We Need To Talk 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!)

I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor for another week or two. I’ll have a new release soon! (Blurb for Star Survivor below the excerpt.) Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. The couple are in a bad area of town, waiting for their friend Nick to arrive. I’m really running out of room to do excerpts from this book before we get to spoilers! My editor is behind on getting my next book back to me though…this snippet slightly edited from published version.

He held out one hand, “Sit with me? Please?”

“I don’t think me and you on the bed is a good idea.”

“Why not?”

“My damn body’s forgotten you broke my heart.” She rose to get the water bottle from her pack and brought it to him, “You should stay hydrated.”

He caught her wrist, his fingers circling her arm like a bracelet, “We need to talk and I don’t know how much time we have – the Brotherhood could find us before Nick arrives.”

She tugged, but he wasn’t going to let her go. Gracefully, she sank onto the edge of the bed, moving to sit cross-legged, facing him.

He released her and ran a hand over his face, “I didn’t abandon you on Temple Home, at least not willingly.”

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe 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?

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FUN NEWS: Star Cruise: Outbreak took third place in the Judge A Book By Its Cover (JABBIC) contest, which is judged by professional book sellers! Many thanks to my wonderful cover artist Fiona Jayde.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 15

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

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

The week starts off with new releases from Eve Langlais, not one but two new releases from S. E. Smith, and Cynthia Sax’s latest!

REBEL (SPACE GYPSY CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Prophecy says he’s the one who will find the lost Rhomanii homeworld.

Fate has governed his whole life.

But he’s not letting it control his future.

Prophesied as both the Rhomanii leader that will unite the clans and lead them home, as well as the destroyer, Rafe returns to the mighty wheel his clan calls home with the artifacts he’s collected along the way. Only there are forces working against him, and his uncle, the arch duke of the enclave, is out for blood.

Older, wiser, and most decidedly deadlier, Rafe is determined to solve the mystery and complete the puzzle, but his love life is a bloody mess, his double—the annoying usurper, Mikhail—thwarts his every move, and nothing goes as planned. Especially when there are rumors that entire families have gone silent, and he feels the weight of the one foretold to uncover the Rhomanii’s hidden path home.

The forces for and against Rafe are rallying, but is rebellion the only solution?

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dragonlings-valentineTHE DRAGONLINGS VERY SPECIAL VALENTINE (DRAGONLINGS OF VALDIER BOOK 4) by S. E. Smth

A batch of heart-shaped cookies stirs the imagination of the dragonlings and their friends when Carmen shares a magical tale of love. It will take a very special Valentine, a few mischievous dragonlings, their best friends, some clueless warriors, and two enchanting Goddesses to help a lonely woman find the dragon who loves her.

Love is in the air and not even the mighty warriors of the Valdier, Curizan, and Sarafin are immune to the power of celebrating their feelings for the women who have changed their lives. Hearts, glue, and glitter abound when the warriors help the dragonlings on their quest to assist Cupid in this delightful tale of love, hope, and happiness.

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destins-holdDESTIN’S HOLD (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 5) by S. E. Smith

Destin Parks will do whatever it takes to rebuild the city he calls home, even if it means working with another alien ambassador. Her predecessor left him hesitant to trust the alien diplomats assigned to Chicago’s rebuilding, but Destin knows that if he refuses to work with them, he will be replaced, and he won’t give them the satisfaction.

Jersula Ikera was assigned to Earth by the Alliance Council. The Council hopes her logical mind and calm demeanor will resolve the upheaval caused by the last ambassador….

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HERS TO COMMAND (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 8) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: And these terrific cyborg tales DO sizzle…

hers-to-commandThree Battered Hearts. One Perfect Love

Ace and Thrasher share a special bond. They’ve never acknowledged that connection and have never fully acted on it. The Humanoid Alliance kill cyborg males like them, deeming the warriors to be defective. Now that Ace and Thrasher have escaped, they don’t trust the cyborg council and their brethren to react any differently. Physical love is too risky for them to consider.

Until they meet her.

Carys is the Commander of a Rebel Battle Station….

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ALIEN WARLORDS’ HEIR (WARLORDS OF OCTAVA BOOK 2) by Vi Voxley

alien-warlords-heirDana Hallsey is on her last trip. After so many journeys to the planet of Octava, the Ambassador from Terra has had enough of seeing everybody find their fated when she can’t muster any faith in love anymore. As a single mother, she has to do what’s right for her son – and that’s giving him stability. Not something in abundance in an alien warzone!

Chase and Havoc are two men at odds. The alien warlords are the protectors of their realm and all that stands between Octava and certain annihilation, but sometimes, it feels like they’re a bigger threat to each other than any enemy could be. When fate ties them to the same woman, one who’s stubbornly ready to protect herself, all their conflicts have to come to an end. One way or another.

The fate of Octava, and their love, depends on it.

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DEBRIS AND DETRITUS THE LESSER GREEN GODS RUNNING AMOK by Various

debris-and-detritusVS Note: I bought this for the new Robin D. Owens story. I have no idea about the romance content of any of the stories.

“Debris and Detritus, the lesser-known Greek gods…” *

These words launched over a dozen alternate realities and histories, invaded existing universes, and even inspired a book or two—with Debris and Detritus running amok through every world they touch.

With nothing else to go on, writers from various genres created deities that might or might not actually be Greek, might or might not be of any particular gender, might or might not be of this Earth—but they always wreak havoc in ways that range from darkly horrific to brightly comedic….

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CHEST OF BONE (THE AFTERWORLD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Vicki Stiefel

chest-of-boneAs magical and mundane worlds entwine, empath and unawakened Mage Clea Reese must team up with the secretive James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and stop the forces of corruption from obtaining the Chest of Bone, the ultimate source of otherworldly power.

Larrimer is a predator who stalks endangered-animal traders. Or so it appears. And none are prepared for the fusion of Clea’s and Larrimer’s song, a wild resonance which can bind one to the other.

Powerful forces align against them, and only Clea, the singular Key, and Larrimer stand between these malignant entities and their ruthless quest.

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PETER DARLING by Austin Chant

peter-darlingTen years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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THE GENDER GAME 4: THE GENDER WAR by  Bella Forrest

VS  Note: Teen & YA

“For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-gender-warforsaken nations, I had to stop the war.”

Continue Violet and Viggo’s journey…

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THE WITCH’S SECRET (FAY MORGAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Katherine Sparrow

Morgan le Fay, the great witch and legendary little sister to King Arthur, has lived well beyond her wild and wicked past. These days she’s content to run her Wiccan supply shop in Pike Place Market and watch out for Seattle’s supernatural residents. Then two men stumble through her door. The first is a werewolf. The second? He seems familiar, though she has no memory of him.

witchs-secretSoon Morgan is dragged into a mystery that includes dragons, knights, and a mysterious witch hellbent on revenge. She will come face to face with truths and secrets about herself she has long forgotten. As if that weren’t enough, the man who she has no memories of? He is completely charming, but seems incapable of telling her the truth about anything. Even worse, she just might be falling for him.

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ONE NIGHT WITH THE ALPHA KING (ROYAL ALPHAS BOOK 1) by  Belle Scarlett

When Senator Anya Fortune snubs His Royal Majesty’s one-night-with-alpha-kingwedding offer, Shade wonders what an Alpha King has to do to get the woman to notice him… Use the one, hot night he’s given by law to change her mind, naturally. Let the game of hearts begin. Winner take all.

