New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 8

vanishingAs 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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THE VANISHING (FOGG LAKE BOOK 1) by Jayne Ann Krentz

VS Note: Had this pre-ordered.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.
A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

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braxtynBRAXTYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 8) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake?

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him?
When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

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chenCHEN (TRISYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 3) by JC Hay

Specialist Rakhi Chen has spent her life focused on taking care of others—her squad mates, her friends, and most of all, her umbra wolf. The last thing she wanted was time to focus on herself, but a combat injury forces her and her wolf into some mandatory shore leave. Having a too-pretty veterinarian invade her space was not going to be an improvement.
Javad Priddy was one of the youngest doctors to work with the rangers and their umbra wolves, a pinnacle position that he’d almost convinced himself he’d earned. But the benefactors whose help greased the way to success have come to collect, and the only payment they’ll accept is one that sets fire to all he’s accomplished. With his options dwindling, he goes on the run to deliver a warning to Chen and her wolf.
Time is running out for Javad, and for the people he cares about, which he’s come to realize includes a gruff, irascible ranger and her light-hearted bondmate. He’s seen rangers do superhuman things, but every hero has a weakness—and Javad worries that the depth of his betrayal could destroy Chen’s already-bruised heart as well as their future.

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their rising sunTHEIR RISING SUN (DAERIA WORLD) (WINTERVALE PACKS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Blake Parker believes in giving herself and helping others whenever and however she can. When she hears about an opportunity to help an alien planet repopulate and rebuild, she jumps at the chance to be a surrogate. Blake herself was born to a surrogate mother, so it feels like the right thing to do. Giving the shifter alpha males on planet Dearia a family is her ultimate pay it forward.

Not long after arriving on Dearia she meets not one but four handsome wolf shifters. They all claim she’s their mate. How in the world did she get so lucky? Jericho, the Wintervale Alpha, and his sentry, Mace have agreed to share a surrogate. However, two other males take an interest in her. So now four guys are ready to share her in the dirtiest ways possible and she’s beyond excited about the prospect. She’s a sick woman with a perverted mind.

When Blake’s life is threatened by a race of ancient monsters who rise from the grave, hungry for her blood, it’s up to Jericho, Mace, Serge, and Castien to keep her safe. They need to discover her true heritage, and train her for the fight of her life. Not to mention, get her to realize she’s their fated mate and they’re keeping her. Forever.

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arcav captains queenTHE ARCAV CAPTAIN’S QUEEN: BOOK 7 (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION) by Hope Hart

Forced to become a monster to survive her father’s cruelties, Saria wants only one thing: To convince the Arcav King to help her lead her people out of the darkness and into the light. She has no intention of mating anyone. Least of all Roax- the bossy bodyguard who the Arcav King ordered to be her shadow. As an Arcav Captain, Roax never wanted to be saddled with the spoiled (and evil) Lahmu Queen. He’s heard more than enough about her wicked ways, even if her sad eyes make him itch to uncover her secrets.  As their chemistry grows hotter, and danger appears around every corner, Roax vows to protect the broken Queen with his last breath.  But his Queen is hiding secrets. The kind of secrets that may just tear them apart.

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chosen by themCHOSEN BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

They want to make me their captain. I can’t even fly a bloody spaceship. I’m no longer a captive. No longer alone. But we’re still on the run. And the four alien males who seem to think the universe of me are only making it more complicated for me. New life. New rules. We can’t be free until we escape the Athions hunting us, even if it means accepting the help of untrustworthy space pirates. What price am I prepared to pay for my freedom?

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kidnapping the cyborgKIDNAPPING THE CYBORG (TERRAS FIVE 6) by Anne Kane

Plan: Seduce the Cyborg, kidnap him and force him to help her escape. What could possibly go wrong? Life in the breeders enclave on Terras Five was comfortable. Safe. Boring! Abigail wanted more. She wanted to explore the galaxy, have a career, enjoy all the freedoms that a human female took for granted. In order to do that she needed to get off-planet, and in order to accomplish that, she needed help. Male help. She had a plan.
Jackson was flattered that the young female chose him to sire her offspring, and he was more than willing to play his part and make sure she enjoyed the experience as much as he did. What he wasn’t prepared for was being kidnapped at weapons point and forced to help the young breeder escape. Of course, he could have disarmed her and foiled her plan, but where’s the fun in that?

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cravedCRAVED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 8 ) by Tana Stone

The only alien warrior True isn’t intimidated by is the one in her holodeck simulation. Not only is True a virgin, she’s barely been kissed, so the huge, hunky Drexian warriors terrify her. But the guy in her simulation doesn’t. He may be as big and built as the rest of them, but she knows he’s not real. It’s the only reason she’s not afraid to kiss him.

Captain Varden never meant to lie to True, but when she assumed he was a hologram, he didn’t correct her. Especially not after she laid that kiss on him. Now she’s convinced he isn’t real, which is probably for the best. He’s too old for someone as young and pretty as her, although when she kisses him he feels like a Drexian cadet again.

When the Kronock attack and they’re forced to abandon the space station, True comes face-to-face with her hologram—on the escape transport. Before she can be properly outraged, they’re stranded on a jungle planet. Between trying to stay alive and evading the enemy, can she forgive him for deceiving her? Can he ever accept that she could fall for someone so much older?

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first gearFIRST GEAR (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

The planet is dying, and yet Jool is convinced there’s a way to save its people. The answer lies in a deadly mountain range that no one dares explore, but he doesn’t have a choice. The voice in his head proves insistent. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Jool sets out to find the truth–and almost dies on his journey. When he stumbles upon a hidden temple, he won’t just find salvation and a cure for his wife, he’ll becomes the first prophet to serve the Mecha Gods.

