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?

Amazon      Apple Books

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.

Amazon      Apple Books

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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?

Amazon     iBooks      Kobo     B&N     Google

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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.

 

 

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