Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 31

descendedI 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!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I 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.)

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

DESCENDED (ALIEN MATE INDEX BOOK 3) by Evangeline Anderson

Charlotte Walker is just an intern trying to get through her surgical rotation in one piece when her life takes an abrupt turn for the weird. A seven-foot tall patient with multicolored eyes and golden skin shows up in the ER asking for her. When he tells Charlotte she’s supposed to be the Empress of the entire galaxy, she naturally thinks he’s high or crazy or both.

He’s not.

Kristoff Verrai is the Captain of the Imperial Guard of the Goddess-Empress of the galaxy. For ten cycles he served his old mistress faithfully. Now that she is dead, his only job is to find and protect her new Incarnation until she can ascend the throne.

He doesn’t expect to fall in love with her….

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mission to new earthMISSION TO NEW EARTH A NOVELLA by Diane Burton

No one expected the timeline to change. Eight years of training crammed into four. The astronauts, led by Sara Grenard, aren’t prepared to be the only pioneers. They were supposed to lead hundreds of scientists and experts, not be them. But a major crisis ramps up the search for New Earth. Will the Goldilocks planet prove good enough for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.

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GRYFFON HALL by Alexis Duran

Fated to be born the useless fourth son of the Lord of Glimmerveen, Wryler dreams of getting married and escaping the rustic confines of his father’s castle. A wealthy merchant’s son seems to hold gryffon hallthe key to Wryler’s safe if somewhat dreary future. However, the arrival of a mysterious stranger on the eve of Wryler’s betrothal sends his plans into disarray, and Wryler finds himself traded off in marriage to one of the most notorious rogues in the land. Is Lord Aeric Rouchet the scoundrel he appears to be, or is he something much worse? [more…]

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GRAND MASTER’S CAT by Aurora Springer   SHORT STORY

grand masters catA short story and prequel to the epic science fiction adventure, the Grand Master’s Trilogy.

When Grand Master Griffin investigates a wrecked spacecraft, his efforts to rescue the survivors lead to feline disruptions of his plans.

Super psychics in space, aliens, adventure and a hint of romance….

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ALIEN CONQUEST (THE WARRIOR’S PRIZE) AN ALIEN SCIFI ROMANCE by Scarlett Rhone

VS NOTE: This one is from July. I’m reading it now.

As a paramedic, Alaina Stafford knew that every shift would have its surprises. But beingalien conquest abducted by alien slave traders? There’s no amount of preparation for that kind of surprise.

Before she can wrap her head around it, Alaina is sold at a high-dollar auction to be the new “donara” for a powerful, wealthy Errai family. It doesn’t take long to find out what a “donara” is…it’s the reward for the gladiator who wins in the Arena.

Alaina is to be the victor’s prize.

Vega is the House favorite among the slave warriors, and crowds come from across the galaxy to watch him in the Arena….

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ACADEMIA OF THE BEAST (A DARK RETELLING OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST)  by K. N. Lee

academia of the beastWhat if the beauty was the mortal enemy of the beast?

Raised in fear of her power.
Sold and betrayed by her lover.

Allyn escaped the hunters once before. As a witch, she risks capture every day. Now, she lives in the slums of the opulent kingdom of Elastria, where the Winter Winds are brutal,and force everyone into their homes for the entire season. When one of her best friends receives an invitation to the end of season Winter Ball, Allyn would rather sulk about her boyfriend leaving her instead of partying at the most exclusive club in the kingdom.

A chance encounter with the crown prince of Elastria sparks hope for a brighter future, one where she might find true love….

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SIDERIS GATE A PARADISI CHRONICLES NOVELLA by Cheri LaSota

sideris gateThe last ship to leave Earth is in lockdown and controlled by the corrupt Challenge Command. Chief Solomon Reach and his Reacher crew hatch an insane plan to take back the ship. First order of business: survive. Second order of business: launch the ship and make it to Sideris Gate, the wormhole that will deliver them to the planet New Eden in the Andromeda galaxy.

If only it were that easy.

If Solomon fails in his mission, Challenge Command will leave three thousand of his crew to die on an apocalyptic Earth….

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FATE FORGOTTEN (THE FATED IMMORTALS SERIES)  by J. L. Sheppard

Valerie Matlock’s life revolves around her coven. Young and naïve, she knows little about fate forgottenthe immortal war brewing until the night her coven is attacked. In the blink of an eye, the family she loves is gone. Devastated, she lays eyes on the angry demon warrior, Jacob Rhodes. A Guardian, he means her no harm, but she fears him as deeply as she craves him. She has to stay away. She just doesn’t know if she can.

The pain of Jacob’s losses have hardened him. He lives for revenge and uses anger like a shield, keeping everyone at arm’s length….

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VASH (REBELS OF THE PRIMUS) by Elyssa Ebbott

vashSophie’s only hope of escaping is to trust him, but she has been burned too many times in her past.

He’s violent, possessive, and cocky as hell. He’s trouble, and Sophie has more than enough trouble to deal with already. So why does her skin feel like it’s on fire when she looks at him? And why is she wasting her time with his promises?

But Vash al Domitus does not make false promises….