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mainlineMAINLINE by Deborah Teramis Christian

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

Reva is an assassin for hire, using her ability to navigate different versions of “now” to do her hits. When she chooses a singular timeline, other possibilities fade, and the reality she has chosen becomes her “mainline”. She is a deadly ghost, untraceable and uncatchable.
But don’t tell that to Yavobo: a bounty hunter from a fearsome alien race, he is a natural-born killing machine, and Reva has slain his client. With a blood oath of vengeance to fulfill, Yavobo is on the elusive assassin’s trail—but no one has beaten her yet. She fears no one, for everything is transient to her, and she can leave any danger behind as easily as breathing.
At least, she could before she met Lish, a young smuggler who reminds her too much of herself. When their friendship deepens, Reva decides—for now—to stay in that one Mainline, where relationships suddenly matter and the smuggler needs her help to clinch the biggest deal of her life. If the assassin moves on, she risks losing her “real” friend: the version of Lish she has grown close to in that timeline, and others who are part of their team. With criminal intrigues unfolding around them, Reva is committed to stay, pitting her wits against foes in a way that is refreshingly different from her usual hit-and-fade routine. It is a novel thing, to be needed by others. Wanted, even. But it may not matter in the end, because Yavobo will not be stopped, and he is getting ever closer to his quarry in this Mainline.

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essex colonyESSEX COLONY by Lia Cooper

It’s been 227 days since Essex Colony’s last transmission…Dispatched to the surface of Essex Prime and tasked with discovering what happened to the colony, Doctor Soran Ingram discovers that most of the colonists are dead and the surviving Executive Officer—Aline Aster—has turned into a ravening wolf-beast. The human survivors claim the XO and her Lunaran fellows went mad and killed everyone, but Soran has her doubts. Following Aster’s testimony, as well as clues left behind, Soran embarks on a fact-finding mission to retrace the colony’s last steps before disaster struck. She’ll soon discover more than uncertainty lurks in the dark spaces of the world.

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stolen by razeSTOLEN BY RAZE (GRABBED BOOK 4) by Lolita Lopez 

Captured in a government raid, Ella is thrown into a prison transport bound for the mountain labor camps. She never expects her rescue to come at the hands of Raze, the handsome sky warrior who all but stole her heart after Dizzy’s wedding. Considered a high-value asset by the Shadow Force, Ella is given to an arrogant brute of a pilot for safekeeping—and collaring.

After his disastrous first marriage, Raze swore off women, but Ella tempts him to break that vow. When he sees her being treated roughly by an unworthy man, his control shatters. One sucker punch later, he tosses Ella over his shoulder and steals her away. He wants to keep her, to collar and love her—but there’s a shameful secret in his past that shatters any chance of a happy future.

But Raze isn’t the only one with a complicated past. Ella has secrets of her own—and they’re about to threaten the safety of everyone she loves. She’ll have to go back to where it all started, risking her life and her future with Raze—to end it once and for all.

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in his serviceIN HIS SERVICE (THE MALDIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Dan Waters

VS Note: From late November…

Once a nobleman, Reis Kith has rejected his title in favor of serving his community as an Investigator. After a string of murders where all the victims are slaves, Reis has taken lead on the case. The mysterious murders are putting the people in the Capitol City of Ruish on edge, and the Queen has tasked Reis with the unthinkable: team up with a human thief.

Carter Maldin, a human from an ex-Earth colony named Terra, has been languishing in a permanent house arrest for a year and a half. His crime? He broke into the Royal Palace on Xenias. His skill in technology and his quick wit are unparalleled, which makes him the perfect partner to help solve the crime. He’s offered a complete pardon in exchange for his help, and Carter jumps at the chance for freedom. The catch? He has to pretend to be a slave.
Can Carter and Reis reconcile their differences and indulge in their mutual attraction all while solving the case? How many more victims will the murderer rack up before they are caught?

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alien surrenderALIEN SURRENDER (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 6) by Tracy Lauren

Da’vi, the relentless. Da’vi, the cold and harsh. The alien who keeps his distance, yet never fails to bicker with me over the smallest details. Tension between us is coiled so tight it’s bound to snap… and I’m bound to do what I always do–leave. There’s a hundred different reasons I should go, yet I’m drawn in by the only thing that matters to me anymore–and it’s certainly NOT Da’vi’s friendship. I’m talking about saving humans.

One last mission and I’m done jumping through everyone’s hoops, Da’vi’s especially. Only, this lead we’re following… it brings us closer than I ever thought we could be. And once Da’vi and I cross that line, there’s no going back. I’ve got two choices: fight this bond… or SURRENDER. Too bad for Da’vi I’m not the type of girl who goes down without a fight.

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seers eyeTHE SEER’S EYE: THE ARTIFACT HUNTERS 5.5 by A W Exley

VS note: A re-release

A family trip to the circus takes a dangerous turn when the familiar tingle of an artifact touches Cara Devon. What price is demanded, to change the future?

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jaxxonJAX-XON (SIRIUS’S PREQUEL) BOOK 6.5 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS SERIES by Alana Khan 

VS Note: 12K word ‘novelette’

Tara—Stolen from her bed with her four-year-old in her arms, Tara survives a cataclysmic crash and is rescued by a tribe of huge, green males on a lush, forested planet. Her mantra, “I don’t do men,” is challenged when she meets sexy, muscular Jax-Xon.Jax-Xon—Thought he was doomed to a loveless life until beautiful Tara and her adorable daughter hurtle into his life. Can his love allow her to drop her barriers and create a new life together?

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star compassSTAR COMPASS (VICTORIA ETERNAL) by Anthea Sharp

VS Note: A re-release

Diana Smythe was a child of the nobility… once. Now the streetrat known as Diver, she spends her days picking pockets, and her nights gazing at the galaxy overhead, dreaming of the day she’ll escape Earth for a brighter future among the stars.
Derek Byrne polices the grimy streets around the Southampton Spaceport, trying to keep the gangs in line and the gutters clear of riffraff. When his path crosses Diana’s, he sees beyond her masculine disguise and catches a glimpse of the remarkable young lady hiding beneath the rags and bravado. But Derek has his own dark secrets, and when Diana averts a near-disaster at the Spaceport, fate flings them along a trajectory that will lead them to adventure, romance – and peril beyond their wildest imaginings.

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god gameTHE GOD GAME: A NOVEL by Danny Tobey

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week. I put it on my TBR List.

