Undercover Assignment Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt in which Sectors mercenary and former prisoner Flo Michetti learns  more from the leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be – 

“Kierce told us the pack structure was never instituted and the Khagrish there have actively sought to eliminate anyone showing alpha characteristics,” said Aydarr, the Alpha.

Flo swung around in her chair to gape at Kierce, who shrugged and elaborated, “We have our men we look up to but we keep their position among us a secret. And there’s no hierarchy such as we have here in this pack. Now I’ve been here in the valley for a while, I can see how effective the strategy has been at my original lab, keeping the Badari disorganized and less able to rebel.”

Drumming his talons on the table, Aydarr wrenched control of the discussion back to his own agenda, “We can’t go in there blind. Flo, I need a volunteer to be substituted for one of the human women in the group, wearing a tracker and find the Alpha at the island lab, or whatever passes for one in their structure, and size up the situation. Give me an assessment of what will happen if we do mount a rescue operation, maybe even negotiate an alliance.”

Pulse pounding, she stared at him, “You want me to go undercover?”

“Exactly. Gabe tells me you did this type of work before, when you were in the Sectors military. I need someone who can finesse the situation and stay alive long enough to find out what I need to know, whose judgment I trust and who happens to be a human woman,” The Alpha grinned but it was obvious his mild sally was surface amusement only, “You, in other words.”

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

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13 #SciFi and #Fantasy Franchise Based Cookbooks for Your Holiday Feasts

12 SciFi & Fantasy Cookbooks!Veronica: This post of mine first appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog earlier this week. I’ve added one more cookbook here (for a total of 13) that came to my attention and tickled my mental taste buds (are those even a thing???) after the article posted, and also some buy links. 

The post, as enhanced:

Since this time of the year tends to focus on food and gatherings of friends and family where much eating takes place, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of science fiction and fantasy related cookbooks.

Now I’m not a great chef in this galaxy or the next one, so I must hasten to add I can’t personally recommend any of them based on my own experience. I relied on reviews and reader comments and other entirely informal criteria of my own to pick twelve I wanted to showcase for you. The number kept growing as I found more and more I couldn’t bear to leave out!

wookie cookiesBeing a dessert fan, the one that caught my eye first was Wookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis.  Apparently the level is aimed more for children as one of their first forays into the kitchen and not so much for serious adult cooks. Here’s the blurb: Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. The ebook includes hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations. Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there’s no reason you can’t whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.

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BBATEStill in a Star Wars mood, I moved on to The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch by Lara Star and Matthew Carden (Photographer).  While again this seemed to be more of a fun with kids type book, it had quite a few positive reviews and the “Luke Skywaffles” sound great.  The blurb: Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humor.

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star trek cookbookWhile there are other Star Wars-based cookbooks out there, I thought it was time for Star Trek recipes and happened upon Star Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes.  This book appears to be more grounded in the series – apparently there’s even a recipe for cat food for Commander Data’s pet Spot. The reviews seem to indicate the book is a mix of anecdotes and versions of food and drink that appeared on the program, with overall high marks for being a fun read.  The blurb: Is there one food that humans, Klingons, Bajorans, and Vulcans would like? If so, what would it taste like? How would you prepare it? Could you find all the ingredients locally?

This is the task that faces Neelix, chef for the U.S.S. Voyager™, every time he takes on the challenge of trying to feed its crew of 140 food critics. But over the course of their journey, Neelix’s learned a few tricks of the trade. He had to, just as a matter of self-preservation.

Ethan Phillips, in the persona of Neelix, and William J. Birnes, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Day After Roswell, throw wide the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind all those exotic dishes and drinks. The favorite foods of characters from every Star Trek series and movie are here, all adapted for easy use in twentieth-century kitchens. The Star Trek Cookbook also features a complete guide for whipping up the all the drinks served at Quark’s.

Fun, and easy to use, the Star Trek Cookbook is your indispensable guide to the food of the stars!

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fireflyOn a whim I searched for a ‘Firefly’-themed cookbook and found one! Firefly – The Big Damn Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (who as you’ll see throughout this post seems to have made a specialty out of creating dishes for fans of beloved series). The description: Cook your way across the ‘Verse using over 70 recipes inspired by Joss Whedon’s cult TV show with Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook.

Treat your friends, family, and crew with Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook. Featuring 70 recipes inspired by the cult television show and illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography, you’ll never have to settle for protein blocks again. From Simon’s protein birthday cake to River’s problematic ice planet, this collection of recipes will keep you and your fellow Browncoats well fed even on your longest smuggling runs.

Also Includes…
•  Mudder’s milk
•  Zoe’s ‘Wife Soup’
•  Fresh bao
•  Southdown Abbey couscous
•  Gunpowder gimlet
•  Fruity oaty bars
•  Mama Reynold’s shoofly pie

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doctor who official cookbookAny discussion of science fiction food must include Dr. Who! Luckily there’s the Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes by Joanna Farrow.   Here’s the blurb: Have your Doctor Who and eat it too with this out-of-this-world cookbook featuring fun, imaginative recipes for the whole family, based on the wildly popular BBC series Doctor Who.

The perfect addition to every Doctor Who fan’s shelf, Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook features a cornucopia of delicious, easy-to-make recipes—from the simple, to the showstoppers—with an exciting Whovian twist. Enjoy the Doctor’s own favorite, fish fingers and custard, share some Cyberman Pie with friends, treat the family to Cassandra Pizza, or indulge your sweet tooth with a Supreme Dalek Cake.

Throwing a viewing party of your favorite episodes? Serve up some Ood Rolls, Salt and Pepper Sontarans, and Weeping Angel Food Cake. And don’t forget the centerpiece for every Whovian get-together, a Gingerbread TARDIS and, of course, 12 Cookie Doctors.

Illustrated with stills from the television show and seasoned with fun food ephemera and quotes from the Doctor’s universe, Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook has something weird, wacky, and tasty for every fan.

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walking dead cookbookI even found an official cookbook for The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson and Yunhee Kim.  The blurb: Based on the hit AMC television series, this cookbook is packed with lifesaving tips and unique recipes inspired by ‘The Walking Dead’. The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide details the skills and recipes you need to survive (while avoiding being eaten) during a walker apocalypse. Inspired by the hit AMC television series, the book features recipes for meals featured on the show, plus food and drinks inspired by key characters and locations, along with expert information on foraging, hunting wild game, and outdoor cooking. Featuring familiar treats like Carl’s pudding, Carol Peletier’s baked goods, and Hershel’s spaghetti, this is the ultimate gift for fans and walker-wary survivalists alike.

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feast of ice and fireMoving on to the world of fantasy, where better to begin than with A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel , Sariann Lehrer  and George R. R. Martin (Foreword). I think the blurb says it all: Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark, scarf down a pork pie with the Night’s Watch, or indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen? George R. R. Martin’s bestselling saga A Song of Ice and Fire and the runaway hit HBO series Game of Thrones are renowned for bringing Westeros’s sights and sounds to vivid life. But one important ingredient has always been missing: the mouthwatering dishes that form the backdrop of this extraordinary world. Now, fresh out of the series that redefined fantasy, comes the cookbook that may just redefine dinner . . . and lunch, and breakfast.

A passion project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer—and endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself—A Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there’s a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef.

These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them. The authors have also suggested substitutions for some of the more fantastical ingredients, so you won’t have to stock your kitchen with camel, live doves, or dragon eggs to create meals fit for a king (or a khaleesi). In all, A Feast of Ice and Fire contains more than 100 recipes, divided by region:

  • The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
  • The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
  • The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister’s Stew; Blueberry Tarts
  • King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
  • Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
  • Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts

There’s even a guide to dining and entertaining in the style of the Seven Kingdoms. Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by passages from all five books in the series and full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite, this is the companion to the blockbuster phenomenon that millions of stomachs have been growling for. And remember, winter is coming—so don’t be afraid to put on a few pounds.

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outlander kitchenFor a bit of time traveling recipe goodness, there’s the Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders and Diana Gabaldon (Foreword).  The mouthwatering synopsis:  Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland and France is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception. From Claire’s first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.

Now professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands, the French Revolution, and beyond. Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for today’s modern kitchens. Here are just a few of the dishes that will keep the world of Outlander on your mind morning, noon, and nicht:

  • Breakfast: Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes; A Coddled Egg for Duncan; Bacon, Asparagus, and Wild Mushroom Omelette
  • Appetizers: Cheese Savories; Rolls with Pigeons and Truffles; Beer-Battered Corn Fritters
  • Soups & Stocks: Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Murphy’s Beef Broth; Drunken Mock-Turtle Soup
  • Mains: Peppery Oyster Stew; Slow-Cooked Chicken Fricassee; Conspirators’ Cassoulet
  • Sides: Auld Ian’s Buttered Leeks; Matchstick Cold-Oil Fries; Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Bread & Baking: Pumpkin Seed and Herb Oatcakes; Fiona’s Cinnamon Scones; Jocasta’s Auld Country Bannocks
  • Sweets & Desserts: Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge; Warm Almond Pastry with Father Anselm; Banoffee Trifle at River Run

With gorgeous photographs and plenty of extras—including cocktails, condiments, and preserves—Outlander Kitchen is an entertainment experience to savor, a wide-ranging culinary crash course, and a time machine all rolled into one. Forget bon appétit. As the Scots say, ith do leòr!

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world of warcraftIf your gathering includes World of Warcraft fans, there’s a cookbook for you as well –World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. The description:  Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the Alliance alike, this authorized cookbook teaches apprentice chefs how to conjure up a menu of food and drink from across the realm of Azeroth.

Featuring food pairings for each dish, ideas for creating your own Azerothian feasts, and tips on adapting meals to specific diets, this otherworldly culinary guide offers something for everyone. The aromatic Spiced Blossom Soup is perfect for plant-loving druids, and orcs will go berserk for the fall-off-the-bone Beer-Basted Boar Ribs. With alternatives to the more obscure ingredients—just in case you don’t have Chimaerok Chops lying around—this comprehensive cookbook will ensure that you have no trouble staying Well Fed.

Each chapter features dishes at a variety of skill levels for a total of more than one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for food and brews, including:

  • Ancient Pandaren Spices
  • Fel Eggs and Ham
  • Mulgore Spice Bread
  • Dragonbreath Chili
  • Graccu’s Homemade Meat Pie
  • Bloodberry Tart
  • Greatfather’s Winter Ale

Whether you’re cooking for two or revitalizing your raid group for a late-night dungeon run, World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook brings the flavors of Azeroth to life like never before.

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nanny oggs cookbookNanny Ogg’s Cookbook (Discworld) brings culinary delights from yet another alternate world of fantasy and good food. Authored by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan and Paul Kidby (Illustrator), the blurb goes as follows: ‘They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they’re as confused about anatomy as they gen’rally are about everything else, unless they’re talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.’

Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld’s most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby’s Mum’s Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette (‘If you go to other people’s funerals they’ll be sure to come to yours’), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.

Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.

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cooking for halflingsVS: Adding a thirteenth book here, on my blog which wasn’t in the AMAZING post – read on below this one for the final book featured, with a Harry Potter theme: Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls by Astrid Tuttle Winegar  (Author) and Geneva Harstine (Illustrator). The description: Filled with grown-up, comfort food inspired by Narnia and Middle-earth, this cookbook bursts with recipes that will help the reader evoke a sense or warmth and community; ranging from easy to relatively difficult, the dishes are fantastically delicious!

In Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, Tolkien scholar Astrid Tuttle Winegar has created ‘eleventy-one’ original recipes to inspire you. Lovingly illustrated and written with dry humor throughout, this charming cookbook is sure to delight you and your family, friends, and any other lucky halflings (or monsters) who show up in your kitchen. So crack open a beer, rustle up some “Gündürnüb’s Grüb,” and come along on this epic culinary journey. Your quest for delicious recipes is complete!

The eight chapters of this cookbook each imagines a restaurant (inn, café, or bistro) which caters to particular archetypal characters in the fantasy genre and presents a delicious meal for them. But don’t worry—you don’t have to be a gourmet monster chef! You simply need to love comfort food to enjoy all the recipes within.

“Halfling Hideaway” is the perfect cozy spot for characters small of stature, yet big of heart. Here, you can enjoy Stout & Sturdy Chicken & Dumplings, Six of One Half a Dozen Soup, and Nutty Honey Bars.

“The Inn of the Doughty Hero” provides hearty food for the hero on the move. This is the place to bring your freshly acquired game and any sort of fruits or vegetables you’ve managed to forage during your journeys in the wild. Beery Beef Stew, Cress Composition, and Healing Chocolate Chai will fortify you for your next outing. For now, stay and eat—and you might consider washing your hair and clothes for a change…

“Council Catering” helps you develop a sophisticated menu to help convince your heroes to risk their lives fulfilling dangerous quests. Order your impressive Celebration Cake here.

“Quest Depot” is your one-stop shop for nutritious, more portable goodies to bring on your Seemingly Hopeless Enterprise. Cheesy pies and buttery cookies will help you survive those perilous road trips.

“The Epic-Urean” caters to wizards, witches, and alchemists—characters who like a bit of danger and complexity in their meal preparations. You can dabble with Crackling Caramel Sauce, and enjoy the precision of Treasured Tidbits (sushi) and Sine Qua Non Chicken.

“Glitnír’s Hall” serves wholly hearty food for dwarves; mushrooms and bacon are quite popular in this establishment.

“Monstrous Morsels: The Hot Spot for Egregious Enemies” prepares surprisingly elegant food for trolls, orcs, goblins, and zombies. Monsters need comfort too, you know, and they will find it with dishes such as Fungus Liquid, Cold Dead Livid Bread, Chunks & Gobbets, and Must Eat Brain Food… Don’t worry—all the recipes in this restaurant come with more civilized names, so you can serve these dishes to people who don’t have warped senses of humor.

“Nympha Nemorosa” prepares delicate treats for woodland elves and sylvan sprites. With delicious dishes such as Leeky Potato Soup, Sweet Sylvan Buns with Honey Almond Butter, and Marmalade Gems, you might decide just to stay at home for days at a time—cooking, baking, and reading The Lord of the Rings and all of the Chronicles of Narnia. Now, that sounds like an extremely pleasant way to spend some time!

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unofficial harry potter cookbokOf course we mustn’t miss out on the world of Harry Potter and the unofficial cookbook associated with this beloved franchise which seemed to me to have the most enthusiastic reviews was The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory–More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook) by Dinah Bucholz. The blurb: Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.

A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid’s hut.

Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express.

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:

Treacle Tart–Harry’s favorite dessert

Molly’s Meat Pies–Mrs. Weasley’s classic dish

Kreacher’s French Onion Soup

Pumpkin Pasties–a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart

With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you’ll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!

I’ll end this post with something for the Hobbit in all of us, who relishes every meal (but especially second breakfast) –  An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery by Chris-Rachael Oseland   The synopsis: When a second generation geek with multiple degrees in history grows up to be a professional cookbook writer, it’s no surprise you end up with a lovingly researched book of Hobbit cookery.

Inside these pages you’ll find one chapter for each traditional Hobbit meal. In addition to being based on historic recipes revised to fit Tolkien’s specific vision of the Shire, the dishes have the following themes.

– Breakfast – hot, fast, traditional morning food

– Second Breakfast – cold, sturdy pies full of meat, veg and fruit to fuel a small adventure

– Elevenses – a hearty selection of breads to tide you over until Luncheon

– Luncheon – lighter fare appropriate for a pub

– Afternoon Tea – sweet biscuits, cakes and buns to accompany a caffeinated pick-me-up

– Supper – a hot meal of meat, veg, and mushrooms with a sweet finish

– Dinner – slow cooked roasts and puddings that take hours to make, but are well worth the wait.

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful winter holiday season and many hours of feasting!

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday NOV 27

alien surgeons seductionAs 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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ALIEN SURGEON’S SEDUCTION (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 10) by Mina Carter

She was his the moment she stepped aboard. He’ll fight everyone, even the emperor himself, to keep her…Like most Lathar, First Healer Isan K’Vass didn’t expect to ever find his mate. The genetic plague that had ravaged their race meant they had no females, and his tainted bloodline meant he would be last in line for one of the rare human females. Or it should.
Until a human combat team boards the Veral’vias and he see’s HER. Flame haired. Curvy. Dangerous. And all his, if the secrets in his blood don’t tear them apart first…

Aliens should not be hot. At all. Not ever. Shannon Taylor had one thing on her mind when she boarded the alien vessel. Her mission. But no plan survives first contact with the enemy and her rescue mission goes sideways quicker than a cat on a hot tin roof. Finding herself the prisoner of the Lathar, and one, hot as hades healer in particular, she needs to keep her wits about her if she’s ever going to get herself the hell of this alien ship.

However, the Lathar aren’t as bad as she’d been told and it’s all she can do to remember that Isan, her sexy healer, is the enemy. Only he’s not, he kisses like a dream, and they end up on the same side on a mission into dangerous territory to root out an enemy to both their people. But treachery lurks in the shadows and when Shannon is betrayed, will her warrior reach her in time. Or is their happily-ever-after over before it could begin?

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heart of the agraakHEART OF THE AGRAAK (MATE INDEX BOOK 9)  by S J Sanders

Agraadax was shaken by recent events and the breeding facility closed, but it has done little to ease the simmer of unrest rippling through Agraak society. In Aminae, one of the dome cities scattered on the few arid patches of land of the swampy planet, factions are rising against the cruelties of the upper raniks that rule their society. Kaede is a male devoted to the cause. His entire life has become focused on easing the suffering of his people. He has no time for anything else in his life. A human give into his care is the worst kind of distraction…a distraction that promises love and pleasure.
Frankie arrived on Agraadax masquerading as man. No one knows, not even the men with whom she serves in the Intergalactic fleet. For five years, her sole purpose has been bent on discovering any information that she could regarding the fate of her twin sister, Alisha. When Frankie is forced into hiding with the aid of an Agraak male in the midst of a rising revolution, she is put on a path that may change everything for both of their species. Fighting side by side with by a male who stirs her passions and makes her question everything she thought she knew; Frankie begins to wonder how she’ll ever leave Agraadax without him.

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storm watchSTORM WATCH by Kyndra Hatch

The dead speak from their moment in time. Love at first sight doesn’t exist. Maimed in a car accident years ago, Anna has had enough rejections to know. Then she falls into another world. Beyond space, out of time, and into the arms of a man that says he’s known her his entire life, Anna finds the love that has eluded her. But she must return to Earth for her most prized possession: a stone that her grandmother gave her. She does not know why, but the Stone calls to her, a pull that cannot be ignored.

Koryn does not want her to go. Speaking of an arduous, painful journey his own grandparents warned about, he tells her he would find his true love during this task. But his true love is with him, so his grandparents were wrong—Weren’t they?
Returning to Earth, Anna retrieves the Stone and returns to Koryn’s world. But she cannot find him. Learning that one hundred years have passed, she is devastated. Whispers speak of his death, but even the dead can’t find him.
A storm is brewing, something ancient and powerful awakening. A mysterious swamp witch foretells the dead aren’t really dead, that Anna will find the answers in the Eye of the Storm. Will Anna be reunited with Koryn? How? What must she endure to find their moment in time?

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falling for kindred clausFALLING FOR KINDRED CLAUS (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

It’s a week before Christmas and Lisa James is stuck in a dead-end job, playing Santa’s little Elf at the local mall. After fleeing her home to get away from an abusive drunk of a husband, she’s trying to keep a low profile, so it’s not exactly like she has her pick of career paths. Still, she can’t help feeling like she’s hit rock bottom…that is until the mysterious Kindred playing Santa at her mall shows up.

Asher is part of the Kindred Elite Espionage Corps. Sometimes he serves as an assassin, other times a diplomat, but he’s never been Santa before. And he’s not supposed to be now. When he mistakes Lisa for his contact and she mistakes him for the Kindred who is scheduled to be Old Saint Nick, two hours of confusion and peeing, puking kids are the result. After all, who ever heard of a seven-foot-tall Santa with fangs? The kids are scared, Asher is frustrated, and Lisa loses her job…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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mission her freedomMISSION: HER FREEDOM (TEAM 52 BOOK 6) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: OK, not scifi romance BUT I love her books whether they’re scifi or not, and I one clicked this one, so…

Former Naval Intelligence officer Brooks Jameson might have lots of muscles and ink, but he’s a proud geek. He loves computers and his job—taking care of all things tech for his covert, black ops team of badasses—Team 52. But when he finds himself snatched off a Las Vegas street and in the hands of some very bad people who are after a powerful, dangerous artifact, he knows he’s in a fight for survival. Then his teammate Callie Kimura—gorgeous and way-out-of-his-league—strides through the door to rescue him…

Callie’s childhood and career in the Air Force taught her to never risk loving anyone, because losing them leaves you bleeding. She has everything she needs as the medic for Team 52, and when Brooks gets abducted, she’ll do anything to get her friend back. But when they end up on the run together, Callie starts to see the hunky geek in a very different light.

As Callie and Brooks battle to stop a deadly artifact being used in an evil plan, they ignite a scorching desire that shocks them both. But some scars—and the demons that made them—run deep, and Brooks knows he’ll need all his intelligence, patience, and love to convince the beautiful combat medic to let her heart be free.

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caveman aliens enemyCAVEMAN ALIEN’S ENEMY (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 10) by Calista Skye

Mia – I’ve caught a dragon. He’s huge, silvery and so beautiful it physically hurts.
Or maybe that’s just my urge to run away from such a deadly creature. But a sudden, icy blizzard is raging outside on this dinosaur-infested planet, and I’m stuck with this, our worst enemy. I’ve bound him with steel wire, but if he snaps them I think I might be in for a world of hurt. He’s naked, and he has some very alien and extremely male features.
He can try what he wants. I have my crossbow. It’s on a hair trigger. And it’s loaded for dragon.

Kyandros – That round little female bound me. And now she’s just sitting there. The insanity! Can’t she see that I will murder her the first chance I get? I can’t tolerate this indignity. The moment I get loose, I’ll have my fun with her quite fetching body.
Then I will leave her as a red splotch on the snow. A dragon’s revenge is always death.

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seized and savagedSEIZED AND SAVAGED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Jude Gray

Bran – There are worse ways to make a living than traveling the worlds killing men.
Especially if you’re a woman with a grudge and a gift. Like me. I am part of the Zyrnx, but apart from them, as well. They believe in rescuing slaves. I believe in killing slave masters. I am not a savior of helpless victims—I am a killer of monsters. But as Taal says, sometimes I see a monster where a man stands. And the monster I have come to kill, he believes we are fated mates. Lifemates. Born for each other. I do not believe in such things. I believe in sex, fighting, and death–not love. Or maybe just not love for–or from–me.
Gael – I’ve been waiting for this female my entire life. She’s mine. I’m hers. Simple as that.

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things we chooseTHE THINGS WE CHOOSE by Jessica Grayson

When Marek had Anton plan a winter holiday getaway, he never anticipated peppermint. Terran alcoholic drinks don’t have an effect on V’loryns. But peppermint? There’s something about it that makes them lose all of their inhibitions.

Trouble is, it’s imperative that Marek and his V’loryn counterparts remain in control at all times. There are many things Terrans don’t know about V’loryns. Secrets that would make Terrans fear them. Turns out, some of the most terrifying ancient Terran myths are rooted in truth. And one small slip-up could ruin everything…This story is a continuation of the characters in Lost in the Deep End and is for readers who wanted a little more of their favorite couple. Don’t start here! Start with Lost in the Deep End.

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BADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3

badari warriors box setVS Note: Not new but it’s on sale for the first time ever at $.99!!! I figure since this is my blog, I can mention my own special sale LOL. If you haven’t tried this series about genetically engineered soldiers of the far future and the human women they love, here’s your chance to grab a deal!

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection. Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers. Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now. Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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steamed anthologySTEAMED: A STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY by Various

Welcome to STEAMED! Stories of romance, fantasy, and science fiction featuring the tinkerers, dreamers, and inventors of Steampunk. A collection of eight amazing stories by eight of the most talented and adored authors of Steampunk. It’s sure to get you Steamed.

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alien reindeers christmas miracleALIEN REINDEER’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 12) by Zara Zenia

Janice White loved Christmas, and taking a holiday trip to Finland was a dream come true. With her team in tow, including the jerk who always challenged her every decision, she set out to find Christmas legends for her doctorate dissertation. What she found was love at first sight.

Oskar Halfardsson was a Reilendeer, an alien living below Luosto Fell in a village his kind built away from the prying eyes of humans. When the group of Americans showed up in a nearby village, Oskar set out to spread joy and cheer. Legend has it that Reilendeer were known for such jovial traditions which fed their spirits. With one look at Janice, Oskar knew without a doubt that he’d met his mate. All he had to do was convince her that some legends are real and need protected, and that he was the protector for her.

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alien reindeers flightTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S FLIGHT (A WINTER STARR BOOK 14) by S A Ravel and Starr Huntress

VS Note: Although the only review at press time was 2 stars and fairly scathing, I thought  for completeness I should include this one as I’ve covered all the others in the set. Your mileage may vary when it comes to your review!

Haj’erel of Thule is his people’s greatest fear: a failed warrior. Forbidden to serve. Forbidden to return. Forbidden to love. Maimed and abandoned on Earth, he discovers a woman clinging to life alone in a frozen wasteland. A woman destined to be his mate. Is she his redemption or his final punishment?
All Audrey Pope wants for Christmas is one last hot chocolate with her baby sister, but instead she stumbles upon an. . .alien reindeer?

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blood and venomBLOOD AND VENOM: A SARAZEN SAGA ANTHOLOGY by Isabel Wroth

VS note: Author’s note: NOT INTENDED TO BE READ AS A STAND ALONE NOVEL!
Author HIGHLY recommends you read Sarazen’s Hunt prior to this novel, otherwise there will be much confusion….

