What About the Other Humans? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from REEDE, my recent scifi romance release…

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: Reede and Fallyn meet in the course of a Khagrish experiment, make an escape run but are recaptured and are now in a cell awaiting whatever the Khagrish will do to them next. Reede has been giving Fallyn the background of what’s happening on this planet. In the earlier book JADRIAN several human Special Forces soldiers used a top secret mind tool known as fastlink to send a desperate message to the Sectors. Reede isn’t telling her the whole truth…yet.

“What about the other humans here?” Fallyn asked.

“We try to rescue as many as we can, every time, but we only have so much fire power and so many soldiers. Right now we’re stretched dangerously thin so we’ve prioritized the labs where the experiments are more immediately lethal. Unfortunately, there are a great many labs and many more human prisoners than we believed,” Rubbing one hand over his face, Reede clenched his jaw,“In the beginning we estimated there were only two hundred or so from the Amarcae Seven colony but now we’ve learned there are large numbers of people snatched from cruise ships and other vessels in the Sectors.”

She leaned forward, sitting on the edge of her chair,  “Have you thought of trying to get help from the Sectors?”

“Well of course but we have no spaceships and no way of communicating with the Sectors. We don’t even know where we are in relation to the Sectors.”

Fallyn licked her lips and decided to take a gamble, “Fastlink?”

Reede’s eyes opened wide and he shot his hand out to grab her wrist so fast she didn’t have time to be afraid, “You? You’re the Sectors scout whose ship crashed?”

reede finalThe blurb: Lt. Fallyn Damara was sent by the Sectors to investigate a strange transmission from an isolated planet and determine whether the residents of a vanished colony had been transported there by alien enemies. Fallyn’s ship crashes and she’s taken prisoner by the Khagrish scientists, to await her fate in the slate of horrifying experiments being conducted.

Reede, the second ranking enforcer in the Badari Warrior pack, volunteers to be recaptured by the Khagrish in an effort to locate and rescue Fallyn inside the deadly lab complex.

While a prisoner Reede discovers Fallyn is the woman destined to become his fated mate but the moment is bittersweet because Fallyn will be leaving their world at the first opportunity, to report back to the Sectors. He refuses to complete the mate bond, believing to do so will lead to nothing but lifelong misery for them both, separated by lightyears and interstellar politics.

For her part, Fallyn wants to shake up the rule-bound enforcer and persuade him to take a chance on love.

But first they have to escape the Khagrish.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 28

reede finalAs 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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REEDE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 9)  by Veronica Scott

Lt. Fallyn Damara was sent by the Sectors to investigate a strange transmission from an isolated planet and determine whether the residents of a vanished colony had been transported there by alien enemies. Fallyn’s ship crashes and she’s taken prisoner by the Khagrish scientists, to await her fate in the slate of horrifying experiments being conducted.

Reede, the second ranking enforcer in the Badari Warrior pack, volunteers to be recaptured by the Khagrish in an effort to locate and rescue Fallyn inside the deadly lab complex.

While a prisoner Reede discovers Fallyn is the woman destined to become his fated mate but the moment is bittersweet because Fallyn will be leaving their world at the first opportunity, to report back to the Sectors. He refuses to complete the mate bond, believing to do so will lead to nothing but lifelong misery for them both, separated by lightyears and interstellar politics.

For her part, Fallyn wants to shake up the rule-bound enforcer and persuade him to take a chance on love.

But first they have to escape the Khagrish.

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addicted to the alienADDICTED TO THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 8) by Sabrina Kade

She can’t afford to lose control…but can she control herself around him?

Arizona refuses to give up her long-held title of top working Intergalactic Call-Girl despite having the hottest nubile alien she’s ever seen claim her as his mate. It’s clear that despite his relative youth, he knows what he’s doing in the bedroom, and is walking, talking proof that age is nothing but a number.

Drozass knows claiming Arizona is a risk. No display of wealth or status has yet revealed Arizona’s softer side, and he has neither. He may be young, but Drozass is convinced he’s exactly what she needs. Can the legendary Arizona really fall for a client and will it cost her the respect of her closest friends, much less herself?

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alien warriors secretALIEN WARRIOR’S SECRET (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 9) by Mina Carter

Being captured by aliens is better than being sent home…Pilot Randy Rivers always has had a sassy mouth. This time though, it’s not her mouth but her temper that lands her in trouble and given her marching orders home. That and apparently slamming a superior officer’s face into a table is a no no. Even if the guy is a misogynistic asshole. And groped her. Faced with the prospect of going back back to over-crowded earth with it’s slum-cities, she takes a high-stakes, off the book mission into the heart of enemy territory.

When things go sideways, she expects to end up as a prisoner of war, not holed up and kept secret from every one else on the ship by the sexiest alien guy. One who’s determined to prove that enemies can make the best lovers…

Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected of places… like under a seating rack. Riis K’Vass knew humans could be unpredictable and, frankly, insane, but even he didn’t expect them to try and sneak onto a heavily armed and armored warship, filled with a small army. They did though, and were easily captured. But, the numbers don’t add up, and Riis realizes that they’re missing one human. A female hiding in the tiniest of spaces, easily missed with how tiny human women are. A female who takes his breath away with her beauty and makes him smile with her stubbornness and intelligence.

Just a few days. At least, that’s what he tells himself. If he can keep her secret for long enough to get himself some mating marks and bond her to him, then they’ll never be able to take her away from him.

But jealous eyes are always watching and a warship is no place for keeping secrets. Especially where rare and coveted females are concerned. When Randy is discovered, Riis must fight for his life and a chance at a life with his little mate. Because mating marks don’t do a warrior any good if he’s dead.

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zhoryans gameZHORYAN’S GAME (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 5) by Michele Mills

He’s an arrogant, celebrity warlord who thinks marriage and snot-nosed children sound like the lowest level of hell.
She’s the filthy-mouthed daughter of a High Priest who wants LOTS OF KIDS.
When their deck explodes they rush into the same executive escape pod and eventually crash-land together on a mysterious planet. Without food and water. Without any way to communicate with their ship. And most importantly, without Zhoryan’s gloves of the unmated. The one item that will prevent testing of mating compatibility.
And then they find out why it’s called ‘Ship-Trap Planet.’
Will Zhoryan be able to resist touching this female’s bare skin while being hunted by the psychopath who owns the planet?
And will Janet learn to love such an unbearable @$$hole?
Because, one touch is all it takes.

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spacesideSPACESIDE (PLANETSIDE BOOK 2) by Michael Mammay

VS Note: Not a romance, military scifi…I really enjoyed his first book last year and have had this on preorder. It’s a release of note to me this week!

Following his mission on Cappa, Colonel Carl Butler returns to a mixed reception. To some he is a do-or-die war hero. To the other half of the galaxy he’s a pariah. Forced into retirement, he has resettled on Talca Four where he’s now Deputy VP of Corporate Security, protecting a high-tech military company on the corporate battlefield—at least, that’s what the job description says. Really, he’s just there to impress clients and investors. It’s all relatively low risk—until he’s entrusted with new orders. A breach of a competitor’s computer network has Butler’s superiors feeling every bit as vulnerable. They need Butler to find who did it, how, and why no one’s taken credit for the ingenious attack.

As accustomed as Butler is to the reality of wargames—virtual and otherwise—this one screams something louder than a simple hack. Because no sooner does he start digging when his first contact is murdered, the death somehow kept secret from the media. As a prime suspect, he can’t shake the sensation he’s being watched…or finally succumbing to the stress of his past. Paranoid delusion or dangerous reality, Butler might be onto something much deeper than anyone imagined. But that’s where Butler thrives.

If he hasn’t signed his own death warrant.

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vrehxs questVREHX’S QUEST: A CONQUERED WORLD STORY (THE CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 11.5) by Elin Wyn

The wait is almost over. But is Vrehx ready for his biggest challenge yet?

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secret loveA SECRET LOVE: SUPERHERO ROMANCE “SECRET” SERIES BOOK 2 (THUNDER CITY) by Debra Jess

Secrets, like lightning, can strike.
Dedicated to defending Thunder City, superhero Serena Jakes must work with the family of her ex-fiancé, Nik Blackwood, if she’s going to climb the ranks of Thunder City’s superhero community. Even worse, when her estranged sister sends a coded message begging for help, Nik’s younger brother, Alek, is the only one who steps up and offers his assistance.

Alek Blackwood fell in love with Serena the moment Nik introduced them. As Highlight, she has the ability to make sunlight dance at her fingertips, just like he has the ability to make lightning dance in the sky. Working with Serena over the years made him admire her for her dedication and loyalty to the superhero community. When Serena asks for aid, he knows this is the perfect time to show her he’s more than just Nik’s younger brother.

Alek risking his life for Serena’s family makes her see him in a new light. When the rescue takes a dangerous turn and the truth of long-buried emotions emerge, can Serena trust Alek with her heart? Or will the past come back to haunt them both?

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krinar eclipseTHE KRINAR ECLIPSE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Lauren Smith

Bianca Wells, the President’s daughter, experiences a close encounter with the aliens who invaded Earth five years ago. The Krinar are powerful, attractive, but also mysterious. There is one in particular she can’t get out of her head—the seductive Krinar Ambassador named Soren. With his hauntingly beautiful eyes and god-like body, he invades her dreams, spinning sensual encounters that leave her aching and breathless. But he, like the others of his kind, is dangerous. With impossible speed and strength, wielding incredible intelligence and advanced technology, the Krinar control this planet and every human on it. Bianca should want nothing to do with Soren. A single touch from him might cause an interstellar war. But after one scorching, forbidden kiss, she’ll risk everything to be with him.

Soren came to Earth to ensure the survival of his people, but now he has one desire: to possess the brave and irresistible Bianca. Knowing he could destroy peaceful relations with the humans if anyone sees him with her, he takes matters into his own hands, rescuing her from an assassin. After one “big-bang” of a kiss, he knows he can’t let her go home. She belongs to him, and he will break every rule in his carefully controlled world to keep her.

After their forbidden night of passion, Bianca enters Soren’s dark, seductive world. But her new life as Soren’s woman puts a target on her back, and her status as First Daughter only makes things worse. As enemies surface all around them, Bianca realizes she will have to trust Soren with her heart, even if it means giving up her freedom.

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krinar codeTHE KRINAR CODE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Emma Castle

Harper King is like most humans—she works hard at her job and does her best not to think too much about the Krinar. The mysterious aliens took over her planet five years ago, and since then, rumors have surrounded them… whispers of super strength and speed, incredible beauty, and advanced technology. Harper should hate them, since her parents died the day they invaded, but something about the infamous Krinar fascinates her. Little does she know that the sinfully gorgeous drifter who rescues her from a bar fight will give her the close encounter she’s always dreamed of.

Sef is supposed to be infiltrating a human resistance group, not seducing sweet little human females. But from the moment he sets eyes on Harper, he knows he must have her and will do anything to possess her. Using his human disguise, he lures Harper into his arms and his bed. When it’s far too late for her to escape him, he reveals that he’s a Krinar, one of the powerful and terrifying aliens she’s always wanted to meet. He gives her a choice: to save her brothers, she must give herself to him—heart, body, and soul.

Will she choose her dark, seductive alien lover to save her family? Or will she resist the secret desires of her own heart in order to be free?

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alien appetiteALIEN APPETITE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Josie Walker

Tessa is beginning to regret her impulsive decision to sneak onto an alien spaceship. She’d wanted to keep her best friend safe and enjoy a nice interstellar getaway free of charge. But everything goes to hell when an unknown race of aliens crashes her space vacation and kidnaps her along with a group of terrified Krinar females. They seem more like robots than aliens, with bodies covered in an impenetrable layer of thick cold metal, yet their shape is still manly.

One of the aliens in particular seems to be very interested in her. She’d tell him she was “flattered, but no thanks,” if she thought he could understand her words. The only sounds he makes are like clicks and glass breaking, which means they have a lot more than a language barrier standing between them. So much for her useless high school Spanish class! He seems to want her, but what if he wants to use his weapon hands to skewer her? Or is he motivated by hunger of an entirely different nature? If the latter proves true she really, really hopes he doesn’t want to hold hands, because that looks about as dangerous as making out with Edward Scissorhands.

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more real than himMORE REAL THAN HIM by Silvia Park

VS Note: Not a romance but scifi. Caught my eye. Might be interesting. 3.33 rating overall on Goodreads.

The beginnings of a tentative friendship between two roboticists complicate over career envy, female beauty, and a stolen robot designed to resemble a famous Korean actor.

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saved by her alien tempest lunaSAVED BY HER ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 4) by Tempest Luna

The wormhole that destroyed her ship left Maren clinging to life. When Zaden pillages her ravaged craft for parts to trade at the auction, he never expects to find a human woman. One who stirs his heart and awakens his withered soul. Only the bond can save her. But it could also kill them both.

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warrior of the stars luceeWARRIOR OF THE STARS: BOOK 1 OF THE GALACTIC UNION ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Lucee Joie

Beth is a corporate lawyer who wants to be anywhere but in her current position. With a job that supplies financial stability at the expense of love, she wishes for a new and exciting life — until she is abducted from Earth and forced into a breeding program she never signed up for.

Horgeer is a handsome alien tasked with helping his dying race to survive. When he wins his human breeder in the Galactic Lottery, he never expects to find love in such a harsh environment.

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alien healer sadie carterALIEN HEALER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 15) by Sadie Carter

Racar is determined to find a way to ensure that human females live as long as their Zerconian mates. Solving this problem has become the focus of his life. To the point that he hasn’t even noticed his own mate is right under his nose…
Trying her best to be noticed.
Ellie has tried everything she can to get the clueless, hunky healer to actually see her. Short of running around naked screaming his name she wasn’t sure what else she could do.
And frankly, she wasn’t even sure that would work.
When Racar discovers she is his mate, she doesn’t know whether to trust in him. To believe him.
To let herself hope.

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traded to the alien regentTRADED TO THE ALIEN REGENT by Juno Wells

Grace – Grace became a fighter pilot after the loss of both her parents on a deep space voyage forced her into stepping up, becoming both mother and father to her younger sisters. It was dangerous work, with constant attacks and long stretches between planets while the command crew searched for a suitable new home. Something similar to Earth they could settle on and create a better society. Maybe then Grace would have time to think about something more than surviving.

Grace is ready to sacrifice herself in a losing battle with alien pirates but the Davarians, green-skinned warriors with elven features and sharp fangs, intervene just in time. They only ask for one thing in return. Trade rights for willing females to aid their failing bloodlines.

Their regent takes a liking to Grace but he’s abrasive, annoying, demanding, and a total pain. Can she find common ground with the five thousand year old ruler or will their falling out cost her crew the only safe haven they’ve found?

Bradon – Once regents were plentiful among his people but now only three remain. Bradon took his turn ruling for twenty years then slept through the reign of the other two. Prolonged use of his people’s hibernation units has caused physical changes to his body.

Awakening to find humans taking refuge among his people was shock enough, but nothing compared to the long dormant feelings of love and lust one feisty female fighter pilot inspires in him.

The more she argues and defies him the more he wants her for his own. Yet he can’t stop being a beast to her, everything about her provokes his ire. Except when it doesn’t. How does he get a beautiful young human to fall in love with him when his body has become monstrous and she does nothing but enrage him?

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sword of damageSWORD OF DAMAGE (SKY CITIES BOOK 3) by Lucy Smoke

Just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right. I never expected that leaving the refuge of Corvallis would result in such dire circumstances. When rogue rovers commandeer our airship, I’m left with an impossible choice. Stay and risk my life to save the others or let them be captured along with me.

Just because a choice is hard, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. There’s no question. I choose them. Even if it means I arrive on Bath as a prisoner and slave. Bath is more dangerous, perhaps, than even my home city of Tartarus. Rogue Rovers. Black market slavery. A strange girl with a dark secret. I find myself dropped right back where I started. Alone and helpless. There are no friends on Bath, only alliances and I need to be very careful who I choose to align myself with. And what I promise them in the name of freedom.

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sister planetSISTER PLANET by Rena Marks

We had no idea that over time, we would be referred to as the Sister Planet. A term which came to mean the bastard sibling no one wants to claim. Because we threw out all of Earth’s rules and live by our own: Anything goes. A place where you can be single…or you can date six people. Earth frowns at our heathen ways. But the joke’s on Earth. Centuries later, we’ve bypassed them in education and technology. But like a bully big brother, Earth still tries to use us. My name is Lady Nivea Gilleon. In a mating with four of the most powerful individuals on Mars, I become Earth’s pawn.  It takes the gorgeous man I threw away like yesterday’s trash to rescue me.

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mated victoria valloMATED (IMPRISONED BOOK 2) by Victoria Vallo

If you commit a crime on Vaharis 6, there’s more than one way to work off your sentence…Sam doesn’t know what to think when his “alternative sentence” ends up being an arranged courtship with another male panther shifter. It’s better than going to prison, but Sam can’t help worrying when he finds out how much was paid for his freedom … and how determined his new keeper is to make Sam his true mate.

Laxus has been shunned by other shifters for many reasons, including his preference for male lovers. He’s more than willing to rescue Sam from the horrors of prison life, especially when he sees Sam’s reaction to his touch. As the younger man tries to deny his reactions, Laxus becomes more resolute than ever to seduce Sam and work his way into his heart.

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salvaging abbySALVAGING ABBY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 4) by N J Walters

Space salvager Abby Marks has lived through the deaths of her brothers and an abduction. Independent, she lives by her own rules. But her life takes a turn when she decides to salvage what appears to be an abandoned Gravasian ship—only to come face-to-face with Vaden el Gravaso, an intimidating, yet downright sexy warrior, who seems intent on keeping her.

Engine troubles have disabled his ship. When Abby boards his vessel, she pulls a blaster and shoots him, so how can he not want her? Vaden knows her brothers are very much alive and searching for her, but so is her abductor. He isn’t about to let any of them have her. As her past and present collide, both their lives and hearts are at risk.

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lady doctor wyreLADY DOCTOR WYRE: A JANE AUSTEN SPACE OPERA by Joely Sue Burkhart

VS Note, added AUG 30: A reader has indicated to me this may be a lightly edited re-release. The book seemed familiar to me but I wasn’t sure and didn’t find an earlier copyright date…I do try to flag re-releases where I can.

In a universe where ladies rule supreme…A mash-up of Jane Austen and Firefly, this series puts ladies in charge—in space. If you love a Regency romp and space opera, join Lady Wyre on her adventures.
Hiding in the backwards colony of Americus for seven years is preferable to even one day of torture in the Tower of Londonium. Without her research or the simplest of luxuries, Lady Wyre bides her time by dallying with the safe and honorable Sheriff Gilead Masters.
Until her other lover, the dashing assassin Lord Sigmund Regret, arrives for their yearly solstice interlude a few days early.
While she’s trying to keep her two men from each other’s throats, the colony’s rebellion against Britannia becomes more volatile. Her not-so-safe sheriff reveals a secret past that drags her straight back into the dangerous chess game of politics. With the Queen’s Ravens closing in, Charlotte wearies of her life on the run. She fires a warning shot across Britannia’s bow.
Cease hunting Lady Doctor Wyre—or lose the technological power the Crown holds so dear. Forever. Alas, Dear Reader, her two lovers may ruin her perfect plan by killing each other.

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dreaming of ayamaDREAMING OF AYAMA (DAWNBREAKER BOOK 2) by K A Knight

The day the Dawnbreaker exploded and we crash-landed changed not just my life, but also thousands of others’ lives for good. Faced with an uncertain future on a mysterious and unknown planet, I am forced to adapt quickly. When it becomes clear we are not the only ones on this world, we need to try and gain their trust and friendship, or we will unwittingly start a war we have no chance of winning.

With my men at my side, I can take on anything—at least, I think so. But what if the men I trusted are hiding secrets of their own? Lies unravel, truths are revealed, and The Saviours live on.
With enemies on all sides and people looking to me for guidance, will I bend and break, or stand tall and come out stronger than ever?
I’m Indy Stewart, a member of Colony Mission 43, and I am a survivor—whatever it takes.

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ignisIGNIS: BOOK TWO IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk

Clea knows where she is, and she knows what she is expected to do. She just can’t bring herself to do it. When a handsome, aged creature named Ignis wins the bid for Clea’s body, she makes up her mind: she will fight her way out of his arms before she lets herself be forced into his bed.

Ignis didn’t want to be at the Hub, and he definitely didn’t want to be in the position he was in now: that of wooing his way between the legs of the human woman before him. What he really wanted was his wife, the one whose flame had been extinguished many annums before. But the fate of his entire planet rested upon his shoulders, and he was determined to do his duty.

