Open the Cell Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL, which was released on Jan 31st.

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, continuing on from where I stopped last week:

The Khagrishi teetered back and forth as she slowly extended her right hand toward the controls on the exterior of the cell and pushed one button after the other in a slow motion effort, mouthing the symbols with cracked lips as she touched the corresponding part of the pad.

Holding her breath, Mandy was only a few inches away from the tech now, separated by the shimmering force barrier, “So far so good, open the cell and take me to the lab with you.” The faint cognizance she’d seen in the woman’s eyes before was gone and she stared at Mandy as if not really seeing her at all. The next breath rattled horribly in the tech’s chest and she fell forward.

As she did so, her hand pushed against the long orange button at the bottom of the console. There was a harsh buzz and the force barrier retracted about half way, leaving an opening.

In utter disbelief, Mandy stood frozen for a moment.

Her fellow prisoners didn’t hesitate, surging forward with oaths and cries, shoving and pushing to get out the opening. Several fell, sprawling in either the cell or the corridor and people trampled over them before they crawled or were dragged away from the open space.

“Come on!” A frantic man grabbed Mandy’s sleeve and pulled her toward the opening, “The barrier might reactivate any second.”

She was the last person out of the cell.

VS: But of course there’s a lot more adventure and trouble ahead. More next week!

honeymoon for the alphaVS Note: My newest release HONEYMOON FOR THE ALPHA:

The blurb: Thrown together as helpless prisoners in the punishing conditions of a Khagrish lab, Jill and Aydarr fell in love. Claiming each other as mates despite only having one night alone in a cell, they formed a deep, loving mate bond. Now, a planetary year later, after escaping the lab and leading the ongoing rebellion against the enemy together, Aydarr longs for more. He wants a chance to show Jill how much she means to him.

He decides to risk everything to take his mate away from it all for a few days. But will the Khagrish, the threats lurking in the planet’s unexplored wilderness and the Badari goddess allow them to complete A Honeymoon for the Alpha?

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landonAnd of course LANDON is still new!

The blurb: When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.

Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.

As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.

Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?

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Why I Wrote HONEYMOON FOR THE ALPHA with Excerpt

honeymoon for the alphaActually, what started me thinking about this story was Valentine’s Day, as in “wouldn’t it be nice to have a special story to release for the holiday?”

A little background – I post a photo of a different pair of earrings from my massive fashion jewelry collection every day on my Facebook page and my Instagram and in mid-January I was going through the drawers to see if I had enough heart-shaped ones to go with that theme for the entire month of February. Which put me in a Valentine’s mood – romantic. I’ve always felt that Aydarr and Jill, the couple from my first, award winning Badari Warriors (Sectors New Allies Series) novel, got a bit shortchanged in the romance department. They were apart for a chunk of the book and although they are each other’s fated mate and love each other deeply, they never really got much chance to enjoy their romance. There was too much other stuff happening with escaping the alien scientists’ lab, rescuing all the prisoners and starting a war for survival. They have their HEA by the book’s end and are a deeply devoted couple but never got to have hearts and flowers and a courtship. One night in a cell…

As I sorted through heart shaped earrings, I thought, what if they went on a belated honeymoon? My late husband and I took our honeymoon on our one year anniversary, so that was part of the inspiration. We went camping in the Sequoias and it was wonderful.

I loved the challenges of figuring out what they could do to “get away from it all”, what would make sense in this environment, how would a Badari Alpha feel and what would he say to the human woman he loves? And vice versa?

I didn’t want the story to be all steamy sexy times. There always has to be some adventure in any story I write. Jill is a tough, take charge ex-soldier and so I felt she needed a time to shine and show that side of herself. I won’t give too much of a spoiler here but I also have had a lifelong fascination with quicksand. When I was a kid, people were always falling into quicksand in movies and TV and as some famous person has said (paraphrasing here), as an adult I’m really surprised how little quicksand I’ve actually encountered. I thought the darn stuff was everywhere!  But of course, since the novella is science fiction, this is no ordinary quicksand…

The other thing I was fascinated by and believed Jill and Aydarr would be intrigued by was the question of what if they’d met in some other place and time. Would they still have become mates? What would that all important first encounter look like? The challenge was, as Jill says at one point, “…you were here and I was there [in the Sectors].” How could they ever have met in any way other than the way they did in book one, as prisoners in the terrifying lab?

I love a good challenge and when I came up with the answer how to satisfy this whimsy for myself and them, I was excited to write the resulting scenes. I didn’t get the book done in time for a Valentine’s day release but close!

And Fiona Jayde did her magic with the cover art!

The blurb: Thrown together as helpless prisoners in the punishing conditions of a Khagrish lab, Jill and Aydarr fell in love. Claiming each other as mates despite only having one night alone in a cell, they formed a deep, loving mate bond. Now, a planetary year later, after escaping the lab and leading the ongoing rebellion against the enemy together, Aydarr longs for more. He wants a chance to show Jill how much she means to him.

He decides to risk everything to take his mate away from it all for a few days. But will the Khagrish, the threats lurking in the planet’s unexplored wilderness and the Badari goddess allow them to complete A Honeymoon for the Alpha?

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The excerpt as the story begins:

When Aydarr walked into the cave he shared with his mate Jill, there was no sign of her, which was hardly surprising given the late hour of the night and the fact she’d spent the day training cadets and cubs in field exercises on the new obstacle course deep in the forest. He assumed she’d gone to bed quite a while ago and he couldn’t blame her. There was also no sign of her ancient alien Artificial Intelligence MARL.

MARL had his own small room in the Alpha’s cave suite, which represented a compromise since Aydarr hadn’t wanted him in their private space at all and MARL insisted on remaining at Jill’s side at all times. Fortunately Jill saw things the way her mate did, believing humans needed privacy. Grudgingly MARL had agreed to spend his nights and other downtime in the special room constructed for him. The pack depended on him to keep their sanctuary valley safe from Khagrish incursion, to obtain and analyze enemy data and to provide power for operations so there was a thin line to be walked here. Aydarr was glad it was his even tempered mate who had to handle the delicate relationship rather than himself.

He paused at their dining table, eyeing the barely touched remains of what had obviously been quite a feast, prepared and sent over to their quarters by Sandara, the valley’s human chef. Dipping a finger in a rich sauce, now cold and rather unappealing, Aydarr took a taste. Many of his favorite dishes were arranged on the table. With a sinking feeling, he remembered Jill had made him promise to get home in time for dinner when she’d left their admin offices.

Of course he’d promised and of course he’d then gotten drawn into a deep discussion with Daegan, another Alpha and the promise was forgotten. He had to grin, surveying the table. Instead of putting the food away for later, Jill had left it out to confront him. An unmistakable message from his unsubtle mate. She must have been genuinely angry to waste so much food. He’d broken too many of these promises lately, after taking Daegan and his huge pack into the valley and numerous other challenges.

Better get this over with. Squaring his shoulders, he marched into the bedroom.

Jill was asleep, her black hair tousled on the pillow. Curled up on her side, she seemed to be having a deep dream.

Undressing quietly, he slipped into the bed behind her, spooning her small frame with his much larger Badari body and holding her close to his heart.

Jill yawned and snuggled into him. “Meetings finally over? Is it dawn yet?”

“I’m sorry I missed dinner after all,” he said. “Were you angry?”

There was a spurt of quickly suppressed laughter. “What do you think?” Opening her eyes, she rolled onto her back so she could see him. “Yes. And no.  As best as MARL and I could figure out, today was our anniversary, so I was going to surprise you with your favorite meal. I’d been planning it for a week. “

“Anniversary?” He’d heard the term used among humans and with a sinking sensation in his gut he guessed he’d missed an important occasion.

“A human thing,” she said. “It’s been one planetary year since you and I met. We think. Close enough to the exact date anyway.”

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VS Note: This post first appeared on Pauline B. Jones’s website.

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday FEB 26

honeymoon for the alphaI have another new release of my own to report! I had an idea for a special story for Jill and Aydarr in the Badari Warriors series and just released the novella, which can be read as a standalone…

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

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HONEYMOON FOR THE ALPHA: A BADARI WARRIORS NOVELLA (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES) by Veronica Scott

Thrown together as helpless prisoners in the punishing conditions of a Khagrish lab, Jill and Aydarr fell in love. Claiming each other as mates despite only having one night alone in a cell, they formed a deep, loving mate bond. Now, a planetary year later, after escaping the lab and leading the ongoing rebellion against the enemy together, Aydarr longs for more. He wants a chance to show Jill how much she means to him.

He decides to risk everything to take his mate away from it all for a few days. But will the Khagrish, the threats lurking in the planet’s unexplored wilderness and the Badari goddess allow them to complete A Honeymoon for the Alpha?

A 21,000+ word novella featuring Aydarr and Jill from the first book in the series.. Can be read as a standalone. Mild spoilers for the earlier books in the series.

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toxic dustTOXIC DUST (THE DEVIANT FUTURE BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

The world outside the domes is a scary place, but nothing compared to the marauder who captures Laura. With one dark look, Axel promises violence, yet his touch is gentle. He shows her a different way of living. A new set of truths. How the ancients used to do things. Makes her want a forbidden thing called love. But can she leave her past and beliefs behind? The woman is trouble with a capital T. Yet the moment Axel sees her, rational thought disappears, and when she ends up in grave danger, he can’t stop himself from going to her rescue. Will he be in time to save her?

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captive tana stoneCAPTIVE (BARBARIANS OF THE SAND PLANET BOOK 2) by Tana Stone

It wasn’t bad enough that scientist Max Dryden was taken as a bounty by an all-female space bounty hunter crew. Nope, that was only the beginning. When the bounty hunters were marooned on a sand planet, she was captured by aliens and taken to their city. Now she’s got a personal bodyguard and captor watching her every move.

One problem. He’s not one of the aliens who took her. He’s one of the sand barbarians sent by the bounty hunter women to break her out and bring her back. Since she’s determined to find a way off the planet and out of captivity, he’s a very big and very hot distraction she doesn’t need.

His mission was to infiltrate the Crestek city, find the human female, and bring her back to his Dothvek village and the other women. Well, he found her all right. Now he’s serving as her personal guard, locked inside the luxurious suite in the enemy city, and trying to ignore the fact that the human scientist he was sent to rescue is a beautiful, intriguing female. Can he get them both out without being discovered? Or losing his heart?

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purgatory cityPURGATORY CITY (THROUGH THE GATES BOOK 1) by Skye MacKinnon and Rebecca Royce

Alone in a desolate world ravaged by war and alien invasion, Eileen Paine offers herself to indentured servitude in Purgatory City—a chance at a different life. No one knows what happens beyond the gates, but it has to be better than the peril in the Blastlands. Nothing could have prepared her for the darkness, the tests, the changes, or the people she meets. Least of all being changed and controlled by the aliens in power. With no guarantee of success, eliminations happening frequently, and the threat of potential allies becoming enemies, does Eileen have what it takes to survive?  And when her heart gets involved, can she live with what she has to do to escape Purgatory?

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paradox of fatesA PARADOX OF FATES (PREVENT THE PAST BOOK 1) by Rebecca Hefner

Dr. Elaine “Lainey” Randolph was born with one sole purpose: to prevent the past. With her brilliant mind and unwavering spirit, she works tirelessly to solve the equations that will finally unlock the mystery of time travel. Then, she will leave the post-apocalyptic future her grandfather created and travel back in time to prevent his calamitous actions.

When handsome military captain Hunter Rhodes appears at Lainey’s remote scientific hub, he offers her protection. But there are strings attached to the mysterious soldier’s proffer, and Lainey finds herself wary of the man who stokes unwelcome longing and desire in her unemotional heart. For Lainey is a scientist, obdurate and dispassionate toward the notion of romantic love.

As Lainey’s band of ragtag scientists and loyal soldiers endeavor to escape the dystopian future, the evil New Establishment threatens to destroy them all. In their unpredictable timeline, the nefarious regime has become all-powerful and will stop at nothing to ensure complete world domination.

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jaxarJAXAR: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF SANGRIN BOOK 8) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress

Once bitten, twice shy. Vanessa knows what aliens want—babies— and she’s not having it. She’ll change her name, change her ID chip, and hunker down on a miserable moon on the far side of the galaxy before she gets matched to an alien brute. Again. Jaxar knows that Vanessa is the one for him but he needs time to convince her. With the clock ticking, he’ll do anything to claim her reluctant heart. Even steal her.

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birth of the colossusBIRTH OF THE COLOSSUS: A STEAMPUNK SPACE OPERA ADVENTURE (A HOLLY DRAKE JOB BOOK 5) by Nicole Grotepas

In the absence of the Heart, a new power rises. Holly Drake knew that her victory would be short-lived. Things never felt right after what happened. It was too little. Too much. A contradiction of all the emotions that the revelations shook up in her. If things can get worse. They will. She’s learned that much. Without her crew watching her back, she’d be lost. No. That’s not true. She’s strong and tough. As a new power rises and pecks at the fringes of her peace, she’s got nothing to fear. Whatever comes, she’ll face it. And take it out. The 6 Moons crew witnesses the birth of a new monster. A new beast. The threat is more than anything they could have imagined. If they don’t take it out, the colossus that forms from the skeletal remains of what once was will be more brutal and dangerous than even they could have known.

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banes heartBANE’S HEART (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 9) by Michelle Howard

Bane Hardusho is one of the famed Jutak Warriors from Team Three fighting for justice. When a potential career ending injury sidelines him, his position within the elite group is jeopardized. A military rehab center holds the only hope of helping him to get back on his feet. He should be concentrating on regaining his ability to walk, not the beautiful medic assistant assigned to help him.
Dharma Volgi’s time at a military rehab center is almost over and she’s close to gaining her freedom. Complete the assignment and get out. It’s all she can think about in order to survive. Until him. She’s helped soldier after soldier during their time at CV-8 but none caught her attention like the Jutak warrior from Enotia. Now she has a new mission—don’t fall in love. With danger looming on the horizon and betrayal around the corner, will their hearts survive the aftermath?

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mihiles marvelMIHILE’S MARVEL: QUASAR LINEAGE BOOK 12 by Pearl Tate

MIHILE – I hate being trapped underground. With the planet Quasar uninhabitable on the surface, my entire life has been spent without sunlight. Since I was born blind, it’s kind of fitting. With my lack of vision and light skin and hair, I represent not only the most unique features of our species, but also the most shunned. Even with my political connections, I have few friends and no female prospects for any kind of commitment. I think I’ll always be alone in the dark until I see her.  Suddenly, my sight begins forming, and my already excellent hearing becomes super charged. Now, I find out almost everything I believed was a lie. Our planet is inhabited above ground, and even though my doctors don’t tell me themselves, I’ve mated. I’ll never be alone again—if my mate makes it to me. The ruling bodies of Quasar are conspiring against the males who’ve mated… maybe even killing them. Will the spacecraft carrying my mate make it to Quasar? And when they do, will we be able to expose the conspiracy and all those involved? How can we possibly stop something that runs so deep, when there’s no way to let everyone know the truth?

TARA – Every day, every decision, whether it’s large or small is based around my safety. Where I go, how I go there, and with whom is all carefully weighed. Despite my family’s diligence, between a hospital visit and attending college, I’m assaulted on a bus, and I end up fighting for my life. Given the choice to leave Earth by the equivalent of alien matchmakers, I decide to take the plunge. I’m sick of the fear and female suppression my government enables. I’m told that my mate has endured a similar plight, and I’ll have a part in changing that for his species. (…more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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claimed by the alien kingCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN KING (WARRIORS OF QYNORA) by Aline Ash

Life on a salvage crew is a continuous struggle for a woman like me. And struggle turns to living hell when we’re captured by a Qynoran warcraft. The king has a breeding program, and my crew are it’s newest subjects. But when he sees me, he wants something more. He doesn’t want me as a breeder… he wants me for himself. The mate of the king? Me? I could never want such a cruel beast. But he’s determined to have me, and the longer I’m around him, the more my defenses fall. I’m supposed to be fighting for my freedom… can I really let myself be claimed by the king?

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aliens brideALIEN’S BRIDE (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 14) by Rena Marks

Mail Order Brides. Such an archaic custom. But when an ad is circulated through Earth-Ground and the nine floating cities, it catches the eye of Cassandra Richter. Xenia has some of the most world-renowned doctors in reproductive endocrinology, including the famous Dr. Irina Mescar. This may be her one chance at having a baby.

Milo:  He knows the delicate human female is his the first time he lays eyes on her. However, Cassandra Richter doesn’t feel the same. Instead she worships his Xeno Sapien brother, Landon. There’s nothing he can do but love her from afar—and hate Landon for stealing his one shot at happiness. Cassie:  While Cassie is drugged to the hilt with Love Potion #9, the Xeno Sapien who catches her eye is magnificent. Sculpted and muscular, a sexy blue dream. He’s the one for her. Landon Xeno Sapien. Unfortunately, he’s not the one who triggers her compatibility. No, her friend and sponsor, Milo, does. But Landon nurtures the same feelings for her as she does for him. Can she forego her dream of having a child to have him instead?

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her alien alphaHER ALIEN ALPHA (SALVAGED HEARTS BOOK 1) by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells

I’m not in space to meet a man. The crew of the Ladies’ Choice left Earth to work without distractions, so we have a rule: no men on board. That rule went out of the airlock when I found Delkor. An alien cyborg, locked in stasis for decades since the Big War. Leader of the rebels who took down an Empire. A smoking-hot alien alpha with a robot arm and a voice that melts me every time he speaks. But he’s as valuable as he is dangerous. The local gang bosses are powerful and will do whatever it takes to control Delkor, putting me and my crew in danger as long as he’s with us. Maybe walking away would be the smart thing to do, but I don’t have that option. Delkor wants me as much as I want him, and what he wants, he takes.

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tundras travelers other travestiesTUNDRAS, TRAVELERS AND OTHER TRAVESTIES by Amara Lynn

Eis has lived on a solar powered outpost in a tundra covered land all zir life. After zir parents passing, Eis is left to maintain the outpost alone, struggling to do so between chronic pain flare ups, waiting for the day a traveler might come in need of a warm bed and a meal. A day Eis thinks might never come, until a mysterious craft crashes into one of the solar panels. Eis never expected a traveler to come out of the craft, or for him to be so captivating and beautiful. Everything Eis knows could change with the coming of this traveler, and yet the greatest travesty would be never knowing what else is out there, beyond the tundra, beyond the skies.

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her alien captorHER ALIEN CAPTOR (PRAEZORIAN BPOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 1) by Ivy McAdams

Someone is here for me, and it’s not the pizza delivery man…The night a huge black-skinned alien with wicked horns abducts me, my reality is turned upside down. I may be no match for him, but I’m not going down without a fight. Especially when I discover my alien captor is a bounty hunter. I plead my innocence to no avail. He hates humans, but I still catch his heated gazes and experience his lingering touches. It’s enough to warm my blood, and I’m not complaining because the only thing colder and more unforgiving than him is outer space itself. There’s danger around every corner and if I’m going to survive, I’ll have to trust him. The funny thing about trust though. If you let a little spark in, it can catch fire…and that’s an inferno neither of us wants to be burned by, but one we can’t seem to put out.

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aliens ransomTHE ALIEN’S RANSOM (DRIXONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Ella Maven

“Nothing in my life had prepared me for extraterrestrial motorcycle clubs.” Frankie: I thought alien abductions only happened in movies. But here I am on a strange planet with green soil and a gang of muscled, wicked-horned aliens on hover bikes. All I want to do is go back to Earth, but the alpha male in charge has decided I belong to him. Now I’m on the back of his bike speeding to an unknown destination and super freaked out about liking his biceps and serious scowl. Good thing I have some banked personal days, because this might take awhile…
Daz: The job is supposed to be easy. All I have to do is deliver a spaceship of living cargo to the vile Uldani and they’ll release my brother. If I fail, they’ll take it out on him. Except the cargo is something I’ve never seen before–human females. The one called Frankie is beautiful and soft, and I’ve already spilled blood for her. Now how am I going to save my brother? Because this human female is mine.

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life belowTHE LIFE BELOW (FINAL SIX BOOK 2) by Alexander Monir

It was hard enough for Naomi to leave Leo, a fellow Final Six contestant, behind on a dying Earth. Now she doesn’t know who to trust. The International Space Training Camp continues to dodge every question about its past failed mission, and Naomi is suspicious that not everything is as it seems on her own mission to Europa. With just one shot at Jupiter’s moon, Naomi is determined to find out if there is dangerous alien life on Europa before she and her crew get there.

Leo, back on Earth, has been working with renegade scientist Dr. Greta Wagner, who promises to fly him to space where he can dock with Naomi’s ship. And if Wagner’s hypothesis is right, it isn’t a possibility of coming in contact with extraterrestrial life on Europa—it’s a definite, and it’s up to Leo to find and warn Naomi and the crew. With questions piling up, everything gets more dangerous the closer that the mission gets to Europa. A storm threatens to interfere with Leo’s takeoff, a deadly entity makes itself known to the Final Six, and all questions the ISTC has been avoiding about the previous mission get answered in a terrifying way. If the dream was to establish a new world for humans on Europa…the Final Six are about to enter a nightmare.

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alien soldiers captiveALIEN SOLDIER’S CAPTIVE (KENORIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm 

CORVI – Go to Earth. Get the weapon. Get out. Easy mission right? Wrong. Someone neglected to inform me that the “weapon” is a five-year-old human child. That’s not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem is her caregiver, Samantha. Strong, beautiful… And a huge pain in the ass. Sam’s fiercely protective of the child, refusing to let me train her. Her bond with the girl is admirable, even if it reminds me of the offspring I’ll never have. Unless the Universe has decided to give this broken down old warrior the gift of a mate…
SAM – This alien jerk is holding us captive. Which is pretty easy to do, considering he’s huge, powerful and purple. Yeah, purple. My niece thinks it’s the coolest thing in the world to meet an alien, but not me. Even when he protects us, keeps us safe. Even when the sight of him starts to send heat to the most unmentionable parts of my body. I force myself to remember that he’s not interested in me and my niece. He only wants her for her so-called latent powers. And me? He doesn’t want me at all. Which is fine with me. I just want to get back to Earth… if there’s still an Earth to go back to.

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qrurkQRURK: OBOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3 by Sabine Ferruci

Human Female Undercover on Obos – The easy part? Growing horns, claws, and silver skin. The hard part? Partnering with an overbearing Obosian male. Lieutenant Emma Johnson has played every possible undercover role as one of earth’s elite intelligence agents. But the jolts of heat around Qrurk make her ask: did she get her new body accessories to track down the bad guys? Or to beguile her new partner?

Qrurk, head of Obosian Intelligence, has been unable to stop the assassination attempts on his brother, Precep of Agra-Obos. He resents the order to involve the human woman, certain she can not pass as Obosian. But mostly, his mating reaction screams for him to take her, and he has never wanted a mate. He’s nearly certain. When they travel into the underbelly of Obos together, both are afraid, but not of the assassins they will encounter.

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drexDREX: VIRILIAN MAIL ORDER MATES by Ella Blake

When your obsessed ex is one of the most ruthless men in the world and there’s no place on Earth to hide from him (because you’ve tried), going to a faraway planet sounds like an adventure and a chance for a fresh start. The program worked out well for women in the past, and it allows Madison to stay with the child she will produce. Maddy is intrigued by the gorgeous Virilian king she’s matched with. He is serious, obviously lonely, and she is strongly attracted to him, but there’s one problem: He wants nothing to do with her.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Drex Letu, King of Exir City, is immediately and intensely attracted to the female chosen for him by the High Sage. However, he still mourns the loss of his mate who died from a devastating virus years earlier, and which killed most Virilian females. Now, his grim, solitary life is dedicated to serving his city and grieving those he lost. The beautiful, vivacious human who he is expected to produce offspring with, tempts him like no other, but there is no room in his life for what she offers…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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marekMAREK (THE VARTIK KING CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Liza Probz

Jazmine – Being a thief was never my life’s ambition, but there’s something I need to find, and I’ll go to any length to do it. It’s a matter of life and death. And no one is willing to help. A few mishaps later, I find myself in trouble with the feline king and it’s time to RUN. But I don’t get very far. A handsome humanoid is wanting company for a long trip and he’s offering just the help I need. For a cost…
Marek – One year. That’s all I get before I’m to step up as rightful king of my people. A people believed to be extinct by the surrounding worlds. Even though I’m the eldest and most responsible, I’m in need of an adventure and a beautiful woman to help keep my blood warm. Finding a human thief who needed a transport around the galaxy was not part of the plan, but once I laid eyes on her, I knew she was mine. She might plan on ripping me off and not paying up on her half of the bargain, but that’s all right. I don’t only want her body. I want everything she’s got to offer. Forever.

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alien fianceALIEN FIANCE: ALIEN BRIDE SERIES BOOK 2 by Luna Kingsley

Ida isn’t that different from all of the other girls at the bridal facility, but she’ll do anything to stand out of the crowd. The same mundane existence day after day is enough to drive her crazy. So when a Scaahni alien buys her and sends for her, she wants to be excited. Except he doesn’t seem to care who his bride is as long as he has one.
Zohled is too busy for love. He knows the perpetuation of their species is a top priority, in addition to making sure the villagers have enough food to make it through the winter. Ida is an unexpected distraction from the moment he lays his eyes on her soft features and smooth curves. After one look, he knows she’s the one he wants. He struggles to find a balance between his duties to his kingdom and to his new wife.
Ida wants excitement and adventure, so she can forget about the secret she hides. Zohled wants to make her happy, but he has the survival of all the villagers to think about as well. Opposites attract, but are their differences too great for them to overcome? Will these two strangers discover they have more in common than their passion in the bedroom?

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alien knight steals the brideALIEN KNIGHT STEALS THE BRIDE (LUMERIAN KNIGHTS BOOK 2) by Becca Brayden

Lumerian Knight Torrin Llahsab has spent months as a prisoner of the evil Vilitos with one goal, a single purpose…survive, escape, track an ancient artifact before it can be used to destroy more of his people. When an opportunity comes at last, he is moments from stealing an enemy ship and making his escape when he sees a beautiful human woman, bound and gagged, being tormented by the evil guards. Weak and injured, he risks everything to save the female. He is a protector. A defender. It’s what he is to his core and he cannot simply walk away…

Light years from Earth, Nurse Juliette Rosen is having one hell of a bad week. Captured by aliens, put in chains and flown light years from home, she’s sure she’s going to end up as a science experiment, or worse. Until a gorgeous stranger risks everything to save her, nearly dying to break her free of the enemy ship. He’s beautiful, strong, and mortally wounded. The desire she feels is undeniable, but now it’s her turn to risk everything. Her life. Her freedom. The wild black market on an unknown alien world. And worst of all, the evil plans of a murderous alien ruler determined to take her as his next bride…and his next victim. Will her knight protector be able to steal the bride before it’s too late?

