and her teachers insist she focus on her schoolwork.

Teddy tries to do what she is told. She tries to forget about her missing friend, her long lost birth parents, her rivalry with other students, even her forbidden romance with an instructor. She learns to be a meat shield: a Secret Service operative trained to protect whatever dummy they throw her way. She learns to disarm explosive devices. She also learn to transport herself through time, as she begins to grasp astral travel (that is, if she doesn’t get lost in the time-space continuum). But Teddy has never been good at following the rules. So when an unexpected assignment leads her to the answers she’s chased for so long, and reveal a clue about her own past, she takes a risk that puts everyone else she cares about in danger.

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feral iceFERAL ICE (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

Doctor and biochemist, Erin signed up for six months aboard an Antarctic research ship to escape her stifling surgery practice. Jerked from her cozy cabin, she’s dumped in an ice cave by men who assume she’s dead.

Konstantin and Katya, twins and dragon shifters, have lived miles beneath the polar ice cap for hundreds of years. Other dragons left, but they stuck it out. When several humans—all but two of them dead—end up not far from their lair, the opportunity is too good to pass up.

If the lore is to be believed, humans can become dragon shifters. Delighted by a simple solution to their enforced isolation, the dragons lure the humans to their home. Surely, they’ll be thrilled by the prospect of becoming magical.

Or not.
Too bad no one shared the script with the humans. Science be damned, they’re horrorstruck in the face of fire-breathing dragons. All they want is to escape, but home is thousands of miles away.

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midknightMIDKNIGHT (TANGLED CROWNS BOOK 2) by Ann Denton

Think you can steal my sister and then hide?
Think again.
I will find you, and I will destroy you.
I’ll make you rue the day you thought you could take from me.
As soon as I figure out who you are.
Which will happen as soon as my butler, a visiting queen, and a rebellion are put in their place.
I won’t lose my sister to you or my kingdom to anyone.
I will fight to the bitter end.
And I will win.

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heart of glassHEART OF GLASS (FIRECATS BOOK 3) by P Jameson

They call him Skittles because he inks his body with the colors he can’t see. Enough colors to tell a story. Like a stained-glass window, the light only shines through when there is darkness. He needs darkness, and she comes to him as a photo of broken captive woman. But he will find her, and he will fix her. And perhaps… she will heal him too in the process.

They call her Seven, a title given to her by the crime lord holding her captive. It’s meant to strip her identity and make her a possession instead of a person. But she remembers who she really is, and she knows the Firecats are coming for her. When they do, she will have her revenge on the ones who wronged her. As long as the one called Skittles doesn’t derail her plans with his careful attention. Attention she craves.

Can a fire breathing werecat show her a different future awaits her after freedom? Nothing is sweeter than revenge, they say. But maybe it’s only because they’ve never tasted the rainbow.

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destined radianceDESTINED RADIANCE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 5) by Tessa Cole

My whole life has been turned upside down and set on fire, but now I’m Agent Essie Shaw, full-fledged JP team member. I walk hand-in-hand with Gideon, crave all of Marcus’s ferocious passion, yearn for Jacob’s intense stillness — and ache for Kol, whose soul is torn so deep he’s thinking of doing the unthinkable. Leaving the team.

The timing couldn’t be worse for me, my guys, and the dangerous task that still lies ahead of us. The fight we almost lost with those three near-unstoppable glyph witches only scratched the surface. Their source is an evil so powerful, it will restart Michael’s war against humanity.

I’ll do anything, even risk letting darkness devour my soul, to pinpoint that source and prevent another war. Because I’m done running, done hiding. The future of all mankind is at stake, and the JP team — allof us, together — isn’t going down without a fight.

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dragon undoneDRAGON UNDONE (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

All Aeli wanted was revenge for her father. She planned and schemed in secret, finally carrying out a plot that she had designed as a disgruntled teen.
She takes the spell to the dragon council and lets the ball go, shattering, spreading the banishment spell, and kicking all the dragons out of the city in one large cascade.
Imagine her surprise when she gets sucked out into the open wasteland outside the city, and the dragons know who is responsible for her plight.
Councillor Kreelo comes to her rescue and flies her to safety where she comes to grips with what her banishment means and how it will affect her life. She had no idea she was a dragon and thinks it is ridiculous, but how else would the spell grab her.
She needs to undo the spell so she can return to normal. If anyone in Rekker City will accept her apology.

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scrivensSCRIVENS (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 3) by Kathryn Moon

The Coven’s adventures in Vermenia created a ripple they could not predict long after Joanna and her men returned safely home to Canderfey. The university now has visitors: the hidden Scrivens community, refugees running from their own government. While Joanna is thrilled to see her family again and learn more about her magic and the history of the Scrivens, others are less enthusiastic at the newcomers’ arrival.

Canderfey University’s President is resistant to the changes taking place on his campus. Soon it appears as if he has reason to be, with mysterious incidents damaging the Scrivens’ reputations. Joanna will fight against anyone to keep her family and the other innocent members of the community safe from suspicion and hatred, but tensions rise even within the coven as Aiden seeks to keep peace between all parties. Can he hold his coven together or are the fractures he senses growing too deep to repair?

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ashes and bonesASHES & BONES (THE RED MASQUES BOOK 2) by M Sinclair

Magic is real. So where does reality end and the madness begin?
Whoever said magic was beautiful didn’t mention the blood. The violence.
Or are we just special?
Better question, where is Lucida?
Also, why can’t Edwin or Byron answer any of our questions?
AND for the love of all that is bloody… why are there bird bones everywhere?

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king of flamesKING OF FLAMES (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.

Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved…

Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.

But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.

If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.
I just need to figure out why.