And yet, the longer Ignis is around feisty human Clea, the more the ruler of the war planet Incenda realizes the Earth woman has her own fire deep inside. Will Ignis persuade Clea to be his mate and help him save his home planet, or will the heat of their warring desire and hatred for each other consume them both?

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star knight errant thrustSTAR KNIGHT ERRANT: THRUST by A K Shelley

When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.

When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.

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conquered kallista daneCONQUERED (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 4) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

Aja—I may be his captive,
But I won’t be conquered.
The dominant alien ordering me to call him Master is more than a warrior. Dark and mysterious, he has skills and talents beyond any I’ve ever encountered.
He can read my soul.
He’s discovered my naughtiest secret desires. And he’s determined to make me act out those wicked fantasies—for his enjoyment.
But I have another secret. One he must never learn. For it could cost me my life.

Vyraz – I am the last of my kind, preparing for the end. Until a headstrong human dares me to conquer her—and brings me back to life.
Arythios is gone, destroyed by an evil force. Men, women, children—dead. All that remains of our world, once the most powerful in the galaxy, is a team of warriors, a handful of starships, and me – the last surviving Archon.
I carry a heavy burden, that of keeping our history alive. And now I’ve been tasked with another. Choose one of the females sent to us as a breeder…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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malikMALIK (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Kiki Burrelli and Crista Crown

VS Note: Authors state this is an alien mpreg series

All his life, Loshka has been trained to be one thing, a pleasure slave. Led by a higher calling, he was taught the path to eternal glory was paved with obedience. His will is not important, not when compared to the will of his future master.

But his faith is tested when Loshka is given to a brutal alien master who enjoys Loshka’s screams of pain more than his pleasure. As Loshka resigns himself to a short life with the cruel monster, he is kidnapped by a group of warriors.

Malik and his warrior family are searching the forsaken lands for a missing boy when they find Loshka. Malik never expected his mate would be an alien man who is as soft as he is vulnerable. He doesn’t have the hard scales or sharp claws that Malik and his kind use to survive daily in the harsh desert landscape.

Loshka is not just afraid, but completely unaware of what it means to belong to another, not as an object, but as a mate. It takes every ounce of Malik’s patience to convince Loshka that he deserves more than the life handed to him.

But just as Loshka learns that with love, a future and a family are not impossible, his past returns to drag him back into a life of forced servitude. The fated mates have already been through so much, can they survive one more threat to their bond?

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rise againstRISE AGAINST: A FOUNDLING NOVEL by Hailey Edwards

Luce has come, literally, through hell, and now she’s trying to pick up the pieces. Earth is getting ready for the war to end all wars: it’s angels vs demons and Luce is the only one who seems worried about humanity, hapless pawns who are stuck in the middle of the battlefield. Between building an army and running for her life, she’s got a lot on her plate – and that’s not to mention her beloved Cole.
As angels drop dead and violent forces begin to gather in the city, the final pieces of an ancient war fall into place, and it’s time for Luce and her loyal coterie to face an enemy like no other. In order to survive, they’ll need to team up with those they’ve considered enemies, and try to decide who, if anyone, they can trust. And Luce must decide how much she’s ready to risk in the name of peace – and whether she’d be prepared to sacrifice her very soul.

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blaze queens bird of preyBLAZE: QUEEN’S BIRD OF PREY BOOK 2 by Kathi S Barton

Blaze and her warrior sisters had been around for several millennia, their time of fighting in wars and conquering kingdoms now a distant memory. Before Queen Dante passed, she’d graced her prized warriors—the falcon, hawk, eagle, phoenix, vulture, and owl—with humanity as well as immortality.

Blaze, a hawk, had done many things in her immortal lifetime. Now, making toys was a pastime she enjoyed. However, the owner of the print shop that made the blueprints for her designs had not only ripped her off, but several other companies by giving them faulty blueprints and keeping the correct ones for himself to profit from. Blaze had caught the defect before she had put her project into production, the other firms hadn’t been so lucky and had lost millions. Given the opportunity, Blaze purchased the print shop.

Bryson had worked for the print shop for ten years. However, he had no knowledge of the owner’s dirty dealings. When the new owner stepped in, he was happy to still have a job and was eager to help in any way he could. What he hadn’t expected was the jolt he received when he shook the new owner’s hand. In that moment he knew two things, she wasn’t human, and she was his mate.

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taryns tideriderTARYN’S TIDERIDER (ALIENS OF ATLANTIS BOOK 1) by JL Madore and Skylar Rain

Can love save two races headed for extinction?

Alien abduction? Seriously? After the ice caps melt and humanity devolves to its base survival instincts, Mackenzie can’t imagine life getting any more dangerous. Until she wakes in an underground city of protective alien warriors.

Taryn should never have brought the human back to Atlantis. Now, instead of dealing with the attack of sea creatures, failing shields, and their kind nearing the brink of extinction, he’s fighting the constant arousal of being near Mackenzie, the human woman haunting his fantasies.

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innocent baitINNOCENT BAIT: SERVING HER ALIEN FATED MATES by Corin Cain

Seven-foot-tall Aurelians are addicted to claiming innocence.
Mia: Mine is the bait.
The huge, dominant species cannot control their mating rage around a woman untouched. They have deep biological drives to find their Fated Mate. It blinds them. It turns them into animals. Dangerous animals. I can’t be near the aggressive warrior species…I have no choice.
I’m a Sector 4 thief, and when my boss tells me to do something, it’s either do it or get my skull cracked open. Even if that means trying to fool a species that can smell what you’re thinking.
I have to infiltrate the manor of the most powerful aliens on the planet. I have to convince them I’m a maid. A damsel in distress. Nothing more than an innocent, helpless woman on the big bad planet.

Gallus. Cyrus. Varian. Three powerful aliens who have built a fortune seeing through deception. Ivory skin. Huge rippling muscles and hands that could crush your skull in a single squeeze. Blank grey eyes that see through me. Protective, possessive, and controlling. Once I’m in their manor, they won’t let go. Will they be blinded by my innocence…Or will I be caught and punished?

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bhyrBHYR (ALIEN WARRIOR BOOK 3) by Penelope Fletcher

We are the destroyers of worlds. The scourge of the weak and the masters of creation. We are as one fist, one blade, one almighty force. We are horde.
~Unknown, Ranked Warrior of the Azteka Horde

Bhyr, leader of the Azteka Horde, is committed to saving his species from extinction. Taking the human female as a breeder is his divine right. He will breed her, anoint his spawn, and then rid himself of the complications that come with a mate. But when the time comes, will he be able to strike down the one he loves most?

Indira is abducted from Earth and leashed to an alien barbarian. He wants one thing of her: an heir. Vowing to escape his clutches, Indira begins a revolt that causes ripples throughout the galaxy. But as she strives to thwart the most feared being in the universe, she must question how the warrior she defied became the darkest desire of her heart.

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black spireGALAXY’S EDGE: BLACK SPIRE (STAR WARS) by Deliliah S Dawson

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note.  Here’s the publisher’s note: Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new expansion to the Disney Parks experience!

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

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arcav kings mateTHE ARCAV KING’S MATE (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 1) by Hope Hart

When the Arcav invaded Earth, human leaders didn’t even try to fight. All human women were forced to give blood so they could be tested for compatibility as Arcav mates. Harlow’s life changes forever when her name is announced as mate to the Arcav King. Within just a few seconds, she’s no longer a cop. Now, she’s expected to hand herself in and travel back to Arcavia with an alien she has never met. Instead, she works with the resistance, fleeing with the help of other humans and fighting for her autonomy. If there’s one thing Harlow knows, it’s this: She’ll never give up her freedom for a seven-foot, horned alien. Even if his heated looks make her toes curl and his dominant ways give her goosebumps.

Varian doesn’t understand why Harlow won’t come to him. How can she overlook the pleasure that awaits in his arms? He’ll keep her safe, even if that means stealing her freedom forever. With his sanity on the line, he can’t afford to go back to Arcavia empty-handed. When another species of aliens begin eyeing up Earth’s resources, the Arcav may be the only ones who can keep Earth in one piece. Can Harlow stay on the run forever? Or will Varian convince her to take her rightful place… at his side?

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passengersTHE PASSENGERS by John Marrs

VS Note: Not a romance but wow, when I read th4e concept, I was hooked and one clicked. A release of note, surely it’ll be a movie…

You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?”

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sapphire flamesSAPPHIRE FLAMES: A HIDDEN LEGACY NOVEL by Ilona Andrews

VS note: They’re an autobuy for me.

n a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

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soul of the dragonsSOUL OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Anna didn’t expect things to go this far in the Blur. But after misadventures, death-defying rescues, and romantic interludes aplenty, she’s now face-to-face with the fact that she’s madly in love with five powerful, incredible dragons. And ALL of them want her more badly than air. But as perfect as they all are, how can she possibly choose between them if doing so will only break her heart?
A dramatic confrontation with a new enemy that threatens to obliterate everything will push the dragons to the very limit of their abilities, both individually an as a group. Meanwhile, Anna will be brought face to face with the person that started it all, back in the library so long ago. But now that she’s in love with five dragons equally, there’s only one question left to ask. Can she love one more broken dragon?
With their mate in danger, and their world on the brink of war, the dragons must band together to save all that they hold dear. Meanwhile, Anna will be forced to make the toughest decision she’s ever made, all while the fate of the world and her beloved dragons is in her hands.

seratis2SERATIS WAR OF THE GODS (SERATIS THE GODDESS OF EGYPT BOOK 2) by N J Adel and Noor Malek Zayn

An immortal battle to the throne.
Full with Egyptian mythology, fantasy, wild romance and sizzling scenes, Seratis Daughter of the Sun makes the perfect escapism for fantasy lovers, Egyptian historical myths fans, and spicy paranormal romance readers.

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eye of dangerEYE OF DANGER: TIGER’S EYE MYSTERIES by Alyssa Day

When Tess Callahan’s long-lost and presumed-dead father comes back to town, running from the mob, she’s not sure how to feel. But when she finds out the bad guys are really after her, to use her “gift” as a weapon, she knows exactly who to turn to. When Jack Shepherd must confront mob bigwigs, a rogue vampire, and Tess’s dad all in the same day, he realizes that small towns can be every bit as deadly as the rebellion he led when he was a soldier. Tess is in trouble, and there’s no way Jack will let anything happen to her—they haven’t even gone on their first date!

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wonderland academyWONDERLAND ACADEMY BOOK 1 by Melanie Karsak

Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy:
You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.
You must not be named Alice or risk being beheaded by order of the Queen of Hearts.
We might have an issue with that last one.
My name may be Alice, but Wonderland Academy is everything my real life isn’t. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy? As long as no one figures out my real name, I should be fine.
The only problem? Aden, the Queen of Hearts’ son, is quickly becoming my best friend. And then there’s Corbin. Brooding, surly, tattooed, and definitely not my type, I can’t stop thinking about him. But Corbin has secrets of his own, and Wonderland and secrets don’t mix.
How I’m going to pass my classes and protect my secret like my life depends on it is beyond me. But I better find a way. Because in Wonderland, no Alice is safe.

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salt and the sistersSALT AND THE SISTERS: THE SIREN’S CURSE 3 (THE ELEMENTAL ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 9) by A L Knorr

VS Note: From July

Determined to end the dreaded mermaid mating cycle between land and sea, Targa and Mira scour rare fragments of mosaic art from deep in the ocean for clues. On the hunt for the ancient spell’s source, all signs point to the ruins of Atlantis. Before the legend’s final chapter can unfold, Targa learns that only she has the strength to break the curse… the cost of which may be her life. Can Targa find the courage to face her destiny and liberate an ocean of chained hearts?

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abyss lily archerTHE ABYSS (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 7) by Lily Archer

Beth has lured me into the slave rebellion with promises that spark a fire in my heart … and in other places, as well. The Bazaar will either lead to a revolution, or end in countless lives lost and an even greater stronghold for slavery. On top of that, an old enemy has arisen, and fighting him will take every bit of strength and magic I possess. But he has more lives and more plans than I can fathom, and each of them includes destroying the realms, my king, and my mate.
Beth’s journey to the mines is even more fraught with danger, but her will is insurmountable, and my need to claim her only reinforces our agreement. The future may be filled with pitfalls, but I swear to the Ancestors I will get her to the mines and claim her so well that she will never doubt my devotion. But first, we’ll have to survive the deepest, darkest hole in all of Arin–the Abyss.

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song of the abyssSONG OF THE ABYSS (TOWER OF WINDS) by Makiia Lucier

They came in the night as she dreamt, in her berth, on a shipsailing home to del Mar. After, they would be all Reyna thought about:two carracks painted scorpion black. No emblem on either forecastle, nopennants flying above the mainmasts to hint at a kingdom of origin.

     Never a good sign. 
     As the granddaughter of a famed navigator, seventeen-year-old Reyna has always lived life on her own terms, despite those who say a girl could never be an explorer for the royal house of St. John del Mar. She is determined to prove them wrong, and as she returns home after a year-long expedition, she knows her dream is within reach. No longer an apprentice, instead: Reyna, Master Explorer.
     But when menacing raiders attack her ship, those dreams are pushed aside. Reyna’s escape is both desperate and dangerous, and when next she sees her ship, a mystery rises from the deep. The sailors–her captain, her countrymen–have vanished. To find them, Reyna must use every resource at her disposal . . . including placing her trust in a handsome prince from a rival kingdom.
     Together they uncover a disturbing truth. The attack was no isolated incident. Troubling signs point to a shadowy kingdom in the north, and for once, the rulers of the Sea of Magdalen agree: something must be done. But can Reyna be brave enough to find a way?

alaskan bonesALASKAN BONES: SHADOWS OF ALASKA BOOK 2 by CC Dragon

Kicked off the case by the good guys and attacked by the bad guys, Dot and Mason aren’t giving up!
Kids are still going missing, and the locals want their help. Add in fairies, Yeti, and crazy symbols, and it’s all uphill, headed for disaster. With a dark wizard on to them, every move they make could be walking right into an ambush.
Dot’s powers take a deeper shift, and it might be the opening they need or the evil trick which turns them into a pile of bones.

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sinful A HELLSINFUL AS HELL (nTHE DEMON ACADEM Y BOOK 1) by G Bailey

My name is Lexi Cameron and until three weeks ago, I thought I was human.
It was all a lie.
I’m a demon, and I’m signed up to attend The Demon Academy.
I soon find out it’s the darkest, cruellest school around and not many survive a full year, let alone three.
Welcome to DA, where unless you are a high demon, you can expect to be treated like trash.
My plan? 
To be invisible and get the hell out of this academy, but it doesn’t work out that way…
I have one angel teacher trying to get rid of me, the students of DA making sure I know what a demon can do and I’m not going to survive Demon Academy for long.
That is until the Lucifer sons see me.
They want to break me,
they love to play games with my heart,
and even if I wanted to run from them…I can’t.
I’m apparently their mate.
And just like their father’s home, hell can’t be escaped. 

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dame audreyDAME AUDREY by Aurora Springer

VS Note: The snippets she’s been sharing weekly have been very enjoyable. I pre-ordered this.

Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England.
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But several of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.
Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?

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immortal sky eIMMORTAL SKYE (VAMPIRE MATES) by K L Bone

Every vampire dreams of finding their destined mate—the one who brings the beat of life to their undead heart. Nearly two millennia ago, a pure-blood daughter of the Skye vampire bloodline found her soulmate in Rónán, the selkie knight charged with protecting her from all harm.

Rónán had saved Julia’s life when she was a child. Instead of being rewarded, he was enslaved by her father. Forced to serve the Skye family against his will, Rónán’s only comfort comes in watching over the lord’s daughter, whose innocence and sweet nature steals his heart.

Lord Skye has other plans for his only heir, including a politically advantageous pairing, and protecting her pure-blood lineage. Forced into an arranged marriage, Julia struggles to resist her father’s plans, but an ancient spell is cast upon her, rendering her helpless to the manipulations of others. As a result, Julia shatters the heart of the man she swore to love above all others.

After centuries apart, Julia is summoned home to the Isle of Skye, where she must face her past, and attempt to set right the wrongs committed against the man to whom her heart is eternally entwined.

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dig deeperDIG DEEPER (KEEPERS OF THE SWAMP BOOK 2) by  T S Joyce

Morgan Holland is a poacher’s daughter looking for a way out of the swamp. She’s been making secret moves to relocate, but it seems like every time she takes a step forward, she gets shoved two steps back. Her dad and friends are on the hunt for the Shifters, and they’re closing in fast. She doesn’t know Liam Lachlan, but he’s in danger, and she’ll take a huge risk to warn him. She’s walking a fine line that could get her in deep trouble with both sides. But the more time she spends with Liam, the more she wants to keep him safe—even if it means risking her own life and the future she’s been fighting for.

Liam Lachlan is one of the legendary gator shifters in the swamps of Uncertain. He’s been quiet about what he is all these years, but rumor has it some poachers have figured him out and are hunting him. Good. Bring it. It’s been a while since he had a good war. Only problem is, the girl who warned him is the daughter of the biggest, baddest poacher in the swamps, and hurting her people means demolishing her. If it’s up to the gator in him, he’ll put an end to anyone who is hunting his family. But the man in him will stop at nothing to keep Morgan safe.

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immortalenemiesIMMORTAL ENEMIES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Jessie Lane

More than a thousand years ago, their love burned brighter than the sun.
Now, the only thing that burns is his hatred for the woman he once sacrificed his life to save… and his skin in the daylight.
Arne Eriksson grew up in a time when Vikings ruled the seas. He’d longed for the day he would earn his entrance to Valhalla. A treasured afterlife he’d never see since being turned into a vampire.
The person responsible for making him a monster– the woman he’d once wanted to marry.
Liv Nornssdottir was the outcast of the Viking era. The daughter of the mystical Norns and accused of not being entirely human, the village shunned her.
All except for one… a boy who grew into the man she came to love.
When he sacrificed himself to protect her, she did the only thing she could think of to save him– she had him turned into a vampire. Something so taboo she knew it would cost her Arne’s affections for all eternity. In the moment, she didn’t think, she reacted.
She’s been running from him ever since.
Lovers turned to immortal enemies.
The problem is… he’s found her.
And Arne is none to happy to learn the woman who damned him to an eternity without glory is also his mate.

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immortal protectorIMMORTAL PROTECTOR: VAMPIRE MATES by Alice K Wayne

On the word of an Oracle, Kai leaves his home in search of his destined mate. One of the fiercest vampire warriors the Maori people have ever seen, even he may not be strong enough to melt Katya’s frozen heart.
She’s the daughter of a prominent Russian drug king, and a life full of violence, power struggles, attempts on her life, and betrayal has turned her into an Ice Queen.
When a beefy, boisterous Maori warrior forces himself into her life—and maybe even her heart—she’s not sure she can freeze him out. No matter how hard she tries.

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academy for the fallenACADEMY FOR THE FALLEN: YEAR ONE (UNDERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Avery Song

After falling in battle, Lilith, known as Queen Merciless to foe and friend alike, expects to wake up in the toasty halls of hell —not the depths of the Underworld as a candidate for entry into the Academy for the Fallen.

Confused, she assumes it’s either a misunderstanding or someone’s idea of a joke. Forced to prove her strength with three challenging tests, Lilith is determined to dominate, showing she has no need for more schooling.
She’s no damsel needing protection or rescue.
Stuck with a former angel on the outs with God, a hellhound with a dangerous secret, and a trickster shapeshifter posing as the previous King of the Afterlife, Lilith thinks they should change the school’s name to Academy for Psychos.
Her opinion only strengthens when she meets the dastardly sexy headmaster.
There are no math classes. No one cares what books you read. And the only chemistry that matters is deadly.
Academy for the Fallen has no use for the weak and pure. Its purpose is to train an elite force of the evilest, blood driven souls to keep the Damned from escaping Satan’s grasp and unleashing hell on Earth.
Time for Lilith to dust off her crown and fight alongside the irresistible dark trio determined to win her affection.  There’s a new war to wage — the battle between evil and evil — and no one is a badder bitch than Queen Merciless. 

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walk tallWALK TALL (ASSASSIN’S CLAWS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke

Clay Moreno is a paid killer, just like his four brothers. It’s the family business—they fight together, they die together. Whether they’re working as a group or alone, they are a tight unit who protect their own.

Clay drew the short straw on their latest mission: assassinate the American president. He knew the case was going to be tough, but the last thing he expected to find was his mate… the president’s own son. The fact that he began the case with plans to seduce his way into the White House via that same son is beside the point. What his mate doesn’t know shouldn’t hurt him…

Nick Jackson is lonely and ordinary in a family of overachievers. He doesn’t want to do photo ops for the press, prep for the next year’s tests over the summer or any of the hundreds of other things his mother hassles him about. All he wants is to relax after his first year of college, work on his tan… and maybe find a boy to flirt with.

