New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday OCT 30

haunted alien honeymoonWarning for your wallet – As you might expect in these genres, a week with Halloween in it brings out a TON of New Releases! I think this might be my longest post ever…

As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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HAUNTED ALIEN HONEYMOON: STARGAZER ALIEN REALITY SHOW BRIDES #3 by Tasha Black

Wayne is still new to this planet, but he is already wildly in love with reality show host Olivia Fontaine. He spends plenty of time with her, since she’s hosting a series of shows about his brothers’ double wedding and honeymoon – but he can never seem to get her alone to tell her how he feels. The big, hunky alien is determined to keep his secret powers under wraps and stay on Olivia’s good side so that he won’t miss his chance to win her over.

Olivia Fontaine has spent most of her career in front of the camera, when what she really wants is to get behind it. She’s finally on the production team of her current project, and she couldn’t be happier. If only her personal life were as rosy. Her two best friends already married alien brothers on the shows she’s hosted, and it feels like everyone’s waiting for Olivia and brother number three to get together. But she can’t let herself fall for Wayne when she’s so close to fulfilling her dreams. If only the big alien weren’t so unbelievably sexy…

When their on-location honeymoon shoot in beautiful Costa Rica seems to be under siege from paranormal forces, Olivia is eager for support from any source. Will she let Wayne get close enough to help her make her dreams come true? Or will they both be haunted by what could have been?

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alien redeemedALIEN REDEEMED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Marie Dry

On a harsh alien planet, in a faraway galaxy, Sarah, a gentle human woman, is determined to start a new life, far away from the hardship she endured on Earth and the pitying glances of her friends.

Once on Zyrgin, Sarah finds that, instead of being the empress and helpmeet at the side of the Zyrgin leader, she is merely his breeder. She is trapped in a gilded cage, not allowed to go out and interact with the other women on the planet, until she’s proven her loyalty to the empire by birthing Zaar’s child. After her traumatic experiences in the raider camps, and the resultant PTSD, Sarah doubts she could ever make love to her Zyrgin warrior.
Zaar assures her he has a superior plan to cure her of her problem. But is he able to reach through all the barriers Sarah has erected against true intimacy?

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forbidden tana stoneFORBIDDEN (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Tana Stone

Ella is one of the few human females who rejected her Drexian warrior match. Sent to live with the other “rejects” in a special part of the high-tech space station, she has no desire to have her life dictated by a bunch of alphas on steroids. And no way would she ever be charmed by an alien playboy.

Not only is Dakar a member of Inferno Force, which means he’s bigger, tougher, and more dangerous than other Drexian warriors, he’s also known throughout the galaxy for his ability to sweet-talk almost any female out of her panties. He’s the last warrior to desire a tribute bride, but his name has been moved to the top of the list.

When he meets the beautiful and independent Ella, he’s startled by his own feelings for her. Too bad she’s not interested in taking a mate, and he’s got a bride on the way. He knows that as a tribute reject, she’s off-limits, but he can’t seem to stay away. Can he win her over or will he need to give her up forever to fulfill his duty?

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cyndarCYNDAR: BOOK 4 IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk

Felicity already knows she is going to hate the cocky alien asshole who won her body on the auction block in the Hub. When he comes to collect his prize, she sees the ruined flesh that covers his face and arms as well as the flames still burning beneath the surface. Her hatred turns to fear as she confronts the reality of mating with that ball of fire.

Cyndar knows the Earth woman wants him. He can see the wide-eyed glares and sneers she’s giving him, all mating signals in his species, the Smolds. Yet when he goes to lie with the human, he finds her unwilling and combative. His duty is to repopulate his home planet of Brucia, and he is determined to do so at any cost. But he feels the flames within him rage when she is near, and he wants her to want him in return.

Will Cyndar learn how to appeal to Felicity before her contract is nullified and she is forced to go back to the auction block? Will Felicity discover that there is more to Cyndar than his burnt exterior and eyes of coal?

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vykorVYKOR: STAR CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

Born without a dragon’s spirit, Vykor has no magic, no clan, and no reason to stay on his home planet of Romak. He’s come to Earth to research old legends – and maybe even find acceptance.

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coriolusCORIOLUS: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY: BIG SKY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (MERMAIDS OF MONTANA BOOK 2) by Elsa Jade

With her allergy to water — water, that keeps everything on Earth alive — getting worse every day, reclusive billionaire heiress Marisol Wavercrest assumes she is going to die. So when she’s offered one chance to survive, she has to take it. Except that chance will take her to another world that’s nearly 100% covered by water in the company of an alien merman…who claims she is his fated mate.

As commander of the western fleet on Tritona, Coriolis Kelyre fought long and hard against the cruel land-dwellers who poisoned the seas. When he’s given one last task after the war — to take an alien bride to help save his world — he’ll do what he’s told, just as he’s always done, even if the bride he’s sent to retrieve makes him question everything he’s sacrificed.
Their predestined union is supposed to save a fragile planet, but a perfect storm is brewing between the enemies seeking to tear them apart and the tidal wave of their rising desire.

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jalokJALOK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 14) by Elin Wyn

Jalok might have a teeny bit of an anger management problem. But that’s alright. He’s here for the battle. Xathi, walking trees, rioting mobs. He’s ready to fight against anything, no matter the consequences. Until suddenly, he has someone to fight for.

Dottie loves her quiet life in Kaster. She has friends, her great-great-something grandfather’s bicycle. A killer recipe for chili chocolate brownies. And a new best friend who happens to be a planet-sized plant. Entity. Whatever. When Jalok is assigned to protect her, sparks fly. He can protect her from anything. But will they be safe from each other?

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arcav generals womanTHE ARCAV GENERAL’S WOMAN (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 4) by Hope Hart

Harmless, fun Methi, can always be counted on to get into trouble. But the cocky Arcav with a heart of gold is slowly being replaced with a cold, bitter male who fights his demons at every turn.  Some Arcav can wait for their mates for centuries before risking insanity. But others can’t. Methi knows who is mate is. Seeing her is like ripping his guts out. And he’s getting harder and more violent every day.  Taking her would mean breaking his word and losing his honor.  In his position as Guard for the Arcav Queen, Methi has risked his life again and again. But nothing is as difficult as being near the woman who should be his. The only answer? A mission far from temptation.

Since leaving Earth for Arcavia, Meghan has had one constant in her life. Methi. He’s her best friend, her shoulder to cry on, and the most honorable man she knows. Until he changes without warning. What do you do when your best friend suddenly leaves? Pretend it doesn’t hurt and try to move on with your life. Meghan’s used to being abandoned. If Methi thinks he can come crawling back after ditching her without warning, he couldn’t be more wrong. She’ll pick up the pieces of her life and move on. 

But when Methi’s spaceship disappears, Meghan realizes she’ll do anything to get him back- even if it means breaking her own heart.With danger and betrayal on the horizon, will Methi and Meghan risk it all? Or with they say goodbye… forever?

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hunted theresa beachmanHUNTED (PREDATOR PLANET BOOK 1) by Theresa Beachman

Isa’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job and discovered her husband in bed with another woman all on the same day. It can’t get any worse…until it does. Abducted against her will, she wakes in the wreckage of a star freighter on Resu, a planetary game reserve created to test the fiercest hunters.

Desperate for money to pay for his sick mother’s care, Heath carries illegal contraband across the galaxies for the highest bidder. No questions asked. But his choices come back to haunt him when a magnetic storm wrecks his ship and maroons him on Resu.

Discovering his cargo was human, Heath has to make some tough decisions. All he has to do is keep her safe and not fall in love. Easy right? Only if the truth stays hidden.

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coldhearted guardianCOLDHEARTED GUARDIAN (ASRAI ASSASSINS BOOK 2) by Juno Wells and Alana Serra

Alexis has spent most of her life on the run, but it’s impossible for an empath to avoid forming attachments. There’s no way she can abandon her friends, even if her loyalty means putting herself in danger. The solution? Hire protection in the form of a coldhearted killer.

By Asrai standards, Zedrik is defective. His people feel nothing, yet he’s always had the stirrings of emotion and enough curiosity to wonder what if. So far, he’s kept it under control. But when he’s suddenly faced with a determined, fiery empath who’s willing to sacrifice herself to protect her friends, he can’t say no.

With the Federation after them both, Alexis will have to trust someone to save her for a change. But is an “unfeeling” assassin the man to do it? If he turns his back on his feelings, he could finally secure a place among his people.
All it will cost is the empath he’s learning to love.

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alien contact for enhanced nutcrackerALIEN CONTACT FOR AN ENHANCED NUTCRACKER (ALIEN CONTACT FOR IDIOTS BOOK 6) by Ed Hoornaert

Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by an alien king to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle, but after she meets the lead dancer, she wonders if it’s a curse, instead . . .. . . because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered star dancer Rafael Sekwa to produce a potlatch dance honoring her husband’s ancestors—on the same date, time, and stage as The Nutcracker. The stubborn genius is determined to do so, no matter what, and Holly finds her ambition melting in the face of her growing admiration…and love.

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freeing edenFREEING EDEN by G S Kenney

VS note: From May. I don’t usually go that far back but this one sounded intriguing and was a 2018 RWA Golden Heart Finalist. I missed its release in May 2019 and thought it deserved a mention.

All trader Zara wanted was to help Kell, a clone, retrieve his maker’s memories and discover who he really is. The conflict-torn planet Eden was supposed to be just a stop en route, but Kell begins recalling fragments of memories from Swifthammer, Eden’s now-deceased resistance leader. Despite Zara’s misgivings, Kell assumes Swifthammer’s role, opposing the planet’s foreign warlord Reuel.

But Reuel’s schemes take a dangerous turn when it becomes clear he has tampered with Kell’s programming. Could the memories Kell now begins to experience be . . . Reuel’s?
Kell struggles to bring peace to Eden by uniting his maker’s heritage with that of the planet’s oppressor, but Zara fears she may be losing her heart to the man who is poised to become Eden’s next and most terrible warlord. Can she help Kell find an identity all his own–and a future they can share together?

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onyx dragons amberONYX DRAGONS: AMBER (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES) by Starla Night

I’m a calm dragon shifter until someone brings out my inner monster. Darcy is fearless. His charm drives me crazy. But he teases me like there would be no consequences. As the CFO of an alien corporation, I can’t afford to make mistakes.
Mistakes that would kill my family and lead to planetary destruction. Now, the time has come to prove that I have control over my temper. The treaty between dragons and humans has been threatened. The fate of this Earth is riding on my shoulders.
I can’t let the fire crackle from my hair. Not now. And the only thing that’s coming in the way of my victory?
Darcy.
The man of my dreams… and my biggest nemesis.

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last sanctuaryTHE LAST SANCTUARY (THE SANCTUARY SERIES BOOK 3) by Nikita Slater

Sanctuary is on fire, and we’re on the brink of destruction. I am a descendant of the Great Fall, the apocalypse. But my survival is by no means certain. I cling to the edge of this nightmare, an inferno surrounding me, and yet, I have no choice but to crawl towards the promise of death. My heart lies behind me, but I must flee to protect my unborn child.

We are surrounded by enemies, both inside and out. Our world has shattered, an explosion of uncertainty hurtles us toward the end. Our future hangs in the balance, any wrong turn will result in death. As we fight to keep our home, the Last Sanctuary, we face the greatest and worst challenges of our lives.

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trans space octopus congregationTHE TRANS SPACE OCTOPUS CONGREGATION by Bogi Takacs

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

Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, winning a Lambda Literary Award for Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. But Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strange capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be found inside; a team of scientists perform some reverse-engineering on a space station and shapeshifting becomes political; and other tales of AI, hybrids, and the far future.

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kesivorKESIVOR (THE LEVIATHO BOOK 2) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells

Macie – I left Earth behind along with the rest of the Corsairs. We’re a mercenary crew and damn proud of it. We detected an anomaly. What should have been nothing more than a quick check turned into a run in with a ship full of Salitan. One in particular, Kesivor, is cool, calm and collected. Not to mention sexy as hell with his massive height, four arms and teal skin.

Kesivor – My Commander is going mad. We are at war. Our race is doomed, our home is destroyed, and there are only a handful of us left. We’re running and fighting for the survival of my race. I can’t fall in love. Especially not now. Except my heart wants what my heart wants, and it wants the feisty human female Macie. Will I have to turn on my Commander to claim my love?

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alierns guide to abducting a brideAN ALIEN’S GUIDE TO ABDUCTING A BRIDE by D L Jackson

Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent female. Finding the perfect bride should be easy.

Confirmed bachelor, Tribus leader and bastard prince, Darius of the Malamagnus is ordered to Earth to procure a wife. He’s found what he’s looking for packaged in the five foot ten inches of sexy, jaded medical examiner—Doctor Elizabeth LaRue. Armed with an erotica novel he believes is a guide to Terran romance, Darius decides to use this instruction manual to woo her, instead of going with the standard alien abduction.

Elizabeth has her own issues. A body to autopsy with concrete mob connections. A sleazy homicide detective, who doesn’t know the meaning of no, and her eccentric grandmother who’s escaped the nursing home. Again. When Darius strolls into her autopsy, Elizabeth adds one more problem to the list—a hot, mouth-watering stranger. She soon discovers her grandmother really is acquainted with aliens, but it seems dementia is contagious. Now, Elizabeth is not only seeing them, she’s somehow managed to marry one.

Darius is confused. All should be going as planned. Travel to Earth, find a woman and fly home. But, when Russian Mob boss Kazimir Volkov abducts Elizabeth first, Darius finds himself scrambling to her rescue. From hijacked busloads of bingo-playing senior citizens, to shady arms dealers and cops in donut shops, Darius learns first hand why Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. Now, it’s a race against time. Darius needs to find his bride and get off Earth before he creates an intergalactic incident.

Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent crazy. Escaping should be easy.

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his to takeHIS TO TAKE: A POST APOCALYPTIC ALIEN OVERLORD ROMANCE (NEW EARTH BOOK 1) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper

Ann is alive. So is Rex. She’ll be forever grateful for her father’s bunker. They would never have made it otherwise. There might only be one man her age left in this world…
And she’s lucky that it was Rex. Her high school crush, the man she’s loved for such a long time. She couldn’t help but giggle at the thought that they might have to repopulate the human race.
The thing is, Rex isn’t completely human anymore. Her sweet Rex has an animal side now – a wolf side. He can be dangerous, vicious, violent. Ann wants to love him, unconditionally. Besides, who else could love her back? Then he came to her, in her dreams… the man with the orange eyes.

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pythen blessingPYTHEN BLESSING (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 6) by Erin Raegan

Lydia – My life is unrecognizable. I live on an alien planet. I talk to aliens. They’re my friends, my protectors. There is no familiarity to home. The landscape is alien. The sky is alien. Everywhere I look reminds me that I am an impossible distance away from everything I’ve ever known. But I’m safe here. Safer here than I would be anywhere else.
Safe still, even though there are those that would see me dead before they accepted me into their world. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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alien goddess sarahALIEN GODDESS: SARAH: MAKAEN WARRIORS BOOK 1 by Zina Wes

Free-spirited Sarah is anything but diplomatic. But to end the war between humans and an alien race called the Makaen, she’s persuaded to accept the position of ambassador, which requires bonding to a Makaen warrior and living with him on his planet. Sarah is far from enthusiastic about marrying a dominant sex-crazed brute. Furthermore, a bonded female is supposed to be demure and obedient. Words that definitely aren’t in her translator.

Kealen Bakan, commander of the most powerful warship of the Makaen’s military, agrees to bond to one of his former enemies out of a sense of duty. His hate for her species burns deep inside, but after touching her he knows one thing for sure: the human female belongs to him, and he’s never going to let her go. He soon experiences that fighting in a war might be less dangerous than handling this stubborn female.
Their first contact is electrifying- literally, and raises the question of whether they were brought together by divine intervention.

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consorts of the red kingCONSORTS OF THE RED KING by Eden Winters

In deepest space the ruthless Federation lays waste to one rebel colony after another, leaving comrades-in-arms Van Orskey and Tayn Kassik without family, without a home, and without hope. With nothing left but each other, they run contraband and smuggle fugitives from the safety of their ship, the Cormorant—with the occasional clandestine mission for the rival Coalition thrown in. Their heists have not gone unnoticed, though even the bounty on their heads doesn’t prevent them from being a thorn in the enemy’s side at every opportunity.

Pissing them off? Big mistake.

From the day of his birth Prince Jorvik of Akiak learned duty, wisdom, and honor from his father, leaving him ill-equipped to withstand betrayal by his Federation-puppet uncle. He has no love for the greedy off-worlders who plunder his world’s natural resources and enslave his people. To defeat his foe, he needs the cunning, fearlessness, and touch of treachery only outlaws can offer.

Two off-world mercenaries make unlikely partners in Jorvik’s quest for vengeance, but the more he learns of them, the more common ground he discovers. In each other’s arms they find passion, heat, and maybe, a reason for living—until their common enemy threatens to tear them apart. To survive, they must take on the corrupt Federation. And win.

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cadmusCADMUS (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 2) by Olivia Hutchinson

It’s been a decade since Cadmus told everyone I was his. The entire galaxy separated us, and I never thought I would see him again. He was nothing but a distant memory from a happier time. There are no happy times anymore. After I’m taken from my home and sold like a piece of cattle, he’s the last person I expect to save me. Time changed him and it changed me, but it didn’t change one thing: he still thinks I’m his. And this time, he’ll stop at nothing to keep me.

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kiss of darknessKISS OF DARKNESS: ALIEN VAMPIRE HUNTER by Sheri-Lynn Marean

Earthlings are owned and off limits …… every alien in the universe is aware. To set foot on the planet is punishable by death, and to touch a human?  Now that’s cause for war. So when a daring pack of werewolf shifters called Weren head to Earth, Captain Kade and the crew of the Sentinally are discreetly asked to hunt them down.  Not a problem for a bunch of fierce space warriors, right? It wouldn’t be if humans didn’t have the richest blood of any being, and these hunters weren’t hungry vampires.

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pairing with the protectorPAIRING WITH THE PROTECTOR (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Whitney Washington is a Xeno-zoologist living on the Kindred Mother Ship and she has a big problem–she has a crush on her bodyguard. Unfortunately, the big Beast Kindred who comes with her to dangerous planets to protect her clearly doesn’t return her interest…or does he?

Rafe is a warrior with a past–a bad one. He has been hurt before when dealing with females and he doesn’t intend to repeat the experience. But it’s hard to ignore Whitney’s beauty and bubbly personality. Still, he’s determined to try until an unexpected turn in their latest trip to a new planet for research changes everything.

Forced to land on an unknown world, Whitney and Rafe find themselves among a group of feral humanoids who seem to be about as smart as house cats. Soon they are mistaken for pets by the huge aliens who live on the planet and taken into captivity as a “mating pair.” But what will happen when Rafe and Whitney actually have to mate in order to escape?

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broken and beautifulBROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Jude Gray

As I walk across the parking lot, my mind on another day of teaching third-graders, I’m taken. Abducted by nonhumans. Aliens. Monsters, one might call them. I certainly do.
When I’m taken again–from aliens by aliens–my dire circumstances are worsened by an immensely irritating male named Jax. He is brutal, crude, arrogant, and obnoxious. Everything I dislike in a man. Apparently, he is also quite broken, and he thinks I’m beautiful. Me. How on earth am I supposed to resist him? I suppose on Earth, I could.
But we’re not on Earth anymore, and all bets are off.

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vortex joanne ganciVORTEX (ADVENTURE IN THE OUTER WEBS BOOK 1) by Joanne Ganci and C A Higgins

Life in the Interwebs was nice and routine. I did my job at The Exchange and kept my head down. Well until I encountered a bug in the code, that turned into a tornado.
Just a baby one. No big deal, right?
How was I supposed to know it would drop me in the Outerwebs? Let alone that two of my colleagues would get sucked in behind me?
Now we’re stranded here, no job to do, no clue what’s going on and no idea how to get back.
The only thing that makes sense right now is the men around me, not only my co-workers, but the two Outers that took us in.
I have a growing need to protect them. Relationships like this don’t exist where I’m from, and I’m not letting them go now. If you knew them, you wouldn’t either.

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stardogSTARDOG: THE INHERITED STARS SERIES by Laurie A Green

VS note: A re-release of the author’s previous Pets In Space® 2 story but “greatly expanded”.

Navigator Taro Shall’s captain assigns him an unexpected mission–find a way to eradicate deadly vipers that have infested starship Calypso. He never expects to find the solution to his problem in the hands of Adini, a charming street vendor. But the bio-engineered StarDog he acquires turns out to be a galactic hot potato, and both Taro and Adini are soon fugitives on the run.

Adini Kemm can’t deny her fascination for the honor-bound navigator, though his past and her present seem to null any chance at a shared future. Until her father’s capture as a spy catapults both her and Taro into a desperate bid to save him…and straight into the clutches of a brewing insurrection.

As Taro’s bond with Adini grows, so does their jeopardy. Determined not to draw Calypso or his captain into the fray, Taro must rely on his wits to keep both Adini and his secrets safe from the renegade leader who takes them prisoner.

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release naomi e lloydRELEASE (THE TANDRO SERIES BOOK 1) by Naomi E Lloyd

In the new world of Tandro, in the year 2065, sexual energy is currency and love connections are forbidden. Advanced sensory abilities that drive her emotional energies to the limit make Tiegal more valuable than diamonds. If her ruler finds out, he will hunt her down. She must keep her passion hidden. Yet she yearns to unleash her powerful desires, explore the intimacy she craves, and find love. And then she finds it. When an incredible release of energy transports her into the arms of Johannes, the passionate and romantic man she has been dreaming of. The only problem is, he exists on Earth in the year 1865. And, she has no idea how long she can stay there with him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alyandras shadowALYANDRA’S SHADOW (ALIENS OF ATLANTIC BOOK 3) by JL Madore

Resistance is futile.
When Shadow wakes from a life-threatening injury he sustained defending the Defiant’s human refugees, he’s stunned at how much has changed: time has passed, his people aren’t his anymore, and his sister is building a new life with her alien lover in the underwater city of Atlantis. Seriously?
Alyandra knows better than to cross the lines of propriety with Shadow. He’s her patient, her best friend’s brother, and a Navy SEAL warrior with unnatural anger and violence brewing within. But when evil descends and survival instincts take over, propriety ceases to hold importance.

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enticed by the alienENTICED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 10) by Sabrina Kade

After Dakota’s mate suffers a head injury, he can’t remember Choosing her – in fact he can’t remember her at all. She tries to help him work through his amnesia, but in the face of Cade’s endless questions about their relationship she finds herself hiding the truth of their rocky start.

Cade can’t deny that Dakota is the sexiest little alien he’s ever seen – even if he can’t recall the first thing about her. It seems like their relationship was complicated, but there is one thing he knows for sure – from her first touch it’s clear that their bodies are still well-acquainted.

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blaze suoperheroBLAZE: A SUPERHERO ROMANCE (HEARTTHROB HEROES BOOK 1) by Christa Tomlinson

Blaze. St. Louis’s elusive superhero. In the dark of night, he wages war against the city’s criminal masterminds. Once the sun rises, he’s Jordan Wells, quiet custom body shop owner. Jordan has accepted that it’s his destiny to walk alone in the shadows… until the night he meets Daniel. The sweet, untrained submissive seeks a Dom, and Jordan would love to take on the role.

Jordan dreams of dominating the young man, of finding respite from his harsh life as a lone vigilante by losing himself in Danny’s softness. Unfortunately, past trauma has taught the superhero that letting others into his world leads to tragedy. Jordan knows he should let Danny go, but he can’t seem to tear himself away from the submissive’s gentle smiles and soft kisses. Can Jordan risk a relationship with Danny when his life as Blaze is rife with danger?

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calico descendingCALICO DESCENDING (JUPITER UNRAVELING BOOK 2) by Keri Lake

I was fourteen when I was sold to the men in black uniforms. Too young to understand I served a purpose beyond that of the other girls they’d taken. For the greater good.
Now, after four years in Calico, I’ve seen more death and suffering than during my days of surviving out in the Deadlands against the threat of Ragers and famine. I didn’t think this world could get any bleaker. Didn’t think it could take any more from me than it already had. Not until I finally learned my purpose.

That same day, I walked the dark halls in the bowels of this hell, where the suffering is in silence, and ghosts of the dead whisper through the walls. A place where nightmares are real. A place where I met my Champion—the most revered Alpha in S-Block—locked away in his dark cell. For the greater good. He’s their weapon, their only line of defense against the mistakes of the past: the mutations that could wipe out all of what’s left of us.
Me, I’m his whipping girl. His reward for good behavior. And his punishment for acts of defiance.

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red awakeningRED AWAKENING (RED ZONE BOOK 2) by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

VS Note: Sounds good. Put it on my TBR list.

In a future where corporations and nanotech implants run the world, Mace Armstrong is in the wrong place at the wrong time… Literally.

The mission is simple: find a way into CommTECH’s state-of-the-art compound, bug the lead scientist of their bio-engineering team before they release an implant that will kill millions, get out without anyone knowing he’s there. For an ex-army ranger, even one out of his element by a century, it should be a walk in the park. Right? Wrong.

Because Mace isn’t the only one who breaks into the secure facility. With the building overrun with terrorists, he has to find a way out before he compromises himself and the entire Red Zone team to the enemy.

But there’s no leaving without the woman who inadvertently helped him get into the building in the first place: Keiko Sato, CommTECH’s press secretary. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and knows how to hold a grudge. Against him. She has no idea what secrets he and his team are harboring, or that she’s calling to the animal that’s been locked inside of him for a century. Even as she argues with him about everything, Mace is determined to protect her. He got her into this mess, and he owes it to her to get her out of it. Whether she wants him to or not.

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runaway jewelTHE RUNAWAY JEWEL by M Garnet

The Enforcer tried to do his job, but a sexy female thief and an illegal too smart robot who mistakenly adopted him made his life hell.

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mate for oigrA MATE FOR OIGR (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 8) by S J Sanders

Join the crew of The Lady’s Fortune once again for another Mate Index holiday novella.Oigr spent the last twenty-five years as the caretaker of an Indivi orphan. He gave up his future on Vrol, the chance for a mate and family, and everything he knew. Now that Nazzek is mated with a youngling on the way, Oigr must adjust to a new future that he’s not prepared for. What does a male do when his sole purpose in life shifts?Deena is a witch who has felt that love has passed by her by. As her fortieth birthday draws near, feeling the weight of it looming over her, she casts a spell to draw love to her. When she feels a connection to a lonely Vrooduk male and unwittingly enters into a series of courtship rituals, nothing prepares her for being whisked away to another world on Halloween. Together they discover the power of love and a little bit of Halloween magic.

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beauty and the alien beast athena stormBEAUTY AND THE ALIEN BEAST (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 4) by Athena Storm

Whoever said Earth girls were easy never met Fenix Black. She knew she was mine as soon as she laid eyes on me. As soon as I had her scent, I knew she was my mate.  Oh, but it’s never so simple, is it? She’s not just your average everyday fated mate. No. This tiny, sassy woman has her own sense of independence. I tell her to stay in one place while I go fight the bad guys. But she ignores me and follows along. I pick her up and sit her back down and the moment I turn my back, she’s right by my side. How am I supposed to protect her if she won’t stay in one place? Always following me, pulling on my sleeve, and wanting to talk about my feelings. Asking me what I’m thinking after I bash in an Odex warrior’s skull. That’s when I look at her. And I realize that all I can ever think about is…her. My mate. Forever.

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alien skiesALIEN SKIES (WAKANREO BOOK 3) by Carmen Webster Buxton

Kamuhi Hailoaka’s desire to see other worlds led him to Wakanreo, the only world in the galaxy where the dominant species mates for life. Kamuhi met and married half-human, half-Wakanrean Yulayan Bellaire. After the Third Confederation of Planets rescued Yulayan from Inchauro Perduay, the man she found herself mated to, Kamuhi enlisted in ThreeCon. Now constrained by their rules and regulations, he and Yulayan work at being married and raising a child. Kamuhi has always excelled at academic subjects, but simultaneously navigating the pitfalls of bureaucracy, interspecies politics, marriage, and fatherhood at the same time is more of a challenge. Once he is assigned back to Wakanreo, the challenge becomes not only harder but more dangerous. For one thing, Inchauro Perduay still sees Yulayan as his mate.

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shattered laurann dohnerSHATTERED (NIGHTWING PACK BOOK 2) by Kele Moon and Laurann Dohner

Betrayed by the love of her life at sixteen, causing her to flee her home, Amber Daniels’ taste in men hasn’t improved over time. With a bitter divorce under her belt, she returns home to support her sisters and dying mother. It takes one day before she finds herself in trouble with the local werewolves—and being rescued by her childhood crush. One hot look and the pain returns…overshadowed only by the desire. But Amber’s older, wiser, and unwilling to be burned yet again.

Desmon Nightwind was an angry youth the night his world exploded and he lost his mate. Now pack alpha, he’s no longer an untried teen, but still wholly unprepared for Amber’s return to Hollow Mountain. He lost her once. No amount of pack politics, family strife, or alpha obligations will make him let her go a second time. He’ll do whatever it takes to claim and protect his human mate. Even battle neighboring wolves using anything at their disposal to start a war.
They don’t fight fair…and neither will Desmon.

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fever donna grantFEVER: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?

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guardian of the blackbird innGUARDIAN OF THE BLACKBIRD INN by Kerry Adrienne

VS Note: an “expanded” Gothic romance re-release

When Sophia Yates takes on a research project involving the famed and haunted Blackbird Inn, she’ll be forced to visit the landmark to thoroughly investigate its history. Together with the mysterious innkeeper, Garren Amsel, Sophia will do what she can to protect the property from government seizure, and in the process she will discover the truth behind its biggest mystery and why Garren can’t bear to let the place go. But the deeper she digs, the darker the story becomes. Will saving the Blackbird Inn and protecting Garren cost Sophia her life?

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hisssHISSS (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 4) by Skye MacKinnon

Kat’s world has changed dramatically. Her home is gone, her business destroyed, her confidence frayed.
She’s used to dealing with problems (mostly by killing them), but trying to cope with her newfound siblings, mysterious enemies, and three yummy smelling men is a little too much even for Kat.
It’s time to polish those claws and prepare to forge out a new life – with a little bit of murder, obviously.

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crimson hunterCRIMSON HUNTER (FAIRY TALE FATALE BOOK 1) by N D Jones

The War of Eternal Hunger freed witches from the rule of werewolves, ending a patriarchy only to create a matriarchy. A thousand years later, Oriana, Matriarch of Steelcross and Crimson Hunter, is a young, untried ruler who seeks to bridge the divide between witches and werewolves. But how can witches trust werewolves not to hurt them when Rage Disrupter collars are needed to control their lust for witch’s blood and magic? And how can werewolves trust witches to treat them as equals when they’ve built metal cities and armed themselves, literally, with iron weapons of werewolf destruction?

Marrok is a Clan of the Black Moon werewolf. When he meets and falls in love with Oriana, he knows action must be taken to stave off his lust for her blood and magic. But witches are the warm sun to werewolves’ cold moon. Is it possible for them to share the same sky? Or will Marrok betray Oriana—his bloodlust stronger than his love?

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scorch lisa carlisleSCORCH (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 10) by Lisa Carlisle

It’s every demon for herself. After I escape hunters and arrive in good Ol’ Witch City, Salem, Massachusetts, I head to a gothic club to feed. But, the dumb-as-rock gargoyle bouncers kick me out. They’ve confused my scent with another demon’s. But, I thought I was the last of my kind. Not good. We can’t both hunt in the same territory, especially with his dangerous cavalier style. I track the incubus, but when I find him, Daron’s irresistibly devilish nature makes me rethink my plan. For just one night…Will he want to play? Or consider me prey?

