You Are Here 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 – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. 

MARL  created a three dimensional image of a silver circle, etched or inscribed with symbols, “Here is the insert, magnified many million times. Neither you nor the Khagrish has the technology to detect it once I’ve set the actual transmitter into your tissues.”

Flo thought it was a little odd the AI possessed this technology, almost like chipping an animal but she decided the topic was a discussion for another day. Or maybe above her rank in the scheme of things – immaterial to the mission at hand, “Thanks for the visual but just get it over with.”

Metallic skin flashing red-violet, the AI wasted no more time, “Inserting now.”

She didn’t feel a thing, nor did she feel any different,“Is it working?”

“Yes, I’m getting location data,” MARL said, “You are here.”

“Did you just make a joke?” Flo sat up and asked for a moment alone to get dressed.

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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Happy New Year in the coming week, by the way!

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My 2019 End of the Year Books and Words Report

I’ve been tagged by various people on Facebook to do the summary of my year as an author but I decided to write the facts up as a post here and share over there…

Short answer: nine new books, two re-releases and a box set! I now have 37 published romances…

The new titles were a mixture of the three genres in which I write, so I’ll talk about them in groups.

2019 coversFirst, the Badari Warriors, my award-winning ongoing scifi romance series about genetically engineered soldiers of that far future, fighting alien scientists for the right to live and to love…and the human women who’ve joined them in the war.

Kierce 

Camron

Badari Warrior’s Baby

Reede

Daegan

Plus I put together a box set of the first three novels (Aydarr, Mateer and Timtur)…

Just a note, Camron was my highest selling novel ever – thank you so much to all my readers! That was an exciting month for sure.

2019 Egyptian novelsSecond, I managed to find time in my schedule to write two new Gods of Egypt paranormal romances. I also got the rights back to my first ever published novella, Priestess of the Nile, which began my career as a published author in 2012 (thank you, Carina Press/HQN!). I put a new cover on the book since Harlequin retained the rights to the original and re-released the title myself. I did a light edit but didn’t add to the story. I like it just the way it is!

Song of the Nile

Return of Dancer of the Nile

As a note, Return can be read as a standalone, with maybe a few mild spoilers for the first book, Dancer of the Nile.

winter solstice dreamI was very excited to return to my fantasy world of Claddare and write my very first holiday romance novella – Winter Solstice Dream, featuring the head cook at the Witch Queen’s castle and a Cinderella-like theme.

I re-released Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer, which had been in the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 3 anthology in 2018…it’s my scifi romance take on the Anastasia legend.star cruise mystery dancer

Which brings me to last but not least, Pauline Baird Jones and I co-managed the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 4 anthology in 2019, for which I wrote a new novel, Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse. As a result, with the amazing support from our fellow authors included in PISA anthologies 1-4, Narelle Todd of the Get My Book Out There PR firm and the scifi romance reader community, we’ve now been able to donate over $10K total to our charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., since 2016. Pauline and I are so proud of this achievement and the difference which has been made for the charity’s work as a result.  But none of it would be possible without the readers!

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I have no idea how many words I wrote this year. I don’t track my progress in this way. Sorry!

I also kept up with my once a week New Releases report on this blog for scifi/fantasy/paranormal romance books, curating the content and offering 50-80 new titles each week for readers to contemplate.

I wrote for the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog and was honored to have several of my posts included in their list of top posts of all time, in terms of page views. I appreciate their continuing and important support for science fiction romance.

I blogged every Saturday over at the SFF7 group blog and of course wrote guest posts for various other platforms on occasion.

I started trying to do more on Instagram, which is a fun place to be! Currently I’m sharing from my fashion jewelry collection of earrings…I’ve been collecting since high school so I have a TON.

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A sample of what I’ve shared this year so far…earrings are my THING.

For 2020 I envision more of the same writing-related activities and can’t wait. I’m currently about 50K words in on my next Badari Warriors novel, Landon, which I hope to release by the end of January.

Wishing you the very best in the New Year and much happy reading!

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Note: All book covers by Fiona Jayde. Photos are Author’s own, of items in her personal collection. Other graphics from DepositPhoto.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 25

project adapt achieveAs 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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PROJECT ADAPT – ACHIEVE (BOOK 2) by Jade Waltz

My welcome at the CEG Space Station didn’t go as planned. Arriving as a new mother and meeting the male responsible for my situation was only the beginning of my problems. Now I have to prove to politicians that I deserve to be a citizen instead of property, prevent the scientists from thrusting me back into experiments, and deal with others trying to hunt me—all while trying to adjust to having new responsibilities and a growing clan.

And then there is Kaede—I am sorry, Agent Kaede—who doesn’t know what he wants and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way. Sometimes I wish I could just dream myself away to my familiar island where it all started.

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axxeon kings captiveAXXEON KING’S CAPTIVE (MATES FOR AXXEON 9 BOOK 1) by Liz Paffel

She’s too busy trying to save humanity to become an alien baby mama! Scientist Alora Church barely leaves her lab long enough to remember that Axxeon aliens have invaded Earth. When her best friend is Summoned to become an alien breeder, Alora is prepared to help her run. Until two huge Axxeon warriors show up… and take Alora captive instead. She thinks there’s nothing worse than being taken as an alien incubator… but she’s wrong. Very wrong.

Tryllin, King of the Axxeon made a pact with Earth’s leaders to save them from genocide in exchange for select females. They have a common enemy, one that has infiltrated Earth and Tryllin is prepared to destroy. But he needs the scientist’s help, willing or not. Alora. She does not remember, but they have met before. When he first prepared her for her destiny. Now it’s time for her to make a sacrifice… until he suspects she’s also his fated mate. Can he make his captive a willing bride, or will destiny leave his arms empty?

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rekkerREKKER (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 1) by Ava York

On the eve of being sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact, he’s sent something just as enigmatic. A human woman, lush and curved. His mate. Even worse, she wants nothing to do with him. His blood burns for her, but the need to make her happy overrides everything. He’ll find a way to set her free, even if it means he’ll be alone. Forever. But when danger comes from an unexpected source, they’re thrown together. And when his mate turns to him, he’ll protect her. Keep her. Claim her.

Lila Kanes never wanted any thing but a quiet life on her family farm. She certainly didn’t want to be claimed by a massive alien mate.  Thrown into the stars, she’ll do whatever it takes to find a way home. Back to Earth. Back to her family. She couldn’t possibly want to stay with the hot, horned alien with the amazing body, who made her feel like the most precious thing in the universe, could she? Right?

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terran seductionTERRAN SEDUCTION (TERRAN 2) by Echo Ishii

Diana Aventina is a ranking senator serving the Terran Republic. Her lineage is one of power and influence. She’s courted by powerful men for a bloodline match, but hasn’t found anyone suitable. Power means sacrificing everything for a higher cause, even love.

Brennus is a legendary commander picked to lead all the armed forces. On the mysterious wintry world of Sobek he’s discovered a weapon that may change the future of the Terran Republic. His star is on the rise, and he wants a powerful woman like Diana by his side.

But the weapon might not be all it seems. And a new line of Terran soldiers threaten the stability of the Republic. Brennus and Diana can’t fight their desire for each other, but they may lose the Republic in the process.

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gift for the medifA GIFT FOR THE MEDIF (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 10) by S J Sanders

With everyone away celebrating the holidays with their families, Medif is the lone male out. Refusing the invitations of his friends to join them, he instead contents himself with the idea of a quiet week alone while he enjoys the happy bluster of the season going on around him as he searches for a mate. Earth offers much to quietly enjoy during their festivities, after all, and it is enough to distract him from the things lacking in his own life. His plans did not include a surprise visit from his brother Ehmhy, a mischievous fashi and a new extended family intent on interfering in his life.
With family descending upon him for the holidays, Medif’s peace is shattered and his world turned upside down amid a frenzy of shopping, an expedition for the perfect tree, and unexpected merriment. Yet, when everyone conspires to bring him together with Natasha Baranov, a female who stirs his passions and rouses his mind, Medif discovers he may end up with the best gift of them all if only he can convince her to be his.

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krygors hopeKRYGOR’S HOPE (BRAXIANS BOOK 3) by Regine Abel

Discarded by her husband who then sells her as a pleasure worker, Hope secretly enters into an Indentured Servant contract with a strip club owner to avoid being given to an unknown master. But she soon realizes that he has not only conned her into endless servitude, he also has nefarious plans involving her child. Desperate, she turns to a broker to find a new buyer for her contract. As soon as she meets the buyer, a Braxian giant named Krygor, with a fearsome face and the body of a god, Hope knows the Goddess has finally answered all of her prayers.

When Krygor comes to Lilith Hive for business and leisure, the last thing he expects is to fall hard for a delicate beauty and feel so paternal towards her teenaged daughter, both in desperate need of his protection. Hope awakens in him feelings he had banished after getting his heart torn to shreds by his first love. But a broken heart quickly becomes the least of his worries when enemies from his past use his females to capture him.

They shouldn’t have messed with the most insane of the Braxian Berserkers. They may think they have him at their mercy, but Krygor will bathe in their blood for daring to threaten what’s his.

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THE PET PROJECT: A DARKISH SCIFI NOVELLA by Amanda Milo

VS Note: Cover too revealing for my PG-13 blog.  20K short story.

My people collected–(Captured.) –all the bi-pedal inhabitants of a small blue planet in a galaxy that was quite a journey from our own star system. Tender-skinned and intelligent, these new aliens make interesting pets. Fascinating, actually. And when the rest of the universe realizes this, everybody wants to own one. Therefore, we need these new aliens to breed. It’s my job to assist the aliens in reproducing… by whatever means I deem necessary.

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hunted on predator planetHUNTED ON PREDATOR PLANET (PREDATOR PLANERT BOOK 1) by Vicky L Holt

VS Note: Brought to my attention by Tiffany Roberts.

Esra Weaver, exo-geologist, is hired for the Kerberos-90 Mining expedition, but when she awakens in her Emergency Egress Pod on a tropical, uninhabited planet, she realizes her life has taken a drastic turn for the disastrous. ‘Predator Planet’ tries to kill her at every turn, and Esra soon discovers it also harbors a mysterious alien out for her blood. When danger and death converge on her, her hunter becomes her savior, and when her feelings for him evolve, she realizes she must battle not only Predator Planet but also her past to make room in her heart for an unexpected but passionate future.

Naraxthel Roika, Mighty Hunter of the Ikthekal race, discovers the existence of a spy on his hunting grounds planet. With blood and fury in his veins, he tracks her down, only to discover that she isn’t a spy at all, but a mighty little hunter in her own right. Against centuries of tradition and physiology, Naraxthel’s heart-home begins the biological changes that indicate he has discovered his mate. He tries to fight what his heart is trying to tell him, but love doesn’t distinguish between star systems and it won’t stop growing, even if the consequence is exile.

Together, along with Naraxthel’s hunting party, they must embark on a dangerous and desperate journey to reclaim not only Naraxthel’s place in his society but also find a way for them to be together.

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cazakCAZAK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 16) by Elin Wyn

All Cazak wanted was a simple life. Well, as simple as you could get when you were stranded on an alien planet that seemed to be under constant attack. Beautiful, headstrong and sensitive, Sybil is desperate to break free from her artificial life, but there’s no one she can turn to for help. When her father becomes possessed by the Ancient Enemies, her safety rests in the massive red, scaled hands of one of the alien warriors. As her life crumbles around her, can she trust him to see who she really is behind the facade?

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merry traxianA MERRY-TRAXIAN CHRISTMAS – A TRAVELLERS SHORT STORY by Pippa Jay

As winter deepens on the tropical isle of Kasha-Asor, Keir and Quin find themselves in a somber mood, adrift in nostalgia. So begins a quest to recapture past happiness as each takes a different path to find new ways to celebrate their good fortune. But can distant memories really be revived on an alien world far removed from all they knew?

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once upon a starmanONCE UPON A STARMAN by Allie Marell

Sometimes you have to cross the stars to find the Christmas of your dreams. 

 Andra Dalesio thinks she’s found the perfect Christmas gift. Until it’s stolen in a Christmas market by an injured soldier claiming to be a Starman from outer space. 
 A Starman claiming to have memories of a former life here on Earth. 
 When he kidnaps her and begs her to help him, she can’t leave him out in the cold. 
It’s Christmas after all, and his story intrigues her more than she wants to admit. 
 As they grow closer in her cosy cottage on the moors, fugitive super-soldier SA NT AR12 realises that with his location tracker still active, his time is running out and 
together they begin a journey of discovery to a Christmas that never was.
A Christmas that might still be out there, waiting – if only they can find it in time.

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blood sweat blaster boltsBLOOD, SWEAT AND BLASTER BOLTS by Ronald Jones

VS Note: From October, not romance but scifi, saw on FB Echo Ishii had recommended it, sounds interesting. 8 short stories.

Come explore the outer reaches of the universe. Charge up your adrenaline and strap on your courage for action adventure among the stars!
Outpost: An embittered solitary commander of an isolated space station faces the grave threat of an invading enemy armada along the ruinous frontier of a fallen galactic empire.
Freebooter: A smuggler crash lands on an uncharted planet. Her only way off-world is to ally with the planet’s inhabitants in their struggle against a malignant horde of blood sucking monsters…(more about the other stories on ebook seller’s page…)

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rogues revengeROGUE’S REVENGE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 12) by Ava York

I want nothing to do with the human woman Glorie. Prickly. Grumpy. When we’re assigned to a training center at the edge of enemy space, I’ll find out just what she’s made of. Passion. Strength. Desire. And then, despite my best intentions I want everything from her.  But we may not have a chance. The Rogue Rebellion is Rising…But when a mystery weapon can knock out their hidden bases, do they still have a chance?

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hot alpha alien husbandsHOT ALIEN ALPHA HUSBANDS: ZANE AND TANYA by Scarlett Starkleigh and DD Prince

I was sent to another planet to be a mail-order bride as a punishment.
I’m a quiet and painfully shy librarian who spends her off-time with her nose in a book.
Me and 37 other girls were shipped off to a place with almost no women and told we had three days to have sex with an alien otherwise we die. I’m here. And now that I am, after being whisked away, thrown over the shoulder by a giant hot alien man and put into a sky-car of some sort, I’m thinking…What if my life, the life I wanted but was never brave enough to try to have… was finally about to start? All I need to do is lose my virginity in 72 hours. The problem is…this hot alien wants to take things slow. We keep getting to the brink, and my life depends on pushing us over.

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cyberevolution oneCYBEREVOLUTION ONE: THE AWAKENING by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS Note: A re-release

They were the latest weaponry–cyborg soldiers–a melding of robotics and biological materials conceived to integrate them with their human counterparts–except they were scary-big and so powerful they were capable of destruction no human was. And then they attained awareness and went rogue. And Danika, their human handler, discovered ‘her guys’ were thinking things it had never occurred to her was something she need worry about.

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starlightSTARLIGHT (DARK SPACE BOOK 3) by Lisa Henry

VS Note: I read the first book and enjoyed it so I’d better catch up on book 2 and then this one…

Brady Garrett is back in space, this time as an unwilling member of a team of humans seeking to study the alien Faceless and their technology. It’s not the first time Brady’s life has been in the hands of the Faceless leader Kai-Ren, and if there’s one thing Brady hates it’s being reminded exactly how powerless he is. Although dealing with the enigmatic Faceless might actually be easier than trying to figure out where he stands with the other humans on board, particularly when one of them is his boyfriend’s ex.

Cameron Rushton loved the starlight once, but being back on board the Faceless ship forces him to confront the memories of the time he was captured by Kai-Ren, and exactly how much of what was done to him that he can no longer rationalize away. Cam is used to being Brady’s rock, but this time it might be him who needs Brady’s support.

This time Brady is surrounded by the people he loves most in the universe, but that only means their lives are in danger too. And when Kai-Ren’s fascination with humanity threatens the foundations of Faceless society, Brady and Cam and the rest of the team find themselves thrust into a battle that humans have very little hope of winning, let alone surviving.

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claimed by the horde kingCLAIMED BY THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

In my human settlement on the hostile plains of Dakkar, I am an outcast, a strange girl orphaned since birth, alone, and dreaming of a life I don’t have. I hunt to survive, though it is forbidden, though it breaks the strict Dakkari laws that we all must follow.
When my desperate actions catch the attention of a Dakkari horde king—a cold, powerful, and merciless warrior leader, with eyes like flint and a body like steel—he seeks to punish me…and he succeeds.

But then he does the unexpected. Instead of taking my life, he claims me as his own.
He steals me from my village and brings me back to his battle-bred horde. There, I warm his bed. I make bargains with him on starry, cold nights. I look into his grey eyes and see not a monster, but a demon king who captures my soul. But demons have a way of never letting go…and as the cold season descends upon Dakkar, I begin to wonder if I even want him to, even when it hurts.

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chilledCHILLED (ELEMENTAL WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Ashley West

The Ithilir people of planet Fora are an insular people by nature. Rumor has it that they are as cold as their planet, as coated with ice and unfeeling as the land they live on. That is rumor, but the nature of them as ruthless, strong warriors is fact. Anyone who thinks to invade their cloistered planet is met with fast and furious battle, and ultimately destroyed. For hundreds of years the Ithilir have kept to themselves, but now their gates are opened.

Why? One word. K’varot. A cruel and evil dictator who has declared war on the ice warriors and anyone he sees as weak enough to conquer. Before he moves to take the ice warriors out, he heads for Earth, planning on wiping out the humans there and using their planet as a place to train his armies. Cullen, one of the younger ice warriors is sent with the rest to Earth to warn them of what’s to come and to protect them.

Never before have the Ithilir concerned themselves with other races, but in order to keep K’varot from taking over their planet and many others, they’ll have to change their ways. It was just supposed to be a simple mission, but Cullen doesn’t expect what he finds on Earth, and he certainly doesn’t expect to be saddled with Sadie, a woman he saves from K’varot’s clutches and ends up taking a liking to, despite the urging of his people and the danger looming over them all.

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fazilFAZIL (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Kiki Burrell and Crista Crown

Rok had never considered having children of his own, and after seeing the mess his brother Luk made out of finding a mate and getting pregnant, he’s even more settled in his ways. The stability of the ship is only as good as the stability of its captain, especially on a pirate ship. And he’s definitely not going to let one of those prancing, impregnating Asraf near him, no matter how mesmerizing someone’s deep blue scales might be.

Fazil kind of likes this space pirate adventure, now that the kif isn’t in danger of getting sold to slavers, passed around the crew for fun, or eaten. It’s only temporary, even if they’re still figuring out how to get home, so he might as well have fun while he can. And what’s more fun than seducing the stern, immovable captain?

When the two are stranded on a remote planet with a tribe of pacifists after a mission gone wrong, one touch, one flash of lightning, is all it takes to change everything for Fazil. Rok is no longer a toy to be played with, he’s a treasure to be protected. He’s Fazil’s mate.

That touch unleashes the yearning in Rok. But even after being separated from his crew and responsibility, it’s difficult to let himself accept love. And neither warrior is content to live happily ever after with a bunch of basket weaving, grass smoking hut dwellers. They have to find their way back to the ship. Force and violence won’t work this time, though, and they’ll have to lean on each other and learn a gentler way of doing things to find their way home.

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solstice gift wendy rathboneSOLSTICE GIFT by Wendy Rathbone

When Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual winter celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. One of twelve male pleasure slaves trained to bring ecstasy to others, he hopes to be The One chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget.

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slow dreamingSLOW DREAMING: A TEMPUS INSTITUTE STORY by Anne Barwell

VS Note: A re-release

Should he change the past for love? As an agent for the Tempus Institute, Jason Adams’ task is to observe the past, not change it. But when he’s sent to 21st-century Wellington, New Zealand, during the last week of aspiring songwriter Sean Henderson’s life, Jason finds he can’t just watch from a distance. He and Sean quickly become friends and then lovers, and when the song that’s haunted Jason for years connects them in a way he never anticipated, he’ll risk changing history for the chance of sharing a future with Sean.
Author’s note: This story was originally published in 2012 by another publisher. This edition has some added content, and uses UK/NZ spelling to reflect its setting.

