New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 25

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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twin dragons destinyTWIN DRAGONS’ DESTINY: DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 11 by SE Smith

The line between life and death is sometimes blurred…Barrack and Brogan have memories of their death–and it isn’t a pleasant one. When the Goddess Aikaterina gives them a second chance at life–and at finding their true mate–they are willing to do whatever it takes to change their destiny. What they don’t expect is that it would be so difficult! It turns out that their true mate is a human, a species they have limited knowledge about, from a planet they have never visited. With time running out, it doesn’t take them long to realize that this may be one battle that will take all of their skills to win.

Delilah Rosewater is haunted by dreams of her death. She doesn’t understand why the dreams feel so real, or why she knows with growing certainty that time is running out for her. Her feelings of frustration strengthen as she searches for the one person she feels could understand her increasing panic – Sara Wilson. She is shocked when instead of finding Sara, she comes face-to-face with two irritating men who claim to be from another world!

Caught in an unexpected snowstorm in the Appalachian Mountains, Delilah doesn’t know what to think of the two men and their wild claims of a powerful Goddess, alien worlds, and new destinies. Will Delilah open her heart to the twin dragons and accept the second chance that the Goddess has given them before time runs out for all of them?

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taming chaosTAMING CHAOS (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 1)  by Anna Carven

VS Note: One clicked. I love her Kordolian warriors.

Torin Mardak came to Zarhab Groht to hunt. Some idiot’s been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he’s been tasked with finding the traitor.

The illegal trading station isn’t exactly Torin’s favorite place in the Nine Galaxies. It’s dirty, chaotic, and full of thieves and murderers, but as an elite Kordolian First Division warrior, he’s the most dangerous thing on this floating cesspit, and he won’t let anything stand in his way.

But when he encounters a group of humans who really, really shouldn’t be here, his priorities might just have to change, because one of them is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way…

And she just so happens to be exactly his type.

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hero withinTHE HERO WITHIN (BURNED LANDS SERIES BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

VS Note: OOH, I LOVE this series so I one clicked!

As the only healer in a war-stained town, Eden McClain is devastated when the salt plague sweeps through the Wastelands she calls home. Suddenly she’s racing against time to save her people—and her niece—before it’s too late. When she hears whispers of a cure, she knows she can’t cross the dangerous Wastelands by herself to get it. She needs a guide. And she’s just desperate enough to turn to a man who once betrayed her.

After years living on the leash of an evil outlaw, Johnny Colton is finally free, but that doesn’t mean he can wash the blood off his hands. The easiest way to deal with the past? Just stop caring. Which is working perfectly for the rugged outlaw, until a beautiful ghost from the past rigs a trap for him.

The last person he wants to see is the woman who haunts his dreams, but as Eden points out, he owes her one. The only problem? This plague is man-made. Someone unleashed it. Are they walking into a dangerous trap? And can two past enemies learn to trust each other enough to survive?

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wired for loveWIRED FOR LOVE by Michelle Howard

VS Note: Previously released in the Pets In Space 2 anthology.

Former Jutak warrior Hunter Gils has put his past in the military behind him. His focus now is on his bar and the occasional criminal clientele. Things are just the way he wants them with the exception of a gray-eyed beauty determined to shake his world even as she refuses his advances.
Bounty Hunter Narelle Bindu wasn’t immune to the tall, ex-soldier working the bar. But she didn’t have room in her life for a man, not even one as tempting as Hunter.
When a deadly attack creates an opening for an old enemy, the two must work together if they want to survive. An unexpected ally comes in the form of a lost K9. Can Hunter and Narelle stay alive long enough to discover if one night is really enough?

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abaddon risingABADDON RISING (DEG’NARA BOOK 2) by P L Parker

One of a million statistics in the intergalactic war, Jocelyn St. Germaine is captured, sold as a slave and then forced to fight in the Deg’Nara gladiator games.  She’s slated to lose when Kanaan, the most feared warrior of all, claims her as his own.
With his help, Joss’s chances of survival increase, but is it enough?

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how to steal the pharaohs jewelsHOW TO STEAL THE PHARAOH’S JEWELS: A THIEF IN LOVE SUSPENSE ROMANCE by Cailin Briste

VS Note: The author sez: “Set in the distant future, this sci-fi suspense romance has action and adventure as well as a sizzling romance.”

[Cade’s] His comfortable routine as a member of Sebastian St. Croix’s cat burglar team is shattered the day he’s pinned in a crushed car. In a moment of clarity, before everything goes dark, he realizes he’s in love with his best friend, a woman who has sworn off intimate relationships for life.

It’s taken Bassinae years to overcome a past filled with physical abuse and embrace the truth that she is a powerful, capable woman in her own right. Tamping down a case of nerves, she’s ready to take on a larger role as a thief in Sebastian’s next caper. If only Cade would stop acting like a lovelorn idiot. She needs her best friend’s support to help steal the Pharaoh’s jewels.

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prison moon dragon firePRISON MOON – DRAGON FIRE by Lily Graison

Abducted by aliens and housed in an airtight room with twenty other girls wasn’t Sara’s idea of a good time. Neither was being dropped into the jungle of a Prison Moon, but for the rest of the galaxy, it was. She was the entertainment. The game? Survive the lawless alien criminals who ran wild or die trying, but there was no outrunning a dragon, and he didn’t seem to be in any hurry to let her go.

T’oren has spent the last several centuries sleeping beneath the rubble of an abandoned temple. The wars decimated his world and now was used as a dumping ground for the most vile creatures in the galaxy. A Prison Moon where it was kill or be killed. He slumbers to escape but awakes when a female, the first he’s seen in centuries, stumbles into his lair. And now that he’s seen her, he’s not letting her go.

But the corporation that runs the Prison Moon One has other plans. Broadcasting a televised event across the galaxy of an Arena fight between a live dragon and any willing to fight him will bring in more viewers, and money, than they could imagine. All they had to do was catch him and to do that, they had to take the girl.

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conscriptCONSCRIPT (A FALLEN EARTH STORY BOOK 1) by J J Lore

I’ve never been so afraid and confused in my life. They’re telling me I’ve been dragged back in time, to a different time, and I have to fight aliens. In Iowa. I’m not sure who’s more delusional, these doctors and nurses spouting off about how little time is left, or me, for listening to them.
And these men who have me now, they’re soldiers, scary-efficient troops who claim I’m who they’ve been waiting for. They’re always with me, taking care of me, talking to me, all while we make our way through a dangerous and infested city. I’m somehow supposed to detect these killer creatures nesting underground. Aliens who apparently exist only to eat people and make more aliens. Find them—sniff them out!—so these men can kill them with machine guns and grenades, just like people are trying to do all over this decimated world.
As out of my depth as I am, I do know one thing. I need these men as much as they need me.

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reichardtREICHARDT (DRAGON WARRIOR SERIES BOOK 2) by KD Jones

” ***ADULT READERS ONLY***
King Reichardt, a dragon warrior from another planet, has always taken the safety and care of his people seriously. Over the decades, he found the position rewarding but also a very lonely. Now that his people on Earth have reunited with some of his people from Drakonia, new possibilities have opened up to him. One of those possibilities is the unexpected discovery that Drakonians and humans could be real mates. The dangers of being so closely connected to humans could be detrimental to the continued existence of his species. In his mind the risk was not worth it, until he meets a human female that completely changes his mind.”

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commanders captiveTHE COMMANDER’S CAPTIVE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 2) by Alix Nichols

Lady Nyssa Sebi lost her parents in a freak accident.
Her brother is unjustly condemned to death.
Locked away in Commander Heidd’s residence, Nyssa is the hostage of corrupt thugs who rule the land.
Oh, how she hates them!
But the one she abominates above all is her captor.
During the war, Heidd was her brother’s commanding officer. He was Nyssa’s idol, her biggest crush…
Until he betrayed everyone.

Commander Jancel Heidd sacrificed his honor to protect Nyssa.
It’s killing him to see her so miserable, so disgusted with him.
But she’s safe.
Jancel will do anything to keep it that way.
He’ll shield his spunky captive from the depraved police chief, the ruthless governor, and the deadly cyborgs.
The only monster he can’t save her from is himself.

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alien warlords passionALIEN WARLORD’S PASSION by Starr Huntress and Nancey Cummings

Rosemary left Earth to make a better life for her seven-year-old son. She’s got a good job, a nice house, and one minor problem: she needs to marry a Mahdfel warrior if she wants to stay.
Better the devil you know...She can take her chances and marry a stranger or she can accept an offer from an unlikely candidate: Mene. She doesn’t like him and she thought he didn’t like her. He can barely look at her without snarling. But then again, none of the other warriors are any better.
He might not be handsome...No female can look Mene in the eye and not flinch. But beneath his scarred face and gruff demeanor is a good man. A man who wants a mate and family.
His warrior’s heart burns for the curvaceous and vibrant human female, but she’s very clear she’s not interested in love.
He’ll show her that his passion is anything but fake.

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midnight wolfMIDNIGHT WOLF (A SHIFTERS UNBOUND NOVEL)  by Jennifer Ashley

Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

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evolvedEVOLVED by N R Walker

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise and mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, he thinks he may have been right.

SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.

Shaun is compatible to Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.

No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.

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tinfoil heartTINFOIL HEART by Daisy Prescott

My father was abducted by aliens.
Or so I believed for the last eighteen years.
After my mother’s death, I moved to Roswell, capital of all things alien. I’m going to find out the truth and nothing will stop me . . . except Boone Santos.
Compared to the intergalactic tinfoil hat brigade, he’s a god amongst mere mortals. Too handsome for his own good (and mine), with a grumpy arrogance, and the most beautiful smile ever–he smashes my plan to pieces like a UFO crashing into the desert.

I need a tinfoil hat for my heart.

Do I believe in aliens? I’m not sure.
What do I believe? I’m not going to fall in love with Boone. Definitely not.

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taeTAE: TALONIAN WARRIORS by Celeste Raye

Tae is a soldier who hates war, but knows it is sometimes a necessity. His family requires his income, making him duty bound to fight. When the Talonians decide to take the battle to the enemy’s world, Tae finds himself making difficult decisions, ones that will change him forever. Should he obey orders or defy them to save a stranger?

Eveline is human. She is a captive slave of the reptilians known as the Savra. Beaten and tortured since the tender age of ten, she is looking for escape. When aliens attack her captors she expects to die, either by the hands of her captors or the dragons she spies in the sky. Instead, she finds a savior.

Talonia must survive. The weredragons fight valiantly, no matter the cost. They suffer great losses and learn that change is inevitable. Tae discovers an unbreakable tie to his home world and to the human he has grown to love.

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dariuxDARIUX (THE GLADIUS SYNDICATE BOOK 1)  by Emma James

Each day on Astriq was a struggle – for life, for food, for existence. Lyra had long been abandoned by her family out of fear of the terrible power that lay within. Now, that power was her greatest secret. She dare not let the authorities on Astriq know, lest she be killed on the spot. What she did not know was that she was being watched and hunted for the dark secret that she possessed…

Dariux was a smuggler for as long as he could remember. Each day was spent on the edge of the law, skirting prison, or worse, gruesome death. All in the name of survival. After a mysterious illness strikes his mother, Dariux is forced to take on his most dangerous contract to date with a criminal group known as The Gladius Syndicate – a galactic slave ring. He knew the nefarious nature of their work, but it was easy to ignore the morality in the name of saving those he loved…

Dariux certainly didn’t expect to find love on this mission, let alone such an explosive one. Now he is faced with endangering his own life to save yet another. Will Dariux and Lyra find a way to escape The Gladius Syndicate? Or will they be sold into slavery to fight for their lives?

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feral obssessionFERAL OBSESSION  by Nora Ash

I always believed I could analyze any situation until I found a solution. Solve any problem if I just applied my brain.
I went to university, studied science and told myself my academic cocoon would protect me from the alphas dominating our society.
I was wrong.
No textbook prepared me for my meeting with test subject 351.
The biggest, scariest alpha on death row, hauled into my lab to uncover how to control the beast of a man. How to make him submit.
Mold him into a weapon.
But there is no controlling the feral alpha, and no logic strong enough to save my mind once he unleashes his fury on my body.
Once he claims me.

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star resistanceSTAR RESISTANCE A LORI ADAMS NOVEL BOOK 02 by D R Rosier

Lori Adams escaped the Stolavii, and found a job, friends, and even lovers in space. The good times didn’t last long before things started to fall apart. In the course of their investigation into human trafficking and slavery among the Stolavii, they stumbled across a horrible truth, and almost paid with their lives.

There’s a lot at stake, and she finds herself in the center of a conflict, an empire at crossroads. They have a long road in front of them, if they can manage to elude the enemy ships searching for them that is. All her talents won’t mean anything, in a battle between ships.

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blade on the huntBLADE ON THE HUNT (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

“When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you.”

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father’s Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan’s the woman in the middle. She’s not used to being claimed in a way that’s not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn’t want in a man—he’s bossy, he’s a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she’s past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She’s past denying she’s in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She’s stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she’ll need all the help she can get because it’s not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There’s a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It’s what she was born to do.

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wicked and wildWICKED AND WILD (BAD THINGS BOOK 7) by Cynthia Eden

She was wicked…

Everyone knew that Valerie Storm was the baddest bit—um, witch on the block. She might look like Snow White, but she had the heart of a wicked queen. She turned her enemies to ash, she danced on their graves, and she had to be stopped. But who could stand up to someone so wicked?

He was wild.

Griffin Bastien was the most powerful shifter to ever walk the earth. His claws had sent plenty of his foes to the grave. Bloodlust burned fast and hard within him, and when his beast took over, there was no stopping him.

Then Wicked met Wild.

Neither of them believed in love. And neither of them ever expected the firestorm that ignited when they kissed. But some things—some people—can’t be controlled. The need that Valerie and Griffin feel for each other, the white-hot lust, will change their world.

Even hell doesn’t burn this hot.

Too bad that Griffin has been keeping secrets. Too bad that he is the original assassin sent to destroy Valerie. Because when she finds out the truth, there will be no greater fury than a wicked witch betrayed. Even the biggest, baddest beast might discover that he’s absolutely lost when a witch casts her spell, and he will be willing to do anything to reclaim the mate he never expected.

Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

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plagued spyTHE PLAGUED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 2) by K A Krantz

VS Note: My understanding is there may be a slow burn romance in the overall series but unclear to me how much romance, if any is in the book.

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks out the needles.