You are invited! COme inside and play with G.O.D. Bring your friends! It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die! With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it? As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us. God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

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triangleTHE TRIANGLE by Jennifer Victores and Debbie Viguie

A successful architect, happily married to his high school sweetheart and with two beautiful daughters, Mark White has the perfect life. All of that changes when he and his best friend set out on a weekend fishing trip that goes terribly wrong. Raised on the ocean, both men thought they knew all its secrets, until they are faced with something unthinkable. The Devil’s Triangle was just a legend. That’s what they had always believed. Now they must fight to survive as the Triangle sends them through a time warp that threatens everything they love and leaves both men on the brink of death. Trapped in the past in a world they don’t understand, they must find a way back even if it kills them.

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collectedCOLLECTED: A CYBIL LEWIS SF MYSTERY COLLECTION by Nicole Givens Kurtz

VS Note: Not a romance but I saw that SFR author Echo Ishii had mentioned this collection on Facebook recently. From mid-November.

Before the Change, before Jane, and before she became a PI badass, Cybil Lewis cut her teeth in the District as a solo, brand new private inspector. At last, those stories of her early years are collected into this volume of short stories and novellas. Offering beautiful illustrations by comic book and brilliant artist, Julia Lacquement (DC Comics), Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection provides action-packed, mystery stories set in the futuristic territory of D.C. (the District).

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frozen sectorFROZEN SECTOR (ZOMBIE YEAR 2099) by Anna Edwards

Two lovers, two different missions, both fighting to stay alive in a world ruled by zombies. During the collapse of the Earth, Fraeya, a female elf, was captured by the North Pole zombies. Rott, the head of the zombie pack, bound her magic and forced her to serve him as a slave. She prepares an escape route, but when things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to leave the other women slaves behind. She will have to use all her skills to find a way to restore her magical abilities if she has any hope of completing her mission to find her lover, alone. The North Pole zombies captured and sold Vaegon, a male elf, to a group of wolf shifters living in Mexico. He’s struggling with the heat as he farms the land daily to provide food for his owners to sell. Vaegon’s prowess as a fighter is renowned among his people, but his powers aren’t at full strength, and he has no idea why.He will have to find a way to restore his fighting abilities if he has any hope of completing his mission of returning home to Greenland and destroying Rott’s pack, once and for all. Can Fraeya and Vaegon discover hope in the world they once knew, or will destiny destroy them both, forever?Frozen Sector is the first book in the Zombie World 2099 series; a post apocalyptic world where survival is everything and love may hold the key to the future.

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qualitylandQUALITYLAND by Marc Uwe-King

VS Note: Translated. Not a romance but a release of note. I was intrigued by the Look Inside excerpt…it’s on my TBR List.

Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking service knows the best partners for everyone and helps with the break up when your ideal match (frequently) changes. And the foolproof algorithms of the biggest, most successful company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order it.

In QualityCity, Peter Jobless is a machine scrapper who can’t quite bring himself to destroy the imperfect machines sent his way, and has become the unwitting leader of a band of robotic misfits hidden in his home and workplace. One day, Peter receives a product from TheShop that he absolutely, positively knows he does not want, and which he decides, at great personal cost, to return. The only problem: doing so means proving the perfect algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself.

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vicious circleVICIOUS CIRCLE by Elle E Ire

Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. Down to her last few credits, Cor is offered a freelance job to eliminate a perverse political powerhouse. Always a sucker for helping the helpless, she accepts. The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with her employer, sweet and attractive Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach the target’s home world, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds the inexplicable attraction growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and intimate involvement is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.

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leashed by the beastLEASHED BY THE BEAST by Athena Storm

He’s a beast who devours. And me? I’m his supper. War tore me from home and dumped me on Novaria. My only hope lies in pleasing a brute. I’m sent to him as a tribute. I have one chance to entice him. Only one shot to win his good graces. The thing is…I’m not such an innocent waif myself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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consumed by the cyborgCONSUMED BY THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Alyse Anders

A Protective Cyborg finds his soulmate from across the galaxy. The second Lena’s ship enters Grus space, Rykal knows that his mate has arrived. But when she’s threatened to be taken from him by the man who’d turned him into a cyborg, he kidnaps her. On the run, Rykal will stop at nothing to make Lena his while keeping her safe from the unseen alien threat that could destroy them all.

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mer loversMER-LOVERS: ILLUSTRATED COLLECTORS’ EDITION (MATES FOR MONSTERS) by Tamsin Ley and Ravyn Humphries (illustrator)

VS Note: I don’t normally list ‘collectors’ editions’ or box sets but the illustrations sound cool.

Mermen,  mate bonds and magic. Three of Tamsin Ley’s beloved fantasy romances now in a special illustrated collector’s edition! You’ll want to reach into the pages and touch the characters in the original artwork by Ravyn Humphreys.

Set Includes: THE MERMAN’S KISS…A drowning woman is rescued by a mysterious stranger. Now he’s carrying her deeper into the sea…THE MERMAN’S QUEST: A doomed merman seeks out a human female to help break his curse, but will she break his heart instead? …A MERMAID’S HEART: A newly-made mermaid frees a human from her sadistic siren sisters, but her desire could lead them both to disaster…Explore an underwater world full of sleek-tailed mermen ready to fulfill your deepest desires. Almost 400 pages and 30 drawings of gorgeous mermen, daring heroines, and exuberant ocean wildlife that will make you want to grow gills so you can join them. Lose yourself in these steamy paranormal romances today!

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axelAXEL: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #1 by Tasha Black

Axel adores baby Noah. Becoming a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to the burly bear-shifter mechanic, even if raising a child alone is hard. When help arrives in the form of a live-in nanny, Axel is ecstatic. His baby, Noah, loves her, and Axel’s inner bear is driven wild by the curvy little human woman. His bear doesn’t care if she has secrets, he just doesn’t want to let her go.

Delilah doesn’t do commitment. As a con artist, she moves from city to city, keeping to only one rule: never con a mark who can’t afford to lose. When her conscience has her bailing out of a job gone very wrong, she winds up in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Tarker’s Hollow. Hoping to hide from her furious partners, she finds herself mistaken for a nanny and plays along, treating it as the perfect cover to lay low for a few days. But as she begins to have very real feelings for the baby and his achingly sexy single dad, it gets harder and harder for Delilah to remember she’s only pretending.