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THE PRINCE AND THE CYBORG: A SPACE AGE FAIRY TALE  (STAR CROSSED TALES) by J. M. Page

Celine Velmann’s never seen the sky. Her entire life, she’s lived in the Wastelands, where brutal dust storms that fill the sky are a way of life. She’s always dreamed of the stars that prince and the cyborgshe’s only seen in pictures, but even her infallible robotic arm can’t craft the technology to get into orbit, so she’s stuck on the ground.

When she sees a ship crash, Celine’s drawn toward it like a magnet — maybe this is the chance she’s always hoped for, the chance to escape her dusty life for something more. But when the hatch opens to reveal a half-dead but handsome human, she thinks twice.

After all, her father’s warned her that humans are dangerous. That, if they could, they’d kill every last one of Celine’s kind.

THE PRINCE : Ben’s never been good at anything but flying, but in the air, he’s the best there ever was….

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Hollywood demonHOLLYWOOD DEMON (THE COLLEGIUM SERIES BOOK 6) by Jenny Schwartz

Feel the Earth move!

A camera can’t steal your soul—but a demon can! Mark Yarren suspects a demon has found a way around the spell his great-grandfather cast to prevent demons sucking souls through the camera’s lens. Digital photography dangerously omits the silver wash that was photography’s century-old defence against Hell.

Mark is Hollywood royalty, descended from the early Hollywood stars: the studio bosses and directors, the producers and actresses. Now he lives alone in his palatial Beverly Hills estate.

Well, not quite alone.

Clancy Ramirez is back! [more]

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all her menALL HER MEN by Brina Cary

As the world anxiously watched, Scotland voted for political freedom from England.

With the vote, frumpy Amelia MacRory became Scotland’s only hope. As the last direct descendant of Mary Queen of Scots, fire ran in Amelia’s blood. Only she could defend the rights of the people. After being kidnapped from her American home in the dead of night—and almost killed in the process—she was forced to become Queen of Scotland. And as a killer closes in, the Royal Scottish Guards must step in and protect her — whether she likes it or not.

Can she survive a world of intrigue, subterfuge, and assassins that have been designed to bring down the newly independent country? Or will she lose it all—including the man she loves…?

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marauder ramsesMARAUDER RAMSES SCIFI ALIEN INVASION ROMANCE by Aya Morningstar

Ramses Ivanov never thought he’d find his mate, but when this alien warrior meets his new partner–a human cop on Earth–everything changes. He can’t resist her soft, sweet voice; or her almond-brown eyes and killer curves. Dating your partner is strictly forbidden, but when it comes to his mate, all rules are meant to be broken.

Elise never really wanted to be a cop, and she certainly never wanted an insufferable, frustrating asshole like Ramses as her partner….

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ZARUN: HER SPACE GUARDIAN by  Eliana Ells

zarunIn a hidden underground shelter beneath her clinic, Dr.Mercy Wallace is waiting out the end of the world. The year is 2070, and after an ill-advised attack on the inhabited, technologically advanced planet of Toria, Earth is facing an all-out invasion.

As the war unfolds on both worlds, Mercy struggles to survive and keep morale as she finishes up her second week in complete isolation. Worried that she may be the last surviving human in her area—or the world—she is shocked one night when she discovers a wounded man has broken into her clinic upstairs and collapsed. She rushes to his aid—only to discover that she has saved the life of a Torian warrior.

Zarun saw his planet’s capitol reduced to rubble in the humans; initial attack, and entered the war to end the threat to his world….

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her black heartHER BLACK HEART (THE  DARK AMULET SERIES BOOK 2) by A. J. Norris

Julia Dunham is a monster. Her heart has been consumed by an amulet meant to create terror…

As a young girl, Julia received an amulet tainted by Abaddon, the Supreme Demon of the Netherworld, and the sigil slowly corrupts her heart. The power of the deceptive pendant gains the attention of her former employer, Maurice. He sends thugs to murder Julia and steal the amulet.

Immediately upon her death, Abaddon traps her on Earth, leaving her obsessed with retrieving the amulet. Julia must find a way to overcome her deadly obsession or be responsible for unleashing thousands of demons on humanity.

Ra’zael the Guardian fell for the wrong girl and lost his wings. He isn’t about to let it happen again……

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NOTE: The Amazon rankings can change hourly so this is just a snapshot of one moment in time.

 

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Trapped on Talonque by Veronica Scott – Guest Post With Excerpt (and Giveaway)

The first excerpt from my new book! When the hero first encounters the alien sleeping beauty…

Whiskey With My Book

Today, I welcome back author Veronica Scott to Whiskey With My Book.  Yes, I said ‘welcome back‘.  She has visited before and is visiting again.  Voluntarily!  I think that means she likes us…..

Anyway, please enjoy Veronica’s post and then look for giveaway details after the excerpt.

Please welcome Veronica as she tells us about the latest Sectors book, Trapped on Talonque.

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Thanks for having me as a guest today to talk about my new scifi romance release, Trapped on Talonque. I mixed a few themes that fascinate me on this one, from a science fiction take on Sleeping Beauty, to the idea of ancient aliens, to the ritual ball games played by the ancient civilizations on Earth. Although the story takes place far away from our planet. And of course my hero is a Sectors Special Forces soldier!

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The story:

Will an alien sleeping beauty…

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Killjoys Cast Quick Interviews

killjoysDuring the second season of ‘Killjoys’, I’ve been fortunate enough to interview some of the actors who portray key supporting characters for my SciFi Encounters column at USA Today Happily Ever After. With the season finale this week, I thought it might be fun to collect the interviews in one place for you, so here they are, reblogged – Pree, Alvis, Fancy and Lucy! (With permission from USAT/HEA.)