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STOLEN SECRETS (ILLUMINATI SPINOFF ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Alsobrooks

Offered an enormous sum by an anonymous benefactor for the acquisition of an ancient ceremonial relic, a sum that would keep the antiquities shop in Cairo her father left her afloat while she continued her own archaeological pursuits, stolen-secretsLady Isabella Valentine was distracted rather than tempted, then suspicious, when the dashing young Bedouin slipped in just before closing and promised her a deal she couldn’t refuse–for the very same relic. Despite his sensual appeal, she did refuse him, sending him away. But neither of them know of the evil power they are up against, or what hidden dangers await them in the tomb of the high priest….

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JOYZAL’S PRIZE (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Michelle Mills

He’s found his mate and he’s keeping her.

Jacole is supposed to leave in the morning to start training at Quantico. Instead she’s been joyzals-prizekidnapped by asshole space pirates who are about to sell her and the other women they’ve captured as sex slaves to the highest bidder. Oh hell, no. Jacole vows they’ll soon realize they’ve caught the wrong damn human. She organizes a mutiny to take down the f*kers who’ve kidnapped them…but the plan is interrupted when someone blows a hole in the side of the ship.

A seven foot tall lethal warrior emerges from the rubble with a weapon in each clawed hand….

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BOUND SOULS  (A SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE FOREVER YOURS BOOK 1) by N. D. Jones

VS NOTE: I was torn whether this really is an SFR or not, despite the title, have not read it, no idea if there’s an HEA. The reviews so far seem positive…

bound-soulsA supernatural love triangle that tests the bounds of science, truth, and faith.

Regent Lela of Asiya is the most powerful person on her planet but she is powerless to save the life of her beloved soulmate—Zion Grace. For thirty years they lived as husband and wife, but Zion’s time is at an end. Lela must go on without him.

“There will never be anyone else for me.”

Despite having died, nothing can keep Zion from his soulmate. He’s back but not as the man he once was. Zion must help Lela move on with her life, lest he lose her forever. But how can Zion convince Lela to accept the love and affections of another man when he still wants her for himself?

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EVERY MIRACULOUS MOMENT (HYENA HEAT BOOK 6)  by R. E. Butler

every-miraculous-momentDragon shifter Miracle Caprice has finally set herself free from her twenty-year arranged mating to an alcoholic, philandering male. As one of the few female dragons in her clan, she finally has an opportunity to make her own mating choices. With her elderly parents’ blessing and the encouragement of her best friend, she heads to a shifters-only island in Florida to participate in the supernatural version of a singles’ party. Armed with a new tattoo symbolizing her freedom, a few sexy bikinis, and the weight of her unhappy mating off her shoulders, she’s ready for anything.

Mack Callahan, alpha of the Beyton wolf pack, has spent the last twenty-three years alone, since his mate was killed during a full moon hunt….

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CHAOS AWAKENS (DRAGONS OF THE NETHER BOOK 1) by Megg Jensen

VS  Note: No idea if there’s romance but I do love an epic fantasy…

chaos-awakensFor hundreds of years, the orcs and humans of Doros have shared an uneasy peace. It shatters in an instant with the botched assassination of a human priest in the orc capital. Hell bent on revenge, the humans take up arms as the orc monarchy crumbles from outside interference.

Now Tace, the unlucky assassin, is on the run. It’s soon clear, however, that her mistake hasn’t only precipitated a war. It’s unleashed ancient powers, the stuff of legends and fireside tales—and not the cozy kind.

Tace has always worked solo, but to save Doros, she’ll need to assemble the unlikeliest allies. Together, they’ll unravel the mysteries of the orcs’ cult of death, and in the process, Tace will come to question everything she’s ever believed. Only one thing is certain: a great destiny awaits her—if she can live long enough to meet it….

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LUCIEN DRAGOFIN MATED: BOOK 2 by Mychal Daniels

lucienHe thought his biggest challenge would be guarding the portal to this world and galaxy… until he met her.

Feisty and determined, Quinn Bradford is no man’s pushover. After an unfortunate turn of events, she finds herself looking for new clients to save her business. When the sweet opportunity to persuade the owner of a jewel in the rough venue falls into her lap, Quinn’s tenacity and never take no for an answer attitude is tested to its limits.

Enter one Lucien Drake, first-born dragon son, and leader of the Dragofin Clan….

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RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER SOMEWHERE IN TIME by Tracy Kincaid

Fallen through time, Cassy Day finds herself adrift and alone in the vast ocean. Rescued by raise-the-jolly-rogera handsome pirate, she soon discovers a bountiful treasure of sin and love in his strong arms.

Captain William Jones didn’t expect the bedraggled castaway to be such a delightful temptation and welcome diversion from his routine voyage….

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TEMPEST AND THE WARRIOR (UNEARTHLY WORLD BOOK 7) BY  C. L. Scholey

Hurting and angry, Cy, a lone Zargonnii warrior spends years banished from a planet he loves. Home. The word eats his soul. Planet after planet he travels, but there is only one place for him. His ship crashes during a battle with a mind altering Angano alien, landing him on a desolate planet with a human female and her young son. Tempest is his ticket home. Cy knows if he brings her back to his tempest-and-the-warriorleader and best friend Titus, who banished him, he will be welcomed. The plan was easy: a human female, her son, Angano blood, and an Angano enemy ship. Cy would be welcomed back with open arms. Right? What could go wrong? Everything.

Tempest and her son were abandoned three long years ago by a Tonan warrior, leaving her bitter and betrayed. When a massive alien lands and encourages her to go home with him she is eager to be away with her son from a planet promising only death, yet she is wary. Cy wants something from her, or needs something from her. Is it in her heart to risk another betrayal?

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CYBORG LEGACY : A FALLEN EMPIRE NOVEL by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: No romance in this one apparently, from the reviews I saw, but I’m including it because I love her Fallen Empire series and this book connects to that. One clicked it!

cyborg-legacyFormer Cyborg Corps soldier Jasim Antar was relieved to come out of the war alive and looked forward to switching to a less violent line of work. But nobody wants to hire a brawny cyborg to do anything that doesn’t involve brutalizing people on a daily basis. Stuck working as a debt collector alongside an eccentric pilot who enjoys knitting gifts for her grandkids when she isn’t blowing people up, Jasim longs to find a more peaceful existence.

But peace is elusive when you have a violent past. While on a routine mission, Jasim comes across the body of a soldier he served with during the war. He soon learns that someone is murdering former members of the Cyborg Corps, men who should be extremely difficult to kill. And he’s next on the list.

Jasim steels himself to reach out to the one person he’s certain can help, his old commander: Colonel Leonidas Adler. Adler is strong, smart, and deadly, good traits to have in an ally. Unfortunately, he remembers Jasim as a misfit rather than a model soldier, and convincing him to join forces may be even tougher than finding and facing the killer.

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BRAUM (ENGIMA SERIES BOOK 7 ) by Ditter Kellen

braumAs the daughter of the vice president of the United States, Josie Reynolds must adhere to certain rules; very little interaction with the outside world, and definitely no contact with the deadly Bracadytes that live beneath. Until a chance meeting in the halls of the White House brings her face to face with the giant alien known as Braum. He’s gorgeous, mysterious and undeniably dangerous. But the forbidden had always been Josie’s weakness…

Watching the beautiful Josie from a distance is no longer enough for Braum. Though his head demands he stay away, his heart refuses to listen. Braum’s entire world is turned upside down when he leaves with the vice president’s daughter, and returns to Aukrabah. Danger, jealousy and desire all war together to create an explosion of passion that threatens to burn them alive. If they survive…

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UNREST (UNKNOWN TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Wendy Higgins

unrestBeing on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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CLAIMING MY VALENTINE: A SET OF 14 Paranormal Romances by Various

claiming-my-valentineDo you like steamy tales of passion, desire, seduction, and love? Step into a steamy romance with Claiming My Valentine, a collection of 14 sexy paranormal stories guaranteed to make your heart pound and your Kindle melt this Valentine’s Day . . . .