When Delilah’s treacherous partners track her down, her fragile new world is suddenly in danger. Can the bear shifter and the con artist trust each other with the truth in time to save everything that is important to them? Or will she run away with the big bear’s heart?

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dragon in loveDRAGON IN LOVE (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

Chadwick, purple dragon and leader of his region, has his hands full. He has to keep visiting fae princes out of trouble, watch for a potential triad to mate with, and ignore the sassy human expert on fae customs who is bent on ruining everything. Still, Isabella is winning Chad over, with her zest for life and her constant misadventures. From the first kiss, Chad knows he’s in danger. Though not as much as Isabella will be in if Chad’s visions come true.

Isabella is hiding secrets. On the run from a past she’d do anything to forget, she never expected to be charmed by the sweet, soft-spoken, utterly dominant dragon hosting her and the fae. From the first kiss, she can’t seem to resist teasing him, chasing him, and getting him alone any minute possible. Because she knows that what they have can’t last. Not with what is coming for her.

As Chadwick and Isabella give into the overwhelming chemistry between them, they both fall deeper than they intended. Now Isabella will have to decide if she still plans to run from what’s hunting her, or stand and fight, even if it means endangering the man she loves.

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mortals surrenderMORTALS SURRENDER (GREATEST TEMPTATION SERIES BOOK 3) by Lexi Timms and W J May

Mara and Eris have been cut off from Heaven, abandoned on Earth, still bound and completely without support. Even Nikomedes can’t help them any longer. Mara might have been able to handle being cut off, but Jon has learned the truth about who—and what—she is. And he doesn’t know if he’s prepared to date an immortal.

On the verge of losing everything, Mara wonders whether to tell the Council the truth about the Fallen. Eris’ fears that the knowledge will tear their people apart are well-founded, but Mara worries that there’s something more to what Nikephoros is doing with the power he’s gaining. If they don’t tell the Council, whatever he’s planning could destroy far more than just her chances at redemption.

Before Mara and Eris can act on their decision to tell the Council, Nikephoros takes him. Him… and Jon. With the two people she cares most about in the hands of a man far more dangerous than she’d ever realized, Mara must convince the Council that cut her off to give her aid and stop Nikephoros before he puts his plans into motion. Can Mara save Jon and Eris, and stop a brewing war between the angels and the Fallen? Or will she lose the man she’s only just learned to love?

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ghostly charmsGHOSTLY CHARMS (A HARPER HARLOW MYSTERY BOOK 14) by Lily Harper Hart

Harper Harlow thought the only thing she was going to have to worry about in the shadow of spring was planning her wedding. She was wrong.
A string of break-ins in Whisper Cove have caught the attention of the cops, including her fiancé Jared Monroe. Things take a turn for the worse when one of those break-ins results in the death of a local barber. It seems what was once written off as teenage hijinks is something else entirely.
In addition to the break-ins, Harper finds herself distracted by a new resident. He’s bringing an art gallery to town … as well as his troubled sister.
Rain Porter doesn’t want to be in Southeastern Michigan and she’s hiding a big secret. Harper is determined to help the girl until the young woman pushes the exact wrong buttons.
Things aren’t what they seem and the deeper Harper digs the more she worries that she doesn’t really want to find an answer. When a ghost from the other side of the state shows up and starts invading her dreams, things go from bad to worse.
Jared wants nothing more than to protect Harper, but there are some things he can’t fight … and a ghost is one of them.

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protectors of lightPROTECTORS OF LIGHT (MENDING MAGIC SERIES BOOK 6) by W J May

When Jamie Hunt left his cushy life in California to become a supernatural fugitive, he thought he was running away from his problems. The last thing he wanted was to go barreling straight towards them. But as always, life has other plans. The pressure is mounting as both sides prepare for the inevitable fight. New alliances are struck as old enemies come to light. New relationships are strained as old bonds are tested. A surprise attack leaves the friends reeling, but nothing is every quite as it seems.
Can the friends gather their forces in time? Will Jamie finally uncover the secrets in his past? Most importantly, when the final moment comes, will he have the strength to pull the trigger? The tides are always changing. There’s only one way to find out. Never give up. Never give in.

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hex type thingHEX TYPE THING (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 5) by Amanda M Lee

Hadley Hunter is feeling on top of the world. She’s embracing her new home on Moonstone Bay and coming into her own as a witch. Her boyfriend Galen Blackwood, who happens to be sheriff, is even involving her in his investigations. Unfortunately, the peace on Moonstone Bay is about to be threatened.
A local millionaire and a one-hit-wonder songstress are hosting the Skyclad Festival, a paranormal beach extravaganza that features a bevy of famous faces in paranormal circles … and those who want to hobnob with them. There’s only one little problem … .
One of the local influencers, a woman whose only job is to rave about things on the internet, ends up dead. Then, in short order, the organizer himself goes missing. That means Galen is on the case … and Hadley insists on serving as his sidekick.
There are a lot of witches on the island. The question is: Is magic to blame for murder or is something more insidious happening? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow of angelsSHADOW OF ANGELS (HALFWAY BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The first time I died was November 1st, 1945. That might’ve been the first time, but it certainly wasn’t the last. My name is Veil, and my life has been far from normal. Everything I thought I knew about myself had been a lie. Every single thing. Turns out, I had been in the care of a cult dedicated to a King in Hell and fallen archangel. But after learning the truth of who—or what—I was, I devoted my life to stopping them and everyone like them.

Which is why when I learned that Boston was under siege from an occult society who was slaughtering innocents, I had no choice but to come and stop them. Even if it meant it would take me piece by piece through that past I’d spent seventy years trying to avoid—and right into the presence of the archdemon I’d been running from for so very long. Asmodeus. Just when I thought things could not get worse, I realized once more that I had no clue what was coming next.

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hellish faeHELLISH FAE (THE MONSTERS AND MISERIES SERIES BOOK 12) by A K Koonce

There’s a dark secret inside of me. A monster clawing to get out. I was thrown out of the fae world because of it. But I’m back now. Three brooding demons and a sinful incubus returned me to my sweet little homeland. And I’ll finish what I started all those years ago. Sure, maybe my delicate fae features are twisting into spiraling horns and demonic eyes, but that won’t stop me from righting my wrongs. The Queen of Hell might possess my body but the deadly vengeance in my blood is my own. The Prince will die by my hand for what he’s done. All I have to do is make sure the creature at the back of my mind doesn’t kill me first.