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vampires dont sparkleVAMPIRES DON’T SPARKLE by Mia Archer and Andrew Beymer

All I wanted was a normal high school life, but it turns out fate had other things in mind.

I’m a reaper like my father before me. Tasked with ferrying souls from the mortal world to their eternal reward when they die. I didn’t want to go into the family business, but crazy supernatural shit keeps finding me whether I want it or not!

Take my latest problem. Vampires. Nosferatu. The undead. Children of the night. Bloodsuckers. They’re totally real, and they’re totally sneaking around my school and trying to put the moves on my girl!

Which is a problem. Most mortals have the good sense to stay away from things that go bump in the night, but not Stacy. Show her a hint of the supernatural and suddenly she’s acting like we’re a combination of the Scooby Gang and the Ghostbusters and she’s running in, stakes out, without an appreciation for how often encounters between the undead and the living result in the living becoming the undead!
I thought life would settle down after all that nasty business with Graham the necromancer. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There are bloodsuckers infesting my school, they’re after my girl for some reason, and it’s time to show them how wrong those old dudes were when they said don’t fear the reaper!

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trouble ex machinaTROUBLE EX MACHINA (THE RARE AND THE UNKNOWN BOOK 5) by Shai August

Trouble McNamara is on a mission to find the dark witch Mahjabeen, with help from her…something Romeo Crutchfield she traipses around the world. Can Trouble corner the dark witch and bring her to justice for her attempts on the leaders of the Rare and Unknown? Or will Mahjabeen escape from trouble? Trouble returns and she causing all manner of trouble.

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gentleman wolf.PNGGENTLEMAN WOLF (CAPITAL WOLVES DUET BOOK 1) by Joanna Chambers

An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh… 1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.… on a mission… While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.… meets his match

As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?
Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.

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doctor enchantedDOCTOR ENCHANTED: REVENGE OF THE BEARS by Juniper Hart

He’s hot, intense, somewhat of a jerk…and my boss.  On top of that, he’s a rich, powerful alpha. I thought he hated me, but one passionate night, he proved me wrong.  My life was almost a dream come true…until one cursed night at a party aboard a yacht. Now everyone seems to know about our secret affair. That’s not the worst of our problems, though. The nightmare has a name: Helios.  A dangerous fugitive with a lust for vengeance so deep that he doesn’t care who he has to kill to get it—and our hospital is harboring him.
The question is, what the hell does Helios want with us? From the look of things, I’d say he wants me.

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alphas deceptionALPHA’S DECEPTION: REVENGE OF THE BEARS by Juniper Hart

One night at an Enchanted bar changed my entire world forever… I should have just let him have the drink and run. I didn’t. Toby’s eyes sucked me in—almost as fast as his lips.
I have no idea who I thought I was fooling. Could a thieving witch and a billionaire bear ever end up together? Of course not.
Is that why I hid our baby from him for years? Or was it his underworld ties and workplace scandals?
Now, I am caught up in something that is forcing me to steal from him.The matter is life or death, after all. He still has the same effect on me as he did when we first met, but I can’t get sucked in again. If fate finds you once, it has a pesky way of catching up with you again—not unlike your past.

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golden griffins babyTHE GOLDEN GRIFFIN’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

In the last year, Lila has lost everything. Her husband. Her home. Her community. All she has left is her children…and the kindness of the town of Oak Ridge, who took her in when her husband’s pack leader showed his true colors.

Griffin shifter and Marine veteran Flynn is a naturally suspicious man. He’s seen too much evil in his life to trust in good hearts and happy endings–much less believe that any of it could be his. So when Lila shows up in town, complete with adorable kids and a sad sob story, he’s sure she must be a spy for the predatory lion pack she came from.
Then lions attack her home. And Flynn realizes how wrong he’s been.
Suddenly, Flynn is caught up in protecting a woman he’s just met, and caring for a child and a baby who’ve taken his heart in a way he never could’ve predicted. Can Lila open up her bruised heart and let him in? Can Flynn learn that he deserves a family? And what happens when the truth about Lila’s husband’s death comes out?

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spikedSPIKED (THE SUNDANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by C P Rider

My name is Neely and I’m a telepath-spiker. Not only can I read a person’s thoughts, I can also spike deadly power straight into their brain. But don’t worry, I have strict rules about that sort of thing.

I’m hiding again. This time in a California desert truck stop town run by Lucas Blacke, a tiger shifter and alpha leader who’s as handsome as Lucifer and twice as slippery. I’ve been running from alphas like him my whole life. They either want to own me or kill me—there is no middle ground.

Now a homicidal alpha from my past is threatening everything I care about and I know I can’t fight him alone. Lucas Blacke is dangerous, and his intentions are murky at best, but I’ve run out of options. If I want to live, I’m going to have to put my faith in a man I know I can’t trust.

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once upon a princess deborah baileyONCE UPON A PRINCESS: LAND OF DREAMS – A PARANORMAL FAIRY TALE by Deborah A Bailey

VS Note: Lovely to see a new title from Deborah! I enjoyed her scifi romance HATHOR LEGACY series…

Formula for Fairy Tale Love: 1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After.
In the rich and fertile land called Montrose, humans and creatures of magic exist together in a complex web of harmony…and deceit.
Willem was created of magic and trapped in the Land of Dreams by a curse in which he shared his gargoyle form with Eduardo. When Eduardo freed himself from the evil spell his jealous half-brother Erokan cast on him, Willem survived and was given a new life by the faeries. Haunted by the duality of his previous existence as well as the woman he and Eduardo both fell in love with while hexed, Willem, now a gargoyle shifter, meets the daughter of Lord Montrose. Compassionate, graceful and adamant about marrying for love and not riches, Cicely is far more wondrous than her outside beauty suggests. Suddenly, everything he’s ever wanted is within his grasp. But he isn’t the only man who longs to capture her.

Aware that Cicely descends from the royal line and was hidden away as a child to keep her magical ability a secret, a mysterious stranger intends to bend the powerful fire elemental to his will. To succeed, he has only to dominate Willem, still anguished by the curse that trapped him…and easily beguiled by a fair princess.

Cicely knows she possesses magical ability, but her origins are a mystery even to her. She loves her family and her land. Falling in love with the courageous, self-sacrificing Willem may be the key to awakening…or unleashing…something formidable buried deep inside her.

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weaverTHE WEAVER (THE WEAVER  Trilogy Book 1) by Heather Kindt

Most writers choose the endings to their stories . . . most writers are not Weavers.
Laney Holden is a freshman at Madison College whose life goes from normal to paranormal in a matter of seconds. When the antagonist in the book she’s writing shoves her down the stairs at the subway station, she learns she is a Weaver. Weavers bridge the narrow gap between fantasy and reality, bringing their words to life. Laney soon meets William whom she also suspects is a character from her book—one she’s had a mad crush on since her pen hit the paper. But he’s in danger as her antagonist reveals a whole different ending planned for Laney’s book that involves killing William. Laney must use her writing to save the people closest to her by weaving the most difficult words she will ever write.

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witchstone amuletTHE WITCHSTONE AMULET by Mason Thomas

Protect it at all costs.
That’s what rugby player Hunter Best’s mother told him before she died. But when Hunter surprises an intruder in his Chicago apartment, he discovers her amulet stolen. Hunter pursues the thief—all the way through a strange vortex. He wakes in a bizarre and violent world, a benighted realm on the threshold of civil war.

The queen has become a ruthless tyrant, punishing any who oppose her, weakening the kingdom’s defenses against the brutal Henerans. To survive, Hunter must depend on the man who robbed him, a handsome former spy named Dax, now a leader of the resistance that believes the queen is an imposter—a Heneran disguised by magic… who also looks identical to Hunter’s mother.

There’s no love lost between Hunter and Dax, and even if Hunter grudgingly agrees with the resistance, he just wants to reclaim his property and go home. But he might be the only one who can oppose the queen and end her reign of terror.

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dark princes agendaDARK PRINCE’S AGENDA (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 31) by I T Lucas

While Turner and Kian work out the details of Areana’s rescue plan, Carol and Lokan’s tumultuous relationship hits another snag. Is it a sign of things to come?

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alpha and omegaALPHA AND OMEGA (DEVIL’S WOLVES MC BOOK 1) by J L Wilder

Jane – as Alpha of the Silver Fang She-wolves, it’s my job to enforce our survival code:
1. Obey Your She-Alpha
2. Hunt or be Hunted
3. Never Trust a Man
But now that the Red Claw are invading our territory, our code is being turned upside down! The only way for me to ensure my pack’s safety is by negotiating with the old-school Alpha of the Devil’s Wolves MC. But first, he’ll have to learn to respect who I am—a proud She-Alpha. 

Case – As Alpha of the Devil’s Wolves MC, I ensure that my pack follows our code:
1. Don’t #&CK with me!
2. Never Kill In Cold Blood.
3. Whiskey is For Drinking, Omegas are for Breeding.
My pack has been without mates for far too long, and with the Red Claws moving in, I’ll need to negotiate with the most stubborn she-wolf in the southwest. But first, she’ll have to accept who I am—her Alpha Daddy. 

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thriveTHRIVE (DEFY THE RAVAGED BOOK 2) by E M Raegan

VS Note: Author states this ends in a cliffhanger.

The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere.

I haven’t seen him. I haven’t spoken to him. But I know he’s there. I know he’ll be there if I need him. It’s not long before I do. My name is Willow. His name is Jason.  I hate him—or I used to. Now I just need him. Want him. Miss him. The ravaged are coming. They always are, and he’s always there to stand between them and me.
But the Ravaged aren’t the only dangers lurking behind every corner. There’s something more sinister stalking me. And when it finds me, I’m on my own.

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power of firePOWER OF FIRE (THE BROKEN ACADEMY) by Jade Alters

An unforgivable accident tore my family apart. It wasn’t my fault. It was his.
I’m a Dragon and I’m seeking revenge. But in order to do that, I need to control the wildfire within me.
Joining the Broken Academy is the only way.
Yes, this secret world is my only hope. And another Dragon, Lee, wants to help me.
Along with the other men who now seem more like lovers than mere allies. It’s a romantic world in here. But I can’t stray away from my path. There’s a reason why I came here. Him. The one who destroyed my family has to die. And I’m the one who’ll put him in his grave.

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noble causeA NOBLE CAUSE (LEGACY BOOK 2) by Mickie B Ashling

Having achieved his heart’s desire at a high price, Prince Colin of Sendorra and his fiancé, Nobel Prize winner Alain de Gris, find themselves at the epicenter of a twisted plot. Colin’s cousin, Drake Bradford, and his grandmother Maura, the high priestess of the Bradford Coven, have conspired for years to bring down the royal family.

Resembling his cousin in features and coloring, Drake, the soulless rat, has been using their similarities—and black magic—to his advantage. Princess Charlotte, Colin’s ex-girlfriend, is unwittingly drawn into the feud, blissfully unaware she’s been sleeping with an impostor.

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cookies and clairvoyanceCOOKIES AND CLAIRVOYANCE (A MAGICAL BAKERY MYSTERY BOOK 8) by Bailey Cates

Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot is juggling wedding preparations, a visit from her father, and home renovations on top of her long hours at the Honeybee Bakery, where she and her aunt Lucy imbue their yummy cookies and pastries with beneficial magic. But when firefighter Randy Post is accused of murdering a collector of rarities, and his prints are on the statue that was used to kill the man, Katie steps in.

Randy is not only Katie’s fiancé’s coworker, but also the boyfriend of fellow spellbook club member and witch Bianca Devereaux. Bianca and Declan are both sure Randy is innocent, and so is Katie. However, to prove it she’ll have to work with ornery detective Peter Quinn again—and this time around he knows she’s more than your everyday baker.

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plague doctorTHE PLAGUE DOCTOR (THE PARANORMAL UNIVERSITY FILES: SKYLAR BOOK 4) by Vivienne Savage and Dominique Kristine

When a zombie epidemic sweeps trough the local mall and kicks the school year off with a bang, Sky can’t wait to take on her first official operation of the term. Thankfully, her kind are immune to it, right?

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haunted house murderHAUNTED HOUSE MURDER  by Various

HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.

DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.

HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.

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bridge kingdomTHE BRIDGE KINGDOM by Danielle L Jensen

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

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bound by passionBOUND BY PASSION (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 4) by Brenda K Davies

When Kadence has a vision of a cabin in the woods, Saxon and his friends are determined to find it. He’s beginning to think they’re on a wild goose chase… until he stumbles across the cabin and a horde of Savages. Elyse and her father have spent months imprisoned by Savages. Tortured and brutalized, she has no hope of getting out alive. When Saxon arrives, he gives her a chance at freedom; however, he wants to know why the Savages imprisoned her, and she can never reveal that. She tries to keep her distance, but when they are trapped together, it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the growing desire between them. Desperate to save her father, Elyse realizes Saxon may be the only one who can help her, but if she reveals the truth, will he forgive her… or kill her?

***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series to follow the Alliance Series.

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blacksmith queenTHE BLACKSMITH QUEEN (THE SCARRED EARTH SAGA BOOK 1) by G A Aiken

With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.

Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned.

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rage stormheartRAGE: A STORMHEART NOVEL by Cora Carmack

Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves. If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different…they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent. This feels like more than rage. It feels like war.

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wild savage starsWILD SAVAGE STARS (THE SWEET BLACK WAVES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Kristina Perez

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart—and finds herself considering a darker path. Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed—peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance may be to embrace the darkness within.

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star crossed with scarlettSTAR CROSSED WITH SCARLETT (MIDDLEMARCH CAPTURE BOOK 6) by Shelley Munro

The moment the resonance traps Ransom, he’s tossed into a living hell. Everything meaningful to him is in danger unless he follows the orders of a prince lying in stasis.
But that’s not the royal’s only demand.
Prince Kalim expects Ransom to deliver Scarlett—the woman Ransom’s dragon desires.
Captured by a dragon. Scarlett Mitchell can’t believe this twist of fate and, once she learns of the dragon-man’s quest, she struggles with the blast of excitement and yearning that seize her imagination. She’s the queen of lists and measures the pros against the cons in every decision—a lesson taught by experience. Life works better when she reins in her spontaneity.
She should turn her back on this dangerous journey, but she can’t.

Romantic sparks fly between Ransom and Scarlett as they travel to the final showdown with the prince. Painful secrets from the past poke at weak spots and emotions run high while a volcanic eruption threatens to annihilate everyone and everything in its path.
Two star-crossed lovers…Courage, determination, and pure grit are required to save the day before this ill-fated quest turns into another impulse gone wrong, or worse—a death trap.

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wishful thinking helen harperWISHFUL THINKING (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMNED FAIRY GODMOTHER IN THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING) BOOK 1 by Helen Harper

Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one.

Desperate to prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan.

Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen?

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star cruise mystery dancerVS Note: Highlighting my STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER this week, which was a scifi take on the legend of Anastasia, combined with dancing, so I had FUN writing this one!

First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…

Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 21

August 14

August  7

July 31

July 24

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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 by hand 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.

Much Too Valuable Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent). I’ll probably switch to REEDE next week, because it should be released by then.

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 – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer and were briefly on the run together. Skipping ahead, after the Khagrish have recaptured the pair, the alien in charge outlines his plans for them.

“The two of you have no way to know this, but I’m an avid hunter. Back on the home world, my domicile is full of trophies, rare beasts taken from many worlds where I’ve served,” He pointed at Camron, “But I’ve never hunted one of you animals, nor a human, so we’re all in for a very interesting time.”

“Leave her out of this,” Camron said urgently, “Hunt me at your peril—I’m a soldier, I’ll gladly take you on, but don’t include the woman.”

“Protective of the female, eh?” Parryfilmunn grinned unpleasantly, “All the more reason to send her out into the range with you.”

Camron lunged at him, but the guards swarmed him before he got close. Gemma flinched in sympathy – how much punishment could Camron take? “Stop it! I’ll gladly go with him and your head will be the trophy, not ours.”

The listening scientist left her chair and stepped closer to Camron, voice raised in protest, “He’s much too valuable to be wasted in a meaningless hunt.” Looking down her nose at Gemma, she made a casual hand gesture as if to shoo her away. “Take the human, we have more than enough of them, but the male is one of a dwindling population.”

And the hunt is on…..the Khagrish have no redeeming virtues, by the way.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Veronica Takes a New Quiz

Depositphotos_50887641_l-2015 gold and white nightstand

DepositPhoto – I always wanted the gold and white bedroom furniture when I was a kid. Maybe without the candelabra! (I have cherry veneer wood right now.)

Found a fun new ‘quiz’ in last month’s COSMO magazine, where they ask celebrities questions about their nightstand. Seemed to lend itself to some fun answers so here goes…

My overall nightstand vibe:  Messy (and there are dust bunnies underneath it)…

Got any snacks? I don’t usually eat in bed but occasionally I’ll have a sliced Granny Smith apple (love the tart taste!).

What’s currently on top: My kindle, my phone, my iPod, two pairs of reading glasses, the TV remote, a pink sparkly peacock and a little music box that plays Papageno’s song from The Magic Flute. (My Dad sang that part once in an amateur opera production.)

Sleep mask: No.

I wouldn’t want my Mom to find: Well, I am a romance author and I do write steamy scenes for my characters so I have some interesting research materials stacked to the side…

The product I always have: Cherry flavored Chapstick, TheraTears eye drops for dry eyes and a Clinique face cream.

jake contoertionistBooks by my bed: The kindle is stuffed with scifi romance, Regency romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction, nonfiction…there’s also a towering stack of ancient Egyptian research books because I write novels set in 1550 BCE as well. And a big pile of laundry to put away at the foot of the bed, and of course Jake the Cat is wherever he wants to be….

My alarm sitch: When I left the old day job so I could be a fulltime writer I swore not to EVER wake up to the alarm again, unless I had a plane to catch. So, no alarm set. I do keep a clock by the bed.

Adding to the magazine’s questions, in the nightstand drawers, I have: Top drawer – kind of a junk drawer, with extra reading glasses, batteries, hair clips, a combination pulse/blood oxygen fingertip monitor (When I have an anxiety attack I’m always concerned I can’t breathe and the blood O2 reading helps me keep control that yes, I can. The pulse measurement is handy if I think I’m having an AFIB incident), pens, pads of paper for writing down those middle of the night ideas I won’t remember in the morning…Bottom drawer: SOCKS! Of all kinds and colors and patterns.

red pandas2 better shotAnd extra bonus, on a nearby set of drawers, I keep these red pandas and a red panda-inspired dragon (his wings are kind of obscured – sorry), both of which my DD2 gave me because I looove red pandas. And my Dad gave me the small wooden box after a business trip to Spain when I was about eight. Inside I keep one tiny tail feather from a baby bird we rescued that same summer.

Happy Friday to you!

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 21

defender galactic gladiatorsAs 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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DEFENDERS (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 2) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: And of course I one clicked this!

Astrophysicist Dr. Jayna Lennox’s life imploded the day her ship was attacked by aliens. Through months of captivity, she’s survived by shutting down and not feeling. Then she’s freed by the House of Rone cyborgs and finds herself in the arms of huge, tough Mace. Struggling to heal, Mace is the only thing that makes her feel safe. The only person who makes her feel like she isn’t broken. But there are more of her crew members imprisoned in Carthago’s desert, and Jayna will have to delve into her darkest memories to help save them.

Born to fight and bred for rage, Mace barely survived his gang-ridden homeworld. Thanks to Imperator Magnus Rone, he’s found a place at the House of Rone. Unlike the other cyborgs, he feels, but only anger and annoyance. When a small, wounded human woman works her way under his skin, Mace finds himself feeling things he’s never felt before…along with a powerful need to keep her safe.

Jayna vows to help find her fellow humans, even if it means revisiting her nightmares and being part of a dangerous mission into the desert. But as the passion between her and Mace explodes, she finds herself with two battles on her hands: the battle to free the humans from their captors, and the war to win Mace’s scarred heart.

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fractured soulsFRACTURED SOULS (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 3) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I one clicked this as soon as it appeared. I love her Kordolians.

Alexis Carter is a long way from home, and she doesn’t quite understand how she got here. All she knows is that she died once, and now she’s alive.
She’s woken into a nightmare, trapped on a dark ship full of terrifying aliens. With their silver skin and fire-colored eyes, they look a lot like the monsters that once attacked her on Earth.
One Kordolian in particular stands out… he’s huge, he doesn’t talk much, and his job is to guard her.
From what, exactly?
The voices inside her head?