No spoilers but cool to hear from the actors!

Unfortunately I didn’t get  chance to connect with Khlyen, Bellus or Pawter.

(I also interviewed Michelle Lovretta, the amazing creator and showrunner, at length before the season began, which can be found here on USAT/HEA, as well as Part I of my notes from a group interview last week with Aaron Ashmore (Johnny) and Luke MacFarlane (D’avin), which are with my episode recap here. For my Archive with links to all the episode recaps and more, go here.)

Have added their twitter handles since the #killjoys cast actively tweets

PreeThom Allison – Pree           @ThomAllison

Veronica: What are the good, bad and fabulous about working on a science fiction show?

Thom: GOOD: The fan base is huge for the genre and they are sooo committed. When they like you, they really like you.  Our fans have embraced us so warmly, it’s been a little overwhelming.

BAD: The need to be original is crucial because there seems to be so much good Sci-Fi out there.

FABULOUS: My wardrobe and make-up. I mean, come on. Our designer Trysha Bakker gets to go to town on Pree’s looks.

Veronica: I must totally agree about the wardrobe!  What was your favorite scene (either season) and why?

Thom: The scene at the gambling table with Aaron Ashmore in Eulogy in S2 Ep1. When we had our fake lovers’ quarrel, we could barely get through it. Everyone was laughing and in such an extra great mood that day.

Veronica:  That scene in the casino was hilarious for sure and it really felt organic to the two characters, as if they just decided WTH and took off with the spat, escalating the insults, which of course is a testament to the skill of the acting, in my  opinion. And when Johnny dissed Pree’s mother and all the bad guys were so horrified – quite the fun moment.  As an actor, what is your favorite aspect of the character you play?

Thom: I love that Pree is so forthcoming yet he still has so many secrets. Having a secret is great fun as an actor. I can lay in nuances that will pay off later, even if a secret hasn’t been written yet. I also love that Pree is so sassy. He has the greatest lines which is a gift.

Veronica: Great lines, great delivery! Since we’re primarily a book blog, what book or books are currently on your To Be Read list?

Thom: Been given Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts. Love her and looking forward to reading it.

You can learn more about Thom Allison and his projects at the Internet Movie Database  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1047709

Tamsen McDonough_blueT_large_DLTamsen McDonough – Lucy         @redTamsen

Veronica: What are the good, bad and fabulous about working on a science fiction show?

Tamsen: Good: the endless and unpredictable creativity of characters, situations, plots, creatures, etc, etc.

Bad: waiting to see all the SPFX

Fabulous: two words. THE FANS

Veronica:  What was your favorite scene and why?

Tamsen: Veronica, as you’ve had a preview of all the episodes in Season 2, you know that there are some exciting scenes coming up that will be really fun for the viewers!

Veronica: Fair enough, no future spoilers, but in this episode I personally loved the Lucy-Johnny kiss and the fireworks she set off! As an actor, what is your favorite aspect of the character you play?

Tamsen: I just love playing ‘Lucy’ the Killjoys’ AI spaceship as, not only is it an amazing challenge to play a non-human character, she’s sassy, loyal and unapologetic about her like and dislike of various characters.  I’m also convinced she desperately wants to be human, so her dreams and insecurities are really fun nuances to play.

Veronica:  Since we’re primarily a book blog, what book or books are currently on your To Be Read list?

Tamsen: Actually, just a few days ago, I was forcing my love of Christopher Moore novels (especially Lamb) and  The Princess Bride by William Goldman onto a friend, and he retaliated by suggesting The Martian and Fight Club. Otherwise, American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson and piles of other comedic biographies are at the top of my list… The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton and Yes, Please by Amy Poehler were my most recent reads and now I’m completely hooked on comedic bios.

For more on Tamsen McDonough you can visit the Internet Database of Movies http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1206747/

alvisMorgan Kelly – Alvis the Scarback Monk       @Morgansam

I’ve been fascinated by the character of Alvis the monk since the first season and recently had the chance to interview actor Morgan Kelly who portrays this multi-faceted man.

Veronica: What are the good, bad and fabulous about working on a science fiction show?

Morgan: That’s a tough question. There’s a lot to love about being on a science fiction show. The incredible sets, the space-gadgets and weapons etc but for me personally, one of the best things about Alvis is his costumes.  I get to wear a cape.  For work.  All of Alvis’ costumes are hand made by the incredible costume department so every single piece of clothing is made with love….I guess wearing a cape to work probably falls into the “fabulous” category.

Veronica: No argument about the cape! What was your favorite scene (either season) and why?

Morgan: I have a couple favorite scenes.  As an actor I’m all about the “connection”.  Sure it’s fun doing fight scenes and running through the sewers but I really enjoy the one-on-one scenes where there is some sort of emotional connection.  The scene in ep. 3 season 2 where Dutch is hallucinating from the mossipedes and Alvis has to pull her out comes to mind.  That being said, I also really liked the scene in season 1 ep 08 where Alvis runs through the acid rain to save John.  That was badass.

Veronica: Both of those scenes you mentioned are favorites of mine but I particularly remember the run through the black rain as a jaw dropping moment for me as the viewer – it was GREAT. Badass indeed :)  That whole season one episode was thought provoking, for what it showed us about Alvis…. As an actor, what is your favorite aspect of the character you play?