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heart banditHEART BANDIT (GARGOYLE NIGHT BANDITS BOOK 1) by Rosalie Redd

When a feisty human steals a gargoyle’s spirit-stone, all bets are off…Beaumont prides himself on his stellar fae kill record, but his life is upended when a feisty, human female challenges him to seduce her and steals his spirit-embedded stone. He’s on a quest to save his soul, yet this woman makes him harder than a rock, and for a guy who spends his days encased in granite, that’s saying something.

Crafty and swift, Sadie learned to pickpocket from the best mentor ever—need. After she runs across a tall, sexy gargoyle and steals his most valuable possession, she’s up against more than can she handle. As he hunts her down to retrieve his precious stone, he stirs a passion she didn’t know existed…and can’t resist.

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jingle me ballsJINGLE ME BALLS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Tis’ Christmas time on Mystical Isle and just like the fat bastard in red, I’ve made a list and now I shall check it… twice. Yeah, twice. I might wear a diaper, but I’m not an arse.
Battle the human women in sweatpants and snow boots for electronics on Black Friday. Check. Cover each palm tree in lights even though the Mermaids insist they look phallic. Check. By the way, what does phallic mean? Never mind. Check. Moving on. Weave a Christmas tale during family story time on the beach, have a family portrait made in the special sweaters I pilfered, and write a letter to Santa. I mean, fat bastard…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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defying the relic hunterDEFYING THE RELIC HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORD SERIES BOOK 11) by Gail Koger

Kizzy sees dead people, but she’s a thief and talking to dead folks is about as useful as a three-legged horse. The Dragos clan booted her out when her year’s take was a lousy five hundred and sixty credits. The only way back in is to pull off a million-credit heist. Alone. When Kizzy’s jobs as a roadkill collector and medical test subject goes south, she decides taking Montezuma’s gold away from an Indiana Jones wannabe is the ultimate heist. The snag? The Indiana Jones wannabe is Ethan Jones, a dangerous Coletti Warlord. Now that she’s caught his attention, he’s determined to capture her as his prize. Can the ghost whisperer defeat the big, bad Warlord?

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case of the tormented trollCASE OF THE TORMENTED TROLL (NOIR FAIRY TALES) by Linda Mooney

The 1940s. Life in Grimm City can be just as fabulous as it is dangerous. But it’s not a place that can be found on any map. Welcome to a world of gun-toting, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking fairies, elves, dwarfs, shifters, and witches, as well as human beings.Welcome to Noir Fairy Tales. Beldon Chase and Aura Dagger, of Chase and Dagger Detective Agency, are hired by Estin Ragg, a troll whose brother, Durif, was discovered dead under the 82nd Street Bridge. The coroner calls it a suicide, but Estin swears it was murder. The cops seem to be sitting on their hands because he’s a troll, and everyone knows how much trolls are castigated and despised in the realm. Aura and Beldon are partners. He’s an ex-cop who was framed for something he didn’t do and kicked off the force. Soon after hanging out the shingle of his detective agency, he found Aura homeless in the streets after the death of her father. Something about the young woman touched him deep inside, and he took her in and trained her how to be a gumshoe. They’re in love with each other, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (NETHERWORLD SERIES BOOK 7) by Olivia Hutchinson

Carey Tremblay isn’t just a witch, she’s a norn–one of the mysterious weavers of destiny able to see and control the future. Psychic visions are a regular occurrence for her, but it takes just one to lead Carey down a path on the quest to save all those she loves from the maniacal warlock hellbent on destruction. With multiple lives on the line, the last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of a sexy hybrid named Finn.

Finn saved the norn years ago when he still went by the name of Phineas, a shifter/vampire hybrid who worked as a Council Enforcement officer. Now, more than two decades later, he’s back to play bodyguard for a woman who can barely stomach his presence. As Carey’s enemies close in, Finn must not only protect the woman from the warlocks hunting her, but also from himself.

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tates taleTATE’S TALE (SEXY SINS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Lilith Darville

An incubus has infiltrated the Sexy Sins Academy to snatch recruits for Hades’ dungeon, and the gods chose—drafted? Conscripted? Take your pick—me to purge the incubus and get things back on track as head mistress. That’s definitely one of my specialties.

I’ve got four smoking-hot bodyguards whose first job is to ease me through my ascension to the Underworld. Imagine if the flu made you uber horny and your bodyguards were an angel, a werewolf, a vampire, and a demon. Nice problem to have, right? Except I’m on a mission. I want my destined mate back. Funny enough, so do they and they’re all convinced it’s me. I’ve got one chance, one month, to fix the academy and find my beloved somewhere in the Underworld before I’m slung back to my real life. Trouble is, I can’t keep my mind, or my hands, off my bodyguards.

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brotherhood of the seaBROTHERHOOD OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 1) by Elle Beaumont

VS Note: Teen/YA, no apparent romance…

Eighteen-year-old Jager and his older brother, Kriegen, are recent graduates from Selith Academy-an elite school for merfolk. The two work to help their community after tragedy befell their father, but when the Uplanders break a promise, the two mermen only have one goal-keep the kingdom safe at any cost. When the brothers are divided in their responses, they quickly learn that every choice has a consequence, and every action has a price.

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vampire seductionVAMPIRE SEDUCTION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

He’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit and she’s determined to get him off… in more ways than one. The vamp life sure as hell ain’t the glam life. Just ask Alena Falkov. One day she’ll be a full-fledged attorney, but for now, she’s stuck working her fangs off at a thankless job while she attends Othercross University’s esteemed law school.
Of course she might not have the job for long if she can’t be on time, but when a vampire catches the scent of her Beloved—her one true soul mate—in the hallways of the courthouse, no one could blame her for tracking him down. Now if only he wasn’t the defendant… and by all accounts, guilty. Or is he?