Erufir has been a fugitive, a slave, and through an ironic twist of fate becomes a science experiment. As he waits alongside his blood brother for the testing to begin, he is baffled when Zyre suddenly begins talking to himself. In the darkness of the lab, the ephemeral figure of a female ghosts back and forth, tormenting the crazed scientist, Reykar. At first, Zyre seems to be the only one able to see or hear the female, but soon enough the beautiful apparition finds a way into Erufir’s dreams and convinces him that though she’s technically dead, she’s as alive and real as can be.
Her body was destroyed long before their arrival, but if they want to resurrect the female meant to be their mate, the brothers must return home to make a dangerous bargain. A life, for a life.

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liams encounterLIAM’S ENCOUNTER (KILFANE INCURSION 1) by Elle Jackson

Special Agent Liam Allen cherishes the peace on his farm between assignments hunting aliens for the military. But when a terrible storm brings destruction, Liam finds the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen at the end of the rainbow.Eshe speaks a language he’s never heard and hates wearing clothes. Their passion burns hot, but she’s an explorer from another world, and he’s supposed to kill her. Will she kill him first, or will fated love save them both?

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mission nutcrackerMISSION NUTCRACKER (INSPECTOR DAVIDSON MYSTERIES) by Cecelia Dominic

VS note: Saw this on the Whiskey With My Book blog…

Terminus, 1871. Fiona Telfair won’t give up her gears and gadgets for the ball and chain of marriage. But her future as a tinkerer comes under attack when nutcracker automatons raid the trade hall masquerade party and kidnap her fellow inventors. With her brilliant engineer father among those taken, Fiona’s only hope of rescuing him lies with the captivating rail baron who rescued her from the fray.

Devon Meriweather can only keep his train empire on track if he marries into an influential family. And he also needs the connections to make sure his chronically ill sibling can marry well. So no matter how engaging and beautiful the firmly working-class Fiona may be, he knows she’ll only ever be a partner in solving crimes.

As they work closely hunting for clues to the strange aether-powered apparatus and magical mice, the intrepid duo can’t deny their budding feelings. But neither can afford a distracting courtship with the growing threat of the nutcrackers and their deadly chompers. Can Fiona and Devon expose the menacing mastermind behind the machines and make their passion run like clockwork?

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catfishing on catnetCATFISHING ON CATNET: A NOVEL by Naomi Kritzer

VS note: Expanded from a Hugo and Locus Award winning story. YA.  On my TBR list.

How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks. Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

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narzekNARZEK (FARSEEK WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Clarissa Lake

Lieutenant Commander Narzek Pardantu’s family was counted among the missing after the Sargan bombed his world to ruin and stole the survivors to make them slaves of the Sargus Empire. With most of his own family still missing, Narzek volunteered for the next mission to search them with half of the Farseek Brigade’s small fleet of ten dreadnaughts. The other half would remain to protect the Farseek system as their homes and infrastructure were being rebuilt.

When he finds his solmatu or soulmate, he uses his rank to have her brought aboard Dreadnaught Ten instead of sending her to the passenger ship with the rest of the rescues. Then he has to explain it to Cayla Fox, who was abducted from Earth and forced into slavery in the Sargus Empire. As the heat of passion rises between them, so does the danger level of their mission. Will they survive the mission so they can return to Farseek to have the life they were planning together?

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taken stacy jonesTAKEN (TAKEN SERIES BOOK 1) by Stacy Jones

A deadly alien arena isn’t the place to fall in love…For the last three years, Special Agent Aria Taylor’s nights have been filled with images of battling alien beings in a foreign land with purple skies and two suns. She thought they were just strange nightmares, but when a therapist suggests lucid dreaming, she wakes to find herself trapped in an alien arena, forced to fight in gruesome, deadly tournaments as one of their gladiators.

She needed to escape that place and make her captors pay… but if she’s going to have any chance of success, she needs help. Hazy memories push her to find two males. She doesn’t know their names, or where they’re from, but she recognizes them the moment she sees them, and her heart tells her they are hers just as much as she is theirs. Together Aria, Tirox, and Kix fight to free the beings enslaved with them and take down the Overlord, all while trying to understand the soul-deep bond they share.
A deadly alien arena isn’t the place to fall in love, but Aria isn’t sure she can help herself.

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art and making of the expanseTHE ART AND MAKING OF THE EXPANSE by Titan Books

VS note: Hardback only. I know there are many Expanse fans in the group! I adore “making of” books myself…

Official companion book to the hugely successful TV series, showcasing spectacular concept art and candid behind-the-scenes photography, accompanied by quotes from the showrunners.
The Expanse is a modern TV revelation. Adapted from the hugely popular novels by James S. A. Corey, this Hugo Award-winning story of conspiracy, adventure and intrigue in a galaxy tearing itself apart through civil war has captivated audiences worldwide with its high-concept vision of the future.
The Art and Making of The Expanse goes behind the scenes of the first three seasons of the show, exploring how the bestselling books were turned into one of the most highly regarded science fiction TV series of the 21st century. Packed with stunning concept art and compelling photography, the cast, crew and creators reveal the ideas, processes, inspirations and obstacles behind the making of this massively popular series.

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hauntings and humbugHAUNTINGS AND HUMBUG by Melanie Karsak

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian London, and Ebony Scrooge is hard at work tinkering weapons of mass destruction and avoiding all things Christmas. When the spirit of her deceased partner, Jacqueline Marley, warns Ebony that she will be visited by three ghosts, Ebony writes the visitation off as a dream. But on this Christmas Eve, the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future must try to pull off a miracle, restoring Ebony’s heart before it’s too late.Hauntings and Humbug is a retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, set in New York Times bestselling author Melanie’s Karsak’s steampunk universe.

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mutual trustMUTUAL TRUST (BONDS OF THE LEVEKK BOOK 1) by Lea Linnett

Falling for her alien captor was never part of the plan…Captured by an alien enemy. Locked away behind buzzing forcefields by creatures with flashing, golden scales and claws that can cut through steel. Bree only wanted to find her mom, but now these Invaders want her to give up the location of her people, who have outrun the enemy for centuries. She can’t do that. And despite all her training, these aliens are too big to fight.
One of them is different, though. Marek. He hasn’t got any claws, his scales are gnarled and strange in places, and his eyes pin her with an intensity that makes her shudder.
He wants to study her. He wants to take her apart and reveal all her secrets. Bree can tell he’s hiding something, too. There must be a reason why he looks so different. But he also says he’ll keep her “safe.” Can she trust him? Or will he be the downfall of not only her, but her people as well?

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taji from beyond the ringsTAJI FROM BEYOND THE RINGS by R Cooper

The Interplanetary Trade Coalition has not been welcomed with open arms by the Sha Empire. Isolated at the far edge of a distant system, the Sha are distrustful of outsiders, and previous I.P.T.C. diplomatic missions have ended with members imprisoned or dead. But, if pushed enough, the I.P.T.C. will overrun the planet to take what it wants. The situation is already precarious when student linguist Taji Ameyo is conscripted to translate for the newest I.P.T.C. ambassador. Taji, used to being alone, has never learned to hide his heart or his opinions, and the controlled Sha nobility regard little, outspoken human Taji with fascination, calling him shehzha.

Mysterious, coveted figures, so devoted to their lovers that pleasing them is a test of Shavian honor, shehzha are usually kept out of public view. Taji is a nobody, hardly alluring, and yet it’s not long before his runaway mouth gets him entangled in imperial politics, and he has no one rely on but the soldiers assigned to protect him—one soldier, more than the others.

At the mercy of both a greedy trade coalition and a proud empire, Taji has to determine what it means to be shehzha, while surrounded by ambitious noble families and a sharp-eyed emperor, and hopefully learn enough about the Sha to keep him and everyone he cares about alive.

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hating you mating youHATING YOU MATING YOU (CHAMPIONS OF ATAXIA BOOK 2) by Athena Storm

Just a human girl. Living on a lonely world. She took the midnight ship goin’ anywhere….
I’m just a Grolgath boy. Born and raised to kill and destroy. Been lookin’ for her everywhere… Cosmic shakes and a burger, too. With some Vakutan fries and an Odex stew. If she’s my mate, we can share the night ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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crexCREX (CAPTURED BY ALIENS BOOK 2) by A G Wilde

There are two types of hell. The one priests preach about and then this. Stuck on an alien slave ship, Piper is auctioned and thrown into a cell with … something. He’s an alien with a reputation. A warrior. A beast. A killer. He is dangerous. A creature with a cold, cold heart…one not unlike her own. You’d think falling for an alien killing machine was something so far-fetched it would never happen. Well, so was being abducted out of 7.5 billion other humans on Earth—and that had occurred so…Hey, what’s the worst that could happen?

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farin the darkFARIN THE DARK: THE TELLOX ACCORDS by Kelly Lucille

Twenty years after Sara, the first compatible Tellox mate was discovered on Earth, a new generation has come of age. Farin the Dark, High Commander of the Tellox warriors, has brokered a deal with both the quickly adapting government of Earth and the planets of the intergalactic Alliance for the right to test females for bonding compatibility with his warriors. The Tellox Accords, as they came to be known as, gave the Tellox hope for lives that consisted of more than just battle and endless wandering. Between the Accords and the coming of age of the first females to be born Tellox in thousands or years, there is new hope for his people. But what happens when a warrior sets his sights on a woman who is not bound by the accords? When you are Tellox? You go hunting.

Ember, Siren of the Trios, is no easy prey. Her manipulated genetics and hidden past guarantee that she is as dangerous as she is alluring.
Now a past she thought she had destroyed is catching up with her, and her present if full of danger and the allure of a pushy High Commander she is not sure she wants to escape.

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trip kiki burrelliTRIP (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Kiki Burrelli and Crista Crown

He’s a warrior, yes, but Trip has always considered himself more of a tactician. He can see what’s coming and plan for it. Until his kif’s ship is suddenly taken by space pirates, and he discovers his mate is one of the most confounding creatures he has ever met.

Luk’s people live by one rule: might is right. They see what they want, and take it. When Luk’s ship comes across an alien craft, nothing is standing in their way, except a ragtag pack of warrior aliens. One of which Luk feels indescribably drawn to. But it isn’t as easy as wanting and taking. Luk has always worked hard to be as ruthless as his brother, the captain. But Trip makes him want to be gentle.

As long as he stood with his brother, he was invincible. But now he has a mate, and when he discover’s he’s pregnant, the vicious men of his ship scent weakness, something that the captain cannot accept. To protect their child, Luk will have to rely on Trip’s brains and the strength of his kif. It undermines everything Luk has ever stood for… and if Trip can’t stay one step ahead of the pirates, they’re all doomed.

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draconians queenDRACONIANS QUEEN (DRACONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Juno Wells

Sold from one species to another isn’t the dream I had when I signed up for an alien husband…The promise of being electronically matched with a wealthy, handsome alien husband and going from a dying Earth to a new, healthy world seemed like an impossible dream. After securing a successful match, I left with my meager possessions and dreams of starting over.

Instead of a better life, our transport ship was raided and was abducted. Everyone else was sold off at various stops until there was no one left but me. When my turn came, I fought to escape but failed miserably. Every species in the ‘verse is bigger, stronger and more dominant than humans. I never stood a chance. Sold from one species to another, I finally managed to slip away and quickly learn that escaping was the easy part. Actually surviving, turns out to be much more challenging. Only one alien will help me and we survive by watching each other’s backs.

I attract the notice of a group of Draconian warriors. They speak my language and tell me in no uncertain terms what they want to do with me. Four drop dead gorgeous aliens wanting a mate would seem like a dream come true, except each of them is extremely dominant and I’m not sure if this is just another way of being owned. ..(more blurb ion ebook seller page…)

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pit stopCHANGELING ENCOUNTER: PIT STOP (TERRAN FILES BOOK 2) by Echo Ishii

VS note: A short story.

When space captain Fiona makes a Pit Stop with two very hot passengers, it may be the best decision she’s ever made.

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red eye episode threeRED EYE: SEASON ONE EPISODE THREE: AN ARMAGEDDON ZOMBIE SURVIVAL THRILLER by Eli Constant and Claire C Riley

VS Note: This series has been under my radar till now, sounds interesting. I wonder if each book is a cliffhanger, since it seems to be modeled on a TV show format? I bought book one and will see how it goes.

When a red-eye flight from London to Los Angeles brings two strangers together, they have no idea that it’s the end of the bloody world! Rose, a British runaway, is ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Her hopes are high, her funds are low, and nothing is going to rain on her parade. Except maybe the apocalypse!

Sam is an American ballerina on her way home from a hellish vacation. She’s tired of culture, tired of traveling, and seriously tired of men. She can’t wait to get home. That is until everyone turns into flesh-eating zombies! Neither woman expects their exhausting overnight flight to devolve into bloody carnage of terror and mayhem. But when you’re over 30,000 feet in the air and there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide…
what else can you do but team up with as many survivors as possible and try to stay alive?

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mirror mazeTHE MIRROR MAZE by Dianne Hartsock

VS Note: Listed in SciFi & Gay erotica

Cory loves the carnival. Even as an adult, the lights and color, flashing rides, popcorn and cotton candy, all hold a special allure for him. Especially this year, when the men seem extraordinarily beautiful and Jules, the barker for the Mirror Maze, ran away with his heart from the moment Cory first saw him in his purple-satin and leather uniform.

For Jules, the carnival is life, the other carnies his family, friends, lovers. He can’t think of anywhere else he’d rather be. But the carnival has a secret that, if found out, could bring an end to their ideal existence. What with falling in love with a local man and a detective dogging their heels about the body found on the hill above the fairgrounds, his perfect life just might be changing, and he has no idea if it is for the better.

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gathererTHE GATHERER (THE GATHERER SERIES BOOK 1) by Colleen Winter

VS Note: I was intrigued, put this on my TBR list.

Storm Freeman gave the world a miracle. She designed The Gatherer to draw electromagnetic energy from the air and disperse free and infinite electricity to rural and underprivileged communities. Her invention helped people but devalued power industries. Some revered Storm as a deity. Others saw her as an eco-terrorist.

Then the miracle became a curse. The Gatherer unleashed a plague that damaged the human electrical system, bringing pain, suffering—and eventual death—to anyone continually exposed to the technology. Stricken herself, Storm goes into exile, desperate to find a cure—and destroy her invention.

But there are people in the government and in the corporation that funded The Gatherer who refuse to publicly acknowledge the connection between the device and the spreading plague. And they will stop at nothing to find Storm and use her genius for military applications .

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starsightSTARSIGHT (SKYWARD BOOK 2) by Brandon Sanderson

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

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie. But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

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rise of magicksTHE RISE OF MAGICKS: CHRONICLE OF THE ONE, BOOK 3 by Nora Roberts

After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness—if, indeed, they can be saved.

Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal—and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny—to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all—she will need an army behind her.

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where winter finds youWHERE WINTER FINDS YOU: A CALDWELL CHRISTMAS (THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES) by J R Ward

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

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edge of darknessEDGE OF DARKNESS: A HUNTER LEGACY NOVEL (MIDNIGHT BREED LEGACY BOOK 3) by Lara Adrian

In the newest Hunter Legacy paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian, Breed vampire and former assassin Knox is a solitary man, closed off to the pain of love—and loss. He deals in death and dark justice, expecting nothing in return . . . until a desperate beauty enlists his lethal assistance and tempts not only his hunger, but his wounded heart as well.

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gilded roseGILDED ROSE: A BEAUTY & THE BEAST RETELLING (THE CELESTIALS BOOK 1) by Emma Hamm

A monster is holding me hostage inside a chateau. The world is plagued by creatures called the Dread. And he’s their king. I’ve tried to run. I’ve tried to hide. But there’s no escaping him. He wants to turn me into one of the creatures.  Unless… I find a way to break the curse. A curse that has turned him into the monster that he is. He wasn’t supposed to destroy cities. He’s one of the Celestials meant to save humanity. As I uncover the truth and break his curse, I wonder if I’ve lost myself in the process. Can I still escape him? Or has he taken my heart forever?

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elemental fae academy book 3ELEMENTAL FAE ACADEMY BOOK 3 by Lexi C Foss and J R Thorn

How is a girl supposed to concentrate with five hot fae mentors? It’s not like I have a lot to do or anything. Royal Coronations. Finals. A Solstice Ball. And a mother hellbent on ruining the fae world. Just another ordinary day for me, Claire Summers, the halfling fae with access to all five elements. Everyone is counting on me, even my esteemed mentor, Elana. Because I’m the only one with enough power to take my mother down.
But what if it’s all a lie? What if the bad guy I’ve been chasing all along is the one standing right by my side?
I’m in for the fight of my life with five fae protectors and an ally I never saw coming. It’s up to us to save the Fae Kingdom before it’s too late. And it’ll require giving my heart to all my mates, to guard and to hold, for eternity and beyond.

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opheliaOPHELIA by Tara Brown

VS Note: No idea if this has an HEA. Listed as a romance, which is what she usually writes…

For generations, the Agards have served the “kings” of New Denmark, a city controlled by the Jacobi crime family.
Ophelia Agard has spent her life dreaming of being free of it all, and now at nineteen, that dream has the chance to become a reality.
Until her fate is forcibly tied to the young prince of New Denmark, who is destined to be king. Ophelia is pushed into the den of temptation, put there by her own mother, a woman desperate to see her family advance. But Ophelia’s heart is won over by the one person she is meant to deceive.
Prince Lucas Hamlet Jacobi, a young man who favors freedom over family and has no interest in taking over the kingdom. His father’s untimely death has all eyes on him, but he finds himself in the middle of a grand conspiracy. And standing next to him is none other than the one girl he promised he would never love. Forbidden romance whirls in the air amidst war and a plot to take over the city.
But this is not a love story.
This is a tragedy.
This is a tale of ghosts. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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savage as hellSAVAGE AS HELL (THE DEMON ACADEMY BOOK 3) by G Bailey

There can only be one king of hell, and only one fallen angel to hold the title. I didn’t know that until my angel fell into hell for me. Morgan challenged the current king, with the whole of DA bought to hell to watch. The winner not only gets the title, but he also gets control of everything hell holds.
Including me. I just hope my angel doesn’t lose too much of himself to save me in the end.
I won’t let him. I can’t. With my wolf, my demon princes and my angel, I should be able to survive hell. Right? Once the fallen fall, they must never rise again.

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floodtideFLOODTIDE (A NOVEL OF ALPENNIA) by Heather Rose Jones 

VS note: Paperback only, so far.

The streets are a perilous place for a young laundry maid dismissed without a character for indecent acts. Roz knew the end of the path for a country girl alone in the city of Rotenek. A desperate escape in the night brings her to the doorstep of Dominique the dressmaker and the hope of a second chance beyond what she could have imagined. Roz’s apprenticeship with the needle, under the patronage of the royal thaumaturgist, wasn’t supposed to include learning magic, but Celeste, the dressmaker’s daughter, draws Roz into the mysterious world of the charm-wives. When floodwaters and fever sweep through the lower city, Celeste’s magical charms could bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor of Rotenek, but only if Roz can claim the help of some unlikely allies.

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water witchWATER WITCH: A DUSTIN WALKER ANTHOLOGY AND OTHER TALES by RJ Blain

When Dustin Walker’s witchcraft awakens, he discovers he harbors a leviathan, one that could destroy him—and his family—should he fail to learn how to control his powers.
Dustin Walker first appeared in the Witch & Wolf standalone novel, Beneath a Blood Moon, and is featured in the majority of stories in this anthology.
While some of these stories were first revealed to newsletter subscribers, there are numerous never-before-seen tales in this volume.
In addition to Dustin’s stories, you will find tales featuring characters from the Witch & Wolf World and Requiem for the Rift King world, along with a single story from the zany Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) world. Double Trouble: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) is also available outside of this anthology.

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double trouble**Double Trouble by RJ Blain

VS Note: This book is a standalone OR it was also included in the WATER WITCH volume above, which I don’t quite understand (releasing it on the same day in two places, kind of) but here it is if you’d like to have it just by itself.

This novel is also included in Water Witch: a Dustin Walker Anthology and Other Tales by RJ Blain. Layla, a recovering drug addict, reformed kleptomaniac, and general troublemaker, believes she has a one-way ticket straight to hell to go with her general rap sheet. Instead of jail time, she’s ordered to perform ninety days of community service. Her job is simple: she must keep two unicorns out of trouble. It doesn’t take her long to learn the truth: she’s been assigned to a dose of double trouble, and wherever the unicorns go, chaos and mayhem follow in their wake. One wants to take over the world.
The other wants in her pants. Unless she pulls out all the stops, Layla won’t escape her community service time single or sane.

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wolfromancerWOLFROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 3) by Kaye Draper

Until a couple months ago, Esper would have said having not one, but two hot paranormal lovers would be the most exciting thing to ever happen in her painfully dull life. But that was before some ancient…thing asked her to save his life. Then there’s the werewolf. And the goblins. And the cat that isn’t just a cat….The supernatural world is revealing itself to Esper at an annoying rate, and all the assholes seem to have expectations. To top it off, Esper’s best friend is acting sketchy. And someone keeps trying to abduct the frumpy necromancer off the street. How can she get to know her gorgeous medium and learn how to support her stupidly needy vampire, when she can’t even go one whole day without another supernatural problem falling in her lap?

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his protective matesHIS PROTECTIVE MATES (BROKEN OAKS PACK BOOK 1) by L N Manning

Marcus Mallory lived in hell under his uncle, a cruel and sadistic alpha that long ago stopped caring who he hurt, including his own family. When Marcus’s brother, Lucas, challenges their uncle, the alpha cheats, leaving the brothers no choice but to run for their lives.

Jace “J-Rod” Malone and Aaron Carrington are fated mates, but not your normal pairing. Both are alpha-born and know something is missing from their relationship. When they are called upon to help some friends, they find that missing something, another mate.
But when Marcus disappears, can Aaron and Jace find him before it’s too late? Will they be able to stand together when another family conflict tries to force them apart? As their lives narrow to a single moment in time, are they strong enough together to move forward; as three?

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eyes in the darknessEYES IN THE DARKNESS (THE COVETED) by Ripley Proserpina and Rebecca Royce

There’s something in the darkness, and it’s watching her…Lacey Madison wants to be like every other teenager. She wants to wave to her best friend, and have him wave back. She wants to kiss a boy, and for him to stay in town. She wants to go to school, and not be accused of murder.
But bad things are always happening around her, and in this dusty little desert town, nothing is what it seems. Lacey’s entire life has been leading to something, and those eyes in the desert darkness hold all the answers.

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amethyst c y jonesAMETHYST by CY Jones

Amethyst is a curse worker on the run after hexing her ex. (He he that rhymes) On the bus to Silver Springs, she meets a set of hot twins but with a vengeful ex after her and a group of pissed off vampires, she’s a little distracted. In a town she swore she would never return to she runs into her old tormentor, a hot af wolf shifter, befriends an angel, and spends more time ducking and dodging her family members than she would like. Lady Luck is supposed to be on her side, but with so many problems, what’s a girl to do? Maybe a pumpkin spiced drink and 3 hotter than hell supernaturals is just what Amethyst needs, or will her hatred over her past keep her from opening her heart and have her end up hexing herself.

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taymeTAYME (WERE ZOO BOOK 8) by R E Butler

Bear shifter Tayme has called the Amazing Adventures Safari Park home his whole life. He and his family, along with the members of his sleuth, live underneath the park in secret. The fact that shifters own and run the park is a well-guarded secret from humans, who don’t know about their existence, but it makes for some pretty lonely shifters. Tayme’s hoping to find his soulmate someday, but he doesn’t know where to look. All he can do is rely on fate and keep his fingers crossed that she’ll show up sooner rather than later.

Red fox shifter Rory is an oddity, an orphan living with the owl shifters who killed her family. When her best friend Jessica is injured during a flight and winds up in the arms of her soulmate, Rory is the only one in the entire nest who supports her. On a trip to visit her bestie, she’s carted off into the woods by a huge male, and she knows she’s found the one male on the planet meant for her.

While Tayme’s family and sleuth welcome her with open arms, the owl nest is anything but welcoming. A meet up with her adoptive parents ends in bloodshed, and Rory feels like she’s once again an orphan. Until strangers come knocking on the park’s front gate one dark night and offer her a chance to be with her own kind again. When faced with the decision, will she remain in the zoo or leave?

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provoke mePROVOKE ME (THE LAST VOCARI BOOK 2) by Elena Lawson

I’ve been captured. Don’t even get me started on how pissed off I am. My rage is raging.
Azrael is the most powerful vampire I’ve ever encountered, and I hate knowing I can’t beat him. He’s brought me to this creepy cave because he thinks he can synthesize a cure for vampirism from my pure Vocari blood. I think he’s insane.
Doesn’t really matter, though. If I don’t do what Azrael wants, he says he’s going to hurt my guys. I can’t allow that. With no other option, I decide to be a good little Rose until I can find a way out of this mess.
But while I’m preoccupied with one ancient vampire, I discover there’s another out for my blood. Azrael plans to wield it. The other wants only to spill it.
It seems I’ve been caught in a game of celestial tug-of-war between the two oldest and strongest vampires on earth.What else could possibly go wrong?

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eidola projectTHE EIDOLA PROJECT by Robert Herold

VS note: Not a romance, listed as horror BUT one of the reviewers said it was like an 1800’s ghostbusters type team – not that it was comedic but the types of adventures…anyway, off beat but here we are.

It’s 1885 and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium’s séance. A strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife.
The Eidola Project is an intrepid group of explorers dedicated to bringing the light of science to that which has been feared, misunderstood, and often manipulated by charlatans. They are a psychology professor, his assistant, an African-American physicist, a sideshow medium, and now a derelict, each possessing unique strengths and weaknesses.
Called to the brooding Hutchinson Estate to investigate rumored hauntings, they encounter deadly supernatural forces and a young woman driven to the brink of madness. Will any of them survive?