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alien breederALIEN BREEDER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips

When Sarah is imprisoned for violating one of the alien invaders’ laws, she discovers that there is more at stake than just her freedom. By accepting a breeding contract with one of the aliens, Sarah will not only gain her freedom but she will have a chance at the one thing her deceased husband couldn’t give her – a child.

Life has taught Sarah that happiness doesn’t last. Everyone she has ever loved has been taken from her but she is determined to take this chance, even though her heart aches for an absent alien warrior…

Six months ago, T’gana felt an instant bond with a quiet Earth female. Unable to claim her, he transferred to a battle position. Now, wounded inside and out, he returns to claim his female, even if thirty days of happiness is all he is allowed. After all, how can he expect her to accept a broken warrior?

Just as Sarah and T’gana start to break down the barriers between them, outside forces threaten to destroy their second chance. Can they overcome not only their own fears, but a world determined to tear them apart?

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radek suki sRADEK (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 3) by Suki Selborne

My family thought a space cruise was just what I needed to take my mind off my college stress. But I never expected this to happen.
Five arrogant Dark Star Princes invaded our ship. Oh, and that’s not all. Prince Radek’s says he’s taking me home with him.
The prince demands an heir. He wants me to provide it.
But disaster is about to strike the Dark Star empire, and the Emperor too. Not even Prince Radek could plan for that.
And now? Things are really getting crazy.

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star pilots heroA STAR PILOT’S HERO (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 2) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clarke

My cocky pilot is the love of my life, so why does my heart flutter every time I’m near the shy techie, gorgeous doctor, and mysterious bounty hunter?
The men on my spaceship are fighting over me, and my boyfriend is having none of it. If that’s not enough, I’m stuck with a gruff soldier who’s refusing to follow my orders—and refusing to wear pants.
Trapped on a cramped ship, there’s no escaping their smoldering looks and sizzling touches. There’s also no escaping my growing feelings for all five of them.
When my greatest enemy returns, I need to hold this crew together and keep my feelings in check to fight for our lives and for the future of the galaxy.
Can I navigate the stars as well as my own heart to save the universe?

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devoloseDEVOLOSE: BOOK 4 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan

Devolose and Tawny have been rescued after three years together in the emperor’s dungeon. Every day he was forced to inflict pain on the Earth woman he only wanted to protect. How could he not develop feelings for her when they’re connected in so many ways?

But how can they trust feelings forged in captivity? The more he pushes her away to protect her, the more determined she is to stay at his side. After decades of slavery, the emperor took far more than his soul. Can half a male satisfy a complete woman?

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prison princessPRISON PRINCESS (HAREM STATIONS BOOK 5) by J A Huss

Valor joined up with Tray after Beauty’s sacrifice because he knew Luck was destined to be with Princess Nyleena. There was no room in that relationship for a third wheel. But when he teamed up with Tray he had no idea that he’d be the third wheel in that partnership too.

Tray has been keeping ALCOR’s secrets since the day he arrived on Harem Station. Not just one or two… ALL of them. But he’s also been keeping one of his own.

His secret is a girl. Not a Cygnian girl. An Akeelian girl. A beautiful, mysterious, scheming secret girl that Tray has been in love with ever since she first turned up in his Pleasure Prison virtual reality asking him for help. Except she’s not virtual. She’s real. She’s in danger. And before Valor came along all he wanted to do was break her out of her prison and keep her for himself. But now… he might have to learn to share.

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trapped in timeTRAPPED IN TIME (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world–a world that seems stuck in the past, around the time of the Victorian era.

Now Caroline must deal with hoop skirts and elaborate etiquette, not to mention all the dangers of the past. It’s a minefield of antiquated social mores and poisons used as medicines and cosmetics. But perhaps the most perplexing problem is the husband she has somehow acquired–a tall, dark Blood Kindred named Richard who claims she is his wife and refuses to let her go. For in this universe, the Kindred arrived 200 years earlier than in her own time and they have made their way into polite society…as Richard seems determined to make his way into Caroline’s heart.

Will Caroline ever find her way back to her own time and universe? Will she succumb to Richard’s charms and give in to the big Blood Kindred who claims her as his own? And what about the scheming mother she has in this world who is determined that she will leave Richard for a Viscount of questionable morals? Caroline doesn’t know what to do, she only knows that if she cannot somehow open another window into her own world she will be forever…Trapped in Time.

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their hybridTHEIR HYBRID (STEAMPUNK REVERSE HAREM by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: A re-release

She was born to serve. Pity she doesn’t want to. DX-4, also known as Dex, is a hybrid: not quite human, not quite machine. She spends her days running errands for her three masters, until one day she ends up in a bit of a pickle. Meaning she could be killed for what she did.

Her masters try everything they can to help her, but will it be enough? And is her heart human enough to return their love?

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echoes in the voidECHOES IN THE VOID (SHADOWED SOL BOIOK 1) by Liberty Speidel

When Tamryn shows up in the office of down-on-his-luck detective Bridger Heidemann, he’s eager to take the case. A paycheck coming from the city’s wealthiest woman? Who could turn that down? The case of Tamryn’s missing best friend Cora shouldn’t be difficult, despite the fact she went off planet. But when lead after lead hits a dead end, Bridger is forced to leave Earth to find his quarry.
There’s just one catch:
Tamryn insists on coming with him, and she’s sexy as hell.
She’s also bound and determined to get Bridger to break his number one rule about clients: he won’t sleep with them.
With trouble following them to every space station, Bridger’s main concern should be tracking down Cora, not staying out of Tamryn’s bed.
As the flight to finding Cora gets more dangerous, will the pressure force Bridger to succumb to Tamryn’s feminine wiles?

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threadbareTHREADBARE (STORM FRONTS BOOK 1) by Elle E Ire

All cybernetic soldier Vick Corren wanted was to be human again. Now all she wants is Kelly. But machines can’t love. Can they? With the computerized implants that replaced most of her brain, Vick views herself as more machine than human. She’s lost her memory, but worse, can no longer control her emotions, though with the help of empath Kelly LaSalle, she’s holding the threads of her fraying sanity together.

Vick is smarter, faster, impervious to pain… the best mercenary in the Fighting Storm, until odd flashbacks show Vick a life she can’t remember and a romantic relationship with Kelly that Vick never knew existed. But investigating that must wait until Vick and her team rescue the Storm’s kidnapped leader.

Someone from within the organization is working against them, threatening Kelly’s freedom. To save her, Vick will have to sacrifice what she values most: the last of her humanity. Before the mission is over, either Vick or Kelly will forfeit the life she once knew.

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neon viceNEON VICE by Jessica Marting

It’s going to be the road trip from hell.

An embarrassing incident at a corporate dinner party has Josh Hawthorne scrambling to find a replacement android companion for his sociopath of a boss. Unfortunately, that model has been discontinued and the only way to find a new one is to scavenge the long-abandoned factories of the derelict Eastern Badlands. To get there and back safely, he needs help, and he finds it in the sketchiest part of Mission City.

Electronics dealer Madeline Atwood jumps at the chance to help Josh and take enough of his money to start her life over. His boss being the man responsible for her mother’s death gives her the chance to exact some very expensive payback, all the better to tweak the nose of his stuffy assistant.

But once on the road, there’s only so much they can argue over whose turn it is to drive. Working as a team to look for a vintage android that may not exist anymore has a way of bringing people together, even when they’re total opposites. And what they say about opposites attracting isn’t far from either of their minds.

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catalyst jody wallaceCATALYST: CAT SHIP (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 8) by Jody Wallace

Dance teacher Wil Tango, adopted by a cat who needs to make use of his opposable thumbs, knows all too well the primary rule of their arrangement: never reveal the cat is a genius. Their clever scheme to win all the jackpots on Gizem Station works until a bigwig gets suspicious, and he finds himself stuffed in a stasis box and shipped to Garbage Planet. At least he’s got the cat for company.

Sulari Abfall, scrapyard picker extraordinaire, thinks she’s scored when she earns access to the latest offload from Gizem Station. Their trash is her treasure, and the profits from her recycling program should provide more than enough to upgrade her clunky garbage scow into a clunky tow ship, a huge step up in trash hierarchy. When she’s drawn to a hazardous waste container, she finds more than she ever bargained for. A naked man. And a sentient cat.

But unsealing the stasis pod sends an interspace signal back to Gizem Station—and the vengeful VIP who thought Wil was dead. It will take all the wits of a lovely garbage scow captain, a down on his luck dance instructor, and a brave orange feline to defeat a gang intent on mayhem, murder, and a galactic catnapping that could change the course of the future for the entire Obsidian Rim.

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alien king crashesALIEN KING CRASHES THE WEDDING (LUMERIAN NIGHTS BOOK 1) by Becca Brayden 

Art dealer Sasha Montgomery is both nervous and thrilled to be invited to the Caldorian Earth Base for her best friend’s wedding to an alien warrior. One, she’s never seen an alien up close, and two, she made a promise to be there, no matter how much the idea of being surrounded by hundreds of huge alien warriors frightened her.
She thinks she’s got it all under control, until Dagan, the groom’s best friend, crashes the wedding. He’s smoking hot—way too hot to be an alien—and determined to seduce her.
Sasha gives in to passion with unexpected consequences. Ancient power rises in response to their new-found bond, and the once innocent Sasha discovers that Dagan has been keeping secrets. He’s not just another warrior, he’s a king, and the power rising between them hasn’t been seen in a millennium.
Sasha must learn to control the force clawing its way through her body…or destroy them all.

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striking freedomSTRIKING FREEDOM (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Lacey had grown up with privilege, but she learned early exactly how deals got made. She used to use her skills to get Adaptation Station their hard-to-come-by supplies, but after the blast, the family that she had been gaining was pulled from her.
Lacey was transported across the stars where she sat at the side of her grandfather while he bargained away the human race. When she objected, she became a test subject that the Splice took apart.
Wallowing in depression lasted for a while, but when she got back on her feet and stood tall, she realized that she had work to do, and no one was going to do it for her. Time to get a plan into position and get her band back together.

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scavenger princessSCAVENGER PRINCESS (SWAG STORIES BOOK 2) by Carysa Locke

An escaped corporate slave, Andromeda Jones will do anything to remain free, even if it means living as a junker, surviving in the lower cities on the waste of her former owners, Laripim Shipyards.

She spends her days hiding the telekinetic Talent that makes her so coveted, and searching for anything she can salvage among the dangerous mountains of waste the shipyards produce. She spends her nights dreaming an impossible future with three pirate princes she’s never met, but who feel tantalizingly close.

Then she stumbles on a secret that will destroy her hard won anonymity. To save herself, she’ll have to embrace the Talent she’s ignored for years, sparking betrayal from friends, the notice of her enemies, and most dangerous of all, it will call her three princes to her. Are they her salvation, or just one more prison to avoid?

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xulXUL (CAPTURED BY ALIENS BOOK 1) by A G Wilde

Athena wakes up in hell. Well…it’s an alien slave ship, but it might as well be hell because she only has three choices. Mate. Become a sex slave. Or be killed. Great options. Desperate for freedom, a chance for survival is presented in the handsome rogue alien called Xul.

But Xul is caught up in problems of his own and a mission he cannot afford to let fail—one that could be easily compromised if he dared open his heart. That doesn’t leave her with many options and it doesn’t help that she finds him utterly frustrating……and strong, hot, irresistible…She shouldn’t really be thinking about him like that. Should she?

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worldship files leviathanWORLDSHIP FILES: LEVIATHAN by Erik Schubach

When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape shifters, Vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete one thousand years later.

Lotteries are held and only twelve million souls are selected to make the ten thousand year journey to the new world aboard the multi-generational starship.

The Worldship Files follow the cases of Knith Shade, a human law enforcement officer of the Enforcers Brigade aboard the Leviathan, five thousand years into her journey.

Knith must investigate a series of grisly murders, where the victims organs are harvested in the back halls of the bulkhead decks of the massive habitation rings of the Leviathan. Where others have failed, she has discovered leads that lead her to the unthinkable, when all signs point to a Fae Lady, and not just any lady, but the daughter of Queen Mab herself.

Driven to solve the murders and bring the perpetrator to justice, even though she knows that merely even suggesting a Fae could have anything to do with the crimes would cause retaliation against Knith’s habitation ring, as the magic of the Fae is what is keeping everyone alive on the Worldship. It could be more than simply career suicide.

Enforcer Shade finds herself almost irresistible drawn to her main suspect, the Winter Maiden, Princess Aurora herself. Secrets are revealed and treachery uncovered, while even more mysteries and questions are unearthed.

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dragons prize milly t aidenDRAGON’S PRIZE (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Reagan Brooks hopes that being a surrogate on planet Daeria will end the violence in her life. Earth gave her nothing but pain and she needed a fresh start. Except, now that she’s there, she questions if this was the right decision for her. She doubted the massive alphas were the right men for her. Too late to change her mind. Time to sink or swim.

Ryse and Brazen, dragon shifter enforcers for the king, want a mate they can love and cherish and are willing to wait forever for her. When Ryse comes home with Reagan in tow, Brazen is caught off guard and wary. She’s beautiful and perfect, but haunted. She’s closed off her heart and refuses to trust. He’s not sure they’ll ever reach her.

Ryse and Brazen do their best to show Reagan they love her and will never hurt her. But her past won’t let her accept their love, no matter how hard she tries to put it behind her. When her mates are taken from her, it’s time for Reagan to fight or lose the love she dreamed of. A love she never truly believed she’d find in a planet full of predators

aliens seductionTHE ALIEN’S SEDUCTION (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 7) by Zoey Draven

After a dark relationship in her past, Crystal Lee avoids men like the plague, especially dominant, physically strong, overbearing ones—everything that reminds her of her ex. So, it’s just her luck that she’s stuck on a planet surrounded by them. Only they’re not men. They’re massive, battle-worn alien warriors. And when one steals her from the safety of her new home, into the wild lands of Luxiria, she never expects him to come to her rescue.

Ambassador Cruxan likes two things: a plethora of females warming his furs and a good, satisfying fight at the training pits. As the leader of the roughest outpost on Luxiria, he’s known for fixing messy situations, for getting the hard jobs done. So, when the Prime Leader tasks him with tracking and retrieving a human female, he does it, no questions asked. There’s only one problem: that human female turns out to be his fated mate, a fated mate he never thought he wanted.

When they’re both stranded together in the wild lands, days away from civilization, Crystal quickly realizes that she needs to keep her distance from the devastatingly passionate and handsome male. But Cruxan awakens desires she has long thought dead…and soon, she fears that he has the power to break her heart if she’s not careful with it.

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selected by the alien scientistSELECTED BY THE ALIEN SCIENTIST (THE NOVANS BOOK 2) by Ashlyn Hawkes

Johanna Oldenberg is a scientist, working to ensure that the Novans and their chosen female cohorts can produce children. Scientifically, it should work, and it soon does for Lisa and her alien lover, Commander Brax. All of the other couples, though, are failing.
Pressure is mounting to find a solution. Otherwise, the Novans will die out.
Soon, they make a breakthrough. It seems the secret might lie in a woman’s pleasure, and one of the alien scientists is more than willing to test that theory on Johanna.

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pets in space 4PETS IN SPACE® 4 – PRE-ORDER! – by Various including SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts and more!

VS Note: I don’t normally cover pre-orders here but Pauline B. Jones and I are the co-founders of PETS IN SPACE® and we both have stories in the volume and it releases on my birthday (Oct 8)… so here’s a heads up!

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. ..

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khyrons claimKHYRON’S CLAIM (KETAURRAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Rayna Taylor

Now that the mission to save the ruler of Ketaurrios is over, Celeste and her friends have been ordered to remain as guests in his home until the antidote they’d obtained purges the deadly toxin from his system.

After days of waiting, Celeste is impatient to return to the human settlement and decides a visit to his quarters, a quick thank you, and an even shorter good-bye to the man she’s never met should be all she needs to appease him and be on her way. What she didn’t expect to find is the man who stole her heart, the one she thought she could trust to protect her family during the war—a broken promise which resulted in their deaths.

Khyron is a warrior and the leader of his people. The war might be over but the past, in the form of a beautiful human female with flowing dark hair, haunts his thoughts and his dreams. Soon after waking from a healing induced sleep, he discovers Celeste is still alive and, once she realized who he was, fled the city.

He doesn’t care if his life is in danger from those who would do anything to keep him from uniting the humans and his people, or that leaving the protection of his home is inadvisable. He is determined to find Celeste and make amends for his mistakes, then claim the only female on the planet who makes his tail twitch and bears the intoxicating scent of his mate.

When a new threat stalks Khyron and Celeste, can they overcome their past and reunite in order to fight for their future?

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warehouse rob hartTHE WAREHOUSE: A NOVEL by Rob Hart

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note. I put it on my TBR list, intriguing concept.

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering.

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.
As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.
Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.

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red s j sandersRED: A DYSTOPIAN WORLD ALIEN ROMANCE by S J Sanders

There were certain truths everyone knew. Never wear red or any other bright color. Make as little sound as possible if one had to be outside the protection of the sanctuary settlements. And never, ever, go out in the wild places alone. The Ragoru, an alien species set down to live among them, dwell within the forests and everyone knows that they crave all things red.
Arie’s life has always been one of playing by the rules. She doesn’t draw attention to herself. She doesn’t leave her home without her hood that conceals her bright red hair. It is a secret from everyone, and her hood protects her secret so that she may continue to live safely within the village until one day that secret comes to light. Absconding into the woods soon becomes her only safety, and she will risk her very life into the care of the very dreaded beings that all people fear, the Ragoru, in hope of making it to her grandmother’s house in the citadel at the other side of the great forest.
When circumstances reveal them to not be the monsters of human imagination, but that they stir the ravenous beast within her, Arie finds that she is willing to risk far more to find a way to be with them forever. Even if that means severing ties with her grandmother, rejecting the human comforts of the citadel, and facing the horror of the Order of the Huntsmen.

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my area 51 alien prizeMY AREA 51 ALIEN PRIZE by Lucee Joie

‘Storm Area 51,’ they said.‘They can’t stop all of us,’ they said. What they failed to mention was how much fun my alien prize would turn out to be!

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mermaids wishMERMAID’S WISH (DARK SEA ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Stacy Claflin

This is the third part of the Dark Sea Academy trilogy, and if you haven’t read Mermaid’s Song, you’ll want to do that first. The following description contains spoilers for the first books… Every other princess prepares to rule her kingdom after her father’s death. Me? I have to get ready to rule all underwater kingdoms—after killing my father.
I already fulfilled the prophecy once. Kind of. I have no interest in killing again.
But no one asked what I want.
It’s this stupid Queen Sirena prophecy. My father—my real, biological father—is obsessed. And he’s the king, so he gets what he wants. Namely me, embracing a destiny I fear.
As I come to terms with my new reality, I find myself alone, cut off from my best friend and boyfriend and unable to convince my parents this is all a terrible idea.
My father, the king, wants me to kill him. He’s set plans in motion to make it happen.
I’m too weak to refuse. And hopefully too strong to succeed.

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into the hourglassINTO THE HOURGLASS (THE EVERMOR CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Emily R King

Everley Donovan’s mission: retrieve the hallowed sword of Avelyn stolen by the wicked Prince Killian, who slayed her family and left her for dead. Should she fail, the seven worlds will come to an end, as could time itself. And no one treasures time more than Everley, whose lifesaving clock heart cannot beat forever. She has set sail with a rogue crew for the otherworlds, where the key to dethroning the prince lies deep within the Land Under the Wave.

But passage through these unknown seas—where horrors lurk and pirates rove—proves a treacherous gamble. The Land Under the Wave was not made for humans, particularly one with a fragile clock heart. Here, Everley’s tragic past resurfaces unsolved questions. Here, too, the prince has hidden secrets more precious than pearls, secrets that could fracture the future forevermore. Everley must take back her sword and break free from this watery world before her time runs out…or so will everyone else’s.

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higher groundHIGHER GROUND (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 7) by Christine Pope

Who knew being a witch could be so…boring? Ava Castillo dutifully got her college degree, but now what? She itches to get out of Santa Fe and find adventure like her big brother, Tony. Find some use for her magical talent. Find love. Who knew she’d find excitement standing right on her own doorstep?

Gabriel Escobar stood up to his evil older brother to help Tony and Cassandra Castillo, and paid a heavy price. Stripped of his magic and banished from his clan, there’s only one place he can think of to go — to the Castillo clan, in the hope that they can help him regain his powers. Who knew he’d find magic standing right on the other side of Tony’s door?