It was supposed to be a simple retrieval mission. Go in, grab the bespelled package of evidence against some very corrupt superpowers, and get out. The mission turns sideways when a vengeful spy Bix blackballed during her time in Dark Ops crashes the job and injects Bix’s teammates with an unknown toxin. Succumbing to a horrific mutation, the dying spook whispers the Mayday protocol for a compromised covert operation involving a biological weapon.

With her friends infected and sequestered in quarantine, a mole inside the spy guild exposing its undercover agents, and the brightest minds in the Mid Worlds unable to identify the biologic, Bix picks up the mission to find the creators and the cure. She’ll square off against Fates, dragons, angels, and even the god of plagues to save her friends; yet the greatest threat might well be the darkness growing within Bix and the evil on which it feeds.

Beware the plagued spy, for wrath and ruin are sure to follow.

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blood typeBLOOD TYPE BOOK 1 by K A Linde

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

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midnight gardensMIDNIGHT GARDENS (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 1) by Ellen Dugan

VS Note: This one was intriguing to me and I liked the ‘Look Inside’ excerpt. Put it on my TBR.

The beating heart of any garden is magick…
Drusilla Midnight, a successful children’s book author, returns home to the sleepy little riverside village of Ames Crossing, Illinois. Recently divorced, she is planning to take some personal time to put her life in order, and to reconnect with her grandmother and two sisters.
Descended from a long line of herbalists and wise women, Dru is determined to reclaim her family’s traditions and practices. While she was away, the family property has become overgrown and fallen into a state of disrepair. Drusilla resolves to take on the task of restoring the grounds herself, and to bring back to life the enchanting gardens that have inspired her books.
However, a troubled, angry young girl and her attractive guardian, Garrett Rivers seem to constantly interrupt Dru’s master plan for solitary soul searching. The last thing Dru was looking for was love, and it will take a touch of the garden’s natural magick to make her learn to trust again.
For even the wisest of women must learn that love can spring up unexpectedly into their life, take the strongest of hearts by surprise, and change their path forever.

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war songWARSONG by Elizabeth Vaughan

The magic has come back to the Plains. The Warrior Priests are no more. The traditions are changing—too quickly for some.

Joden has only ever wanted to be a Singer, to know all of the songs. When the time comes for his Trials, he is challenged to take the old paths—and it ends in disaster. But his broken heart and broken body are found by Amyu . . . and she knows what it is to live with pain.

Amyu should have gone to the snows long ago, but instead chose to live in shame. Cast out of her tribe, she now serves Queen Xylara and the Kingdom of Xy. Her new mission is to find the key to defeating the wyverns who attack from the sky—but can a girl from the Plains control beasts who soar in the air?

She knows that Joden has been brought to her by the winds, and they do what they will. Their love is forbidden by the Plains, and their dreams pull them in different directions—but together they heal each other. If only they could heal their people, who are struggling with the ultimate goal:

Who will be WarKing?

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return of the lycan king book 2RETURN OF THE LYCAN KING: LEX AND ELIZABETH by Candace Blackburn

Lex thought he’d lost her, but Elizabeth is back and she is his mate. But between her getting used to life as a Lycan, threats from dangerous elements looming over their heads and very odd changes in the Lycan kingdom happening all around them, nothing will be easy. Lex and Elizabeth’s love has to be the strength to pull them through.

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one true mate 8ONE TRUE MATE 8: NIGHT OF THE BEAST by Lisa Ladew

Jaggar is a half-wolf, half-mountain lion shifter, but his halves don’t make a whole. Instead, they form the beast, a misshapen killing machine that terrifies even the hard-charging wolf shifters of the KSRT, especially after the mauling.

“Jaggar has tragic down,” his friend says about him, which must be why his one true mate, Leilani, is also steeped in tragedy. She’s a time-traveler. In fact, our boys in Serenity owe their very future to her. But what she has done for them has robbed her of her sight, and her sanity.

When Jaggar and Leilani meet in the forest, her eyes flashing silver, his beast in complete control, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

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dragon protectorDRAGON PROTECTOR (DRAGON DREAMS) by Leela Ash and Tabitha St George

With her family in peril, Hannah is desperate to help them in any way she can. Her only hope?…a mysterious coin that has been handed down through her family. Will it lead her to the help she needs? Or will it just lead to more danger than she could have ever imagined?

Brandon Lorde has waited for ages for a sign that the light is coming back into the world. His kind…and all the other kinds similar to his have been all but forgotten by the world. Now suddenly he is awakened with his original purpose. As a protector he will do anything – and everything to protect this woman who has awakened his fire. But will his strength be enough to save them both?

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flames among the frostFLAMES AMONG THE FROST (A HAVENWOOD FALLS NOVELLA) by Amy Hale

Jetta Mills has felt stifled most of her life. She’s a rebellious creative who’s had to bend to her father’s will, as well as the rules of her hometown Havenwood Falls. Needing a break from it all, she skips town for an adventure far from the smothering influences she’s used to. Unfortunately, trouble always has a way of finding Jetta, and she quickly learns that the best place for a frost dragon shifter such as herself is back within the warded borders of home.
When Conrad Monroe is hired to find a thief and bring her back to face justice, the trail leads him to the Colorado mountains and the path of Jetta Mills. She’s gorgeous, talented, and a whole lot of trouble. He doesn’t know what he’s getting into with Jetta and the town she calls home. Jetta has no idea that Conrad has quite a few secrets of his own.
Jetta’s seeking real freedom while Conrad’s planning to lock her away. But sparks fly between the two as the line between deceit and truth quickly becomes blurred. When the smoke clears, the truth may be the only real path to redemption.

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chromium dragonCHROMIUM DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 6) by Terry Bolryder

Chromium, the last unmated dragon guard and former royal bodyguard of the Drakkaris court, has a secret. He’s been sneaking out at night to serve vigilante justice and taste new things in the human world. When he runs across a curvy restaurant owner with a sweet personality and a lasagna to die for, he knows he has found his mate. Now he just has to stay in her world long enough to protect her from those who want to hurt her.

Helen hasn’t had a lot of easy breaks in life, but she works hard to help anyone she can. When a mysterious, hot customer stops her restaurant from being robbed, she’s happy to offer him a place to stay, even if she doesn’t know anything about him. Well, except that he’s tall, with Caribbean blue eyes and a warrior’s bearing, and seems utterly intent on winning her heart.

As Chromium fights to keep his secret from his friends, he is realizing more and more that he can’t bear even a moment away from Helen’s side. All he wants to do is pleasure her, love her, and show her who she belongs to. But Helen has secrets as well, and a past that may just be coming back to hurt her, if Chromium doesn’t watch out.

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tropical panthers penanceTROPICAL PANTHER’S PENANCE (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Panther shifter Wrench hasn’t got the first frickin’ clue about poems and flowers and all that crap. But he’s gonna learn, or die trying. He ain’t giving up on the best thing to ever happen to him. Lucky he’s got new friends at Shifting Sands Resort to teach him how to woo a lady right…

Yoga instructor Lydia and her inner swan always knew she’d meet her one true mate, but she never imagined a tattooed, six-foot-six felon. She has to have faith that he’s her perfect match…but why won’t he let her get to know the real man under those sexy muscles?

When danger from Wrench’s past comes calling, he’s suddenly got more to worry about than how to deliver a compliment without making it sound like a death threat. Now he has to protect his new home from his old boss, keep his nosy eight-year old niece out of trouble and under wraps, and win his mate. Without getting killed, sacked, or slapped.

Life workin’ for the mob ain’t nothing compared to the dangers of romance.

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oaken throneTHE OAKEN THRONE (TREE OF AGES BOOK 5) by Sara C Roethle

A new era has dawned. The forces of humanity are crippled by the ever pressing threat of the Faie. War continues to tear apart the countryside, robbing those who remain of their last shreds of hope.

While peace is only a distant dream for some, there exist the brave few who will stand and fight for what they believe in. Magic does not always mean death, and death does not always mean the end. Will love and loyalty prevail, or will those who strive for power and darkness put an end to innocence once and for all?

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save the seaSAVE THE SEA (SAVED BY PIRATES BOOK 3) by G Bailey

Cassandra has finally escaped the king, only to find herself in the middle of the rebels and a war that she is meant to be the leader of. When the changed ones of the mountains go to war, Cassandra and her pirates have to travel across the seas to the mermaids who are the only ones that can help.
But what is the price of the mermaid’s help?

War is whispered, much like the Sea god whispers to Cassandra, but no one speaks the ending.
Can death be the only winner?

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renegade witchRENEGADE WITCH (SANCTUM OF WITCHES BOOK 1) by T S Bishop

There’s always been something strange about me, everyone always said. So they avoided me, gossiped about me. But they didn’t know about the demons. Because only I can see them.
Instead of letting my foster parents lock me up in an institution because of my ‘hallucinations’, I ran away from home and I’ve been living on my own in Chicago ever since.
And I was doing fine selling cheap magical trinkets on the black market to get by, until dangerous men with knives and guns decided to kidnap me and throw me in their murder dungeon.

Attracting the wrong kind of attention was never part of my plan. And even more dangerous than the men who kidnapped me are the men who saved me…
Adrian, the most inhumanly gorgeous boy I’ve ever seen in my life helped me escape and introduced me to his two equally attractive friends who needed me and my so-called abilities.

Turns out, I might be a witch.
And only I could help them save Chicago from the demons. If I could remember to focus on the mission and stop myself from falling for them…

Then there’s the rude, beautiful boy in a prison cell who I keep dreaming about…I’m not even sure if he’s real but there’s a connection between us that I can’t explain.

My life just got really complicated. With secrets from my past snapping at my heels, demons invading the city, and my enemies two steps ahead of me at every turn…

My name is Sophia Landry, and I might not be getting out of this one alive.

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blood mateBLOOD MATE by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Once a soldier, Toni is now less than human. A blood-infected subject, aka vampire, she lives to serve the command of the powers that be, but that hasn’t stopped her looking for a way out. But the only way the Project will let any of them go is in a body bag… until a lycan unit escapes and her boss offers her a deal. Bring in a lycan and she goes free.
Can she trust his word? Can she afford not to if there’s a chance she can escape and live again? Can she… when the Lycan she’s supposed to bring in becomes her very reason for living?

Darce is this close to escaping his creators—until another of the Project’s experiments stops him in his tracks. Not because she has the power to hold him, but because he instantly recognizes the impossible. The vampire female is his mate.

Allowing her to bring him in is his only choice—and possibly the last mistake of his life. Enemies or lovers, it doesn’t matter. When they discover that the Project is hiding yet more secrets, they must work together to bring it down…or die in the attempt.

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dancers flameDANCER’S FLAME (GRACE BLOODS BOOK 2) by Jasmine Silvera

With the help of a god, Azrael and Isela exposed a conspiracy within and altered the world’s balance of power. But for Azrael, victory comes with dangerous new powers he can’t control. Will accepting his future mean losing everything he’s gained — his allies, his territory, and his consort?

Isela’s found a home when she stepped into Azrael’s protection, and his arms. But if accepting her new role as consort means giving up the life she’s worked for will the price be too high?

When an impossible creature shows up in Prague bearing a dire warning, the search for answers divides them. Now Isela must forge a bond with the power within her while Azrael fights to keep from tearing himself apart. And time is running out. Gods don’t forget or forgive, especially a betrayal from one of their own.

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unbound red falls shiftersUNBOUND (RED FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Michelle Woods

Emily Holden has always been bound by one truth, and no matter how many times she wishes things were different, she knows they never can be together. She knew her love for Brendon Fletcher would never be returned. He’s an alpha wolf and she’s just a human girl he had barely even notices. One chance encounter sends her blood racing and makes her wish she could belong to him. Now it’s everything she can do to remember that she isn’t the girl who gets the prince and needs to walk away.

Brendon seems to have other ideas and he isn’t taking no for an answer. Now he’s showing up wherever she is and acting dominate like it’s his right, and she’s too weak to resist him. Will she find the love she’s always wished for in his arms, or will everything fall apart when a sinister force threatens the happiness they are trying to create.

Find out what happens when Emily becomes UNBOUND.

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shot at loveA SHOT AT LOVE by Gina Kincade

What happens when you think you’ve done the right thing to protect your lover and it turns out you can’t live with the choice you made?

When faced with the displeasure of his lover’s species purist family, Micah thought he’d done the right thing for everyone when he chose to walk away from the only man he’d ever loved.
He quickly realizes, however, just how hard it is to stay away from Jason.

Micah watches him from afar and suffers a massive bout of jealously at the first sign of another man in Jason’s house. Thinking of Jason with a new mate convinces Micah he’s made a huge mistake and now he must find a way to win back his lover.

Building up his courage, Micah finally approaches Jason and lays it all on the table.

Will Jason turn him down in favor of this new person in his life, or will Micah convince him they belong together?

If Micah can’t convince Jason to give them another shot at love, will he be able to live with the pain of the loss?

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waking the ancientsWAKING THE ANCIENTS (NEMESIS OF THE GODS) by Catherine Cavendish

Egypt, 1908

University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .

Vienna, 2018

Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul.

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my one and onlyMY ONE AND ONLY (BEWITCHED AND BEWILDERED BOOK 10) by Alanea Alder

Micah has spent so many centuries hiding who he is that he’s forgotten how to be himself, and despite always being there for others, he finds it impossible to ask for help. As weeks of sleepless nights catch up with him, he faces the fact that he needs his unit brothers no more than ever.

Living in Storm Keep with mixed blood, Serenity fought for everything she has. When she disobeys the dictates of her Elders to help the sick in Noctem Falls she is unprepared for the kindness and support she receives from it’s citizens, including her own witchborne mate.

As both of them are forced to reveal their own long kept secrets to save a city, will they be able to overcome their own deep-seated fears to make their mating last.

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day reaperDAY REAPER (THE NIGHT BLOOD SERIES) by Melody Johnson

On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter, Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk, especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy, and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .
 
When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but wield them in her favor. Irresistible and enigmatic as Dominic is, he no longer has command over the city or its vampires. Only Cassidy has the connections to convince the humans, Day Reapers, and the few vampires still loyal to Dominic to join forces. And maybe, if Dominic can accept her rising power over the coven he once commanded for the past several hundred years, the two of them together might forge a bond more potent than history has ever known.

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If you like fast moving action and romance in a book, like the best disaster movies, here are three of my scifi romances! (And my favorite author in the world Nalini Singh, said of Star Cruise: Outbreak in a tweet: “Great SF romance” !)