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bureau of investigative time travelBUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE TIME TRAVEL: EPISODE 2: THE CHARADE by Alydia Rackham

Agent Artful Doyle and her new partner, Agent Darrish Fox, have been given their very first assignment: a “ghost” that should have been deactivated long ago has apparently turned up in a castle in Northumberland, 1880, terrifying guests who attempt to sleep in the Tapestry Chamber. And in order to complete the investigation together, the brand new team must masquerade as husband and wife.

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axxeon commanders petAXXEON COMMANDER’S PET (MATES FOR AXXEON 9 BOOK 2) by Liz Paffel

Quixx of Axxeon is loyal to his King. But he’d rather be assigned a mission inside a black hole than follow the order to take a human wife. He’s rough around the edges and doesn’t care what humans think of him. His only focus is to make right on a terrible tragedy. But his King has other plans…Quixx must fetch his betrothed, after receiving some personal lessons in manners. Those lessons are to come from the most stubborn, infuriating– and enticing– woman that he knows.

Priya Kotbf knows first hand how impossible Quixx can be. He’s gruff, rude, hopeless, dismissive… and sexy as hell. The Axxeon King wants her to groom his third in command to take a wife. But more hangs in the balance than they thought… If she can’t make him behave, they could lose it all. It should be a simple task, until chaos erupts with the help of an old enemy and Quixx proves how impossible he can be. Priya makes a shocking discovery that changes everything… and makes it unthinkable to see Quixx in another woman’s arms.

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knight awakeningKNIGHT AWAKENING (THE SCORPIUS SYNDROME BOOK 6) by Rebecca Zanetti

The world has changed. Any rules that might’ve been in place before the Scorpius bacterium ripped through civilization and decreased its population are no longer in place. Obsession and survival are the new reality. So, Marcus Knight, after a hellish time in captivity that stole most of his memory and all of his soul, has one focus, and that’s keeping Dr. Penelope Kim safe in the aftermath. She’d risked her life to save him once, and she’s all that matters. For months, he’s kept his distance, protecting her from afar, because he knows that one touch—one sigh—one kiss—from her will never be enough.

Passion is a Dangerous and Deadly Temptation – Penny Kim is one of the few doctors still living, and she alone holds the key to ensuring the human race continues. Several of her friends are pregnant, and the clock is ticking down on their survival. Her days are filled with experiments and hope, while her nights are consumed with visions and dreams of the hard-bodied and powerful soldier who’s made her safety his one and only mission. She should be wary of him; she should be terrified of him. Yet all she feels is an unreal craving for his touch that gets stronger every day. Life is short, and she’s unwilling to wait, unaware of the danger already hunting them both. Some risks are worth it, even in this new and dangerous world.

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grindersGRINDERS by C S Boyack

VS Note: Not a romance.

Jimi Cabot made one mistake as a starving college student. When she went to work for the San Francisco Police Department, it nearly cost her the job. The union stepped in and they had to reinstate her. They did so by assigning her to the duty nobody wants, Grinder Squad. Grinders are people who use back room surgeries to enhance their bodies with computer chips, and various kinds of hardware. Jimi is sure that if she can just bust one grind shop, it will be her ticket back.

Paired with veteran cop, she soon learns that Grinder Squad is a cash-cow for the department. They are nothing more than glorified patrol cops, and generally get the worst assignments. Matchless is the most wanted grinder of all time. He disappeared years ago, leaving only the evidence of those he enhanced during his career. With these pieces, Jimi picks up the cold trail to try working her way back to more respectable duty.

Grinders is a cyberpunk story set in a world where global warming has eroded coastlines, and society has solved many of our current problems by replacing them with new ones. There are cyber shut-ins, cyber-currency skimming schemes, and more in this futuristic tale.

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darkest kingTHE DARKEST KING: WILLIAM’S STORY (THE LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK 15) by Gena Showalter

To become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist an irresistible beauty—or a curse will ensure his end…A merciless prince feared by all…Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love—murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he’s condemned to a string of one-night stands…until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free.

A rare creature of myth and power…One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday “Sunny” Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch…and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes…But which desire will prove stronger—lust or death? And who will give in first?

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how to love your elfHOW TO LOVE YOUR ELF (EMBRACED BY MAGIC BOOK 1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage.

Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go.

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dragon lostDRAGON LOST: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

Destinies can’t be ignored. No one knows that better than Annita. For as long as she can remember, it’s been foretold she would find a dragon. A real-life dragon. She’s beginning to think it was all some kind of mistake until she’s swimming in one of the many caves around the island and discovers none other than a dragon. There is no fear as she approaches, utterly transfixed at the sight of the creature. Then he shifts into the shape of a thoroughly gorgeous man who spears her with bright blue eyes. In that instant, she knows her destiny has arrived. And the dragon holds the key to everything.

All Royden wanted was to find an item his brother buried when they were children. It was supposed to be a quick and simple trip, but he should’ve known nothing would be easy with enemies like the Dragon Kings have. Royden has no choice but to trust the beguiling woman who tempts him like no other. And in doing so, they unleash a love so strong, so pure that nothing can hold it back.

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dragons choiceTHE DRAGON’S CHOICE (TAHOE DRAGON MATES BOOK 1) by Jessie Donovan

After Jose Santos’s younger sister secretly enters them both into the yearly dragon lottery and they get selected, he begrudgingly agrees to participate. It means picking a human female from a giant room full of them and staying around just long enough to get her pregnant. However, when his dragon notices one female who keeps hiding behind a book, Jose has a new plan—win his fated mate, no matter what it takes.

Victoria Lewis prefers being home with a book and away from large crowds. But she desperately wants to study dragon-shifters at close range, so she musters up her courage to enter the dragon lottery. When she’s selected as one of the potential candidates, she decides to accept her spot. After all, it’s not as if the dragon-shifter will pick her—an introverted bookworm who prefers jeans and sweats to skirts or fancy clothes. Well, until he’s standing right in front of her with flashing eyes and says he wants her. As Jose tries to win his fated female, trouble stirs inside his clan. Will he be able to keep his mate with him forever? Or will the American Department of Dragon Affairs whisk her away to some other clan to protect her?

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sinister magicSINISTER MAGIC (DEATH BEFORE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Lindsay Buroker

I’m Val Thorvald, and I’m an assassin. When magical bad guys hurt people, I take care of them. Permanently. This doesn’t make me popular with the rest of the magical community—as you can tell from the numerous break-ins and assassination attempts I’ve endured over the years. But thanks to my half-elven blood, a powerful sword named Chopper, and a telepathic tiger with an attitude, I’ve always been able to handle my problems with aplomb. Maybe some cursing and swearing, too, but definitely aplomb.
That changes when my boss is afflicted with a mysterious disease, a government agent starts investigating me, and a godforsaken dragon shows up in the middle of my latest job.
I’ve taken down vampires, zombies, and ogres, but dragons are way, way more powerful. And it doesn’t look like this one is going to like me. Worse than that, he wants to use his magic to compel me to do his bidding, as if I’m some weak-minded minion. That’s not going to happen. I’d die before being some dragon’s slave. But if I can’t figure out a way to avoid him, save my boss, and get rid of the government spook, I’m screwed. Or dead. Or screwed and dead. And that’s never comfortable. Pick up Sinister Magic today to see if I make it. Even if you don’t care about me, I promise the tiger is cool.

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valkyrie concealedVALKYRIE CONCEALED (VALKYRIE LEGACY BOOK 3) by Allyson Lindt

VS Note: This is a re-release with a new title.

Hel has flipped the kill switch, and the race is on for Kirby to stop the countdown before it hits zero. Kirby swore she’d never return to the TOM academy. With the lives of all the students at risk, she has to push aside her personal demons and confront her past. aving her former lovers—those who swore they’d let her go her own way—back in her life isn’t so great for her mental stability either. Kirby’s caught in a web of lies and murder. Will saving TOM’s latest victims destroy her sanity and the life she’s finally building for herself and those she loves?

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demons delightDEMON’S DELIGHT (BEWITCHING BEDLAM BOOK 6) by Yasmine Galenorn

Wedding bells are in the air…It’s approaching the most wonderful time of the year again—Yule—and Bedlam is up to its ears in snow and manic joy. Maddy and Sandy are planning a double wedding, but things go haywire when someone unexpected shows up, one who’s intent on winning Maddy away from Aegis. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, something is turning the town of Bedlam on its head with a bout of rogue magic. Now, between the chaos running rampant and a choice Maddy never expected to face, will she make it to the altar before disaster strikes?

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midnight fae academyMIDNIGHT FAE ACADEMY: BOOK ONE by Lexi C Foss

A forbidden bite led to my capture and recruitment. There are no flowers here. No life.
Only death. I’m an Earth Fae who doesn’t belong here. They can play their little mind games all they want, but I’m going to find a way back to my elemental world. Even if it kills me. Except Headmaster Zephyrus is one step ahead of my every move. Prince Kolstov won’t stop cornering me. And Shadow–the reason I’m in this damn mess to begin with–haunts my dreams. My affinity for the earth is dying and being replaced by something more sinister. Something powerful. Something deadly. The Midnight Fae believe this is my fate. They claim that I was “recruited” for a purpose. To battle a rising presence. Or to die trying. I don’t owe them a damn thing. But if I have to pass their trials to find my way home, then so be it. I survived a plague and far worse in the Elemental Fae realm. An ominous energy? Please. What a joke. Give it your best shot. I’m waiting.
And don’t you dare bite me. Or I’ll make you regret it.

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nursery necromancer new chapterA NURSERY, A NECROMANCER AND A NEW CHAPTER (DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERY BOOK 13) by CC Dragon

The house is clean and safe for the newest member of the Oscar family…but when a necromancer starts circling the mansion, Deanna knows she must empower a new team while she tackles the challenges of motherhood. She’ll supervise and help but one way or another, she’s taking a break and this is her last case while her little one is vulnerable. Passing the baton isn’t easy but the legacy of Oscars in New Orleans must go on.

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rising from the ashesRISING FROM THE ASHES: A CHARITY ANTHOLOGY FOR AUSTRALIA by Various

Love will always rise. Rising From the Ashes is a Charity Anthology and a labor of love.
All proceeds will go directly to Australia’s State Emergency Relief Fund and WIRES, an Australian Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service. We’ve assembled a delectable collection of amazing romance and fantasy by New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. We hail from many countries, and we’ve joined together to help Australia recover from its devastating fires. Everything from stories to cover art to formatting has been donated.
This limited-edition omnibus includes fantasy and romances of all genres, with hot men and strong women. Every single book proves love and perseverance and grit really do conquer all.

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to catch a banditTO CATCH A BANDIT (THIS IS BANDIT TERRITORY BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

Assassin. Phantom. Raven. Emily is one of the most elite assassins in her flock. She is only one of two ravens granted the right to hunt solo at only twenty-three years old. Her first mission: find and take out an unknown target at a specified time and location. It should be easy enough, and yet…the last thing she expected was to see the male she’d danced with during the witches’ Samhain Ball. For the first time in her professional career, Emily froze. It was the first time she couldn’t make the kill – not without answers. Little did she know she wasn’t the only assassin hired. There are three others to ensure all four raccoons shifters are dead. But before she can figure out what is going on, the raccoons take her through a portal and she lands in a different world.
Will Emily follow them on their adventure, explore the feelings she still has for them, or will she follow through on her contract and kill the man she might be in love with?

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until i make you mineUNTIL I MAKE YOU MINE (WOLVES OF AMROK HOLLOW) by Jeanette Lynn

In theory, it sounds simple enough. An arranged mating. Daunting as the idea of blindly mating a possible stranger may be, Emersyn is short on options and growing desperate for an answer. What she could never have accounted for, was the wolf who decides he’s not only the solution to her unique problem, but the only anything she’ll ever need. Not one to just give in when a challenge presents itself, particularly in the form of the stubborn, headstrong female he’s had his eye on for quite some time now, he’ll hound his curvy, adamant little bit of destiny until he’s made her HIS.

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dark spys resolutionDARK SPY’S RESOLUTION (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK  37) by I T Lucas

The best-laid plans often go awry.

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goddess of virtueGODDESS OF VIRTUE by Laura Greenwood and L A Boruff

How to go from burlesque dancer to goddess in one simple step…Amilee loved her life on the stage, until the Blood Moon rose and she gained memories of who she used to be. Now she has to reconcile her past and her present, which would be easier if she hadn’t just learned she was the burlesque-dancing Goddess Of Virtue. Lucky for her, three demi-god protectors have turned up at her dressing room door, and they’re willing to guide her through her new life.

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dead on arrivalDEAD ON ARRIVAL (DEATH DEALERS BOOK 1) by Mason Sabre and Rachel Morton

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before – Two bodies walk out of a morgue …Harper Matthews is a Death Dealer. Not that she knows it. Her magic is dud; medicated out of her. At least she hopes so. In her world, she’s a 25-year-old-girl whose life is already a mess. Between the boss, she can’t stand, the jerk she’s dating and the foul-mouthed slob who lives below her, she’s about ready to hide and never come out. The thing is, she might just need to do that. When the body she is working on in the morgue gets up and walks out the door, Harper’s pretty sure she didn’t cause it, Bounty hunter, Ethan Stone knows what Harper is, and he’s trying to help her. He has seen what is coming; who is looking for her. He knows, first-hand, what happens when a Magical denies what they are. If only she’d listen.

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ghosts and gateauxGHOSTS AND GATEAUX (WOICKED WITCHES OF BROOKDALE BOOK 2) by Sara Bourgeois

When a nasty and unpopular resident of Brookdale is murdered, Fern has to set aside personal feelings to find justice for the victim. Unfortunately, her investigation puts her directly in the killer’s line of sight. The danger also pushes her closer to Detective Mitch Landry. Will Fern’s involvement in the case put their new feelings on ice? Can Fern deal with all of Gumbo’s sass?

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sprinkled spelled slayedSPRINKLED, SPELLED AND SLAYED (AN ALLEGRA DARLING COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Sara Bourgeois

A dead psychic is an excellent way to ruin your day. A dead psychic that was involved in a confrontation with your shop manager the day before? Well, that’s enough to land Allegra in the middle of another murder mystery.

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confronting the dragonCONFRONTING THE DRAGON (DRAGON FORGED BOOK 3) by Rinelle Grey

What Rita needs is a healthy dose of reality. She needs to quit pining over what ifs. There’s no way she can get over what Warrian did, no matter how hot he is. Not that it matters—the world certainly hasn’t stopped while she’s been away. Is what she’s gained worth what she’s missed?
Warrian knows Rita’s hiding something from him. And it’s big, so big it could rip right through whatever it is he’s trying to pretend they don’t have. When he finds out the truth, will it be better or worse than he expected? Maybe it’s time for them to go their separate ways.

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shield maidenSHIELD-MAIDEN: UNDER THE HOWLING MOON (THE ROAD TO VALHALLA BOOK 1) by Melanie Karsak

In my dreams, Odin whispers to me. He tells me I’m destined to wield a legendary sword.
He tells me my road will bring me to Valhalla. But when I wake, I’m only Hervor. Fatherless. Unloved. Unwanted. Jarl Bjartmar, my grandfather, calls me cursed. My mother, her memories stolen by the gods, has forgotten me. Everyone tells me I should have been left to the wolves, but no one will tell me why. None but Eydis, a thrall with völva magic, believes I’m meant for a greater destiny. Yet who can believe a devotee of Loki? When the king and his son arrive for the holy blót, the runes begin to fall in my favor. A way forward may lie in the handsome Viking set on winning my heart, but only if I unravel the mystery hanging over me first.

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you had me at wolfYOU HAD ME AT WOLF (WOLFF BROTHERS BOOK 1) by Terry Spear

A wolf on a mission needs a partner…even if it’s only for one date…The hot, powerful Wolff brothers have moved to the outskirts of Silver Town and opened a ski lodge. They’ve always wanted to live in a wolf-controlled area, and now they have their chance. They’re settling in for a quiet winter, when their lives suddenly become way more exciting than they’d ever planned. Private Investigator and gray wolf shifter Josie Grayson is hot on the trail of a dangerous criminal hiding out at the ski lodge when her partner takes ill and must leave her to pursue the mission alone. Blake Wolff steps in—he can’t resist the allure of this brilliant and focused she-wolf whose presence awakens a long dormant yearning in his heart. As pursuit of their quarry heats up, Blake has a mission of his own…to convince Josie that there’s more to life than work…and that she’s his perfect mate.

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fang and clawFANG AND CLAW: NOCTURNE ACADEMY BOOK 2 by Evangeline Anderson

The right side of my face is normal–even pretty. But the left side, I hide in shame. That’s where The Fire marked me…scarred me forever. At Nocturne Academy I’m nothing–just a little Norm girl with no supernatural powers and a disfigured face. Which is why it’s so strange that a big, Handsome Drake like Ari Reyes should take an interest in me.
But it isn’t only Ari who’s interested in me. For under his high cheekbones and clear amber eyes, he hides another, much more frightening visage–A Drake, the fire-breathing monster that lives within him. A monster who has decided I should be his alone. Can I survive Ari’s love for me? And more importantly, can I survive the love of his Drake?
Because once a girl has been claimed by a Drake, the only way out is through The Fire.
What am I going to do?

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soulromanceSOULROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 6) by Kaye Draper

With everyone home safe, Esper can finally focus on finding a permanent body for Awan. But can she trust herself enough to use her powers for good—and can she tie the skinwalker to her forever? Cue magic lessons from one crazy old aunt, and a few animal test subjects. But on the cusp of success, the town faces a threat that will put Esper’s murder to the test, and bring them face to face with the supernatural council. Esper never wanted responsibility. She just wanted to be left alone with her creepy hobbies and her creepy old house. Now suddenly she’s responsible for the safety of the entire town of Hellsfork.

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last but not leaseLAST BUT NOT LEASE (THE ABC’S OF SPELLCRAFT BOOK 5) by Jordan Castillo Price

Yuri knew his idyllic beachfront cabin wouldn’t last forever—but he wasn’t expecting to come home to an eviction notice. And with Uncle Fonzo back in town, Dixon’s attic apartment is getting crowded. Unfortunately, real estate in Pinyin Bay is surprisingly scarce. Good thing there’s an up-and-coming crowdsourced experience called Hunting Party that really moves the needle on the traditional rental acquisition model.

Okay, it really is as obnoxious as it sounds. But rentals are so few and far between, Dixon and Yuri are willing to give it a shot. Pitted against a group of apartment hunters, the guys must compete with the other hopefuls to land a new place. It’s clearly all just a cheesy sales ploy, and the apartments they view are real dumps. And yet…they’re also oddly appealing. Since all the rentals are in the falling-down neighborhood known as Scrivener Village, it stands to reason Spellcraft is involved. But when exposing the magic could leave Dixon and Yuri without a roof over their heads, can they really afford to be so picky?

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accidental werewolfs mateTHE ACCIDENTAL WEREWOLF’S MATE (MONSTERY YOURS BOOK 3) by S J Sanders

Arawl is the youngest son of the alpha and portal guardian for Evarue werewolf tribe. It is a thankless, demanding duty and he despises the impingement on his freedom that other unmated males enjoy. He wants his freedom more than anything, instead he is expected to take a mate and be an upstanding male in the tribe. There is no fun in that. When an opportunity comes for him to escape to the human world for a single day of pleasures among humans, he jumps at the chance. He doesn’t expect himself to encounter a female who makes his mating instinct roar to life, nor to wake up in his true form accidentally mated!
Ana hasn’t had an easy life. When she aged out of the foster care system without family ties, it left her with no one except her best friend Jinx. Though she mourns the one thing that’s been missing most of her life, she isn’t going to trust her heart to just anyone…certainly not a fickle male who isn’t interested in settling down. When a sexy stranger she brings home turns out to be an enormous man-wolf she didn’t think she could be any more surprised—until she discovers that, during their wild night of passion, he accidentally mated her to him. Now she must enter a world she never imagined in order to find the one person who might be able to sever the unintended bond between them. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the people, nor to find herself in the midst of a mystery when females begin to go missing once again from the tribe. It could be the adventure of a lifetime, or the fates may have something more in mind for this stubborn witch.

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his fiery kissHIS FIERY KISS (REAL MEN OF WILDRIDGE BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

Panther shifter Elissa Malkin lives her life on the straight and narrow, always on the right side of the law, never a step out of line. So how the hell did she end up being a getaway driver for a cat burglar? The best she can hope for is to not get caught. Then her boss assigns her to report on Wildridge Security, the very firm tasked with finding the thief. Crap!
After sitting behind a desk for far too long, Ragan DeFever is finally in the field. So what if he has to babysit a reporter while he investigates a break-in? The delectable curves, flowing black hair, and violet eyes that call to his inner dragon are just a bonus. He can’t wait to solve this case so he can get to know the woman who makes his heart blaze with endless flames. But all isn’t as it seems, and with Ragan by her side, Elissa is a wanted woman…in more ways than one. Now how the hell is she going to get out of this?

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a long way downA LONG WAY DOWN by Edward Kendrick

Homeless, Daw has managed to survive on the streets. That is, until a killer throws him off the rooftop where he has crashed for the night and he becomes a ghost. Luckily Brody Ellis, also a ghost, finds him moments later, and takes him home to meet the rest of the “Ghostie Boys,” who have chosen to remain in this world. Because Daw doesn’t know who killed him, the six ghosts put their heads together to find his murderer so he can move on. In the process, they run into Russ, a young acquaintance of Daw’s, who is another of the killer’s victims, and bring him home with them.
Will the ghosts, with some help from their human friends Mike and Sage, be able to stop the killer before he strikes again? More to the point, because of the growing attraction between Daw and Russ, will they want to move on, thus separating them for eternity, if the ghosts can prove who the man was who murdered them?

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reckless timesRECKLESS TIMES (PARAGON SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Michelle Hercules

Weak. Useless. Freak. Those are the words used to describe me. I’m an Idol who can’t see, and in this savage world where power is everything, being born with a disability makes me an aberration. Idols are the direct descendants of the gods. We’re supposed to be perfect. My parents kept me protected behind walls most of my life. They fear I won’t survive in the real world. They have no idea what kind of power runs through my veins.
Stephan Silverstone—the most perfect Idol I’ve ever met—does. He’s cocky, annoying, and pushes my buttons like no other. But he sees me, the real person behind all the preconceived notions. Without effort, he’s breaking all my barriers; he’s claiming my heart. When I’m with him, sparks fly. I want to be reckless and forget everything. If only things were that simple. We’re both keeping dangerous secrets that could tear us apart. War is coming, and I’m not sure if what we have will survive.

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sedona seductionSEDONA SEDUCTION (SEDONA PACK BOOK 2) by Lisa Kessler

Jaguar shifter, Vance Park used to be one of the Nero Organization’s top assassins, but today he calls the Sedona Pack his family, and Sedona, Arizona, his home. He’s no longer a hired gun, but a new senate candidate with insider secrets into Nero’s shifter experiments, may change all that. Campaign promises could put targets on the backs of all the people Vance cares about, especially Kaya. He may have one last job after all.

Kaya Blackwing has always been a loner, but through a twist of fate, she’s finally found her Pack, and a place to belong. When she discovers her one true mate is a man with a deathwish, and more secrets than she can count, she struggles to redirect her wolf’s primal instincts, but one kiss from Vance seduces her to dream of a future together, and she won’t give it up without a fight.

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unmaskedUNMASKED (RISE OF THE PHOENIX BOOK 1) by Nikki Landis

VS Note: A re-release. Listed in erotica.

When Veronica Valente, the daughter of the famous crime lord, rebels against her strict and overbearing father, she seeks a night of pleasure to forget the mess her life has become. Geron’s dark mask hides a painful past. When revenge becomes his only objective, he’ll be faced with a choice that could ruin all his carefully constructed plans.
Explosive passion and dangerous lies collide with raw need and practiced seduction. Which one will keep their true identity a secret and who will be . . . UnMasked?

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dragons chosen mateDRAGON’S CHOSEN MATE (STORM DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Riley Storm

When word reaches Winterspell that a powerful demon lord has escaped the Abyss, high-ranking witch Christine Sinnclare knows this is what she’s been waiting for. Not only will she join the team being formed to deal with the threat, but she intends to be its leader. She’s strong, powerful, and knows she has what it takes to handle the other witches. Yet when a surprise turn of events lands one of the smoking hot dragons in the midst of her team, everything’s shaken up.

Dragon shifter Altair has never felt at peace. The war has left its mark on him, but not in any physical way. Beset by perceived failure, his mind is slowly turning against him. With symptoms growing worse by the day, he knows it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed because of him. Again. Seeking a way to redeem himself, he volunteers against orders to join the fight against the demon lord, placing himself under the command of a curvy, powerful witch.

Christine thought that having a dragon on her team would make it stronger. Instead, he’s trying to do everything himself regardless of the cost to the team. If they’re going to succeed, she knows that finding out what’s driving Altair is paramount. But spending time with the dragon has her feeling emotions that she wasn’t expecting. The two of them will have to give in to their desires if they have any hope of defeating the demon lord. Can she finally get Altair to open up to her, or will his past ruin everything she’s working to build?

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pika omega plus onePIKA OMEGA PLUS ONE (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 3) by Jessica E Subject

MiloMy mate died in a horrible car crash the night after he claimed me. I didn’t know I was pregnant with his child until he was buried in the ground. Luckily, my brother and his family supported me through it all. Now, it’s time for me to earn my keep. I’m going back to work. Not only to earn money, but to have a social life again. Even if just during the hours I’m at my job. Because I’m nowhere near ready for another relationship. Not sure I ever will be.
Yoni – I moved to Saramto to take a paid intern position at the local news station. My first time living in such a big city. And as the time limit on my contract kept looming closer, I hoped to come across something to keep me here. Nothing did. Until I met Milo and his adorable son. Now, I want them to be mine and I have no desire to leave. But my time is drawing near. While I pray for some miracle to come along and let me stay, I must find a way to tell Milo I have to go.

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stories of hopeSTORIES OF HOPE: BRUSHFIRE RELIEF ANTHOLOGY by Various

This year, many Australian communities have been affected by bushfires. People—and animals—have lost their lives and their homes. The Australian Speculative Fiction community asked the question, ‘What can we do to help?’ ‘Stories of Hope’ was born from the smoke and ashes, an anthology of fantasy and science fiction tales based on the theme of ‘hope.’ All money raised from the sales of this book will be donated to WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund and the Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund. This is no ordinary anthology, it’s a message of hope for the future.