Morgan: My favorite thing about Alvis is that he is this dark, brooding character with the weight of the world on his shoulders but he also has a wry sense of humor that has been a lot of fun to play.  What I appreciate about the show so much is that there aren’t any two dimensional characters, everyone has a clear motive and point of view which is all an actor can really ask for.

Veronica: Since we’re primarily a book blog, what book or books are currently on your To Be Read list?

Morgan: I’m actually reading two books at the moment.  A couple years back my sister gave me East of Eden by John Steinbeck and it changed everything for me.  I’ve systematically been going through all his books and right now I’m at Sweet Thursday.  I am also a HUGE fantasy fan.  My library is probably 95% fantasy right now.  The other book I am reading is Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb.  I’ve been reading her books for over 20 years now and think she’s great.

You find out more about Morgan Kelly and his projects on the Internet Movie Database at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1225457/

Fancy_LeeSean Baek – Fancy Lee        @SeanBaekTO

Veronica: What are the good, bad and fabulous about working on a science fiction show?

Sean:

  • The good: I think that story-telling is one tradition, perhaps the longest tradition in human history, that every race, culture, creed, faith/religion, etc., shares. So, it is good to be a part of telling a story that is set in such a unique science fiction world, such as “The Quad” in KILLJOYS, where, really, ANYTHING is possible.  You really get to go along with the creator’s and the writers’ imagination and get to be on the “creative ride” together, which is A LOT of fun.  I’ve always wanted to work on a Sci-Fi show, so playing Fancy Lee in KILLJOYS has truly been a blessing thus far in my career as an actor.
  • The Bad: Honestly, I really can’t think of any! (At the moment, anyway! LOL!)
  • The Fabulous: Being able to work with many different, amazingly talented writers and directors for the show. It’s really fantastic to work with unique visions that enhance the through-line of the show as a whole.  Also, being able to enjoy the experience along with the fans of KILLJOYS – the intelligent, caring, and wonderfully committed fans – is pretty fabulous. Nowadays with social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.), there are more opportunities to connect with people who are like-minded, globally.  I think that is quite neat – instantly AND closely connecting with people. With this “story-telling,” we all become a part of a community.

Veronica:  What was your favorite scene (either season) and why?

Sean:  I have to say that my favourite scene is from Season 1, Ep. 106 (“One Blood,” written by Annmarie Morais), where my character, Fancy Lee, executes the Level 5 Warrant.  Throughout that episode, I got to show who Fancy Lee was quite a bit more than before. In the final moments of that episode, fulfilling that Level 5 Warrant on a former RAC Agent named Big Joe (I believe Fancy Lee did it for his fellow Killjoy, Dutch, really) and stating, “The warrant is all,” I think, really captured the essence of being a Killjoy, as well as Fancy Lee as a character.  There was honour, respect, care, and commitment in that decisive act of Fancy Lee’s, in my humble opinion.  (Note: Big “sorry” to Tony Nappo – a wonderful, talented actor I know who portrayed Big Joe so well.)

Veronica: I agree, that was the episode where we came to understand a lot more about Fancy than just his amazing skills and expertise.  I really love the character, who intrigued me from the very beginning. I still tend to think of him as similar to the character Paladin from the classic TV show “Have Gun Will Travel” in my own head ….just something about the cool way Fancy operates. High class all the way!  As an actor, what is your favorite aspect of the character you play?

Sean: I really like the mysterious aspect of my character.  In Season 1, Ep. 101 (“Bangarang,” written by Michelle Lovretta), Fancy Lee’s first appearance, for example, is quite mysterious.  There isn’t much expositional introduction; he just appears in a scene, has a brief talk with Dutch.  But, in that short moment, without much exposition, we sense that there is history between those two characters and that Fancy Lee could be “bad news,” depending on who you ask.  Brilliant writing, if you ask me.  Even in Ep. 106 (“One Blood”), where Fancy Lee is featured more, we get a glimpse of what Fancy is capable of, but we don’t necessarily get the “whole picture.”  As a huge fan of mystery myself, I quite like that about my character – we know there’s “more than meets the eye.”  I also love that within Fancy Lee’s badass self lies a tech geek that likes to build and modify gadgets and weapons.

Veronica:  Since we’re primarily a book blog, what book or books are currently on your To Be Read list?

Sean: What We All Long For, written by Dionne Brand, was recently recommended to me by a good friend of mine, so I’m planning on reading that.

** If there’s room in the article – I would love to give a special shout-out to all my KILLJOYS family, starting with our super talented and hard-working creative team helmed by Michelle Lovretta, the producing company, Temple Street Productions, all of our wonderful writers & producers, Space Channel, Syfy, my talented fellow cast mates, and our awesome crew. **

Veronica: Always room to acknowledge the team!

You can learn more about Sean Baek and his projects at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046303/

For the Crew Only 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!)

We’ve moved on to Hostage To The Stars,which released in June. Edited from published version. I’ll do a few more snippets from it and then move on to my NEW book, released this week (details below the excerpt).

  “You never know with pirates,” said the woman, ill at ease, but not afraid,  “Our line pays the pre-negotiated ransom on the spot, credits transmitted to a bank on New Switzerland. Routine expense of doing business in this part of the Sector.”