All 3 also available in audiobook.

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https://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/

Also all available on other major ebook platforms

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

March 7

My standard Notes and Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

 

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Questions and More Questions Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

This excerpt follows directly from last week’s.

The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish.

Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

Mateer is speaking.

The excerpt:

“Why are we in the Preserve?” he asked, wanting to assess the situation before he gave anything away,“Why am I with the humans – what did Lampergg say?”

“It’s rude not to answer any of my questions and keep demanding your own answers. I want to know what happened to my sisters and I want to know the facts now,” Megan studied him with more than medical interest. Even with his forehead wrinkled in a frown, he was a compelling man and she knew she had no hope of forcing him to tell her anything. She had to get to the root of his reluctance and provide reassurance so he’d open up, “Are you afraid I’ll repeat whatever you tell me to the Khagrish?”

He shook his head, “No, although they might try to torture the information out of you.”

She jerked back, hand to her chest as if she’d been hit by a blaster bolt. She had no doubt he was correct about the danger but the idea he might withhold information about her sisters from her was infuriating.  “You might as well tell me then because, if our captors are so ruthless, they won’t believe you didn’t confide anything to me, and I’ll be tortured for nothing – want my fate on your conscience?”

mateerThe Blurb:

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

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

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

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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I just sent book #3 JADRIAN to the Editor this week!

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 18

taking_vengeance_cynthia_saxAs 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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TAKING VENGEANCE (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 12) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I LOVE her cyborgs so of course this was a one click for me!

The only force stronger than their hate is their love.

Vengeance hates all humans. They killed every being he ever cared about. When the huge C Model cyborg is told he’s genetically compatible with the enemy, he makes it his mission to capture the female and use her to expel all humans from his home planet. That should be disappointingly easy. She’s a weak, fragile human.

Then she blows up his ship, blasting to bits his preconceived notions about the enemy.

Astrid, aka the Buoir Berserker, hates all cyborgs. They killed her entire clan, including her baby sister. The warrior female has vowed to hunt down and destroy the enemy. When a savage cyborg arrogantly puts his hard, sexy body within her reach, she does the only thing a female can do—she peppers his muscular physique with projectiles.

The more passionately they fight, the stronger their attraction becomes. Neither of them will relent on their missions, yet they can’t keep their hands off each other. Their battle will either end in love to last an eternity or in death.

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enticed by the corsairENTICED BY THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

No one likes a rebellious captive.

I learned that the hard way. I’ve been abducted from earth and cruelly tormented for my fighting spirit until I learned that the only thing that would keep me safe is to be sweet and calm and agreeable. It’s what keeps me alive.

When I’m rescued by space pirates, they tell me I’m safe. I’m told I can be myself again, get as angry as I want, laugh and cry and scream all I need. I don’t believe them, of course. I certainly don’t believe Alyvos, the ‘muscle’ of the pirate ship. Everyone says that he likes nothing more than a good fight, but to me, he’s kind and protective. How can I fear someone who holds me tenderly through the night and has fuzzy skin?

But my pirate wants more from me than I’m ready to give. He wants my fiery spirit…and I’m not sure it’s there anymore.

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close encounters of the sexy kindCLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Abbie Zander and Jessie Lane

Detective Ryan Winslet is a by-the-book kind of girl. The one and only time she allowed her personal feelings to cloud her judgement, the results were devastating. Now she’s getting a chance to make things right, but a certain sexy nightclub owner is muddying the waters.

Tiberius Maximus isn’t the first Aequorian prince to be exiled to Earth. Like his ancestors, he came, he saw, and he conquered. He’s vanquished his enemies, gained a fiercely loyal family, and runs an incredibly successful nightclub that might push a few legal human boundaries. The only thing he doesn’t have is the life mate he so desperately craves – until a salty blonde saunters into his club one night.

When the no-nonsense detective meets the exiled prince, their chemistry is off the intergalactic charts. Tiberius is convinced she’s the one for him, but Ryan’s not taking the bait. Sure, he’s über hot and seems like a great catch, but he’s also involved in some fishy business and thinks he’s from another planet.

Should she follow her head and throw him back? Or follow her instincts… and her zorans chosenheart… and jump into the deep end?

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THE ZORAN’S CHOSEN (BARBARIAN BRIDES) by Luna Hunter

When Lily accepted a job at Onyx, she didn’t think she’d be looking at a hot, naked Zoran warrior floating in a tank of water on her first day. She is supposed to run tests on this prisoner, but there’s simply no way Lily will go along with that. Instead, she releases him. And that is when the real trouble starts..

After months of imprisonment, Marcas finally has a taste of freedom. Next order of business: Tasting that curvy, dark-haired human, the one with the big brown eyes and a body made for a Zoran warrior.

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champion emmy chandlerCHAMPION (PRISON PLANET 3) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: I keep one clicking the books in this series because they sound so good but they’re stuck on my To Be Read list. I better get reading!

Sylvie Wolfe made a bad decision, for a good reason. Now, sentenced to death for her crime, she has only one decision left to make—the method of her execution. Most people pick lethal injection.

Sylvie demands death by combat.

Her choice gets her sent to the prison planet Rhodon, where in zone one, the galaxy’s most dangerous convicted murderers fight to the death on camera in a gladiatorial-style competition that will end with one inmate being declared the champion. And having his—or her—death sentence commuted to life in prison.

Graham Anderson thinks he’s lost his mind when he sees a woman in zone one. He pulls Sylvie into his cell just before lockdown, temporarily shielding her from a throng of monsters intent on laying claim to her. By the time the doors unlock at dawn, he’s made nearly a hundred vicious new enemies and lost his heart to the fiercest, sexiest, most determined woman he’s ever met.

With death looming in the arena and foes aligning against them behind the scenes, Sylvie and Graham must fight for every moment they share. But in the end, there can be only one champion. Which means only one of them can leave the arena alive.

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alone mars diariesALONE  (THE MARS DIARIES) and HIDDEN (THE MARS DIARIES) by Skye MacKinnon

VS Note: This is a three part RH series (3rd book out in May) but since I missed book 1, and book 2 is already out, here’s the information (link and blurb) on book 1. Sounds intriguing. Previously published in the Once Upon A Twist anthology.

It all started with a headache.
Next came the cramps.
Then, the pain. Cries and wails filled the station.
The bloody cough killed most of them.
The others succumbed to the fever.
And then, silence.
I’m the only one left.
My name is Louise and I’m the only human on Mars.

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hereticHERETIC (THE OUTCASTS BOOK 1) by Cyndi Friberg

Restless and embittered by an abusive past, Arton the Heretic finds himself in a battle of wills with Lily, a gorgeous geneticist. She holds the key to the future of his people, but she was brought to this savage world against her will and that’s an insult she’ll not soon forget. Their attraction is instantaneous and intense, yet each has valid reasons for mistrusting the other. He wants her, is consumed with the need to claim her, but he can’t focus on the future until he deals with the past.

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traitor bornTRAITOR BORN by Amy A Bartol

VS Note: YA dystopian

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

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rogue elementTHE ROGUE ELEMENT by M Pax

VS note: A collection of four previously published scifi stories, no idea if there’s romance but sounded interesting. Detailed blurbs for each story are provided on the ebook seller site.

Rogue versus world. Who will win? New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: “Patchworker 2.0”, “Corrosive”, “The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton”, and “The Wallows.”

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snow and the shadowsSNOW AND THE SHADOWS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 2) by Cara Carnes

Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.

Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.

No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.

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kyaniteDRAGON VIP KYANITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 5) by Starla Night

Scarred dragon shifter Kyanite “Kyan” Onyx is the security officer of the Onyx Corporation. Used to working in the shadows, this deadly mercenary has no time for a political marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis. But what choice does he have? No female will look on his battered body with desire.

Nursing intern Laura has never seen a warrior as hard, as capable, as protective as Kyan. When an unknown enemy turns her into a target, she naturally runs for shelter in his muscular arms. But even her hottest kiss can’t melt the ice around his heart.

Fighting passion and dangers, Laura may be exactly what Kyan needs to begin a new age of dragon-human harmony — or she may be the means to destroy it.

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captured by the alien warriorCAPTURED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (ZALARYN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm

DROKA:A warrior owns what he is able to take. And I take her.
She’s trembling in a closet, hiding from the raiding party invading her human settlement. Hiding from me.
I collar her. I own her. She’s mine by law.
As the Captain of the Imperial Guard, I’ve sworn a solemn oath to have no mate, sire no offspring.
Oath-breakers are traitors, executed without a second thought. Let them try. I’ll beat them all for a chance to claim my mate.

AREN: I just want to go home. Except, I don’t have one. These alien bastards burned it to the ground.
And the biggest bastard of them all put a collar around my neck. He parades me around on the end of a leash like I’m his newest pet.
My clothes are torn and my body is exposed and there’s about a hundred alien warriors looking at me like they can’t wait to have a turn.
He keeps me safe from the horde. I’m his lawful captive, his property—and he doesn’t want to share.
But will he fight this hard to protect me when he finds out who I really am?

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sapphire embersSAPPHIRE EMBERS (THE BEGINNING OF DRAGONS) by Jadyn Chase

Years ago I had fallen in love with Val Robbins, one of the best pilots in the military. A strong, gorgeous man with a heart of gold. We were inseparable, until a horrific plane crash took him from me.
To this day I have never stopped loving Val, and I never will. I still wear my engagement ring.
A few years later, I was moved to Antarctica to work on a new top secret project with the military.
You see a while back, deep in the heart of the continent, a major discovery was made…dragons.
The military used their extensive knowledge in genetic engineering to adapt and modify these creatures to serve them as the perfect all-purpose weapons.
But their plans quickly went astray as the dragons started to show chameleon-like abilities to shapeshift themselves into men. Men that walked, talked and looked exactly like my Val. The lead dragon, the Sapphire spoke to me like it was Val all along.
My brain struggled to grasp what was going on. By the time I was coming to grips with the thought of him being back in my life, everything went black.
No one knows what really happened that night. We suspected that an asteroid slipped through the defenses and took out damn near everything in an instant. The world had gone silent, in a hurry.
It was becoming a kill or be killed kind of world, and the dragons, our former weapons were taking their place atop the food chain.
Do I rely on this new Val for protection, or am I better off on my own?

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witch and the alienTHE WITCH AND THE ALIEN by Juliet Cardin

Petal has spent her entire life hiding the fact that she’s a witch. Now she fears her life is destroyed, because in a moment of rage, she unleashed her power and revealed her secret. If things weren’t bad enough already, they get even worse when some kind of otherworldly beast suddenly appears in her backyard, followed by the arrival of an angry mob looking for the witch. Adding to the chaos, a tall, sexy man shows up, whisking her away in the nick of time.

Though Rein thinks Petal should be grateful to him for saving her, she feels nothing but distrust and anger toward her savior. He’s an intergalactic space monster hunter, and now she’s stuck on another planet while he completes the next task on his to-do list. Unfortunately, she’s also feeling some uncomfortable and totally inappropriate thoughts of desire for the man.

When Earth is threatened by invaders, Petal must put her faith in the mysterious alien and return to the place she was scorned. She must battle the invaders, and her growing feelings for Rein, hoping her powers are strong enough to save the world. When it comes down to a choice between Earth and Rein, she can only hope she’s brave enough to make the right decision.

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micahMICAH (WARRIOR WORLD BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

Micah Lyons is many things… brother to Chad and Tia, Rachel’s first crush, the catch of all the single ladies, Deacon’s best friend, and most importantly, a disappointment to his parents. In the Before Times, he’d wanted to be a fighter pilot, and today—today he’s a Warrior intent on protecting his people the only way he knows how—alone.

Fate, however, is a fickle mistress and when Micah’s path keeps colliding with that of a former Vampire, he finds his future running as twisting a path as his past. If he can’t find a way to make peace, he’ll never be able to have the love and acceptance he craves.

Clones. Captivity. The creation of tomorrow…for Micah Lyons, the promise is all he desires.

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conquered by the alien princeCONQUERED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (LUMINAR MASTERS BOOK 1) by Rebel West

A  filthy rich, ripped alpha who also happens to be royalty? Yes, please. Only problem? He’s an alien.
When a confidential mission sends Doctor Cali Taylor to Luminar, her project is thrown in jeopardy and more than one life, including her own, is at risk.
The one constant? The alien prince and a scorching interplanetary rendezvous. But can their budding romance withstand the danger that threatens to tear them apart?

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cobalt dragonCOBALT DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

The Cobalt dragon is ready for a mate. At least, the bookish intellectual thinks he is. But when he and his crew are sent on a mission to rescue another dragon heart, only to find that she’s already rescued herself, Cobalt will find that fate has someone much different than what he had in mind.

Sylvie has always been a fighter. And not even wolves or wyverns can stop her from taking back her freedom. But maybe a towering, brilliant nerd of a dragon with muscles for days and a heart of gold can make her reconsider going back to the human world for a few days. After all, how bad could being in a giant mansion full of hotties be?

To Cobalt’s shock, fate moves faster than he could have anticipated, sparking sizzling sexual chemistry between him and Sylvie. But there are problems that will take more heart than brains to solve, and Sylvie’s unfinished business is lurking in the shadows at every turn.

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runes of truthRUNES OF TRUTH (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?

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storm irinTHE STORM: IRIN CHRONICLES BOOK 6 by Elizabeth Hunter

Scarred by loss, Irina warrior Renata has held the world at a distance. Fighting the Grigori and protecting humanity are her goals, but her heart remains frozen to the bonds of family and love. Only one scribe, Maxim of Riga, has managed to see through Renata’s armor.

On the darkest night of winter, in the halls of her ancestral home, Renata is forced to face her past. Can a fierce storm and a stubborn scribe coax her back to life, or will she retreat into duty forever?

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daughter of hadesDAUGHTER OF HADES (CERBERUS BOOK 2) by Helen Scott

Poppy never thought her life would get this crazy.

Sexy hellhound guards and being the future queen of the Underworld? She had been happy being a waitress and a freelance graphic designer in Chicago, hadn’t she? What she was doesn’t matter, that life is long gone now.

Before she can travel to the Underworld, she needs to find three judges that will preside over the souls of the dead. But who are they? Where are they? And how the hell is she supposed to find them?

As she battles agents of Hel at every turn and is confronted with mysterious new enemy Poppy is decidedly on edge. Will she find her judges in time or will her enemies get to them first?