Explore your deepest desires and hidden fantasies as they come to life in these tempting tales of love! Claiming My Valentine features Shifters, Dragons, Werewolves, Bears, Vampires, Fae, Ghosts, Angels, and more!

*All Proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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If I Could Call the Red Lady 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!)

I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor for another week or two. I’ll have a new release soon! (Blurb for Star Survivor below the excerpt.) Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. The couple are in a bad area of town, waiting for their friend Nick to arrive. Khevan continues to make light of his wound while Twilka worries.

“I’ll be fine – if I could call upon the Red Lady, I’d have been healed already.”

“Right, she’s the answer to all your problems. Except when she’s not. Or when she tries to kill you. But you persist in running back.” The room featured only a bed and the bare essentials of a bathroom behind a sliding panel. After discarding the bloody towel in the bathroom, Twilka picked a spot further down the wall from where he lay on the bed, sat on the floor, and pulled out her AI, reviewing her designs to take her mind off the situation.

“Pretty,” he said a few minutes later, “With an edge. They all remind me of you.”

She whisked the designs out of view, into the file, and set the AI aside. “You’re a fashion critic now?”

So excited, got a great review for the book from Dear Author!  SQUEE!

My new book is still with my editor so I’m not sure what I’ll excerpt next week. We’re going to start running into serious spoilers if I go too much further into Star Survivor. But we’ll see.

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe 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?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 8

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) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

VS Note: Looks like there will be a FLOOD of new releases next week, by the way, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

bewitching-bedlamBEWITCHING BEDLAM by Yasmine Galenorn

As Maudlin and Aegis prepare to open the Bewitching Bedlam B&B to guests, they immediately find themselves embroiled in a battle for customers. Ralph Greyhoof, the owner of the Heart’s Desire Inn, doesn’t like to share. The conflict heats up when Maddy finds a local witch dead in the rose garden. The woman looks a lot like Maudlin and suspicion falls on Ralph. But Maddy knows that as competitive as Ralph is, he wouldn’t resort to murder. Maudlin and Aegis set out to find the killer, even as their own relationship is put to the test. Aegis’s old flame has returned, determined to win him back, no matter what it takes.

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inventors-wifeTHE INVENTOR’S WIFE by Heather Massey

Elena Harrington’s widowed father rules her life with an iron fist. Even worse, he intends to force her into a loveless marriage in order to expand his business empire. An innocent bird trapped in a gilded cage, she can do naught but daydream about an adventurous life forever out of reach.

Elena resigns herself to a doomed existence until the day she meets her father’s dashing new employee. Daniel Miller is a brilliant inventor who crafts extraordinary devices. His astonishing machines fill her with delight. What else might this mysterious inventor have in store?

Determined to find out, Elena begins visiting Daniel’s workshop in secret. One hot, sultry night, he awakens her passion with all manner of sensual clockwork devices….

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barbarians-redemptionBARBARIAN’S REDEMPTION (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS) by Ruby Dixon

For seasons, I have waited for her – my perfect mate.

In a tribe full of happy couples, I am alone. But I am not content to remain this way. There are no eligible unmated females left, so I will do whatever it takes to bring females back to our tribe…even if it means doing something wrong. Even if it means I must purchase my mate on the intergalactic black market. I will do anything to possess her, to claim her as my own
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But will my ruthless move turn my female against me before we ever meet? Can she ever forgive a male that bought her freedom?

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arrivedARRIVED by Kathy Dinisi

Seventeen year old Angie is beyond ecstatic for her eighteenth birthday with the promise of getting a car for her special day. Unbeknownst to her,life as she knew it would quickly change with the arrival of the unidentified ships floating in the air.What are they?Who are they? what do they want?Will she get answers to her questions before time runs out?

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SERAPH by Mason Sabre

Every angel knows that when guarding demons, never, ever leave them alone. Not even for a second ….

Amongst the highest ranking in the angelic hierarchy and most revered of all angels, Nina seraphis lucky to be able to call herself one of the Seraphim. She is indeed blessed.

Or so she should have been ….

Having been tasked with the job of guarding stones in which rogue demons are incarcerated, Nina is decidedly bored. She finds herself wishing for a more exciting life, a more challenging position. She longs to prove herself as a Seraph and earn more respect and veneration.

So, when a chaos demon unexpectedly escapes his captivity, Nina takes it upon herself to hunt him down and bring him in on her own….

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SOULMATED by Shaila Patel

soulmatedVS Note: Teen and YA. I love the cover!

Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

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dragons-loveDRAGON’S LOVE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells

I guess I’m one of the last survivors of the human race and I’m stranded on this hell of a desert alien planet. Sucks to be me.

Our ship crashed months ago and those of us left are struggling to survive the boiling heat in barbaric living conditions. The only reason we’re not all dead is one of my friends got knocked up by a native alien and he lets us live in his ruined city. We should be grateful but a lot of the humans hate the dragons and the girls who mate with them. Fools.

The natives are huge, seven foot tall dragon-men with wings and tails and scales….

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kerensas-dragonKERENSA’S DRAGON by Lisa Daniels

Growing up in a wealthy, noble family was not the kind of life that ever suited Kerensa. Dressed as a young man, she now has the chance to find out what she is capable of intellectually without the restrictions of her gender and class.

Then she meets Heath.

He is a dashing, handsome young man from the wealth and insular country known only as Vetitum….

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WAYLAID by TL Reeve

Les-Tar Nar is out for revenge. After watching his brother compete and die in the Intergalactic Virtual Reality Games, he’s ready to kick ass and take names—as the humans would say. Armed with his military training, the Venusian doesn’t want or need a team. But, all is not what it seems.

Auven, Cyborg from the planet Kapor 9, is aware of how the game is played and ready to waylaidbend it to his will. Anything a human made can be destroyed. So, when he is paired up with a Venusian and a human, he knows his chance of winning grows exponentially. With Les-Tar’s muscle, even a human who has no skills won’t hold them back.

Hacker Lyna Hiat isn’t even interested in the games. As a small time video game de-constructer, she spends her days finding flaws in the systems and improving games—almost lifting the veil of sorts and showing gamers just how inferior their products really are.

When the IGVRG begin, a glitch in the system transfers the game and gamers from the virtual level to reality, leaving them on the run with no true winners or losers. The only way to survive: get off the planet. Where they’ll end up, no one knows. All that’s important right now is survival.

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WARRIOR AWAKENING by  S. A. Ravel, Emma Alisyn, Starr Huntress 

warrior-awakeningAs he wakes from a years long Sleep under the sea, Ishaiq’s wild power threatens to destroy the island he rules. One human woman soothes his rage and seduces him back to sanity.

An insane Archan can level a city. Ishaiq can destroy the world.

But his soft-spoken human isn’t just another off-worlder from Earth, Abella is the heiress to a powerful family and large fortune her politician brother-in-law needs to fund his ambitions.