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queens of wings and stormsQUEENS OF WINGS AND STORMS by Various

Searching for myths and magic? Queens of Wings and Storms in a fiery collection of fantasy and urban fantasy tales from today’s bestselling and the hottest new authors.
Fly with dragons, witches, and burn whole kingdoms to the ground as you explore one new fantastical world after the next. From urban fantasy streets to forgotten lands, our heroines and queens are poised to rule it all.
One click today, before the fire is snuffed out on this limited time offer.

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knight of the silver circleKNIGHT OF THE SILVER CIRCLE (DRAGONSLAYER BOOK 2) by Duncan M Hamilton

Dragons have returned after a thousand years, but greater dangers lurk in the shadows…As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Guillot dal Villerauvais is drawn farther into the life and service he had left far behind. Solène attempts to come to terms with the great magical talent she fears is as much a curse as a blessing, while the Prince Bishop’s quest for power twists and turns, and takes on a life of its own. With dragons to slay, and an enemy whose grip on the kingdom grows ever tighter, Gill and his comrades must fight to remain true to themselves, while standing at the precipice of a kingdom in peril.

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dragon deniedDRAGON DENIED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 7) by Viola Grace

Zzara was excited and happy on the day it all fell apart. Her father had married another dragon and the new lady of the house had no interest in his mistress living on her new property.
Her mother takes her own life, her father is trying to pretend that she doesn’t exist, but that is not something Zzara is willing to tolerate. Not anymore. The investigators bring her to her father’s house and Zzara makes sure that her father’s new wife understands what her threats brought about.
She flees to the desert, a plan to start over at Rekker City, but she takes a few days to mourn. A hidden child, she had never had a plan for a life away from her mother. She meets those who are willing to help her make those first steps and then she is off and running.

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unrequited heartUNREQUITED HEART: HOLY CITY VAMPIRES BOOK II by L A  McGinnis

Logan Dean’s happily-ever-after was only a week away. A fairy tale wedding.  To the vampire king of Charleston. Unfortunately, she never even tasted the cake. Thrown into the past by a vengeful rival, Logan must navigate the unfamiliar waters of 1780, face an old nemesis and find her way back to Ian before her enemies hunt her down.

Ian Grant almost lost Logan once and vowed it will never happen again. But when she disappears on their wedding night, not leaving a single clue behind, he swears he’ll never stop searching. Is the love that binds them strong enough to withstand two hundred years and an adversary willing to do anything to keep them apart?

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her christmas elfHER CHRISTMAS ELF (ROMANCING THE FAE BOOK 1) by Jax Garren

A drunk guy in a mall elf costume ruining Carrie’s favorite sweater is not a promising start…But at least he makes her laugh—a holiday miracle. In the two years since a miscarriage at Christmas broke up her once fairy-tale marriage, the most “wonderful” time of year has become no more than a grim reminder of all she’s lost. Though the elf-man promises to pay back the sweater-debt, she assumes that’s the last she’ll see of the charming stranger. But when she crosses paths with him again and odd things start to happen, Carrie begins to wonder if she’s somehow made a deal with an actual elf.

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third eye blindTHIRD EYE BLIND (MYSTIC HALLOWS HAREM BOOK 4) by Nikki Landis

VS Note: Author states this is the 4th ‘episode’ in a series of 13.

The Third Eye is blind …Roman English has struck again and now I have no choice but to seek him out and end his brutal attack against the witches of Salem.
When our ability to see into the future is compromised, I trust in an unlikely duo to reach Hell and confront Roman. The depths of the Underworld reveal much more than I’m prepared for. I’m confronted with the real enemy. Shocking revelations lead me down a dark path of no return.
Will my Cosan crumble apart when our loyalty is tested? Can I save the ones I love without compromising my soul or exposing the Salem witches to corruption?

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beauty stacy claflinBEAUTY: A NOVELLA by Stacy Claflin

Chase Williams is desperate to find Penelope Jackson, and the only shot he has is by locating a specific mirror. Even then, his chances are slim. He can’t operate it, so she’d have to tumble through it to his exact time.
Penelope has been traveling through various years in her history in search of her parents’ killers. She’d been with the agency so long, she can hardly remember life before. She relies on her trusty mirror to take her to the times and places she needs to go.
Then one day, she stumbles out into a strange new place… and meets a man who clearly knows who she is. But she’s never seen him before—of that much, she’s sure. Unless her future self has? The possibilities are too numerous to count, and the implications could be disastrous. Is this man trustworthy or out to get her? Giving her heart over could be the only way to find out for sure. Or it could lead to her ultimate demise. And maybe the destruction of time as we know it.

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wickerlightTHE WICKERLIGHT by Mary Watson

It’s been two months since Zara’s sister Laila was found lifeless on the village green of the small Irish town Kilshamble, not a mark on her. Vicious rumors circle that she died of an overdose or committed suicide–but an autopsy finds no evidence.
Zara believes somebody must know what happened, and she throws herself headfirst into an investigation. But retracing her sister’s footsteps takes her to David, a member of an ancient magical faction called the judges. The judges are in the midst of an ancient feud with another faction called the augurs, and Zara quickly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous, twisted game. And if she isn’t careful on the path she’s treading, she could end up with the same fate as Laila.

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crystal wing academy book 2CRYSTAL WING ACADEMY: BOOK TWO: DRAGONSWORN by Marty Mayberry

I survived Orientation at Crystal Wing Academy–barely–and now it’s time to learn how to control my power. After destroying a power-sucking slake before he killed my friends, I’m feeling stronger and more confident than ever. Donovan and I are together, I’m pulling in more threads than before, and I have new abilities I’m excited to master… So I might be flunking Magical Creatures & How to Tame Them. Not everything comes easy, right? When I stumble over a dead girl–one of eight Outlings at the Academy–and she’s marked with an O and a #7, it’s clear someone’s copycatting the Outling murders that took place one-hundred years ago.

With the clock ticking down and more Outlings turning up dead, I’ll soon be next. Last time, every Outling at the Academy was murdered. But the killer is about to learn this Outling wizard won’t go down without a fight.

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below the baublesBELOW THE BAUBLES (SEVEN WARDENS BOOK 8) by Laura Greenwood and Skye MacKinnon

Even Christmas doesn’t come without complications for kelpie shifter Macey. Her dreams of a quiet evening with her men are ruined when worrying news arrives from Germany (delivered by a garden gnome, no less). At least this time, it isn’t all work and no play, there’s plenty of time to warm up from the cold outside for the Wardens.

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academy of spells and wishesACADEMY OF SPELLS AND WISHES by Various incl Skye MacKinnon

Welcome to the Academy of Spells And Wishes. Delve into eleven tales of lessons, magic, and academy life.

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seducing the huntressSEDUCING THE HUNTRESS (NIGHTMIX BOOK 3) by Mel Teshco

She wants to kill him. He wants to possess her body and give her ultimate pleasure.
Isabella suffered an unimaginable loss at the teeth and claws of a vicious nightmix. She grew up wanting nothing more than to hunt and kill every last shape shifting black panther in the kingdom. What she doesn’t expect is to go from hunter to hunted. Never expects to be captured by the nightmix monster, Reuben, and taken to his cabin, where he plays her body like a finely tuned instrument. Their erotic connection is explosive, but Reuben is the enemy. Or is he?

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bisclavretBISCLAVRET by K L Noone

A very long time ago, in the very old forests of Brittany, a werewolf loved a king …The Lord Bisclavret has a secret. A family enchantment. A wolf’s curse, transforming him when the moon is full. He hopes to be a good lord for his people, and he’s always been a loyal king’s man, even if the new king is inexperienced and scholarly. But one betrayal might leave him trapped in wolf-shape forever … unless his king can save him.

Andreas would rather be a University scholar than a king, and has no interest in a royal marriage — desire’s always come slowly, if at all. But he loves his kingdom, so he’ll try to protect it, even when rumors of a man-killing wolf spread across his land. He’ll pick up a sword and go out on a hunt, and hope to keep his people safe. But the wolf has the eyes of a man, and the scholar-king’s knowledge of folklore and fairy-stories might break a werewolf’s curse … with the help of love.

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earth dragons kissEARTH DRAGON’S KISS (HIGH HOUSE DRACONIS BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

Nearly five years ago, Sarah Mingott moved to the little town of Plymouth Falls. She says it was to help support her grandmother, but the truth is darker than that. Hiding her secrets was easy, until she lost her job. Now she’s forced to turn to the one place she doesn’t want to go. She hates rich people, and so when the owner takes a special interest in her, the last thing she wants is his attention. It doesn’t matter how handsome he is, or how good he looks in his suit. Or the way he makes her body feel when he looks at her with those unusual eyes.

Earth dragon Jax Drakon was awakened for one purpose: to forge an alliance between the various shifter nations, to combat the growing vampire threat. His efforts are going about as well as his attempts to gain the attention of his newest employee, a curvy five-foot-five, browned-haired bombshell hiding behind glasses. That is to say, not well. Rebuffed at every turn, he can’t figure out why she won’t give him the time of day. Unfortunately for him, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind either.

Sarah just wants a normal job without the special perks Jax is trying to offer. He’s just like the other rich men she’s met, and nothing is going to change her mind. Not even the meddling interference of her grandmother, who seems to have taken a shine to Jax against Sarah’s wishes. Only Jax can change her mind, but first he’s going to have to figure out how to keep his mate safe, as the vampires have caught her scent. And she might not like the answer.

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an uncertain futureUNCERTAIN FUTURE (TWICKENHAM TIME TRAVEL REGENCY ROMANCE BOOK 3) by Laura Beers

Hudson Barington doesn’t want to go to the Full Moon Ball at Twickenham Manor! He needs to practice his lecture for the thousandth time. After all, it’s quite an honor to be invited to guest lecture at Oxford University, and he wants to make a good impression! However, his cousin convinces him to escort her. She’s been enjoying the Regency Immersion Experience all week and wants him to join the fun. Little does he know, there’s more “fun” waiting for him when he finds himself in Georgian England in the year 1825.

Lady Marian Ashworth is a quiet rebel. Her father has forbidden her to travel in time until she turns twenty-one. However, with Aunt Nellie’s help, she secretly time travels during the monthly Full Moon Balls at Twickenham Manor. She can’t help it! The future seems to call to her. She loves everything about it, and she longs for the freedoms that are afforded her there. Sometimes, she daydreams about what it would be like to live in the future, but her life and her family are in the past.

As Hudson and Marian begin to spend time together in her era, they can’t deny the fondness growing between them. But how can they ever hope to build a future together, when they are two vastly different people? And is it truly possible to have a happily ever after when they are from different centuries?

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seasons mercedes lackeySEASONS: ALL NEW TALES OF VALDEMAR by Mercedes Lackey and others

This thirteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages–and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents–combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more–make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

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eight will fallEIGHT WILL FALL by Sarah Harian

In a world where magic is illegal, eight criminals led by rebellious Larkin are sent on a mission to rid their realm of an ancient evil lurking beneath the surface. Descending into a world full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her crew must use their forbidden magic to survive.

As they fight in the shadows, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon, Larkin and Amias realize that their destinies are intertwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason. But as the beasts grow in number and her band is picked off one by one, Larkin is forced to confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

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dragons death by reaperDRAGONS: DEATH BY REAPER MC #4 by Esther E Schmidt

Since the beginning of time Dragons have existed and live in solitude among their own clans and traditions. Enya lives in the human world but is aware of the fact she’s a Dragon. She never encountered any others of her kind and doesn’t remember her past. She craves to find out more about herself until she’s suddenly faced with a presumptuous, old-fashioned biker who’d rather demand information than willingly provide.

Vaughn, Dragon shifter and President of the Dragons Charter, has been the leader of his clan for decades. His clan has been facing problems due to ancient traditions which complicate their very existence. When Vaughn becomes aware of the horrific fact of the existence of a half-blood, he’s dead set to handle this abomination accordingly; for a Dragon needs to be a pure blood.

A Dragon shifter is adamant, stubborn, and hot-tempered though evolution has a way to make you see reason within havoc. Can ancient traditions withstand modern times? Or will clan members refuse allegiance, leaving Vaughn and Enya no other option then to fight for the right of existence?

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ash alexa b jamesASH (FIRE AND BLOOD BOOK 2) by Alexa B James

Deep in the cave kingdom of Nightendale, a vampire king holds me captive. The deal with King Ravage seemed simple: become his blood consort for a year and all my debts would be absolved. I had no way to know of the steep price I would pay. Daily feedings.
Constant surveillance. For one night I will be his possession… mind, body, and soul.

Returning to the life of a vampire consort should have been easy. Yet I ache for the touch of the three lovers I was ripped away from. As the night with the vampire king looms, I suspect our devil’s bargain serves a darker purpose. If I hope to escape, I must act fast and know he will hunt me to the ends of the earth. But my time in captivity has changed me. A dark power is rising within me that thirsts for vampire blood. Whatever this malicious threat is, it connects me with the king’s cruel mind. How do I escape a man who can find me in the shadows of my dreams?

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dark queens armyDARK QUEEN’S ARMY (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 34) by I T Lucas

As Mey anxiously waits for her transition to begin and for Yamanu to test whether his godlike powers are gone, the clan sets out to solve two mysteries: Where is Jin, and is she there voluntarily? Where is Kalugal, and what is he up to?

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blood of godsBLOOD OF GODS (VAMPIRE CROWN BOOK 4) by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes

Terror is control. With her secret parentage revealed, the newly-minted Princess of S’Kir has lost all hope of finding a new normal. Catapulted back into the horrors of war, she must face the insanity that is the reign of the Mad Queen.
Restraint is control. The Queen of Vampires is in over her royal head within the turbulent dimension of S’Kir, but her determination is steady: find the Breaker. Even when she unexpectedly lands face-to-face with another Queen of Vampires—a woman as crazy as they come. Terror is the herald of madness. But restraint is the master of victory.

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she alphaSHE-ALPHA (HELL’S WOLVES MC BOOK 6) by J L Wilder

I am the first She-alpha of my pack. Ruling over wolves is in my blood. But some don’t see it that way. They think my only worth is for breeding. A rival pack is invading our territory, And I must show my strength. By submitting to my greatest weakness….
The alpha of the Wild Grizzly’s MC.

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alpha geek grayALPHA GEEK: GRAY by Milly Taiden

Skylar Milan has had it with the fashion industry and their beauty standards. She misses her family and she really misses carbs. The things she’d do for a piece of bread would get her arrested. The last thing expected during her flight home was to have her hunger for a delicious cheese sandwich be replaced with a different type of hunger. One that has her banging the cute doctor in the airplane bathroom. But whatever. She had a good time and it’s not like she’s ever going to see him again, right? Oh how wrong she was.

Dr. Gray Hart is in town for a very serious meeting with world leaders. The technology he’s discovered could change the world as we know it. Knowing he is being followed, he goes to Nick Milan, looking to hire a bodyguard. When the beautiful Skylar is assigned to him, Gray can’t believe his luck. He hasn’t stopped thinking about her since their passionate encounter and induction in the mile-high club. Now he wants to have her bare and laid out on a bed where he can really lose himself in her. Except, he can’t. She’s a shifter and he’s a weak human.

Things go horribly wrong during his meeting and an attack leaves Gray at death’s door. It’s only with a scientific wonder serum that he escapes death. And becomes something out of his deepest fantasies. He’s a shifter and he’s stronger than he ever imagined. Now he can really tear Skylar’s clothes off without missing a beat. He still has to prove to Skylar that he is the right man for her. But first, he has to save the world.

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chatting with a vampireCHATTING WITH A VAMPIRE by Thayer King

VS Note: From October. A re-release which author states has been lengthened.

A stray e-mail introduces Alaya Hendricks to Alexander Hennessey, III. What she thinks will be a fling, turns out to be much more. From the first, Alex knows that Alaya is his destiny. He’s a vampire. And Alaya is his mate.

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dragon for christmasA DRAGON FOR CHRISTMAS (SHIFTERS FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Things have been tough for Georgia. Her husband walked out and she works two jobs to make ends meet. But a surprise raffle win sees her and her son (and their dog!) traveling to a luxurious Christmas resort for the kind of holiday she never thought she’d get. All is not what it seems, however…

Elite Shifter Patrol Corps agent Garrett doesn’t take time off. Crime doesn’t take a vacation, so why should he? That is, until his boss books him in for mandatory leave at a fancy-pants Christmas resort. It’s bright, glittery and brimming with Christmas cheer – exactly the kind of place he’d usually avoid at all costs. But when Garrett meets Georgia, his misgivings fly out the window when he realizes that she’s his one true mate. Suddenly, he finds himself taking care of the family he never thought he’d have, and opening his heart to them in a way he never thought he could. When a mysterious danger threatens them all at the resort, Garrett knows he’ll do anything to protect his newfound mate and her child.

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wolf and the sparrowTHE WOLF AND THE SPARROW by Isabelle Adler

Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no turning back from saying I do.

After the death of his wife, Callan of Mulberny never expected to be forced into another political marriage—especially not to someone like the new Count of Camria. Seemingly soft and meek, it’s only fitting that Derek’s family crest is a flighty sparrow, worthy of nothing but contempt.

Another war with the seafaring people of the Outer Isles looms on the horizon, and the reluctant newlyweds must team together to protect those caught in the circle of violence. Derek and Callan slowly learn to let go of their prejudices, but as they find themselves enmeshed in intrigue fueled by dark secrets and revenge, their tentative bond is all that keeps their world—and their lives—from plunging into chaos.

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fae princeTHE FAE PRINCE (FAE OF BALLANTINE) by Serena Meadows

Life’s one long parade of beauty and amusement for the fae royal, until his spiteful parents decide to rain all over it. Ejected from the palace with only a handful of coins, the prince suddenly finds himself a pauper. He must experience some of life’s harsher realities, say the king and queen, if he’s to become the leader the Seelie people need. Across the fields his royal subject, Darby, knows all about harsh realities…After losing her parents at thirteen the young farmer has had little time for royals or gossip. A good day means a warm hearth and full bowl. Anything else is a luxury. But things are finally improving and for the first time ever, winter’s approach isn’t quite so bleak. Until she discovers a large, rumpled heap sleeping in her barn…The thing—whatever it is—stinks worse than her animals (and sounds just as ornery) but questionable hygiene is the least of Darby’s concerns. The seasons are turning, and darkness is gathering at the edges of the Seelie Kingdom. More than ever, the people need a hero they can count on, but it seems that man is nowhere to be seen.

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mates touchA MATE’S TOUCH (OZARK MOUNTAIN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by P Jameson

His grandma preached it to him as a little boy. If only he’d listened maybe he wouldn’t have lost his mate. One fight is all it took for everything he had to be ripped away. Left viciously scarred from battle, Raden has taken to the mountains to live as a lone wolf. He’d like to forget his time in Ozarka. Forget that he used to be a man, worthy of adoration, feared, and respected. But how can he forget the woman with the strawberry blonde hair who brought him flowers that first day? How can he erase the memory of her face as he tore her alpha sister to shreds for control of the pack? And how can he ignore the forgiveness she offered just before he walked away from it all.

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rest in piecesREST IN PIECES (BARBIE THE VAMPIRE HUNTER BOOK 1) by Lucinda Dark

I can’t say my parents never warned me about vampires. I just never believed them. Not—that is—until six months ago when vampires broke into my home and killed my family. Thanks to all the skills my parents taught me, I managed to escape but I couldn’t save them.
Two vampires down and the rest of the world to go.
My bid for revenge is going to have to wait, though, because until I turn 18, I’m being placed in the loving care of Elizabeth and Jonathan McKnight—godparents I didn’t even know existed. The clock is ticking until I can get back to my goal of eradicating the vampire race. But something is amiss at my new high school. According to my parents, vampires can’t walk in daylight. So, why then, does Torin Priest? If he’s not a vampire, then what is he? Because unlike the obnoxious asshole, Maverick McKnight, who sees me as some sort of bloodsucking leech on his wealthy family, Torin Priest is most certainly not human. To stake or not to stake, that is the question.

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once upon a starONCE UPON A STAR by Casper Graham

Zeke Wu is stranded on the road after his car suddenly breaks down. Then he meets a strange old man who invites him to have a cup of tea. That’s when his vision from the past grows stronger. He sees two men, Wayne and James, and though they feel familiar to him, he doesn’t recognize them at all. At least not at first.

Sterling has been having dreams of Wayne and James for years now, but as he grows older, the dreams become more vivid, especially after an unexpected meeting with a strange old man who offers him a cup of tea. That’s when he discovers he’s Wayne’s reincarnation in this lifetime, and he has an overwhelming desire to locate James. Or who James is supposed to be presently.

When they meet, Sterling feels an instant connection to Zeke, but it takes him a while to be sure that Zeke is the one he’s searching for. Moreover, Wayne and James’s love story ended in tragedy, and it seems his and Zeke’s love story may follow the same path. Will Sterling and Zeke get their happily ever after? Or are they doomed to follow in Wayne and James’s footstep?

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potions are for pushoversPOTIONS ARE FOR PUSHOVERS (AN ELANOR WILDE MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Tamara Berry

Selling mystical elixirs and tantalizing tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or at least it’s Ellie’s main source of income—until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning.  And though Ellie’s concoctions don’t include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she’s the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle-axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her?

It’s enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch’s hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat.  Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man—least of all a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie’s taken on two young witches-in-training—apprentices if you will—and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer.

Just as Ellie’s wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear—including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie’s on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she’s only just begun to call home.

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night's reckoningNIGHT’S RECKONING (ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELS 3) by Elizabeth Hunter

For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab–the Night’s Reckoning–has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike.
But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets.
When Tenzin’s sire hears about the ninth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang Guo realizes he’ll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it. And since that pirate has no desire to be in the middle of an ancient war, Cheng calls the only allies who might be able to help him avoid it.
Unfortunately, Tenzin is on one side of the globe and Ben is on the other.
Tenzin knows she’ll need Ben’s keen mind and political skills to complete the job. She also knows gaining Ben’s cooperation won’t be an easy task. She’ll have to drag him back into the darkness he’s been avoiding. 
Whether Ben knows it or not, his fate is balanced on the edge of a thousand-year-old blade, and one stumble could break everything Tenzin has worked toward.

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ian mckellanIAN MCKELLAN: A BIOGRAPHY by Garry O’Connor

VS Note: A nonfiction biography of the actor.  I’m always intrigued to read about the lives of actors I enjoy and who they are versus the characters they play.

In 2001, Ian McKellen put on the robe and pointed hat of a wizard named Gandalf and won a place in the hearts of Tolkien fans worldwide. Though his role in the film adaptation of Lord of the Rings introduced him to a new audience, McKellen had a thriving career a lifetime before his visit to Middle Earth. He made his West End acting debut in 1964 in James Saunders’s A Scent of Flowers, but it was in 1980 that he took Broadway by storm when he played Antonio Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Tony-Award-winning play Amadeus.

He has starred in over four hundred plays and films and he is that rare character: a celebrity whose distinguished political and social service has transcended his international fame to reach beyond the stage and screen. The breadth of his career—professional, personal and political—has been truly staggering: Macbeth (opposite Judi Dench), Iago, King Lear, Chekhov’s Sorin in The Seagull and Becket’s tramp Estragon (opposite Patrick Stewart) in Waiting for Godot. Add to all this his tireless political activism in the cause of gay equality and you have a veritable phenomenon. Garry O’Connor’s Ian McKellen: A Biography probes the heart of the actor, recreating his greatest stage roles and exploring his personal life. Ian McKellen will show readers what makes a great actor tick. His life story has been a constantly developing drama and this biography is the next chapter.

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wolf rebelWOLF REBEL (SWAT BOOK 10) by Paige Tyler

She let him get away – SWAT werewolf Rachel Bennett is hounded by nightmares after a vicious attack left her with PTSD. Not knowing who or what she can trust anymore, she’s relieved to be assigned to a high-profile protective detail. Diving into work might be the distraction she needs, until she notices the mysterious hunk who seems to follow her wherever she goes—and recognizes him.

Now he needs her help…After he’s badly injured, former Navy SEAL Knox Lawson seeks out Rachel when he realizes he’s turning into a werewolf. He’d once been part of the group hunting her kind, but he knew he had to quit when he found Rachel in his crosshairs. Now he desperately needs her help. Rachel isn’t sure she trusts Knox, but having him around keeps the nightmares—and the monster creating them—away. Knox might not know much about being a werewolf, but there’s no doubt he’ll do everything in his power to win her trust and keep her safe.

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beyond the gateBEYOND THE GATE (A KATHY RYAN NOVEL BOOK 3) by Mary SanGiovanni

VS Note: Not a romance but sounded intriguing.

Knowing that other dimensions exist is one thing. Venturing into them is quite another. In the course of its experiments, Paragon Corp—a government-sourced theoretical physics research institute—has discovered a supposedly empty alternate world. There is strange, alien flora but seemingly no sentient beings…just a huge, abandoned city that a team of scientists is sent to explore.

Then the scientists disappear. Kathy Ryan is hired to make her first foray into an alternate dimension in order to locate the team, bring them back, and close the gate for good. Instead, she discovers that this supposedly dead city may be nothing of the kind. Her rescue mission has become a terrifying race to prevent the potential destruction of the boundary between two worlds—before mayhem reigns over both.

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misadventures with a time travelerMISADVENTURES WITH A TIME TRAVELER by Angel Payne

Workaholic Allie Fine isn’t thrilled about a surprise birthday trip to the French countryside, where there’s nothing to do but drink wine and tour old castles. But boredom takes a hike when a sexy period actor shows up to be her special between-the-sheets gift.

Maximillian De Leon, the towering god with eyes of gold and pecs of steel, is the most incredible lover she’s ever had. But Allie wakes with confusion when her French lover tells her he’s actually Prince Maximillian, and he hasn’t seen the light of day since 1789.