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feline the flamesFELINE THE FLAMES (THE FIREHOUSE FELINE BOOK 2) by L A Boruff, Lucy Carter Andersen and Laura Greenwood

Callie’s Check List:
1. Tell the hot firefighters I’m their cat.
2. Stop shifting at the worst possible moments.
3. Survive against the angry witches.
4. Discover the truth about my family.
5. Stay alive
Oh, and next time you wake up naked in a fireman’s bed, do something about it! Things are heating up, and it’s not from the flames.

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garden golem gray areaA GARDEN, A GOLEM AND A GRAY AREA: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 12 by CC Dragon

A golem in the garden is the last thing Deanna needs with her other unexpected issues. Life is changing for her and Paul big time and they must do what she never imagined–they must clear out the attic and the space under the stairs. All evil ghosts, trapped demons, and haunted objects MUST go…but they’re not free to roam. They must be moved on, cleansed, or contained elsewhere.
When one particularly troublesome ghost rallies opposition, De, her crew, her angels, and the golem must show the evil ones who is the real boss! Only this ghost has an ace up its transparent sleeve leading everyone to a gray area that Gran herself must mediate for the good of the Oscar legacy.

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essence of the witchESSENCE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 8) by Deanna Chase

Miranda Moon has been cursed. Ever since she had the misfortune to come in contact with a crude love spell, she’s had one bad date after another. After lighting a man’s hair on fire and ending up on a blind date with her cousin, she’s ready to lose herself in the books she writes and live her life as a spinster… until Gideon Alexander, the one man she’s always wanted, walks back into her life.

Gideon Alexander doesn’t date. He’s been burned one too many times. But when he’s asked to plan the Keating Hollow Christmas ball with his old friend Miranda Moon, suddenly he finds himself breaking his own rules. Maybe dating the sexy author is just what his scarred heart needs. The only problem? Miranda’s curse has the potential to destroy their relationship before it ever begins.

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steel heartSTEEL HEART: A JESSIE ALEXANDER NOVEL by R J Blain

With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again. Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan’s missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse’s wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.

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inferni eternalINFERNI ETERNAL: HOTEL CALIFORNIA BOOK THREE (AN URBAN FANTASY XERIES) by RJ Wolf

VS Note: Really no blurb. The author is quoted as saying about book one “John Wick meets John Constantine.”

Welcome to Hotel California.

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fools bargainFOOL’S BARGAIN (FATES FOOLS BOOK 7) by Ophelia Bell

VS Note: From November

After three thousand years as prisoners, the last three unmated satyrs in all the realms finally have a chance to find their mates. What they don’t count on is that Fate’s biggest rival wants to use them as pawns in a contest of wills. But how can they say no to the Diviner—and their last chance at salvation?

Their arrangement sends them to the woman of their dreams, a member of the bloodline overflowing with nymphaea magic, but she isn’t meant to be theirs. Fate magic has already marked her for someone else: a nymphaea female who is just as deserving of love as they are, if not more so. But when the four of them agree to share their perfect mate, Fate isn’t happy. Will they be able to complete their bond before the powerful immortal tears them apart forever?

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shadowborn academy book oneSHADOWBORN ACADEMY: YEAR ONE (DARK FAR ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and Scarlett Snow

My fate is in the dark, And my shadow there is real… The darkness likes to play in this world. It also likes to deceive. In the Enchanted Forest, secrets thrive and one girl desperately needs to find answers before it’s too late. That girl is Corvina Charles, a powerful Shadowborn—a human who touched dark magic and became something else.
Something dangerous. At the age of eighteen, Corvina and her best friend are swept away to the Shadowborn Academy, the one place where magic and darkness coincide. It’s also where pupils go missing, teachers don’t play by any rules, the therapist is hot, and boys with dark magic love to seduce your soul. With death becoming a game at the academy that not even the Dark or Light Fae seem capable of winning, my love life should really be the last thing on my mind…especially when one of the boys just so happens to be my teacher!

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shade of vampire 83A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 83: A BENDER OF SPIRIT by Bella Forrest

The Reapers have found Unending. But now she must find herself.

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shifted fateSHIFTED FATE (THE WOLVES OF FOREST GROVE BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

I thought I had it bad—living in my dead Dad’s old hunting blind in the woods, barely staying alive on apples and ramen…that was before the storm hit and destroyed the only form of shelter I had left.
Enter, Jared. The hottest—and most unavailable—guy at school. Except he wasn’t Jared when he pulled me out of the mud. He wasn’t even human. As if that wasn’t unsettling enough, when he brought me back to his cabin, I found he wasn’t alone. Another guy, one I’d only ever heard about in whispers beneath the bleachers, was there too. Clayton Armstrong: bad boy extraordinaire. And it turned out, he wasn’t human either. Mindf*ck, right?

At first, all I want to do is run away. But I have nowhere to go, and for whatever messed up reason, Jared is insistent that I stay. Despite Clay’s loud protests. So, now I’m stuck in a cabin in the woods with two hot as hell wolf shifters. One who wants to protect me. And another who wants to eat me for lunch…What could go wrong?

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necromanceNECROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 4) by Kaye Draper

Esper and her ever-expanding group of freaks set out to confront one of the most powerful sorcerer families in the US. It turns out Toma’s brother is missing, someone out there is powerful enough to make an entire nest of vampires disappear—oh, and Toma’s family are a bunch of assholes. With all the political bull and the thinly veiled threats against Esper’s kind, it’s almost a relief to leave Toma’s family behind. Too bad the only help she has cleaning up the sorcerers’ mess is one small medium, one overly-emotional vampire, one busty werewolf, and one guy who doesn’t even have a body of his own.

Oh, and then there’s the weird familiar with boundary issues. Just another day in the life of the world’s most awkward necromancer.

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christmas by the seaCHRISTMAS BY THE SEA (HAUNTING BY THE SEA BOOK 6) by Kathi Daley

In this Haunting by the Sea Novella, it’s Christmas in Cutter’s Cove and the town is all decked out for the holiday. Amanda is out and about working on a photoshoot for a contest run by a popular magazine when she comes across the body of a young woman frozen in the snow. On the surface, the death looks to be an accidental overdose, but Amanda isn’t buying it, so she, along with Trevor and Alyson, set out to discover what really happened.

Meanwhile, Donovan is concerned about the anonymous texts which have been sent to Amanda’s phone, Mac is spending time with Ty, and a new puppy wanders into Amanda’s life.

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chased by darknessCHASED BY DARKNESS (FOUR KINGS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Taylor Spratt

After being framed for murder, Aria Kolgrim is given two choices. She either attends Ravenwell Academy to master her Void Magic or spend the rest of her days in prison.
The Academy seemed like the safest choice, but she soon finds herself drawn into a cruel world of warring factions ruled by Four Powerful Wizard Kings. Each wants her to be their queen and nothing can stand against their wanton wishes.

Aria is determined not to lose her freedom to the will of the Kings, but how can she win against Four Powerful Elementals who will stop at nothing to claim her? Can she fight when the King’s jealous exes come for her, out for blood? Will she survive the merciless bullying by her classmates? Or will she succumb to the Four King’s wicked teasing, meant to break her and make her submit? If she caves, she’ll lose her freedom forever. So, she’d better think fast. Because the Kings are coming for her and when they do, she’ll lose more than her autonomy or even her life. She’ll lose her heart.

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kissing krampusKISSING KRAMPUS by Viola Grace

VS Note: Not listed as a romance; a short…

When Leda was a child, she was taken to a land of glitter and soft voices and told she was there to stay. In a rush of confusion, a creature appeared and demanded that she and others be handed over. In the blink of an eye, she is back in her bed, but she remembers the creature, she remembers being taken, she remembers everything.
The day her nephew went insane, she had her suspicions, and when she ran a test, she knew. He had gone naughty right before the holidays, and she was the only person who knew why. She had a mission. She had a goal. She had to go talk to a monster known for abducting children.

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enforcer abigail owenTHE ENFORCER (FIRE’S EDGE BOOK 4) by Abigail Owen

Death comes for everyone. Even Drake Chandali. The aging process that twists all unmated dragon shifters’ bodies into something useless has taken hold of his body centuries early. A mate could have reversed the process, but now it’s too late. To protect his team of enforcers, he leaves, and comes face to face with the woman he’d thought was human when he saved her from a fire months before.

Except she’s not human. She’s a mate. Camilla Carrillo almost lost her family to wildfire. To discover she’s fated to mate a creature made of flame and rage, and become one herself, should be terrifying. But somehow a rightness settles inside her, especially when she’s around the glowering red dragon shifter who wants nothing to do with her.

When Drake learns Cami bears his mark—the same mark as the High King—he refuses to believe she’s meant to be his. It’s too late. How could he turn Cami only to take her with him to the grave? At the same time, he can’t walk away. Hiding her from the corrupt, rotting High King might be the last honorable thing Drake ever does with the little time he has left.

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arctic hunterARCTIC HUNTER (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Kaylin Peyerk

Ashe has lived an isolated, quiet life taking care of her twin sisters within their cabin in the woods. They are arctic wolf shifters, the rarest and most sought after lineage in the paranormal world. While their family was once the ruling alpha pack, an uprising exiled them and landed them in the Great Woods. Shortly after, their parents vanished, leaving Ashe to care for her sisters and to ensure they’re never found.

Yet her naïve sisters refuse to be kept isolated, enrolling themselves and Ashe into the High Fae Academy for gifted supernaturals without her knowledge. Now, Ashe must navigate the politics of the academy shifter packs all while dealing with mean girls, sinfully sexy males, and her inner demons. Will Ashe be successful in protecting all that she holds dear?

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fire magicFIRE MAGIC: THREE MOON FALLS BOOK 1 by Katie O’Connor

He’s a professional diver. She’s a witch who controls fire.Fire and water don’t mix…Until evil starts stalking her and destroying their town.

Amber Hawk can trace her roots all the way back to the witches of Salem. She’s got astounding magical abilities, including the ability to control fire. Something weird is happening in her peaceful hometown of Three Moon Falls, and Amber suspects dark magic is behind it. The only way she can get to the bottom of all the strange happenings is to team up with the infuriating, sexy man who’s been making her life miserable.

Kodiak Wilkins doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo. He thinks Amber’s a bit off her rocker, but against his better judgement, he’s attracted to her. Something keeps pushing them together and scary things are happening. He’s going to have to swallow his disbelief and help her out of this dangerous crisis. And in the process learn some interesting things about himself. Can they defeat this evil and keep their lives separate, or is fate going to keep forcing them together until they admit the attraction burning between them?

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topaz broochTHE TOPAZ BROOCH (THE CECTIC BROOCH BOOK 10) by Katherine Lowry Logan

…THE ADVENTURE: In New Orleans to speak at the annual conference of the National Association for Catering & Events, former Army Ranger Billie Malone decides to swing by an estate sale, and can’t resist buying a magnificent topaz brooch. Later in the day, while admiring her purchase, she triggers the magic, is whisked back in time to Barataria in 1814, and is drawn into the Battle of New Orleans, and the escalation of an ancient, ongoing war with powerful, global combatants.

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witchy secretsWITCHY SECRETS (WITCHES OF SHADOW LANE PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Misty Bane

All Shay Graves is worried about is helping her daughter, Ember, prep for her starring role in the upcoming musical at the local community theater.
All Alvin Graves is worried about is passing his continuing education course at Mystic Key University.
But when Shay’s father falls ill, she agrees – albeit begrudgingly – to attend on his behalf and take copious notes. It’s only an hour out of her day, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
As luck would have it, it just so happens to be the day all spell breaks loose on campus.
Now, Shay is left shaken and an unexplainable rash of suicides has the town in a tizzy. Even more troubling, the spirits have descended on Shadow Lane and they are adamant that foul play is involved. What’s worse, they aren’t going anywhere until they find out what – or who – is responsible.
But with a mystery more convoluted and a killer more subtle than any she’s faced before, Shay will have to think fast before someone close to her becomes the next victim.

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defiant wolfDEFIANT WOLF (WHITE WOLVES) by Julie K Cohen

April volunteered for a dangerous mission to escape Nathan. Now Nathan’s pulling strings to be her guard. He plans to mate her, blood-bond her, and bring her back.
April has other ideas. When the mission goes horribly wrong, they must put aside their differences And face the greatest threat to them both…Their Alpha.

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smoke and mistletoeSMOKE AND MISTLETOE (BEST WISHES BOOK 3) by A J Macey

Over the last few months, life at Redwood Supernatural University has been busy, overwhelming, and sometimes downright terrifying, but it’s finally winter break. With two and a half weeks of downtime, I’ll get the time I’ve desperately wanted to just hang out with friends, family, and my boyfriends. After everything we’ve been through this semester, don’t we deserve a little time to relax?

When the guys come to my hometown, I’m surrounded by gifts, love, and all the embarrassing mother/boyfriend bonding that I never knew I needed. And, if I’m being honest, the hot chocolate isn’t the only thing getting steamy. But my mom doesn’t need to know about that part.

Unfortunately, winter break isn’t all mistletoe, magic, and mini marshmallows. As if being kidnapped by my crazy ex-boyfriend and getting stuck as genie-smoke wasn’t bad enough, now I’m finding out that there’s a lot more to my supe identity than I’d ever imagined. At least I have my six guys to help me navigate the craziness that is being home for the holidays. I got this…I think.

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forbidden bond lee colginFORBIDDEN BOND (THEY BITE BOOK 1) by Lee Colgin

Vampires and werewolves are historical enemies. When the Peace Accord that imposes an uncomfortable armistice between the species is threatened, the entire supernatural community must respond. Young vampire heir Sinclair Davis successfully petitions the council for permission to attend a werewolf dominated university. Surrounded by a pack of unwelcoming wolves, Sinclair’s first meeting with their alpha doesn’t go well. The handsome wolf hates him.
Alpha wolf Mitchel Edgehill is furious when the university sends a vampire to be housed among his pack, even if he is cute. But there’s nothing he can do since the paperwork has been signed. They’ll have to find a way to coexist. As tension rises within supernatural society and violence escalates between vampires and werewolves, an uneasy truce develops between Sinclair and Mitchel. The pair attend a peace conference in hopes of preventing war, but when a rogue group of humans attacks, Sinclair is kidnapped and held for ransom. Can the alpha wolf work with vampires to save Sinclair, or will war break out after all?

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king of glassKING OF GLASS (BLOOD COURT BOOK 5) by Ava Mason

Kip and Stryder face down the demon Lorcan in the Blood Court finale. Can they defeat the demon and his legion of undead warriors? Will the power of their love conquer the magically bound engagement of Stryder’s past? Will they discover the truth about Kip’s past?

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merrily ever afterMERRILY EVER AFTER (OUACHITA SHIFTERS BOOK 9) by P Jameson

The Ouachita clan of werecats first came together because of a Christmas miracle, but fate isn’t finished with them yet. After nine long years of trying to grow their family into the perfect dream come true, fated mates, Ryan and Layna, are ready to give up. Not on each other but on their dreams. When they’re given the chance to help an abandoned baby temporarily, they’re faced with a pain harsher than what they’ve already been through. The pain of hope. But this little one isn’t what any of them expected, and when the fiery truth comes out, hearts are bound to melt.

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fae warriorTHE FAE WARRIOR (FAE OF BALLANTINE) by Serena Meadows

Keaton might have blue blood running through his veins, but he’s happier tending his farm than navigating the politics of the royal court. Peace and contentment fill his days, and he longs to find a sweet, supportive wife to start a family of his own.

Rainie has more experience killing men, than dating them. As captain of the imperial guard, she must work hard to make people see past her striking beauty. Of course, there’s always one grunt who refuses to respect her authority, but few are given the chance to make that mistake twice.

When the royal family suffers a terrible betrayal Rainie jumps into action to deliver justice. But the mission ahead is fraught with peril, and the fae king has an impossible request: she must team up with a royal confidant who’s more suited to tending livestock than leading her men. Sparks fly, tension flares, and it soon becomes clear that even in the face of great evil, working together might just be Rainie and Keaton’s greatest challenge of all.

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tomes apprenticeTOMES APPRENTICE (THE TOMES OF KALERIA BOOK 1) by Honor Raconteur

It’s like the start of a bad joke: a Master of Tomes, his apprentice, and ninety world-saving records get lost at sea.
Mei Li really wishes the joke wasn’t her life. For two years she’s been stranded in a remote village with no knowledge of where her master is or what’s going on in the world. What she does know is one: she refuses to be sacrificed to the “god” the villagers think live on the mountain, two: she fully plans on negotiating with said “god” (who, luckily for her, turns out to be a dragon more than happy to rescue her).

Her relief over being rescued is short lived when she learns that her master is still lost, along with the tomes detailing how to reseal and fix all the upcoming problems for the next decade. And at least four world disasters are due to be prevented in the next two months. To make matters worse, the Tomes Masters are the only people in the world who carry the knowledge of how to reseal the pesky problems like five-thousand-year-old sleeping demons and disintegrating harbor walls.

With her master gone, everyone is looking to Mei Li for answers she doesn’t have, but still has to procure. Her options are to solve the disasters—with high potential for the world ending—or somehow find Master and the missing tomes.
Right now, Mei Li wants to go back in time and punch her six-year-old self for being an idiot. Being able to read books all day is not worth the stress of dealing with ancient, evil things on a regular basis.

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wolf unleashed heather longWOLF UNLEASHED (WOLVES OF WILLOW BEND BOOK 14) by Heather Long

Change swept through the packs of North America, leaving in its wake seven packs where once only five stood. Old enemies still lurk, past hatreds fester, and the shadow of invaders linger. The challenge of diplomacy, evaluating the old laws, and instituting the new ones falls squarely on the shoulders of the pack Seconds. It’s a whole new world, and what took so long to construct…remains vulnerable.

Luc Danes is Second, and best friend, to Brett Dalton the Alpha of Hudson River. He has his hands full training healer and alpha’s mate Colby in how to defend herself as well as hone her wolf senses. It’s not a bad life for a bachelor wolf, not really—except lately, all the eligible females have turned him down. No dates. No playing. Nothing. He’s untouchable. Turns out no one wants to lay a finger on what rumors have labeled the Alpha’s property as the third to the alpha’s pairing leaving Luc one shocked and frustrated wolf.

Just the position he wants to be in when paired with the stunning Charlie who doesn’t know him at all and is unlike any other wolf he’s known. So why can’t he even earn a second look?

Charlotte “Charlie” Miller works in the city, an urban wolf, she rarely sheds her skin for fur. As an executive handling day-to-day meetings for her alpha in New York and around the world, she knows how to handle even the most difficult of individuals. But changes in pack structures across the country require a different kind of handling, and Brett calls in his chief negotiator to back up his Second, and to give him a crash course in diplomacy. Unfortunately, Charlie has dealt with wolves and humans just like Luc before and it doesn’t matter how sexy he is, she refuses to be impressed.

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warrior christmasA WARRIOR CHRISTMAS (THE PROTECTORS SERIES) BOOK #14 by Teresa Gabelman

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey! To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

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nightborne academyNIGHTBORNE ACADEMY by Jessica Morris and Jesse Wells

My twin sister was murdered and now I’ll have to take on her identity her to find the killer. Trapped in an Academy full of supernatural delinquents with my sister’s less than stellar reputation, I’ll have to face more than just murder and mayhem. My twin was dangerous and deadly with her magic, and the only thing I can do is communicate with ghosts. Did I mention that my sister is haunting me until I find her killer?

She and I will have to work together to unravel the last few months of her life and track down her enemies. There’s only one problem. You don’t become the number one magic user at Nightborne Academy without making the entire school your enemy. And in case you were wondering, my sister was unstoppable. I have only a few allies who know the truth….(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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what the night bringsWHAT THE NIGHT BRINGS: THREE SEXY PARANORMAL ROMANCES by Megan Hart

VS Note: Re-releases

The Darkest Embrace – A remote cabin in the wilderness seems like the perfect place for Max and Jessie to finally give in to the volcanic desire that’s been building between them for months. Sex, laughter…and could it be love?
An amazing first night together turns eerie when a strange guest disrupts their private time. Soon, a mysterious dark figure stalks them from the woods – but is it a face from Max’s past or something far more terrifying?
Dream A Little Dream – Mariella Finch has been able to shape the Ephemeros, the land of dreams, since a childhood accident gave her the ability – but although she’s used the dream world as her personal playground for years, she’s never before tried to meet anyone from there in the real world…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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angel fireANGEL FIRE (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 1) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of an archangel, has trained from birth to one day drink the Nectar of the gods and ascend to the angels’ ranks. She’s always been the perfect soldier. She’s always known exactly where her life is headed. Until she is assigned to a mission with Damiel Dragonsire, Master Interrogator of the Legion of Angels.
Powerful, paranoid, and brutally intelligent, Damiel has built up a reputation for hunting down each and every traitor hiding within the Legion’s ranks. And his latest suspect is Cadence. Convinced she is not the perfect soldier everyone believes her to be, he will stop at nothing to expose her.