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tornadoTORNADO (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 1) by Jasmine Wylder

My name is Jackson, better known as Tornado, leader of the Savage Brotherhood MC.
For those who don’t know yet, my club means everything to me. It is my family. My home. My Shelter.
So, you better not get between me and my brothers or you’ll get to know my inner wolf. Well, one exception allowed. If you are a hot chick with curves in all the right places. Just got to know Ava last night. Let me tell you, never experienced anything similar before.
But I cannot be distracted. Our club has a mission most people don’t know about, and I better not mess up for the sake of humankind.

Well done, Ava, well done. Pregnant by a man I barely know and don’t even like. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to the wrong guys. I mean, there is literally no chance that the leader of the local chapter of a motorcycle gang, a criminal empire, will take care of his unborn child. And I don’t even know if I want him to take care of it.
But suddenly Ava becomes the focus of a powerful vampire. A vampire preying on shifters and humans alike. No questions asked, Jackson has to save her and neutralize the vampire threat once and for all. They’ve messed with the Brotherhood far too long already.
Ava hides her pregnancy and denies her feelings for Jackson, not knowing that she will have to open up to him in order to survive the vampire threat. Even risking both her life and her heart for a man she seems to butt heads with at every turn.

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eyes of the tigerEYES OF THE TIGER by Patricia Rosemoor

Jewelry designer Gemma Hewitt has a gift. Gems and jewelry speak to her, which inspires her designs, and also sends her on dark adventures across the globe as she seeks out historic pieces. After her mother is brutally murdered, Gemma inherits her famed jeweled collar, which she hopes will lead her to see the face of her mother’s killer and bring him to justice. Instead, she’s thrown back to 1901 India where she sees the young woman about to be married with a pendant that matches her jeweled collar. When she’s hired to find the entire bridal suite, she hopes she can use the jewels to save her family’s fortune. Can she trust the handsome, enigmatic man who promises to help her on her quest, or is he the one she should be running from?

British reporter/photographer Raj Sinclair wants the bridal suite for his own reasons. Attracted to Gemma, he senses a connection with her as if he’s known her for a very long time. When danger stalks her, he will do anything to protect her.

The treasure hunt takes them to cities from the US to Britain to France, ending in India where the bridal suite is finally rejoined… and three reincarnated souls get another chance to make things right.

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unrequited loveUNREQUITED LOVE (MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 1) by E L Roux

VS Note: Re-release. Author states this has been revised and re-edited.

I might own a coffee shop, but it’s anything but normal. Magical and non-magical live in harmony, making me happy to serve them all the drinks I put my extra-special twist on. But watching Nathan, my ex-fiancé, sip lattés and ogle his new woman suppresses my seer emotions and puts a damper on my own love life.

Until Cole sweeps me up and dizzies me with kisses even as he asks me to perform a Wiccan vision quest for Nathan and his fiancé. I have to get over getting dumped or add two shots of resentment to my stinging heart—and possibly lose Cole in the process.

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the shieldTHE SHIELD: URBAN PALADINS BOOK 2 by Severine Wolfe

Martin Hayes has grown up since his adventures in Savannah. He’s about ready to launch into his own life and he’s finally found a girl he wants to see more than once. Everything’s coming up roses.
Except someone is trying to kill him and his girl and they are both not ready for what the world is throwing at them. All he can do is hold on to Allie and pray some days.
Allison Robertson has had a lot heaped on her very slender shoulders with the deaths of her parents and having to take care of her brother, Brion. Then her life takes a turn for the decidedly weird when she goes to get ice cream.
Join Martin and Allie as they try to navigate their way through just trying to live their lives, as well as deal with the unexplainable stuff that always seems to happen whenever Martin is around.

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souls allianceTHE SOUL’S ALLIANCE (THE AGENTS SERIES BOOK 2) by Wendy Knight

Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.
That’s a very dangerous thing indeed.
Being the good friend that she is, Konstanz will protect Navi from any more heartache, even if it means putting up with Bryson, the guy determined to make Navi forget she ever hurt in the first place. Never mind that Konstanz can’t stand him and he likes her even less.
Until he doesn’t. Feelings change, people change, and Navi’s dangerous secrets put them all in danger. In the shadows of monsters, Konstanz loses her heart only to find that Bryson has dangerous secrets of his own.
Secrets that threaten everything they’ve fought for.

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alpha claimedALPHA CLAIMED (ALASKAN TIGERS BOOK 13) by Marissa Dobson

As the new Alpha of the Ohio Tigers, Korbin has his work cut out for him. The small clan size and numerous threats leave him with few options. Rather than merge with another Alpha, he fights to give the Ohio Tigers a brighter future. By making his clan a haven for those escaping enemy Alphas, he ensures it will grow in size and strength, but will offering sanctuary bring its own set of problems? Then, when his mate arrives, he discovers the biggest obstacle he’ll have to overcome is the sheriff right in town.

Years ago, Layla Cole’s father promised her hand in marriage to the town’s human sheriff. For nearly a year, she allowed him to court her, but as her twentieth birthday looms, she realizes she can’t go through with it. She might have married him if her father was still alive, but he died at the very hands of the man she’s supposed to marry, leaving only hatred for him flowing through her veins. Not going through with the arrangement puts her sister’s life in jeopardy. Somehow, she must find a way to keep them both safe.

Battered and wounded, Layla turns to the only people who might protect her against the sheriff. She wants simply to get out of town, but finds way more than that: a chance at true happiness. Can she survive the battle between sheriff and shifter, or will she end up losing the only thing she’s ever wanted? Will Korbin’s duty to keep his mate safe doom his clan? Finding balance between responsibility and love has never proved so challenging.

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tempting the bearsTEMPTING THE BEARS by Tianna Xander

Thirty days in the remote cabin of her dreams. No social media, no online shopping or even streaming Roxie begins to wonder if the next month is going to be heaven on earth or hell in a handbasket? When two hot Highlanders show up on her doorstep, Roxie holds her breath and wonders – what could possibly go wrong?

When Calum and Aiden follow their mate to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they expect their independent mate to put up a fight. What they don’t expect is a run in with a moose, a car accident and finding unexpected treasure.

Will her next thirty days be heaven on Earth, or hell in a handbasket?

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secret of the lost pharaohTHE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH (MATTHEW CONNOR ADVENTURE SERIES BOOK 2) by Carolyn Arnold

VS note: Not sure how much romance there might be.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

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daydreams and night desiresDAYDREAMS AND NIGHT DESIRES by Melissa Keir and Various

VS Note: From March; more details on ebook seller’s page.

Daydreams and Night Desires…drift into six tales of magic, mayhem, and love.

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everwyldeEVERWYLDE (THE KINDRED BOOK 2) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest endeavor.

Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret. Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he’s faced with a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and what they stand to lose.

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from the ashesFROM THE ASHES: A DRAGONS AND PHOENIXES NOVEL  (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter

I know I’m about to be fired. After the civil war, when Sven  accepted the mantle of Phoenix King from Mia Hill, it’s the obvious outcome. I was appointed by the late, psychotic King Emberich so he won’t see my loyalty to the now devastated flocks.

Sven has no choice but to get rid of me.It really doesn’t help that he’s golden, gorgeous and when I’m near him, my heart literally flutters. Stupid heart.

Unrest bubbles beneath the surface of the Phoenix community. Most are still angry about how the conspiracy and coup went down, how badly it destroyed lives, and they blame Sven. Enough to want to kill him.

How do I stop an assassination with my own life intact?

hair of the wereHAIR OF THE WERE: LUNA DE LA MAR SPA (AS THE CHAIR TURNS BOOK 1)  by Eliza March
VS note: This sounded kinda fun. Probably the kind of book you either love wildly or that makes you nuts LOL. I guess it depends if you like the author’s ‘voice.’ 
I’m Delia. Short for Adelaide, which, in my opinion, is too old-fashioned sounding for a young business manager in charge of the poshest salon in Boca. I’m of mixed heritage, exactly what sort, I don’t know. French partially, I suspect to confound my Cuban background. One side of my family has a musical/theatrical background. At a hundred plus years, my Great Aunt Edna is still performing in a local cabaret and doesn’t look a day over fifty. We all suspect routine nips and tucks, but you’d never know. Her personal trainer and plastic surgeon are magicians. Not euphemistically…really magicians. I know because I’ve recently been dragged into Boca’s dirty local secret.
Sam, Edna’s handsome husband is still doing character parts in independent films in Miami. His last role was a gun runner for Werewolves—not much of a box office success, but the subject hit a little too close to home for my comfort. Uncle Sam may not know it, but I know Boca is a city full of paranormal creatures just fitting in. Shifters, werewolves, witches, vampires. The list goes on…gypsies, magical fairies. You name it… (VS: The blurb goes on and ON from here on the ebook seller’s site….wow.)
red and the wolvesRED AND THE WOLVES (DARK FANTASY BOOK 2)  by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley
This is no fairytale…
As the Blood Moon rises, I’ve been chosen.
Chosen to serve, to obey…to die…for no one survives their time with the Wolves.
As I am dressed in the ceremonial Red Hood, all I can think of is escape.
But there is no escape.
The lives of my village depend on my submission to the accursed Wolves.
There are five of them.
Five men cursed to live as Wolves.
Cursed for generations, forced to protect my village from the dark forces.
But they demand a heavy price for their protection. Me.
Five against one…against me alone.
My only hope for survival is to tame the wolves…but submission is not in my nature.
fearless matingFEARLESS MATING (AN A.L.F.A. NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

Sergeant Major Candace Obermier has arrived at Alpha League Federal Agency headquarters with one task in mind–shutting it down. While A.L.F.A.’s pledge to protect humans from paranormal threats is noble, they’ve caused nothing but mayhem as far as Candy can tell. And their director? He’s the worst of the lot.

Director Josh Tumbel has finally found his mate. And she’s doing everything she can to shut down operations, while he struggles to control his mating instincts. But when A.L.F.A. headquarters is taken in a hostage situation, Josh has a chance to demonstrate the critical nature of the agency’s existence, and prove his worth to Candy as a protector and lover.

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demon stole my kittyA DEMON STOLE MY KITTY (WEREWOLVES, VAMPIReS AND DEMONS OH MY BOOK 3)  by Eve Langlais
I’m a witch. Not a good one or a bad one, although according to the snooty wizards, I’m a stain upon their robes.
But who cares what those snobs say?
I’ve got a job to do; stop demons from infiltrating Earth and killing all the witches. Concentrating on my job is hard, though.
First, the guy who’s decided he’s going to help me is hotter than Arizona in the summer. Like seriously, melt-my-panties-into-ash sexy.
Second, demons are targeting witches such as me because, apparently, we’re a tasty snack.
Finally, the kitten I adopted has gone missing, and if I’m not mistaken, a demon stole it…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)
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pyros accidental shootingPYRO’S ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING (HOUNDS OF THE HUNT BOOK 2) by Toni Griffin

Winter in Melbourne makes the hunt for supernatural beings gone bad harder than usual during the cold foggy nights. A chill has settled deep in Pyro’s bones. One he can’t shake loose. More than anything, Pyro wishes for a heart mate of his own to come home to after the long nights of a hunt, one who understands him and his desires, who can hold him together when he needs to let go.

Life has always been planned out for Callum. His family of cops expected him to be a cop, so that’s what he became. But Callum isn’t so sure about being a detective for the Melbourne police. Not many people understand the demands of being a cop, and it’s been the downfall of more than one of his relationships. Why should his chance of loving someone get sidelined for a job he isn’t even sure he wants?

One fateful encounter on a fog-shrouded night changes both their worlds forever. Now Pyro just has to convince his heart mate they belong together while Callum tries to come to terms with a world he never knew existed and does his best to make up for accidentally shooting the unusual and intriguing hellhound.

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nineTHE NINE (FOXFIRE BURNING BOOK 1) by C M Stunich and Tate James
Tricky, like a fox.
As a kitsune—a fox shifter—I have to be to survive.
Sometimes it seems like the whole world wants me dead.
Ironic, considering that’s my job—to kill people.Thea Hunt, professional assassin at your service.
But that’s not my only vice.
I’m also attracted to the darkest denizens of the supernatural world, the men I should run from instead of fall for. Men like Mikhail, the leader of the assassins’ guild, Bennett, the local alpha wolf, and Nix, the skinwalking coyote that’s likely to bring the entire shifter community to their knees. And then there are my exes—Riot and Fin.

Somebody’s cursing old gods, stripping shifters of their ability to change. And a trapped shifter doesn’t last long without losing their mind. Nix knows; Mikhail wants me to kill him; Bennett wants me dead. Oh, and Riot and Fin are determined to make my life a living hell.

As the youngest kitsune to ever get nine tails, I should be able to trick my way out of this one, right?
Right?!

ram rebelRAM REBEL (ARIES CURSED BOOK 3) by Cara Wylde

When Penelope Walton lands a job at Goldman Corp, the last thing on her mind is that it might be a cover-up for something dark and illegal that her boss is involved in. When Richard Goldman introduces her to the twins he and his wife have just adopted and tells her she’s going to be in charge of their homeschooling, Penny is disappointed. She doesn’t have a degree in Business Management so she can be an overpaid nanny. Something is wrong here. To make things worse, a mysterious, hot-as-sin businessman has come all the way from Spain to strike a deal with Goldman, and he’s set his eyes on her. Even when red flags pop up, she cannot resist his charms.

Enzo Salvador is a ram-shifter and an immortal Aries Guardian. His job is to track down, save and protect sheep-shifters who have disappeared and have, most likely, been kidnapped by filthy rich people who think it’s their right to own shifters for their own fun and gain. He will not stand for it. No matter how dangerous his missions are, he will crush every single person who dared to harm one of his kind. His job is his life, so when he meets curvy, sexy Penelope, he tries to lie to himself: he wants her because she’s the key to solving the case, not because the horned beast inside him screams “mate”.

stolen djinn dominionSTOLEN (DJINN DOMINION BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

After months spent eluding the djinn who’s been tracking her, Leila Donovan is cornered. With nowhere left to run, she braces herself to be picked off just like the rest of her companions who survived the Heat, a djinn-inflicted virus meant to wipe out mankind.

Instead, her dark-haired, night-eyed captor bestows a fiery, bone-melting kiss — and whisks her away to an opulent beach house in Malibu.

Unknown to Leila, Malik al-Mazin has been protecting her. From the Heat, from the assassins pursuing its survivors, and, most of all, from the predations of Omar al-Tariq, a sadistic djinn who revels in inflicting pain.