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fire and iceFIRE AND ICE by Various

Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man. From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path. Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses
and make you shiver. When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter. If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

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first magicFIRST MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 4) by Jenny Schwartz

Amy’s father is alive, but can she trust him? His human allies are the same militia who want to control Amy and use her magic against the Faerene.  Meantime, Faerene are vanishing. Five are dead in mysterious and isolated circumstances, and Rory is called to investigate. With threats everywhere, Amy’s adopted human family would be safest in Justice, but that would require them to live surrounded by the Faerene. Their future would change as radically as Amy’s.
However, everyone’s future is changing, whether they want it to or not, because prior to the Migration through the Rift the Faerene made some big assumptions about Earth and its creatures, and those assumptions are about to prove spectacularly flawed.
Amy’s newly learned magic will be put to the test with cataclysmic results.

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bachelorette on a missionBACHELORETTE ON A MISSION (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 7) by Shai August

Something is wrong with Corvanna Orkins. Majorly wrong, and the Alpha of Australia and New Zealand knows it. Either she’s going insane or her animal is, either way she needs to find a mate before her flirtation with insanity becomes a permanent date.
A dozen shifters have assembled to win her heart and drive the darkness from her mind, but the bright spot light of the show may prove too much for her to handle. Will one of the men be the one to help Corvanna settle her mind, body and soul?

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music for a mermanMUSIC FOR A MERMAN (SEA OF LOVE BOOK 2) by Alice Renaud

“Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble, especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.”
Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Find out as much as possible about the mainland humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Clan. It should be easy.
Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

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ruthless idolsRUTHLESS IDOLS (GIFTED ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Michelle Hercules

I knew being the only Norm at Gifted Academy would be hard and dangerous, but I didn’t expect to be tossed out of a window. Also didn’t expect to be saved by one of the Magnificent Four. Bryce brought me back from the brink of death, but he did more than heal my broken bones. He weakened my defenses and carved a place in my heart.
He’s not the only one vying for my attention. Rufio, Phoenix, and Morpheus have all changed their attitudes toward me, and recklessly, I want to know where it will lead.
But a complicated romance with four ruthless Idols should be the least of my worries. Powerful players are closing in, getting ready to either use or destroy me. I don’t know which one is worse.

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illicit connectionsILLICIT CONNECTIONS (ILLICIT MINDS BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

VS note: Author states this was published before under a different title and series name.

Anomalies. Abnormals. Curiosities. Freaks. Threats. The Conditioned bear many labels, heavy restrictions, intolerable scorn, and unforgiving laws. For thirty years they have been consigned to regulation behind the walls of safe houses and camps. The Conditioned have no rights. They are not people. They are the damned.

Attorney Ben Lavelle, a widowed father of twin girls, has a ghost problem. It bangs through the houses in his neighborhood, terrorizes his kids, and is generally creating havoc. Turning to his brother Gene who has ties to organized crime, he asks for his help—for the girls. Never having dealt with a Conditioned before, Ben has no idea what to expect but Seven is definitely not anything he imagined.

Seven-Two-Four is a Ghost Talker, she can manipulate the energy malignant and otherwise. Isolated in the Institutions, Seven’s lived a harsh existence where even the simple luxuries like sleeping in a bed are denied to her. When the job with Ben and his family buys her a few more days before her scheduled euthanasia, Seven experiences life as a person for the first time.

When tragedy strikes, Ben turns his legal prowess on the Institutions dehumanizing the Conditioned in the first place. Can he and Seven survive when even the memory of their love threatens everything they hold dear?

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dark thirstDARKLIGHT 2: DARKTHIRST by Bella Forrest

“Without us, evil will continue to grow. In the end, it will consume everything. Everyone.”

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keeper of the flame orrickKEEPER OF THE FLAME: ORRICK (SECOND IN COMMAND SERIES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Rose

An old sorcerer is how everyone knows him, but Orrick Pendragon has only chosen to shapeshift into the image an old man because of his painful past. When he stole the Eternal Flame over a hundred years ago, he had no idea of the consequences of his action. Being immortal and also married, he had to watch as his loving wife grew old and died while he stayed young and continued to live forever. Heartbroken, he swore, he would never fall in love again. But when Lady Hope appears at his tower door seeking his assistance to find the Eternal Flame, he’s intrigued and strangely attracted to her. Against his better judgment, he finds himself shapeshifting back into his young and handsome form of Sir Rick.

Lady Hope Threston arrives at Blake Castle as Lord Corbett’s ward. However, it is only a ploy on her part to get what she wants. She’s been betrothed to Lord Irwin, a blackhearted, greedy man. In order to convince him to break the betrothal, she agrees to help him find the Eternal Flame. However, she needs the assistance of the old sorcerer to do it. Lord Irwin wants to be powerful, invincible, and immortal, but all she wants is to be free. Then she meets the handsome Sir Rick and magically, everything changes.
Can an immortal man who is destined to live forever, find love again with a mortal woman who is bound to die?

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sword of stormsSWORD OF STORMS BOOK 2 (STONES OF AMARIA) by Tara Brown

Ilenia Ailling has lost two important people to the sea. But that is the least of her worries, for she is in dire straits. The death of the king and a vision of who killed him, has Lenny scrambling to keep her head above water. As the mysterious magic she has claimed fills her, Lenny realizes she has but one choice. Embrace the magic and solve the murder before the killer catches up with her. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and Lenny isn’t alone. Someone is haunting her dreams. And that someone wants Lenny for himself.

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kisses and kismetKISSES AND KISMET: A THIRSTY HEARTS MAGICAL ROMANCE by Kris Jayne

Kisses & Kismet is a delicious enemies-to-lovers tale with a touch of magic.A psychic. A ghost. A hero with a sly secret…Lilith Carver will do anything to help her estranged foster sister, Kali, and prove her loyalty–despite a past that has kept them apart. With Kali’s lover dead and her sister facing eviction, Lilith will even tap into her repressed mystical gifts to find out what the man’s son is hiding. She’s on a mission, and she won’t let Jamie’s magnetism–or dark inklings about her sister–keep her from winning.

Jamie Wylde has a chance to right the wrongs of his father and send the man’s mistress packing. With one clandestine maneuver, he can exclude the homewrecker from the Wylde fortune and reinstate his mother in their family home. He knows how to handle Kali, but her provocative sister is another story. Somehow, Lilith senses the truth, and she’s on a crusade to stop him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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price for peaceTHE PRICE FOR PEACE (ROYAL FACTIONS BOOK 1) by W J May

When sixteen-year-old Elise is ripped from her home and taken to the royal palace as a permanent ‘guest’, she thinks her life is over. Little does she know it has only just begun…After befriending a group of other captives, including the headstrong Will, Elise finds herself swept away to a world she never knew existed—polished, sculpted, and refined until she can hardly recognize her own reflection. She should be happy to have escaped the poverty of her former life. But she knows a dark truth.
The palace is a dream on the surface, but a nightmare underneath.

With a dwindling population, the royals have imprisoned the teenagers to marry and breed. Only seven days remain of freedom before they will be selected by a courtier and forever claimed. Danger lurks around every corner. The only chance of escape is death.
But when the day of the claiming finally arrives…the world will never be the same.

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fate of wolvesTHE FATE OF WOLVES (LEGENDS OF THE PALE BOOK 2) by Tarrant Smith

Deegan Volkov is a werewolf—a direct descendant of the first dark soul who’d committed the vile crime for which his ancestor and the other four had been cursed. It was his fate to suffer. The monster that dwelt inside Deegan had always taken far more than it ever gave. So, when he was faced with yet another impossible choice, Deegan had known no other way. No other path had been open to him. But this last agonizing loss had been too much for his heart to bear, and he’d howled his pain and despair to an uncaring moon never expecting a miracle—or her.
How could Eva Azoulf exist? She was a female werewolf in a world where all the cursed were men and the very last of a bloodline reported to have died out nearly a century ago. She was an impossibility, one that Deegan’s wolf was set on claiming for himself. But the man in Deegan craved more than just her body. To heal his torn and tattered soul, he yearned to find a way to win her heart.

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rudy and krisRUDY AND KRIS: NORTH POLE UNLIMITED 4 by Elle Rush

Baker Kris Singleton’s hands are full as she covers for her sick aunt at the family bakery. Then she’s asked to take her place on a local children’s Christmas party committee. Kris has no time for a romance with a former beau who’s decided it’s time to make up for missed opportunities.

Chief Christmas party planner Rudy Gillespie knows if he can get Kris’s attention again, she’ll realize they were always meant to be together. When his plans for the holiday event of the season fall apart, he desperately needs her help to save it from utter disaster. Can two mismatched elves come together to save Christmas? Only Santa knows.

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pure magnetismPURE MAGNETISM: A NOVEL OF THE PURE ONES #4 (PURE/DARK ONES BOOK #11) by Aja James

A lost king…Goya is a rare magical being: a royal Beast. And not just any animal shifter, but the king of the earthly realm–the great white tiger. But now he is a king without a home, cut off from his kin, and trapped in a human body against his will.

A single mother…Maddie Peterson is a career-minded single mother who has a fundamental distrust (and often, dislike) of men, especially in light of her cheating ex-husband and manipulative co-worker. But, then, she’s never met a male like Goya before.

Opposite worlds collide…When Maddie welcomes the silent stranger into her home, there is no denying their animal attraction. She teaches him how to be human, and he teaches her how to be wild. But when he gives his heart and soul to her, the pure spirit of the noblest of Beasts, is she brave enough to accept him as a partner into her life, as well as step into his fantastical, dangerous world?

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havoc of soulsdHAVOC OF SOULS by S J Sanders

The world went silent when the mist came. Following a sonic blast heard around the world as the gates of Aites were thrown open, the mist clung to the mortal world, but it was not empty. Creatures dwelled within the mist, and when the mist left, they remained.
Yet, with the ravagers another came forth. The gatekeeper, Charu strode across the land in hunt of his quarry, those spirits which had broken through the barrier. With his lamp of souls, he moves over the world capturing the spirits and bringing death to those driven to madness, infected by exposure to their miasmatic taint. He will stop at nothing to accomplish his task.
The ravagers brought civilization to its knees, hiding out as an infestation within the city. Meredith was one of handfuls of people left in Ashton, barely clinging to survival as resources ran low. When a shift in power dynamics brings the people under the yoke of the ravagers, Meredith knows that her time may soon be up. She doesn’t anticipate being saved by a dangerous spirit bent on destruction.
Can love bloom and flourish between a grim spirit and a human woman with spirits running in havoc around them, and will their magic together be enough to save humanity from a crippling fate?

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lanternTHE LANTERN: SHADOWED DREAMS EROTICA by S J Sanders

A lantern lit at night keeps the spirits at bay, especially on Halloween night when the spirits roam free between the worlds. When Misty turns down a dark road and gets caught in another world, she finds herself face to face with a creature of the woods that has its sight set on her as the object of his desire. There is no escaping him, nowhere to run. Not from him…and not from herself.

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book one admissionBOOK ONE: ADMISSION (CREATURE CARETAKER ACADEMY 1) by Bokerah Brumley

Her family has been in hiding for as long as she can remember, and she’s going to be the one to blow their cover. When Jess’s best friend, Rase Flannigan, receives a scholarship to a prestigious private school, Jess knows she won’t be able to tolerate the mean girls back at Bayburgh High without him. On the first day back, she accidentally sets her backpack on fire. As punishment, she’s held late for detention and sent to the high school basement. There, she discovers a troll, feasting on a tribe of miniature primates. Jess knows she has to protect them, but she nearly burns down the school in the process.

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vampromanceVAMPROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 2) by Kaye Draper

Reluctant necromancer Esper Jones had a quiet life, hidden away with her freak looks, and her freak powers, in her freaky old witch’s house. But her beautiful, ghost-whispering boyfriend Toma has destroyed her carefully crafted, people-free life.

Now she’s hearing voices in her head, monsters are running amok in Hellsfork, and there’s this vampire she can’t seem to shake. Somewhere between the black witches, hungry ghouls, and cowboy vampire hunters, Esper finds herself with a growing circle of people who actually seem to care for her (for some weird reason). Now, if she can just keep them all alive, when death is really more her thing.

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claiming marcusCLAIMING MARCUS (LORDS OF DISCORD BOOK 1) by Jocelynn Drake

Vampires slaughtered my family. No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice. But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik. Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy. But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric. Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.  Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

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witchin hallows eveA WITCHIN’ HALLOWS EVE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVRSE (MAGIC AND CHAOS BOOK 10) by Isabel Micheals

Paimon is back and he’s out for blood. He was promised a soul, so now it’s time to pay the Piper. There’s only one problem, no one’s willing to join him in Hell for all eternity. Brittney regrets summoning the right-hand man of Lucifer. It wasn’t one of her finest moments, but love can make a woman do crazy things like lose her ever-loving mind… at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. She’s had plenty of time to think about all the trouble she’s caused the small town of Bass Ackwards, Tennessee. But at least she’s not a murderer. When Paimon returns for her former nemesis, she’s shocked the Baba Yaga releases her from the Pokey and orders her to send him back to Hell. There’s only one little hitch in their plan, she’s doesn’t know how.

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ten ways to coerce a stubborn curse10 WAYS TO COERCE A STUBBORN CURSE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (THE CURSED QUARTET) by Virginia Nelson 

Jackie Wilson was born cursed, but her curse changed somewhere along the way. When she became a siren, forced to feed off the very thoughts of those who were her prey, she also ended up with a soul mate—one perfectly designed by the universe to fulfil her every need without hurting anyone. But it never seemed fair to Jackie—why was he trapped in a soul mate bond he’d never asked for? So, while solving various disasters and taking on local monsters, she’s trying to find a way to free her soul mate and save her town. If any witch can find a way around an unbreakable curse, it has got to be Jackie, right?

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trees companyTREE’S COMPANY: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Rebecca Poole

Sybil – What’s a cursed tree nymph with a candy addiction to do when her abode goes rogue and snatches a rockstar Shifter for her entertainment? First, kick his ass for eating her candy and second, try desperately not to fall in love.

Wren -Running from groupies, he ends up trapped with the one woman who won’t chase him. Which is made of suck, since the curvy nymph just so happens to be his mate. Rebellious foliage, an interfering furry mafia, and a bumpy road to happily ever after make love one sweet treat they can’t deny.

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summers splashSUMMER’S SPLASH by Various

Summer is a time of vacations and playing in the sun. The days are longer and magic can be found in the cooling breeze or the salty ocean water. Featuring 19 stories, this book is full of summertime fun that explores the magic of the season be it fairies, goddesses, or mermaids!

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peridotPERIDOT (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 3) by M Sinclair

VS Note: Author’s note references “Hot fae men.”

Live with your three best guy friends, they said! It won’t drive you crazy, they said! Lies! They are driving me crazy… but mostly because I have a big secret. I’m crazy about them. So what the heck am I going to do about it?

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convictedCONVICTED: A BUREAU STORY (THE BUREAU 5) by Kim Fielding

VS Note: I’ve developed quite an addiction to her Bureau series.

Vietnam veteran Kurt Powell’s addiction almost cost him everything, but a job as federal agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs helped him find sobriety and purpose. Now he tracks down dangerous paranormal creatures as well as humans who abuse their magical powers in illegal ways.

Sent from Belfast to the United States as a boy, Desmond Hughes later fell into a disastrous relationship that led to horrific murders. He’s spent seventeen years in a bleak prison with few comforts and no hope of release.

A new mission throws Kurt and Des together in a desperate attempt to prevent disaster. Sometimes what’s long been lost can still be found, but the road to redemption is never easy—and a mutual attraction may not ease the way.

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kiss of deathKISS OF DEATH (HELL ON EARTHBOOK 3) by Brenda K Davies

Aisling – Volunteering to work at the wall wasn’t my life’s goal, but in this new world, the dreams of old are things of the past… especially when I discover I’m part demon. I embraced my demon side and the freedom it offered—until it led me straight to Hawk. Now I find myself bound to a man I don’t even know. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to process this new development before the horsemen and angels tear my world apart.

Hawk – It was only supposed to be a quick trip to the wall before returning to the Wilds… but meeting Aisling changed everything. On the hunt for our enemies, I have no choice but to bring her with me into the Wilds. However, I wasn’t expecting our pursuit to lead us straight into the minotaur’s trap. Now that we’re the hunted, can we escape its labyrinth and destroy the horsemen, or will we be lost in the maze forever?

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raise the deadRAISE THE DEAD (THE WRAITH FILES BOOK 3) by C C Wood

I’ve found my calling. I help the spirits of murder victims find peace. I have a boyfriend and friends, old and new. I’m finally getting everything I’ve ever wanted.  Until I discover the depths of my magic. It’s a death sentence for me and anyone close to me. When the truth is revealed, my friends will become enemies or targets. Everyone I love will be in danger. To protect them, I’m prepared to take my secret to the grave. But there is someone waiting in the shadows, more than willing to bury me in it.

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immortal lustIMMORTAL LUST by Various

As vampires, the entire world is at our disposal. We’re blessed with the one thing that others crave – immortality. While life may be eternal, love doesn’t come so easy. In this anthology you’ll go on various journeys with characters who are on their own paths to find their mate, something they crave more than anything else in this world.
***Immortal Lust features a collection of short stories from various authors who have written in time frames from the eighteenth century to modern times. Steam levels vary depending on author and story line.

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relic seekerRELIC SEEKER (THE PRIESTESS CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Fiona Tarr

VS Note: Not a romance.

This isn’t the Priestess Ariela’s first trip through time, but now she has friends along for the journey. When she arrives, she is alone, dressed as a servant, yet surrounded by opulence. Her guide and mentor, the Angel Raziel hasn’t given her a clue about her quest and she quickly finds herself serving a deadly enemy from her past.

Ariela realises that keeping her magical powers secret isn’t going to be easy. She is being hunted by a powerful magic wielder who is determined to destroy her and change history forever. In the midst of a violent and intense battle to protect the ancient relic Brísingamen, once worn by the goddess Freya, Ariela calls upon the strengths and powers of her friends and a group of strangers.
As Ariela gathers her allies, she realises her powerful adversary isn’t the only threat. She has been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.

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forged in fire elizabeth sxhechterFORGED IN FIRE (HEIR TO THE FIRSTBORN BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Schechter

Having slipped through Mannon’s fingers, Heir to the Firstborn Aria and her two Companions – Waterborn Aven and Fireborn Owyn – have left Forge behind and are on the road to the Earth tribe lands. There they’ll find the heart of the resistance. At least, that’s what they’ve been told by Memfis, Owyn’s adoptive father and Companion to Aria’s father, Heir to the Firstborn Milon. They will also find Aria’s Earthborn Companion, and take another step toward fulfilling the cryptic Vision of the Dove.

The Earth tribe lands are nothing like they were led to believe. The Healing centers have been destroyed, and Mannon’s men are out in force, with orders to bring the Waterborn to Mannon. To evade the guards, Aria, Aven, Owyn and Memfis follow a young healer back to her home – a healing center hidden in the cliffs overlooking the sea. There, they find the surviving healers, the Chieftess of the Earth tribe, and the Senior Healer. They are offered sanctuary, and the Senior Healer offers to complete Aven’s training as a healer. The Chieftess offers Owyn more – a link to his unknown past.

But not everything is what it seems, and their safe haven may not be as safe as they thought. Memfis goes off to seek visions, and doesn’t return. Then, in an instant, Aria and Aven both vanish, leaving Owyn racing against treachery and time to find them and uncover the truth….A truth that might destroy their hopes for a future.

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ashen feathersASHEN FEATHERS (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 3) by Aster North

My name is Everly Banks, assassin, creator, and loner. Or I was until four hunters pushed their way into my life. Add in a cursed goat, sassy fox, and stubborn witch, and I have a whole circus following me. That’s the least of my problems though. I have promises to keep and enemies to slaughter. Two innocents are caught in the center of a battle I’d failed to finish long ago. I won’t let them pay for my mistakes.

We will have to rescue them while dodging a bounty on my head and preparing for war. As if that wasn’t enough, whispers of my past are colliding with my present, and I’m not sure I’m strong enough to handle them. Unfortunately, life isn’t waiting on me to get myself together. My own personal hell is coming whether I like it or not. But it’s not only my future at stake if I lose. My nightmare has come to haunt me and if he succeeds, the world will fall at his feet.

So, if you’re unlucky enough to see the clash between the creator and the destroyer, look for me beneath the falling ashen feathers. I’ll be the one who duct taped herself back together again.

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hot and hauntedHOT AND HAUNTED (WAKEMAN GRIMOIRE BOOK 1) by Viola Grace

Hecate knew she was never supposed to walk in the world. She hadn’t been an afterthought. She was an act of desperation. Growing up in a small town was rough, but having her family pretend that she didn’t see ghosts made things harder. As soon as she had enough money, she bought a place out of town and got to work. All day, every day, she had her phone on, and she waited for the call that would summon her to someone whose deceased loved one was draining them or terrifying them. Each one called for separate techniques, and she got very good, very quickly.

Her sister’s engagement complicates Hecate’s life as she is suddenly visible to the paranormal society at large with her introductory visit to Oak Point Way. The Nexus Guard is friendly, the gnomes are frisky, and the pixies are a flying menace. Ghosts were a breeze next to the paranormal.

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dark ones brideDARK ONE’S BRIDE (DARK ONES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Aldria Alien

VS note: Listed as a Gothic romance.

It has been five months since Clarabelle Weaver saved the life of the infamous Great Lord and happily accepted his unexpected marriage proposal. With their wedding less than a week away, she is finally stepping into the unfamiliar world beyond her village to face nobility she never knew existed. But it’s not only them who are interested in her presence.

The enemy is also stirring for this historic occasion. Their focus not on the man they see as their reviled “Dark Lord”, but on her as the young woman who supposedly carries his heir. Clara must weave a path through attempted assassinations and poisonings whilst also proving to the court that she’s suitable to become their ruler’s Great Lady… all before taking their vows. But has her training prepared her for an attack that could send the kingdom into war?

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bear in mindBEAR IN MIND (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 23) by Milly Taiden

Private Investigator, Summer Delgado hopes Gerri can find her twin sister a man. If anyone needs a happily ever after, it’s Winter. But not Summer. She’s got no time for romance. Even if it’s wrapped in smoking-hot shifter muscles. She’s got to focus on the break-in at Gerri Wilder’s apartment. Who needs a sexy, grumpy bear stomping around? Not Summer. Nope. Gerri has other plans, of course.

As the alpha of his den, Quinn Teddy isn’t interested in finding a mate. He’s got other things to worry about. Like getting Gerri Wilder’s recipes and helping his ailing father. He’s also got a missing mother and twin brother to find. When he collides into Summer, his bear reacts. Both man and animal want to bask in her sunny presence. But Teddy knows he shouldn’t have time for the sassy beauty. Even if she does have curves in all the right places. But he can’t stay away.

Thankfully, Summer’s a gifted private investigator and agrees to help Quinn. Together, they‘ll follow a new trail of clues to recover the missing Teddy family members. The quest will test their budding relationship and put Summer’s life on the line. Quinn has already lost so much. He’ll do anything to keep her safe from the dangers of his past.

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last night in hellLAST NIGHT IN HELL by Dia Cole

A night she’ll never forget – Sophie planned for missing guests and a venue change, but never in her wildest dreams did she foresee the apocalypse happening just days before her wedding. Thankfully, her best men and a dangerous former hitman keep her safe.
Then the unthinkable happens…Now, Sophie has only hours to live and a decision to make. Will she stay true to her long-lost groom or let her sexy companions give her the wedding night of her dreams?

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VS Note: 5 new releases in Milly Taiden’s Federal Paranormal Unit world:

get krakenGET KRAKEN: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (SEA SHIFTER PROTECTORS) by Mandy Rosko

Olivia is a kraken shifter, the only one of her kind. She’s used to how freaked-out people get when they find out what she is… her kind is rare and rumored to be monstrous. But when bodies start popping up with marks that appear to be made from a kraken, Olivia knows she needs to do whatever she can to clear her name and catch the person doing it. That starts with going to the Federal Paranormal Unit (FPU) and volunteering to help with the case.

Mike is a goblin shark shifter, an agent of the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, a division of the FPU. He’s not pleased when the FPU sends Chase, a harpy shifter, to be his communications man, and he’s even less pleased when he learns that Olivia, an untrained civilian, will be completing the team. It only gets worse when Mike finds out that not only is he Olivia’s mate… Chase is too!
Can the team figure out how to deal with two men mated to the same woman? And can they accept using her as bait to lure out a dangerous killer before it’s too late?

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willow rescueTHE WILL’OW RESCUE: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Renee Hewett

Willow Baldwin is a member of the Federal Paranormal Unit’s (FPU) Aquaterrestrial Task Force. As a zebra moray, her assignments frequently take place in the deep sea where it’s impractical for the land shifters. She’s not thrilled with her next job—investigating some missing fish. But that changes when she discovers the job is near Ursanis, an underwater domed city in the Arctic, off-limits to outsiders.

Graham Auman, prince of Ursanis, is in the middle of his multi-year trip from his home to the land-dwelling world to find a mate. But really, what woman would give up their land life to live underwater with him forever? Learning that trouble is brewing at home, he takes the opportunity to return, without a mate. Oh right, he’ll have to check in with the FPU before he flies north. Life has a funny way of throwing at you what you need when you least expect it.
At their first meeting, Willow and Graham know they are mates, but that takes second seat to the mission. They have to stop a cult from stealing the fish keeping an Old One asleep, because if the ancient monster wakes, it could mean the end of the world.

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awakened jodi kendrickAWAKENED: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Jodi Kendrick

An ancient ocean legend, Lirikai has awakened. She must discover if she is the last of her kind and if she can adapt and find her place in this new world.
Carson is called in by the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, the water division of the Federal Paranormal Unit, to investigate murder victims left on the beach, punctured with mysterious bite marks.
When Lirikai rolls out of the ocean surf asking after the Goddess in the ancient language, Carson questions whether she is connected to his case or if she was sent to him by his lost Goddess. After centuries alone, can they overcome their ingrained sense of duty and purpose and find common ground?

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kelpies redemptionTHE KELPIE’S REDEMPTION: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Alexa Gregory

What was thought to be lost to history has now reappeared, and will leave death in its wake…Sorcha Ross is happy living a happy quiet life in Scotland. After centuries used as an unwilling assassin, she finally feels free of her master’s command. Until the day she wakes up on unfamiliar shores, next to the body of a drowned man. The seaweed around him confirms that he’s been killed by a kelpie… and Sorcha is the only kelpie around.

Agent Fitzroy Yarrow needs to prove himself to the FPU. No one believes a naiad can harness their impulsivity enough to be a serious agent, but Fitz is determined to show them otherwise. It’s going to be an uphill challenge, though. While he’s trying to focus on a mysterious drowning case, his naiad side is captivated by glistening waters and a certain sexy red-head.
But what will Fitz do when he learns that the object of his desire is hiding a secret that can compromise his position in the FPU? Can Sorcha break through centuries of mistrust and open her heart to this man who is doing everything to show her that he’s different than all the others who harmed her? Will they win the race against time to find the person controlling Sorcha before they make her kill again?

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ancient protectorANCIENT PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Savannah Verte

Supervisory Special Agent Fedya Afanasi has a problem, and a secret. Unfortunately, he can’t solve his problem without revealing the secret, which could cost him his position, if not his job. Solving the case of the mystery plants and the explosion in the Back Bay Channel is only one piece of the picture. He’s hoping a survivor of the blast can offer some answers to what happened, and the solution to his problem, but she’s not talking.
Marietta Gomez has a problem and secrets of her own. She might be able to aid the investigation, but she’s on the run and not sharing information. When her plan to escape is thwarted, she finds herself back where it all began.
The stakes are high and climbing as the second mini-mystery in Making Waves reveals allies who aren’t and new adversaries to be investigated. Can the team find the answers they need, or are there too many questions yet to solve the puzzle? The best lead they have is beyond their reach and ready to weigh anchor for unknown waters. Time is running out.

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through the doors of oblivionTHROUGH THE DOORS OF OBLIVION: FROM THE SHADOW COUNCIL ARCHIVES (SERVANT/SOVEREIGN BOOK 1) by Michael G Williams

Wedged between real estate speculators, startup bros, and gentrified neighborhoods, it’s gotten hard to get by in San Francisco and it’s getting even harder all the time. Now two witches have decided the time has come to do something about it.

Using all their arcane skills, Iria – tall, dark, and genderqueer – and their partner and mentor, Madge – the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and a powerful magician – have summoned back to the world of the living one of San Francisco’s greatest eccentric heroes: Joshua Norton, self-declared Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In the 19th century he issued imperial proclamations intended to combat prejudice and advance the interests of the destitute and downtrodden. Binding him to themselves and to the city, Iria and Madge need Norton’s charisma and tireless dedication to the city to help them save the city from a demon of greed.

With an exciting combination of spell-slinging and derring-do, Norton and his modern-day patrons embark on a series of adventures across San Francisco’s past and present in search of the keys to the city: objects from its past they can use in the present to save the city’s future from a demon of greed and his tireless efforts to rob San Francisco of its soul forever!

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welcome to my nightmareWELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE (ACADEMY OF BROKEN DREAMS BOOK 21) by Rose Alexander and K N Thompson

Nightmares. Bad dreams are all they are, right? That’s what I thought too, until recently that is. Turns out there’s so much more out there that we can’t see. Maybe the monster under the bed isn’t just a myth. I never really fit in anywhere, not in my family, not in school but something happened on my seventeenth birthday that changed everything.
Now I’m scrambling to learn what I am, and how I fit into this new life. Will this be a fresh start where people understand me? Or will I always be an outcast?

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cougar halloween mischiefCOUGAR HALLOWEEN MISCHIEF: A NOVELLA (HEART OF THE COUGAR) by Terry Spear

Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her world forever.
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.

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sidoneSIDONE (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 3) by Milana Jacks

He’s half my age. He cooks. He fusses over my bad sleeping habits, and knows how to handle a gun. Our little reprieve during a mission can only mean one thing: my guard is down. And the enemy I hunt is watching me, waiting for the perfect time to strike.
The time is now.

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wings sandra r neeleyWINGS by Sandra R Neeley

Rufus Jamisey Claremont, Jaime for short, is the brooding image of a man most women dream of. He’s never known anything other than being alone. Deserted as a child, he’s always felt not even good enough to give away, just thrown away. Raised by his aunt, he’s struggled to keep himself on the right path. That path being one that would keep him far and away from an ancient family prophecy that speaks of fire and flame. And he’s done a pretty good job of it — until now. Now, after all these years, a girl with flaming red hair, a scathing dose of sarcasm, and a body that calls to him on a cellular level comes sauntering into town. Despite his undeniable attraction to her, Jaime just wants her to leave. The wildlife in his hometown is more than a fable, and it can make people disappear. It’s better for all concerned if she just goes.

Ruby Anastasia Parker has only a few months to complete her dissertation and turn it in, then she’s done with grad school and on to the next adventure. She fears nothing and no one. She’s come to a small town in the middle of nowhere to research the local fables and wildlife. She’s alone, and prefers to keep it that way. Her parents managed to keep their distance from her entire life — as a result she’s developed a fear of commitment and setting down roots of any kind. She lives her life out of her suitcase. She spies a tanned, dark-curly haired, muscled up mechanic at the auto repair shop on the outskirts of town. If she’s lucky, she’ll get to spend a night or two with more than one type of local wildlife before she’s on her way again.

For years there’s been a rumor of huge, human-sized bats that nest in the hills of Calabasas, New Mexico. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragon fae prophecyDRAGON FAE PROPHECY (THE ELUSTRIA FAE CHRONICLES: DRAGON FAE BOOK 1) by Caethes Faron

My entire life I’ve been an assassin, but after a botched job, I’m the most wanted sorceress in the world. I lie low, taking whatever jobs I’m given. When I’m assigned a new partner, a dragon shifter named Deacon, he strides into my life like he belongs, whether I want him or not.