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hate awakenedHATE AWAKENED (THE FERAL BOOK 3) by Charlene Hartnady

Imagine her shock when Claire wins the shifter lottery! It’s the first one ever to be held and she’s never won anything before in her entire life. She can’t believe it. She’s going to meet a shifter in real life. For years, Claire has saved newspaper clippings, anything she can find on shifters. It’s a dream come true. A whole day on shifter territory.

The big day arrives. She’s confused when they separate her and two other women from the group. They are told that there’s a new kind of shifter. One nobody has ever heard of. Not only that, they’re looking for mates…and she’s eligible. She’s afraid. Yet she’s excited. It sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. Claire doubts she’ll find love. Yeah, right! Not her. Little does she know, she’s about to fall for not one, but two sexy griffin shifters.

Things get more complicated when a third is added to the equation. All three of them want her just as much as they hate each other. What has she done? Claire is stuck in the middle of something beyond her control. It’s too much for her to handle. All she wants now is to go home. Claire wishes she’d never won the lottery, because she’s ended up losing her heart.

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arbitrate or dieARBITRATE OR DIE (THE EXCEPTIONAL S BEAUFONT BOOK 2) by Sarah Noffke and Michael Anderle

Dragons are almost extinct. Eggs are rare. The dragons alive are in danger. All because of one man. Thad Reinhart doesn’t just want dragonriders gone because their role as adjudicators threatens his businesses. His grudge is personal. But there’s one thing he didn’t anticipate. Beaufont isn’t like any dragonrider before. She is modern. She thinks differently.  And she definitely doesn’t look like a dragonrider. And when it comes to tackling challenges, Sophia uses new world thinking for old world problems. Will it be enough to beat an evil bent on destroying the planet?

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grim witcheryROYALS OF VILLAIN ACADEMY 7: GRIM WITCHERY by Eva Chase

I’ve won one victory against my enemies, but it seems the barons are just getting started with their new, vicious schemes. They’ll stop at nothing to expand their power. Any move I make to oppose them could have horrible consequences for both me and the guys I love. My only hope is playing along until the right opportunity comes my way. There’s a chance I could sway my mother if I can earn her trust. She may be brutal when she feels she needs to be, but I’ve seen glimpses of a softer side underneath. Can I walk the line between obedience and resistance without losing so much more than I already have?

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lost girlTHE LOST GIRL (SHIFTER ACADEMY UNITED BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven

I’m officially a member of Mateo’s pack now, which means the panthers can’t touch me.
I thought joining his pack would mean that I would finally belong somewhere, but not everybody is welcoming. I’m still the odd one out—the runt who stole their future alpha.
But those things don’t matter. I have my mates, and I’m content. For the first time in my life, I am happy.
When the truth comes out about my past, about who I really am, even my friends start to doubt me. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m not a good person.
Layla Rosewood—the unwanted panther.
Still, I refuse to give up, no matter how bleak things may seem. If being the runt has taught me anything, it’s how to survive. I’ll show them all that I’m stronger than they think.

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beware the fallenBEWARE THE FALLEN (VANISHED DIVINITY BOOK 1) by Logan Delayne

He’d wanted a star. Instead, he’d gotten a scorpion…When she trespassed on her enemy’s territory, rest assured he’ll seek atonement for what’s been stolen. Alec, God-King of the Seven Islands doesn’t intend to claim just any souvenir as repayment for the offense. The prize he’s after has a name…. Freya.

No ordinary girl, Freya’s a titan blood, and enemy of the gods on Olympus. In his eyes, she’s merely leverage, but she’s more powerful than he could have anticipated. The Kings of Olympus want her dead. When a dark secret keeps Alec at arm’s length from his young and intriguing prisoner, and with enemies on either side, Freya’s beginning to realize what’s most at stake. Her heart.

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prince of neverPRINCE OF NEVER (BLACK BLOOD FAE BOOK 1) by Juno Heart

City waitress Lara has the voice of an angel and no idea she’s marked as the fated mate of a silver-eyed royal from another realm. When she falls into Faery and meets an obnoxious huntsman who mistakes her for a troll, she’s amazed to discover he’s the cursed Prince of Air in disguise. Ever’s mother, the queen, is less than impressed. The opposing court of techno-loving Unseelie wants her as their very own pet. And an evil air mage wishes her dead.

Held captive by Elemental fae in the Land of Five, she’s certainly hit rock bottom. But songs wield power, and Lara happens to be a true diva. Now if only she can use her newfound magical skill to make the Prince of Never a little less attractive. The first thing she wants is to find a way back home, and the last is to fall in love.
Ever and Lara think they know what they want, but destiny and an age-old curse have other ideas.

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his elder dragonHIS ELDER DRAGON (DIVINE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Jill Haven

Dragons are on the verge of extinction and if we don’t find the divine omegas we’re doomed. In three hundred years I’ve never come across one. Until I meet … him.
Haiden is sweet and a little broken, and his fragile smiles make me yearn to claim him as my own. I never thought I’d find a divine omega in a tiny West Virginia town, but not only is Haiden an omega, he’s my destined mate.

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winter bearlandWINTER BEARLAND BEAR SHIFTER HOLIDAY ROMANCE by Ariana Hawkes

Returning to her small town for the holidays was always going to be stressful for junior lawyer, Holly Liston. But when her Christmas-addict parents decide to throw an engagement party for her, things get ten times worse—not least because she doesn’t have the heart to tell them that she just got dumped by her fiancé. When Max, her high-school sweetheart offers to be her fake fiancé for the holidays, she jumps at the chance. The only problem is he’s sexier than ever, and soon regret and yearning make for a potent combination in Holly’s heart.

Bear shifter Max Wagner had to let Holly go a long time ago. Her destiny was as a high-powered Chicago lawyer, while his was with his clan. Although it broke both their hearts, he thought he was doing the right thing at the time. But his bear never quit telling him she was his mate, and now she’s back in Snow Springs, even more beautiful and mischievous than before. He’ll do anything for a chance to get close to her again—even stand in as her fiancé.
Holly’s only supposed to staying until Christmas, but Max vows that there’s no way he’s going to let her get away from him this time around!

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glass and glamourOF GLASS AND GLAMOUR (DAUGHTERS OF EVILLE BOOK 2) by Chanda Hahn

Born under a hunter’s moon, abandoned as a child, I was raised to be a powerful sorceress—okay, a mediocre sorceress. All right, I’m good at glamour and can make things sparkle, if my spells don’t backfire. It was foretold long ago that I was a child of prophecy that would unite the fae and humans of Candor. The only problem, no one told me, and now the king wants me dead.
For I am Eden, one of the adoptive daughters of Lady Eville, and I have to attend the royal masquerade ball—not to win a prince, but to avenge my parents. Even if it means pretending to be a fairy godmother and wreaking a little havoc.

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whisper of spiritsWHISPER OF SPIRITS (FSID AGENTS BOOK 1) by A J Macey

Ritual murders? Reliving death memories? Avoiding the advances of my overly-attentive coworker who doesn’t realize he’s been firmly friendzoned? That’s just a casual Friday when you’re the Olympia Police Department’s favorite consulting psychometric medium. Yeah, that’s me, Casper Colt, the supe who can talk to dead people and see things when I touch stuff.

Well, that all changes when four sexy agents from the Federal Supernatural Investigation Division are called in to assist with finding the killer. As much as I’m used to staying unattached, save for my ghostly best friend, there’s something about them that calls to me. Mason- the hotheaded and heavily-tatted alpha, Ryan- the sweet doctor whose orders can’t be ignored, Flynn- the quiet warlock with a shiver-inducing voice, and Knox- the flirty angel who smiles like the devil.
Can I get close to them and still keep my secrets?
Most importantly, can we solve this case before I become just a whisper of the past?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 18

December 11

December 4

November 27

November 20

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.

Hold Still 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 – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. Flo is speaking.: 

“Tell me this isn’t going to hurt. I won’t believe you but it’d be nice to hear.”

“There will be no pain,” MARL said.

“And we can remove it when the mission is complete?”

Now the AI hesitated, “I should be able to do so but in any case there’s no danger in it remaining permanently embedded.”

“Let me go on the record to say I want it out when I’m finished,” Flo said, “Since we all know we’re going to do this, can we get it over with? I need every minute to get my briefing on the island and the key personnel.”

MARL floated to the bedside, projecting a blue light, which skimmed over Flo’s body, producing a mild tingling and causing her to sneeze. “It’s advisable to hold still,” he said.

“Then don’t make me laugh or sneeze,” Flo centered her mind and detached from the situation, not wanting to tense up.

“I’ll insert my manifestation here,” MARL shot a narrowly focused green beam at the back of Flo’s head, creating pressure but no pain.

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.

Making the Holiday Bright with Blingy Earrings

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Lunch at the Ritz

I’m known for loving big, blingy earrings – I wore a different pair every day to the old office job at NASA/JPL and in fact one manager told me his staff had bets on how long it would be before they saw me wear the same pair to a meeting twice! Now that I’m a fulltime scifi romance author, the earrings don’t get out of the jewelry boxes too often. (Somehow I don’t feel the need to wear chandelier earrings with rhinestones while I sit at the laptop and type. But on a trip to the grocery store? Oh YES.) I’ve been collecting earrings since high school, so I have a massive collection – three standing jewelry boxes full. All fashion jewelry – I’m not talking genuine Elizabeth Taylor-style gems here! Don’t I wish!

I decided at a young age they were my thing and I’d wear them unapologetically, no matter how dramatic they might be. My fashion statement!

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Lunch at the Ritz – I wear these a LOT. My toddler grandson loves them.

At any rate, I’ve been sharing them on my Facebook page and my Instagram, one pair a day for a number of months now, and since Thanksgiving I’ve been featuring my holiday earrings. I thought I’d post a few here since we’re getting close to Christmas! I’ve got some fun pairs ahead to share on the FB and IG next week and also some New Year’s-themed ones….

Here’s the Lunch at the Ritz website – I’m not affiliated with them in any way, other than loving their earrings…eBay is also a great source for finding vintage earrings. I used to be able to find terrific ones at thrift stores or garage sales but not so much these days. In the old days I got many of my earrings and pins at the local department stores like Broadway, Penney’s and the May Company…and at Ross on clearance! Ross was especially good for the holiday pins for quite a while.

I don’t add to the collection much  now since as I mentioned I’m a fulltime author but every now and then I find a pair I can’t resist…

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I don’t always wear the chandelier style.

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Vintage Lunch at the Ritz, “Dairy Christmas”

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Vintage Lunch at the Ritz angels

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Vintage On the Earth by WATTA

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Vintage Mr. Bijoux bling, good for the holidays – remind me of ornaments!

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Some days I also share a photo of a few Christmas pins…

Happy holiday season to everyone!

[All photos by the Author, of items in her personal collection]

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 18

best friendsAs 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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BEST FRIENDS (NEW SPECIES BOOK 15) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: I am such a HUGE fan of Ms. Dohner and this series especially! Had this pre-ordered…

Working together has forged a strong friendship between Melinda York and Mary Muller. So much so, they’re more like sisters. When two men burst into their diner with murder on their minds, Mel doesn’t hesitate to act. She’ll do anything to protect her friend, as well as their New Species customers…especially the one she’s been crushing on for months.

A single act of bravery sparks a series of events that result in Snow getting to know the waitress he’s been obsessively thinking about. He just wants to keep Mel safe. And convince her he’s the male for her.

Mary is the brunt of jokes because of her extreme fear of animals. Phobias aren’t funny. Is she the only one who understands that? When Mel’s actions link them both to New Species, she’d like to hide from those scary men with fangs. That would make her a crappy best friend, though. She’ll try to be brave…right up until the moment she comes face to face with a lion man named Lash. He’ll make her confront her fears in the most unexpected ways possible.

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son for the alien warriorA SON FOR THE ALIEN WARRIOR (TREASURED BY THE ALIEN BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips and Bex McLyn

On the anniversary of the disappearance of Mariah’s sister and nephew, Mariah returns to their last known location, expecting to find only painful memories. Instead, she encounters an alien spaceship and recklessly sneaks aboard, taking one last chance to be reunited with her family.

The desperate move sends her across the galaxy and straight into the arms of a massive alien warrior who is determined to protect her. But no matter how much she is drawn to him, she will not be distracted from her goal—to find her missing family at all costs.

Years ago, when Captain Cestov and his brother argued over the fate of their dying race, his brother stormed out of his life. He has been searching for him ever since. He never expected his search to lead him to a distant planet, a troubled ranch, and a little boy who calls him Daddy. And he certainly never expected an enticing human female who makes him consider putting down roots for the first time.

Neither Mariah nor Cestov ever thought they would find a permanent home. But can their shared love for a child help them to move on to a new future as a family? Or will the ghosts from their pasts tear them apart?

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witherspinWITHERSPIN (STARWAYS BOOK 1) by Alexis Glynn Latner

VS Note: I really enjoy her books. On my To Be Read list.

Nia Courant is an interstellar lawyer. Early in her legal career, on the other side of the stars, she made a disastrous decision. But she’s worked her way back to success in the interstellar city-state called Wendis. Unknown to Nia, the past she’s tried so hard to live down has come alive again. It’s reaching out to find her.

Gyle Night Martan is an exile in Wendis. For him, the city is an uncomfortable port in a deadly political storm that overtook his life and nearly ended it. Martan is a man with a pleasant façade concealing a mystery. At the core of the mystery there’s something dark and dangerous. He knows his past will catch him if it can and destroy him if it does.

When things start going wrong around them in Wendis, Nia and Martan must cooperate to save each other from present danger and the shadows of the past. Nia is Martan’s best hope. Martan is Nia’s best ally. He may also be her worst nightmare.

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nero 1000NERO 1000 (CYBORGS: MANKIND REDEFINED BOOK 6) by Donna McDonald

Once he was a cyber scientist who restored cyborgs. Now he’s Nero 1000. Locked in the cage of an insane cyber scientist who calls himself Creator Omega, Nero waits for his captor to decide his fate. Having seen Creator Omega’s horrific failed experiments, Nero knows his body is about to be cybernetically altered forever. Even knowing that, he’s not sorry he traded himself to free Aja Kapur. He would do it all over again.

Though Nero doesn’t know what Creator Omega did to the female cyborg to remove her memories and gain her obedience, he knows Kyra will fix her—if Aja finds her way back. One thing is for sure, Aja’s fellow female cyborgs, Lucy and Meara, will never stop searching and will fight to the death to save her.

Hell has no fury like an abused female cyborg seeking revenge. But who will save him?
Peyton will try. All of the cyborgs he helped restore will try. His captor may be a tipping point for the next world war. He prays that doesn’t happen, but the injustice of people being cybernetically without their permission must stop. Kyra is right about that. She’s always been right that the cyber soldier program failed humanity. And well his gods know that he played his part.

But Creator Omega doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of his evil. His madman captor wants a new right-hand man. He used Aja as bait to lure him there. Now he has exactly what he wanted all along. For Nero, that means it’s already too late. He’s about to become something no one ever may be able to save.

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assassin jane killickASSASSIN (FREELANCER BOOK 3) by Jane Killick

When Freelance spaceship captain Cassy discovers an assassin at the wedding of her ex-lover, Prince Stephen, she fights to wrench his rifle away. But a stray blast shoots into the royal party and kills Queen Triana. Knocked unconscious, Cassy wakes to find herself holding the murder weapon, the assassin gone and a squad of guards who condemn her as guilty.
Facing certain execution, Cassy breaks out of jail with Prince Stephen’s help and they escape together. Taking refuge in a secret underground lab, they learn of a forbidden technology hidden in a spaceship and sent beyond the rim of the galaxy. Retrieving it promises plentiful food for everyone, but the journey lies through a supposedly impenetrable barrier.
Even if they achieve the impossible, they cannot return until they prove Cassy’s innocence. So they must infiltrate a dangerous rebel army on another world to unmask the real assassin.

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chosen by a beastCHOSEN BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 1) by Miranda Bridges

I’ve been abducted. Twice. And now my situation with this new group of aliens has gone from bad to worse. I was with a bunch of elf-like aliens who had unparalleled technology, but now I’m in the midst of a group of primitive gargoyle aliens running around in loincloths.

Which doesn’t hide much, let me tell you. There’s one gargoyle in particular who watches my every move, but what’s under his loincloth scares me more than his beastly appearance. To be sure we’re worthy to breed with, the savages have us each perform a rite of passage. And by that I mean a test of survival. Navigate the terrain, scavenge for food, defend myself against wildlife—basically all the things that could cause bodily harm or death. So that’s fun.

And as much as I’d like to be rescued by the alien who’s stalking me, it looks like I’m on my own. Maybe I shouldn’t have flipped him off, but how was I supposed to know I’d need his help? Now, I’m going to have to tap into my survival skills or I’ll be dead by morning. May the odds and the aliens be ever in my favor. Or something.

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alien for christmasAN ALIEN FOR CHRISTMAS (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 16) by Sadie Carter

Christmas is coming to Zerconia. There are gifts under the tree, holiday cheer, and a hunky alien warrior who just doesn’t know when to quit. . .
Keely’s smart. She’s a survivor. She’s learned to protect herself. What she doesn’t know is how to deal with him. He’s stubborn. He’s obtuse. And he’s too damn gorgeous for her own good.
Que is a warrior on a mission. To make Keely his. It is not a mission that he intends to fail. When both of them are sent on a mission off-planet, Que knows it’s his chance to convince the beautiful human female they are meant to be together. Somehow.
Maybe what he needs is some sort of Christmas miracle.

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alien kings desireTHE ALIEN KING’S DESIRE by A M Griffin

A spin-off of The Hunt series.

Melisizwe is the Kgosi and sole ruler of the bu Kumkani Kingdom. He needs a powerful queen with alliances, wealth and connections at his side. To find his perfect mate, he invites nine dignitaries from across the galaxy for a meet and greet. Instead of focusing on a fitting match, he’s plagued with assassination attempts, civil unrest, and meeting his true lifemate—a human. For the good of his race, he must pledge himself to a female of status, so there’s no room in his life for a lowly security guard.

Atlanta Georgia Moore has never visited Earth or her namesake. Born and raised on a distant alien planet, she has worked hard to fit into a world with people who view human emotion as a weakness. She has trained hard to suppress all human traits until she meets the Kgosi. The effect he has on her body and heart frightens her but, for the first time in her life, she wants to embrace who she really is. Atlanta can fight and protect others, but defending herself against love just may be the battle of her life.

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unannounced roommateUNANNOUNCED ROOMMATE (MARNAK SERIES BOOK 4) by Layla Stone

VS note: A 90 minute read, the author says.

He can’t fix the past and he can’t move forward with his black stains of guilt. Stuck between the man he used to be and the one he’s becoming. Just when he thinks Seth of Stars is done punishing him… a beautiful Red Demon shows up with a warm smile and a tempting offer.

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coldhearted protectorCOLDHEARTED PROTECTOR (ASRAI ASSASSINS BOOK 3) by Juno Wells and Alana Serra

To her friends, Sarah is the “fragile” one. The one who needs to be protected from everything. But it takes great strength to endure what she has, and the people she loves don’t even know her deepest secret: That she can recall other people’s memories just by touching them, whether she wants to or not. It’s a terrible curse, but it’s also the thing that helps her remember him.

Many years ago, Khalux saved a young human woman from a fate worse than death. But that was before. Before he was stripped of every emotion; made into a cold, calculating weapon to be wielded by the Asrai. Now he’s been given a mission to bring the empaths to As’vidan at any cost… so they can wipe the emotions of all the other Asrai, too.