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fire and waterFIRE AND WATER (KATE KANE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR BOOK 3) by Alexis Hall

I like my women like I like my whiskey: embroiled in a magical war – Ten years ago I fought for the Witch Queen of London in a mystical showdown against a King Arthur wannabe with a shaved head and a shotgun. Back then, the law did for him before he could do for us. I don’t think we’ll get that lucky again. As if the mother of all wizard battles wasn’t bad enough, fate or destiny or a god with a really messed-up sense of humor has dropped a weapon that could rewrite the universe right into the middle of London, and anybody with half a sniff of arcane power has rocked up to stake their claim on it. Last time this happened, the city went to pieces. This time, it might just go to Hell.
Also, still dating a vampire. Still got an alpha werewolf trying to get in my pants. Still sharing a flat with a woman made of animated marble—only now apparently there are two of her. But you know what they say: the more things change, the more they stay the same crap that’s been trying to kill you your entire life.

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flowers of timeTHE FLOWERS OF TIME (LOST IN TIME BOOK 3) by  A L Lester

VS Note: I’m not seeing the literal time travel element here  in the blurb although the books sounds very appealing. I know there is a time travel element in the other books of the series, so I’ve included it here.

Jones is determined to find out what caused the unexpected death of her father whilst they were exploring ancient ruins in the Himalayas. Along with a stack of books and coded journals, he’s left her with the promise she’ll travel back to England for the first time since childhood and try being the lady she’s never been.

Edie and her brother are leaving soon on a journey to the Himalayas to document and collect plants for the new Kew Gardens when she befriends Miss Jones in London. She’s never left England before and is delighted to learn the lady will be returning to the mountains she calls home at the same time they are planning their travels. When they meet again in Srinagar, Edie is surprised to find that, out here, the Miss Jones of the London salons is “just Jones” the explorer, clad in breeches and boots and unconcerned with the proprieties Edie has been brought up to respect.

The non-binary explorer and the determined botanist make the long journey over the high mountain passes to Little Tibet, collecting flowers and exploring ruins on the way. Will Jones discover the root of the mysterious deaths of her parents? Will she confide in Edie and allow her to help in the quest? The trip is fraught with dangers for both of them, not least those of the heart.

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golden keyTHE GOLDEN KEY by Marion Womack

VS Note: Not a romance.

1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms. Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens. But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end.

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meagans choiceMEAGAN’S CHOICE (WITCH’S DESTINY BOOK 2) by Rebecca Airies

VS Note: A re-release.

One desperate choice. Life will never be the same. Accused of spying for a Dark Sorcerer, Meagan runs from her village. But another attack looms on the horizon and help isn’t coming. Without drastic action, her home city could fall. She has one option– try to take up her ancestor’s weapons and deal with the consequences later. Consorts, vampires, dragons, and a permanent relationship would wait until the city was safe.
Samiel and Jaeson come to fight the Dark Sorcerer, but find a stunningly sexy woman whose magic matches theirs. She’s focused so intently on the battle that she barely notices them. Not acceptable. Slow kisses and sensual caresses slowly turn her attention to the hot desire between them. Their touch is seductive and tempting, but life isn’t all sex. Somehow, they must learn to work together, because time’s running out.  They have to stop this Dark Sorcerer or lose their chance at forever.

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houndedHOUNDED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 8) by Jessica Aspen

When Carmine’s forced to run for safety into the place she fears the most she falls head-over-heels into a world of enchantment—where wolves change into men, fairies fly through the air, and she herself might be a lost fae princess with magical powers…Betrayed by his pack the last thing wolf shifter Culann needs is a woman who’s never seen magic—even if she is fated to be his true-mate. And when he finds out she’s a fairy princess in disguise? A hell breaks loose. For a lone wolf and an every-day-girl-turned-princess to succeed it will take fighting an evil queen bent on world domination, discovering magic—and trusting in true love.

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marked by the alphaMARKED BY THE ALPHA (BEAR RIDGE BOOK 2) by Natalie Kristen

Stopping at a small town on his way home, Steve Harris walks in on an auction.
An auction is where goods and property are sold to the highest bidder, right?
Imagine his shock when he sees a human woman being shoved on to the stage to be auctioned off. No way is he going to just stand by and let that happen. Not when that feisty red-haired beauty is his mate!

Erin Calder is being sold to pay off a debt she doesn’t owe. She knows that life isn’t fair, but this is beyond the pale. Standing on the auction stage, with savage wolves on either side of her, she wonders if she can pull off a daring escape. When she meets the piercing eyes of a handsome stranger in the crowd, Erin resolves to take a chance. He may be her only hope. But Steve and Erin soon find out that there is much more at stake. The rabbit hole is much deeper and darker than they realize.

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witchs threeWITCH’S THREE (THE WITCH’S GIFT BOOK 1) by Jewel Killian

Delilah’s got more magic than anyone. Ever. So, naturally the government wants it, sending a team of three why-are-they-soooo-flippin’-hot guys after her. One of whom, just so happens to be her familiar. Her human familiar — that hasn’t happened in, well, ever.  But the government isn’t alone in wanting a piece of Del’s power. Something else is after her. Something dark and twisted. Something which no one believes exists. How could it?

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echoes from the veilECHOES FROM THE VEIL (AISLING CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Colleen Halvorsen

Aisling Elizabeth Tanner is now the leader of the Faerie rebellion. Facing the end of the world, she will have to find the strength to lead the Fae to victory against the threat they face, or risk losing everything, including Finn, whom she’s come to love more than life. Warrior Finn O’Connell wants nothing more than to fight by Elizabeth’s side. But an ancient Celtic goddess threatens to take charge of his soul, and he will have to wage a war within himself to save the rebellion from disintegrating into chaos. Betrayal leads them into the Fae Underworld, where Finn discovers his greatest sacrifice might be letting Elizabeth go—forever.

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army of angelsTHE ARMY OF ANGELS (LOVELACE AND WICK SERIES BOOK 3) by Jennifer Rainey

There’s no rest for the wicked…even when the wicked are trying to retire. In the thirteen years since they abandoned their demonic duties to Hell, Iago Wick and Dante Lovelace have become world travelers and developed an acute aversion to responsibility of any kind. Life is sublime until an old friend comes knocking with a favor to ask.

Gloria Ambrose is an angel in need. Her brothers and sisters are disappearing, and signs indicate the angels are being taken to Purgatory, a treacherous land that only a demon can navigate. As Dante and Iago plunge into Purgatory’s depths, they uncover a madman’s plot to turn angels into weapons, using the vast wasteland of the underworld as his testing ground.

With the help of friends new and old, Mr. Lovelace and Mr. Wick devise a rescue plan, but peril, past lives, and amphibious beasts lurk around every corner. Not to mention, things are never what they seem in Purgatory. Whose twisted mind is really behind the army of angels?

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zero fox to giveZERO FOX TO GIVE (MISFIT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Rae Foxx

It was only when I was spread eagle before a tongue god, laid out on a desk after breaking and entering in an attempt to solve a murder, that I began to question my life.
Question things like: Where has this man’s tongue been all my life? Why did I kinda-accidentally burn down my school? How did I get so lucky as to have two sand cat shifters for my mates? Well, I was questioning… before my joyous screaming became loud enough that I had to high-tail it out of there before finding any clues for the murder I had been charged with. Oh, did I forget to mention that I was the suspect here? Yeah, no clues, but good tongue.
I may not be the best detective, but I certainly am enjoying myself along the way. Easy to do when it turns out I have more than my sand cat shifter twins to keep me comfortable.
Well, except a wolf with an eyepatch might be hunting me, come to take me back to my pack after I kinda-maybe killed someone. That’s the second dead body, if you’ve been keeping track. So, I’m a murderer-arsonist, with a few too many mates, in a place that offers visitors a “Cummings Good Time?” Could things get crazier? Hell yes! I’m about to solve my first murder. Now, if everyone around me would stop turning up dead.

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royal vampire sectorROYAL VAMPIRE SECTOR by Melody Rose

When the zombies attacked, Vanessa was supposed to die like everyone else. Only she didn’t. Why? Because The vampire king saved her. After all, how was he supposed to survive if all the humans were dead. So now, Vanessa is locked away in his tower until time ends.

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bears legacyBEAR’S LEGACY (KISS-MATE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Juniper Hart

Growing up in a broken home, I had two missions—to protect my sister and get the hell out of my father’s pack. I didn’t need my father, his money, or his Alpha bear legacy clouding over me and holding me back. I had almost forgotten about him, making it on my own as a solider and football player. If only he’d stayed alive, I might not have had to think about him again. Then again, if not for his untimely death, I never would have met Lucinda, the high-powered and stunningly beautiful lawyer who is trying to make me an offer I don’t want. However, I can’t resist her perfect lips, stunning eyes, and legs that go on for days…As much as I want her to go away, I know I must claim her as my own. Is fate conspiring against us as we strike a bargain that’s bound to end in heartbreak?

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wrath of the godsWRATH OF THE GODS (MAGIC BLESSED ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Eva Ashwood

Everything I’ve been told about the gods and magic is a lie. I wanted answers. And, holy shit, did I get them. But now all I have are more questions and a bunch of powers I don’t know how to control. After the shocking revelation that left me reeling, I’m left questioning everything about myself. But at least there are three men who still believe in me. Three men who will fight by my side no matter what. Lachlan, Trace, and Merrick each hold a piece of my heart. I never thought I needed anyone, but they’re mine now, and I’m theirs. And if the gods want to come for them… They’ll have to get through me.

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succubus soccer momSUCCUBUS SOCCER MOM by Jacquelyn Faye

You know that bitch from hell everybody talks about? That’s me. I mean that literally.
I was born in the seventh circle of Hell to two demons of noble lineage. Know what that means? Squat. My brimstone birth certificate and five bucks might get me a cup of coffee from Starbucks. The minute I was born, they handed me off to a wet nurse, sent me to earth, and left me to fend for myself. I suppose, I should thank them. They taught me at an early age that there is nothing in either world more important than self-sufficiency.
To survive, I needed money. So, naturally, I became a stripper. Don’t judge, it paid the bills. A lot of them. And it provided a solution to my particular dietary requirements. I’m a succubus. We eat lust for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. What better place to get it than a seedy, smoke-filled bar full of horndogs shoving dollar bills in your thong? Life was good.
Then, I met Ryan and fell in love. He knew what I was and loved me anyway. I loved him so much that we got married and I gave him twin children. And then he died. And left me alone. Okay, not completely alone. He left me two kids to raise and a crippling sense of loss. So, I did what any demon would do, I loaded up the kids and moved a thousand miles to start a new life. Now, my Hell is in suburbia and the most evil things in my life are my home owners’ association and the PTA. Maybe it wasn’t too late to go back to Hell.

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demon for foreverA DEMON FOR FOREVER by K L Noone

A demon, a rock star, and wedding bells! Justin Moore and Kris Starr have their happy ending: a life together, full of magic and music. Justin’s always wanted to get married, and ever since Kris proposed, he’s thrown himself into wedding planning. But planning a wedding’s not easy when the whole world’s watching their choices — including whether to invite Kris’s estranged father.

Kris wants Justin to have that perfect day. He’ll support the man he loves, whether that means agreeing to carrot cake or writing a new love song or getting excited when Justin shyly wants to wear a wedding dress. But Justin also wants him to reconcile with his father. And Kris loves Justin. So, with their wedding weeks away, Kris will try to face the ghosts of his past … with his demon at his side.

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court of ruinsCOURT OF RUINS (THE FALLEN FAE BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

Reyna Darragh despises the scheming ways of the fae courts–she’d rather be on the battlefield. But as the daughter of a High King, her hand in marriage can end the war faster than her sword. So, with her realm in tatters, she agrees to marry her enemy, Prince Thane. The very same prince who killed hundreds of her kind during the war.
Because Reyna has a far greater scheme in mind. To save her kingdom from the vicious prince, she plans to marry him, make him king, and then murder him, so that she can take the throne herself. But as she grows closer to securing the crown, traitorous desire stirs. Beyond the storm of passion, intrigue, and betrayal, a greater evil rises in a forgotten realm. In the end, Reyna can help stop it, but she must decide where her loyalties lie: with her duty to her kingdom, or with the vengeance in her heart.

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finch merlin and the blood tie harley merlin 16HARLEY MERLIN 16: FINCH MERLIN AND THE BLOOD TIE by Bella Forrest

VS Note: no blurb given.

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snows soldiersSNOW’S SOLDIERS (FAIRY TALES AND NIGHTMARES BOOK 1) by L C Hibbett

When I was a little girl, my mother told me I was a princess, and that one day, I’d be surrounded by princes. Together, she said, my princes and I would do great things. But that was before I knew about heartbreak or godawful stepmothers. That was before my entire world became a living hell.
Now, I’m not a kid anymore, and I don’t believe in bullshit like fairy tales and happy ever afters. By day, I attend the University of Freiburg. By night, I stalk the forest, searching for the monsters that stole my mother from me and ruined my life. After all these years, I didn’t really expect to find them. It’s not as if there are witches and charmed cottages and handsome warriors just hiding in the Black Forest, am I right? Yeah, you guessed it. I’m wrong. There’s far more hiding in the shadows than I could have imagined, and nothing will ever be the same again.

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winter sacrificeTHE WINTER SACRIFICE (RISE OF THE DARK FAE BOOK 1) by Marisa Claire

Never kiss a Fae the first time you meet… you’ll always end up getting burnedI’m so stupid. I shouldn’t have accepted their job offer. But the money, the excitement…the glamour was just too tempting to pass up. Even stupider, when I arrive for work, I lock eyes—and lips—with the most arrogant, but delicious guy I’ve ever seen, and an unbelievable truth is revealed…My so-called employers are murderous, dark Fae from a parallel realm, and the whole elaborate offer is a damn lie. Oh, and that sexy guy I made out with? He’s the Heir to the Winter Throne. And somehow, he’s my fated mate. He’s hot as hell, but I need to run… immediately. But when I try, a dangerous secret about myself is exposed, sending the Fae courts into chaos and seeking war with the human world…And now the prince is hot on my tail… in more ways than one. The insatiable heat drawing us together is only tempered by the hate that smolders between us. Forced together to survive, I have no choice but to trust him—or risk letting their cruel war shatter all I’ve ever known.

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cinisCINIS by Pelaam

When Valentine’s sire is forced to take a mate by his Clan leader, Valentine is reduced to stoking the castle’s furnaces as nothing more than a cindered servant to the new matriarch. With his sire Libertine incarcerated and Valentine forced to wear a cursed collar, there seems no way to escape Belladonna’s hold on them.
When a stranger appears, Valentine is surprised by how quickly he trusts the other vampire. He accepts the request to go to the castle of his Clan Lord, the ancient and powerful Hades, to uncover who is working to overthrow him. His reward is freedom for both him and his sire. No one is meant to know who he really is, and Valentine pretends he’s one of Hades’ favorites while in the castle, adopting the name Cinder and playing his Seductive nature to its full. But his world is shaken to its core when Valentine finds himself falling for the enigmatic Cole. As a Seductive, Valentine never imagined he’d want an Alpha Predator as a mate. Worse yet, it may be that Cole could be the very one he’s been sent to uncover. When the battle for dominance begins, where will Valentine’s loyalty lie?

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imaginary numbersIMAGINARY NUMBERS (INCRYPTID BOOK 9) by Seanan McGuire

Sarah Zellaby has always been in an interesting position. Adopted into the Price family at a young age, she’s never been able to escape the biological reality of her origins: she’s a cuckoo, a telepathic ambush predator closer akin to a parasitic wasp than a human being. Friend, cousin, mathematician; it’s never been enough to dispel the fear that one day, nature will win out over nurture, and everything will change. Maybe that time has finally come.

After spending the last several years recuperating in Ohio with her adoptive parents, Sarah is ready to return to the world–and most importantly, to her cousin Artie, with whom she has been head-over-heels in love since childhood. But there are cuckoos everywhere, and when the question of her own survival is weighed against the survival of her family, Sarah’s choices all add up to one inescapable conclusion. This is war. Cuckoo vs. Price, human vs. cryptid…and not all of them are going to walk away.

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dragon be mineDRAGON BE MINE: CLAN SAOR-IAITHEAN (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 42) by Julia Mills

Tropical vacation, his fire-breathin’ ass. The Isle of Dagda is not for the feign of heart. Weather patterns changed at the whim of the gods. One minute, his scales could be boiling off his backside, the next, he could be soaked to the bone. It’s nowhere Ven ever wanted to go, but when duty calls, what’s a Dragon to do?

Through the power of the gods and the good deeds of her Ancestors, Izett is none other than the legendary White Winged Wolf. Created by Dagda’s Lightning, it’s foretold that she will restore the balance of time, open the hidden portals, and guide the Magical world to their Eden. No pressure, right?

Finding one another was the easy part. Staying alive to complete their destiny, well, that’s where things just might go to hell in a handcart. With little time to waste and the Fate of the Past, Present, and Future resting squarely on their shoulders, can Izett accept that Fate has thrown her yet another curveball? Can Ven persuade his lovely Lupine Queen that scales are better than fur any day of the week? Will this couple defeat the Demon god of Time and Space before everything they know is blown to kingdom come?
Fate will not be denied, but She’s put in a tall order this time. Hanging on to true love with both hands, Ven and Izett will move heaven and earth to save the day. But will it be enough?

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finding faithFINDING FAITH (RETURN OF THE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Grace Brennan

VS Note: Listed in a couple of vampire romance categories…

Olivia Foreman’s memories are haunting her, and she can’t get away. Desperate to find peace, she and her friends move to a small, isolated town, hoping the wide-open spaces will help them heal. All she wants is to find her center again, but just as it comes within reach, she meets a man who wrecks her calm with one slow smile.
Cody Aaron is content with his laidback existence in his tiny hometown, but one look at their newest resident is all it takes to know his life will never be the same. The shadows and pain in her eyes cut him deeply, and he’ll do anything to make them disappear—but he’s harboring a secret that will ruin everything if she finds out.
Olivia knows Cody’s trying to help her find her faith again, but there are things he doesn’t know—and she can’t shake the feeling that there are things she doesn’t know about him, too. But is that her past talking, or are her instincts right this time? She has to figure it out soon, or her doubts will destroy the one good thing she’s found since her life imploded.

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stolen momentsSTOLEN MOMENTS: A VICTORIAN TIMNE TRAVEL ROMANCE by Maren Smith

The Ripper’s last victim…The last thing museum owner Flora O’Bannon expects is to find her name on a 150-year-old locket. As she brushes the dust away, the mystery doesn’t just deepen… it explodes. In a fury of blue swirling light, it rips her from her museum, whisks her back in time, and drops her in the middle of London’s Whitechapel, an unwilling witness to the single most horrific murder to rock the Victorian world.

Her only hope…Butcher and shop owner Draven Gray lost everything with the deaths of his wife and son. At times, it’s as if he’s died along with them, right up until the morning he rescues a woman from certain murder. She’s battered, lucky to still be breathing, without any memory of who she is, and she looks uncannily like his dead wife. She’s not, of course, but knowing that and leaving Florrie to fend for herself in Whitechapel are two distinctly different things. Especially once word gets out about the Ripper’s only surviving victim. Now everyone wants a piece of Florrie—the papers, the police, even the Ripper himself—but Draven is determined…To get to her, first they’ll have to go through him. And he has knives of his own.

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unexpected riskUNEXPECTED RISK (THE PHOENIX AGENCY BOOK 7) by Desiree Holt

Her so-called gift put her in perilous situations…Janet Rodman barely controlled her psi ability as an empath to teach school and hang with a few friends. She never knew when a wave of unsuitable emotions from others would assault her. She had learned to build walls to live her life but evil could break them down. A job as a private tutor kept her safe from assault…or so she thought.

He wasn’t looking for a woman in his life…Former Marine and top tier attorney J. T. Fitzpatrick A bitter divorce took care of that. But when his friends at The Phoenix Agency called on his help to rescue a woman in danger, how could he say no? He’s unprepared for the instant attraction to Janet rodman, but he’s not looking for a relationship and tis is supposed to be a strictly business deal.

The Darkman isn‘t about to let some woman interrupt his mission in life…
His plan is working perfectly, and the bodies are piling up. He can’t let Janet Rodman screw them up. But when she disappears, he pulls out all stops to find and eliminate her. Ad he’ll kill anyone who gets in the way. With the chemistry exploding between them, can the former Marine keep Janet safe and destroy the killer before he destroys them?

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paladin tl schaeferTHE PALADIN (MARIPOSA BOOK 3) by TL Schaefer

Redemption. Love. Betrayal. An ancient evils stirs. Unleashing… The Paladin. James Goltree put Mariposa in his rearview mirror five years ago, escaping a past and a family he’s desperately ashamed of. But now the Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent must return after the death of his grandfather. The grandfather he helped send to prison. Emergency room LPN Madison Campbell’s quiet life is turned upside down when her son inherits enough money from James’ grandfather to settle all their financial woes. But there are strings. James and Madison throw sparks neither has ever felt before. But now isn’t the right time for a man unwilling to commit and woman still crippled by betrayal to fall in love. Not when a killer has once again come to town, one with an unfathomable, unbelievable agenda. James and Madison must embrace and overcome their pasts to defeat evil and find a love that transcends time.

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broken mateBROKEN MATE (PROJECT REBELLION BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

VS Note: I LOVE this series. One clicked immediately!

The homeless are going missing, and reporter Max Harvey can just smell the story. None of her usual contacts will talk to her. They’re scared, which sets her reportery senses tingling. Deciding to go undercover is a stroke of genius…Until she’s snatched with the others and thrown into a world she never expected. A world of government conspiracies and genetic experiments where supernatural creatures exist and the real monsters are the humans trying to kill her. In a desperate race through the forest, she must trust a dangerous man who is more than he seems. A broken hero who isn’t strictly human but who makes her heart sing like no other…No one walks away from the Project. They run…

Major Dean Steele didn’t run quick enough and now he’s in a cage. Again. Only instead of expecting him to fight and kill like the monster they turned him into, now they expect him to run and die in a hunt with the odds stacked against him. But there’s one thing they don’t know… the beautiful little human woman they’ve put him with is his mate. And that changes everything. In a hunt with everything on the line, there’s no monster more dangerous than a man fighting for redemption… and love.

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vladVLAD (SONS OF SANGUE BOOK 8) by Patricia A Rasey

Vlad Tepes, king of the vampires, has a problem on his hands. His brother is taking out humans at an alarming rate and drawing unwanted attention, threatening exposure for their entire race. Vlad needs to stop Mircea before that happens, even if it means taking his head. In his mission to hunt Mircea down, Vlad encounters a stunning special agent who’s out to stop a killer—namely his brother. Vlad’s inability to hypnotize her presents an entirely new dilemma, putting the beautiful law officer in harm’s way.

Special Agent Janelle Ferrari chases bad guys for a living, with a little help from her strange gift of psychic visions. That is until a sinfully sexy man, claiming to be the ancient, blood-drinking Romanian ruler steps into her office. Plunged into a secret society of vampires and a mounting war between immortal brothers, Janelle’s visions suddenly go quiet, leaving her vulnerable and placing her in the crosshairs of the killer she’s determined to take down.
Vlad and Janelle must join forces to stop the psychotic vampire before more humans perish. But when Janelle becomes next on Mircea’s hit list, will Vlad be able to protect the woman who’s captured his long-dead heart?

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delinquent demonsDELINQUENT DEMONS: PARANORMAL PRISON by K Webster

I’ve been wrongfully accused. Sure, everyone sent to prison says that. It’s true, though. I’m not who they say I am. Dark. Evil. An abomination. The worst of the worst. They sent me to the deepest, most awful catacombs of Nightmare Penitentiary. It’s where they put all their secrets they don’t want anyone in the world—both human and paranormal—to know about. I’m left to be forgotten and waste away until the day I die. And I’m not alone. I’m there with others. Others who are worse than me. Terrifying. Horrible.  Monsters. Four demons in particular who seem to wake from their evil slumber the moment I enter their presence. They want me. All four of them. I’m not sure what they plan on doing once they get their hands on me. But one thing’s for sure…It won’t be good.

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surviving plaguesSURVIVING PLAGUES (ARTEMIS UNIVERSITY BOOK 3) by Erin R Flynn

My name is Tamsin Vale. I’m the last known fairy and I haven’t gotten busted on that yet. I passed my midterms, which seemed like an impossibility a few months ago given I didn’t finish high school and I’m working on that at the same time. But with a lot of hard work and the support of people I’ve helped and new friends, I’m building a life I didn’t think I could ever have.

It’s still an adjustment. I mean, a few months ago I thought I was human with powers and now I’m hooking up with a dragon prince. Oh, and there’s my powerful warlock professor that I’m also involved with. It’s all casual and fun, but I wonder if it would be more if I was able to connect with them emotionally.
Is it even really smart to try given what else I’m facing? I mean, I am trying to save all of Faerie and find out what happened to fairies. It’s killing me not to know and to move at a turtle’s pace, but one false move and I’m dead… Along with all hope of them returning to this world with me. Hey, who doesn’t love to work under that kind of pressure?

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vicious faeVICIOUS FAE (RUTHLESS BOYS OF THE ZODIAC BOOK 3) by Carolyn Peckham and Suzanne Valenti

Elise continues her hunt for the King who killed her brother while trying not to fall for the vicious boys she suspects. As her investigation deepens, she seems to be closing in on some answers. And with a surprise trip to Zodiac Academy, she finds more there than she expects.

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hopeHOPE: WOLVES OF WALKER COUNTY by Kiki Burrell

Nash Walker is a simple wolf. His days are spent at the firehouse and he never has trouble finding someone to fill his nights. He isn’t ashamed to admit he has an amazing body and though his cousins tease him for his hero complex, he does save lives. He’s a popular guy on the isolated island he calls home and certainly doesn’t need to be around anyone who isn’t thrilled to be in his presence. Until he meets Phineas.

Phineas is a nerd through and through. Not just a nerd, but as far as Nash is concerned, an angry one. All of the traits that normally make men fall at Nash’s feet have no effect on Phineas, and though his head tells him there are plenty of fish in the sea, Nash’s wolf only wants him. There’s a sadness in Phineas that calls to Nash. Phineas is used to being invisible. No one cares when he walks into a room and he prefers it that way. People in his life have a habit of getting hurt so he lives alone. All his friends are online where they can be safe from his curse. His touch heals, but not without making sure a price is paid. But when Phineas has a problem he asks Nash—the insanely gorgeous fireman who is everywhere Phineas turns—for help. He might as well learn what he can before Nash comes to his senses.
Meanwhile, a serial arsonist is targeting buildings in Walker County, particularly on pack lands. As much as Nash hates the idea of helping the wolf pack that he once called his, he must do his job. When the danger spills to the other side of the island, particularly at his human’s door, Nash knows he must find the culprit or he might not ever have a chance to truly claim his mate.