Once Leila comes to accept Malik as her Chosen, she will be safe. But despite their riptide-strong sexual chemistry, easing her into trust will take precious time, especially since she has the unusual ability to resist any attempt to magically influence her mind — a gift that may be her only hope when Malik is tricked into turning his back for one crucial moment.

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from unseen fireFROM UNSEEN FIRE (AVEN CYCLE)  by Cass Morris

VS: Sounded interesting, “Rome with magic” one reviewer said…not a romance.

The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic.

But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people—if only she can find the courage to try.

Her siblings—a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess learning to navigate a treacherous world, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia—will be her allies as she builds a place for herself in this new world, against the objections of their father, her husband, and the strictures of Aventan society.

Latona’s path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harboring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a life-long secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history.

As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven’s fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?

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Star Survivor by Veronica ScottSince it’s roughly a week after the anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, and in 1912 the survivors were contending with life after catastrophe, I’ll mention my own Star Survivor, about two of the survivors from my Wreck of the Nebula Dream (which was loosely based on Titanic). It takes place a few years after the disaster…I had so many readers ask me for this sequel but I had to wait for just the right story to tell! It can be read as a standalone story.

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

Is She Alive? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again, to when Mateer first wakes up, outside in the Preserve, where the humans have been placed to fend for themselves for a time. Megan saved the injured and unconscious Mateer from execution by insisting the humans carry him with them.  Before he woke up the aliens referred to him in her hearing as ‘802’. All the prisoners are forced to wear a neurocontroller bracelet. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt:

“So you are from this planet? How did the Khagrish capture you then?” She stopped, “Please, you must have more of a name than ‘802’. I’d like to know what it is and how you came to speak Basic.”

A visceral anger roiled his gut at the hated numerical designation, and he glared at the damn sensor bracelet. He’d sworn never to be put back into bondage, and now here he was. “Mateer.” His voice was more of an intimidating growl than a properly conversational tone, but he couldn’t bear to hear Megan refer to him by his serial number.

“Your name is Mateer?”  She gave him a fleeting smile, “I have so many questions, and I know you must as well.” Leaning toward him and lowering her voice, she said, “Where did you meet my sister? Is she—is she alive?”

 

mateerThe Blurb:

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

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

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

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 11

edge of insanityAs 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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EDGE OF INSANITY (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 6)  by S E Smith

VS Note: Always terrific to have a new book from SE!

Edge remembers little of his capture but all of what has happened since. Sold to the Waxians, he resists their efforts to gain information on the Trivator military and weapons systems. He can feel his mind splinter from their repeated tortures, but a soft voice in the darkness urges him to resist-and fight back.

Lina Daniels is used to fighting fire with fire. She isn’t afraid of death, but she is terrified of being captured. As a resistance fighter on Earth, she knew the dangers. Those threats seem minuscule compared to those on the alien world she was taken to.

Determined to return home, her plan is simple-free the Trivator warrior she discovered and force him to take her and the other women that are with her back to Earth. That plan turns out just as hazardous as being a fugitive on an alien world! The last thing Lina expects is for the Trivator to have an intense protectiveness of her or his stubborn determination in believing she is his Amate!

The soft sound of Lina’s voice is the only thing that prevents Edge’s mind from completely shattering. With the Waxian and Drethulan forces on their tail, it will take more than a few daring moves to escape to freedom. Can a tortured warrior and his rebellious rescuer escape the forces chasing them or will the threat of losing the last thing holding him together hurl Edge over the precipice and into insanity?

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kirkKIRK: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #10 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this one and I really enjoyed it. Fun!

Katie Henderson has been a teenager in the collective consciousness of Sci-Fi fans for a decade. Never mind that she’d rather be called Kate and is tired of wearing a starship uniform. Like her character in Suspended in Space, Katie’s life has been hopelessly stuck, still orbiting the waylaid starship that made her a household name, long after the show’s cancellation. She’s decided to do one last Comic Con circuit during her college summer break. After that she can’t wait to start a new life where she can make a real difference and leave the world of Sci-Fi behind.

Kirk is a visitor from another planet. Back on Aerie, he was migrated into a gorgeous human body, and assigned to learn about humans by choosing a female to annihilate with pleasure. Kirk looked forward to his assignment, but had no idea that his first look at Kate would bring him to his knees. He is desperate to make her his mate. But the impudent little human doesn’t want to get involved with an alien.

When an over-eager fan starts showing up where he doesn’t belong, Kate allows Kirk to act as a temporary bodyguard. But sharing close quarters with the achingly handsome alien threatens to push Kate’s willpower past the limit.

Will the practical former actress hold out for a “normal” life? Or will this interstellar hunk convince her to lighten up and relish all that he has to offer?

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cyborg feverCYBORG FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 5) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I LOVE this series. One clicked, oh yes.

Warlord Anghar survives hell as a captive of the evil Hive. Convinced he will never break free, he chooses death over dishonor. When the Coalition ReCon Team sent to kill him frees him instead, he begins the long, tortuous journey back to a true Atlan, a warrior proud of his beast, of his service.

But no amount of honor, of bravery, or strength of will can save Angh from a life alone, banished with the other “contaminated” warriors on The Colony. And no amount of prayer to the gods will save him when the fever in his blood grows beyond his will to control – and the Atlan Mating Fever steals his final shards of belief.

Imprisoned, awaiting execution, one hope is left; a woman brave enough to tame his beast – and strong enough to fight the demons inside both his head and his heart. Because he may have escaped the Hive…but they aren’t finished with him yet.

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first mates accidental wifeFIRST MATE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

It was supposed to be a simple mission. Locate a kidnapper’s vessel. Rescue the woman. Return her home. Collect a reward.
Instead, the First Mate of the Gypsy Moth finds himself married to a galactic crime lord’s daughter and fighting off those that would make her a widow.

Busy watching his back, while keeping her safe, Damon misses the deadliest attack of all. The one on his heart. She’s taken it, and he’s got to decide whether giving up his freedom is worth the price of love.

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vyken darkVYKEN DARK: CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 1 by Christine Myers

Cyborg Vyken Dark is back on Earth after fighting for eighty years in the Procyon War against the Mesaarkans. He came to help restore order out of chaos in old Chicago USA. Every major city on Earth is in ruins. Most are now run by gangs of thugs ruled by overlords who take everything of value and prey on those who are just trying to survive. Vyken and his four brother cyborgs are all that’s left of their starship crew of three hundred.

He didn’t want the job, but when his old mentor Admiral Carson Gregor asked, Vyken Dark could not refuse. If he could have chosen a man to call father, it would have been Carson Gregor.

Vyken chose the name Dark because the darkness in his soul drove him to kill the enemies of the Federation with a ruthlessness that few natural humans possessed. Sometimes that darkness overwhelmed his humanity and made him weary of his life… Until he came back to Earth and found her.

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aurora terminusAURORA TERMINUS by S E Fanetti

VS Note: I love post apocalyptic tales so I read the sample (grim to a degree but post apoc IS grim, right?) but the heroine has a dog and a bear and….ok, I one-clicked. You knew I would, right? Seems like there is a romance from the reviews.

The end of the world came quietly, in a breathtaking display of light and color, while everyone stopped and watched, entranced.

And then the lights went out, and death and chaos took over.

A woman went up, high above the fray, and tried to build a life alone from what was left of the world that had been.

A man stayed down, in the midst of the turmoil, and tried to find a home in the world that had become.

But neither life nor home is possible until there is family, until love and trust and hope return.

Until then, there is only survival.

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veridian convictTHE VERIDIAN CONVICT (BLUE DOMINION)  by Sam York  (aka Sabrina York)

The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.

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rescuing romilaRESCUING ROMILIA (MORGAN SELWOOD) by Greta van der Rol

When Jirra and Toreni rescue Romila from a raid on her antiques business the Misfits start off on a mission to uncover a drug-smuggling operation. A new, very potent drug is on the market, hidden in statues of ice warriors carved on a remote world.

But all’s not well within the team. Toreni and Chet have fallen out, Toreni has received an offer that might be too good to refuse, and Jirra has doubts about her future. When the drug-smuggling operation morphs into something even more dangerous, the Misfits must resolve their differences. If they don’t act together, and quickly, many lives will be at risk. Including their own.

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blend and defendBLEND AND DEFEND (INNATE WRIGHT SERIES BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

The pilots of Bot City have been focused on securing the safety of their people, and incidentally the human city, for the last few days.

With one final battle to expunge the Tokkel before they can try and get a foothold on Hera, the bot pilots are ready to take up the customized weapons and use them to show the alien invasion who is in charge.

Their goal is clear. They have to repel the Tokkel and learn the actual history of the valley as not one version of the tale has rung entirely true. The Nine have their version, the elders have their version, the city has their version, and then there is the truth. It is past time for the truth to be heard. The pilots have earned it.

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orange blossom specialORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL (THE COVENANT OF THE RAINBOW BOOK 2)  by Elana Brooks

Psychics battle aliens to save Earth—and love is the ultimate weapon.
Since he was a child, Steve has been seeing terrifying visions of aliens arriving on Earth.  For many years he dismissed them as nightmares, even choosing a career in paranormal research in order to prove that psychic powers didn’t exist.  Then the Covenant of the Rainbow found him and showed him irrefutable evidence that mental powers were real and his visions gave vital insight into the crisis they’ve been anticipating for centuries.  Now he’s a member of the Eight, one of the Covenant’s leaders.
Rosalia’s grandmother taught her to accept and value her psychic gifts.  She dreams of a day when powers like hers will be acknowledged and valued by all. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller’s site)

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saving askaraSAVING ASKARA by J M Link

Victoria’s day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of “post-discovery”. Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn’t? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That’s what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she’s not so sure she didn’t stick her foot in it…

Be careful what you wish for.

Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn’t fate. Earth’s proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.

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space operaSPACE OPERA by Catherynne M Valente

VS Note: Not a romance as far as I know, but a fun concept for a scifi novel.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

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fire blood beautyFIRE, BLOOD AND BEAUTY by Zara Zenia

One minute I’m a nineteen year-old woman trying to get through life and the next second I’m in space, charged with saving the human race on an alien planet.

Four men show up vowing to love and protect me … except they aren’t men at all, they’re alien dragon shifters and vampires.

They say we’re mates. I say they’re crazy.
I’m charged with a mission: have their baby.
Um, how about no.
They say it’s destiny. I say I’m a long way from home!

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purple alien princes pregnantPurple Alien Prince’s Pregnant Captive by Celia Kyle

Baila spent one night with the sexy alien—over six feet of purple hotness—and now she’s paying the price. The cost? One great big (purple) alien bun in her very human oven. With no alien partner in sight, she’s determined to take care of herself—and her baby—on her own. Except, it’s hard to hold down a job as a sexy waitress with a huge stomach the color of grape Kool-Aid. Jobless and twenty-four hours from being evicted, she runs into the one person she never thought she’d see again.

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kelanKELAN: TALONIAN WARRIORS (A SCIFI ALIEN WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye

Kelan Rankin owned a company worth billions. His weapons were considered
evolutionary. He freely shared them with the entire world. He had been commanded to
stay uninvolved with the humans by the leaders of his planet. It was difficult for one so
kindhearted. He found them to be like family and he cared deeply for their welfare,
especially that of his personal assistant.

Michelle Langtree was shocked to be chosen as personal assistant to Kelan Rankin. Her
resume wasn’t up to par. She found her duties a challenge she was ready for. Kelan
trusted her and that meant everything to her. Her personal life was a shambles. She was
shackled to a man who abused her endlessly.

When Kelan discovered Michelle being choked by her abuser, anger took over his body.
He transformed into a terrifying creature. Michelle was saved, but at what cost? She now
feared the only man she had ever trusted and Kelan’s secret was out.

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unleashing her saberPARANORMAL DATING AGENCY: UNLEASHING HER SABER (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Rebekah Ganiere

Ursa shifter Stix is mortified when his mother marches him to Gerri Wilder, the best matchmaker in the universe, in an effort to secure him a bride. And though Stix appreciates his mother’s concern he turns down Gerri’s offer, determined to find love on his own terms.

Saber shifter Satia was almost broken by the torment she endured as a captive on Aurora. But now on earth, and with new found freedom she finds herself with her entire life ahead of her. So she heads to New York City to ask the strongest woman she knows to help her get her new life started, Gerri Wilder.

Under the guise of securing Satia a job, Gerri sends the girl off to work for Stix. As it becomes quickly apparent to both Satia and Stix that they are meant for each other, a bombshell from Stix’s past comes to light that threatens to tear them apart before they even get started.

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kianKIAN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

Devastated by loss and divorce, Everly needs a fresh start. When she answers an ad for a nanny, she finds herself living with an impossibly hot man called Kian and caring for his sweet baby girl, Ember.

Kian knows, the instant he meets Everly, that she’s his mate. He also knows that no matter how much he longs to tell her the truth, he can’t reveal his secrets to this unsuspecting human. Instead of confessing that he’s an alien refugee from another planet, he tries to give her everything she could possibly want.

A shocking discovery leads to Everly and Ember being kidnapped by vampires. Can Kian find them in time? And even if he does, will Everly accept the truth of who he is?

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station commanders surrogateSTATION COMMANDER’S SURROGATE: OLYMPUS STATION #1 by Aurelia Skye

Piper fled Olympus Station with a broken heart, finding solace in the far reaches of the galaxy as an exobotanist breeding rare plants. She left behind an unspoken love and a cruel sister, who enjoyed making her suffer. Eight years later, the last person she expects to hear from is her sister’s husband, Weston Templeton–especially bearing the news her estranged sister is near death, and her baby needs a womb to continue developing after Pippa’s passing. Somehow, she finds herself agreeing to act as a surrogate and steels herself to face the man she’s never stopped loving—the man who married her sister and never realized she existed years ago. Things have changed, and as she learns the truth about Weston and Pippa’s miserable marriage, old feelings she thought dead return. He seems to be falling for her too, but can she let herself love Weston again, or is it too late for them?

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thorTHOR (FAR HOPE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma James

To some, the risks seem unnecessary, but to Kira that risk goes hand in hand with being an elite military pilot.

She has no way of knowing that her fame for bending the rules and always getting the job done is about to put her in danger.

What starts out as a simple off-the-books mission turns into a race against time to stop one man, driven mad by his lust for power.

Running from pirates, bounty hunters and cybernetically enhanced super soldiers, Kira and her crew must find a way to win at any cost – the fate of the human race could depend on it.