Crazy or not, Max De Leon is the hottest man Allie’s ever met—and the perfect piece on her arm to impress the corporate brass and take her career to the next level. So what if he keeps claiming he has to marry her to break a centuries-old curse in order to stay alive. He’ll get over that soon enough…right?

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goddess gets her guyTHE GODDESS GETS HER GUY by Ashlyn Chase

After leaving his job as a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Aaron Samuels needs a new purpose in his life. Wanting to help his patients even if he can’t operate, he heads to the Puerto Rican rainforest to find a cure for heart disease. He never imagined he’d meet a beautiful, mysterious woman, especially not one talking to a frog in the middle of the jungle…

Gaia—a.k.a. Mother Nature—has had it with paranormals breaking her number one rule: Never reveal your supernatural powers to humans, not even your mate. Fed up, she transports to the rainforest, happy to converse with amphibians who don’t talk back. But Dr. Samuels is a much better conversationalist, and Gaia can’t wait to help him mend all those broken hearts he told her about.

When her attempts to help only complicate things between them, Gaia begins to wonder what would happen if she opened her heart and was honest with Aaron…and herself. Maybe her number one rule has been wrong all along.

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thanksgiving faux pasMY THANKSGIVING FAUX PAS: IN BETWEEN  (PECULIAR MYSTERIES BOOK 10) by Renee George

For this secret shifter town in the Ozarks, holidays have never been normal…Human psychic Sunny Haddock has everything she’s ever wanted: a stable home, a loving husband, two kids, and great friends. Granted, everyone she knows (and has birthed) is on the furry side, but so what?
Weird is wonderful, especially in this wacky little place she calls home.
But when a young man shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her long lost brother, his presence provokes a psychic walk down memory lane, challenging Sunny’s ideas about herself and her future. Throw in exploding turkeys, time-traveling visions, and good old fashioned family drama… and you have a Thanksgiving that’s gonna be downright Peculiar.

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all i want for christmas is my mating stoneALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY MATING STONE (DARK WARRIOR ALLIANCE NOVELLA BOOK 20.5) by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

he tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, and Mack is ready to celebrate the holidays with her sexy vampire, Kyran. But when she discovers her mating stone has gone missing she is ready to sever some heads.

Christmas cheer quickly turns to chaos when the other females at Zeum can’t locate their stones, either. Subsequently, terrible events occur one after another, and Mack is convinced it’s because of the missing jewels. She fears her worst nightmare has come true…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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beloved wolfBELOVED WOLF (WOLF SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

Adrik Zharov went to America to learn more about the amazing Tella Enclosures that were changing wildlife preservation and instead, found his mate. She was beautiful, she was smart. She was his. Then he was told he couldn’t have her. It went against every single thing that was held precious in Shifter Society. He was his own wolf. Nobody told him what to do. He does what he wants.
Alys Freeman has lived her entire life knowing that meeting her mate didn’t matter in the least as she was to be sold to whomever could give her father the most power, the power that he craved more than anything. Meeting Adrik ruins her resolve to be a good girl and do what Daddy says. For the first time in her life she seriously considers taking something for her own.
Both Adrik and Alys set the entire Shifter society on its ear when they run off together. However, winter doesn’t last forever. Not even in Siberia.

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stowawayVS: I actually wrote a STAR CRUISE: THANKSGIVING short story one year, which is in this anthology as an extra: STAR CRUISE A NOVELLA: STOWAWAY WITH STAR CRUISE RESCUE AND GOLDEN TOKEN SHORT STORIES.

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daegan badariVS: Just in case you missed my new release last week:

DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 10) by Veronica Scott

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 20

November 13

November 6

October 30

October 23

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.

New Mission for a Mercenary Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt in which Sectors mercenary and former prisoner Flo Michetti learns  from the leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be – 

“We’ve got a rare opportunity,” the Alpha said, getting right to the heart of the matter as was his usual style, “To finally locate the island facility where Kierce was created and where the other Badari he grew up with are imprisoned.”

Flo glanced at the impassive Kierce, the only Badari who could actually shift into his animal form, “That’s good news. Are we flying out tonight or tomorrow?”

Aydarr shook his head, “The situation is much more complicated. I need a volunteer for an undercover mission and I won’t lie—it’s going to be risky for a variety of reasons. We caught an intercept today indicating a small shipment of human women is to be sent to this island, wherever it is, to be mated to the Badari. Now the Khagrish can’t create any more of us in the labs, for whatever reason, the scientists are desperate to make us the old fashioned way.”

“Using human women,” she said with disgust. The Khagrish had no redeeming virtues she was aware of, being a thoroughly repellent race lacking any vestige of ethics. They pursued their experiments and distorted research at all costs and with no compunctions about harming others, especially Badari or humans.

That’s the ten sentence snippet, here’s a bit more:

“Right. The situation is evidently so desperate this secret base broke their silence to negotiate with Dr. Gahzhing at the central lab on this continent for a group of women, who are to be flown out tomorrow from a lab in the east.”  Aydarr’s voice dripped contempt for Gahzhing, who’d held him captive at one time.

A prickling on the back of Flo’s neck represented her well-honed instinct for danger waking up, making her wary but excited at the same time. As a former soldier, she craved the excitement and challenges of a major operation against the enemy. Her adrenaline levels rose just thinking about the possibilities.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday NOV 20

daegan badariI have a new scifi romance release of my own to report this week – WOOT! If you like tales of genetically engineered soldiers and the women they love….

But I have my usual 50+ other new books by other authors to share too.

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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DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 10) by Veronica Scott

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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commanders warrior mateTHE COMMANDER’S WARRIOR MATE (THE VITRUVIAN CHRONICLES) by A R Kayne

Kill or be killed. That was Jess’s life after the Ghul invaded. With civilization in ruins and her family dead, she fled to the woods and clawed for survival. Fifteen years later, the Alliance came in the dark of night and tore her life apart again. Now she’s being held on an Alliance starship against her will. Its captain looks at her with a glint in his eye and says there’s a man on board for her, a man who’ll cherish her. But why would she want that? Men are terrifying! No, all she really wants is her freedom. If the captain will just undo her cuffs – or come within reach so she can bash him over the head – she’ll let herself out and find her own way home. Surely it can’t be that hard to fly a spaceship!

Captain Pryce Adamson isn’t looking for a life mate. He certainly doesn’t expect to find one shackled in his ship’s interrogation room, spewing lies and threatening violence. But within minutes of pitting his wits against hers, he knows she’s his match. Shipboard tests merely confirm what he already knows: this feral, outrageous nymph of a woman is his shot at a lifetime of joy and passion.

But her time in hiding has left her badly scarred. A man is the last thing she wants. It’s going to take every bit of patience and cunning he has to win a chance with her … and even then, he may find a knife between his ribs!

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planet killerPLANET KILLER (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 6) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Not a romance but I love all her books!

Casmir has survived against impossible odds, and now he longs to return home. But an invasion force is blockading the Kingdom’s wormhole gate, and it would be suicidal to fly through it now. Worse, his family and friends are stuck on the other side, with hostile forces attacking their home world. The only way Casmir can help is to find out who’s behind the invasion… and convince him to stop.

But Casmir isn’t known for his ability to strong-arm people, and this is one enemy who won’t be won over by his friendly demeanor. As he soon finds out, he must face the very rich and very powerful person who’s been trying to have him killed for months.

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contagion aMANDA miloCONTAGION by Amanda Milo

Simmi: I’ve broken free and I’ve also freed the human who was held captive with me. But I don’t know where we are, and I don’t know where my home is. The local wildlife may be smaller than I am, and maybe they don’t have fangs near as large as mine, but I’m still terrified. My issues with germs–and my uncompromising avoidance of all the things that I’m afraid of coming into contact with–is going to get me killed in this wilderness. Thankfully, Aurora lets me follow her. Thankfully, she seems to know the way out of this endless and inhospitable woodland and desert biome. But by the end of our journey, she’ll suspect she’s harboring a contagion. I have no way to know it, but she’s afraid to tell me. Afraid of how I’ll react once I find out what she’s carrying.

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tyehnTYEHN (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 15) by Elin Wyn

Tyehn is a rare Valorni warrior. Steady. Dependable. Not typically prone to violent rages.
So when he’s matched with a risk-taking, impulsive human scientist he’s shocked to discover every last ounce of his self-control is out the window…Maki loves adventure. Taking risks. Pushing the limits. Being chased by a new form of hybrids through a frozen jungle? That’s pushing it a little too far. Probably.
The big, sexy warrior at her side makes her heart race in all sorts of new ways. And she likes it. A lot. But when a dark secret from her past may hold the key to the new fight, can she trust him enough to let go?

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alien reindeers winter cabinTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S WINTER CABIN (A WINTER STARR BOOK 11) by Cindy Heart and Starr Huntress

Did Santa bring me my Fated Mate?​ When I retired from pulling Santa’s sleigh, my only desire is to settle down in a mountain cabin on a little planet called Earth and never talk to anyone again. That is until I’m hit by a car during a blizzard. When I meet the gorgeous, curvy angel who was driving the car, I immediately want to put her on top of my Christmas tree.​

But other aliens have made their way to Earth, too. The kind who destroys entire planets. The only way to protect Holly would be to leave her behind and force the monsters to follow me. That isn’t going to happen, though. Nothing is going to come between my mate and me.​..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alien reindeers wishTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S WISH (A WINTER STARR BOOK 13) by Thanika Heath and Starr Huntress

Elle is on a secret mission. Her best friend thinks they’re on vacation in this cutesie Christmas-themed village to relax and have fun. Fun? Elle doesn’t remember the meaning of the word. She’s here to write the most shocking, interesting, scary and weird articles the internet has ever seen. And right now that means uncovering the mystery of the monster of Seven Pines.
Enter Braxen. Ridiculously, snowmeltingly, handsome toymaker. Secret alien. He would actually prefer you use his name over ‘monster of Seven Pines’, thank you very much.
Elle wants this story at all costs, and Braxen wants to protect his identity even more. Everything would be so simple if they could just stay away from each other.
But sometimes you don’t always get what you wished for.

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adored by the alien hottiesADORED BY THE ALIEN HOTTIES (WARRIORS OF CRASASI) by Laney Kaye

VS note: Erotica

My sister, Stella, was abducted by a trio of hot alien warriors. Well, not so much abducted, as she went willingly. Then, because she’s my twin and knows how much it sucks (actually, there’s ZERO sucking going on) to live on Earth where there’s a shortage of men due to a worldwide virus, she came back to invite me to join them.

But now Stella’s pregnant to the gorgeous alien commander—despite that supposedly being impossible—and the guys are not so keen on handing us over to the flesh traders at Daorheris, per the terms of their Royal Command. But I’ve have problems of my own to focus on. Because both Xander, the sensitive, book-loving warrior, and Yanno, an arrogant, dominating alpha, are clearly interested in me. And, if we’re not going to be offloaded at Daorheris, I need to make a choice. …or do I? Yanno and Xander are the difference between curry and ice-cream; one scorchingly hot and fierce, the other sinfully sweet and smooth. And, after all, I’ve never been the kind of girl to indulge in only a single course.

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tameras flightTAMERA’S FLIGHT (INTERGALACTIC OFFICERS BOOK 4) by Mara Jaye

As a law enforcement officer, I’d been prepared to subdue attackers by any means necessary. Killing anyone was never my goal, but now? I’m expected to engage in a fight to the death every week for unseen watchers.
The Vahdmoshi, aliens who are neither little green or gray men, abducted me and several others to star in their twisted reality show. Armed drones film us in the arena when they’re not keeping us in line elsewhere. Every fight brings me one week closer to dying in front of beings I never expected existed.

So speaking of people I don’t expect? When a tall, bronze, and handsome man walks into the common area, he’s a pleasant surprise. The guy is not only the best looking person I’ve ever met, but he’s also protective and beyond interested in me. I’ve avoided anything but the most superficial friendships until now. I can’t resist loving Decron even if I know we’ll never make it out of here alive.

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echoes of paradiseECHOES OF PARADISE (A’YEN’S LEGACY BOOK 7) by Rachel Leigh Smith

To create paradise, he’ll have to face a nightmare.

Disgraced Marcasian PSF officer Adrian Khalid has one shot at finding a place where he can be himself. At the emperor’s request, he’s on Lok’ma to help form their military. And find his Lokmane father. Maybe while he’s there, he can kill off the ghosts of four years as a prisoner of Tur’een mercenaries.

Moira Salys just wants a new life where she can help other Lokmane put their pain to rest. And maybe let go of her own. But the soldier she sang to while a prisoner of the Tur’een is a memory she can’t let go of. Stumbling on him in her brother’s office puts her world right for the first time in a year. Spending time with him is a little slice of unexpected paradise.

Everything shatters when Adrian finds a hidden colony of Lokmane on the Southern Islands. And they’re planning to execute his best friend. Saving his friend and Lokmane freedom means facing his ghosts. And it might kill everyone he loves.

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alien princes secret baby miranda martinTHE ALIEN PRINCE’S SECRET BABY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Miranda Martin

Draix rescued me after I was abducted and forced into slavery. I shouldn’t have fallen for him. He’s an alien, for one, and two he’s the Prince of the Drihlai. We shouldn’t be together, not by any twist of fate, but why not have a fling? It won’t hurt, right?
When he was called to lead the fight against the Chaluts, there was no question that he would go. He’s the Prince and one of the greatest warriors they have. I never expected to see him again. But the war is over and he’s back. Now he’s not just the Prince, he’s about to be crowned King and marry a Chalut Princess for political alliances. He and I are worlds apart and have no place together.
Except he’s found me and won’t stay away. If he’s around for too long he’ll figure out my secret, our child. We could send the entire planet into a new civil war.

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julias journey book 2JULIA’S JOURNEY: THE EVER AFTER EMP SERIES BOOK 2 by M Merin

In 1859, the modern world got its first taste of being in the direct path of a solar storm, affecting worldwide communications. Today, we got our second. In book two, Shelby’s daughter, Julia, is at school in Utah, nearly a thousand miles from her grandfather’s homestead. As her friends split off from her route, Julia finds that learning whom to trust along the way is as challenging as the conditions.
For Russ, the end of the electrical grid means an early parole from Ely State Prison. Breaking off from the other prisoners to give himself time to make a plan; he sets eyes on ‘his firecracker’, allowing her path to become his.

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beauty unmaskedBEAUTY UNMASKED (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 3) by A W Cross

True beauty lies within. Except inside The Vault, where life can be ugly and love is dangerous. Under its protective shield, Beauty spends her nights reading and her days scavenging precious artifacts in hopes of securing a good life after the war–until her father loses something precious and must give her to the Beast as payment.

The Beast knows The Vault’s secrets, and has a dangerous one of his own. Hiding behind a mask and his fearsome reputation, the Beast is racked with guilt and self-loathing. He’s given up hope of any kind of happiness–especially love. For who could ever love a monster? But when Beauty enters his life, she discovers the true nature of The Vault–and the man behind the mask. Now they must find a way to stop their enemies from executing their final plan…or not even true love will be enough to survive The Vault.

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mistelleMISTELLE (THE D’JACQUES DYNASTY BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

Stories of the Battle Lord and Lady of Alta Novis’s exploits have reached far and wide. Some sound almost unbelievable. That’s why Brass Cullum, along with his sons Dyer and Rayburn, have made the long trek to the D’Jacques compound to seek the help of the notorious battle lord in training an army of his own, to enable them to protect themselves from the increasing tribal attacks on his own compound.

However, not everyone is quick to trust the newcomers, and with good reason. They don’t know the Cullums have another plan, and it all hinges on luring the battle lord and lady away from the compound. With the D’Jacques gone and disposed of, they’re certain the compound will collapse on itself, making Cullum’s job easier.

Agreeing to accompany the Cullums back to their compound, the D’Jacques assemble their own small army and head out, along with their only daughter, Mistelle, and their oldest son, Mattox, leaving their youngest son to run Alta Novis in their absence. Cullum’s youngest son, Rayburn, has captured Mistelle’s attention, and he has plans to work his magic to win her over. Mattox and her best friend, Nevo, only hope she opens her eyes to see his true colors before it’s too late.

Kidnapping. Pain. Humiliation. Degradation. Mistelle won’t be beaten. She’s a D’Jacques, and she will live up to her name. But defeating the darkness in herself could prove to be more difficult.

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return ls andersRETURN: NOMADICAN MATES SERIES 4 by Iona Strom and LS Anders

Ivey’s Abduction Concluded��After a long and perilous journey fraught with excitement and wonders beyond imagination, I’ve finally discovered a way back home, but a connection I hadn’t anticipated has forged a powerful bond between me and the males that forced themselves into my life.  Once I set foot on the blue marble that is Earth –after all this time–  can I leave my harem behind, or will I let my heart get in the way of my freedom?

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verazas choiceVERAZA’S CHOICE (INTO THE DEAD FALL BOOK 5) by Susan Trombley

New Omni is currently safe, protected within the sanctuary of the ancilla forest, but the leaders of the settlement know that the murderous artificial intelligence that controls the Nexus won’t give up on its mission to destroy them.
Gray has foreseen a future where he can negotiate a lasting truce with NEX, but the price of that peace is Evie. That is a price Gray is unwilling to pay, until Evie gives him no choice.

Willing to sacrifice herself to save her loved ones, Evie leaves New Omni to strike a bargain with NEX. She agrees to cooperate with whatever experiments NEX has planned, in return for it ceasing its efforts to attack New Omni—a decision that comes in the nick of time. Ordered to seduce the outcast, Veraza, Evie must put aside her anger at him for his actions against her sister and the enmity he holds towards Iyaren. It is only then that she begins to see the true, tormented male beneath the hatred that shrouds him.

Trapped in a cage of his own making, Veraza cannot let go of his rage, until the smart-mouthed human female is forced into his life—and his bed. His initial antipathy for Evie dissolves as her presence brightens up his prison—and her love changes his mind.
Neither of them expects the passion that flares between them, but they cannot deny their feelings for long. Veraza is left facing a difficult choice, and he must make a terrible sacrifice if he wants to free the woman he loves—and return her to the mates who will stop at nothing to reclaim her and destroy NEX and all of its minions.

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captivated kallista daneCAPTIVATED (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 6) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

Arythios is gone, destroyed by an evil force. Men, women, children—dead. All that remains of my world, once the pride of the galaxy, is a team of warriors, a handful of starships, and me. The last Archon.

To insure the survival of our race, I chose one of the humans sent to us as a breeder. A shy virgin with shamefully wicked secret fantasies that awakened my own dark desires. Hungers I thought had long since passed. I was determined to master her with stern discipline. Instead, she captured my heart.

Now, the rules of combat have changed. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before. I’m hunting a faceless enemy bent on destroying us all. But this time I’m fighting for more than my honor or my own survival. I have a mate to protect and cherish…with a new life on the way.

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alien barbarians hopeALIEN BARBARIANS’ HOPE (PURPLE PLANET BOOK 1) by Zara Starr

Strange storms have been raging all over the world for the past months. Some say the end of the world is coming, but for Ella, life goes on as always: stressing about work, her health problems, and now a broken car to top it all off. She tries to make her way home in the stormy weather when a lightning suddenly strikes her. She loses consciousness and when she wakes up, she finds herself in the middle of a TV production. Because giant purple aliens just can’t be real, right? Especially not when they come in threes and want to mate with her.

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planet noglion freedomPLANET NOGLION: FREEDOM (ALIEN LOVERS BOOK 6) by Olivia Black

Dennis Osborne has kept his sexuality hidden, afraid of being ostracized. When he’s finally ready to admit the truth, Dennis volunteers to leave Earth. Dennis isn’t only looking for the freedom to be himself; he’s also looking for a mate. When Dennis is sent to Noglion, he’s scared. Did he make the right decision by leaving the only home he’s ever known? Gogrek Vemm is a government official. When Gogrek receives Dennis’s paperwork from the Glecerian ambassador, he knows that Dennis is meant to be his. The human is destined to not only belong to Gogrek, but also to his younger brother, Ragnon. It doesn’t take long for Dennis to learn about Noglion and his mates. Quicker than Dennis thought possible, he adjusts to his new life and falls in love. And then something shocking happens. Dennis becomes pregnant. Soon, jealousy threatens to tear this happy family apart. Luckily for Dennis, he’s got two fiercely protective mates.

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alien protectors christmas captiveALIEN PROTECTOR’S CHRISTMAS CAPTIVE (KENORIAN WARRIORS STANDALONE NOVELLA) by Viki Storm

ALEXIS – The best part about Christmas? Holding this innocent little newborn baby in my arms. He’s got the same keen eyes as his father–and the same fangs… The worst part? His father is light-years away in another galaxy. It’s just me and the baby now, and come hell or high water I’m going to make this work, even if I have to do it alone.
After one crazy night of passion, the alien invader swore he’d return to me. I know our bond was real, that it was more than just a fling. I’ve dreamed of seeing him again, feeling his strong arms around me. I know my alien protector is out there, waiting to claim me and the baby. But the way it’s looking right now, it’s going to take a real Christmas Miracle to reunite us…

ZAV -It’s a male’s job to protect his family–and I’ve failed. I left my fated mate alone on Earth for the nine months she gestated our offspring. She’s in trouble now and I swear by the ever-loving Blackness that I’m going to back for her, I’m going to save her. I’ll cut down anyone who stands in my way because I’m not going to lose the most precious thing in the Universe: my family. I’ll do whatever I can to make it up to her, to prove that I’m worthy of her love. I’m going to learn about her curious holiday and give the two of them the best Christmas in the entire galaxy.

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glad to mate youGLAD TO MATE YOU (CHAMPIONS OF ATAXIA BOOK 1) by Athena Storm

In the arena, I stood alone. All were petrified. Now I can’t rise in the ranks without a mate by my side. Suddenly all those lonely nights Polishing my axe for those who done me wrong Didn’t seem so strong. Without my mate, I don’t know how to get along. Oh, because I? I will survive. I’ll claim my fated mate. And she will be my bride. She makes me strong. Hell, she taught me how to sing this song. But in the end will we learn how to get along?

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alphas preyALPHA’S PREY (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 2) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr

First, I’m sold at the auction. But now, I want to be conquered. Raxtar is delivering me to the monster who bought me. He’s a Kraaj and his people have ruined our world.
He’s brutal and untamed. I shouldn’t trust him. I should run. But he keeps me safe. Makes me want to stay. Makes me want him. I fought to protect my body. But I lost the war for my heart.

He’s everything that I hate. Everything I’m against. His kind crushes humans for fun.
But the only time I ever feel anything is when I’m with him. Why do I keep letting him in? Why do I crave his touch? Why can’t I stop?

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vargrVARGR (BEAST HORDE BOOK 1) by Cari Silverwood

Cyn falls from the top floor of the world into the arms of Vargr, a beaster who rates a diamond 10 on the Scale of Hardness. In her hands is a piece of Ghoul Lord.
She’s forgotten the last five years of her life, the years of the invasion of the Ghoul Lords.
The beast horde was meant to save Earth. Once human, they now carry gene-warping nanomachines in their blood. No one told them they’d also been injected with the remnants of myths and legends.
They tried and they failed. What can Cyn with her amnesia and sparkly eyes possibly do? Vargr isn’t sure, but he’s beginning to see the pros of nailing a naked Cyn to the wall and floor, over and over, until he gets some good answers.

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sentinel c catoTHE SENTINEL: SENTINEL SERIES BOOK 1 by C Cato

When Dr. Sonya Temple wakes in a bunker surrounded by four strangers urging her to escape an unseen enemy, she has to decide: fight or flee. But there is more than she can see on the surface. She is different. Enhanced She is Sentinel One, an advanced human powered by the technology she helped create. After they make an escape, reality sets in. Two centuries have passed. A deadly plague has decimated the world’s population. Men outnumber women 200 to one, and fertility has failed to the point of extinction.
Among the chaos and devastation, a new and ruthless power emerged–The Order of the Valkyrie–and they have their eyes on Sonya.
How did she become a Sentinel? And why were they abandoned 200 years before? With the help of her team and their handsome leader, Cole, Sonya searches for answers. But the Valkyrie aren’t far behind, and time is running out. Will she find the answers she seeks? Or will her secrets, and the fate of humanity, fall into the hands of the Valkyrie?

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last lightLAST LIGHT by Claire Kent

It only took four years for the world to fall apart. Now the last member of my family has died, and I’m forced to travel across what’s left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I’ll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who’ve learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I’m going to make it is by trusting Travis. Travis used to fix my car, and now he’s all I have left in the world. He’s gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don’t really know or like him. But he’s all I have left. He’ll keep me safe. We’ll take care of each other. Until we reach what’s left of our town and can finally let go of one another.

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quantum proliferationQUANTUM PROLIFERATION (ENTANGLED FATES BOOK 2) by Joe Kuster

VS Note: Hard scifi cyberrpunk with romantic elements maybe…

Getting his revenge felt great. Right up until the bills came due. Alex and his quantum-powered AI companion might have broken free from Apollo’s threat to shut him down, but he is still on the hook for millions he doesn’t have, and the mega-corp isn’t going to forgive and forget. Desperate to keep his freedom and his company afloat as their illegal funds dry up, Alex tags along with the Black Flags on a mercenary contract on the other side of the globe.

Physically recovered but still coming to grips with the synthetic part of himself, Alex struggles to adapt to what his life and body have become. Stuck in a losing battle with his inner demons, he and Sophie gather resources and allies as they prepare to wage war against the rogue artificial intelligence that threatens the world. His actions do not go unnoticed, however, and he soon finds him caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse. Firmly in the crosshairs again, can Alex survive the new threats against him without losing himself in the process?