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hex harmony rainesHEX (WINTER SHIFTER – SEASONS BOOK 1) by Harmony Raines

Hex by name and hexed by nature. Cursed to dream of his mate dying night after night. To feel the cold water fill his lungs and force the last breath from his body. Just as one day his mate would die in the ice-cold water of the creek. Perhaps it was a good thing that Hex had never met her. If his mate never entered his life, she wouldn’t suffer the cruel fate he’d relived over and over again. Then he meets Martha, a cougar from Cougar Ridge and he knows he must see his dream as a blessing, not a curse. What if the dream was given to him as a gift so that he can save her?
Martha has returned to Cougar Ridge to care for her mom who is sick. As a forty-something cougar shifter who longed for a mate and children, she’d put all her energy into forging out a successful career in the city. She had almost given up on finding her mate and then fate brings him into her life and into her heart. But Hex seems standoffish, as if he isn’t ready to commit, even though he is a bear shifter who should share the same need to find his mate and raise a family. Martha soon finds out Hex has a secret. A secret that has haunted him his whole life. Is it possible he has foreseen her death? Can they work together to make sure she stays alive so they can live together forever? Or has Hex got it wrong? Is it really Martha’s death he dreams of, or his own?

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smoke vampires and mirrorsSMOKE, VAMPIRES AND MIRRORS (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 7) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

I found my family, I found my heart, I found myself. But it’s not over. No matter how many allies I have, there’s no escaping destiny. The end of the world is coming, and I’m the only one who can stop it.

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magic forgedMAGIC FORGED (HALL OF BLOOD AND MERCY BOOK 1) by K M Shea

I’m one scrappy wizard. As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I’ve spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren’t going to cut it. Even worse, the situation veers from bad to catastrophic when my backstabbing cousin stages a coup and takes my family hostage. I barely mange to flee, but the only supernatural willing to help me is Killian Drake–the most feared vampire in the region, and a far more deadly villain than the jerk threatening my family. Is Killian sexy and charismatic? Heck yeah.
He’s also so powerful that my flight or fight instincts kick in every time our eyes meet. And he’s definitely using me as his personal magic detector in his feud against the local fae. But Killian is also the first person to believe I might have more than just a scrap of magic. And if I can convince him to train me, I might get strong enough to free my family and get my house back. I’m not sure what happens when a scrappy wizard is taught how to fight by a hall of deadly vampires, but I’m about to find out.

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aydarrVS: Here’s the award winning 1st book in the Badari Warriors series where Jill and Aydarr met:

AYDARR (A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1 

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.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own. The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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badari warriors box setOr there is a box set of the first 3 books:

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 19

February 12

February 5

January 29

January 22

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.

Did the Scientist Send You? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL, which was released on Jan 31st.

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, continuing on from where I stopped last week:

The scuffling sounds of the Khagrishi’s faltering steps came closer, audible over the faint buzz of the force barrier. There was a thump and Mandy’s eyes flew open, to see the tech crumpled on the floor outside the cell, “Oh, no, no, no!” Her voice rose with each syllable and she reached out instinctively to the fallen tech, “You have to help us.” She wanted to cry but her eyes were too dry.

The alien woman convulsed and her eyes flew open, staring directly at Mandy, who held her breath. A faint glimmer of intelligence shone deep in the feverish eyes but then the other fell into coughing, rolling onto her back and lying limp.

Mandy sensed her fellow prisoners coming toward her. She turned her head, “Stay back,” she said in a low hiss, making feeble hand gestures, “Let me handle this.” Focusing on the tech again, she leaned forward toward the dangerous barrier. Making her voice calm, encouraging even, she said, “Is it time for the experiments? Did the scientist send you to collect me? I’ve been waiting right here the way the guards told me to.”

The tech coughed again, rolled over and grabbed at the wall. “Time. Tests,” she muttered in Basic. She clawed her way to her feet, Mandy rising slowly inch by inch with her as if to lend the woman strength.

VS: We’ll keep going with this scene next week! LANDON’s blurb and buy links are at the end of the post but I also just released a Badari Warriors novella, featuring Jill and Aydarr (the couple in the first book of the award winning series…)

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The blurb: Thrown together as helpless prisoners in the punishing conditions of a Khagrish lab, Jill and Aydarr fell in love. Claiming each other as mates despite only having one night alone in a cell, they formed a deep, loving mate bond. Now, a planetary year later, after escaping the lab and leading the ongoing rebellion against the enemy together, Aydarr longs for more. He wants a chance to show Jill how much she means to him.

He decides to risk everything to take his mate away from it all for a few days. But will the Khagrish, the threats lurking in the planet’s unexplored wilderness and the Badari goddess allow them to complete A Honeymoon for the Alpha?

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landonAnd of course LANDON is still new!

The blurb: When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.

Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.

As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.

Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?

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Pets In Space 5 Announcement

Pauline B. Jones and I are thrilled to share that we will be doing a fifth annual Pets In Space® anthology this year! More details to come of course but this is our opening announcement.

I expect to write a STAR CRUISE story again this year, set on my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Zephyr, with the crew returning for a new adventure…but I’m still pondering the specific plot.

I’m excited about our list of authors as always – some who have been with us since PISA®1, a few who have joined more recently, several who stepped away for a volume or two and are now back with us, and two brand new-to-PISA® names, Michelle Diener and Leslie Chase.  (Who are of course well known in the scifi romance genre!) It’s a great mix, I believe, and will provide many hours of exciting scifi romance reading.

And of course I’m thrilled we can do more for our chosen charity, Hero Dogs!

Pets in Space-« 5 Announcement Facebook Post

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday FEB 19

warlord reunitedAs 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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WARLORD REUNITED (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Author states “based on a much shorter story sharing the same title.” Personally, I always have to one click a new book from Ms. Sax!

Solar cycles ago, Berke, a savage Chamele Warlord, found his gerel, the one being he is destined to be with for all time…except he couldn’t embrace that fate. He was fighting a series of brutal wars. To protect his little human female, he conveyed her far from the Chamele sector. He then returned to the endless battles, concealing his pain, his anguish, his need, under a thick layer of ice. His gerel was safe. That was all that mattered to him.

When Elle was a young bounty hunter, she bonded with an arrogant warrior on a distant planet. She was deliriously happy…for a while. Then he dumped her in a strange settlement far from his home and left, never to return. Their parting caused her excruciating pain—both physical and emotional. She endured it, earned the esteemed role of head bounty hunter of an academy, salvaged a bit of a life from the disaster her primitive warrior had made of it. Now, two of her bounty hunters have made the same terrible mistake. Elle is determined to rescue her friends and break their connections with their Chamele Warlords. While she is in the sector, she plans to kill the warrior she’d once considered hers. Elle is ending her relationship with Berke…permanently.

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lover from the wavesLOVER FROM THE WAVES (THE KRAKEN BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: I’ve really loved this series! One clicked…

Long ago, the sea took Kathryn’s husband. She never thought it would give anything back. But now that her children are grown with little ones of their own, she finds her eyes drawn more and more to those restless waters—and she sees part of herself reflected in them. Something out there calls to her.
She yearns to discover what it is.
What she didn’t expect was the attention of a kraken with golden eyes, sculpted muscles, and a heated stare that makes her melt. Ector reawakens a passion in Kathryn she’d thought long gone. When he accompanies her on her journey into the unknown, she can’t help but wonder if what she wanted—and needed—is right in front of her.

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cedrocCEDROC: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 3) by Ava York and Starr Huntress

Cedroc has lost too much to risk his heart again. The brilliant pilot has never expected to survive. Finding his fated mate? Not a chance. Until suddenly, there she is. Soft and luscious, setting his blood on fire. Threatening every wall he’s put up. He shouldn’t allow it. Should keep her out. But when the Suhilk war comes too close to his mate, there’s only one option. Protect her. Claim her. And destroy everything that threatens her.

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tamed by a beastTAMED BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 2) by Miranda Bridges

I hate this place. Not that my life on Najarie was great, but at least I didn’t have a beastly alien trying to sex me up all the time. And when I say all the time, I mean all the freaking time. I haven’t forgotten Earth or the loved ones I’ve left behind. In fact, I’m willing to use any means necessary to get back to them. However, when the alien that claimed me offers to help in exchange for my body I find myself torn. Either I’m nothing more than a breeder to him or he’s trying to find a way to persuade me to stay. And I’ll just say if that’s the case, his method is working.

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throne takerTHRONE TAKER (HEART OF THE NEBULA BOOK 3) by Rebecca Royce

Everything has come down to this…Everything in Khloe with a K’s life changed when she crashed into the side of a food truck. Now with Earth in the rearview mirror, her future lies with Briggs, Goran, Reese, and Dalton. Forging their bonds was only the first step, but will it be enough to sustain them in the face of new challenges? A new world. A new life.
A new choice. The stunning conclusion to the Heart of the Nebula trilogy.

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mercy tara ellisMERCY (FLASHPOINT BOOK 6) by Tara Ellis and Mike Kraus

VS Note: Not a romance. I’ve been reading the series and am up to book 3 at the moment. It’s been well done and I really like some of the characters so I plan to keep going up through this final book.

Half of the earth’s population has been wiped out. Impossible to predict or stop, the Gamma Ray Burst tore through the Earth like a bullet, its radiation wave killing hundreds of millions and the aftereffects ensuring the deaths of billions more.

Now, as the world crumbles around them, a ragtag group of survivors make for the only home they know – the small town of Mercy. Spared the worst of the GRB’s effects, the town is isolated, safe and self-sufficient – for now. The flash hasn’t just decimated the Earth’s population, though. It’s brought out the worst in many of those who are still alive.
Survival in this new world doesn’t just depend on preparedness – it depends on strength.

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alien breedALIEN BREED by Penelope Woods

When I arrive on Planet Avalon, I have every reason to believe we will succeed our mission. Boy, was I wrong. Darkness surrounds the planet. At night, the savage alien takes me. From the beginning, this mission was a lie. I’m alone with the most brutal alien in the universe, but he promises to take me home on one condition…It’s mating season, and he’s not letting me go until I have his baby.

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hint of hopeHINT OF HOPE: TOWERS OF THE EARTH NOVELLA by Nita Round

A notorious slaver has acquired the latest in airship design, an Imperial Condor Class transporter. This is a ship designed to change the world and if the slaver transforms it into a warship then no one will be safe. Anywhere.
Magda and Ascara have travelled the world as pirates. An attempt on their lives brings into question who can be trusted. Who is a friend? And who are their foes? With only themselves to rely upon they set out on a daring mission. They join forces with the pirates to stop the largest sale of slaves and gifted ones. Can they rescue the slaves? Will they stop the creation of a super warship? And will their friendship be enough to survive against the odds?

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compelled by the alienCOMPELLED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SYDYTH BOOK 11) by Sabrina Kade

Kansas needs to find how much her big, overbearing alien wants a submissive mate outside of the bedroom. When she volunteers to help confront dissident aliens he demands that she stand down for her safety, but Kansas wonders if this is about love or dominance. Dash is surprised by his mate’s sudden rebellion. Her half-baked plan is foolish and is far too risky. Kansas says he only cares about controlling her, but how can Dash prove he truly cares for this volatile female without pushing her away?

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secret lifeA SECRET LIFE: SUPERHERO ROMANCE SUPER SERIES (BOOK 3) (THUNDER CITY) by Debra Jess

Secrets, like sharks, can kill. Gillian Sands prefers to swim beneath the surface of Mystic Bay, rather than live on land where no one sees her as human because of her gills. However, vengeance for the dead refugees after the latest terrorist attack on Thunder City brings her out of the water. Despite working with the Thunder City defenders, she’s willing to break the law to get justice, and not even playboy superhero, Evan Blackwood, can stop her.
Evan Blackwood has had his sights on Gillian for years because of her renegade spirit, killer body, and passion for life. When Gillian asks for his help with her investigation, he jumps at the opportunity to prove he’s more than just the womanizer everyone sees in the newspapers.
As their investigation brings them closer to danger, Gillian begins to see underneath the façade Evan shows the world. When morals are tested and desire burns bright between them, can Evan stop Gillian from breaking the law, or will he lose her forever to the depths of Mystic Bay?

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rescued by thge alien pirateRESCUED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (THE KILGARI BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm

I woke from cryostasis a prisoner. My crime? I have no idea.  I was stuck with a hundred other women, all headed to who knows where. Captive in a dank, dirty cargo hold.  Then, out of the darkness, came Solair. A handsome alien. Golden skinned. Horned. The dashing captain of a pirate ship. They rescued us–he gave my people food, shelter, and promised us safety. In exchange? He took me for himself.  But the people who captured us, haven’t given up. They want us back. They’re powerful and will do whatever it takes to find us. The only thing stopping them? Solair. 
He wants me. And what he takes…He keeps.

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thirstTHIRST by Addison Cain

VS Note: Listed in erotica.

Human, fragile, available……should I pay the exorbitant price the insectoid flesh dealer demands. Pretty even in her strangeness. The alien creature is everything I require to satiate my seeding frenzy. Her protected species engineered to survive my needs. Built to serve them again and again. One look at her trapped in containment, and alreadymy tentacles display. Skin warming from the blue of calm, straight to red. I will feed her. Bathe her. Keep her warm in thefreezing halls of my ship. Seed her. Spawn an empire.
And, according the human manual, she will love me for it.

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galactic burnGALACTIC BURN (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 1) by Mel Teshco

VS Note: A re-release

Humans have been almost wiped out. All the males are gone and only a few hundred females worldwide survived the devastation. The same deadly virus annihilated the female population of a mighty alien nation, and their three kings—Dar, Ezra and Maddox—are looking for one special female, Lillian, to capture and seduce.

Though Lillian survived, she has no memory and struggles with the fact that three alien men have become her lovers. One by one, they take her, make her burn for release and satisfy her every sexual need. She craves their touches, their kisses, their comforting embraces while forming strong emotional bonds with each. Lillian is falling for her sexy aliens and agrees to become their life mate in a special ceremony—her three males will make love to Lillian as all the surviving alien males watch. But, as the ceremony nears, Lillian begins to remember. The aliens lied and covered up the horrible truth. Their happy, new life together might not be possible after all.

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caveman aliens killerCAVEMAN ALIEN’S KILLER (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 11) by Calista Skye

Eleanor – There are two dead cavemen on the ground. Standing over them is a dragon, his clawed hands dripping with their blood. He’s huge, green and heart-stoppingly  eautiful. Two rows of dagger-like spikes run down his back. The cavemen were supposed to be my escort through this alien jungle, but this dragon is obviously much more deadly than the dinosaurs ever were. His smile freezes my blood, and his blue eyes are as intense as welding flames. But I mostly notice the twitching bulge in his leathery pants. He clearly has plans with me. And I’m not sure he cares what I think about those…
Aragadon – The little female trembles, and I can’t help but smile. I did not expect to find someone like that on this planet. She’s clearly an inferior being, but she’s round and small and alluring. My crotch swells at the sight of her. She might provide me with some entertainment on this desolate planet before I Change back to my dragon form and kill all the living beings I can find.

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an unfortunate heirAN UNFORTUNATE HEIR by Viola Grace

She’s toxic, he’s fascinated. Putting herself in his path is the easy part. Not taking advantage of their mutual attraction is going to be tough. Shan has arrived on Athon with one purpose, to take part in her friend’s wedding. When things get complicated, she ends up splitting her attention between the bride and the newly landed General Zaber.
Zaber is the end of his line. His father was an idiot and all of his half-siblings have followed their father to the grave. Raised by his mother on Kadura, Zaber had a good upbringing that ended abruptly when he was conscripted to take his father’s place in the Athon military. A decade and a half later, he has his father’s rank and no intention on continuing the family line. He is done with bloodlines, but the government of Athon wants to keep his line alive, and they are willing to kidnap members of the populace to ensure it.
Shan has already met Zaber, and when the guards interrupt her friend’s engagement party, she is more than irritated but goes with them anyway. When she learns that it was not his idea to kidnap a few dozen women, she steps up and volunteers to take him on as a lover. After all, she is a bridal attendant, isn’t she supposed to be a little reckless with her virtue?

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taken by the alien warriorTAKEN BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (WARRIORS OF AGRON BOOK 1) by Hope Hart

The Grivath have sold us on Gule- a planet known for dealing in human flesh.
The women who are being held captive with me are in high demand and they all look like models. Me? I’m 5’2 shy, curvy, and a kindergarten teacher. Maybe they really meant to take my pageant queen sister? If that’s not bad enough, our ship has crashed and half of the women are missing. Did I mention the locals want to eat us? Insert the tall, sexy warrior aliens, who saved us. Things are looking up, except that one of them is eyeing me like a snack, and not in a cannibalistic way– if you catch my drift.

Terex is rough, fierce, and bossy, and doesn’t seem to understand that I can’t stay and be his snuggle bunny. I’m not quite sure why he isn’t chasing after one of the other women when every man I’ve ever known has overlooked me. But not Terex. When he looks at me, he doesn’t seem to see chubby, awkward Ellie. And his gaze burns brighter instead of shifting away. Now, I’ve just got to convince him to help me find the other women and get back to Earth. Should be a piece of cake… Right?

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haven 2 redemptionHAVEN 2: REDEMPTION by Sandra R Neeley

Cast aside and forced to live apart from his family as a child, Rokai ahl has become insolent, resentful, angry, borderline criminal, and a general outcast as an adult. He has managed to build a life for himself in which he answers to no one and nothing. His loyalty lies with only himself. Having been captured, and threatened with execution as a thief and smuggler, he is surprised when the Consortium delivers him into the hands of a certain male. The very male he has resented since he was old enough to understand, that because of this male, he would never be enough. He stalks the corridors of Command Warship 1, on lockdown, arrogantly daring any and all to challenge him. But of course, none do. Until a golden skinned, curvy, human female dares to go toe-to-toe with him — to take from him, and leave him wanting. Who is this fiery little female? Why does she not fear him as all others do? Intrigued, he will not stop until he knows all there is to know about her.

Growing up on the streets of New York has made her hard and street smart. She ran with her own crew, doing whatever was necessary to survive. Though nothing prepared her for waking up on an alien ship, her lungs filled with viscous fluid, her body and choices no longer her own. But she’s alive — she survived, and in order to move past it all, she’s decided to write off the horrors she’s endured as payment for that survival. Rosalita is not a weak female, but she’s lost confidence. She needs to regain control…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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fractured mateTHE FRACTURED MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 6) by Susan Trombley

As a captive of aliens, Paisley is forced to work as an engineering assistant on an ancient wrecker starship. She knows she has to keep her head down and her behavior humble in order to survive. When the crew responds to an automated distress call from an Akrellian warship that shouldn’t be malfunctioning, she senses a threat, but she knows no one will listen to her warnings. Paisley realizes that her days of avoiding danger are over when, among the rescued passengers, trouble with a capital “T” is escorted onto her ship—in chains for bringing an apocalypse to Earth that resulted in millions of deaths.

Something about the prisoner makes it impossible for her to look away from him, and it isn’t just the fact that he’s the most handsome alien she’s ever seen. Yet, when he meets her eyes, there’s a darkness in his intense gaze that makes her think his captors might be telling the truth about him, despite his claims of innocence. Caught between two greedy groups seeking wealth and power, Paisley soon discovers that far more lies behind the mystery surrounding the Iriduan prisoner they call Halian. He might be stealing her heart, but she can’t keep him in chains, because he could be the key to saving the galaxy—or destroying it.

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glitch kingdomGLITCH KINGDOM by Sheena Boekweg

Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the king’s executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries she’s not up to the role.

But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret… All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer. But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and they’ll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.

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bears forever mateTHE BEAR’S FOREVER MATE (THE BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 3) by Vivian Arend

Cooper Borealis is fully on board with the concept of fated mates. Except mating the woman he wants–his tempting, complicated, human secretary–is not an option. Or not yet anyway. So he’ll use a loophole to keep the vow he made to his brothers, mating fever be damned. He’ll be with Amber Myawayan at the place and time of his choosing.

Amber has spent the past two years in the north looking for her missing brother–and falling in love with the big, growly polar bear at the helm of Borealis Gems. More than once, she’s caught him looking at her with hungry shifter eyes. But getting him to admit it? Ha! Luckily, mating fever is a thing, and she’s happy to get involved as nature forces the issue to the forefront.

But when their mating bond is unexpectedly blocked, Amber and Cooper find themselves in a race against time. She needs to track down her brother while somehow proving she’s tough enough to be with her favourite bear. Cooper plans to protect her at all costs, even if it means secretly stifling his stubborn shifter side.
Somewhere in the wilderness, they’ll find the answer…or lose their chance at forever.

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chase tasha blackCHASE: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Tasha Black

Izzy Pearson is back in her old hometown after a string of bad luck. With her relationship and her business both in ruins, she doesn’t have a lot to get excited about, until her childhood crush walks in the door… with a baby.

Chase Bowman is the All-American boy next door, except for the part where he turns into a giant wolf every time the moon is full. He works at the local college and takes care of his adorable nephew a few days a week. And he’s head over heels for his neighbor, the brave, beautiful woman he’s been in love with since they were kids. There’s only one problem – she just happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s made a promise to never get involved with her.

With Izzy back in town, and Chase helping her get a new business venture up and running, the two of them end up spending a whole lot of time together and sparks inevitably start to fly. But after her recent breakup, Izzy is worried about letting someone get too close. And Chase has no idea how she’ll react when she learns his secret, or how her brother will react if he finds out about the two of them. Can Chase keep his promise about staying away from Izzy, or will the primal pull be too much for him to overcome?

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found by frostFOUND BY FROST (WINGS, WANDS AND SOUL BONDS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Boreas Everfrost, now known as “Brett” in the human world, has finally found his soul bond. The only problem? She has no clue he’s a powerful fae ice prince from another world. Nor does she know that she’s really a fae princess, with gifts and strength far beyond what she comprehends. Which is why Brett will stop at nothing to protect the independent, secretive woman upstairs from the forces of chaos that seek to capture her before her true power awakens.

Avery Williams doesn’t know why she was born with incredible physical strength. But that won’t stop her from using it to protect those who can’t protect themselves in an ever-worsening world. But when four beautiful, mysterious men move into the apartment downstairs, Avery starts to feel something for one of them that she’s never felt before. Attraction. Desire. Need. Too bad it’s the stubborn one with ice-blue eyes that seems obsessed with her from the start.

Even though Brett comes across as proud or imperious, Avery quickly finds out that he’s the kind of man that would defend her to his last breath and do the dishes without asking. And for all of his bravado, he’s sweet and deeply empathetic. But a powerful figure is watching from the shadows, getting closer with every breath, and even a powerful ice prince might not be able to stop him.

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spellbound in salemSPELLBOUND IN SALEM (CASTERS AND CLAWS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Raven Bishop doesn’t need the help of a man, no matter how hot he is. So when an alluring stranger walks into her magic supply shop Gemstones, Raven ignores his advice. He might be a police officer, but she knows she can take care of herself.

Sheriff and wolf shifter Zane Cross has one mission: get the Bishop women away from the order of witch hunters. He doesn’t have time to deal with his inner wolf howling that they’ve finally met their mate. Especially since the woman in question refuses to follow him to safety. Until she’s attacked.
In a secluded cabin, far away from the threat of death, the grumpy sheriff and headstrong witch will have to find common ground in order to survive. Can Raven put her pride aside and let love save the day?

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let it all burnLET IT ALL BURN:  A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL  (FROM THE ASHES BOOK 1) by Denise Grover Swank

Darcie Weatherby has a full plate—a preteen and sixteen-year-old twins, a wayward grandmother, a nightmare boss, and a manipulative ex-husband. The last thing she needs are hot flashes. Especially ones that start fires. But like most single mothers, Darcie sucks it up and deals with it, because what else can she do? The kids need to be fed, her grandmother needs supervising, and her demanding boss needs placating. Burning her boss’s house down was a total accident. Honest.
It doesn’t take long before Darcie realizes she’s running on borrowed time. Unless she figures out a way to get these hot flashes under control, there’s a very good chance she’ll spontaneously combust at the Founder’s Day Masquerade Ball and leave her children motherless. There’s no way in hell—or Perry’s Fall, Ohio—Darcie will let that happen. Never underestimate the determination of a mother. Especially a smokin’ hot one.

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second chance magicSECOND CHANCE MAGIC: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (ORDER OF MAGIC BOOK 1) by Michelle M Pillow

So far, Lorna Addams’ forties are not what she expected. After a very public embarrassment, she finds it difficult to trust her judgment when it comes to new friendships and dating. She might be willing to give love a second chance when she meets the attractive William Warrick, if only she could come to terms with what her husband did to her and leave it in the past. How is a humiliated empty nest widow supposed to move on with her life? It’s not like she can develop a sixth sense, séance her ex back, force him to tell her why and give her closure. Or can she?

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wonderful midlife crisisIT’S A WONDERFUL MIDLIFE CRISIS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL: GOOD TO THE LAST DEATH BOOK 1) by Robyn Peterman

Whoever said life begins at forty must have been heavily medicated, drunk, or delusional. Thirty-nine was a fantastic year. I was married to the man I loved. I had a body that worked without creaking. My grandma, who raised me, was still healthy, and life was pretty damned good. But as they say, all good things come to an end. I’d honestly love to know who ’they’ are and rip them a new one.

One year later, I’m a widow. My joints are starting to ache. Gram is in the nursing home, and dead people think my home is some kind of supernatural bed and breakfast. Gluing body parts onto semi-transparent people has become a side job—deceased people I’m not even sure are actually there. I think they need my help, but since I don’t speak dead, we’re having a few issues.  To add to the heap of trouble, there’s a new dangerously smokin’ hot lawyer at the firm who won’t stop giving me the eye. My BFF is
thrilled with her new frozen face, thanks to her plastic surgeon, her alimony check, and the miracle of Botox. And then there’s the little conundrum that I’m becoming way too attached to my ghostly squatters… Like Cher, I’d like to turn back time. Now. No can do.
Whatever. I have wine, good friends, and an industrial sized box of superglue. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, apparently. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful midlife crisis.

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halfway thereHALFWAY THERE: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (MIDLIFE MULLIGAN BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

I never expected I’d be one of those people who had a midlife crisis. Sure, I’m over forty, and married, but my kids are grown and moved out. Life is steady, if predictably boring.
That all changes when my husband asks for a divorce and my whole world crashes. Everything I thought I knew, everything I am, gone in an instant. But I am not about to give up. After all, at my age, technically, I’m only halfway there. I am ready to tackle my do-over; my chance to become the me I’ve always dreamed of. Starting with moving into my late grandma’s cottage and adopting a new kitten. However, my new life is a little odder than expected. Old books suddenly appearing in my house. Neighbors going missing. A supposed lake monster, and a strange man who likes to skulk around with an axe. I’m going to need to lean on my friends, new and old, to help me navigate my midlife crisis. Together maybe we will find a way to beat the family curse ruining my second chance at life.