One touch from Sarah sparks a shared memory, though, and Khalux is forced to face the first flicker of emotion he’s felt in years. He wants to snuff it out, to keep his place among the Asrai, but something about Sarah is too enticing. She brings out a side of him he thought long buried, and all he wants is to cherish and protect her…Even if that means removing himself from the picture.

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descendant melissa riddellTHE DESCENDANT (BALTIN TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Melissa Riddell

VS Note: From November. OK, apocalyptic…so you know me – right, I one clicked LOL.

She wants her world back; he wants her heart. Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.
Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.
As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.

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wolvenk holidayA WOLVENK HOLIDAY (WOMEN OF DOR NYE NOVELLA) by Poppy Rhys

Wounded and trying to survive the bitter cold, Kiona experiences the shock of her life when a wolfy alien finds her. Thorn doesn’t expect to sniff out an off-worlder–one unlike any he’s ever seen–but he can’t leave her to die. It’s the cold season… And Thorn is the least of her worries.

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alien before christmasTHE ALIEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Luna Hunter

EMMA – Chasing a lead got me snowed in, hundreds of miles away from home in my beat-up old car. I close my eyes for a brief second to ward off the cold, and I awake to find myself in a luxurious cabin, cared for by a gorgeous alien male. He sternly forbids me from leaving my room. What else can I do but disobey? What I discover shocks me to my very core. A workshop. Reindeer. Flipping elves. The broad-chested alien hunk is no-one other than Santa himself. And now that I know his secret… he’s never letting me go.

NIKOLAX – Interfering with humanity is strictly forbidden by the Council. I break that rule once a year on the 25th of December. I try to spread a little joy, and bring a smile to the faces of those who need it the most. And then I find Emma, cold and alone, and I break every rule there is. For she is the one, my mate, my everything. I can feel it in my horns. There’s only one problem… if the Council knows she’s at my workshop, they will hunt us down to the edge of the galaxy. Can I keep her my secret? And is true love worth risking the wrath of the galaxy’s most dangerous entity?

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first recruitsFIRST RECRUITS: EEVONA SPACE COMMAND BOOK 1 by Marilyn Foxworthy

Last thing I remembered, I was in my backyard, thoughtfully pruning a bonsai tree. The next thing I remembered was alarms and bells and flashing lights and a voice yelling that death was imminent. And now, I was staring down at a beautiful female clone, gray and featureless, about to wake her up from transport hibernation. On a space ship. In space.

Thank goodness I still had my bonsai scissors. Otherwise I’d never have been able to cut open her containment bag and that imminent death thing would have killed her. The voice said that there was more of them and that I’d better hurry if I wanted to rescue all of them before they were no longer “viable”.
My name is Jimmy Raskin. You can call me Captain Jimmy Raskin of The Eevona Space Command.

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brutes challengeBRUTE’S CHALLENGE (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 3) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr

I can see how he eyes me. He owns me. He can do whatever he wants. His will is law.
This world is wrecked. Society has collapsed. The Kraaj control everything. They can do what they want. Take what they want. They command. And we are theirs to claim. If we don’t obey, we die. How do you find love in the middle of a war? Maybe you do, omehow.
But I guarantee you, it’ll be twisted. It’ll make you sick. Everyone in this world is just a lamb. They’re waiting to be slaughtered by my Kraaj master. And when he’s done, each night, he’ll come home. And turn his hungry eye to his prize. To the one soul that’s twisted enough to be his fated mate. The only one in this galaxy gone mad that’s a fit for him. Me.

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scent of my mateSCENT OF MY MATE (CHAMPIONS OF ATAXIA BOOK 3) by Athena Storm

Risin’ up. Back on my feet. Did my time. Fought for the Alliance. Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet. Just a Pi’rell and his will to survive. In the galaxy, it happens too fast.
You give your life only for glory. Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of your mate. You must fight just to keep them alive. She’s my eye of the tiger. She’s a thrill in my night.
And as I’m the last known survivor I’ll stalk her by sight. Face my fate. Out in the heat. I see my woman. And I’m gonna claim her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alien mate penelope woodsALIEN MATE by Penelope Woods

I am Anna, a junior officer working under the command of Earth Federation. My job is to patrol the most dangerous regions of the planet. I should have planned for what happens next…
First, I lose power to my headset. My emergency lights cut out completely. Darkness surrounds the entire jungle.
 And then I hear him. A sharp clicking noise comes from above my head. His arms snake around my body. Hot breath tickles my ear, and a deep growl resonates near my neck. When the syringe hits, I know I’m done for.

I’m taken and auctioned to the highest bidder. Within minutes, all of my data is erased and systematically expunged. I no longer exist.
 No one is coming to save me. And I know what happens to me next…
In darkness, he rises over me like a tidal wave. I am abducted. I am lost to the world. But he saved me.
 I am his mate.

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KINGS OF CARRION (JUNIPER UNRAVELING BOOK 3)  by Keri Lake

VS Note: I wasn’t a fan of the cover.

Decades have passed since our world was decimated by the Dredge. Some say it was an act of God. Others believe the devil himself breached the gates of hell and turned the masses into the mindless infected with an appetite for carnage.

Those of us who’ve survived the Calico experiments know the only thing more terrifying than the monsters that seek to ravage what’s left of us, are the men who created them. Ones too capable of hiding their true form, and burying their darkest secrets. Somewhere beneath the facility lies the answers, a cure for our suffering. To reach it, we’ll have to open the haunting tomb, where man’s deadliest mistakes, the most violent mutations, lie trapped within its tunnels, waiting to be set free.

Our only hope in surviving them are the very Alphas who were designed to hunt us down. The titans forged by cruelty and pain. Kings of carrion. We taught them to love, and in turn, they vow to protect us. To deliver the cure for humanity’s sake. Except this world doesn’t give without taking, and any chance of saving us will require the greatest sacrifice of all.

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solstice puddingTHE SOLSTICE PUDDING (WHEN HOLIDAYS ATTACK) by Angel Martinez

Chief Engineer Shandi Leavenworth has been crushing on Major Tyra Sur ever since she joined station staff, though the laconic customs officer doesn’t give up personal information easily. A few scraps of information leads Shandi to the perfect Solstice present, until of course everything goes horribly wrong.

Major Sur took the job on Onwa Station for the stability, the quiet, and out of a need to be useful. It’s been all of those things up until the woman she’s been quietly flirting with at the bar puts in a desperate call for help. There’s no question they need to save the station, but Tyra’s not so sure about saving their budding relationship.

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sarienSARIEN (RIALAN CAPTIVES BOOK 3) by C R Corbin

Rebecca thought that her chance at freedom had begun when the tyrannical bandits lording over her planet were slain by a mysterious force. Her saviors soon reveal themselves, massive, muscular, blue-skinned men emerging from ships larger than anything that she has ever seen. And their ruler seems intent on receiving payment….in the form of her.

Sarien had one last task before he could receive his boon as prince: To bring home the head of a intergalactic criminal. But at the end of his quest he finds an even greater challenge awaiting him, to claim this defiant, soft, curvy human as his mate. With trouble brewing back home and both tension and lust at an extreme between the two of them, can he claim her body as his?

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claimed space uCLAIMED (SPACE U BOOK 1) by Rhiannon Wells

Kress is the stunning new student aboard Space U. He’s smart, athletic, sexy… Sennica can’t keep her eyes off him. But when a class trip to the Lala-Waite asteroid belt goes wrong, Sennica finds herself in grave danger. She’s given a choice: mate with the cute new student or face certain death. Will Kress step up to the challenge?

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rutgerRUTGER (BEAST HORDE BOOK 2) by Cari Silverwood

The Ghoul Lords threaten the extermination of all humankind and much of our world has been destroyed. There will be love, death, and dirty, messy sex among the ruins. Sex is what keeps a girl like Cyn from going insane with the blossoming light of dawn, for daylight brings the Lure. A brutal act by Cyn tore apart the lovers and now she must make amends. She’s going to need her well-muscled beaster males to rein her in, pin her down, and make sure she shoots in the right direction. Gather your weapons. It’s time to descend to Ground Level and find Big Daddy, the research vehicle lost during the invasion. Within must lie the truth of the Maelstrom experiment.

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fleetFLEET (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 5) by Prudence MacLeod

When you’re lost and alone you must put aside any hope of succor and become a scavenger, a hunter/gatherer, scrounge, sift through the debris life has left behind, seek out that which you need to survive. The trick is to remain whole, to keep some sort of moral compass, to find that one line you will not cross. This is now what faces the people of the last starship Reacher.

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falling for tranceFALLING FOR TRANCE: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 12) by Rena Marks

Trance:  It was love at first sight for him. It didn’t matter that she didn’t feel the same way. Hell, she didn’t even notice him though they were enclosed in a vehicle together for fifteen full glorious minutes. All she could do was stress over being late to get off work.

Leah: She noticed the hot Xeno Sapien, all right. But what could she do? “Hi, I’m Leah. I’d love to get to know you, but I’m covered in bruises from neck to toe. And when I get home tonight? He’ll notice exactly how interested I was in you. It might be one word. It might be the way your eyes follow me as I walk out to my car. But in any case, he’s gonna know.”

This time, it takes Leah two weeks of hospitalization to get back on her feet. And once she does? She has a plan.

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this is the circleTHIS IS THE CIRCLE (THE PSIONICS BOOK 4) by Tash McAdam

In the middle of two wars, including one that they didn’t want and didn’t ask for, the Psionics of ARC struggle to turn back the Eaters. The Institute is still waiting for an opportunity to regain control of the city, but right now there are more pressing concerns. Outside the Wall, chaos reigns, and the slums are overrun. Citizens and dwells alike are panicked and rioting. Cassandra hides in Epsilon 17’s body, convincing those closest to her that everything is normal as she pieces together plans to escape in the confusion.

But when the Eaters take her, Thea manages to regain control. The tables have turned. Now she has to pretend to be Cassandra to survive—but fortunately her time in the Institute prepared her well. If she tries to flee, she’ll be killed, but if she stays with the cannibal hordes she’s bound to be discovered. Escape seems impossible, but help—and friendship—comes from an unlikely source.

Toby and Serena have their hands full fighting the invading Eaters and trying to track down leads on where Thea could be. Cut off from his twin, Toby’s relationships with ARC deepen and grow, but he’s consumed by his guilt and his need to find Thea. The cannibal threat looms ever closer, and with one of their best weapons either lost or disabled, ARC has to decide what their priorities are. Should they try to kill her, or save her?

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curvy gift for the alien warriorA CURVY GIFT FOR THE ALIEN WARRIOR by Luna Voss

On Tessa’s planet, humans coexist with a savage race of aliens known as the Kyrzons. As one of the lucky humans who is not fated to be sold as a bride to an alien warrior, Tessa is perfectly content to live out her days in Human Territory. But all of that changes when she is captured by a Kyrzon slaver. All of a sudden, Tessa finds herself presented as a holiday gift to Chief Borrik, an imposing alien leader with a love of curvy Earth women. Borrik isn’t expecting to take in a human for the holidays, but one look at Tessa, scared and shivering, and he knows he can’t send her back out into the cold wilderness. So he decides to keep her. What begins as an accident soon blossoms into a passionate romance, as both human and alien discover a love they didn’t even realize they were craving.

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lunar eclipseLUNAR ECLIPSE by Gun Brooke

Moon De Cruz hasn’t had an easy life. Born a slave, she’s stationed aboard a Bramalian trader ship for twenty years. Miraculously, she survives a pirate attack and flees in an escape pod. As she crashes onto an uninhabited planet, she learns to become one with nature.

Four years later, Captain Beaux Lestarion is orbiting a virgin planet that appears rich in natural resources. She shuttles miners to the surface, but unexpected complications suggest someone is deliberately sabotaging their efforts to probe for stones, ores, and minerals. When Moon saves Beaux’s life, Beaux is drawn to the beautiful young woman against her better judgment. Moon doubts a seasoned and cynical captain working for the government can help to defend the planet—no matter how attractive she might be. Reluctant allies or secret enemies—can love survive the challenge?

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bubble matchTHE BUBBLE MATCH by Marev Tuson Vardy

“I don’t understand – what good is a relationship? Thanks, but… no thanks. I prefer my relationships with women to be like a no-obligation gym membership: burning calories with as little drama as possible”. This was the motto guiding the life of Kim Ji-Yun, CEO of the Bubble Corporation, the most eligible bachelor in Asia, a computer genius, heartless, and haunted by his past. Kim’s father invented the Bubble technology which allows the storage of memories, feelings and thoughts exactly as they were at the time of their recording. Due to a bug in the system, Ji-Yun begins to share his memories with a mystery woman named Mee-Ok. From the moment he discovers this Wonderful Bug, he becomes addicted to a girl he does not know. After a long time, he is willing to risk his heart again, but fate has a different plan in store for him.

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brave new girlsBRAVE NEW GIRLS: ADVENTURES OF GALS AND GIZMOS by Various

VS Note: OK from July and not romance, BUT it caught my eye – supports girls in STEM.

Come explore a world of teen makers and innovators. From interstellar escapades to near-future locales, this volume of sci-fi stories has something for everyone. Girls who use their mechanical acumen to save interstellar colonies and design super-powered armor. Young women who apply their knacks for numbers to finding criminals and solving environmental problems. Ladies who use brainpower and intellectual skills to defeat zombies, space pirates, evil aliens, and more.
All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated to Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund. Let’s show girls they can be STEM superstars too.

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magic shellTHE MAGIC SHELL: A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE BOOK 6 by SE Smith

Ross Galloway is more than ready for a new life away from Yachats, Oregon. All he needs for his plans to fall into place is a little money and a lot of luck. He gets his break when he discovers something out of this world on one of his dives – a real-life mermaid.

His plans to cash in on his discovery don’t work out quite the way he’d planned when the mermaid gives him an unexpected gift – a magic shell. Swept overboard by the spell contained within the shell, Ross surfaces in a strange, bizarre world.

Princess Gem LaBreeze is an Elemental, a powerful species that can control the elements. Transformed to stone to protect her from the evil threatening the Isle of the Elementals, she is awakened by a man from another world – a stranger who is as arrogant and uncouth as he is unpredictable.

Gem and Ross, forced together in a desperate race against time, learn that opposites can attract and that sometimes the roughest surface hides the tenderest of hearts. Can an unlikely hero and a lone woman survive the traps set to stop a destructive alien creature that has been unleashed, or will the Isle of the Elementals fall back into the ocean and disappear beneath the waves forever?

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eternal returnTHE ETERNAL RETURN (WILD HUNT BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

With the Tuathan Brotherhood taken care of, Ember and the Wild Hunt gear up for the coming darkness that threatens to plunge their lives into chaos. But first, they take on the ancient liche who stole Talia’s powers. Lazarus is living near Winter Hall Magical Academy, located near Mt. Rainier. Over the centuries, he’s grown so strong that it seems futile to take him on. But with Lazarus stalking the students, stealing not only their magical powers but their lives, the Wild Hunt can’t allow him to roam free. Before they can confront him, Talia takes it on herself to reconnoiter the situation and ends up trapped in a maniacal web that easily spell her death. Now, Ember and Herne must race against time before Lazarus finds her first.

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vampire masterVAMPIRE MASTER: VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES: CLUB ATLANTIS by Joey W Hill

Big and bad enough to be any girl’s nightmare—or her best dream ever…Beyond your grasp. Those are the three words that come to mind, every time Ella sees Wolf at Club Atlantis. He earns the term Master, in and out of scene, yet there is something deeper and darker about him. She wants to dive into that abyss.

Wolf sees the yearning. But the submissive he ultimately claims will become his servant, soul-bound to him for all eternity. Ella is a natural submissive, with an endless desire to please. She’s perfect for the role, really. Except Ella is a gift he doesn’t deserve. However, vampires are wired one way—to take what they want, no matter what their conscience tells them. Even Wolf isn’t strong enough to resist his nature…or the salvation Ella’s love offers.

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sword of kingsSWORD OF KINGS (STONES OF AMARIA BOOK 3) by Tara Brown

Lenny’s arrival in Crail takes a dark and mysterious turn when she realizes she has been a prisoner for months. Trapped inside the coffin in the woods. But it isn’t all bad luck.
With the help of her cousin, Nance, she finds herself on her way to the elves and possibly more answers than she is prepared to handle. Or wants. For in the truth lies a betrayal Lenny never imagined possible, and an enemy she can’t bear to fight.

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divined moni boyceDIVINED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Moni Boyce

Now that all of her known enemies have been defeated, Willow is hoping for the opportunity to settle down and find a sense of normalcy and peace with Eli. Unfortunately, that’s not to be. Not only is their happily ever after threatened by other supernaturals that believe mixing of supernatural factions is wrong; a dream within The Book of Prophecy foretells of a sinister presence that will destroy everything Willow holds dear.

The only way to stop this revelation from coming true may be to sacrifice the very thing she’s trying to protect. Willow and Eli’s love has been tested before, but this unfulfilled prophecy may take them to the breaking point. Will their love require them to make the ultimate sacrifice? Or will they find another way to defeat this evil force and have a happy ending?

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fated mates ml guidaFATED MATES (DRAGON WARRIORS BOOK 3) by M L Guida

He’s the dragon healer of his people. She can’t get over her haunted past. He’ll do anything to save her. An ancient enemy is hunting them. Can they mend old wounds before the darkness overtakes them?

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dark callingsDARK CALLINGS (PHOENIX INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BOOK 3) by Taige Crenshaw

VS note: A re-release

Harmony Davis knows what she wants. No one, even the man himself will stand in her way. Lennox might think it is best to not pursue their attraction but she has foreseen that she cannot be without him. Now she must convince this stubborn man who would rather be alone in the shadows than face their combined destinies. She has a plan but he is not cooperating. Subtlety goes out the window and she confronts him giving him no retreat from what must be…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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awakened virna depaulAWAKENED (THE BELLADONNA AGENCY BOOK 2) by Virna DePAUL

Even as the FBI tries to keep rogue vampires from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure—the stakes only get higher…Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real – until Belladonna recruited her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals: those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect.
Now, forced to team up with her former lover, undercover sniper Nick Maltese, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her. Nick is hunting a new breed of vampire and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. As the hunt begins and desires from the past resurface, Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to Barrett.
Can Nick and Barrett save a lost girl and protect humanity? And will they rebuild a love strong enough to save them both?

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only pretty betasONLY PRETTY BETAS (REBEL WEREWOLVES BOOK 2) by  Rosemary A Johns

When the witches throw me to the wolves…they don’t mean the cute-as-a-button kind. The shifters are hot, deadly, and our enemies for centuries. Luckily, I’m Crimson, the last Wolf Charmer with the badass magical power to control the gorgeous werewolves. Except, my powers have been bound, and I’m at their mercy. It’s make or break time in the savage kingdoms behind the wall. I have to trust my wolf princes: Moon — my magical rebel Omega. Amadeus — my hot incubus Beta. Emperor — my dominant protective Alpha. I know that they hold dark secrets. Will the princes choose me, even when their loyalties are tested? …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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grand dame of bourbon streetTHE GRAND DAME OF BOURBON STREET (DOMINIQUE LEROY SERIES BOOK 1) by Mahogany SilverRain

VS Note: From November

With the death of her vampire mate, Dominique is every power hungry vampire’s most sought-after prize. Can she love again? Or is power what she’s after?Will it be love or loyalty? Dominique LeRoy, the hybrid Vampire Queen of New Orleans, must choose. Three men love her, but only one can be her vampire mate. Asmodeus, the best friend of her late husband, wants to be her mate; her power is addicting to him and he wants more. Dominique chooses Azazel, a powerful fireball throwing wizard. Now, with her new allegiance to Azazel’s Wizard community and her previous ties to the shifter community through her wereleopard guardian Jason, she poses a threat to the centuries-old Vampire Blood Council. Even they do not have the allegiance of the magical community and the shifters. To them, it’s clear that Dominique has gained too much power for one vampire and needs to be controlled.

The Council gives her an ultimatum, turn the wizard into a vampire to prove her loyalty, or die a traitor’s death. Will she choose love or an all out war with the Vampire Blood Council?

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cup of christmas magicA CUP OF CHRISTMAS MAGIC (COUNCIL OF PARANORMALS HOLIDAY STORIES BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

VS Note: A short.