When the fae court declares I’ve fulfilled an ancient prophecy, they anoint me the Dragon Fae, the mythical savior of our people. That explains Deacon’s presence. He’s the Dragon Fae’s fated mate. Problem is, the fae court is manipulating this sacred legend. Lies may be my trade, but I can’t take part in this deception.

So I cut a deal. If Deacon and I can stop a terrorist plot, I can go back to lying low. If we fail, they’ll make me the Dragon Fae. I was raised on this myth, and the most memorable part? The Dragon Fae dies young and alone—and the fae court has shown they’ll do whatever it takes to make the prophecy come true.

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reign of angels revelationREIGN OF ANGELS 1: REVELATION by L G Castillo

Sneaking off to Vegas was supposed to be fun and exciting. Nothing more than a getaway with my best friend to celebrate surviving high school. But I can’t shake the feeling someone’s watching. Determined to enjoy my newfound freedom, we hit the strip and meet Tristan, a wildly popular magician who’s worshipped by adoring fans. Burned by guys like him before, I resist his advances. Yet, his smoldering blue eyes compel me, and I can’t help falling under his spell.

When the world erupts in chaos, and Tristan’s magic act turns out to be more than just an illusion, my entire life changes. Suddenly, I’m catapulted into a world where angels walk among us, and Tristan is one of them. Some are out to destroy us. Some will protect us. The real question is, which side is Tristan on?

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shadows kristen probySHADOWS: A BAYOU MAGIC NOVEL by Kristen Proby

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it. Open myself up to Cassian. If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.

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lynxedLYNXED: A LYNX SHIFTER MENAGE by Brynn Paulin

A plane crash delivers destiny! Lynx shifters, Mika Andu and Bar Ra, have long awaited one thing: a woman who will complete their cluster and suit them perfectly, in bed and out. They never expected her to fall from the sky. Literally.

Summer was on her way to document life in a far-north Alaskan settlement when her plane went down. She’s stunned when she wakes, naked and in the bed of two strangers. Not only has she survived the crash but two mouth-watering men claim she’s their mate. She’s not so sure about that, but a torrid night of sex with them sounds perfect.
That’s not all they’ve planned, and now, she stuck between two hard chests. And it might just be forever.

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queen of the assassinsQUEEN OF THE ASSASSINS (AN ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Stacey Brutger

A cold case. A coven gone dark. Morgan and her men decide to take some time away from the Academy to cement their bonds and investigate the mysterious disappearance. Unfortunately, what should’ve been a routine mission quickly goes sideways when they’re attacked, turning their intimate vacation into a nightmare.
The weakening wards around the coven are the only thing keeping the evil from spilling into the human world…and holding the Assassins captive. Escaping would mean leaving one of her own behind to battle the ancient evil alone. Not happening.
Which means they need to discover a way to send the beasts that escaped from hell back to where they belong…before Morgan and her men become monsters themselves.

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warlock and the bearWARLOCK AND THE BEAR (BANFORD BEAUTY BEARS BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

He’s wanted Lilly Braun since the moment he saw her, but she won’t give him the time of day. Morgan Jones, ex-soldier and warlock extraordinaire, is hiding a secret. And it’s not his awesome abilities in the sack… It’s the fact he’s had the hots for the Beauty Clan’s head enforcer, Lilly Braun, since he met her. The chances of the luscious lady bear letting him anywhere near her though? Absolute zero. Until matestrike hits one of the other bears, and he’s her only hope. The problem is… Morgan doesn’t let anyone get close because his feelings for Lilly aren’t the only ones he’s been keeping…

Morgan Jones is an absolute son of a bedstead, and she wants nothing to do with him. But *hell* can the guy kiss…Lilly’s life plan was simple. Become a clan enforcer. Find a nice bear male to mate and have some cubs. Easy… yeah right. Her bear isn’t interested in any male in the clan, apart from the warlock, Morgan Jones. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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torn paigeA TORN PAIGE (HIDDEN KINGDOM TRILOGY BOOK 1) by L Rose

One, two, things are changing for you. Three, four, monsters at your door. Five, six, no one could predict. Seven, eight, you learn they’re your mates. Nine, ten, it’s time to fight again. Paige Alice has changed, but she’s not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.
The good.
Four annoying and different types of men, who she trusts with her life. A scary but faithful sidekick, and of course, her crazy family.
The bad. …Everything else.

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cold queenCOLD QUEEN: A DARK RETELLING by K Webster

In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying. Weak. Fragile. Disgraced. But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days. She has her beloved sister. Until a wicked king rides onto her land. Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding. King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride. He wants the princess. The fiery king won’t take no for an answer. He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though. Not even when she’s frail and fading away. She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left. The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one.

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witch for mr holidayA WITCH FOR MR HOLIDAY (WITCHES OF CHRISTMAS GROVE BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Christmas Grove, where holiday magic and matchmaking is in the air.
When Rex Holiday walks into the charming town of Christmas Grove, all he plans to do is to spend the season helping out at his buddy’s Christmas tree farm. What he doesn’t expect is for an overzealous matchmaker to slip a love potion into his cider. But the joke’s on the resident matchmaker, because not even a potent love spell can break through the walls he’s built around his heart. But when the girl next door catches his eye, some of his barriers start to crumble. Still, Rex Holiday’s time in Christmas Grove is only temporary. He can’t afford to fall in love. Or can he?

Holly Reineer is a powerful spirit witch who can see the future for everyone. Everyone but herself that is. And when Rex Holiday walks into her life, she sees his, too. He’s destined for a big corporate job all the way across the country. So when he starts to show interest in her, she knows it’s only temporary, and Holly’s not interested in a fling. She wants her happily-ever-after. But he’s very hard to resist… Can a love spell rewrite the future? If so, Holly will need to learn to follow her heart and, for once, trust what she can’t see.

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shattered bondsSHATTERED BONDS (JANE YELLOWROCK BOOK 13) by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is vampire-killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal—or to die—from the disease brought on by her magic.
But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and a terrifying foe stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.

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winter solstice dreamVS: Just a reminder of my new release from last week: WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM!

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 23

October 16

October 9

October 2

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.

Nothing To Do With His Death Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the USA Today Best Selling Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

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.

The excerpt – Juli has gone to a lawyer’s office on the planet to pick up an item at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. Juli takes the rock and heads back to the spaceport but her borrowed groundcar unaccuntably breaks down. Third Officer Steve Aureli and his aunt pass by and rescue her. They’re talking about the rock and Juli announces the previous owner is dead. Continuing on from there:

Juli put her hand to her lips and inhaled sharply, “I didn’t mean to sound so dramatic.” Patting her purse, she added, “This had nothing to do with his death, unless the lawyer forgot to fully brief me.”

“No one bashed him in the skull with it then?” Steve asked, going along with her train of thought, “Guy must have had serious gravity, to persuade CLC to have you deal with this after he passed away.”

“All in a day’s work for the cruise director.” The closer she came to the spaceport, the better she felt. Maybe she could knock a few items off her to do list before going to bed tonight after all.

“Do you live on this planet?” Juli asked Dian as she attempted to straighten her uniform after the pet’s exuberant antics, in anticipation of their arrival at the local CLC office.

“Oh goodness no, dear, I was here for the famous festival of color and lights in the lake district.”

“My aunt writes travel guides and does trideocasts,” Steve said, “Highly rated ones.”

“But I don’t review cruise ships,” Dian said with a merry laugh, “Well, not usually, not unless something or someone upsets me.”

pets in space 4The blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

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winter solstice dreamVS: I have a new fantasy romance holiday novella out!

WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM: A MAGIC OF CLADDARE NOVELLA by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I finally had time to revisit my fantasy romance world and tell a new story! This is a standalone book.

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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Why I Wrote WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM + Excerpt

winter solstice dreamThis fantasy holiday romance novella was one of those rare books that actually wrote itself, which is always such a gift from the Muse. I type as fast as I can and hope to get all the words transferred from my mind to the page without losing anything.

There were quite a few factors that went into Winter Solstice Dream, one being I’ve always wanted to write a holiday romance (Regency romances set at Christmas are catnip to me) but since I write scifi romance for the most part, and ancient Egyptian paranormal romances, I didn’t see how I was going to manage that. (Although I did once write a short story about Thanksgiving being celebrated on my luxury interstellar cruise liner, which can be found in this collection of my shorter works. That was a fun challenge!)

A few years ago I published my first book in a projected fantasy romance world I developed, The Captive Shifter and it recently occurred to me I could tell a perfectly good holiday story set in this time and place. I’ve always been planning to write sequels and connected stories for that world, known as Claddare. So I needed to adjust my thinking from a holiday we celebrate to creating a holiday the people in Claddare might enjoy in midwinter.

Andre-Norton-Year-of-the-Unicorn2In creating this alternate world originally, I was partially inspired by Andre Norton’s Witch World series, loving the way she mixed magic and mysteries. My all-time favorite of hers in this vein was Year of the Unicorn and not that I’ll ever write at her level, but I was going for something of the feel of those stories (not the almost science fiction territory the first few in the Witch World series had).

I was also inspired by the classic movie “Ladyhawke” (who isn’t, if you love fantasy?), although my world is entirely fictional, not tied to anything in the actual Earthly Middle Ages. Halvor’s horse in this novella owes a lot to the wonderful steed in Ladyhawke.

And of course “Lord of the Rings”, the movie trilogy more than the actual novels, influenced me.

I love reading great fantasy series, like Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms books and Grace Draven’s Radiance (Wraith Kings) among others but I’m not up to writing such complex and sweeping novels right now. If ever! So I concentrate on the smaller, standalone stories for Claddare, although I do have a big plot arc in mind for Claddare that I’m working within. Speaking only for myself, I think a writer’s skills grow over time – I’ve moved from writing standalones to also writing my Badari Warriors series with an overarching arc, which was something I never expected when I first was published – which adds to the fun. So I’m confident Claddare will grow into many more books. As always, my problem is never having enough time to write All The Things.

I always enjoy having magic as a plot element and there’s quite a bit here in the new novella, one way and another.  We don’t see too much from the Witches of Azrimar themselves this time but Nadelma, my heroine, has her own powers of a completely different sort. I’ve also always been intrigued by desserts containing  charms or favors and found a good way to work the concept into this story on a grand scale. But after all, Nadelma is baking a cake for the hundreds who’ll attend the Solstice Night Ball.

Nadelma appeared briefly in The Captive Shifter, but both books stand alone. I felt that she, as the Head Cook in the Witch Queen’s palace, would be an interesting character to learn more about. I loved the idea of making this a Cinderella type tale, complete with those sparkly shoes, although they aren’t key to the Happy Ever After ending. I had to have them in the story though! Readers have asked me for more about Nadelma so it felt good to finally oblige.

PetsInSpace4FinalThe other thing was that the timing was good because we just released Pets in Space® 4, with my novel STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE included, on October 8th and I didn’t want to ‘compete’ with myself and with PETS by releasing another scifi romance in the same time frame. I’d just released a new novel in my ancient Egyptian series, Return of the Dancer of the Nile, so I realized I had a window to write a new Claddare story without having to feel I was stealing time away from my SFR series.

The blurb:  Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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The excerpt:  Nadelma receives this year’s charms for the cake from the Queen Mother:

Felka was seated alone in her favorite plush chair in the sitting room, with several of her small dogs napping close by when Nadelma was announced. “Oh don’t be formal today,” she said, indicating the chair next to her. “Sit and be comfortable. You must be walking miles in the kitchens daily right now, preparing all the food and treats for the festivals.”

Nadelma curtseyed and then sat on the edge of the chair. “I do like to be busy, your majesty.”

“You never complain.” Felka’s tone held approval as she picked up a large, flat wooden box and passed it to Nadelma. “The royal silversmith delivered the charms for the cake today. I’m sorry we’re leaving this till the last minute because I know you have work to do inserting them all into the cake. Go ahead, take a look and let me know if the designs meet with your approval.” She sipped tea from a fragile cup painted with flowers while Nadelma opened the case.

There were one hundred and one charms, not that they were necessarily meant to go to the extra invited guests. The number ‘101’ was sacred to one of the goddesses honored at solstice and the reasons for this were lost in time. The silver charms served several purposes—primarily as a keepsake for those lucky enough to be served a piece of cake containing one.  The queen and her witches would have put white magic into a few, which if the recipient made a harmless wish, like finding a lost item or not being rained on at a wedding would grant the request. Thirty were matched tokens, meant to unite couples for the main festival dance. The magic made sure the numbers came out even, pairing up each person with someone compatible for a few hours, even if only as casual friends, although legend stated many marriages had come from the matching of the charms on Solstice Night.

Two were to designate the king and queen of the dance, allowing the two selected guests to ‘rule’ over the special musical celebration and to open the dancing.

Nadelma ran her hand over the rows of charms, each securely slotted into its own place in the blue velvet lining. She let her own magic interpret for her which charm was for what purpose. On occasion she’d added one of her own spells to the Azrimar spell, to help someone meet the person they wished to dance with, or for a man or woman she knew to be in need to receive the benevolent wish. Of course she didn’t tell the queen about the extra power she could give the charms. She’d have to try to ferret out what Helemma cared most about and see if she could influence events to go in the girl’s favor when it came to snagging a charm.

Her hand trembled a little as she paused at the silver crowns denoting the king and queen of the dance. What she’d give to be the girl who received the regal token, if Halvor was the holder of the other.  To dance with him openly…

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THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER:

Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.

In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?

The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday OCT 23

centurionSO much new release goodness today! I even have a new fantasy romance novella of my own to report – it’s listed after the new scifi romances…

As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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CENTURION (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 3) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: And of course I promptly one-clicked. I love the Galactic Gladiators!

Abducted from her exploration ship, paramedic Sage McAlister has spent months locked in cells and labs belonging to the Edull. Rescued by the cool, powerful cyborgs of the House of Rone, she finds herself among fellow human survivors on the desert world of Carthago. But despite being free, Sage feels cold inside and is struggling to cope. The only person she feels safe with—who she doesn’t feel the need to pretend with—is a deadly cyborg who feels nothing.

Forced into a military cyborg program as a teen, all Acton Vonn remembers of his past are violent missions and the cybernetic enhancements forced on him before he broke free. His emotions have been dampened to nothing for decades and he’s fine with that. It makes him an efficient member of the House of Rone. Yet the more time he spends with the copper-haired woman he helped rescue from the Edull, the more unfamiliar, strange, and perplexing things he starts to feel.

When a tip reveals that more humans are being held captive at a mysterious desert lake, Sage will stop at nothing to help rescue her crewmates. As she is drawn closer to Acton, she worries about risking her heart. Being with Sage breaks down barriers inside Acton and he struggles with the emotions he doesn’t want to feel. But deep in Carthago’s dangerous deserts, with the Edull hunting them, Sage and Acton will have to risk it all: their lives, their hearts, their souls.

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escaping wonderlandESCAPING WONDERLAND: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Tiffany Roberts

Alice knows Wonderland is just a virtual world operated inside an asylum to which she’s been wrongfully committed, but she can’t find her way out—can’t find her way back to the life she lived before she woke beneath titanic trees and towering flowers. With the terrifying Red King searching for her and chaos all around, her only hope of escape lies in Shadow, a tall, mysterious being with glowing eyes, sharp claws, and a haunting grin who may be the maddest of them all.

But even if Wonderland isn’t real, her growing feelings for Shadow—and his desire for her—are. Can Alice and Shadow escape Wonderland together, or will she succumb to the madness like everyone else?

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contaminatedCONTAMINATED: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Amanda Milo

The people of my planet are under a devastating genetic curse. To treat the disease’s effects, we’ve turned to cultivating a rare flower. That’s my occupation: raising and studying this flower. That’s precisely what I’m doing the daycycle that an alien drops into our research plot, approaches our plant…And cuts my flower’s head off, stealing the bloom.

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jackie and the giantJACKIE AND THE GIANT: COSMIS FAIRY TALES by Honey Phillips

Jackie works as hard as she can to provide for her younger sister, but they’re barely surviving. When she comes home to find that her sister has traded their COW (Comestible Organic Wafer machine) to an alien trader in return for a worthless bean, she is both worried and hurt. She thought she could trust the intriguing male hidden behind the forbidding armor.

When a giant beanstalk grows overnight, Jackie is desperate enough to climb to the top and demand the return of her COW. Instead, she finds a whole new world – and a very large surprise. Beneath the armor is a massive alien who seems to be as much plant as man.

Cormac is enchanted by the little human female who trades with him each quarter and makes his sap rise. He devises a plan to bring her into his domain, even though he knows he may not be able to keep her. But now that she’s here, how can he let her go?

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rampionRAMPION: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Susan Trombley

Rapunzel isn’t fond of being a princess, but her rebellion against her royal parents can only take her so far. When her adventures playing pirate result in embarrassment for her family, she’s sent away to a scrapyard in the middle of Nowhere on a barren moon that has been barely terra-formed to support life. As far as Zel can see, the only other person on the moon is a grumpy old caretaker named Gothel, who doesn’t bother to show any respect for her royal status.

Old man Gothel has plenty of rules, and he’s made one huge part of the scrapyard forbidden, which means Zel can’t resist exploring it. In that forbidden area, she discovers a tower, drawn there by a sexy, masculine voice singing unusual music. But when she finally finds her way inside the tower, she discovers something she never expected.
There’s a lot more than just a heart on the line when it comes to the secrets that surround Rampion and his captor, Gothel. Rapunzel must learn the truth before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

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ugly dukelingTHE UGLY DUKELING: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Bex McLynn

No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran.

Major Atrates Geswin, second-in-line to the Andrake dukedom, found himself locked in a skirmish with an astounding woman. Cisnetta Fowler handled his insults as if he passed her fluffy ducklings. But rather than softening him, she inflamed his Otar-alien side, spurring him to seize, to demand, to want… All that stood between his victorious claiming of her was a vicious, pet swan with a neck-wringing fetish. As far as Atrates was concerned, Cisnetta was his for the taking.

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hunchbackTHE HUNCHBACK: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Regine Abel

After spending her life in training, Esmeralda still can’t believe she’s been appointed to serve as the Vestal of Our Lady of Paris—the greatest temple on any planet in the Nine Circles. Her beauty and unrivaled ability to manipulate energy quickly catch the attention of Praetor Frollo, the grand magistrate of Paris, and High Seraph Phoebus, the greatest winged warrior in the solar system. But her dream of becoming the consort of one of those handsome, powerful males is forgotten the moment she lays eyes upon the hunchback secretly living in the temple.

Kwazeem feels Esmeralda’s power as soon as she lands in his city. She awakens the primal energy that has lain dormant within him—and a possessive hunger that demands he claim her. But he’s a Fallen, a monster that would be destroyed on sight if the citizens of Paris discovered his existence. Worse still, Esmeralda’s Divine Light inflicts agony upon his already tortured body if he basks in it for too long. And yet… he cannot stay away from her. With Kwazeem’s mysterious condition and Esmeralda torn between her duties to the people and the sinful desires of her heart, is there any chance of them sharing a future?

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lion and the mouseTHE LION AND THE MOUSE: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Emmy Chandler

When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat.

Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set it—a huge leonine hunter who both scares and captivates her in equal measure…

Deep in the woods, Lohr discovers a rare bounty in his hunting net—a tiny, helpless human woman. She begs him to set her free. To keep her safe while she’s stuck in his habitat. And she promises to return the favor, as soon as she can.

Lohr scoffs at her offer. How could this mousy little human with blunt teeth and no claws possibly be any help to him? He frees her because he needs his net back. Which is when he notices that she’s soft and pretty. And that she smells good. And that she feels amazing tossed over his shoulder, when he carries her to his home. For her protection, of course…The lion and the mouse develop an instant, sizzling chemistry—but can their passion survive once he realizes that her family is the reason he’s spent his entire life as a zoo exhibit?

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frog princeTHE FROG PRINCE: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Tracy Lauren

Madison was hardly more than a child when stolen from Earth—a fact that she resents to no end. Ripped away from all she ever knew, she’s reluctant to be the princess her family expects her to be. Tired of living out someone else’s happily ever after, Madison reaches her breaking point when kidnapped by another kingdom. She’s done with spaceships, done with otherworldly planets, and she sure as hell is done with aliens. She spent years dreaming of Earth, never daring to believe it to be anything more than a childish fantasy. But all that changes when a cocky guard comes to her rescue.

She strikes a deal with the green-skinned alien, and while it might not be a completely honest one, what does it matter when he holds the key to finally making all her dreams come true?

Kethian isn’t exactly honest himself. Intrigued by the aloof princess with a reputation for being spoiled and ungrateful, Kethian can’t help but make a deal at the expense of his kingdom. He tells himself it’s just another adventure, but that’s a lie not even he believes.
One last journey through space and Madison is home free. Will Earth be all she remembers, or will it pale in comparison to the bond she discovers in The Frog Prince?

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slateSLATE: VAXXLIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #2 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Sue Mercury

Still grieving the loss of his former mate, alien warrior Slate arrives on Earth with no intention of falling in love with the human female he’s agreed to marry. He’ll fulfill his duties to his people by procreating with the human, and he’ll provide for her and protect her as any decent Vaxxlian warrior ought to do, but he cannot fathom opening his heart to her. That is, until he stares into her soulful brown eyes and tastes her lips for the first time. But he worries he’s forsaking the memory of his former mate by allowing himself to develop tender feelings for the tiny human called Beth. Is it wrong to care for another female so soon?

Jilted by a cheating fiancé, B-list movie star Beth Spirit is eager for a fresh start away from the flashing lights of the paparazzi and the bad luck that seems to follow her everywhere. She signs up for Vaxxlian Alien Mail Order Brides on a whim and is shocked when a huge, musclebound alien named Slate shows up on her doorstep the very next day. But she finds his businesslike approach to marriage refreshing and she soon agrees to become his mate. Love, shmlove. Who needs it?

But when Beth is offered the movie role of a lifetime, she’s faced with a difficult decision–stay on Earth and rocket to stardom, or take a chance on the sexy alien warrior whose kisses leave her breathlessly longing for more?

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alien tributeALIEN TRIBUTE (TSENTURION MASTERS BOOK 2) by Lee Savino and Golden Angel

Who knew that reading sexy alien romances could lead to abduction? Or that aliens could cure my cancer? Not me. But here I am, the captive bride-to-be for an alien warrior, just like the heroine in the book I was reading in my hospital bed on Earth. Except the surly warrior who’s supposed to claim me doesn’t want a mate.

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aykeetanAYKEETAN: AY’KEA TERRAN MATES BOOK ONE by Harpie Alexander

Jane: I’m dying. All I want to do is spend the rest of my life doing what I do best. Relaxing, painting and taking strolls on the beach. Not so hard right? Wrong! All it takes is one sexy alien who claims I’m his mate to throw my life into chaos. One minute it’s peaceful and sunny, the next minute it’s a storm as I’m abducted by my Family Doctor. Turns out my life isn’t exactly what I thought it was. Maybe, there’s room for love after all.

Aykeetan: I’m a hunter that traveled across the universe from my home world to find my mate, the one person who can complete me. I never anticipated being rejected by her, but I’ll stop at nothing to prove she’s wrong. Just when I think I’m making progress she’s abducted. Rescuing her becomes my top priority. When I find her, maybe then she will come to her senses and realize that I’m the mate for her.

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infiltrationTHE MONARCH MISSION FILES: INFILTRATION by Jenn Nixon

Mari Yosoto thought sharing her deadly secret with her new friends would turn them away, not into a family. Now, the Monarch Crew’s next mission is to scour the solar system and take out the cult-like One Race Project. Standing in their way is Mari’s dangerous ex-fiancé, Nobu, whose obsession with Juniper and her enhanced siblings is only surpassed by his fixation on Mari’s cybernetic limbs and extraordinary blood.

Trevor Nash vows to protect Mari and the team from Nobu despite being out-powered and outmatched. He does his best to keep the crew sane and steady, even at the cost of his own mental health. Aware that Mari’s medical scans may be the key to finding and taking down the cult, he calls on his former commanding officer for help. But something sinister is brewing under the surface.

When Nobu manipulates Mari into leaving the ship and abandoning the mission, Trevor, Juniper, and the rest of the team break every rule to find her and bring her home. If the One Race Project gets everything they need to finish their 200-year-old plan perfecting human evolution, the fate of humankind will change forever.

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magnetism maggie lynchMAGNETISM: CRYOBORN GIFTS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 10) by Maggie Lynch

VS Note: Released OCT 5 and I missed it!

After her indentureship to the pirate Hellebor was paid by Kash Trider, Lehana and Kash started a new life with different names on a bucolic ag planet. As Nisa Star and Kieran Sulien, they and the two children are thriving and the Raeaa colonists have embraced them as one of their own.

But the agricultural life in every Rim ag planet is put at risk when a virus begins decimating the crops and then infecting the people with a wasting disease—a disease that can kill an entire population within a few months. As Rim scientists rush to find a cure, Nisa and her ship are called to take trial vaccines to every impacted colony.

What seems to be an easy run to save the Rim is thrown into peril when KaCorp makes a power play to corner the market and sell the vaccine only to colonists who can afford their exorbitant price. They’ve forcefully taken over the research facility and destroyed all the equipment. The scientists have been imprisoned and their work stolen. Worse, to distract Nisa from her mission, someone has kidnapped Kieran and he is dying alone on a poisoned planetoid she can’t find.

Thrown into a fight for the lives of all those on the Rim, Nisa must make heartbreaking choices, face the call of revenge, find a way to her own redemption, and ultimately learn to embrace the gifts of the cryoborn. To win she must learn to trust her life and those of her family not only to those she knows, but to complete strangers…the one thing her entire life experience has taught her never to do.

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mercenary ethicsMERCENARY ETHICS: DEAD SUNS 2 (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 13) by Shona Husk

Left for dead on a forgotten planet by his enemies, he’ll do anything to escape, including team up with the scientist who held a knife to his throat.

Mercenary Emry Dan made one mistake on a job and was captured by the powerful arms dealer Riel. While Emry suspected Riel had a place to test his weapons, he never expected to be one of the subjects. From the moment he wakes, he starts planning his getaway.

Scientist Marita Aleric worked for Riel until she started questioning how her research was being used. For ten days she’s survived on the weapons testing planet, fighting, scrabbling for supplies and weapons, and avoiding the infected. Any people who eat the plants become cannibalistic zombies.
When she finds Emry she wants to believe they can escape, especially when their reluctant partnership blossoms into romance. But can anything survive on a dead planet?

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enemy gamesENEMY GAMES (CHRONICLES OF THE EMPIRE BOOK 2) by Marcella Burnard

Different species from different worlds make reluctant allies…
While combating a plague, scientist Jayleia Durante becomes a pawn in a greater game. With her father missing and intergalactic mercenaries on her trail, her decision to cooperate with Major Damen Sindrivik may prove advantageous…if she can control her attraction to the officer who abducted her.
Some secrets aren’t worth keeping…
Damen, a spy from a rival government, will use anything, including his predatory instincts, to achieve his mission…locating Jayleia’s father. She reacts to Damen’s charm and seductive power, so why does he question her motivation?
Conflicted loyalties and enemies abound…
Traitors and the alien enemies threaten to destroy the galaxy. Jayleia must choose. Betray her father, risk her friends, and lose Damen, or prevent an Interstellar war?

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forbidden kallista daneFORBIDDEN (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 5) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

Dedicated to the Goddess as a child, I led a sheltered life in the Temple. Until I woke on an alien starship. Now a hulking seven foot tall warrior says I belong to him. He means to claim me. I tried to tell him my vows will not allow it. If he dares to touch me, we will both die.But he doesn’t believe me…

Guryon – My world is gone. My people are dead. Men, women, children—killed by the Rydek, an unknown enemy with unlimited powers of destruction. We’re all that’s left of the Arythian civilization. One squadron of elite warriors and a small fleet of starships. The enemy is out there somewhere in the vast expanse of space. To defeat them, we must learn all we can about our foes. Discover their weaknesses. I am heading a mission to track down the Rydek and bring one back. Alive.

Our leader presented me with a beautiful human slave. He says it’s my duty to mate with her before I go, to assure the survival of our race. But I know the truth. I volunteered for what may be a suicide mission—and he wants me to have one final night of erotic bliss before I die. The sight of this sultry, exotic female awakens dark hungers in me, hungers demanding to be satisfied. There’s only one problem. Though I ache to make her mine, she says I cannot touch her. She says it will cost me my life—because she is forbidden.

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veiled vixenVEILED VIXEN (HAREM STATION BOOK 6) by JA Huss

All his other Harem brothers have found their one true love and they are spectacular princesses. Not Valor’s girl. Veila is the definition of evil. Not the kind of girl a guy falls for. Especially a stand-up guy like Valor. He’s not interested in her sexy glow, her pretty hair, or her glowing eyes. No. Valor only wants one thing for his fated princess. Death.

But it’s kind of hard to kill someone you’ve been genetically engineered to love. And Veila not only has total control over him, but also Harem Station. The only way Valor can get Harem Station back is to use the soulmate bond against her. Valor has to make Veila believe that their bond is true, that his feelings are real, and that he is willing to sell out his brothers, hand over all of Harem Station’s secrets, and leave his old life behind to help her get what she wants. But it’s never going to happen. Valor will never love Veila. Ever. He’d rather die trying to kill her than spend one moment as her puppet king. There’s just one problem. The soulmate bond goes both ways.

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untamed athena stormUNTAMED (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 3) by Athena Storm

There are many words to describe myself. I am an Odex warrior. One of the fiercest in the galaxy. I believe that honor dictates that no burden is too much to help those in my Pack. But there is one word that describes me most of all. Alone.
I thought it was my fate to be alone forever.
That is, until I met Victoria.
A tiny, pretty little human from the planet Novaria.
We were sent to rescue her. And once I had her, no one would take her from me.
I will kill a hundred soldiers by myself to protect her. I will face my own kind in battle for her. I will do anything and everything in the cosmos to keep her safe.
But there’s one thing she wants more than all. It is hard to bring myself to give it to her.
It is the greatest and final battle I have before me. To tell her how much I love her.

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vesta dividedVESTA DIVIDED: VESTA COLONY BOOK 2 by Sterling R Walker

VS Note: YA, light romance as I understand it.

It’s been sixteen years since the last ship reached Vesta colony. When a mysterious ship lands without warning, the colonists are shocked but eager to discover what’s inside. Much needed supplies and technology? New colonists still slumbering in their stasis pods? Human embryos to rebuild a population decimated by the Plague?

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are Strays: young adults gifted with unique mental abilities called Talents. The brothers, along with eight hundred of their fellow Strays, have been exiled from the rest of the colony, but Corban’s Talent for premonitions places a difficult burden on his shoulders: how to warn the colonists who hate and fear the Strays that the ship isn’t a gift sent from Earth to save Vesta?
It’s a bomb sent to destroy it.

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wife for the torturerA WIFE FOR THE TORTURER by Daniella Wright

I’ve been kidnapped by aliens and taken onto Lord Zik’s secret sound-proof chamber.
All because I’m considered “special.” Luckily, someone else seems to be even more interested in me. Prince Markus Aurelius Alin III. And although this may offer a chance to escape my fated mutilation, Something tells me this Markus could pay me an even more unfavorable fortune.But what could possibly be worse than being locked up in a torture chamber? Guess I’m about to find out.

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winter solstice dreamWINTER SOLSTICE DREAM: A MAGIC OF CLADDARE NOVELLA by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I finally had time to revisit my fantasy romance world and tell a new story! This is a standalone book.

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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absinthe earlTHE ABSINTHE EARL (THE FAERY REHISTORY SERIES BOOK 1) by Sharon Lynn Fisher

VS Note: Recommended by the always excellent Whiskey With My Books Blog.

Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.
Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.
Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship and slowly kindling passion will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.

time travelers vampireTHE TIME TRAVELER’S VAMPIRE (BOOK TWO OF THE MAGIC BOUND SAGA) by Emma Applegate

As their enemy grows more powerful, Ember Brighton and Rane Andersson are at a loss for how to stop him and restore the balance of time. As their villainous counterpart seems to glean more information on Ember and her time traveling abilities, time is running out to stop him before he becomes impossible to stop.

Retracing their steps may be the only way to discover secrets to eliminating the threat to themselves and to Ember’s remaining family. A mysterious stone that Ember possesses may hold the answers she needs, or worse…the trouble she doesn’t.

But evil isn’t all that’s brewing in this time traveler’s world. The knowledge of being bound to Rane Andersson somehow won’t stop playing in the back of Ember’s mind. But with centuries between them, how bound could they actually be?

When it comes down to it, is the growing connection between Ember and Rane for good, or will it be their downfall as they risk everything to keep the other safe?

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dead airDEAD AIR: A COLLECTIVE WORLD NOVEL (ACADEMY’S RISE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff

Our biggest fight is yet to come. I watched my sisters claim their fated mates with my heart full for their happiness. Now it’s time to face my own mates. Two of them have been at my side, and I’m waiting for my third. After all, it’s now a family tradition to have three mates. I wonder if reality can be as good as the fictional worlds I love to live in.
Our world isn’t all rainbows and hellhound puppies. There’s something coming bigger than any of us have ever faced.

Now that I’ve tapped into my massive powers, I will do what it takes to save my family and my mates. I’ve had just about enough running and hiding behind wards and our sentries. It’s time to end the threat from Hell once and for all. Enough is enough.

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captains dragonTHE CAPTAIN’S DRAGON (DRAGON KNIGHTS BOOK 15) by Bianca D’Arc

Right man… right time…Captain Liam O’Dare finds himself talking with a sea dragon. Not just any sea dragon, but the lord of them all, Skelaroth. The sea dragon brings information and a request to aid in Liam’s decades-long quest to bring the pirate Fisk to justice. Not only is Fisk a murderer many times over, but now he’s stolen a dangerous artifact that could unbalance the entire world. It must be retrieved at any cost. With the mighty sea dragon trailing the wake of his ship, Liam sets out on the pirate’s trail.

Right woman… right man…Lady Rivka of the Black Dragon Clan, Jinn warrior and huntress, sets out after the pirate, but she’s not a sailor and she needs a cunning seaman with a fast ship to follow where Fisk has gone. Landing on Liam’s ship in her compact black dragon form surprises him, but there’s no other way but to reveal her shapeshifting secret. She gives him the information she has and he agrees to have her help on his quest. Liam is stunned by the dragon who turns into one of the most compelling women he’s ever seen. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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MONSTER BALL YEAR TWOTHE MONSTER BALL YEAR TWO (A PARANORMAL ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY) by Various

It’s that time again! The Monster community is abuzz with whispers of the most anticipated party of the year. This deliciously exclusive event has tongues wagging even amongst the who’s who of the monster community. It will once again be held at an undisclosed location on All Hallows Eve.

Don’t worry all you underprivileged socialites, The Monster Ball isn’t just for vampires, witches, and werewolves. Other creatures of the night have as much of a chance to attend. Watch for your ticket but not in the mail. The silvery slip of parchment is said to appear in your hand by the light of the moon.

If you find yourself a fortunate recipient best to keep it to yourself. There are some who would kill for the chance to attend. Because as every good monster knows… what happens at the ball, stays at the ball.

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death of dragonsDEATH OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 6) by Olivia Ash

Death is in the air. It always seems to be, lately. Blood. Mayhem. Destruction. It just follows me. The people after me—they’re relentless. They’ve hunted me from the moment I stepped into this new power. They say it’s not mine. That it belongs to the dragon Bosses. Hell, maybe even to the gods themselves. Well, anyone who wants my magic can fight me for it.

I’m a diamond dragon, and the only one of my kind. Though I’ve been able to keep that a secret while my dragon and I get to know each other, we can’t hide the truth much longer. Sooner or later, we’ll come across a battle I can’t protect her from. We’ll have to go into the ring together, and once we do, there’s no turning back. Because there’s only one thing the Bosses want more than my magic. They want me. Vengeance, justice, honor—whatever the powerful dragons of this world try to take from me, I’ll get back three-fold. Good luck to the fools who try me.

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need r e butlerNEED (VAMPIRE BELOVED BOOK 2) by R E Butler

Vampire Cella has been around for a few hundred years, and she’s never made a mistake quite as large as attempting to take a human male as her private food source. On the surface, Quaid was the right fit for her, but once he got settled it was clear the only reason he wanted to be with her was so she could turn him into a vampire. After kicking him to the curb, she wondered if she’ll ever be lucky enough to find her beloved mate, the one male on the planet meant for her.

Tiger shifter Cyrus Abrams hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to females, but he’s not given up hope. Somewhere out there is his truemate and their paths will cross eventually. When he’s tasked by his king to head up a construction crew at the vampire restaurant in downtown Cleveland, he sensed a presence that drives his cat wild. The source? A stunning blonde vampire with curves for days. He never expected his truemate to be a vampire, but he’s never needed anyone more.

The coven isn’t as safe as it used to be, thanks in part to a dangerous anti-vampire group known as The First Church of Humanity. They’ve been trying for years to get rid of the vampires in Mishka’s coven, and they’ll do anything to destroy every last one. When the restaurant is attacked while Cyrus is working, Cella races to find her beloved. Can she save him, or will her only chance at love turn to dust?

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caged jessica aspenCAGED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 4) by Jessica Aspen

When Siobhan becomes the prisoner of the dragon Atavantador, her only ally is the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle. But nothing is as it seems. Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep them he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

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abducting the princessABDUCTING THE PRINCESS (NIGHTMIX BOOK 2) by Mel Teshco

VS note: A re-release

He’s the one man who can save her…Princess Mira is everything Mahaya wants in a woman and a shape shifter, but he’s a nobody brought up by mortals who trained him as a pickpocket and thief, a street rat. Even worse, he’s a nightmix, a human and larakyte panther offspring whose inner darkness keeps those around him in fear.
So what’s a nightmix to do but abduct the princess and save her from those who would do anything to kill her. Despite her fear and distrust, their lust burns bright, but Mira can’t trust her captor. Only time will tell if Mahaya can seize her heart forever.

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what a witch desiresWHAT A WITCH DESIRES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Monette Michaels

Descendant of a goddess, Brigid Donaldson and her pooka companion have been fleeing for years from a ruthless Celtic god. Determined to steal Bree’s magic and have her for his own, Lorcan Black will destroy anything in his way.

On the run, all Bree longs for is a safe place to call home. After helping Bree and the pooka escape from Black, Baba Yaga advises them to go to Assjacket, West Virginia. The powerful witch says Bree will find her heart’s desire there. Bree is sure that means she’ll find her home. What she finds is a Goddess-chosen mate.

The deer-Shifter Dale Deering had given up on finding his mate. When Bree walks into the local diner, he instantly recognizes her as his soul’s companion. His mate. She isn’t convinced—more like terrified. That’s okay. As a former Marine and now Herne’s best hunter, Dale knows how to be patient when the prize is worth it. If his mate needs time, that’s what he’ll give her.

Time is not on their side. Dale and the Assjacket residents prepare to fight the power-hungry god. The fate of all depends on Bree accepting the mate-bond so she can share her formidable magic with Dale in upcoming confrontation. She’s falling in love, realizing Dale is her heart’s desire. But evil is approaching. Fast.

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party like a witchPARTY LIKE A WITCH: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (BABA YAGA ADVENTURES BOOK 3) by Donna McDonald

Rubble, Rubble, Toil and Trouble – Fires are burning. Cauldrons are bubbling.  Are they conjuring a spell? Cooking dinner? No! The Baba Yaga is throwing an All Hallows Eve party to lure a vampire maker out of hiding and she’s using Hildy as human bait. Witches are human after all. Chuck’s ripping down trees to make enough wooden stakes to kill a whole coven.

All Hildy cares about is that there are a bunch of coffins in her backyard. What is she supposed to do with vampires? Bat shifters, Carol wanted to call them, but that’s a bunch of bull crap—or rather, guano. She’s not the Baba Yaga. Why does Carol keep involving her in her schemes? There’s more magic and mayhem going on than you ever believed you could happen.

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i want your hexI WANT YOUR HEX: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOK 3) by Renee George

When your crushing on a vamp, who happens to be a tramp, it’s time to practice safe hex. When the Rogue Magic Control Agency is tasked with security for a secret meeting between the Midwest’s vampire king and the Baba Yaga, witch Drag Jones is bummed that the mission is so boring. Walk the perimeter. Make sure there are no traps. Don’t stake any bloodsuckers. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Turns out, vampires are sneakier than she could have ever guessed, and their powers don’t register on her magic-sensing radar. And one, in particular, a gorgeous smart-ass named Baz, has her rethinking celibacy. She can’t decide if she wants to stake him or kiss him. Given the right motivation, she might do both.

Vampire Baz Delgados is ninth in line to the Ravenblood throne, and head of security for the king, his older brother. When Baz first spots the pink-haired cutie in combat boots, he can’t take his eyes off her. Something about the beautiful witch sings to his undead soul. Unfortunately, an ancient enemy threatens not only the burgeoning new alliance between vampires and witches but also the lives of everyone Baz and Drag love. They must work together to fight this new evil, or they’ll lose everything … including each other.

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wicked chaosWICKED CHAOS: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Teresa Gabelman

With the twins, Jamison and Rose, taking up most of Wicked and Thorne’s time their lives have become crazy and unpredictable. After a altercation with Jack Crow, alpha of the Crow Shifters, Wicked is not only the talk of the town, but fines herself on trial. If the Shifter Council decides against her, Wicked could be banished from Assjacket indefinitely. The women of the town side with Wicked and are up in arms as they strike against the men of Assjacket causing chaos in wicked proportions.

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bear witchinessBEAR WITCHINESS: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Mina Carter

That which does not kill PITA agent Alberta Rheged… better start running. One of the Paranormal Investigations (no one knows what the T is for) Agency, big Al is a woman of many talents. A thirtieth generation witch from an illustrious magical family, she can go toe to toe with Gargoyles, tell what kind of coffee someone drinks with one glance and she is absolutely not going to sleep with her partner, even if he is a sexy hunk. Because he’s a bear. And the only bear in her life is Mr. Snuggles, her childhood furry companion. But when a fairytale curse starts dropping agents like flies, it’s down to the last witch standing to… make a stand, even if she doesn’t know exactly who she is.

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sapphire eva delaneySAPPHIRE (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 2) by Eva Delaney

I only date for two reasons—blood and ice cream. After all, I’m an immortal vampire. I don’t want to stick around to watch my lovers die. What I do want is delicious treats, but when an errant love spell hits, I fall madly in love with three of my man-snacks:

    • A wolf shifter who’s an Instagram model. A Pegasus shifter who shifts when he sneezes. Bob.

Now, stupid feelings start screwing up my quest for free food. To make matters worse, I can’t avoid these men. I need their help to stop an old nemesis from turning everyone in Silver Springs into vampires… and worst of all, tainting all the ice cream. And did I mention trying to kill me and my men? Can I save my lovers and the town? And are these new men worth the risk to my heart?

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house of ash and brimstoneHOUSE OF ASH AND BRIMSTONE (GATE WALKERS BOOK 1) by Megan Starks

Hell has come to collect……but Gisele Walker has no plans to pay the debt.As a half-demon paranormal bounty hunter, Gisele is used to flirting with death, but stealing a curio and opening a portal to Hell’s demon court is more than your average day job. Now, she’s partnered with an infuriatingly handsome demon, Shade, who has more levels of grey than she can count. Who can she trust to help save the city as Baltimore burns to the ground and ghouls roam the streets?

With a white-hot attraction burning between them and secrets blocking their path, Gisele must face her past and venture into the twisted heart of the demon royal court. But with no memory of her past……will she be able to save their future?

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sisters of the keepSISTERS OF THE KEEP: STORM THE CASTLE (A MODERN FAIRY TALE BOOK 3) by Bokerah Brumley

Cindi Ella Lass owns a magic mirror, a family heirloom handed down from two sisters…
Tulip and Tiger Lily are sisters with a secret talents in a world where magic is outlawed.
They’re wanted criminals with a King’s man on their tail.

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ghostromanceGHOSTROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 1) by Kaye Draper

Weird. Creepy. Frumpy. Boyish. At the young age of twenty-nine, reluctant necromancer Esper Jones is an outcast, labeled “the old witch on the hill” and avoided by all sane residents of the tiny village of Hellsfork Michigan. And that’s just fine with her. Dealing with people has all the appeal of poking her own eyes out.

But Esper’s quiet world is upset when a strange, beautiful man named Toma blows into town and destroys the walls Esper has carefully built around herself. Esper has never met another supernatural before, and she finds herself oddly drawn to the pretty medium who claims he can speak to ghosts.

Drawn into the medium’s crazy enthusiasm for rescuing people who are already dead, Esper finds herself traipsing through cemeteries and using the curse she has always hated to wake the dead and ask for answers. Because the ghosts of Hellsfork are restless, and only Esper and Toma can help put them to rest.

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christmas kissTHE CHRISTMAS KISS (LOVE THROUGH TIME) by Augustina Van Hoven

When a sledding accident catapults governess Annabelle O’Sullivan ninety-four years into the future, she panics. She doesn’t know how to get back to 1925, and she doesn’t know how to survive in the twenty-first century. Annabelle must depend on the kindness of a stranger and his daughter, and she repays that kindness the only way she knows how: by making a home. The longer she stays, the less she wants to leave. But can she trust this stranger with her life?

Since the death of his wife, Daniel Wagner has shut down his heart to everyone except his daughter, Olivia. Other women—including some of his employees at the ski lodge he manages—have angled for his attention. But Daniel found avoidance easy, until he was forced to rescue an unconscious woman lying in a snowdrift by the side of the road. Although the stranger seems to have no past, Daniel soon finds himself thinking about a present—and a future—with her.

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carmineCARMINE: BLOOD AND THUNDER (SHADES OF RED BOOK 4) by T L Christianson

Are vampires real? And given the choice…would you choose to turn?
Vampires are the last thing nurse Sofia should be worried about. She’s working two jobs and struggling to care for her ailing mom. However, her patient, 98-year-old Mrs. Shaposhnikov, is convinced vampires exist and continually talks about them to anyone who will listen.

Sofia’s troubled by the stories, but dismisses them until her patient’s family visits from Russia. Among the visitors is tall, dark, and handsome Alexei – Mrs. S’s grandson and the man who hired Sofia. Having gotten to know him through email, she can’t help but be drawn to the foreigner. However, his superstitious beliefs and behaviors give her pause to pursue something more serious.

After the family returns to Russia, Sofia’s patient begins changing drastically for the better. The once feeble and weak old lady seems to be getting younger and stronger by the day. Is there a reasonable explanation for this, or do vampires really exist? Can Sofia and Alexei find a way together, or will their lives lead them in separate directions?

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never tilting worldTHE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon—until one sister’s betrayal split their world in two. A Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in eternal night, the other scorched beneath an ever-burning sun.

While one sister rules the frozen fortress of Aranth, her twin rules the sand-locked Golden City—each with a daughter by their side. Now those young goddesses must set out on separate, equally dangerous journeys in hopes of healing their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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gunners girlGUNNER’S GIRL (THE ALPHAS OF STONE CANYON BOOK 1) by Christine Paige

Five years ago, Veronica was forced into hiding. Despite being completely human, she finds sanctuary in a small community of shifters in the town of Stone Canyon. But after personal items went missing and the feeling of constantly being followed, she realizes her past may have caught up to her.
Desperate, she turns to the sexy shifter Gunner Blackwood for help. Gunner agrees to help her, but despite their explosive chemistry, there’s just one problem – How can she trust a man who hates her entire species?

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immortal redemptionIMMORTAL REDEMPTION (IMMORTAL PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Alana Delacroix

Cal Olin is a grudging member of the Immorti. A resurrected Aztec warrior, he knows he has much to atone for but doesn’t believe waiting for an enemy who hasn’t appeared in hundreds of years is the best way to do it. He’d prefer to spend his time in his CEO role with Civica, an organization dedicated to righting wrongs.

However, when Cal sees the unconscious body of a woman near a magical portal, he knows the long period of peace has come to an end. He’s shocked to discover the woman is Dr. Iliana Rogers, Civica’s second-in-command. The beautiful, argumentative thorn in his side has managed to open the gate and set off a chain reaction that could end the world. Is she an agent of evil or an unknowing pawn? He has to find out.

Nightmares have taken over Iliana’s dreams and with Cal, she no longer feels alone. But when he breaks into her house and tells her, incredibly, that he’s immortal, she knows she’s been living an illusion. It’s a shock to find out he was telling the truth and that her own mother was an agent of the malevolent Nilohum—and that she herself is fated to end the world.

As Iliana searches for the truth, Cal struggles with a terrible choice: does he help the woman he loves, or does he stop the end of the world and risk Iliana’s love…and life?

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immortal rageIMMORTAL RAGE (AUSTIN IMMORTALS BOOK 2) by Jax Garren

Emma, the woman who turned Javier into a vampire five months ago, shows up at his job in ripped jeans and an old tank top, bearing a box of cookies and an offer of friendship. Of all the places he thought he’d see her again, the hospital morgue five minutes after he finished an autopsy was not even on the list. And despite everything—from the tragedy on the table to what Emma did to him before bolting across the country—he still wants Emma with a passion he’s rarely felt. When it comes to relationships, he’s always been a masochist.

But she’s not really here to socialize. A former prostitute herself, Emma’s dedicated her immortal life to getting teen sex workers off the streets, and the girl on the table was one of hers. Something more sinister than a violent john is sliding through the neighborhood, turning men into raging monsters, and she needs his help to figure out what it is and stop it before more girls die.

Javier and Emma are not a good team—they fight, they don’t understand each other, and the senseless attraction between them keeps getting in the way. But the violence is spreading, spilling from dark corners of the city and multiplying like a virus. If they can’t work together to find the source of the outbreak, an epidemic of rage monsters will rise on the city, and no one will be safe from the violence to come.

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mage heirTHE MAGE HEIR (THE LIFE SIPHON BOOK 2) by Katherine Sommerlot

Exiled from Chayd and pursued by Runon, Tatsu’s life twists into something unrecognizable when he escapes with Yudai into the mountains. Despite the growing danger trailing them, the biggest threat lies within Yudai and his voracious magic, a force spiraling outside his control. Their only hope is to head into Joesar in search of a way to contain the magic.

But Joesar’s desert holds perils of its own, and the only answers Tatsu and Yudai find lead them farther into storms. Friend and foe blur until impossible to tell apart, and all the while, the unchecked siphon devours any energy it can find. If Yudai can’t fix what the Runonian mages broke, the siphon could swallow the world, and Tatsu will watch the horror unfold.

No matter how tightly Tatsu’s heart is tied to Yudai’s, and after everything they have sacrificed for freedom, the past might catch up with them, murky and muddled, betrayal lying in Tatsu’s traitorous bloodline.

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succubus soulSUCCUBUS SOUL: VERAS ACADEMY by Lina Jubilee

Blessed with the power to protect. A princess born to two worlds. But despite being the star pupil at Veras Academy for superpowered young adults, all she wants is to be “normal.”

Bryony Haddix is the heir to the Nelian throne, but the world of elves from which one of her fathers hails is a strange, mystical place, and Bryony is much more comfortable at Veras Academy on Earth, home to the rest of her family. Born a Natch with superhuman abilities, she’s called on to protect and defend Earth’s Natches from prejudice so that they may flourish on a once-doomed Planet Earth.

Now that she’s come of age, Bryony vows to live as ordinary a life as possible, despite the weight placed on her shoulders. That also means that unlike her mother and her elven princess aunt, she’s certainly never going to fall in love with more than one man. If only her parents didn’t expect her to pick a husband from among the three fetching exchange student Natch princes who just transferred. If only she could stop herself from succumbing to the magnetic allure of her rival for valedictorian/best friend. If only she didn’t start to think that maybe loving more than one man did run in the family, after all.

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white lightWHITE LIGHT (BLACK AND WHITE SERIES BOOK 2) by K L Rymer

She only had one wish growing up…Find her long-lost father. A few days before her 21st birthday, Crystal finally gets her wish. After all, it’s every little girl’s dream to have her father by her side. To protect her from the scary demons of the world…Well, not if your father is a lying, cheating murderer.

According to her demon lover, the charming and devilishly handsome Eli Black, Daddy isn’t all that he appears. Lying to her as well as using her in his sick, twisted game. One that may not bode well for the rest of the human race. Torn and confused, Crystal doesn’t know who to trust. Should she choose her long-lost father? Or the love of her life?

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alchemist and amarettoTHE ALCHEMIST AND AN AMARETTO (THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND BOOK 5) by Annette Marie

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything–mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family. So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds–and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students. And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

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earnest inkEARNEST INK by Alex Hall

While twenty-year-old FTM Hemingway is making an excellent living as a tattoo artist in a near-future version of Hell’s Kitchen, the rest of the country is splintered and struggling in the wake of a war gone on for too long. Technology has collapsed, borders rise and fall overnight, and magic has awakened without rhyme, reason, or rule, turning average unwitting citizens into wielders of strange and specific strands of magic.

Hemingway’s particular brand of magic has made him a household name. Not only is he a talented artist, but his work comes to life. Literally.

When NYC’s most infamous serial killer—the East River Ripper—abducts Hemingway’s best friend, Grace, he has only days to save her. Hemingway teams up with his stoic cop roommate to hunt for the killer and rescue Grace before she becomes the Ripper’s latest victim. But as the duo chase clues to the serial killer’s identity, Hemingway begins to fear the magic he and the Ripper share might eventually corrupt him too.

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better where its wetterBETTER WHERE IT’S WETTER by Ava Cuvay

Alana LaRue assumes the sexy merman pictured on the lake house wall is “just art.” Then a violent storm topples her into his arms and she discovers the ocean isn’t the only thing that gets her wet.
Originally published in the Crossroads Romance Authors “Lake House” Anthology, this 13K short story has been expanded, with more details and a love scene added.

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shadow prophetSHADOW PROPHET (MIDNIGHT CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Andrea Pearson

Hired to assassinate the woman he loves...Abel hasn’t seen Lizzie in at least seven years, and his experiences since then have changed him significantly. He’s sure he’s moved past his earlier crush, that he’s immune to her carefree and bubbly personality, but the moment his eyes land on her, he knows he’s still in love.
Instead of a joyful reunion, though, he only suffers agony at being in her presence again.

Because he’s being blackmailed into murdering her.And there’s no way out. The Shadow Prophet has vowed to kill everyone Abel holds dear if he doesn’t complete the job. Abel has tried everything he can think of to break the contract, but nothing has worked, and he has nowhere to turn.
Complicating things further, he gets recruited by a second client to help Lizzie achieve an impossible mission. One where they must work closely together while hunting immortal demons. One that will either destroy him or force him to kill her before he’s found a way out—before he’s ready to do it. But how can a man ever be ready to murder the woman he loves?

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overlord delta jamesOVERLORD: A DARK SHIFTER ROMANCE by Delta James

Sloan has lived among shifters long enough to know what happens when an alpha takes a mate, but she never imagined that her turn would come to be marked and mastered. Until today…Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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chaoticCHAOTIC: A DRAGON SHIFTER MC ROMANCE by Jadyn Chase

RUBY – I don’t need my past complicating my life, I left that behind. I just want to make a living and be able to support my son. Eli could blow my whole world apart. Being a patched member of a notorious biker gang is bad enough, but he’s hiding something from me. He has dark secrets, we both do…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hunted erica woodsHUNTED (THE FERAL SOULS TRILOGY NOOK 1) by Erica Woods

The only way to escape is to die. For eighteen years I’ve suffered at the hands of the Hunters. For eighteen years they’ve done their best to break me, to tear me open and unleash the terrifying monster that lives within. Until the day they go too far.

When a desperate escape leads to another brush with death, I’m forced to place my trust in the hands of four formidable strangers. Wild and untamed, their feral natures call to me, their warrior hearts make mine come alive. And when they offer me a place to stay while I heal, I can’t say no. But the secrets I carry are deadly, and my past is a twisted, evil nightmare better left forgotten.

They may think they want to know me, they may think the secrets they guard behind hard eyes and closed expressions comes close to the ones I keep. But should they ever discover just who they’ve let into their home, just what I really am…their hatred could be the one thing that finally breaks me.
And if I break, the darkness inside me will finally be free.

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things shes seenTHINGS SHE’S SEEN (NORTHERN CIRCLE COVEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Pat Esden

Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word.

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forever mated penelope wyldeFOREVER MATED (MAGICALLY MATED BOOK 2) by Penelope Wylde

What the Silver Circle doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least that’s what I told myself until they found out I, a witch with royal blood in my veins, mated with a shifter—a man with the sexiest whiskey eyes and tempting mouth perfect for driving me crazy. A sin I paid the price for.

Why, you ask? You see, in my world, a witch and a shifter are forbidden to mate, but that’s just what I did. That was a year ago, but I’m back now. Drawn by the power of our shared boned and I’m determined to have my alpha reclaim me. To help me do that I have the help of an illegal truth spell jacked up with some dragon’s blood. Should be no problem.

But if that doesn’t work, some dirty kitchen sex should remind him how perfect we are together. Honestly, I have until midnight to reforge my connection with the man who holds my heart and I’ll do anything to get him back. I should stay away for both our sakes, but I want him. I ache for his touch and bite and that’s all that matters.

To me, all’s fair in magic and love and I’m ready to break some rules to get what I want. If that doesn’t work, I guess hot makeup sex serves as a great backup plan.

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protected in darknessPROTECTED IN DARKNESS (MISPLACED HALOS BOOK 1) by Nicole Edwards

Heaven refers to them as Misplaced Halos. Humans don’t even know they exist. This faction of celestial warriors was sent here under the cover of darkness to protect humanity from Lucifer’s demons. In return for their servitude, these warriors expect only one thing: the eternal love they were promised, what angels refer to as an amsouelot.

The first of his kind, Obsidian has spent the past fifteen hundred years fighting alongside his brothers, protecting humans from Lucifer’s demons, all while keeping to the shadows. Their mission is simple. Right up until it isn’t. The day Obsidian learns of a traitor in Heaven is the day everything changes. The entire reason for his existence is put on hold because there’s a new assignment: find the female whose soul belongs to his and protect her, no matter the cost.

Penelope Calazans spends her days sleeping and her nights serving free drinks to the gamblers looking to win big in Sin City. It’s not a glamorous life, perhaps a tad lonely, but she’s content. Or she thought she was. Then he appears. The mystery man who would turn out not to be a man at all, but rather an angel. The angel who would turn Penelope’s mundane life upside down, revealing what really lurks in the dark.

Not only do they have to battle the demons looking to possess their souls, but Obsidian and Penelope must overcome the obstacles that come with falling in love. In the end, an angel and a human must make the ultimate sacrifice, all in the name of a love everlasting.

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blood nightBLOOD NIGHT: A KREWE OF HUNTERS NOVELLA by Heather Graham

Any member of the Krewe of Hunters is accustomed to the strange. And to conversing now and then with the dead. For Andre Rousseau and Cheyenne Donegal, an encounter with the deceased in a cemetery is certainly nothing new. But this year, Halloween is taking them across the pond—unofficially. Their experiences in life haven’t prepared them for what’s to come.

Cheyenne’s distant cousin and dear friend Emily Donegal has called from London. Murder has come to her neighborhood, with bodies just outside Highgate Cemetery, drained of blood. The last victim was found at Emily’s doorstep, and evidence seems to be arising not just against her fiancé, Eric, but against Emily, too. But Emily isn’t just afraid of the law—many in the great city are beginning to believe that the historic Vampire of Highgate is making himself known, aided and abetted by adherents. Some are even angry and frightened enough to believe they should take matters into their own hands….(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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secrets of the chocolate houseSECRETS OF THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE (FOUND THINGS BOOK 2) by Paula Brackston

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

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.

But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.

While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.

This time she’ll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?

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scent of a mateSCENT OF A MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love

Gan never wanted to be a shifter and now he’s a Gallize. He’s battling to control a monster Siberian tiger and waiting for a chance to escape all these shifters. When his chance comes, Gan only has to keep the tiger under control long enough to pay back a debt to Scarlett, a sexy cougar shifter who he can’t forget. His idea might have worked perfectly if Gan’s heart hadn’t fallen to the powerful female who is his other half.

Scarlett has no intention of calling in the marker Gan owes her until she needs a rogue to help her protect an innocent female from powerful people she’s evaded her entire life. Unlike the other Gallize, an angry Gan has no loyalty to them or their Guardian, all of whom are still strangers to him. Get in, get out, say goodbye. She had a simple plan until a crazy tiger shifter let her inside to see the man no one else knows, but to keep him is to see him die.

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basic witchBASIC WITCH (ACADEMY OF THE DARK ARTS BOOK 1) by Nikki Dean

Hide your magic. Never admit that you’re a witch. And never, ever trust a hot guy with a gun. …This witch is about to discover that some rules are made to be broken. All sassy witch-in-hiding Mallory Serra wants is to go to work and live a normal life. After all, magic is illegal–not that she can totally control her powers, anyway–and any witch who’s been caught casting spells is forced into the elite Academy of the Dark Arts, then drafted into the military after graduation.

Slinging coffee for cranky commuters is bad enough for Mallory, but actually being shot at? No, thanks. But when a friend needs help, Mallory breaks her rules and performs one teeny, tiny spell. What could go wrong? Everything.

Matt, a hot-as-sin soldier, catches her in the magical act. Taken by the government, Mallory is forced to enter the Academy, where she’s surrounded by three sarcastic, mouth-watering students teachers who are more interested in pushing her out of their special ops program than helping her succeed. Until she learns their dirty little secret, when they have no choice but to give her a hand. Or several.

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beastlyBEASTLY: FURRY TALE SHIFTERS by Nicky Fox

Scarred and cursed with horns, Grace has made peace with living a life alone. When a handsome contractor shows up at her door to make repairs on her manor, she’s taken back at the attraction she feels for him. Resigned to be cloaked in his presence, Grace can’t afford to let anyone see her scars or into her fragile heart. But Adam has a way of breaking down all her walls. His charming smile, carefree attitude and caring nature, not to mention his muscular physique leave Grace lusting after something she’s convinced herself she can’t have. But this contractor is keeping secrets of his own. Will the mysteries that surround them be revealed or will they both be left in the darkness alone?

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beary possessive grizzlyTHE BEARY POSSESSIVE GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 5) by Jenika Snow

Cason – 
I devoted my life to working, building a career and business, making sure I was secure and stable in my life for the sole purpose that I’d find her, that everything would be ready and perfect for her.
 My mate.
 The one woman who would complete me.
 The one woman who was born to be mine alone.
Watching my brothers find their other halves hadn’t been easy, but I knew I would never give up. I couldn’t. My mate would make all the bullshit disappear. She’d make my life have purpose. And that’s the only thing that mattered to a bear shifter. To me. 
If there was one thing I knew without a doubt, it was that once I found her, I wouldn’t go easy. I would make her see that, once she was mine, that was it. There was no going back.

Mena – 
Half bear, half human. That’s what I was.
 My human side dominant. No shifting, no primal urge to be in my animal form. But I was okay with that.
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urban gods eitriURBAN GODS: EITRI by Dahlia Rose

The Old Ways are gone. The gods sleep. Except for one… Eitri The Creator has forged weapons for a lifetime. When you’ve logged over five thousand years in the universe, the notion of retirement sounds pretty damn good. These days he lives in solitude, making highly coveted intricate art and jewelry in Ashville. Deprived the companionship of his kin out of necessity, his work has become his solace. His passion. There isn’t anything more satisfying than precious metals yielding to the magic of his hands. But that assumption is tested with the arrival of the first human to gain entry to his workshop of wonders—a female, no less. A woman with sensuous curves that beckon for their own magical touch.

