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

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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.

 

 

 

8 comments on “New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday October 16

  1. A fabulous week. I’m loving the Eve Langlais Chimera series. And ive already read Deosil. The final book in the series, and it was brilliant. The entire series too. Definitely got cognitive dissonance with it ending!
    Gill

  2. Pingback: New Releases in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance for October 16 - Amazing Stories

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