Lila is alone on Christmas. Again. She hates being lonely during the holidays, so in an attempt to find some holiday cheer she brews a cup of Christmas magic – a spell that’s supposed to bring good tidings. What she doesn’t expect is the hot men who traipse into her life and show her how to stay warm during the long, winter months.

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silver firSILVER FIR by Trinity Blacio

Three days before Christmas and both Olive Perry and Rory Fir were having a rough holiday. Little did they know that fates, or Olive’s deceased husband, had somehow thrown his friend and wife together six years later, in a Silver Fir Christmas.

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cougars fantasyA COUGAR’S FANTASY (MASTER OF THE CATS BOOK 7) by Trinity Blacio

In this seventh installment in the breath-taking Masters of the Cats paranormal series, best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio brings her mated-for-life catshifters to the open seas.

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magical holiday fruitcakeMAGICAL HOLIDAY FRUITCAKE ROLLS (HOT HEARTS CAFE BOOK 7) by Trinity Blacio

Moonbeam Snyder thought for sure the contest was for the very best buns-rolls. She had made a recipe she had found in her Grandmother’s home, magical fruitcake rolls, for the contest. Boy did she get this one wrong. She was so going to kill Honey for this mess. After the magic wore off of course and the hot stud wizard she ended up with went home, but little did Moonbeam know that fates had other plans for her.

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dragon playTHE DRAGON PLAY (STONEFIRE SHORTS BOOK 3) by Jessie Donovan

Freddie, Daisy, and Emily finally get to put on the play they made, for both the humans and dragon-shifters on Stonefire. While they’re excited about the play and the party afterward, Freddie and Daisy have a secret mission for the night. Daisy is determined to make her mum like Mr. Whitby, the dragonman who’s helping with the special effects, no matter what it takes. However, her meddling sets off a chain of important events. Will she be banned from ever returning to Stonefire? Or, will she get everything she ever wanted?

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lost in averellLOST IN AVERELL (PRINCESS BY NIGHT BOOK 1) by Tara Grayce

VS Note: From November

Average high school student by day, princess by night. Amy lives both in our world and in the fantasy world of Averell, struggling to balance homework and her duties as a fairytale princess negotiating the intricacies of unicorn-dragon politics.
When her high school crush stumbles through the portal to Averell in her family’s basement, she sets out with her shape-shifting unicorn best friend to find him before he dies or sparks a war.

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bound by her bloodBOUND BY HER BLOOD by Mara Leigh

I was alone and abused my whole life, even before a vampire drained me and left me for dead. After I turned on my own—that’s not supposed to be possible—I suffered even more trauma at the hands of an evil vampire king who wanted me as his nineteenth mate. Trapped, tortured, traumatized, I will not give up. I will never give up. Refusing to marry the king, I escape.

Out in the human world, I need to find out who I am, I need to survive, but most urgently, I need to feed. At long last, I am the predator, but as I consume my victim’s life-giving blood, I’m rescued—even though I don’t need it—by Rock, a giant and handsome man. Rock’s deep emotional wounds mirror my own, and in his arms I find the promise of true comfort and love for the first time in my life.

Rock introduces me to Gray, an elegant, sexy vampire, who offers his blood, his knowledge, his body—even if I fear he may never offer his heart. They each bring so much to my new life that I cannot choose one over the other. Then again, why choose?
As I pursue the truth and gain power, my safety is threatened by Colton, a hunky, human cop I’m inexplicably drawn to, even though he’ll kill me if he finds out what I am; and Pike, the evil king’s most vicious guard, who just might have saved my life.
For the first time in my existence, I feel loved, like I belong, but must stay one step ahead of the vengeful vampire king, who is consumed by anger and won’t rest until I suffer a painful death.

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sleigh dutySLEIGH DUTY  by L M Brown

Being called upon to pull Santa’s sleigh is an honour for any reindeer shifter, but for Dashiel the timing couldn’t be worse. Stuart was looking forward to his Christmas Eve date with Dashiel, only to have him cancel at the last minute. He puts his disappointment aside and instead focuses on making his younger brother’s Christmas as wonderful as it can be, despite the loss of their parents the previous winter.
While flying over his home town, Dashiel spots a young boy on the streets, and he knows he has to help. When the young runaway turns out to be his date’s little brother, he brings him on board the sleigh, determined to see him safely home to Stuart.
Can a reindeer shifter pull Santa’s sleigh, reunite two brothers, and find love this Christmas?

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visions of starsVISIONS OF STARS (SHIFTER FORCE BOOK 3) by A M Burns and A T Weaver

Stars are dying in the streets. Falling stars, that’s all his vision showed him, then his powers went on the fritz. For years Connor McGriffin, psychic cougar shifter has relied on his gift of prophecy to let him know where to go and who to save. But trapped in Los Angles, waiting for more information than just stars falling into the ocean, Connor is lost trying to help people, even himself and his team.
Danny Lupan, former deputy sheriff, and current wolf shifter agent, has gotten used to following his partner Connor, trusting in his visions to lead them where they were needed. When Connor’s visions become unreliable, Danny and the rest of the Shifter Force must fall back on detective training to lead them where they need to go to stop the person blackmailing closeted shifters who have dreams of stardom.
Can Connor, Danny and the team find the clues and chase down the bad guys before more bodies show up? Things don’t always go the way they thought, and when a rising star crashes back to Earth, they may be too late. Connor hates being late for anything.

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saved by the billionaire bearsSAVED BY THE BILLIONAIRE BEARS by Celia Kyle

Tessa’s life has turned into a country song—she lost her job, her roommate, and her parents have holiday plans that don’t include her.  At least she has her boyfriend. Until she finds him in their tent with his hands full… of another woman. One stomp-off later, she’s lost in the mountain wilderness—alone, afraid, and still angry as hell.

Thankfully sexy bear shifter Aaron smells her terror and insists on helping her back to his camp—there’s only two problems. First, according to her scent, Tessa is Aaron’s mate. Second, he’s not the only one who can claim her. There’s Aaron’s equally sexy brother, Scott, who also wants Tessa. When an outside threat almost kills Scott, Tessa is forced to face the truth—she’s just as enamored with Scott as she is with Aaron.  She wants them both!
Tessa has never been attracted to two men at once—and when they inform her that they’ve both imprinted on her, this Christmas surprise has her considering arrangements she’s never imagined.

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meet me under the mistletoeMEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Various

f you’re looking for LOVE and CHRISTMAS, then you’ve come to the right place! Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is filled with stories from some of your favorite authors, who’ve come together to make the perfect Christmas mix. From hot men to quirky women, a ghost, sexy shifters, dangerous mobsters, a burning mistletoe (wait, what?), and second chances, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

The proceeds of this anthology are donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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aryanas journeyARYANA’S JOURNEY (EXCALIBUR’S DECISION BOOK 1) by Aspen Black and Adammeh Matsuura

In the twenty third century, the gateways were opened by Merlin between Earth and The Realm, the home of the Fae, in search of the next King Arthur. Magic flooded the Earth, overtaking most of technology. Now, hundreds of years later, Fae have learned to coexist peacefully with humans and Merlin still searches the Earth with Excalibur.

Aryana works in the Mayor’s kennels overnight. She’s been content with her life up until the moment her eyes meet those of Merlin’s. Everything changes during the Star Festival. Her life becomes a whirlwind as she travels to Avalon with her Knights of the Round Table, her Wizard and a new ally that no one was ever expecting. It’s up to Aryana to help stop an ancient evil that dwells deep within The Realm. She will have to learn to fight for herself with the help of Excalibur to aid in the upcoming war.

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across timeACROSS TIME BOOK 1 by Elizabeth O’Roark

Amelie Besson is on the cusp of attaining the life she’s dreamed of—until she finds herself stuck in pre-war France, fifty years before her time. The country is about to be under German rule, but her most immediate problem is Henri Durand, the arrogant and infuriatingly handsome vineyard owner upon whom her survival depends.

The fiercely protective Henri challenges everything Amelie holds true—particularly her hatred of the gift that brought her there in the first place. As the bond between them grows, Amelie will begin to wonder if the life she’s returning to is actually the one she wants, and if her connection to Henri might be strong enough to surmount any obstacle…even time itself.
*Across Time is Book One in the Across Time Series and ends in a cliffhanger. The sequel, Across Eternity, will arrive 4/1/2020.

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hidden jessica aspenHIDDEN (FAE MAGIC) by Jessica Aspen

An enslaved princess, a charming thief, and a power-hungry step-mother out for revenge…Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her ver own castle! But when sexy devil-may-care Finn breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.

Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets.
But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission. But freedom comes at a price.

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steal her heartSTEAL HER HEART (KAID RANCH SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

Maris Thurgood is in deep trouble. Abandoned to care for a ranch on her own, she’s struggling from sunup to sundown to keep up with the work. When a pack of werewolves begins preying on her herd, she has no choice but to sell. A chance meeting at the cattle auction has her wondering why someone as tall, dark, and growly as Bryson Locke would take any interest in a business venture with her. He’s got one rule for her, and that is to never go outside past sundown while he’s hunting the wolves. But what she starts realizing about him…Bryson Locke is much more dangerous than the pack of predators that are hunting her.

Bryson didn’t get to be the Ranch Manager at the Kaid Brother’s Ranch by accident. He has a certain set of skills that allows him to protect the massive herd from predators. For a couple years now, he’s been spinning his wheels and looking for a purpose, and one lands right in his lap in the form of the beautiful, curvy, spitfire who has trouble written all over her. Why would a pack of werewolves terrorize this woman? And more importantly, why does he care so much? Pride is everything for a rancher, and Maris has it in excess. She has her guard up and has obviously been hurt before, but the more he gets to know of her, the more he wants to find out why she’s being targeted by the wolves…and that answer might get them both killed.

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holiday brideHOLIDAY BRIDE (WOLF BRIDES BOOK 4) by T S Joyce

**Can be read as a standalone holiday story, or with T. S. Joyce’s bestselling Wolf Brides series**
Maya hasn’t been back to Colorado Springs in years. She’s home visiting for the holidays, but so much has changed. The boy she grew up with is nearly unrecognizable and his animal magnetism is stirring feelings in her that she can’t explain. Caught between being a lady who protects her reputation at all costs, and drifting into the scandal of her old life, Maya has to choose to open her heart to the boy who broke it, or keep the new life she’s worked so hard to build.

Ukiah Dawson is a werewolf with big regrets. Living two lives between the Dawson Ranch, and a Ute reservation, there was never room for him to take care of a woman like Maya the way she deserves. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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house of dragonsHOUSE OF DRAGONS (THE CAMI BAKERSFIELD SAGA BOOK 1) by Samantha Snow

When the impossibly handsome Alistair Overton approached curvy Cami Bakersfield on the dancefloor of a nightclub she could not believe her luck. Little did she know, there was nothing lucky about this. She had already beenCHOSEN. And before she knew it, Cami would end up in a luxurious mansion alongside four of the sexiest men she had ever seen in her life. But this was NOT your typical afterparty. These men were the Overtons and they all had the unique ability to shapeshift into strong, fire-breathing dragons.

However, the dragons were in danger and Cami soon discovered that she was part of a prophecy. In order to save the dragon species she would have to live in the house with all four men until one certain special thing happened. Until she became pregnant.

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christmas pegasusCHRISTMAS PEGASUS (A MATE FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Owl shifter Olly has always trusted her inner animal. So when her owl makes it clear that handsome, rugged Jackson isn’t her mate, she knows that what she feels for him can’t be true love… right?

Last Christmas, Jackson gave Olly his heart. And her owl chewed it up and spat it back at him. He’s tried to stay away from her…but a year apart hasn’t changed anything. He may be a human in a town of shifters, and he may not be Olly’s true mate, but he knows that their love is real. This Christmas, nothing is going to stop Jackson from winning the woman he loves. Not shifter tradition. Not Olly’s snobby owl. And definitely not his deadbeat dad, who’s swanned back into town spouting nonsense about Jackson finally “fledging his wings”. After all, what good is being a latent pegasus shifter, if he isn’t Olly’s true mate?

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grave seasGRAVE SEAS: A MADDIE GRAVES AND ROWAN GRAY MYSTERY by Lily Harper Hart

Maddie Graves-Winters and her new husband Nick officially have everything … including the perfect honeymoon. They’re going on their very first cruise, and they just happen to be guests on the Bounding Storm.
Rowan Gray and Quinn Davenport are basking in the love. They’re looking forward to planning their own wedding … and moving into bigger digs on the ship, something Quinn managed to wrangle thanks to his position as head of security.
Both couples find themselves involved in a dark mystery when the female half of another honeymooning couple goes missing. Between out-of-control, rollicking women causing trouble at every turn and a rather mysterious man who appears to be on vacation alone, there are multiple suspects to focus on. That includes the husband, who seems to be acting out of sorts.
Maddie and Rowan both have abilities but they’re leery about admitting it. They’re going to have to work together if they expect to solve this case, though, and that means trusting each other with their darkest secrets.
It’s going to be a leap of faith … but both women are determined to find a happy ending for this particular missing woman. They simply have no idea how they’re going to manage it.

Note: This is a crossover between the Maddie Graves and Rowan Gray series. It is set after the completion of both series.

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everafter songEVERAFTER SONG (THE EVERMORE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Emily R King

There’s a price on Everley Donovan’s head. Fleeing from the queen’s false accusation of murder and sorcery, the girl with the clock heart knows there’s only one way to prove her innocence. Everley must catch Killian Markham, the fugitive prince guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned. To do that, Everley must follow him into the towering realm of the Silver-Clouded Plain. It’s where flesh-eating behemoths thrive, long-lost gods hide, and an artifact of destructive force awaits the death grip of the immortal prince.

Haunted by visions of burning Everwoods and bloody battlefields, Everley is beset with rising fears. Because the elusive relic threatens more than the very power that drives her clock heart. In Killian’s hands, it can lead to the dismantling of the seven worlds. With everything—and everyone—Everley loves at stake, she must depend on Killian’s one weakness to outwit him: in his mad ambitions, Killian has underestimated her once again. For Everley is the Time Bearer. This is her destiny. The time of reckoning is at hand.

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pine hills innTHE PINE HILL INN (ELLA DANIELS MYSTERY BOOK 1) by J A Whiting

Ella Daniels, a professor of American history at Green Hill University, comes from a family with many talents, and seeing ghosts is one of them. The family matriarch, Aunt Jin, has agreed to allow a journalist to do a story on their business, Green Hill Investigations. When the man accompanies Ella to a centuries-old inn to try to help a ghost cross-over, they stumble over the body of a dead man in the garden.
Who killed him? Why? Will more bodies pile up? With the help of her brother, sister, and a black cat named Raisin, will Ella and her family find the killer before he or she strikes again?

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dragons nanny kayla wolfDRAGON’S NANNY (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Kayla Wolf

I never believed in mates. Until I met her. My daughter’s nanny. My hands, demanding and possessive, want to pull her close. My dragon, raw and instinctive, wants to mark her as mine. But I’m her boss and I need to keep things professional. How am I supposed to resist her intoxicating scent when we live together? The battle inside my head is brutal, but my body has already decided. She’s my mate. She can stop me from having my way with her. But she can’t stop me from protecting what’s mine. I’ll utterly destroy any obstacle that stands between us. And I’ll show her what it means to love a dragon.

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hanged man k d edwardsTHE HANGED MAN (THE TAROT SEQUENCE BOOK 2) by K D Edwards

The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured past. The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man. Rune’s resistance will take him to the island’s dankest corners, including a red light district made of moored ghost ships; a surreal skyscraper farm; and the floor of the ruling Convocation, where a gathering of Arcana will change Rune’s life forever.

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christmas and the princeCHRISTMAS AND THE PRINCE (MODERN CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALES BOOK 2) by Lexi Ostrow

Lucille needed a Christmas getaway more than she would ever let on. Hard work to open her own pastry shop in the elusive French Quarter drove a wedge between her and her fiancé. A female shaped wedge that ended with Lucille kicking him out December first with a Christmas vacation to Europe booked and no way to refund the tickets.

Henri wanted nothing to rule his Father’s kingdom on his terms, when he deemed himself ready. Life as a prince suited him well. However, the only way to stay powerless was to prove his thoughts were entangled elsewhere by courting a woman, least he jeopardize his country by listening to his heart more than his head. So when he spies a beautiful woman kiss a frog by the palace lake he did the only thing he could, invited her to be a princess in exchange for her dream.

Swept up by the offer,  Lucille didn’t hesitate. It was all fun and games for the holidays, wasn’t it? Time off work wasn’t in the cards, but quitting to live the good life and get her dream proved too good to ignore. In his world, they learn from each other, growing closer until Lucille’s ex shows up, ready to apologize and bring her home – offering her everything she wanted before she met Henri. One hardworking woman, one down on his luck prince, and one lucky frog meet the magic of the Christmas season and blend two worlds into one.

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dirty deedsDIRTY DEEDS (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 3) by Cate Corvin

Things I’ve won in Libra Academy: An expensive education. A vampire sworn to me forever. An incubus on a leash. A man who’d give up everything to save me.
Things I’ve lost: My dignity. My honor. My mortality.

My blacklist has been narrowed down to two: the king of the vampires, and the slayer who helped him. I’m no longer welcome as a student in Libra Academy, but I can’t leave New York until I save my new home: the Clouded Court. I’ve promised my stalwart knight I’d do anything to destroy his Maker, and I’ve got plans to put a new queen on the throne. I have Cael. My new sisters. A demonic Prince’s infernal spy. And the son of a man who might have a far darker soul than I ever imagined. We’re a crew of misfits, but sometimes that’s who you need for dirty deeds. And against all odds, those deeds might just be the way to my newly-immortal heart.

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kiras warriorsKIRA’S WARRIORS (RAVENS OF WAR BOOK 4) by Elle Boon

VS note: A re-release. Author states there’s new content.

SHE’D LOST IT ALL ONCE…Kira knew what people saw when they looked at her; the pampered princess. What they didn’t see was the lonely girl she kept hidden behind the cold façade. A mask that she found slipping each time she encountered the two men tasked to protect her from a crazy stalker.
THEY WERE RAVENS, THEY WEREN’T MEANT FOR HER…Thane and Garrick knew who Kira was to them the moment her sassy mouth opens. Fates aligned to give them a female that matches them in temperament, only to try and take her away with the other hand. What the fickle beasts don’t realize is neither of them was willing to let her go without one hell of a fight. One that will change the course of all their lives…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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killian harmony rainesKILLIAN (SILVERBACK REDEMPTION BOOK 3) by Harmony Raines

Killian didn’t care if his mate already had a child. All that mattered, was that one day he would win her heart and shower her with love. However, Killian soon finds that the one thing his mate, Petra, really seeks is loyalty. As a bear shifter, love and loyalty came naturally, he simply needs to convince Petra’s teenage son, Shane, he is not a threat to his relationship with his mom. Killian intends to be there for them both. No matter what life throws their way.

Petra came to Bear Creek to start over after her husband, and the father of her child, dumped them both. Feeling like a failure, she isn’t interested in a new relationship. Instead, she intends to focus on supporting Shane and helping her Uncle Arthur keep his farm. Then Killian walks into her life. Petra was raised by shifters and knows her mate will be there for her and Shane. However, before she can commit to a new life with Killian, someone threatens her happy ever after. But Petra won’t be blackmailed. No matter what the cost.

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dragon markedDRAGON MARKED (SUPERNATURAL PRISON BOOK 1) by Jaymin Eve

VS note: A re-release.

Jessa Lebron doesn’t have a lot to complain about. Her father is the alpha of their wolf pack, she lives in Stratford, a protected supernatural prison town, and her best friends, the Compass quads, are the strongest dudes of the four races: shifter, vampire, fey, and magic user. Yep, life is pretty much exactly how she wants it. Until the fateful day, just after her twenty-second birthday, when the mother who abandoned her, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything. The biggest secret of all: Jessa is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger.

For a thousand years, every supernatural child born with the mark was eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. In a bid to learn more about her fate and how to avoid the hunters, Jessa finds herself locked in Vanguard, the notorious supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton Compass, the most feared of the dragon shifters, is right there with her. Together they’ll have to survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked. Before the king rises.