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witch is how to lose bigWITCH IS HOW TO LOSE BIG (A WITCH P.I. MYSTRY BOOK 35) by Adele Abbott

Two custard creams…A man has gone missing from a hotel, and Jill is on the case. Meanwhile, what has happened to the ghost’s jewellery, and what is in the trinket box?
are not as good as five.

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life minus meLIFE MINUS ME (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair

Mel is half Angel, but despite her ability to heal and read minds, she feels powerless to help anyone. When a prophecy shows a local pet supply store owner driving their car off a bridge, Mel sets out to stop it. Baily, owner of Barks and Bits, is barely holding it together. Things keep going wrong, and their depression spirals out of control. Just as they start wondering if they’d be better off dead, a new friend provides a glimmer of hope. But is that enough to keep living? Mel never thought saving Baily would be easy, but she can’t figure out when, where, or why Baily’s suicide will happen. As her confidence fades away, she wonders how she can help anyone when she needs so much help herself.

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interludeINTERLUDE: A SHORT STORY OF ANDAR (THE ANDARI CHRONICLES BOOK 5.5) by Kenley Davidson

Revisit the royal family of Andar in this short story, as the impending birth of the heir to Andar’s throne leads to a tense standoff, an accusation of theft, and the discovery of just who is really in charge at Evenburg Castle. Enjoy a brief glimpse into the lives of Trystan, Ramsey, Kyril, Ilani and their families three years after the events of Traitor’s Masque.

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witching moonWITCHING MOON by Poppy Woods

Alandra Michaels is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, ordinary witch. She doesn’t have an affinity for an element, like her sister. She can’t speak to the dead, like her mother. Even her familiar–Beezelbub the moth–is a plain, non-threatening insect. Alandra is fine with that; she knows what she is and what she isn’t. Or so she thought . . .When a spell goes wrong and a gorgeous woman shows up in her living room claiming to be the Moon, everything changes for Alandra and her magical abilities will be put to the test. Can she reverse the spell and send Luna back to her realm?

Celestials never go to Earth anymore. When witches figured out they could harness their energy for ultimate power, celestials closed the doors to their own realms. When a beautiful young witch accidentally summons Luna to Earth, the clock begins ticking. Can she make it home before she’s sacrificed for her power? Will she even want to?

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storm chaserSTORM CHASER (STORMS OF BLACKWOOD BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh

VS Note: From December.

Alexis Ravenel: Rule breaker, risk taker, game changer. With the fae and sirens waging war at Blackwood’s gates, and no one else stepping in to help—thanks a lot harpies—it’s up to me and my sexy Storm Princes to save our kingdom from eminent doom. To do this, we’ll have to meet Hydratica head-on in a battle the likes of which we’ve never seen. See, there are more than sirens lurking in their murky waters, and whatever is down there, I think it’s guarding the Eye of the Sea—the elusive object we need to find on behalf of the Storm King. Only, I have no intention of handing it over to him. Not after everything he’s done…He tried to rule me, but I’m a rule breaker. He tried to tame me, but I’m a risk taker. He tried to play me, but I’m no longer just a pawn in his wicked game…I’m a game changer, and I’m not playing by his rules anymore.

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exemplar hallJESSE AND THE MAGI VAULT (EXEMPLAR BOOK 2) by Auburn Tempest and Ruby Night

Being drafted into an elite, all-male academy of magik, monsters, and mercenary men wasn’t something I planned–but honestly, who could’ve seen that coming? Trapped by the wards of the school…Chipped and trackable if we happen to escape…Pretending to be a dude in a sea of testosterone…As if the physical and mental challenges at Exemplar Hall aren’t enough, if anyone finds out who our father is, Wyatt and I will be branded the offspring of the greatest traitor this academy ever saw. Awesomesauce. Bring it.

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whiteWHITE: EMALA’S STORY (RAGORU BEGINNING’S BOOK 1) by S J Sanders

Raised in a gilded cage, Emala was given everything she wanted from the very day that the Master rescued her mother from execution. Born of a maternal lineage in which human brides were mated to the clannish northern Ragoru triads, Emala grew up listening to her mother’s stories of the Ragoru though she never expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She didn’t fantasize about a triad of mates to shower adoration on her, but a simple life in a village far away from the Master’s watchful eye. Though she knows nothing of surviving outside of the grand manor, when the Master comes to her with an impossible offer on her twentieth birthday, Emala dares to risk it all to find her way to freedom. Even if it brings the order down on her head.
When she is saved by a Ragoru and finds shelter with his triad through the winter, she discovers a possible love that could mend old wounds and may promise her the happy ever after that she always wanted.

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stolen by the dragonSTOLEN BY THE DRAGON (STORM DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

The only thing on Damien’s mind is ensuring his race will live on. It’s that single-minded focus that drove the storm dragon through the magical portal, the last of a small band of dragons fleeing an ominous and powerful enemy. When he’s confronted on the other side by a short, sassy and deliciously curvy woman with powers he can’t comprehend, everything changes. He should be focusing on the future of his people, but all he wants to do is focus on her. His dragon is roaring wildly and he doesn’t know how much longer he can resist its call.

Anna Sturgis has trained all her adult life at Winterspell Academy. She’s ready to face any of the usual paranormal threats. Werewolves, vampires, Faeries, she’s prepared for them all. What she can’t fight is the sizzling attraction she feels to one dragon shifter in particular. Her studies are beckoning, but the siren call of the muscular male is more luring than anything she’s felt before. If she can’t learn to resist his smile, then she’s going to succumb to him completely.

Their nightly rendezvous are strictly forbidden by both sides. Secret passages are their respite, where they are free to explore the connection between them. That is, until everything is exposed, leaving Damien with but one choice. He doesn’t want to do it, but it’s the only way to save Anna. In the process though, he might just put her in even greater danger. Because the evil the dragons thought they left behind isn’t about to give up.

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time through the heartTIME THROUGH THE HEART (EVERLASTING LOVE BOOK 4) by Susie McIver

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s an angry spirit. When their worlds collide, sparks fly, and so do tempers. Follow them as they travel through time for each other.
First rule of visiting a haunted Scottish castle; don’t fall in love with a ghost. Second rule; don’t travel back in time. Third rule; don’t get killed.