Zaia Cabot’s connection with Eitri is instantaneous. What started out as the scoop of a lifetime is turning into something more. Something bigger. As her days with him stretch into delicious, sinful nights, while he is sure they’re destinies are intertwined, she is not so sure. How can she trust him with her heart? Eitri can’t risk spilling the truth to Zaia. Not when the wind whispers of the gathering darkness. Whatever is coming for them threatens to shake the gods themselves from their beds. Yes, his brothers will awaken and know their destinies are also at hand. And if that happens, if the darkness stakes its claim? Eitri the creator, will become the most dangerous weapon in existence.

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bull protectorsBULL PROTECTORS: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by TB Mann

Lifting up others can reveal things about yourself that you never knew.
Sarah, a publicist and personal assistant to TV star Laguna Resita, received a series of disturbing letters in the star’s mail, but no one other than her and her office mate, Kailee, appears to take them seriously. When Kailee informs her cousin Kai about them, instead of being reassured that there is nothing scary about them, Sarah’s pulled into the case of a possible serial killer.

Kai, Dylan, and Zale, members of the ATTF, are assigned to find a kidnapped mermaid working as a ballerina. What was supposed to be a case of serial abductions turns into something much worse. And to add to it, they each find their mate. The problem: it’s the same woman. What seems straight forward is anything but. And just when they think they can take a rest, that is when the killer strikes.

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when the starrs alignWHEN THE STARRS ALIGN by Marie Harte

VS Note: A re-release

Regan Riley left town ten years ago to save herself from the scourge of theStarr twins. The twin warlocks bullied her into leaving, but even thatdidn’t stop her powerful crush on the pair. Yet not all was as itseemed. Now Regan’s back in town in time for the Starrs’ ascension intotheir full, deadly power. But danger creeps closer. Without their magicgrounded, the warlocks’ immense power will attract hordes of demoniccreatures. Only a strong familiar can balance the warlocks, and only astrong woman can handle two such powerful men. But is Regan ready toopen herself to the love that’s never left her?

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naughty temptations oneNAUGHTY TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION ONE by Various

A collection of BESTSELLING PARANORMAL STORIES – Featuring NY Times, USA Today, Amazon & International bestselling authors! Written by the Naughty Literati™
Belle Scarlett, Berengaria Brown, Katherine Kingston, Nicole Austin, and N.J. Walters

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half blood academy magic trialsHALF BLOOD ACADEMY 4: MAGIC UNCHAINED by Meg X Xuemei

In Hell’s Academy, it’s either kill or be eaten. Demons turn violence into an art form, and they’ve marked me as their newest victim. A charismatic archdemon offers me a way out of the pit. His price? Spend one night with him and his three dukes. They don’t want to conquer my heart, but they have every intention of riding my body.

I’m no longer the Marigold my demigods once fell in love with.
I’ve become a nightmarish monster bred in an inferno.
Yet when my mates find me, they insist I’m still their beautiful monster.
Now and forever. Too bad the truth is dirtier than they could ever imagine.

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vampire baitVAMPIRE BAIT by Olivia T Turner

I’ve been awake for centuries, but I only came alive when I saw her. Her smell drifted through the castle and hit me so hard my legs nearly buckled. Blood. But not just regular old blood. Virgin blood. My fangs were on fire. They were burning with need.
But it wasn’t just her virgin blood that I craved. It was her. Her helpless body with the deadly curves was tempting me like never before. Almost three centuries on this planet had not prepared me for this moment. Nothing could. How could you prepare yourself for the moment you lay eyes on perfection? How could decades of endless boredom ready you for the thrill of seeing the most stunning creature ever created? Obsession took root in my soul–if I have one–and it grew/…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bobbles and broomsticksBOBBLES AND BROOMSTICKS (VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB BOOK 8) by Nancy Warren

VS note: Not a romance. Sounds fun though.

When an ancient beam falls on one of the guests at Charlie and Alice’s wedding, it looks like the work of the death watch beetle, an insect that eats old timbers. But fledgling witch Lucy and the vampire knitting club aren’t so sure. Could there be a murderer casting blame on the wood-chomping insects?

Meanwhile, the old broom that’s always stood in the corner of Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting and yarn shop seems to have a mind of its own, and Lucy’s cat is ready to hop aboard and take the broom for a spin. With or without Lucy.

Between learning a new knitting stitch and keeping her broom and cat earthbound, Lucy hasn’t got time to solve a murder—until it turns out the next victim is someone she loves.
Join Lucy and her eccentric band of amateur sleuths in Oxford as they attempt to unravel a twisted skein of clues and catch a killer without dropping a stitch.

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tarot academy 1TAROT ACADEMY 1: SPELLS OF IRON AND BONE by Sarah Piper

“Forget magick, Stevie. It’s a curse.” Since my parents’ deaths, I’ve done my best to fly under the magickal radar, just like they always wanted. But when a rogue mage sets me up for murder, securing my freedom means making a deal with the world’s most powerful witches:

Arcana Academy of the Arts. Two decades ago, they branded my mother a heretic. Now, the Academy believes Mom’s cryptic old Tarot prophecies hold the key to stopping unspeakable horrors—and they need me to decipher them. To betray my mother’s memory… or rot in prison. My choice.

Spoiler alert: Your girl’s going to magick school. To a forbidden world of potions, prophecies, parties… not to mention brutal classes, a mean-girl coven that puts the psycho in psychic, and four infuriating mages: Kirin, my sexy, brainy research assistant. Baz, whose dangerous smolder could make the devil blush. Ansel, the adventurous golden boy. Dr. Devane, the naughty professor who makes me long for…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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captive shifterVS: I’m so excited to have my new fantasy novella WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM out! I really enjoy writing in this world but have to work it in between the scifi romance and the ancient Egyptians. Today I’m highlighting the first standalone book in this series THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER.

Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.

In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?

The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 16

October 9

October 2

September 25

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.

 

Whose Souvenir Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedBig news – PETS IN SPACE® 4 hit the USA Today Best Sellers list last week!

Taking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the anthology.

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.

The excerpt – Juli has gone to a lawyer’s office on the planet to pick up an item at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. I’ve skipped ahead. Juli takes the rock and heads back to the spaceport but her borrowed groundcar unaccuntably breaks down. Third Officer Steve Aureli and his aunt pass by and rescue her. We meet Charrli, the alien dog, who Steve refers to as a ‘chow hound’:

“What an inelegant way to describe my champion purebred miniature Deskaza dog,Despite her offended protest, his elderly relative didn’t sound too offended, “I’ll have you know they’re a rare breed.” She snapped her fingers again and the doglike creature made one final attempt to open Juli’s purse before obeying his mistress’s command and returning to the front seat with a sniff. “I apologize for Charrli,” Dian said, cuddling him close so all Juli could see were the tips of his triangular ears and his intense brown eyes peering at her over his owner’s shoulder, “Although I must say you and he are obviously going to be great friends while we’re on your ship.”

“There’s nothing in my purse attractive to a dog,” Juli said. She reached in with both hands and fished out the scarf-wrapped box holding the rock, “Maybe he likes the smell of the straw in this old basket?”

Veronica Scott - CharrliCharrli wiggled his hindquarters, escaping his mistress’s hold and crouched beside Dian on the seat, growling. His ears flared out wide and Juli tried not to laugh because he really was adorable despite his best efforts to act menacing.

“What is that?” Steve asked, eyes wide as he took in the dilapidated, colorful container, “A souvenir?”

“Someone’s souvenir, not mine,” With a chuckle she put the package away again, “And not from this planet. It was a passenger’s good luck charm, I gather, until it started bringing him bad luck, or so the story goes – the Line’s been asked to return the thing to Tahumaroa Two and I’m the stuckee.”

“Why doesn’t the owner take it himself?” Steve navigated through the traffic effortlessly but of course he was the Nebula Zephyr’s chief pilot and a former military fighter jockey so even rush hour on an alien planet didn’t faze him.

“He’s dead.”

PetsInSpace4FinalThe blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

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 A. 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 three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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Why I Wrote STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE

cocktail umbrella canva graphic.pngThis past week or aso since we released the Pets In Space® 4 anthology has been a whirlwind and yesterday we hit the USA Today Best Seller’s list! I’m beaming and sending thanks to all our readers and everyone who supported the book and spread the word. I’m happy for the charity we support too, Hero Dogs, Inc.

We’ve had some wonderful, fun reviews too!

The events in STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE, my story in this year’s anthology, take place on my interstellar luxury cruise liner, the Nebula Zephyr. I always have so much fun revisiting my ship and having new adventures there.

Usually I start with the concept of the pet for my PISA stories and develop the plot from what the animal ‘suggests’ to me but this time my jumping off place was legends about bad luck hitting tourists who steal rocks from certain locales.

bad luck hot rocks coverI’ve always been fascinated by these myths and the tales of bad luck people believe they incur if they ‘steal’ a rock from a certain place. (And when I was researching this topic, I discovered there are various tourist spots where this belief flourishes, not just in Hawaii. The Petrified Forest in northern Arizona is another area where people frantically return rocks to the park after thinking their illicit souvenir has brought them bad luck.) I wanted to be sure I wasn’t doing cultural appropriation if I took this basic concept for my story, so I was relieved to find the modern legend arises in various places and is believed to have been begun in one locale by a tour bus driver who didn’t want volcanic ash and grit from purloined chunks off the beach or mountain messing up his vehicles. Another variation on the story says because it’s against the law to remove anything from a national park, a ranger invented the story to add an additional layer of ‘scariness’ to deter would-be souvenir hunters.

One of the more interesting pieces of research I did was reading Bad Luck Hot Rocks by Ryan Thompson, dealing with the issue as it relates to the Petrified Forest in northern Arizona.

Of  course since I’m writing science fiction, I then took the entire topic a step further and gave my ‘rock’ some scary attributes, the ability to do real harm and a bit of carving to justify referring to an idol’s curse in the title.

It seemed to me the idea of tourists and souvenirs fit in very nicely with my luxury cruise ship, and then since an entire deck of the ship is devoted to recreating a beach from the planet Tahumaroa Two, it was logical for the rock or ‘idol’ in question in my story to have come from that planet and need to go back there. This led me to ponder who in the crew would be likely to become involved with returning a rock and I decided it was time for the Cruise Director, Juli Shaeffer, to get her story. She’s been referenced many times in other STAR CRUISE stories but we really never met her.  I got to do all kinds of fun research into what exactly a cruise director does on Earth and then embellish and enhance for my starship.

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Charrli, drawn by ADRIAN

My next challenge was how to put a pet front and center in the story, and to engage them in a meaningful fashion with the action. I decided Juli and Third Officer Steve Aureli had unfinished romantic business, and that Steve has an elderly aunt traveling aboard this particular cruise. Every time I thought about the character of Aunt Dian, I saw one of the Gabor sisters in my head, dressed in pink and a froufrou feather boa, clutching a tiny dog. (The Gabors were famous actresses in their day and Eva from the ‘Green Acres’ TV show is kind of who I was going for, although ZsaZsa did play Queen of Outer space once in a movie.)  Of course Dian and Charrli, her dog, have a lot more backstory and aren’t what they seem on the surface. For one thing, they’re veterans of the Sectors Special Forces Z Corps, which means Charrli is very smart and telepathic with Dian. Charrli bonds with Juli and has an affinity for the rock or idol of the novel’s title.

Then I let the events unfold from there!

The blurb: An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

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When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

PetsInSpace4FinalThe excerpt:

“I’m Steve’s Aunt Dian,” said the lady in the front seat, swiveling to study Juli. She extended her gloved hand.

Juli tried not to stare. Dian was elderly but wearing full, expertly applied makeup and her syntho hair was coiffed into a confection of pink and blond a trideo star might admire, accented with a glittery star-shaped barrette. Her pink and cream woven suit was by a high end fashion designer, or else a very good knockoff and she presented an altogether glamorous and retro picture. This is practical, stoic Steve’s aunt?  Juli detected no family resemblance although of course that didn’t mean much. “I’m so happy to meet you and glad you’ll be sailing with us.”

Next instant, a barking ball of golden brown fur sailed over the seat, landing in Juli’s lap with a thud. With a startled scream she tried to fend off the pet, which fortunately seemed intent on getting into her purse, rather than actually attacking her personally.

“Charrli, don’t be rude,” said Dian, snapping her fingers in annoyance. “No one asked you to do a search and destroy mission on Juli’s belongings. Get back here where you belong.”

Hand on the controls, Steve studied Juli. “Do you have a snack in your purse?” he asked. “Charrli’s a real chow hound.”

“What an inelegant way to describe my champion purebred miniature Deskaza dog.” Despite her offended protest, his elderly relative didn’t sound too offended. “I’ll have you know they’re a rare breed.” She snapped her fingers again and the doglike creature made one final attempt to open Juli’s purse before obeying his mistress’s command and returning to the front seat with a sniff. “I apologize for Charrli,” Dian said, cuddling him close so all Juli could see were the tips of his triangular ears and his intense brown eyes peering at her over his owner’s shoulder. “Although I must say you and he are obviously going to be great friends while we’re on your ship.”

Apparently satisfied peace had been restored, Steve put the car smoothly into the traffic flow.

“There’s nothing in my purse attractive to a dog,” Juli said. She reached in with both hands and fished out the scarf-wrapped box holding the rock. “Maybe he likes the smell of the straw in this old basket?”

Charrli wiggled his hindquarters, escaping his mistress’s hold and crouched beside Dian on the seat, growling. His ears flared out wide and Juli tried not to laugh because he really was adorable despite his best efforts to act menacing.

“What is that?” Steve asked, eyes wide as he took in the dilapidated, colorful container. “A souvenir?”

“Someone’s souvenir, not mine.” With a chuckle she put the package away again. “And not from this planet. It was a passenger’s good luck charm, I gather, until it started bringing him bad luck. Or so the story goes. The Line’s been asked to return the thing to Tahumaroa Two and I’m the stuckee.”

“Why doesn’t the owner take it himself?” Steve navigated through the traffic effortlessly but of course he was the Nebula Zephyr’s chief pilot and a former military fighter jockey so even rush hour on an alien planet didn’t faze him.

“He’s dead.”

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 16

dark matters michele dienerAs 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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DARK MATTERS (CLASS 5 SERIES BOOK 4) by Michele Diener

VS Note: I LOVE this series and was so happy to have a new book continuing the story. (I received an ARC or I would have one-clicked.) I devoured it and then of course had to go back and re-read the first 3 books. SO good.

DARK MATTERS . . . taking matters into her own hands. A time bomb, waiting to go off . . .
Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don’t just want to recapture her, they want to erase her.

When your very existence puts a planet at the risk of war, there’s no choice but to do everything in your power to stay out of your enemies hands.

A predator . . . waiting for the chance to pounce – The powerful AI battleship, Bane, is accompanying the United Council envoy to Tecra to mete out the punishment the Tecrans have earned for breaking UC law. He revels in the power he’s about to have over his old masters. But his mission isn’t only to rain down retribution on the people who kept him chained for years, he’s also looking for a human woman his fellow Class 5 thinking system mentioned in the final seconds of his life. Paxe admitted to taking Lucy Harris from Earth, and Bane has been looking for her ever since.

A warrior conflicted . . .Commander Dray Helvan thinks the Grih made a mistake in not pushing for war with the Tecran, but he’s had to accept the compromise, that he and the other envoys from the United Council will go to Tecra and dismantle its military from the top down. His mission is not one of his choosing, but when he and his team arrive, he’s handed a very different job. While he distrusts Bane on principle, when the thinking system tells him there’s a woman running for her life on the planet below, he will do whatever he has to to see her safe. And if that means war for Tecra, well, then it means war.

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falling for skyFALLING FOR SKY (CYBORG SEDUCTION BOOK 11) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: One of my favorite authors…always happy to have a new release from her.

Mick knew signing up to run a solo mining operation would be boring, but a ten-year stint will earn her enough credits to retire. She’s got her robot companion to keep her company, and she even makes a friend via communications who she gets to talk to every few months when Sky is flying within range. Once her years are up, she fantasizes about confessing her true identity as a woman and maybe he’ll be interested in more than friendship. Until then, she must follow protocol by keeping her voice synthesizer on, pretending to be a man.

As the cyborg expert on all things human, Sky’s job includes chatting with Earthers, gleaning any intel that might lead to the deadly Markus Models—androids who are bent on ending all life. He particularly enjoys talking to Mick, a friendly Earther stationed on a mining planet. But Sky gets the shock of his life the next time he hails him and discovers not only is his friend under attack by pirates, but “he” is actually a “she.” Mick is short for Mickayla—and she’s captivating.

Sky’s always wanted an Earther woman for his own, someone he’ll never have to share with another cyborg, and Mick is his for the taking. All he has to do is disobey direct orders, abandon his current mission, and rescue Mick, all before his council can punish him for his misdeeds.
Piece of cake, as the humans would say.

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kordKORD: DAKONIAN ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #5 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

She’s a successful Texas restauranteur, but he’s hungry for more than what she’s cooking.

Barb Quintain seems to have it together. She owns the hottest restaurant in town, lives in a fabulous luxury apartment, and has a personality as big as the state of Texas. But outward confidence conceals old wounds as big as Texas, too. She hides behind success, fearing someone will discover what she’s really like—a fake, a fraud, all broth and no beans.

Then, one evening, he walks into her restaurant—the hottest, sexiest man she’s ever seen. Kord. An alien from Dakon who’s so out of her league, she could never deserve him.

Kord doesn’t understand why none of his Intergalactic Dating Agency matches have panned out until he happens into Barbie Q’s Restaurant and meets the proprietress. His twitching horns immediately signal she’s his Fated mate. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize that. The only thing he can do is get her to hire him so he can convince her they’re meant to be together.

Just as Kord’s patience wins her over, and Barb begins to envision herself as his mate, a family crisis sends her running in her rhinestone boots. Will confronting her past destroy their future?

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chimeras revengeA CHIMERA’S REVENGE (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

All he ever wanted was to be one of the boys. To run and play—and love—like all of them. So Adrian made that dream come true by experimenting…on himself, and in curing his disease, he became something more. Someone special.
Intoxicated with his discovery, he shared his healing gift, but not everyone was grateful for the second chance.
Some of his patients tried to kill him. Many more became feral.
Minor setbacks on the road to greatness. A road Adrian might not travel for long, given his enemies are intent on stealing his life’s work and the madness within creeps closer.
And the only person that might be able to save Adrian wants to kill him.

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deep claimDEEP CLAIM: EDGE OF SUNRISE #3 (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 12) by Elsa Jade

Jashanna Riz has always been a hardrock miner, bashing the precious spacetime-folding qubition out of unforgiving stone. With her bashing prowess, she fought for her home at the front line of the rebellion against QueCorp’s cruelty. But now a band of mercenaries roams the passageways, a grating reminder that Ydro-Down is still in danger as the miners struggle to hold onto their home.

Fenn Alexos rejected a safe and quiet life and was spiraling into the darkest thrills of the Obsidian Rim before the mercenary Nazra Company conscripted him, giving him a place to channel his worst impulses. Serving on a mining moon is obviously deep and risky, but until he’s assigned to Jashanna’s repair gig, he had no idea how thrilling it would be.

Sent out into the remote mountains to rekindle a lost signal, they’ll find a dark secret that will finally free Ydro-Down along with a chance to choose their own path—and a hope that hints of a sunrise to come.

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daxons hostageDAXON’S HOSTAGE (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 6) by Michele Mills

Daxon of Seven is trying to take make it through the first day of a new job. After being kicked out of the Illibrium mines, he’s starting a brand-new career as a Bounty Hunter. And with his ferocious size and mighty fists, he figures he’ll be a great fit. On day one he starts his ship, leaves dock and finds a stowaway.

A delicate New Earth female is sleeping in his bunk. Meanwhile, some rich idiot is screaming, red-faced through the holo vid that she’s his bride and he wants her returned, immediately.

He should give her back—rich idiot has powerful friends. Except he’s inhaled her scent and he’s 99% certain this tiny human is destined to be his mate. Therefore, this precious cargo is his.
And if anyone feels different…they’ll have to go through Daxon first.

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axxiosAXXIOS AND BRAXXUS: BOOK 6 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS SERIES by Alana Khan

Minutes after being kidnapped from Earth, Brianna must breed with sexy gladiator Axxios. Their chemistry is amazing, but he can’t feel love for any female.

Brianna despairs for a loveless future, but when they rescue Axxios’s twin, Braxxus is everything Brianna hoped for in a male. Strong, intelligent, and loving. Then he informs her he and Axx come as a package deal. Can this BBW discover the key to unlocking Axxios’s love?

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commanders captive miranda bridgesTHE COMMANDER’S CAPTIVE (THE HOUSE OF KAIMAR BOOK 1) by Miranda Bridges

Aliens. That’s right. I said it. I know—it sounds stupid to me also. I’m a psychologist (sort of), so you’d think I’d be able to reason my way out of this mess. Except the reality is that I’ve been abducted to become their breeder, and it doesn’t take an advanced degree to recognize this is all sorts of jacked up. But I digress.

Apparently, these aliens are on the brink of extinction and need me and my fellow captives to repopulate. Yay us. I guess it’s time to figure out an escape plan before they knock me up. I’ll be back later. Hopefully.

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shoreless seaTHE SHORELESS SEA (LIMINAL SKY BOOK 3) by J Scott Coatsworth

VS note: Not romance. The previous two hard scifi books in the series had romantic elements. I’ve really been enjoying this series and have book 3 on my to Be read list.

As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.

The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth’s technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.

But during the generation ship’s decades-long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope. They’ll have to face not only Lilith’s minions, but also the mistrust of their own kind and persecution from a new government as homotypicals continue to fear what they can’t understand.

The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld must be healed, and the people of Forever must let go of their past and embrace what they’re meant to become.

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abducted by an alien savageABDUCTED BY AN ALIEN SAVAGE (KUTARIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Ivy McAdams

I thought I was hot stuff getting a prestigious internship to study dinosaurs. A new planet, an extinct species, a coveted opportunity. Sign me up! Except there’s a lot more on this planet than velociraptors. There’s the giant monsters that steal us right out of our cruiser. Rude! And the hot silver-muscled aliens that rescue us. Or at least I think that’s what this guy’s doing when he throws me across the saddle of his dino-mount. Only we’re not heading back to base. These alien savages have big plans for me and becoming one of their breeder mates is suddenly the least of my worries.

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shifter planetSHIFTER PLANET: THE RETURN by D B Reynolds

Rachel Fortier is a much sought-after expert when it comes to exotic planets—especially the deadly kind. So when she’s hired by Earth Fleet’s most respected scientist to join a mission to the tightly closed planet Harp, it’s a dream come true. Until she discovers their mission is to capture shifters and sell them to the
Military.

Shifter Aidan Devlin is on patrol far from his clan when he sees a shuttlecraft landing where it definitely shouldn’t be. As the invaders emerge, he’s surprised to see a lone lovely woman, who doesn’t seem to belong. But when he’s captured and put in a cage, he has no one but her to help him escape.

Drawn together by a hunger they can’t resist, and desperate to discover who betrayed Harp, Aidan and Rachel first have to survive a deadly journey to the city. But once there, they find themselves confronted by a conspiracy that goes even deeper. Because Harp is harboring a traitor. And he’s willing to destroy their world—and everything in it—to get what he wants.

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tarnished by the starsTARNISHED ARE THE STARS by Rosiee Thor

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart. When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.

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hackHACK: COSMOS MAIL ORDER BRIDE BOOK 2: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY by Annie Nicholas

On a mission with the Intergalactic Intelligence Agency to stop human abductions, Hack tracks the slave traders from Cosmos Resort and Dating Agency, an alien singles vacation spot, to a cruise ship. The resort introduced voluntary humans to aliens as prospective mates. The keyword was voluntary. The humans on this boat had chosen to have their memories wiped because they wanted nothing to do with aliens. Just as Hack is closing in on the slavers, he’s struck by lightning, short-circuiting his shapeshifting nanobots and cutting him off from his team. In an effort to hide, he uses the last of his strength to make himself look human before passing out in the closest bed.

Aspiring ocean videographer, Jeannie Havers has a hot lead on a rare shark spotting. She’d love for them to star in her latest documentary that shone a spotlight on sharks declining numbers and their importance to the ecosystem. With her last few dollars, she books a cheap cruise to a singles resort near the sighting. She has seven days to find them. That is until she wakes up with the worst hangover ever next to hottest man in the world. And he claims they are soulmates.

Hack’s new face makes him weirdly irresistible to the local human women and impossible to go unnoticed by the slavers, but he’s stuck like this until his nanobots recover. Worse, his soulmate is one of the humans who had chosen to have her memories wiped because she didn’t want to be mated to an alien. Could he spend the rest of his life pretending to be human?

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queenmakerQUEENMAKER (HEART OF THE NEBULA BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce and Heather Long

Everything changed when I crashed into a food truck. It all started with a brutal hill. An incline that I was determined to crest. One, long, punishing climb with my thighs screaming as I pumped the pedals for all I was worth. That hill could have been a metaphor for my whole life. I was climbing out of the crater left by a broken heart, ready to seize control again. Making it up that hill was a good first step. Then I hit the food truck.

Enter Reese Riley, blond, gorgeous, stunning sapphire eyes and the kind of smile to set my blood on fire. No way he was real. With charm to spare, he walked me home and then asked me out. Then he introduced me to his friends—Briggs, Goran, and Dalton. Stunning men, all of them. Funny, too. They flirted, they teased, and they indulged. They were incredible, each of them, and they fit into my life like they’d been born to be there. I didn’t know whether to celebrate or to run like hell.
Oh, and did I mention they were aliens?

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claimed by the zandianCLAIMED BY THE ZANDIAN (ZANDIAN BRIDES) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

I was born blind. My genes are defective.
Unsuitable for breeding.
That’s the only reason I don’t claim the alluring human
we rescued from a slave auction.
I have no intention of mating her,
especially since she’s meant for another.
But when she calls me Master, I can’t help but take command.
And command I will.

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saved by an alien warlordSAVED BY AN ALIEN WARLORD (A CONQUERED BRIDES SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE) by Calista Skye

Earth has been ravaged. We’re the survivors. Information is not just power, it can be the difference between life and death. And I’ve braved every kind of danger to get this vital information that will save the remaining members of my species. All I have to do is make it to Denver alive. But with few supplies left after crossing scorching deserts and freezing mountains on foot, I’m captured.

Our conquerors do not respect me as a scientist. They do not see me as a threat. To them, I am a human female worthy only of being an alien bride. That’s alright. I will use their arrogance against them. Because while human bodies are weak, our will is strong.
And there is nothing I won’t do to save my people.

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rescued by the alien pirateRESCUED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (DAVARIAN HEROES BOOK 3) by Juno Wells

Emma – After being separated from the rest of her crew during an enemy attack, Emma is forced to seek shelter with a dark and dangerous stranger. Though her scarred but handsome rescuer promises to return her to her Eden Twelve, something doesn’t seem quite right.

She quickly finds herself drawn into a web of lies that run so deep she’ll never find her way back home. She shouldn’t have trusted him and she can’t stay. No matter what, she can’t allow him to talk her into remaining on his ship full of unsavory pirates.
Maloc – Maloc has been taunted about his half-breed heritage his entire life. The mixing of races resulted in more muscles, pointed ears and large brutal fangs. But his taboo parentage means that no female in the galaxy will ever accept him to mate. It’s a lonely life for someone with a terribly long lifespan.

But one day, a small human female bursts into his life. After a single glance, she couldn’t hide the scent of her arousal. She alone wants him and that makes her priceless in his world. Maloc will stop at nothing to keep Emma with him. He’ll kill to protect her and when all else fails, he’ll reorder time to keep her at his side. The problem is, when she finds out his deception, he’ll lose everything.

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insatialbe curiousityINSATIABLE CURIOUSITY (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 5) by Dane Griggs

Ally has wanted to be an astronaut for as long as she can remember, but an eye condition made that dream an impossibility. She views the Cerastean’s Bride Program initiative to find human wives as her chance to finally get into space. Finding an alien husband isn’t a priority. All Ally wants to do is explore space and take apart alien technology to learn how it works.

After being caught sneaking into engineering one too many times, Ally is assigned to work with Cerastean Scientist L’Zaen to re-engineer an Ostium weapon. Ally loves the work, and L’Zaen’s keen intellect. L’Zaen loves how Ally’s insatiable curiosity makes every day an adventure. When their work garners an invitation to a festival on the Hisk homeworld, Ally finds her greatest dream coming true.

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rogues gambitROGUE’S GAMBIT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 11) by Ava York

Having a crush on your best friend is awkward. And when he’s a seven-foot tall, golden skinned alien and you’re in the middle of a rebellion against the galactic overlords? Super awkward. Still, I can’t stop wanting Bana. Wondering what it would be like to touch him.  Kiss him. Be taken away by those strong arms. The danger surrounding us grows every day. When we’re caught on a mission together, can the walls between us finaly crumble? And if we ever start, will we be able to stop?

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CAPTIVE MATES (DRAGON WARRIORS BOOKS 1) by M captive mates ml guidaL Guida

Scotland. Rory’s dragon-shifter abilities never seem to be fully under his control, which makes him easy prey for an enemy hellbent on stealing his gifts for intergalactic conquest. And though worried he’s a danger to his loved one, he’ll defend his dazzling fated mate till death. But a horrific misstep sends her into a life-threatening tailspin…

Arya MacFarlane has learned the hard way to trust no one—especially her suitors. After her sweetheart’s betrayal led to the murder of her rebel brothers, her soul burns for retribution. So when she’s awakened from a magical centuries-long sleep by a shifter claiming destiny, she refuses to give him her heart.

But between training to master their strange new talents and fighting alongside him in battles, Arya is drawn to the loyal and confident shifter. And as their shared adversary draws near, Rory knows they must come together, before they fall to the sinister threat.Can Rory and Arya harness their strengths and connect their hearts to stop evil from taking over the galaxy?

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sweet revengeSWEET REVENGE (HIP POCKET ROMANCES BOOK 3) by Linda Mooney

VS Note: A short

It started out as an innocent practical joke between Lyric and her alien mate,Ta’Loov. But when things escalate, and Ta’Loov raises the stakes, Lyric is forced to bring out the “big guns”.

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windmines of bora boraTHE WINDMINES OF BORA BORA (VIRASANA EMPIRE: SIR YADEN BOOK 2) by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus

Betrayed by his sister and sold into slavery to die in the dreaded Windmines of Bora Bora, Ivan has nothing but sarcasm and spite for the Lotus Knights’ well-worn catchphrase. No one ever cared for him – not when he was a young noble, not as a tortured Quetzal pet, and definitely not as a runaway slave gang leader in the slums of Yaiciz.

But all that changes when one of his fellow inmates turns out to be a genuine Lotus Knight, offering help and a way out of this misery. Suddenly, even Ivan can’t help but feel like there might be something good in his life to look forward to.

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salvagedSALVAGED by Madeleine Roux

VS Note: Not a romance although there might be romantic elements (but who knows how it ends)…reminds me of ‘Alien’ a bit from the blurb. Starts out pretty gory…I put it on my TBR list so we’ll see.

Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she’s come to hate, and her messed-up life. She’s run all the way to outer space, where she’s taken a position as a “space janitor,” cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can’t escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she’s given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.

But the Brigantine’s crew are very much alive–if not entirely human. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won’t be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite’s onslaught…or it may take over the entire human race.

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escaping exodusESCAPING EXODUS: A NOVEL by Nicky Drayden

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note, sounds intriguing.