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magical midlife madnessMAGICAL MIDLIFE MADNESS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (LEVELING UP BOOK 1) by K F Breene

“Happily Ever After” wasn’t supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that’s exactly what my life becomes. Do-over. This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I’m ready to carve my own path. Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I’ll be taking care of a centuries old house that called to me when I was a kid. It’s just temporary, I tell myself. It’ll just be for a while. That is, until I learn what the house really is, something I never could’ve imagined. Thankfully forty isn’t too old to start an adventure, because that’s exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.

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grave magic bountyGRAVE MAGIC BOUNTY: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (FORTY PROOF SERIES BOOK 1) by Shannon Mayer

One day I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real. The next, I’m divorced and living in the guest room of my ex’s hotter- than-sin cousin’s place in Savannah . . . and talking to an animated skeleton named Robert. I have to admit, Robert isn’t my worst date. At forty-one, I didn’t think I’d be starting over. But I’ll be damned if my ex thinks I’m down and out because he pulled a fast one on me. When a job comes my way that offers me a chance to use my childhood training in the shadow world, I take it—I need the money more than I care about my sanity. It’s dangerous. I have to embrace the magic and dark of my past. And I need Advil to keep me going. So those who’d hold me back better sit up and take notice, because a new woman is in town, and she’s not about to be counted out by anyone. Even if she does groan when she rolls out of bed in the morning.

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wrong side of fortyWRONG SIDE OF FORTY: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (MARINA AT MIDLIFE BOOK 1) by Jana DeLeon

It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.

Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.

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witching for graceWITCHING FOR GRACE: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (PREMONITION POINTE BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Premonition Pointe, where witches take care of their own. Grace Valentine had the perfect marriage and a great career managing her husband’s real estate office. Or so she thought until three months ago when she was served with divorce papers. Thanks to her philandering ex, not only is she out of a husband, she’s out of a job, too. At the age of forty-five with the help of her coven, Grace is ready to pick up the pieces and move on. But her only job prospect is at the rival real estate office, and it’s only for a trial run. She’ll need to prove that she can sell the haunted properties of Premonition Pointe before she’s hired permanently. But who has time to deal with haunted houses when she’s testing out every anti-perspirant on the market to combat her escalating hot flashes, trying not to succumb to the advances of the hot thirty-four-year-old in her office, and ignoring the urges to hex her ex with erectile disfunction? Okay, maybe she doesn’t ignore the urges. She might be a witch, but she’s only human. Can Grace prove to herself and her new boss she has the magical touch to sell the impossible and find the courage get her groove back… even if her new love interest is a decade younger?

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sucks to be meSUCKS TO BE ME: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (FIRST FANGS CLUB BOOK 1) by Kristen Painter

When 49-year-old Belladonna Barrone’s mobbed up husband does her the favor of dying in a car accident, she thinks she’s finally free of the crime family she unwittingly married into. Then the boss tells her that she has to complete her husband’s last job before that freedom is truly hers. No big deal, she figures. Until things go south in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s thrust into a whole new world that makes the mob look like kindergarten. Vampires and werewolves are real? How is that freaking possible?
Her dreams of a new life disappear faster than wine at book club as more problems arise from her husband’s dark dealings and the unbelievable complications caused by her supernatural entanglements. Only her strength and determination (and some wild new friends) will see her through this next chapter, but the odds are against her.
How much more can her life suck? She’s about to find out.

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suddenly psychicSUDDENLY PSYCHIC: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (GLIMMER LAKE BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Hunter

Every woman goes through changes in their forties. Just not… these changes. Robin Brannon was a normal wife, mom, and antique-shop owner until a brush with death turned her day-to-day life upside down. Now she and her two best friends are seeing things that belong in a fantasy novel. Ghosts. Visions. Omens of doom. Nothing that belongs in the peaceful mountain town they call home. Added to that, Robin’s marriage is on the rocks, her grandmother’s health is failing, her mother is driving away the customers at her shop, her teenage daughter refuses to get her driver’s license, and her left knee aches every darn morning. Robin doesn’t have the time, energy, or knees to unearth the secrets buried at the bottom of Glimmer Lake, but fate doesn’t seem to care. Some secrets are just dying to be exposed.

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cloudy with a chance of witchcraftCLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF WITCHCRAFT: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (GRIMM COVE BOOK 1) by Mandy M Roth

On the eve of my fortieth birthday, Fate has given me a second chance at the happiness I once knew in the odd Southern town of Grimm Cove. But only if I can come to terms with some rather eye-opening revelations. Supernaturals are a real thing. I’m a witch. My high school sweetheart, who happens to be the Chief of Police in Grimm Cove, is my fated mate and a wolf-shifter. Ghosts exist and can be very nosy and meddlesome. Someone is murdering witches left and right. And last but not least, my ex-husband’s barely legal arm candy is taking fatal attraction to new levels of Hell. I’m no shrinking violet, and with the help of my best friends, I’m going to live life on my terms–come Hell, high water, or magikal mishaps.

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betwistBETWIXT: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (BETWIXT AND BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Darynda Jones

Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts. She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly. Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ. She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects. Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.

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writing wrongsWRITING WRONGS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (CROW’S FEET COVEN BOOK 1) by Christine Gael

Cricket Hawthorne’s marriage may have been on life support for the past two decades, but finally pulling the plug and starting over at forty-eight is tougher than she’d imagined. Especially when she winds up back in her hometown of Rocky Knoll living in her Mee-maw’s basement and working at her cousin’s bakery for grocery money. Not exactly the life she’d dreamed of…  Just when she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake, she comes across an antique typewriter that gets her creative juices flowing. But when her fantastical stories become reality, she realizes her love life is the least of her problems. Something insidious is afoot in Rocky Knoll, and it’s up to her to figure out what it is, or her marriage won’t be the only thing without a heartbeat.

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chased mateCHASED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers

Arden Richardson has no excuse. It’s a total lapse in judgement. The comatose man isn’t even her patient. But….Her stolen kiss awakens the sleeping giant. Flynn Bennett has a shady past. It extends back almost to the cradle. He’s trouble with a capital T. But…One kiss is all it takes. The bad boy. The ex-con. The bootlegger. Vows to be a better man—for her… The beauty. The nurse. His mate.

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storm from the eastSTORM FROM THE EAST (GLASS ALLIANCE BOOK 2) by Joanna Hathaway

War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away. Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.

When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.

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sensationalSENSATIONAL (SPECTACLE BOOK 2) by Jody Lynn Zdrok

Paris, 1889. When the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, Nathalie welcomes a much-needed break from the heartache of her friend’s murder. The fair is full of sensational innovations, cultural displays, and marvelous inventions from around the world. But someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a gruesome display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition’s most popular exhibits. Haunted by the past and burdened with new secrets, Nathalie struggles to use her wits and her gift. Yet she and her friends must stop the killer before the macabre display features one of them.

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my maddieMY MADDIE (HADES HANGMEN BOOK 8) by Tillie Cole

Not even love can conquer the demons of our pasts…⁣Flame and Maddie have found solace and safety in one another’s arms, two fractured souls beginning to heal. But no matter how strong their love grows, it can never completely vanquish the demons of their pasts. These demons are dormant, not defeated.⁣ ⁣
Now a new enemy threatens the Hangmen, and a new revelation threatens the peace Maddie and Flame hold so dear. Flame is fighting a multitude of wars – against the club’s new foe, against the horrors of his past, and against his fears – but the fire in his blood may be the only victor.⁣ ⁣
As Flame begins to spiral into his own personal hell, it is up to Maddie to bring her husband back into her heart. To remind him that, together, they can face any obstacle standing in their way. To show him that no one and nothing can tear them apart again.
His Maddie.⁣ Her Flame.⁣ The fight for their forever.⁣

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shatter the earthSHATTER THE EARTH (CASSANDRA PALMER SERIES BOOK 10) by Karen Chance

Ironically for the time traveling, chief seer of the supernatural world, time has never been on Cassie Palmer’s side. There has always seemed to be too much to learn, too much to master, and never enough hours in a day. But the tables have now turned, and the fluctuating timelines of Earth and Faerie are diverging, slowing time in Faerie relative to Earth, and giving humans an advantage for the first time in their war with the fey. It is one they desperately need, for a literal war of the worlds is about to take place. To win, or even to survive, Cassie and her allies, the powerful vampire senator Mircea Basarab and the formidable war mage John Pritkin, will have to pull off their greatest feat yet. And find a way to become more than the sum of their parts.

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awakeningAWAKENING (LEGION BOOK 3) by AD STarling

Several months after discovering the real reason behind his mother’s confinement to a psychiatric hospital and her eventual death, Otis Boone is at a crossroads. With the Vatican’s experts still unable to translate her journals, he goes on a desperate search for someone who can help him decipher the hidden code in her writings. After hearing a rumor about a mysterious collector, Otis persuades Artemus Steele and his group of unearthly housemates to accompany him to Salem. But the arcane bookstore owner they meet is even more mystifying than they expected.

Sebastian Lancaster has spent the last two centuries trying to forget the awful night a monster invaded his home and slaughtered his family. When Artemus and his allies break into his bookstore and inadvertently bring a horde of demons with them, Sebastian finds himself thrust into an adventure he never wanted. Fate comes calling when he crosses path with an enigmatic Theology professor and events unfold that neither he nor Artemus could have anticipated. As they race against time to save one of their own, Artemus and Sebastian must put aside their differences and work together to track down a demon hideout in England. But Sebastian is hiding a secret. One that has the potential to bring Hell to Earth.

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cambionCAMBION (SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 4) by Plum Pascal and H P Mallory

Darkness is winning. I can feel my control slipping away. Little by little, my angel lightness is dying and the succubus is taking over…And my companions realize it as well—my white hair and blue eyes are turning black. Even though I love Dragan and Baron, I need Cambion’s light in order to balance the darkness within me. But, Cambion hates me and always has. Yet, he’s the only creature of the light strong enough to survive my feeding from him. Well, there is one more who could survive it… Variant. But Variant is under the control of a powerful entity who plays him like a puppet. That means, Variant still wants me dead…To make matters worse, Morrigan, The Midnight Queen, doesn’t appear to be the savior we thought her to be. And when Cambion’s brother, Theren, brings his Unseelie army into the sanctity of The Veil, all hell will break loose. Literally.

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championTHE CHAMPION: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (BRYN AND SINJIN SERIES BOOK 7) by H P Mallory

When Bryn finds out she’s pregnant, she’ll have to deal with the fact that Sinjin doesn’t believe the baby is his—how could it be? He’s a vampire, after all, and incapable of reproducing. At least that’s what everyone thought…As if dealing with Sinjin isn’t enough, Bryn and Dureau have decided to move forward with their plan to contact Luce’s tribespeople through their dreams. Bryn and Dureau both hope to enlighten Luce’s people that they’ve been fed nothing but lies and that a better future awaits them if they agree to join Jolie’s court. But, that plan doesn’t exactly go as Bryn and Dureau hoped it would…How will Dureau respond when he finds out Bryn’s pregnant? And what happens when Bryn and Dureau are forced to accept the help of Monsieur D? And will Sinjin ever believe he’s the father of Bryn’s child?

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edge of the breachEDGE OF THE BREACH (RIFT CYCLE BOOK 1) by Halo Scot

VS Note: From the reviews it appears this is a very dark story, yet most readers seemed to find it compelling. So I decided to include it this week…I have not read it. Not a romance as far as I can tell.

We all become monsters at the edge of the breach. In a post-apocalyptic world where season of birth determines power — spring healers, summer mages, fall shapeshifters, and winter shields — a man and a woman emerge from tragic childhoods to lead humanity on opposite sides of an interrealm war.

There is a hole in the sky. They call it the Rift. A portal to the gods. The scar of a suffering world. Through it, the gods rule the last scraps of civilization, harkening war. As chaos beckons, two leaders emerge from the ashes of a dying planet.

Julian Kyder is the son of an abusive rape victim who compensates for his abandonment through psychopathy. Sira Rune is a cancer survivor who dedicates her life to living free and fearless while experiencing the taboo and the unorthodox. Rune is the only one unafraid of Kyder, and that terrifies him, because he only knows how to function through fear. Even though she gives him more chances than he deserves, how much violence can she forgive? When is a person beyond redemption? While he struggles to control his demons and she struggles to find purpose, the gods drag the ruined world into war.

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tiger for twoA TIGER FOR TWO (SHIFTERS OF ASHWOOD FALLS BOOK 12) by Lia Davis

Former Shield Special Ops Agent, Jonathan Colemen spent his career tracking down shifters until the fateful day he suffered severe burns from an explosion at the rogue Onyx Pack den. He wakes from his coma to discover he’s half tiger and unable to resist a certain male wolf and female Healer.

Wolf Sentry, Tanner Raines is more like his father than he will admit. He holds in his anger for what the male did to his mother, anger that keeps his wolf on edge. He focuses on killing rogues without becoming one himself. That means never claiming his mates, keeping them at a distance.

Wolf Healer, Sasha Brooks has known Tanner is her mate since childhood, and she’s growing tired of waiting for him to claim her. When Jonathan comes into the Ashwood Falls medical center, her wolf goes wild. Two mates! While her wolf is all for claiming both males, her human heart is confused. When Tanner’s mom—the wolf Pack Alpha—is kidnapped, it takes all his focus and control to not kill everyone in sight to get to her. The two people he’s avoided and pushed away may be the only ones who can help him hold it together. And they need to work together. Because if they fail, his mom’s life isn’t the only one on the line. Evil is brewing and threatens to destroy everyone involved, including his mates and the Pack.

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claiming her matesCLAIMING HER MATES: BOOK 3 by Dia Cole

For us to live, she must die…The happy-ever-after I’m seeking seems farther away than ever. Nathan refuses to accept my other mates and the secret I’m keeping may destroy any possible future between the five of us. Even worse, Tasha’s arrival puts us all in grave danger. No one takes what is hers and lives. Our only chance for survival is to defeat the psychotic Alpha female. But how can we kill an immortal?

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future pastFUTURE PAST (GIFT OF THE ANCIENTS BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc

They can see the future, but can they outrun the past? Rose has had the gift of prophecy most of her life and has found ways to cope with the flashes of foresight that plague her. Jeff has only had the ability for a few months and he needs Rose’s help to harness it. He sees her in his future, and puts his plan into action, knowing that an enemy is coming for them both.
An explosive situation, and a dangerous man…Jeff is tall, sexy and has an air of mystery about him. She doesn’t need her prophetic gifts to know that spells trouble. Of course, he’s just the sort of trouble she’s been craving in her life. When he shows up at her workplace, she agrees to meet him for coffee, but when bad guys start shooting up the local mall to get to them, she follows her instincts and takes the escape he offers…straight into his waiting arms.
A secret base, and a secret unit…Rose discovers all sorts of things she had never dreamed of before. Whisked away, under fire, to a secret military base, she’s offered a job where she’s supposed to help Jeff learn more about his newly acquired gift. But, when the enemy attacks the island base, she wonders if she’s there to help Jeff, or is it really the other way around? Either way, she discovers a deep and dangerous love for the soldier who stole her heart almost at first sight. Can they fight through to a place where their love can blossom, or are they doomed even before they start? Even Rose can’t see that future.

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popcorn and poltergeistsPOPCORN AND POLTERGEISTS: A LUCY SWIFT PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY (VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB BOOK 10) by Nancy Warren

When an Oxford caretaker is killed by a fall down the library stairs, and a professor attacked, rumors fly that it’s the work of a poltergeist who’s been causing havoc at the college. The prof is a knitter, and a customer at Lucy Swift’s shop, Cardinal Woolsey’s. But Lucy thinks a very human killer is shifting the blame onto a ghost who can’t defend themselves and she’s determined to trap the real killer and get justice for the dead man.
However, danger lurks at the college where old secrets and new crimes collide. Vampire and old book expert Rafe Crosyer has been called in to value the college’s literary collection, and he witnesses first hand how angry the ghost really is. Furious enough to kill? Or is there something else the tantrum-throwing spirit is trying to tell them? And will they decipher the message before it’s too late?

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reckoningTHE RECKONING – THE HUNDRED BOOK 3 by Vanessa Nelson

Nine-year-old girls are missing from across the lands. Yvonne has promised to find them, and she always keeps her promises. Even when she doesn’t know where to start looking.
There’s more trouble around. Mercenaries are disappearing. The ancient enemy has risen, more dangerous than anything she has encountered before. And an old ally wants her help. Before she can set out to look for the girls, Yvonne has to survive the goblin court, where a wrong word could mean death.

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tethered pairTETHERED PAIR (SENTRIES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Noble

Wars are fought on many fronts. A battle is raging across New Colorado Protectorate with both human and demonic players. Todd and Nick Ruger are sentries with an arsenal of talents and training to combat threats from a variety of enemies. Todd and Nick are given a mission to find and stop weapons smugglers by going undercover on the riverboat, Annabelle. These aren’t typical arms dealers, they’re demons and they’re not afraid of a pair of sentries. The Rugers will have to use all their skills and their most powerful weapon, the bond between them, just to stay alive. Stopping the supply of illegal weapons turns to trying, and failing, to thwart an assassination. Todd and Nick have each other, but will they be able to keep their love intact?

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sum of loveTHE SUM OF LOVE by Olivia Lark

Faith and Hollis live 125 years apart – brilliant Faith languishing on a farm in 1895, and Hollis, a wisecracking bike messenger in 2020. How Hollis lands in Faith’s uncle’s cow pasture, and how to get home – if she even wants to go home – might be among the deepest puzzles that the universe has to offer. To be torn apart would be unbearable, but there might be rules about staying in one century or the other, rules about changing things in the past. Between Faith’s genius and Hollis’s wit, how long can they hold onto each other in defiance of the laws of physics?

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love beyond boundariesLOVE BEYOND BOUNDARIES (A SCOTTISH TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE): BOOK 12 (MORNA’S LEGACY SERIES) by  Bethany Claire

With a thriving physical therapy practice, it’s easy for Allanah to lose herself in her work. But when the sudden death of her best friend sends her reeling, she is forced to rethink her priorities. Guilted into a blind date by her best friend’s widower, she never suspects for a moment how much one meal will change her life. Quickly romanced by the handsome Scot, Allanah easily lets him into her life. But as her feelings grow, so does her fear. For her new love holds a secret. One she knows she must learn before she can ever really know him.

Plagued by his past, Ross knows that he will never love another again. But when a date he never wanted takes him by surprise, his plans for his life take a turn. It doesn’t take long for the lass to soften his scarred heart, but as new love blossoms, so do the memories of his past. Desperate to hold on to her, Ross vows to keep his secret from her, unaware of how much she already sees.  Will Allanah’s love be enough to make Ross trust her? Will Ross’ past remain in the past? Or will history repeat itself, causing them both to lose yet another person they love?

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seductionSEDUCTION (THE HOLLOW BOOK 2) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott

Some secrets are meant to be broken— the rewards outweighing the consequences. Some, however, bring about a change unlike any ever imagined. The Mating Games challenged me; not only physically, but mentally, and the emotional toll it wreaked was the hardest part. Yet, I was starting to realize that the worst… and best… was yet to come.
Joining the Resistance opened up possibilities for me I’d never considered, but just like anything else worth having, the price was steep. The question I struggled with, was that cost worth it? I thought seeing Izzy safe would be enough to make me answer yes, but with my emotions strung as tight as a coil between the men who had found their way into my life, I had to face the fact that the dreams I always had were no longer part of the future I envisioned. There was one thing for certain though, no matter what path I chose, somebody was going to wind up hurt. And by the Stones, all signs were pointing to that somebody being me.

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bone to pixieA BONE TO PIXIE (NEWBORN PIXIE COZY MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Willow Mason

A ghost train turns into a nightmare when a passenger is sucked into a mysterious vortex mid-ride. I soon stumble across his body, stabbed through the heart by a wooden stake. Every supernatural in town is a suspect when it turns out the mysterious stranger is actually Blake Stone, Monster Hunter. His prey—any member of the paranormal community, fair or foul. With mounting fear his hunter buddies might soon arrive in town to avenge the death, we’re all hard at work to solve the case. However, my potential boyfriend Lucas is out for the count. He’s developed a severe case of supernatural memory loss—an affliction that means our fledgling relationship might be over before it’s started. Add in a mysterious vampire with a tea addiction and a group of pranking teenagers and it’ll take a lot of pixie dust to untangle the clues and find the killer before they strike again.

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whole latte magicWHOLE LATTE MAGIC (ENCHANTED ENCLAVE MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Samantha Silver

Eliza is settling nicely into her new life on Enchanted Enclave. That is, until she and Leanne come across a woman who’s been stabbed. Attempted murders have a way of shaking things up a bit. Leanne feels guilty about how they came across the victim, however, and Eliza isn’t about to let her go around solving a stabbing on her own. With Kaillie joining in, the cousins start their own investigation, but it turns out there’s more to the victim’s life than they initially thought. With the help of some new friends from Western Woods, Eliza and her cousins quickly hone in on a few suspects. But the stakes are higher than they realize when an attempt is made on their lives as well. Will they be able to solve the case before the attempted murderer is finally successful?

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demigod complexTHE DEMIGOD COMPLEX by Abigail Owen

VS Note: A re-release but author states it’s been revised and re-edited.

When Lyleia Naiad was head-hunted by Brimstone, Inc., for her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire demigod, she was given one directive—do NOT fall in love with Castor Dioskouri. Doesn’t matter if he’s the son of Zeus and can electrify a room with a single glance. As an ex-nymph, she possesses a unique ability—a gift from the goddesses to protect nymphs from the randy gods—to resist her boss’s charms. Or so she thought. He insists she accompany him to an alpha wolf shifter mating ceremony, an event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes…and inhibitions. Goddesses save her, because Castor has stolen into Lyleia’s heart, and she’s not so sure she can hold out much longer.

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prince and captivating carpenterTHE PRINCE AND HIS CAPTIVATING CARPENTER (PARANORMAL PRINCES BOOK 2)  by Charlie Cochet

PRINCE BERND – As Prince of the Bear Shifters, I knew the time would come for me to prove myself worthy of my crown. I expected my quest to be perilous. What I didn’t expect was for it to take me up into Espen Mountain, a place that’s brought me nothing but grief and terrible nightmares. Not only must I find the five magical ingredients, but I have to do so alongside Saer, a mysterious and charming shifter coyote summoned by the king to be my guide. But who is Saer, and why do I feel as if we’ve met before?

SAER – Crushing on Prince Bernd from afar was one thing. Being given the responsibility of saving the prince and his kingdom was a whole other story. Banished from my kingdom by my own prince years ago, I never imagined I would be summoned to help Bernd. What could I possibly offer a prince? How was I supposed to save him? I was no one. A shifter with no place to call home. What I did know was that I would do everything in my power to help Bernd succeed on his quest. All I had to do was stop crushing on the guy, find the magical ingredients hidden up a dangerous mountain, and save his heart. What could go wrong?

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sword of fireSWORD OF FIRE (THE JUSTICE WARS BOOK 1) by Katharine Kerr

The bards are the people’s voice–and their sword. All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances.
Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars’ collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret’s own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges. To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever–or end it.

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monsters under the magnoliaMONSTERS UNDER THE MAGNOLIA (WITCH HAZE LANE MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by J L Collins

Former Vegas star and witch in hiding, Birdie Devaine is ready for a vacation away from all of the stresses of an ongoing (and haunted) house renovation. Lucky for her she’s got a first-class ticket aboard one of the swankiest cruise ships in the world. Along with her best friends, Birdie’s ready to set sail through the warm Caribbean waters, soak up some much needed sun and sip on some much needed fruity drinks…But a trip to paradise comes with a price. And on a ship full of magical beings, the price is steep. Murders. Kidnappings. Something fishy is going on aboard the Magnolia On Water, and Birdie isn’t willing to let her wishes for a relaxing vacation get in the way of finding the killer. Or killers. And with an old friend in danger, Birdie is determined to get to the bottom of this string of murders… before she ends up at the bottom of the ocean.

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curses and kissesOF CURSES AND KISSES (ST. ROSETTA’S ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Sandhya Menon

VS Note: Not sure exactly how much paranormal or fantasy element if any there actually is but sounds good…

Will the princess save the beast? For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

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best wishesBEST WISHES (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMN FAERY GODMOTHER IN THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING BOOK 4) by Helen Harper

Saffron Sawyer is on her own. She’s no longer part of the Office of Faery Godmothers – in fact, she’s no longer part of anything, even if her magic is stronger now than she could have ever dreamed possible. Thwarted at every turn and stalked by monsters in the streets, her life feels like it’s falling apart. But Saffron isn’t going to give up hope. She’s sworn revenge on the Director and she can’t forget about Jasper and the way he makes her feel. And when some familiar faces come knocking at her door, she might just have found the answers she’s been looking for.

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deathless divideDEATHLESS DIVIDE (DREAD NATION) by Justina Ireland

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you’re a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America. What’s more, this safe haven is not what it appears—as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her. But she won’t be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by—and that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it’s up to Katherine to keep hope alive—even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.

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taming her bearsTAMING HER BEARS by Jade Alters

Drugged and captured, Natalia found herself stranded on an island with the wrong type of people. With no experience surviving in the wild, she was ready to accept her inevitable fate. Until.. A team of four gorgeous bear shifters come to her rescue. From the moment they lay eyes on her, they become vulnerable and at risk in more ways than imaginable. Now confronted with a new set of life-threatening challenges, Natalia and her rescue team find themselves needing each other more than ever.

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bewitch herBEWITCH HER (DESCENDED FROM A WITCH BOOK 1) by Atlas Rose

Three Hexers hunt the most dangerous creatures on earth…now they’re coming for me. Paid by a cruel King to track me down, they’ll stop at nothing to take my powers…my purpose…and my will.  But I have a destiny. One hidden from me for my entire life. My future lies in the darkness and the untapped power in my blood.  I will kill who I have to. I will bring this battle to the King’s door. So why do I find myself falling when these Hexers are near? Why do I find myself longing for more than their bed? I’m more than my desires. I will take from them, and I will leave. Even if leaving is killing me…For I am descended from the Witch.