He’s willing to kidnap Abella to take what is rightfully hers- he’s willing to kill. Abella needs Ishaiq as much as he needs her… and there isn’t much time before they must choose whether to live together…. or die apart..

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NEVER SURRENDER (LUMINARY WARS BOOK 1) by Cait Lexis

never-surrenderShe’s the galaxy’s most wanted. And only a space pirate dares to take action.

Lo Deveron is on the run after her fiancé, a core world senator, was found murdered in their apartment. With an unknown threat chasing her, the normal sheltered life she knew is suddenly turned into a nightmare. While attempting to escape law enforcement, she lands straight onto the lap of a dangerous pirate, who agrees to help her for a price.

Pirate captain Lenk might be bold and cocky as he leads his crew against deadly enemies, but he has no idea what to do with a lady…

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BRIMSTONE BRIDE by Barbara J. Hancock

brimstone-brideOne hundred years ago, Adam Turov, master of Nightingale Vineyards, bartered his soul for freedom from the Order of Samuel and their Rogue daemon allies. But he didn’t know true damnation until Victoria D’Arcy crossed the billionaire vintner’s threshold… Sworn to protect her, Adam must resist with every fiber of his being a voice that sounds like an angel singing and her potent charm.

An unwilling pawn of the Order, Victoria must betray Adam to save her young son. Yet the more time she spends at his estate on her clandestine mission, the harder it becomes to deny the Brimstone heat scorching a path of desire between them…

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TWILIGHT CROSSING (NIGHTSIDERS) by Susan Krinard

A half-blood Rider, Timon has a duty to anyone under his protection, but his intense attraction to scientist Jamie McCullough is complicating his latest mission. In a moment twilight-crossingof desperation, he makes a difficult choice. His bite heals her—and creates a bond that neither of them can resist.

As she heads for a conclave convened to create new peace between humans and vampires, Jamie carries a secret that could secure peace everlasting. But before she has a chance to reveal it, she’s accused of bringing a vampire-killing virus to the negotiations. Though Timon is willing to pay the ultimate price to save her, can he first win the ultimate challenge of her trust?

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WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer

wires-and-nerveIn her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

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LOVE AND GRAVITY by Samantha Sotto

love-and-gravityAndrea Louviere is seven years old the first time he appears. While she’s alone in her bedroom, practicing her beloved cello, the light shivers and a crack forms in the wall. Through the crack, she sees a candle, a window, a desk—and a boy. In the eerie silence, the boy clearly sees Andrea too. Then, as quickly as it opened, the crack closes and he vanishes.

Over the years, summoning the boy becomes an obsession for Andrea. On her seventeenth birthday, she receives a three-hundred-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Andrea knows that Isaac will change the world with his groundbreaking discoveries; the letter tells Andrea that she will change him.

As Isaac’s letters intensify in passion and intimacy, Andrea grows determined to follow his clues to their shared destiny—despite a burgeoning romance in the present. Only when she discovers the way into Isaac’s time does Andrea realize that she faces a heartbreaking decision between what was . . . and what might be.

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MARK OF THE MOON by Beth Dranoff

I’m Dana Markovitz. And my world is shifting. 

mark-of-the-moonMy experience with the paranormal community was a good one, pouring shots in the creature-friendly pit stop where I tend bar. Until last night.

Worst. Date. Ever.

A hookup with a vampire ended in a scratch from a jealous were-cat. Surprise! I caught a cat-shifting virus. I should be immune. Or so I’ve always been led to believe.

For some reason the infection has riled a demon underworld that apparently knows more about my secret past than I do. They aren’t thrilled with me. In fact, they want me dead.

At least I have one normal male on my side. Relatively normal. I think he’s on my side.

Tell you one thing. There’s no way I’m being put down like a feral stray. I may not know who to trust, but I’ll be damned if I’m not fighting back. Hell, my claws are already starting to show.

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MISS BEHAVED (RAGING FALLS BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden

miss-behavedToni Lys is not looking for a relationship. She just climbed out of a dark hole her ex-beau left her in, and she doesn’t want to dig into another. But when she sees sexy Garrett in need of saving, her kindness overrules to give the poor guy a hand. He’s exactly what she doesn’t need, but her heart has other ideas.

Garrett has finally found his mate. She’s feisty. She’s strong, and she’s got curves for days. Now she just has to agree to be his….

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LONGING (LEGACY BOOK 1) by Ciana Stone

VS Note: The keywords on this seem to be angels, demons and devils.

That was the title of the magazine article on Logan Legacy. He has it all, or so it seem from longingthe outside looking in. But looks are all too often deceiving.
Yes, his family has wealth and power, but you know the old saying. “You can’t buy love.” Logan knows that all too well. He and marriage just don’t seem compatible and he’s reached the point where he’d given up. He’ll learn to be content with his life as it is.
Then the letter comes. The one with no postmark or return address, the one with his full name handwritten on the front and noting else….

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JAYCE VENTURA GHOST DETECTIVE by Serena Akeroyd

It says a lot about a person when their best friend is a ghost.
jayce-venturaJayce Ventura, ghost detective, has nothing but the deceased as friends. With no love life, no social life, and only Ben and Jerry who’ll put up with her, something’s gotta give. But what?
When Drake Edwin comes to her for help in finding closure with his nephew’s death, Jayce is dragged out of her apathy and into the weird and wonderful world of emotion.
Only trouble is, Drake’s nephew didn’t OD, he was murdered, and Jayce is the only one who can make good this situation.
Mixing work and pleasure is never the best idea, but when you throw murder into the scenario, it gets a thousand times worse.
Only a helping hand from the other side will get this duo together, but even ghosts can be bitter. Will Drake and Jayce ever make it? Or were they broken before they managed to meet…?

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STEAMERELLA by Maita Rue

Treated like Cinderella, Sandy is not only pushed into service but she is deprived of her steamerellainheritance. A chance encounter with her fairy god-phantom turns her life around. Instead of a glass slipper, he gives her a glass leg and arm.
She seeks revenge and beguiles the Duke’s son. Will she risk her heart or her freedom?
This story is set in an alternative Victorian London where entertainment is commodity and the Steam Theatre hold power over the ton.

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BEAR’S HEALING TOUCH by Bianca D’Arc

Sirena has been gravely injured by an evil sea monster and put bears-healing-touchinto the care of Grizzly Cove’s only doctor. Sven is a retired soldier, like most of the other guys in Grizzly Cove, but he’d dedicated his life to medicine and helping the new town get on its feet. He doesn’t think he’ll ever find a mate, but he’s content to let the others settle down and find happiness, while he tends to them all… Until they send a gravely injured mermaid his way.

Sirena gets under his skin….

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HARD TO HANDLE (A BEAUTY AND BEAST NOVEL, GARGOYLE SERIES)  by Christine Warren

VS Note: Yup, one clicked this one. Can’t resist gargoyles!

hard-to-handleThe only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. But when a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil, Michael is overcome by an explosive dose of desire that only this stunningly beautiful woman can inspire.

The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces…

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GRAVE (QUEEN OF THE DEAD) by Michelle Sagara

Emma and her friends have survived the Necromancers sent to the city to kill them. They’ve gone to ground in a cottage north of the city, but time is not on their side. There are no barriers that can keep the dead out, and the dead obey their Queen. It’s only a matter of time before they’re found.
Nathan has been blessed by the Queen of the Dead. She has granted him a physical body. graveHe can eat, he can breathe, he can speak and be heard. The Queen calls this resurrection. Nathan calls it Hell. The living think he’s alive. He’s not. He’s trapped in the citadel that the Queen of the Dead calls home.