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cornucopiaCORNUCOPIA by Eliza Sinclair

Samantha Gao is an elite Metro operative, dedicated to a better life for citizens of her city and fiercely protective of anyone under her care. She’s the best of the best—at least, she used to be. A devastating mission and rumors of corruption within the ranks have left her questioning everything, even herself. Now, she’s supposed to protect the very company that might be responsible for the loss of her team. She goes into the assignment ready for anything—except coming face-to-face with the past she walked away from.

Working as an engineer at the Greenerhouse branch of the Cornucopia seed colony, Caleb Estes is at the forefront of reclamation efforts slowly bringing the scarred earth back to life. With humanity finally getting their act together and striving to achieve the basics again—food, clean air and water—he has resources at his disposal he never dreamed of. The work is almost enough to keep him from dreams that won’t rest. Dreams of his first love.

But when Sam walks back into Caleb’s life, his dreams are replaced with stark realities about his work and his past. The answers they both seek aren’t easily won, but neither is willing to let go of hope this time around. Can they hold on to a second chance at love while fighting to secure humanity’s future?

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otherlifeOTHERLIFE (LAST REALITY BOOK 3) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi YA release of note…

Simon, Kat, Busara, and Elvis are on the run with the tech super-villains at the Company hot on their heels. The new VR gaming experience the Company created, OtherEarth, will change how the world experiences gaming. Paired with the hardware the Company developed, it has the potential to alter our reality forever.

The Company is on its way to becoming the world’s newest superpower. And Simon is determined to shut them down forever. But to do that, he’ll have to survive OtherLife–the next phase of gaming, and a complete reality reboot.

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bears fated mateTHE BEAR’S FATED MATE (BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 2) by Vivian Arend

As head of security for the family company, polar bear shifter Alex Borealis has intel warning something big is about to happen. His prime suspect? Tantalizing, infuriating Lara Lazuli, youngest daughter of Borealis Gems’ main competitor. But when mating fever hits, he decides she’s the perfect one to turn to. They’ve got chemistry hot enough to melt the polar ice caps, but he doesn’t trust her enough for a permanent connection to form.

Being with Alex is one step shy of torture for Lara. As a wolf shifter, she scented the truth the instant she met him months ago—he’s her mate. But she’s not about to trap anyone into being with her, especially not a man who thinks she’s up to no good. Add in her own suspicions of wrong-doing in her pack and Lara’s caught between heaven and hell.

But tangled sheets lead to real communication, and a bond of friendship forms that neither expected. When Lara asks for help, Alex finds himself living in the pack house, scaring off random Alpha wolves and fighting at her side. Because the mating fever knows a thing or two about fate and forever.

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from flame and ashFROM FLAME AND ASH (ELEMENTS OF FIVE BOOK 2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Lyric lost her past, her friends, and even her connections to both worlds when she found out about the Maison realm and her calling. But now she must put that aside and travel back to the Maison realm to continue her training as the Spirit Priestess. Only her journey isn’t to Rhodes and those she fought alongside before. This time, Easton and the other Obscurité warriors will stand by her side as she tries to unlock her final three elements.

However, just as she starts to learn more about what she’s been prophesied to do, a Seer’s wish and the calling of the Lumière kingdom calls her forth, thrusting Lyric into another journey where she must trust those on both sides of the age-old war to survive…and keep those she loves safe.

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petunias pandemoniumPETUNIA’S PANDEMONIUM (SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 5) by Robyn Peterman

Petunia – Letting the ocean current take me where it may for the last twenty-five years hasn’t worked out so great. So, instead of getting my tail in a knot, I’m making some swimmingly simple changes.
—Stay on Mystical Isle with my cousins who love me.
—Avenge my parents and eliminate the sea monster who’s wreaking havoc.
—Forget about the gorgeous, no-good Genie who left me at the altar… so to speak.
—Stay away from Genies until the end of time.
—Join Poseidon’s embarrassingly named online dating service for Immortals and get back into the game.
What could go wrong?
Del – I’m a Genie in a bottle baby. Or at least I was. After spending a quarter of a century, doing time for streaking at the Super Bowl after being destroyed by love, I’m a free man. It’s time to get my life together and forget about the Mermaid who didn’t want me. The list is simple.
—Stop granting wishes to idiots.
—Figure out why the Genie Star Fire Light in my eyes is burning out before I die a slow agonizing death.
—Eat an outstanding cheeseburger.
—Stay away from Mermaids.
—Join Poseidon’s embarrassingly named online dating service for Immortals and get back into the game.
It’s a plan. Not necessarily a stellar one, but it’s a plan.

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alaskan shadowALASKAN SHADOW: SHADOWS OF ALASKA BOOK 3 by CC Dragon

Power and pain have made Dot burn some bridges on her journey to catch a killer. Mason might not forgive her and her ties to the FBI are near the breaking point. With the discovery of the Shadowmen, and other para beings she never knew existed, it’s very possible she can’t defeat whatever is behind the deaths of these Alaskan children.

She’s tried so hard to work the case and put her personal quest for her father second but it appears she can’t solve one without pursuing the truth of the other. To stop those powerful evil beings, she must find her father, dead or alive, and dig deeper into the dark magic they share to bring down the worst Alaska has to hide.

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haunted heartsHAUNTED HEARTS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 8) by Christine Pope

Elena Salazar doesn’t exactly have permission to house-sit, but she’s sure her cousin Ava won’t mind the not-quite break-in. After all, Ava would want her to feel safe. And free. Two concepts Elena’s still adjusting to after eleven years a prisoner in her own home, thanks to her terrifying ability to summon demons.

She manages to make peace with the resident ghost in Ava’s house, but she has to do some really fast talking when a tattooed, tautly muscled warlock shows up with Ava’s keys in his hand and deep-seated pain in his troubled eyes.

The Salvadoran Escobar clan is healing under new primus Gabriel’s leadership. But no one is likely to forget that the cruel former primus used Alessandro Escobar and his fearful gift as a weapon, unwilling though he was. When Gabriel sends him to Ava’s house for an extended “vacation,” Alessandro packs his bags with a heavy heart. No one warned him the house was already occupied.

Elena is beautiful, skittish, fragile, with a demon for a friend and a nervous habit of hiding behind her books and her art. Alessandro drinks in her sweetness like water from a desert spring. But if he dares reveal who he is, what he is, the key to her heart could vanish, leaving him the lonely prisoner of his gift. This time, for good.

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bespelledBESPELLED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 5) by Jessica Aspen

Ardan is desperate. If he doesn’t return soon with the head of the Black Queen he’ll lose everything…including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.
Waking from her magical sleep, the only thing Aeval remembers is her name. But soon she realizes—even a little knowledge is dangerous. So she becomes Thorn and sets off with the man whose mission is to kill the Black Queen.
But nothing is as it seems…And everyone is out to get them…And when Aeval remembers who she truly is it’s time to find out what magic rules the land of faery—love…or vengeance.

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inexpressible islandINEXPRESSIBLE ISLAND (END OF FOREVER BOOK 3) by Paulina Simons

They were ready for anything…except the end. Julian has lost everything he ever loved and is almost out of time. His life and death struggle against fate offers him one last chance to do the impossible and save the woman to whom he is inextricably bound. Together, Julian and Josephine wage war against a relentless dark force that threatens to destroy them. The fight will take everything they are and everything they have, as they try once more to give each other back their unfinished lives. As time runs out for the star-crossed lovers, Julian learns that fate has one cruel trick in store for them—and even a man who has lost everything……still has something left to lose.

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wolf moon emma deanWOLF MOON (THE BLUE MOUNTAIN WOLF PACK BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

Jacob is always the one who eases tension with a quick joke. He’s fourth in the Blue Mountain Pack and finds himself eating lunch at the Pack Bar & Grill almost everyday thanks to the new waitress…
Sage just moved to La Grande from Los Angeles after deciding she needed a change. Hollywood just wasn’t her. When her car broke down she found herself in La Grande, Oregon and for the first time in her life she felt at home. It didn’t hurt the guy who’d fixed her car was super hot.
But what she doesn’t know is there’s a rival pack skirting the borders, looking for weaknesses. Will Jacob be able to protect his human mate from the dangers of the paranormal world?

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i am the nightI AM THE NIGHT (THE NIGHT FIRM BOOK 3) by Karpov Kinrade

I’ve had my heart broken by the death of my brother and by the recent betrayal one of the Night brothers, but I’m putting myself back together one piece at a time. Until he comes back into my life and is the prime suspect in the murder of a dragon.
Now, the Otherworld that has become my home is under threat of destruction, and I have to save it before everything is lost.
This means working together with all the brothers… but even if the world survives, will our family?
As we face the ultimate test of our powers, love will be our sharpest weapon.
Some pain cuts too deep to heal, though, and we might be too far gone to save ourselves or the world.

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hunter rebecca yorkHUNTER (DECORAH SECURITY SERIES BOOK 20) by Rebecca York

Kathryn is hired to socialize a criminal whose memory had been erased. But the better she gets to know him, the more she fights to strip away the lies she’d been told and get to the heart of the man. Even as the two of them grow to care deeply for each other, she knows that every move she makes only puts her in graver danger. Does the man who named himself Hunter have the skill and the cunning to save her life? And what if he has to sacrifice himself to do it?

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ruby ann dentonRUBY (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 6) by Ann Denton

I messed up my Christmas miracle. That’s a big no-no for an angel. My boss shrunk my wings as a consequence. But did he have to make them so small? They’re the size of baby cupid wings for cloud’s sake! That’s why I’ve been hiding out on earth, in the small town of Silver Springs—feeding my shoe obsession and trying to understand humans so I can magic up a winning miracle this year. But humans are impossible to understand. They wear shoes that hurt their feet. They want you to smile at strangers but not too wide or you look crazy. They claim their brains fart—that’s not even physically possible!
I need to understand people so I can get my wings back.
But one enchanted pumpkin spice latte later … my plans start to go to hell in a hand-basket.
I meet Parker Blue, and thanks to the latte, I can see he’s my soulmate. And he’s a demon. An angel can’t be soulmates with a demon! That’s impossible! But that impossibility doesn’t even compare to what happens next. Parker brings me home to figure out this mess and I find out he’s not my only soulmate. His roommates, two hot computer nerds, drop their jaws when they see me.
Will I get to fulfill my Christmas miracle or decide heaven can wait?

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truth about aliceTHE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE (EVIL LIES BOOK 2) by Alta Hensley

The evil lies little girls are told…I had fallen down a dark and forbidden hole. Wonderland. A hole where I had two choices in life—to be a breeder, or to be a killer. To create life, or to destroy it. I had chosen poorly.
Wonderland’s thermostat was all but frozen, leaving two opposing factions, the Pennas and the Cyans, to spread throughout the forbidding tundra of a land forever cast in a dark and deadly ice age, seeking only power and control now that Wonderland had become a frozen ball of ice.
In this frigid and cold hole, I was alone.
Until HE found me. White Rabbit. Rabbit was the leader of the Wonderland army, and I was now his captive. Forced to learn the art of submission, as well as the art of war, I became his soldier. From the moment I was captured, I became a mighty warrior amongst a cast of mad men. But I was HIS. And Rabbit would do whatever it took to battle my demons as we battled the enemy.
Hidden in the broken, and shattered Wonderland hid a new truth… a happily ever after. It was now my duty to find it.

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power of enticementPOWER OF ENTICEMENT (BLACKSTONE HAVEN BOOK 3) by Taige Crenshaw

Grayson Blackstone sees possible futures but cannot see the outcome of her own. After long months away, she’s returned to Blackstone Haven. She has already seen the man who’s hers and comes to him, cloaking her presence. He’s part of the legend that was foretold from her birth. Revealing the truth of the prophecy sets off a chain of events that will change the very foundation of what she knows. She will enjoy every moment she has with her mate and to hell with what is to come.

Savage Dubhán knows better than most how fate can change on a whim. For his kind, there is only one shadow that matches their soul. He never expects to find his soul mate, that is, until a woman storms into his office. Her brazenness confuses him until she drops her shield and he’s staggered with his destiny. Her family curse will not get her—she is his and nothing will get in his way. Yet, Grayson isn’t a woman who is seeking protection—she can handle herself. Her strength humbles him while her determination sets his soul ablaze.

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cruel fae kingTHE CRUEL FAE KING (THE CURSED KINGDOMS SERIES BOOK 1) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey

He says I’m his fated mate. I say I’m his fated enemy. I was stripped of my royal title because of him. I was banished to a deserted island and left to die because of him.
Only when I’m his last option does he remember I exist at all. Now this cruel king is taking me captive to be his bride, join his people, and save his kingdom from a spreading plague.
The witch claims this is our destiny written in the magic of the flames and the waves of the sea. I choose my own destiny though. And I’ll drown in those cold waters than ever be bound to him. Because he doesn’t need a fated fae mate. He needs a savior. And I’d rather die than be either of those things for the Cruel King.

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something wicked this way comesSOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Amy Rae Durreson

A workaholic teacher and a cranky blacksmith investigate a haunted orphanage in the remote Scottish Borders. What they find together might help them heal the wounds of their pasts… if they survive.  When the charity Leon works for inherits the orphanage, he travels north to see if the site is suitable for a new school. But Vainguard is a place of dark secrets, and Leon unearths a mystery about four children who died there in 1944—a tragic tale with an uncanny connection to the death of Leon’s parents.

Still bitter and guilt-ridden over his daughter’s death, farrier Niall joins Leon in uncovering Vainguard’s cruel history, including not just abuse but a tale about a vengeful spirit preying on local children. As the orphanage’s disturbing past comes to light, another child goes missing. Niall and Leon know they don’t have long before the child falls victim to a legend straight from the Borders’ blood-soaked past.

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jane faeJANE FAE by HD Reavis

VS note: Author’s note states “…takes the Gothic romance struggle of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and breathes magical elements into the world.”

Born into a world where magic makes you one of the elite, orphan Jane Fae must learn how to navigate and survive without magic, as a normal. Fleeing the abusive restrictions of her school’s headmaster, she takes on the position of governess to a halfling (part human, part sprite) girl at the stately and remote Thornfield Hall. Jane soon learns her new home is frequented by the magical and illusive creatures known as the Fair Folk. Her life seems to settle into a predictable routine of mutual teaching and learning, safe from any magician who might mean her harm. With the arrival of the master of the house, a Mr. Edward Rochester, a wealthy magician whose philosophy is considered counter culture, she begins to question her narrow perception of the world. Are all normals bad and destined for hard work? Are all magicians superior simply because they poses magic? What makes an individual good and what makes one bad?

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dark moon fallsDARK MOON FALLS by Various

High in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the sleepy town of Dark Moon Falls has secrets …Hot wolf shifters pursue their one true mate, witches pursue their own agenda, and humans are caught in the middle. In Dark Moon Falls, danger, intrigue, and romance lurk around every corner. This boxed set includes 15 new steamy stories you’ll want to get your paws on!
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slashed and mashedSLASHED AND MASHED: SEVEN GAYLKY SUBVERTED STORIES by Andrew J Peters

What really happened when Theseus met the Minotaur? How did demon-slaying Momotarō come to be raised by two daddies? Will Scheherazade’s hapless Ma’aruf ever find love and prosperity after his freeloading boyfriend kicks him out on the street? Classic lore gets a bold remodeling with stories from light-hearted and absurd, earnestly romantic, daring and adventurous, to darkly surreal.

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fate kirsten weissFATE (THE WITCHES OF DOYLE BOOK 6) by Kirsten Weiss

Witch Jayce Bonheim has spent the last four months waiting for a horde of dark magicians to come to town. Now, they’ve arrived, embedded in a traveling circus. And they’re bigger and badder than this ex-party girl could have imagined, wreaking havoc wherever they go. But when a murder rocks her small town, Jayce must stop the chaos. Walking a tightrope between dark spells and past regrets, can Jayce stop a murderer and stop these magicians from transforming the world forever?

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killing moonA KILLING MOON (WINGED GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Alexis D Craig

She’s a wily Raven, former spy and though she’s a bird, she’s smart, cunning, and has yet to confront a problem she can’t run over or shoot her way out of. Skills that as corporate fixer hired to do all manner of things has served Cora Westgate well until she is asked to protect a man from her past, His Royal Highness Finnegan O’Casey, second in line to shifter throne. No problem, except she has to do it without his knowledge. The assignment goes from hard to difficult to impossible.

At least until she becomes reacquainted with Finn. He’s charming, sweet, royalty and worse yet, into her in a way that sings of future promises. He’s exactly what she doesn’t have room for in this assignment or her life.

Finn is a werewolf prince with a problem. Several of them, actually, his brother’s impending coronation being the largest at the moment, followed closely by his father dying and this random sexy Corvid woman dropping into his life and blowing it all to hell. All his problems seem to melt away though when he’s holding the sexy Cora in his arms.

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realm of ashREALM OF ASH (THE BOOKS OF AMBHA BOOK 2) by Tasha Suri

The Ambhan Empire is crumbling. A terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon. The only hope for peace lies in the mysterious realm of ash, where mortals can find what they seek in the echoes of their ancestors’ dreams. But to walk there requires a steep price.
Arwa is determined to make the journey. Widowed by a brutal massacre, she’s pledged service to the royal family and will see that pledge through to the end. She never expected to be joined by Zahir, the disgraced, illegitimate prince who has turned to forbidden magic in a desperate bid to save those he loves.
Together, they’ll walk the bloody path of their shared past. And it will call into question everything they’ve ever believed…including whether the Empire is worth saving at all.

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mating of convenienceA MATING OF CONVENIENCE – BOOK 4: THE RABBIT RIVER SAGA by Elyce de Reefe

A fledgling pack struggles to survive during chaotic times, when mates are scarce and competition is fierce. For there is turmoil in the werewolf community. These are not your ordinary werewolves…Dr. Nina Evans knows she’s skating on the edge. If the genetic research she’s been conducting isn’t outright illegal—it’s close. But she doesn’t let that bother her. She can’t. She’s desperate to come up with a cure for her baby sister’s illness. Still, she’s been careful not to ask too many questions about the unusual DNA strands she’s working with. Like where they came from, for example.

But she certainly never thought her research would get her kidnapped. So when three very large strangers storm her lab late one night, it’s the surprise of her life. Now, somehow, she has to escape. Her sister needs her. But with that big, silent brute Boaz watching her every second, she has no idea how she’s going to manage that.

Boaz Masters has never smelled anything like it—in his life. Citrus and cinnamon, with just a touch of honey. Ambrosia. Somehow, this human he’s been sent to track has him tied up in knots. The rest of the pack can search for the evil doctor—he just wants her.
Boaz knows the shortage of females among the People means he will probably never find a mate. But when the human he’s been tracking and the doctor turn out to be one and the same, it looks like his luck is changing. Because this particular human smells ripe for the taking. Especially since according to the Law, she must be claimed—or killed.

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simon sex and the solstice stoneSIMON, SEX AND THE SOLSTICE STONE by Kay Berrisford

VS Note: A re-release…

Simon’s holiday season is looking grim. His boyfriend’s dumped him, and his self-esteem is at rock bottom. When an enigmatic stranger seduces him, Simon is flattered and deeply attracted but also alarmed— especially when his seducer, Aubrey, turns out to be a time traveller from nearly four-hundred years ago.

Soon the dominant Aubrey is teaching shy Simon about the kinkier side of sex, love, magic and pain. But as their bond grows, Aubrey remains determined to perform a dangerous sex ritual at an ancient stone circle in order to return to the past. Fearing he’s just a pawn in Aubrey’s twisted games, Simon must discover Aubrey’s dark secrets and risk all for him… or face a lonely Christmas without the man he loves.

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no going backNO GOING BACK (THE LILY HARPER SERIES BOOK 6) by H P Mallory

After Lily Harper narrowly escapes the clutches of Alaire, the Master of the Underground City, she finds herself on the back of a winged Fury in the middle of the ninth circle, The Morgue, and she’s not sure where to go.

Tallis has been left to his own defenses in the eighth level, The Asylum, and Bill is MIA. Lily has no idea how to find either one of them or where to even start.

After she gets attacked mid-air, Lily finds an unconventional ally in the form of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr, otherwise known as the Red Baron. Manfred informs Lily that a civil war is brewing in the Ninth Level between a legion of rebel demons and the old-world order. Lily finds herself smack-dab in the middle of this war, a war that’s encouraged by Alaire because, as usual, he wants something…All Lily wants is to make sure her friends are safe but in so doing, she’ll find herself thrown into the thick of it where she’ll be forced into the fight of her life.

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flamebringerFLAMEBRINGER (HEARTSTONE SERIES BOOK 3) by Elle Katherine White

Tristan Wydrick, sworn enemy of House Daired, is back from the dead. Possessed by a ghast and sharing its shadowy unlife, he commands not only the soul-sucked ghastradi, but also the monstrous Tekari forces bent on Arle’s destruction. As their enemies begin amassing, desperate Arleans look to their greatest defenders. But Aliza and Alastair Daired, along with their dragon Akarra, are far from home, trapped in the icy northern wastes by Wydrick’s treachery.

Fighting their way through blizzards, haunted forests, and their own growing fears, the Daireds find a new battle awaiting them in the capital, for the Tekari and ghastradi are not the only forces converging on the heart of the kingdom. Another moves toward Arle, riding the winds from the south: an ambassador from the Silent King of Els.

Unknown enemy? Or unexpected ally? Plunged into the dangerous world of royal intrigue and ancient grudges, Aliza and Alastair soon realize it will take more than steel and dragonfire to save their kingdom, for the silence of Els hides a secret that could shake House Daired to its foundations. And silence, it seems, is about to be broken.

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brownies swayBROWNIE’S SWAY (MIDNIGHT RODEO BOOK 10) by BA Tortuga

Brownie January is used to being the go-to man for the day-to-day operations of Midnight Rodeo. As the assistant to the arena boss, he works hard, sometimes for very little recognition, which can hurt a brownie’s pride. Still, he’s pretty happy with his job, his family at the rodeo, and the periodic carrot cake. If he longs for more, well, he keeps it to himself.

That is until Kingston comes along. The new healer is a unicorn, and is definitely the most magical thing January has ever seen. He’s smart, gorgeous, and interested in January, which just seems too good to be true. Now both January and Kingston must overcome their misgivings, and their pride, to form a lasting love before it’s too late.

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sanctuary of spiritsA SANCTUARY OF SPIRITS (THE SPECTRAL CITY NOVELS BOOK 2) by Leanna Renee Hieber

New York City, 1899. The NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists led by gifted young medium Eve Whitby, is unconventional to say the least. And now they’re stepping even further outside the bounds of normal police work—into an otherworldly realm known as the Ghost Sanctuary. It’s a place where the dead can provide answers. But will Eve and her colleagues pay a price for venturing beyond the land of the living?

Investigating a mortician’s sudden disappearance, Eve encounters a charismatic magician and mesmerist whose abilities are unlike any she’s seen before. Is he connected to the mysterious deaths around the city—or a link to the Ghost Sanctuary? Torn between the bonds of her team and her growing relationship with the dashing Detective Horowitz, Eve must discern truth from illusion and friend from foe before another soul vanishes into the ether.

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what dwellsWHAT DWELLS (WICKEDLY WINGED BOOK 1) by Jeanette Lynn

It was just another boring day monitoring the Mists, the strange murky clouds that hover in the canyons below the Up Top. Until it wasn’t. They say whatever enters the mysterious mist is lost to The Mists. When Novara finds her schooner suddenly being sucked into the clouds of death, she’s expecting the worst. She’s going to die.

When Novara finds herself thrust into a world below her own, instead, never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined she’d come face to face with one of the Great Beasts, let alone an entire colony of the humanoid bat beings, the very creatures she’d been obsessed with for years. Great gwog, what were the chances? If ever there was a time her love for dead languages could come in handy, this was it. And she would be needing it, because this was her new home now.

Citoc isn’t too keen on taking on the odd, funny faced wingless beastie that had literally dropped down atop him, spewed out from the skies, yet he finds himself drawn to the mouthy, witless creature. He isn’t the only beastie intrigued by the many tongues speaking newcomer. Beasts of the Murke, Greats Beasts of Bellinor, a whole new world and all the mixed bat cultures forming the melting pot of the Alcove, Novara will need to learn to navigate it all fast if she’s to stand a chance.
Eladrathuil preserve her, what’s a stranded Mists pilot to do? Acclimate. But her stubborn buns are going to do it her way. May the madness ensue and the odds be in her favor.

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return to christmasRETURN TO CHRISTMAS by Anne Stuart

Madison Simcoe has had enough. She’s a cold, lonely workaholic who’s been harassed one too many times by a fellow worker, it’s Christmas and the spirit is gone, and she feels like a stranger in her own life. A little retail therapy should cheer her up.

Macy’s is huge, a giant store full of wonders, and Madison’s happy place. So when she decides to indulge herself, pushing through the big doors on a cold afternoon in December, she’s not expecting to suddenly find herself in 1947, unable to leave the huge building. And she’s certainly not expecting to find incredibly hot Johnny Larsen, former Army spy during WWII, with a buttload of PTSD, artistic brilliance, and bad attitude, looking out for her.

Bad things happen, even at Christmas, but there’s magic in the air, and Madison is inconveniently in love with a man who must be long dead. Surely there’s a happy ending among the mistletoe and holly?

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married to the king faeMARRIED TO THE KING FAE (MATED TO A FAE) by Maia Starr

Lenna is my fated mate. A dragon shifter and human hybrid living on Earth. I’m the Fae King, and if anyone can break this prophecy, it’s me. Lenna is my obsession. I’m stubborn and determined to claim every inch of her body. I want her soul to be mine. Anyone who comes in my way is an enemy. Lenna doesn’t know that I’d have to fight the world for her. And she’s keeping a dark secret herself. A secret that could destroy my faith in her.

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shifter semester threeBLACKWOOD ACADEMY SHIFTER: SEMESTER THREE (BLOODWOOD YEAR ONE BOOK 3) by Rae Foxx

Four Guys. Three Immortals. Two Witches. And one baby Alpha. We got problems in the best possible ways. Welcome to the third semester of Bloodwood Academy, where crap is about to go down. I barely scooted through the last few months, and now one woman struts into my life and sends everything into disarray. We have trouble, starting with the fact that our new addition is ready to start a war.