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shadow wolfSHADOW WOLF: TRUE MATES GENERATIONS BOOK 7 by Alicia Montgomery

When tragedy took away everything she loved, Mika Westbrooke hardened her heart and focused her energy on defeating her clan’s enemies. However, when a charming Cajun worms his way into the New York clan, her instincts and her wolf go haywire and she suspects that he may be the one fate intended for her–her True Mate. But Mika doesn’t want a mate or to love again. But he can give her one thing she does want … a child of her own, to love and cherish and fill in the void in her heart.

One fateful night, Marc Delacroix calls in a favor from one of the most powerful Betas in the world, and finally escapes the nightmare he’s been living for decades. All he has to do now is keep his head down and serve the New York Lycan clan for the next five years then he can be truly free to live his life. But he didn’t expect to meet Mika Westbrooke or that his inner wolf would be so fixed on the green-eyed beauty. He knows he needs to focus on his goal, but Mika’s proving to be a distraction–an alluring one, but a distraction nonetheless. Then she gives him an offer he can’t refuse … one night with her sweet body, in exchange for giving her the pup she desperately wants.
They strike a bargain, but keeping things casual is harder than they think, and when someone tries to hurt Mika, his protective instincts kick in. Are the mages out to kill her or is it Delacroix’s past, coming back to haunt him?

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power in darknessPOWER IN DARKNESS (SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY BOOK 2) by Krista Street

Turns out, I’m not the only supernatural in the world… My new werewolf boyfriend, Logan Smith, wants to introduce me to the supernatural community—a secret society of magical species that live in hiding in the human world. But my introduction doesn’t go as planned. On the night before my arrival, a terrifying event births a new power inside me. It’s cold, powerful, and worst of all, I lose my livelihood overnight since I can’t touch anyone now without killing them. Now as I enter the community, while terrified of hurting innocents, I learn that to stop the dark power I must dig into my family’s past to uncover the truth of who I really am. Thankfully, I have Logan to help me along the way. Not only is he sinfully delicious, but he’s loyal, trustworthy, and is committed to staying at my side. Or so I thought.

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magic questTHE MAGIC QUEST (THE ADVENTURES OF MAGGIE PARKER BOOK 4) by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle

And so the Quest Begins.​ The four Elementals are united behind Maggie Parker and Bernie the Gnome. They stand at the gateway into the heart of the ship. What awaits them on the final quest to save the world? The ship’s maze of passages have been dormant for centuries and it will take a leap of faith to complete the trials. Puzzles have never been this dangerous. One wrong move too many, and there will be no more chances. Giant boulders chasing after them. Neon dinosaurs. Apelike creatures. Goblins. Would you be brave enough to keep going? What happens if they fail? Maggie learns the truth of just how powerful her Elemental magic can be. But is using it to save her friends worth the price?

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belegaBELEGA: THE KARTHAGANS BOOK 1 by Dianne Hartsock

The Karthagans have regained their ancient powers of manipulating nature, but at the price of madness. In their lust for control they’ve destroyed their island and most of their race. They come now to Belega where one of them, Camron, seeks domination over the known world. The Mage has come from the northern continent of Sennia to bring peace, but finding his strength no match for the coming struggle, he passes his abilities on to Natan, who only desires a simple life. Now only Natan has the ability to stop Camron, but the personal cost is more than he imagines. It is only with the combined strength of his friends, his Karthagan lover, Kavi, and his deep desire to bring peace to the earth, that he finds the courage to overcome Camron and restore balance to the world. The power of the mind is immense. In this world, mankind has learned to gather the energies of creation to use at their whim. But absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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echo of boneECHO OF BONE (TARA KNIGHTLEY SERIES BOOK 2) by Jayne Faith

Will a deal with the devil set Tara free? Tara Knightley has made a deal with Isaac O’Malley, the only one who might help her break free of her blood oath to the Fae mafia.
If it backfires, her family will be in grave danger. They’re on board with the risk, willing to let her try for her freedom. The problem is, there’s a much larger battle brewing. When Tara finally sees the full picture, it may be too late.

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final paigeA FINAL PAIGE (HIDDEN KINGDOM TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Lila Rose

One, two, learning what’s new. Three, four, it’s time to set the score. Five, six, things just might get nixed. Seven, eight, there is so much hate. Nine, ten, it’s time to live again. Dark days filled with pain are still present in Paige’s life. If it wasn’t for her men, she would have given up a while ago. Even with the looming visit to the council, who she’s sure  want to see her destroyed, she can easily take them on because she has her guys at her side. And as long as they aren’t harmed, then she won’t have to kill anyone. For now.

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siren condemnedSIREN CONDEMNED: PARANORMAL PRISON SERIES by C R Jane

The sirens have been hunted for so long that we no longer remember our pasts…Our songs have been stolen, the source of all our power, and it’s been made punishable by death to use it. They’ve taken everything from us. The vampires. I’ve been sent to the darkest of all places, Nightmare Penitentiary for my next assignment. But I’ve promised myself this assignment will be my last… no matter the cost. I’ll do whatever it takes to free my people, even if I end up shattering the hearts of three captivating men who have the power to change my future forever. One will sacrifice himself for me. One will shatter my soul. And one will kill me to save me.

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sun down motelTHE SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James

VS Note: Not a romance, listed as horror and/or a ghost story. I’m kind of intrigued by it. A release of note.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

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queen of raidersTHE QUEEN OF RAIDERS (THE NINE REALMS BOOK 2) by Sarah Kozloff

The soldiers of Oromondo have invaded the Free States, leaving a wake of misery and death. Thalen, a young scholar, survives and gathers a small cadre of guerilla fighters for a one-way mission into the heart of an enemy land. Unconsciously guided by the elemental Spirits of Ennea Mon, Cerulia is drawn to the Land of the Fire Mountains to join Thelan’s Raiders, where she will learn the price of war.

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behind the sunBEHIND THE SUN, ABOVE THE MOON by Various

A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets—entire galaxies, even—live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.

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australia burnsVS Note: Another special effort by authors to support Australia. ONLY volume 3 IS “PNR/HORROR/SF”. A worthy cause. There are THREE volumes of stories available, sold separately.

AUSTRALIA BURNS VOLUME 1 by Various

Stories in this collection are contributed by authors who care about Australia and the relief efforts from the devastating bushfires. All profits from the book will be donated to charities involved with the recovery efforts. The publisher and authors are not affiliated with the charities. They simply want to show Australia their love and support.

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AUSTRALIA BURNS VOLUME 2      Amazon      Apple Books

AUSTRALIA BURNS VOLUME 3     Amazon      No Apple Listing at the time of this post

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darik_Veronica_ScottVS Note: Since viruses are on the mind right now, here’s a book from my backlist where the enemy was attempting to engineer a deadly plague. But against who? Can be read as a standalone. This book is my nod to Alien, The Andromeda Strain and Outbreak… 

DARIK (A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 12

February 5

January 29

January 22

January 15

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.

Here to Help Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL, which was just released on Jan 31st. If you want to find out what happened to Daegan and Flo, which is the book I was excerpting, you’ll have to buy the book LOL.

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 – from the opening of the book, continuing on from where I stopped last week:

A scraping sound echoed down the corridor. Mandy shook her head. Great now I’m having hallucinations.

The sound came again and she heard a protracted cough. She pulled herself to her knees, trying to see more of the hall, “Please, is anyone there? Can you let us out? We’re dying in here!”

Silence.

More coughing, which sounded as if the person was hacking up their lungs.

Shuffling footsteps.

VS: That’s 10 sentences but here’s the rest of the snippet (since you’ve been waiting so long to see any hope for Mandy and her fellow prisoners):

“Lords of Space, there’s someone out there,” she whispered. Mandy glanced into the rear of the cell, where her fellow humans were lying in their cots or sitting at the table and decided not to arouse hopes which might be false. Please, please, please let this be real. Raising her voice, she yelled again. “Hello? Who’s out there? Will you help us?”

A Khagrish lab tech staggered into view, literally holding herself up by clutching at the wall. Her green coat was stained and she was barefoot. Her pink hair was lank and hanging to her shoulders, framing a shockingly pale face where her eyes burned like coals, sunken into her head. Mandy held her breath. This woman had been in the lab when she was taken for bizarre surgical tests, done without anesthesia and then reversed after the scientists made their notes and Mandy screamed and screamed.

Surely this Khagrishi wouldn’t use her dying breath to help the humans. Was she here to taunt them? Or worse?

VS: What do you think, readers? I’ll continue from here next week…

landonThe blurb: When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.

Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.

As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.

Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?

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9 Books Featuring Interstellar Cruise Ships

9 cruise liners canvaSince HBO recently began airing their comedy series ‘Avenue 5’, set on an interplanetary cruise ship, and I write a science fiction romance series set on an interstellar luxury liner, I thought I’d do a post on books with this general trope.

Right now the cruise industry is in a bit of turmoil, with the ships that are quarantined due to COVID-19 virus cases. I don’t want to make light of the situation, which is concerning and scary. I do feel, however, that the cruise industry as a whole, worldwide, remains in good shape, as enthusiasm for taking cruises to exciting and beautiful destinations never seems to wane. Certainly in the far future there will be people who want to see the sights of the galaxy in a leisurely, luxurious manner, right?

I didn’t find too many interstellar cruise liners though, not even with an appeal to the trusty Science Fiction Romance Brigade on Facebook, but I have a few to offer and feel free to list others in the comments.

starlinerStarliner by David Drake, a ‘hard’ SF novel, which is on my To Be Read List now, for sure. The blurb: The Empress of Earth – Finest passenger liner in the galaxy — Brightest link in the chain that binds the starflung civilization of the 23rd century—Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder —The Empress of Earth- Neutral pawn in an interstellar war!

When hostile necessity knows no law, Ran Colville and the rest of the complement of the Empress of Earth must bring home their ship and the passengers entrusted to them. From the Captain on his bridge to the Cold Crewmen who work in conditions that differ from Hell only by name, they’ll have their work cut out for them this voyage!

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Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalMedMy first ever published science fiction novel with romantic elements was Wreck of the Nebula Dream, or as one reviewer referred to it: “Titanic in space…” I’d always wanted to write an SF take on the Titanic tragedy. The story:  A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, space marine Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self-destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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tolstoyUSA Today Best Selling Author Tasha Black has a 3 book (so far) series set on an abandoned, mysterious spaceliner.  Here’s the plot for the first book, Tolstoy: Stargazer Alien Barbarian Brides #1:

Just one glance and this lonely alien shifter instantly craves Anna for his mate. Too bad the beautiful treasure-hunter seems blind to what’s truly valuable…

When space-pirate-in-training Anna Nilsson embarks on her first solo mission to plunder an abandoned luxury cruiser, she assumes she’ll be all alone aboard the big, empty ship. She’s hunting for treasure – the last thing she expects to find is a sinfully sexy alien who eyes her with a hunger that speaks of centuries of longing.

Leo’s ancient race has suffered greatly at the hands of the strangers who invaded their planet centuries ago, leaving the barbarians without a home world. When he awakes from stasis to the scent of a blood mate, he is stunned to discover the delectable creature is human. Being close to her sets his senses on fire, but he knows the attraction can only end in misery. What human could ever love a shape-shifting barbarian?

When a third occupant of the not-so-abandoned cruiser shows itself, the two realize they must work together if they want to get out alive.

Then they uncover a baby who just might be the priceless clone of a famous cultural icon, and things really start to get interesting…

Note: Tasha shared that she has a new series coming later in 2020 which will feature a luxury cruise liner.

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sovrans pawnAuthor JC Cassels sets much of the action in her Sovran’s Pawn (The Black Wing Chronicles Book 1) on board the Lady of Staves starliner. Here’s the blurb: Convicted traitor Bo Barron will do whatever it takes to purchase her father’s freedom from his kidnappers, even assume the guise of a Kiara Joy Babe at a high-stakes gambling tournament.

When a handsome stranger steals a kiss, everything Bo thought she knew about her assignment turns upside down. If she wants to save her father and keep herself alive, she’s going to have to figure out how to survive the game she didn’t realize she was playing.

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star_nomad_Lindsay_BurokerUSA Today Best Selling Author Lindsay Buroker created a Firefly-like environment on the ship in her Fallen Kingdom series.  It was far from being a luxury liner but did carry paying passengers, so I’ll stretch a point and include the series here. The story for book one, Star Nomad: The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she’s stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former home and the last imperial stronghold.

But she has a plan.

Steal a dilapidated and malfunctioning freighter from a junkyard full of lawless savages. Slightly suicidal, but she believes she can do it. Her plan, however, does not account for the elite cyborg soldier squatting in the freighter, intending to use it for his own purposes. As an imperial soldier, he has no love for Alliance pilots. In fact, he’s quite fond of killing them.

Alisa has more problems than she can count, but she can’t let cyborgs, savages, or ancient malfunctioning ships stand in her way. If she does, she’ll never see her daughter again.

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vordols vowVordol’s Vow (Rising Sons Book 2) by Dena Garson, originally appeared in the Cosmic Cabaret anthology (no longer available) and was one of my absolute favorites in the collection. I was happy to see she’d published it separately. The ship was the LS Quantum, and all the authors involved in the project set their stories on the same luxury liner. The blurb for Vordol: A long time ago Vordol Silveira learned that if he wanted to become the best bodyguard in the galaxy he needed to keep everyone except his brothers at arm’s length. That vow served him well until he runs into the now grown-up daughter of his former mentor while working a security job aboard the LS Quantum.

Pitannah Lorento is a Quantum waitress who dreams of winning this year’s intergalactic burlesque competition in order to pay for her mother’s expensive medical treatment. Seeing Vordol again brings back years of unfulfilled desires – a distraction she doesn’t need. Yet, she’s no longer an awkward teenager and he is sexier than ever.

Vordol’s client’s safety has always come first but when Pitannah is threatened, his heart demands he make her priority. If he somehow manages to keep them both safe through the competition, his vow may become obsolete.

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razers edgeSelene Grace Silver’s novella Razer’s Edge, was also in the Cosmic Cabaret anthology and therefore is set on the interstellar liner LS Quantum, although there’s no other overlap between her story and  Ms. Garson’s. Here’s her plot: Erotic dancer Ayanna headlines at the cabaret until a psychic thief named Razer uses her identity to pull off the plunder of a lifetime, jeopardizing everything.

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StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_ARE_200x300My Star Cruise series is set on the interstellar luxury liner Nebula Zephyr (yes a sister ship to the Nebula Dream mentioned above, which I destroyed – the Zephyr charts a much safer course) and while many characters reoccur from book to book, each story focuses primarily on a new couple and their adventure, challenges and romance. The first in the series set aboard the Nebula Zephyr is Star Cruise: Outbreak.

At the time in 2016 I was inspired by the many outbreaks of the nonlethal norovirus on cruise ships, which started me thinking about the issue of being on such a ship when a more deadly form of epidemic strikes. Of course the subject is all too timely again right now, with the COVID-19 virus loose in the world and actual quarantined cruise ships.

Here’s the blurb:  She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the interstellar Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious illness aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim…and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure. Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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the oneAnd last but not least, there’s Eric Klein’s The One: A Cruise Through the Solar System: Classic Style Science Fiction, with a plot as follows:  A near-future story of exploration and intrigue.

The year is 2152. What started as a normal work day for BJ Armstrong (debugging the latest faulty AI), quickly turned to the adventure of a lifetime. Join Armstrong on his all-expenses-paid 30-day cruise through the solar system on board the maiden voyage of the latest pleasure ship (complete with a beauty pageant and scientific symposium), as he tries to unravel an assassination plot and foil the biggest heist in history.

The only question that remains, will BJ get the girl?

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Happy reading and safe cruising to you, whether on Earth or in the stars! Stay healthy….

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday FEB 12

survivorsAs 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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SURVIVORS (HELL SQUAD BOOK 19) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: I love Hell Squad. One clicked!

Survivors contains three action-packed novellas in the Hell Squad series. Includes:

Nate – Long before the aliens invaded, former Marine Nate Caldwell came home a broken man. Going off-grid in a cabin he inherited in Australia’s Blue Mountains, he survived the invasion with only his dog Blue for company. For two years, he’s avoided the aliens and any survivors – he’s done his fighting and can’t go into battle again. But when a young woman crashes into his lonely existence, with the aliens hot on her heels, she changes everything…

Dak – Captain Dak Vaughn only has room for his job as head of security for Groom Lake Base. His focus has to be on keeping all the survivors alive, and not on the tough, attractive new recruit who gets under his skin. But when a dangerous mission requires them to go deep into alien territory, Dak finds himself up close and personal with a woman who is pure temptation.

Alexander – Marine engineer turned base leader, Alexander Erickson, leads a tiny base of survivors in the snowy climes of Norway. Balancing the needs and safety of his group keeps him busy, and he longs for someone to share the load, someone to call his own. The one independent woman he wants refuses to see him as anything more than a leader and a younger man. But when mysterious alien activity encroaches on their safety, they will join forces to investigate and Alexander might finally have his chance.

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saving the cyborgSAVING THE CYBORG (RENEGADE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jude Gray

Calen – I live in a fairy tale. But this is a dark fairy tale. Abducted and sold to the Latrusian Prince of North Orangh, I go from a life of peace on a farm to a life of depravity, darkness, and fear in a castle full of wicked aliens. My freedom, security, and control over my own body have been taken from me. I want to go home. That’s all I want in life–to get away from these horrifying aliens and go home. I am close to giving up. But then…I meet him. The cyborg. He is the castle’s protection, the queen’s desire, the king’s son. And he is going to be my savior.
Zikkan – When I return to the castle after a long, vicious time away defending the kingdom’s borders, I have no light in my heart. I have plans, though. I will leave this castle, this territory, this world. This evil. My ship is being outfitted and repaired, I am stockpiling resources and funds and quietly assessing and choosing a crew, and I know exactly where I want to go and what I want to do when I get there. But plans can go awry. I am mesmerized by a captive human girl, and when I see the prince abusing her, I do what I do best. Beating the prince nearly to death is frowned upon. I do it anyway.
Now I have to figure out how to get the girl to safety when I am chained in a dungeon.
And how to convince her to stay with me when I succeed.

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mission guardian angelMISSION: GUARDIAN ANGEL (VESLOR MATES BOOK 2) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Always happy to see a new book from Laurann, in any of her series!

Ever since her friend Vivian mated a Veslor, Abby Thomas has been curious about the mysterious aliens. She also has a vested interest in making sure their newfound relationship with United Earth is a success, prompting her to take a job on a military vessel to ensure the Veslor grouping stationed there are treated fairly. It doesn’t hurt that they’re easy to look at. When one Veslor in particular catches her attention, she hopes he’s nothing like the humans she’s dated, who were only interested in her bank balance and connections.

Drak and his Veslor grouping quietly endured unfair treatment aboard Defcon Red…until a beautiful spitfire spoke up on their behalf, earning herself nemeses among the ship’s fleet. When those foes try to silence Abby, Drak makes it his mission to protect her. The harrowing experience quickly bringing them so close, Drak is determined to make Abby his mate…if her enemies don’t ruin his chance, permanently.

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stealing her heartSTEALING HER HEART: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED by Evangeline Anderson

Vicky Erickson is having a lousy Valentine’s Day. First the man she met on the dating app stood her up, then she ripped the expensive dress she was going to return. What else could go wrong? How about having hot Kindred thief run into the bar and beg her to pretend she’s his date? At first it seems like fun and Vicky is willing to play along. But things get dangerous when the lizard-like aliens he stole from come searching for him…and find her instead.

Chain is an M-Switch Kindred and a thief. His ability to “snatch” another male’s body for a limited time helps him pull off jobs no one else can handle—but it also makes him a pariah to the rest of Kindred society. No female would ever want to bond with an M-Switch or “Snatcher” as the other Kindred call them, so he has given up on finding love and concentrates on his craft. What he doesn’t guess is that his craft will lead him to love…in a round-about way.

After landing Vicky in a heap of trouble with the lizard-like Varians he stole from, he takes her with him on his next “job” to keep her safe. But the job happens to be located on a planet where women teach men exactly how they like to be pleased and Vicky has to pose as a sex professor. Can she rise to the occasion and come up with a curriculum of her own? And more importantly, can Chain keep his head while he’s…Stealing Her Heart?

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queens academyQUEEN’S ACADEMY: A MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS ROMANCE (ACADEMY OF TIME BOOK 4) by Skye MacKinnon

Drake has been dreaming of Mary, Queen Of Scots ever since his second year at the Time Travel Academy, following her throughout her entire life. But the closer she gets to her tragic fate, the more anxious Drake becomes until there’s only one option left: he has to break the most important law of time travel. Drake is faced with an impossible choice, one that he’s going to make anyway. Love is worth breaking the rules for. Right?

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salokSA’LOK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 18) by Elin Wyn

With the war against a deadly enemy coming to a head, K’ver scientist Sa’lok lives for the moments he’s assigned to work with human pilot Teisha. She’s smart, funny and level headed. Nothing would make him risk their friendship. But when their closest ally is betrayed, she’s thrown into unimaginable danger.  And his reaction to Teisha’s peril isn’t just wanting to protect his friend. It’s the rage that comes with a threat to his mate.Teisha loves three things: her sister, her sister’s kids, and speed. After her promising career in linguistics was destroyed in the Xathi attacks, she became a pilot, helping the Alliance forces however she could.

Well, there might be another thing.  Person. Sa’lok. This just isn’t the time. And he probably doesn’t like her that way. Not like that. And the end of it all can they win the battle, but still lose their hearts?

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siriusSIRIUS: BOOK 7 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Alana Khan

Sirius: Produced in a test tube, born a slave, bred for fighting, and doomed to death. Sirius fights for his life against man and beast on a hostile planet. Aliyah: Kidnapped from Earth, stranded in space, then orphaned at a young age. Aliyah is strong and skilled, but has been declared an untouchable by her tribe. Fearless huntress Aliyah uses her intelligence and prowess to rescue and heal the alien male who’s been hunted for sport by bloodthirsty aliens and critically mauled by deadly mam’non beasts. Can these two damaged souls overcome the odds, admit their love, and create a life together?

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meat cuteMEAT CUTE: THE HEDGEHOG INCIDENT (PARASOL PROTECTORATE BOOK 0) by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.
Don’t miss this charming novelette featuring the very first encounter between the Parasolverse’s most popular power couple, preternatural Alexia and supernatural Lord Conall Maccon.

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finding kismetFINDING KISMET by Mayumi Cruz

VS Note: From JAN 31

A skilled alien warrior on her first assignment. A brilliant, dying biochemist. An ingenious but despotic genetic invention. Tangled together, intertwined by destiny, spanning a thousand years and connecting two planets. A pretty, decorated young soldier from the planet Vaelteuria is sent to Earth on an urgent, critical quest which holds the key to the survival of their people. But an unexpected obstacle in the person of a genius yet sickly human distracts her from her mission and threatens to bring her to failure.
Will she be able to find what she was looking for before time runs out for her planet. . . and for Earth as well?

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heart of fireHEART OF FIRE: SEVEN DAYS OF ROMANCE by Eileen Troemel

When deep space explorer, Gerilynn, crash lands on a snow planet she finds herself face to face with a new species. Facing certain death, Gerilynn must rely on one of the creatures for protection, but can she trust him? Things are not all they seem, and Gerilynn finds herself in the middle of a political nightmare. Now she must navigate a minefield of danger, betrayal and traditions that are not her own. Will Gerilynn survive long enough to find true happiness? Or will she run out of time?

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dinas realmDINA’S REALM( INTERGALACTIC OFFICERS BOOK 5) by Mara Jaye

I’m not alone on this planet, but I might as well be. The other Earthers and aliens trapped here call me a suck-up. Considering I buy adequate supplies for them, I don’t care what they say. Everyone else may hate my influential position, but my life as a scab benefits them. Sure, I could quit, but I do this for the greater good. Except, life is lonely when I’m a social pariah. No one is allowed off of the planet, or I’d go anywhere but here. How do I know I’m trapped? My messages go unopened. After a couple of years, I’ve given up hope on anything changing.
However, on an ordinary day, someone extraordinary walks into the reception. Everyone knows Nial, but in real life? The man is heart-stopping attractive. Still, I can’t let him in at all. I try to stall him, and my tactic fails. Now, a member of the Intergalactic Alliance wants me to take over for my boss. How can I say no to the one man in the universe I only want to say yes to?

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honor lostHONOR LOST (HONORS BOOK 3) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Space renegade Zara Cole may have finally met her match. Lifekiller—a creature that can devour entire planets—is spreading terror throughout the universe, and it seems nothing can stand in the monstrous godking’s way. Zara’s street smarts may not be enough when their enemy could be anywhere, destroying civilizations and picking his teeth with the bones. With human enemies, alien creatures, and mechanical stalkers on her tail, it’s down to the wire for Zara to save the galaxy—and the people she calls home—before the godking consumes them all.

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return to neverwyldeRETURN TO NEVERWYLDE (RIM OF THE WORLD BOOK 7) by Linda Mooney

Things have been quiet on Neverwylde, but everyone has been busy. With a new group of research scientists sent to spend the next six months on the planet, their goal is to learn and document as much as possible to classify the alien world as a 2A planet. But things never go as planned on this still wild and unknown galactic anomaly.

Dox has a one-track mind, but that’s normal for his kind. Being an isotope baby, he was specifically created to be highly intelligent, often found working on inventions, and rarely speaking beyond a couple words. But he’s also fiercely loyal and protective, as well as sweet and innocent, with zero experience when it comes to women. They never even crossed his mind, until now.

Xeno-archaeologist Dr. True Brown can’t wait to get her feet on Neverwylde soil. Having researched everything there is to know of the planet so far, she’s somewhat starstruck when meeting the original crew, but no amount of research could prepare her for the reality of the world, or the feelings the quirky, quiet, innocent tinkerer invokes. She didn’t plan on romance while on this mission, but then again, she didn’t anticipate her fellow scientists turning on them either…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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linked by deceptionLINKED BY DECEPTION: PSY-IV TEAMS BOOK 5 by Jami Gray

When it comes to the relationship game, she’s learned her lesson well…With her ability to weave illusions, Jinx Thorne grew up running successful cons with her grifter father, until the day he taught her how easy it is to deceive those you love. Armed with that hard-earned wisdom, she retreats behind her emotional walls determined to avoid a repeat lesson. When she’s partnered with the seductively charming Rabbit, his friendship does the impossible, eroding her defenses and leaving her on shaky ground.

With his patience at an end, he’s about to change the rules…As the PSY-IV Team’s tech wizard, Rabbit Tessier can manipulate all things electronic, yet that’s not his only area of expertise. As an acknowledged flirt, he enjoys his role as the team’s heart-breaker, but after he’s partnered with the intoxicating queen of illusions that satisfaction wans and he’s done playing games. As they undertake a dangerous mission where things could go sideways in a blink, he’ll take the biggest gamble of all and lay his cards on the table.
When the mission forces them to play intimate criminal partners, will they risk the jump from illusion to truth as they race through a maze of conspiracies and lies before the clock runs out?