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jionJION (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Curvy female Lauren Kate wakes up in an unknown strange place. She can’t remember anything.
So when the tall blue alien tries to calm her all she can do is run, but he is too strong for her and
now she is his prisoner.

Ambassador Jion Lek is a prominent official of the Kynon alien race. He was on a mission with a
difficult Captain that never listened to him and now they are paying for it.
He has crash-landed on a strange planet and his crew is nowhere in sight. All that remains is one
small human female with thick curves that drive him wild, but she too is difficult…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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broken by the alienBROKEN BY THE ALIEN  by Loki Renard

I’ve been a slave since Earth was conquered, but today a powerful Rathkari commander has singled me out. He’s brought me aboard his ship and made sure I’m bathed and pampered. Now this huge, fearsomely sexy alien warrior plans to do absolutely anything he wants with me.

I hate him and his entire race, and I fight him with everything I have… at first. (…more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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thiefTHE THIEF: A NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J R Ward

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

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rescue meRESCUE ME (SPARKS OF DESIRE BOOK 2) by Valerie Twombly

Fighting fires is in Derrick’s blood. Left shaken after the tragic loss of his best friend, the event forces him to realize he can’t afford to care. Love has cost him everything and the pain has him vowing to never suffer such heartache again. When he tries to start over in a small northern town, a beautiful woman steps into his life and pushes every boundary he sets in place.

Being a full-blooded dragon shifter makes Halee an anomaly among her kind. With her eldest brother pressuring her to choose a mate, her loyalties are torn. Turning to a stranger for the night, she hopes to forget the fate she must face. But when the stranger, Derrick, shows up as the new guy at the station, Halee must choose between duty and stability or a man whose kiss unleashes a passion she never realized existed.

Both were looking for escape, but neither expected to find each other. Every heated encounter pulls them closer together. When fire strikes again, it will leave Derrick facing the ultimate choice: break his vow or walk away from Halee forever.

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mystic realmsMYSTIC REALMS: A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY ROMANCES By Various

What goes bump in the night? What causes you a fright?
While the answers for each may vary, I promise that these stories will not leave you wary.
From vampires and demons to shifters and creatures that you’d never suspect, this set will leave you breathless in the best possible ways.So, don’t be afraid. Come, step into our realm. Allow the mysticism of romance in many shapes and forms fall over you like a veil of sweet, soothing, spine-tingling comfort.

We promise… you won’t be sorry.

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dragons fire all 5 episodesDRAGON’S FIRE: A REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Lili Zander and Rory Reynolds

VS Note: Here’s part of the Author’s note: “A full-length reverse harem novel containing all five episodes of the Blood Prophecy serial.”

Contrary to popular opinion, I really don’t have a death wish.
Yes, I’m a thief, but after almost being torn limb from limb by an irate panther shifter, I’ve given up my law-breaking ways. From now on, I’m sticking to the straight and narrow.
Then Drakkar Raedwulf dangles one tempting, yet impossible job in front of me. Steal a gemstone from the five dragon princes.
I’m not a fool, but Silas, the closest thing I have to a father, is gravely ill. He’ll die if I can’t get him the treatment he needs. Treatments that are far more expensive than I can afford with my crappy minimum-wage job.
So I take the job. 

And promptly get caught by the five princes. Bastian. Casius. Rhys. Mateo. Erik.
And that’s where my story really begins…

Because the dragons are cursed, and my blood might be the secret to freeing them.

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her guardian angelHER GUARDIAN ANGEL/A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD/MASTER AND MERCENARIES NOVELLA (LEXI BLAKE CROSSOVER COLLECTION BOOK 2) by Larissa Ione and Lexi Blake (Forward)

After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.

Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.

Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.

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son of the dawnSON OF THE DAWN (GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

VS Note: YA, not sure there’s any romance.

The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.

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1000 of you1000 OF YOU by Linda Mooney

She was traded to him for a weapon.

Traded, as if she was no better than a piece of property. Gova Dov doesn’t know what to expect, but it can’t be as bad as the abuse she’d received at the hands of her last master. Gova has never known kindness like Muam. She soon learns she can trust him, but can he trust someone like her? He’s told her she’s free to leave, but does she want to go? Does he even want her to stay?

Muam Kai works hard to earn his living, and payment in flesh won’t exactly buy his next meal, but he can’t turn the abused girl away. However, he’s no slave owner.

When Gova’s past comes back for her, Muam vows that no matter what happens to them, they will always have each other. Always find each other. In this life or the next.

It’s a dying promise that would prove to be a curse on them both.

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secrets of midnightSECRETS OF MIDNIGHT (CHRONICLES OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy

Life in Midnight is anything but dull. Training a human unit to work alongside the MPD while keeping an eye on a new ghostly presence in the district, means Harker has her work cut out for her. When a scourge run goes wrong leaving Harker’s life hanging in the balance, a hidden threat is revealed.

Now the team must work against the clock to figure out the identity of their new enemy and learn how to stop them. Something ancient and powerful is about to make an entrance into Midnight, and Harker will be forced to make a choice that could damn them all.

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summers heatSUMMER’S HEAT by LJ Vickery

Emesh, the god of summer, couldn’t be more astounded. While his twelve Immortal friends frantically search for their remaining Chosen…female Chosen, he’s always assumed his chances of finding his eternal mate were crap. Despite being thousands of years old, he’s never experienced a gay relationship, doesn’t know where to look for one or how to initiate a hook-up. But now, standing no more than seven yards away, is proof positive he’ll soon receive an education in every nuance of male love he’s ever imagined…and it scares him shitless.

Douglas Wingfeather never allows visitors. Never. He’s the master of one-night stands, and likes it that way. So what the hell does he want with this guy, Emesh? The answer can only be…nothing. Strange attraction or not, his libido needs to shut itself down. His screwed up past doesn’t allow room for a normal relationship. End of story.

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (DESTINY PARAMORTALS BOOK 6) by Livia Quinn

There’s a new warrior in town. Dressed in red leather, the stunning violet-eyed fae saunters into Destiny’s supernatural tavern carrying a giant head-splitter of a sword. Her mission is to slay a dragonhunter and she accuses djinn River Pomeroy of protecting her target.
River feels an instant attraction to Cinder and relief from the despair that’s served as his only companion since his rescue from kidnappers by his sister Tempe and Sheriff Lang. But with her news, his sense of doom returns. It’ll take more than three wishes to get him out of this mess. You see, River has a secret and ample reason for staying silent. No matter what he does, his enthrallment promises devastating consequences for his family and the other Paramortals.

After his sister and the dragon sheriff go missing, River and Cinder join forces. But history has a way of coming full circle and the past brings shattering revelations about the dragonhunter’s true identity.

Can they forgive the past to overcome their common enemy or will the news tear their relationship and the Paramortals apart forever?

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dragon redemptionDRAGON REDEMPTION by Amelia Jade

Violet Walker has always wanted to open a cupcake shop, but she’s never had the money. So when she meets a handsome man at her best friend’s bar who promptly offers to front her the money, she can’t say no, can she? He’s young, single, obviously successful, and most of all he makes her want to melt into a puddle every time he looks her way. Which is exactly why he has to stay as a business partner, nothing more.

Determined to make his mate’s dream come true, ice dragon Ivore will stop at nothing. He knows that by locking her into a business deal he’ll have as long as he needs to seduce and eventually claim the shy beauty. Dragons are patient creatures, but every second that passes without being able to claim her is driving him wild with desire.

Although she won’t tell him, Ivore knows that Violet has been hurt, and hurt bad. What he doesn’t understand is that she’s not rejecting him for her safety, but his. The dragon wants to help her make peace with her past, but first they’re going to have to deal with his present, including a crime boss hell-bent on revenge against Ivore and his brothers that has just put Violet square in his crosshairs.

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dragons secret babyDRAGON’S SECRET BABY (SILVER TALON MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by Sky Winters

Thorne Lewis, leader of the Silver Talon Mercenaries, will do anything for a paycheck—no questions asked. His next assignment? Travel to New Orleans at the behest of the mysterious and powerful Abruzzi dragon clan, to kidnap a girl named Adelaide Wilson.

The job seems easy enough, but there’s one catch—Thorne is taken by Adelaide’s beauty from the start. As the heat between them rises, will Thorne abandon his mission for his feelings? Will he put the Silver Dragon Mercenaries in jeopardy?

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shadow kissedSHADOW KISSED (THE WITCH’S REBELS BOOK 1) by Sarah Piper

Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown.

Good policy—until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay’s most dangerous men to my doorstep.

Asher, the bad-boy incubus. Darius, the cunning, oh-so-sexy vampire. Emilio, the wolf shifter with a big heart and a treacherous past. Ronan, the only demon I trust with my soul. And Death himself, bound to my magic for reasons I don’t understand.

Together they’ve sworn to protect me from the evil out there, but it’s not the evil out there I’m worried about.

A shadow lurks inside me, black and deadly as a bomb.

And I’m pretty sure my magical mishap just lit the fuse.

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fallen reignFALLEN REIGN (SE7EN SINNERS BOOK 4) by S L Jennings

Yesterday, I had the audacity to imagine a future.

One that didn’t include hunting demons hellbent on destroying humanity or being used as a pawn for my father’s revenge. One comprised of a home and a family and all the things I’d longed for as a broken child.

Then in the blink of a silver speckled eye, my foolish hope was extinguished, and my world came crumbling down.

We stood strong. We fought. We lost.

I lost.

Legion, the demon I dared to love, was gone.

Now I’m going to tear myself in two and do the unthinkable to find him. I’m going to put my trust in his brother–his enemy–and make a deal with the Devil. And while his darkness and depravity echo mine, I know this won’t end well for either of us.

My body may survive, maybe even my soul. I can’t promise the same for my heart. This time, I will not fail. I will not hesitate. And if it comes down to it, I’ll be the weapon I was created to be. I will follow the code of the Se7en and do what I should have done when we had the chance.

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royal mateROYAL MATE (MISTY WOODS DRAGONS) by Juniper Hart

Poet has always had an interest in ancient civilizations and thinks that she might have solid proof that dragons exist. As a woman of science, she has the drive to be the first one to prove the existence of these mythical beings. When she realizes her research is threatening her safety, it could be too late. When a mysterious man rescues her, she is taken by his strength, masculinity, and the way he brings out her primal instincts. Even though she feels like she can trust him, she also senses he is hiding something…

Max is sent to kill Poet, who is threatening to expose the dragons from Misty Woods. When he meets Poet, he can’t tame the flames of passion that burn within his heart. Besides, there’s just one more problem: she’s a princess. The repercussions of killing such a high-profile woman could be catastrophic.

Max’s loyalty to his family is put to the ultimate test. If he doesn’t kill Poet, his family will turn away from him. If he doesn’t save her, he will never forgive himself.

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arynns chosen mateARYNN’S CHOSEN MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (IRON WOLVES MC BOOK 8) by Elle Boon

They say blood is thicker than water, but a bond that’s chosen is stronger than steel. Nothing and nobody can sever those that are forged between ones chosen family.
They say love hurts. For a shifter who thinks he’s lost it all, it’s more than just a saying, it’s a reality. When Arynn is finally reunited with his daughter and finds the one woman created just for him, he swears love does hurt, but it’s a feeling he would give his life to experience.
Family is supposed to love and cherish one another. Sheila never had that growing up. When she became a mother of not just her own child, but her twin sister’s as well, she vows to love them more than she’d ever experienced.
When you find love that’s worth fighting for, you grab it and hold on tight. Families don’t always have to be blood, sometimes ones that are chosen are even more special as they are forged in love, instead of duty.
Can Arynn and Sheila along with their two girls finally find peace as a family, or will the darkness from their past destroy the goodness they’re creating?

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bounty hunter bearBOUNTY HUNTER BEAR: CROSS ROADS 1  (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 11) by Bianca D’Arc

Bounty hunter turned corporate troubleshooter, Ezra Tate never thought his path would cross again with the bear shifter female he’d helped rescue from a basement prison in Lake Tahoe. But stranger things have happened.

Theodora Jackson is on a solo motorcycle trip to try to rediscover her identity after a terrible ordeal that almost killed the bear spirit that lives inside her. She remembers the strong Alpha presence of the man who wouldn’t let her give up in those first few hours and days after her rescue. She’s never forgotten him, but she doesn’t know who she is now, and isn’t sure if Ezra even remembers her.

When they run into each other on the road heading for the same town, it’s clear there’s still something between them. Sparks fly as they confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, Ezra hunts down drug runners, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.

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kissed by flamesKISSED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 3) by Vella Day

Lily Harper needs protection—a lot of it. Just her rotten luck, some crazy human trafficking Lord wants her for himself. If that doesn’t bite enough, Lily ends up with Birk, a dragon shifter, as her bodyguard. Her last boyfriend was a dragon and that was a total disaster. That puts Birk definitely off limits. Too bad his teal eyes, his glorious body, and his tender touch, really light her fire.

The moment Birk sets eyes on the beautiful Lily, his inner dragon starts scratching and clawing to take her as his mate. But holy crap. Every time she’s near, she pulls away, clearly fighting her feelings. She’s a real challenge, but as sure as he is a Guardian, he will not let this human win, especially when it involves his heart.

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masked desireMASKED DESIRE (THE MASKED ARCANA SERIES) by Alana Delacroix

As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.
 
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share.

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fairies of sadievilleTHE FAIRIES OF SADIEVILLE: THE FINAL TUFA NOVEL by Alex Bledsoe

VS Note: I hadn’t heard of this series, sounds intriguing. Not sure of the romantic content, if any.

“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.

Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tír na nÓg?

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VS Note: I went to the King Tut exhibit last week to admire his gorgeous, golden treasures from 3000+ years ago. That put me in the mood to mention my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series, GODS of EGYPT!

Veronica Scott's Acclaimed GODS OF EGYPT Series canva

A few images from my visit to the exhibit (all photos my own):

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

March 7

February 28

February 21

My standard Notes and Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

 

Only With You Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again. The humans have been placed in the Preserve, a huge outside area of the lab,  to fend for themselves for a time. Megan saved the injured and unconscious Mateer from execution by insisting the humans carry him with them. Apparently pleased by her reaction, the alien scientist Dr. Lampergg gave her an antigrav litter  to transport Mateer. Now the humans are marching somewhat aimlessly to find shelter. Walt is a human who’s helped Megan before during this captivity. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

Walt peeled away from the column and circled back to her.