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dragon of glassDRAGON OF GLASS (FAE SHIFTER KNIGHTS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Daniella has everything she needs for a quiet Christmas at home with her dog, Fabio. She’s got way too much food, a real Christmas tree, a cable station streaming non-stop holiday movies, and even fruitcake. All she needs now is an ornament for her tree…
But what she gets instead is a glass dragon imprisoning a gorgeous naked guy from another world.

Trey, fae dragon knight, protector of the realm, and defender of the fallen crown, has finally been released from his spell by a kiss from a beautiful woman (and her noble hound). His power hobbled, his dragon form embarrassingly small, he finds himself navigating a strange world of wonders like televisions, refrigerators, and ham sandwiches, absolutely enspelled by a woman who swears she isn’t a witch.
Then Trey discovers that the enemy from his homeworld is starting to spill into Daniella’s and it will take power he no longer has to protect her… power that is locked in Daniella’s heart.

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impossible contractTHE IMPOSSIBLE CONTRACT: BOOK 2 IN THE IMPOSSIBLE CHRONICLES OF GHADID by K A Doore

An assassin’s reputation can mean life or death. This holds especially true for Thana Basbowen, daughter of the legendary Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. When a top-tier contract drops in her lap — death orders against foreign ambassador Heru Sametket — Thana seizes the opportunity.

Yet she may be in over her head. Heru wields blasphemous powers against his enemies, and Thana isn’t the only person after his life: even the undead pursue him, leaving behind a trail of horror. Her mission leads her on a journey to the heart of a power-hungry empire, where dangers lurk around every corner. Her only ally is Mo, a determined healer set to protect Ghadid any way she can. As further occult secrets are unleashed, however, the aftermath of this impossible contract may be more than anyone can handle.

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blood heirBLOOD HEIR by Amelie Wen Zhao

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

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reborn in flamesREBORN IN FLAMES by M Sinclair

I have spent my entire life in the basement of my father’s church. My sadistic mother and god-fearing father believe I have the devil inside of me because I heal after their abuse. I’d accepted long ago I would die in the very place I’d been born without ever feeling the sun on my skin. Then one day, my mother took me from my father’s religious cult in the wake of his death. Nearly a week later, and after countless hours with her boyfriend Jed’s creepy remarks, I find myself in Washington State. I had only ever interacted with my parents and now Jed, so you can imagine my surprise when I ran smack dab into possibly the most handsome man in the world. He’s not alone though, there are intriguing and handsome men popping up everywhere in my life.

Except I shouldn’t be focusing on that. I should be preparing for my mother’s cruel hits. Preparing to run the minute I turn 18. Preparing to hide from Jed’s leering comments and uncomfortable stares. One interaction with this man and I feel like my entire life has been altered. Five days until I turn 18. Five days until my mother realizes what happens when you keep a bird cooped up for too long, only to open its cage. Five days until I am out of here. My problem? Everything inside of me tells me that those intriguing men are mine… and they seem to think the same.

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blake kathi s bartonBLAKE – THE WHITFIELD RANCHER: TIGER SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Shadow Henderson was grateful to the Whitfields for taking them in. She had to keep her mother and grandmother safe from her Uncle Thomas. The man was heavy fisted and had kidnapped her mother and was set to starve her to death just because he was embarrassed by her, he had his sights set on becoming the next president. His sister’s affliction with Altzheimers was an embarrassment to him. Shadow even suspected that he had killed her husband, but she couldn’t prove it.

Blake Whitfield was trying to adopt two boys he had taken into his home to foster, but with being a single parent, the judge went off on him, and Blake wound up taking a bullet for his troubles. Blake was immortal so the bullet wouldn’t kill him, but it still hurt like hell. His parents insisted that he recuperate in their home.

Several of the Whitfields had been pushing Shadow to meet the yet unmated Blake just to see if they were mates. Shadow wanted no part of it. She wasn’t happy in her last marriage and had sworn to never marry again. There was no way she would let anyone push her into anything she didn’t want to do ever again. That included the high and mighty Blake Whitfield.

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beware mohawksBEWARE MOHAWKS BEARING GIFTS by SA Collins

VS Note: Alternate world, magic elements apparently…

It’s 1847, New York. William Matthias Hallett is a fashionable dandy of the Manhattan social set. His life is laid out before him: a world of soirees, riches, and luxury. Yet all he wants to do is find an adventure so deliciously wicked that it will satiate his soul for an eternity.
Disguised in a lower-class manner, into the notorious Five Points he goes, seeking that spark of adventure. That is until it greets him in the form of his old schoolmates from Dartmouth College—a pair of Mohawk warriors who will up-end his world and all he knew it to be forever.

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bear with me lucy edenBEAR WITH ME by Lucy Eden

Hi, I’m Celestine Woods, most people call me Chellie. If you are one of my 850K followers, you might know me as the super successful Instagram influencer, but more than likely you probably know me as the woman who got dumped by her former rockstar boyfriend, who then publicly professed his love for his new girlfriend in a song on Spotify before getting engaged a week later.

While I think I had a perfectly rational response to this news but my sponsors didn’t agree. Apparently no one wants to buy expensive skin cream from the woman who had an alcohol-fueled meltdown at the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the world.
Now, I’m at Black Bear Mountain Lodges, a cabin resort in the Catskill Mountains, to relax, recharge, and rehab my image and— tossing in a couple sponsored posts. The only hitch in my plan for R&R is the sexy, yet grumpy, lumberjack who runs the resort. His people skills leave a lot to be desired and it’s no wonder I’m the only guest at this place.  ​

I know nothing about living in the mountains and he knows nothing about marketing and publicity. His resort and my image could both use a little TLC, so we formed a truce and teamed up to help each other. Between my social media know-how, my smartphone, a gorgeous grumpy mountain man and a strangely friendly bear that keeps coming to my window every night, we can get this all turned around right? Who’s ready for project #ChellieInTheWoods?

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blue billingsTHE MYSTERIOUS AND AMAZING BLUE BILLINGS (A BLACK AND BLUE NOVEL BOOK 1) by Lily Morton

Levi Black is at a crossroads. After suffering a loss and breaking up a long-term relationship, he’s looking for a change. When he receives the news he’s inherited a house in York, he seizes the opportunity to begin a new chapter in his life.

However, when he gets there, he finds a house that has never kept its occupants for very long. Either through death or disinclination, no one stays there, and after a few days of living in the place, Levi can understand why. Strange noises can be heard at all hours of the day and night, and disturbing and scary things begin to happen to him. He never believed in ghosts before, but when events take a sinister turn, he knows he must look for help. He finds it in the unlikely form of the blue-haired leader of a ghost tour.

Blue Billings is edgy, beautiful, and lost. Utterly lost. He conceals so many secrets that some days it’s a miracle he remembers his own name. He knows that he should ignore Levi because he threatens the tenuous grip Blue has on survival. But there’s something about the kind-eyed man that draws Blue to him. Something that demands he stay and fight for him when he would normally run in the opposite direction.

As the two men investigate the shocking truth behind Levi’s house, they also discover a deep connection that defies the short length of time they’ve known each other. But when events escalate and his life is on the line, Levi has to wonder if it was wise to trust the Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings.

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nights kissNIGHT’S KISS (THE ANCIENTS BOOK 2) by Mary Hughes

As a human who hunts vampires, I risk death each night I take to the streets. Bloodsuckers are stupidly fast. I have only my wits, my practice, and my weapons. Oh yeah, and my rage. Vampires killed my parents before my eyes when I was young. My revenge? I’ll destroy every last one of the evil bastards, starting with their king.

But only one man can help me locate the king. Achingly tall, dark, and too-sexy-for-his-own-good, Ryker is gorgeous enough to be the vamp king himself. But the devilish arch to his black eyebrow, his white, unfangy grin, and rocking the daytime are good clues that he’s human. We’ll have to work together as uneasy allies if I hope to get my final revenge on the king—only now it seems evil monsters are also after our prey, and they’ll stop at nothing to see us all dead. And why are they having so much trouble finding the king?

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coldest fireCOLDEST FIRE (DOMINION BOOK 4) by Juliette Cross

Archangel Uriel is hell bent on revenge on the demon prince Vladek. To get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, he’ll have to fight in the pits of the underworld. And he’ll need the help of the last person he can trust –– the demon witch Nadya.

There is no way Nadya, who spends her days taking care of others, expected to find Uriel on her doorstep. He seems no happier about being there than she does. But helping him means evening the scales against her backstabbing sister, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that bitch pay.

Using the fight pit circuits in the demon underworld, Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia. Only she isn’t what she seems. As a matter of fact, she may hold the key to his redemption…and to his heart.

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queen of nothingTHE QUEEN OF NOTHING (THE FOLK OF THE AIR BOOK 3) by Holly Black

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity.

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dragon assassin single daddyDRAGON ASSASSIN SINGLE DADDY (F.I.R.E. SPECIAL OPS DRAGONS) by Maia Starr

Jana is the love of my life. I knew that since the moment I saw her sweet face. She’s young… and married. The man she’s with doesn’t deserve her. Jana is being abused. She’s being cheated on. I could kill her husband for laying a finger on her. She deserves to live a life with me and my son. She could be my mate, and a mother to Noah. I have to protect her. But what happens when she sees the dragon that I have to become to save her life?

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fallen kingFALLEN KING (COURT OF THE SEA FAE BOOK 2) by C N Crawford

Life in a fae castle should be pretty sweet. Except, my lover wants to take my magic from me, and I made a deal with the devil. Literally. Salem is the light-bringer, gorgeous as sin and just as evil. Some call him Lucifer. What do I call him? Whatever he tells me to, because he’s cast a mind-control spell over me. He hates me, but I have a plan. I’ll lead him to a sorcerer who can kill him. But as I journey with the fallen god, I see him watching me, wanting me. And it’s mutual. Turns out fate has a sick sense of humor, because my destiny ties me to Salem. Still, I have to stop him before he gets what he wants. Because if I fail, he will unleash hell on earth.

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shade of vampire 82A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 82: A CIRCLE OF NINE by Bella Forrest

Death’s final Reaper must be found. Unending is the key to setting her free.

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academy of the elitesACADEMY OF THE ELITES: BROKEN MAGIC by Alexis Calder

What’s worse than having untamed magic? Not having any magic. My magic is broken after being attacked by the magic thief. And I need it back fast, before she tries again.I’ll do anything to get it back – including private tutoring with a crazy professor and private time with the sexy billionaire twins – and their mother. FML.  Oh yeah, and according to my parole officer, if I ever do get my magic back and alter time, I’m done for. No pressure. And I have to do it all without getting distracted by the sexy wolf shifter during a Wolf Moon and a hot as hell incubus determined to get out of my dreams and into my pants.

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cherished mateCHERISHED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 1) by Candace Ayers

Laila Bissett promised her best friend that she’d track down Gray Lowe and get him to apply for Cybermates, the new shifter mate matching service. She has no idea the sexy wolf shifter, a.k.a. Sunkissed Key’s most eligible bachelor, is about to trigger some painful repressed memories that send her into full blown crisis mode. There’s no going back for Laila. Either she faces some horrifying truths, or they destroy her.

Gray Lowe is not signing up for any silly mate matching service. Not when his mate just walked though his front door. But how is it that her wolf is so damaged, so traumatized, she doesn’t even recognize her own mate when she sees him? Something happened to bury Laila’s wolf so deep inside her psyche that, until recently, she didn’t even know her animal existed. Even if she never accepts him as her mate, Gray intends to help Laila. But to do that, he must coax a terrified wolf, hidden away for years, to overcome her traumatic past.

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wicked wintersWICKED WINTERS by Various

Dive into ten enchanting holiday stories from New York TimesUSA Today, and award-winning authors. This collection is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Journey from Christmas in steampunk London to a holiday under the sea. Chase vampires, imps, ghosts, Krampus, and evil elves as you celebrate Solstice with monster hunters and Hanukkah under the gaslights. Grab an eggnog, pull up a chair, and expect a holiday from hell in this special collection of paranormal romance, horror, urban fantasy, fairy tale, steampunk, and gaslamp holiday tales.

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kierceVS: Highlighting KIERCE from the backlist. He was the first Badari Warrior from the southern island to be found by the northern pack. DAEGAN, the hero of my newly released book, is the hidden Alpha Kierce reported to before he ended up in the north. All the books can be read as standalones.

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 13

November 6

October 30

October 23

October 16

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.

Bad Dreams Continue 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. Today is the last one because then I’ll be switching to my new release DAEGAN, the 11th book in the Badari Warriors scifi world.

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 took a special assigment to pick up an item on the last planet the Nebula Zephyr visited, at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. Last week we were in a nightmare with Juli, caused by the cursed rock, and Steve also had a nightmare and came to check on her. They’re in her cabin:

“You have a call from Aunt Dian,” Maeve [the Ship’s Artificial Intelligence] said, “She also tried calling Officer Aureli’s cabin.”

Feeling as if she was a kid caught doing something she wasn’t supposed to, Juli exchanged glances with Steve and smothered a chuckle. His expression mirrored hers.

“Go ahead and connect,” Juli said, reaching for her robe and hastily putting it on.

Dian’s sleepy face filled the vidscreen. Without makeup, at this hour of the night, she was still quite sprightly. Charrli was cradled in her arms. Dian gazed past Juli and nodded to Steve, “I had a nightmare,” she said, “Charrli woke me up out of it – you two were in danger. I think he wanted me to come to your cabins and check on you in person once I was fully awake but we compromised on using the com instead.”

End of the WWW snippet. Here’s the rest of the scene:

“We each had nightmares too,” Juli said, blushing. “Steve came to check on me.”

“I had to see for myself, make sure she was all right.” His voice was firm, unembarrassed.

Juli envied him his composure because she was embarrassed all out of proportion to the situation. They were consenting adults, why did it matter what Dian might be thinking? And besides, she was the one who’d been matchmaking for them all this time. “I believe I saw the rock earlier in the evening, at the concert,” Juli said a little desperately. “We were just discussing whether the incident might have been the trigger for my dream.”

“Well it doesn’t explain mine.” Dian was testy. “Or why Charrli was upset, which I assure you he was. Your rock seems narrowly focused on the three of us and my dog.”

Veronica Scott - Charrli

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.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]New release: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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Why I Wrote KIERCE Badari Warriors #SciFi

kierceThe basic premise of the Badari Warrior series: Featuring genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.

I’m about to release my eleventh book in the Badari Warriors world, DAEGAN, and it’s a bit of a follow-on to KIERCE, which was the sixth book (but they can be read as standalones). In KIERCE I established he was from a completely different pack, from the southern hemispshere of the planet, which had been kept isolated and raised under different rules than my primary characters.

With DAEGAN, the new book, I’m about to take the readers to visit that other pack and Kierce reappears to some extent. So I thought it might be a good day to talk about KIERCE.

I think the first thing I need to say is that I really try hard to tell a different story with each book in the Badari Warriors series. Yes, at the center of each novel will be the love story between a genetically engineered soldier of the far future and a human woman, but I want the circumstances and the action and adventure to contain new elements each time. I can’t imagine telling the exact same story over and over! I also have to advance the series plot arc at least a little bit with each new book and I want to bring in the characters the reader has met in the earlier books to some extent.

The original kernel of an idea for Kierce was actually to write a story where the hero and heroine were kept apart by well-meaning people who didn’t understand they were actually good for each other. The Badari are all about people being fated mates and falling in love, and are usually totally supportive of a couple finding each other, so I set myself the task of figuring out under what circumstances the pack would not be on board. Although I wanted the reasons to be something external, not that either my hero or my heroine weren’t good people who deserve each other!

The Badari are also totally devoted to taking care of each other, after centuries of being little more than lab animals for the alien scientists’ experiments. So I had to set up a situation where Aydarr, the pack Alpha, wouldn’t see the positive aspects of allowing the human, Elianna, to be with Kierce.

Turns out Kierce has been subjected to a particularly unusual experiment and when we meet him, he’s been forced into the form of an alien predator. (It’s always interesting to me how the Muse solves my plot dilemmas.) No one but Elianna really understands what Kierce is and she’s sworn to keep his secrets. I had fun going from there and unspooling my story.

The one scene I had in my head from the getgo was where Aydarr and his soldiers are liberating the lab and first meet Kierce (in his alien form) and Elianna. Then I kind of worked backward (how did the couple get to that point?) and forward (what next?). I had the chance to work in some details about how the pack is handling new arrivals to the Sanctuary Valley and a few other details of the world building.

Jake OCT 18 2019

Jake in a non-predator moment

I included my very own Jake the Cat in the dedication this time because I used close observation of Jake to help with some of the details of Kierce’s alien form. And of course Jake regards himself as a deadly predator on any world!

I also indulged myself a tiny bit by giving Elianna, who is a technical genius, some dialog straight from my own days doing root cause analysis, which I was trained on at NASA/JPL as part of the Lab’s Lean Six Sigma program. I’m actually a NASA Black Belt in that business process area! Not to worry though, what she says is only a few sentences and not too geeky or tech-y!

The blurb: Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

The excerpt – Elianna has been thrown into the cell of a massive alien predator. She escaped to the animal’s outdoor enclosure and took refuge in a tree. She refers to the beast as a tiger because it has stripes but we’re not talking about an actual Earthly tiger.:  She sat in the tree all afternoon, growing tired, hungry, and thirsty. Eventually, one Khagrish guard appeared, staring from the cat to her then running inside, presumably to report.

Did the Khagrish mean to leave her there until the cat got hungry enough to eat her? Elianna sighed. The aliens were unpredictable and cruel so maybe they didn’t care how long it took for their oversize pet to finish its task and kill her for the bootleg vid.

Eventually, the tiger rose as if response to a signal and went inside the cell.

The sun was beginning its descent for the night, and Elianna shivered, goosebumps pebbling her flesh as the breeze grew stronger. She startled as the tiger reappeared, butt first, half carrying, half dragging in its huge jaws a bowl full of what resembled kibble, which it brought to the base of the tree then backed away from. Making the guttural sound deep in its throat, the cat put one massive paw on the bowl, gazed at her blandly, and then retreated to the wall, sitting with its tail curled over its paws.

“You’re kidding me, right? Trying to lure me out of the tree with cat food?” Despite her dire predicament, Elianna laughed. But her mind was racing. Could this huge predator be a higher level sentient? Kidnapped from its own planet perhaps and brought here for experimentation? Was it trying to make friends with her?

“I must be insane.” Decision made, Elianna descended and then dropped from the tree, freezing for a moment to see what the tiger’s reaction would be. The beast merely sat, golden eyes watchful. The tip of its tail flicked once or twice. She scooped up a handful of the kibble and took a sniff. Vaguely fishlike but not unpleasant. “Like dried nutrient rations.” She put one in her mouth, prepared to spit it out. The taste was salty but not off-putting. “Thank you,” she said to the watching cat. Elianna crunched her way through the handful of nuggets, wishing for some water to wash them down. She probably couldn’t live on these, but the dry fare did allay the hunger pangs.

White tiger isolated on black background

DespositPhoto – an earthly tiger but you get the idea!

The tiger rose and made his way inside again. Now what? Elianna waited by the tree, hand on the branch, ready to ascend if needed. When the cat re-emerged, he was dragging a haunch of raw meat, clearly from some kind of hoofed animal. Elianna took a deep breath of relief because for one horrified instant she’d feared the meal might have come from its Khagrish victim of earlier. As she watched, the cat tore strips of the meat from the offering with its claws and laid them on the grass to the side, making soft sounds as it did so.

“For me?” she asked. “Thanks, but I’ll stick to the kibble. I don’t eat raw meat.”

The tiger picked up the rest of the meal as if to say “suit yourself” and moved off to the side of the enclosure, where it laid down again and devoured the meal with ruthless efficiency.

Elianna shivered as the sun disappeared below the horizon. In her torn clothing, which was thin to begin with, she doubted she could survive the night outside.

The tiger padded to the flap door leading inside, pushing it open with one giant paw then turning to stare at her. The beast uttered a soft sound.

Not really having any other choices, she walked slowly to where the tiger waited. He retreated a step or two, allowing her to pass in front of him. She forced herself through the tight opening, tumbling into the cell. Rising quickly to her feet, she was glad to see the floor was bare and unstained, a bit damp. Evidently the Khagrish had come at some point to retrieve the remains of their dead companion and washed the floor.

As the animal bumped into her with his cold nose she shrieked and jumped. She faced him with her hands raised in self-defense.

He made the soft sound deep in his throat again and padded to the far corner of the cell, where a nest of blankets lay on a shelf raised off the floor. The tiger made a small leap onto the crude bed and lay in an elegantly casual curved position on his side. His eyes were warm jewels of color in the darkened cell.

Self-pity and resignation swamping her like a heavy blanket, Elianna sighed. Her only choice was terrifying, but she couldn’t see herself making it through the night shivering on the bare floor in a corner. She was already numb and lethargic from the chill. Slowly, she walked to where the beast waited and sat gingerly on the edge of the platform.

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Award winning Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series!

Portions of this post first appeared on Pauline B Jones’s blog…

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday NOV 13

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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dominance and dissentDOMINANCE AND DISSENT (CYBORG EXPLORATION BOOK 3) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: This has been on my pre-order list forever! I love her cyborgs.

Dissent has one primary mission—to find his female and protect her. He doesn’t know who she is, where she’s situated, or what she looks like. That doesn’t stop him from searching the universe for her. He’s a cyborg and he’s determined. He WILL track her down.

While the J Model warrior is exploring a settlement on a merchant planet, he hears a defiant scream. Dissent has finally located the one being he’s genetically compatible with. He rushes to his little human’s side, ready and willing to defend her, eager to claim his female…forever.

Greer has only one dream—to be free. She’s been a slave her entire lifespan, has been subjected to soul-crushing abuse and pride-shredding humiliation. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, she takes it. Steps away from independence, she’s apprehended.

As she looks death in the face, waiting for the final strike, a tall, handsome cyborg warrior saves her. He exudes power, makes her tremble with desire, is unlike any of the males she’s ever known…except in one heartbreaking way.
He wants to own her.
As Dissent and Greer battle for dominance, danger looms. An enemy from the past has returned. He’s heavily armed, he’s not alone, and his sole goal is to kill both of them.

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alien hopeALIEN HOPE (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 5) by Honey Phillips

For as long as Emlan could remember, T’renan had been part of her life – friend, protector, confidant – but when she tried to show the massive alien warrior she wanted more, he left her. When she heard that he had been killed, she couldn’t let herself believe he was really gone.

Ten years later, just as she finally starts to move on with her life, word comes that he is alive. At first she is overjoyed, but the protective warrior of her youth has been replaced by a bitter, angry male.

T’renan never wanted to leave Emlan, but neither could he resist her innocent advances. A temporary assignment guarding trade routes seemed like the best alternative – until his ship was captured and he was enslaved in the mines of Quatar. Only the memories of Emlan keep him sane during the torturous years of his imprisonment, but when he finally manages to escape, nothing is the same. He has lost everything else – is he going to lose her as well?
Fate kept them apart for ten years; can they overcome the distance between them and find their way back to each other?

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alien reindeers rideTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S WILD RIDE (WINTER STARR BOOK 5) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

She’ll be home for Christmas… even if she has to steal a ship to get there!
Rowan has missed out on the last three big family holidays, and she’s determined not to miss another. Holiday travel is always a mess, and even worse when she needs to get from Mars to Minnesota. Every flight is booked through the New Year and things aren’t looking good. Until someone whispers the name Dashiel Blitz and gives her a bit of holiday hope.

He just wants to spread good cheer…Dash makes a life shepherding sick children from planet to planet so they can be with their parents or get medical treatment. Rowan isn’t like his usual passengers, but his soul sings when they meet and he can’t say no. She’s on his ship for a ride, but he wants even more.

One tiny problem…Dash isn’t just a pilot. He’s a reindeer shifter and he needs to keep that a secret if he wants to stay safe. But if Rowan is his mate she needs to know the truth. And when a delay in their trip threatens to strand her on the wrong side of Earth, he may have to reveal himself in the most dramatic way possible. Could a determined human woman want an alien shifter for a mate? Or will their wild ride end with a crash and burn?

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alien reindeers bountyTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S BOUNTY (ALIEN STARR BOOK 6) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress

Mads + Odessa = 4EVA – Except forever ended when Mads kissed Odessa, bit her and then ghosted her.Twelve years later, he’s back and looking to pick up where they left off. Um, no thank you. Odessa has more to think about than her own heart. She’s now a single mom and can’t afford to get involved with a man with a track record of vanishing.

It doesn’t matter that he’s haunted her dreams for years. Or that when they’re together, she feels like she can finally breathe. And it certainly doesn’t matter that her traitorous body craves his touch. Besides, Mads hoards secrets like they’re made of chocolate. One, he’s an alien shifter. Like he turns into a reindeer with antlers and everything. Two, that bite made them bonded mates. And the third secret is the most dangerous of all. How can they have a second-chance at love when the sins of the past threaten to tear them apart?

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alien reindeers joyTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S JOY (A WINTER STARR BOOK 7) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

For reindeer shifter Kaelar, Christmas means a lot more than caroling and hot chocolate. Without him and his fellow reindeer working for Santa, excess joy would go to waste instead of into the hearts of children who need it.

Kaelar is committed to the season and the work that comes with it—even when it means working against evil aliens whose mission is to vacuum away all the joy the reindeer fight to keep alive. With the happiness of hundreds of children on his shoulders, murderous reindeer hunters on his tail, and a group of vicious aliens stealing joy, finding a mate is the last thing on Kaelar’s mind.