Emma wants to free him. To do that she has to survive long enough to reach the City of the Dead, and face its ancient Queen. But the city of the dead is the heart of the Queen’s stronghold—and her power. Emma can’t do it alone.

She’s not alone. But even with hunters and her own dead at her side, what hope does she have against a woman who has lived so long, and grown so powerful, she’s almost a god?

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THE TURN (THE HOLLOWS BEGINS WITH DEATH) by Kim Harrison

Can science save us when all else fails?

the-turnTrisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

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HIS FAKE ALIEN FIANCEE by Patricia Eimer

his-fake-alien-fianceePrincess Perripraxis not only has to find a fiancé—and fast—she’s got to find one who doesn’t mind that her “ no makeup” face has green and purple scales. Otherwise, Daddy Dearest has plans that don’t include Perri’s compliance. Candidate Number One: Her sexy human best friend, Brandt.

Bartender Brandt Turner didn’t need all those years in the army to teach him never to leave a man behind. Or an alien princess in need of a pretend fiancé. If she needs someone to play the lovesick fool to convince her dad to let her stay on Earth, well then, he’ll let the world think Cupid finally took him out.

But Perri’s father has no intention of playing nice—and he’s not above cruel and unusual alien torture to make things go his way. But Brandt is willing to complete the mission…however far he has to go.

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every-heavenly-momentEVERY HEAVENLY MOMENT (HYENA HEAT BOOK 5) by R. E. Butler

Hyena shifter Heaven Gable has known since the moment she met wolf brothers Kross and Kayne Callahan that they were meant to be her mates. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to want anything to do with her, and she finds herself feeling worthless and unlovable.

Kross and Kayne never meant to hurt Heaven by staying away from her. Both males have demons haunting them from their pasts, but they’re willing to face them if Heaven will give them a chance to prove they’re worthy….

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (LIBRARY JUMPERS) by  Brenda Drake

VS Note: YA

guardian-of-secretsBeing a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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STARFALL: A STARFLIGHT NOVEL by Melissa Landers

VS NOTE: TEENS

starfallWhen Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home…but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits. Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission….

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WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

VS Note: From the reviews, seems to remind a lot of people of Labyrinth. Teen & YA

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark wintersongshadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother had always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister safe from harm, but she wishes only to indulge in her wild, captivating music, composed and played in secret in the Goblin King’s honor.

When her beautiful sister Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

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THE MEMORY PALACE by Gill Alderman

memory-palaceVS Note: Frankly I have no idea if there’s romance in this book or not but the description is trippy and I love the cover!

To reach the Palace, walk a path between two gardens, one box-hedged and orderly, the other wild. Climb porphyry stairs to double doors of brass. There an old man waits, like an archangel at the Gates of Paradise. But this is the Archmage, Koschei Corbillion. He looks old … then he grows younger as he opens the doors into the Memory Palace.

In the vast library of the Palace there are many books about the fabulous land of Malthassa and its Archmage Koschei – books written by Guy Parados. Fantasy novels that have brought Parados fame and wealth in his own world.

Guy Parados believes that he invented the Archmage. He thinks he alone built the Memory palace and that it contains his memories. Instead, it contains his soul, and the Archmage Koschei has need of it.

In Gill Alderman’s powerful novel, magic crosses over from the realm of fantasy to the present day, and it is strange, beautiful and deadly.

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THE STAR QUEEN: NEW AND UPDATED PREQUEL TO THE STAR SERIES by Susan Grant

star-queenVS Note: I don’t usually mention previously published stories (I just don’t have room here!) but from the reviews, sounded like this novella was basically new (not sure what was updated versus what was new) and a good standalone story in the series.

In the Dark Years, warlords swept through the galaxy and left destruction in their wake. But on the planet of Sienna a hardy band of survivors lives on. Raiders are the new heroes, hunting in the ruins of cities for anything to help keep their people alive.

Raider Captain Romjha B’kah seeks out the riskiest missions. After a lifetime of loss, only the rush of adrenaline can make him feel fully alive. That changes when Taj enters his life. For the first time he contemplates a future where there is more than war. If only he can convince her to be as passionate about him as she is for her work as bombmaker.

Shy, serious munitions specialist Taj Sai views herself as Romjha’s opposite in every way, but it hasn’t stopped her from secretly wanting him since they were schoolchildren….

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A Poisoned Blade? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revised(If you’re here for the SFR Brigade Presents excerpt, please go HERE.)

Some fun awards news below the excerpt….

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

I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor for another week or two. I’ll have a new release soon! (Blurb for Star Survivor below the excerpt.) Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. The couple are in a bad area of town, waiting for their friend Nick to arrive. Khevan has been talking to another D’nvannae Brother  while Twilka watches suspiciously from close by. The two men get into a knife fight, which Twilka breaks up, but Khevan is wounded. He says it’s a mere scratch. (Edited a bit from published version and some repunctuating):

He assessed the surrounding area, “We must go deeper into the slum, then obtain an automated rent-by-the-hour room and stay there for the night. I have fake ID we can use to secure the room.”

Arm in arm as if they were lovers, she and Khevan strolled through the trash-filled streets, rejecting the first few rent-a-room places before Twilka decided enough was enough and booked a chamber with his fake ID. The robo clerk delivered a card key and she led Khevan to the designated unit, breathing a deep sigh of relief as the door closed behind them and they were out of the public eye.

“Let me see your injury,” she said, as he sank onto the none too generous bed.

The slash looked dangerous to her, the edges red and puffy, “Do D’nvannae ever coat their blades with poison?” She asked the question over her shoulder as she went into the tiny bathroom to search for something to wash the wound with.

“A treachery against our code of honor – such an act would only be done at the Lady’s express command, and the Brother I met in the street wasn’t part of a compliance squad sent by her. I taught his class at the local temple in the afternoon before the kill order arrived, so he recognized me,” Khevan removed his shirt as she approached with cloths, “I think he overestimated his own abilities and hoped to earn renown by being the one to turn me in – a smarter move would have been to stay out of sight, call for assistance, and attempt to follow us.”

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe 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?

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And in other news, the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced this week (I’m squeeing because Star Cruise Outbreak got two awards and Hostage to the Stars got one, plus the Pets In Space anthology got two.)! Be sure to take a moment or two to check out all the listed books! Lots of great reads by excellent authors…

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Guest Author Laura Wanrow Talks PASSAGES and Cyborgs

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Veronica: Laura and I ‘met’ in the Science Fiction Romance community on Facebook and she’s written Passages, an exciting new science fiction romance featuring cyborgs. Take it away, Laura!

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Laura: What do you think of when I say “cyborg”?One of my favorite shows as a kid was The Six Million Dollar Man. If you don’t recall the story, test pilot, Col. Steve Austin is injured in a crash and “repaired” with nuclear powered cybernetic parts—his legs, an eye and a hand. He becomes a secret operative using his increased speed and strength to fight for justice. And when Jamie Summers came along two years later in The Bionic Woman, I was in heaven. She’d damaged her legs in a parachuting accident, as well as one hand and her ear. They used their computer-like bodies to undertake secret missions, fight villains (and sometimes aliens!) and, for a precious time, had a romance storyline before the shows split off.

six-million-dollar-manThese two were the first cyborgs I had encountered, and they are the archetype I used to develop the cyborg characters in Passages. I love the idea of people being given biomechanical parts, and being able to tinker with those parts gave me the freedom to incorporate the features I needed for my story. The only problem I’ve had is with the name.