She’d arrived at the cafeteria and Sara saw the other passengers clustered at one table in the front of the room.

                “You’d better go join them because you can’t sit with the crew,” said the stewardess giving her a not so gentle push, “Good luck.”

                Sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach again, Sara grabbed her arm, “Why do I need luck? You said there’s a preset ransom for us. Routine.”

                She received a pitying stare now, as the crew woman broke her grip, “For the ship and the crew – you’re on your own. I hope you have good K&R* insurance.”

*Kidnap and Ransom

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Standalone sequel to Mission To Mahjundar (mild spoilers for Mahjundar in this story.)

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Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700MY NEW RELEASE!

Trapped on Talonque

The story:

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.

Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.

Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?

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Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 24

Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700I 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!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I 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.)

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

This week we start with a new release from me!

TRAPPED ON TALONQUE by Veronica Scott

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber…..

Amazon    Apple iBooks     Kobo    Barnes & Noble     All Romance eBooks

pirate_evePIRATE (SPACE GYPSY CHRONICLES) by Eve Langlais

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain. And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship….

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WILD EMBRACE (A PSY CHANGELING COLLECTION) by Nalini Singh

VS NOTE: I regard this series as scifi romance; especially loved the first story in this book, which echoed Judd and Vasic and their love wild embracestories in my opinion…

“…stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible…

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CYPHER BOOK 2 OF THE DRAGON’S BIDDING by Christina Westcott

Colonel Kimber FitzWarren is settling into her challenging new position as head of Imperial Security. cypherWith an alien symbiont living inside her, giving her incredible healing powers, even immortality, she looks forward to spending eternity with her lover, ex-mercenary Wolf Youngblood. Their lives and the fortunes of the Empire are purring along like a well fed Kaphier cat, so they decide now would be a good time for Wolf to go into the operating tank to have his old augmentations updated.
And that’s when the gods of luck decide to bite them on the butt….

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THE CHANGELING CHILD (THE BEAUTY’S BEAST FANTASY SERIES BOOK 3) by E. D. Walker

**This is a novella length work of about 100 pages.**

Lady Beatrice thought the worst she would have to face as a new wife and mother was all changeling childthe gossip about her past as the king’s mistress. Unfortunately, wicked fairies have come to her village, intent on stealing all the most attractive children away–and Beatrice’s newborn son is widely agreed to be the most beautiful baby in the land.

Before she can stop them, the worst happens and Beatrice’s son is taken, and a strange fairy changeling child left in his place…..

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ORIA’S GAMBIT (SORCEROUS MOONS BOOK 2) by Jeffe Kennedy

orias gambitPrincess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to….

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LOVING DEVIANT (CYBORG SEDUCTION BOOK 9) by Laurann Dohner

After barely surviving a horrific accident, then being held captive for years by Earth Government, Venice must escape the planet. She thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers when she contracts to be a deep-space bride—only to find herself loving deviantfacing an even bigger nightmare. Hiding from her con man “husband” aboard his space station, she comes across an intimidating cyborg…one who could just be her last hope…..

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MACHINATIONS by Hayley Stone

VS NOTE: I enjoyed this and have pre-ordered the next in the series. HFN ending. This book was released in July.

machinationsThe machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself….

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MONSTER OF THE GLADES by Linda Mooney

Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Deer, Eagle
They found each other by accident. They became a team for life.

When Clint Abrams of Bag It and Tag It Excursions is approached by representatives of monster of the gladesJayMax Productions to film scenes in the swamp for a horror movie, he is intrigued. Both by the movie, whose subject hits a little too close to home, and by the tall, freckled redhead, Charlie Dupine.

Clint can’t hide his feelings for Charlie, and the more time he spends with her, the more he knows she is his destiny. His life mate. His everything. ….

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MARAUDER AEGUS (SCIFI ALIEN INVASION ROMANCE – MATING WARS) BY Aya Morningstar

When my father tries to marry me off to a man I don’t love, I buy a one-way ticket to Mars. But before I can even marauder aegusget out of orbit, a brutal alien warrior attacks. He says he wants our ship, but from one look in his eyes, I know he wants much more from me.

I’m left with a choice: try to hitchhike to Mars–alone and penniless–through the empty cold of space, or accept this infuriating alien’s protection. And take him home with me….

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THE BARBARIAN’S OWNED: SCIFI ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 1) by Marla Therron

VS NOTE: Missed this in June

All Dr. Rae Ashburn wanted to do was present her latest research to her colleagues—andbarbarians owned maybe show up her loathsome ex-boyfriend in the process. Instead, the beautiful scientist is whisked from Earth by the very alien invaders whose existence she sought to prove. Not only do they exist, but a stunning specimen of an alpha male believes it’s his destiny to mate with her….

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RENDAN DRAGONS OF PREOR by Celia Kyle

Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a rendanfemale for over two centuries and he will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males.

One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate….

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COLORS OF POWER BOOK 4 – GALAXIA ALIA AIR by Callie Bourde

A serial killer is operating in the Galaxia Alia. Senior Investigator Baath Drid is determined to prevent moregalaxia deaths.
Artist Jaimi Tarnii has left crime scene work behind. Will she agree to help him?

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LAST CALL (STRANDED IN THE STARS BOOK 1) by Naomi Lucas

Allie has been alone for years.