Earth is a distant memory. Habitable extrasolar planets are still out of reach. For generations, humanity has been clinging to survival by establishing colonies within enormous vacuum-breathing space beasts and mining their resources to the point of depletion.

Rash, dreamy, and unconventional, Seske Kaleigh should be preparing for her future role as clan leader, but her people have just culled their latest beast, and she’s eager to find the cause of the violent tremors plaguing their new home. Defying social barriers, Seske teams up with her best friend, a beast worker, and ventures into restricted areas for answers to end the mounting fear and rumors. Instead, they discover grim truths about the price of life in the void.

Then, Seske is unexpectedly thrust into the role of clan matriarch, responsible for thousands of lives in a harsh universe where a single mistake can be fatal. Her claim to the throne is challenged by a rival determined to overthrow her and take control—her intelligent, cunning, and confident sister.

Seske may not be a born leader like her sister, yet her unorthodox outlook and incorruptible idealism may be what the clan needs to save themselves and their world.

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reaper larissa ioneREAPER: A DEMONICA NOVEL by Larissa Ione

He is the Keeper of Souls. Judge, jury, and executioner. He is death personified.
He is the Grim Reaper.

A fallen angel who commands the respect of both Heaven and Hell, Azagoth has presided over his own underworld realm for thousands of years. As the overlord of evil souls, he maintains balance crucial to the existence of life on Earth and beyond. But as all the realms gear up for the prophesied End of Days, the ties that bind him to Sheoul-gra have begun to chafe.

Now, with his beloved mate and unborn child the target of an ancient enemy, Azagoth will stop at nothing to save them, even if it means breaking blood oaths and shattering age-old alliances.
Even if it means destroying himself and setting the world on fire.

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sacred magicA SACRED MAGIC (WILD HUNT BOOK 9) by Yasmine Galenorn

Things are coming to a head with the Tuathan Brotherhood, and Ember finds herself right on the front lines. The goddess Brighid calls in her favor, sending Ember on a journey through the world of Annwn. Her quest? To find an ancient weapon that can turn the tide in the war against Nuanda and the Tuathan Brotherhood.

But as Ember journeys to the Well of Tears, she must face not only the demons that inhabit the mystical forest, but her demons that haunt her blood heritage. Can she recover Brighid’s Flame and put an end to the Tuathan Brotherhood? If she succeeds, Ember must face an enemy unlike any other she’s ever battled. But, if she fails, the Brotherhood will permanently destroy the delicate balance of power between the Fae Courts and the rest of the world.

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prophecy of magicPROPHECY OF MAGIC by Various

Dangerous fates, mysterious curses, twisted fairy tales, and doomed prophecies…
Explore new worlds in Prophecy of Magic: a collection of over twenty urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels curated especially for the genre’s biggest fans!
These stories include all of your favorite mystical creatures, from gods and angels, to vampires and fae, to shifters, demons, witches, gargoyles, and more! With so much magic involved…what could possibly go wrong?

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empoweredEMPOWERED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Moni Boyce

After suffering a devastating tragedy, Willow, Eli and the Protectors find themselves back in Salem, consumed with anger and grief.

Mastering her powers and abilities hasn’t been the easiest journey. She’ll need to reach deep within, if she’s going to succeed in defeating Killian. It’s the only way to avoid becoming his vampire bride.

To save everyone, including herself, Willow makes choices that may threaten her bond with Eli and remove her from the safety of the Protectors.
With stakes this high, can love survive? Will her greatest risk pay off?

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unseen voicesUNSEEN VOICES (PROJECT DEMON HUNTER BOOK 4) by Christine Pope

Knowing how the horrifying events that took place while filming Project Demon Hunters shook his friend Michael Covenant to the core, Will Gordon readily says yes to Michael’s request to be ready — as a friend and as an Episcopal priest — in case psychic Rosemary McGuire calls for help.

Rosemary doesn’t know exactly why the show was canceled…other than a demon murdered the show’s producer, and the network buried every scrap of harrowing footage under a ton of hacker-proof security.

When an independent filmmaker shows up at Rosemary’s metaphysical bookshop with tantalizing clues that a backup copy of the missing footage exists, she promises Michael she’ll call some crusty old priest “in a pinch,” and begins following a trail of impossibly tiny bread crumbs.

But that trail doesn’t just lead her somewhere. It leads something to Rosemary, alarming enough that she calls Michael’s priest friend…who turns out to be way younger and heroically handsome than she could have ever anticipated. But the heat between them may be no match for the demonic fire that grows hotter and more dangerous the closer they get to the truth.

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hope illiri book 11HOPE (RISE OF THE ILLIRI BOOK 11) by Auryn Hadley

By reader request, Hope is a full-length epilogue novel to show what comes after the series ends.

The war is over. The dead have been laid to rest. Peace is on the horizon, and Anglia is a country that needs to be put back together. After a failed coup, a new king who’s spent more time away from the country than on his throne, and two new kingdoms sharing the same space, it’s starting to feel like combat was easier to handle.

But Dominik Jens has an idea. What this country needs is a celebration to unite the three species. He has one in mind, but he’s not quite sure it’s going to fly. The nobles hate the idea, the iliri love it, and the grauori haven’t responded. They’re too worried about the Orassae’s grandchildren, who are due to be born at any time.

Peace isn’t made from drawing lines in the sand. It’s all about erasing them. That’s how Hope is built, and it’s the only way for Anglia to move forward together. Luckily, they have plenty to spare.

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scorpion bloodSUPERNATURAL TASK FORCE ACADEMY: MISSION ONE SCORPION BLOOD by J L Weil and Stephany Wallace

If someone had told young, ex-Delta Force Ethan James, that supernatural creatures were real, he would have laughed. See to believe was his motto, until one day he was kidnapped by a being that could only exist in dreams… or nightmares. Taken to a place where having extraordinary abilities is the norm, he’ll be offered the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Supernatural Taskforce Academy—or STA as it’s known—is an elite academy for witches, fae, shifters, vampires, and every other class of supernaturals with exceptional skills. But what the heck does STA want with a human? An ex-soldier at that?

Renna Blackwood doesn’t play nice with others. She might have a mean girl reputation, who snubs her nose at the rules, but with skills like hers, she has rightfully earned every ounce of that reputation. She is a bleeding vampire for God’s sake. So, when the council assigns her the task of awakening new members for the academy, Renna isn’t the least bit surprised.

Until she sees who her partner is…A mortal. With a heartbeat. Swell. This should be fun.

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deaths daughterDEATH’S DAUGHTER: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 4 by L A McGinnis

He’s the God of War. She’s death’s daughter. After a thousand years, their paths are about to cross again. Hunter Wallace’s luck just went from bad to worse. Case in point? The immortal god she’s managed to avoid for centuries just became her only hope of survival.

Destined to a life of endless conflict, Tyr could never forget the fierce Scottish princess he left behind. But a thousand years hasn’t dimmed her hatred for him, and when she shows up on his doorstep, he discovers that flame still burns bright.

With her home reduced to ashes and a heart haunted by the past, Hunter’s only chance at revenge is to join forces with the immortal god whose life has been forever intertwined with hers. In a world rocked by war, Hunter must discover why Tyr’s greatest treachery was also his greatest gift.

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vampire 81SHADE OF VAMPIRE 81: A BRINGER OF NIGHT by Bella Forrest

“Who had the Elders been before the Night Bringer came?”

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kiss across bladesKISS ACROSS BLADES (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 9) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

Since learning that time travel is real, Remi de Sauveterre has yearned to jump back two hundred years to revolutionary France to rescue his children the night they died. Only, the odds of creating a time paradox which will destroy everyone’s future are huge.

London would give Remi his hearts’ desire if she only had the courage to attempt the dangerous jump back into his past, for she loves him and knows that refusing him will push him away from her and Neven.

Then she and Neven come across an alternative world where their son does not exist and, suddenly, the idea of risking everything to save their family seems worth it.  Only, time travel always goes wrong.

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slay all daySLAY ALL DAY by Cynthia Eden

What happens when a monster hunter falls for his prey? Harrison Key has one job—hunt and destroy monsters. He’s taken out vamps, shifters, demons…it’s all in a night’s work for him. He protects the innocent and destroys the wicked. Case closed. The job doesn’t pay much and the benefits are literally hell, but a hunter is born to the work. Gifted with super strength and speed, Harrison was created to fight monsters. There is nothing else for him in this world.

Then he meets her. She looks like innocence but makes him think of the hottest sin. When Harrison first meets Elise Aine, she’s surrounded by vamps who are only too eager to take a bite. Harrison stakes the vamps and intends to walk away from Elise, but she has other plans. She says that she’s under supernatural attack. Elise desperately needs his protection, and she’ll pay any price. One look into her dark and gorgeous eyes, and Harrison can’t walk away. He doesn’t want to walk away. He wants her.

What Harrison doesn’t know…could just kill him.Elise isn’t human…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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warrior fae princessWARRIOR FAE PRINCESS (A DEMON DAYS, VAMPIRE NIGHTS NOVEL BOOK 2) by K F Breene

With Charity’s fate on the line, Devon and his pack must face the perils of the Realm in search of the elusive warrior fae. With no real experience and against some of the most powerful creatures in existence, they are fighting a losing battle.
Thankfully, they don’t have to do it alone.
Knowing what’s at stake, Penny and Emery, the magical powerhouses of the mage world, will lend their aid, trying to sneak Charity in the backdoor. If they are caught, they’ll all be captured or worse. Much worse.
But to make it means Devon will be forced to make a difficult decision that will change his and Charity’s life forever.

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of minotaurs and sacrificeOF MINOTAURS AND SACRIFICE (WINGS OF VENGEANCE BOOK 2) by Catherine Banks 

The gods are still playing their games. They aren’t going to win.  Jenecca and her mates are thrown into a new dimension—except this time someone wants her consorts. And who wouldn’t?
Axel and Leonel, her fearless dragon shifters. Lucius, her jokester minotaur. And Lyklor, a cheerful elf that brings a smile to her face are all pieces of her heart. No one is getting their hands on her consorts—but when they are targeted by an awakened god, Jenecca must sacrifice a piece of herself that makes her a Vengeance.
When the threat has passed, Jenecca finds herself with child. Her beautiful baby boy reminds her that she deserves love, even if she’d been too hard on herself to believe it. And when her child is threatened, her powers as a full-blooded goddess are unlocked.

Just when she thinks the threat has passed, her connection to Lucius goes cold. He has tried to free his people from the Minotaur’s Labyrinth and now needs her help to make it out of the labyrinth alive. Saving him will ensure her consorts never have to fear anyone ever again. She will take her rightful place among the gods and end their games once and for all.

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visions orf rageVISIONS OF RAGE (SHIFTER FORCE BOOK 1) by  A M Burns and A T Weaver

Blood runs deep in Jemez Springs.
Psychic cougar shifter Connor McGriffin is used to his visions leading him around. For years, he’s followed them back and forth across the country to the people who need his help. When his comfortable vacation in the mountains is interrupted by a vision of a woman dying, he can’t see enough details to find the killer and stop him from striking again. Facing the most dangerous foe he’s ever dealt with, Connor needs all the help he can get.
Small town deputy and wolf shifter, Danny Lupan is getting bored of chasing speeders and the occasional drug dealer. When the call comes that Sandoval County has its first murder in years, and it happened in his jurisdiction, he jumps at the chance to find the killer, no matter the danger involved. Little does he know, he might lose his heart, his life, or maybe both.
When a cougar and a wolf join forces, the bad guys better watch out, because the fur’s going to fly, in more ways than one.

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cindi ellaCINDI/ELLA: WHEN SHOES SPEAK (A MODERN FAIRY TALE BOOK 1) by Bokerah Brumley

Cindi Ella Lass didn’t have a career in Paris, Texas, in mind when she graduated with a degree in fashion, but her grandmother’s offer of a place to live (free rent!) entices her to the small town. When she arrives, she notices the most beautiful pair of crystal shoes in the shop next door… and she can’t get them out of her head.

Principe knows the crystal shoes have killed before, but he’s heart-broken when the shoes choose the lovely Cindi Ella as their next victim. With the help of Ainsworth, the talking mouse, Principe fashions a plan to defy his evil Uncle and keep Cindi from being the next victim. Will Principe and Cindi Ella each find their happily ever after? Find out what happens when the shoes become the villain.

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the source bokerahTHE SOURCE: A MERMAID ESCAPE (A MODERN FAIRY TALE BOOK 2) by Bokerah Brumley

When Cindi Ella’s fairy grandmother falls ill, Cindi Ella learns the Source—a legendary mermaid and the origin of all magic—has been taken prisoner by an evil Cleric in another realm. Cindi and Principe, Cindi’s fiancé, must travel to a different world to rescue the water-bound being… or Mémère will perish.

Using an enchanted looking glass, the duo steps through a water fountain portal and leaves the modern domain behind. When they arrive in the KeeTow province, they meet Crimson, Indigo, and Daffodil, three primary magic wielders already determined to save the trapped mermaid. The group bands together, avoiding capture by the soldiers of the green hand, battling a Sea Witch, and embarking on the “stupidest plan ever” to rescue the Source and save magic for all.

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deosilDEOSIL (WHYBORNE AND GRIFFIN BOOK 11) by Jordan L Hawk

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friends have faced down cultists, monsters, and sorcerers. But their greatest challenge is now upon them. On the return voyage from Balefire Manor, Whyborne receives the worst news possible: Widdershins has fallen before the onslaught of the Fideles and their servants. There’s still time to stop the return of the Masters, but that window grows shorter by the hour.
Together with Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must reach Widdershins to face the ultimate test—and decide the fate of the world, once and for all.

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to kill a faeTO KILL A FAE (HOLLOWCLIFF DETECTIVES BOOK 1) by C S Wilde

In detective Mera Maurea’s experience, three things motivate a murder: secrets, convenience, or passion. But none of the three can explain why the Summer King is dead. With a tight deadline hanging over her head, Mera has to figure out who’s the culprit before the frail balance that holds the nation of Tagrad together crumbles into dust.

To aid her—or turn her life into a living hell, hard to tell which—is her fae partner Sebastian Dhay, a snarky detective with a penchant for the illegal. He’s a volatile wild card who will do anything to solve the murder, even if it means his doom. The clock is ticking. And Mera is hiding a deadly secret of her own.

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winter kingWINTER KING (THE WYTH COURT BOOK 1) by J S Dark

Monsters of the Tywyll Forest have poisoned the Winter Court, unleashing a prophecy that demands a human sacrifice to save the withering land. Willing to do whatever it takes to save his people, King Cadewyn of the Winter Court ventures to the human world in search of one insignificant life to claim…

Amber was used to her life being in shambles, but getting kidnapped and whisked off to a magical fae realm was a new low, even for her. While feeling drawn to the fae King by a sizzling attraction, her apprehension builds to a panic over why he brought her there.

When Cade discovers that Amber is his mate, can he still carry out his plan to sacrifice her? Or will the malicious plotting of others within the court leave Amber trapped in the mystical realm with nowhere to run?

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veil of orionVEIL OF ORION (SEVEN DEADLY VEILS BOOK 6) by Diana Marik

Orion is one lucky werewolf. He’s handsome, sexy; his career is soaring, and he has more financial security than he’s ever known traveling the world performing his music. He loves the stage, and his fans adore him. Life is good. He should be ecstatic. But he’s not. Loneliness grates. The one thing he doesn’t have is the acceptance of the love of his life, his best friend, Bastien.

Bastien Valadon is an Elite vampire operative who thrives on the adventurous and dangerous life of a Torian. That is until he realizes the charming and seductive werewolf, Orion, makes him feel more alive than any mission he’s ever completed. Long ago, he gave up his title and status as a vampire aristocrat to serve High Lord Valadon in New York. There was only one stipulation: He has to produce an heir. Now he must choose where his loyalty truly lies – with his lineage or with the one he loves.

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christmas once againCHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN by Jina Bacarr

On a cold December day in 1955, Kate Arden got on a train to go home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when she got off that train. In 1943.
In 1943 Kate Arden was engaged to the man she loved, Jeffrey Rushbrooke. She was devastated and heartbroken when he was called up for wartime duty and later killed on a secret mission in France.
But what if Kate could change that? What if she could warn him and save his life before Christmas?
Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for her?

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ghost of a chance at loveA GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE by Terry Spear

VS Note: A re-release

Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she learns she’s now living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger, and everyone else in town believes she’s some woman named Josephine Rogers who is supposed to be dead.

Jack Stanton can’t believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed-until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine claims to be some other woman-and though he could never abide by Josephine’s fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, if she isn’t Josephine, he figures he best help her find her way back to where she really belongs no matter how much he wants to keep her with him.

Together, Lisa and Jack must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in their worlds or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.

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metamorphosis pelaamMETAMORPHOSIS by Pelaam

When Ryker arrives in Puerto Rico with his friend Mitch, all he’s anticipating are a few days of luxurious accommodation and an exciting place to discover. The last thing he expects is to find he has an immediate attraction to one of the hotel staff, the handsome and flirtatious Alejandro, who appears to be equally interested in him.

After spending a day with Alejandro hiking a difficult trail, Ryker finds his attraction deepening, though he knows it can’t be more than a holiday romance between them.

And he can’t help but feel Alejandro is hiding something.
Despite being warned not to leave the complex after dark, he follows Alejandro one night and discovers a world he never imagined existed. And the attraction between them becomes something much deeper.
But that’s the least of his worries when it becomes apparent something dark and deadly is stalking him.

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wicked bloodWICKED BLOOD (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA ACADEMY OF WITCHCRAFT AND ENCHANTMENTS BOOK 5) by Emma Dean

Yield or die…Back in San Francisco, Mika is working on bringing the Marshall greenhouse back to its full glory despite her sister constantly breathing down her neck about the Matriarch ritual. Claire tries to force Mika’s hand, but she refuses to give her sister the power to control her, or Audrey’s life. She just can’t take the risk.

Mika challenges Claire to the title of Matriarch to her sister’s fury. There hasn’t been a witch challenge in centuries, and Mika isn’t sure she is stronger than her sister but it has to be worth the risk. The only problem is…if one does not yield, both will die.
Can Mika survive the challenge without exposing what she is?

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mormos protectionTHE MORMO’S PROTECTION by Clare Davon

He dared call a goddess’s name…and now danger threatens all he loves.Once, Nyssa’s kind were feared, even worshipped. Now the Mormo barely exist on the fringes of memory. Until a voice blazes across her mind like a bright silver thread. Curious, she traces it across an ocean to discover how a mere human invokes a goddess.She finds a man with something elusive shielded within his bright, sunny aura…and a touch that sends a shock of awareness through her body.The Greek version of the boogeyman temporarily entertained Stavros Leandros’ folktale-obsessed young daughter. But when a beautiful, mysterious woman shows up at his law office—and saves him from a savage, whip-wielding creature that’s definitely not a cosplayer—he realizes his mother’s old bedtime story was no myth.Deep in Stavros’ bloodline lies a forbidden connection to the ancient gods, and a wellspring of untapped power. That nearly forgotten story was like a homing beacon, and now an unstoppable goddess is hunting him down. And if she can’t get her whip around him, she will lash out at those he loves the most.

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haydens havenHAYDEN’S HAVEN (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Julie K Cohen

Whoever controls the pack, controls the virus that can kill humanity…Traitor. Outcast. Predator. Those are the names he hears whispered in the shadows. They don’t understand what happened with his former pack. Neither does he—not entirely.Here, in his new pack, he goes above and beyond,
Trying to prove his loyalty, his worth.Now, she’s here.
The beautiful shifter who’s their only hope for developing
A lasting vaccine against the shifter virus.
She accepts him for who he is,
Despite his past—and hers. To save her, he must return to his former pack
And challenge the alpha…The brother who cast him out years ago.

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faded linesFADED LINES (ADRIANA ROJAS SERIES BOOK 2) by Adelaide Walsh

My name is Adriana Rojas. A journalist. A fighter. One of the witch origin.
I had been led through the impenetrable blackness of the rainforest by creatures lost to myth and legend. I have survived. I was held captive by the deadly (but oh, so alluring!) Snake shifters: highest in command! I have escaped and returned unharmed.

But for some reason, when I came back to my cosy (crossed out) highly trained military Bear clan, everyone is extremely concerned about me… And my sanity.
Pretty annoying. The freedom, and the very life, of every changeling who doesn’t hiss is at stake, but Joaquin – my panties-melting lover and the Bear alpha for a good measure – prefers to focus all attention on making me submit to his will, rather than trust my gut feeling and visions, and let me fight our common battle…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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guardians destinyA GUARDIAN’S DESTINY (GUARDIANS OF DESTINY BOOK 5) by Renee Wildes

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On what should have been Verdeen’s proudest day, she is blocked from advanced warrior training because no war mare chooses to bond with her. Burning with humiliation, she accepts a lesser assignment to the Isle of Ice, serving as bodyguard to human riever, Daq Aryk.

Verdeen’s never paid much attention to men, so focused was she on her training. But she quickly realizes hieing off into a distant wilderness with Aryk is a bad idea. He makes her lose all focus and perspective.

Aryk faces a difficult task: molding six warring clans into a peaceful whole. He’s got nothing against women warriors, but Verdeen is young and inexperienced, her beauty a potentially fatal distraction. She’s a shield-maiden, not a bedmate. But the way she melts at his every touch erodes all his good intentions…and sense.

One kiss unleashes the kind of feverish desire that should occur only once in a lifetime—with a mate. But as their quest takes ever more dangerous twists and turns, their bond could be the one thing that unites a nation. Or make Aryk’s worst nightmare a blood-soaked reality.

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dragon to the rescueDRAGON TO THE RESCUE (FORGOTTEN dRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Mindy Owens doesn’t live a glamorous life as a musician. In fact, she’s barely making ends meet. But she loves what she does, even if it requires working with frustrating bandmates and harassers aplenty. That is, until one night, where she shares a fevered kiss with a quiet, sexy giant who saves her from trouble and leaves her with only a name and a promise to see her again soon…

Taylor has definitely found his mate. Which is unexpected, since the silver dragon has only recently acclimated to living with humans. But what he lacks in verbosity he intends to make up for in taking care of Mindy in every way possible. Because for the first time in his life he has hope again, thanks to Mindy’s kind heart and outgoing personality. Now he just has to hope that his secrets (and his hidden identity as a dragon shifter) don’t ruin his chances at love.

When surprising events lead to a possible break for Mindy, Taylor will have to break his silence and put everything on the line if their love is to continue burning brightly. Because shadows from Taylor’s past are on the horizon, and they’re coming for the one thing Taylor can’t let them have.

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mated to the water dragonMATED TO THE WATER DRAGON (HIGH HOUSE DRACONIS BOOK 2) by Riley Storm

When Cheryl Anders’ parents left Plymouth Falls, she stayed behind, determined to prove to them that the town wasn’t dying. Over a decade later, she finally has her chance to show she was right. The Drakon family has committed to investing in the town with a massive project, and she’s going to oversee it all. The only problem? The distractingly attractive new liaison from the Drakon family has decided to dramatically downsize everything.

Awoken from his sleep by accident, Victor Drakon is already in a foul mood. Told to take over from his brother, he forms a plan of revenge for a century-old wrong. His House and the people of Plymouth Falls will pay for the way they treated him. Things only get sweeter when he realizes the project manager for the town is a descendant of the woman who hurt him. This time, he’s going to see past her beauty, and get what he deserves!

It’s going to take a lot more than Cheryl’s good looks for him to change his mindset, and the determined town employee isn’t backing down anytime soon. The more they butt heads, the more sparks begin to fly, complicating the situation beyond what either of them is prepared for. It all comes to a head when Victor’s plan is exposed, and he must choose between his money and the woman who might be his mate—because the vampires have returned, and they don’t make a distinction between humans and dragons.

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scorched jadyn chaseSCORCHED: A DRAGON SHIFTER MC ROMANCE by Jadyn Chase

He has taken everything from her. Now she is mine. Mine to protect. Mine to claim.
The monster that harmed Isabel thinks he’s untouchable because of what he is. But he’s never had to deal with the beast living inside of me before. Does he really think he can treat a woman like that and get away with it? He and his entire crew are about to find out what happens when you mess with The Los Diablos.

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soldiers poemA SOLDIER’S POEM (A NOVEL TIME TALE BOOK 1) by Ava Douglan

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History professor Jack Ellison Wiles longs to make his mark on academia. But when his late uncle leaves him a book shop with “hidden treasure” inside, he’s stuck hunting it down before he can sell the store. Rummaging through piles of knickknacks, he nearly jumps out of his skin at the sudden appearance of a fiery woman aiming a Civil War musket.

Benetta Tolland hid in uniform to locate her brother, and discovers a new kinship among her fellow Union soldiers. But when she finds herself surrounded by books and facing an oddly dressed stranger, she demands he take her back to the battlefield. It’s only after Benetta sees the transformed frontline that she believes she’s traveled through time.

However, she insists on returning to her war to prevent stanzas of needless death. As Jack realizes the enchanting soldier is a figment of rhyme, he knows her poem ends with her death on the battlefield. Driven to uncover if Benetta is more than just ink on paper come to life, his firsthand research hits a snag when the couple begins to fall for each other. Will Jack and Benetta find a way to make love stronger than fiction?

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shadow kisses zodiac shiftersSHADOW KISSES: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Various

Thrills and chills are in store for our alpha heroes and daring heroines this spooky October at the enchanted shop All Hallow’s Needs. Whether tricked or treated, our couples will discover that a shifter’s mate is in the stars…Shadow Kisses is a boxed set of ALL NEW short stories set in Zodiac Shifters, a collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Our world features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors.

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pharaohs heartTHE PHARAOH’S HEART (A MAGICAL STREAMPUNK ADVENTURE BOOK 3) by A R DeClerck

A holiday in Egypt becomes a race against time as Archie and Lucia are drawn into yet another dangerous mission. The stars are going out, and our intrepid adventurers will need the help of a mysterious man who claims to be a forgotten Pharaoh, and a Bedouin Seer, to save the human realm from complete destruction. With Icarus, Cora, and Machiavelli dispatched to assist by Lucan Orrin, they’ll face off with foes unlike any they’ve ever encountered. Before the demons, before the humans, there was only darkness and the KEK.

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nightshade magicNIGHTSHADE MAGIC (MAGIC NEW MEXICO bOOK 5) by Evelyn Lederman, Forward by SE Smith

Too broken to return to the Nightshade universe, vampire Patrice is brought to Magic, New Mexico to recover. Her overworked mind can only focus on one thing, a shape shifter who is impacting her body and soul. Can he be the mate she was promised?

Because of his fractured family, Keith Hanover only dates pure-blooded jaguar shifters. After his mother’s death, he relocated to Magic to raise his younger half-brother. When a dangerous woman is placed in his care, the last thing he expects if for his charge to claim they are soul mates. Anything is possible in Magic, but are these two destined to be together?

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teasing fateTEASING FATE (FATED FOR CURVES/MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 5) by Aidy Award

Moira hadn’t meant to interfere in the lives of the witches and familiars. Those women and their mates were going to save the world, and it was so exciting to see them battle for life and love. So what if she’d helped a little tiny bit? It wasn’t like she was going to watch any of them die. But now she’s been cast out of the sisterhood and as punishment she’s been sent to live on Earth as a human. All she wants is to get home and she sure could use a hero of her own.

Percy was never supposed to be human. He was an animal familiar and created to support and protect his witch. He was great at his job keeping the big bad monsters at bay so Kady could fulfill her destiny and save the world. Until the spectral warriors showed up and fate intervened turning him into this hulk of a man. What was he even supposed to do with a body like this? Unless of course he was meant for another kind of fate.

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sweet delightsSWEET DELIGHTS: LITTLE ANGEL RESCUE BOOK 4 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO 50) by Trinity Blacio

Lanny believed that magic was different for each individual. But when she met Alastar and Landon, it blew her away, melted her heart. Would Alastar and Landon be able to handle her magic, her families, or would they shy away from it?

Her life was always on the run, hiding. Human in appearance, Lanny Colors stayed in the background, watching and searching for her sweet delight. But she sure wasn’t expecting two men. Not just men, two of the most powerful dark souls she had run across in her life. Would her light, her magic, keep them safe? Could they accept the danger that would come with joining with her, loving her, and accepting her secret?

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harpy gumboHARPY GUMBO: BROKE IN MAGIC BOOK 2 (THE WORLD OF MAGIC NEW MEXICO 51) by Winnie Winkle, Foreward by SE Smith

Evil has already destroyed her heart  —  now it wants to ruin the world. Trini is built for murder. A harpy who escaped a lifetime of abuse, she struggles with everything and her fight or flight instincts leave blood and tears in her wake.

Wellie is pulled in a direction he never expects  —  to Trini’s spirit. He searches to find her, convinced that she is the one for him. Whether he can survive her is another matter.
Deep in the center of New Orleans the intersection of real and magical worlds is hidden — a portal now under attack by dark forces. The Vapors are determined to upend the balance between light and dark. Their plot will force the portal to open, but there is one problem — Trini holds the key.  The course of humanity hinges on Trini’s ability to overcome her past. Standing at the edge of another Dark Ages, Wellie is willing to die to protect Trini. The question is — is Trini willing to let go and live for him?

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walk in my haunted shoesWALK IN MY HAUNTED SHOES (A GHOSTLY HAUNTED TOUR GUIDE COZY MYSTERY BOOK 11) by Rose Pressey

There’s a new ghost in town. Librarian Ripley Van Raden meets a mysterious woman roaming the stacks at Bilson Library. She needs Ripley’s help with finding out who killed her friend. Since Ripley deals with spooky spirits all the time, the woman thinks Ripley is just the person for the job.

Ripley isn’t just a librarian, she’s a haunted tour guide leading people around the haunted streets of Devil’s Moon, Kentucky. Plus, Ripley communicates with ghosts via text, phone, email, or any tech gadget available. And her nifty psychic medium talent might just come in handy with finding a killer.

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pine tree maryPINE TREE MARY by Ofelia Grand

Detective Quinn Manning wants nothing more than to see Diamond Dace, one of Fagerdal’s most notorious drug lords, behind bars. After years of the man eluding the authorities, when Manning accidentally stumbles onto an opportunity to catch the powerful dealer red-handed, he doesn’t hesitate. But what should be a simple tail instead drops Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend.

Hush is a hulder, a forest spirit also known as a pine tree Mary. Since the beginning of time, his people have lived in the forest, feeding off the energy they derive from the lust and desires of passing hunters. But Hush is an abomination, the only male of his kind.

After a lifetime of starvation, Hush has struck a deal with a human. A simple trade that will give the human what he desires and keep Hush from wasting away completely.

When Manning saves a young man from Diamond and one of his men, his view of reality is altered forever. And Hush, who has never met anyone like Manning, finds the man’s attraction to him enough to finally stave off his constant hunger.

Together they set out to rescue Manning’s partner, and their connection to one another grows. But can a human detective have a future with a creature of the forest, a creature who isn’t supposed to exist?

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saving daylightSAVING DAYLIGHT (THE SENTINEL WARS BOOK 11) by Shannon K Butcher

After being locked away in isolation for two-hundred years, Serena Brinn returns home to find nothing left of her old life. Many of her loved ones are dead. Life has moved on without her. Even her betrothed is now bound irrevocably to another woman.
In an effort to create a new life for herself, she leaves the safety of her home and sets out alone. But the world has changed. Customs are different. Technology has advanced beyond her comprehension. Even the tide of war has shifted. Their ancient enemy, the Synestryn, are winning. She is needed in battle, but is it worth losing her freedom?
Morgan Valens, charmer of women everywhere, has been tasked with bringing home the willful beauty, Serena, no matter what it takes. More than one man has tried and all have failed. He will not.
What Morgan doesn’t expect is the swift, intense desire he feels for Serena or the buried memories those feelings unearth.
When an ominous prediction warns them of a new threat to their people, Serena and Morgan must find a way to overcome their past and work together. Because if they fail, not only will they lose each other, their people will lose the safety found in daylight, forever.