Cyborg is short for cybernetic organism. Darth Vader is a famous example, and the term is used widely. But when I talked to people about my story, they thought my characters were robots or AIs—Artificial Intelligence beings. In other words, not real humans.

This misunderstanding helped to shape one storyline, but it also made me hesitate to use the term cyborg. Instead, I have called my characters “electorgs,” short for electronic organisms, and described them as humans with electronic implants. I’m not sure a new term has cleared up the confusion…but writers are always testing the waters with new ideas, and the readers will let me know.

Fortunately, I’ve never been asked a tougher question—to explain how the body electronics work. Oddly, that’s just accepted.

Excerpt from Quinn’s point of view:

With lights flashing in my retina display, I jumped into action.

I tailed her through the store, out the front door and into the night. Up the cobbled main street we hammered. She darted down a side street. I followed. She cut through the dirt yard of a stable, bolted over a gate and fled through a field along a thread of smooth dirt. I pounded behind her.

Strings of new—or latent, perhaps suppressed?—information came to me. Eve was using the enhanced speed of a Class 1 Blackguard. If I wanted to catch her—

E-IV function desired? Activation procedures.

A demo clip appeared. I slowed and jabbed at the spot on my outer thigh. Eve looked over her shoulder, saw my action and burst into the fastest gait available in her system, ten miles per hour.

Seventeen seconds later, I snaked an arm around her waist and jogged her to a stop against my chest. “Zero to twenty-five in fifteen seconds,” I panted. “Duration, four and a half minutes, but adequate. To outrun an enemy. Or catch my prey.”

“Damn your E-run-only features,” she muttered with a glare, but then her yellow-tinted eyes froze in place.

I tapped my fingers across her keypad rapidly, then slowed as every diagnostic returned a normal result. Normal, except for a hum I detected in the overall system. Or rather, her body.

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Blurb: 

“Find someone you can trust.”

For decades, Eve and her fellow electorgs—part human, part machine—have worked on the quiet planet of Aarde, beating back toxic spores that threaten to poison the native people. When the new commander halts work right before a deadly spore release, Eve frantically plots to protect the villagers she considers friends and family.

On the run after an ambush, Quinn holds a secret that nearly got him killed. If only he knew what it was. Though the attack scrambled his memories, Quinn is sure of one thing—he can’t trust the electorgs. But they know information he desperately needs to puzzle out who wants him dead, and why.

With the fate of life on Aarde in the balance, the logic of joining forces with Eve overrides Quinn’s fears…and erupts into an attraction that could prove fatal for both of them.

Because the planet’s commander might just be Quinn himself.

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Author bio:

Before kids, Laurel Wanrow studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower walks and answers calls about the snake that wandered into your garage. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.

When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

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SFR Brigade Presents STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK

SFRB ShowcaseOnce a month the Science Fiction Romance Brigade authors showcase snippets from new work, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things. The link is here for all  the participants.

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500Since Star Cruise: Outbreak received two SFR Galaxy Awards this past week (which was very exciting), I thought it would be the best book to feature  with an excerpt!

The story:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

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

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

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

The excerpt:

The portal to the corridor burst open, and Mr. Enzell struggled into the sickbay lobby, half carrying his wife and surrounded by their white-faced children. Syl was sobbing in great gasps, and the boys’ faces were set in expressions of terror. The oldest had a blood-soaked wad of cloth pressed to his nose. Mrs. Enzell’s head lolled, and she looked as if she was crying tears of blood. Clint immediately moved to support the woman on the other side, calling for Emily as he did so.

“Seven hells, here we go.” Emily was right behind them as the men helped Mrs. Enzell to an exam room and onto the bed.

“Trynna started bleeding a few minutes ago, Doctor,” Mr. Enzell said as medical personnel hurried to get their new patient hooked up to monitors. “She said she was dizzy and then—then her eyes—she was—the tears were blood. And next thing I knew, my son’s nose was bleeding. What’s going on?”

Emily caught Relba’s attention. “Call Bevar in, stat. I’ve got this, Vicente. Take the boy into room two and get him in bed, please.” As her staff moved to carry out the orders, Emily busied herself setting up the intravenous flow of fluids for Mrs. Enzell and added a basic clotting factor. “This is apparently a complication of the intestinal virus, Mr. Enzell. Do you have any symptoms?”

He blinked. “I’m fine. Marc, my oldest, he’s not doing too well.”

“My nurse is taking care of him right now. And Syl? And the middle child?” Emily spared a glance for them.

He clutched the kids closer to him. “Fine so far. Scared for their mom and Marc. How can bleeding from the eyes be related to an upset stomach?” Mr. Enzell’s voice was rough.

“Sometimes an infection affects different areas of the body at different times.” She tried to keep her own tone soothing.

“So you’ve seen this before? You know what to do?” He stepped closer to the bed and took his wife’s hand. “How long before she’s better?”

“Being in sickbay should do the trick, dear.” Sick as she was, Mrs. Enzell made an effort to reassure him. “Don’t give the doctor a hard time. I’m sure I’ll be all better by tonight.” Her voice was a thready whisper.

“The fluids and coagulant should help,” Emily said. “You were wise to come in right away.”

Clint knocked on the portal. “Excuse me, Doctor, but I think you should come out here for a moment.”

“I’ll be right back.” Although she could tell the Enzells weren’t happy to see her leaving the room, she inferred from the security officer’s voice that a situation was brewing.

Three more patients sat sprawled in the waiting-room chairs, each projecting an impression of terror. A man and a woman clutching each other were obviously in the throes of major nosebleeds. The third person was more alert to his surroundings. Spotting Emily, he jumped from his chair and moved to intercept her. Yanking his shirt open in the center of the lobby, he said, “I woke up with these bruises on my chest, Doctor. What the seven hells is wrong with me?”

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If you go to the SFR Galaxy Awards site you can see the complete list of “standout books in science fiction romance” the judges selected for this year’s list. Lots of good reading and many wonderful authors included.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 1

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

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

SPACE MARINES (THE SECTORS SCIFI SERIES BOOKS 1-3) by Veronica Scott

I have a new box set, where I’ve combined three of the previously published, standalone Sectors SciFi Romance novels: Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Escape From Zulaire and Mission to Mahjundar. So if you or anyone you know would like all three books in one volume, at a discounted price, here you go!

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scorpius-ascendingJUSTICE ASCENDING (THE SCORPIUS SYNDROME) by Rebecca Zanetti

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

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BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 18: UNCHARTED by Evangeline Anderson

unchartedCommander Terex has had a terrible life. First he lost his mate, then he was taken over by an evil demon, then attacked and mutilated by the Dark Kindred, Two–enemy of his kind. He feels broken and the only thing that can make him whole again is vengeance–or so he thinks.

Elaina Thornton has a secret grief–a sister who is terminally ill with no hope of recovery. She too, feels broken inside–unable to do anything but grieve.

But then a prophesy is spoken–Elaina’s healing and Terex’s vengeance lie in the same direction, in the mysterious Dark Sector….

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PASSAGES by Laurel Wanrow

passagesFor decades, Eve and her fellow electorgs—part human, part machine—have worked on the quiet planet of Aarde, beating back toxic spores that threaten to poison the native people. When the new commander halts work right before a deadly spore release, Eve frantically plots to protect the villagers she considers friends and family.