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some pig and a mummy digSOME PIG AND A MUMMY DIG (A SOUTHERN BELLES AND SPELLS MATCHMAKER MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amy Abbott

When an Egyptian pyramid arrives in Witch’s Forge, the entire town is buzzing with excitement—there’s even a mummy inside! Yet this pyramid holds ancient secrets that are not supposed to come to light, knowledge that could change the way witches and vampires see each other in the world.
So when the lead archaeologist is murdered and the missing mummy becomes the primary suspect, Charming is worried. Is there a mummy on the loose or is someone playing a sick joke?
In order to discover the truth, Charming will turn to Thorne’s estranged family for help. Thorne will be forced to face his father, the man who banished him. Everyone must work together to solve the mystery. Can they do it or will they succumb to the mummy’s curse?

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angel furyANGEL  FURY (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 2) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of a legendary archangel, has always known her gods-endowed magic comes with a price. As an angel in the Legion of Angels, she lives where the Legion commands her to live, trains how the Legion tells her to train, and marries whom the Legion instructs her to marry. Somehow it all sounded simpler in her head.
When Cadence is ordered to marry the enigmatic angel Damiel Dragonsire, a man she hardly knows, her whole perfect, predictable life is turned upside down. The wedding, however, is cut short by a dark threat that throws Cadence and Damiel into a world of magic as ancient and deadly as the original Immortals, powerful deities who once ruled the entire known universe.

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freedoms knifeFREEDOM’S KNIFE (JUSTICIAR’S REDEMPTION BOOK 1) by Daphne Moore

CE 2644. Alys Xoticos-Quinn is lucky to be alive. Sentenced to death for a justifiable crime, she’s instead magically compelled to solve problems for the despotic Union. But when her latest mission uncovers government corruption and possessed residents, the political fallout could claim her son… and her life. Barely surviving a vicious attack from the Wendigo, a legendary spirit of eternal hunger, Alys teams up with a mysterious mage partner. But as the two search for clues to the terrifying possessions, Alys’s enemies are determined to make certain this is her last job. And if she can’t get to the truth in time, the next Wendigo assault may be fatal. Can Alys protect her son and smash a sinister conspiracy before she loses everything?

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lady hotspurLADY HOTSPUR by Tessa Gratton

STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER. This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she’s been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded—or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora’s own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights.

Hal loathes being a Prince; she’s much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best—but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates—Lady Hotspur Persy, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.

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city of stone and silenceCITY OF STONE AND SILENCE (THE WELLS OF SORCERY TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Django Wexter

After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton‘s mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they’re not alone.

Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can’t find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor’s spymaster before a year is up, her sister’s Tori’s life will be forfeit.

But there’s more to Tori’s life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor’s iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret—the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she’s spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka’s fate on the line.

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home familiar homeHOME FAMILIAR HOME (ACCIDENTAL FAMILIAR BOOK 4) by Belinda White

VS Note: From mid December…

All my life, I’d thought the Ravenswind farmhouse was huge. But then Opal added another small family and another soon-to-be adopted daughter to the mix. The house’s space was shrinking big time. Kids can do that. I’m really not complaining, mind you. I love the new family, and I’m really glad we can be there for them. Just saying that things are getting a little crowded, that’s all. So when Arc and Ruby approached me with a deal to buy a small mini-estate with not one but two houses, what was there really to think about? Especially when the owner was desperate for a sale and willing to make us a deal of a lifetime.

The owner didn’t strike me as all too trustworthy, though, so we did things right. The contract was vetted by Dad, and we had a full home inspection done before signing on any dotted lines. We really thought we’d covered all our bases. Oh, how wrong we were.

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penrics progressPENRIC’S PROGRESS by Lois McMaster Bujold

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

Footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order—and solves mysteries along the way. Penric’s Demon: On the way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season.” As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric—and changes the course of his life forever.

Penric and the Shaman: Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric must accompany a Locator of the Father’s Order assigned to capture a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

Penric’s Fox: When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard’s Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

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night countryTHE NIGHT COUNTRY: A HAZEL WOOD NOVEL (THE HAZEL WOOD BOOK 2) by Melissa Albert

In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang. With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home.

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scavenge the starsSCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one.

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dark alphas temptationDARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION: A REAPER NOVEL (REAPERS BOOK 9) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

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crown of fireCROWN OF FIRE (THE FORBIDDEN FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall 

Ever since the Court of Flames banished me, I’ve managed to hide my true nature–Chosen One of the Fire Fae. Apparently, I’m destined to save us all. Truth is, I’m not that impressive. When I’m not hunting demons, I’m slinging drinks at Potions & Pastilles. At least, until the lethally sexy king of the Court of Ice finds me. He’s been hunting me for years and wants to claim me as his fated mate. But it gets darker. He plans to sacrifice me to save his dying kingdom. One touch changes everything though, because I’m the only one who can warm him. I’m going to use that to my advantage and lure him to the Court that banished me. There, I’ll kill him before he kills me. But I’m playing with fire, because I’m not sure if I can I resist him long enough to change my fate. And if I don’t die, then his entire Court will. Including him.

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found and forgedFOUND AND FORGED (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 4) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and it all started with a routine fight in the middle of nowhere Nevada that ended up changing everything. I found…Family. My Chosen. Power. Vengeance. Now I find myself in the middle of nowhere Russia, my destiny within walking distance, and I have no idea what I’ll find. Will I be welcomed? Feared? Despised? We’re about to find out. Sentinel City, ready or not here I come.

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dragons mail order brideDRAGON’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Kayla Wolf

I’ve just done the most reckless thing in my life. I’ve said yes to a guy who proposed to me on a website. Am I insane? Have I actually lost my mind? The thing is that I can’t help myself. Muscular shoulders, sensuous lips, and a heart-stopping grin…
He’s exactly my type. Yes, I hate dating, and yes, I want commitment. But can I actually be a mail order bride? Will he love me and all my curves? Will that body, dripping in sweat, worship me in all my voluptuous glory? One month, that’s the agreed upon time limit. One month to live together as husband and wife. I must be crazy. But I’ve already signed. Here I come, husband.