Together, Ava and Gabriel embark on a quest to find the spell that will restore his magical gifts. A journey that takes them from the streets of Santa Fe to the darkest corners of old New Orleans to a hidden village in El Salvador, where the answers they desperately need wait for them…along with a threat that could strip them of everything……including their lives.

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death of darknessDEATH OF DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 9) by Dianne Duvall

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

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tricksters stringsTHE TRICKSTER’S STRINGS: A SUPERHERO ADVENTURE ROMANCE (GODSONGS BOOK 2) by Jax Garren

VS Note: Author’s note mentions cliffhangers. This is a 5 part series evidently.

Rock star Rafael Marquez is making good on a promise to get his degree. The magic has been missing from his music, and he’s hungry for so much more than the hard lifestyle he’d adopted. The godstone of Huehuecoyotl couldn’t have come to him at a better time. Even better, it gave him the chance work with Freyja, his goddess-crush, and he’s thrilled to make a difference by her side.

When Freyja’s banished to the underworld without him, though, the trickster will need all the allies he can find to go after her. He’s determined to show the jaded woman that she can count on him. If he doesn’t…she may not survive the growing forces that threaten them, and that’s an outcome he can’t live with.

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bachelor in troubleBACHELOR IN TROUBLE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 6) by Shai August

Six months before, the Tenth Wonder of the World, Samson was dumped unceremoniously on international television for a rich and famous rugby star. To make matters worse after competing for months, no one thought he deserved the girl he wanted to give his mind, body and heart too.
The show however must go on and now it’s Samson’s turn to do the dumping as he’s the next bachelor on the newest dating sensation, The Shifter Bachelor. Hopefully he’ll find a mate who will love him unconditionally.
Which of the Flirty Dozen contestants will be the first to catch his eye and keep it? The singer whose haunting voice reaches the very corners of his heart. Can the former spelling bee champion, letter a new path to happiness? The Olympic gold medalist with more than gold up her sleeve? This Bachelor is in deep trouble and his future is uncertain if he choses wrong.

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sea lordsSEA LORDS (DEITIES BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

The earth is being destroyed, and the mortal population decimated, all in an attempt for the old gods to become relevant again. Eons ago, Zeus and the gods captured the four demi-gods of the elements—air, earth, fire and water. Now the minor gods have been let loose and are being forced to wreak havoc on the planet.

Meris, half-god of the water, doesn’t enjoy throwing tsunamis and flooding coastal towns and villages, destroying islands and taking lives, but he and his brothers must do as they’re told or risk being imprisoned again, possibly forever. Which none of them would survive a second time.

The life of a teacher isn’t full of glamour and world travels, so when offered a free trip to Hawaii in exchange for Maid of Honor duties for her best friend, Roby McDaniel jumps at the chance. What was supposed to be an elegant dinner cruise full of wine and fine dining quickly ends in tragedy when a giant wave appears from out of nowhere and capsizes the boat. Roby manages to stay afloat, unable to comprehend the destruction happening in front of her eyes, but the giant rising out of the ocean? That she really has trouble wrapping her head around.

Normally unseen by mortals unless he wills it, Meris is surprised when Roby calls out to him, and he cannot turn his back on the mortal begging to be saved. She’s beautiful, brave, special, and meant for him. But after causing the deaths of her friends, can he convince her he’s not the heartless monster she thinks he is?

With Poseidon missing, the remaining gods are biding their time until they can trap the Primordials again, but now they need to locate the god of the sea. They are certain that capturing and torturing the mortal women Meris and his brothers are protecting will give them the answers they seek.

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absolutionABSOLUTION: A DOMINION NOVEL by Lissa Kasey

Sam is used to being the bad guy. So when he becomes the undead, he doesn’t understand why it pisses him off. Sure guys throw themselves at him, and he’s strong enough to toss a car across a room, but he’s friends with two of the four pillars of Dominion power and mentored by one of the most powerful vampires in the world. Things that put a damper on his whole ‘scourge of darkness’ vibe.

For months he’s been letting a little red-eyed monster out to play and feeding on the dangerous instead of on the willing. If it weren’t for his endless desire to take a nibble from his sexy and tattooed roommate, Constantine, he’d still be stalking the night looking for human monsters to devour. Instead he’s taking on a cibo, a regular blood donor, in the form of Luca, a dhampir.

With Luca and his profound knowledge of undead politics in his life, Sam begins to realize he doesn’t know as much as he thought, and maybe that’s not his fault. His mentor’s sanity is slipping, the world is changing, and vampires are beginning to lose control. Will Sam fall into the darkness too, or can Luca and Con drag him back from the abyss?

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immortal oathIMMORTAL OATH (VAMPIRE MATES) by Corinne O’Flynn

The destruction of my coven and the bloodbath of vengeance that followed put me on the radar of every vampire hunter in Europe. Now I find myself in Las Vegas, Nevada where vampires roam among humans and the dark side never sleeps.
I feel her before I see her—Penelope is my mate, the one who makes my heart beat after centuries of stillness. But taking her means making even more enemies… just as the hunters are closing in.
On the run is no place to fall in love, but tell that to my beating heart.

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immortal awakeningIMMORTAL AWAKENING (VAMPIRE MATES) by Renea Mason

When Lillie Preston and her best friend, Colin, took their band on the road, they knew things would be challenging, but Lillie’s newfound thirst for blood came as a bit of a surprise.
After an attack leaves Lillie with more questions than answers, she and Colin scour vampire clubs, goth raves, and fetish parties only to realize real vampires would never set foot in such places.
With a change in strategy, they make the fortunate acquaintance of Baron McCaffrey, Vampire Lord of the Underworld, who’s more than happy to oblige Lillie’s curiosity, but in the end, she finds the truth does anything but set her free.

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fire on the moonFIRE ON THE MOON (DECORAH SECURITY BOOK 19) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gillyflower for mentioning this one!

When Francesca Turner visits her estranged uncle’s estate in Florida, she doesn’t know she’s stepping into a death trap. Only the cunning strategies of werewolf Zane Marshall can save her. But as the two of them are hunted down, they must fight for survival and the happily ever after they both desire.

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spells and shenanigansSPELLS AND SHENANIGANS (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

This young witch just can’t seem to catch a break.
Since arriving at Sleepy Hollow University, dead bodies are as numerous as my suitors.
When one of the men vying for my affections is accused of using mind control to commit murder, I’m thrown into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Hunters intent on destroying supernaturals.
Navigating school politics and learning to control my magic is hard enough without juggling growing feelings for four different men and dodging real threats lying in wait in the shadows.
What’s a girl got to do to find a little normalcy? Maybe that’s impossible in Sleepy Hollow.

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fever sara fieldsFEVER (THE OMEGABORN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Sara Fields

I thought I was in control. I was wrong. I’ve led the Omegaborn for years, but the moment these brutes arrived from beyond the wall I knew everything was about to change. These beasts aren’t here to take orders from me, they’re here to take me the way I was meant to be taken, no matter how desperately I resist what I need. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bears chosen mateTHE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE (BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 1) by Vivian Arend

Get mated—or else!
When their meddling, match-making family patriarch lays down the law, Giles Borealis’ three polar bear shifter grandsons agree to follow his edict. Only James, Alex and Cooper each have a vastly different plan in mind to deal with their impending mating fevers. Will any of them be able to fight fate?
Spoiler: not likely!
First up: James, the youngest of the brothers….He’s going to accept his fate—but only with the woman he chooses!
Youngest brother James Borealis figures if he has to get mated, it should be with someone he already knows and cares about—his best friend Kaylee. But when the mating fever hits, she’s still stuck in friendshipland while he’s ready to move all the way to true love and forever.
Kaylee has heard about polar bear mating fever, but while James has held the starring role in her fantasies for a long time, she’s not about to leap into a permanent relationship that’s all wrong for him. He’s the PR powerhouse for Borealis Gems while she’s a quiet bobcat shifter with massive family baggage. He loves the spotlight; she wants to hide in quiet corners.
But mating fever knows best, and when the storm settles, there’s no use in arguing with a polar bear’s choice.

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neocromancers loveA NEOCROMANCER’S LOVE (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK WARLOCKS BOOK 6) by Marie-Claude Bourque

A loyal necromancer harnessing powers from the dead…Son of a daemon and Celtic priestess, lethal necromancer Malcolm Dunsmuir is keeping the Seattle streets free of shadows out of fierce loyalty for his brother-in-arms, Warlock of the Black Oak, Knightley Morgan, now fighting the same fight on the other side of the country. But as vampires descend on his city, Malcolm can’t hide from the darkness of his demon side, especially when an enticing human is trying her very best to bring him to the light.

A fun-loving curvy blogger searching for her cursed brother…Life-loving Harper Grant has always believed in the inherent goodness of people, and when her little brother is turned into a vampire, she is determined to save him from his curse. As her chase for his salvation lands her in Seattle, she must team up with the deadliest man she has ever met in order to save her sibling. But as darkness descends upon her, will her positive outlook on life be enough to save both men, especially as she falls hard for the darkest of all?

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grumpy old gods volume 2GRUMPY OLD GODS VOL 2 by Various

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance…

The Grumpy Old Gods are back in this second installment of mythical fun. Join us for 13 new tales of deities that are retired, reborn, waning, or AWOL from their assigned posts as they hilariously navigate life, death, and everything in between.

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blades battleBLADE’S BATTLE (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen

Hundreds of wolf shifters have died.
From the shifter virus she created.
But she calms his wolf.
Blade cannot—will not—let her go. The WSSO stole her work, her husband’s life.
Now they want her dead.
One wolf shifter stands in their way.
Opening her heart to another?
No, not again, not in a million years. Fortunately, Blade is a very persistent shifter.

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royally charmedROYALLY CHARMED by Lea Jade

Caleb – I’ve been accused of murder. One I didn’t commit. And now the alluring, human witch investigating the crime has my Lion dying to claim her. The one female who is off limits to me. I’m Alpha of the Pride, heir to the Lion Throne. I can have any Lioness for my queen, so why am I so hungry for a taste of the forbidden priestess? That she challenges me only makes me want her more. But now she’s missing. Another witch, taken by the murderer. I will do everything in my power to find her and protect her from him. She’s mine now.

Haile – Lion shifters are the worst. They act like women are possessions to be captured, broken and bred. The only reason I allowed him close was a case of mistaken identity.
I thought he was a friend but find out he’s the enemy…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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loved by the beastLOVED BY THE BEAST (ALCYRAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Anya Summers

Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide.

Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

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first girl childTHE FIRST GIRL CHILD by Amy Harmon

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

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heart of the dragonsHEART OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Anna doesn’t know if she just got rescued or kidnapped or both. Snatched up in the middle of a violent dragon fight, she’s now staying with two dragons who seem the worst of any in the Blur. Cocky, conceited Byron (the gold dragon) and mysterious, ruthless Van (the purple dragon). Now Griffin, Seth and Rainier will have to figure out what’s most important: fighting each other or rescuing Anna. Meanwhile, Anna will have to figure out how to resist the allure of two utterly beautiful, dangerous dragons. That is, if she wants to.
Black, silver, red, gold, purple and blue. Six fallen dragons have to find a way to reclaim their roles as protectors of mankind, and one human woman is the key. A reverse harem fantasy romance.

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fortune academyFORTUNE ACADEMY YEAR ONE by J R Thorn

The last thing I remember is arriving at the massive gates with a Bounty Hunter staring me down. I have a feeling he was supposed to take me to the monster holding arena to fight and die. Instead, I’m Fortune Academy’s newest student.

I can relate to the monsters in ways the other students can’t. My mentor, who is way too hot for his own good, tells me my behavior is the result of my memory loss and that I’m just trying to identify with a past pain that I’ve buried too far to feel. I think he’s wrong. I think the reason I can’t relate to any of the students is because I’m one of the monsters they’re trained to kill.

I don’t fit into any of the supernatural cliques, but that doesn’t stop me from collecting bullies. A brawny alpha shifter, a moody dark mage, and a playboy demi-god have decided to break me. They think I don’t have any powers and that I was recruited by mistake. It’ll be their funeral if they push me too far, because this girl isn’t taking any of their shit.

My name is Lily Fallen, but don’t let my pretty face fool you. I’m a monster in a school uniform and it’s only a matter of time before I teach my bullies a lesson they won’t forget.

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mountain wolfs curseMOUNTAIN WOLF’S CURSE: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows

Jake doesn’t smile at strangers. He doesn’t stop to appreciate sunsets, or coo over fluffy puppies. Those small fleeting moments of happiness are reserved solely for his daughter, Stella. The single dad has made plenty of mistakes, but come hell or high water he will love and protect his girl. Especially from people like her mother.

When an artist comes to restore the murals at his family’s summer camp, Jake immediately smells a rat. The young woman is nervous, secretive, and worst of all, attractive. He’s been down this road before; Marley may as well be wearing a red flag and a pair of devil horns. There is no way he’s letting her into their lives. That is, until the unthinkable happens. The desperate father suddenly finds himself way out of his depth, and the very person he swore not to trust might be the only one who can help him.

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quicksilver dragonQUICKSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

City planner Lindsay never expected to find a dying dragon on her local beach. (She was just trying to pick up some litter!) And she really never expected its final breath to change her life forever… and make her a killer’s next target.

But it’s the best thing to ever happen to her. Because despite this dangerous new world, she’s no longer alone…One minute, artist Boone could just cross his fingers and hope the curvy, funny woman he met on the beach could be the start of something special. But one magical dragon breath later, he KNOWS she is. And he knows he’ll protect her with every skill he learned as a soldier—and with all his newfound powers. (Whatever those might be. He’s working on it.)
When the dragon’s dying wish transforms Boone and Lindsay into shifters, they’re plunged into a magical world neither ever suspected existed. With a powerful dragon-hunter hot on their tails, time is running out for them to figure out their new gifts… and their unexpected bond.
A dragon prophecy says they could end a centuries-old supernatural war. But what if saving the world means losing each other?

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dreaming of his omegaDREAMING OF HIS OMEGA (VALE VALLEY SEASON 3 BOOK 14) by Kallie Frost

Traviel the Elf lives an idyllic life in Vale Valley with his true mate, Elarian. They spend their days communing with nature and exploring the wonders of their town. After finding out Elarian is expecting their first child, everything seems perfect.
Except it’s not real.

Struggling to make ends meet, aspiring author Travis finds solace writing about the adventures of his fictional elven counterpart. Traviel blissfully leads the life Travis wishes he could. But ever since he saved a stranger from an oncoming bus, Travis has started to have vivid dreams about his fictional world. After someone mistakenly calls him Traviel, Travis becomes convinced that Vale Valley is real. If that’s true, then Elarian could be there, waiting for his mate to find him.
And that’s exactly what Elarian is doing… some of the time.

Traviel has been randomly vanishing, only to reappear hours later, with no memory of where he was. As his pregnancy advances, Elarian becomes increasingly afraid that one of these days his alpha will disappear for good. And then, a human comes to town, weaving an incredible tale. But when he vanishes and Traviel takes his place, Elarian is forced to believe the impossible.

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beware the darknessBEWARE THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 14) by Alexandra Ivy

There is only one thing more precious to vampire Tarak than his newfound freedom after five centuries of captivity, and that’s the promise of revenge. At last, he can destroy Riven, the merman who has drained his power in order to make himself king. But at the very moment when justice is a fang’s breadth away, Tarak’s quest is complicated by the beautiful mermaid princess who kept him sane and fed during his ordeal.

Waverly hoped that once Tarak escaped, he’d return to his own kind and enjoy the rest of his immortal life. She also hoped she might one day stop dreaming about the darkly handsome vampire. Instead, Tarak’s return draws Waverly into an unlikely alliance—and a passion that eclipses all her fantasies.

Hatred for Riven has sustained Tarak this long. But only Waverly’s love can give him the strength to claim eternity with her.

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dark pactDARK PACT (HER DARK GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Alana Serra

Forced into an unholy exchange, Rhia must surrender her freedom to save her best friend. Assuming the title of Dark Lady, her wildest dreams are made reality in the form of powerful magic and three sexy but dangerous men tasked with serving her every whim.
Despite all the seduction darkness has to offer, Rhia still harbors her human goodness. And she refuses to give it up.
To avoid being corrupted by the lure of Evil, Rhia will have to be nimble, cunning, and willing to trust a conniving warlock, an oathbreaking paladin, and a brutish half-orc.

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uncommon echoesECHO IN ONYX (UNCOMMON ECHOES BOOK 1) by Sharon Shinn

Brianna loves her new job as maid to Lady Marguerite. Like many high nobles, Marguerite is attended by echoes, silent creatures who look exactly like her and move in perfect synchronicity. News soon comes that Marguerite has been invited to the royal city as a potential bride for the crown prince. Brianna is delighted to accompany Marguerite to the city—and perhaps get a chance to continue her own flirtation with Nico, one of the king’s inquisitors.

Then, disaster strikes on the road when they come under attack. The brutal assault forces Marguerite and Brianna to concoct a desperate plan. Their subterfuge just might work—but only if Brianna can keep Nico from learning the truth. And only if Marguerite can give up her own secret, doomed romance.
And all that’s at stake—is the very future of the kingdom.

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sixth senseSIXTH SENSE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 6) by Jacquelyn Faye

You inherit a lot of things from your parents. Eye color, hair color, bits and snippets of your personality. Some things you want to inherit. Good looks, metabolism. Their vast fortune when they die. Unfortunately, there are those things you don’t want to inherit. Diabetes, addictions. Your father’s godly powers…
Trust me when I say to you, that last one is the worst. I would rather have ended up with my mother’s ass. That, I might be able to control.
I thought things were calming down and getting back to normal. After a foray into the elven lands to rescue my friend from the nefarious clutches of the dark elves, I’d been looking forward to spending a nice quiet holiday in Cedar Falls with the people I love. Especially the guys. We deserved a break and some alone time. But I should have known better than that. Instead of Jingle Bells, spiked eggnog, and date nights, I’m faced with angry ghosts, rotten zombies, witch-hating locals, a pissed off vampire lord, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Now it’s up to the witch to save Christmas, Yule, and the town. I would have been happy just keeping everyone from getting eaten by one thing or another, but since most (maybe all) of it was my fault…I might as well go for the Christmas miracle.

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ill willILL WILL (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin

Marrying into the famous Godalming slayer-clan was supposed to be my family’s big break. Our clan is fractured, my brother is dead, and my mother’s spirit was broken by the ordeal. I’d do anything to make her proud and see her truly smile again.

I’d even spend a year in the snobby, prestigious Libra Academy with Lord Godalming’s gorgeous son.

I don’t know what I did to earn Will Godalming’s seething hatred, but he’ll do anything to get rid of me for good, even if he sometimes seems like the only one who understands me. Sura Enver is almost irresistible with a cruel streak a mile wide, but he’s hiding dark secrets under those knockout looks. And when I put a dying vampire out of her misery, I end up at the very top of an ancient warrior’s hit list. No sane slayer angers Càel the White Wolf, the fiercest knight of the vampires’ Clouded Court.

They’re unstoppable. Wicked. Malignant. And each wants to make me suffer. Between the torment of Libra’s eat-or-be-eaten rules and the rising threat of a new vampire king, enemies prowl on all sides. But they’re messing with the wrong slayer.

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sold to the prince of the meldaniansSOLD TO THE PRINCE OF THE MELDANIANS by Hollie Hutchins

Great. Now I’m ready to become a dragon’s next meal.
Along with my clothes, he also took my wallet and my ID.
Once I’m sold, they will do whatever they want with me.
They will own me.

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hex of blackbriar academyTHE HEX OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

Each new term at Blackbriar Academy is a new beginning—but this year, my new beginning could be the end of everything I love. I’m settling into my new routine, and everything in my second year at Blackbriar seems great—until it is very suddenly not.

What’s supposed to be a fun school-wide trip ends up being a huge betrayal by my own flesh and blood. I barely escape with my life. Now I’m out for revenge. The bloody kind.

The Order is close—and they’re watching my every move. They want the very magic that courses through my blood. They won’t stop until they have it all: my magic, my power, my meteorite. And they’ll kill anyone that stands in their way. But I won’t go down without a fight. They don’t know who they’re messing with. And when I’m backed into a corner, I’m deadly.

They say blood is thicker than water. Whoever “they” are, they never met my family.
With my men by my side, I’ll fight until my last breath to keep what’s mine. And if they dare touch the ones I love—there will be a bloody reckoning.  I’m done playing nice. If the Order wants a war, I’ll give them one.

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maidenMAIDEN (FRACTURED FAIRY TALES BOOK 1) by Erin Ashley Tanner

VS Note: apparently there’s a cliffhanger.