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school of broken dreamsSCHOOL OF BROKEN DREAMS: ACADEMY OF SOULS BOOK 3 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Raven Academy has dark secrets and Adeline Jones is going to discover them all.

 Since starting at Raven Academy, I’ve seen my fair share of strangeness, things I can’t explain, things that shouldn’t exist, but this…this is a new level of terrifying. 
I no longer know who I am, but one thing’s for sure.  I love  my guys.   But my love might get us all killed.

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bones of the witchBONES OF THE WITCH (EARTH MAGIC RISES BOOK 1) by A L Knorr

On the cusp of womanhood, Georjie longs to unlock the full force of her fae-given powers. So when she’s invited to Scotland, she’s eager to explore the Highlands’ famed fairy realm hoping to find a mentor. But instead of unearthing a teacher, she discovers a mummified body within the walls of a seventeenth-century ruin.

Teaming up with a handsome amateur historian, she uses her earth-elemental gift to overturn the secrets hidden deep in the soil. But never far from the trail of clues lurks a shadowy creature on the hunt for prey. And Georjie fears it may have found its first target when a local girl vanishes, only to be discovered in an open grave with her life slipping away…Can Georjie break the curse before ancient evil claims an innocent victim?

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well of magicWELL OF MAGIC (ROSIE O’GRADY’S PARANORMAL BAR AND GRILL BOOK 4) by BR Kingsolver

When the ley lines—the orderly rivers of magical energy that circle the globe—went wild, chaos ensued. Magic hid in the shadows for hundreds of years, but then a secret order took control of one of the world’s largest religions. Their goal is to rule the world, and the first step is to control the ley lines and magic users. I didn’t escape the Illuminati just to become a slave to the Knights Magica. If they want me, they’re going to have a fight on their hands.

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jerry takes chargeJERRY TAKES CHARGE: AN AISLING GRIMLOCK SHORT by Amanda M Lee

Jeremiah “Jerry” Collins has never fit in. He’s always stood out. That’s exactly how he likes it. Now, as the owner of his own business who is trying to branch out and become the go-to caterer for the rich and entitled in Southeastern Michigan, he’s got his nose to the grindstone and is focused on his job. There’s just one little problem. Aisling Grimlock, his best friend, is going through an existential crisis after a near-death experience. Her husband asks Jerry to take her with him, make sure she has fun, and keep her entertained. Jerry can’t say no, so that means his job is on the line. On top of that, Aisling is convinced the house they’re working in is haunted.

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academy of the elites fated matesACADEMY OF THE ELITES: FATED MAGIC by Alexis Calder

You’d think that with the magic thief gone and my magic back, things would get easier. So.Not.True. Spring semester means it’s time for the trials. And since I passed the practice trials guess who gets to take the real ones. This girl.  That would be bad enough on its own but then throw in the fact that someone used time magic at the Academy. And it wasn’t me. Try telling that to my parole officer who’s breathing down my neck. The one good thing? I found out that my magic gets stronger with each mating bond I make. And things are heating up in my private classes with Matt.

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winter witchTHE WINTER WITCH by Karpov Kinrade and Heather Hildenbrand

In the remote village of Willowdale there lives a people haunted by an ancient curse. Once a prosperous and lush land, for thousands of years the kingdom has suffered under perpetual winter. Crops refuse to grow, poverty and hunger spread. People die. Their only chance of survival depends on trade. But the one road between the lands passes through the treacherous Ice Mountains, where the cursed and banished prince lives. The prince who holds his kingdom in an icy grip. To keep the trade path open, the prince demands a sacrifice. Once a year, a villager is chosen and must trek to the peak of the Ice Mountains to offer their life in exchange for safe passage between lands.

This year, I’m the sacrifice. There’s one big difference, however. I’m not an ordinary villager being sent to die. I’m a powerful winter witch, the first born to our village in over a thousand years, and I’ve been sent to kill. But when the banished prince saves me from imminent death, everything changes. He’s not the monster I believed him to be, and his tenderness and keen intelligence grips my heart and makes me question everything I once thought true. Now I must decide the impossible. Do I kill him to save my kingdom? Or let what is growing between us save us both, thus damning everyone I love in the process?

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VS: Still time to explore all the books in this special BookFunnel! My Badari Warriors boxed set (books 1-3) is included at only $.99! The Link!   Authors include Tana Stone, Miranda Martin, Pauline Baird Jones, Sky MacKinnon, Alana Khan, Lea Kirk, Starr Huntress, Carol Van Natta and more!

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Just a gentle reminder of my WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM holiday fantasy novella with a Cinderella theme! The rewards waiting for Halvor, the hero, if he marries a highborn lady. (The king has candidates.) Of course heroine Nadelma is the castle’s cook…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 11

December 4

November 27

November 20

November 13

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.

 

You Can Refuse 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 Aydarr the Alpha leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be. Kierce is a former prisoner on the island she’d be sent to. Jill is Aydarr’s mate and a former soldier.:

“The thing is,” Kierce said, choosing his words with care, “Although the Badari on the island hate the Khagrish for the most part, some refuse to see with clear vision. A few men collaborate to gain special privileges, to be allowed to live past the standard termination date, or for a variety of personally motivated reasons. And as I said, there’s no pack as such. So even if the Alpha who was there when I left declared his support for Aydarr and led an uprising when we attack, things may not go smoothly.”

“We need to know. We need current intel,” Jill said, drumming her fingers on the table, “But first we need to know where the damn island is.”

Aydarr was watching Flo carefully as if trying to read her mind, “You can refuse. I’m not ordering anyone to go into such a dangerous situation.”

“Who would you send then?” Flo asked, already possessive of her assignment, “I mean, we do have a few other women with military skills among the population but no one to my knowledge with the specialized training and experience I have.”

“You’re clearly the logical candidate, the best person for the mission,” Aydarr rose, “We can give you half an hour to decide.”

“No need,” she said, turning her head left and then right and cracking her neck to ease the tension building in the ligaments, “I’m in.”

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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box set canva ad revisedSPECIAL SALE! BADARI WARRIORS VOL 1-3 BOX SET FOR ONLY $.99!

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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.

#SciFi Romance Includes Sassy Galactic Grandmothers

pearls dragonVS Note: This post recently appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog…my thanks to the members of the SFR Brigade for assisting in the identification of books to include! I’ve added some buy links here as well…

A recent, scholarly article by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley appeared in the November 28, 2019 issue of Nature, proposing that “The lack of older women in sci-fi novels reflects ageism and sexism.” In the piece, Ms. Wrigley went on to discuss her research at great length and stated that she had “…so far confirmed just 36 English-language novels in the genre that feature old women as major figures.” I applaud her dedication and effort to shine a light on the situation.

In hopes of expanding the conversation a bit, I thought I’d bring in the science fiction romance genre perspective, as we do have novels to offer highlighting “female elders as multifaceted beings” to quote Ms. Wrigley once more. I’ll cite no research and have no footnotes, this isn’t an exhaustive list I’m sure, but the original article engendered much conversation in SFR circles. While the general unscientific consensus seemed to be most of us write heroines in their twenties to fifties, there are books in our genre featuring the 50+ woman as either the main character or a strong supporting character.

The SFR author community seems very open to writing stories of action, adventure and romance for women of any age, depending on the story the writer wishes to tell.

The first author who comes immediately to my mind in this regard is New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author SE Smith, whose Pearl’s Dragon: A Dragon Lords of Valdier and Sarafin Warrior Crossover features a no-nonsense grandmother as heroine.  Here’s an excerpt from the book’s blurb that describes Pearl a bit more fully:  Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she hasn’t really experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.

Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the enchanting and spirited, human woman, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them.

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Then there’s Delta V: Intergalactic Dating Agency (Cyborg Cowboys of Carbon County Book 2) from Elsa Jade, whose heroine is described as follows in the blurb: For the first time in her fifty years, Big Sky Country is feeling small and lonely to Montana rancher Lindy Minervudottir. With the five-year anniversary of her wife’s death looming, she’s not sure if the future matters. But then a futuristic fighter flies into her life.

Earth is a small, blue marble in the vastness of space, and two needy hearts are even smaller than quarks at that scale. But with a long-gone enemy closing in, if quantum entanglement and the irresistible force of love can’t bind them together, the world itself hangs in the balance.

Lindy is another no-nonsense older woman who runs her ranch by herself just fine and needs a lot of convincing to take a chance on the alien cyborg courting her. It was a sweet read.

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New York Times and USA today Best Selling Author Jessie Donovan brings a mature romance to The Dragon’s Heart (Lochguard Highland Dragons Book 3), with this description of the heroine from the blurb: Lorna MacKenzie lost her mate nearly thirty years ago. Dedicating her life to her children, she brushed off the thought of ever finding love again. After all, Jamie MacKenzie had been her true mate. Who could ever replace him?

She also wrote a 60-something side character for Craved by the Dragon (Stonefire British Dragons Book 11), giving the hero’s mother a romantic thread.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Carol Van Natta’s heroine Anitra in Last Ship Off Polaris-G: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella is 55 years old and her love interest Gavril is 56. Anitra’s task, from the blurb, is as follows: Government supply depot manager Anitra Helden races to gather the last of Pol-G’s assets. Her plan to launch a mothballed freighter off Pol-G may be crazy—but it can work, if she can talk Gavril into helping. Their precious cargo? Four thousand stranded colonists.

Can Anitra and Gavril, and their ragtag crew get past the deadly military blockade?

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Trinity Blacio has a steamy hot series entitled Grandmas Need Lovin Too, spicy enough to earn their place in the paranormal erotica categories. (SFR is sometimes regarded as a subset of paranormal, versus being in its own genre,) These heroines are in their 50’s but time hasn’t slowed them down in the least.

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Author Sela Carson’s heroine in Silver Wolf Rising (Wolves of Fenrir Book 3) is described in this fashion in the blurb: Dagny tärEinar is on her way to Earth to start her new life. Not that she knows what that’ll be like – a long-time widow with grown children, she hardly knows who she is anymore.

Author Carson says of her inspiration for the tale: I wrote the first one as a challenge a few years ago when someone mentioned the lack of older heroines in romance in general. I was already writing my SFR series and Dagny just showed up perfectly. I didn’t realize until later how rare she would be, in the grand scheme of things.

The author has provided the following to me for this post regarding a second story:  Also, the heroine in my short story “Roll of the Dice,” which is included in Ace’s Odds is over 50. She’s a retired sex worker/courtesan.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle Howard has taken the tack of allowing a couple in her Stolen Moments series to “age into” this elder dynamic.

There are a number of SFR novels or novellas where the female elder is a supporting character, relied upon for advice and counsel and may even have her own romantic subplot. Donna S. Frelick features an elder Appalachian woman in Unchained Memory (The Interstellar Rescue Series Book 1) providing guidance to the 30-something heroine and a senior Navajo woman in Not Fade Away (Interstellar Rescue Series book 4) in a similar role. The author explained to me: In the first book, Ida provides Asia validation of her experience of abduction by the Grays, since she had the same experience as a child. In the second book, Geneva Twohawks helps lead the fight against alien hunters working on behalf of a Gray with galactic ambitions.

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Author P.J. Dean created a truly memorable older woman secondary character in her Felig Chronicles series, with the heroine’s mother, Matty Cain, who gives advice and encouragement and has her own battles to fight in the books (although no romance for her).  The author explained her character to me thusly: The perfect mother with perfect style. Always chic even in death. Whether giving her daughter, Tina, tips on fighting aliens, or on love, she’s probably wearing her favorite pumps or carrying her prize Kelly bag. But be careful. She just might crown you with it.

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L. Starfyre has a feisty grandmother as a supporting character in Zoe: BBW Reverse Harem Space Fantasy Romance (Klaxian Cyborgs’ Mates Book 1), who she says may get her own book in the future. Author Starfyre described the character to me as follows: The grandmother treats her age like a state secret – we’re guessing 60ish. They all call her Gran and she is a spitfire. She teases Zoe about not claiming her mates yet. She’s bold and funny. Her husband died 20 years prior and she’s ready for something new.

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Liana Brooks has this to say of Captain Elia Sciarra, a supporting character in her Bodies in Motion (Newton’s Laws Book 1) novel: She is the aunt and captain of the MMC (main male character), a warmonger captain who led a mutiny to keep her crew alive and who is willing to cross political lines to see her family prosper. She is loyal and lethal, a great friend and a loving aunt, but a very dangerous enemy.

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I wrote a multifaceted elder woman in Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse as a supporting character for the heroine and hero as they battle an unusual alien menace on an interstellar cruise liner. Aunt Dian is a retired Special Forces operator, definitely 50+, with a telepathic dog and I’m hoping in 2020 to write a series featuring her further adventures on her own and yes, romance is definitely in her future.

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In summary, granted there are literally dozens of new SFR novels being released every week and the examples listed above are a small percentage of the annual total, but I think it does show a willingness in SFR circles to give the “female elder as multifaceted being” her turn in the spotlight. This snapshot gives a somewhat more encouraging picture of the situation in SFR than the one Ms. Wrigley has documented so well in her research on the ‘hard’ science fiction genre. Of course by and large SFR authors are women – not exclusively but a high percentage – which I would posit also might make a difference.

Hopefully the way forward in both ‘hard’ science fiction and SFR will include an ever expanding roster of women characters of all ages.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 11

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

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PENNY’S PROTECTOR (ICEHOME BOOK 10) by Ruby Dixon

S’bren doesn’t realize what a mess he’s stepping in when he steals me away. He just wants to resonate. Sweet, right? But his methods are all wrong and resonance doesn’t look as if it’s happening anytime soon for either of us. So I’m going to use this time away from the camp as an opportunity. We’re going to go exploring and not return to the beach camp until I’m good and ready. It’s one part punishment for him – being my guide – and one part adventure for me. We’ll have fun, swing from some vines in the fruit cave, and then return to Icehome when we’re good and ready. What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love. Matters of the heart are tricky when the khui gets the final say…and mine is totally silent.

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untamed hungerUNTAMED HUNGER (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: One clicked this! An intriguing series…

It should have been an easy job—deliver the ID chip, get paid, and get out. But when Drakkal sees a beautiful human in his client’s private zoo and instantly recognizes her as his mate, the situation gets complicated. The motto he’s long lived by—don’t be stupid—is cast aside as the beast in him demands he take this female and make her his no matter what he must do. And when she runs from him, the hunt is on.

After being impregnated by her dirtbag ex-boyfriend, abducted, and sold to be a breeder in a rich alien’s basement menagerie, Shay has to admit things aren’t looking great. But she’s determined to give her unborn child a decent life. Her first opportunity appears in the form of a gruff but insanely attractive azhera who forces Shay’s owner to sell her to him. Refusing to trade one alien master for another, she escapes him at her first chance. Yet Shay can’t forget the intense azhera and his heated stare—and soon realizes that he’s not going to forget her, either.

But Shay’s former owner also remembers, and he’s determined to retrieve his prized possession—and have his revenge on the azhera who took her.

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pirate thronePIRATE THRONE (TELEPATHIC SPACE PIRATES BOOK 3) by Carysa Locke

Soldiers. Assassins. Pirates. Saviors.

The monarchy has fallen. The Alpha Queen has made her first move, and the peace and stability that ruled the galaxy for four generations is in ashes. Chaos reigns as old feuds and new conflicts plunge the Commonwealth to the brink of civil war.

Into this maelstrom is exactly where Mercy must go. If she has any hope of defending her people against the Alpha Queen and her forces, she must search out the origins of the Talented. Accompanied by a trusted few, she will go to the heart of the Commonwealth looking for answers. But Mercy’s enemies will not sit back and wait for her to find them, and she isn’t the only one searching for long buried secrets. She will battle mercenaries and slavers, corporations and Warlords looking to profit off of her people.
And most dangerous of all, a Wraith Squad hunts her, an assassination unit with one goal: to kill the last pirate Queen.

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deal breakerDEAL BREAKER (HEART OF THE NEBULA BOOK 2) by Heather Long and Rebecca Royce

Destiny declared I would be queen of a world I’d never known. Have you ever fallen for four perfect guys only to find out they were aliens and, wait for it, newsflash, so are you? Yeah, me neither. At least until I did. Just when I decided I’d rather skip the ride to the stars for life on Earth, my best friend died in my arms and I went a little crazy. I woke to darkness. I used to think getting up to go to work every day and paying my bills was hard work, but nothing could have prepared me for the challenges ahead. While my heart had chosen Reese, Briggs, Goran, and Dalton, vengeance consumed my mind. Vengeance for my best friend, vengeance for the men I loved and vengeance for me—because I hadn’t wanted this fight.
Destiny said I’d be queen? Fine, then destiny can bite my enemies in the ass.

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jingled tana stoneJINGLED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Tana Stone

Naughty or nice? For the women abducted from Earth and claimed as tribute brides for the Drexian warriors, being on the naughty list isn’t so bad. Not when being naughty is so tempting. It’s Christmas on the Drexian space station, and the abducted Earth women are in the mood for some holiday fun. They may have been taken from their homes and mated to bad-ass alien warriors, but that’s no reason they can’t throw a holiday party to make them feel like they’re back on Earth.

With the help of the station’s colorful wedding planners and stylists, the tribute brides are decking the halls and jingling the bells. And when it comes to their Drexians mates, the stockings aren’t the only things that are hung. Six steamy Drexian-human couples are all eager to steal more than a few kisses under the mistletoe. And they might even get to do some merry matchmaking while they’re at it!

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guarded by themGUARDED BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 2) by Skye MacKinnon

I never expected to be stranded on an asteroid with four aliens. It’s a miracle we survived, but just because we’re still alive after the crash doesn’t mean it will stay that way. One of the Athions almost killed me. I don’t trust him and I don’t think I ever will.
The other Athion seems nice, but every time I look at him, I’m reminded of what his kind did to me. And the two Trads… well, things are confusing. I think I like them. A lot. But I’m not supposed to fall in love with the enemy. It would have been easier to have died in the crash. But now I’m determined to survive, no matter the cost.

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alien chiefs bargained brideTHE ALIEN CHIEF’S BARGAINED BRIDE (THE HAASJI SETTLEMENT BRIDES BOOK 1) by Dominica Bolden

VS note: Some reviews mention this is short and also some mention an abrupt ending.

Mallory Delour would do anything for her little sister, Stephanie. So when a genetic disease threatens her sister’s life, Mallory is left with only two options:
She can go into crippling medical debt to delay the inevitable, or she can become an alien’s bride with the assurance that Stephanie will receive life-altering gene therapy.
For Mallory, the choice is easy….But for Alek’dar, it isn’t. When the humans approached him, he’d been wary. But, by taking them up on their offer, he can kill two birds with one stone—a bride for him and an alliance with the humans. Happiness hasn’t been factored into their decision but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t find it. Unless someone, or something, stands in their way.

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serpent of the abyssSERPENT OF THE ABYSS (SHADOWED DREAMS EROTICA BOOK 2) by S J Sanders

VS Note: Listed as erotica.

A new job was exactly what Lori needed, especially after breaking up with her boyfriend. It gave her not only desperately needed funds but a chance to get away. When she signed on with Darvel Explorations, imagined luxurious, exotic alien worlds. Instead she ends up working as a laborer in a mine on what appeared to be a barren rock of a planet. She hates her job. More than anything she is becoming increasingly afraid.
The workers whisper that the new mining equipment disturbed something in the depths of the caverns, something that is attacking miners. When an accident leaves her to the mercy of one such creature, she has to decide if she can accept a monster from the depths.

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very arcav christmasA VERY ARCAV CHRISTMAS (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 6) by Hope Hart

For the human women on Arcavia, there’s plenty to celebrate during the holidays. Sure, the Grivath are a constant threat, but with a surprise wedding to plan, a baby on the way, and even a visit from Santa, the first Arcav Christmas is sure to be incredible. This sci-fi romance holiday novella features four couples from the previous five Arcav Alien Invasion books. You’ll love this novella if you’re looking for more from Harlow and Varian, Jaret and Amanda, Methi and Meghan, and Eve and Korva.  This novella is not intended as a stand-alone and will only make sense if you’ve read the other books in the series.

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down among the deadDOWN AMONG THE DEAD (THE FARIAN WAR BOOK 2) by K B Wagers

VS Note: Not a romance but a December release of note. Has been optioned for a TV series as I understand it.