Stranded on an unknown, uninhabitable planet billions of miles away from Earth, being the only survivor of a disastrous crash landing, she has little hope left for last callrescue. Each day she is consumed with the task of foraging for food, finding shelter, and avoiding predators. But the nights are the worst.. When the planet freezes over and she is left with nothing but her demons. That is until the day she sees a ship fall out of the sky….

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BREATH OF EARTH by Beth Cato

After the earth’s power under her city is suddenly left unprotected, a young geomancer must rely on her unique magic to survive in this fresh fantasy standalone from the author of the acclaimed The Clockwork Dagger.

In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation— the Unified Pacific—in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable breath of earthChina. In San Francisco, headstrong secretary Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer wardens who have no idea of the depth of her own talent—or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.

When assassins kill the wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic….

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BROCKE: ALIEN WARLORD’S CONQUEST by Vi Voxley

Cora Frey has been working for the Galactic Union for far too long to be rattled by anything. As a Terran investigator on the Corgan world Gaiya, she stands between the violent alien race and the Union itself, brockechasing down those who wish either side harm. But when a string of violent murders sweeps the Corgan community, even Cora may have finally seen too much. And it only gets more complicated from there, when one passion-filled night with the most terrifying man in the realm leaves Cora with a surprise she wasn’t quite prepared for…

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NEW: Trapped On Talonque SciFi Romance

Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700I’m so happy to announce my latest new release Trapped on Talonque (A Sectors SF Romance),  with gorgeous cover by Fiona Jayde!

Here’s the story:

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.

Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.

Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?

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Space Pirates Arrive 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!)

We’ve moved on to Hostage To The Stars, which released in June. Edited from published version.

  “Excuse me,” Sara said, “Was the earlier announcement about pirates on the level?”

                The crew member didn’t stop walking but she gave Sarah an odd look, “It’s not a rare occurrence in this quadrant. Unfortunately for us, we were stopped to make minor repairs on the engines in this old bucket and the pirates were out hunting.” She stepped into the gravlift and Sara followed. “I’ve been through this before.”

                Sara digested the information as she ascended next to the stewardess. “So what happens next?”

                “The pirates are mostly interested in our cargo – probably offloading it now in fact,” Her companion shrugged, “Everything’s insured.”

                 This incident would make an exciting tidbit to tell people about when she got home. “So the raiders don’t bother the passengers and crew?”

Bad assumption on Sara’s part….more next week!

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Standalone sequel to Mission To Mahjundar (mild spoilers for Mahjundar in this story.)

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Veronica Does a Magazine Book Quiz

Entertainment Weekly magazine runs an occasional feature where they ask famous people about books or pop culture in their lives, so I’ve decided to tackle a sampling of their fun questions!

kids booksBook I Loved As A Child: Can’t possibly stick to just one! As a little kid I loved Golden Books. You can see a certain theme in the ones I’ve photographed (yes, I have a handful of books from my childhood, more than I can get into the picture). I also loved Heidi and Swiss Family Robinson.  There was also a very old 1901 book saved from my grandmother’s childhood, Galopoff the Talking Pony by Tudor Jenks, which  I LOVED. Not only did the pony talk (but just to the two girls), the illustrations were gorgeous AND at the end the main character meets the Russian Prince that Galapoff used to belong to, and love ensues. Sigh.When I got older,  Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw became a great favorite, also all the ‘series’ books but especially Trixie Belden…and then of course I discovered science fiction.

What I read in secret as a kid: Nothing really. I was highly encouraged to read everything 004and anything. My mother didn’t approve of comic books so I always felt a bit defiant when I was reading them, but didn’t have to do it in secret.

Book I read to my children: Since we read books together all the time when they were little, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. We loved anything to do with cats, anything by Jan Brett, with her beautiful illustrations, especially The Wild Christmas Reindeer. Berenstein Bears. Angelina Ballerina. One sort of off the wall choice was this odd book we got at a yard sale, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord.My late husband especially loved reading this one out loud to the girls, as fast as he could go. The whole thing is one long rhyming poem and at one point in time my entire family (including me) had the entire thing memorized and would shout it out in unison. It starts  “One hot summer in Itching Down, Four million wasps flew into town…”

Book I hated as a student: Anything by Charles Dickens. Ugh. Too long and too dreary for me. Also Moby Dick.

Classic book I tried to read: War and Peace. I always felt that somehow one was required to read that  before leaving the planet but I could NOT get through it. Again, long and dreary.

three musketeersMovie adaptation I loved: The Three Musketeers, pretty much any version, except maybe the one starring Gene Kelly (?!). My favorite is the 1973 version by Richard Lester. Perfection IMHO.

Imaginary place I dream of moving to: (but only on my own terms): Anne McCaffrey’s Pern or Andre Norton’s Witch World.

Genre I’d read if limited to one: Romance obviously!

TrixieFictional friends I’d love to have: I CRAVED to be a member of Trixie Belden’s family and friends. Bob Whites forever! Nowadays, probably Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings.

Last novel that made me laugh and last one that made me cry: I’m tough on the laughing bit but Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion and Talisman Ring both crack me up. I cried over one death in Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern but no spoilers.

My literary crush: Nalini Singh

Character I’d want on my side in the zombie apocalypse: Daryl Dixon of ‘The Walking Dead’, obviously. Hey the show started as a comic book even if Daryl as he is today is really the TV creation and Norman Reedus’s wonderful acting!