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hitched top 10HITCHED: THE TOP TEN by G K DeRosa

Now that the truth is out about the supernaturals, things are starting to get interesting. With ten bachelors remaining, Kimmie-Jayne needs to get her head in the game. But with a murder investigation underway on set, listening to her heart only complicates matters.

To make things worse, the mysterious accidents that were supposed to end with the big supernatural reveal are back with a vengeance.

As if choosing between ten hot guys wasn’t hard enough, Kimmie-Jayne still needs to watch her back. With more twists and secrets being revealed everyday, is there anyone she can really trust?

Will following her heart be the answer or her ultimate downfall as she narrows it down to the final five bachelors?

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grave destinyGRAVE DESTINY (AN ALEX CRAFT NOVEL BOOK 6) by Kalayna Price

Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.

But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn’t careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.

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tales and timeTALES & TIME (LOST ACADEMY BOOK 1) by G Bailey

When Madilynn turned seventeen, her parents dropped a big, ancient-looking book in her lap and said to open it by herself. Madilynn almost wishes she hadn’t when it reveals she is a descendant of a fairy tale, and her parents tell her it’s time for her to attend Lost Time Academy.
Being thrown into a world that is literally full of fairy tales, the last thing she expects is to see the four guys she grew up with.
Four guys who have grown from boys to now geeky, dark, passionate men who rule the Academy…and they never forgot Madilynn.
Time makes all tales come true, including the dark ones. 

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soulstealersTHE SOULSTEALERS by Jacqueline Rohrbach

Arnaka Skytree grew up believing she was chosen to bring new magic to the world. As the heir to the cult of druids responsible for keeping their floating palace habitable for the wealthy aristocracy, she’s expected to wield her power as those before her did: by culling the souls of peasant women.

But when Arnaka learns more about the source of her magic, and that her best friend’s soul will be harvested, she embarks on a journey to end the barbarous practice and to restore a long-forgotten harmonious system of magic practiced by the original druids. Along the way, she discovers she’s not the only girl chosen to restore balance to their world—many others have powerful magic inside, and with them, she will tear the floating palace from the sky so everyone can live in the sun—out of the shadow of the eclipse.

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bright keysBRIGHT KEYS (ADELMAN ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Shan Marin

I found a new home at Adelman Academy. As an untrained mage, I must study hard to prove I belong at the elite school of magic.

However, my presence has brought chaos to the Academy. My intended husband stalks me, my blood has freed an ancient evil, and the school is under scrutiny by the Mage’s Council.

My guilt drives a wedge between me and my men. Jacen – my sweet, stern protector – is paying dearly for my mistakes. Kylan won’t be patient forever, and Tamas is hiding a deep, life-altering secret.

Even the Mage’s Council’s delegate senses I am not being completely honest. Her judgment determines my future, and the school’s.

The greatest danger might not lurk outside, but within Adelman’s walls, and within my traitorous heart.

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protecting their shadow queenPROTECTING THEIR SHADOW QUEEN (THE SHADOW COURT HAREM BOOK 2) by Kim Loraine

I am the queen of the Shadow Court.
My heart is split between three men sworn to me alone. My powers grow every day, and with each moment spent together, so do those of my protectors. But sinister forces work to tear us apart, and I can’t help but wonder if there will be blood spilled before long. Threats to my people and my kingdom loom, and war is on our doorstep.
Am I willing to fight for my crown and potentially lose my loves in the process?

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darkness nina croftTHE DARKNESS (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 2) by Nina Croft

All magic has a price. And now the balance is overdue.

A witch with the power to see the future, Gina led a sheltered existence until the vampire, Darius Cole, crashed into her life, abducting her, seducing her, forging an emotional bond between them. Then circumstances tore them apart and the bond faded. Until twenty-one years later when they are drawn together to save their daughter.

But while their passion is rekindled and the bond renewed, Gina can offer Darius nothing, and she feels his bitterness and the Darkness within him, threatening to take control. Only she has the power to draw him back, but how can she when her very life is forfeit?

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thrown to the wolvesTHROWN TO THE WOLVES (BIG BAD WOLF BOOK 3) by Charlie Adhara

VS Note: Sounds good so I decided to buy the first one in the series and work my way up to this one.

When Agent Cooper Dayton agreed to attend the funeral for Oliver Park’s grandfather, he didn’t know what he was getting into. Turns out, the deceased was the alpha of the most powerful werewolf pack on the eastern seaboard. And his death is highly suspicious. Regardless, Cooper is determined to love and support Park the way Park has been there for him.

But Park left him woefully unprepared for the wolf pack politics and etiquette. Rival packs? A seating order at the dinner table? A mysterious figure named the Shepherd? The worst is that Park didn’t tell his family one key thing about Cooper. Cooper feels two steps behind, and reticent Park is no help.

There are plenty of pack members eager to open up about Park and why Cooper is wrong for him. Their stories make Cooper wonder if he’s holding Park back. But there’s no time to get into it…as lethal tranquilizer darts start to fly, Cooper needs to solve the mystery of the alpha’s death and fight for the man he loves—all before someone else dies.

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shifter bacheloretteTHE SHIFTER BACHELORETTE: A RARE AND UNKNOWN ROMANCE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 2) by Shai August

Cheryl Junaid finds herself sucked into the vortex of her twin brother’s mating and shifter society wedding celebration. She keeps trying to pull away gracefully, but everyone just keeps pulling her in deeper and deeper. Then the accident of the century makes her the star of the newest, hottest dating show in the world.

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smoke and keySMOKE AND KEY by Kelsey Sutton

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start. Bodies that are burned to a crisp. And after being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she loses her life for good.

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If you haven’t read all 7 adventures in my award winning Badari Warriors scifi romance series, they’re on all the major ebook platforms!

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. 

And some find their fated mates among the human women…

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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.