“Are you going to lecture me about my foolish choices too?” she asked, pushing her hair off her face. The day was warming rapidly as the sun approached its zenith. Her throat was parched and she had so many worries her mind was buzzing, “Or how to play mind games with Lampergg?”

“Not at all,” He fell into step beside her, “Rescuing their other prisoner was a brilliant move.”

“Why?” she asked,“Because it made Lampergg happy I did what he obviously wanted?”

“Because this man knows a lot more than we do. Clearly, he and the Khagrish have a past relationship so if he regains consciousness and if he’s willing to talk to us, we might glean a few facts we can use.” Walt glanced at the people ahead of them, “I’m not too sure you want to share anything you might learn from your patient with the entire group.”

“Only with you?” she said drily.

mateerThe Blurb:

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

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

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

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Valos of Sonhadra SciFi Romance Authors Share Hidden Skills

alluvialI interviewed the nine authors of the Valos of Sonhadra collection for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, about why they love writing science fiction romance and reverse harem stories. To read their views on these topics and also what’s next for each of them, hop over to USAT/HEA!

I also asked them to share a fun fact or two about themselves with readers, specifically what was their unexpected ‘hidden talent’ and/or the most unexpected item in their purse. Here are those answers!

Amanda Milo, Alluvial (Valos of Sonhadra #1)

Wrongfully incarcerated on a prison spaceship, Preta’s hope of going home plummets the moment the ship crashes on an alien planet. Hunted, starving—it’s almost a relief when she’s captured by a tribe of men that can shift into tree… dragons?

‘Hidden talent’?

Like the ability to whistle underwater? Ha! I don’t think I can do a thing nifty or clever with enough consistency to quite have it qualify, hmm. Let’s see. I wouldn’t, in any capacity, say it’s a talent – but I like to needlefelt. It’s a process of stabbing wool into shapes with wicked-sharp barbed needles. It’s a little dangerous to the digits, but I enjoy my wild thrills and wool enough to brave it.

Poppy Rhys, Tempest (Valos of Sonhadra #2)

In the hellish orbiting prison known as the Concord, a former government operative must rescue her sister, but when it crashes upon a foreign world she struggles to survive the hostile environment. With the help of the alien quad who nabbed her, finding her sister is finally within reach.

‘Hidden’ talent?

Surviving on skittles and popcorn while banging out a book.

blazingNancey Cummings, Blazing (Valos of Sonhadra #3)

Lucie wants her life back and nothing will stop her: not prison, not crashing on an alien planet and not three powerful aliens. Sarsen, Ertale and Asche will do whatever it takes to make Lucie understand that her body and her heart belongs to them.

‘Hidden talent’?

My friends like to tease me that my mutant power is “finding stuff.” Need a copy of an out of print book? I’ll find it at the bookshop. Need a giant coffee urn for a party? Let’s go the thrift store, my spider-sense is tingling. Recently, a friend misplaced her car keys and couldn’t find them for two days. I went to her house and we found them within ten minutes (on top of the washing machine in the basement).

Ripley Proserpina, Whirlwind (Valos of Sonhadra #4)

An unlucky thief, Aveline’s been caught and imprisoned on the Interstellar Penitentiary System station. But her luck is about to change. When a wormhole opens near the space station, Aveline is sucked out of hell and into a world she never knew existed—Sonhadra.

Most unexpected item in your purse?

A collection of notecards featuring Edward Gorey’s artwork.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘Con Air’… Nicholas Cage’s southern accent and his classic, “Put the bunny down.” It’s the soundtrack to my childhood.

radiantNaomi Lucas, Radiant (Valos of Sonhadra #5)

Yahiro was afraid of the dark, afraid of herself, and she thought that would never change after being sentenced for life on the Concord. But when the prison ship gets sucked into a wormhole, she not only finds a new life, but a radiant light in the form of three aliens to guide her from the dark. And towards a new dawn.

‘Hidden talent’?

…probably being a Magic the Gathering player.

Isabel Wroth Shadowed (Valos of Sonhadra #6)

Running from the wreckage of the escape pod, the only place to hide is between the feet of a giant statue. How was she to know those statues would awaken and carry her off to a city of perpetual darkness?

Most unexpected item in your purse?

A silicone spatula.

Tiffany Roberts, Undying (Valos of Sonhadra #7)

After surviving a crash, Quinn stumbles into an ancient abandoned city, where she meets Orishok—the last of the death valos and the guardian of Bahmet. Surrounded by the dead, the two form a bond that supersedes their differences and brings them both to life.

‘Hidden talent’?

*Stares at each other* Uhh… Tiffany can wake up bright eyed at pretty much any time after 2am and go through the day without coffee. Rob can wake up at any time and go immediately back to sleep—even after getting out of bed several times.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘Chronicles of Riddick.’ The first thing that pops into my head is Vin Diesel, haha! But we both love the sci-fantasy designs when it comes to the costumes and sets, especially the necromongers.

enduringMarina Simcoe, Enduring (Valos of Sonhadra #8)

After the crash of the spaceship where she was held a prisoner and used as a lab subject, a shy Biology student finds herself on an unknown alien planet. Given a second chance at life and love, she slowly learns how to be happy again, only to have the lives of those who became dear to her heart threatened. This time, it is up to her to defy the millennium-old rules in order to hold on to the two men she treasures most.

‘Hidden talent’?

I have several hidden talents. Unfortunately, none of them are very useful in my current life. I’m old school: my mom thought me how to sew clothes, knit, and crochet. Also, thanks to my business background, I’m a real wizard with Excel charts and spreadsheets.

Regine Abel, Unfrozen (Valos of Sonhadra #9)

After crashing onto an unknown planet, Lydia uses the powers forced upon her through cruel experiments to save a dying alien race.

Most unexpected item in your purse?

The number of different currencies in my wallet. I travel a lot due to my day job and for some reason, I never take out the currencies I don’t currently need. Last I checked, I had Canadian, US, euros, pounds, dinars, and yen.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is hands down my favorite prison movie. Phenomenal and an amazing escape I had not seen coming. The payback to all those who wronged him and his friends was pure brilliance.

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New Releases in #Scifi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 4

cyborg anna hNew books from favorites, lots of reverse harem tales (that trope is exploding across the genres, I think)…and more!

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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CYBORG (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Anna keeps the good books coming and I keep one clicking!

Scientist Ever Haynes was shocked when she was abducted by alien slavers…but the last thing she expected was to find herself pregnant with a cyborg’s baby.
Ever has been fighting for her life since her abduction, and the only good thing to happen to her was one heated night with a mysterious prisoner–a connection, a flash of light in the darkness. But then he was rescued and she was left behind. Now, weeks later, she’s been saved by the House of Galen gladiators…and by the man she shared the hottest night of her life with. But cool, emotionless cyborg Magnus Rone has no memory of their night together and finding out that she’s expecting his baby is a shock to everyone.

Created in a military program, Magnus is genetically and cybernetically enhanced–emotionless, ruthless, focused. He vows to protect Ever and the baby she carries, and despite his lack of memory, everything about tough, levelheaded Ever draws him in. All his life, his emotional dampeners and training have limited his ability to feel emotions…but one small Earth woman cuts through all that and leaves him feeling.

As they work together to hunt down the deadly desert arena of Zaabha and the final human woman trapped there, Ever and Magnus find a stunning passion neither can resist or ignore. But in the dangerous desert sands of Carthago, with the House of Galen gladiators by their sides, deadly enemies are closing in. Ever and Magnus will be dragged back into the darkness, and Magnus will do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

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jewel of the seaJEWEL OF THE SEA (THE KRAKEN BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I’m happy to see this one! 

Three months ago, Aymee had no idea the kraken — half-human sea dwellers — even existed. Now, the violet eyes of the kraken Arkon haunt her imagination, and she longs to know his touch. But word of his people has spread beyond The Watch, and Aymee’s attraction to Arkon may endanger the safety of human and kraken alike. To protect him, can she bring herself to forsake him? Is her desire for Arkon worth putting both their worlds at risk?

Arkon has spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. Then he met Aymee and found a new quest: to make her his. She inspires him, draws him in, dominates his thoughts. When he finally builds the courage to approach her, she’s everything he imagined and more. But a group of murderous humans are hunting the kraken, and continued contact with Aymee may destroy them both. Now that he’s tasted her sweetness, he can’t give her up…but can he risk his world and his people to satisfy his need for her?

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future lostFUTURE LOST (FUTURE SHOCK) by Elizabeth Briggs

It’s been a year since Elena Martinez and her boyfriend Adam first got involved with Aether Corporation, and they’re trying to move on with their lives. But when Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help developing his cure for cancer. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.

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defending their mateDEFENDING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 6) by Kallista Dane

Aliya’s fellow crew members from Earth are all in love, happily mated to hot warrior twins in their new home on Tharon. But Aartan, the sexy Alpha male who makes her heart race, doesn’t seem interested in romance. What’s more, he’s shrouded in mystery. He doesn’t have a mate and no one will tell her what happened to his twin.

When she challenges him to kiss her and then swear he’s not attracted to her, Aliya unleashes the passionate warrior hidden beneath his cool façade. After one night of pleasure more intense than she’s ever known, he tells her they can never be together and sends her away.

But when Bophe, an old enemy from the past, kidnaps Aliya and threatens to have his Gornian dragons tear her limb from limb in the Arena of Tanis Major, she discovers she has not one, but two fierce Tharan warriors who will fight any foe in the Universe to the death to win her freedom and save her life.

Can Aliya help her wounded warriors fight their own demons and build a new life with them in a world halfway across the galaxy?

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magnetic attractionMAGNETIC ATTRACTION (THE HOT VOLTAGE SERIES BOOK 2) by LaShawn Vassar

Where was Austin McKenzie? Was he dead or alive?

Everyone wanted to know, and Bo Stratton was determined to find out. But what would it cost her?

Austin was last seen protecting the people he loved from a serious threat, but when that threat was gone . . . so was he.

Falling in love while the world suffered a cataclysmic attack the likes of an apocalypse wasn’t really the best timing, but for Austin and Bo, their passion could not be denied. Bo’s false sense of safety exploded in dramatic fashion—only to be overshadowed by the loss of Austin. As more threats appear, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous; her new reality or the appearance of Logan Miles.

The sexy Logan Miles was rugged, handsome, and had an irresistible charm. He also helped to save the lives of Bo’s family. For his reward, Logan wanted her. There was just one problem—Bo’s heart belonged to Austin McKenzie. But would it always? Can Bo fight the magnetic attraction that seems to be building between them?

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to discover a divineTO DISCOVER A DIVINE (RISE OF THE STRIA) by Tess McFionn

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

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diamonds in the skyDIAMONDS IN THE SKY – BOOK ONE: PAROUSIA by Lance S A Nielson

VS note: I believe this is scifi with romantic elements.

When 200 alien objects, each the size of a city, arrive all over the earth, the world’s population goes into panic. Yet once the ships land, there is no invasion, no communication, and no aliens nor any obvious access inside the vast vessels. As the governments and the scientific community struggle to find answers, a small number of ordinary individuals manage to gain access inside the ships. As speculation about the crafts possible intentions begins to seep into the public consciousness, those in power fear their presence may substantially change the social dynamics of the world as we know it. But do the ships represent a chance for the salvation of The Human Race or its annihilation?

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counter spikeCOUNTER SPIKE (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK  5) by Viola Grace

With a grasp of the situation and a weapon that can reach a descending ship required, the engineers get to go back to doing what they do best. Those who aren’t designing have the past coming up to bite them, the pilots are getting tired of the run to the City.

Learning that alien hostages were held in stasis under the city seems to be just one more thorn in the sides of the pilots, but what they discover opens everything that they thought they knew into complete and shocking light.

The future may be interesting, but the honest past will shock them to their cores.

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theirs to protectTHEIRS TO PROTECT by Stasia Black

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason.
He doesn’t need a woman.
There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90% of the female population.
He has his job as the head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. ..(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
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alien retributionALIEN RETRIBUTION (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 13 ) by Sadie Carter

Since the day his family was murdered, Boris has been obsessed with vengeance. The last thing he needs in his life is a mate. Besides, what sort of female would want a scarred, crippled male who has taken a vow of silence? Nope, there is no room in his life for a female.
Then he meets Nassir.

Beautiful. Fragile. Distant. He wants to break through the barriers she keeps erecting to discover the real woman inside. Which might be easier if he wasn’t constantly pulling her out of danger.

On the run, hunted, and alone, Nassir knows she only has herself to rely on.
Until Boris comes back into her life. The dark one. The silent, watchful, Alpha male whose gaze heats her from the inside out and whose touch drives her insane.

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wife gambleTHE WIFE GAMBLE (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 3 ) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

In a world where everyone struggles for survival, Tia is no exception. Enemies are on to her, and she won’t be able to keep her husbands safe forever.
For two of her men, it might already be too late.
When Tia’s secret is revealed, she has no choice but to trust Salinger with her life.
But he has secrets too.
Confiding in one another brings them closer than ever but something still stands in their way.
Salinger must gamble with the truth in order to save the woman he loves.

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fire planet warriors lustFIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S LUST (FIRE PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye

Ava Harris spies on space aliens for a living. She always works alone. But when she goes to see the evil and mysterious Kunuru aliens, she has to bring a bodyguard.

A Fire Planet Warrior bodyguard, to be specific.
His name is Xark’ion. He’s huge, intense, super confident and so insanely hot Ava has trouble thinking straight about her crucial mission that will decide Earth’s fate. And he’s clearly attracted to Ava.

She should probably find his amorous attentions pretty invasive, but she knows that his species are exceptional lovers and that their bodies have some interesting features.

But Ava also knows she can’t let her own arousal call the shots. Because she has a secret that she knows Xark’ion is going to really despise.

And Xark’ion has secrets of his own. When he suddenly abducts Ava to a weird and chilling planet, she has to decide if she should give in to the warrior’s pure lust.

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general kobaGENERAL KOBA: THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 1 by Mira Maxwell

From the moment Marilyn Romero wakes up on the alien ship, all she cares about is getting home to Earth. But the Atronox, the most notorious smugglers in the galaxy, have other ideas. The market for Earth women is booming, and they plan on cashing in.

There’s only one man who can help her.

General Koba, leader of the Force, has dedicated his life to stopping intergalactic criminal activity. All he cares about is maintaining law and order in the galaxy, until he boards the Atronox ship and meets an Earth women who takes his breath away.

Marilyn wants to go home, and Koba promises to take her there. The only problem? He’s never heard of Earth before. And he’s not sure he can let her go.