Katania Avnaughn dreams of a day when she is no longer at the mercy of her manipulative mother and the taunts of her beautiful stepsister, Ella. A chance meeting with a journeying Prince makes Katania reconsider her hopes for the future. But then an unexpected death changes her life forever. Years later, abused and penniless, Katania thinks her life cannot get any worse until she is forced to entertain a cruel suitor.On a rare trip into town, Katania finds herself at the mercy of an attacker and is rescued by the returning Prince of Ortesia, Valentin.

Known to each other from their previous meeting, the attraction between them is renewed and even more powerful than before. But Katania has a suitor and the Prince is all but betrothed to someone else, until a twist of fate has the chance to change everything.When Katania receives an invitation to a royal masquerade ball, she knows that there is more at stake than a simple welcome home for the Prince. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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avenged by an aNGELAVENGED BY AN ANGEL (ETERNAL MATES PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 16 ) by Felicity Heaton

Duty should mean everything to the Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels. It did before he met her. Now, the only demon he wants to slay is the one that haunts the enchanting mortal huntress, and the temptation to hunt him in Hell, a realm that might kill him, is becoming impossible to resist.

Held captive by a dragon shifter in Hell, Emelia survived a torment that changed her in ways she hates. She wants her strength back. Her life back. To do that, she needs closure. To get that, she might have to trust not only a man again, but an immortal.

But when the price of vengeance is the soul of the angel bringing her back to life, will Emelia be willing to pay it?

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obssessionsOBSSESSIONS (CHIMERA PROJECT BOOK 2) by K Swanson

The mall shooting that outed Haylie and her guys has left its mark. Two weeks have passed, and while her foster dad was able to quell the media for now, it’s only a matter of time before the world discovers their abilities.

To make matters worse, the institute has now set their sights on not only Haylie but also her guys. Amid nightmares and growing powers, will they have what it takes to escape the clutches of the tracker again? And when the tracker threatens the life of those she cares about, will Haylie be able to learn how blood bonds work before it’s too late?

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i am the storm karpovI AM THE STORM (THE NIGHT FIRM BOOK 2) by Karpov Kinrade

In I Am the Storm, crimes will be committed, mysteries will be investigated, secrets will be unearthed, and Eve’s loyalty to the men she cares about will be tested in the most unexpected way. Are you ready for it?

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turning darkness into lightTURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT by Marie Brennan

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week…

As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, Audrey must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

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rain of fireRAIN OF FIRE (STAR CROSSED ACADEMY BOOK 6) by Wendy Knight

Following her heart was the worst mistake she’s ever made.
Aquis was born at Vitolas Academy. It was there that she worked to become the legend she was meant to be.
It was there that she met her two best friends, and it was there that love threatened to tear them all apart.
She was raised to think, not feel. But sometimes her heart speaks louder than her head, and when it does…Chaos rules.

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myst academyLURKING IN SHADOWS (MYST ACADEMY BOOK 1 PRELUDE) by Imani L Hawkins

Death is only the beginning…He was darkness
Deception
Cruelty
Everything Cory had hoped she’d left behind at a school where humans’ hatred for Mysts showed in the cruelty they projected onto her near daily. But she’d never expected to be thrown into a class where the professor was human and despised her just as much as the students at her previous school.
Ignoring him was hard. Staying away from him? Even harder as she finds him lurking about, everywhere she is.
Her powers over life and death may be her only salvation, or it may be the very thing he’d wanted all along.

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heavenly designHEAVENLY DESIGN (FATED TOUCH BOOK 4) by Mac Flynn

Jane and her companions decide to enjoy the Shifting World for once, and find themselves fortunate to arrive in time for the Festival of Gad, a joyous time of celebration held every four years in honor of the prime deity of the world. Unfortunately, their vacation plans are burned to ashes when one of the ceremonies is lit aflame under suspicious circumstances.

Worse still, Jane keeps seeing a man dressed not the plain clothes of the Shifting World, but in dark attire worn in our realm. He looks straight at her without blinking, and she has a creeping feeling that he can see more than what’s on the surface.

When she’s confronted about the truth of his identity, her world gets a little more complicated, and dangerous. Now Jane and her companions must help stop a dark plan to lay waste to the festival, or die trying.

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tides of timeTIDES OF TIME (THE LEGACY BOOK 1)by Luna Joya

A witchy good girl hiding secrets from her family…Cami yearns for a regular, ho hum, average life. Or at least as normal as she can get in a family of witches. But she can’t tell her sisters about her violent ex. Or that she broke the first rule of magic to “harm none.” Yet, when her youngest sister asks for help unraveling the death of a 1930’s star abused by loved ones, Cami can’t refuse.

A reformed bad boy who doesn’t know his family’s hidden secrets…Sam lives for his restaurant and the intrigue of digging into Hollywood history. He avoids the entanglements of relationships since even his own parents didn’t want him. But when the enchanting Cami needs his help to crack an unsolved mystery, he can’t resist. The closer they come to finding the killer, the more they crave each other. But someone is determined to stop them. Can they solve the mystery before history repeats itself?

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sparrowhawkSPARROWHAWK by Delilah Dawson

VS Note: A release of note, not romance…

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amongst evil fairies who want her head, and untrustworthy allies that claim solidarity but have ulterior motives. New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Phasma) and illustrator Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a gripping dark fantasy tale of a young woman claiming her time and her agency.

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star cruise songbirdVS: Since I mentioned the pre-order for Pets In Space® 4 above, I’ll highlight STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD for my backlist title today. I originally wrote the story for Pets In Space® 2 and had so much fun writing a genuine rock star romance with a scifi twist! 

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 14

August  7

July 31

July 24

July 17

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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 by hand 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.

 

 

Not Bad At All Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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 – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together. I’ve skipped ahead to the day after the snakebite incident:

In the morning, Camron was as good as his word and used his formidable talons to strip bark from several young trees near their informal camp. He filled a leaf bowl with orange-and-brown grubs and brought them to Gemma, “These are good eating.”

Despite her brave words of the night before, she eyed the squiggling creatures with trepidation. Each was as long as her middle finger and fat, “Do you swallow them while they’re alive?”

Laughing, he plucked several long thin branches from the pile of wood they’d gathered, stripped off any remaining leaves and proceeded to spit the grubs. He handed her a stick full for herself and held the two remaining ones over the fire, “Takes just a few minutes. Keep turning them or you’ll have one side burnt to a crisp and the other side raw. I wish we had spice or a sauce, but at least these are protein.”

Gemma heaved a deep sigh and took the first bite of her serving. She was pleasantly surprised to find the skin crispy, the inner consistency a bit like barely scrambled eggs and the flavor slightly nutty. “Not bad at all.” She had to pace herself on consuming the others because once her stomach realized she was eating, she was ravenous. “Are there any more?” Licking her fingers, she tried not to eye the ones Camron had left on his second skewer.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote Priestess of the Nile and Magic of the Nile

priestess of the nile

Cover by Fiona Jayde

So why, you may ask, did I come to write novels set in ancient Egypt? Especially when the majority of my novels are scifi romance, not paranormal romances set thousands of years ago.

In the summer of 2011 I’d been working hard on my craft as a writer and I wanted to submit something to a publisher but hadn’t decided what to write. Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin, put out a general call for Ancient World romances. I’d always loved ancient Egypt, since first reading Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s Young Adult novel Mara, Daughter of the Nile when I was in elementary school. I’d also enjoyed Andre Norton’s Shadow Hawk. And I had been to the King Tut exhibit in the late 1970’s and been totally enthralled by what a different world ancient Egypt was from ours. (My employer at the time was a sponsor and I got an hour in the exhibit prior to the general admission so I was privileged to see the items up close.)

So in 2011 I decided I could try my hand at a story set in ancient Egypt for Carina, but of course me being me, there had to be a mystical element involved. I was fascinated by the idea of a god and a human falling in love, because there really isn’t discussion of that in Egyptian mythology (not like the Greek god Zeus and his many escapades) and I thought it would be a fresh concept. I decided the main male character would be Sobek the Crocodile god. Sobek is always depicted in paintings and statues as either crocodile or half man/half crocodile. The key to the story hit me one day when I realized he was a shifter, to use our paranormal terminology. Obviously, he could shift all the way and take human form if he wanted to. The ancient Egyptians just never saw him do it!

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Sobek goes through quite an emotional and personal growth arc in Priestess of the Nile, which is an immensely appealing challenge to a writer. At one time, he was unthinkably powerful, according to the Egyptian legends, but by 1500BC, he pretty much just tends to the Nile, keeping it flowing smoothly, flooding on schedule. Other gods have come along and are above him in power, like Isis and Osiris. As a writer, I found him and his backstory intriguing.  He’s been around since the universe was created yet never felt true love and doesn’t relate to humans until he meets the right woman! Which puts his immortal heart in serious jeopardy of being shattered…

I had to ask myself what kind of woman would appeal to a Crocodile God in his human form and could send him falling into love for the first time ever. During my research I found out crocodiles are very sensitive to sound, so I knew Merys must have a beautiful singing voice. Hearing her sing would be what first attracts him, sight unseen, as well as the fact she knows the traditional songs he hasn’t heard in a long time. The opening scene in the book almost wrote itself after that.  Descended from a long line of priestesses, Merys isn’t afraid of Sobek. She keeps the abandoned temple in some kind of order, which he appreciates, having been pushed aside by newer gods Then as he gets to know her, and what is important to her, he starts to understand the feelings of a human heart…

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My wonderful editor at Carina at the time, Allison Dasho, encouraged me to make the supporting character of the younger sister Tyema more substantial. When it came time to write a sequel, Magic of the Nile, I was so glad Allison had suggested I do that because it was only natural to take the elements of Tyema’s early life I’d already established and build her character as an adult, now in charge of the rebuilt and re-energized temple. This also allows me to have Sobek appear in the book at several key times.

And there might be a glimpse or two of Merys…just saying, no spoilers from me.

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Tyema was the victim of an enemy attack on her village when she was young. When I first started working on the book I felt it would be unrealistic for her to have reached adulthood with no aftereffects from the terrible ordeal,  even though she grew up to take over the temple and runs its complex business affairs at the god’s direct command.  She’s structured her life to be in control at all times, as much as possible, to avoid triggering or even revealing the symptoms of her malady. The coping plan works for her until Sahure, a handsome, noble warrior, is sent by Pharaoh on assignment to her remote province. Complications for Tyema – good and bad – spiral from there.

There were descriptions of anxiety symptoms noted as long ago as 1900 BCE, although the physicians of the time lumped together anxiety-related problems like difficulty breathing and chest pain with unrelated things like seizures and called it all hysteria. It took about 4000 years for the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack to become a recognized medical diagnosis of its own. “Generalized anxiety disorder” didn’t appear in medical handbooks until 1980 CE.

Although Tyema’s anxiety is only one aspect of the book’s plot, I knew from my own experiences over the years what kind of challenges anxiety can entail, and that’s with access to modern medicine, plus tons of books and self-help articles to read. The ancient Egyptians wouldn’t have understood an anxiety attack the way we do today, and they certainly had no idea how to effectively deal with it. “Cures” tended to be heavily based in magic and some fundamentally misguided theories of anatomy.  Even Sobek, who takes care of the Nile and is a force of nature, doesn’t understand the struggles of his priestess. She knows I watch over her – why isn’t that enough? the god asks in the novel.

Well, folks, I’m here to tell you, it helps to have sympathetic people (or Crocodile Gods) around you, but unless you’ve had an anxiety attack yourself, I’m sure it’s difficult to fully understand what the sufferer is going through, or to grasp how little control an individual has over the escalating, overwhelming symptoms and feeling of impending personal doom. I’m not my character and she isn’t me, but I did draw on my experiences to some extent.

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Magic of the Nile allowed me to do all kind of research and weave the strands of what I learned through the novel. From chariots to birthing bricks to what a parade featuring Pharaoh might look like and more, I love adding the details to the story to create the feeling of the time.

I also enjoyed writing the scenes with Tyema and Pharaoh and some very conceited high priests of Sobek in Thebes. She does run her own very prosperous temple, thank you very much and takes no guff.

I think I developed something of a crush on Sahure, the noble military officer with whom Tyema falls in love. He’s dashing and a bit hot headed at times, but was fun to write and he really comes through when he’s needed most. He has his own growth arc in the novel, as well as several encounters with the goddess Sekhmet.

I’ve written a total of eight stories set in ancient Egypt and am about to embark on the ninth, a sequel to Dancer of the Nile. I’ll always be grateful to Carina Press and Angela James for not only making me a published author but setting me on the path to write romances set in the ancient era I love so much.

Science fiction romance is my main genre but I relish ‘traveling’ to 1550 BCE Egypt on occasion to spin tales of adventure and love along the Nile.

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I have a page on the blog where I discuss the general reading order although all the books do stand alone.

Note: Portions of this post may have appeared previously on other blogs.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 14

knight protectorAs 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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KNIGHT PROTECTOR by Lindsay Buroker

As one of the sultan’s fourteen daughters, and a successful businesswoman who puts money in the family’s coffers, Princess Nalini thought she would escape an arranged marriage.
She thought wrong.
Her father insists that an alliance with the savage and ambitious Star Kingdom is the only way to avoid a war at home, and for some reason, Prince Jorg—a man she’s never met—wants to marry her.
As if that weren’t bad enough, her father believes the betrothal may make her a target and is assigning her a bodyguard, the victor of one of his odious gladiator matches. She doesn’t want some brutish stranger intruding on her privacy.
But her new protector—Tristan—is not the brute she expected. He has a quick wit, a sexy smile, and even sexier things under the smile.
Unfortunately, Nalini can’t let herself fall in love with Tristan, not when she’s soon to be betrothed to another man. As her father’s daughter, it’s her duty to help her people by cementing this alliance. No matter how much she wishes otherwise…

As Tristan grew up on the streets, his father a convict and his mother a drug addict, all he ever wanted was to become one of the Star Kingdom’s elite knights, something that very few commoners ever achieve. After Tristan labors for years as a squire, the king is ready to appoint him a knight… if he accomplishes one simple task. He must infiltrate the sultan’s palace, gain the trust of Princess Nalini, and make sure she doesn’t run away from her marriage with Prince Jorg.
There’s just one problem.
Nalini isn’t the spoiled rich brat he expected—she spends her days working as hard as he does—and he soon develops feelings for her. With her betrothal looming, and the career he’s worked his whole life for at stake, Tristan can’t let himself act on those feelings.
But can he stand back while a man who doesn’t deserve her claims her for his wife?

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takarTAKAR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 11) by Elin Wyn

Nosy, undisciplined humans aren’t high on his list. Not until a brilliant, beautiful doctor sets all his senses on fire. Living with his brother Rokul and his human mate Tella was quite enough for Takar. A life in the military taught him to be controlled. Restrained.  Rules were there for a reason, even if the humans never seemed to understand. But when a curious human woman bursts into his duty station, he can’t get escape his thoughts of her. And when she plunges into danger, he’ll ignore his own rules to keep his mate safe.

Scientist Daphne is terrible with mysteries. She wants to know everything about, well, everything. The world is filled with questions, and she wants the answers. When Takar is sent to retrieve her from a slightly unauthorized research trip, she’s beyond annoyed. But when they’re trapped in the tunnels, she realizes she has just as many questions about the gruff Skotan warrior. Who is he, really? How does his touch send heat through her belly? And why does she want to run her hands across his broad chest…and more?

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shaynSHAYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 7) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unmated Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.

Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.

A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.

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twisting sanityTWISTING SANITY (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

When her body isn’t hers to command, Windy has to find ways to defend herself.
Windy broke her spine in the attack, and she was taken from Adaptation Station and sold to the Splice. Her destiny was to act as their communication conduit. She hated the idea of destiny.
When Alphy sent a hunter to come get her, he is shocked by her condition. They come up with a plan to extract her from the communication array, but it is going to take some time and a lot of patience.
Unable to simply use nanites for the procedure, Windy faces a slow and uphill battle to get control of her body again. It is just the beginning of a wild ride.

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commanders bondCOMMANDER’S BOND (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 3) by Diana Logan

Katy thinks she knows where she stands, not only with the alien of her dreams, Royal Commander Grix, but also with the people he rules. But then a new ship of Iti arrives, and it changes everything they thought they knew.

There will be no peace in the galaxy, and certainly no happy ending for Grix and Katy, unless they confront the Pain Priests who murdered his family. Can Katy trust their promises to each other in the face of a…COMMANDER’S BOND.

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captured and claimedCAPTURED AND CLAIMED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Jude Gray

Grabbed from the street in broad daylight, Briony is soon sold to a cruel alien leader who needs human women for a very specific purpose.
They must “recharge” the vicious warriors he forces to fight in his arena.
Given to the best fighter in the section, she finds she has arrived in the middle of a secret escape plan.
She is surprised to find herself attaching to the handsome alien fighter, and puts everything she can into their risky run for freedom.
Will she make it out alive?
Maybe.
Will she make it out unchanged?
Absolutely not.

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altered vicki stiefelALTERED: THE MADE ONES SAGA BOOK 1 by Vicki Stiefel

The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

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owned by his alienOWNED BY HIS ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 3) by Tempest Luna

Once, he was a proud, strong male. Until the Sypians came. Now, Sarl is no more than a slave. Chained and punished for the slightest infraction. Nyx was once proud to be Sypian. But then the Supreme Ruler came to power. As a doctor, Nyx is afforded luxuries and freedoms to be envied, but all he wants is Sarl. A slave he cannot have. Will the chance for love give Nyx the courage to stand up for what’s right? Or will he lose the only male he’s let see his heart?

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darkness that defines usTHE DARKNESS THAT DEFINES US (THE DARK DIMENSION BOOK 2) by Brooke Hodge

VS Note: From July

Anais just wanted to be free. Now she’s found herself in the middle of a war that’s been millennia in the making. With her battle scars fresh on her mind, she and her friends must travel to the farthest reaches of her known world to find the answers that will help her save everything.
But in the birthplace of humankind, she finds much more than she bargained for.
Leaving Kai was the hardest thing she’s had to do yet…until she meets a handsome Captain tasked with protecting the last humans left on Earth. Now she’s questioning her heart and everything she ever knew about love.
With her enemies growing in number every day, Anais must once again choose between her heart and what she knows is right.
No matter which choice she makes, someone she loves is going to pay the price.

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red leopardRED LEOPARD (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 2) by Vijaya Schartz

In charge of the Kassouk fortress in the king’s absence, what is Terek to do when a Goddian spacecraft lands in his medieval backyard, carrying tall aliens and their striking ice princess?

Galya, the woman in charge of the geologic expedition, is searching for an extraordinary crystal with hyper-conductor properties. The futile defiance of a handsome Human chief, nicknamed Red Leopard like the infernal feline that follows him everywhere, isn’t going to stop her.

Terek must defend his people’s freedom, but an old prophecy surfaces, carrying a new threat. When political intrigues, greed, murder and betrayal tip the scales, whom can Galya trust? Her fellow Goddians? The Mutants bred to serve her race? Or her primitive Human enemy?

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bann jessie rose caseBANN EXPLOSIVE: GALACTIC CYBORG HEAT SERIES by Jessie Rose Case

VS note: From July. I excerpted a piece of the blurb…more on ebook seller page…

She didn’t do messy. Kate Hudson, smart, intelligent and so not looking for permanent. She liked her life just how it was. Interesting and free. Cyborgs had been a blast from the past until she’d seen the Ad. Suddenly, something new and exciting ticked all her wish list and she was gone. And what a revelation it had been. The Space Station offered so much candy, in such a big candy store…. Muscles in every direction….. it was enough to make a girl drool….. Now if she could only get that eight pack to look in her direction ….. Hot, simply didn’t do him justice….. So much to admire…. So much to explore… All her girly bits were lighting up like Christmas and that was one present she looked forward to unwrapping. Only one problem, she just needed to convince that Alpha stud, his ass was hers!

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fire in the heartFIRE IN THE HEART: A METAHUMAN FILES: CLASSIFIED NOVEL by Hailey Turner

Surrender to vows. Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin has come a long way since being turned into a metahuman, and all he wants to do is marry the man he loves. A wedding is easy, but it’s the honeymoon where his past unexpectedly catches up with him.

A future together.  All Agent Sean Delaney wanted was a romantic honeymoon with his new husband. When he and Alexei stumble into a fellow operative’s mission on the luxury gambling resort island Fortuna-sur-mer, they get more than they bargained for in their newly-minted civilian lives.

Destined to burn. Forced to choose between staying and joining the mission or leaving to stay safe and postpone their honeymoon, Alexei and Sean make the only decision they can—to fight.