Until he meets her. Chloe is a doctor at a children’s hospital, and while she wants to fall in love and have a family, her patients are her priority—so it feels like a gift when a mysterious reindeer shows up at the hospital and brings happiness to the children seemingly by magic. Could the visitor be connected to the handsome, reindeer-costumed man who’s been cheering up children around town? The man Chloe can’t stop thinking about? All Chloe knows is that the man seems to be counteracting a strange joylessness that has shrouded the town.
Can Kaelar save Chloe’s town before it’s too late? Or will Christmas be ruined forever?

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aLIEN REINDEERS redemptionTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S REDEMPTION  (A WINTER STARR BOOK 8) by Elin Wyn and Starr Huntress

Warrior Rylant doesn’t want anything to do with Earth or the barbarians on its surface. He’s there to complete his mission. Get in, retrieve the lost Vondin tech, get out. Then maybe his superior officers will get off his case about not being a team player. Whatever. He didn’t count on a grey eyed goddess crossing his path. Needing his help. Setting his blood on fire. Until all he knows is he’s on her team. No matter what.

Single mother Megan just wants to get her little girl back. Strange men? Totally off the table. No matter how hot they are. Or nice they seems. She’s learned long ago trusting is for suckers. But when the only way to get to the madman holding her baby hostage is to trust a stranger, can she let him in through the walls she’s built around her heart?

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alien reindeers christmas packageTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S CHRISTMAS PACKAGE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 9 by Leslie Chase and Starr Huntress

Dhannar – Delivering gifts to a human colony world was supposed to be an easy job. And it would be, if not for the invaders stealing anything Christmas related — which means shooting Dhannar down to take his cargo. But it’s worth crashing on this ball of ice to meet Megan. The human female is everything Dhannar hoped for: beautiful and bold, smart and sassy. The moment he sees her Dhannar knows that Megan is his fated mate.Now there’s something even more important than his mission. Protecting Megan is his priority — protecting her and claiming her as his. Even if it means facing down an entire alien invasion.

Megan – She should be spending Christmas celebrating with her family. Instead, Megan’s running from alien invaders who want to steal the holidays. Her only hope is Dhannar, the reindeer shifter who crashed in her path. An incredibly hot reindeer shifter who seems to think she belongs to him. He’s powerful, dominant, strong and sexy, and huge. He’s fighting the aliens who’re after her. And he wants her to be his mate.Megan may not know exactly what that means, but she expects she’d enjoy finding out!

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alien reindeers escapeTHE ALIEN REINDEER’S ESCAPE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 10) by Eden Ember and Starr Huntress

Elzarr comes to Alaska, the last place he expects to meet anyone. He wants the freedom to run wild and free and be who he is. When he trots right up to Piper Stone as she’s gathering firewood for her cabin, he’s instantly mesmerized with the beautiful human. And the feeling is likewise, only she thinks he’s just a majestic reindeer. Imagine what she thinks when she’s falling from her roof only to land in the arms of a naked and very sexy mountain man, during a snow storm.

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hard sandsHARD SANDS (WARLORDS OF ATERA BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle

She doesn’t belong on Atera no matter what the hottie lizardman may say…Nothing in Kalinda’s plans includes crash-landing on a backwards sand planet full of lizard-aliens. But when she spots Warlord Nakan, she’s willing to take a little detour. He’s a sexy, muscular scaled creature that she wouldn’t mind… studying. But no matter how interested she is, and no matter how much he lights her up inside, she’s determined to get off his godforsaken planet.

Nakan is busy caring for his tribe and fighting off challengers to his position as Warlord of the Hard Sands. A mate? And an alien human female, at that? No, he has other responsibilities that need his attention. Kalinda of Earth can’t be for him. It does not matter that her curves stir his blood like she’s his true mate.
But if Nakan won’t have her, his enemies will. Too bad for them that the Warlord of the Hard Sands doesn’t share. He’ll have to find a way to claim his mate and hold his position, or he’ll lose everything: his woman, his tribe, his territory… and his life.

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stolen by themSTOLEN BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 1) by Skye MacKinnon

There are two basic facts every woman needs to know. The Trads are bad. They will impregnate you and use your womb to bear their children until you die. The Athions are good. They’re strong and protective, and you’ll practically be begging them to father your babies. But none of that is true. Not for me, anyway. I was kidnapped by Athions and now two Trads are trying to rescue me. Has everything been a lie or are these guys just pretending to be different from the rest? I can’t let down my guard. I need to get away. But how do you escape when you’re trapped on a spaceship in the middle of nowhere?

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heart of the machineHEART OF THE MACHINE: IN THE STARS (JIT-SUKU CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc

Billie Latimer is the half-trained navigator on a ship full of refugees, crewed by cyborgs who are just starting to remember who they once were. It’s heartbreaking, but she’s glad to help the men who had everything stolen from them by the military machine. Especially one very special man, who has captured her interest – the captain of the ship. Working with him day after day only brings them closer. She suspects he’s interested in her, as well, but something is keeping him from taking that final step closer.

Captain Medeus knew almost from the start that Billie is the sister of a man he had once called friend. A man who had died aboard Medeus’s last ship. He blames himself and carries a lot of guilt, now that he remembers who he was. He’s not sure it’s fair to continue his pursuit of Billie, knowing she would blame him for the death of her beloved brother, if she knew.

With hostile aliens and the military ready to blow them to smithereens, not to mention pirates, there’s a lot to contend with. Can they keep everyone safe and learn to live again in the chaotic world in which they find themselves? Neither is sure if they can forgive the past and start anew, or if misplaced guilt will keep them apart…forever.

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love the beast m garnetLOVE THE BEAST (VELDAN BEASTS BOOK 4) by M Garnet

A Princess and a Veldan Warrior Beast must learn to help each other in order to escape in the middle of the horrors of war. A spoiled Princess and a Veldan Shifter are trapped in the middle of a war. He cannot change into his human shape and she must learn to change. Will the war change them and allow them to escape with the help of one lone Marine Sargent?
With death around them, he becomes understanding even as a beast and the Princess lerns the horrors of war and how she wants to lead if she lives to return to her own world. Still there is a bond between the two that cannot be broken.

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traitors truthTHE TRAITOR’S TRUTH (MINDWIPED BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen

Kira’s memories are gone, and she’s trapped on a closed planet. Commander Tal Kaegen insists she’s his wife, but that can’t be right. The man has too much power, too much anger. She isn’t his wife. She can’t be. And yet her body betrays her, responding to his every touch. She will escape this accursed world—and the man who’s invading her every thought.

A killer by training, Tal will hunt his enemies and retake what is his—Kira. His enemies are wiping the memories of top officials. And Kira is key to their endgame. He must protect her at all costs, But she’s hiding from him—physically and emotionally. He wants his wife back. All of her: her body, her compassion, her love. Tal’s enemies may have weakened him by turning Kira against him. But their greatest mistake was underestimating what he’ll do to save the woman he loves.

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lost colonyTHE LOST COLONY (THE LONG WINTER TRILOGY BOOK 3) by A G Riddle

VS note: Not a romance (although with mild romantic elements)  but a release of note this week…I enjoyed the first book in the series and have the second one on my TBR List, so this will be as well.

The last survivors of the human race escaped a ruined Earth. Their new homeworld–Eos–seemed perfect at first. Warm. Hospitable. Safe from the grid. But everything isn’t as it seems.

The first colony of settlers–from the Carthage–have disappeared. Their settlement is still there, but everyone is gone. As James digs into the mystery of the lost colony, he discovers a series of spheres, buried on Eos. Are they the key to finding the lost colonists? Or are they responsible for their deaths?

Just as James is unraveling the secrets of the spheres, a storm hits Jericho City. Emma, recently elected mayor, struggles to lead her people to safety while James tries to make his way home. In the middle of the chaos, a new danger emerges–a threat no one saw coming.
With time running out to save the colonists, James and Emma face their hardest choice yet.

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krogas dedemptionKROGA’S REDEMPTION (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 7) by Michele Mills

Waking up in med bay with temporary amnesia is terrible. But Melachine is managing to live through the trauma of memory loss with the help of her doting mate, Kroga of Seventy-Five. He’s vowed to love her with unspoken devotion until days turn into time. And he has. He so has.

She’s desperately attracted to this sexy warrior, happily sharing his bunk, and living with him (and their kittens) in the Swirl. He’s told her why they’re hiding on the edge of the universe and why they have to keep their whereabouts secret, but she can’t seem to remember…And then one day a flood of shattering memories invades Melachine’s mind, wiping away the amnesia and turning her world upside down with the blazing light of knowledge. She’s left standing shakily on the bridge, realizing nothing is as it seems. Everything Kroga told her was a lie. But does that include his love…?

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sextusSEXTUS: BOOK 1 IN THE GALAXY PIRATES ALIEN ABDUCTION SERIES by Alana Khan

Sextus is a cynical scofflaw. Lexa was raised to be a con artist. Can two hard-assed misfits outsmart the bad guy, let down their barriers, and fall in love? You’d think a relationship couldn’t survive a foundation built on a devious scheme, but when Sextus and Lexa are forced together at the Galaxy Gambling Championship their barriers begin to crumble. Throw in the Galaxy’s most vicious villain, an art swindle, and credible threats of death and dismemberment, and you have an action-packed, sexy romance full of love, lies, and straight flushes.

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monarchs matesTHE MONARCH’S MATE (HOUSE OF KAIMAR BOOK 2) by Miranda Bridges

My life sucks. All the other human breeders have males who are head over heels for them, but do I get that? Nope. Not even close. My alien is the future king of the Dravian race and believe me, he acts like a royal jerk.   Yeah, sure, he’s hot as hell, but that is not the point.
Anyway, I’m still trying to figure out how to get him to do what I want when I stumble onto plans for an assassination. I decide to get involved because if anyone is going to kill the sexy prince it’s going to be me. Especially if he calls me his “namori” one more time. Whatever that means.  So now I’m trying to keep us alive, but he’s making everything difficult with his kisses and his… well let’s just say I better keep my mind focused and my legs, er… mouth closed.

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primal matesPRIMAL MATES (DRAGON WARRIORS BOOK 2) by M L Guida

Scotland. Lauchlan thinks his dragon powers are evil. His visions are getting stronger. He’s afraid he’ll turn into the alien foe hunting them. The only way to stop the prophesy is to protect his beautiful mate. She’s key to keeping him on a righteous path. The last thing Faye MacFarlane wants is to be controlled–even by the handsome dragon shifter. She’s discovered she has abilities and wants to be independent. But she’s having trouble convincing her dragon-shifter. Can Lauchlan and Faye combine their powers and find true love to stop evil from destroying their world?

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places beyond the wildPLACES BEYOND THE WILD: A POST APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY (Z-DAY BOOK 4) by Various

VS Note: not a romance but you know me and post apocalyptic stuff. Looked interesting…I went back and bought book one (600 pages!!!) and I’ll see if I like that one…

The vast wilds outside a place called Hope hold their own stories. When the end came, what happened to everyone else? Massachusetts. Texas. Alabama. Tennessee. Pockets of humanity have persisted through the apocalypse. All have tales of survival and loss.
Mad Dog Mattis’ last stand at the Pentagon. The first Christmas after the end of the world. A family isolated on their homestead as the evolving dead press at the fences. A desperate quest for helicopters to destroy the undead. Come read through this expansion of Daniel Humphreys’ Dragon Award nominated Z-Day universe. Twelve brand new survival stories written by the best up and coming independent sci-fi and fantasy writers will thrill fans of the series.

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stolen by the cursed alienSTOLEN BY THE CURSED ALIEN (WARRIORS OF VALKRED BOOK 2) by Roxie Ray

A cursed prince can’t claim a mate…And yet my blood sings for the human woman with a collar around her throat. Miranda is everything I dream of in a mate, and yet she can never be mine. A stupid act of misplaced nobility will see me dead in a matter of weeks, but even if I break my curse, the galaxy is still on the edge of war. I have a duty to find a traitor and stop the oncoming violence, but how can I do that when the only thing I want is my mate in my bed?It’s no time to fall in love… and yet I can’t resist stealing my woman away from her captors and keeping her close.

I’m a long way from Earth and I don’t know how to get back…I’m supposed to be home training my clients and writing music, not being bounced from alien to alien and planet to planet. I have to find a way to free myself, but every time I get close, something seems to stop me. When a mysterious alien prince snatches me from my latest captors I dare to hope …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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star pirate IISTAR PIRATE II: WRATH OF THE QUEEN by Mia Archer

VS Note: From September

Get the loot. Save the day. Get the girl. That should’ve been Flynn’s happily ever after. It should’ve been a simple matter of selling off the haul from the greatest heist ever pulled in the civilized galaxies. If only it were that easy.

It turns out selling off a stash of gems stolen from the most powerful and homicidal royal family in the civilized galaxies isn’t as easy as she’d thought. Sure there are plenty of fleets out there looking to take them off her hands, but they’re paying in turbolaser blasts and Flynn isn’t interested in selling at that price.

Her only hope is to get in touch with the mysterious Selevas Separtists and hope they’re stupid enough to buy her gems and paint the target on their back. The only problem? This is one rebel alliance that seems more comfy hiding out than they are in blowing shit up. What’s the most notorious pirate in the civilized galaxies to do?

Escape her mother. Strike out on her own. Get the girl. That should’ve been Seleya’s happily ever after. All she wanted was to fade into obscurity and live her life far from the center of galactic power with the girl of her dreams. Too bad the girl of her dreams is now the most notorious pirate the civilized galaxies has ever known! Now she’s having the time of her life, but…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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thadeTHADE: VAXXLIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #3 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Sue Mercury

Alien warrior and single father Thade needs a human bride. He travels to Earth, hoping he’ll be matched with a sweet human who will help him raise his four energetic children. When the first human matched to him backs out of their mating contract, he’s forced to seek out a bride on his own. But the moment he meets Alana, the golden-haired beauty who’s supposed to watch his offspring while he goes out on the dating scene, he realizes his search need not go any further. She’s the only human for him–even if she doesn’t agree yet. One way or another, he’s taking her back to New Vaxx with him.

Alana is shocked when she shows up at her newest babysitting gig to find out she’s supposed to watch four alien children–three of whom are taller than her. She’s stunned speechless when their hunky father proposes marriage to her within minutes of her walking through the door. Thade seems like a nice alien and a loving father, however, she has her whole life planned out on Earth. But as she gets to know him better, she cannot imagine watching him leave her planet with another woman as his bride. Could she really find happiness on a faraway world?

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uninvited roommateUNINVITED ROOMMATE (MARNAK SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone

Naff was an undefeated fighter at The Pit. No one liked him. No one could beat him.
He thought his life was set, until a short, curvy beauty challenged his wretched black existence. She should be terrified, because now that she’s got his attention, he’s never letting her go.

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his to saveHIS TO SAVE (NEW EARTH BOOK 3) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper

The truth is…She’s beginning to fall for Rager, the alien overlord. And now she’s carrying his baby. The aliens hate her—they believe the baby should be pure blood. The humans see her as a traitor. She feels lost and doesn’t know where she belongs. Maybe nowhere.
Then Rex took her. He said he was saving her from the aliens. But why is she so terrified of her highschool sweetheart? Terrified of what he’s become. Terrified of what he might do to her, to Rager, to their baby. Now she’s questioning everything. Can humans and aliens truly be in love? Even if then can, can that love survive in this new world?

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fearless molly rowlandFEARLESS: THE ROGUE WARS: BOOK 1 by Molly Rowland

In the facility, my memories and emotions are kept from me by the injections I receive daily. I don’t know where I’m from or who I was before this place. I only know what is expected of me in here. I push the boundaries, perhaps subconsciously, so I can feel something, even if it is pain. That all changes the day I meet Khascex.
He isn’t like the other guards. In fact, he doesn’t belong here. But when he saves me from an attack, I feel something strange in the pit of my stomach. Unlike other males, he holds me gently against him and promises to keep me safe.
There are a lot of things I don’t understand about this alien world, but my instincts tell me to stay close to Khascex so that’s what I’m going to do. His touches are pleasing, awakening feelings inside of me that I didn’t know were possible. For the first time in my life, he makes me wonder if I could have a happily ever after…with him.

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jagherJAGHER (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Kiki Burrelli and Crista Crown

After Cillian’s ship crash lands in unfamiliar territory, he’s eager to continue his mission to explore space and discover new alien species. Okay, maybe he is a little scared meeting his first alien group, but who wouldn’t be wary of all that muscle and warrior’s determination? Not to mention the amount of bare skin… Still, he’s lived a sheltered life until now and has dreamed of making first contact with an unknown race. This is his chance.

Jagher’s not sure what to make of the bumbling science crew when they nearly take his head off, falling from the sky. They are aliens, that much he is sure, but they don’t seem to pose a safety risk. Especially Cillian, he’s too soft and sweet, and makes Jagher extremely protective and possessive whenever he is around. But thanks to Jagher’s status as a playboy, his warrior brothers don’t believe the strength of his affection until Jagher and Cillian touch for the first time and Jagher discovers they are mates. Now that he has Cillian, he has no desire to look at another again.

Cillian was only ever meant to spend a short time exploring space, and back home, his father has a life planned for him that will take Cillian out of Jagher’s arms. They set off through space together on a mission that will not only prove the depths of their affection, but introduce something new, and adorable, into their world.
Jagher is the second book in The Kif Warriors, an alien mpreg series. ..

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krakens heartTHE KRAKEN’S HEART: ALIEN MENAGERIE BOOK 1 by Annie Beth Rider

Lexi – Lexi doesn’t live anywhere near an ocean, lake, or even a sandbox. When she wakes up on a sandy beach, she knows that something must be very wrong. As she starts to take in her surroundings, she realizes that her situation is worse than she ever could have imagined. She was abducted from Earth and put on display in a massive alien zoo. Her enclosure is surrounded by terrifying alien monsters, but none are as scary as the one she is trapped with. When she first glimpses the Kraken swimming in the water, she was sure that she had been put in the enclosure to become his next meal. After a misunderstanding in their first encounter, she realizes that the shy man with tentacles might not be the monster that she had made him out to be.

Drax – Drax has been a prisoner in the strange alien zoo for such a long time that his homeworld is a distant memory. His only companion is a humanoid butterfly alien trapped in the cage next to his. When the bugman is gifted a human as a mate, Drax knows that he would do anything to have his own human. He risks his life in a desperate attempt for a mate. Lexi is everything that he could have hoped for and more. He is enchanted by her alien beauty and the two strange appendages she uses to walk. However, he doesn’t know how to make her happy in the cage they share. His fumbled introduction only seems to make her more frightened of him. He would do anything to make her happy, even if it means staying out of sight so that his tentacles didn’t scare her again. When he finally allows himself to go near her once more, he realizes that he had misunderstood her fear. His hope soars as he discovers that he might finally have a chance to make her his mate, for she already has his heart.

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ahdanAHDAN (LYQA PLANET LOVERS BOOK 4) by Nikki Clarke

Left by his soulmate and forced to watch his brothers build lives with their true loves, Ah’dan finds new promise in the beautiful eyes of a human woman, Niya. Still bound to his lehti for life, Ah’dan hopes he isn’t too broken for another kind of happiness. But when your heart isn’t really yours, can you ever truly give the woman you love what she deserves?

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flankedFLANKED (DRY RUN BOOK 2) by Lolly Walter

When he finally — violently — escapes his sadistic boss at sex tourism den Flights of Fantasy, Joe has a plan: he and his lover, Devin, will hike over a thousand miles from bleak and barren Austin, deep in the Texas Territory, to the crown jewel of New America’s domed cities, Minneapolis. Joe’s been planning the escape for years, hoping to locate the father who left him behind, but he has no idea what he’ll find. All Joe wants is to keep Devin safe. All Devin wants is Joe.

Life on the road is unforgiving and even more desperate than life in Austin, and it isn’t long before Joe’s careful plan falls apart. When he and Devin rescue a band of teenagers also on the run from Flights of Fantasy, things go from bad to worse. Battling hunger, thirst, pain, and prejudice, with every stranger more dangerous than the last, Joe will do anything to keep Devin and the teenagers alive. He can’t afford mistakes, and he doesn’t have time for anyone, even Devin, to question his decisions. But mistakes happen. And Joe finds the hardest questions are the ones he asks himself.

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andromeda evolutionTHE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION by Michael Crichton and Daniel H Wilson

VS Note: Hard scifi, a modern sequel to The Andromeda Strain so how could I resist? Yup, I one clicked…

In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.

In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.

With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.

But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.

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wicked charming cruelWICKED CHARMING CRUEL (TWISTED KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

Three months into her captivity, princess Maari Delayne’s secret has been exposed. Now that the Camden princes know they must conquer her heart, as well as her body, Jude, Orlann, and Malac will stop at nothing to seduce their royal prisoner.

Plied with meaningless luxuries during the day, Maari finds her captors hardest to resist at night, when they wield indescribable pleasure against her, skillfully and ruthlessly commanding her surrender to ecstasy again and again. Her submission seems inevitable—until advice from an unlikely ally gives her new fortitude.
It turns out Maari isn’t the only one keeping secrets, and if she can twist this new information to her advantage, there may just be a way for her to go free for good.

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pursued rebecca roycePURSUED (THE SWAMP BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

Alone, devastated, and on the run, McKenzie Harper is crossing the country with her brother, the only ally left to her after losing not only her mates but their entire family to some mad corporate scheme. When those same corporations send her mates after her, she will have to fight to save them before they slaughter her, or worse, capture her.

With her mating marks gone and her dreams haunted, the only Omega is doing the last thing left to her—saving every wolf she can before she too, falls.
For MacKenzie it is the end of her whole world and she won’t go down without a fight.

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camp pounceCAMP POUNCE (A RARE AND UNKNOWN WORLD) by Shai August

Sally Ann Washington’s life has gone through major upheaval and she just spent a nail biting, cringe worthy Thanksgiving with her littermate’s new extended pride.
What she wants for the rest of her holidays is to find a little peace and quiet and maybe a little love between the pages of her favorite romance writer’s new book.
But her pushy mother has already purchased her a speed dating package at Camp Pounce. Can she speed date her books and ignore the hot guys trying to distract her out of the pages?

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when the wind speaksWHEN THE WIND SPEAKS (STARSTONE PROPHECIES BOOK 1) by Corinne Kilgore

When a surge of primal, living magic levels a mage tower and offers Dnara a chance to escape a life of slavery, she takes it and runs. When the unleashed magic catches her, it offers her a choice. A choice is made and a gift is given, but what one being considers a gift, another may consider a curse.

The blight took everything from Athan, except for his will to survive. Athan scrapes a meager existence out of a dying land as a traveling forester, waiting for his luck to change. When he comes across an injured Dnara in the Thorngrove thicket, he doesn’t know if his luck has changed for the better, or for the worse.

From her sovereign rooftop nation, Naomi looks down upon the city of Ka’veshi and hears rumors of a brewing guild war. Orphaned, unguilded and alone, she must navigate a decaying city and the hand fate has dealt her. Deep within the Elvan Silverwood, Serenthel awakes from a dream. The darkness within it startles him, but the call of his destiny is exhilarating.

The lands of Ellium are dying. A blighting corruption born a thousand years ago spreads slowly westward, sowing seeds of chaos and despair…(mre blurb on ebook seller page…)

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academy of magicACADEMY OF MAGIC by Various

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but an education at the Academy of Magic is a whole other ball game….Choose wisely because the magical education you pick could set the course of your whole life….or sometimes ever after. Join Mages, shifters, princes, princesses, witches and spies in this fantastical collection of magical academy books by USA Today and Amazon best selling authors.

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advent calendarREVERSE HAREM ADVENT CALENDAR by Various

VS Note: Not sure how well this concept fits with Christmas and other winter holidays but it’s an unusual idea and the authors say any resulting sales of the books mentioned benefit Doctors Without Borders so…calendar is free at the moment as far as I can tell.

Ho! Ho! Hot! The first-ever reverse harem advent calendar is here! Twenty-four first chapters from bestselling reverse harem novels, perfect to fill up that reading list for the holidays. Get a taste of books you haven’t discovered yet and be inspired to re-read the ones you know already. Plus, exclusive behind the scenes insights about your favourite authors. How do they come up with ideas? How do they spend the festive period? You’ll get answers to those questions, as well as fun titbits about pets, unruly characters and the craft of writing. Make yourself a hot drink, cuddle up on the sofa and get ready to open your first door… it’s about to get hot. All proceeds from paperback sales go to Doctors Without Borders.

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topazTOPAZ (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 5) by J E Cluney

Not many people looked my way normally, but when you’re running down the street in a sky-blue ball gown with tears running down your face at the crack of dawn, they’re going to notice. I’m Topaz, a tiger shifter, now chosen partner of our leader’s son. A complete and utter jerk of a shifter. I didn’t get a say in it, clearly. I’m not about to write my life off to be the mate to some egotistical, self-centered asshat. But when my best friend tries to help and cheer me up, things go from shit to complete crazy when we hit a shifter on the road. Things keep spiraling out of control, and I find myself crazily attracted to three unexpected men. I’d never have thought I’d feel this way for any of them, but here we are. What the hell is going on?

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his rebellious omegaHIS REBELLIOUS OMEGA (THE ROYAL OMEGAS BOOK 3) by P Jameson and Kristen Strassel

I might have a reputation around the Badlands as a troublemaker. I’ve spent years fighting for justice, but our new arrangement with the royals isn’t exactly what I had in mind. For years, we thought omegas were being abducted and taken to the Human Keep. I recently discovered they’ve gone there by their own will, and they’re thriving. I wonder if I’d be better off leaving the royal court behind and joining them.
When Cassian catches me stealing a military vehicle to make my getaway, he should’ve thrown me into the dungeons and forgotten about me. Instead, he helps me. The alpha shows me a side of him that I’ve never seen before. One that I can’t live without.
When we get to the Human Keep, we discover a truth that will change the lives of everyone in Luxoria. Will Cassian stay loyal to our covert mission, even if it could cost him his title and possibly his life?