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vykenVYKEN (WARRIORS OF FIROSA BOOK 3) by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Vyken is one of the greatest warriors in the galaxy. No, the universe. Though Vyken was hesitant at first to accept the responsibility of General in the Firosan military, he was sent on his first real mission … and then the rest is a blank. He doesn’t remember a thing. But when he returns to his home planet, Paxia, his King wants him to answer for crimes so gruesome he couldn’t have even conceived of them.

This fearsome, trusted warrior has gone from an honored general to a dangerous fugitive in the space of the blink of an eye. And now Vyken, just like his name suggests, is truly out for blood.

When clues lead him to a shapely human female on a planet named Earth, Vyken’s life heads in a direction he could never have expected. He expects to find answers, but instead he finds that maybe companionship isn’t so bad after all…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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x ops exposedX-OPS EXPOSED by Paige Tyler

HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE: Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…

SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHINDHeartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.

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jillys wyked fateJILLY’S WYKED FATE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Mountain lion shifter, Jilly Fallon, has been waiting for nearly three years to turn twenty-one, so she can finally – finally! – officially mate Wyked and Fate Myers, the twin brothers who have stolen her heart. When a panther is injured at a clan gathering and Jilly can’t help, the clan healer takes her to visit a fae healer so she can learn what she needs. During the second visit to see the fae, they find themselves protecting a young girl with pink and blue wings, and a secret that got her family killed.

Wyked and Fate Myers feel like the last three years have taken an eternity. Now that she’s finally theirs, they’re ready to start a family with their beloved mountain lion. During the last full moon before their clan begins to travel, an old enemy resurfaces, intent on making Jilly suffer for her betrayal. When Wyked and Fate are gravely injured, will she lose them both?

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asherASHER (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 2) by Julia Mills

Demented, deranged and damaged beyond repair…Asher’s mind may be broken, his Dragon lost to the Madness but his soul has found its mate and nothing or no one will keep him from her.

Feisty, ferocious, and a force to be reckoned with…Willa’s had enough of being discounted and pushed aside just because she’s a woman. With the power of her ancestors and the rage of a century of disrespect, she’s stepping out of the shadows and Heaven help anyone who gets in her way.

Destiny has spoken.
Fate will not be denied.
Watch out World, the Queen is coming and there will Hell to pay.

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roman the clutch seriesROMAN (THE CLUTCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs

Everything about him tells her to stay away, yet she can’t seem to get the vampire out of her mind.
For Roman, humans are the bane of his existence always having to follow their rules. In all his years, he’s never needed one, until now.
For Fiona, vampires are off limits, evil members of society, until the one known as Roman crosses her path and shows her he’s no different than her.

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onyx gryphonONYX GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Orlando didn’t mean to rope Cassie into this. At least, not without warning her first.

If only she had listened.

Cassie’s handling her new gryphon-related responsibilities about as well as a rejected organ transplant. How could she react differently when the man she slept with turned into an animal afterwards and flew away?

But the totem has made its choice, and fighting her feelings is a losing battle. Especially when she can’t get the memory of Orlando’s beautiful, dark body out of her head.

Following him onto a train bound for Texas seemed like her best option, until it’s hijacked by men with machine guns south of Chicago. But that’s not even the worst part: the hijackers are looking for her.

As they do their best to remain undiscovered, Orlando and Cassie are going to have to put their differences aside in order to stay alive. Because like it or not, they’re no longer in control of their destiny.

The Onyx totem is.

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graves of wrathGRAVES OF WRATH: JESS VANDERMIRE VAMPIRE HUNTER (CITY OF BONES SERIES BOOK 1)  by Lina Gardiner

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated. Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

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hidden in smokeHIDDEN IN SMOKE by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

My nightmares have started closing in. Now I’m just trying to survive them. When my past comes back to haunt me, I find myself relying on the men I’ve come to care so much about. With their help, and the help of my best friend, I’m trying to navigate the threats—old and new. When I’m summoned to go before the Council, I have no idea what to expect. Thrust into a world of politics and status I’m not sure I agree with, my unease grows as I struggle to find my place. When my powers develop with the help of my Phoenix, I feel more prepared to take on the unknowns stacking up against me. Will my guys and I be able to face the trials in our path, or will the secrets of a world that’s Hidden in Smoke destroy us before we’ve even started?

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cursed by nightCURSED BY NIGHT (HER DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt and Emma Stark

My name is Ace Bissett, and I’m a paranormal detective that doesn’t believe in magic.

Or at least, I didn’t before I met them.

The day I inherited my aunt’s old house, everything changed. One moment, I was convinced that magic was a hoax. The next, I’m surrounded by four winged, fanged, ridiculously hot guys who are definitely nothuman, and who insist that I’m the only one who can break the curse that binds them to the night.

I know I should run far, far away from this hot mess, but there’s a connection between us I can’t deny. I’m seeing things I can’t explain, feeling things that don’t make sense. The detective in me has never been able to resist a mystery, and this one is just begging me to dig in.

But all that will have to wait, because there’s a new threat stalking my city. One with a taste for blood and bone, unable to be killed or captured by normal human means.

It’s a good thing I’ve got four new roommates to help me hunt them down. But even if I didn’t, I’d figure out a way. Because I never give up. I never give in. And I always protect what’s mine.

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bear in a bookshopBEAR IN A BOOKSHOP (SHIFTER BODYGUARDS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

When shy bookworm Melody daydreamed about her perfect man, “must love books” topped the list. She never dreamed of someone like Gunnar blowing into her neatly alphabetized and indexed world to turn it upside down. Finding out that her one true mate is an ex-con with a grade school education must be fate’s idea of a cruel joke. Never mind that his kisses make her swoon and his touch turns her traitorous knees to jelly …

Sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Gunnar is six and a half feet of gruff, dyslexic, tattooed bear shifter ex-con hiding a gentle heart. He knows he could be the man Melody deserves, if only she’ll let him unleash the passionate woman hidden underneath her sexy librarian cardigans.

But with danger from both their pasts closing in fast, Gunnar is running out of time to prove to Melody that a good girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks just might be able to write their own happy ending.

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royally entangledROYALLY ENTANGLED (HER ROYAL HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Video-gamer Jolie Bernardo hadn’t planned on ending a war when she moved to Jinla, but, fate stepped in and thrust her into the path of four sexy princes.

Now her dream to make a name for herself in the video game community is threatened, as Others are out for her blood.

When the four princes of Jinla inadvertently forge a bond with her, it draws and binds them to one another. Unfortunately for them, it now means abandoning their chances of pursuing females to focus on keeping her alive. But with a new battle on the horizon, Jolie will have to choose between her heart…and her life.

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daughter of persephoneDAUGHTER OF PERSEPHONE (CERBERUS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott

Poppy is nothing special.

She was making ends meet and trying to enjoy life. But a strange necklace caught her eye at the thrift store. Now, three gorgeous men have stumbled into her life, and she’s torn between being terrified and excited. That is until they tell her she is the future queen of the Underworld.

Not only that, but she needs to bond with her hellhounds, the three heads of Cerberus, and protect the Underworld from a goddess who wants it for herself. Forced to face unnatural enemies, and too-sexy-for-their-own-good men, Poppy must choose: keep the life she’s always had or take her rightful place as queen.

If she survives.

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blood veilBLOOD VEIL: A MISSION NOVEL by Megan Erickson

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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legendary shifterLEGENDARY SHIFTER by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Elena Pavlova was a ballerina. Now she is a fugitive, looking for the great black wolf who can save her from the witchblood prince who haunts her dreams. The cursed shifter Ivan Romanov knows he is no longer the hero Elena needs, but he cannot say no to this graceful warrior, the beautiful woman who may well be his destined mate.

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school for psychicsSCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS (BOOK 1) by K C Archer

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

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the archerTHE ARCHER (THE ARROW OF ARTEMIS SERIES BOOK 2) by K Aten

Kyri was raised a fletcher but after finding a new home and family with the Telequire Amazons, she discovers a desire to take on more responsibility within the tribe. She has skills they desperately need and she is called to action to protect those around her. But Kyri’s path is ever-changing even as she finds herself altered by love, loyalty, and grief. Far away from home, the new Amazon is forced to decide what to sacrifice and who to become in order to get back to all that she has left behind. And she wonders what is worse, losing everyone she’s ever loved or having those people lose her?

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seducing the dark princeSEDUCING THE DARK PRINCE by Jane Kindred

Lucien Smok is heir to the Smok fortune. He’s also the crown prince of Hell, a legacy he despises. Clairvoyant Theia Dawn tries to convince herself that she’s only interested in Lucien because of his family’s role in the persecution of her ancestor, not because he’s the most beguiling man she’s ever met. The attraction that burns between them might be her downfall. Or it might be his salvation.

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magical matchA MAGICAL MATCH (WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY) by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name…only she’s not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he’s in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she’s not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

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bride of the seaBRIDE OF THE SEA (OTHERWORLD BOOK 3) by Barbara Hamm

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world?

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on.

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?

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selkies magicA SELKIE’S MAGIC (THE SELKIES HEART BOOK 1) by Lana Lea Short

Aileana Sutherland is a strong-willed, independent young Southern California surfer, who decides to move to Scotland her father’s homeland. She’s prompted to relocate after an awful heart-wrenching break-up with her boyfriend, who she caught him having sex with another woman.

She wants only to escape the painful memories of his betrayal. She knows she needs a change of scenery and decides to stay at her grandmother’s cottage while her heart heals. Aileana is sure time and distance are what she needs to get over her heartbreak. Her grandmother’s Highland home on the sea cliffs outside of Durness, Scotland calls to her soul. As a writer, she is able to work anywhere. She’s writing a piece on oil well platforms located offshore near her grandmother’s home, which makes Scotland the perfect place to lick her wounds and move on with her life.

Instead, she runs into a man from her past, Kendrick Morgan….(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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tawny justiceTAWNY JUSTICE (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS SERIES BOOK 1) by Misha McKenzie

She was his. From the moment he first saw her, he’d known he had to have her. And he’d kill anyone who stood in the way of his prize.

Kaia would do whatever it took to protect her home from poachers. It still outraged her that the one who had shot and killed her brother had gone unpunished. As mountain lion shifters, Lost Creek State Park had been their sanctuary—a place they could run and be free. But not if lawless men with guns lurked in its shadows.

Mac has tried his damnedest to look out for his best friend’s sister since his tragic death. But she hasn’t made it easy. Nothing he says as a friend, or as the sheriff, will dissuade her from taking matters into her own hands. When trouble comes, and the law can’t contain it, Mac realizes that unconventional methods may be the only way to save them all.

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VS Note: For some reason I feel like mentioning my alien empath scifi romances today from the backlist. Maybe because the main characters have an affinity for, and a duty to, nature and it’s Spring?

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NOTE: The Fated Stars is the fourth book in my little mini series about the alien empaths kidnapped from the planet Tulavarra. I had fun writing a male empath and a female human  kick ass warrior this time!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

My standard Notes and Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

We Have to Help Him Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again. The alien scientist in charge, Lampergg, has ordered the humans taken outside. Mateer, who has been undergoing torture in a separate area, is brought to join them for the first time, but has passed out from the severe treatment. Harker is a blow hard human prisoner with whom Megan, who’s a medical doctor, has already had one run-in. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

“We’re setting you free for a while,” Lampergg said, making an expansive gesture toward the horizon, “Fourteen days to be exact. I expect you to explore the area, show us how capable you humans are of surviving in the wilderness, and get acclimated to the planet.” He grinned, “See if there are any holes in our perimeter – I’ve heard it said your species is quite clever. You will take him with you during this experiment,” the scientist said next, pointing at the injured prisoner, who lay unmoving.

Harker shook his head and objected loudly, “Man’s literally dead weight. We’re not going to carry him – Why should we? He’s nothing to us.”

“I’ll have him executed right now where he lies if you don’t.” In response to a signal from the scientist, a guard stepped to the invalid and rested the lethal tip of his pulse rifle against the man’s skull. Raising his bushy yellow eyebrows and running his gaze over the assembled people, Lampergg said, “What manner of beings are you humans?”

Outraged, Megan confronted Harker, “We can’t leave him here to be killed in cold blood – we have to try to help him.”

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both coversThe Blurb:

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

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

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

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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7 Items I Can’t Live Without

Depositphotos_18988089_l-2015 sevenI was reading People magazine at breakfast and there was an article with “7 Products Kate Hudson Can’t Live Without.” Now since she’s an A list, jet setting actress, her choices ran toward Diptyque candles and La Mer skin crème (well, to be fair, also it was an article in the beauty section). But it started me thinking – welcome to author brain, folks – what would be the seven items I’d pick that I “can’t live without”? Of course if the zombie apocalypse hits tomorrow, I’ll exist without some of these and others I’ll scrounge from the ruins of countless stores as I wander with my fellow band of hardy survivors….WAIT, do I sound too much like a character from any version of ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘World War Z’?

I promise to compose a new list should the End of the World As We Know It happen, but for now, here’s my set of choices, in no special order:

The microwave

My cell phone – well, duh.

My Kindle (all those books on my TBR, the shows to binge watch, the movies I haven’t gotten to yet!)

The electric toothbrush/floss/those tiny interdental brushes. (OK more than one item but it’s a category.)

Coumadin (AKA warfarin) because I do have a heart condition and am more prone to stroke-causing clots than most people would be.

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A sweater, any sweater – I’m always chilly and am almost never seen without a cozy sweater, usually black, sometimes brown, gray or dark blue. Pockets preferred. I like to wrap up in it. Cozy is a big thing for me. I really should try writing a cozy mystery while wearing my cozy sweater…

Reading glasses!!! I’m blind as the proverbial bat without them and I probably wouldn’t even see the apocalypse in front of me if I don’t have those at my side. The other items would also tend to be useless without the glasses on. I could be taking Coumadin or vitamin C or Sweetarts for all I’d know. I’ll always remember the horror in the apocalyptic book Alas, Babylon when the bad guys break the doctor’s one pair of glasses. NO!!!!! (Thank you, author Pat Frank, for more or less clearing up that loose end at the book’s closing.)

I didn’t include my laptop but yeah, without it I can’t write my novels very well (or blog posts like this one), so that’s an eighth item for sure.

Jake the Cat was only mollified about not being included when I explained to him he wasn’t an ‘item’.

I decided my car was too big to be on the list, plus it ‘lives’ outdoors.

What seven items would you choose?

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