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signal boostSIGNAL BOOST (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole

VS Note: A re-release

When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.
In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

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star fantasy book 2STAR DREAM: STAR FANTASY (FANTASY ISLAND BOOK 7) by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn

Alisa Davis is living the dream. The starship Galaxy Explorer exceeded her imagination. Her television crush, Science Officer Tojait J’all is her soulmate, and they’re expecting their first child. The only serpent in her paradise is the nosy Dr. Jack Abernathy. Stepping into the life of another person without revealing the truth proves more difficult than anticipated. When reality rears its ugly head, will Alisa keep dreaming or be rudely awakened?

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ajax olivia hutchinsonAJAX (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 1) by Olivia Hutchinson

Ajax fell from the sky the same day my entire world shifted on its axis. The little safety I had was ripped away in a single morning, leaving me alone and destitute on an alien moon. Agreeing to go with the not-quite-human male wasn’t the wisest decision I ever made, but it was the only choice I had.

I have one goal: stick by Ajax’s side until we find my missing friend and her father, even if that means giving myself over to him after he bellows loud enough for everyone in the galaxy to know I’m his. What he doesn’t know is that I’ll never belong to him. I’ll never belong to anyone but myself.

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first time outFIRST TIME OUT (COURSE FOR ADVENTURE BOOK 1) by Cassandra Logan

Year, 2419. The planet, Earth.
Aggie is dying. Diagnosed with an incurable disease, she is hoping for a miracle. Her obsession with ancient Earth movies and TV shows has taught her that anything can happen. Nearing the end of her life, she’s joining her best friends on a once in a lifetime galactic cruise. Friends she has yet to tell about her imminent death.
Grown in a lab, experimented on, and tortured, Finn finally has his freedom. As much machine as man, he and his fellow escapees have secured passage on the Galactic Princess in an attempt to reach Vende and the promised aid that awaits there. They just have to avoid the bounty hunters that are attempting to capture them at every turn.
A chance meeting and an instant attraction have Aggie and Finn both wishing for a different future. With so much in their way, is a happily ever after even worth thinking about? Always.

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geeky reaperGEEKY REAPER (NEW LIFE BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

The universe out there is much bigger than anyone knows. To control this, a great and powerful people long ago created what humans call the Grim Reapers. But to us and others, we are known as New Life Givers, sending others to their new destinies. No one knows who will be chosen to hold one of these honored jobs. This person won’t know until they reach the destined age to reveal what and who they are, getting a crash course on the job and their own species.
Twelve brothers, the Grim Reapers, but to them, they were the ones that took them from their old lives to start a new life, journey. Harry Turns was one such man, but little did he know his chosen one was the one and same girl he had wanted in high school, so long ago.
One glance at her twenty-some years later and Harry knew she was his. Would she allow his claim? To show her what it was truly to love someone, who would give their life for her? Would Tiara Franken choose to start over with a life totally different from what she knew, for eternity?

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ethrielETHRIEL (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 4) by C R Corbin

Miranda – My first impression of him was that he’s an arrogant, domineering, muscle-bound brute that was infuriatingly sexy.  Now he’s my only hope after our ship is taken over by bandits, leaving us stranded on a rugged, cold, and inhospitable planet with a litany of dangerous animals and no clear way out.  And the more he protects me, the more time we spend together in search of our salvation, it all pushes me to change my mind about being his.

Ethriel – Bandits have taken over our ship, we have only the burning wreckage of an escape pod as our source of tech, and I’m stuck with a human that hates me, the same human that I tried to claim.  Needless to say, the circumstances aren’t the best.
That’s why we were dragging ourselves through cold mountains and rivers in search of a crashed spacecraft, that’s why she was even speaking to me. She was curvy, soft, an example of perfection. I want to claim her, to have that body and to bend her to my will, yet she resists. But I have to admit that I think she’s starting to change her mind about me and that’s why I was determined to save the two of us and to claim her once and for all.

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ithadens slaveTHE ITHADEN’S SLAVE by Daniella Wright

I’M 12 WEEKS PREGNANT AND CAN’T REMEMBER WHO’S THE FATHER OF MY CHILD.
“You were gone for 8 months and were clearly abducted.”
If there was ever any love in my heart for the father of this child, it is now gone, along with all my memories.
It is time for me to make a decision.
I keep getting bright white flashes.
I remember being cold.
Bars blurring my view.
Weird instruments, like from some kind of lab.
I feel scared, very scared.
Since I got back I’ve been feeling someone is watching me.
PTSD, maybe?
But the fact that I know this mysterious stranger probably doesn’t exist, makes me want to go running after him…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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knaves over queensKNAVES OVER QUEENS: A WILD CARDS NOVEL by Wild Cards trust and George R R Martin (Editor)

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

Developed by aliens and field-tested on Earth, the virus known as Xenovirus Takis-A was released in New York in 1946, changing the course of human history forever. Most of those infected die — and a tiny percentage become deformed beings known as jokers. A lucky few survivors become aces: superhumans gifted with amazing powers. Now the virus has reached Britain.

There, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, gifted with extraordinary longevity, together with the Enigma ace Alan Turing, set up a special organization named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all of the wild cards they can find if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations spawned by the virus.

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warningTHE WARNING by James Patterson and Robison Wells (Contributor)

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks.
Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. Downed cellular networks fail to resume service. Animals savagely attack humans. And the damaged power plant, where Jordan’s father is an engineer, is under military lockdown.
As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the Maggie and Jordan increasingly turn to each other. Their determination to discover who–or what–has taken control of Mount Hope soon has them in the cross-hairs of a presence more sinister than any they could have imagined.

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last hopeTHE LAST HOPE: A RAGING ONES NOVEL by Kristie Richie and Becca Ritchie

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

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priestess of the nilePRIESTESS OF THE NILE (THE GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: A re-release of the first book I ever published and the first story in my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance connected series. A new cover. Carina/HQN still has the audiobook rights and kept the original cover art.

1550 BCE
This is a lightly re-edited re-release of PRIESTESS OF THE NILE. No new material has been added.
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile one evening by the notes of a half forgotten, sacred song, Sobek the Crocodile God is unable to resist Merys, the beautiful singer who innocently summons him. Appearing to her as a man and concealing his true identity, he’s captivated by this descendant of his last priestess.
Treated by her family as a servant, denied a dowry and with no prospects for anything but a life of drudgery, Merys is happy to steal away to spend time with the handsome stranger.
Their mutual attraction burns hot but Sobek is forbidden to pursue a human woman and can offer Merys nothing beyond a few hours snatched from his duties tending the Nile.
Then Egypt’s enemies attack the peaceful village. Can the love between Merys and the Crocodile God survive the ultimate test of the gods?

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blood truthBLOOD TRUTH (BLACK DAGGER LEGACY BOOK 4) by J R Ward

As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

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dragons callDRAGON’S CALL (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

After the Breaking, not much was left. I assumed it was a case of magic gone bad—until I discovered my goddess mother had broken the world. She didn’t like it that I’d turned my back on the pantheon. My long tenure among witches rubbed salt into the wound.

After a confrontation where Mommy Dearest fessed up—and lacked the decency to bat an eyelash about the widespread destruction she’d caused—I was digesting what to do next when a dragon showed up.
Yes. A dragon.
The beast didn’t talk with me or anything, but it flew overhead wreaking havoc on a goblin horde. Witches are old souls with kind hearts, but they’re not particularly strong magically, so I was grateful for the help.

And suspicious as hell. Why a dragon? Why here and why now? More importantly, why was he—she?—helping me? Part of me didn’t want to know, and another part was certain I’d find out anyway.

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ice crownICE CROWN (THE ELEMENTS OF KAMDARIA BOOK 1) by Kay L Moody

Talise can manipulate the elements with ease; water, air, earth, and fire all bend to her will. As a citizen of the Storm—a crime-laden land where death is the only constant—her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper.

A competition for the position takes place at the end of her training years. If she wins, she would live in the palace, work for the emperor, and escape her inevitable death in the Storm. But she’s not the only one with a chance to win.

Aaden is another talented student. As a citizen of the Crown, he was born with unlimited privilege and resources. When someone from the Crown wants to win, they do. End of story. And his shaping is unlike anything Talise has ever seen.

Complicating matters, Talise’s loved one in the Storm gives her reason to abandon the competition altogether, forcing her to make an impossible choice. Torn between duty and freedom, she must learn that clinging to the past, might destroy her future.

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spirit bearSPIRIT BEAR (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 14) by Bianca D’Arc

Rescued alive, but not whole…Laura is a white wolf shifter far from home and out of her element. She’s been held prisoner for years by those who would use her power for their evil purposes, but she’s held strong against them and lived to tell the tale. But she’s lost everything in the process—her mate, her baby girl, her zeal for living. He baby is a grown woman now, and Laura is overjoyed to be reunited with her only child, but questions remain.

Is he her friend, or warden? Tasked by the Alpha of his Clan to watch over Laura’s recovery, Gus feels especially drawn to the injured woman. He is a rare spirit bear shifter who walks the shaman’s path. Considered spooky by most of his friends, Gus finds acceptance and welcome from Laura that he cannot resist. The questions bothers him – and his Alpha – was her escape too easy? Has she been delivered into their midst as some kind of living Trojan Horse?

How can he be her true mate? Laura begins to realize that the so-called mate she’d had years ago may not have been her one, true mate. Her attraction to Gus is too strong to be denied ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blaze of wrathBLAZE OF WRATH (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 5) by Harper Wylde

Politics are a deadly game, and things are heating up. As winter sets in, my mates and I are in a careful dance as we try to avoid the Council’s suspicions and gain acceptance into the rebellion. Every secret we uncover is more deadly than the last, as the truth of the Council is brought to light. It’s not just the Council we have to watch – the rebellion is hiding secrets of their own, and the challenges they set may be enough to break our family to pieces. Will we be able to make it through the trials whole, or will we go up in a Blaze of Wrath?

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magic and mayhemMAGIC AND MAYHEM by Various including L A Boruff

We’re pleased to inform you that you’ve been accepted into the Magic and Mayhem Academy. Pack your bags and ready your wands for the beginning of a new term.
Packed with witches, shifters, and more, this collection of paranormal and fantasy academies has something for everyone. School was hard enough with the mean girls and exams, now there’s wayward spells and fantastic creatures to contend with.
Get ready for some Magic and Mayhem.

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school of broken heartsSCHOOL OF BROKEN HEARTS: ACADEMY OF SOULS BOOK 2 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Adeline Jones expected a fancy prep school to be different than what she was used to, but what she found at Raven Academy changed her world forever. And leaving is out of the question.
All Adeline wants is to forget about the guys that broke her heart. But the death of her classmate means that won’t be an option for her. To make things worse, an old flame from her past starts at the Academy and his intentions carry the deepest of betrayal.
Danger lies behind every corner, a killer walks among them, and Adeline soon discovers that she shouldn’t trust anyone at Raven Academy. Not even the four guys who insist she is theirs. And of course there’s the matter of the off limits Professor who tempts her like no one else.

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beauty loves the beastBEAUTY LOVES THE BEAST: A WYLDE PARANORMAL LOVE STORY by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: One review suggests this may be a re-release. I always try to give a heads up about that if I’m aware but I don’t know the previous status of this book.

Carter – Avoidance had become my norm. After too many tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, I’d checked out—on everyone and everything—on life. Ex-navy SEAL. Totally broken man. I’d hit rock bottom so many times, I was sure I was about to fall straight to hell. It would be a welcome reprieve.
Then she found me. Beautiful, insane and more broken than I was. She needed my help. I needed her humanity.
How she found me was anyone’s guess. But she had. She needed rescuing. She needed a hero. I was none of those things.
But for the first time in many years, I wanted to be. I wanted to be her hero.

Georgia – Becoming an undercover agent for the CIA had been my dream until everything went wrong—wildly wrong. Trapped in a cage with nothing to do but anticipate more torture from the ones I was supposed to trust, I had no choice but to escape—again. This time I’d succeed or die trying.
They’d turned me into a beast and it was time to show them exactly what I could do.
Finding the beautiful man who could help me end my pain was something I’d never expected—or wanted.
It was a complication for normal people. I wasn’t normal. I would never be normal.
Could two broken pieces make a whole? Could we truly disappear with the government hunting us down like animals?
He was Beauty and I was the Beast. Happily ever afters didn’t happen for people like us.
Or did they?

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lapis lazuliLAPIS LAZULI: FORGOTTEN AND REMEMBERED (THE STONES OF POWER BOOK 7) by M D Grimm

A bond they thought couldn’t be broken…Lord Morgorth, Dark Mage of the North, has never felt so far away from his precious mate as he does now. Still reeling from the events of a month before, Aishe struggles to come to grips with what the dream demon did to him while pretending to be Morgorth. For his part, Morgorth is haunted by the chilling vision the Mother sent him while he traversed Dreamworld—a vision where he kills the one most precious to him. Due to that knowledge, he knows he must choose his magick or his mate.

A choice with devastating consequences…When Morgorth goes missing, Aishe must search for him, frightened that he has lost his mage forever. In his heart he knows they were meant for each other and refuses to allow his own horrid memories to tear them apart. But when he finds Morgorth he is stunned to realize that Morgorth doesn’t remember him. In fact, in Morgorth’s mind, he is a young lad named Lazur.

Sometimes the most well-known truth is the greatest lie…For his entire life, Morgorth always knew his destiny was to become the Destroyer of his home world. His birthright as the third seventh son of a seventh son guaranteed such an outcome. Everyone told him so—except his mentor, Master Ulezander. Morgorth will learn that his mentor has been keeping the greatest secret of all: his true destiny.

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irish magicIRISH MAGIC by Susan B James

What do you do when everything goes wrong?
Make a wish on a four-leaf clover, right?
There’s no other logical way out of it!
But a clover wish is a heart wish. Everyone knows that.
When part leprechaun Bradley Flynn is charged with finding Kate’s true love, he calls on retired matchmaker Essie O’Callaghan who happens to have a mission of her own.
Dr. Michael Walshe had a ring in his pocket when he walked in on his girlfriend sleeping with her costar. He wants no part of Essie’s plan to find him a wife.
Fate—or something more leprechaun-shaped—has Kate and the doctor both heading to Cluhalaugh, home to Ireland’s most famous matchmaking festival. And somehow their paths keep crossing. The more they see of each other the harder it is to resist exploring their reluctant attraction.
Will Kate realize that Michael could be far more than the cure to her writer’s block?

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magic and darknessMAGIC AND DARKNESS (FATED MAGIC SERIES BOOK 4) by Ally Summers

I’m not the only one with a destiny.
The problem is his might destroy us.
Someone is terrorizing and kidnapping women in New Orleans. I need Finn to get it together, but he’s distracted. After years, he finally has the one element he needs to complete his quest.
Was trusting him again the biggest mistake of my life?

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millie on a missionMILLIE ON A MISSION: A CHARLES RHODES COZY MYSTERY SHORT by Amanda M Lee

Millie Watson doesn’t often take initiative when it comes to work but when an old friend – or, rather, acquaintance she can’t stand – wants to hire her to solve a potential haunting at her upscale home, Millie jumps at the chance.
In truth, Millie doesn’t care about finding a ghost. She does have a specific form of payment in mind, though, and it’s something she’s itching to collect on.
Since Millie can’t actually see ghosts, she calls in the only person she knows who can … Charlie Rhodes. Unfortunately for Millie, Charlie is a bit distracted with relationship issues of her own. Still, the gregarious psychic volunteers to pitch in.
Before she found freedom, Millie was in a high-class world full of snooty and entitled people. That’s full on display now when she tries to track down the source of the ghostly disturbances … and comes up with a litany of human transgressions instead.
Millie is determined to find answers, although not because she wants to help a friend. She wants payment, and she’s not going to stop until she gets it. She just needs to avoid trouble – which is easier said than done – while she’s searching for answers.

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no rest for the wickedNO REST FOR THE WICKED (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

Mika knew the Council of Paranormals would suspect her, which is why they assigned a raven to ‘guard’ her. But there is a ‘we’ behind the killer and she has no idea if that they are still out there, or worse, still on the island of Morgana waiting for the right opportunity to strike again.
With Malachi being distant, Ethan, Lucien, and Audrey have to work without her to follow the dangling strings, while Mika tries to win the assassin to her side. Will the raven help her unlock the secrets of her magic, or will he turn her in and be the end of everything she knows and loves?
bright starBRIGHT STAR by Erin Swan

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land—or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.

A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.

Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion—a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes—and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

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tactical bearTACTICAL BEAR (P.O.L.A.R. BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers

Parker is fighting extinction—Of her own shifter species!  She’d already be mated.
If not for those bullying polar bears.  They’ve scared away all decent prospects.Maxim has met the one But, she’s an activist with silly notions.  And she wants nothing to do with him.  As a Tactical Bear, he’ll need all his strategic skills.  Not for military advancements, But to win over his mate!
hidden shadowsHIDDEN SHADOWS: REALMS OF THE COURT BOOK 1 by Shelly Koob
VS Note: From July
Lycidias is a lone wolf, in more ways than one. His mother died during his birth, and his father hated him for it. Left with a drunken gambling-addicted father and a group of loyal friends, he barely maintains his sanity keeping his realm safe and guarding the gateway.
Shaylee is a powerful and strong single woman, she doesn’t take any crap from anyone, except occasionally her best friend Joss. She’s the one in charge, all the time. Orphaned and alone, she learns new information that can and will change her life forever, but will it be for the best?
Kenneth is a regular man’s man, who wants nothing more than to be more than he is, looking for ways out of his own life filled with boredom, he meets a new woman. Will this woman lead him out of the town, or down the path to evil?
Shaylee’s world is about to collide with Lycidias’. Will they band together and figure out their worlds, or will the Realms be left forever in nefarious hands?
one enchanted scottish knightONE ENCHANTED SCOTTISH KNIGHT by Laura Strickland

From a young age, Tansy Bellrose Gant has been getting into trouble and wanting what she should not have. Just because she can make certain things happen by wishing doesn’t mean she’s a witch. But when she rashly curses a neighbor, her fellow villagers tie her to a stake at the crossroads and threaten to send her to the Royal Commission for trial.

Malcolm Montgomery is a man carrying an unbearable burden of guilt and obligation. The last thing he needs is an encounter with a troublesome wee lassie who just might be a witch. But once rescued, she won’t go away. In fact, she insists on involving herself in his quest to ransom his brother, and she charms her way into his bed, as well.

Has Tansy merely enchanted him, or has she claimed his heart? When she faces the ultimate danger, how will love be enough to save her?

absolute heartABSOLUTE HEART by Michael Vance Gurley

As the British Empire builds power based on new clockwork and steam technology, Ireland draws its might from its potent magical traditions. Only two boys with little in common can end the fighting between the two nations and prevent a terrible worldwide war.

Gavin Haveland’s dreams are in the sky with the airships, while his reality as a High Councilman’s son means hiding secrets that will get him executed if revealed.

Orion of Oberon is not just a powerful mage, he’s the nephew of the Irish queen, and the one she’s sent him on a quest for the ancient Dragon Stones that will bolster her fading power. In the process, he might restore his family to their rightful place in society.

With enemies determined to stop them by any means necessary and war or peace hinging on their success, Gavin and Orion must find a way to work together, despite the centuries of mistrust between their nations.

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wish upon a vikingTO WISH UPON A VIKING (TO WISH UPON AN ANCIENT BOOK 3) by Ishabelle Torry

After Dr. Lana Clarke’s parents die in a tragic drowning, she’s determined to finish their work and discover the ancient Viking settlement of Finlr. Problem is, Finlr never existed. At least not according to any historical records. Despite her colleagues’ ridicule, Lana sets out to clear her family’s name. She never imagined the trail would sweep her across time to the 10th century, and into the arms of an ancient Viking god.

Baldur the Beautiful is tired of the mundane task appointed him by Frigg and Odin to watch over Idun’s garden. It’s the same dull existence, and another midwinter come to pass. That is, until Loki arrives bearing gifts. Lana is the perfect solution to Baldur’s loneliness, an escape from the everyday he dreads. But he’s no fool. Her presence can mean only one thing…Loki’s scheming to steal the golden apples. Again. And it’s Baldur’s duty to keep the frost giant at bay. No matter how tempting the future time’s woman be.Desire and duty collide as Baldur and Lana are forced to face off against the trickster god.