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jaklyns saviorsJAKLYN’S SAVIORS (RAVENS OF WAR BOOK 3) by Elle Boon

SHE KNEW ALL ABOUT PAINJaklyn Marx learned at a young age what pain was at the hands of her father. For seventeen years she’d lived with the physical scars, and the knowledge that she was a latent wolf. When she meets two men who claimed she was meant to be theirs, she ran.
THEY KNEW ALL ABOUT WAITING…Gray and Colt had been searching for their Fated for thousands of years. When she ran they were prepared to do anything to find her and keep her, even call on a goddess for help.
THE PAST WASN’T MEANT TO STAY GONE…Just when the trio finds happiness a demon from their past threatens to destroy them. Jaklyn refuses to allow her father to take anything else, especially her newfound love for the two men who save her past, present, and future.
LOVE WILL TEST THEIR BONDS…They will need more than just love to defeat Seamus and his tainted pack. They’ll need the help of all the Ravens and a god or two in order to destroy something Cronus created.

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bound by flamesBOUND BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVERLAKE BOOK 8) by Vella Day

Dragon shifter, Logan Caspian, has his hands full with journalist Wendy Oprander. Sure, she might be a wolf shifter, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be killed. And it would be an understatement to say he was upset when he found out she was investigating the same dangerous case he was working on. Naturally, Logan was quick to suggest she drop the story, but that discussion did not go over very well at all. Not to worry. He could be just as stubborn as Wendy. After all, Logan was a Guardian and her mate.

Considering everyone she talks to seems to be lying, Wendy is struggling to figure out who to trust. Having the super-hot Logan hovering over her isn’t helping one bit. Her focus has to be on getting the scoop on this big conspiracy and not on him. When someone tries to kill her, she has to decide if she is willing to risk it all for her dream job or chance losing the man she wants more than air itself.

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shattered tl reeveSHATTERED (LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND BOOK 4) by T L Reeve and Michele Ryan

Mackenzie Raferty’s had a crap life, most of it his making. When he meets Holly Geithner over ten years ago, he believed it was his chance to make up for his past transgressions. There’s just one catch, Holly isn’t who she says she is. Now, with Holly in prison for being the backbone of PBH—Paranormal Bounty Hunters, Mackenzie has to pick up the pieces of his life once again.

However, this time, he’s doing it alone…Aurora McNamara doesn’t have time for relationships or people in general. As the sole guardian of her niece Abigail, she’ll do whatever it takes to give the little redhead a normal life with normal friends, especially after a life-threatening and life-altering surgery. When the doctors tell Aurora dry, warm climates would help Abigail heal and feel better, she begins her new life with her niece in Window Rock, Arizona.
The trial of Holly Geithner is upon them. Mackenzie along with Hayden, his niece, must testify against Holly. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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box of puppetsBOX OF PUPPETS (FOXY WITCH BOOK 1) by Aster North

Witch. Kitsune. Crazy cat lady. Hey there! My name is Mei. Normally, I’m a ‘roll with the punches’ kind of girl, but I fear I’m going insane. I say things I do not think and do things I cannot control. My reality has become a nightmare. I feel like a puppet dangling from frayed strings. Three vampire hunters alter my course when they stumble into me one night. Plagued by the same instability, they work their way into my life and my head. Together, we must try to find a way out of our madness. Hopefully.

Sounds like I have a plan, right? Wrong. You see, I have a couple of other problems that are pretty pressing as well. I’m almost sure that my boyfriend, Finn, is going to ask me to marry him. And, well, I can’t stand him. Oh, and there are a few other things, but I can’t tell you about them just yet. That would spoil the surprise. Throughout it all, my search for the truth never falters. Insanity is the easier answer, but no one ever said life is easy.

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name of all thingsTHE NAME OF ALL THINGS (A CHORUS OF DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Jenn Lyons

VS Note: Not a romance but seems to be epic fantasy and a release of note on OCT 29. I found the idea of gender roles in one society being based on horses (???) intriguing, which one reviewer mentioned…

Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man. Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin. Janel’s plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin’s old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.

Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world—the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants. And what he wants is Kihrin D’Mon.

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rise of the fire witchRISE OF THE FIRE WITCH (STONE SENTRIES) by Lisa Carlisle

Roman, Commander of the Stone Sentries, is on high alert as he patrols from a Boston rooftop. The eclipse of the red Supermoon bodes danger. When a blast of dark magic soars past him, he tracks a beautiful, mysterious woman.
Larissa has spent her entire life trying to be normal–even if it’s given her insight as a police officer. But, she’s different–she can sense things before they happen. It doesn’t help her the night she meets Roman, however. A harmless fling turns into something much more dangerous. What she discovers about Roman is shocking enough. But, when she learns the secrets of her past, she’s blindsided by the truth.

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gift candace blevinsTHE GIFT: PLEASURE TIMES FOUR by Candace Blevins

Kieran and Gwen are powerful Strigorii vampires who’ve been married over three and a half centuries. Their Master Vampire, Abbott, realizes the couple is on the eve of dissolving their marriage, but no one wants to see their long-time romantic partnership break up. Abbott hopes the gift of a shared blood servant who happens to be a trained bodyguard can solve several problems in one solution. With the coming war so close, he needs to take steps to protect the couple who manage his vast fortune. If the former slave can also help them find common ground and rekindle their romance? Even better.

Ajax was abducted from foster care as a small child and raised as a slave. Chosen for his size, he was forced into hard physical labor to create a huge, intimidating physique. His original Vampire Master had the slave trained to be his personal bodyguard, and Ajax excels at it. When Abbott took over the territory, he tried letting Ajax work for Drake Security, but the werewolf was miserable.

How can a swan possibly fit into this? Arabella’s mother sold her eggs to the traffickers, and the swanling was hatched into slavery. When the Swan Queen took over the crown, she tried to award Arabella her freedom, but it never took. Surprisingly, it’s possible the little swan might be the glue that holds everything together.

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christmas after dakCHRISTMAS AFTER DARK by Various including Alyssa Day with CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTIS

Baby, it’s cold outside…Cozy up and get lost in supernatural worlds of shifters, gods, Atlanteans, werewolves, witches, and more… A holiday treat guaranteed to jingle your bells! CHRISTMAS AFTER DARK is a boxed set anthology of novellas from six of the hottest paranormal romance authors out there.

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hexes and havoc zara zeniaHEXES AND HAVOC (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Zara Zenia

A new semester and a new sinister plot takes aim at the supernatural students of Sleepy Hollow University. At first, the mystery illness is only a mild concern, but when my classmates start dropping like flies, it becomes clear this isn’t some random bug but a dangerous, targeted attack. It can only be the work of witchcraft, and when one of the men who holds a piece of my heart falls prey to the disease, my other suitors and I must band together to search for the source of the powerful spell.

With Hunters breathing down our necks and a friend being ravaged by the virus, the quarantine at Sleepy Hollow University doesn’t just work to keep the infection contained, it forces us into close quarters with the very real threat intent on destroying all of us.
I guess it’s just too much to ask for a semester where we aren’t fighting for our lives.

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rogue soulsROGUE SOULS: A LIMITED EDITION REVERSE HAREM ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: From OCT 29

From the mean streets of urban cities to exotic lands, these heroes and heroines fall in love and still manage to slay a monster or three. Sink your teeth into Rogue Souls, an urban fantasy collection packed with action, adventure, magic, mystery, and more.
An entire rogues’ gallery of heroines and their heroes bare their souls—and sometimes more—in this hot new reverse harem urban fantasy collection!

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night of the owlNIGHT OF THE OWL (THE NOVELS OF RAVENWOOD BOOK 4) by Judith Sterling

PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?

Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she’s an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.
A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.

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red snowflakesRED SNOWFLAKES by Kristal Dawn Harris

Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?

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lagoon of dreamsLAGOON OF DREAMS (STRANGE, STRANGE WORLD BOOK 3) by Tinnean

David Knight has been plagued by dreams his entire life, only to have all memory of them vanish when he awakens. Now the dreams are coming with more frequency, and they seem to be drawing him to the Amazon.

A scientist with a PhD in ichthyology and a dedication to learning all he can about lungfish, whose existence dates back to the Devonian era, David is determined to see what the Amazon holds. His hopes seem about to be answered when Dr. Carlos Avila contacts him. It seems the Brazilian archeologist discovered the remains of a previously undiscovered species on a tributary of the Amazon, and he’d like nothing better than for David to join the expedition to see if more of the creature can be found.

Of course David leaps at the opportunity and flies to Pesadelo Bay to join the mismatched team. Once there, he discovers not only does Dr. Avila have his own agenda, but a former conquest as well as a friend who’d saved his life years before are part of the team and are engaged to be married. Meanwhile, the need to sail up the Amazon to find what … or who … is calling him there has become more and more pressing, and David must decide which is the most important — learning what Dr. Avila really is searching for, or finding the answer to his dreams?

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ghost revelationsGHOST REVELATIONS (GHOST DUD BOOK 1) by Aspen Black

I was always told growing up in my family, surrounded by magic, that I was a dud. I had no power except the ability to talk to ghosts. It never bothered me because I enjoyed my job as a bartender at my Uncle’s bar that caters to the supernatural community. I spend my nights working and getting to flirt with my crush.

Then one night, my life turned upside down. Someone was murdered right around the corner and suddenly a hot wizard detective with a perfect bubble butt from MEPA, The Magical Entity Protection Agency, swooped in and asked for my help with the victims’ ghosts. Working with the detective soon leads to a race to stop a killer who is bent on exposing the supernatural community to humans with more deaths.
Join Victoria on her journey as she works to stop an evil being with the help from her crush Akira the werewolf, Lucian the wizard, and her ex-boyfriend Shax.

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franks felonFRANK’S FELON (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Julie K Cohen

Getting past that brute of a guard patrolling Damien’s territory was hard, and rather fun.
Delilah wants to taste every delectable square inch of him, but Frank wants more from her than she can give. She has to leave, before her enemies catch her, punish her. . . before Frank makes her feel again. Delilah’s no good.  She’s tainted, with a target on her back. And Frank wants her, badly. She’s his future, but she won’t admit that.
He won’t let the humans have her, even if it means starting a war.

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i spy a demonI SPY A DEMON by Keta Diablo

When twins Cecily and Calder Sizemore’s parents are killed in a car accident, they’re adopted by the Frost family—Gus, Mae and their sons, Marcel and Elliott. Over the years, Cecily’s love for Marcel evolves into anything but sisterly.

Cecily always knew something was amiss in the Frost household. Little things belied the calm, peaceful ambiance Mae did her best to portray. Calder tried to warn her things were not as they appeared, but she didn’t want to believe him. When Calder begs her to leave Des Moines, start a new life away from the secrets, away from the Frosts and away from Marcel, she takes his advice and her shattered heart and moves to Minnesota.

Now she’s been called home for her beloved brother’s funeral. There’s more to the story than meets the eye. Discrepancies in how her twin died lead her back to Des Moines, and back to Marcel―the boy who stole her heart, the man whose very presence turns her blood to liquid fire. Marcel has always kept dangerous secrets, but this time, Cecily is determined to uncover the truth about the Frosts… and the truth about how Calder really died. She’ll find out what really happened to her brother, even if it’s her last act in life.

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lady and the orcTHE LADY AND THE ORC by Finley Fenn

He’s the most feared monster in the realm. And she’s what he needs to win his warIn a world of warring orcs and men, Lady Norr is condemned to a childless marriage, a cruel lord husband, and a life of genteel poverty — until the day her home is ransacked by a horde. And leading the charge is their hulking, deadly orc captain: the infamous Grimarr.

And Grimarr has a wicked plan for Lady Norr, and for ending this war once and for all. She’s going to become his captive — and the perfect snare for Lord Norr.There’s no possible escape, and soon Lady Norr is dragged off toward Orc Mountain in the powerful arms of her greatest enemy. A ruthless, commanding warlord, with a velvet voice and mouthwatering scent, who awakens every forbidden hunger she never knew she had…

But Grimarr refuses to accept half measures — in war, or in pleasure. And before he’ll conquer Lady Norr’s deepest, darkest desires, she needs to surrender everything.
Her allegiance. Her wedding-ring. Her future… And with her husband’s forces giving chase, Lady Norr can’t afford to play such a dangerous game — or can she? Even if this deadly orc’s plans might be the only way to save them all?

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cailleadhamaCAILLEADHAMA: THROUGH THE VEIL by J Scott Coatsworth

Colton is a trans man living in a climate-changed world. He plies the canals that used to be city streets, earning a living taking tourists on illicit journeys through San Francisco’s flooded edges beneath the imposing bulk of the Wall.

Tris is an elf who comes through the veil to the City by the Bay – the Caille – on a coming of age pilgrimage called the Cailleadhama. He is searching for his brother Laris, who went missing after crossing through the Caille years before.

The two men find they have common cause, and together they set off to find Laris in a world transformed by the twin forces of greed and climate change. And in the end, they find out more than they ever expected, both about the warming world and their own selves.

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ambrosia nightsAMBROSIA NIGHTS: A HIGHER PLAINS SHORT by Kristy Nicolle

Step out into Olympolis for a night on the town with Apollo and Aphrodite in this short but ambrosia sweet look into life among the gods and goddesses of the higher plains.

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purity warPURITY WAR: BOOK 2 OF THE MORTAL HEAT SERIES by Laurel Night

Just when things seem settled with their blood-drinking boyfriends, Lucy and Emily discover there’s still much they don’t know about the Vimpiri. Now that Emily and Todd are paired, Lucy is ready to lose herself in that first euphoric bite from Mick. She offered herself to him, and his surprising rejection stung. Could there be more going on than she knows? Emily develops impressive new powers, and suddenly her relationship with Todd has more consequences than she knew. Another trip to the alien enclave in Austria reveals there’s far more at stake than anyone could have imagined.

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haunted weddingTHE HAUNTED WEDDING (A LIN COFFIN MYSTERY BOOK 12) by J A Whiting

The double wedding of Lin Coffin, her cousin, Viv, and their fiancés is fast approaching.
One afternoon, the two young women decide to take a walk around the fairgrounds and sports fields of the Tom Nevers area of Nantucket, when they notice a commotion down by a storage shed. Inside the building, a young man has made a ghastly discovery and the police have been called to investigate the find. Is what’s inside the shed linked to a decades-old double murder on the island?
When a ghost appears to request Lin’s help, will she and Viv, with the assistance of a friend from Boston who has arrived for the marriage celebration, be able to solve the mysteries before the special day turns into a haunted wedding?
This story has some mild paranormal elements.

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reflection camille petersREFLECTION (THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Camille Peters

Princess Rheanna’s self-esteem shattered when her former fiancé unexpectedly ended their betrothal. Years later, the rejection continues to haunt her, and now that she’s faced with yet another unwanted political engagement, Rhea will do anything to avoid another heartache.

When a mysterious lure draws Rhea to an abandoned turret of the palace, she discovers a magic mirror and is shocked to find a snarky man trapped inside. Although she agrees to help break Drake’s curse, things quickly grow complicated, for not only does she begin to fall in love with him, but breaking a curse proves quite difficult when she herself feels trapped––by her own self-doubts.

Rhea and Drake’s relationship sets in motion a series of events that threaten both herself and her kingdom. As she seeks to unmask the evil within the palace and overcome the poisonous doubts consuming her mind, Rhea must make a difficult choice between the path she’s expected to walk and the man she’s forbidden to love. But the more time she spends with Drake, the less convinced she becomes that doing her duty will be worth the sacrifice it will cost her heart.

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call down the hawkCALL DOWN THE HAWK (THE DREAMER TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

VS Note: Not a romance. but intriguing elements..

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die. And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

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enthralling the orcENTHRALLING THE ORC (THE PERISHED WOODS BOOK 2) by Tracy Lauren

Desperate to find answers to the whereabouts of her niece, Ellyn does the unthinkable and releases a criminal brought in from the Perished Woods. Believing him to be nothing more than a man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, she enlists his aid as a tracker.

But the dark night can only shield his true form from her view for so long and when Ellyn finally looks into Ash’s ghostly eyes, she knows exactly what type of monster she’s released. An orc… the same fearsome beast responsible for the burning of her niece’s village. Forced into the cursed woods with a traveling companion he never meant to keep, Ash wants nothing more than to lose the girl, but the longer he walks with Ellyn at his side, he realizes he’s more apt to lose himself.

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stalked by shadowsSTALKED BY SHADOWS (A SIMPLY CRAFTY PARANORMAL MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Lissa Kasey

Alexis Caine survived an attack in the deserts of Afghanistan. An attack the government denied and discharged him for, leaving him broken and in a mental institution. What Alex saw that day in the desert continues to haunt him.

When a new job working as a bodyguard for a New Orleans ghost tour guide, Micah Richards, opens Alex’s eyes to a world of paranormal possibilities, he’s not sure he can believe his eyes. What if he’s not crazy after all? When a ritual murder in which two fellow tour guides die and a tourist vanishes, Alex wonders if he brought a curse down upon them all.  A shadow from the desert rears its nightmarish head offering Alex something he wants more than anything, but at what cost?

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queen of the conqueredQUEEN OF THE CONQUERED (ISLANDS OF BLOOD AND STORM BOOK 1) by Kacen Callender 

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

Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonizers, who have massacred and enslaved generations of her people — and now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge.
When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonizers. But when she arrives, prepared to fight for control of all the islands, Sigourney finds herself the target of a dangerous, unknown magic.
Someone is killing off the ruling families to clear a path to the throne. As the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers… lest she become the next victim.

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rise of the faeRISE OF THE FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 5) by Linsey Hall

The false queen has taken everything from me. My throne, my people, and worst of all, my mate. Her dark curse has stolen Tarron’s mind and compels him to try kill me.
I’ll do anything to cure him and stop her. When a prophecy tells me to go find the Dragon Bloods, I know I’ll be walking into a deadly situation. It won’t stop me.
Together, my friends and I will face hell itself to save the Unseelie Fae from the false queen. The question is…can we? Revolution is on the horizon, and it’s time for a new queen.

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friends with the monstersFRIENDS WITH THE MONSTERS by Albany Walker

VS Note: From OCT

Gather round close, for I have a secret to tell. Late at night, while everyone is sleeping, dreaming of white knights and fairytales. I’m making friends with the monsters. They call to me, like finds like, right? My biggest secret, I’m the scariest monster I know. I think I’m the bad guy.

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patrickPATRICK (SILVERBACK REDEMPTION BOOK 2) by Harmony Raines

It was a dark and stormy night! Bear shifter, Patrick, is helping fellow Silverback Savior, Gunner and his mate, Sadie, get to the hospital. It’s an emergency since Sadie is in labor and not even a raging storm can stop her baby being born. However, a downed tree might just stop them getting to the hospital. And being born in the back of a truck, is not the way they want to welcome the new baby into the world.
Then, fate steps in.

A large fallen tree is blocking the route to Kelly’s new home and new life in Bear Creek. When a vehicle pulls up behind them and a handsome stranger taps on the window, single mom Kelly has no idea how her life is about to change.
What Kelly is about to discover is that her new life is missing one thing, a bear shifter for a mate.

But things do not run smoothly. Kelly’s reason for starting over is her son, Danny, who has become a shadow of himself since he witnessed a tragic accident. She hopes the move will help Danny put the past behind him. Her son is her sole responsibility and she intends to support him in any way she can. There is no room in her life for romance with a stranger. Or is there?

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crown of oblivionCROWN OF OBLIVION by Julie Eshbaugh

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

In Lanoria, Outsiders, who don’t have magic, are inferior to Enchanteds, who do. That’s just a fact for Astrid, an Outsider who is indentured to pay off her family’s debts. She serves as the surrogate for the princess—if Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who bears the punishment for it.

But there is a way out: the life-or-death Race of Oblivion. First, racers are dosed with the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memories. Then, when they awake in the middle of nowhere, only cryptic clues—and a sheer will to live—will lead them through treacherous terrain full of opponents who wouldn’t think twice about killing each other to get ahead.

But what throws Astrid the most is what she never expected to encounter in this race. A familiar face she can’t place. Secret powers she shouldn’t have. And a confusing memory of the past that, if real, could mean the undoing of the entire social structure that has kept her a slave her entire life.

Competing could mean death…but it could also mean freedom.

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blood ascxendantBLOOD ASCENDANT (SONS OF NAVARUS BOOK 7) by K M Scott

Theron has grown into adulthood knowing he is the war machine the Sons will need to defeat their enemy. The most powerful vampire ever, he’s finally ready for what the Prophecy of Idolas foretold all those centuries ago. But is he destined to ascend to power forever alone?

For ages, the Sons and the Archons have known all-out war was inevitable, a fight for the domination of their world. The Archons have nothing less than a god on their side, but the Sons and their allies have something more to fight for, more than just control of the vampire world.

The Sons fight for family, for friends, and for love, but their duty to the vampire world is clear. Stop the Archons. No matter who must die and what they must sacrifice, the Archons must be defeated.

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VS Note: I’m getting ready to release my next Badari Warriors book soon so in the meantime I’m highlighting one of my favorites in the series (not that I don’t love them all LOL): CAMRON

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 6

October 30

October 23

October 16

October 9

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.

This Is Not Happening 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.

November 11th, Veteran’s Day, is the last day to buy the anthology and have part of the royalties go to support the work of Hero Dogs, INC.

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 took a special assigment to pick up an item on the last planet the Nebula Zephyr visited, at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. Last week we were in a nightmare with Juli, caused by the cursed rock, and this week we’re continuing on from there:

A thin sliver of light appeared around the edge of the door to the core. Juli screamed and shot to her feet, Charrli clutched in her arms. This can’t be happening, this is not happening…

Steve was shaking her, calling her name.

Unable to process a coherent thought, let alone speech, she stared at him and then at their location.

Her cabin. Not the engineering deck.

“Where—where’s Charrli?” she asked in a voice she didn’t recognize as her own.

“With Dian, I assume,” Steve sat on the bed next to her and gathered her into his arms. He was dressed in a Ship tee shirt and a pair of utility pants, and was barefoot.

That’s ten sentences… here’s the rest of the snippet:

“I was having a bad dream about you being in trouble and in the dream Charrli kept trying to drag me somewhere to rescue you and finally he nipped me and I woke up.” He ran one hand through his disheveled hair. “I couldn’t stop thinking about you and I came over here from my cabin but when I knocked there was no answer. Then Maeve [the Ship’s AI] said she heard you crying and screaming and I persuaded her to let me in. I’m sorry, I know it’s a huge breach of privacy—you can file charges and I won’t contest them.”

“No, I’m glad she let you in.”

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!

Buy links:

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Veronica Takes A Quiz About 25 things

3D Gold Twenty-Five on white backgroundI haven’t taken a quiz in a while so here goes! US Weekly Magazine has a back of the book article where they ask different celebrities for 25 things the readers don’t know about them. It’s not a quiz exactly, but I thought I’d give my answers to some of the items that come up fairly often.

What I could eat everyday:  chocolate layer cake with THICK icing. Now I didn’t say it’d be healthy or a good idea…also, needs milk.

Describe myself in 3 words: stubborn, impatient, creative

My personal mantra: Never give up. (It was mine before ‘Galaxy Quest,’ thank you very much.)

My mother’s words of wisdom: “In a hundred years it won’t matter.”

I’d love to narrate:  a children’s board book. Hey, actually I do this all the time, complete with funny sounds, for my toddler grandson! He’s a great audience.

Winter female portrait for your designMy first time on stage: I was a dancing snowflake who constantly got reprimanded for placing myself at the front of the stage and blocking the Snow Fairy. I saw no reason why she needed to be in front. (This was maybe 2nd grade?)

Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Leave home at 19, fly across the continent to California and marry my high school sweetheart. It worked out fine though.

One of my favorite places in the world: Disneyland

Favorite ride at Disneyland: the carousel, the Buzz Lightyear ride or Star Tours, depending on the line and my mood.

Last time I belly laughed: watching ‘The Good Place’

My family thinks I make the best: turkey stuffing.

My first car: a Chevy Malibu with a V8 engine that got 8 miles per gallon

Fastest I ever drove said car: 130 mph

Thing I must do every morning: eat breakfast (Or feed Jake the Cat before I eat breakfast)

I always like to try new: Authors! And then devour their entire backlist, if I like the way they write. Nothing better than finding a new-to-me author I love with a huge backlist.

It would be magical to: waltz with a Duke. Right? Am I right?

The most rewarding part about being a Mom: Seeing them set their own paths as strong adults

The most rewarding part about being a Gramma: HUGS!

The most rewarding part about being an author: Readers enjoying my books!

Hardest lesson I had to learn: There isn’t always a Happy Ever After ending in real life. BUT, there will always be new opportunities.

People think I’m: an extrovert but I’m really a total introvert who can fake it. For a while.

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE scifi romance! canva ad OCT 2019If I had to live in one of my own novels I’d pick: Any Star Cruise. I’m good at customer relations so I’d be good with the passengers and then of course a hunky handsome ex-Special Forces guy on the crew would fall in love with me and we’d have an alien pet and…oops, plotting a novel here!

I had posters of these people on my bedroom wall as a teen: Star Trek actors as their characters

Person I’d like to have dinner with: Michelle Lovretta, the creator of ‘Killjoys’. I would so pick her brain on plotting complex stories and world building. Could we invite John Scalzi and Nalini Singh over too???

If I have free time I like to: read. Is there any other answer???

Favorite country song: “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans or “Nothing But The Taillights” by Clint Black, which actually inspired the character of Mitch in Escape From Zulaire. I said that once in an interview for USA Today and CLINT BLACK tweeted me about it!!! (I’m sure he’s forgotten LOL.) Talk about thrilled…that was me.

Hmmm, Mitch is still waiting for his own novel…

Oops, that’s 26 so I’d better stop. More next time I find a fun quiz!

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