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two for tamaraTWO FOR TAMARA (RAVENS OF WAR BOOK 2) by Elle Boon

Tamara Mejia sees a vision of her own death, and decides she will not take living for granted, knowing it was going to be sooner rather than later. When two gorgeous men burst onto her own personal horizon, giving her all the more reason to grab onto every bit of joy and happiness they have to offer, she takes it.

Rafe and Vin were created by Zeus, the God of War. They are elite soldiers called the Ravens of War and have been best friends for thousands of years. Now that their latest task is over, having found the lost Goddess, their own need to find their Fated becomes paramount. When they meet Tamara, all their protective instincts and deepest desires roar to life.

When an old enemy kidnaps Tamara and whisks her off to Hell, it’s up to Vin and Rafe to find their Fated mate. But they soon realize that finding her isn’t going to be quite so easy, not when their enemy chooses to use her as a bargaining chip. Not when the game involves the Gods, and the stakes are raised. Will the power of the Ravens be enough to save the woman they love?

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jamies goit a wandJAMIE’S GOT A WAND (SOUTHERN FRIED SASS BOOK 4) by Julia Mills

t all started with a surprise visit from a mouse… Well, not really a mouse… Billy’s a Greater Bilby… But that’s just a fancy Australian name for goofy gray rodent with big, pointy ears and a nasty disposition. I mean, I guess…to be politically correct I should… Oh, hell, when have I ever given a rat’s behind about bein’ politically correct?
No time for BS. I’m gonna Joe Friday this bitch. You know, just the facts, ma’am and all that happy horseshit.
Here’s what I have so far:
· Plea for help from Billy the Bilby
· Missing Sloth, who also happens to be my Mate, not to mention a Deputy with a badge and gun which would be so helpful right now
· A tingle in the palm of my wand hand and a wiggle in Wanda’s shiny little tip ~ sure signs somethin’ wicked this way’s acomin’
And… Wait for it… This is the BIG one. Big, like we’re all headed to Hell in a handcart at a high rate of speed with no brakes, no passing Go, no $200, and no clue what to do ~ H-U-G-E. · Every single one of the Dragonettes is conked out. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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betrayed by blood stephanie westBETRAYED BY BLOOD (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Stephanie West

The floodgates opened on her psychic gift revealing betrayal, death, and a beautiful future with the superhuman man who kidnapped but couldn’t seem to stand her. If she doesn’t tread carefully the worst could happen and she’ll lose her happily ever after.

When Tyr snatched Gwen off the street, bedding the frustrating woman was the last thing on his mind. Okay, maybe he entertained the masochistic notion but only a bastard would take advantage of the situation and he honestly had the best intentions. He can’t let her fall into the wrong hands. There are vampires who would enslave Gwen, using the prophetic visions in her blood to gain power. Her rare gift has already revealed there is a viper in his midst.

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absolute pleasureABSOLUTE PLEASURE (DIRTY SEXY FAIRY TALES BOOK 2) by Erika Wilde

Meet Hunter Wilder, a man who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after’s. Cursed by loss, he’s a closed book with an emptiness he can’t escape. Until he meets her.

Elaina “Elle” Darien may be gorgeous and driven, but her story is more than it appears. The death of her father left her with a wicked stepmother intent on sabotaging the business her parents worked so hard to create. She’s a damsel who may be in distress, but is in no desire of a prince.

When one enchanted night of all-consuming and absolute pleasure brings two damaged souls together, will this Cinderella take a chance on her happy ending, or will they watch their fairy tale disappear at the stroke of midnight?

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mated to the princeMATED TO THE PRINCE (PORTAL CITY PROTECTORS BOOK 3) by Georgette St Clair and Leteisha Newton

Giuliana Moretti is Houdini reborn. From her oppressive former pack leader to her current Alpha and pseudo-brother, she’s spent plenty of time escaping the overbearing men in her life. Her vintage clothing shop is the only place she can be herself in a world gone crazy with haywire magic, corrupt officials, and startling revelations into the Fae world. She’s over it … all. To make matters worse, her wolf is bucking against her at every turn and drawing her right into the cage she’s always tried to avoid: mating.  It’s about to get real …

When a member of her pack goes missing, she’s forced to be up close and personal with the Lombardi Pack’s best scenter. Newsflash: he’s super sexy … and she can’t stand the sight of him. Pasquale Bianchi. Pasquale has his own secrets and demons he’s never wanted to come to light. His inheritance has been stripped from him and his world is flipped upside down. Searching for Heath will get him away from pack lands and the reminder of what he’s lost, but Giuliana’s presence threatens to shatter the delicate hold he’s had on his wolf … and giving in may put him right in the center of a civil war.

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taming her bearTAMING HER BEAR: BECKETT (SILVERTIP SHIFTERS) by J K Harper

A dragon shifter who fled her past…Pix Camden hails from a powerful line of dragon shifters, but she left their controlling ways behind long ago. Now she lives by her wits, footloose and fancy-free. Yet something big is still missing–until she meets wild bear shifter Beckett and he tempts her restless heart.

A bear shifter out of control…Beckett North can hardly contain his unruly bear on the best of days. Then he meets the captivating Pix. Even though she soothes his savage beast, he can tell she’s hiding something from him, and it threatens to drive his bear mad. Yet the fiery vixen is his mate–and he’ll do whatever it takes to spend the rest of his life with her.

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half blood huntedHALF-BLOOD HUNTED (MAGIC MOONRISE BOOK 1) by Jesse Darkling

Marrying a slimy ass twice my age was out of the question, so I jumped at the chance to attend the exalted Moonrise Academy, even if it meant leaving everything behind. Friends. Family. My monster hunting side-gig. But getting beaten on my first day wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was looking like a fool in front of the hottest guys in school – three seniors who rule the school for that matter – but I’d done it all royally.

And now someone wants me dead. Hauling me out of bed at all hours and forcing me to fight in an underground fight ring is just the beginning. Students are showing up dead, and the killers won’t stop until they’ve gotten what they want from me. I just have to figure out who is behind it all…before it’s too late and the next body they find is mine.
But there’s a small glitch… of course there is. Turns out this school isn’t exactly what I expected— they’re on the hunt.

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hunt milly taidenTHE HUNT by Milly Taiden

Willow Myers loves Halloween. So when some college classmates invite her to a party, her best friend encourages her to go and have some “fun”. Not a one-night-stand kind of girl, she doesn’t think it likely. Until she sees sexy in a loincloth. He’s tall, big and half-naked. Just what her dry spell ordered.

Dax Birch hates The Hunt. The shifter event to find mates took his last girlfriend. He’s not looking to be mated anyway. But his family lovingly pressures him into attending. He’s ready to go home until he hears her. And she’s not just funny, she’s hot as sin. His attraction to her charm, sarcasm, and curves is instant. Even without his shifter senses, he knows she’s special. The Hunt finally gets interesting.

Willow and Dax are an unlikely pair, but they’re ready to give this a go and see where it leads. It leads to lots of time out of their clothes. A lot. The twists and turns keep them on their toes. Willow’s life will never be the same boring routine. At least, if she can survive her kidnapping.

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tale of two kittiesTHE TALE OF TWO KITTIES (THE FIX AND THE HOUNDS BOOK 2) by Jacquelyn Faye

You know that feeling you get when you’re being watched? I don’t. Oblivious is my middle name. Luckily, I have a Hiroki. And a Rome, a Remy, and a David to keep an eye out for me, and on me. So leave it to little old oblivious me not to notice that I have a couple new supernatural stalkers. I mean, I’ve had my share of men check me out in a bar, but once they get to know me, they usually run. Not enroll in my school, get scheduled in every one of my classes, and offer me free rides in their…chariot?
If that wasn’t weird enough, another god joining my not-a-fan club was. They say the third one’s the charm…but not in this case. One wants to use me, one wants to kill me, and the new one wants me to do what every god in the nine realms failed to do…kill a god and put an end to Ragnarok. It’s like they don’t even know me at all. I fall down getting dressed.
Thankfully, I have three-and-a-half boyfriends to help with the hard stuff and keep me safe. Especially when my arch nemesis, Sabine, escapes the school dungeon and is Hel bent on turning me into a Kaede-kabob.
Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, getting skewered can be a lot of fun. But sometimes, you can end up in a worst-case scenario. Like dead.

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freedom lily archerFREEDOM (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 8) by Lily Archer

The Abyss is full of terrors, but the mines aren’t much better. Gareth is with me every step of the way, protecting me and giving me more pleasure than I believed possible. I thought once we reached the mines our journey would be at an end. With or without Clotty, we would travel to the winter realm and start our life together just as I’d sworn to Gareth all those months ago. But how can I stop when freedom for all is so near? Risking a rift between us, I plot a new course—one that has its own dangers. But I promise, at the end of this adventure, I’ll be with my mate just as I vowed. . . Unless fate has other plans.

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timing of trickTIMING OF TRICK (THE FATE CALLER SERIES BOOK 3) by Zoe Parker

Daya the nutbag decided that the best way to build a relationship with his daughter was to kidnap her. His daughter, that’s me, has decided that I don’t feel like having a relationship with him. He says he wants to make up time when really he wants to control my power. The lady doth protest, a lot. The guys try to stage a rescue and fail, so I decide that I’m sick of sitting and waiting for rescue. I’m going to rescue myself. One of the first things I’m going to do when I get home… I’m going to kiss the smirk off of Trick’s face.
If I survive my escape.

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king of bonesKING OF BONES (BLOOD COURT 4) by Ava Mason

My whole life, I’ve been taught that honor and loyalty towards the Blood Court is more important than anything else. More important than love. More important than my own heart. But now, Fate has brought me something I can’t bear to part with, And I have to fight against my upbringing to win her back. But what if I don’t have to give up everything in order to keep her? Have the Fates brought me something more important than saving my own kingdom? Or can I find a way to protect my people and keep the woman of my heart?

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spider queen emma slateTHE SPIDER QUEEN by Emma Slate

VS Note: Author states this was formerly released as a ‘multipart work’ but now is combined into one.

You know the story: Girl meets boy. Girl starts hearing a voice in her head. Girl winds up in a mental institution. Okay, maybe you don’t know the story. I meet the perfect guy and fall in love. But then I start to hear someone else’s voice in my mind and think I’m going crazy. Not good. Turns out, the voice belongs to Thane. Okay, hold on–Who’s Thane?

Thane is a super hot, shape-shifting immortal who’s stuck in a magical prison, and apparently I’m the only one who can free him. Bonus, if I don’t free him, mankind is doomed and Earth will fall into darkness. Did I mention Thane is supposedly my fated mate? My new boyfriend isn’t gonna like that. Humanity’s future is in the hands of one nerdy college girl. This is so not third date material.

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spymasters secretTHE SPYMASTER’S SECRET (CHRONICLES OF TOURNAI BOOK 7) by Antonia Aquilante

Alexander is doing his best to settle into life in Tournai’s royal palace after years living outside the country due to his father’s diplomatic work. The sense of belonging and home he feels is overwhelming, but none of his plans are going as he imagined. Many see him as only a lovely, charming adornment of the royal court and underestimate both his intelligence and abilities. His attraction to Marcus, a mysterious older man who does work for the prince, Alexander’s cousin, is unexpected but not unwelcome…if Marcus could possibly see who Alexander really is.

Lord Marcus is the second son of a minor noble family, a widower raising two children…and the prince’s spymaster. He knows his work is necessary for the security of the kingdom and its royal family, but he also knows it can be distasteful and dangerous to him and those around him. Marcus has vowed never to fall in love again, never to put anyone else at risk—a promise threatened for the first time by the vibrant, flirtatious Alexander. The attraction is unwelcome and entirely undeniable. He can’t believe someone like Alexander would want someone like him, but he also can’t stay away.

As they become ever more entangled, Marcus is investigating rumors of spies at work in Tournai’s university. As he gets closer to uncovering their plot, Alexander is drawn deeper into danger. Can their love survive when Alexander is put in peril by the very spies Marcus is hunting for?

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throne of the five windsTHE THRONE OF FIVE WINDS (HOSTAGE OF EMPIRE BOOK 1) by S C Emmet (pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow)

VS note: Not a romance but sounds interesting. A release of note this week…

The imperial palace — full of ambitious royals, sly gossip, and unforeseen perils — is perhaps the most dangerous place in the Empire of Zhaon. Komor Yala, lady-in-waiting to the princess of the vanquished kingdom of Khir, has only her wits and her hidden blade to protect herself and her charge, who was sacrificed in marriage to the enemy as a hostage for her conquered people’s good behavior, to secure a tenuous peace.
But the Emperor is aging, and the Khir princess and her lady-in-waiting soon find themselves pawns in the six princes’ deadly schemes for the throne — and a single spark could ignite fresh rebellion in Khir. Then, the Emperor falls ill — and a far bloodier game begins.

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beast lexi blakeBEAST (A FAERY STORY BOOK 2) by Lexi Blake and Sophie Oak

VS note: a re-release

A playboy who needs to grow up – Fresh from his latest tabloid scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum. Either he takes a consort and settles down, or his family will disown him. Unwilling to lose everything he has, he reluctantly agrees to find a wife. Marriage is just another kind of contract, after all. No one said anything about love being a part of the bargain.

An outcast who has only known hardship – Exiled by her pack, Kaja is a werewolf without a home. Her life was never easy in the frozen tundra she grew up in, but it was familiar. Waking up in a foreign landscape, surrounded by bright lights, loud noises, and far too many people has left her overwhelmed. Frightened and with no one to trust, she savagely fights to get free of this strange new world.

A passion strong enough to change them both – Called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace, Dante is almost blinded by the radiant light coming off the fierce werewolf. Kaja glows like no consort he has ever seen. Gorgeous and wild, she calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible. For Kaja, she finds in Dante a man unlike any she has ever known. They could not be more different, but she finds him irresistible.
In order to claim his werewolf bride, Dante must first discover how to overcome their differences. Will he tame his ferocious beauty, or will she unleash his inner beast?

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sovereign sacrificeSOVEREIGN SACRIFICE (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Elise Kova

Vi was supposed to be the perfect crown princess. Then, she abandoned her throne.
Vi was supposed to save the world as its Champion. Then, the world she loved vanished.Now, all she knows is that she has deadly magic and brutal cunning and she’s ready to settle some scores. Old loves and new allies tell her to play it safe. But Vi is done with caution. She has a chance to right ancient wrongs and this princess-turned-warrior isn’t turning back. She’s ready to bring an end to the vortex of death the world is trapped in.

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fireborneFIREBORNE (THE AURELIAN CYCLE BOOK 1) by Rosaria Munda

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city. With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 9

October 2

September 25

September 18

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.

 

 

 

Search and Destroy Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the recently released PETS IN SPACE® 4 anthology.

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.

The excerpt – Juli has gone to a lawyer’s office on the planet to pick up an item at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. I’ve skipped ahead. Juli takes the rock and heads back to the spaceport but her borrowed groundcar unaccuntably breaks down. Third Officer Steve Aureli and his aunt pass by and rescue her. We meet Charrli, the alien dog:

“I’m Steve’s Aunt Dian,” said the lady in the front seat, swiveling to study Juli.

Juli tried not to stare. Dian was elderly but wearing full, expertly applied makeup and her syntho hair was coiffed into a confection of pink and blond a trideo star might admire, accented with a glittery star-shaped barrette. Her pink and cream woven suit was by a high end fashion designer, or else a very good knockoff and she presented an altogether glamorous and retro picture. This is practical, stoic Steve’s aunt?  Juli detected no family resemblance although of course that didn’t mean much, “I’m so happy to meet you and glad you’ll be sailing with us.”

Veronica Scott - Charrli

Charrli, drawn by ADRIAN

Next instant, a barking ball of golden brown fur sailed over the seat, landing in Juli’s lap with a thud. With a startled scream she tried to fend off the pet, which fortunately seemed intent on getting into her purse, rather than actually attacking her personally.

“Charrli, don’t be rude,” said Dian, snapping her fingers in annoyance, “No one asked you to do a search and destroy mission on Juli’s belongings. Get back here where you belong.”

Hand on the controls, Steve studied Juli, “Do you have a snack in your purse?” he asked, “Charrli’s a real chow hound.”

VS Note: Ah, but Charrli is interested in the rock, which is now in Juli’s purse…

pets in space 4The blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

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 A. 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 three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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JC Hay’s Love of #Dogs, Goannas and Pets In Space 4

pets in space 4Veronica: My guest today is USA Today Best Selling Author JC Hay, here to talk a little about his story in the Pets In Space® 4 scifi romance anthology, which comes out October 8th.  (I’m the co-founder of this annual collection and my novel in the book is Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse.)

JCH:

For the Love of Dogs

One of the best parts about being a Pets in Space author, for me, is our involvement with the charity Hero-Dogs.org. For those not aware, Pets authors have donated more than $7,100 to help place highly trained service dogs with veterans and first responders as well as facility dogs with qualified clinicians. While I’m proud to be one of the Pets authors, I’m even more proud to be able to use my writing to help this important charity.

For a person in need, these service animals provide a sense of independence, of self-reliance, that might not otherwise be available. Being able to assist with this in some small way feels like a natural outgrowth of the stories in the TriSystems universe (specially the Rangers, but Barr’s relationship with his lizard-like goanna in this year’s Pets in Space is equally cathartic.) While I’ve never had a service animal, I know first-hand the soothing comfort a companion animal can provide, and how much I rely on that consolation to get through the rough spots. To help someone find an even deeper connection is a perfect charity for me.

This short excerpt is a little slice-of-life glimpse at the connection Barr and Darcy share, and a little background on goanna in the TriSystems setting. Enjoy!

JC Hay writes about heroic hearts, both human, canine, and reptilian, in a fantastic future. For more about JC and his books visit his webpage.

JC Hay - DarcyExcerpt – Heart of the Spider’s Web

“Why did you bring the lizard along, again?”

Rayan chuckled, reaching out to stroke one scaled eye ridge. “Darcy goes where I go. Always has.” Most people wouldn’t comprehend. Hell, Mira was more inclined to consider the pet goanna one of his idiosyncrasies more than she actually understood it. He dug into the pocket of his parka and tugged out the bag of yellow orchid petals he’d brought. Instantly, Darcy focused both sets of eyes on the bag. Rayan offered him a single flower, held between his fingertips. Darcy watched it, judging the distance carefully by switching between primary and secondary eyes before leaning out into space to grab the treat.

“Besides,” he continued. “If I leave him behind, then Baker will just feed him the nasty carrion paste she prints out, and he’ll get spoiled.”

“Oh, of course.” Sheri rolled her eyes. “God forbid someone else spoil him.”

“Don’t listen to her. She can’t understand our love.” Rayan leaned against his restraints until he could run his fingers along Darcy’s spine. Despite his confident words, he made sure to only touch Darcy well clear of his head as long as he was eating the orchid. He and the goanna had come to an understanding long ago—Rayan didn’t look like he might be taking food away, and Darcy didn’t bite him for trying. It was a good, pain-free arrangement.

“You’ve got that much right, at least.” She checked their position on the Nav terminal, even though they were still a good hour from Hodur’s airspace. “Also, what’s with the flower? I thought goanna were carnivores.”

“They’re omnivores. Some people feed them straight-up meat, and they get big quick on all that protein, but it tends to cut their lifespans in half. Brighter candle, but half as long. In the wild, they eat all kinds of things. Fruit. Nuts. Insects. Birds.”

“Carrion.” She grinned.

He inclined his head in a half-nod. “That too. I try to keep his meat serving a little slim. It keeps any rats that sneak on board from getting out of hand.”

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Grab your copy of Pets in Space® 4 today! For a limited time, Pets in Space® 4 brings together today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors to help Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders. 

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Veronica Scott - CharrliMy pet in this year’s collection is an alien dog!

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 9

pets in space 4Big week for me – PETS IN SPACE® 4 released! (Details below). My co-founder Pauline Jones and I work on this all year and have so many great authors with us again for the 4th volume…

As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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PETS IN SPACE® 4 by SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Regine Abel, Veronica Scott and 8 more best selling and award winning authors!

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, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need.  Includes 13 never before published stories from your favorite series. Journey to far off worlds with Anna Hackett’s House of Roan (Galactric Gladiators) or board Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr for another amazing Interstellar cruise (my novel inthe anthology is STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE). From S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis, Tiffany Roberts’ The Infinite City, to Pauline Baird Jones’ Project Enterprise series (and more), you’ll find the perfect story along with unusual pets.

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my big fat alien weddingMY BIG FAT ALIEN WEDDING: STARGAZER ALIEN REALITY SHOW BRIDES #2 by Tasha Black

VS Note: Tasha’s books are always fun! I did receive an ARC or else I’d be one-clicking.

Parker never understood the concept of Earth love until he met Ruby. Now he’s head over heels for his brother’s curvy wedding planner. His heart aches, his pulse throbs, and all the love songs and chick flicks of Earth suddenly make perfect sense to the sexy alien.

Ruby is planning an amazing reality show wedding for her best friend, but can’t help getting weak-kneed every time the groom’s brother is around. When Parker offers to help Ruby so she can bring the wedding off in just one week, Ruby is eager to spend more time with the hunky alien. The only challenge is to hide her attraction from the cameras at all costs – after all, they are supposed to be planning Margot’s big day!

But when Ruby’s old high school crush conveniently arrives on the scene to star on the show as her co-wedding-planner, things get complicated quickly. It seems to Parker that the producers have something specific in mind when it comes to Ruby’s future. But even with interplanetary relations in the balance, how is he supposed to keep his mouth shut and watch her fall for another man?

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antagonistANTAGONIST, LOVE AND WAR BOOK 5 by R A Steffan

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying this series, so I one-clicked.

His fate is to save a planet in crisis. Survival comes second to that.
That’s what Kade of House Shadow Wing has always believed, ever since his parents were executed for their political beliefs and he was jailed for daring to be their son. Just his luck that a female human diplomat with hard eyes and a silver tongue would choose the most inconvenient possible moment to barrel in, upending all of Kade’s carefully constructed plans.

With the situation on Ilarius descending into chaos, Ambassador Isadora Martinez makes him question all of his assumptions about the future. A former Terra Novan Special Forces Major and current pain in Kade’s ass, Martinez seems to think there’s a way out of this mess that doesn’t involve blood running like a river through the streets of the Capital.

But talk is cheap in Kade’s world. When the pair become the prime targets of an out-of-control Regime desperate to cling to power, their ability to work together will mean life or death not only for themselves, but also for the besieged human population they’re struggling to protect.

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jetJET: STAR-CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

As the first Pyrosian ambassador to Earth, Jet has his hands – and his schedule, full.
With protesters at the gate, VIPs on the way, and the population of an entire planet to win over, he’s got no time for distractions like getting kidnapped.

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sklarSK’LAR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 13) by Elin Wyn

Strike team leader Sk’lar just wants to do his job well. Through long, painful experience, he’s developed the skills to do just that. Until a strong, fierce human woman rocks his world. And then nothing else matters but her. She doesn’t know it yet.  But she’s his.
And he’s hers. Forever.

Focused, beautiful Phryne Manka doesn’t do relationships. As the head of security for Vidia Birch, she barely has the time or interest to think about people. But there’s something about Sk’lar that makes her relax her guard. Have fun. Feel like a woman, not a soldier. Good thing he’s just a friend, right? Simpler that way. Easier. But when there’s a threat to her life, he’s the only one she can trust. And in the chaos that follows she has to ask, does really know what her heart wants?

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kraevKRAEV: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF RAE BOOK 1) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

She wants to be more than some alien’s mate…Olivia is well on her way to becoming a doctor when fate intervenes. Genetic compatibility testing is mandatory for all single, fertile women of Earth, but Olivia never thought she’d be matched to a Mahdfel warrior of her own. A single result rips her from her life and teleports her to her new mate on a barren, nameless mining planet brimming with danger. Great.

He’s been waiting for his match forever…Kraev has always wanted a big family, and he couldn’t be more excited about the mate on the way. His tattoos burn for the beautiful, curvaceous Earthling and he can’t wait to get her in his bed. But his mate isn’t happy to be there, and they’ve got bigger problems. The planet has been infiltrated by the Mahdfel’s biggest enemy, the Suhlik.

Trying to survive with a brand new mate on this hostile planet is no easy feat. But where there’s a will, there’s way. Maybe even into Olivia’s heart.

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condemned and consumedCONDEMNED AND CONSUMED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Jude Gray

I’m abducted from Earth and sold to a panel of high judges—important, wealthy men partly responsible for punishing and sentencing aliens who break the law and protecting those who obey. Unfortunately, there are no laws that protect abducted humans.
When I kill one of the depraved high judges, I have two choices—stay and face whatever hell of a life his friends subject me to or run and sneak aboard the transport ship bound for the worst prison planet in all the worlds.
Stygian.
I run.
I’m immediately claimed by the man who rules Stygian—and once again, I’m on the run.
This time, though, there’s no place to go, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m caught.
When a ship crashes near my hiding place, I think maybe my bad luck is changing.
But then I meet him. Zac. A huge, tattooed male scarier than any alien I’ve seen so far. I feel something when I look at him. Something consuming. Too bad for me that he doesn’t feel the same way. And too bad for both of us that his ship is damaged, his weapons useless, and neither one of us is likely to make it off Stygian alive.

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raphael aroukRAPHAEL (THE A’ROUK BROTHERS BOOK 5) by Serena Simpson

Raphael was a genetically engineered assassin which would have been great if the people who created him hadn’t screwed up. Unlike those around him, he knew his days were numbered.
Effie was living low-key, pretending to be like everyone walking the streets.
A chance meeting on a dance floor brought two people together that should have never met. They both chose to stay apart for the sake of the other, but fate doesn’t really care what you think.
Between desire and possible killers, can they learn that they are stronger than they thought they were? Can they live one day at a time or will they let the very real thought of life separate them? And death, don’t forget death. If they can overcome their obstacles, the biggest being what they refuse to acknowledge. Then there’s a chance happily ever after will apply to them after all.

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sorta seized by the alienSORTA SEIZED BY THE ALIEN (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 1) by Athena Storm

I am Gurtal and I’m a dreaded Vakutan warrior…and I am collecting dustSo what if I can kill countless fearsome Odex soldiers with my bare hands? My dad, the General, sidelined me as a bodyguard to a scientist. My friend Vera wants me to go on an urgent mission.
Rescue a beautiful human Companion named Xana from a prison planet.
An adventure to save the pretty girl who’s sure to be very, very grateful? Or waste away on a boring task I’m overly qualified for? Is there even a choice here?
I’ll have to go undercover, sneak in, grab her, and get out.
Well…I find Xana alright. I fall for the gorgeous woman instantly. Mine, mine, mine, MINE. Just one problem. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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maarMAAR: TALES FROM THE ATHENAVERSE by Athena Storm

I’m a warrior, bred for combat. She is a woman – made for love. At first, I don’t want to go to Mars. My life has been all about pursuing vengeance against the Coalition.
But the recent battles in this never ending war have left me broken and scarred. My superiors command me to be healed by a doctor.
That’s where I meet Laila Conners.
Gentle. Sweet. Loving. A beauty that I would fight to protect. She brings me back to health. She replenishes my body. Saves my soul. I crave her. But I can’t have her.
The thirst for vengeance won’t let me stay. She cries for me to give up my bloodlust.
I know there’s happiness in her arms.
I just need to learn to…Lay down the sword. And lift up my love.

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prime obssessionPRIME OBSSESSION (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Monette Michaels

VS Note: A re-release

Melina Dmitros is a seasoned battleship captain for the Galactic Alliance. Calls from ships in distress are not all that uncommon in the outermost spirals of the Milky Way. Calls from the warlike Prime were. Now that they were allies, Mel figures she’d better get used to working in conjunction with the chauvinistic race. She never expected to be attracted to one of them.

The Prime, one of the oldest species in the galaxy, were known for going their own way. But with problems on Cejuru Prime and increasing attacks by the Antareans, the Prime joined the Alliance to lend their expertise in battling the warlike reptilian species–and ultimately, to survive as a race. Captain Wulf Caradoc, the eldest son and heir apparent of the Prime leader, looked forward to the trip to the Alliance ambassadorial planet. His mission is ostensibly to deliver the diplomatic team to the new Prime embassy.

His real mission is to meet his fated mate, his gemate, one of the Lost Ones. Wulf hadn’t anticipated the diplomatic mission being attacked by pirates–and he especially hadn’t anticipated his gemate, Melina Dmitros, being the one sent to rescue his ship.
Two strong people pulled together by biology and fate. Their union will be forged in a crucible of survival, treachery and duty.

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prime selectionPRIME SELECTION (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Monette Michaels

VS note: A re-release

Commander Nadia Petrovich, Science Officer of the Alliance Starship Galanti, has a problem—which has nothing to do with science. Her problem is Commander Huw Caradoc, the Galanti’s Chief Engineer. She and the stubborn Prime male have a growing connection he refuses to acknowledge—a bond that could drive him mad.

They are connected psychically and the bond grows stronger every day. If Nadia didn’t know it was impossible, she would suspect they were mating in the Prime tradition—a biological imperative that locates and marks a Prime’s optimum mate. But she isn’t Prime, as Huw tells her and anybody who’ll listen.

Nadia’s emotional anguish couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Prime and Galactic Alliance merger is finally under way, and the all-male Prime crews are learning how to work with female Alliance crew members. The Antareans threaten the outer arms of the Milky Way, and Prime rebels wreak havoc on the Prime home planet and elsewhere.

Despite the conflict surrounding them, Nadia and Huw will not be able to avoid their fate or their growing love. Prime selection will make the decision for them whether the timing is right or not.

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prime imperativePRIME IMPERATIVE (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Monette Michaels

VS note: A re-release

The Prime race is facing extinction, but the research of Dr. Brianna Martin may hold the answer to their salvation. There’s just one problem, a group of Pure Blood fanatics will stop at nothing to see her dead! On the run from deadly peril, Bria meets her match in Iolyn Caradoc, a man determined to save her at all costs! Prime Imperative is a fast-paced, sexy, and thoroughly entertaining addition to Monette Michaels’ exciting series, The Prime Chronicles.

Adopted and raised by Terrans, Dr. Brianna Martin never quite fit in. She’s thrilled to learn she’s a long-lost female of the Prime race. And that she has a mate living somewhere on the planet Cejuru Prime—one genetically destined to be hers alone. Before she figures out how to approach him, she’s attacked in her research lab.

Iolyn Caradoc is stunned at the news that his mate, matched to him soon after birth, still lives. Even more amazing, she’s a research scientist on the verge of discovering why the Prime race is dying. But Pure Blood fanatics are trying to kill her and she’s on the run…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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melier 6THE MELIER: PRODIGAL SON (WOMEN OF DOR NYE BOOK 6) by Poppy Rhys

Dania just wanted a normal life on Dor Nye after years of living a nomadic existence among the stars. But when a rude and dangerous alien playboy sits down at the bar where she works, everything changes. No questions. No strings. No names. 
Suddenly her future flies into a tailspin that lands her back in the lawless wild west of space. It’s a fight for life, love, and a future she didn’t think was possible any longer.
Will she survive it?

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vikings needA VIKING’S NEED (VIKING IN SPACE BOOK 3) by Zoe York

Viking monk Bjorn Önnuson has chosen a life of celibacy and prayer on a remote corner of planet Midgard. Solitude is preferable to the excesses of the capital city, but when hedonistic dragon rider Britt Andersdatter flies into his life, being alone no longer makes sense.

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daemon deviceTHE DAEMON DEVICE: BOOK ONE OF THE ENCHANTER CHRONICLES by Jeri Westerson

London, 1891. Dirigibles, like dark leviathans, surge through the sooty skies of London. Steam powers the engines that supply electricity to the new lights along the Thames. And strange murder appears on the seamy streets.