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cold temptationCOLD TEMPTATION (ICE PLANET RENDU BOOK 2) by Zoe Ashwood

Zoologist Mika Yadama has her hands full exploring a new alien world – the only problem is that the planet itself keeps trying to kill her. And the one male assigned to be her guide seems to be keeping his distance. Kol ad Naals wants nothing more than to give in to temptation and drag Mika off to his bed, yet she’s leaving in six weeks. He’s lost enough people already, and he won’t allow himself to care for the human.  That would be easier if she didn’t put herself in constant danger – rescuing her from certain death ties them together whether he likes it or not.  But the environment and the lethal alien species aren’t the only threats to their relationship, and as a series of mysterious break-ins occurs in the capital, Kol’s duty to his queen and his nation must come first. If only it didn’t mean letting go of the only woman he ever wanted to keep.

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lost book of adana moreauTHE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU: A NOVEL by Michael Zapata

VS Note: Not a romance and apparently the scifi and speculative elements are contained in the lost book more than in the main plot BUT it was a release of note. Sounded interesting.

In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript.

Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather’s home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana’s son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers.

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maruMARU (BRIDES TO BEASTS BOOK 4) by Athena Storm

Maru. He says I’m his. He’s bought my contract. Brought me to his world. He expects certain things. And he won’t take no for an answer. I can already tell in his eyes.
How they covet me with each move I make. He’s going to wrap his big, thick arms around me. He’ll claim me as his in front of all his people. Overpower me. Overwhelm me. I will lose myself in him. Nothing of me will remain. It will all belong to him. Everything I am. Everything I was. Will be his.

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shadow of the batgirlSHADOW OF THE BATGIRL by Sarah Kuhn, Nicolle Grux Illustrator

VS Note: Not a romance but hey, Batgirl!

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn’t exactly Batgirl material…not yet, at least. But with Batgirl missing from Gotham City, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she’ll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero-Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle-that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

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valentines with a barbarianVALENTINE’S WITH A BARBARIAN: A BARBARIAN HOLIDAY by Nicky Fox

Abby has just broken up with her boyfriend of two years after finding out he was cheating on her. She needs a girls weekend with her best friends. They decide to take a trip to a National Park for wine tasting, spa time, and some hiking. There, in one of the caves they spot a strange light. When they go to investigate, they’re all sucked into a portal. Abby is transported to a strange alien world where vibrant colorful plants thrive and a red barbaric man with kind eyes treats her like a princess. She doesn’t know where her friends are or how to find the portal to take her home. That’s not all.
The barbarian that’s claimed her as his, is the chief of the village. There’s tension between him and his tribe because of her as well as another adjoining clan. Danger is at every turn and all Abby wants is to run into the arms of her barbarian.
But when the opportunity presents itself for her to return to her world, will she take it?

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circleTHE CIRCLE (OMEGA ACADEMY 2) by Lily Archer

Joining with my Alphas has changed me at my most basic levels. I can’t seem to control my powers, but with Jeren, Kyte, and Ceredes at my side, I think I’ll eventually stop with the accidental outbursts of lethal energy. Hopefully. But my powers aren’t the only problems: I have an Omega who wants me dead, a Sentient who is still trying to kidnap me, and an undeniable need to mate with my Alphas.

The entire fleet is slowly reaching a boiling point as the Sentient threat grows, and when they attack and take someone dear to us, the circle vows to fight back. But as the council of regents begins to fracture, secrets slip through the cracks. When I discover the truth, will I be able to withstand it, or will the circle break under the weight of my past?

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dreikxDREIKX (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 5) by Milana Jacks

Knowing that the strongest alliances are forged through mating, long ago, the King of Regha asked for my help. So when I came collecting on his firstborn, he gave her to me.
I am nothing but a glorified thief. She is the Regha Princess. The jewel of her people.
And now, she is mine.

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aliens captive mateALIEN’S CAPTIVE MATE by Belinda Moon

When a terrifying alien warrior abducted me from my sheltered human settlement I expected to die. But this brutal monster has no intention of killing me. Instead, he’s doing something far worse, claiming me for himself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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her pirate salvationHER PIRATE SALVATION by K C Morgan

Zahra’s life was never what you would call adventurous. It was boring. Repetitive. Completely predictable even. Until it wasn’t. Now Zahra is left reeling after the unspeakable happens and is desperate to find herself again after surviving depravity at the hands of a cruel slaver. With the help of four sexy and determined pirates, can she overcome her trauma and finally do more than just exist?

Together Ryland, Daega, Ka’win, and Naree will teach Zahra how to live again. With them, perhaps the love she always craved will at last be possible. But her past isn’t done with Zahra yet. The monster who torments her dreams is determined to reclaim what is his. Will her past steal away her future and break her for good? Or can she find Salvation in the arms of her Pirates?

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my alien roommateMY ALIEN ROOMMATE by Tracy Lauren

Dorran – I’m on a mission to Earth, searching for a mate—but time is of the essence and my happiness hangs in the balance. I aim for optimism, but the task before me is daunting. Until I meet Carly, that is. The second she opens her door; I know she’s the one for me. All I need to do now is convince her.

Carly – My best friend in all the world’s getting married and I’m suddenly out a roommate in one of the most expensive beach cities in California. So, when a sexy cowboy shows up at my door, promising to pay three month’s rent in full, what choice do I have but to take him in? Sure, he has some idiosyncrasies… but those can be overlooked for the right price, can’t they? The language barrier isn’t even that big of a deal either. What does stand out though… is that he seems to have purple skin. And despite everything I find out about Dorran, I just can’t fight the magnetic attraction between us.

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breaking heidi catherineBREAKING: BOOK 1 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Four teens must face the fallout of the Proving. Three have made it through. One has not. Nova. Kian. Dex. Wren. Four lives defined by the outcome. Four lives who thought the Proving was the most difficult test they would ever have to face.   They all assumed Askala was safe, but a link to the Outlands has been established and a Remnant invasion is now a threat. In a starving, damaged world, Askala has what others want.  Except the fight for survival is far more complicated than right or wrong, or us and them. It’s about humanity versus Earth.

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brimstone journals threeTHE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS: COLLECTION THREE by Angel Martinez

Cargo hauler, brigand ship, privateer. Crewed by the exiled, the misplaced, the uniquely strange and even a certain government assassin. Together, they’ve faced interstellar criminals, the wrath of archangels, the threat of frogs, their own terrors, nearly deadly buttercopters, and government paperwork. Through it all, as Brimstone’s inhabitants expanded from two demons on the run to a complement of eleven various and sundry beings, they’ve become more than crew. They’ve evolved into family. Join us now for some snippets from the characters’ timelines, flash fiction shorts between the stories from Shax and Verin as kids in Hell all the way to events after The Hunt for Red Fluffy.

The Brimstone Journals, Collection Three also includes a novelette in which the crew discovers that sometimes the simple task of holiday shopping is much more dangerous than it should be.

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dark obssessionDARK OBSSESSION (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Brooke Reed

Deena: I don’t even know what I’m doing here. I just sort of went along for the ride when the people around me set out on a crusade that seems too big to be real. And as soon as I let myself get sucked into that crusade, I find myself staring down the business end of madness, death, and… love?
Faeron: I am finally content. My life of servitude is a thing of the distant past, and I have real purpose that is under my control. But that illusion has been shattered by a mind-altering bioweapon and single encounter with a woman that I thought of only as a crewmate. Now I cannot tell the difference between what I have been made to feel and what I actually do. If there is a difference.

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prince of stonePRINCE OF STONE by Gena Showalter

VS Note: A re-release or as the book page says “a significantly updated classic.”

A statuesque beauty unlucky in love…With five older brothers, Katie James grew up a tomboy. Now, the six-foot-tall home renovator has never made it past a first date. When she begins restoration on an old Victorian, she never dreamed the gorgeous marble statue in the garden would come to life with a kiss. But, suddenly, a very real, very naked warrior is standing before her, demanding she surrender her heart.
A cursed alien prince with everything to lose…Jorlan en Sarr hails from the distant planet Imperia. Thanks to his brother’s curse, he’s been entombed in stone for centuries, awaiting a fair maiden to set him free. Yet the goddess-like female with a will of iron and kisses like flame is nothing like the subservient damsels of his homeland. And though Katie affects him as no other, Jorlan must guard his heart while winning hers — all in two weeks! If he fails, he’ll be turned back to stone… forever.

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convictionCONVICTION (SCATTERED STARS: CONVICTION BOOK 1) by Glynn Stewart

VS Note: Not  romance. Scifi release of note from late JAN.

The last reward Kira Demirci expected for heroism in a time of war was to spend the rest of her life dodging assassins—but when her government betrays her as part of their surrender, she and her comrades flee the star system of Apollo to the edge of civilized space. The Syntactic Cluster is disorganized, disunified, and in desperate need of the nova fighters Kira smuggled out of Apollo with her. With an entire squadron supposed to follow in her wake, it falls to her to build a new home for her comrades. But their enemy’s reach may be longer than her worst nightmares—and even her new friends may not be all that they appear.

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fate of the talaTHE FATE OF THE TALA: THE UNCHARTED REALMS BOOK 5 by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I received an ARC of this book and thought it was an excellent wrap up and ending for the series, which I’ve been reading avidly since it began. 

The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, conquered her inner demons to become the high queen. The youngest, and most beautiful outlived her Prince Charming and found a strength beyond surface loveliness.
And the other one, Andi? The introverted, awkward middle princess is now the Sorceress Queen, Andromeda—and she stands at the precipice of a devastating war.
As the undead powers of Deyrr gather their forces, their High Priestess focuses on Andi, undermining her at every turn. At the magical barrier that protects the Thirteen Kingdoms from annihilation, the massive Dasnarian navy assembles, ready to pounce the moment Andi’s strength fails. And, though her sisters and friends gather around her, Andi finds that her husband, Rayfe, plagued with fears over her pregnancy, has withdrawn, growing ever more distant.
Fighting battles on too many fronts, Andi can’t afford to weaken, as she’s all that stands between all that’s good in the world and purest evil.
For Andi, the time to grow into her true power has come.

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phantom queenTHE PHANTOM QUEEN (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 3) by Yasmine Galenorn

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and I’m a spirit shaman. It’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.
Veronica, Queen of the Unliving, requests my presence. Something has happened in Whisper Hollow—there’s a new menace around, and it’s not only attacking the living, but also the denizens of her Court. Now, Bryan and I must enlist the help of the dead in order to keep the spirit world—and the citizens of Whisper Hollow–safe.

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sworn to the shadow god book 2SWORN TO THE SHADOW GOD (ANCHOR AND ASPECT BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

Adventure. It’s what my boring life is missing, so when I fall through a portal into another world, I’m excited. Here, I’m important. Here, I’m special. I find out just *how* special when I meet Death. Yup. That guy. He’s been exiled to the mortal realm to work through his flaws, and he’s just as spoiled and awful as you’d think. Rhagos, the Shadow Lord, is arrogant and rude and controlling and demands to get his way. He’s selfish. He’s impossible.

He’s also utterly gorgeous. Magnetic. Lonely. And strangely protective of me. Thanks to a magic bond, I now serve him as his anchor to the mortal realm. It means that I’m his conscience, his guide…and the target for any assassin or glory-seeker. After a few days of this, I’d rather go home than continue on this ‘adventure’. I need a way back to Earth, and fast. As the world falls down around us and we’re hunted simply for existing, I find myself wondering what it’d be like to serve the lonely god of death…in all ways. To kiss him. To touch him. To bed him. Except…I’m supposed to be finding a way home, not trying to kiss Rhagos. No matter how tempting he is. No matter how much he stares at my lips. No matter how much I want it.

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lickLICK (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 5) by Skye MacKinnon

Kat is broke, so when she’s offered a job as the mayor’s bodyguard, she can’t resist. It seems a simple enough job, until someone tries to kill her rather than the mayor. At the same time, an incredibly valuable diamond needs to be stolen, a little deer needs a new home and there’s a ball to attend. When you put a cat in a dress, you better prepare for carnage.

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iron masterIRON MASTER (SHIFTERS UNBOUND BOOK 12) by Jennifer Ashley

Stuart Reid is an Iron Master—a Dark Fae with a rare ability to make iron do his bidding. Exiled by the High Fae who fear him, he now lives in a simple house in Shiftertown outside Las Vegas, watching over Peigi, a bear Shifter woman, and the cubs she cares for.
Peigi, rescued from an evil Shifter and welcomed into the Vegas Shiftertown, knows Reid and the cubs have helped her survive and heal.
She also knows Reid is alone and lonely, a strong man coping with his exile. The bond she feels pulling her to him scares the crud out of her—she’s been down this road before.
When Reid’s people send him a desperate call for help, Peigi senses danger to him—too much of it. She finds she’ll do anything, even sacrifice herself and her happiness, to keep him safe.

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Badge - Exclamation pointPURE SURENDER (PURE DARK ONES BOOK 12) by Aja James

VS Note: The cover was too hot for my PG13+ blog.

Aella Alexander: An Amazon warrior in her human life, Aella has always taken and fought for what she wanted, and what Aella wanted, she got. Until him.
Cloud Drako: The mysterious new recruit to the Pure Ones’ team of Elite soldiers is not what he seems. He has a critical role to fulfill to maintain Balance in the universe…He cannot afford to be distracted by her. Destiny is shaped by choices made:
The past cannot be changed, a past that neither Cloud nor Aella remembers. But the future is yet unwritten. In this present time, with this second chance, Cloud must make his ultimate stand: to carry out the role he’s been assigned, or to embrace an uncertain future, knowing that his choice would be irrevocable. Absolute.
And that the souls of countless innocents depend upon it…Can Aella help him choose wisely, or will she lead them all to ruin?

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black hartBLACK HART (VAKTARE OF ALL REALMS/ENEMY OF MAGIC SERIES BOOK 2) by Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Rising from the ashes of betrayal and stifling the pain of the broken pieces of her heart, Shira Hart is out for blood. Though she may be hunted by the Fidem, nothing will stop her from exacting vengeance from Xydon for the brutal murders of her parents. The streets of LA will tremble and collapse under her power; the golden cuckoos of Toucson flying free. But can Shira quell a resurgence of love in her heart when Brin returns to her life? Or will he destroy her trust forever?

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king of the seaKING OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 4) by Elle Beaumont

Loch always knew that one day he would be crowned king, but he never thought the day would come so soon. When the king dies during a gruesome battle with the Kraken, Loch must assume the role of ruler. But there is more to worry about than the upcoming coronation ceremony-there is a monster to kill and a heavy decision to make.
With the kingdom of Selith under attack, and the decision of whether or not to ban magic weighing on his shoulders, Loch relies on his brother Ruari for support, and a childhood friend.

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secrets of galatheaSECRETS OF GALATHEA VOLUME 1 by Elle Beaumont

Journey to the depths in this fast paced collection of four short stories, based in the same kingdom, spanning from centuries to weeks apart. A merman and his brother are tasked with protecting what belongs to their people and failure is not an option. When two seventeen-year-olds witness their Prince threaten an infamous sea-witch, they have no idea how soon all of their lives will be intertwined, and what secrets lay in the depths. A prince must decide what is most important: the people or his relationship with his brother. And a soon-to-be-king must do what is right, even if it costs him everything.
Each story highlights a specific character and their current struggle in the kingdom of Selith, but one thing is always the same–the strength of the characters and the magic that lives within them.

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kissing cupidKISSING CUPID (NOT QUITE HOLIDAYS LOVE STORIES BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

Arrows flying, love’s in the air, Valentine’s Day should come with hazard pay. Leave it to Krissy Kissinger to pick the worst time ever to declare her undying devotion to the God of Love…in a text message…after her sister, Chloe’s, bachelorette party. As if things weren’t already in the crapper, Krissy just woke with a hangover the size of Zeus’ ego only to find out that Cupid’s missing, the Cherubs contracted mono from a gaggle of strippers, and Ares used all the golden arrows for target practice. As the Fairy Extraordinaire in charge of all things Valentine’s Day, our little Fae has precisely seventy-two hours to shake off her pink-champagne-induced brain fog, rescue her lost love from a horrendous horde of two-and-half-foot men, and save V-day before there’s more broken hearts than petals on a rose. With no time to spare, this lovelorn lovely must pull out all the stops to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt, and the bubbly is at its bubbliest if she’s to save the Love of the World and, more importantly, the love of her life. Holy Fairy farts, this shit could only happen on a Leap Year.

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cat escortCAT ESCORT by Melissa E Costa

A night of passion with a Cat Shifter escort becomes everything for a man with poor self-esteem. To mend his broken heart, Seth purchases a date with a Cat Shifter Escort. The sex was so amazing, it let him forget his pain. Seth never expected to see him again.
Nao couldn’t forget the client who’d cried in his arms, so destroyed from love gone wrong. He wanted nothing more than to help the beautiful, broken man.
Their night was supposed to be a onetime thing, but six months later, everything changed when they met again.

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dragon frostDRAGON FROST (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 9) by Viola Grace

VS Note: From the end of January

Kabyl’s family has run a careful supply business, keeping the essentials in stock in order to help her town and the villages around it survive the long, dark winter.
Rumors of beasts beyond the standard shifters are beginning to surface, and when regulars don’t show up for their fuel rations, Kabyl has to brave the dark and the cold to find out if natural death has taken her family’s friends or if there is something darker than death in the land of snow. A wellness check turns into a fight for survival, and Kabyl has to dig deep to stay alive. She had no idea she was going to find a dragon. The dragon was just as surprised.

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evanescenceEVANESCENCE by Monette Michaels

Security specialist Kai Axton blends into the night, a mist-like shadowy image of his human form. Because of his freakish nature, he feels doomed to live his life alone–until he meets Sian York. Sian isn’t who or what she seems. Her past is shrouded in a veil of mystery. As Kai prepares to make his move to claim her, Sian’s past explodes onto the scene, forcing him to reveal his darkest secrets. Can Sian accept Kai’s nature, or will he be doomed to live in the shadow world, forever alone?

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sea saviorSEA SAVIOR (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Elise H Ford

The wars in the sea are just getting started. Cora and her friends must try to save everyone. But things in life get in the way of Cora and Jett’s plans. Jett starts the spawn and Cora wants to be on land for when Megan gives birth. New friends are found and new cities rebuilt. Another Lunafriya is added to the mix that has a special power! Will Cora and the other Lunafriyas be able to stop the wars in the sea?

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unlove meUNLOVE ME by T S Joyce

One wild night with friends, and Brock Evans comes up with a plan to rake in the room reservations at his lodge. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, he is going to throw an UnValentine’s Day party for the singles who want to escape the hearts, and romance, and frills of February. But when a curvy beauty comes crashing into his lodge with eyes much too bright to be human, he is instantly intrigued. She has to be one of those shifters, but she fibbed about it on her room application, so she must be hiding something big. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wants to uncover all the mysteries that surround her.

Humans and shifters don’t mix. Armadillo shifter, Ava, learned that early on, so to avoid being denied for the UnValentine’s Day party at a rustic mountain inn, she tells a little white lie that snowballs her down a path she doesn’t expect. Brock is kind, handsome as hell, and a dominant personality compared to a submissive shifter like herself. He’s fun, and easy to be around, and her body ignites around him, but she is here for one reason, and one reason alone—to escape the pressure of the holiday. The last thing a girl like her needs is romance on Valentine’s Day, but Fate just might have other plans.

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salvation in darknessSALVATION IN DARKNESS (MISPLACED HALOES BOOK 2) by Nicole Edwards

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

Never one to rely on luck or favor, Eclipse isn’t surprised when his first interaction with the female whose soul is destined for his results in death. However, he is caught off-guard when the pretty blonde who was held at gunpoint by a two-bit human turns out to be sassy and fearless and not at all bothered by the mess that was made in that alley.

Orianna McKay has spent the past six years scouring the US in search of her sister. She has put her entire life on hold, hoping to locate Amber and bring her home to their mother. What she doesn’t understand is how one failed lead after another continues to take her right back to Nowhere, Colorado. Then he appears. The handsome warrior who takes a bullet in an effort to save her. What she doesn’t realize is that warrior is an angel and nothing in her world is as it seems…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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goose and the ocelotGOOSE AND THE OCELOT by Renee Hewett

On the run in the jungle, Dedra Wakins is in no mood to listen to the sexy man who’s trying to take her back up to Canada. Screw safety. Geese fly south for the winter for a reason! But when she learns her gosling might be in danger, no one can stop this momma goose from charging anyone threatening her family. This paranormal romance is an EveL Worlds novella set in Eve Langlais’ Furry United Coalition (F.U.C.) World!

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curse she woreTHE CURSE SHE WORE (TRINITY LADOUX) by Jordan Dane

Trinity LeDoux, homeless on the streets of New Orleans, has nothing to lose when she hands a wealthy, yet reclusive clairvoyant a cursed vintage necklace. During one of Hayden Quinn’s rare public appearances, he is unexpectedly recruited into Trinity’s perilous mission–a journey back through time to the exact moment of death for two very different victims. Hayden and Trinity, two broken people with nothing but death in common, pursue the dangerous quest to stop the murderer emulating the grisly works of a notorious serial killer. Trespassing on Fate’s turf comes with a price–one they will never see coming.

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in someone elses skinIN SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN (LINDY PARKER SHIFTER SHIELD BOOK 3) by Margo Bond Collins

When Lindi grabbed the latest newborn lamia and leaped into the unknown, she knew she was risking both their lives. But the alternative–allowing the faction that wants to eliminate all lamias on sight to capture them–meant certain death. Now she’s faced with a brand-new enemy in an unknown land, and all she wants is to get back home. This time, her status as a Shifter Shield won’t save her.

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captive witchCAPTIVE WITCH (UNCHAINED HEARTS) by Fiona Starr

DELLA – I fell for Victor Montalban the night I was hired to kill him. When I let him go, he walked away with my reputation, my family’s trust, and my heart. Now he’s here in front of me once more, his eyes angry and mistrustful. What he doesn’t know is that he’s in danger, and this time I’m here to save his life. I have to make him believe me… just for tonight—that will be long enough to ensure that he lives. I thought I would die when I let him go before, and now all I want is to see him walk away again.

VICTOR – The light went out of my life the night Della Thoreaux decided to let me live. She’s a deadly assassin in addition to being a powerful witch, and yet, somehow I survived. She left me with a scar on my neck, a target on my back, and a chain around my heart. She fooled me once and it nearly cost me everything. Now she’s back, trying to convince me she’s the only one I can trust. Do I listen to my heart and put my life in the hands of the woman who tried to kill me?

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dangerous time for loveA DANGEROUS TIME FOR lOVE (TIME INTO TIME BOOK 4) by Louise Allen

Cassandra Lawrence is an independent modern woman with a big secret – her lover Lucian, the Earl of Radcliffe, just happens to have been born in 1779. Cassie might be getting used to finding herself back in 1807, even when Luc is involved in mysteries, murder and general mayhem, but the closer they become, the harder it is to leave him.
When they find themselves embroiled in a death and the theft of priceless jewels at his Suffolk home, Luc and Cassie have more than a killer to unmask – somehow they have to find a way to be together. And that might be as dangerous as anything they have yet faced.

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boot scootin boogeymanBOOT SCOOTIN’ BOOGEYMAN (A HANNAH HICKOK WITCHY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Lily Harper Hart

Hannah Hickok didn’t know she was a witch but now that she’s embracing her destiny, she can’t wait to learn about magic. Given the trouble that seems to find Casper Creek on a regular basis, that’s probably a good thing.
Cooper Wyatt is enjoying watching Hannah open up and learn about herself. He’s there to lend a helping hand but also eager for her to strike out on her own … until the unthinkable happens. On their first official date, Cooper and Hannah bear witness to a horrifying scene. A local woman, who had gone missing days before, jumps off a downtown building and kills herself. The question is: Why?
There’s more than one missing woman, magic sparking at every turn, and a monster on the hunt. It’s up to Hannah, Cooper, and the rest of their friends to discover exactly what’s going on … and figure out how to solve the problem. That’s easier said than done, though. Casper Creek’s magic runs deep and Hannah is going to have to tap into it if she expects to keep her friends safe. She’s up to the challenge. At least she hopes she is. Things are about to get messy as the Wild West gets wickeder and wickeder.

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wing and a prayerA WING AND A PRAYER (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

Beelzebub has the perfect job: manager-in-chief of Hell…until the number of condemned souls nosedives, and God slaps an “Out of Business” sign on the Fiery Gates. Now Beelzebub is just a laid-off demon banished to live out a mortal life in his idea of perdition: Los Angeles. Complete with nosy neighbors and a yappy, pint-sized dog that won’t stay off his lawn.

Jillian Torres is finally free of one hellish relationship and has no interest in going down that road again. So what if her best friend reports that their new neighbor is super-smoking-hot? Jillian’s hands are too full running a Chihuahua rescue to notice or care…until Rufus, one of her escape-artist rescue dogs, makes a beeline for the man’s yard.

Three things hit her immediately when she meets Benjamin Blake. He’s definitely super-hot. His grumpy attitude doesn’t quite hide the sadness in his smoky hazel eyes. And Rufus adores him. Thus begins Jillian’s subversive quest to win Ben’s heart — for Rufus. But along the way, Ben and Jillian find everything they never thought they wanted.

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to the flameTO THE FLAME by A E Ross

Seattle boy Emerson Oakley is about to find that the strangest thing about his first year at West Virginia’s Vance University isn’t the neighbor in the next dorm over, who ghosts him after one kiss. It’s the fact that he keeps having his life saved by a stranger who seems to know about each accident before it happens.

Morrie Crisp, whose moth-person powers finally emerged at the most inconvenient time, is just trying to figure out how to deal with their crush on the boy next door, and all the different ways they’ve seen him die.
As Emerson tries to get to the bottom of who his pre-cog savior could be, his relationship with Morrie becomes extra complicated as their undeniable attraction to one another becomes a liability to both. Even as Morrie struggles to keep Emerson safe, Emerson is intent on igniting the fire between them, into which Morrie is naturally drawn.
What is a reasonable response to falling in love when the world itself is without reason? Unfortunately, neither one of them has any idea.

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amaraAMARA (THE STARLING GENIE SERIES BOOK 2) by Deb Clarke

Amara Starling has been living in New York City for only a few months – but running the vintage bookshop in Soho with her sisters and living in the tiny apartment above it, feels right. And things haven’t felt right for a very long time. For the first time in her life, Amara is not bound by rules, regulations and family expectations. Finally, she can be free. To think for herself … be herself … look after herself … even if her first disastrous attempts at cooking indicate otherwise.