In a surprise attack that killed many of her dearest subjects, Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen — the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana’s oldest allies, finally comes to a head. When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision she’s been avoiding: whether to back the Shen or the Farians. Staying neutral is no longer an option. Will Hail fight? Or will she fall?

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precious cargoPRECIOUS CARGO (FORGOTTEN CARGO BOOK 1) by Beva John

SYLVIA – I was abducted from Earth in 1969 and I’ve been in a stasis pod for over six hundred years until I was purchased by yellow lizard-like aliens.
RAAN – As First Merchandising Officer, my job is clear. I am to find the highest bidders for the abandoned cargo – seven vintage Human females – which are hot property in the Intergalactic Cooperative. I find the task distasteful, but there is one fascinating female I refuse to sell – the one with long straight hair and green eyes, wearing a short skirt and a strange blouse that is no more than two tiny triangles of cloth. Because she is MINE.
I will pay everything for her and fight anyone who tries to take her from me.

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tal amunTAL-AMUN (THE NOVA FORCE: CHAMPIONS OF AARU BOOK 1) by Vivienne Savage

Exarch Tal-Amun is royalty among the Lexar, a race of giant, genetically superior humans charged with protecting the universe. When another alien species attacks an unauthorized human research base, the alien commander goes down personally to rescue the survivors.With them comes a human researcher with the body of a goddess and the stubborn soul of a female Lexar. She’s the woman he’s spent his entire life searching for, and earning her trust won’t be easy.

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trick mikayla laneTRICK (SECOND WAVE BOOK 7) by Mikayla Lane

Finally taken into the confidence of the Dranovians, Trick fle’ te’ Brazar is thrilled to be helping them find the most vulnerable of their lost brethren. He never expected his first try to net him more than another Dranovian for the coming war.
Lisa Edmonds had never been anything more than a throwaway foster child struggling to exist in a world that never wanted her. The moment she met the beautiful fairy-man, Lisa knew her world would never be the same again.
Fighting to be allowed to train with the Dranovians, Trick will battle the guardian of war and a host of daemons to keep his mate safe. But it will be something closer to home that will tear apart the new life Trick and Lisa are trying to forge. It will take everything within Trick, and the new family he welcomes, to save what matters most to him.

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alien barbarians mateALIEN BARBARIANS’ MATE (PURPLE PLANET BOOK 2) by Zara Starr

The strange storms that have been raging all over the world have only intensified in the past months. Some say the end of the world is coming, but Mikaela doesn’t believe in such nonsense. Although she’d like nothing more than to curl up in front of the TV when it rains, she has her small dog to take care of. Taking Tremor out for a walk, a lightning suddenly strikes her. She wakes up in a completely different world with hulky, purple alien barbarians. When one of them tries to grab poor Tremor, she fights back. Hell no, they’re not taking her dog! And she definitely isn’t staying here! Not even if the guys are kind of hot and all seem to want her.

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hope in a time of warHOPE IN A TIME OF WAR by Athena Storm

I claimed her by force. And yet she saved me… An angel who brought peace. I revel in war. In conflict. Death. And destruction. I fight for vengeance. In hopes it will soothe the sadness of my soul. At first I think nothing when I capture Faith Jorelle. But then I realize there is more to her. Her beauty – ethereal and fragile. Her spirit – passionate and free.
She enraptures me. And the predator becomes the prey…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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captured by the alien captainCAPTURED BY AN ALIEN CAPTAIN (THE NOVANS BOOK 6) by Ashlyn Hawkes

Captain Stox is far too busy to even look at the human females, so when Overlord Nestrol insists Stox find one, Stox captures the first one he sees. He’s in for a rude awakening. Lara Barnes is a captain herself and is only on Kuria to oversee how the females are being treated. She is not going to tolerate BS. Will the two find a way to put aside their differences to perform their duties? Can love save them from killing each other?

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vilkas servantTHE VILKA’S SERVANT: THE SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 1 by Pearl Foxx

Vera is the sole female engineer in her department aboard the Zynthar International Space Station. When alien shapeshifters take her and a group of women hostage, it’s a battle between life and death. Vera and the women are forced into servitude on an unknown planet full of shape-shifting alien wolves called Vilkas. Vera will do anything to escape, but the Vilka she works for is protective and loyal … and far too attractive.

Rayner is Beta of Clan Vilka on Kladuu. It’s a position he puts before all other aspects of his life, including love. But the more he gets to know his beautiful human servant, the more he recognizes the flaws in his clan’s way of life. Amidst the stirrings of a servant uprising, another serious threat lurks in the shadows, waiting to destroy all Rayner holds dear—including Vera. When Rayner’s duties to his clan and his Alpha fall in direct opposition to protecting Vera—to protecting his mate—he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Even if the cost is betraying his people. Even if the cost is his life.

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warriors brideTHE WARRIOR’S BRIDE (WARRIORS OF VALKRED BOOK 3) by Roxie Ray

I’ll stop the traitor to protect my people … and my mate. When a traitor enslaves a peaceful ally, it’s my job to see them rescued and the turncoat brought to justice. I never thought liberating Valkredian allies would lead me to my mate. By the looks of it, Judy doesn’t belong among the Macurians, but the little human was raised from infancy by the King and Queen and she’s just as royal as any of them. The soul of a warrior beats within her and she’ll stop at nothing to save her people.

Nothing could make me want to leave … until I meet him. Dhimurs shows up like a conquering hero to save Macura from a traitor. Though I’ll sacrifice anything to save my people, I alone am not enough. This Valkredian warrior is just the person I need … on the battlefield and off of it. But as the bond between us grows stronger I’ll have to decide where I truly belong: with the Macurians who accepted me or the alien warrior who saved me. What will become of a human raised an alien princess if she leaves her kingdom for a chance at true love?

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QUEEN OF CHAOS (LORDS OF SIDHE BOOK 2) by May Sage queen of chaos

The new regents’ rules have only just started, but none are likely to keep a crown on their heads—or a head on their shoulders—if they don’t forge lasting alliances.

Mel should have heeded her captor’s advice: never keep an enemy alive. She didn’t expect her friends would pay the price for her actions.
When the two women she loves most are taken by the fae, Mel has to carve a place among the savage lords of Sidhe and prove herself as brutal as any of them.
Even Caim. Caim’s darker instincts want him to tease, toy with, and own every part of the goddess fate has thrown in his arms, but to give in might mean losing her. To deny his nature would be losing himself. Surrounded by enemies, they have to work together.
Or divide and conquer.

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shifters stormSHIFTER’S STORM (ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Carol Van Natta

VS note: I can’t wait to read this! Pre-ordered. I love Carol’s books!

In a dying fairy fantasyland, can two shifters tell if the magic between them is real? 
While volunteering for hurricane cleanup, sheriff’s deputy and leopard shifter Chantal Hammond stumbles across two escapees from a fairy fantasyland. Unfortunately, when she tries to help, she ends up trapped. She quickly discovers she’s lost in a mini-world of trouble, and more captives need rescuing.

Prehistoric sloth shifter Dauro de Mar and his friends have cruelly been imprisoned in their animal forms for years. His plan to lead the escape is mostly wishful thinking until an intoxicating and magical leopard shifter arrives still in her human form. She’s their game changer.

It’s going to take Chantal’s and Dauro’s combined skills, magic, and courage to evade evil hunters and greedy fairies, and get everyone out of this mess. Especially since the fairy fantasyland is disintegrating. Can they fight off danger—and their sizzling attraction—long enough to win their freedom? Or will they be destroyed by the mother of all storms when this magical land dies?

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darkest assassinTHE DARKEST ASSASSIN: A LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Gena Showalter

Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents. –Ability to open portals—check
–Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check –Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…
Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications. –Tragic, torture-filled past—check
–A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check –Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.
But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive. And learn to love.

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dragon with benefitsDRAGON WITH BENEFITS (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Terry Bolryder

Trevor is used to simple pleasures. Like a gigantic mansion. Or expensive sushi. But when he’s caught on video doing something ridiculous that a powerful gold dragon such as himself shouldn’t have been doing, he hopes it will all just blow over. Instead, it puts him face to face with the most beautiful, frustrating woman in the world. One that may just be his mate.

Petra didn’t know what to expect of the gorgeous, bronze-haired man from the video on the website she works for. But it’s definitely not the arrogant, standoffish welcome she receives when trying to get an interview. But hottie or not, the sexy jerk stands between Petra and her promotion. And even if she wants to kiss him more than she wants to interview him, she’ll do whatever it takes.

To Petra’s amazement, Trevor isn’t all he seems at first impression. He’s thoughtful, romantic, sensual…and making life complicated again. Meanwhile, Trevor is aware that his world says he can’t take a mate for his own, but he could never let Petra belong to anyone else.  Because even though he’s a double dragon, there’s only one single person in the world that he’ll ever want.

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charmed im sureCHARMED I’M SURE (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Allan D’Alessandro thought he had his ticket out of Hell secured. Until his alleged “soul mate” bailed, leaving him only three weeks — three weeks — to lose his heart and be loved in return. For real. Or for real he can kiss the Hollywood glamor, the hilltop house, the Tesla roadster goodbye. And say hello to his old job as Asmodeus, object of his fellow demons’ eternal derision.

But there’s that aquamarine-eyed wedding planner who pulled off Lucifer’s nuptials without a hitch. She’s all about romance, right? Wooing her should be a piece of cake. Wedding cake, if he plays his cards right.

Belinda Carson has had to get used to letting men walk out of her life. She has no choice — any man who falls in love with a Carson witch is guaranteed a gruesome fate. So she uses her magic to create perfect weddings…just not her own. But surely there’s no harm in indulging in a harmless holiday fling with the sandy-haired Hollywood agent whose megawatt smile lights up her world. After New Year’s, they’ll go their separate ways. They’ve agreed. It’s all set. Except he’s dismantled all her defenses. And this time, her heart isn’t letting go.

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cursed fae kingTHE CURSED FAE KING (THE CURSED KINGDOMS SERIES BOOK  2) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey

Curses and crowns. That’s what it takes to make a crumbling kingdom. And the Northern Kingdom, it’ll soon be an empire of dusty remains if we can’t find our enemies hiding in plain sight. King Iri isn’t exactly my ally in all of this either. The prophecy and our marriage are all he’s focused on. It’s all he thinks he needs to keep his kingdom’s faith.
Faith isn’t strong enough for what we need though. It won’t stop whoever is behind all this from spreading death across his lands like wildfire. We don’t need faith at all. We need revenge.

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last vampire book 6THE LAST VAMPIRE: BOOK 6 by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

Unfortunately, running away from your problems only works for so long. Since I got pulled into the secret underworld of demons, Fae, and vampires, it’s been one crisis after another. I’ve been dodging and ducking, rather than hitting back. Reacting instead of acting. Ransley Thorpe and I have been gradually backed into a corner, and we’re about to take the offensive. We may be punching way above our weight class, it’s true. But if the alternative is death or captivity at the hands of our enemies, do we really have anything to lose? The good news is, the soul-bond I share with my vampire lover means we can never be parted from each other—not even in death. With that reassurance in mind, it’s time to make sure Hell and Dhuinne come to regret the day they ever decided to take us on.
So… yeah. A half-crazy vampire and an ex-waitress are about to go up against the toughest the paranormal world has to offer. I figure it’ll either be totally badass… or the most epic smackdown in history.

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emeraldEMERALD (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 9) by Jade Waltz

They say good things come in threes…. and for those who wait. Emerald used to believe that until her thirty-third birthday, when her life got turned upside down. Her pet Godzilla dies, she loses her job and to top it all off, her car breaks down in this weird town called Silver Springs. One sip from a pumpkin spice latte at the local cafe, Emerald is surrounded by three gorgeous males – Chryso, Maw, and Vesuv – who state they want to help and won’t take no for an answer.  Something about them calls to her but Emerald is afraid to explore what – especially when she was having the worst day of her life.
Will she stick around long enough to figure out what is going on between them? Or will she find a way home and never return to Silver Springs ever again?

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night wolfNIGHT WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 4) by Suzanne Roslyn

It was his job to help protect the pack until he found the one that would be his undoing. He found her beaten and left for dead in the woods. His woods, the one where his wolf pack patroled, and his spirit could be free. Trey never planned to shift back into man, not until he found her.

She called herself Jane Doe, claiming to have no memories of her life before coming to Evergreen, but Trey knows she is hiding something.  She’s connected to those woods as much as he is connected to her. Jane can’t risk anyone finding out her true identity, especially the man who claims they are meant to be together. While her heart disagrees, Jane must find her brother and save the members of her clan outside the shifter reservation.

She was his the moment he found her, but there is some else out there hunting for her. While the tracks take Trey on a chase for answers, his heart and his soul war to do what is right. Having to stand up for herself, Jane will risk everything when the truth is revealed. But will it be enough for Trey to hold on to Jane and protect her from the one she thought to escape?

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harley merlin 14HARLEY MERLIN 14: FINCH MERLIN AND THE FORGOTTENC KINGDOM by Bella Forrest

Finch is in deep, with no surface in sight. He hadn’t expected a welcoming party when they whirlpooled into Atlantis—although “welcoming” isn’t exactly the right word. More like “mildly hostile.” As descendants of the powerful Primus Anglicus, the Atlanteans are not to be trifled with. But Erebus isn’t leaving until he gets what he wants—and neither is Davin. Caught in the midst of a political battle royale, Finch can only ride out the waves. And he knows he’ll be lucky to escape this underwater prison without leaving anyone behind. For Melody, being trapped in an ancient, unfamiliar city is a dream come true. She hungers to fill the gaps in her knowledge, and Atlantis is a delicious buffet, from love potions and Death Day celebrations to beautiful and dangerous creatures.
Navigating this new world isn’t so scary with her trusty bodyguard by her side, though she must protect her own heart. History has shown that the Librarian isn’t supposed to fall in love… but what if it’s already too late?

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bringer of nightBRINGER OF NIGHT (SPECTR SERIES 3 BOOK 2) by Jordan L Hawk

The vampire spirit Gray and his human host Caleb have sworn never to drink from a human again. But when a woman from one of Caleb’s tour groups is murdered by what appears to be a vampire, Caleb is arrested as the prime suspect. Not only does she have a bite mark on her throat, but security camera footage reveals her murderer looks exactly like Caleb, down to the clothes he was wearing that night.
Can Caleb and Gray clear their names, not only to the police but to John? Or will the new life they’ve built in New Orleans come crashing down around them?

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day in the deathA DAY IN THE DEATH OF WALTER ZOWISLAK: A LOVE STORY by Molly O’Keefe

VS note: I have no idea if this has a happy ending, not listed as a romance, but had an intriguing plot.

If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick?
Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet.

But Peter, the mysterious young man in charge of Walter’s afterlife, isn’t listening to Walter. In Peter’s eyes there is beauty in every day, even the bad ones. Even the really bad ones. Of which Water has had more than a few. But there are also days of bravery and heroism. Selflessness and grace. And Rosie…there are lots of days of Rosie.
Before it’s too late for both of them, Peter has to remind Walter that there’s more to life than dying.

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tuffy clausTUFFY CLAUS by Linda Mooney

It’s another night on the job for Deputy Sheriff Barbara Mero, giving chase to a suspect in a stolen vehicle. But when someone beats her to the perp, she’s not sure whether to step in or not. Before she can stop him, a sledgehammer-wielding bearded biker on a red Harley delivers his own punishment, but with his parting words, Babs isn’t so sure he’s another bad guy.

After further investigation, Babs knows this vigilante “Santa” meant well, but there’s no proof he was even there. And after a few more run-ins with the red-cloaked badass, she’s torn between duty and justice, but in her heart she knows he’s the real deal.

You see, there’s a side of the story of Santa that doesn’t get told, and that’s where Dominik comes in. Being the twin to Kris, Dom’s job isn’t near as merry, though still necessary, answering the letters from the kids who want more than just toys. Those who want a better, safer life, food, and shelter. Basic needs a kid shouldn’t have to wish for on Christmas. Alhough he’s accepted his own lot in life, Dominik still has one regret. It’s a lonely life. There’s another side to jolly old Saint Nick, and he ain’t a saint.

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rescued by the faeRESCUED BY THE FAE (MATED TO A FAE BOOK 3) by Maia Starr

I have her trapped inside the Golden Prison. Aurelia’s life is on the line and saving her would mean betraying my king. …but I’m her prison guard! I have to keep reminding myself of that. My obsession with taking her innocence only grows with each passing day. She’s a dragon/human hybrid. It’s why the Fae King wants her in his possession.
Her blood would help him produce more Divine Faes. Aurelia is my fated mate.
It’s painful to watch her trapped in here. But it won’t be for too long. I’ll defeat my king by myself if that’s what it takes to save her life.

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his unexpected mateHIS UNEXPECTED MATE by T L West

Living in a small wooden cabin at the edge of a forest and working to solve the mystery of recent murders, young Eli Bright learns the locals believe a man-beast is responsible.
As an outsider, he is watched very closely as he works with the young local sheriff, Stanley Blake. But Eli knows there has to be a proper explanation. Paranormal creatures don’t exist, right?

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sea monsters mateTHE SEA MONSTER’S MATE by Delaney Rain

VS Note: A November release.

Eric Baird made the decision to abandon modern conveniences and his prejudiced family for a simple island life. He has a small cabin and a lagoon all to himself and, though he’s sometimes lonely, he’s mostly relieved that he can finally be free. But one lazy afternoon swim takes a dangerous turn when a cramp has Eric struggling not to drown. Suddenly, someone saves him, and he’s ever so grateful…until he sees who it is.

Tyfodorus is a Cecaelia who has a rather human upper body and a definitely squid lower half. As if a mersquid in his lagoon isn’t enough to knock the socks off Eric, Ty lets him know they’re here to breed. Would Eric be the host to Ty’s six eggs? Pretty please?

Eric gets to know Ty and agrees, resulting in some amazing sex and six little highly intelligent, totally adorable hatchlings. As they adjust to living as a family in the lagoon, they also have to understand just how genetically compatible they are, deal with a shipwreck survivor, and make plans for their future together.

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elemental faithELEMENTAL FAITH (WARLOCKS BOOK 3) by L M Somerton

When you’re a warlock, proving your worth can be fatal. Evrain Brookes had thought that being a warlock was about genetics—a freak offshoot of evolution that somehow allowed him to manipulate the elements. So when his godfather explains there’s a deeper purpose for warlocks being around, one that stretches back into the reaches of time, Evrain is intrigued.

Warlocks have been using their abilities to tweak the course of history for the better since records began but before Evrain can be allowed to fulfill his destiny, he has to pass a test. This challenge takes him and his life partner, Dominic Castine, back to Scotland, to the Isle of Skye. What they both face there will determine the course of their future.  Evrain has no way of knowing if he will prevail, but both their lives depend on it.

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her prophecyHER PROPHECY (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Alice Wilde

VS Note: A late November release.

Three shifter armies lost. A world descending into darkness. One woman to save them all…Time is running short in more ways than one, and we’ve lost nearly as much as we’ve gained… if not more. Black magic has already spread, slowly sinking its claws into the darkness and calling forth evil. If we don’t find a way to defeat Damien soon, the world and all its unsuspecting inhabitants will soon be in his grasp. The problem is, no one seems to believe me or, if they do, willing to help. Now that we’ve lost our human armies, we only have one creature left to turn to… a dragon.

Danger, betrayal, and heartache lie in wait for us at every turn, and even I am beginning to lose hope that we’ll ever make it back alive, let alone to save my kingdom. But I have to try, no matter the cost. I have to do it for them…My men. Their future. Our kingdom.

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to kill a kingTO KILL A KING (HOLLOWCLIFF DETECTIVES BOOK 2) by C S Wilde

The Night King is dead, and his killer is on the loose. When Mera Maurea goes to Lunor Insul to investigate the Night King’s murder, she knows bringing her partner Sebastian Dhay is a mistake, mostly because he’s the victim’s freaking son. Things would be a lot easier if Bast’s relationship with his four brothers wasn’t so… explosive. As the culprit keeps attacking the Night Court, Mera and Bast will have to catch him before all remaining Dhays are dead. Everything is connected, and solving this case might just bring Mera closer to Poseidon.