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chosen slayer book 2CHOSEN (SLAYER BOOK 2) by Kiersten White

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom. And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

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first ageTHE FIRST AGE: WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (THE SECRET HISTORIES BOOK 1) by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Mikal despised the idea of working with an Imperial, for reasons both personal and political, but only the invaders’ magic could repair the artifact weapon that was the last link to a family he’d left behind. Rian was a magician by trade, trying to escape the obligations of his noble birth, and the life his family planned out for him. Living incognito at the border of Imperial territory, he found his solitude interrupted by a mysterious visitor with an impossible commission. Their meeting will set in motion a chain of events that will irrevocably alter everything they know of the world, and set their two civilizations on a course to ruin.

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charmed soulsCHARMED SOULS (BLACK SOULS BOOK 1) by Abbi Glines

They say blood is thicker than water, but I was never proud of mine. A female born into the Kamlock bloodline was destined to possess three things they couldn’t change—a crazy as hell mother, an unfair amount of beauty, and a Charmed soul that was as black as night.
All a Kamlock woman ever desired in life was to use her beauty to destroy wealthy men and take their riches. A century had passed since a generation of Kamlock sisters had been anything other than gold diggers.
All I ever wanted was to be free of them. I knew I couldn’t change my cursed birth, but I could change its legacy. I had a job, I had friends, and I was slowly gaining my independence.
Until Rathe Scott crashed into my life and tore it apart. He made me feel what I had spent my entire life never wanting to feel. He brought out a darkness I’d not known was inside me. And just when I thought I was becoming everything I had sworn I would never  become…He was gone.

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devils bloodDEVIL’S BLOOD: SHADE OF DEVIL BOOK 3 by Shayne Silvers

Before the now-infamous Count Dracula ever tasted his first drop of blood, Sorin Ambrogio owned the night…and now he’s back. History collides in present-day New York City. The various supernatural factions are splintering and growing desperate to maintain their seats of power. And one man hungers for nothing more than to burn it all to the ground. Because he learns he has been lied to all along, that his centuries-long slumber may have been intentional. Betrayal doesn’t get better with age. It just grows sharper and hungrier. Violence is a virtue in the tale of the world’s First Vampire. The name Sorin Ambrogio will go down in the history books—even if he has to write it himself.

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huntedTHE HUNTED by Bethany-Kris

Let the hunt begin …After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that. He should kill her. Perhaps, keeping her might be worse. Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling. And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

Amazon      Apple Books

his little vixenHIS LITTLE VIXEN (LOVE BITES BOOK 2) by Lauren Smith

Sadie Harris doesn’t like immortals. After vampires leave her an orphan, she’s raised by her grandmother at the edge of a werewolf pack’s territory. As a fox shifter she knows the rules about werewolves: Stay clear of the boundaries, never go out after dark during the full moon and take a vacation far, far away when she goes into her shifter mating heat or else she’ll attract literal “big bad wolves.” But when her flight gets cancelled and her mating heat is coming – so are the wolves. The last thing she expects is to get rescued by a tall, dark and gorgeous man…er…vampire. What’s a vixen to do?

Seamus Gallagher might be immortal but his life is full of mortal problems: he’s been framed for the murder of the woman his two best friends loved; he’s on a mission to find and kill his sire; and, he has no idea what to do with the feisty red-headed vixen he just rescued from a vicious werewolf pack. He doesn’t have time to babysit a skittish shifter who hates vampires, but when he looks at her, Seamus sees trouble. Sexy, sweet, and irresistible trouble. The last thing this vamp needs is to fall in love.

Amazon      Apple Books

growling for my mateGROWLING FOR MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 1) by Shaw Hart

Grier Taylor is just a lost girl. Abandoned by her parents when she was young, she was raised by the group of shifters who took her in. Now that she’s grown, she can’t help but notice all of the ways that she doesn’t truly belong. On her eighteenth birthday, Grier decides to leave Ash Mountain and the pack. That is until the Alpha comes for her.
Slate has been Alpha of his pack ever since his parents were killed by hunters. Lonely and overworked, he wonders if he’ll ever find his fated mate. That’s when he catches her scent.
Will this Alpha shifter be able to convince his mate that they’re meant to be and that there’s nowhere that she belongs more than with him and his pack?

Amazon

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dear edwardNew Release Book Recommendation: DEAR EDWARD by Anne Napolitano

VS Note: I don’t often recommend books here that aren’t SFR/F/PNR but this one is SO GOOD. I read it in one sitting and found it very satisfying as a story (there’s a supermild romantic element towards the end). Plane crashes, orphaned children and tragic situations are not usually my thing but this book grabbed me and would not let go. 5 stars from me, definitely. It’s quite an emotional journey.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

Amazon

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mission to mahjundarFeaturing another title from my backlist, MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR:

An attempted assassination left Princess Shalira blind as a child and, now that she’s of marriageable age, her prospects are not good because of her disability. She’s resigned herself to an arranged marriage rather than face life under the thumb of her cold stepmother. But then she meets Mike Varone, a Sectors Special Forces officer sent to Mahjundar by the intergalactic government to retrieve a ship lost in her planet’s mountains. After Mike saves Shalira from another assassination attempt, she arranges for him to escort her across the planet to her future husband. She’s already falling hard for the deadly offworlder and knows she should deny herself the temptation he represents, but taking Mike along to protect her is the only way she’ll live long enough to escape her ruthless stepmother.

Mike, for his part, resists his growing attraction to the princess; he has a mission on this planet and rescuing the vulnerable but brave princess isn’t it. No matter how much he wishes it could be.

But what should have been an easy trek through Mahjundar’s peaceful lands swiftly turns into an ambush with danger around every turn. Shalira’s marriage begins to seem less like an arranged union and more like yet another planned assassination. The more they work together to survive, the harder it becomes to stop themselves from falling in love. Caught in a race against time, can they escape the hostile forces hunting them and make it off the planet?

Amazon     Barnes & Noble   iTunes      KOBO     Google Play

And the sequel HOSTAGE TO THE STARS!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 1, 2020

December 25

December 18

December 11

December 4

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.

 

 

 

2 comments on “New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 8

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