When the darkly disturbing Cormac enters her burning kitchen, his hard, tough exterior lights a spark in her she never thought to feel. And she won’t be satisfied until she unleashes his hidden passion into a flame that burns for her as strongly as the fire that brought them together. Amara reminds herself to enjoy this feeling – this freedom while she can, because she has a secret. In less than two weeks, she will marry a man she barely knows and while she could run, she has been duty-bound her entire life. She is a genie princess, destined to be queen and groomed to unite two warring kingdoms.

Little does she know that Cormac has a secret of his own, and it’s not in his destiny to live happily ever after. Will the princess obey her royal duty to save her kingdom or allow her heart to decide?

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violet spirit 2VIOLET SPIRIT: THE EVOXIAN LEGACIES BOOK 2 by Abbey McMunn

A half human, half alien. A violet-eyed shapeshifter. Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world. Ever since free-spirited Lexie Mills learned she was half human, half alien, her life has been far from ordinary. But living a privileged life in a Cotswold manor with her over-protective family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not helped by her confusing feelings for her best friend, Drew.
Evoxian shapeshifter, Drew Morgan, longs to tell Lexie he’s her destined soulmate, but until she embraces her alien heritage, he must wait. Trouble is, staying in the friend zone proves harder than he thought.

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for the love of shadowsFOR THE LOVE OF SHADOWS (HAUNTING PASSIONS BOOK 1) by M L Bullock

Monica always knew that she walked under an unfortunate star–and she knew that she had lived and loved once before. A tragic twist of fate left her a widow at a young age and with her grief came dreams of another man. A man she had once loved but could only fleetingly remembered except in her dreams.

Until she arrived at Fayette Castle in Virginia. The moment she set foot on the property Monica knew she had been here before. This was the place from her dreams! And she also knew that once she stepped inside, she would never leave the place again. As she moves in, she begins to recall even more details from her possible past life and the man she truly loves. Will she make the right decision this time or will she condemn them both to travel through eternity without one another? Only Monica has the key to this mystery.

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cauldrons and cakeCAULDRONS AND CAKE (WICKED WITCHES OF BROOKDALE BOOK 1) by Sara Bourgeois

It’s a beautiful day for a witch wedding…or not. One of the most prestigious witches in New Orleans is looking for a magical bakery to make her wedding cake, and Fern Moonfall is in the running. First, she must prove herself by catering a bridal shower and lacing her sweets with just enough magic to ensure every guest has an enchanting experience.

But Fern has some competition – a witch from a rival coven. A tropical storm looms over the quaint southern hotel called Praline Manor. During the festivities, a guest falls to her death. Fern sets out to find the killer, and she has no idea if the culprit is also a fellow witch. Fern has to keep her mind in the game if she wants to find the culprit before the storm clears, but that’s hard to do when her cat familiar, Gumbo, is home alone. Can she pull it together in time to avoid a killers snare? Come along as Fern and friends solve the crime one spell at a time.

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silver unicornSILVER UNICORN (SILVER SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Until Jen’s husband died, her life revolved around him and his award-winning work. Now she’s a 50-something childless widow looking ahead to a long, lonely retirement. Her meetings with the Baker Street Writers’ Group are the only bright spots in her week.

And then he sweeps in — handsome, brilliant, and amazing, definitely the kind of man who wouldn’t be interested in a woman like Jen. Even if his touch sets her on fire, and she could lose herself forever in his eyes. But she can’t help feeling like he’s hiding something. She’s not going to let herself go through this again, and lose her heart to a man who could never put her first.
Of course if he was going to finally find his mate, it would happen at the worst possible time! King of an island of shifters, Nikos is in town to help his old friends Mikhail and Joey with their evil-dragon problem, and now he’s lost himself in a pair of beautiful eyes. Jen is kind, lovely, and stronger than she knows, a perfect match for his unicorn. There’s nothing he wants more than to worship her as she deserves. But he has to hold her at arm’s length. If she’s hurt because of him, he’ll never forgive himself. But neither of them are prepared for a shocking transformation that will rock both their worlds to the core, and open both their hearts up to a kind of love they never believed existed.

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alpha for valentinesALPHA FOR VALENTINE’S (ALPHA MEETS OMEGA BOOK 1) by Sky Winters

Omega Lucy – I’m an omega who can’t stand alphas. Their cocky swagger, their entitlement, their ridiculously muscular bodies—everything. My father was an alpha, and a liar. How can I ever trust one again? And now I lost a bet and have to go on five dates,
on the Alpha Meets Omega dating App. Good thing I’m immune to an alphas charm.  

Alpha Ryan – I became a cop to protect. I’d do anything to keep drug dealers off the street.
Which is why I can’t start a family. My job is my life. But now I’m being pressured to find a date For the Valentine’s dance. It was just a date with an omega, Some stupid dating app.
And now my whole world has been turned upside down. I can’t let her destroy everything I built. But I have to keep her safe.

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defianceDEFIANCE (HER SOULKEEPERS BOOK 2) by Sadie Moss

My three messengers took a greater risk than I realized when they agreed to help me save my village. Now they must face the consequences, and so must I. If Kaius and Zelus go to war, it will devastate humanity… and that’s not the only danger that lurks on the horizon. But despite the threat to our existence, the bond between me and my soulkeepers continues to deepen into something far beyond what I ever expected. I promised myself I wouldn’t fall in love with these three beautiful, mysterious men.
I’m beginning to think it’s too late for that.

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deanDEAN – MARSHAL’S SHADOW BOOK 2 by Kathi S Barton

Isabella Booth was tired of all the sexist crap handed to her on a daily basis.  When her father wouldn’t even consider her as an heir to his lawn care business because she wasn’t a man, and left it to her brother Hunter instead, she had done the next logical thing. She opened her own lawn care business, and it thrived.

Dean Marshall was renovating his family home. As far as the landscaping was concerned, he was told to go big or go home. When Shep invited the owner of the landscaping company to his home for dinner, Dean wanted to be there to see about getting some things done for his place. He didn’t mean for his jaguar to knock the woman to the ground.

Bella was thoroughly pissed when the big cat ruined her jeans and favorite shoes, and when he announced that they were mates, Bella was seeing red. No way, no how, was she having another sexist, overbearing man in her life. Not if she could help it.

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trialsTRIALS (CROSSING NUWA BOOK 2) by Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky

With the help of technomage and hacker Theo, rare snake shifter Robbie escaped his mother and clan, who planned to use him as breeding stock. While still working to break through the conditioning and mind control of his past, Robbie is enjoying exploring a new relationship with the worldlier Theo. But their fight isn’t over yet. A trip to his aunt’s house for Thanksgiving is highjacked by political intrigue, leaving the couple wondering who their friends really are. They cannot help but be drawn into larger plots while trying to find justice for Robbie at his mother’s trial. When clan rivalries turn deadly, they’ll need their allies—and each other—more than ever.

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night of the catNIGHT OF THE CAT by Stephanie Burke

VS Note: From late January

One hot night in summer, he came calling to claim what was his. Her aunt left her the beautiful house, she just didn’t know it came with conditions. On that night, she discovered a new world filled with magic and shapeshifters, and a lust that it could burn her soul.

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elemental warTHE ELEMENTAL WAR (HIDDEN LEGENDS: ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 5) by Megan Linski and Alici Rades

Sophia – We’ve found all four pieces of the prophecy, but it’s already too late. The prophecy has come true, and we’ve been forced to flee our home. The Elders are hunting us down, and there’s nowhere to run. But we can’t just abandon our people. Returning to Kinpago proves more difficult than we thought, but this time, we’re coming back with an army. I’m ready to lay my life down for the tribe…Until an unexpected discovery changes everything.
Liam – In the midst of war, Sophia and I are ready to take our vows. But getting married in the middle of genocide isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly. My friends and I have allied ourselves with an underground group of elementals. To survive, we must unify the Hawkei into one tribe.My people need someone to follow. I must take my place as the leader I was always meant to be, and make amends with the ancestors if we’re going to survive.But Sophia isn’t the only one I need to protect. A new beginning is on its way, and once it arrives, nothing will ever be the same.

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their secret desireTHEIR SECRET DESIRE: THE PRINCESS AND THE GLADIATOR by Twyla Turner

VS Note: I’m going to stretch a point here (it’s not listed as fantasy or PNR) because I love Ancient World romance and it seems like this is an alternate history, not ‘historical’. A re-release.

Princess Nyame is a pawn in her father’s plan to gain an alliance with another powerful nation. Her life is offered up on a silver platter as her father announces The Titan Games. Eight rulers have come from distant lands with their best gladiators to fight to the death for the princess’s hand. The moment Nyame locks eyes with the Roman gladiator, Cassius, she knows that she can’t give her hand, her body, or her heart to anyone else. If he survives he will win her for the cruel emperor Marcellus. But she also fears his death.
Can they escape their life of subjugation? Or will a long-hidden secret save them before it’s too late?

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royal fireROYAL FIRE (DRAGON NIGHTS BOOK 1) by Dahlia Rose

Lyra carries the fire of the star within her. She a royal dragon on Paladin, half-human, half-dragon and all woman. Growing up hearing of the adventures and intrigue of humankind. She decides to leave the comfort and riches of her gilded cage to live a life of service as an officer of the law on Earth. Human beings are difficult creatures. Keeping them safe and protecting them from things that go bump in the night human or otherworldly. Well it’s a challenge, but one she takes seriously. Cops trust each other; her human partner Everett Craig can’t ever know she’s a dragon or a royal. Keeping that secret from him day in and day out can put a strain on their relationship.

When a kidnapping and murder happens one of the pieces of evidence seemed to be directed at her. Its appearance could threaten all she had built in her new life. Will her secrets be revealed, or can Lyra keep the truth hidden? Things are made far more complicated when Dragon Warriors appear to bring her home by force if necessary. How is she supposed to explain that to Everett? Can she buy some time for herself, solve the case and keep her partner blissfully unaware, all without being exposed? She thinks so (or rather hopes so) that is until Dael leader of the Paladin Warriors, her betrothed- and most certainly not by choice comes to earth himself. Bless it.

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witchbondWITCHBOND: A KITSUNE CHRONICLES STORY by Lissa Kasey

Sebastian survived an entire year on the run from the supernatural. Then he met Liam, his fated mate and alpha werewolf, and thought maybe he’d found a home. Until the fae come calling. They want control of Seb’s power, even if that means eliminating Liam to get it. When a trick leaves Seb in trouble with the werewolves, the military, and the fae, he fears his only option is to run. Except Seb is done running. He will stop at nothing to keep Liam by his side, even if it means letting his beast loose on them all.

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beary familiarBEARY FAMILIAR (POLAR BLISS BOOK 4) by Ruby Shai

Polar bear shifter, Ridge Holland, is the second oldest Holland brother, and the only one out of his siblings that isn’t mated—yet. After years of waiting for something extraordinary to happen, he’s finally ready to face the fact that fate has something else in store for him. He’s not complaining, though. Not when he loves Jane way more than a best friend should.

Curvy girl, Jane Hart, has been best friends with Ridge for over twenty years, and she knows all about shifters. She also knows she’s not Ridge’s mate, even if he feels like hers, and that truth scares her more than she wants to admit. More so because once a shifter finds his mate, everything changes, and deep down, she knows she’ll lose more than her best friend.

Ridge knows he messed up with the whole mating thing in the past, and that he has some major groveling to do, but he isn’t worried. Okay, so he’s a little worried, but he knows he shouldn’t be. Not when he has the perfect plan, and the perfect gift, to show Jane that he’s serious about taking their relationship to the next level. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and when Jane realizes what Ridge has done, things will never be the same between them.

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dragon mateDRAGON MATE (MATEMATCH OUTCASTS BOOK 5) by Ariana Hawkes

Ever since he lost his family and his ancestral home, Ragtown has been a sanctuary to the noble Scottish dragon. But without his clan, his own territory, and his mate, his dragon cannot survive. The town’s arch matchmaker believes she has a solution to at least one of these problems—the only issue? He needs to rescue his mate before he can claim her.

Librarian, April Ellis, is being kept prisoner in a tower by a bunch of feral dragons who are forcing her to uncover their ancient pedigrees. Time is running out for her, but Callan, her sexy Scottish dragon match, gives her hope of being saved—and finding the mate her lonely heart craves.

One look at April, and Callan’s protective instinct goes into overdrive. He vows to do whatever it takes to save her, but he’s drastically outnumbered, and the dragons are all too aware of his useless wings and dwindling strength. April’s captors aren’t going to let her go without a fight. But they hadn’t reckoned on the power of a fated match between a smart, resourceful human and a secret dragon prince. Will April’s belief in Callan’s mighty heart be enough to save them both?

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alpha knightALPHA KNIGHT by Renee Rose 

VS Note: Shifters

The leggy car thief is trouble with a capital T. My brother went down because of her I need to find him before the cops do, which means I’m not letting her out of my sight. Anywhere the human goes, I go. I’ll play her fake boyfriend. Sleep in her bedroom.
Go to her prep school classes. Take her to the homecoming dance. I will learn all her secrets, find out all her games. By the time I’m done with her, she’ll be sorry. Sorry she ever set foot in our shop. Sorry she ever met me. Sorry she made me fall for her.

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reeseREESE (PACK OF MISFITS BOOK 2) by Raven Kennedy

Five years ago, I saw something I shouldn’t have. Ominous, right? But what really sucks is I got caught. I’ve been trapped as my animal ever since, hidden away and forced to stay shifted and silent. Until one day, when I get brought to a pet shop where a shifter recognizes me for what I am and brings me to her pack. A really friggen weird pack. I need to get out of here. But then I see him—the male wearing the chain around his neck. Maybe it’s his scent or his shiny stuff that draws me in. Either way, I’m going to bite him so good…just as soon as he stops fighting me off. Surprisingly, this pack is starting to look a lot less weird and a lot more like home. Too bad the shadows of my past are hunting me down for ratting them out. Life isn’t easy as a new misfit, but it is worth the fight.

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fire witchFIRE WITCH (THE FIRE WITCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Marina Epley

I’ve just learned I’m not human. Can you imagine? I can conjure fire with my bare hands. My lifespan is a thousand years. And I’m destined to save Shadow Realm from annihilation. Guess what? Being a fire witch… SUCKS. I have no control over my powers.
The queen hates my guts. And I’m to marry her eldest son, a jerk of gargantuan proportions. To survive, I must find my three promised guardians. My loyal mentors who can help me harness my powers. Now, that’s where things get really complicated. My third guardian happens to be a demon. A cruel and dangerous creature who wants to kill my other protectors, and enslave me. Damn it. My life is a hot mess!

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wolf's secretWOLF’S SECRET (DISTRICT SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Lola Gabriel

Brianna Lake moved across the country after a Matchmaker almost ruined her life by attempting to turn her into an immortal shifter and selling her to the highest bidder. In a small town in Nebraska, Brianna is just starting to feel safe again when she finds herself pulled back into the world of the immortals.

Her friend is killed with a silver bullet, and Brianna knows it means one thing: her friend was a shifter, and she thinks her secret is out. Her search for answers leads her to Archer, a hot wolf shifter whom Brianna is instantly drawn to.

She holds back her secret from Archer—that she has the genetics to be turned into a shifter. However, in small towns, secrets can’t be kept for too long, and Brianna is snatched by a hunter. Only Archer can save her, but is he willing to risk his own life?
Will Brianna and Archer save each other, or will she end up a victim of a Matchmaker after all?

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hunt frost kayTHE HUNT (THE TWISTED KINGDOMS BOOK 1) by Frost Kay

Death marked her from her very first breath. Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it’s a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war. Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she’s thrust into the care of the King’s Hounds – the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother’s memory, Tempest throws herself into training. But becoming the first ever female assassin isn’t enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom’s most feared enemy – the jester – a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness. Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom.

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royally hitchedROYALLY HITCHED: THE FAE PRINCE (THE DARK FAE SERIES, BOOK 1) by G K DeRosa

A fight to the death… Or at least that’s what it feels like when my twin sister and I are pitted against a dozen ruthless Fae females in a competition to marry the Spring Court prince. On live television. If we can survive eight weeks on Royally Hitched, we’ll earn our freedom and a one-way ticket home to the human world. All we have to do is play nice with the mean girls and stuck up ice prince. Oh, did I mention we shouldn’t even be here since we’re not actually Fae? Well, no one knows that—yet.  As girls are eliminated and the competition heats up, things take a lethal turn. Someone wants the prince dead, and we all become targets. When he’s almost killed, unexpected feelings come over me. Panic. Pain. Sadness. The idea of losing him actually hurts. And what’s worse… my sister feels the same way.

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witchling academy 6WITCHLING ACADEMY: SEMESTER SIX (SPELL TRAVELER CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by Avery Song

After a near-death experience, I, Brianne Marie Harlow, learned a startling truth: I’m not just an ordinary “gifted” witch. Far from it, in fact. Instead, I’m a demigod with a prophesied destiny. My purpose in life is rooted in the depths of Witchling Academy and I may have been the very reason it came crumbling down — and may do so again.

The good news is that my Notorious Four have been reunited, and it seems each of them has grown stronger and wiser. I have one destined soulmate, but my abundant love has connected me to three more. My feelings for my men continue to grow, strengthening our bonds and powers. It’s exciting to see them connect with one another…and there may just be room in our lives to experiment with new things.

We’re still working hard to improve things at school, and when you factor in my best friends Mia and Miya, as well as their loyal boyfriends, we’re an unstoppable force. Many of our peers are excited about what we’ll be able to achieve, but there are others who are desperate to destroy us before we can implement any change in our curriculum. As for this mysterious prophecy? I’ll have to survive the chaos darkness brings before I have a chance to meet the other three chosen women — if the enemy doesn’t stop us first.

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ink in the bloodINK IN THE BLOOD (INK IN THE BLOOD DUOLOGY) by Kim Smejkal

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.
Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.
To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all–Profeta itself.
heart of flamesHEART OF FLAMES (CROWN OF FEATHERS) by Nicki Pau Preto

You are a daughter of queens. The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders. Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire.

Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost—even if it means inciting the war herself.

Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin. As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire—and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go—and what they’re willing to lose in the process. I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

cloak of nightCLOAK OF NIGHT (CIRCLE OF SHADOWS BOOK 2) by Evelyn Skye

After the devastating Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick are truly alone in the fight to save their kingdom. Empress Aki is missing, and everyone else who could help them is a prisoner to Prince Gin’s mind control.  At least Sora understands what they’re up against. Or so she believes, until she overhears Gin bargaining with the god of war for immortality and learns that ryuu magic may be a more insidious danger than she realized.

Suddenly, the stakes are higher and even more personal for Sora—not only must she stop a seemingly indestructible Prince Gin, but she must also unravel the secrets of ryuu magic before it is too late for nearly everyone she loves.  Sora Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick face dangerous obstacles at every turn, but the greatest challenge may be discovering who they truly are and what, if anything, they are capable of.  The fate of a kingdom rests in their hands.

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time after timeTIME AFTER TIME (WITCHES OF HAVENPORT BOOK 6) by Emma Kaye

When Sophia Segarra, the owner of Time After Time Antiques in Havenport, finds a packet of love letters from the 1920s in her shop, she can’t help but fantasize about what it would be like to find a love like the one described in those letters. But even though she’s told the pearl necklace from her Halloween costume will bring the wearer to true love, she never imagined they’d transport her back in time to the Roaring Twenties.

In 1928, Liam O’Connell is writing an article on the Main Street Bandits for the Havenport Herald while investigating the disappearance of his brother. He’s not having much luck with either and a trip to Tilly’s speakeasy on Halloween is about to make life more interesting. Liam’s reporter instincts tell him Sophia’s hiding something, and he’s determined to find out what. Will her secret keep them apart, or will they come to realize that time after time, love overcomes all obstacles?

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southern double crossSOUTHERN DOUBLE CROSS (A SOUTHERN B&B MYSTERY) by Caroline Fardig

VS Note: Evidently a shoft plays a minor role here.

Quinn Bellandini is ready to get back to running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah—but first, she has to coordinate a fundraising event at the house of local philanthropists, with the help of her boyfriend, Tucker Heyward. Everything is running smoothly until Quinn’s friend, Pepper Fox, frantically calls her with the horrifying news that the lady of the house was found dead. Pepper’s brother, who was working as a caterer, is soon charged with her murder.

Pepper knows her brother didn’t commit the crime and asks Quinn, now a veteran detective with two solved murders under her belt, to prove his innocence. Quinn can’t bear to see her friend upset and enlists Delilah and Tucker to help investigate.

The invite list quickly turns into the suspect list as tensions mount and old feuds are brought to light. Could Quinn have hired the only catering company in Georgia that throws in a murder on the side?

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when the dead come homeWHEN THE DEAD COME HOME (THE VEIL DIARIES BOOK 8) by B L Brunnemer

I’m Lexie Delaney, and I’m a necromancer. Which means, I can see the dead, talk to them, affect them. Not as fun as it sounds. Especially since the Veil closed and the dead have been stuck here.
Things in town are getting tense. School is starting, and I’m already tired of our plan to keep our relationships quiet. Bodies keep showing up and no one has a clue as to why. Ghosts are still missing and we’re still searching the hiking trails for clues.
Secrets are coming to light, answers are found. And the guys are snapping at each other. But I can keep everything together. Right?

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paladins gracePALADIN’S GRACE by T Kingfisher

Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

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unspoken nameTHE UNSPOKEN NAME (THE SERPENT GAMES BOOK 1) by A K Larkwood

What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power. But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

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a witch in timeA WITCH IN TIME by Constance Sayers

Helen Lambert has lived several lives-a young piano virtuoso in 1890s Paris, an actress in 1930’s Hollywood, a rock star in 1970s Los Angeles-only she doesn’t know it. Until she meets a strange man who claims he’s watched over her for centuries, bound to her from the beginning. At first, Helen doesn’t believe him. Her life is as normal as any other modern career woman’s. Then she begins having vivid dreams about ill-fated love and lives cut short. Caught in a curse, Helen will be forced to relive the same tragic events that ruined her previous lives. But with each rebirth, she’s developed uncanny powers. And as the most powerful version of herself, Helen must find a way to break the curse before her time runs out.

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in the shadow of the sunIN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN  by Em Castellan

It’s 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, 17-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French king’s younger brother.

Henriette soon realizes her fiancé prefers the company of young men to hers, and court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic. When an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help: she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his power–the Palace of Versailles.

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she walks in majestySHE WALKS IN MAJESTY by MaryLu Tyndall

With only a worn document in hand and the Spear of Destiny strapped to her thigh, Seraphina de Mobray, the new Protector of the Spear, must convince the king that her friends are innocent of treason and witchcraft. Who is she to embark on such a lofty task but a lowly servant, an orphan abandoned at birth? Yet each step of the way, the Spear grants her favor and opens a path for her to enter the royal palace. What she finds there is naught but lies, greed, and a danger that threatens her very existence.

Sir Damien LaRage, knight of the elite King’s Guard would do anything to protect Seraphina and save his friends, anything except give up his quest for revenge against the person who murdered his parents. Returning to court, to a world of secrets, deceit, and power is exhilarating at first. Then things become dangerous when he must protect Seraphina from those would do her harm. Even himself. For he soon discovers that he must choose between saving her or avenging his parents’ deaths.

The king is ill, and evil takes over the throne as Seraphina must run for her life, and Damien is left to battle against forces not of this world. Meanwhile, darkness suffocates the Knights of the Eternal realm. leaving them defenseless against wicked powers that have taken over Luxley. Only Seraphina and the Spear of Destiny can save them now.

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beautys beastBEAUTY’S BEAST (BEAUTY AND THE ROSE BOOK 1) by Stasia Black and Lee Savino

Daphne’s beautiful, but she doesn’t know it. A wallflower blossoming into the belle of the ball. Years ago her father stole from me and it’s time for my revenge I’m the monster in the darkness. The Minotaur in the labyrinth. The evil her father warned her about. I’ll steal her away to my castle. Lock her in my tower. Make her mine in every way She’ll atone for her family’s sins…forever. She’s Beauty, and I’m the Beast.

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my captive valentineMY CAPTIVE VALENTINE – BOOK 5 – THE RABBIT RIVER SAGA by Elyce de Reefe

Gage Ardennes is certain he has found his mate. The fact that she is human means nothing to him. He is certain he can find a way to claim her without breaking the ancient Laws that bind his People. And he is certain that in time she will come to appreciate being his. But he never stopped to consider how his brother, the Alpha, would take his decision to declare a mate. Nor did he pause to consider the possible ramifications for her, his captive Valentine.

Bridget Henderson never truly appreciated how quickly everything can change. One minute she was just trying to get home after a disastrous party with coworkers, and the next her life was spinning out of control along with her car, as she hit a patch of ice on the treacherous winter roads. Because when the wheels stopped spinning and she opened her eyes, what she saw would change her life forever. And only time would tell if it was going to be in a good way.

The scientist in her wanted nothing more than an opportunity to study these fascinating creatures, but the woman in her couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to get to know this handsome stranger a little better. The fact that she might not have a choice was something she tried not to think about.

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canva fb cover croppedVS: In case you missed my new release last week:

LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 11) 

When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.

Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.

As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.

Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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January 22

January 15

January 8

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.

Are They Doomed? Weekend Writing Warriors #SciFi Excerpt from LANDON

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL, which was just released on Jan 31st. If you want to find out what happened to Daegan and Flo, which is the book I was excerpting, you’ll have to buy the book LOL.

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 – from the opening of the book, continuing on from where I stopped last week, which was: Could all the Khagrish have died? Could the guards, technicians and scientists have just decided to walk away from the whole place, leaving their human captives?

NEW:

The aliens were certainly despicable enough to commit such an act but the fact the guards had been ill argued for the first scenario.

Either way, we’re doomed.

Numb inside, with increasingly confused thoughts, Mandy shuffled perilously close to the barrier, craning her neck and trying to see the end of the corridor, where Peter on the night shift swore he’d seen a body but she couldn’t see anything. Maybe he was having hallucinations. No one was exactly in their right mind here in the cell—captivity in the Khagrish lab system seriously messed with a person’s reality. Dizzy, she slid down the wall and sat. She was supposed to be yelling but she doubted anything would make a difference. Her throat was parched anyway.

They were all going to die, a miserable, painful death.

Yesterday the prisoners tried to either short circuit the force barrier or draw the Khagrish to respond, hurling chairs and pieces of the beds at the glittering energy field, but to no effect. She could count the days because the lights went on and off as normal, signaling the day and the night, which she guessed meant the automated systems still functioned. Too bad the Khagrish hadn’t cared to automate any failsafes for their prisoners’ survival in case of disaster.

landonThe blurb: When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.

Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.

As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.

Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?

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