Book people might be surprised I read: Burn Down the Night by  M. O’Keefe. I’m not usually into motorcycle gang romance at all, but her main characters really got to me.

Book I’m currently reading: Actually I just went on a little binge of rereading Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight Man and her other SEAL romances. Before that I read the ARC of Ilona Andrews’ Magic Binds.  But waiting on my kindle is Finn, by Anna Hackett and I’m always hot to read the next Lindsay Buroker Fallen Empire novel. Don’t get me started on scifi romance LOL!

Book I’m eagerly awaiting: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

Next book from me: Trapped on Talonque, at the formatter now, out in early September! Can’t wait to share…it’s a scifi romance twist on Sleeping Beauty, with a lot of action and adventure of course. Cover reveal and details SOON!

Book I’m currently writing: the long awaited sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream, picking up the story for Khevan the D’nvannae Brother, and Twilka, the Socialite. Thank you to everyone who’s been asking for this book since Wreck was released in 2012 and I just hope readers will enjoy the way the story plays out. Nick and Mara do make an appearance. Hoping to get it written and released before the end of 2016, but we’ll see.

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Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 17

ghost talkersI 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!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I 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.)

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

GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers: a new novel from beloved fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I.

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force….Amazon

Stars_Between_Us_Melisse_AiresSTARS BETWEEN US by Melisse Aires

A few days together before he leaves Farport Space Station— Odessa, a young woman with a past, and Veras, a young man with a future….

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SHADOW BORN: A NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY (SHADOWS OF SALEM BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton

Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a shadow bornsecret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.

Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects…

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magic stealsMAGIC STEALS by Ilona Andrews

(VS NOTE: Originally appeared in the Night Shift anthology. I LOVE this world…)

Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble…

Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary….

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nothing stays the sameNOTHING STAYS THE SAME: A YOUNG ADULT TIME TRAVEL ROCK N ROLL ROMANCE  by Catherine Chant

How far would you go to save someone’s life? Leah and Brennan are going all the way back to 1973.

One Choice Changes Everything…

In 1973, The Beat Detectors are the hottest TV pop band to hit the airwaves since The Monkees, thanks to the appealing vocals of rising teen idol Ronnie Basford. But behind the scenes, not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Ronnie realizes much too late that one bad decision can ruin your whole life….

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THE GOLDEN SPIDER (THE ELEMENTAL BOOK CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Anne Renwick

London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous the golden spiderfogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention.

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.

After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention–a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves?

Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed. ….

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SAPPHIRE DRAGON (AWAKENED DRAGONS BOOK 2)  by Terry Bolryder

the sapphire dragonLuc, the sapphire dragon, didn’t want to be brought back into the world he left behind centuries ago. Especially with a collar that ensures he can’t access his incredible powers until he’s willing to fight for humanity. He tried that once and he’s not willing to let himself care again. Until he meets Hallie, a kind shelter worker whose bright smile and sexy curves melt the ice inside him and make him want to protect humans once more….

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WARRIOR’S BOND: BBW SCIENCE FICTION ALIEN ROMANCE (YADESHI BRIDES BOOK 1) by Emma Alisyn

Three strikes and he’s out. Zoriah’s rebellious teenage son is in trouble again- this time, on purpose. She’ll do anything to prevent her family breaking up, even allow her children to train for the alien warriors bondYadehsi army.

Why raise your sword if you have no mate or family? Elite alien warrior Benyon spends his time on Earth training humans in martial arts. He’s come to love the three human children with warrior-spirits, and will do anything to prevent their unhappiness- even if it means going toe-to-toe with their mother- a woman who entices him with her fierce temper, lush beauty and strength of will to raise her children alone….

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STORM WRATH (OTHERS OF SEATTLE BOOK 6) by Brandy L. Rivers
storm wrathA storm is coming to wipe out an ancient vendetta. One look and Kellan Storm was captivated by Zoe. He found his mate, but an ancient curse stands in their way.

After a long and bitter relationship, Zoe Boreas never expected to find love. Kellan swept in like a storm and claimed her heart. Neither of them realize how deep the curse on her people runs.

When she learns the truth, she’ll sacrifice everything to save him while searching for an answer. When Kellan realizes she’s gone, he’ll stop at nothing to find and keep her by his side.

LURE OF OBSESSION (MUSE CHRONICLES BOOK 1)  by Lisa Kessler
The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth lure of obssessionare also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

LOVE AND THE CORPS (THE HEART NEBULA SERIES BOOK 2) by Ava Cuvay
love and the corpsBound by duty, two soldiers yield to their hearts’ command.

Captain Jo Behsue has never questioned her career with Central Command’s leading military force—until now. Recent mission failures and the constant battle for acceptance from her fellow Corpsmen kindle her frustration, while the attention of a golden-eyed Klorakian mercenary ignites her body. Wrapped in his arms, she discovers even a scarred, hollow shell of a captain can love.

An officer in the Klorakian militia, Lux fights to return the rightful monarch to their homeworld’s throne—a planet which scorns his genetic shortcomings….

ORIGINS: A SCIENCE FICTION ALIEN ROMANCE NOVEL (TERRA MATES NOVEL BOOK 11) by Lisa Lace
originsWhat if the man you need isn’t on Earth?

My name is Sophie McCallistair. I’ve spent years fighting Earth’s overpopulation problems, and I’ve just become the leader of Single for Life.