On the run after an ambush, Quinn holds a secret that nearly got him killed. If only he knew what it was. Though the attack scrambled his memories, Quinn is sure of one thing—he can’t trust the electorgs. But they know information he desperately needs to puzzle out who wants him dead, and why.

With the fate of life on Aarde in the balance, the logic of joining forces with Eve overrides Quinn’s fears…and erupts into an attraction that could prove fatal for both of them.

Because the planet’s commander might just be Quinn himself.

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NEVERWYLDE (THE RIM OF THE WORLD BOOK 5) by Linda Mooney

neverwylde-book5Finding themselves on yet another new part of the half-world, Kyber and the crew need to escape quickly or risk death, but he can’t find it in himself to care anymore. His Kelen is gone.

The group is tired, both Terrans and Seneecians. Tired of fighting. Tired of running. Tired of struggling to survive. They have nothing left to give. But if there’s even the tiniest of chances that Kelen is still alive, Kyber will stop at nothing to find her.

Giving up hope on ever escaping, the crew decides on a new strategy—survive, learn as much as they can, and hopefully help anyone who may crash there in the future. With new friends and allies, and new information, there just may be hope yet.

The adventure is almost over…

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THE VALKYRIE’S SWORD (WARBLER PENINSULA BOOK 2) by Siobhan Muir

valkyries-swordVS Note: I already one clicked this, have been reading snippets on the Sunday Snippet blog hop.

Svanhild isn’t looking for a new sword, even when one’s handed to her…

Svanhild Bjørnsdottir doesn’t need much—just a place to work in order to fix her Valkyrie motorcycle before moving on. As a fallen Valkyrie, she has no hope of settling down or returning to the Shield Maidens. Odin exiled her for defying him, and she’s not interested in going back, especially after arriving at the Fix-It Cave in Three Lakes, Michigan. But the last thing she’s looking for is love.

As a Blade in the fanatical Sword of God, a religious group bent on protecting humans from the Elder Races, Balder Templar is haunted by the ghost of his last target and his part in the deaths of her werewolf family…

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zombie-apocalypseIT TOOK A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by Jessica E Subject

VS Note: I’m always up for a new zombie story. A Kindle Short Read.

It started with a kiss.

Then the zombies came. Now, Missy must work with the neighbor her parents hate if she wants to survive. But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

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THE STUFF OF LEGEND (PTORIX EMPIRE) by Greta van der Rol

When history professor Olivia Jhutta receives a distress call from her parents, she sets out stuff-of-legendinto space with their business partner, her grandmother and injured Confederacy Admiral Jak Prentiss to find them. But she’s not the only one interested in the Jhutta’s whereabouts. The Helicronians believe Olivia’s parents have found an ancient weapon which they can use to wage war on the Confederacy.

Jak goes on the trip to fill in time while he’s on enforced leave, helping Olivia follow cryptic clues in what he considers an interplanetary wild goose chase in search of a fairy story….

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THUNDERCLAW (ALIEN WARRIOR BOOK 2) by P Fletcher

thunderclaw‘Truth, I am who females like best.’ ~King Beowyn, Great Alpha, House of ThunderClaw
‘My wife and husband do not get along.’ ~ High Commander Éorik, Royal Defender, House of SnowBlade
‘Like my ancestors before me, I fight to the death for freedom.’ ~ Sìne of Clan Grae
‘Want binky.’ ~ Fergie of Clan Grae

A King, his commander, an Earthling and her kin.
Trekking through outer space to distant galaxies.
Feasts, a storm, annihilation and rebirth.
This tale is about the bonds between family and friends. A saga of the love between a woman and two aliens.

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THE ALPHA KING by Victoria Sue

The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist alpha-kingas subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.
Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.
Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.
Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death?

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INTO THE OUTSIDE A POST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL  by Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon

VS Note: YA and Teen Dystopian

into-the-outsideFifty years ago the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungle world. Wildlife has prospered although often in oddly altered forms. Survivors live in underground shelters waiting generations for the environment to become safe enough to emerge. Above ground, the radiation and poison has mutated the few humans that are left, but they do their best to survive for the 20 to 22 years they might live before the toxic planet or disease kills them.

16-year-old Isabella has grown up believing mutants are sub-human, stupid and would eat every shelter person if they had the chance, until she spies a wandering mutant tribe through the glass bottom swimming pool that is her shelter’s only light source. Isabella is fascinated by them, but it’s their 17-year-old leader, Malcolm, who truly captivates her – ebony skin, straw-colored hair, rippling muscles, four fingers on one hand and six on the other….

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CELESTE AND THE ALIEN BARTENDER by Jessie Coulter Smith

celeste-and-alien-bartenderZanar has made himself a home on Earth, where he owns Stardust Bar, popular with both aliens and humans. There’s only one thing missing from Zanar ‘s life. Despite his best efforts to impress the human females he meets, he’s still without a mate. At the age of twenty-six, it isn’t dire for him to pair off and start a family just yet, but he’s lonely and ready to settle down. The last thing he expects is for Celeste to come into his life and turn it upside down.

Celeste is back on Earth, after having been abducted by an alien race five years ago. She’s spent those years as a slave on the planet Vaaden, where she had a precious daughter with her owner, Pynder. But when Pynder dies suddenly, his parents swoop in and snatch Sophie from Celeste’s arms before banishing her from their world. Celeste will do anything to get her daughter back, but falling in love with a bartender — or anyone else — was never part of the plan….

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ARCANE KISS (TALENTS BOOK 1) by Angela Knight

arcane-kissAlone, veteran Kurt Briggs is no match for the Arcane terrorists who threaten the nation’s leadership. He needs Arcanist Genevieve Reyes by his side. But when shared danger leads to shared desires, the consequences could be deadly for them both.

Kurt Briggs has a spirit link to a tiger Familiar that gives him superhuman abilities, but when his father is murdered, the military veteran becomes a target for terrorist sorcerers. Alone, Kurt finds he’s no match for the witch and her shape-shifting polar bear. He turns to Arcanist Genevieve Reyes for help in fighting the killers’ spells.

As Genevieve and Kurt hunt the terrorists, shared danger leads to shared desire….

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DARK TEMPEST (THE RED WINTER TRILOGY BOOK 2) by  Annette Marie

dark-tempestEmi has dedicated her life to becoming the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu, but the insidious betrayal of another deity has changed everything. Now Amaterasu has charged Emi with an urgent mission: to find and free the earthly gods before mankind is brought to its knees beneath divine tyranny.

At her side is Shiro, the mysterious fox spirit. When she first saved his life, she could never have imagined that behind his cunning and confidence, he was lost–his power bound by a devastating curse and his memories obscured. His veiled history is somehow tied to the missing gods, but he can’t remember how or why.

As their search leads them into the murky depths of the spirit realm, the shadows of Shiro’s past begin to emerge. With each brief awakening of his true self, she loses a little more of him. The fate of the heavens and earth rest in her mortal hands, and she must find the missing gods before time runs out for her world–and for Shiro….

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TWISTED DESIRE (TITAN WORLD BOOK 2) by Sharon Kay

twisted-desireRhys MacLeod is a warrior first and a hacker second. Preserving the balance of power among supernatural beings is his prime directive, as well as keeping it far from human eyes. The discovery of a man killed by magical force on a Chicago street lands him on an op he didn’t expect. He’s good, but solving this crime requires a call to the best of the best.