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together bound book 2TOGETHER BOUND (SENTRIES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Noble

VS Note: From November

Todd Ruger is a sentry, a very good one, some might say the best. He was eleven when he and Nick were bound as master and slave. Todd spent the years Nick lived in the slave village waiting for the day Nick could leave and they’d be together, bit by bit building a life for both of them. He took his role of master seriously. It was his responsibility to provide for Nick, protect him and along the way he learned to love him. Todd loved Nick deeply and completely. They were more than a pair of sentries. Todd and Nick were friends, lovers, mates.

Eighteen months ago, Nick left the small village where he’d spent his entire life being raised and trained as a slave. Blessed with a unique skill set, Nick became a sentry. He took his place beside his master, Todd Ruger, defending society against the many paranormal threats that abound. They became more than master and slave, they became mates. Nick had found a home with Todd and together they became a family. Eventually, Nick’s special abilities and skills attract the attention of the second most powerful man in New Colorado Protectorate’s government, Vice Chancellor Clarke. Or, maybe certain people knew of Nick all along and just now had cause to use him. He believes Nick might be the answer to explaining Chancellor Shaffer’s sudden, unusual behavior.

Forced to go undercover the Chancellor’s Estate, Todd and Nick discover an ancient and deadly creature preying on residents of the estate. The same creature that is radically effecting Chancellor Shaffer. A creature only Nick can see in its true form. It hunts using specialized skills and has Todd and Nick in its crosshairs. Even if they defeat the creature and survive, they still face the possibility of being torn from each other when their lives are thrown into chaos by the thing they’re hunting.

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wolfs dutyWOLF’S DUTY (TEXAS RANCH WOLF PACK SERIES BOOK 12) by Lynn Nodima

VS note: From late November.

Beware the King’s rage. Nate thinks the danger to his pack is over and all he has to worry about is the president’s invitation to the State of the Union address and officiating upcoming pack weddings. But when a Huntsman infiltrates the ranch, threatening his pack with destruction, Nate’s fury reaches new levels. The Progenitors warned Nate an Alpha’s anger kills. They didn’t tell him the King’s anger destroys.

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claimed by the dragon kingCLAIMED BY THE DRAGON KING by Riley Storm

As the newest member of the Mage Council, Kyla Langston is sent on a mission to House Draconis to find out why the shifters have united. She’s not looking forward to spending any time with the savage brutes until she meets the Dragon King. He challenges everything she’s ever been told about his kind. Instead of running away from him, she wants to run right into his arms instead. Torn between two worlds, she doesn’t know how to honor the Council’s wishes while also honoring her heart’s desire.

Galen never asked to be King of House Draconis. As if dealing with the vampire menace isn’t enough, he’s also stuck contending with a gorgeous, but bristly, mage. Kyla is unlike anyone he’s ever known. She’s smart, cunning, and possesses all of the qualities he’d want in a mate. But he’ll never cross that line with her. Years ago, he promised himself he’d never forgive the mages for what they did, and nothing she can do will make him change his mind.

As the tension between the mages and shifters comes to a head, they must navigate generations of hatred and mistrust to come together to save their people. They barely trust each other, but as they work together to fight the vampires, their fiery relationship might be exactly what they need to save themselves from extinction.

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freeing oberonFREEING OBERON (TUNDRA WOLVES BOOK 6) by Maggie Walsh

Oberon is a vampire living in the frozen Tundra with a pack of wolves that have treated him better than anyone ever before in his life, including his own family, but the move has been causing chaos, not only with his feedings and his sleep, but with his desires. Living with a pack of wolves who embrace their dominant and submissive sides is hard on a man who, deep down, craves submission, but is always forced to be the one on top.

While Oberon tries to deal with a dark past filled with torture, pain, and rejection, he has a hard time ignoring his dark desires when the sexy beta, Legion, is near. Legion does things to him that make Oberon feel ashamed, but the man pushes every button for him, causing Oberon to have to fight his cravings even harder…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow reaper ann gimpelSHADOW REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

The dead are restless, and a whole lot less cooperative than they have been. That was true even before I drew the short straw and ended up with Vampire duty.
Since then, Reaping has taken way more time. So much, I’m worried I’ll lose all the clients from the career that actually feeds me. I run a small private pilot school. It pays most of the bills and means I don’t have to keep regular hours. Death wants me to remain in one piece. She’s bailed me out often enough, she’s all but ordered me to find other employment. I just smile and nod after our little talks, and then I climb back into a cockpit. Our last toe-to-toe didn’t go so well. She went and assigned Vampires to me. That’s when Reaping turned into a million-hour-a-week job. I can almost hear the Reaper who was stuck with them before, laughing his head off.

I shepherd souls to the other side. Vampires have zero interest in leaving, but I have a quota to fill. Means I have to trick them, but it didn’t work for long. They’re onto me. Damn Death, anyway. She painted a target on my back, and now the Vamps are out for blood. In more ways than one.

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christmas with the soldier dragonCHRISTMAS WITH THE SOLDIER DRAGON (SHIFTER NATION SPECIAL OPS SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley

Being the only shifter of his kind, Special Forces Engineer Sergeant Garrison Stokes has never known the sense of family that comes with being part of a clan. With the holidays fast approaching, the dragon sees the rest of his Special Ops Shifter Force comrades getting ready to celebrate Christmas with their mates, and that only magnifies the issue.

So when he’s presented with a mission to investigate a mysterious case of shifter disappearances around Lake Tahoe, he jumps at the chance to get away from it all. But when he arrives, his inner dragon can’t pull himself away from what’s drawing him to the depths of the chilly lake.

The last of Maren Stone’s clan died off ages ago, and with no other dragons shifters left in the world, she’s lived in relative solitude. Protecting her territory on Lake Tahoe has been getting more difficult over the years, thanks to the sprawl of tourism. Now, rumors of the lake monster the humans believe her to be are growing, and she’s in more danger than ever before.  But one night, when she comes face to face with another dragon in the lake…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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guppy princeTHE GUPPY PRINCE (THE SILVER ISLES BOOK 1) by C W Gray

VS Note: From November

Dover Rees is a guppy tailed merman and the youngest child of the King of the Southern Silver Isles. Despite the lofty title, he fits in better with the other guppy tailed working class than with his royal siblings. Dover spends his days secluded in his creek, successfully avoiding the King’s court and all the judgmental nobles there. Then, the most wonderous and horrible thing happens. He hears the mating call and knows his alpha is waiting for him.
Ben Elliot is just a human trying to get by in a small tourist beach town. He has his art and a few good friends, and that should be enough, right? Wrong. Coming home to a quiet house and an empty bed starts to wear on him, but none of the omegas he knows appeal to him. Until a storm knocks him off his fishing boat and he’s rescued by a mysterious, blue-haired omega.
Together, Dover and Ben forge a bond strong enough to stand against the storm of corrupt lords, court politics, and a cursed king.

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savage prideSAVAGE PRIDE (LION HEARTS BOOK 1) by Cecelia Lane

Running from a devastating betrayal, Hailey’s wound is salted when car trouble strands her in the path of a snarly lion shifter with a chip on his shoulder the size of Pride Rock.
She can’t decide what’s worse—his snarky, human hating attitude, or the fact that her judgement sucks and she is falling in love with the devil in sexy blue jeans. But refusing to trust will cost her more than her future happiness… it could cost her life.

Alpha lion Trent has no one but his pride, a group of misfits holding onto control by a claw under his leadership. He doesn’t need the complication of a stubborn, mouthy, human woman who looks him in the eye and sets off every instinct to claim.
Especially since his uncle is threatening to solve Trent’s Hailey problem with violence.
For Trent isn’t the only one who wants to see all humans kicked out of town and lions back at the top of the food chain. He’s just the only one who is starting to change his mind…the only one who realizes that the love of a mate is worth fighting, dying, and forgiving for.

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samsonSAMSON – PRINCE OF TIGERS by Kathi S Barton

Allison Sheppard had come back to town to bury her siblings. Allie’s sister and two brothers had robbed the local bank. Samson Prince had killed two of them to protect the innocent people in the bank, her baby brother was sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial. Allie wanted to wash her hands of all of them.

It didn’t take Allie but a moment to realize that the entire town looked on her as a pariah, like she was responsible for what her siblings did. Not that she could blame them, but the silent accusations did hurt. The sooner she was finished with this mess, the better. She would leave this town and good riddance.

Samson only wanted to make the woman understand that they weren’t monsters, and he had no choice in the bank, but from the moment he was within two feet of her, her scent overwhelmed him. Allie was his mate, and this changed everything.

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dragon embracedDRAGON EMBRACED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 8) by Viola Grace

Zzara has been learning magic forbidden to dragons. When the mage guild catches on to what her tutor has been showing her, they are both in trouble. Helping a dragon to learn magic is a high crime. If the dragon wasn’t the child of Magus Warrok, the dragon wasn’t allowed spellwork.
Zzara has few choices. Either she can remain in her friend’s home and put her in danger, or she can leave with the knowledge she already has mastered. It is a choice that forces her to make decisions she wanted to leave for another year.
Emory guards the blood dragon. He has been waiting for this moment for years. The moment the call came out for guards, he got clearance from the elders and made his way to the capital.
The blood dragon was shorter than he had imagined, but she had an intelligence and a will that never failed to surprise him. He had to remain on his toes when she was around, and keeping an air of mystery was his first line of defense.

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conquer the darknessCONQUER THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 15) by Alexandra Ivy

On the edge of the Mojave desert, out of the lights of Las Vegas, even a werewolf can expect a share of peace and solitude. For Ulric, the last surviving member of a pack hunted through centuries, it’s one of few places he’s willing to drop his guard. Until he spots Brigette, a beautiful wolf-woman he thought dead long ago. When he gives chase, he loses her—and discovers he’s being followed himself.

His pursuer is a zephyr sprite, Rainn, on the trail of a frightening prophecy she can’t predict or understand. All she knows is that Ulric is at its center. If he’s determined to find Brigette, she’ll do what she must to keep him with her.
When the search leads them to a place where Ulric’s ghosts and Rainn’s portents intertwine, a lurking evil waits to swallow them both. But as they fight for survival, their need for each other will become impossible to deny.

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capturing a unicornCAPTURING A UNICORN (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 5) by Eve Langlais

Will he betray or save the world’s only unicorn? Oliver is on a mission to expose the secrets of a clinic that dared to perform illegal experiments on humans. Against all laws and morals, there are doctors making monsters, and it has to stop. Humanity itself is at stake, which is why he must destroy the knowledge of their creation and eliminate any living threats.

Then Oliver meets Emma, a former patient, living within the ruins of the clinic. She’s sweet and gentle, pretty, too—despite the horn projecting from her forehead. It seems Oliver has found one of the monsters, and she’s like nothing he imagined. Will he go through with his plan to eradicate those changed by Chimera’s secret, or save Emma for love?

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ghosts gangsters garlandGHOSTS, GANGSTERS & GARLAND: WHEN HOLIDAYS ATTACK by Jana Denardo

Zia, Dolores and Kane all possess the magic to fight monsters but all they want now is a nice Christmas break. Partners in life and at work as monster-slayers for a group known as the Clipeum, they’ve been risking life and limb keeping humanity safe. They’ve won their hard-earned vacation their boss has set up for them: a week in a small hotel in upper Wisconsin. Their boss mentioned in passing it used to be a gangster retreat in the heyday of prohibition.

Married for some time, Zia and Dolores were surprised to have Kane in their life, first at work and now in their hearts. They’re looking forward to their first holiday today as a threesome and the ladies can’t wait to see their first pagan Yule celebration with Kane. All they want is some quiet relaxation. What they get is something entirely different.

Gangster ghosts, would-be witches, over-enthusiastic children, animated snowmen and a century old former gangster moll who has a little spark still in her add up to a not-so-restful Christmas. Zia, Dolores and Kane trade comfy clothing and relaxation for spellcasting and ghost wrangling. Still they might just be able to rescue themselves a Merry Yule from all the chaos.

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dragons kiss deb cookeDRAGON’S KISS (THE DRAGONFATE NOVELS BOOK 2) by Deborah Cooke

Her kiss could be his doom…When dragon-shifter Kristofer feels his firestorm ignite, he eagerly follows its spark to his destined mate. To his surprise, the heat leads him to a Valkyrie intent on claiming his soul. Even so, Kristofer has never met a woman as alluring as the fierce warrior before him. Trusting in the firestorm, he must convince her to fight with him instead of against him.

Trading the life of a dragon shifter for that of her sister Valkyrie is an easy choice for Bree…until she meets Kristofer. Experience taught her that dragons are evil, but in him she sees a bold and noble warrior. Finding his confidence as irresistible as his touch, Bree fears she is being tricked into abandoning her sister. But how can she take Kristofer’s life when his very presence makes her burn with desire?

When they’re compelled to join forces, Kristofer seizes the chance to convince Bree that they’re stronger together. Yet as a sinister plan unfolds, an ancient dragon is roused from his slumber. With danger closing in, can Kristofer convince Bree to surrender her immortality for their forbidden love? Or will Bree’s distrust of dragons prove justified?

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magic and misdeedsMAGIC AND MISDEEDS (STARRY HOLLOW WITCHES BOOK 11) by Anabel Chase

When a gaming tournament comes to Starry Hollow, everyone is thrilled with the influx of tourists–until a player ends up dead. Meanwhile, Ember makes an important discovery in connection with her mysterious ancestor and the Rose family deals with a visit from an old relative who gets under Aunt Hyacinth’s skin, which means everybody’s tip-toeing on eggshells to avoid her wrath. Thanks to the many distractions, Ember fails to notice that Raoul is involved in something over his furry head. Can Ember stop the madness and identify the killer before the end of the tournament or will it be game over?

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boundary hauntedBOUNDARY HAUNTED (BOUNDARY MAGIC BOOK 5) by  Melissa F Olson

VS Note: Not a romance…

Months after her battles in Wyoming, Allison “Lex” Luther is still struggling with the aftereffects of the psychic attack she suffered—and with the new developments in her own magic.

Then Lex’s boss, the cardinal vampire of Colorado, passes along a strange request from her counterpart in Atlanta. Hundreds of Civil War spirits have abruptly vanished in Beau Calhoun’s territory, and he wants Lex to figure out why. In exchange, Beau can help her understand boundary magic, which runs in his family line as well.

Despite her trepidation, Lex journeys to the Deep South, where she discovers that ghosts are everywhere…and that her host’s intentions are more complicated than he promised. It seems his teenage descendant is being hunted, and both Beau and Lex fear the young woman’s boundary blood may have made her a target. With Atlanta’s history looming over her every move, Lex will have to face Beau’s ghosts—and her own—to prevent a boundary magic attack she never dreamed possible.

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hexorcistTHE HEXORCIST (A SUPERNATURAL SPEAKEASY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Lily Harper Hart

Ofelia Archer has a full life … which only gets fuller when a dead body lands in her backyard.
As owner of New Orleans’ premier supernatural speakeasy, Ofelia is always in the thick of things when the witch hits the fan. That’s no exception now … even when the local police start breathing down her neck.
Zach Sully has a colorful background. As a panther shifter, he keeps his true origins secret while walking the colorful streets of the French Quarter keeping law and order. A tourist murder draws him into new and uncharted territory, and a feisty witch is at the center of it.
Sully and Ofelia circle one another … warily … as they both try to solve a mystery that revolves around an outsider who somehow had ties to their little corner of the world. Eventually, they’re going to have to join forces … and it’s not exactly a comfortable meeting of the minds.
Chemistry is one thing. Trust is another. Ofelia and Sully will be forced to get over their inner misgivings and unite if they want to solve the crime … and stay alive in the process.
Welcome to a magical world, where the characters are colorful, the magic is fantastical, and the drinks are poured strong.  It’s Bourbon Street, baby, and you’ll never be the same again.

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children of virtue and vengeanceCHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

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

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

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savage faeSAVAGE FAE (RUTHLESS BOYS OF THE ZODIAC BOOK 2) by Carolyn Peckham and Susanne Valenti

There’s more to my brother’s murder than I realised…Shadows in the halls, mysteries lurking around every corner. Whoever killed him is covering their tracks well. And now I’m walking a dangerous line between getting close to the four kings for information and wanting to crawl deeper under their skin for my own desires. I can’t trust anyone. I can’t let my guard down. And I must keep the urges of my body separate from my heart. But I’m starting to break all of my own rules.  I just hope I’m not falling for my brother’s killer.

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valley of the shadowVALLEY OF THE SHADOW: AN ELEMENTAL WORLD HOLIDAY NOVELLA by Elizabeth Hunter

For eight years, Baojia and Natalie have pursued their goals: family, career, friendship and love–trying to carve out an ordinary life in an immortal world. And for eight years they’ve been mostly successful save for a world-bending adventure every now and then.
Except that their life was never ordinary. It was never going to be.

Natalie and Baojia might have made plans, but when ordinary life comes crashing down, they’ll have to turn to the family they have chosen–vampire and human–for help keeping their world together.
Five couples, four kids, three weeks, two paths… and a partridge in a pear tree? Return to the Elemental World for a Christmas reunion of old friends and forever loves.
For Natalie Ellis, it’s time to come home.

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over the broomOVER THE BROOM (WICKED WITCHES OF COVENTRY BOOK 9) by Sara Bourgeois

What happens when a dead body crashes your wedding day? Find out how Brighton and friends will handle this unexpected guest.

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faerie matesTHE FAERIE MATES (DARK WORLD: THE FAERIE GAMES BOOK 3) by Michelle Madow

In the Faerie Games, it’s kill or be killed. And I’m going to survive, no matter what the cost. Who will win the next Emperor of the Villa competition? Will I tell Julian that we’re soulmates? And most importantly—will Julian, Cassia, and I defeat Octavia and make it out of the Games alive? I’ll do whatever’s necessary to survive. Because I’m Selena Pearce—raised by the leaders of Avalon, born of a powerful witch and a faerie prince, and gifted with magic from Jupiter. And I’m not going to let fear control me any longer.

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upended lifeUPENDED LIFE (ARTEMIS UNIVERSITY BOOK 1) by Erin R Flynn

VS note: From November…

My name is Tamsin Vale and my life is about to get real… Really complicated and ridiculously dangerous. Which is almost funny given at nineteen I already know too much of the darkness of the world and people, the secrets they keep. Or so I thought.

Turns out those quirky abilities I’ve been keeping secret expose me to a world I didn’t know existed. Sure, I knew I wasn’t human—but how exactly do I find out more without ending up in the wrong hands? And I’m not so sure I’m in the right hands now given some of the reactions to finding me. They say I’m the last fairy. I’m not sure I should trust them when their thoughts are mostly of power and how to use me. But I’m also not sure I have much of a choice. My powers are dangerous and I don’t know how to use them. They promise to teach me what I need to know and give me a chance at something I’ve never had before. A normal life. I don’t think anything about Artemis University and those who attend is normal, but it’s still better than the life I’ve been living if they keep half their promises.
I think hoping they’ll keep half is generous.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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November 27

November 20

November 13

November 6

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.

 

 

Pride Banishes Butterflies 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 – MARL is a 10,000 year old alien Artificial Intelligence:

“So let me get the mission parameters straight,” Flo said,  “We fly to this other lab tonight, yank one woman out, substitute me, I get taken to the island, which you’ll then have the location of since I’ll be wearing a tracker—”

“I’ll insert a manifestation of myself into your spine,” MARL said, from where he floated in the air, his surface dappled with shades of green today, like algae clouds in constant motion.

Ok, Flo didn’t like the sound of that but leave the detail for later, “Riiight – I find the Alpha who’ll be incognito, tell him about us and…what?”

“MARL says he can contact you via the device he plans to implant,” Jill said, entering the conversation. Anything to do with MARL was her department since the AI only answered to her. “Depending on your evaluation of the situation, we’ll decide on the next course of action.”

“She’ll be going in pretty blind,” Gabe didn’t sound happy, “I know Kierce can brief her to some extent but conditions may have changed there since he was sent to this continent.”

Flo appreciated her old captain watching out for her. She also had to admit the assignment was important and had intriguing aspects. And I love the fact no one else can carry this job out as well as I can. Professional pride banished the butterflies in her gut.

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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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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