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kingmakerKINGMAKER (THE DRAGON CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Margaret Weiss and Robert Krammes
VS note: I have no idea how much romance if any there is.
n this exciting adventure, Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation.
grim assistantTHE GRIM ASSISTANT (TALES FROM THE GRIM BOOK 1) by Jodi Hutchins

Postal carrier and amateur surfer, Samantha Diaz, lives an uncomplicated life. Well, other than helping her sister with childcare, crushing on her unavailable customer, Lauren Brennan, and catching as many waves as possible before hurricane season begins. Suffice to say, she isn’t looking for much more, but when Lauren invites her to a monthly game night at her house, Sam happily agrees.

When Sam sets out on an early morning surf, the last thing she expects to do is die, but a sudden thunderstorm thrashes offshore, creating a riptide that steals Sam’s life. She awakens to a snarky woman named Margo speaking cryptic nonsense. Not only does she claim to be one of the many Grim Reapers, or Grims, in the world, Margo makes Sam an offer: she’ll bring Sam back from the dead, as long as she becomes Margo’s temporary assistant. Sam accepts but soon realizes the deal was too good to be true, and the consequences she faces may be worse than the death she dodged.

royal alphaROYAL ALPHA (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

All her life, Heather has lived with the knowledge that at any moment, she might lose control and turn into a murderous beast. The Loup-Garou virus lives in all female shifters and can manifest at any time before their thirty-first birthday—which is still a year away. Only thanks to her family’s protection is she living a life free, instead of behind bars. So when her mother cons the new King of their House into mating her off to a political rival, Heather feels little choice but to agree. Even if that man is the complete opposite of the person she truly longs for…

Logan has led the rebels of House Canis in their long struggle for freedom, and now that they’ve ousted the former Tyrant King from their ancestral home of Moonshadow Manor, his followers have all but anointed him their ruler. The position is tenuous at best until the official coronation ceremony, however, and a string of bad decisions leaves him vulnerable to several political figures. He must focus on keeping his House united, which means giving his blessing for the only woman he’s ever cared about to be mated to someone else…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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destined duchessTHE DESTINED DUCHESS (THE BOOK CLUB 16) by Janelle Daniels
VS Note: Time travel.

Dukes make the best heroes. Fiercely protective? Powerful? Hunky? Check.

After a lifetime of scraping by, Rory’s afraid to leave everything she’s worked for behind and travel to the past to meet her soulmate. But she risks it, knowing happiness is possible—with help from a gorgeous, purple-haired matchmaker.

When she agrees to attend a house party under false pretenses, she realizes the man she wants is the only one she can’t have.

He’s tired of games. Alaric needs to marry. As the Duke of Newbury, it’s a duty he’s been dreading—until he finds the girl of his dreams. But not everything is as it appears.
When he learns the truth of who she really is, will he still want her—or will she return to the future heartbroken and alone?

marked by the dragonMARKED BY THE DRAGON (DRAGON VALLEY BOOK 6) by Kayla Wolf

When dragon shifter David is told that he has a mate somewhere and that he must protect her from grave danger, he thinks someone’s messing with him. But when his mad quest leads him to the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, he knows instantly what to do: mark her as his own and punch down anyone who gets in the way. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Quinn is ready for revenge. She wants to finally re-claim the land that was taken from her family by a bunch of green-eyed dragons years ago. But she gets just a little distracted when a gorgeous shifter drops out of the sky, right onto her doorstep.
She quite enjoys hearing the sound of her name in that low, resonant voice of his and seeing that sweaty, powerful body move…But… wait. Aren’t his eyes… green?
Is he her worst enemy? Does he hold the key to the lost land… or to her heart?

heavens furyHEAVEN’S FURY (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Ember Hollis
Life at Pandorax Academy for Supernaturals isn’t for the weak.
Luckily for me, I’m angel-blooded. But what does that mean when the one who should protect me, turns out to be one of my worst enemies? It’s harder than ever to know what I am, let alone who I should be.
The one thing I’m sure of is that Christian, Malek, Knox, and Bane want me to leave. But when Bacchanalia comes around and members of the Four try to seduce me, I wonder if this is yet another one of their tricks.
After all, what can one expect, from a festival of Wild Hunts and debauchery? But I’m done with their games and their tricks and lies.
There’s more to this girl than a pretty face, or an angel’s lineage… and it’s time to let it all fly.
van helsing legacyTHE VAN HELSING LEGACY: WE SHALL NOT SLEEP by M R Graham

Meg van Helsing grew up with a book in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, a crucifix always around her neck. But the world has changed, and the monsters she hunts with her friends are less frightening than gas burns and shell shock. The ghost of the War looms darker than Dracula’s shadow.

Until the night one of her friends disappears.

Now, they are under constant attack, beset by the blood-hungry corpses of un-dead soldiers at exactly the moment another monster appears: an incubus, lethally attractive. The young man offers help, and Meg wants to believe him. If only she could convince her friends she is immune to his spell.

Someone wants them dead at any cost. The answer lies in old books, dark sorcery, and a secret kept for twenty-five years, written in blood. If Meg wants her friends to live, she’ll have to open her eyes.

guardians desireA GUARDIAN’S DESIRE (THE GUARDIAN SERIES BOOK 1) by Mya Lairis

When bounty hunter Freya Daniels attends a pageant for werewolf debutantes and suitors, she’s far too busy enjoying the perks of wealth and ceremony to realize she’s being watched. Then she meets the submissive wolf, Rayne, and she cannot believe her luck. The androgynous male is just perfect for her sexual appetites. But she’s not expecting the beta wolf to come with a very dominant and powerful Alpha, Fenris.

Fenris is every bit the warrior Freya is and twice the brute. While she would normally never consider dating a bull like Fenris, there is something different about the Alpha, something even she can’t deny: the attraction between wolf-mates. Together Rayne and Fenris are not only more than she can handle, but all the guardian could ever desire…if only she could admit that to herself.

defender cave bearDEFENDER CAVE BEAR (PROTECTION INC.: DEFENDERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
Tirzah hacked into a shady agency’s computers to get proof of their evil deeds…and uncovered a secret so wild it can’t possibly be real.
Shapeshifting supersoldiers on the run from their creators? A lab studying captive mythical creatures? It has to be some bored employee’s fantasy novel. Right?
Then the flying kitten turns up. And the assassins. And the gargoyles.
But just because Tirzah uses a wheelchair doesn’t mean she’s helpless. Okay, so some secret organization is gunning for her? She’s going to gun right back… and she knows exactly who can help her. If she can track him down…Pete was once a Recon Marine. That was before he was abducted and turned into a monster. Now he’s escaped his prison… but in his heart, he’s still in chains.  It’s not just his ferocious cave bear he has to hide. For the safety of everyone – his team of misfit shifters, his family, and especially his thirteen-year-old daughter – no one can discover what his captors did to him. He can’t let himself get close to anyone.
Until the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen hacks her way through all his defenses, to offer him a job he can’t refuse.

dragon brothers brideTHE DRAGON BROTHER’S BRIDE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Abby has had a rough couple of months; after all, she just discovered she is more than just human. In fact, she is a dragon that has been through so many lives it’s hard to keep track. So when her father comes to claim her, Luc and his brother Ty have something to say about it.

Will the brothers be enough to stop Abby’s dad from taking her away from them? Or will Abby find the heart to let them go? But as Abby struggles with the knowledge of who her father is, she finds herself drifting away from her soul mate Luc and into the arms of his brother Ty. But neither one of them is going down without a fight.

blood of the packBLOOD OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

As the new Alpha of the Scottish Wulver pack, Kenrick Wulver has a bright future ahead. All she needs is her destined mate to share it with. Zaria Lupa isn’t looking for love. She’s been on the run from Leroux, Alpha of the American Lupa pack, ever since Leroux killed her sister.

When the Lupa wolves find Zaria, she runs to Wolfgang County for protection, where Kenrick is visiting her friend Dante. Kenrick takes Zaria under her wing, showing her the care and attention she’s never experienced. Zaria refuses to believe she is Kenrick’s destined mate. To her, mating is just an excuse for abuse and control, no matter how kind Kenrick may seem.

When Kenrick convinces Zaria to come to Scotland to visit the Wulver pack, she hopes for a fresh start. But the Lupa wolves aren’t finished with Zaria, and their revenge may destroy any chance at love.

more than mortalMORE THAN MORTAL by Abbie Zanders

Ceri always knew she was different. Seeing people’s auras and being able to change the weather with her moods just isn’t normal, nor does she understand why simply being around others saps her of her strength. There’s no one she can turn to; who she is and where she comes from are the biggest mysteries of all.

Settled into a small college town, she immerses herself in studies of the supernatural and lives a solitary existence. Until he crosses her path and comes to her rescue.

After earning his master’s in criminal justice, there’s no plausible reason for Edan to stick around campus. There’s only a feeling. A feeling of destiny and purpose that calls to his ancient Highland ancestry and keeps him right where he is.
When he meets her, his purpose becomes clear. He can’t explain it, but she needs him, and he’ll go to great lengths to protect her.

In their search for answers, Ceri and Edan learn there’s a lot more to the world than either of them ever imagined. The lines between reality and myth blur as they discover ancient magic, hidden realms, and the truth about who – and what – they really are: pawns in a game that’s been played for millennia.

Will Ceri and Edan embrace the destinies that have already been written for them? Or will they sacrifice everything to be together?

spirits spells wedding bellsSPIRITS, SPELLS AND WEDDING BELLS (PYPER RAYNE BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase
It’s three weeks until Pyper Rayne and her fiancé Julius tie the knot. All she wants to do is enjoy her risqué bridal shower, complete the final details of her wedding, and find time to enjoy the holidays. But when Charlie, the manager of Wicked, is arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Pyper puts her medium skills to the test in order to find the real killer before Charlie takes the fall. With help from her friends, a couple of shih tzus, and more than a few ghosts, can Pyper save the day and get her happily-ever-after?
auroras betrayalAURORA’S BETRAYAL (THE LOST COVEN BOOK 2) by K A Knight

Cut off from my body, I live in the home of a god who’s willing to train me, to help me fully embrace my powers, both as a witch and as a reaper. But while I lay in a coma, the men I left behind suffer, desperate to find a way to bring me back.

I want to return to them, but our family is not complete. One is missing, a member of the coven who was lost before they found me. And I must go on a quest to Purgatory and bring him back, or we’ll forever be incomplete. I’m coming home to my men, to my family, but will my return bring relief or doom us all?

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wrecked intelWRECKED INTEL: AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL (IMMORTAL OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Mandy M Roth

Operative: Cody Livingston (Shark-Shifter) – Wereshark and former Immortal Op Cody Livingston has spent decades keeping his head down and staying off the grid. Ever since he volunteered to be part of a test group when the government attempted to create super soldiers, he’s been in a fight for his life and those of the men he sees as brothers—fellow Outcasts. You see, his own government turned against him when the DNA manipulation attempts didn’t go as planned.

Now Cody spends his days trying to right the wrongs left in the wake of the experiments and protecting any innocents caught in the crossfire. This is easier said than done when he’s had to escape the clutches of a madman hell-bent on possessing Cody’s healing gifts and longevity. As old foes resurface, the stakes get even higher when Cody realizes he not only has a mate but that she’s in the crosshairs of the enemy as well.

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immortal hunterIMMORTAL HUNTER (VAMPIRE MATES) by Patricia D Eddy

His entire life, he was trained to do one thing. Kill vampires.Until he had to make an impossible choice and run from the very people he used to call family. In St. John’s, he found a place he could settle down. A place the Hunters would never find him.  But his haven turns out to be anything but safe when a beautiful shield maiden walks into the pub where he’s slinging drinks. Now, evil threatens the entire world and the local coven likes to interfere—with everyone and everything. And it’s really too bad that shield maiden is a vampire. Or…is it?

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immortal bloodlinesIMMORTAL BLOODLINES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Jessica Cage

Love is a thing that chooses us. We are at best victims to it.
No matter how much we may want to convince ourselves otherwise. Noah never gave it a second thought until he met her.
The Johnston vampire bloodline must remain pure. Liam, Noah’s father has made that perfectly clear. But the woman who captured Noah’s heart is far from his father’s list of approved mates. Unfortunately for Noah, walking away from Skye isn’t a simple thing. When a vampire finds his mate, it’s a bond that lasts forever.
As next in line to lead his nest, Noah must decide if he is willing to risk losing it all for love.

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imortal hexesIMMORTAL HEXES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Amelia Hutchins

One vampire.
One witch.
A love that should have survived the ages.
Avery lived by three simple rules. Never be outside after dusk. Never give up fighting to survive. Never give in to the one man who ruled her heart and shattered everything they shared when he walked away from her.
Conner has one mission: to capture the witch who killed his father and make her pay for her crimes. The problem is she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. The same witch whose innocent kiss made his immortal heart quicken with her freely given love. He walked away to save her life, and in return, she took everything from him. She left his world in ruins, and his heart a shattered mess.
Can he ignore the attraction that still burns between them and get justice for those she murdered in cold blood? Or will her past be enough to convince him to forgive her?

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immortal biteIMMORTAL BITE (VAMPIRE MATES) by Andie M Long

Since his turning, Caleb lives in his remote country estate with a skeleton staff. His beloved rose garden occupies his time; a tribute to his past lost love, along with a sharp reminder that the thorns that would scratch a human leave no lasting mark on a vampire.
Artist Vivienne dreams of a garden and a stranger, feeling compelled to sketch roses over and over. When the name Tetburn Manor whispers on the edge of waking, she finds the house and gardens that match her dreams and sets off to sketch them, wondering if the house can lift her constant melancholia.
Caleb watches Vivienne as she herself blooms while she paints his garden standing outside of his estate. Should he listen to his heart and let her in?

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gone rogueSHADOWLIGHT ACADEMY 3: GONE ROGUE by Kailin Gow

Unlike many high school heroines in fantasy books, I always knew I was not ordinary. Far from it.
Since I was two, I have been seeing angels and demons. Given the gift of battle as a warrior, my role as a slayer often interferes with my role as a normal girl. So no, I was never a typical girl who had just found out she was heir to some magical family or something like that. I’ve been “gifted” practically all my life.
So when my ordinary family moved us to San Francisco to a new school where my father teaches, I didn’t think much of the school. Shadowlight Academy, the most exclusive and posh prep academy for the super rich. I thought I would be there to slay the evil like an undercover superhero amongst the ordinary.
I just didn’t think the ordinary would all be extremely unordinary. Especially the three most popular kids in school, known as the Beautiful Ones. Then there’s the hot brooding rebel boy who didn’t seem to fit in, too. Everyone here has secrets, and I am determined to find out what, before it kills me…the entire Academy and even the world.

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prickedPRICKED by Scott Mooney

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

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of ice and shadowsOF ICE AND SHADOWS (OF FIRE AND STARS BOOK 2) by Audrey Coulthurst

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers. Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just as Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town in Mynaria changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: she must quickly broker an alliance with the queen of Zumorda to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms; it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers Denna a place among her elite trainees—an opportunity that would force her to choose between her magic and Mare.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare struggles to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. By making unconventional friends, her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grow, and so too do her suspicions about who is truly behind the attacks on Zumorda and her homeland.

As rising tensions and unexpected betrayals put Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerge on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

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midnight beautiesMIDNIGHT BEAUTIES (GRIM LOVELIES BOOK 2) by Megan Shepherd

Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

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magic of the nileVS Note: For my backlist feature this week, I’m highlighting MAGIC OF THE NILE, which is the sequel to my newly re-released PRIESTESS OF THE NILE.  MAGIC tells the story of the grown up Tyema (a supporting character in PRIESTESS) and I really enjoyed writing this one, complete with appearances from Sobek the Crocodile God. I think I developed a slight crush on my own charioteer hero Sahure!
The blurb:She’s a priestess, he’s a proud warrior … is love enough to bridge their differences?
When the high priestess of an Egyptian temple falls in love with a captain of the royal guard, their bond is tested by the intrigue and peril of their duties to the gods and Pharaoh.Tyema serves Sobek the Crocodile God as High Priestess of his Nile river temple. But despite her beauty, grace, and the power she wields, the shy priestess lives as a recluse in the remote temple grounds. For though Sobek rescued her from a childhood of abuse and neglect, and healed her crippled foot, her dark past haunts her still.
When Sahure, a dashing captain of Pharaoh’s guard, arrives to ask her help for Pharaoh, Tyema’s wounded heart blossoms. The captain is captivated as by her well … until Pharaoh orders him to the dangerous frontier, far from Tyema. He rides away, bound by duty and honor, leaving Tyema with even more secrets to bear.Heart-broken, Tyema returns to her lonely life … until the Crocodile God reveals other plans for his priestess. For Pharaoh’s life is threatened with black magic, and only one who wields the power of a god can unmask the sorcerer. Tyema must brave court life, and somehow withstand the pressures of swirling gossip, intrigue and danger. And she must hurry, before ancient evils overcome all her efforts.

But when Sahure returns, is he there to help or to hinder? Will love lead them to common ground, and a future together … or will their differences tear them apart forever? Find out in this exciting sequel to PRIESTESS OF THE NILE!

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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.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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 by hand 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 Can Keep Going Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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 – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together and stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move. Last week he rescued her from a poisonous reptile but was bitten.

The bite was ugly, swollen, with red and black lines climbing his veins but, even as she watched, the colors receded and his skin blurred in front of her eyes as the deep wounds from the fangs closed. “That’s one hell of a physiology you’ve got, buddy.”

Camron laughed, although the sound was choked, “My people paid a high price for the gifts. I should be able to stand and walk in a few more minutes and we can keep going.”

“I think we both need shelter and rest but you’re right, this spot is too open,” She glanced at the berry thicket and shuddered, her stomach threatening to heave up its contents remembering the gliddern.

“I’m sorry,” he said softly, “For placing you in danger. I should have checked the thicket myself, first. It’s late in the season for gliddern to be nesting but there’s always a risk—I didn’t think.”

She rested her hand on his arm, “No apologies necessary. You saved my life just now. Seeing the bite wound and what it did to you, with your magic metabolism, I’m sure I would have died, probably a genuinely nasty death. Thank you.”

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote Star Cruise Outbreak #SciFi

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500I’ve always been fascinated by epidemics and the measures that the medical profession must take in order to deal with an outbreak. My Dad had cholera as a kid and I believe was the only person in the entire state of New York that year to have it, and eventually the epidemiologist  tracked the source to an apple he’d eaten, from a tree near an infected water source. Hearing my father talk about this incident inspired me to read a book on epidemiology, with fascinating stories of doctors locating Patient Zero, or the first person to come down with the disease in question, and trying to figure out where that person acquired the illness, among other things.

I love movies like “Outbreak” and “Contagion.” There’s a 1992 TV movie entitled “Black Death” with Kate Jackson, about the plague breaking out in New York City that I particularly enjoy. Of course these fictional tales have a happy ending, and the cure is found. Very reassuring.

I also enjoy apocalyptic stories where the bird flu or the genetically engineered virus or plague goes totally out of control and nothing works to save the vast majority of human beings…but since  I write romances with  Happy Ever After endings, I took the more cheerful route in my own story.

WRECK_canva_plainSo long story short, I always wanted to write a plague story. At the same time, I also wanted to write more novels about interstellar cruise liners. I created a wonderful starship for Wreck of the Nebula Dream and then of course had to destroy her, but as time went on, I kept thinking of intriguing stories I could tell on a cruise ship sailing the stars. I loved the idea of using the ship as my “village”, with a recurring cast of characters. The two ideas came together, in Star Cruise: Outbreak, partially inspired by a run of news stories about noroviruses on ocean-going cruise ships. I pondered what would happen if a seemingly benign-but-unpleasant bug hit an interstellar cruise ship and was really the start of a much more serious outbreak, harbinger of something never seen before.

I’ve used the design and details I developed for the Nebula Dream to create a newer, upgraded liner named the Nebula Zephyr, and staffed her with a crew and passengers who have to deal with this outbreak.  After a lot of research into various earthly diseases, I came up with an alien ailment that combines deadly aspects of several real viruses and conditions. I decided my main characters would be Emily the ship’s new doctor and Jake, the head of security. Both are military veterans and suffering from varying degrees of PTSD, so that’s an added complication for them to work through on their way to romance, as they handle the outbreak.

I also brought back Meg and Red from Star Cruise: Marooned as secondary characters in this novel.  Many of the characters (and pets) in Outbreak appear in the other Star Cruise stories.

I’ve since utilized the Nebula Zephyr as a setting for other novels and novellas and each year try to write at least one story happening on board the ship. This year’s will be in the Pets In Space® 4 anthology, releasing on my birthday, October 8th (coincidentally). There’s no pre-order yet but we do have a free reader magnet available for a little while longer, which includes a really quick short story from me that’s a precursor to Star Cruise: Mystery Idol. Here’s a link to get a copy of the free Reader magnet.

Here’s the story for Star Cruise: Outbreak:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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