Someone is killing women and gutting them for their body parts. Is it Jack the Ripper returned, or a far more sinister plot afoot than murder?

Magician Leopold Kazsmer, the Great Enchanter, ashamed of his Jewish-Gypsy blood, has fashioned himself into a proper English gentleman, though he harbors a carefully guarded secret; he has learned the dangerous art of summoning daemons and through it, performs real magic.

With the help of Raj, a tarot-reading automated man, and Eurynomos, a shrewd Jewish daemon, Leopold must discover what is behind the revolting murders that suddenly seem to involve tight-lipped German scientists, Golems in a plot of world domination, ghosts, demons, and the beautiful Scotland Yard Special Inspector, Mingli Zhao. Is she truly from the secret depths of Scotland Yard or is she instead a heartless spy and murderess?

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space dragons momerSPACE DRAGONS: THE DEMO VERSION  (A MOM GAMER ADVENTURE BOOK 1) by Bokerah Brumley

VS Note: Not a romance but sounds fun…

Zelda Traine doesn’t quest…at least not in real life…But when the mom-gamer and her sarcastic tween daughter, Emma, get sucked inside of MomQuest, the duo is given a mission. Playing as the character Kick Exploit, Zee must rescue the Space Dragons from a greedy trophy hunter who threatens their existence. Inside the game demo she knows nothing about, Zee has to battle her way across a space ship, beat the bad guy, and rescue giant creatures. If Zee doesn’t complete the quest and beat the bad guy, she risks losing her daughter to the digital landscape… forever.

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fire beyond the frostFIRE BEYOND THE FROST by Thea Landen

Following a failed relationship with her supervisor at work, Dr. Catalina Frost volunteers her services with a charitable organization providing medical aid to those in need. In her first journey away from her home planet of Earth, she travels to the opposite end of the galaxy to the icy world of Ruvuk. Dismal weather conditions and an unfamiliar species of aliens take her far outside her comfort zone, but she’s determined to fulfil her obligations.

When Sari, a human settler on Ruvuk, first heard about a doctor being assigned to lend assistance to her health clinic in a remote village, she never expected the gorgeous woman who walks through her door. She introduces her to the planet’s ways of life and is impressed by her skills and experience. Though she drops hints about her growing attraction to Catalina, she’s shocked when those feelings are reciprocated.

The pair embarks on a romantic fling, but the definitive end date of Catalina’s assignment approaches quickly. She wants to plan for the future, but Sari has been hurt by false promises before and asks that they simply enjoy the time they have left. Will they each return to their separate lives, or can they find a way to reunite somewhere in the galaxy?

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lawlessLAWLESS (STEEL DEMONS MC BOOK 1) by Crystal Ash

I once dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream went up in flames the same day I graduated nursing school, when women were banned from holding any kind of medical license. Now as an unlicensed medic, I travel what was once the southwestern United States, trading medical services for food, transportation, and shelter with the hopes of reaching Canada. Because the United States is no more. And the lawless land that’s replaced it is a deadly place for a woman.

My worst fear comes true when I’m captured by the Steel Demons MC, the most ruthless biker gang in the Southwest. These men thrive on the violence and chaos brought on by the Collapse, and they’re eager to unleash it all on me. It doesn’t even matter that the President’s dog likes me. I’m as good as dead.

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alien captains prisonerALIEN CAPTAIN’S PRISONER (CAPTIVE MATES BOOK 2) by Corin Cain

Captured by seven-foot-tall aliens who deal with escape attempts… harshly. Tasha: I stole from the Aurelians. I thought I got away clean. Then I was taken captive by an alien captain with a deathwish and an obsession for me. If he’s working for the Empire, I’m facing a hundred years in jail. If he’s Rogue? Rogue Aurelians claim human women. When they smell the scent of a potential Fated Mate, they go mad with need. Any attempts to escape the spaceship will be dealt with the mercilessness of the species. Mercilessness that could trigger the fabled mating rage…

Captain Aleon. Possessive. Dominant. Seven-feet-tall of chiseled perfection and pure, cocky arrogance. He’s flanked by the two brutish men of his triad who live for blood and violence. I’m drawn to them, but I can sense the anger and pain deep in their souls. I’m trapped on an alien warship with hundreds of the testosterone-fuelled warriors who haven’t seen a woman in years…And there’s no way out.

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burning shadowTHE BURNING SHADOW (ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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how rory thorneHOW RORY THORN DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE: BOOK ONE OF THE THORNE CHRONICLES by K Eason

Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.

Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.

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primal urgesPRIMAL URGES (PRIMAL ALPHAS BOOK 1) by Lizzy Bequin

At the Facility, I was used as a human guinea pig for the professor’s bizarre whims. Now I have escaped, but I don’t know how long I can last in this unforgiving wilderness. Lost and alone, I fear I will fall prey to one of the predators inhabiting this dark forest. But I never expected the predator would come in the shape of a man. The rough and rugged alpha warns me to stay far away from him. He tells me he is a beast with carnal instincts that he can’t restrain. He warns that if I stay, he will have no choice but…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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sharpest stingSHARPEST STING: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK by Jennifer Estep

The truth won’t set me free—but it will probably get me killed …As Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, I’m used to having a target on my back. But ever since I started investigating the secret society known as the Circle, that target seems bigger than ever.

Still, I’m trying to relax and enjoy the events leading up to my friends’ wedding when I learn that an old enemy has returned to Ashland. And that’s the just beginning of my latest nightmare. Soon, I have Circle goons watching my every move, but I have no choice but to continue searching for a key piece of evidence against the evil group.

The deeper I dig, the more horrifying secrets I uncover, and the more dangerous things become for me and my friends. Just when I think I finally have a handle on things, a shocking revelation shatters my heart and leaves me with an ugly realization—that betrayal is the sharpest sting of all.

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dragon meets girlDRAGON MEETS GIRL (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Janet Dixon never thought she’d fall in love. That’s why she got used to quiet nights alone with her books, dreaming of fantasies that would never come true. But she never expected a ridiculously hot alpha by the name of Xander to suddenly show up into her life. And in spite of his playboy-good looks and charming personality, he seems to have his sights solely set on her.

After living his whole life on the run with his twin, Tristan, Xander got used to keeping people at arm’s length at all times. Especially women. That is, until he meets Janet, who seems to be the only person that doesn’t instantly fall for his good looks. But even if she thinks she can deny her own attraction to him, the stubborn red dragon will do anything to claim his mate.

As opposites ignite in scorchingly hot interactions, Janet soon realizes there’s much more to Xander than the tattooed charmer wants to let on. He’s deeply romantic, and strong, and…hiding secrets. Secrets that might end everything, if Xander and Janet can’t find a way to overcome their pasts and fight for their future.

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magical mistakeMAGICAL MISTAKE (MAGIC AND METAPHYSICS ACADEMY BOOK 2) by L A Boruff and Laura Greenwood

Playing both sides is never easy, especially when one of them is the hottest clique at the academy. Magic and Metaphysics Academy wasn’t what Lou expected. She never expected to become one of the most popular girls there, and now she’s getting more attention than ever. Just not from the people she wants.
Can she manage to keep her friends and her sanity? Or is she going to lose it all?

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regally bittenREGALLY BITTEN (BLOOD ALLIANCE BOOK 3) by Lexi C Foss

Luna – An arranged marriage? F*ck. This. I’m an alpha female. I choose my future. Not society. Not my father. And certainly not him.

Silas – I didn’t survive just to be cast aside as a low level lycan. I’m more powerful than they realize. More determined. More intelligent. And far more worthy of her than anyone else.

Edon – Duty–a word I loathe. I’m the future Clemente Clan Alpha. There are rules. There are responsibilities. There can be no love. No free will. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and right now, I desire them both.

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adelaides stormADELAIDE’S  STORM (HER FATE SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey

The four courts of Frayan, or what is left of them, have risen to stop a war.
But they will need a queen who will win the war.
Adelaide Autumn has to make a choice between her family and her duty.
Either way, it will break her heart.
Royals can’t always have it all…
Her pack must love her.
Her fate must be her choice.
The fates are going to war, and when you are one of them, you must choose.
Family or fate?

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shifted into love hotel californiaSHIFTED INTO LOVE by Various

Welcome to the Hotel…you know the rest. It’s a lovely place but these paranormal romance writers are taking you on spine tingling adventures with shifters and fantasy creatures that will keep you wishing that you never have to leave.

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disciplineDISCIPLINE (OMEGA QUEEN SERIES BOOK 1) by W J May

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after…For the first time in hundreds of years, the five kingdoms were at peace. United by the band of young heroes who’d won the Great War, the realm had entered a time of wealth and prosperity unlike anything it had known before. New families. New Beginnings. Old alliances were on the mend.
But such a thing can never last.
When Katerina and Dylan’s teenage daughter finds herself at the center of a strange prediction, she and her friends are swept away on a wild adventure that may very well claim all of their lives. Old evils are lurking the shadows. A secret new darkness is waiting to take hold.
Can the new band of heroes stop it in time? Or has their happily ever after finally come to an end?

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halloween dreamHALLOWEEN DREAM (BEAUDREAU WITCHES – A SWEET ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Luna Alchemie

VS note: A 13K short story.

I’m one of identical triplets, but I didn’t learn about that until my Aunt Aggie asked me to visit her. Or just flat out move to Montana. I decided to move, since I couldn’t pay my rent. Aunt Aggie and Montana are lovely, though she does have some odd ideas. She believes the Fae are real, and we are of Fae blood! It all seems pretty far-fetched to me!
Though it does seem a bit magical that both my sisters decide to move here, too.
And there is the guy with the beautiful eyes… Aunt Aggie wants us to do a family Halloween Ritual. I don’t believe it will do anything, but Aunt Aggie is so sweet. She wants magic to bless us.

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perfect pridePERFECT PRIDE (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 9) by Kaye Draper

Gesa just wanted to finally settle down for some damned peace and quiet with her pride. But of course her kraken has decided to go off looking for long-lost family…and now the ancient sea monster has fallen into the clutches of the sirens. Once she gets Kai back home, Gesa is going to ban the pride from leaving the house. Permanently. Krakens attack, gryphons rampage, demons plot, and all the monsters finally find a home.

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symphony of starlightA SYMPHONY OF STARLIGHT (ABBY SINCLAIR BOOK 4) by Allison Pang

In the span of a few months, mortal TouchStone Abby Sinclair has been trapped in a painting, had her memories stolen, and been Tithed to Hell, killed, and brought back to life by the OtherFolk. Now she’s pregnant and torn between her incubus lover, Brystion, and her elven king of a husband, Talivar. Otherworldly love triangles notwithstanding, she’s more than content to set the political drama of magic and mayhem aside and quietly settle into motherhood. But nothing is ever that easy . . .

Years ago, Abby’s best friend, Melanie St. James, virtuoso violinist and DoorMaker to the CrossRoads, lost her soul to the Devil in return for an enchanted violin. Now the magic of her violin is fading, and the Devil is calling in her debt to serve Him as His TouchStone. In an effort to escape the terms of this reckless bargain, she flees to the CrossRoads with her lover, Nobu.

But reneging on a deal with the Devil isn’t the wisest of moves, especially when He knows Abby is the only one who can bring Him what He wants. And when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Abby and her friends to find a way to stop the violin from consuming Melanie’s soul before it’s too late, even if the journey takes them straight into Hell itself.

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dragons blood ann gimpelDRAGON’S BLOOD (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel

VS note: From September

After discovering her father was a dragon, Rowan figures it can’t be any worse than being related to the Celts. That’s the thing about assumptions, though. They come round and bite you in the ass.

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pookas shareTHE POOKA’S SHARE  by K L Noone

Faerie horses should at least show up on time. That’s Aidan’s opinion, anyway. He’s been waiting for the pooka all night, to catch it stealing apples from human orchards. This Magical Enforcement Division assignment’s supposed to be easy — and Aidan could use the break, after a previous case gone badly wrong. But when the apple-thief pooka does show up, it takes the shape of a gorgeous young man … who doesn’t seem to mind being captured at Aidan’s hands.

Ink left his herd to seek out adventure, and he’s found it in the form of a devastatingly handsome MED agent. He’s always been up for a challenge, and Aidan Callahan is certainly that: gorgeous, powerful, and good at his job. Ink’s perfectly happy to let Aidan put a hand — or an enchanted bridle — on him, especially with that note of command. It’ll be simple and fun, a decadent magical one night stand … and Ink knows they’ll both enjoy it.

But this night isn’t simple. Ritual magic and Aidan’s own complicated gifts collide, and the family legacy he’s been avoiding becomes important, though Aidan’s starting to think it isn’t as important as keeping Ink in his arms.

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misfortunate soulMISFORTUNATE SOUL (THE ASHWORTH LEGACY BOOK 2) by Casey Wyatt

Radiance Ashworth’s life as a soul redeemer hasn’t been easy. The hours stink and she’s already seen enough trouble to last a supernatural lifetime. Just when she thinks she’s got a handle on her new life, she’s transported to a 19th-century Californian resort by her ghost friend, Julian. He’s convinced enemies are working to erase the past as he knows it. After several prominent guests are murdered and their souls are stolen, Radiance fears that his theory might be true.

It doesn’t take long before a deadly encounter with soul-sucking demons nearly ends her unplanned vacation permanently. With assistance from grifters posing as stage magicians, Radiance infiltrates the high-stakes world of the Edwardian elite. She needs to unravel the mystery at the San Marco Hotel before sinister forces remove her and everyone she loves from existence.

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wicked warlockWICKED WARLOCK (CURSED COVEN BOOK 2) by Marina Simcoe

I may not have much in this world, but I do have a life plan: work hard, save every penny, get that college degree, and build a better life for myself.
Getting involved with the guests of the hotel where I work would derail me from that path. I have been specifically warned to keep away from the ones who stay in the top-floor suite, the best the hotel has to offer.
That includes the mysterious man, who keeps his face hidden and has some extraordinary things happening in his room.
Before I know it, though, I am drawn to the mystery, to the man himself, and to the incredible world of magic that surrounds him. And when he asks for my help because of a strange affliction that apparently prevents him from using anything electronic, I agree.
Soon, I learn the devastating truth about the curse that plagues him. With time running out, I need to find a way to break it before it takes from me the love I have just found.

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wynters captiveWYNTER’S CAPTIVE by Milly Taiden

Lili’s life had never been very exciting, so she hoped her cousin’s wedding would provide some entertainment in her life. What she didn’t expect was to almost kill a man on her way to the ceremony. She definitely didn’t expect to get chased by naked men in middle of the forest. Oh, and she sure as heck didn’t foresee a hot mountain of a man giving her the hottest sex of her life. But, hey, it happens.

Cade Wynters wants revenge. He’s got the perfect plan: Abduct his former friend’s fiancee and keep her past the wedding date. He never thought he’d find his mate in the abducted, sassy-mouthed, curvy goddess. Lili’s giving him a run for his money and he loves every second of it. Crap definitely hits the fan when he realizes he took the wrong woman, and she doesn’t handle being lied to very well.

Cade’s brother is working behind the scenes to take control of his pack. Someone’s trying to hurt his mate and he still hasn’t told Lili she’s probably going to grow fur. It’s the final countdown and Cade needs to get Lili to forgive him while keeping her safe. Easier said than done. He’s ready to give up his pack to keep his mate…and he might have to.

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reign of magicREIGN OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 3) by K M Shea

Angelique’s spirit is almost broken. She has sacrificed, she has trained, and she has driven herself to exhaustion while battling her way across the continent. But all her efforts have led to nothing. She still hasn’t uncovered Evariste’s location, or the identity of his captors. Yet the occurrences of evil magic across the continent show no sign of slowing. Wyverns, goblins, trolls, and other evil creatures have become almost commonplace. And the attacks on the royal families and her fellow mages have continued to escalate.

When Angelique is ambushed by one of those who kidnapped Evariste, she is forced to face the truth: her core magic—which she despises—may be the only thing standing between her world and the coming darkness. For those who have captured Evariste aren’t finished. And their plans are far older and more devastating than anyone could have guessed.

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bad bloodBAD BLOOD (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 2) by Cate Corvin

Will and Sura made me believe I was one of them, only to betray me in the worst way. With a second chance to prove I deserve to be in Libra Academy, I’m going to serve the pain back in spades. I’ll destroy Will’s pride and unearth Sura’s secrets, annihilate their family honor… and stab their accomplices in the back for good measure. If they die, they die, but I’ll be the last one laughing.

My hate for the Shadowed World has been turned inside out, in no small part because of my alliance with Càel, a knight with an inexplicable desire for me. Who’d have thought a vampire would be the one to defend me from my own kind?

With my unlikely ally at my side, I’ll have my revenge on the ones who tried to ruin me. No punishment is too harsh for them. But our feud isn’t the only one, and there are others who want me dead and gone.
Unfortunately for them, I’ve got vengeance to spare.

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a mate for orionA MATE FOR ORION (FORBIDDEN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Selena Scott

Something is up with the shifters in Portland, Oregon. And if there’s one person who’s going to get to the bottom of it, it’s Diana Paul. As the executive director of a center that offers all sorts of services to shifters, Diana is extremely protective of her clients. All except for one extremely annoying -extremely attractive- wolf shifter named Orion.

Orion is used to taking care of his siblings, he’s been the protector who’s been doing it his entire life. Maybe that’s why Diana’s take-no-prisoners attitude draws him in so quickly. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her, she kicks ass and takes names. Orion didn’t even realize he was looking for a woman like her until he met her. Now, if only he convince her to date a client…

As Diana and Orion get closer and closer, they begin to notice the strange behavior of someone in their lives. Little do they realize, they’re falling in love on borrowed time. There is something dangerous barreling toward Orion and his siblings and Diana might be the only one who can stop it.

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hunt and seekHUNT AND SEEK (ENCHANTED CROSSROADS BOOK 3) by Zenina Masters

Roxanne has spent her adult life as a seeker, looking for fugitives for the guild. She is very good at her job, and she considers the trade of her mother’s medical care for her service to be fair.

When the shifter bride asks her to go to the Crossroads in exchange for some fey healers, Roxanne agrees. Cancer is relentless and forces her hand. She goes to the Crossroads to seek out a mate. She always finds what she is looking for.

Moriven is the best hunter at the guild, and he never misses. When he finds out that Roxanne is at the Crossroads, he heads there immediately, hoping to catch the bloodhound of the guild. There have been rifts between them, but he doesn’t want her marriage to another male to be one of them.

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fighting the bearFIGHTING THE BEAR (EMERALD HAVEN BOOK 3) by Ruby Shae

Curvy girl, Erica Moore, has been living in a town of bear and wolf shifters for six months. Apparently, that can happen when you buy a building in a town you’ve never lived in before. Fortunately, the shifters don’t scare her, especially the Alpha. In fact, she likes the perfect man a little too much.

Zane Matthews, bear shifter and Alpha of his clan, has known his mate’s identity for six long months, and he’s done being civilized. He’s tried to be her friend, and curb his lust, but he’s tired of staying away from the sexy human.

Sparks fly when Zane and Erica finally come together, but claiming a feisty, independent mate isn’t easy, especially when a crazy clanmate and past hurts make themselves hard to ignore. Luckily, Zane is Alpha for a reason, and the powerful bear isn’t afraid to tackle a few annoying obstacles to get exactly what he wants.

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fake mate for the soldier lionFAKE MATE FOR THE SOLDIER LION (SHIFTER NATION: SPECIAL OP SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley

Hudson Taylor knows there’s something missing from his life: a mate. But between his tactical missions with the Special Ops Shifter Force and running his communications company, this veteran can only ignore the roar of his inner lion. Until the day a sassy, iron-willed lioness shows up at the Force’s secret headquarters unannounced.

Leona Kirk was living her dream as a Green Beret, but when an IED injured her overseas, her military career was over in an instant. She’s restless and won’t be happy until she lands a job that will give her the same satisfaction she had in the service. As soon as she hears about the SOS Force, she knows what her new dream is. But that dream evaporates into thin air the moment she locks eyes with Hudson.

Although they weren’t hiring, the Force’s Alpha reluctantly agrees to let Leona head out on a test mission—where she and Hudson will be posing as mates. The only problem? Each immediately recognizes the other as their one true match. And dating within the Force is strictly forbidden. Will honor and duty keep these big cats from realizing what’s written in the stars for them?

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peace blood and understandingPEACE, BLOOD AND UNDERSTANDING (HALF MOON HOLLOW SERIES) by Molly Harper

Ever since Jane Jameson took over running the Vampire Council for Half-Moon Hollow, things have been a little unorthodox and that doesn’t sit well with the head office. Who would have thought vampires were so into bureaucracy and tradition?

Enter a vamp from corporate who’s determined to unseat Jane and get the council back on track—which means no more of this Kentucky neighborliness and mixing with humans, werewolves, witches, or anything else.

But Jane’s not interested in going back to the bad old days when the council was mired in corruption and tended to “accidentally” eat people now and again, but she might be in over her head this time. Good thing there’s a pretty new face in town who just might be the perfect distraction and help save Jane’s career.

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ninth houseNINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

VS note: Not romance but a release of note…

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

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twelfth knightTHE TWELFTH KNIGHT (GUARDIANS OF CMELOT BOOK 1) by Victoria Sue

For 1500 years, Lancelot has fought for good, now facing an evil plot hatched by Morgana hundreds of years earlier, he can’t defeat her alone. He must find the other half of his soul, but there is just one problem, he doesn’t know where to look. Whomever it is, he’s sure they live in New York City. The clock ticks. Time is not on his side.

Mel has struggled since his father died when he was only a child. He’s had to do anything to get by and it hasn’t been easy. When a strange Englishman reaches out to him, with a story beyond belief, he has a decision to make. Follow his heart and trust him or run? Can Mel and Lance defeat the greatest enemy the world has ever known? Or in the midst of fighting evil, will they discover the real threat has always been a shattered heart? And what if the one fight they cannot ever hope to win is with themselves?

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human enoughHUMAN ENOUGH by E S Yu

When Noah Lau joined the Vampire Hunters Association, seeking justice for his parents’ deaths, he didn’t anticipate ending up imprisoned in the house of the vampire he was supposed to kill—and he definitely didn’t anticipate falling for that vampire’s lover.

Six months later, Noah’s life has gotten significantly more complicated. On top of being autistic in a world that doesn’t try to understand him, he still hunts vampires for a living…while dating a vampire himself. Awkward.

When one of Jordan’s vampire friends goes missing and Noah’s new boss at the VHA becomes suspicious about some of his recent cases, what starts off as a routine paperwork check soon leads Noah to a sinister conspiracy. As he investigates, he and Jordan get sucked into a deadly web of intrigue that will test the limits of their relationship.

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beautifulTHE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Adieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

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wocked wingsWICKED WINGS (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 5) by Keri Arthur

In a reservation where magic has been unrestrained for entirely too long, there is no rest from the wicked…After dealing with the fallout of a shape-shifting, fire-throwing demon, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden are hoping the reservation will finally catch a break from the constant influx of evil. Those hopes are quickly dashed when Lizzie comes across the scent of evil and tracks it back to the clean-picked bones of a man.

As it quickly becomes obvious that this is not a one-off situation and there’s now a demon with a taste for human flesh on the reservation, another problem arises in the form of a White Lady—a ghost not only seeking bloody revenge, but demanding Belle’s assistance to get it. And she won’t take no for an answer.

But the greatest threat of all might be the witch who is a magical bloodhound. A witch who’s been sent to the reservation to by one Clayton Marlowe…Lizzie’s husband.

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wish listWISH LIST (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMN FAERY GORMOTHER IN THE WORLD (OR DIE TRYING) BOOK 2) by Helen Harper

Saffron Sawyer is a faery on a mission. She may no longer have the same rose-tinted spectacles about her job as she once did, but she’s still determined to be the best faery godmother that there is. And when she’s given the role as leader of a taskforce designed to hunt down the elusive trolls, she knows it’s her time to step up and be counted.

Juggling her new responsibilities while dealing with difficult clients isn’t easy, however. Danger lurks around every corner – and Jasper, the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, is continually looming over her shoulder in the office. Can Saffron prove her worth to the world of magic? Or will she make one mistake too many and find herself in mortal danger?

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vampires priceless treasureTHE VAMPIRE’S PRICELESS TREASURE (NOCTURNE FALLS BOOK 11) by Kristen Painter

Half reaper, half vampire Kora Dupree has made big changes in her life. She’s on good terms with her previously estranged father and taken on all kinds of adult responsibilities. But when an opportunity to find out the truth about her late mother comes along, she can’t resist pursuing it. Even when it means returning to her somewhat dubious ways.

Vampire Greyson Garrett knows the bad but beautiful Kora is up to something. He’s wise to her games. After all, her father has hired Greyson numerous times to save Kora from all the sticky situations she’s gotten herself into. If she were just…better behaved he could see himself falling for her. Hard.

Even though Kora promises she’s changed, Greyson has his doubts. So much so that he follows her one fateful night and gets pulled into her latest scheme. It’s not like he hasn’t been here before, but this time he swears it’s her last chance to prove she’s different.

Kora’s new adventure sends them on a treasure hunt that takes them all over the globe, and in the course of their travels, they realize how good things are when they work together. But will that all change when the adventure is over? Are they really in love? Or just addicted to the rush?

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bound sophie oakBOUND (A FAERY STORY BOOK 1) by Sophie Oak and Lexi Blake

VS Note: A re-release

A stranger in a strange land – Megan Starke has given up believing in knights in shining armor. With an unrewarding job and a failed marriage, no one would confuse her life with a fairy tale. No one is coming to save the day or carry her off to a romantic fantasy. So when she wakes up in a magical world and discovers she is to be the grand prize in a fierce and bloody tournament, she isn’t sure if she’s having a sexy dream or a horrible nightmare.

Two kings without a kingdom – Beckett and Cian were raised to be the saviors of their people. Prepared all their lives to lead the Seelie Fae, prophecy proclaimed they would find a bondmate whose love would complete them and unleash their magical powers. But the thrust of a traitor’s blade stole that future and now it threatens to take their lives. Struggling in exile, their glorious destiny has become a curse. Unless they can find the perfect woman to save them, they will descend into madness and ruin. When all hope seems lost, Beck sees Meg and knows she’s the key to their salvation.

An epic battle begins – In a world filled with dethroned kings, upwardly mobile vampires, and dangerous, feline-loving hags, Meg will need all her strength to survive. Finding herself caught between Beck and Cian, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to claim her happily ever after.

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mating chaosMATING CHAOS (SHIFTERS OF ASHWOOD FALLS BOOK 11) by Lia Davis

As pack Beta, Dane Raines has seen far too much pain and death. But with war on the horizon yet again, thanks to the new Alpha of Onyx, Dane will have to work twice as hard with the other Ashwood Falls leaders to ensure the safety of his pack. The last thing he needs at a time like this is a complication like Jasmine.

Jasmine Russel’s life is chaos. Between her first full-time job running the family bar, and her second full-time job caring for her trouble-making twin brothers, she never slows down and she’s always on edge. The prospect of another war only adds to her life of turmoil. She’s determined to keep what’s left of her family safe no matter what the future holds, and that means keeping Dane as far away as possible.

Yet the unavoidable truth for all wolves is that once a mate is found, the bond cannot be denied. Dane is tired of waiting, standing on the sidelines with nothing more than Jasmine’s excuses to keep them apart. With everything on the line, he’s prepared to claim his rightful mate once and for all, even if that means mating chaos.

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return to the deepRETURN TO THE DEEP: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by P Jameson

Huran found his mate, his cursebreaker, his beloved, long ago. His happily-ever-after should be in the bag. But he’s been keeping a secret from her: the curse that turned him into a finned wonder was never completely broken. Magical kisses be damned, something holds him to the water. And he’s not sure how long he can keep his lingering Mer-tail from the people he loves.

Christienne knows Mer lore like she knows the shape of her mate’s abs. But something is very wrong with Huran. When she catches him sneaking out to the lake at night, she suspects his secret is bigger than she can handle. Somehow, she must find a way to meet her merman in the depths of his despair if there is any hope of them making it to their next mate-aversary.
But she has a secret of her own, and no guarantee that Huran will be by her side when the truth comes out. There’s only one thing to do now…Fight for love and hope it’s enough.

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chase the moonCHASE THE MOON: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by Kristen Stassel 

I’ve traded rules and expectations for the adventure of a lifetime. But my plan for life on the road is quickly derailed when I bump into what has to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. And bonus, he’s dressed as a Viking.
But it isn’t until I spill maple syrup on his fascinating tattoo that my adventure truly begins. Abel claims he’s an ancient warrior and believes I’m the only one who can free him from a centuries-old curse.
Mate or not, I have three days to decide his fate. Do I send Abel back to his watery prison? Or do I embrace the exciting adventure fate has laid before me and claim this Viking god as my own?

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case of the deadly arrowTHE CASE OF THE DEADLY ARROW PART 2 (MAI-FLY MYSTERIES 3) by Stephanie Burke

Mai becomes trapped in a deadly game with an assassin as she tries to get rid of the riots on her doorstep and understand the beast within her, with the intimate help of a Dryad named Ptris. Can she maintain her relationship with her Gremlin Ry-Ry and uncover the mysteries of the deadly arrows before one of them hits their target?

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feral dragonFERAL DRAGON (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Charlene Hartnady

Stone is shocked to find that he is the only male in attendance at a fertility conference. This, when the brief clearly stated that a male and a female from each of the species is recommended to be there. Things go downhill fast when he is paired with a Feral female who hates his guts on sight. Why? For no other reason than that he is a non-human male. They need to work together as a team for the next few days. It’s going to be tough since the female doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him. The animosity is palpable. Tempers flare ‒ but so does a raging attraction between them. One that will get them exactly nowhere.

Who does this dragon male think he is? What is he doing here? This male knows nothing about the heartbreak surrounding infertility. Cordia might have been paired with him, but she doesn’t have to like it. She might be attracted to him, but she doesn’t have to act on it. This male can go to hell!

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defender clair cullenDEFENDER (THE LOST PACK BOOK 1) by Claire Cullen

In a world that no longer welcomes packs, it’s all Brax can do to hold his team together. Four alphas without omegas is a recipe for disaster. And now that they’re civilians, with the military watching their every move, it’s not going to be easy to keep the truth about their pack hidden.

Brax’s most pressing problem is his buddy Duke’s stolen son. Everywhere he turns for help is a dead end, until chance introduces him to Oliver, the capable, captivating omega—and legal advocate. Brax’s luck might finally be turning around. But can he trust Oliver with more than just their legal troubles—can he trust him with his secrets?

Oliver has everything he could want in life—a successful career, the respect of his peers, an apartment in the city. But not an alpha. Been there, done that. No shifter he’s dated could handle the fact that, some days, Oliver’s job comes first. When the death of his estranged parents takes him back to his childhood home, he meets Brax—the handsome, troubled doctor who just might be the exception to the rule.

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spirit of faeSPIRIT OF THE FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 4) by Linsey Hall

I have a knack for getting myself into some bad situations. What can I say–I like to live dangerously. But waking up partially dead in the Court of Death takes the cake. It’s small consolation that my fated mate Tarron is at my side, since it means that he’s mostly dead too. Worse, I might love him but don’t know if he feels the same.

To make matters worse, the false queen who plans to destroy both our kingdoms is still alive and regaining her strength. We must work together to return from the dead and stop her from killing thousands—including my sister.

Escaping the Court of Death means completing a series of dangerous challenges. When we learn that only one of us can return to earth, true escape becomes impossible.

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VS Note: If you enjoy the interstellar cruise in STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE in the new Pets In Space® 4 anthology, I have  5 more adventures in the series. They’re standalone with mild spoilers for the earlier books. Take another cruise on my luxury spaceliner Nebula Zephyr!

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I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list 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.