I thought I was vacationing on Biyaha to help a friend. I didn’t realize the boy I knew as a child had grown up to be mysterious and powerful.

It’s a struggle to keep our hands off each other, and when the government learns some of Khellen’s secrets, they put him in jail. It’s up to me to help him escape.

I won’t be able to rescue him without facing my feelings. How can I fall in love while remaining…..

VICARIOUS  by Paula Stokes
vicariousVS NOTE: Teen and YA SciFi, reviews state there is a slow burn romance

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you–for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated….

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ISLAND STARS (CATICA ISLAND INSPIRED ROMANCE BOOK 8) by Elin Wyn

island starsDespite her joy at her best friend’s wedding on Catica Island, Elissa Haddad can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find the same happiness for herself.

A disastrous relationship has left her doubting everything – herself, her future, and any chance of love.

A chance encounter with Krysdotares Gianopoulous, a handsome stranger with unearthly violet eyes, brings her out of her shell, only to be caught up in intrigue and danger.

Krys may have captured her heart, but can she trust herself, and him?

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THE DREAM QUEST OF VELLITT BOE by Kij Johnson

VS NOTE: I don’t know that there’s any romance in this one, it’s not categorized as one, and it seems very dark, but fascinatingly so…I’m including it just because!

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her dream quest of vellitt boemost gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

“Kij Johnson’s haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman’s life. Vellitt’s quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft’s work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt’s quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading.” —Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award

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PETS_In_Space_cover_artVeronica: And a special note, this week we did the cover reveal on my sekrit project: PETS IN SPACE. To learn more about this anthology, out October 11th, see my blog post here. And thanks to everyone who helped the nine of us authors to boost the signal on the reveal!

And I’m going to squee (if you’ll indulge me but it is my blog LOL) – STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK was named a Finalist in the StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500“I Heart Indies Contest”!  Amazon

 

 

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Guest Author Liza O’Connor THE CRIMELORDS’ WAR

Crimelord book 7 bk final 400x640Veronica: Because I don’t exclusively talk about science fiction and fantasy! Liza is back to introduce her characters and give us an excerpt:

MEET BARNS

Barns is a mixture of high intelligence and petulance. Almost all of his fellow officers at Scotland Yard hold him in contempt. They believe the only reason why Barns received a place and is given the most interesting cases is because he’s related to some big-wig in parliament. (This is all conjecture on their part, but it’s pretty accurate.) Barns is the son of the head of External Affairs, Lord Berringbarn, who has never had a nice word for his worthless son. Fortunately, the Director of Scotland Yard thinks more highly of the young man, so when someone died while attempting to shoot Vic, he sends Barns.

 

blurb Liza

Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.

Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.

To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.

BarnsThe Excerpt:

Vic peered through the window. “Can I help?”

“No, you are involved in the crime.”

“Barns,” she growled. “I did nothing that was even close to criminal.”

“I didn’t mean it that way. I meant you were the intended victim, thus you cannot participate in the scene evaluation. It could compromise our case against the murderer.”

“The driver is already dead. He doesn’t require prosecution.”

“No…yes, I see your point. But you still may not assist.”

“Why not? I’m quite sure he’s murdered people before. No sane person shoots someone for cursing at their bad driving.”

Barns sighed. “I’m going to need help on this.” He climbed out of the carriage and gripped Vic’s arm. “Let’s go see the crime scene.

Once inside, he smiled at Tubs. “Mr. Tubs, Vic said you were recovering, but this is a grand sight. I could use your help on this if you are willing.”

“I can tell you the dead man’s name, his profession, and who he works for,” Tubs offered.

Barns smiled. “Well, I know his profession, but I would like his name and who he works for.”

“Robbie Conrad, assassin, Sojourn Seth.”

Vic snorted. “No wonder he was such a terrible driver. And see I was right. He has murdered before.”

Barns filled with pride, pulled out his notepad and showed it to Tubs.

Tubs nodded. “You’re learning fast.”

Vic grabbed the notepad and tried to read his scrawl. “Your handwriting is terrible. What does this say?”

“It says ‘Assassination attempt. Failed at accidental carriage death, died during second attempt. Target: Victor Hamilton.”

Knowing what he claimed it said, she was able to make out the words. “Why would Seth want me dead?  Oh… uh oh.” She looked at Tubs. “Do you think he knows about the Tilly disguise?”

“The what?” Barns demanded.

“Nothing to concern you,” Vic said.

“It does if it’s related to this case.”

Tubs gave the matter thought as he rubbed his bald head. “I don’t think the two are related. That’s a very good disguise. This is something else.” He looked to Barns. “I’ll interrogate Vic and then let you know what his motivation might be. In the meantime, you need to let your boss know about this immediately.”

Barns frowned. “I know that. It’s why I was taken away from something important and sent to investigate this instead of some idiot on the force. And trust me, we have a great deal of those.”

Tubs chuckled. “You probably shouldn’t say that out loud, but I’m not arguing with you.”

lINKSBook 7

The CrimeLords’ War

Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited 

Need to catch up?

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Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

Book 2

The Missing Partner

Book 2.5

A Right to Love

Book 3

The Mesmerist

Book 4

Well Kept Secrets

Book 5

Pack of Trouble

Book 6

The Darkest Days 

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About the author lizaLiza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

 

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