Parker Black of Titan Group never met a network he couldn’t infiltrate. Along with Titan team member Locke Oliver and Megan, a scientist who witnessed the murder, they uncover a maze of encrypted files and unethical DNA manipulation.

Rhys is duty bound to keep all supernatural details hidden from his human friends, so identifying the killer becomes more complicated when clues indicate the perp isn’t human. And when the murderer shows up at their location, every second counts before its true nature is revealed.

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LION’S MATE (ROWLAND LIONS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

lions-mateCurvy Shoshanna Ross has had plenty of excitement in her life. Six months ago, she escaped captivity from a nefarious lab. Since then she’s started a business as a private investigator, determined to build up the skills and experience to defend herself if she’s ever in serious danger again. She’s focused exclusively on her job–there’s no time for dating with a life like hers.

CEO lion shifter Max Rowland has a guilty secret. He knows Shoshanna is his mate–but he hasn’t told her, because he believes himself to be responsible for her capture….

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ALIEN WARLORDS’ BABY (WARLORDS OF OCTAVA BOOK 1) by Vi Voxley

Riley North has done all that she can. The curvy, talented journalist has been all over the alien-warlords-babyuniverse, covering one war and conflict after another. No wonder that when she’s sent to Octava to report on peculiar fated mate bonds between a rough, brutally handsome warrior race and Terran females she’s not exactly thrilled. And it doesn’t get any better when she’s marked as the mate of not one, but two of the greatest warlords the planet has to offer… or does it?

Harbor and Cole have nothing but begrudging respect for one another. Yet when they discover they share a fated, and then a child, they’re going to have to learn to get along. It’s easier said than done. With a vicious enemy out to destroy Riley and Octava along with it, the two savage warriors need to learn to cope with one another, while protecting their surprise baby and a mate who doesn’t seem at all willing to divulge her past.

Will their differences push them together, or pull them apart?

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vulfans-true-mateTHE VULFAN’S TRUE MATE (STARCROSSED DATING AGENCY BOOK 1) by Georgette St. Clair

Talia Fisher likes to complain to her friends that her growly, sexy boss Lukan was a real beast – turns out, she had no idea how right she was. She finds out the truth one night when she storms into his office to confront him…and finds herself transported another planet. A planet full of sexy aliens who actually appreciate Talia’s curves, and are practically climbing over each other to claim her – but Lukan’s got other ideas….

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LOVE AND MURDER (FRIGHT COURT BOOK 2) by Mindy Klasky

VS Note: The plot sounds fun!

Sarah Anderson loves her job at the supernatural night court of Washington DC—even love-and-murderthough that means regularly consorting with vampires. She especially looks forward to the trial of the century, where her testimony might be enough to put the most bloodthirsty villain ever to stalk the Eastern Empire behind bars forever.

Sure, she has a couple of problems, like any hard-working young urban professional. She can’t decide whether she wants to kiss her enigmatic vampire boss or to kill him. Her supernatural mentor insists the powers she longs to wield might actually kill her, if they don’t drive her mad first.

But someone is stalking Washington DC’s vampire elite. And when an ancient evil invades the actual courthouse, Sarah can’t hold back any longer. She must learn to embrace the magic within her…or die trying….

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six-wakesSIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty

VS Note: A space murder mystery! I like Mur’s other books and this sounded intriguing so….yes….I…GULP…. one-clicked. No idea re romance or not.

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…
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penny of the paranormal.PNGPENNY OF THE PARANORMAL (VANGARD ELITE BOOK 4) by Annie Nicholas

Three days to reach the summit and retrieve the flag.
Those who drop out go home.
The bootcamp’s alpha asks Alistair to protect their omega wolf, Penny.
All they have are the clothes on their back when the worst storm of the winter hits.
But it’s got nothing on Penny.
No shifter has ever torn Alistair open or exposed him like her, all with the razor edge of her tongue.
Forget the blizzard, the real danger is the sharp curve of her smile and the lengths he’ll go to get a taste.

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CROSSROADS OF CANOPY by Thoraiya Dyer

VS Note: No idea of whether there’s any romance in here but wow, the plot sounds amazing. Listed as a Coming of Age.

crossroads-of-canopyAt the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

 

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And not scifi romance (although Anna is a kickass writer of various SFR series) but this series has an Indiana Jones vibe so here you are:

UNFATHOMED (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 4)  by Anna Hackett

unfathomedLong, tall, and deadly Morgan Kincaid enjoys her job at Treasure Hunter Security. Raised by a tough Marine father, she loves her guns and knives, and never backs down from a fight. She’s yet to find a man who can keep up with her and after a string of first dates, she’s not feeling hopeful. Assigned to an underwater archeological expedition on the trail of a long-lost shipwreck, Morgan finds herself protecting the very hard, delicious body of a certain globe-trotting archeologist. A smart rogue with a wide smile and a boat-load of charm.

Dr. Zachariah James has information leading to a shipwreck filled with history and treasure….

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SFR Galaxy AwardAnd in other news, the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced this week (I’m squeeing because Star Cruise Outbreak got two nods and Hostage to the Stars got one, plus the Pets In Space anthology got two.)! Be sure to take a moment or two to check out all the listed books! Lots of great reads by excellent authors…

 

#SFR Galaxy Awards for Star Cruise Outbreak and Hostage to the Stars

SFR Galaxy AwardToday the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced and I felt very honored to receive two nods for Star Cruise Outbreak, plus one for Hostage to the Stars, and two nods for the Pets In Space anthology! (Pets features stories by nine authors, including Star Cruise: Stowaway by yours truly.)

Wow – I’m blushing and beaming!

If you go to the SFR Galaxy Awards site you can see the complete list of “standout books in science fiction romance” the judges selected for this year’s list. Lots of good reading and many wonderful authors included.

I’m walking on air!

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Star Cruise Outbreak buy links:  Apple iBooks   Amazon     Kobo      Barnes & Noble   

Hostage to the Stars buy links:  Apple iBooks     Amazon    Kobo     Barnes & Noble

Pets In Space buy links: iBooks    Amazon    Nook      GooglePlay     Kobo

 

You’d Be Dead 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!)

I’m continuing on with my latest release, Star Survivor for another week or two. I’ll have a new release soon! (Blurb for Star Survivor below the excerpt.) Twilka and Khevan are on the run, trying to evade other assassins, since the Red Lady has a kill order out on Twilka. The couple are in a bad area of town, waiting for their friend Nick to arrive. Khevan has been talking to another D’nvannae Brother  while Twilka watches suspiciously from close by. The two men get into a knife fight, which Twilka breaks up, but Khevan is wounded. He says it’s a mere scratch. (Edited a bit from published version and used some really odd punctuation today):

“Let me see.”

“Not here,” He pushed her away, “We’ve got to put more distance between us and them.” He pulled his jacket closed and applied pressure to the wound with his hand, “I’ll manage.”

“Can we steal a groundcar maybe?” Twilka fell into step beside him as he walked down the alley toward the next street.

He glanced at her, “We don’t want the local police involved – if you or I, or both of us, were confined in jail, the Lady would extract us like clams from a shell. Treaties, remember?” He staggered a little, “Civilian authorities would have to yield to her. You’d be dead soon after walking out of the cell.”

Concerned as he staggered slightly, she put her arm around his waist, “You’re not doing well; we need to hole up and take care of the wound.”

Star Survivor by Veronica ScottThe 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?

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